Connie Hunter-Urban: The Scoop
My husband and I teach during a weekly streaming from our home. Then we have intercessory prayer. Others around our long, dining room table join us to pray for needs that have been sent to us. Often those prayer warriors speak prophetically and receive many words of knowledge, which time and again have been verified with results of deliverance and miracles. That atmosphere of God’s presence comes into our home even before the broadcast begins when Wade and I spend time in worship. Sometimes others come early to join us, but usually it’s just the two of us getting into His presence and preparing the way for God to move mightily on others’ behalf.
One night before we started worship, two ladies came to join us. Both had shared similar requests—one for herself and the other for her daughter. Both had problems with two things: issues that needed cleaned up in their lives and men who had broken their hearts then stomped on them. We were going to pray after worship time. Then, as the Lord’s presence moved into the room, He showed me an intense vision which I knew was a message for both ladies.
I saw a backhoe with a scoop on the front. That scoop was working diligently to get dirt out of there. I knew this scoop and dirt represented the Lord digging out what both ladies needed removed. Then, I saw a man standing where the scoop was. It continued to dig, and that meant getting the man out of the way. However, though he was being removed, the thing that struck me was HOW it was happening. That scoop picked him up so gently and set him down even more gently elsewhere.
As I watched, I was amazed at the love and gentleness that was used. Though I didn’t know either of the men involved, I was angry with both of them for hurting two women I loved. This scene, though, again reminded me that God loves our enemies just as much as He loves us. Though our reactions would be to get even, God’s is simply to love. It’s His job to deal with others. If we humans were in charge, we would do things our way and mess up God’s plan not only for us, but also for those who’ve hurt us. God wants all to be saved, but we often forget that the “goodness of God leads…to repentance” (Rom. 2:4). Our efforts do little, especially those born of hurt or vengeance.
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Holy Spirit is in the salvation business. He is patient, gentle, and kind and doesn’t want any to be lost—not even those who hurt us or our kids. Whether He permanently or temporarily removes someone hurtful from our lives, that doesn’t mean He’s being unkind to them or to us. Sometimes letting us experience hurt or pain or removing someone from another’s life is His love for both of us. He knows what will get our attention and theirs, too, to keep us from being forever lost or from making choices we will later regret.
What a wonderful reminder that His ways aren’t ours. Sometimes all we see is our pain and today’s circumstances. How we go through those times is a matter of trust. The lyrics to a song, “Trust His Heart,” say “when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan, when you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.” Today, we can’t see what He’s doing in us, our loved ones, our enemies, or even our nation. But trust Him. He had us scooped up in His hands, and He has a plan for us all.
A WORD FOR YOU TODAY!
A word by Joel Yount:
Several years ago while walking at a park an Eagle had flown right over me carrying what looked like a dead snake. The one thing that amazed me was how low the Eagle was flying as it flew above me. It was as if God was highlighting this occurrence that I had never experienced before.
Before seeing the Eagle and the snake, I had been walking around the park praying and declaring scriptures for breakthrough regarding a situation. Leading up to this time, it seemed as if there was an escalated season of attack from the enemy as someone had attempted to shut the Spirit Fuel website down. However, God stepped in and the individual responsible for that attempt did not succeed. Praise God!
Pay Attention To Signs God Reveals To You
God had stepped in many ways in only he could do. The escalated attacks had ceased. The Lord revealed to me that the Eagle had represented His power and protection coming down and taking the enemy (the snake) out of his place.
The Lord instructed me to send this testimony out today because He wants to remind many of you that nothing is hard for Him. He will send signs in the natural that relate to what is going on in the supernatural.
The prayers and declarations of saying scripture out loud at the park had activated something in the Spirit realm I believe. One important action I had taken before this event was sowing several seeds into different ministries. This act stretched my faith. When I saw what God did and how he turned the enemy’s plans upside down I was amazed. God is turning the enemy’s plans upside down in your own life today! Do something in the natural to activate the supernatural in your life today.
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