Oh, But God!

Oh, But God!
By Lalenunat Johnson 

“The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.” 
Psalm 28:7 (AMPC)

And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.”
Nehemiah 8:10 (AMPC)

Nobody said that this walk would be easy – that it would be a walk in the park, as we galivant through freshly bloomed flowers, the sun shining brightly on us, with a brisk breeze cooling our forehead as we sip of our freshly squeezed lemonade!  Oh, but the joy of the Lord is our strength.  I accepted Jesus as a young child – Holy Spirit-filled committed and dedicated to the Lord, yet still ended up “going through” things throughout my life.

You see the fact that I was a kingdom citizen living here on this earth and walking out life, did not exempt me from experiencing life, both the favorable and unfavorable experiences.  But you see, I soon realized that the difference for me was that I had the Lord walking with me throughout it all and He brought me through to the other side!  Of course, some of what I experienced, I had brought upon myself with my own choices.  Other situations were a result of living out life in a fallen world, where bad things do happen.  As the old saints would say, “Oh, but God”!  You see, that “Oh, but God” meant that God would always see me through, no matter what. 

And, it is those “bad” experiences that drove me to my knees before the Lord, seeking His face even more – learning to trust Him and to hear His voice.  It was those times that truly formed and shaped me into who I am today, and this process is ongoing.  I am yet becoming, ever-growing, and ever walking into the depths of God.   

When I learned to know Him as Comforter, He helped my heart (and my mind/sanity) when I went through the most heart-rending season of my life.  My heart hurt so that I thought it would literally give out.  “How can I make it through this,” I thought.  Oh, but God!  My fervor, zeal, and committed determination to seek the Lord, even more, took me to a place of peace and comfort in the Lord, so that I actually prospered more during that time than I had before!   

And when I came to know the Lord as Provider, He told me that I would never want for anything and that my well would never run dry.  Yes, that was definitely a word from the Lord, because I don’t talk like that, lol!  God has shown Himself faithful in keeping His word.  In 2018, I made a faith move. I walked away from starting what I thought to be my dream job, leaving most of my things behind, and relocating to Arizona.  I had nothing but a strong desire and confident word from the Lord, that in addition to whatever else I would do in Arizona, Katie Souza needed me.  

Without sharing this word with Katie or her team, I moved by faith and trusted God for the rest.  And, the fact that you are reading this on Katie Souza’s Ministry page shows that I was hired. (You can read more about that in detail in our devotional entitled, “Holy Spirit Said What!”)

After renting a room for a year, it was finally time for me to have my own home again.  I quickly found that my earnings working for a ministry in Arizona were far lower than what I had become accustomed to in Wisconsin.  Oh, but God!  I had received word that I was approved for my home, but I had nowhere near the funds needed to secure the deal. You see, the Lord had orchestrated this to teach me how to trust Him even more.

So, it was then that I got a call from a dear friend, (who I later found out was a prophet!), encouraging me to take the house and not let the deal pass me by.  “Hmm…,” I thought. “If I don’t have the money, how can I take it?”  I then knew that I had to take it by faith.  Once I decided to trust the Lord, I had this strange “knowing” in my spirit that I was to calculate the full amount needed and send a text message, asking for the funds, to an individual that the Lord had placed on my heart.  Talk about stepping out of your comfort zone. I was used to being the one that others called when they needed assistance, and here I was asking, via text at that, for a sizable amount.  But, by this point in my life, I had learned to move when and how God said to move, even if it made no logical sense.  Much to my amazement and joy, I instantly received a, “Yes, of course” was the reply, and literally had the funds in hand within a few hours.  Oh, but God!

You can easily finish this story.  How has God shown up for you in your life? Who have you known the Lord to be for you?  Has he shown up as Healer, Way Maker, Father, Lawyer? Has he been Teacher? Or perhaps Protector?  And if you yet need Him to show up, as I know I always do, then trust Him and seek His face to be who you need Him to be.

Make an entry in your personal journal about who God has been for you and share it with us below. And if you need Him now more than ever, share that as well, and we’ll be in prayer with you.  We’d love to hear from you.

Comments (17)
Anna
Posted at 07:55h, 26 January Reply

Hi, Thank you for sharing. I am in a situation where I will not have enough money for food and essentials during this month. Please pray that God will provide. Believing Phil. 4:19 He will supply all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. Amen

