Encouraging Word: You’re Going To Bloom, Not Drown

You're Going To Bloom, Not Drown | FromHisPresence.comI lay on the carpet sobbing like a baby. I truly thought I was going to die.

My heart was broken. I had nothing left. Nothing. I was convinced it was finished, over, finit … and I was ready to walk away from nearly everything that mattered to me.

It was the darkest time I had experienced in many years, and I felt little hope.

Words fail me when I try to tell you how bad it was. I literally thought I was going to die. I thought my heart was going to physically explode in my chest from the pain.

I was done, and God knew it. He listened as I poured out my heart … and then He gently, lovingly, ever-so-patiently, told me it was okay to be done for that moment; that I could go rest; that I could allow myself some space from the pain and from the people who hurt me.

I needed the break. I left, and honestly I was glad to get away. I saw no hope except in the supernatural, miracle-working faithfulness and promises of Abba Father.

But God.

Within only a few days, after this dark night of the soul had been going on for months, He began to turn it–and I began to bloom, not drown.

He had been working all along, but I believe (like in Daniel 10), help had been delayed. But somehow, help from the heavenlies broke through, and things began to change.

And I didn’t die after all. Instead, I bloomed.

Oh, things still weren’t perfect. The dark waters still surrounded me; and on the outside, things looked, well, an awful lot the same.

Nevertheless, somehow, like the little bloom at the top of the picture above, beauty and honor and holy vindication came through the dark waters anyway. God worked that vindication for me of His own accord, and beauty came out of what looked like a hopeless situation.

Papa had other plans, you see.

What the enemy meant for evil, PAPA meant for good. He allowed a Goliath to rise up against me for one reason and one reason only:

GOD WAS READY FOR ME TO WIN.

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And if the enemy has risen up against you right now, I can tell you that God has allowed it for one reason and one reason only:

He’s ready for you to win too.

God didn’t cause the thing that’s attacking you. And honestly, even though people might be involved, even people didn’t cause it. Ephesians 6:12 tells us:

Start-quoteFor we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

The enemies that attacked you are not flesh and blood. They are principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness–in other words, demons. This is good news, because it tells you that your enemy isn’t a person.

Yes, that’s right. Even if a person has treated you horribly or done something awful to you, THEY ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY. Your enemies consist of the devil and all his forces.
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But God is greater than the enemy, and no weapon formed against you can prosper.

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One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 27:1-3:

Start-quoteThe Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.

Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.”

Did you get that? “When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.” Does that sound familiar? How about from these Scriptures:

Start-quoteThe Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways” (Deuteronomy 28:7).

Or …

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).

Or …

“Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb” (Psalm 37:1-2).

Or …

“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday” (Psalm 37:5-6).

I could share pages and pages of Scriptures talking about the blessings that God promises to heap upon the righteous when the enemy attacks them. I won’t, but if you want more, go read all of Psalm 37 and all of Psalm 119 as well. Suffice it to say, David was in trouble when he wrote those … but he didn’t stay in trouble. GOD delivered him and vindicated him big-time.

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And no matter what you’re going through right now, if you’ll seek the Lord and walk uprightly, God will deliver you big-time too.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper. The enemy may come against you to eat up your flesh, but he’ll stumble and fall. And just when you think you’re going to drown, you’re going to bloom instead.

Did you hear that, beloved?

You’re not going to drown. You’re going to bloom instead.

God is ready to kick some enemy butt, and He’s ready to take you to a higher level. And in order to do that, He needs a fight for you to win.

Enter the enemy.

Sometimes God allows the enemy to come against you, but it’s only for one reason–so you can beat him. God always wants the enemy to experience the crushing defeat Jesus purchased with His life, death, and resurrection. So when the enemy comes against you, it’s God’s delight to demonstrate the power of Jesus’ sacrifice and thoroughly annihilate your enemy THROUGH YOU.

Yes, He uses you to do it. That way, not only can He kick some enemy hind end, but He gets to promote you too… because you always have to win a battle to go to the next level.

So what are you going through today, beloved? What kind of enemy are you fighting?

  • Is it the enemy of financial woe?
  • The enemy of division trying to cause problems in your marriage?
  • The enemy of fear or hatred trying to steal something beautiful from your life?

