Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
In spite of all that is happening and what has happened, you are still here.
This only speaks to one truth, that the Lord is not done with you yet.
It speaks that you and your family did not get sifted with the current raging storms. Which simply means you are on your way to higher ground.
*You did not get sifted because God is shifting you and your family to a place of rest.
*You did not get sifted because the promises of God for your life is for shifting into a place of healing and restoration.
*You did not get sifted along with the winds of frustration because God's mandate on you and your family is for shifts into a place of victory.
*You did not get sifted because God has marked you and your family for shift.
*You did not get sifted because the Lord your God is a covenant-keeping God.
His word went forth before you and your family saying, “I know great darkness and confusion is coming upon the world, but I got you covered in my ark of salvation and protection like in the days of Noah”.
Remember His words to us at the beginning of this season in January 2020 - let me remind you -
(Genesis 8:1 - And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged – dried up)
(Ruth 1:6 - Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread)
(Job 5:24 - You will know that your tent is secure, and nothing will be missing when you inspect your home)
You may say to me right now, ha! Pastor pause right there:
I just lost my job. My marriage has been in crisis for as long as I can remember.
My children are struggling mentally and emotionally. I have been sick even to point of death.
I have lost some of my loved ones and I was not even able to attend their funeral.
And the list goes on and on. How can you say, God has been faithful? Child, you are still here, that is why! I do not want to recount all the wows of the last 12 months. No, not this time.
I am not living in denial. No, I just choose to live in the reality of God and His faithfulness.
That you are reading this simply says, “God is not done with you yet”.
That you are still here and not been sifted by that sickness means only one thing, that you are marked for shifting into health and healing.
Yes, you have lost your job. Yes, your business may be suffering some setbacks. Yes, you may have been separated from your spouse.
Yes, you may have lost a loved one. Still, I want to encourage you to look at the big picture. “You are still here”.
Let us rejoice in the God of our salvation.
Let us deny the devil the pleasure of seeing us whining and complaining.
Count your blessings and not your wows.
Count your victories and not your defeats.
Count the many time's God came through for you and your family and not the few times He did not.
Remember we are still in our season and decades of shift, so nothing to report just yet, because we are still plowing through to the mountain top of complete rest and victory, in Christ Jesus.
Until then: Happy Christmas again and a glorious season of shifts that awaits us all.
(And it shall end in praise)
Pastor John Oche Omale From CMA staff, board members and the entire church family
(This is our Christmas letter to you, from the mountain strong town of Grande Cache)