I Am Surrounded by a Holy Wall of Fire
Are you feeling weak, vulnerable, or just sort of lost? It could be that your walls of protection have crumbled or perhaps were never built. I'd like to help you rebuild that wall – not an ordinary wall, mind you – but a Wall of Fire. It's God's Word that is the flame that fuels this Fire of Love.
God once promised me, "I will surround you with a holy wall of fire." As usual, He showed me a similar promise from Scripture:
'For I,' declares the LORD, 'will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'" – Zechariah 2:5
I have two journals… one for free writing and the other to collect the gems, the promises, and the specific words of guidance I need to chart my future. This is how I find myself protected, behind the walls of Fire.
I will share some of my gems with you – but remember, the best ones are those you collect for yourself along the journey!
From my 2004 journal I wrote the words of God's heart for my sick husband and they became the prescription that healed him:
"I am Holy. As you linger in my anointing I transfer holiness to you. Also wealth, health, and all that pertains to your life. Come, you without money to pay for the doctors, to pay for medicine… Come to the well of healing. Those with tender and compassionate hearts have healing hands.
Go into all the world. Heal the sick, the lame, and thd those with cancer. Raise the dead. Nothing shall be impossible, because I am with you to the end. Join the champions of the faith!"
Note: This was written during the year my husband had his ninth surgical procedure, the implantation of a nuerostimulator in his thoracic spine. I brought home my bionic man, we were both terminated from our jobs, and we moved to a rural town in the mountains where for the next 3 years I cared for him 24/7 through the most excruciating pain. And yet… we kept standing on God's promises and in 2006 we broke through and he was healed. Soon after, we were launched into international ministry and saw many miracles, signs, and wonders….
God told them, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will.
Expect love, love, and more love!
And so now I’ll start over with you and build you up again,
dear virgin Israel.
You’ll resume your singing,
grabbing tambourines and joining the dance. – Jeremiah 31
You can insert your own name into these Scriptures and promises! I am deciding to risk it all on these fabulous promises…
26-27 “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
28-30 “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’ – Matthew 25
God has also promised me, "I will give you the ability to make good decisions." He's also going to get rid of those who have made my life miserable!
18-20 “The accumulated sorrows of your exile
I, your God, will get rid of them for you.
You’ve carried those burdens long enough.
At the same time, I’ll get rid of all those
who’ve made your life miserable.
I’ll heal the maimed;
I’ll bring home the homeless.
In the very countries where they were hated
they will be venerated.
On Judgment Day
I’ll bring you back home—a great family gathering!
You’ll be famous and honored
all over the world.
You’ll see it with your own eyes—
all those painful partings turned into reunions!”
God’s Promise. – Zephaniah 3
From my 2015 journal I discover that even what we consider as "failure" is never wasted:
"I leave nothing to chance. Your life will not be left in ruins. I will restore twice as much as before. My glory will prevail. No good thing do I withhold from my friends.
You hunger and thrist for rigfhteousness, and My Kingdom will bring restoration to the areas where you lack. Let My Kingdom come and My will be done to the bullet-ridden parts of your life.
You have not labored in vain! Focus on what you want, not on what the enemy is threatening to do to you."
From my 2001 journal I learn about money matters:
"You will have all you need from day to day when you seek Me with all your heart and follow Me. Abundant life comes through the heart, not in circumstances. Money is a false hope and assurance. It's faith, like a solid rock, that can be depended on.
Daughter of Mine, will to be and you will be. Whatever you desire, simply will it to be. Your will in My hands: Dependency = Power."
Well, of course there are zillions of potential possibilities for us to write lots and lots of promises… each one add fuels to the flames in your heart. If your heart has grown cold and you feel vulnerable and unprotected, try it out for yourself.
Experience God. Believe that He longs to sing songs over you and dance around you in great joy!
Jerusalem will be told:
“Don’t be afraid.
Your God is present among you,
a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
and delight you with his songs. – Zephaniah 3
From my 2005 journal I discover how much God longs to give us favor:
"A dream message – I drempt I overheard the enemy talking about God's downtrodden children and saying, 'It's because they don't believe in the FAVOR of their God anymore – that He longs to deliver them. They just don't believe.'"
Today you will go to work or school, the gym or a restaurant, you'll read the news or listen to your friends talk… and much of what you absorb will be negative. Studies show that most of us think and speak negativity 80% of the time.
One day I was "praying" my worries and fears to God and He interjected with two words: FEEDING FRENZY! He showed me that my heart was bleeding out with each worry, doubt, and fear – all based on abusive words my husband was pouring into me. It was causing a feeding frenzy as sharks were encircling me! Negative thinking draws in negative circumstances.
God wants you to prosper and succeed – and He has a plan for you today.
First of all, He wants to protect you from the sharks with a Holy Wall of Fire – as you write, speak, and declare those promises that He's uniquely given to YOU!
He did all this so you would never say to yourself, 'I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.' Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. – Deuteronomy 8:17-18
Writing Prompt: Maybe you're like me and you forget what He says so easily. I challenge you to write your promises down! Create a second journal, just for the "gems". See what happens when you read, speak, and declare these promises until the breakthrough comes.
Remember, how the wonderful words of hope and promise from my 2004 journal were given to me during the WORST of times? But still, my husband and I held firmly to those promises and we believed they would come to pass, and they did!
So I'm going to close now with one final word from a man who experienced the WORST of times and the BEST of times, the apostle Paul, from II Corinthians 12:
"Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees… I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become."
With all my love,
Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate to freedom and fullness.
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.
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