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Sunday, March 25, 2018

EPIC


It would seem the Holy Spirit is on my case in this season about pending assignments, about things He had ministered to me over the past year that I didn’t quite do anything with. This is honestly the only explanation I have for why He keeps sending me back to certain spaces. Its almost freaky how He sometimes ministers to me to go to where I have my old study notes stored, asks me to pick up a specific one, and then to open it to a specific page or sets of pages where He has me read something He spoke to me a while back. I almost laughed out loud in church the week before, when my sista and pastor shared how the Lord had done the same thing with her and instructed her to preach a specific message she had shared almost ten years ago. And it was such a word in season sis, it sure was!

Anyhow, today the Lord also had me flipping through some very unlikely files and places where I found different notes I had written as they’d ministered to me at those times. In every case I was reminded about the when and why I wrote those notes, as well as seeing them from fresher perspectives based on the going’s on in my life in this season. Can you relate, sis? It is such a comfort to see God’s mindfulness of me being expressed daily through both the big, small, as well as ‘seemingly’ insignificant things, sis.

As I riffled through this one file, I saw somewhat crumpled scrap of paper which was clearly ripped from off a full-sized sheet. I wondered why I had that in a file but as I turned it over, I remembered clearly. It was from last year. I was scheduled to hold a particular program I run every other month, but in that instance everything in me so didn’t want to. My mind was such a blank. I couldn’t conceive a theme, couldn’t visualize the flow, had no inspiration to try to conceptualize it properly, and honestly just wasn’t even in a place where I wanted to press in and allow myself hear God regarding the event. I was just tired, sis. Simply put, I was tired!

My personal assistant kept asking me what the theme was, so she could build the pre-event communication around it, but I had no answer for her so she went on with other elements of her planning. I found myself an odd combination of amused and annoyed, somewhat wishing she would also give up on everything else so I would have more of an excuse to lay back and rest. I should have known better though as she was relentless in making sure she held up her part. We were less than two weeks to the event, she had all arrangements in place and she’d gotten several people signed up to attend…… I just wasn’t clear exactly what they had signed up for. Each time I asked her what she was up to, she’d just smile her brilliant smile and move on.

I guess I finally realized that I needed help from above on this one, and so I prayed a small prayer. Truth be told, my desire was for the Lord to cause some loud thunder and huge bolt of lightning to come from the sky, with a deep voice saying, ‘Rest child, it is not my will for the event to hold this month’. Oh, how I longed for that! But, you know how it actually went down don’t you, sis? First there was an element of chastisement from the Lord for my taking His assignment lightly because I was ‘tired’ (like it was about my ‘strength’ in the first place); then there was a reminder from Him about the purpose behind the assignment in the first place; and finally, He gave me the theme …..and boy was it heavy! It was so heavy that I couldn’t think how I would put it together in the little time I had. He also told me who He would have minister with me, and I honestly doubted he would be available given the short notice. I knew would have to at least try anyway, as clearly the Lord was not having any of my attempted slacking.

Well guess what, sis? My PA contacted the speaker and he was so available that he committed right away. She came in to relay the info to me and that sent me on another tailspin. He was free, he had even expressed clarity to her regarding why he believed the Lord would have chosen him as the second speaker and what he felt God would have him say…. whereas yours truly was still clueless. I said as much to my PA and without missing a beat she smiled again and said, “You’ll do great ma’am. I just know this month’s session is going to be EPIC!”. Can I tell you that it was indeed EPIC, sis? It was phenomenally epic, maybe our best session ever as at that time. This God? Indeed, He is too good!

I was on my knees in utmost thanksgiving in the evening post-event, when the word ‘EPIC’ dropped in my spirit again. It was in that place of gratitude that the Lord said to me: 
Daughter, you are EPIC. 
You are:
-        Exceptionally Positioned in Christ
-        Exceptionally Purposeful in Christ
-        Exceptionally Powerful in Christ’

Wow, sis! Wow! This made absolute sense then and it still does now. This was God Himself reminding me that it was and is not about me, but about Him. This was Him reminding me that because I am in Him, I am seated with Christ in heavenly places. This was Him reminding me that He is the One Who has steadily guided my destiny up to where I am today; Who has made sure the enemy did not devour me in my wilderness days; the One Who has redirected my errors and turned my life around for His glory; the One Who chose to love me enough to look past my failings and call me by a new name; the One Who saved me by His grace, Who is working out His will and good purpose for my life and His glory. This was God telling me that I am EPIC because I am exceptionally positioned in Christ Jesus, by His grace, mercy and power. Halleluyah, sis! As epic as I am, is as epic as you are so please praise this God of ours with me. Halleluyah!

Sis, this was the Lord reminding me that because I am in Christ, He has put me in position as a Son of God, an Ambassador of Heaven, a divine diplomat useful for Kingdom assignments on the earth. I am exceptionally purposeful for Christ, sis. For the life I live now is the life in Christ Jesus Who loved me and Who gave His life for me. This was God reminding me that any assignment He gives me is not for me to feel good about myself, but to bring glory to Him. This was Him reminding me that I cannot give Him that which costs me nothing, so if pressing forward despite my tiredness was the cost, then so be it. This is as much a reminder for you, sis as it was and is for me. God’s purpose must be fulfilled through you and I sis, and as long as our focus is to give Him the glory that is His due, then we have to keep pressing forward in the assignments He has for us per season and time.

Lastly sis, this was the Lord reminding me again, as He is today reminding you, that we are exceptionally powerful in Christ Jesus, for where we are weak He is strong. He is reminding us that all we can ever do/be/achieve will be about His power and might that are ever-working in and availing for us. I got help when I finally looked past my flesh and looked up, sis. I did, and honestly it was such a huge lesson for me once again. I don’t doubt that every once in a while, I might find myself in that place of tiredness or lack of clarity, but I hold the acronym EPIC up as my divine signpost to remind me that I am able because He Who is in me….my Greater, is more than able. I hold the acronym EPIC up as a marker that as long as I am looking up to Him and seeking to deliver more glory to Him, He will infill me with everything I need to carry through.

Sis, can you please allow this same conviction to come into your heart and spirit? You are EPIC, sis. You are! Exceptionally Positioned in Christ…Exceptionally Purposeful in Christ…..Exceptionally Powerful in Christ! As you allow this truth indwell you sis, let me assure you that in every situation and for whenever and wherever you need it, the Lord will help you…as surely as He has and continues to help me.

Be blessed sis ….for you surely are!


About Me

Entrepreneur, Mentor, Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend. A firm believer in God. Walking in faith everyday that by His grace, I will achieve harmony in all areas of my life, and make measurable impact in the lives of other women of the world

WORD FOR THE WEEK

LUKE 1:

34“-How can this be, Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God

JEREMIAH 2:

5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am only a youth. 7 But the Lord said to me, Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.

8 Be not afraid of them [their faces], for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. 9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day appointed you to the oversight of the nations and of the kingdoms to root out and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

1st CORINTHIANS 1:

25 [This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men. 26 For [simply] consider your own call, brethren; not many [of you were considered to be] wise according to human estimates and standards, not many influential and powerful, not many of high and noble birth. 27 [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. 28 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,

Colossians 1:

28 Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

29 For this I labor [[z]unto weariness], striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.