We serve an awesome and magnificent God and Creator. He is indeed Sovereign, great in majesty and wonder. The tedious task of going over all the folders and files on the recovered external hard drive (over 280,000 plus files) is still going on.
I have opened about 20,000 files. What an undertaking, but necessary. It is about half and half on the recovery, meaning a little more than half is recovered, but a little less than half is lost (corrupted).
That being said, I was scanning the external for viruses when I decided to click on a folder. As I quickly glanced over the titles, one caught my eye. It fit so appropriately with what has been posted recently, yet it was given to me in 2008. God does indeed go ahead of us. He truly is the Alpha and Omega.
It was the only article I looked at today on the external, as I had other pressing matters to attend to. It is posted below. May it bless you as it did me. All glory to God alone!
Oct 1, 2008 7:27 pm
Be Still and Know
Why look at the natural? It is ever changing. Look into the spiritual, for I am the same yesterday, today and forever. Call things that are not as though they were. Where is your faith? Where is your love?
Shall you not go forth in victory? I have told you of the victory, just as I did the warriors before you. They sought their God, just as you are told to seek Me.
I assured them of the victory – THEN they went to battle. Thusly, I have told you also, but you struggle to believe the impossible. Yea, with man it is impossible, but with Me all things are possible.
In order to move into the LIFE and the POWER I have promised you, you must DIE TO SELF; put to death the old man so the new may come forth. Every part of your being is crying out. You cannot give up on what you hope for; for you believe My words, yet Satan and his strongmen entice you, ‘Has God said?’
Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. It is not by might, [your strength] nor by power, [your willpower] but by My Spirit… [says the Lord of hosts]
It is written that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Many will speak this saying you cannot trust yourself.
Who lives in you? My sheep know My voice; the lambs will learn their Shepherd’s voice as they mature. Who is He that searches the heart? Who is He that sees the heart and knows you better than you know yourself?
For after it is said about the heart being deceitful, it is written that I the LORD search the heart (I test the mind, the will, the heart), even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. [Jer 17: 9, 10]
Who knows the number of hairs upon your head? Did I not say that before you were in the womb I knew you? Did I not say that it is I, the Almighty God who formed you in the womb and brought you forth?
Set your face like a flint [determination] and seek the Lord your God with prayer and supplications, and with fasting; with humility [sack cloth] and lowliness [ashes]
I am here with you. I hold your hand as a child and shield you. I protect you. Who points you to the cross of Christ? Who tells you that you must deny self, pick up your cross daily and follow Christ?
Would Satan or any devil tell you this? Nay, and I say to you, do in the physical what I have required of you. That is obedient faith.
Yea, a man may say, You have faith and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
But will you know, O vain man that faith without works is dead?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
[Jam 2:18; 20; 26]
It is done in the spiritual for it is I alone who does the work and brings it forth.
Cross over your Jordan and leave your wilderness and the old man behind. Step out in faith despite outward appearance. Once you pass over, abide in Me and see what your faith and obedience brings. You will see full restoration, healing, deliverance…body, soul and spirit.
Yes, it is a great thing you believe for. Yes, it is a great promise, yet if you desire to do the greater works, there is a cost. Lay down your life and you shall gain it. Through it all, I shall be glorified.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. [Mat 16:25]
In these days, you have felt a great heaviness; a great burden – a travailing. You have a sense of loss; a sense of aloneness, a time of great solitude.
You have entered into your own garden of Gethsemane for your time is now come. I have brought you to the end of yourself. I have stayed with you through the false labour. The real labour begins. Now is the time to enter in; in great anguish, sorrow and travail.
I hold your hand and bring you through. Yea, My child, I have prepared you for such a time as this. I have heard your vow to serve Me and obey Me without any hesitation. Did you not think this would be tried (tested)?
Truly and surely, you must go through and turn not back. I have strengthened you in heart, mind and body. Yes, it is and has been a process. I AM your strength. Do not try to understand ‘how’ or even ‘why’, but offer up thanksgiving and praise.
