“Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” [John 11:43 NLT]

Welcome to Friday Fire!

I speak to those areas of your life where you may feel tired, depleted, worthless, oppressed, depressed, stuck, feelings of lack, struggle, sickness, worn, ignored, rejected, confused, (you fill in the blank).

Come out!

God has called me for such a time as this to speak to you in this season of your life. Therefore, I speak to you in your place of darkness with authority and say, “Come out!”

You shall live and not die! [Psalm 118:17]

I woke this morning discerning people around the world having thoughts to give up. Not today! You shall live and not die!

I woke this morning seeing people waving the white towel signifying that they are tired and find themselves ready to quit. Not today! You shall live and not die!

You have a purpose! God has called you for such a time as this and today is not the day to quit! You shall live and not die!

You’re not alone. Many of God’s children find themselves in this space of questioning and doubting. We often find ourselves at a crossroad thinking we are undervalued, incompetent, ill-equipped, unappreciated, undeserving, not good enough, unworthy, and overlooked.

There are times when we may find ourselves wondering around talking to ourselves asking if we are capable and equipped to do the work where God has extended a calling. We may even find that others will question our ability which reinforces us to question if we are hearing God correctly. I was in this space yesterday.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord speak to my spirit, “Gail, come out!” I had so much on my mind. I could feel darkness trying to take me to a place where I knew I could not go. On July 1, I began a new chapter of my life as my husband, and I ended our time with the church we planted. Fourteen years later we were released by God to do something new. Almost two months later I can feel the excitement slipping. I just knew God would reveal our new ministry immediately because we were obedient to His call. Nope! It didn’t happen. The darkness I was feeling on yesterday tried to consume me. I wanted answers. I wanted to know what’s next. I started questioning if I really heard God. I was entering a place of isolation and darkness. My mind was on automatic rewind remembering those times where I had lack of wisdom, knowledge, fruit of the spirit, finances, joy, and comfort.

The Holy Spirit spoke louder, “Gail, come out!”

I sat at my office desk ready to throw my computer across the room out of frustration for feeling the squeeze of where God had me in this moment. Our transition was supposed to have been easy, I thought. What’s next? I yelled! Then I looked at my hands somewhat laying on the computer keyboard. All I could pray was, “God, bless the work of my hands.” I quickly googled, Psalm 90:17 which says, “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands.” Yes, Lord, establish the work of our hands.

At that moment I began to feel the lifting of darkness. Joy filled my heart. I could see Jesus pulling me through. I would like to say that my entire day changed for the better. However, soon thereafter I received a call that a good friend of mine had passed away.

I had enough strength to speak truth to my spirit. Think about this for a moment. Imagine if I had not heard God calling me to “come out” I would have slipped deeper into darkness. God was so kind to me that He called me out before allowing me to learn of my friend. God loves me so much that He allowed me to see a glimpse of my hands for me to ask Him to bless the work of my hands. The joy of the Lord is my strength. Yes, my friends passing rocked me. Yes, God was already present within me to pull me through.

Friday Fire. I don’t know what you are dealing with today or what you may have dealt with all week. However, today! Today, you shall live and not die.

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We struggle. We wrestle. Satan lied. He wants nothing more than for us to slip and stay in the darkness and to go into a place of isolation.

Right now. Regardless of what you are doing. Take a moment and be still. Quiet the pounding of your heart and the voices of your head. Surrender to God. Hear Him calling your name to “come out!”

Start singing a hymn. Quote, a Scripture. Think of these things; “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise…” [Philippians 4:8]

What are you to do?

  1. Be obedient and come out.
  2. Be intentional and pray.
  3. Be about Gods word.
  4. Be filled with wisdom.
  5. Be aware of the enemy’s lies.
  6. Be blessed and live.
  7. Be free from darkness and isolation.

You’ve been released. Time to celebrate. You do know that when you praise your way through the atmosphere changes. So, let’s worship and give God thanks for calling you out.

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