“A Gentle Spirit with a Giant Message, is how I describe Holly Smith. Women are drawn to her message because of her genuine love for Christ and her transparency portrayed in her testimony. The message Holly shares thru ‘The Cracked Pot’ will touch and bring freedom to women of all generations. She shares God’s message with a passionate commitment to change the lives of others in a positive way. She recently spoke at a Powerful Journey Women’s Conference. The evidence of the power in her message was shown as her session quickly filled with standing room only. As God continues to do a great work through Holly, she will be an added bonus to any program.”
— Phyllis Jenkins, Powerful Journey
“I believe God’s ultimate aim is to cause you to conquer your greatest fear. He does this by exposing the lie you believed. One lie is to look to yourself for ability and deliverance. I didn’t need a master’s degree to follow my Master’s decree to my destiny.”
— Holly Smith
How do you solve the dilemma of feeling a lack or weakness in an area of your life? We’ve learned as Christians that we are not really to go by what we think or feel but by the Word of God, so we pray. But if persistent prayer has not completely conquered this weakness yet, what can we do?
While discussing this with my husband one morning, I told him the only thing that ever worked for me in combination with prayer was to meditate and ponder a scripture until it becomes part of you. Here is what I do. Focus on the area or quality you want to improve. Find a verse with the desired result and paste it to the area of need as the remedy. By that I mean, every time I am faced throughout my day with this insufficiency, I ask the Holy Spirit to make a change in me according to this verse in this area.
I began to recall every breakthrough that had come my way through this method and recited them to my husband. When I pondered John 8:32, (You will know the truth and the truth will set you free), God revealed what I needed to do for Him to set me free at that time. I was to get rid of all offenses or unforgiveness, even things not my fault. Next, I pondered Rom. 8:28 about turning things for good and God turned a difficult situation into salvation for another, Rom. 8:1 reminded me there is no condemnation in Christ, don’t receive it from another, John 12:32 reminded me to honor Christ and He will draw people to Himself through us, I John 3:1 gave me a deposit of His love that I would never doubt again despite my past, I Cor. 1:5 that I have all I need for speaking and knowledge because of my testimony in Him, Eph. 6:19 that I will be given words to fearlessly make known His gospel, John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit will teach me what I need to know and remind me of everything He has already taught me. Whether the verse delivered courage, love, confidence, boldness, honor, or understanding; each gave a desired result. This process may take a week or even a month of pressing in and ruminating over a scripture and asking God for belief for this new strength.
What do you need? What areas need fortitude or revelation? Find the verse that answers that question in your life. Meditate on it day and night until it becomes alive and active in your life. When God’s Word goes out, it does not return empty but accomplishes what He desires and achieves the purpose for which He sends it. (Is. 55:11) As you keep your focus and draw close, remember that whatever you ask in faith, He will do it for you.
Jesus rebuked Peter in Matthew 16:23,“…you do not have in mind the things of God but the things of men.” Which do you have in mind? Are you prepared, equipped, toughened for the season ahead?
I had a problem. I was impatient to reach my destiny but the more impatient I became, the more God dragged his feet. I didn’t know that God was about to bring me into his conditioning school to educate me for my calling and eventual restoration. God brought me into the desert to speak tenderly to me, yes, but also to humble and test my heart. He used the very same program with the Patriarchs before they entered their Promised Land. They endured a season of difficulty that served to make them strong, firm, and steadfast.
The Hebrew definition for wilderness means place of the speaking. This is the place where you acquire the experiences to back up your beliefs and hear the Lord’s voice. I learned not to run from pain or trouble because when we face our trials and fears, they may prove to be an avenue to our freedom.
Jacob had to face his fears, doubts, motives of selfish ambition and striving. Have you ever struggled with any of these? He wrestled with the angel of God and hung on, (another good thing to do), until God blessed him with a new name but not before he received a limp that others could relate to. Why a limp? The limp is to remind us not to rely on ourselves but God.
Another major regeneration comes about in our thinking during this time. We learn we are no longer to lean on our own understanding or minds of reason. The Holy Spirit now writes God’s commands on our hearts and minds by His Spirit for each new situation in our lives. (Heb.10:16)
We must learn to hear His voice and obey by following His guidance because we have never been this way before. As we obey, we become all He intends us to be. We can expect a time of setting apart from the world. He plans to do amazing things among us as we enter our promised land to represent Him.
God’s tour of the desert taught me about the great exchange: His strengths for my weakness, releasing those I love to His care, trusting Him for provision, relying on His faith when mine runs out, and finally, giving Him all the glory.
How will this change your life? You will have a whole new perspective when you find that the very obstacles and troubling trials that bar your way at times become roads of opportunity, freedom, and hope for others. This transformation of thinking will increase your endurance to stay the course as you are being given the tools and weapons to fight the giants in your land.
Let’s ask God to help us learn the lessons of the desert and overcome obstacles in our paths so that we can be one of whom it is said,
“Who is this coming up out of the wilderness leaning on her Beloved?”(Song of Songs 8:5) And when God calls, you can confidently say,
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
You have been on an intriguing treasure hunt. I have revealed many mysteries to you and there is so much more to discover. You have slowed down enough to hear my voice. Just as in the story of Mary and Martha, Mary chose the important thing to sit at my feet, enjoy my company, and wait for my instruction. Sometimes I conceal things because it would be too much to discover all at once. Each lesson needs to sink in deeply enough to remain. Continue to search out matters of interest and concern because I will give you the keys from my treasure house and answers to your most puzzling questions. Your hunger to seek truth will open up doors of understanding and wisdom. Spend time with me so you will be fully aware of the enemy’s schemes against you. I will hide you under the shadow of my wings for I am endowing you with an extra measure of discernment for the times ahead and my plans for you. Use your time wisely as your time is approaching…
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. If indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Rom. 8:16,18 NIV)
If you have shared in my sufferings, shouldn’t you be able to share in my glory? My son was mocked, misunderstood, and rejected at the hands of men also. Keep on the journey to share in my glory. What can man do to you after all? You need to know you will not be disgraced because your vindicator is near. If your spirit testifies with mine that you are my children then you are not of this world. Look for the supernatural! Gather the manna I am sending! See me coming through for you in your minds and spirits for it to become reality. My spirit cannot inhabit doubt. Soothe your anxieties–my burden is light. Put your hand to my task and you will feel peace. Become God-conscious; I am the constant in your life. Use your authority to command and rebuke your enemies, hold up your shield of faith, banish regret! You and I are going in to overthrow the enemy that has plagued you and see the glory revealed in your life. The God of peace will soon crush satan under your feet. (Romans 16:20 NIV)
“Everybody is a star. I can feel it when you shine on me. I love you for who you are, not the one you feel you need to be.” Sly and the Family Stone
Help us to know we don’t have to earn Your love and are already in good standing with You. Help each of us to receive Your love by grace, that has already been bought by Jesus on the cross. Help us to to know you love us for who we are in you and have a sense of our being not just what we do. You have made each of us unique and have a plan for all of us. Amen