“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil: cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.”
Psalm 27: 13
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
When I began my journey as a teacher of students with special needs, I had the understanding that my job was to teach them…love them….help them. I specifically work with children who have been given the label of “Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.” These students struggle from diagnosed mental illness, abuse, trauma and other lies that the enemy has placed on them. In the role of a Behavior Specialist with the Gwinnett County School System, I see first-hand, on a daily basis, the bondage placed on the minds of our children.
This year the Lord has expanded what it means to ” walk with him” in everything I do. Although my training is specifically in Behavior Intervention, using research-based strategies to help manage students’ behavior, he has showed me the way to submit my training to him and experience results way beyond my own knowledge.
First came the revelation in Psalm 27, I WILL see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
God has shown me that I limit His power when I begin to believe that some things are just “too big, too much, too vast” for Him to restore. Within our very hands, we have the power to restore healing and live “on Earth as it is in Heaven.” We are called to believe and stand for the manifestation of ” the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
I began praying with expectation and courage. As i continued to read the Word of God, my confidence that he has given us our identity in Him, and there is not need to doubt His ability to use our bodies and minds as living sacrifices to further HIS kingdom on earth and give Him glory through healing.
God heard my prayers. Then, he allowed me to me a witness to His miracle.
When working with a student last week, I began an intervention just as I have been trained to do, while another staff member sat in the room with me. I began to pray over this precious child, declaring he was fearfully and wonderfully made. He continued to fight me. I prayed for peace over his mind. He was cursing. I prayed for God to put His words into the little boy’s mouth and replace lies with truth. As his body began to calm and his voice grew quiet, I listened to the voice of Holy Spirit and I prayed. He was restored to calm and at peace. God restored His goodness in the land of the living!
To make it even more special, the Lord added another little blessing. As I was about to leave, the staff member who had sat quietly in the room with me during this encounter leaned over and whispered to me, “I was praying too.”
CHURCH, THE LORD IS CALLING US TO RISE UP!
To begin praying without limits. We have been given the divine power through Christ to pray with expectation! As we are in the world, scripture tells us that we are not of the world. We are not immune to the suffering of others. We are not to be apathetic to a hurting world. Instead, we are to meet God in the heavenly places, where he equips us to bring HIS light to THIS world with passion and the courage to boldly proclaim who HE is in a world that desperately needs the love of a Father. Yahweh.
Father God, Raise us up in these three days of fasting to a higher level of expectation. Release the dreams again to restore a broken world. Release the Gifts of your Holy Spirit that we may be equip to fulfill the works that you have prepared in advance for us to complete. Lift off the blinders of our flesh that we may live life by Your Spirit. Amen