Life Goes On: How to Maintain Your Faith through Adversity

Life Goes On: How to Maintain Your Faith through Adversity

by Allison Gregory Daniels

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ISBN-13: 9781475967197
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/11/2013
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

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Life Goes On

How To Maintain your faith through adversity
By Allison Gregory Daniels

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Copyright © 2013 Allison Gregory Daniels
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ISBN: 978-1-4759-6719-7


Chapter One

Life Goes on

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee: Yea, I will help thee. (Is 41:10 KJV)

On January 3, 2003, I heard God speak to my spirit. He told me that I was going to go through some things in the next few years of my life that would shake the very foundation on which I stood. He told me that I was going to be attacked in several areas of my life, especially in the area of my faith. He said, I have called you to come out from among them. You must be able to stand in order for me to take you to your next level. You must trust me like never before because I have placed a calling on your life and I have anointed you and appointed you for this season in your life. He told me that this book was going to be the testament of my faith and trust in Him, for faith cometh by hearing and hearing cometh by the Word of God. As He continued to speak to me, He said, You're going to face some heartache and pain, but life goes on. Know that you're going to face some disappointments and rejections, but life goes on. Yes, you're going to face loss and lack, but life goes on. So, "Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee: Yea, I will help thee" (Is. 41:10 KJV).

I remembered saying to myself that God was preparing me for something I couldn't handle right then so I needed to continue to build up my spirit in order to face these future attacks. God's Word says, "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:14–17 King James Version, or KJV). I knew at that very moment that I needed to stop thinking about what I had lost in life and thank God for my next level. For the Word of God says, "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12:2 KJV). I had to change my way of thinking. I had to start speaking life to myself. I meditated on God's Word day in and day out. I thirsted and hungered for the Word of God to continually dwell inside me and strengthen me. I knew that I had to fall at His feet and lift up my hands and praise Him. The Bible says, "I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence cometh my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Ps. 121:1–2 KJV). I knew that praising Him was going to be my way out and that I had to release those negative strongholds that had been placed over my life. I knew that God had placed something deep down inside of me, and I was ready to receive it. But, I heard God say to me, Redirect your focus because life goes on. I'm getting ready to take you through some difficult experiences to strengthen your character, build your faith and your integrity, and to show you that I am able. Early one morning, at around three thirty, as I was meditating on the Word of God, I had an out-of-body experience. My body changed from one place or state of being into another. I saw my spirit, all dressed in white, remove itself from my body, turn around, and look at me, and then it walked up a hill. My body was being transformed right before my very eyes. I was passing from one stage of my life into the next. But God needed to work some things out in me before He could position me. For the Word of God says, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up" (Ecc. 3:1–3 KJV). I prayed that God would speak a word over my life and change it for its duration. I knew that the time had come for me to take my place in the Lord, that God had finally separated me from among my family, friends and co-workers. I had to answer the call that God had already placed on my life. Eternity had been placed in my heart to live out the will of and the call that God had over my life.

As I started walking into the calling that God had placed on me, I could hear God speaking to me about how to handle things and how to resist the cares and concerns of this world. Yet, some people started judging me. They wondered whether God had let me down or I had done something wrong. It seemed like the whole world had turned its back on me and walked away.

A friend of mine came to visit me, and I sat in my living room listening to her. She was like a sister to me and could see the tears flowing down my face. Without saying a word, she reached over me, grabbed my Bible, and started reading several Scriptures to me. Then, she said in her sweet, still voice, "It's going to be all right. You're going to be all right. God has you covered. God is watching over you, my sister, and God is going to bring you peace in the midst of your storms." And she sang a song with the line, "No weapon formed against me will prosper." Then, as she was leaving, she said, "Remember, 'The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters'"

(Ps. 23:1–2 KJV). When she left, I meditated on that Scripture over and over until it became a part of me and my transitional ministry. I started fixing my thoughts on Him and His power. It was very challenging for me because the devil had to now pull out his best efforts to try and trap me by setting a snare for my life. The word of God revealed that the devil was after my mind, my peace, and my life. The devil tried to destroy my life, but God was with me. My life was on its way to being turned upside down in a matter of months. "I have set the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken" (Ps. 16:8 KJV).