You must let go of all of your past… a complete death to self. Do not grieve, but rather rejoice that you have found favour, mercy and grace in the eyes of your King. Truly it is marvelous and beyond your comprehension, yet I say to you that this is no hard thing for Me.
Now is the time! It is not just about you; it is about others also and through it all, I will be glorified. Continue to pray and stand in the gap. Offer up praise with thanksgiving. Fast when I lead you to.
Press in to the secret place of your Most high God, for I am surely for you and not against you. Forgive. Forgive others; forgive yourself. Trust Me with what I have spoken to you.
It is no hard thing for Me to perform. Again, do not try to understand why or how – simply obey and give thanks. Satan and all his chief captains and princes and all his armies can do nothing to stop what I have decreed, though they shall try. They are very real enemies, but I am He who gives you victory over your enemies, for I AM the LORD of the battle. Victory is now…
Again I say, who points you to the cross? Who poured out their blood for the sins of mankind? Who tells you to seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you? [Mat 6:33]
Who tells you to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself? [Mat 22:37]
Who brings you to repentance? [Rom 2:4] Who tells you that the day shall come when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ [Yeshua the Messiah] is King of kings and Lord of lords? [Phil 2:10, 11] Who warns of the second death [the lake of fire]? [Rev 20:14]
Who holds the stars in the heavens? [Is 40:26] Who orders the winds and the seasons? [Mat 8:26, 17; Eccles 3:1] Who calls things that are not as though they were? [Rom 4:17]
Who took the keys of hell and death from Satan? [Rev 1:18] Who gives you the VICTORY BEFORE the battle? [Josh 8:1-35] Who knows the end from the beginning? [Is 46:10] Yes, I AM the Lord God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac.
I AM the Lord God of Israel. I am He. Beside Me there is no other God. I will not share My glory with another. I AM that I AM
Rebellion is as witchcraft. Unbelief rides with rebellion. Fear has torment. Selah
Satan is king and lord over fear, unbelief and rebellion. He rises up with great pride, full of hate and fury against My creation and My people. Trust Me in the things I have spoken to you.
Test every spirit to see if it is of Me or not. Beware and on guard. Seek Me and I shall guide you. [Prov 3:5, 6] I know your frailties. Obey Me in all details. Begin this day. Step by step. It must go forth now or not at all.
Trust Me. It is for your sake (and the sake of others), but for My glory. Trust and obey. Fear not; I strengthen you. I did not stop doing miracles or great works. It did not end with the apostles. I am the same yesterday, today and forever. [Heb 13:8]
You cannot shake off what I have promised you, for it is deep within you. You cried out for truth. Yes, I am truth. I am love. I am the way. I am life. The sword is proved worthy, purified and hardened in the fire [where it is hard hit, molded, shaped] and in water [where it hardens and strengthens], then it is used as a mighty weapon in battle.
Go through, go through, go through. I am with you. Believe Me for the things I speak to you. Believe My word and keep it in your heart and upon your lips. Satan and his armies, those assigned against you, will war against you, to wear you down, break you down, make you think you are crazy by using My word against you, just as he did in the desert against My Son, as he tempted him.
And just as he said to Eve, he will bring doubt and confusion and even ask you, Has God said? He will even imitate My voice to establish confusion and doubt, to rob you of your destiny.
Yet as you cry out to Me for truth and wait upon Me, I will still his voice and the voice of your flesh. You will know the truth and the still peace shall sweep over your spirit. Wait, I say, wait upon Me.
Keep on the full armour and you shall quench the fiery darts of the enemy. Resist the devil and he will flee. [Eph 6:11,18 – Jam 4:17]
Without faith, it is impossible to please Me, for it is faith that puts to death unbelief. It is trust that puts to death doubt. It is My love that will rid you of your fear, casting it out of you. Selah
Now is the time. This is your now. Press in, trust and obey. I love you for you were bought with a price. My Son’s blood covers you. You shall overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of your testimony, and you shall love not your life, unto death. [Rev 12:11] Believe Me for the things I speak to you, for My sheep know My voice and another they will not follow.
I am Sovereign. Be still and know that I am God…
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth. [Ps 46:10]
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. [Is 40:31]
for His glory alone