“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
Yesterday in a moment of weakness and lack of purpose, my husband and I began to question our journey-mainly because of the length of the trials and by looking at the prosperity of some who seem to have everything going for them. There was something in God’s word in I Timothy which brought me back to reality and the true meaning and fulfillment in life.
I Timothy 6:6-12
The greatest “profit” is to have the awe of God. Godliness with contentment is great gain. To have our necessities met is enough. For you, son of man, chase after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and humility. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called… Don’t rely on your wealth but be willing to share and be generous and be rich in good works.
Does doubt ever creep into your life? If so, we often go back to satan’s question in the garden-“Did God really say?” In my case, did God really say for me to work on my writing, meet with people to counsel and believe Him for provision? I want to be obedient but it sometimes feels like I’m swimming upstream. I believe He has provided and will continue to in some manner but it’s not always as much as we desire or think we need to feel secure, is it? Can you relate? Whatever God is saying to you is what you should do but often we ask, “Did God really say?…”
We have to continually depend on Him and that runs completely opposite to our independent and proud nature. We get trapped by greed and our own desires. Wanting more actually pushes us away from faith. What or who are we trusting in? In the midst of these double-minded thoughts-I heard God ask a question-“What do you need money for?” What a funny question! Truly I wasn’t hurting or in need at the moment. What do I need money for-to be more self-indulgent? After all I was just given a trip to the mountains.
One of the days while on my short trip to Colorado, my friend and I were walking around the square in town and saw an artistic jewelry store going out of business. My friend was having fun trying on things and delighted at the lowered prices. She ended up buying several items. I resisted thinking I better just be happy to have necessities right now. I had been drawn to some pretty amber necklaces. When I got home my husband remarked that I should have bought something. That was a nice gesture since he knew our finances were tight. Next my sister gifted me with two amber necklaces which went with the earrings I already had to make a set! The nicest thing was she didn’t want any money for them and they were prettier than the ones I had resisted in the store. God outdid Himself again in His generosity and blessing. Does He care about the little things? Yes!
Another time on the trip I know I had angels watching over me. I accidentally left my 13 hour drive. A Christian woman working at the station had my phone in safekeeping and actually fed exed it to me in 2 days! God was even covering my careless mistakes. Would I really like to be on my own and running my own life again? No!
I’m afraid my life would be a disaster! I’m grateful for Paul’s words to Timothy this morning and am glad to be in God’s watch care and following Him. After all, He is going to give you more than you could ask or imagine. So be content with what you have! Therein is great treasure, reward and peace to rest at night. You’ve got this, God! I’m yours! I want to be like Mary who treasured and pondered all these things in her heart and said, “ I am the Lord’s servant, may His word to me be fulfilled.”
My people, you’ve become anxious about what is next but I have told you I will be with you and I will reveal my plans soon because they are springing up now. Every lesson you’ve learned needs to be recorded because others don’t know how to cross the desert season they are entering. You will testify of my faithfulness throughout your lives and the understanding I have imparted/deposited in you. Put on your glasses of discernment because it will be an amazing and wild ride until the day we are united. Let others see what a surrendered life looks like as I provide and speak intimately to you and bring to pass what I’ve promised.
Is. 57:11 Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me? (NIV)
Is. 57:11 Did you forget about me and become unfaithful because you were more afraid of someone else? Have I been silent so long that you no longer fear me? (Contemporary English Version)
This scripture seemed to stick in my mind this morning. It may be for more people than just me. Have you heard from God lately? Maybe we are too busy talking and asking for our requests. God is not our “genie”.
Is. 50:4b “He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” (NIV)
He gives the word to sustain the weary… One word from God can energize your whole life. Keep your focus to listen and engage in a two way conversation. God actually likes questions and challenges when we want to know more about him and his plans for us and those we are praying for… He sees an eternal perspective and knows what’s best for us.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (I Peter 4:12-13 NIV)
We need to learn to embrace our pain and not run from it because on the other side of that embrace is breakthrough and transformation. When life gets hard, we need to remember we are going through a refining with a glorious end around the corner. God is still on the job-we are in fact close to a huge breakthrough. The darkest hour is just before the dawn. Some things are coming to the surface in order to be cast off!
God uses these difficulties to enlarge our thinking. A higher way opens up to those whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. When you have stood in the shoes of suffering, it is in order to comfort those with the comfort you received. You are helping others overcome their trials and gain God’s strength. The word says we go from strength to strength till each appears before Zion. Surely you will be blessed when you follow Me, Jesus says, and you will do even greater things than I.
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 open us up for change and become 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,
As you encounter larger trials in the Christian life, you must either decide to be ever vigilant and relentless in your self-protection or surrender that responsibility to God and trust in His oversight. There are no other choices, because inevitably, in your response to larger problems, you’ll attempt to venture further and further into the Holy Spirit’s supervision of your affairs. You must avoid restricting the Holy Spirit’s activity because at some point you will discover this is simply an action to escape the crucifying influence of the spirit and circumcision of your heart.
Do I want to shoulder a greater burden or a lesser one? Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy, my burden is light.” Is God calling me into greater dependence or independence? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all you ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Whose kingdom am I building, mine or his? John said it very well, “He must become greater, I must become less.” We must decide. Is. 9 says the government will be on His shoulders. “