What is a God Box you ask, that’s a good question. Like prayer is just a conversation with God a God Box is just a (real box) in which you put your request to God in. Get a box with a lid and in the box, you put your requests.
In my box which was average size (years ago) I wrote, I wanted a husband, a relationship with my daughter, a home with a garage, and a few other things. Low and behold a few years later (I had even noticed) that I had a husband, a relationship with my daughter and a Condo with a GARAGE!!!!!
Why the emphasis on the garage because He heard the smallest detail and provided it. Yes, I hear you asking/saying, “you could have just prayed”, well you are right – however with requests that magnanimous as a human, I would be fretting every day about when it was going to come to pass.
So how it works is like doing your laundry – when you put the dirty clothes in the washer machine you add your detergent close the lid or the door (for all you fancy folk) and walk away. I don’t know about you, but I trust the machine will do exactly what it is designed to do – wash my clothes. I don’t go back and check that’s it’s spinning, I don’t go back and check to see if the detergent is correct, I don’t keep checking on it during the cycle to see that it working – I TRUST THAT THE MACHINE is doing exactly what it is designed to do. So when I put my request in the box, I leave it there until all the cycles are complete…
I have seen so many people who go through life with a jaded spirit. I know how difficult the storms of life can be, where you are facing one calamity after another, only to find that the hope and optimism you once had is gone. So often hopelessness becomes collateral damage after you get out of the storm. It’s one thing to make it to the other side of a difficult problem, but often when we search the inner corridors of our soul we see that the storm has changed us forever.
I have seen so many people who have lost all sense of joy and happiness in their life. They are physically alive, but emotionally dead. No one talks about the emotional weight that storms put upon us. I know that you have to act like everything is going right, I know you have to pretend that you can hold it all together. But Today, I want you to take some of the weight off and become vulnerable. It is not easy dealing with storms. I know you had so much hope and joy and laughter in your life, and God is declaring today, it’s time to get your Joy Back!
God doesn’t want you to just come through the storm alive, God wants you to flourish. God wants you to have joy. God wants to see you smile. I have learned that in storms, I have to fight for my joy. I refuse to give up my hope. Tomorrow will be better than today. Your latter shall be greater than your former. Your best days lie ahead. God wants you to thrive!
You think about the moment it will happen after you reach a certain age. You think of all the things you’re going to do and say. You imagine those precious moments where it’s just the two of you and the smile you receive after you have taught a valuable lesson you hope it will last for years to come. You think of all the things you did wrong, all the wrong turns you took in your own life. You think of all the things you should have done and said. You remember those awful moments you had in your life – those mistakes that try to haunt you forever. Then the moment comes when your daughter says, “Mom, I’m pregnant!” You hear her say it and you’re filled with joy and pain simultaneously. You see my story isn’t so pretty, with great memories of a husband, a baby shower, a college fund, and great outings with grandparents. I made some very wrong turns in my life and it took me – for what seems like a lifetime to recover. Just when I thought I had it all together, the enemy came in like a flood and took me back to those long dark nights of pain. Then I escaped with the hand of God. Yeah, so when I heard those words I was frightened, fearful and joy was trying it’s hardest to seep through the darkness. One day – I smiled and thought to myself I’m going to be the best grandma ever! I thought about all the things I was going to say, the many times I would go against my daughter’s wishes and spoil that baby (just like my mother did). I thought about the times I would have to be a strong tower of faith for those moments when her child would give her grief. I wanted to do for that baby what I missed doing for my baby girl…
I watched her take great care dressing the warmer. She was so loving and thoughtful. I was both in awe and cringing with regret – you see I didn’t always deliver such loving and tender moments with my daughter. The enemy had me caught in the grips of addiction and fear. I watched her gently ask my daughter questions about her desires for the pictures and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how she delivered the disclosure about “next steps” as only someone who embodied great love and compassion for another human. Oh my, the floodgates have finally been released as I try and finish this story…
You see I just want to thank God even for the not so good moments and I’ve had some pretty awesome moments with my daughter. I remember picking put her name long before I ever wanted children.
But this story is really about the pain I’ve endured at the loss of granddaughter after my daughter delivered a still born baby. The things I would have told her, shared with her, taught her, let her get away with.
I love you Zoey – good night my love… happy first birthday
I’m a lover of music, all genres but the one close to my heart is Gospel music. The lyrics have a way of moving my spirit. For example, if I’m feeling blessed the music can enhance that feeling, if I’m feeling lost and in despair, the music can lift my spirits. As I was traveling home the other day from the grocery store a song came on There He Is and as I listened to the words I began to tear. This world can seem overwhelming alone and cold during our current crisis of the pandemic and the government behaving like caged animals with no thought to the human condition. There was a time when the government took care of its citizens – dating to colonial days, the almshouse, in the United States, a locally administered public institution for homeless, aged persons without means. Such institutions radically declined in number in the second half of the 20th century, replaced by other means of subsistence and care more commonly known as section 8 and food stamps which does not help the homeless on the street. With that said I began to feel a sense of gratitude – the more I listened to the song the more I realized where my gratitude stemmed from.
