I was sitting in church a couple of weeks ago when my Pastor quoted this verse: The very day that I call for help, the tide of the battle turns. (Psalm 56:9). My ears perked up. My spirit did a cart wheel. My lips shouted “YES!”. I had never heard this verse before. But I am very keen on speaking biblical affirmations over my life. And this one is pretty good.
Have you ever felt like you were in over your head? Like you were drowning in problems? Like there was no light, no end to the tunnel? No pot of gold no where? I have. I have lived through some very dark times. My marriage was rocked with infidelity, which led to divorce. I’ve been broke. I’ve been lonely. I’ve been down. I’ve lost friends. One time I went to Giant Eagle and they ain’t have bacon. My point is, I have suffered. I have been so betrayed that I didn’t think my heart would ever be normal again. I have been so heartbroken, that I had forgotten what it felt like to be without pain. I have called on God, through suffocating tears, and wondered if He heard me. I’ve had many “Are you there God, it’s me Vee” moments.
Have you been there? Probably. Some of you may be there now. Please, let me encourage you. So often, we speak out of emotions. When I cried those tears, I sputtered words like “God where are you?….God how could you let him get away with that?….God it hurts so bad!”. I spoke my facts. I went to counseling at my church and the woman who held my hand through my facts taught me to speak truth! I had to learn to back it up with what is true. God's word is true! Click To Tweet
I’ve probably blogged about this before, but it’s def worth repeating. Often! Speak what is true. My fact is God where are you? My God’s truth is “I will never leave you nor forsake you”- Deuteronomy 31:6 or “God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble” -Psalm 46:1. My fact is I don’t think I can make it. My God’s truth is “He gives power to the faint weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength” -Isaiah 40:29. My fact is my bills are piling up and I don’t know have the funds to pay them. My God’s truth is “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” -Philippians 4:19.
The world has caught on to this concept. If you haven’t noticed, daily affirmations are very popular now. Sales in post it notes must have gone up by the thousands, now that we are taught to write things like “You are worth it” and “You are beautiful just the way you are” and leave them on our mirrors….or on mirrors in beauty salons and book stores and restaurants. It affirms us, and others, and there is nothing wrong with it. It’s great. But I’ll be doggone if I base my confidence only on other’s mere words. I wanna know what God says. I want to speak what God says over my life. That’s true affirmation. That’s true truth.
And in this new season of my life…where I have learned to soley depend on God, because man can fail me, and life can take low blows…and while I am a huge supporter of #sisterhoodship, I have experienced failed friendships, “When I cry for help, the tide turns” is my new favorite truth!
The very day I call for help, the tide of the battle turns. Click To TweetMy enemies flee! This one thing I know: God is for me! I am trusting God -oh, praise his promises! I am not afraid of anything mere man can do to me! Yes, praise his promises! I am not afraid of anything mere man can do to me! Yes, praise his promises. I will surely do what I have promised, Lord, and thank you for your help. For you have saved me from death and my feet from slipping, so that I can walk before the Lord in the Land of the living. -Psalm 56:9-13
So, sis….just hold on. Stay faithful to God. The tide is turning for you!