John 15:5 - "I am the vine; you are the branches......apart from Me you can do nothing."
We were born to consult God to find out His purpose for our lives so that we can discover our vision.
Revelation 1:8 - "I am the Alpha and the Omega."
God is not only the Author of our vision but also our continuing Support as we progress toward its fulfillment. Prayer is what keeps us connected to the Vision-Giver. Prayer is where we receive the ability to continue the fight.
Isaiah 40:31 - "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
When you have been pressed, criticized, and opposed, you can become weak in faith. When people attack your dream, you go to God. You don't try to explain and give an answer for everything because you can't explain anything to critics. Their motives are already contaminated, and they'll use your words against you. Through prayer, God encourages us to get back out in the fight of faith.
Psalm 27:1 - "The Lord is my light and my salvation - who shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?"
SINCE I STAY CONNECTED TO GOD FOR THE RENEWAL OF MY PURPOSE, FAITH, AND STRENGTH - I WILL BE ABLE TO PERSEVERE TO VICTORY.
I BASE MY PRAYERS ON GOD'S WORD TO BRING ME THROUGH DIFFICULTIES AND GIVE ME THE VICTORY THAT IS MINE.
I STAY IN TOUCH WITH GOD SO THAT I AM NOURISHED IN BOTH LIFE AND VISION.
"But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD's victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!" - 2 Chronicles 20:17
God is the God of the breakthrough, but He uses our hands if you do your part, He will do His. Breakthrough happens when we take the first offensive step against the barriers in our life. Breakthrough happens when we say, "I m going to trust that God is going to supernaturally do the impossible."
There is no progress without resistance: There is a spiritual battle over your breakthrough. We can only win the battle in the spirit. Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside of them was superior to their circumstances. His name is Jesus.
The voice of God is the master key to your supernatural breakthrough. Hear it and speak it. Agree with the decree.
Luke 9:62 - Jesus said to him. "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back (to the things behind) is fit for the kingdom of God.
We are what the past has made us. Yet, we are commanded to not look back and to "forget.....what lies behind". With God, this is not impossible, for although the events of our lives are irreversible, our reactions to those events can still be changed.
Philippians 3:13 - "But one thing I do (my one aspiration): forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead."
As our reactions change, we change. Although we cannot alter the past, we can put our past upon the "altar" as an act of worship. A worshiping heart truly allows God to restore the soul.
Romans 8:28 - "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God."
The key for the fulfillment of this verse is that we become lovers of God in our spirits. When we are given to loving Him, all that we have passed through in life is washed in that love. It is redeemed and becomes good within us.
GOD REACHES INTO MY EXPERIENCES AND REDEEMS ME FROM MY NEGATIVE REACTIONS.
I FORGET MY PAST AND PRESS ON TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.
EVER PRAISING GOD TRANSFORMS THE NEGATIVE ASSAULT OF THE ENEMY INTO A SPRING OF SWEET WATERS WHICH REFRESHES ME.
2 Corinthians 6:14,15 - "Do not try to work together as equals with unbelievers, for it cannot be done. How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live together? How can Christ and the Devil agree?"
EVERY RELATIONSHIP TAKES ME TOWARDS MY DREAMS OR AWAY FROM THEM.
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father." - John 1:14
When the Word became flesh, it didn’t just stop with Jesus. The Word is still becoming flesh as He tabernacles with you, living within your tent of flesh and blood and redeemed humanity. You are His habitation, His dwelling place, and He has established His throne within the chambers of your heart, as a living tabernacle of His glory.
The Word becomes who you are DESTINED to be, within the realms of glory; of grace upon grace and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and favor upon favor and gift upon gift.
For the Word must increase and consume your flesh, consume it and be glorified so that when they look upon you they will behold His Glory, and behold one who is indeed begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
"The Word was the true light that enlightens all men....but to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God -- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will but born of God." - John 1:12,13
Ephesians 1:3,4 - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. According as he has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love."
Many people who are doing something significant for God in the world are doing it "without their own resources" because God doesn't want us to depend on our own abilities. Instead, He wants us to be obedient by putting the vision on paper and then looking to Him to generate the funds and other resources that are needed to support His own work.
Your provision, however, is usually hidden until you act on your vision. Whatever you were born to do attracts what you need to do it. Therefore, you first have to establish what you want to do and begin to do it before the need can be met. Most people work in reverse. They want to see the provisions before they start, but faith doesn't work that way. When we take action, then God manifests the provision.
Genesis 22:13,14 - "Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son! So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide."
God already prepared everything you would need before He created you so that you could do what you were born to do. He knew what you needed because He chose you for your vision a long time ago. God tells us we don't have to worry about our provision because He has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
I KNOW THAT GOD WILL NEVER GIVE ME A VISION WITHOUT PROVISION.
I REALIZE THAT MY PROVISION IS USUALLY HIDDEN UNTIL I ACT ON MY VISION.
Those who wait on Him and remain faithful to obey Him will soar. They will accomplish more NOW than ever before. Now is the time for the mature believers to prevail -- the tenacious ones who don't give up, who persist -- the faithful ones who set their face toward the goal and do not relent till it comes to pass. This is the hour for the warrior spirit to arise, the sons of the Lion of Judah! This is the time to excel and ascend. Cultivate that spirit of excellence.