One thing I like to do is share how I focus on the lyrics of the song and disclose what they mean to me, so here goes…
Lyrics to the song in black:
I wanna know I need to remember who guides my life I wanna know I wanna know
Who is the man who said He could save What He’s can/will do And Who took my dark clouds away And who said that they would bring joy to my day And who said they’d wash all my sins away Now who touched my heart and changed my life And who is this One that sacrificed Well, who heard my prayers in the middle of the night And when I was blind who opened my eyes
Chorus Oh, there He is Where is He Reach out and touch Him There He is Call out His name There He is Don’t be afraid There He is Look up in the sky There He is It’s a bird it’s a plane There He is No it’s Jesus There He is Coming to save me There He is Hallelujah
MmmmmmThis is not a representation of pain, but that of peace Mmmmmm
I wanna know I wanna know I wanna know
Now who told the Son to set me free What He has done for me before I knew Him Who laid down and died on Calvary And who said the homeless was the same as me Who took solid ground and placed my feet And who gave the purpose and reason to sing Who gave the music melody When trouble was chasing who parted my sea Somebody talk to me where is this King
If you are young man strugglin’ Identification this is me, is it you? Or a younger girl seekin’ You don’t have to search no more Just look to the arms of Jesus You can get Him for yourself You don’t need nobody else Jesus fall to your knees and pray
Searchin’ for Jesus
Lookin’ for Jesus
Searchin’ for Jesus
Lookin’ for Jesus
Searchin’ for Jesus
Lookin’ for Jesus
Searchin’ for Jesus
And you looking for Jesus, searching for Jesus
There He is If you ever search for Him, He’s right there Wherever I go There He is Wherever I turn There He is He’s all around There He is Reach out and touch Him There He is He’s right there There He is And He’s guaranteed to answer There He is All of your prayers There He is I can feel Him There He is Whoa yeah There He is He’s changing your life right now There He is Oh yes He is There He is There He is There He is When troubles come There He is Just close your eyes There He is And lift your head There He is Towards the sky There He is Just call on Him There He is And you shall find There He is He was there There He is All of the time There He is If your friends are around There He is Then you somewhere by yourself There He is Call on His name There He is He will be right there There He is No matter what the problem There He is Or the situation There He is My Jesus can fix it There He is With no hesitation There He is If your money is gone There He is And you need some help There He is On your dying bed There He is You’re not by yourself Everywhere you turn Everywhere you turn Everywhere you turn Everywhere you turn Everywhere you go Everywhere you go All around And when you walk There He is When you talk There He is And when you cry There He is Go down on your knees and call on Him Jesus reach out and touch and believe He’s right there There He is And you can do all things through Christ Jesus that strengthens you There He Is
That’s unshakable, and when all our earthly foundations are crumbling, we have to hold on tight to the certainty that God is still sovereign, He is still in control, and He is trustworthy. Hebrews 12 gives us further good advice, as we see everything around us shaking and uncertain.
In Psalm 11:3 David asked the question: When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? Do you feel as though your foundations are being destroyed? Perhaps relationships you had counted on have fallen apart. Maybe your family foundations are beginning to shake. What can we do when our foundations are shaking?
The earthquakes which happen all around the world remind us that the earth beneath our feet is not reliable, our economy is like a roller-coaster, ethics and morality which were basic to our national heritage are quickly disappearing, and personal relationships seem to be under heavy attack.
It should not surprise us to discover that all created things are shakable. That piece of land you own, the house in which you live, the job you go to each day, your money in the bank, your investments in the stock market, that relationship which means so much to you–all of those created things are shakable.
Hebrews 12:28 – 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
Be honest with yourself and with God if you expect to receive God’s blessing of deliverance. Any sin that is not confessed or repented of gives the evil spirits a “legal right” to stay.
You have to recognize that you are dependent upon God and His provisions and mercy for deliverance.
Repentance is a determined turning away from all sin and works of the devil. You must hate all evil in your life and fall out of agreement with it. Deliverance is not to be used merely to gain relief from problems but in order to become more conformed into the likeness of Jesus through by submitting to God’s will. Repentance requires open confession of all sin.
Renunciation is the forsaking of all evil. Renunciation is action resulting from repentance. For example, if you repent of lust you should destroy or delete all of your pornography.
God freely and readily forgives all who confess their sins and ask for forgiveness through Jesus Christ (1 John 1:9). He expects us to forgive all others who have done wrong to us in any way (Matt. 6:14-15). In my observation, demons won’t leave the person being prayed for if the person is reluctant to forgive others.
Ask God to deliver you and set you free in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. The scriptures read “Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered” (Joel 2:32).
Prayer and warfare are two separate and distinct activities. Prayer is toward God and warfare is toward the enemy. Identify the spirits, address them directly by name in a commanding voice, and in faith command them to go in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Have a battle-like mindset with determination and assurance of victory. Remember Jesus gives us the power to tread on serpents and scorpions (Luke 10:19).
Here’s a lil music to help you get started – it helps me!