Category Archives: Affliction

Counted In 

Life can sometimes seem harsh. Many feel forgotten, forsaken and abused. A weight of rejection and uncertainty can leave some making choices to either run away from process or take the matters of process in their own hands and under their own control. 

Hagar from biblical times was a slave servant who was brought in the midst of a foreign culture and people. She was forced into circumstances beyond her control. 

Sarai her mistress was in waiting for a promise from God to be fulfilled in her and her husband’s life. What do you do when you have a promise from God and waiting becomes difficult? How do you handle life when waiting starts to feel like God has forgotten you and what if you wait any longer and it doesn’t happen? 

Anxious Sarai takes the matters into her own hands and encourages her husband to go with her maid. In a moment of fear and insecurity we can make foolish choices that afterwards turns into a mess. Why would we take what God has given to us and put it with another and expect them to birth our promise? 

Grace is patient enough to allow the mess to happen, but not to throw away the promise. 

Hagar the maid began to receive harsh treatment and decided to run. What do you do when you experience harsh treatment or harsh circumstances for things that weren’t your doings, idea or plan? Runing to escape pain and suffering sometimes seems like the only way out of our condition when we feel like we are counted out. 

There is a God who sees when we are deeply hurt from harsh treatment. He shows up that we may encounter Him as ‘The God who sees’.  What do you do when the God who sees sends you back to a place of pain, harsh treatment and rejection and tells you to submit? That is often is where many will feel counted out and forsaken and say,  ‘God if you are really got me in this why would you allow me to suffer like this?’ 

Why would you allow me to eventually be casted out when I do go back to submit and left no choice but to endure the wilderness? In the wilderness lack seems to hit you in the face. Lack of resources, support and intimate meangingful relationships. Many begin to see and hear death and think that nothing will get better. I believe it’s in those places where we may be casted out that God has a special golden invitation for us to experience Him as the God who will always make a way even for those who are most rejected in society and those who appear to always struggle to suceed. 

There are many who feel counted out through circumstances and situations. Feeling counted out in waiting or/and feeling counted out in experiencing rejection or being overlooked. 



There are times when others both unitentionally and intentionally will count you out, but there is new life after every waiting process and there is provision for those casted out to be counted in. 


You’re really counted in!  You will never be left out of God’s purpose and destiny for you when we allow all that He desires to be give us the warm embrace and minister to our hearts and souls and heal our lives. 

Prayer Points: The Secret Place of Protection 

Amongst all the pestilence and danger all around, there is a secret place. In this place, there is deliverance from the snare of the fowler (Psalm 91: 3). As believers, our faith prayers of declaring that God is our hiding place and security seals us under a protected dwelling place.  

 

1) Making God our habitation. 

God promises to deliver us when we make him our habitation and set our love upon Him. The secret place where we reside and dwell is where our praises flow unhinderedly. Our praises are where God will always be. God wants to be in the place of our living. He wants to fill up every space in our lives with His presence, power, and protection.   

 

Hindrances to the Secret Place: 

 

Drunkenness – When we are not sober, we are open to an excess of any evil. It gives Satan legal access to wreak havoc in our physical, mental, and spiritual well – being. Being filled with the Spirit is the solution to being set free from the snare of drunkenness whether physically, spiritually, or mentally.  

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5: 18)  

 

 

 

FEAR – There are many kinds of fears including phobias. I believe everyone at some point has been afraid. Believers holding a resistance to God in the way He wants to move upon them is often rooted in fear. Fear of what people may say, think, or act. Our freedom is more important than being understood, approved of, accepted, and treated well. A lack of trust in God in any area of our lives could be closely related to fear. How do we perceive God as our Heavenly Father? Do we see Him as a cruel master or the one out to punish us? Do we believe or act as if our imperfections make us unlovable and worthless? All these things can be blockages to deeper, higher, and wider in the Lord. There are divine encounters we have yet to experience. But we don’t have to feel condemned and inferior because of the fear. Just little by little allow God’s perfect love to strengthen us and wash away our fears.  

 

2) Setting Our Love Upon the Lord 

     Where there is love there is no room for fear. Torment is not from God.   Even when a host may encamp around us, when we abide in setting our love upon God, our hearts don’t need to fear. When we love on the Lord, we remain in that secret place. When war rises up against us, we can have confidence through staying close to the Lord. Dwelling in God’s house, beholding His beauty, and inquiring in His temple are some of the ways we set our love upon God. This is done through faithfulness and seeking after Him.  

 

As we trust that God will lift our head above our enemies, we can sing praises unto Him and offer sacrifices of joy. Anxious and troubled, many of us lack that ONE THING when we look in the spiritual mirror and see the reflection from pain and failure. If the truth be told many of us struggle with being consistent with that ONE THING that God is asking of us.  

 

 

 

 

    3) Knowing God’s name 

 

    In the secret place of protection, we know that God is a strong tower and as the righteous that’s where we run and find safety (Proverbs 18:10). Knowing who God is and His ways gives Him access to be and do His will and plan in our lives as we embrace Him and receive from Him. 

 

 

 

God shine your truth on us that we will learn to continually make you our habitation, set our love upon you, and know your name. Help us to stand with the armour of power and protection as we are shielded in your presence. May we continue to decree and declare your promises and trust that the work is already done and believing that they will manifest just like you said. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!