It’s a mess.
Even for Buffalo, the snowfall levels have been extraordinarily high. Just like so many other cities and states across the region, my hometown has gotten pounded with the white stuff.
Well, over the past couple days, it has been somewhat warmer. The roadways are clearer, but the snow is now turning to slush. That can make for pretty nasty driving conditions..
Yesterday afternoon, inches away from my driveway, I drove right through a mountain of slushy brown snow and got stuck. I was literally looking at my house and couldn’t move forward.
After about five minutes passed, I saw a car coming toward me, but the way my vehicle was angled, the driver didn’t have enough room to go around me.
I was blocking the road.
There were two people in the other car and I figured they would be quite frustrated by this delay.
On the contrary, these kind souls immediately hopped out and with no questions asked, started pushing me out of this icy rut. One of them even scooped the ice away from my tire with their bare hands, in the cold, then resumed pushing.
It was the nicest thing.
From my rear, they told me which way to turn the wheel, when to move forward, when to back up.
With their power behind me, thank God, it became possible for me to get un-stuck.
You’ve got power behind you too.
The Lord’s got your back and I don’t mean that as a cliché’. He is working things out for you and blocking the assault of the enemy against you.
It was the power of God working from behind that made it possible for the Israelites to cross the Red Sea.
In Exodus 14:19, the Bible says the angel of the Lord and that pillar of cloud God used to guide the Israelites through the wilderness, moved from in front to behind them.
This shift was important and served a dual role. I want you to pay attention to this.
By God’s supernatural power, once the cloud moved behind Israel, it cast extreme darkness over Pharaoh and his army, the enemy of Israel, thereby obscuring their path forward.
Simultaneously, on the side of the cloud facing the direction of God’s chosen people, it emitted light, illuminating the way.
When Moses stretched his rod and parted the sea, Israel could see their path forward while walking across the Red Sea on dry land.
The Egyptians, however, whose hearts were hardened against God’s people, were blinded by the supernatural darkness of the cloud.
So we can clearly see that, when God got behind Israel, He put a separation between them and the enemy. The Egyptians, who sought to attack them from behind, were neutralized.
God blocked the attack.
He’s blocking it in your life too.
Moses’ rod took care of the obstacle in front of Israel, by dividing the seas, and the angel of the Lord took care of the one behind them, by keeping Pharaoh and his army away.
Israel was covered on both ends.
So are you.
Isn’t that awesome?
Even when you’re walking through the darkest valley, there is a rod and staff to protect and comfort you (Psalm 23:4), as goodness and mercy follows you from behind (Psalm 23:6) all the days of your life.
Friend, I know the enemy is coming after you, trying to intimidate you, cause chaos in your life and ultimately destroy you, but don’t panic. Don’t worry. Don’t fear. God has you covered and has the enemy blocked.
He’s blocking the attack on your family.
He’s blocking the attack on your mind.
He’s blocking the attack on your ministry.
He’s blocking the attack on your health.
He’s blocking the attack in every area of your life where Satan has tried to stop you from possessing the promises of God.
In Isaiah 52:12 KJV, God told His people, “For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.”
That word “rereward” in Hebrew means “rear guard” like the rear guard of an army, which defends, protects and prevents attacks from the rear.
So God was saying, you don’t have to run away from the enemy, be intimidated, or fearful, because God has got your back. He is your defense.
He’s your rear guard, blocking the enemy’s weapons. That’s why what the devil tries won’t work!
To remind you that God is fighting the enemy on your behalf, I’m stirring Exodus 14:14 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, place your hope, confidence and trust in the Lord who defends you. Know that He is your present help in trouble.
And remember, the attack the enemy had planned will not succeed. God has already blocked it and surrounded you with favor to move forward.
Now please join me in praying for the individuals on our “Thoughtful Thursdays” intercessory prayer list that are seeking God for breakthrough in their lives. As we join our faith together, we know God will move.
I am requesting prayer for healing from multiple forms of cancer; lung, breast and bone. I am standing on God's word that I am healed by the blood of Jesus. No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
I read your daily inspirations and can honestly say they have pulled me from the brink of suicide and given me hope to keep pressing. I've learned that I don't really want to die. I just don't want to remain in the state I'm in. While my story has many horrible and unfair twists, the only true tragedy is that I live every day in a constant state of expectation of what my purpose is and every day I return lost and more confused. I want change in my life for my children and even pursue it to be their example, but I always end up right back at the same place of empty and nothingness. Again, I'm tired and uninterested. I know God's word. I just rarely see it actualized in my life. For my children's sake, I am asking you to pray for a breakthrough for me in my mind and spirit. . . for my children, breakthrough so that they can connect with God's purpose and not be in a consistent flailing into nothingness state like their mother. Thank you for your prayers.
