Before “He appeared”, my human spirit was “pining” away! Yes, my spirit was a wasteland of darkness, gloom, and despair! But then something happened! Jesus, the Son of God was born on a Holy Night! Then hope was given to all. Oh, that night when our Wonderful Saviour was born was indeed a very special night like no other. After that night, a new day dawned. Are you living in that new day?
“Am I worth it to you?” “What is your suffering in comparison to Mine?” Well, these questions resonated within my heart this morning right at the close of my devotional. I was spending time not in prayer, but just spending time worshipping the Father. I had troubled thoughts before I even attempted to enter His presence in order to given Him about an hour of uninterrupted time. You know when we plan to spend intimate quality time with the Father, we will have those distracting thoughts but I wrestled and stayed with it. Just when I was about to close out the hour, He spoke! Yes, He spoke to me concerning my troubled thoughts regarding a message that I must deliver. This message is not the usual “sunshine” that I am accustomed to.
When God gives us a message for ourselves and for others, it will not always be an easy and enjoyable task. In my experiences as a Teacher and Minister of the Gospel, I have mostly had to deliver teachings and messages that were very encouraging and comforting. But what happens when there is a message that exhorts the hearer to take action concerning some negative aspect of their character or to resolve some difficult painful incident that is still pending from the past? What if YOU are included in the message? Wow. These are the times when fear of not being received, fear of rejection and ridicule, and the thought of suffering persecution for the sake of the word will flood your soul. So the next question that challenged me at the end of my devotional this morning was this: “IS HE WORTH IT?” As I cried, i chose to say “YES!” My Lord is worth the suffering. Jesus was despised and rejected of men. Jesus was acquainted with suffering and sorrows. He shed His life blood as an atonement for my sins and yet in my struggle against sin, i have not yet resisted to the point of shedding any blood! (Isaiah 53:3, Hebrews 12:4). So yes, my God is worth it all. Of course I repented for feeling this way. What a long-suffering and mighty God we serve!
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Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey
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Wow! It is hard to believe that in just a couple of weeks this year will come to a close. Yes, another chapter in our lives will be completed. What are you anticipating in the new year? Can we even know? I do believe that some of us are pregnant, or expecting something out of this world! For some of us, we will come to that place that we have only been seeing in a distance but unable to touch it!
Are you excited? I sure am. So what about that place in the distance? If you are like me, you have been in a waiting room so to speak for some time now. Don’t become weary in your well doing and for God’s sake, do not give up. What God has shown you in visions, dreams, and through prophetic words will come to pass. Renew your strength in your waiting according to Isaiah 40:31 and receive the strength that you need to give birth to that which you are expecting in 2018!
God bless you!
I am Denise Cook Godfrey, Minister/Author/Playwriter/Liturgical Dance Instructor
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