The last two months have almost feel like I was struggling for air. Struggling to stay afloat in God. My faith was tested. And the funny thing was that all these started happening after I was back from my retreat I took in March/April 2021 where God had declared a “new season”. Well, the new season declaration actually started from my birthday last year 2020. I turned 28 and God began to speak me about the significance of the 8 which is the NEW. So I knew stuff was going on in my life. It was a season of my life God is interested in.
Great things happened afterwards in my life and destiny. Going to three nations in less than a month for ministry etc. Then at the beginning of the year I was meant to take a retreat with God which is something He does with me when it’s time to go deeper. I took that retreat in March 2021 and got out with many victories and then all of a sudden the wait wanted to Bury me but it couldn’t glory to God.
I was being tried and tested by the word. There were many dark and depressing days when all I had was my shekere and staying faithful with the word I had received from God. Satan was trying to steal my word and shift me into nothing but God preserved me..I kept praising and I kept praying as I waited. But I realized that I had problems with letting the old go. Because I had had long seasons of waiting before it seemed like this would be one of those times when double, depression and despair would hold me down. The struggle with these enemies is a dark one. Self-pity and thoughts of abandonment from God are things I am familiar with..God has healed me from them but the enemy would always throw them at me to bring my heart down in God and when one’s heart fails? Nothing else can come through.
I had an assignment from God on prayers for your future seed challenge and breaking free from spirit spouse. At the end of the assignment God had me spend some time with Him at Ibadan and that was where everything changed. As I took some pictures with a photographer I heard him clearly say to me THE OLD IS GONE, BEHOLD ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW.
The thing with God is that He declares His word first and then He does them and they take faith to believe..that faith was what the enemy was trying to steal out of my heart because after the declaration of the word, God goes to work but you don’t really see what’s going on behind the scenes.
Last Friday after my retreat I felt led to go for a retreat at Kingdom women global alliance with Pastor Deborah Decision Kurunmi and that was where the heavens broke over me and God completed the work He has been doing for months there.
I feel so much like I have been given a new lease of life life God hence the changes everywhere..I am not the same.
The old has gone; the new has come!
I wanted to write this blog for anyone who it seems like you have been going through a long tunnel of old seasons.. with God speaking to you about the new.. you have to know that your greatest enemy is the darts the enemy throws at your faith.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
Ephesians 6:13, 16 NKJV
These darts come in the form of doubt, discouragement and despair..its a mind game. The enemy is trying to weigh you down by continually playing pictures of pasts you have walked away from in your mind, telling you that things would never be better, laying a trap and thinking patterns of hopelessness over you. You are in a fight, a fight for the word your God has spoken over you. STAND.
God’s word is true but the word would be tried. YOU would be tried. Wait and while waiting STAND..Don’t shift grounds. When weary Still carry your sword. My sword in this season has looked like my shekere in my hands, praising God and wading off the lies from my mind. Declaring His word even when I don’t see a thing. He is working. There will come a time when you will feel that chain snap, and know the test has been won, the old season is over, WELCOME TO THE NEW!
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV
YOUR GOD DOES NOT LIE!
“and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be death; there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, or crying, or pain; for the former order of things has passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true [they are accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy].”
-Revelation 21:4-5 AMP
I pray for you, you will not be found wanting on the day of battle. God’s strength will carry you through your promise land, you will not give way neither will settle for just at the edge of breakthrough.. the Holy Ghost shall carry you and you shall STAND! And as God gives you a NEW LIFE, A NEW SEASON you will offer that season back to Him because you know He is the one who did it.
STAND! IN JESUS NAME, STAND!
And on this note, I’d love to say I am back back the blog.
I am currently revamping our pages like about me and about the blog.
Also the home page and my books page so you can purchase my books directly from the site. A lot are in store as I would also be back to blogging regularly here by God’s grace.
Check out my about page and speaking of books, please go check out NEW BEGINNINGS which is accurate for this post Here.
I’ve also got new books coming out this week. You will hear about them faster if you follow me here on Instagram @HephzibahFrances
I’d see you soon.
Lots of love,