No matter what it is, the enemy’s going down and, if you’ll walk in white during this time and wait on God, you’re going up. I know the dark waters might be pressing against you. I know you might see no hope. But, beloved:

You’re not going to die. You’re not going to drown. You’re going to bloom instead.

Selah.

Does this word encourage your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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58 Comments

  1. Rebecca L Jones says:

    You are like me, I can’t imgine either of us at a loss for words. But I have been too because I am at a loss to explain the depth of that love. Am I even articulate enough? Jesus says yes. I’ve just been encouraging a fellow writer who’s facing her giants, I reminded her He’s preparing a table, for us. No more crumbs.

    1. No more crumbs indeed. His banqueting table is set out with LOVE and every good and perfect gift!

    2. Hi Jamie,
      Thank You for this word and the encouragement . This was an on-time word for me today! So much of what you said was me. I needed this

    3. Brenda Hunter says:

      For some years I have been battling in the area of loneliness and financial hardship due to I want to help anybody who wants to be my friend but I had to learn the hard way no matter what you do and the way you do it if it not from God isn’t going to happen. So that left me in a dark place In life. I start getting depressed, angry and I just wanted to die even asked the Father to take me. I packed my things placed them in the car and left this happen a week ago now. Even in this pandemic o was able to get another job and getting my license in nursing and got a nice place to live it’s quite and very peaceful I’m loving it. I left a job but I got a better job I am able to have a fresh start and be at peace and this message really encourages me to begin again and know that no matter what He is able. Brenda determine to Press onward.

    4. Hello Jamie amen on you words from the lord. God will take care of my pain and the people who hurt me.

  2. God bless you sis Jamie and Rebecca ,for the words of encouragement. God that began a good work in us, will finish it in Jesus Mighty name. Amen

    1. He sure will! And I LOOOOOVE that Scripture! It’s one of my favorites. So comforting. <3
      Have a wonderful day, dear friend!

      1. Diamond Hall says:

        Thank you for the word it’s an ontime word as am facing adversity but I trust in God to defend me! Blessings for encouraging me and so many others!

  3. Dear Jamie, God bless you for your encouragement . I trust that papa God will surely see me through the burden in my heart when l continue to put my trust in him and use the psalms 37 & 119. I also do love Ps. 27.

  4. Gwynne Nation says:

    Dear Jamie:

    This SO encouraged my heart. Yes I am in the midst of much darkness, deception and financial loss. Yet I sense the Lord is saying Trust Me I see you, I know your heart, I know your needs. I am your SOURCE! I will SUPPLY ALL of your needs. To just rest and not strive and to see things from a eternal perspective! God is so amazing! Thank you so much for this timely word! Your ministry is such a blessing! I thank God for allowing me to partner with you!!

    1. Gwynne, YES! He is your Source! I am soo learning this more each day. He is soooo good. I’m so grateful that we’re in this journey together, and I am grateful for you! Thank you for your constant encouragement and for helping me!

  5. Lawra Liotta Neff says:

    Dear Jamie,

    Thank you for sharing this. I appreciate your words. This passage has helped me in my life journey. I wish you the best. Hugs.

    1. Hugs to you too, Lawra. (And I love how you spell your name! Beautiful!) May Papa bless you exceedingly today in Jesus’ name.

      1. Lawra Liotta Neff says:

        Thank you. Jamie, you are beautiful.

  6. Reenie O Riordan says:

    I love when you refer to scripture and print it so I can know it, I want to experience that love from God that you all know of, I want it so much, there is nothing else for me, please pray il feel His love and have a personal relationship with Him and hear Him. I’ve never felt real love and maybe to be honest I don’t believe I’m loveable. Reenie

    1. Oh precious Reenie. Abba Father loves you so much. Have you ever given your heart to Him so He can adopt you as His own baby? Have you asked Jesus to forgive your sins and be the Boss and Lord of your life? Please let me know.

      1. Thanks for those beautiful words, yes I’ve given my life to Jesus and asked for forgiveness for all my sins, but I want to feel His presence close to me, feel His love, know Him personally and hear from Him, can that happen for me? Reenie

        1. YES! That can absolutely happen for you. Have you worked through my free devotional series, 21 Days to the Manifest Presence of God? You can find it on the “Popular” link at the top menu. It will help. Let me know how it goes. I’ll pray for you.