"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and innocent children of God -- without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Among whom you will appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life." - Philippians 2:14-16
He will grow your influence and enlarge your territory ( 1 Chronicles 4:10). Abide in Him, let Him abide in you. Only with His presence will you produce fruit that lasts.
1 Corinthians 4:20 - "For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power".
We cannot be witnesses of the Almighty God without power. When we think of power we often think of miracles, but they are only one example of God's power, not the very essence of it.
The essence of God's power is the life of God. This is why the author of the book of Hebrews explains that the Lord's priesthood is based on "the power of an indestructible life" (seeHebrews 7:14-17). We are called to be forerunners and messengers of the coming kingdom. The power of our message will be directly related to the power of the life that is in us.
Our goal is to live and reveal the power of the life that is in Christ Jesus. Our life and character should be so different and powerful in Christlikeness, that we stand out because of them. Not only are we a priesthood, we are a "royal" priesthood. Christians are the true royalty on earth.
THE POWER THAT I HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO TESTIFY OF THE COMING KINGDOM IS THE POWER OF LIFE.
THIS LIFE IS INFINITELY MORE PRECIOUS THAN ANYTHING I COULD EVER POSSESS ON THIS EARTH.
MY IDENTITY IS TRULY IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND MY PRIESTLY CALLING TO MINISTER AND INTERCEDE FOR OTHERS ON A DAILY BASIS.
Galatians 1:10 - "If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ."
IF I AM TO WALK WITH CHRIST I NEED TO BE DELIVERED FROM THE FEAR OF MAN, THE COMPULSION TO BE ACCEPTED BY MEN, AND THE MOTIVE OF WANTING TO RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM THEM.
Habakkuk 2:14 - "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
Let's all draw near to Him and ask Him to flood our individual lives and the lives we touch and minister to -- for everything the water touches will spring to life. Let's spend more time raising our spiritual consciousness with the truths of our inheritance in Christ from the Bible so that there are no "empty places" in our souls.
Let's spend more time worshiping the Father and praying each and every day, letting the Living Waters fill us and then flow out of innermost being to the people whose lives God has given us to affect and change.
Let's flood the atmosphere around us every day with the glory of God! For He is the Kingdom and the power and the glory.
Matthew 15:14 - "If the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."
When you start pursuing God's vision for your life, sometimes you have to change who your close friends are because you're not speaking the same language anymore.
Priority requires that there are people and places that you are going to have to disassociate yourself from if you're going to make it to your dream.
Some people say that it doesn't really matter with whom they associate, that they wouldn't want to hurt anybody by disassociating from them. Yet Jesus was telling us not to be foolish by following those who are spiritually blind.
Some people literally sacrifice their dreams and their lives because they are afraid of having conflict and disagreement with others.
I CHOOSE PEOPLE TO ASSOCIATE WITH WHO WANT ME TO GO WHERE I WANT TO GO. I LET THEM BE MY ENCOURAGEMENT.
I IGNORE THE CRITICS AND KEEP ON ACTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH MY VISION.
Hebrews 12:29 - "For our God is a consuming fire".
If I am truly getting closer to Him, the fire in my life will be growing.
"Behold, you are fair, my love; behold you are fair; you have doves' eyes. - Song of Solomon 1:15
You will not be disappointed when you see what He has in store for you. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. He is faithful to His word and will perform that which He has promised. Good things shall come to you. Great things are in store. Hold fast!
Now is the time to visualize your inheritance.
Now is the time to see the great manifestations of His power.
Now is the time!
So receive the 'Eye of the Dove' -- the ability to focus wholeheartedly on Him! The ability to narrow your focus so that you are not distracted by outward forces. Remain undistracted! Your victory is in the place of focus! You are becoming increasingly aware of His person and presence, and that spiritual awareness will lift you above the pressure of this realm and catapult you into the realm of His presence.
"Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along. For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines. - Song Of Solomon 2:10-12
Matthew 16:13,17,18 - "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?
Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not overpower it."
The Lord was not saying that He was going to build His church upon Peter. Jesus alone is the foundation of the church, and the rock that we must fasten our foundation to is the revelation from the Father of who Jesus is.
It is not enough for us to just believe in who our parents say Jesus is, or even who our pastor says he is.
We will not get to heaven because we are close to someone who is born again, or is growing in Him - we must be born again, and grow up into Him.
I MUST DIG MY OWN WELL.
I MUST GO DEEPER.
I MUST HAVE MY OWN REVELATION FROM THE FATHER OF WHO JESUS IS.
John 11:44 - "And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, "Loose him, and let him go."
I KNOW THAT I CAN BE RAISE FROM THE DEAD SPIRITUALLY AND YET, STILL BE BOUND? I CAN BE SAVED BY THE POWER OF CHRIST AND YET, STILL BE BOUND BY THE TIGHT TRAPPINGS OF LIFE.
