Yesterday after work I had a meeting in a town about 40 minutes from where I live. I knew I was going to have to negotiate a few things during that meeting so I thought I would prepare myself while driving. I was going to think about what to say and how to argue my way out of a situation. When I got in my car my first thought was to pray most of the way down there but I got a different message deep down in my heart. I felt the urge to praise the Lord. It was like a burning desire that couldn’t be satisfied unless I released it. I played some Christian music but I started singing my own praise songs. I glorified the Lord and lifted Him up above everything. I was totally focused on Him. I wasn’t even thinking about the meeting or what I was going to say. All I wanted to do was praise and exalt the Lord. I find that at times when I do that, it is like a train. The praises are like a train that is going through me and that can’t be stopped. I didn’t want to make them stop. I let them out and I kept on going until I was almost there. The Lord is in our praises and my car was filled with His presence. The joy and the peace I felt were powerful. I was having church in my car and meeting with my Savior. The intent was truly to give Him the glory for everything and not to distract myself from what could be a tough meeting. Then right before I arrived, I saw myself standing upright and receiving a sword. I was given a beautiful white sword. It looked very pure. I took it and just held it there. There was a great message behind that vision.
The message was that the Lord gives us the ammunition and the weapon we need to fight the fight of faith. The sword was the weapon I needed for the meeting. I wasn’t going to attack the people who were attending the meeting. I was going to brandish my faith in that situation and keep standing upright in faith. I had reasons to be worried but the Lord had a different plan for me. He wanted me to use this situation to stay in faith and fight with pure love and hope. I prayed for the people I was going to meet with. I thanked the Lord for the meeting and I stepped out of the car and walked to the meeting place. The two people I was meeting were very welcoming and receptive to my proposal. They said they would work with me and assist me. I could not have asked for a better meeting. My focus was on the Lord and not on the problem. My focus was on His peace and not on anxiety and fear. I ignored the emotions that could have bubbled up. They didn’t matter to me. What mattered was that I was able to praise the Lord for almost 40 minutes while driving. I took the opportunity I had to sing my love to Jesus when I could have used that time to worry and build up fear. We are always going somewhere. We are always heading in a direction and we can choose to get there with worry or we can choose to get there with praise and thanksgiving. The latter makes a whole world of difference.
Friend, the Lord has the weapon you need to make it in all situations. His weapon is invincible if we embrace it and hold it close to our hearts. Your faith can change everything. Your faith can win battles. Take that mustard seed of faith and plant it. Let it grow with God’s assistance. As you read His Word and pray and as you believe that the seed will produce a harvest of blessings, your faith will be a wonderful sword. It will dissipate fear and doubt and that will destroy the traps of the enemy on your journey. Know that whatever you need to make it in a tough situation will be given to you. Seek the Kingdom of the Lord first and all the rest will be added unto you. I sought the Kingdom by praising the Lord. I sought His face and made Him my priority and He took care of the rest. When we don’t spend time thinking of our problems and we shift our attention to God, great things happen. We express our faith by silencing the negative thoughts. I don’t know what you are going through today but I know the One who will help you through it all. Make eye contact with the Lord by singing His praises. Keep your eyes on Him and let Him be bigger than your worries. He will give you the strength and the ability to overcome anything. God will give you what you need when you need it. Stay in faith!
Suggested reading: Matthew 6:33; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7