I remember when I didn’t have my own place to stay.
I remember getting out of prison with only the clothes I went in with. When I returned back to life I had to buy a new toothbrush, soap, deodorant, etc..
Today I have a family, a job, 2 cars, and lots of stuff to play with. Now 14 years ago I had to sleep on the couch at my sister's house for a few years to get back what I lost from getting arrested.
Reminiscing is so powerful. It brings you back into alignment. It puts the proper mindsets in place.
You are thankful again. Your patient again. Your focused on others again. You are AWARE of how much God has blessed you over the years.
Do you Remember when he came through for you?
Do you remember when he parted your Red Sea?
It was easy for you to dance and sing. It was easy to raise your hands and sing. God wants to be worshiped. Today he wants to remind you of his goodness so you can truly worship him. He has some breakthrough waiting when you give him that wholehearted praise.
From time to time I’ll stay up late at night either writing, praying, or just worshipping to clear my mind. I will go back through old revelations I have had about Jesus. This so refreshes me. It reminds me who I used to be. I can see God’s work in my mind and heart when I look at how good God has been.
This gives me fresh faith and strength.
I distinctly remember when God healed me from major food allergies. My spleen had been removed and this sent chaos off in my body. I would get sick at the drop of a hat. Sick as in I would get these migraines that were so incredibly painful I would often just lay on my couch and weep. This went on for 3 years. In my 2nd book coming out in 2019, Christine and I shared what that season did for us as newlyweds.
I remember asking God why would you allow this to happen to me, I was in your house serving you when this happened?
I also remember his response, “John you were attacked by the enemy of your soul. Now it’s time to fight for your healing.”
Remembering all the miracles for me helps me get back to sitting at his feet. It reminds me how holy he is, how sovereign he is, and how in control he is.
In life, we feel like we must be in control. If we don’t do it then it won’t get done. Listen very closely to someone who has lived that life since I was able to work. When I met Jesus I began to learn what my responsibility was and what his is.
Mine is simply listening and obey. His is do what I cannot.
The struggle is often to do our little part than trying to do God’s part. In my experience, this is a trust problem. We trust God in the healing, salvation but not for the future. When a storm comes we immediately rebuke the devil. As if he started it. Storms from my understanding of the bible revealed what was in each person's heart. You can also think of storms of seasons of stripping!
Jesus fell asleep in the boat. To me, this speaks of rest in God. Knowing God was a good father. He wasn’t going to let the storm destroy Jesus. The men in the boat had a different picture in their mind of the father. They believe God would allow them to die in the storm.
“Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” Matthew 8:23-27.
Today as you remember all he has done for you, his faithfulness should draw you to your knees in deep gratitude. All we have ever needed is him to be big in our life. When other things get bigger than him we begin to have vision problems. Focus on how great he is, how he wants to tell every one of his love and mercy.
Fill your heart with delight and memories of the miracles he brought you through today.