Eric Beardy
Posted at 20:22h, 23 January Reply

My Life has been full of misery from the day I was born. My father hated me. I was raised up by my Grandmother who was a strict Anglican who wanted to beat the devil out of me. Being an outcast all my life. Abused by women growing up women with a Jezebel & Delilah Spirit. At 5 yrs old A missionary told me about God and I prayed for God to to take me out of this world at 6yrs old and I wanted to commit suicide at 6yrs old and I had a rope around my neck and ready to jump of a tall tree and I kept hearing those words come to my mind or my spirit. Even though your parents forsake you I will never forsake you. 3x it happened because I kept asking are you going to take care of me if I come down from this tree and the same words kept coming in my spirit and I came down of the tree. But life got worse and I got hardened and told God I thought you were going to take care of me . Instead I told myself and God I will never cry again and I will never listen to you. And I swallowed a lump that was in my throat that day and I made life miserable for women because of what I went through. And I lost a lot of friends & Relatives to suicide for a period of 3yrs straight 1 every week and I became depressed and lost my family and my first wife to suicide. And now I am a single but I got married again and had other children and now she left me and has another man and now I am homeless . And I asked God to heal my soul and that is when I ran across Katie Souza's healing the soul messages on youtube and I started listening to her messages and now I am on my Healing Journey I still am homeless but I have a Job and I listen to her messages on line on Youtube and it is helping but I have a long way to go because my children are folowing in my footsteps doing drugs and alcohol to cope with life. But I am attempting to stand up and serve God and finding a church to call home but mind you it's on line at wpg. But I hope and pray that God will help me through I am 59 yrs old but I believe with Him all things are possible. So here I am in a Hotel by myself and attempting to put my trust in Him. So pray for me. Sincerely, Eric R Beardy

Claudette Miera
Posted at 15:52h, 23 January Reply

I hate to admit it but I have been struggling with fear. I wake each morning with a knot in my stomach. I mentally sing the old children's chorus : The Joy of the Lord is my strength repeatedly , and spend time in worship and prayer. So far I have had moments of victory but nothing lasting. I feel like I could really use some back up. Thank you. For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim. 1:7.. Perfect love cast out all fear. 1 John 4:18, decree His Word outloud and over time you will realize you have no fear!! Amen

Kari Jackson
Posted at 22:37h, 22 January Reply

I need Him now more than ever 💙🙏

Kerry
Posted at 16:51h, 22 January Reply

Friend. I was an insecure teenager with a huge desperate neediness for friends and popularity. We had just moved to a new state (I was 16), and my incessant talking, which I could barely control, had pushed away potential friends through thoughtless things I had said without really meaning to, and I was filled with a kind of hopeless angst, thinking that I would never be able to have friends because of my talking. Then, in a Bible study, Jesus came to me in a vision and said simply, "I will be your friend." It totally changed my life. My feelings of desperate neediness dissolved. I have recently reconnected with a woman who moved in and became my friend in my senior year of high school. In our reminiscing I described my terrible neediness as a teenager. She remarked that she never would have known. He had totally removed that from me. He is still my friend, and he stuck with me through my periods of rebellion in my young adult life, ever wooing me back to the right path. What a stabilizing influence and blessing his friendship has been throughout the ups and downs of my life. Thank you, Jesus.

Kathy Smith
Posted at 10:53h, 22 January Reply

Some years ago as a single parent with 3 kids I had to shift house. A friend had promised to loan me the bond to do this.At the last minute that loan fell through! We cried out to The Lord to be our Provider, a few hours later I was offered the exact amount we needed by a young chap who felt The Lord told him to offer me help !! Thank you Jesus.

Charmaine
Posted at 06:38h, 22 January Reply

Hi It was amazing reading your story, I need God now more than ever I have been struggling no home and have to look after my 8 year old granddaughter please please pray for breakthrough It was amazing reading your story, I need God now more than ever I have been struggling no home and have to look after my 8 year old granddaughter please please pray for breakthrough

Miriam
Posted at 06:21h, 22 January Reply

Hai my name is Miriam I am from the Netherlands amd hope to visit soon. Thank uou for this encouraging word. The Lord is wondery I was put out of my house due to lack of finances 2 I was fired because of evangelizing at my adult education school. I am divorced....Ooh but GOD. He healed me told me to go back to my apartment with my two daughters. I had bought this apartment 23 years ago and because I obeyed cam now sell it for a large sum of money and I am in a new relationship with a wonderful man whom the Lord saved from drugabuse, alcohol and a brokenheart. We want to get married on the 31 st of March and are recently living together. I am asking for prayer for us to get married an for a godly and holy life to live for Jesus and Jesus alone. I know I have made lotst of mistakes bit Katie s teaching has gotten me through a lot of storms. I still have a lot of soul healing to do but I am a fighter by Him who gives me strength. I have been an English teacher for 23 but because of breakthrough in my finances I will work less and more for the Kingdom. Please pray that I may hear His voice end can therefore help many many others by sharing the gospel. Thank you so so much and may the Lord bless you all continually in Jesus mighty mame🙏🏾And Oooh but God what a powerful statement that is💪🏽

Kymberly
Posted at 04:53h, 22 January Reply

The Holy Spirit showed up for me when I was laying on a friend s couch. I was literally dying from meth addiction. My body couldn’t take anymore abuse. I was skin and bones my skin lost all life because I used to pick at it. He filled my with his presence and all I felt was light. He asked me what I was doing to myself and he was grieved. He actually showed me my body and skin through his eyes and I could see I was dying. I had bones sticking out for hips and my ribs were exposed. My once beautiful skin was dull and lifeless my hair was dry and brittle. I finally saw what was becoming of me. Then he showed me who I was going to become. My body filled up my skin was soft again my hair long and shiny. I was filled with joy. I couldn’t believe that it was me. He told me I was going to be married and have a son. I argued with him. You see I had so much guilt for the multiple abortions I had. I never thought I’d be married let alone have a son. He told me I was going to name him Jacob. Without going in detail that night I saw more than the light of Jesus I also saw the face of many demons and I fought for hours at one point I was in the pit of hell. Jesus never let go of my hand he just told me to look ahead. Every time I looked back I feel back in the pit. I got delivered that day. That was 26 years ago. I did get married my son is 18 my daughter is 17. I wish I could say I was still married but I’m not. What I can tell you is Jesus never let go of my hand. Praise God.

