You made it to the 12th month of 2023 🎉 It may not have been easy, but you made it. There are 31 days left in 2023, and let me tell you, this is a time for Mirror Moments to reflect, recall, respond, and act now! I have a word from the Lord, but first, I want to share something with you. In December of last year, I had yet to learn what 2023 would be like. All I knew was that the Lord called me to consecrate my 2023 year to Him with prayer and fasting, and I felt led to invite people to join me.
I didn't know it would be a year of trying and testing, but God knew. He knew I would be tested in ways I would have never thought. The Lord knew the enemy would come after my mind, mantle, mandate, money, and even my marriage. The enemy came subtly. He is so deceptive. I didn't see him coming. But the Lord knew I would need the strength to endure a season of bewilderment, bewitchment, bondage, and even betrayal. Oh, I even felt the sting of Judas's betrayal. But the Lord also knew that this year of prayer and fasting would allow me to make it through.
I fasted because I needed some clarity about some things. I knew what I was going through, but I did not understand the severity until it was over, and God delivered me out of the many snares of the enemy.
One of the reasons I didn't see the enemy coming was that I went through a season of forsaking the secret place late last year. I experienced personal prayerlessness. I would pray for others and do my ministry assignments, etc. But even those things were being affected. It's like I had forgotten everything I had even taught during The School of Secret Place Prayer. I was under a serious spiritual attack y'all. I experienced things that I had no natural human explanation for. I could not articulate what I was experiencing.
At first, it was because I was having a hard time adjusting to being in a new land. Moving from NY to Florida. Then, I thought I couldn't adjust to my ministry assignment. The enemy really had me believing that that was what it was. My spiritual strength had slowly diminished from about November of 2022 to March of 2023.
My deliverance began one night in March when my husband got a hold of me.
"One of the biggest decisions you will make in your life is who you marry"- Unknown
He had decided that He had enough of witnessing what the enemy was doing to his wife. I am so grateful to God for that night. This was about the third day that he had come home and saw me in my bed dealing with the spirit of heaviness. This man of God decided enough was enough. He sat with me at our kitchen table and said, "TODAY IT STOPS," he prayed for me, called out those spirits for what they were, and reaffirmed me who God called me to be while I was in my mother's womb. My husband kept saying remember who you are, remember who you are, remember who you are.
And that is when the bondage began to break. There were layers of deliverance that would take place over several months, and God would take me through a journey of deliverance. I didn't know he would send three deliverers to help set me free. My husband, Pastor Chelsey Valentine, and Apostle Shontill McNabb. The Bible says that a threefold cord isn't easily broken. I thank God for those three people praying and prophesying over me. I'm so grateful to God for my freedom. There is much more to share, but that is too much to share on this blog. I promise you this testimony ties into the word of the Lord.
The Lord revealed to me that some, not all, of what took place was because I did not handle a personal offense biblically. I did not handle it the way that I had taught others to. I didn't obey how the Bible tells us to deal with offense. I followed the way that man told me to handle it. I had been bitten by the bait of satan. I couldn't healthily process the offense, so it opened me up to more and more hurt.
During that time, I would look in the mirror every day. But still, when I left in front of that mirror, I forgot who I was. I would hear the word of the Lord and not do it, just like in the book of James.
22 Obey God's message! Don't fool yourselves by just listening to it. 23 If you hear the message and don't obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror 24 and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. 25 But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do if you listen and obey and don't just hear and forget. - James 1:22-25 CEV.
I eventually got the opportunity to handle the offense, but by then, too much damage had been done. Wounds happened, and now scars are where those wounds once were. I thank God for the scars because now they remind me that not obeying God's word and forgetting who God says I am is a dangerous place to be in. Before I left NY, a dear sister in the Lord gave me a prophetic word: "You are God's Prophet." and so much more. This word reiterated my prophetic identity. I remember being annoyed with her. I thought the word was pointless because I already knew everything she told me. I was so sure of my identity at that time. Only to find out several months later everything she had spoken I would need to snap me out of bewilderment.
After going through that season, I can tell you that The Lord wants his children to remember who they are. Remember what His word says about them and their identity in Him. When you forget who you are in God, the enemy of your soul will create a narrative for you.
Prophetic word: "Mirror Moments: Reflect, recall, respond, and act now.
"When you read my word, my children understand it is spirit and life. Understand that hearing and obeying my word is not an option but necessary. Many are hearing and not doing. Many are hearing from someone else and not seeking on their own. Meditate on my word day and night.
When my word is in you, it will become life. If you want to know how to grow in your relationship with me, increase your capacity for my word. Increase your desire for my word. This is where you will get to know me. I know all about you, but do you know about me. You will learn more about yourself than you can imagine. There is instruction for everyday living; in my word, I have written promises about you and the generations to come.
You will discover yourself when you read My word. You will find yourself when you hear my word and realize you when you speak my word. You will recall who you are when you meditate on my word.
My word is like a mirror. I want you to reflect on it. I am the word. You were created in my image and likeness. You shall be a reflection of my word, says the Lord. My word is powerful; my word is sharp. My word hits like a hammer.
Remember who you are. But you are of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, my own special people, that you may proclaim My praises because I called you out of darkness into My marvelous light.
The enemy wants you to forget who you are. The enemy is happy with you just being a hearer of my word. His power is weakened when you become a doer of my word. Don't obey later, but obey and act now. Reflect, Recall, and respond to my word, says God."
So I encourage you to take this month to look in the mirror of God's word, and I challenge you not to forget who you are. Things will come to test and tempt you out of your God-given identity.
Make sure to have Mirror Moments daily to:
Reflect: Take prayerful contemplation moments, seek God's wisdom, and align your thoughts with His teachings. Let your reflections be a conversation with God.
Recall: Remember the faithfulness of God; recall His promises and the lessons from His word. In times of challenge, remind yourself of His love and guidance.
Respond: Answer life's situations with faith. Let your responses be guided by Jesus Christ's teachings and the Holy Spirit's promptings.
Act: Live out your faith intentionally. Take deliberate steps in your daily life that align with the word of God. Demonstrate love, compassion, and obedience to God's will through your actions.
So, let's end this year strong by never letting life cause us to forget who we really are.