The legal definition of a squatter is a person who occupies real property without a claim of right or title.
This week’s blog post is for those of us who have been living as Valley Squatters. Instead of passing through the Valley, we are trying to live there; but that’s not our property, nor is it our final destination! I have been there. Tired of trying, but not seeing any progression; becoming entangled with the cares of this world. Knowing the Valley is not it for me, but becoming discouraged by the many shrubs and trees, it can become difficult to see the pathway out. This is especially true when we blame ourselves and believe that we are there because of something we did.
Yea, though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4).
I believe we all will have to walk through the Valley at some point in life, but we are not meant to live there! Think about Squatters Rights: oftentimes, they have so many days to remain where they have been dwelling before they have to vacate. This is the way we should approach our Valley experiences. We should know that we only have a certain amount of time before we have to get out of there. It was never meant for us to live there or dwell there indefinitely.
If we are not careful we could try to stay there and make the Valley our permanent home because of fear, fear of failure, fear of what’s ahead; and some of us will even try to convince others who have made the decision to keep moving to stay. We will try to get them to stay with us, we will try to control them with our fear, and that is not what God has predestined for us. We are to pass through and as we are passing through, and we gain strength, it is our responsibility to help pull others through as well. We can not stay there!
It is so important for every Believer to have a firm foundation upon which we can build our faith. We can have victory passing through the Valley. We need the knowledge, through the Word of God and relationship with Him, to help us endure the journey, without getting discouraged or giving up. We must refuse to settle for living as Valley Squatters. We can stop the horse and pony show; trying to convince ourselves and others that we are happy or content. We cannot afford to waste time settling there in hopelessness and despair. Purpose and Destiny awaits us.
Lord God, I am so glad that You are a very present help in times of trouble. You said, even if we make our bed in hell, You are there with us. Your Word declares that I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. My prayer is that You will help me stay my course and pass through the Valley. Father give me the endurance to keep moving, no matter what obstacles I may face. Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. Lead me along Your paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. I decree I will not become a Valley Squatter because I am an Overcomer! In Jesus name, Amen.
So, That Settles It. Pass Through the Valley. Stay focused! Remember, you are not a Valley Squatter! It’s not your home. You don’t have to fear, God is with you and He will comfort you. Keep going. The best is yet to come!