In our Sunday service, our worship leader gave a powerful word about the Word of God. As she declared, my spirit got so stirred up and God gave me a really cool picture to share. I'd love to share it here as encouragement to others as well!
Before the picture came these verses out of Revelation came to mind...
“And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Revelations 1:15)
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” (Revelations 19:6)
His voice is the sound of many waters.
I saw these many waters. These powerful rushing waters flowing downstream and then I saw some people who were standing facing upstream. They were fighting to stand to resist the great pressure of water coming at them.
I felt God say, "Some of the resistance people are feeling in their lives is because they are believing something contrary to the Word."
And just like that, the picture made sense. The Word was like the many waters rushing forth, and when we don't accept His word as true or we are believing a lie - the TRUTH will feel like resistance!
I felt such an invitation from the Holy Spirit to invite Him in to bring revelation of the areas where our thinking isn't lined up with the word of God, to the places where we've agreed with a lie and then for Him to speak truth to those areas. Because truth will set us free.
I saw people turning around to face to downstream as they CHOSE to accept God's truth. What does it take to turn your back on something? It takes trust. It will take trust to agree with God's word even when it doesn't feel true in our circumstances. As we choose to trust though we will get to flow with heaven's flow. It'll be an adventure. It'll be good! We will move FORWARD. Forward in freedom. Forward out places of bondage.
The whole picture reminded me of a situation we recently had with our daughter. At bedtime we had spent hours dealing with the fear she was facing. As her parent I could see that her fear was completely irrational and she was literally in ZERO danger. But the fear was valid to her and we needed to process it. We talked through it, prayed through it, made declarations, exposed the lies, spoke the truth, and on and on. 3 hours later my husband and I had to tell her, "Look, we've given you absolutely everything we can. We've given you every tool you need to overcome this. We've told you the truth more times than we can count. We can not control your thoughts though. At some point you need to decide - do you believe us? Do you trust that what we are saying is true? Can you let go of the fear and trust us?"
In that very moment God said to me, "Monique - can you let go of your fear and believe that what my Word says is true?"
*insert Holy Spirit gut punch*
Motherhood really is sanctifying. It's so clear to see it when we're in the role of the parent who sees the whole picture and not the child wading through the fear.
We can trust our heavenly Father. We can choose to take Him at His word.
I know that as we turn around in the stream it feels like we are totally losing control and that everything will be swept from under our feet but He is a good and perfect Father and His streams are those of living waters.