A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post entitled “As It Is Written.”. Just when I was about to press “send” to send it to the editors the Holy Spirit said quietly, “Now that you have praised God in the open like this, the enemy is going to attempt to deter you. Just be cautious.” I took this message seriously because; as I wrote before in “This is for U” I am learning more day by day about my opponent, the devil, and his schematic ways.
Well somehow between the time I heard the Holy Spirit’s warning and the public release of my post, I forgot to suit up in the armor of God. The same day my post was released, almost at the same exact time of day, all hell broke loose in many areas of my life, and this is not a dramatization. Work was more stressful than it had ever been, even causing a few people to be removed, thus placing more focus and stress on me. My dissertation was not going like I planned and I had to take a few steps back. On top of all of this, an organization I work with in ministry flipped upside down with me pinned under it. For a moment I was baffled. I could not believe the attacks that were on me. I’ve come to realize that my job is more than my title. It is an opportunity for ministry. Completing my doctorate and the testimony that will come out of that will bless someone else. The organization I work with in an effort to spread the Gospel has extreme potential…and the devil doesn’t like any of that, so he pounced on it.
When I came to, I realized something. The devil is trying to distract me. He slandered my name, crushed my spirit, and trampled over my integrity, but FOR ONLY A MOMENT! See, that post I wrote two weeks ago was for me! It was a reminder of how good God is and how the devil doesn’t bother anything that isn’t a threat to him. To emphasize His love and compassion for me, that following Sunday I went to church and my Pastor spoke these words, words that will forever change my view on tribulations:
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. I Corinthians 3:13 KJV
God placed me in the fire to see if the ministry he placed in me was authentic. Am I the real deal? I talk all of this spiritual talk, but can I walk the walk? When that realization hit me, I became empowered and fueled. I felt like that one scripture placed my heel on the enemy’s head and crushed it. God said to me a few days later, “Now that the heat is turned up, what are you going to do? Are you going to melt like plastic, something manmade, or are you going to refine like metal, a natural substance I made?” I said, “METAL!!!! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I am not going to fall into the schemes of the enemy any longer concerning this!”
I learned a few lessons from my week from hell and the one that sticks out the most is the lesson in authenticity. Here are a few nuggets about it: 1) I learned that an authentic and true Woman of God is prepared for the enemy, she can see Him coming because he is so predictable. I missed that one. 2) Women of God do not wrestle with frivolous matters. Frivolous matters are those small irritants that are actually insignificant, but disguised as something worth my attention, like being gossiped about, bullied, or having events not to go as planned. An authentic Woman of God knows that these are minor distractions that can be ignored. They have no affiliation with the kingdom. 3) She waits. She waits patiently for God to “fix it.” 4) An authentic Woman of God learns to truly love God, and when she does, she is then able to love those who despitefully use her, and love them for real. Because she understands that it is not “them” it is the enemy, once again, trying to kill, steal, and destroy.
Thank You for Your shield of protection that covers me from the wiles of the enemy. Thank You for Your moments of clarity that help me focus and keep my mind on things above. Lord help me not to shy away from giving You honor when its due for fear of the enemy’s response, but give me the strength and wisdom to stay suited up in Your Word, Your power, and in Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Ladies, we are all a work in progress, but I EMPOWER you to stay ready! The Lord’s Word states that there will come a time when your work will be tested by fire to see what sort it is. Are you the real deal? Talk is cheap. We have to walk the walk. But the best part about that is that God’s Word is here to guide us every step of the way.
Ladies, do you have a “tried in the fire” experience? Share with us.
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Her passion is mentoring young women and marriage empowerment. She resides in Orange Beach, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are members of New Beginnings Christian Center in Foley, AL