A few Sundays ago, the lead person of the Evangelism Team in which I serve spoke a prophetic word over my life. This was my first time formally meeting this woman and I must admit I was a bit skeptical, but I still chose to listen intensely. She proceeded to tell me that everything I have gone through was getting me prepared for the platform God has prepared for me! The statement that stood out the most was that she said I would have some type of prison ministry for women in which I would lead many to Christ! Again, I received the word but I did not understand the prison ministry aspect, but in due time God would reveal a small piece of the puzzle to me.
Last summer I wrote an EmpowerMoment entitled Blessing Out of Unusual Circumstances, where I briefly talked about my past run-in with law enforcement. However, I did not tell readers that I applied for an expungement of my record in July of 2007 and have been waiting for a response ever since. Last Saturday my mother called to tell me that the decision letter as to whether or not my misdemeanor of retail theft would be cleared had arrived. I had anticipated this call for so long that I had prepared myself for a praise session only to be informed that my petition had been DENIED!!! Instantly I was consumed by a number of emotions (anger, fear, discouragement, confusion, etc.) at the thought that I waited FIVE YEARS for a ‘NO’.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that God said it so it will come to pass, but WHEN?! After five years nothing had changed other than the fact that I am older still reaping the effects of a bad decision made at 18. It was so easy for me to start doubting everything that I had believed for so long until I read Hebrews 10:35-36 which reads: “Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great rewards it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (NLT)
See ladies, God knew exactly what the outcome would be, but more importantly He knew what my exact response would be so He tried to prepare me with that prophetic word a week prior. Since God can speak to us in our dreams, through assigned people, and signs of nature to name of few, we must always have our ears open. I was so on guard about the prophecy as a whole that I almost missed my next assignment for the Kingdom.
“Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.” (Hebrews 10:23 NLT)
After the initial shock wore off days later, God revealed to me that He has sustained me thus far and will continue to do the same no matter what the letter said. He also told me that my experience will be able to help so many others that will endure the same trial of their faith. The “prison ministry” that I was informed about will give me the opportunity to provide encouraging words to those who will face similar struggles. All in all, it was NEVER about me; it was about Him getting the glory yet again! You may not be going through identical circumstances but you must stand firm on what God has told you no matter what! God just needs to know that He has the strongest soldiers on the battlefield because spiritual war is no joke…believe me I KNOW!!
Thank You for allowing me to stand firm on the purpose You have placed over my life. Continue to remind me that the experiences I go through are for those I interact with to see more of You and less of me. Help me to live my life solely on Your promises and not my expectations. I praise You in advance for the great times, bad moments, and the ugly occurrences because it will all work out for my good and Your GLORY! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Women of God, I EMPOWER you to trust the work of God in your life. If He explained everything that He was up to, He wouldn’t be God. Stop trying to change His job and get ready for Him to revise your resume`! Be Blessed! 🙂
Have you ever had a moment when you were so confused about what God was up to? Tell us about that time and what happened to make you turn it over to Him.
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Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves tirelessly with the Evangelism Team there. Latasha also works at Mt. Zion as a member of the Administrative Support Staff. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” Isaiah 54:17