  7. Rafael Somma says:

    For me it’s mostly the spirit of fear that leads me and I want it to stop leading me. Can you do a prayer for me Jamie?

    1. Hey, Rafael. Freedom from fear is mostly about receiving God’s love. Read this article:
      https://www.fromhispresence.com/the-solution-to-fear-how-god-delivered-me-from-fear/
      and this one:
      https://www.fromhispresence.com/the-deliverance-files-if-you-feel-like-you-cant-breathe/
      Pray the Scripture in the first article about perfect love. Ask God to make you perfect in His love and to help you RECEIVE His love! Then meditate on God’s love like I did in the story in the first article.
      How are you doing on your homework from when we talked?

      1. Rafael Somma says:

        Hi,

        Everything is going fine. By the way, since we talked, I don’t feel anger or rage towards my ex. Thanks!

  8. Thank you!! THIS just confirmed a prophetic word given to me on Sunday. Thank you Holy Spirit!!

  9. Jacqueline Toney says:

    I Really enjoyed every word I Read. Thanks very much. Ms. Jacqueline

  10. I am going through a dark night with my soul now with my health and am a little shared but trying to hold onto my faith and I am believing for God’s total restoration and healing. The enemy is mad because of seed I have planted and I am expecting my harvest to come soon in all areas of my life. There is a gal named Shemita (Jewish) in a place I volunteer. Is this a warning or of something bad to happen? I am blessing Israel through my church and prayer.

    1. Precious sister, no, that’s not a warning. The Shemitah year is the year just before the Jubilee–which is the year of freedom! Right now, we are in a Shemitah year. But when 5777 starts on October 2-3, it will mark the beginning of a Jubilee year! Praise God! May all the captives be set free in Jesus’ name.

  11. Candace Lykken says:

    Jamie,

    Thanks so much for your response. Thank you so much for explaining that to me. Thanks always for your encouragement and posts. They are always timely and inspirational.

  12. Diane Moore says:

    Jamie, what an on time word! I live in Louisiana where I was flooded out of my home. The enemy has been attacking all kinds of ways, through insurance, banks, FEMA, depression, sorrow, etc. Thank you for your words, they were truly an encouragement to me. I needed to be reminded of Whose I am!

    1. Oh no, Diane, I’m so sorry to hear about the flooding of your home. I am glad Papa used this word to encourage you. May He rebuke the devourer off of your life, home, finances, and belongings, and open the windows of Heaven for you and pour you out a huge blessing to restore double! In Jesus’ name.

  13. Clement Amoah says:

    Yes, the oil of gladness from the throne room of God is upon me. He is making my feet of that of a deer to leap over walls the emeny has built over the years against me.
    Yes! My enemies know and understand that I am the son of the King of kings and Lord of lords, He is my light and my salvation. Tough time and difficult situation activate my promotion in the plans of God. Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!!!!

    May the Lord bless you dearest Jamie.

  14. Thanks for the encouraging word. Blessings

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Wow- I had a situation earlier today and I was completely undone – it was a situation that has played out many times in the past year – but in the middle of it I went to my room and prayed and quoted scriptures and came out feeling a who,e lot calmer. P,easy pray that this situation will be done and dusted once and for all, and that the participants will be saved and delivered from strongholds that hold them captive.

    Love your posts Jamie – there is always some nugget for me to find ?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Very encouraging word today. Thank you. Blessings

  17. Linda Davies says:

    Thank you so much , this really spoke to my heart

  18. This God giving message blessed my heart!!
    Hope God bless you forever more Jamie!!
    Thank you!!

  19. Sharon McLafferty says:

    Thanks Jamie this was a brilliant word of encouragement. Ive been battling lack of finances since 1994 and I just can’t pray any more. Im so tired of being defeated and so much insomnia since 1995 has made me physically worn out. Still its good to hear God wants me to WIN this battle! Its long long overdue.

  20. Sharon Johnson says:

    Thank you for this word. Sometimes I do really feel like I am drowning, like there is no way out. But it is good to know that the Lord has plans for me to bloom!

  21. Linda Janssen says:

    This so confirms everything from so many sources, and what Papa told me this morning from 2Chromicles: to just take our positions & watch what He does for us ☺ Thank you Jamie for all the support you have been these past few months!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the encouraging word. I have been needing adequate housing and finances and I have felt like I have been attacked by the enemy with these burdens, I am feeling better since I read your post.

