Ministers Wilbert and Jacqueline Richardson

“Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you. But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly].” 1 Peter 4:12-13

Many in the Body of Christ are crying out that they are being stretched to the limit. If you listen carefully you will hear words like “I am so discouraged”, “I feel like I am going to break”, and “When is this going to end?”. Many are wondering just what is happening.  Some are smiling on the outside but crying on the inside – discouraged by the long battle.

The stretching, and stretching and just when they think that they cannot stretch any further they stretch again. What is really happening, with all this stretching? Picture this, in a natural pregnancy, many women end up with stretchmarks. That is because the baby that they are carrying is growing and expanding. The closer it gets to the birth of the child the more uncomfortable it becomes.

So it is in the spiritual. If you are being stretched and stretched, know that you will give birth to something great eventually.  Press forward through the pain and discomfort and be reminded that you are not in it alone, God is with you.

Though it may be painful and uncomfortable we must always remember the words of 1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Yes, the testing may seem hard and the way may seem rough but know that God is still with you and if you are going through it, it is because you can bear it with the help of the Lord.

Just begin to praise the Lord.  You may feel like you are stretching and burning at the same time. We do not like to be in the fire but the fire is good for us. In the fire, we are not burned but the things that are not of God in our lives are burnt off. God continues to show himself faithful to us in the midst of it all. Just begin to praise the Lord. “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.” 1 Peter 4:12

Know that despite the stretching and despite being in the fire God is doing a great work in your life. Allow the Lord to work His divine plan and purpose out in you and through you. Just begin to praise the Lord. Don’t complain, don’t fuss, just give God thanks and praise in the midst of everything. For God has a great track record. He never abandons His children. He is an excellent provider and sustainer. He is never too early, never too late, always on time.

You can look back and see that the Lord has been, He is and He will continue to be good to you. Ask the Lord for the strength to face each day. Trust Him at all times. Cast all your cares on Him for He surely loves you and He cares for you. Praise God daily and give Him thanks. Worship Him. “… be not weary in well doing.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13  Persevere, press forward.

Quitting is not an option. You are on the brink of miracles. You are about to give birth. PUSH!! PUSH!! PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS!!! PRAISE UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS!!! PRESS UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS!!!! Praise you Jesus! Glory be to God!

Don’t wait until you see it. Begin by faith to rejoice and thank God for the miracles and the breakthroughs in your life, in your family. Thank you Jesus! Hallelujah! I feel the anointing even now and the presence of the Lord! Yes Lord! Thank you Jesus!!! Lord in the name of Jesus Christ, I thank you for our readers. I thank you that the work that you have begun in their lives you will see it to completion.

Lord, I thank you that you not only are the answer but you have the answers. Thank you Lord for your anointing that breaks and destroys every yoke. Praise your name Jesus. Lord pour fresh oil on all our readers today. Lord I come in agreement with them that your divine plans and purpose for their lives will come to pass. I thank you Lord that there will be no spiritual abortions or miscarriages in the realm of the spirit.

I take authority even now over every stronghold of the enemy and I bind them in the name of Jesus Christ and command them to go chained and locked into the bottom of the ocean. I bind every negative word spoken against the readers in the name of Jesus Christ and I command those words to be null and void in the name of Jesus Christ. I decree and declare this day that no weapon formed against them shall prosper.

Thank you Jesus for victory. Thank you Lord for breaking the chains and for total freedom today, in the name of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah. Lord, I pray for renewed strength for them.  Renew  their strength Lord this very day. Thank you Lord for your anointing, your power, your presence. Praise you Jesus. Thank you Lord. Hallelujah. Thank you Lord for hearing and answering this prayer in Jesus Name, amen. Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord! Glory to God! Be encouraged today. Keep praying, praising and pressing.  God is sure to come through for you.