In late 2010, over a period of a few months, I repeatedly felt the word “ASK” come up in my spirit. I was confused as I felt that God was prompting me to ask Him for something – but I didn’t know what! I remember talking to Him and saying that I was praying for other people and I regularly prayed for my own health…
Over the past thirty five years of suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis I have learned to be content like Paul the Apostle: Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:11-13). Notice that contentment is a skill that you learn. Facing the trials of life does not come easy to us human beings. We want to live a comfortable, peaceful and happy life and anything that comes along that threatens to rob us these goals is usually met with extreme hostility. I can honestly say that despite my suffering I have had a joyful life and experienced amazing contentment – and it is all because of the hope and trust that I have in Jesus Christ. He is the source of my stability during the storms of life.
During November 2010 I was busy making the bed and listening to Christian ministry on television when suddenly the preacher said, “God wants you to ask for three things”. As you can imagine, after months of confusion, I immediately sat down on the corner of the bed and God had my full attention.ÂÂÂ I knew that whatever came from his mouth ÂÂÂ was going to be a word from God for me. He held up three fingers and said, “No more loss, complete restoration and abundance”. I wrote them down in my spiritual journal. I BELIEVED that I had heard from God and ASKED that there would be no more loss in my life, that I would experience complete restoration and that I would walk in abundance. For those of you who have read my book, Seeing the Unseen, you will know that my testimony is characterized by loss – loss of health at nineteen years of age, loss of my teaching career, loss of my ability to have children, loss of freedom of movement, and loss of my family when I became a Christian the same month that I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Now it felt as though God had drawn a line in the sand – no more loss in this life! We have two enemies in this life: ourselves and Satan. Many times we suffer loss because of our own sinful nature and because of Satan’s opposition. Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 9-10 additions mine). After so many years of suffering I think I had resigned myself to the fact that I would patiently wait for the day I went to be with Jesus for my complete restoration. Now I had renewed hope that I would experience restoration in this life! Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you…The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame (Joel 2:23-26). God’s heart is to stop the loss and restore all that we have lost in this life and then to enable us to walk in the abundant life that Jesus Christ died to give us.
It is now 2015, just over four years since God spoke to me and next time I will share the evidence of the changes that have started to take place in my life – changes that have both surprised and delighted me and I can’t wait to share them with you. ‘Til next time…