It was then time for me to stop pampering the things of the flesh and focus on feeding the fruits of the spirit of God. The Word of God says, "Behold now is the accepted time: behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Cor. 6:2 KJV). I knew that God was going to finish what He had started in my life. So, I started getting up at five o'clock in the morning and meditating on His Word so that I could gain a closer walk with Him because the Word of God says, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life" (John 10:27-28 KJV).

I wanted to get in position to hear God's voice so that I could receive what God had for me. My transition period was a time of healing and a time for me to process what needed to be healed and restored back to life. God was getting ready to release His wisdom, His peace, and His understanding, as well as His mercy and grace into my spirit. A spiritual awakening had finally been revealed to me. I had to get some tough skin in order to be ready for the attacks of the devil that were ahead of me. I needed to make sure that I knew that the value of my calling was not based on a mere man calling me. But, knowing that it was God who called me at His appointed time.

Life Goes On Prayer

(Psalms 26:1-7 KJV)
Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have
trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
For thy loving kindness is before mine eyes: and I
have walked in thy truth. I have not sat with vain persons,
Neither will I go in with dissemblers.
I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not
sit with the wicked. I will wash mine hands in innocency:
so will I compass thine altar, O Lord:
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell
of all thy wondrous works

Five Life Goes On Points

1. I challenge you to never give up.

2. I challenge you to never compromise.

3. I challenge you to never stop dreaming.

4. I challenge you to never stop trusting.

5. I challenge you to never give up hope.

Write down your thoughts, insights, prayers, or poems on the following lines. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

Chapter Two

Restoring Order

When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even His enemies live at peace with Him. (Prov. 16:7 KJV)

During the most difficult times in my life, God asked me to uproot my life, leave everything that was familiar, and take my family into the land of the unknown. I doubted that it was God talking to me, but then I remembered the story of Abraham being told by God to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Then I realized that it was God speaking to me. He was getting ready to restore order in my life. I came to believe that it was time for me to get closer to God. As a child of God, a daughter of God, I had to take my hands off of my situation and allow God to defend me. I knew that my heart needed to be in tune with God in order for me to hear His voice. I needed to be in a place where He could use me more effectively in a way that would show His divine workmanship. I asked God to humble me so that I could see His hand working in various areas in my life. I completely surrendered to my Lord and Savior to use me as a vessel for the ministry that He has placed inside of me. One morning, I was awakened to God's gentle voice calling my name. I looked around to see if my husband had heard what I had heard, but he was sound asleep. Obviously, I was the only one who had heard Him. I realized that in order to follow God, I needed to get rid of the things that were not of Him.

Freely, I gave myself to the Lord and a mighty shift took place in my life. God was shifting things around in my mind; I wasn't thinking the same way anymore. He was also moving things around in my heart, preparing me for the ministry that He placed on my heart, which was to minister. God was ready to empower me to move to my next level.

Suddenly, I started remembering what my mother used to say to me when I was growing up. She would tell me, "Baby, you were born with a veil over your face," and I would say, "What does that mean?" She replied, "You can see things before they happen." As a child, hearing that truly frightened me.

I recall being a teenager in high school, when people often teased me because I was always on time for class, did all of my homework, and respected my teacher. Then, one night, God told me, "The one who keeps touching you on your shoulder is going to be involved in a car accident." When I went to class the next morning, this particular young lady wasn't sitting behind me, calling me, "Miss Goodie Two Shoes." Just then, the principal walked in and said, "Students, Toya was in a terrible car accident and didn't make it. Those of you who wish to have counseling, please follow me and a counselor will speak with you." I remember raising my eyes toward the ceiling and feeling very nervous and scared, thinking about what my mother had said to me. Later, God also showed me which one of my friends were behind my first apartment being broken into while I was on vacation. From time to time, He revealed to me if a person was for me or against me. And back in January 1993, God revealed to me that my aunt was going to pass away one year from that day, and in fact, she did.

