A lot of people who were basically muzzled for a time are free to speak now.
Ok so this began in the car and finished just now but I put it in the same category for organization's sake.
What Abba showed me is that are lot of people who He put things in their minds and hearts, -words, songs- who were essentially muzzled in the past couple of years. The way He showed it to me was like a malicious hand over someone's mouth preventing them from saying the things He'd given them.
But even when the bad hand was removed, the force behind it gone, what happened was a kind of trauma, a fear of speaking or moving on the idea lingered.
There's nothing in your way now except you so you can do it.
I asked Him for a verse and He took me to Exodus where He was talking to Moses.
It's Exodus 4 and God had just told Moses that He's sending Him to Egypt to free the Israelites. Moses is shook because he doesn't think he can do it because of a stutter, either a disability or just not being good with words- I've heard people say different things, don't get caught up.
God reassures him that it's all good, He's in control of everything including everyone's mouths and Moses hits Him back with:
"But Moses said, 'Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.'"-Exodus 4:15
He really said, "Naw I'm good."
People of God who said "Naw I'm good (but I know a guy)" are going to do the thing God has gifted you to do in 2023, ok?
The muzzle is gone and it's literally just you now.
That muzzling that happened was absolutely spiritual and the lingering effect, the trauma and fear will clear like wind moving dark clouds as you move forward with God. You just have to do it.
Asking God for strength and direction is alway smart, but at some point, you have to send the mail, set up the mic, hit record, hit upload. Don't be afraid. Or do it while afraid and watch the fear get swept away as you move.
The enemy loves to intimidate people but like all ashy bullies, he's all talk. Just go.
There's someone out there who needs exactly what God has put on the inside of you. Imagine them sitting in the dark waiting on the Light God has entrusted you to bring them? He likes working with His children. We learn from it. Do your work, ok? He's with you.
What helps me is remembering that at the end of the day, it's not even about it. It's about this:
"So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped."
Rooting for you. Jesus is with you always.
The freedom to say or sing the thing God has given you is already there. The feeling of that freedom will follow you taking the next steps. You have to do it. Hit upload today.
C. Austin Miles is the man wrote "In the Garden" originally titled "I Come to the Garden Alone." He abandoned his career as a pharmacist to write music for God.
He wrote In the Garden in a "in a cold, dreary and leaky basement in Pitman, New Jersey that didn't even have a window in it let alone a view of a garden," according to his granddaughter.
He said, "It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most use to my Master, whom I serve willingly although not as efficiently as is my desire."
Beautiful. Now you.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16
The promises of God begin and end with Jesus because He is the reconciliation. If you've been walking through life on your own and want to walk with a Shepherd who will never let go of your hand, here's how to start.