And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42 (NKJV)
Recently, Jesus impressed on my heart to read a little bit more about the life of Mary of Bethany. Every time I opened my bible, Mary’s story was on the pages, right in front of me.
He showed me once again that Mary understood the value of drawing close to Him.
I am aware that many people have experienced hard times over the past year and the bridal company was not exempted. It was a tremendously difficult season, tough battles in a dry and weary land. It is so natural to focus on the storm and to be consumed by it, but Jesus wants to change that. He is calling us to come closer and to lock our eyes with His, keeping our attention and focus solely on Him so that our hearts can become one with Him.
Personally, I also went through a challenging time last year as the enemy sowed so much discouragement into my heart. At times I became weary from the never-ending battles. Some days I didn’t even have the energy to spend as much time with Jesus as I usually would have in the past. I now realize that this is exactly what he wanted. The enemy knows that if we spend our time at our King’s feet, we will be victorious and undefeated, yet I did not choose the ‘good part’ as Mary did. Fortunately for me, (and for all of us) Jesus remains faithful even if we are not.
On the 14th of January this year, Jesus gave me a dream where He explained to me what was going on. He said, “Lydia, you are exactly where I want you to be. I allowed you to go through all the hardships and discouragement because I was busy forming you into the likeness of Me.” I know that the messages Jesus usually gives me are not only for me, but also for His bride. He is busy preparing His bride for everything that is to come. He wants us to stand firm in who He says He is.
This is the year for Lazarus to be raised from (spiritual) death. The Lord wants to teach us what is written in John 11:15 (NKJV), “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”
I heard the Lord say, “Miracles can come out of painful places.” He wants to show us who He is, so that we can learn to trust Him. He wants to demonstrate His power in this coming year. He is the Resurrected One, and whoever clings to Him in faith will live forever.
But what does the Lord require from us? In Luke 9:23-24 (TPT) He says, “If you truly desire to be my disciple, you must disown your life completely, embrace my ‘cross’ as your own, and surrender to my ways. For if you choose self-sacrifice, giving up your lives for my glory, you will embark on a discovery of more and more of true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will lose what you try to keep.”
Jesus wants to impart to us a new found faith in Him. He is asking us to obey Him even when it doesn’t make sense. YOU HAVE TO GO AGAINST THE GRAIN. Walking with God means walking in a different direction than the norm. 2021 will not be easier, but it will be good if you walk with Jesus. Things will get much, much darker. You will need Holy Spirit to fill you with His discernment, otherwise you will fall into deception.
I want to end with this prayer in Colossians 1:9-14 (TPT):
“Since we first heard about you, we’ve kept you always in our prayers that you would receive the perfect knowledge of God’s pleasure over your lives, making you reservoirs of every kind of wisdom and spiritual understanding.
We pray that you would walk in the ways of true righteousness, pleasing God in every good thing you do. Then you’ll become fruit-bearing branches, yielding to his life, and maturing in the rich experience of knowing God in his fullness!
And we pray that you would be energized with all his explosive power from the realm of his magnificent glory, filling you with great hope. Your hearts can soar with joyful gratitude when you think of how God made you worthy to receive the glorious inheritance freely given to us by living in the light.
He has rescued us completely from the tyrannical rule of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom realm of his beloved Son. For in the Son all our sins are cancelled and we have the release of redemption through his very blood.”