God did it!
Her text met me at 5:49am last Tuesday morning. She was supposed to leave for the airport right about then, and instead her text read, “God won’t let me get on that plane … I have to stay home with Kelley. Even though he wants me to carry on, if something happened to him while I was gone, I’d never forgive myself.”
Carol’s hubby slipped in the kitchen and ended up shattering his kneecap. While it wasn’t terribly painful and he didn’t need surgery, just a brace and some crutches, he resisted her staying home to take care of him and kept telling her to go and do her job!
Not only that, but 10 days before that, our Shelly ended up with emergency surgery that turned traumatic and extremely painful. She was not allowed to travel to Washington as planned. We hadn’t expected to host the ROAR Marketing Conference from 3 different locations, but that is where we ended up.
No doubt in my mind that Satan was harassing us, and we were worn out and weak. But how did the Lord answer Paul as he complained about the thorn in his side?
“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
My text back to Carol was this…
“I think God wants to glorify His Name in our weakness.” to which she responded…
“I don’t think I could feel any weaker than I do right now.”
So this is how we entered our three 12-hour days of our 3rd annual virtual marketing conference with 290+ attendees registered …
… and it felt like everything was falling apart.
I looked up the word “weakness” in the Greek and its meaning in this scripture in 2 Cor. 12 refers to:
The state of the soul as we bear trials and troubles.
Our souls were beaten and battered going into this event. Weak and stressed out and I have to admit, a bit fearful. What if the technology fails? What if we can’t get all the support documents done thoroughly? What if we lose some faculty members due to sickness or injuries? What if the “Witches Night Out” all around our building during the closing panel and keynote brought even more warfare than we were already experiencing?
I could never have guessed how incredibly He would show up to strengthen, sustain, and support us as we worked from different locations with a fraction of the preparation we normally have.
As I reflect back, I can see how He prepared us for His Spirit to do the work … one week before the complete shift on the 10th of October, our A. W. Tozer devotional declared ahead of time the outcome we would experience.
“God Did It!
So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”
He says, “I will do it for you. Why do you worry? I will do it for you. I am God. I am Jehovah. I am your righteousness. I am your provider. I am your healer. I am your banner of victory. I am your shepherd. I am your peace. I am your everything.”
If God is all this to us, then there is no reason why anybody should be downhearted in this hour. If God could make a world out of nothing, why can’t He make anything He wants now for “His people? God invites us to see Him work.…
If we will unite our hearts and intentions and dare to believe it, we will see God begin to move in great strength and in great power. We will see coming down from heaven that which we so desperately struggled to bring in from the outside. We will see the great God do it and then it will not be said, “This man did it,” or “That woman did it.” But we can all say together, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 4:6).
Lord, may I always dare to believe that You are more than enough to provide my needs. I ask You to do great works in Your world as I trust and watch. Amen.”
Tozer on the Almighty God
A. W. Tozer & Ron Eggert
Indeed, we held to the words of Zechariah, completely dependent on the Spirit to do what only He could do. Our text stream followed with Carol texting back these words …
“when it feels like everything is falling apart, perhaps it’s all just falling into place.”
Yes, everything did fall into place and the event was a blessing to all who attended. The teaching, training, and encouragement given spurred the attendees to take their message to a world. A world that will now be changed, not because of our strength but God… who worked in our weakness.
Have you felt that recently? Like everything is falling apart because God had a different plan to glorify His Name? What happened?
Thanks for spending time with me today!
Welcome, I'm Athena!
I start each day by tithing the first hour to the Lord in prayer, reading the word, doing word studies of the Text, and asking God how I can live out what I am reading. This time is usually met with meditation on devotionals that are usually written by dead guys like Oswald Chambers, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, AW Tozer, and Andrew Murray.
Right now, I’m reading a daily devotional with a friend called Tozer on the Almighty God for my focus for the day. It's fun to see individually what pulls us in to spur one another on to good deeds!
The Bible is filled with action steps to walk out in practical and intentional ways. This sets my day in motion to walk it out! I hope this is your heart, too.
Consider this a personal invitation to join me in this journey!