REV DR GERALD J OLSESKI,JR,CM,DD
Posted at 03:40h, 22 January Reply

Nice Job.

Danielle Maria Welbon
Posted at 01:46h, 22 January Reply

I need prayer for deliverance. I have been healed before supernaturally by the Lord so he's been my healer he's provided me checks at my door and unexplainable amounts of breakthroughs with money when I was a single parent. It wasn't easy but he got me through every step, but God. Now I stand in a place of needing extreme Deliverance again. But God right?! My daughter not long ago told me something of her gender or identity that I did not like and I came against please keep her in your prayers for Revelation and breakthrough and deliverance her name is Nevaeh Maki. My oldest daughter needs healing for her to grow she's almost 17 was born at 3 lb of miracle child but she is yet to get her period and to fully blo mature. Her name is Eriella Maki. My middle child Nevaeh last year when my husband in March 2020 left to a hotel because of things that I heard was going on at that time and even back in October that was not good at all against our Covenant and going back and forth my daughter Nevaeh I've only seen her three times since then. I'm praying for deliverance and restoration with her and I also Deliverance over my mind and my heart I went through severe trauma on the past if I told you it probably make you cry from childhood till now and I'm declaring into praying that every stronghold is demolished and my husband Bradley Welbin's life and broken off of his life in the name of Jesus, every addiction is demolished and broken off of his life in the name of Jesus and every ungodly Covenant and every ungodly soul tie is demolished and broken off of my husband Bradley Welbon's soul, off of his mind, his eyes, his hands, his thoughts and his heart and the name of Jesus and then he comes home with a broken and contrite spirit and a softened Godly repentive heart with Godly sorrow for the things that he has done in the past to God upon himself and our marriage in Jesus name and comes to his senses like the prodigal son and comes home. Thank you for your continual prayers I live in Michigan do not know if you have any time that you're coming here where I can come to a Katie Souza event upcoming but would love to and bring my mother. And hopefully my husband and children. Blessings from above. -Danielle Welbon

Shirley Revelle
Posted at 00:58h, 22 January Reply

I need God to be my Provider now more than ever. Please be in prayer with me for funds to pay my debt or debt cancellation. Thank you.

Tina
Posted at 00:37h, 22 January Reply

Yes! He has shown up for me before and I’m asking Him to do it again NOW.

Tracie Fields
Posted at 22:01h, 21 January Reply

I read the above blog - oh, but God - and it made me wonder what ive been doing wrong because the author seemed to coast into a room for a year then a house that someone else helped her pay for. (I was trying to figure out laundry without spending my last). But then she said 'But, by this point in my life, I had learned to move when and how God said to move, even if it made no logical sense.' And much of last year i struggled w/ disobedience. So i sucked it up determined not to complain and realized i need more obedience. But then i received a gift from a Church (that i had not asked for). To God be the glory great things He has done! Pray i keep my eyes on the Lord in obedience and love. Thank you.

Lonnie
Posted at 21:51h, 21 January Reply

I read this and boy can I relate! My husband and I have recently been called to Canmore, Alberta. My husband and I took a huge leap of faith and bought a business we never thought in our lives we’d be able to afford! He has been there since November and is doing very well and has employees to fill every position needed. Our son and I have still been in our hometown as we were waiting for our house to sell so we could acquire a property in Canmore for us all to live. Thinking of course, that there was just no way we could purchase a 1.5 million dollar business, have a home in our home town AND a home in Canmore! Oh, but God!!! He has stretched our faith to a place we have never been before or have even considered entering! Not only did the Lord make our business purchase a success, but has now just recently blessed us with a property to live in Canmore, all while still owning our house in our home town! Our son and I move next week to join my husband and we are one gazillion percent trusting on the Lord for ALL of it! Including for me, a new career! And I one gazillion percent believe HE WILL PROVIDE not only to survive, but thrive! It is truly amazing the things He will do to have you rely and trust on Him, and I am SO thankful for that. Thank you for sharing your testimony. I just had to write something to you after reading it and seeing the faith stretch the Lord put you through, all while having that “knowing” that He’s totally got your back. Lonnie

Adelina Villanueva
Posted at 21:21h, 21 January Reply

I desperately need a forever home. I've moved more than I ever wanted. I'm in my 70's now - don't want to ever move.! Just want a cute 2 bedroom, 2 bath home where I can live out the rest of my life, me Don't have the funds, st this time for down payment, closing cost, etc.

Lydia
Posted at 18:52h, 21 January Reply

In need of prayer im a tither faithful giver my finances are under attack

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