I have been struggling with depression. My husband filed for a divorce in January abandoning his role as my husband and his responsibility as father to our 3 year old son. Other than some really bad arguments we've had during the four years we were together, I have never dishonored our marriage. In the meantime, I have been coping with making the transition to being a single parent, working full-time and taking classes online. Additionally, I keep getting ill because of all of the stress. I do not have a local support system where I live, so I have to do everything for my child alone. It's been overwhelming as I have had feelings of rejection, anger, bitterness, and that I am unworthy of being loved. Please pray my strength in the Lord, for my mind to be completely renewed in Christ, and deliverance from any strongholds that the enemy has used to keep me from living the life God has destined for my child and me. I will do the same for my fellow believers here as well.
I have been going through since my husband divorced me and my children decided they wanted to be with him and not me. I have struggled financially ever since. It seems on my jobs, I have fear of messing up and losing my jobs and I usually do. I have prayed and asked God for strength and faith to endure. Yet, my situation hasn't changed. I tell myself stay in faith, God is going bring you out. When I think I see light at the end of the tunnel something happens and the situation worsens. Please stand with me in prayer. I have messed up on this job, and I have one month to improve. Since being told this, I have messed up again. If I lose this job, I can't pay my bills. I am living off my savings and it won’t last too much longer. This job pays so little and it only meets my little bills and not my big ones. My savings takes care of that. Please pray God will help me no matter what his will is. I choose to trust him day by day.
I have a son who recently gave his life to Christ and was baptized. He is 11. He is hurting because his father is addicted to sex, alcohol, and has so many children it's ridiculous. He cries and prays. I pray with him and don't know what else to do. Please, I ask for someone to stand in the gap for my baby. Thank you.
This has really touched my spirit. I believe God can and will do it in my situation. I ask you all to stand with me on my marriage. My husband and I have been separated for over a year. I ask God to open our hearts and give us clear direction.
On Feb. 21st I lost my brother to a heart attack. On Feb. 24th I lost my best friend since childhood to complications from breast cancer. Losing them has been devastating for me. I know from a spiritual aspect I should be rejoicing but I'm struggling with the physical desire of wanting them here. I have been in a constant battle between my spirit and mind this week. Please pray that I continue in the narrow road and don't get consumed by what I see and how I feel.
Please continue to pray for me, my husband and this marriage. I need direction. My husband has a lot of issues with lust, womanizing. Only GOD can fix it.
I really feel like it's not ok for me to ask for prayer for this but I'm so tired of allowing the wrong type of man in my life. I end up hurting over and over again. I'm an empty nester, mother of one who has never truly had a real healthy relationship with a man. I want to at this point in my life to ask God to send me the husband he wants me to be with. I don't want to keep men who cheat, lie and pretend to have a relationship with God. My heart has been left broken and hurt one too many times. I've taken years off from dating in the past just to return to attracting the same type of man. I feel depleted and I wanted to give up on thinking true love will happen for me. I'm a faithful, loyal and nurturing person who seems to never get that in return. I'm asking for prayer to be healed from the hurt and for God to send the right man that he has for me...one who sees me as his future wife and is not interested in playing games.
I am praying for my husband to be released from the demons of alcoholism, anger and fear. To listen to God's voice and accept him into his heart to have peace and joy in the Lord.
Dianna, it is no accident that I came across your page after a bout of crying. They say every time we rise to a new level there is a new opposition. I pray to God every night and I ask of him in the request for divine intervention in a God given relationship of mine. I feel the enemy attacks this relationship because every time there is a breakthrough a setback comes out of nowhere derailing peace. This has happened through the scheme of third parties. I know and feel in my heart that God placed this person in my life for a deeper reason. God hear my prayer and forgive me for being human but my emotions have caused me to stop in my tracks at times with despair. I love you Lord. Please break down walls.
I am asking for prayer for my marriage. It has not been going well at all and at times I really want to give up. Fear & doubt creep in. I begin to wonder, is it even worth it? It seems as if I am the only one in my marriage wanting or trying to make it work, or even cares if it does work. I am asking for prayer, that God restore my marriage.
Please pray with me that God will reveal if I'm meant to be married or not. You know I have this vision in my mind of what my husband should be but the men that present themselves are contrary to that. I feel like at 32 maybe it won't happen or maybe I should just settle for whoever presents themselves next. I don't know but I've always waivered in this area and I'm tired of feeling this way and tired of feeling like maybe there is something wrong with me.
I have been praying for a new job. I have been working for the past 9 months from being laid off for 2 years. I took the first thing because I need income coming in, because my husband has been laid off for 3 years. I cried the first 2 months. My desire is to work from home. Praying for the healing of my husband and for him to find a job as well. So, I will not have to work 2 jobs.
God, the enemy is attacking me from every angle, but I know I am protected, blessed and favored. Despite what it looks like right now, I refuse to speak defeat, but I declare that no weapon formed against me shall prosper, for You are my help. Thank You Lord for the victory You have already won! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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