Have you ever noticed how God loves to turn awful things around for our good?
Awhile back, someone knifed me in the back really hard. It was a horrible situation, and it hurt. Badly. I didn't know if I'd ever heal…
But I found out that healing after betrayal is possible, because God healed me.
It took some time, and during that time God led me through 3 very specific steps to heal me from this betrayal. Then, after a number of weeks, something really weird happened (read about it here in 3 Things I Learned From Surviving a Mockingbird Attack), and God used that weird experience to heal me instantly from all the remaining pain. THANK YOU, HOLY SPIRIT!
But you know what the funniest thing is? Out of that experience of deep betrayal, pain, and HEALING, God gave me an article called “When Loving Your Sheep Hurts.” And that article was published today on Christianity Today's online magazine called Gifted For Leadership.
It's the amazing beauty and justice of God that took something so hurtful and turned it around for my good and the good of others:
- He healed me completely and now I am shepherding my flock with more love and passion than ever before.
- Writing for Christianity Today by my 35th birthday was one of my life goals… now accomplished! 🙂
- Best of all… the enemy wanted to take down one leader (me) with that experience, BUT GOD is going to use my story to minister to AND HEAL who knows how many other leaders who have experienced betrayal as well.
The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy, according to Revelation 19:10. I'm believing God to take my story and put it in the hands of the right people at the right places at the right times, to bring healing to the hearts of many wounded leaders. (So please, hop on over here to read the article, and I'd be honored if you'd share it on social media with your friends. You never know who might be hurting that you can reach with this word of hope at just the right time.)
So what the enemy intended for evil, God turned around for my good… and He'll do the same for you.
That reminds me of what God's Word says in Romans 8:28:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
ALL THINGS work together for our good. Whether you're enduring a financial situation, difficulties in your relationships, a tough job situation, or anything else, God can turn it around.
What awful situation are you enduring today that you need God to turn around for your good?
No matter what you are going through, God can reverse that thing make it work out for your good. Take it to Him in prayer like this:
- Always ask Him to cleanse your heart first, to make sure you have right motives and a pure heart.
- Then ask Him to vindicate you and advocate for you.
- Ask Him to get justice for you (Luke 18:1-8).
- Ask Him to deliver you out of your situation and HONOR you!
- Ask Him to restore and reward you double for your trouble (Isaiah 61:7)!
And He will!
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs” (Isaiah 61:7).
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