As I was driving home today from work, I was surprised to see a Cop turn his lights on to pull me over. Now normally in the Past my body would tense up at the site of flashing lights in my rearview. Today was different though, why not take this chance to practice my faith. I Started praying for strength to overcome my fear. I Started praying in tongues under my breath. I Started speaking to the spirit of fear in me. As this officer approached me, I already knew he had it in for me and he was going to do everything in his power to give me a Ticket. He had already set it in his Spirit that I was wrong and he had to exercise his authority over me, so I Started praying in the spirit even more as he ran my license and plates.
Now the reason I developed a fear of officers pulling me over goes back to 1999 when I was driving in Seattle with my younger brother during winter break from College. My Father had just bought me a new car and we were driving back home. When we pulled up to our street, 2 cop cars pulled us over. They came to both sides of the car with their Guns drawn and pulled my brother and I out the car. The neighborhood kids saw this happening and ran to our house to tell our parents. At the time, my mother was pregnant and seeing her 2 sons being held at Gun point for a mistaken car theft eventually made her lose her baby. At that moment in time I Started not trusting an officer and his computer whenever I was pulled over.
So as I Started praying in the spirit today, God started calming me down. I remembered my pastors sermon on how our God helps you overcome any fears. I Started saying to God to Trouble my Troubles and speak in confidence. When the officer came back and still gave me a Ticket for EXITING off an HOV exit next to my house, I was not nervous to ask why he did not give me a warning. He did not budge and Told me that the ticket can be forgiven when I go to traffic school. At first my fears wanted to take over to start worrying about the cost of the ticket. Then I remembered a sermon from our pastor on Speaking to our fears.. I told that ticket that “I’m Winning.. Even when it doesn’t look like it” in fact, even as I’m writting this, I have yet to Find out how much the ticket was. The enemy will not use this event to make me worry about my finances at this time even while I’m expecting our first child. When I prayed about the ticket, I was able to get some understanding on the path that is set in front of me. I will go to traffic school in expectation to meet someone that God wants me to reach. I have taken the positive route and I’m just #Thankful to have a means of transportation to be able to continue to provide for my family. The enemy tried getting me out of my Love today but God helped me through the situation.. when the Cop let me go, I felt a great sense of relief that I never felt before on the numerous occasions I’ve dealt with officers in the Past. I believe that God took away my anxiety and was able to help me finally forgive Police officers for what part I felt they played in me not having a younger brother.
We will continue to get challenged every day as we walk for the Kingdom of God. We need to remember to Stay Armored up because the battles we will fight on the daily are not of flesh and blood but of spirits.. When we know what we are facing, we’ll be able to overcome these battles..
Ephesians 6:10-20 KJV
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
I ALWAYS WIN, EVEN WHEN IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT.
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