I remember as a child, when I used to get sick, my mom would always shake the bottle of medicine before using it. The medicine on the outside would say, “Shake Well Before Using.” In order to get the full effect of the medicine, you would have to shake the bottle. The same principle applies to life as well. The olive has to go through so many different stages before it can produce its pure oil.
As Christians, we have to be shaken in order to ignite the Holy Spirit within us. The Holy Spirit is the only one that can teach us about our anointing. So God allows us to go through storms and tribulation to bring us closer to Him. Being shaken can create new opportunities for us in life. It teaches us about patience, joy, love, but most of all, how to hang on to our faith through pain.
1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” The next time it seems like your life is being shaken, just remember it’s only making you greater for the future.
Last week marked my 9 yr anniversary of my accident. This yr was no different than my first yr. I woke up with tears in my eyes and praising God for what He has done in my life. Thanking him for another opportunity at this thing we call life. My daily reading that morning so happened to be about the story of Lazarus. When I saw that it was Lazarus it brought even more tears because that was me. I remember as a child that I use to play around like I was Lazarus and my brother would raise me up not knowing that years down the road I would experience life situations like Lazarus.
On July 26, 2007, I experienced a near drowning according to the doctors terminology. If you would ask my church members they wouldnt call it a near drowing because they saw the discoloration of my, the eyes had started to set it, and I had no sign of life. At that moment the devil thought he had won but what the devil meant for evil, God uses it for his glory. God took a tragic situation and showed us who was in Control. While the CPR was being performed, my church family and others were praying to break chains that night. This shows you that praising God can change any situation around you. God wants to hear a new sound from you. A new sound of praise will always lead to a new blessing. All you have to do is have faith the grain of a mustard seed. ( Matt 17:20).
While praises to God were being sent up and CPR was being ministered unto me, I was having a conversation with my guardian angel. He said it’s not your time yet and reached out and touched my heart. My eyes immediately popped open. That night I experienced the love of God. God is amazing. What I love about God is that the same miracle He did for me, He will do it for you. I know what the doctor said I experienced but to me I experienced Genesis1:1-3 . It reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” And God said,”Let there be light and there was light.”
When God’s spirit moved over the pool in the Arlington hotel that night in Hot Springs Arkansas, He saw that light needed to be there. So Jesus spoke, “Let there be light. Now today I write this blog to give you hope. A lot of us have hopes and dreams that seem to be dead but all they really need is some light to make them shine again. The light they need is not the sun but the son. JESUS CAN brighten up any situation. After all He is the light of the world. (John 8:12).