By: Christine Jean-Louis

Job 8:7

“And though your beginnings were small, your latter will be greater.”

This Word was spoken into my life a few times this year, and although my sometimes initial thought was “I haven’t really had small beginnings…” I still grabbed hold onto what the Lord was trying to tell me. He was making sure that I knew, that I knew, that MY LATTER WILL BE GREATER! I believe that this word is not just for me, nor does it only speak to the season that I have been in for the past few months, but it speaks to many of us within the Body, the Body of Christ. Like it was said to faithful Job, my dear brothers and sisters in the faith…though your beginnings were small, be encouraged, because YOUR LATTER WILL BE GREATER!

January 2012 met me in a place of pure joy, expectancy, and a place of believing and expecting greater! I began to attend a Church revival that was being led by an anointed young Pastor who I had recently met, and my spirit and mind were being moved to a whole new place! I was hungry for more of God and for a mighty move in my life, the lives of my family, friends, and my ministry. I wanted to grab hold on to something that would carry me the entire year, a fresh word, a greater anointing. Needless to say, I was seeking for more of God and He was definitely delivering! Then a few weeks into the first month of the year on my way to the revival, I got into a minor incident with my car which completely disabled it. I was fine, everyone else was fine, but I quickly realized that the enemy was trying to catch up and hinder the blessings that the Lord had already had in store for me. After this financial set back, and the drain that goes along with dealing with such random things that comes to throw us off, I was still encouraged because I knew that what I may see as a minor set back, is never a set back for God, the Father. He uses everything, and really at the end of the day…my car was not that serious! I was alive and my dear friends who were with me were all ok!

February 2012, on my way from leaving work after a great shift that evening, I received a call from my mom that she was in the hospital. Now here is a quick background on my mom who has suffered with multiple chronic conditions including arthritis…she is the strongest person I know and has been my mom and dad my entire life, so anything pertaining to her wellbeing being tested, in all honesty puts my faith to test! That 2nd day of February met my mother and I in the Emergency room of a local hospital and then to an orthopedic unit in which she had to be admitted to. Three weeks, dozens of prayers, countless tears, and multiple failed attempts at fasting days later….by the Grace of God, my mom was discharged home. I wondered would this be the end. I repeatedly told myself and the Lord,” Lord, your grace is truly sufficient”. All the while, watching my biggest supporter suffer in pain…this has been the most difficult experience. I don’t think I’ve ever asked for more prayers then during this time.

March 2012, my birthday month came and anyone who knows me knows that I love my birthday! I was turning 28 and despite all the accomplishments that I have been blessed to see and experience….the enemy still tried to magnify what was still missing in my life. I constantly had to tell the devil sometimes out loud, “YOU’RE A LIAR!” I had to cast down vain imaginations and the thoughts that came into my mind that tried to exalt itself above the knowledge of God (II Corinthians 10:5). What I know for sure is that the enemy tries his hardest to make us feel like we are in a place much worse off than we are actually are. He tries his hardest to make us feel like we have been robbed of the very thing that the Lord has promised us and has placed before us….blessings, peace that surpasses all understanding, life in abundance! Those things that have been rightly given to us to bask in and enjoy, he comes and tries to steal, kill and destroy it. That’s why it’s so crucial that we as believers never take for granted the Word of Life that we have accessible to us. It is through prayers, the reading of scripture, prayers that many times were just” Jesus, I need you!” has helped me to stay in a place of calmness despite feeling like at any moment the ship may sink. I had to grab hold of Him daily. I had to understand that Jesus, never promised me a life absolute of difficult seasons, rather He promised me that although I may encounter them that He will never leave me nor forsake me, and today He is saying the same thing to you. Whether it be financial difficulties, health issues, family issues, relationship distress, worries about your future….GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU. After 3 – 4 months straight of one thing, after another, after another….I can still say that The Lord is Good and HE is FAITHFULL! He will not allow the Godly to slip and fall!!!! Although it may feel as if you’ve already slipped, fell, and bumped your head…you haven’t…He’s got you and He is literally lifting up your chin right now, looking you in the face and saying “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what I, the Lord has prepared for those who love me” (I Corinthians 2:9). I pray that you are encouraged today and remember that despite it all, you are already a winner!

Psalm 34:10

Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.