  23. confirmation. thanks, amen and amen. God bless you and your ministries. may you and your family increase:)

  24. I’m crying while reading this. It sounds like every bit of my own situation, even the crying out to God on my floor from the pain caused by others. I’ve moved passed a lot of the pain and have been working on healing fully and forgiving. I’m struggling with feeling distant from God now and it scares me. This situation hurt me so bad from people in church that I’m struggling with my relationship with the Lord and getting fully interested/engaged in a new church. I want to be in relationship with the Lord and engaged at church but my heart can’t seem to get into it and that really concerns me.

  25. Felicia Jafta says:

    hey dear women of God, the enemy has attacked my finances and my marriage,i have asked Father God for some help and miraculasly found your blog today! i wil go and pray these prayers and come back to you. thank you for your obedience to Our Father! May you be blessed more and more!

  26. Annanson John says:

    Revealing and Relieving!
    Thank you Prophetess Jamie.

  27. Abba, bless my sister Jamie for being such an encouragement and blessing to do many people including me. Bless her and enlarge her territory, let your hand be with her. Cover and protect her from the evil one, and make all her ways prosperous. May you receive glory in all she does, through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

  28. linda harrison says:

    Amen, all thanks to the Heavenly Father

  29. Raven Tasker says:

    I was singing Fred Hammons No weapon formed against shall prosper this morning in the shower hours before I would go into my doctors office to of over the results or an abnormal pap which they just last week took a biopsy from cervix to check for precancerous cells.

    The results came back insufficient to give me the clear and so I consented to have a portion of my cervix removed in a month. Today at my daughters 5th birthday my friend and I were talking about the appointment and she recommended me get another opinion. The first thought that I had in doing so is that if I get one it would have to be completely healed and guess who can do that Jesus.
    I was diagnosed with hpv and this is the giant that has come against me to devour my flesh. But where I’m hearing “I’m going to die” God is saying “I’m going to live “ and “live” in exclamation!!!
    My heart is at peace and this word was timely for me . I will continually listen and take heed to the still small voice! God has a plan for my life because the life of Christ paid for it to ! And it will! I am a child of God! God is my Abba!

  30. Nadia Slater says:

    Thank you, thank you for this word I have lost so much I have been going through so much I honestly feel like I am drowning and there’s no one to save me, this word have given me hope, I now know that God Almighty will save me in time, thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, I will wait for you God to come to my rescue,may God Almighty bless you for your faithfulness to your ministry and to your heavenly father, richly bless you for your hard work.

  31. Yes! we have an enemy next door that is not a good neighbor an they are doing many criminal wrongs that God sees.

  32. Millicent says:

    Dear Jamie. This is a Godsend message. My spirit is so lifted up today. Thank you. God will make a way and Yes! I will bloom!

  33. This messages is definitely important to me. I am drowning, at least I feel that way. I have serious financial woes and the feeling that I will not get out from under. Lately I have been feeling like God has forgotten me. And I know this couldn’t true, but my mind tells me that it is. It’s been really hard for me and I spend too much time trying to figure out how it’s all going to work out—worrying, which I know we’re not supposed to do. I just pray for myself and cry out to God to please help me and to clear my hand. I ask that you and others, if you have the time, to please pray for me. Thanks to all.

  34. Daniel Romo says:

    Yes, this is inspiring. I’m going through something very bad right now, however it may be over soon. I keep praying to God that my appeal goes in my favor. Last time it did not but I got another chance and thoroughly explained everything this time. I pray that whoever reads my appeal understands my side of things and rules in my favor. Please, I just want to enjoy my birthday in September so I ask for prayers that this nightmare ends now. Please help me heavenly father. 🙏🙏🙏

  35. Thank you Jamie. Be Blessed abundantly
    This message really touched me.

  36. Amen. I will not drown but bloom. I will walk uprightly in white all for the glory of our Lord God. In Jesus sweet,precious and holy name, Amen.

  37. June McCullum says:

    HALLELUJAH!!!!!!! I RECEIVE THAT IN THE NAME OF JESUS! 🙌🏾 🙏🏾 😌

  38. Amen. God is ready for me to win!

  39. Annanson John says:

    The Lord is my light and my salvation…thank you as always. Most very grateful. Thank you Prophetess Jamie.

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