Summary: Life's difficult experiences help us to value the investment given to us by Christ. He has anointed us and it is all for His glory. You may not know my story but may you always see His glory.
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Often in life, we meet people who applaud us for where we are in our lives. Every time you see them, they want you to sing, pray, preach, or share your testimony. That is great, but they were not around when you were going through your breakdowns and let-downs. They didn’t see those times when you felt like you couldn’t make it.
What they see today is the glory of God upon you. Many do not know the price you have paid for the anointing. They do not understand how or why you shout and praise.
Psalms 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
My life has been filled with hills and valleys. Many times, I have felt that I could not carry on and considered to throw in the towel. Yet in every situation God gave me consolation, I was His own. The anointing on my life was His. It costs Him and it was through the trials and tests I learned the value of what He had given.
You Don’t Know My Story, What You See Is God’s Glory!
Zech. 8:10-13—For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour. But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the Lord of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
If Israel had been having a testimony meeting one would have to stand and say you don’t know what we have been through to have the anointing on our lives.
We have been through much affliction, no work could be found, no money to support our families, neighbor turned against neighbor and became enemies, it was not safe to go out to do anything Nothing would grow in the dry ground no crops.
We went through many tests for the oil.
And the house of Israel sang--" you don't know the cost of my oil".
The song goes like this: You don’t know my story All the things that I’ve been through, You can’t feel my pain, What I had to go through to get here, You’ll never understand my praise, Don’t try to figure it out, Because my worship, My worship, Is for real.
I’ve been through too much, not to worship Him…
Psalm 34:1—I-3-- will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
David's testimony may go like this:
I was overlooked when the prophet came to anoint the king. I tried to take food to my brothers in battle they mocked me. Saul tried to put his armor on me. The King sent for me to play for him
Then the king tried to kill me several times. I became king and fell in sin with Bathsheba. I had her husband put on the front line of the battle. The baby was born and was sick. I fasted and prayed he died. I got up from where I was and I worshipped. Absalom my son tried to destroy me. I was in the cave Adullam with those distressed, in debt, and every one that was discontented. I led the men in battle and won, when we returned, the city was burned and our wives and children were gone. Now the people are wanting to kill me. The only thing I knew to do was to ask for the ephod. I encouraged myself in the Lord. And King David sang, "O you don't know the cost of my oil!"