It has been one full week since severe pain first gripped my throat, Lord.
Pain like I have not felt before. Making it hard to swallow… and hard to speak. Hard to take in nourishment. And hard to give it out… in spoken words, at least. Not moving into my head or into my chest. Just isolated to my throat.
I thought I knew its source — a dear friend I had seen in the community, who was complaining of a respiratory bug. He may have been a factor. But now, I realize… there was more to it.
I had been “treating” the soreness with Three A’s. Aspirin (to relieve the pain). Airborne (to boost my immune system). Especially, as it turns out, Assertions of Truth (to encourage my body to sync up with my mind).
People kept asking me, “Are you sick?” or “Are you getting a cold?” I kept saying, “No.” Because there’s real power in words… isn’t there, Lord? You spoke the Universe into being! So, I was not going to speak words that would tear down my physical state. Only words that would build it up.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Even when the one listening is me.
Saturday, I had one of those “inklings.” A Holy Spirit inkling. Not unlike a Holy Spirit goosebump… but different. I got on my knees. And with the authority You have given me, Lord, I broke whatever assignment of illness Your enemies might have been pursuing against me.
Dare I say it, Lord? This may sound strange… shocking, in fact. But I actually felt a change in my throat. As if the grip of an unseen hand was suddenly broken.
I have been on the mend ever since. With the help of a beloved “sister,” who “mothered” me into gargling salt water. 🙂 The pain did not vanish in an instant. But my throat has been steadily improving, every day.
This morning, You woke me up with a Revelation… even before the sun had a chance to wake up this new day.
You have given me a Message to share, through the soon-coming book. Victory in The Valley – 7 Secrets to Overcoming Life’s Worst and Savoring Life’s Best. This Message is all about You, Lord. Testifying to Your Grace and Goodness. Inviting — encouraging — people to draw closer to You.
The kind of Message Your enemies would do anything to stop.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” (John 10:10)
The kind of Message Your enemies cannot stop, no matter what they do.
“For the accuser… has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” (Revelation 12:10-11)
All of Your children have such Messages… don’t we, Lord? For such a time as this. Let nothing stop us from sharing them!