At this point, I asked God to stop revealing things to me because I wasn't wise enough to handle them. I didn't know how to disclose to people that I could see things before they happened. I was so afraid of the visions that were placed before me that I didn't recognize that it was a gift from God.

A few months ago, I was frustrated with a problem that concerned me. I cried out to God for answers because I was at a loss. My perspective on the problem became filled with stress, anxiety, and fear, but I wasn't going to change my position about my love and trust for God. In spite of everything that I was going through in my life, I trusted God. I still believed that God would be able to change my situation. Nothing that I was experiencing was impossible for God to change for His daughter Allison. The Word of God says, "Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Josh. 1:9 NIV). I prayed for God to bring comfort, peace, and quietness to my weary soul. I had to stop focusing on my situation and remember that goodness and mercy follows me all the days of my life.

Hebrews 10:22–23 (KJV) says, "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised." I knew God was changing things right before my eyes and that this old flesh wanted me to back down in fear. I understand that God's Word was placed in me to call on His name. "In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears." (Ps. 18:6 KJV). As I was being restored in my spirit, God was bringing me to a new level of peace and joy. I made up my mind that I was one of the ones who had made it through life's storms. Over and over again, I read the Word of God.

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my
heart is
overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from
the enemy.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the
covert of thy wings. Selah.
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me
the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many
generations.
He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and
truth,
which may preserve him.
So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I
may daily perform my vows. (Ps. 61 KJV)

At one point in my life, my faith was under attack. Everything that I had learned in my life about God and His Word was under attack. I saw the motives of the people who called themselves my friends rise up against me. Eventually, I reached a point of brokenness; I felt as if I could not go on. Sometimes you come to the painful realization that you're just not strong enough to live out the call that God has on your life without giving your all and all to Him.

Even though we all face situations that seem impossible from time to time. I felt that my situation was unique. I had convinced myself that no one else has ever gone through this before and that I was all alone. I asked God why I was here, what was it that I didn't do or needed to learn in order to pass this test. I knew that I needed to redirect my focus. But, I wanted to give up and walk away from my daily disappointment because I felt that God wasn't listening to me anymore.

It seemed that I was in a valley of dry bones and God was far from me. Even though I couldn't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I still believed that God had my best interest at heart. I just didn't know when He was going to come through for me. But, I had made up my mind that I was going to trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. (Prov. 3:5 KJV).

Life Goes On Prayer

(Psalm 25 KJV)
Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not
mine enemies triumph over me.
Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be
ashamed which transgress without cause.
Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my
salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Remember, Oh thy tender mercies and thy
loving kindnesses;
for they have been ever of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth,
nor my transgressions: according
to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake,
O Lord.

Five Life Goes On Points

1. Today, begin to restore what you lost.

2. Today, begin to rebuild what fell apart.

3. Today, regain your strength and begin again.

4. Today, remove the negative and press on.

5. Today, release the people or things that have been holding you back.

Write down your thoughts, insights, prayers, or poems on the following lines. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

Chapter Three

I Shall Live

He asked life of thee and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and forever. (Ps. 21:4 KJV)

One day I felt the pain of life pouring over my spirit. I had suffered at the hands of those about whom I had truly cared and loved. I felt that I didn't want to live anymore because so much was coming at me all at one time. It was in my moments of doubt that I felt God's hand on my situation. I remember constantly meditating on God's Word that says, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal. 2:20 NIV). I had to stand on God's promises. I praised God for blessing me with a mother who praised God in and out of season. She kept speaking the Word of God over my life. She would say to me, "God has not given you the spirit of fear, so focus on things that He has done in your life this far."

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................vii
Introduction....................ix
Chapter 1: Life Goes on....................3
Chapter 2: Restoring Order....................10
Chapter 3: I shall Live....................17
Chapter 4: The Purpose of My Trials....................21
Chapter 5: Consider the Source....................26
Chapter 6: Release Me....................33
Chapter 7: Revealing Time....................39
Chapter 8: Defining Moments....................45
Chapter 9: Overcoming Hurt and Grief....................50
Chapter 10: Embracing Change and Personal Transition....................57

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