“Thy shoes shall be iron and brass, and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.” Dueteronomy 33:25

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The past year was the most difficult physically & mentally for me since my first years of prison ministry in 1984. Although I have moved to a lovely home which was planned by God in a beautiful area, and I am closer to more of my family, I was fighting a fierce spiritual battle.  The enemy tried to use the constant pain in my back and leg to steal my faith in God’s Promises. I depended so much on the prayers of others.  Thank you for your faithfulness to pray. What a blessing to have each other helping win our spiritual battles!

One day, while talking to the Lord about my depressive Medical Report, I felt I heard Jesus say, “And WHOSE report will you believe, Earlene?”

I recalled the song we sang in prison “We will believe the REPORT of the Lord.” 

I replied, “Lord, I’ve always believed Your report is YOUR Word…YOUR Promises.”  

Immediately I heard, “And what PROMISE did YOU always claim as you traveled up and down the highways to the prisons?”

I realized I quoted the same verse my grandmother did all her life: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” I EXPECTED God to give me HIS strength…and He did.

When I located that scripture, I discovered something interesting. I was ONLY quoting the LAST PART of a Promise given to a tribe of Israel BEFORE they walked into Canaan. I discovered God promised to equip them supernaturally FIRST. He would give them SHOES of IRON and BRASS…for strength to walk each day!

As I began to understand HIS complete Word, I felt VICTORY…and excitement!   I found a little “bronze baby shoe” my mother had saved, and placed it in plain sight as a reminder for me.  Now I start each day with a prayer: “Thank you, Lord, for helping me walk in YOUR SHOES of iron and brass. I can do ALL that You have asked me to do…in YOUR strength.” 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I encourage you to “recall and re-apply” HIS PROMISES given to you. God wants us to walk together into MIRACLES for this New Year of 2020!