Hammer Time


THERE WAS SOMEONE I MET THROUGH MY HUSBAND YEARS AGO WHO WAS VERY BITTER TOWARD ME. NO MATTER HOW NICE I TRIED TO BE TO THEM, I GOT NOTHING BUT HATE THROWN BACK AT ME. I USED TO CRY TO MY HUSBAND AT TIMES NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY THIS PERSON’S HEART WAS SO HARD TOWARD ME. I USED TO ASK HIM..BABE WHAT DID I DO WRONG..I DON’T UNDERSTAND.


THEN ONE DAY I DECIDED I LOVED MYSELF TOO MUCH TO TAKE THAT KIND OF EMOTIONAL TORMENT. SO I DECIDED TO STOP TRYING TO FIX THINGS THROUGH MY OWN STRENGTH AND DECIDED TO GIVE IT TO GOD ( UGH.. I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE STARTED OUT LIKE THIS YOU THINK?)


EVERY WEEK I WOULD SET ASIDE TIME TO PRAY FOR MYSELF AND TO PRAY FOR THE OTHER PERSON’S HEART TOWARD ME. I WOULD PRAY AND READ GOD’S WORD ACCORDING TO WHAT THE SITUATION WAS AT THE TIME. FOR SEVERAL WEEKS I WOULD TARGET THIS IN PRAYER. WHY DID YOU EVEN BOTHER DESHANTEL? WHO CARES YOU SHOULD HAVE JUST MOVED ON. WELL THERE ARE TIMES I KNOW YOU SHOULD PRAY AND MOVE ON BUT THERE ARE ALSO TIMES GOD WANTS YOU TO PRAY AND RECONCILE.


AFTER WEEKS OF PRAYING ABOUT THIS SITUATION, ONE MORNING IN PRAYER I HEARD THE CLEAREST INSTRUCTION I HAD EVER HEARD DURING THAT TIME IN MY LIFE. I HEARD THE SPIRIT SAY SO CLEARLY TO GO BY THAT PERSON’S HOUSE THAT EVENING. EXCUSE ME GOD? WE HAVEN’T SEEN THIS PERSON IN MONTHS AND YOU WANT ME TO DRIVE BY THEIR HOME TONIGHT AFTER WORK? I AM TELLING YOU THIS INSTRUCTION WAS SO CLEAR. SO I WENT ON AND WENT ABOUT MY DAY. ALL DAY THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS REMINDNG ME OF GOD’S INSTRUCTION. I WAS NOT AFRAID…I JUST DID NOT WANT TO DO THAT. I WAS THINKING MORE LIKE WHEN HOLIDAY’S COME AROUND THAT WOULD BE A GOOD TIME. IT WAS THEN I REALIZED I HAD TO DEAL WITH PRIDE AND CONVENIENCE AND WHAT I WANTED TO DO AND BE OBEDIENT TO WHAT GOD WAS SAYING.


AT THAT TIME MY KIDS WERE VERY YOUNG ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL AND MY HUSBAND WORKED LATE HOURS. I COULD NOT LEAVE THE KIDS HOME ALONE SO AFTER DINNER THAT NIGHT WE ROAD ON DOWN TO SEE THIS PERSON. I WAS THINKING LORD HOW IS THIS GOING TO PLAY OUT ESPECIALLY HAVING TO TAKE MY KIDS WITH ME… BUT I JUST TRUSTED HIM. NO SOONER I AM I PULLING UP TO THE HOUSE THIS PERSON IS WALKING DOWN THEIR DRIVEWAY….. IT WAS THE MOST BIZARRE THING BUT SO GOD. AS SOON AS I STOPPED THE CAR THE KIDS JUMPED OUT AND RAN UP TO THEM AND GAVE THE BIGGEST HUGS. AND I JOINED RIGHT AFTER THEM IT WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT. THIS PERSON’S ATTITUDE WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT…NOT NASTY TOWARDS ME ANYMORE, THEY WERE ACTUALLY HAPPY TO SEE ME. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN AN APOLOGY…THERE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN I HONESTLY DO NOT REMEMBER AND IT DID NOT MATTER. WE HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION FOR QUITE A FEW MINUTES LAUGHING AND CATCHING UP AS IF THERE WAS NEVER AN ISSUE. I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT.


I WALKED AWAY FILLED UP IN MY HEART AND I CRIED AGAIN THAT NIGHT WHEN I GOT HOME BUT THIS TIME THESE TEARS WERE TEARS OF JOY THANKING GOD FOR SHOWING HIMSELF MIGHTY. HIS WORD SAYS THIS….


Jeremiah 23:29 (AMP)

29 “Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]?” says the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks the [most stubborn] rock [in pieces]?

GOD’S WORD IS A TOOL AGAINST THE ENEMY. THE ENEMY AND THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS CANNOT STAND BOLDLY AGAINST GOD’S WORD. THE LORD CONTROLS THE HEARTS OF MEN….. NOT US. I DIDN’T REALIZE AT THE TIME I WAS USING GOD’S WORD TO HAMMER THE STUBBORN ROCK OF THIS PERSON’S HEART.

HAVE YOU BEEN PRAYING OVER THE HEARTS OF BITTER MEN AND WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE…IN THE WORLD? HAVE YOU BEEN PRAYING AND READING GOD’S WORD OVER YOUR HEART FIRST? DON’T GET IT TWISTED..YOU SEE MY HEART HAD TO BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE IN ORDER FOR GOD TO HEAR ME AND IN ORDER FOR ME TO RECEIVE HIS INSTRUCTION. AND LET ME TELL YOU I WAS NOT ALWAYS IN THAT PLACE. I WAS A HATEFUL HOT MESS FOR YEARS. IT TOOK ME A LOOOOONNNNNNG TIME TO GET TO THE PLACE OF LOVE BECAUSE OF MY OWN STUBBORNESS. SO YES THE HAMMER HAD TO WORK ON ME FIRST.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TODAY TO CONSIDER THE POSITION OF YOUR HEART. GET IN RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD YOURSELF FIRST. THEN GET THE HAMMER OF HIS WORD TO WORKING ON STONEY HEARTS HE HAS ASSIGNED FOR YOU TO PRAY FOR…..AND LISTEN FOR HIS INSTRUCTION.


WE ALL WORK ON GOD’S CONSTRUCTION SITE…GET TO WORK…..IT’S HAMMER TIME.

PRAYER: GOD YOU ARE GREAT YOU ARE WONDERFUL AND YOUR NAME IS TO BE PRAISED. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVING KINDNESS AND YOUR TENDER MERCIES TOWARD ME. YOUR GRACE IS SUFFICIENT. SEARCH ME GOD AND REMOVE EVERYTHING NOT LIKE YOU. HELP ME TO BE FREE AND CLEAR OF BITTERNESS AND HATE. FILL ME WITH YOUR LOVE. I WANT TO BE LOVE TO THOSE AROUND ME. I WILL TAKE YOUR WORD AND HAMMER IT OVER MY HEART AND OVER THE HEARTS OF OTHERS YOU HAVE ASSIGNED ME TO. HELP ME TO REALIZE I CAN’T CHANGE ANYONE’S HEART…ONLY YOU CAN AND I AM GOING TO TRUST YOU AND LISTEN FOR YOUR INSTRUCTIN. AMEN.

SCRIPTURES:

Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV)

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Mark 11:24 (AMP)

24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.

Matthew 5:44 (NIV)

44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Romans 12:12 (NIV)

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

John 16:13 (NIV)

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

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