"God put His stamp of ownership on you by giving you the Holy Spirit he had promised...so that your minds may be opened to see His light, so that you will know what is the hope to which he has called you...and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power in us is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death." - Ephesians 1:13,18-20
Shall we stop short of what He says we ought to be -- shall we cease to come into line with the Mind which is always thinking for our best -- shall we cease to humble ourselves before him who took the way of the cross for us -- shall we cease to withhold ourselves from Him.
Can a true believer come to God today without a cry to God to make them, as it were, flames of fire? God shall endue you in that you won't be satisfied until you feel the very members of your body on fire with a Spirit-kindled PURPOSE.
Matthew 16:18 - "On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Where precisely are the gates of hell? Where does the devil sit in power?
The mind is the gatekeeper of the Kingdom of God. It is the place of access, transition, and power. It follows that the gates of hell are set up in people's minds. Jesus made this clear:
Matthew 16:23 - But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
He didn't say, "Peter, you devil worshiper!" He didn't say, "You are filled with all kinds of occult practices and deceits." He said, "Your mind is filled with the things of man." The devil is empowered by human agreement. That mental posture was a gate from which satan was released to bring Peter's destruction.
Humanity without Christ at the center is satanic in nature. When you've been given the Spirit of God, you lose the privilege of claiming, "I'm only human." Paul rebukes the church at Corinth for behaving like mere men (1 Corinthians 3:3).
The gate of hell is in our minds any time we agree with a man-centered perspective or natural wisdom that does not know God. We empower demonic forces and become a gate to release his power to kill, steal, and destroy our lives.
I AM A GATEWAY FOR HEAVEN'S REALITY TO TAKE OVER EVERY PART OF MY LIFE, AND THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO I INFLUENCE, NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL THE SPECIFIC SITUATION IS.
Acts 4:33 - "And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all."
THE POWER OF GOD THAT I EXPERIENCE IN LIFE IS MORE UP TO ME THAN IT IS UP TO THE LORD. IT'S MY ASSIGNMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT I HAVE THE WORD ABIDING IN ME.
Mark 10:51 - "And Jesus said to him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' And the blind man said to Him, Master, let me receive my sight."'
God is moved by faith, even though Jesus knew what Bartimaeus needed, He was waiting for a specific request and an expression of true faith.
Matthew 7:7,8 - "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
Romans 4:17 - "Even God who quickeneth the dead, and called those things which be not as though they were."
Many people know what it means to have "common sense", which is sound, practical judgment. "Christian sense", on the other hand, involves seeing adverse circumstances through the eyes of faith and exercising your God-given authority to change those circumstances.
Jesus taught His disciples how to change negative circumstances. The Bible tells us that He cursed a fig tree with words and with 24 hours it dried up from its roots (Mark 11:12-14; 20,21). In verses 22 and 23, Jesus explains how to achieve these kinds of results. In today's language He would probably say, "Have the God-kind of faith. Declare what God's Word says about your circumstances, no matter how great they are, and then expect results."
Mark 11:22-24 - And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours."
THERE IS NO ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCE IN MY LIFE THAT I CANNOT OVERCOME WITH THE GOD-KIND OF FAITH.
WHEN MY WORLD IS OUT OF ALIGNMENT I CAN GET IT BACK INTO ALIGNMENT.
Romans 6:11 - "Likewise reckon ye yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
I DEEM MYSELF TO BE DEAD TO SIN, ENERGIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO WALK IN THE RESURRECTION POWER OF JESUS CHRIST.
Song of Solomon 4:16 - "Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my Beloved come into His garden, and eat His pleasant fruits."
This is a new day, let the Son arise with healing in His wings and let the wind of God take you to a new realm of faith and understanding in this hour for such a time as this. Choose life, and to live that life abundantly. It's not too late, it's time to begin again. It is the time for a new season of love and drinking of the new wine. It's time to be intoxicated with His love and come into the chamber – into His presence to meet with Him. He will meet with you in that secret place and show you the secrets of His heart.
This is a time of consecration and separation of the world; but not of your relationships that are God ordained and in covenant commitment. Put off the old man and PUT ON THE NEW (Ephesians 4:24). This is an exhortation to discover and move forward in God's CALLING ON YOUR LIFE.
Leave the familiar and breaking the cycle of your fleshly desires, ways and mind-sets -- break the lies that say the grass is greener on the other side, when in fact the grass is dried up, full of weeds and thorns – where there is no water or life in the carnal ways of man.
John 3:27,30 - "John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. He must increase, but I must decrease."
Some Christians say that they were trying to decrease so the Lord could increase in their life. This seems noble, but it is not biblical, and is actually the opposite of what John the Baptist said, If we try to decrease before He increases in our life, we will just be empty, and the void will usually be filled with an evil, religious spirit. When we walk with God, we will decrease because He is increasing in our life.
Genesis 5:24 - "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."
Even though Enoch did not "taste death" in the natural, his old nature was consumed in God. By walking with God His glory changed him, consuming his fallen nature and replacing it with His nature.
Even so, if we try to crucify ourselves, the result will be self-righteousness. Our old nature was crucified with Christ on the cross. The rendering of our old nature as dead, so we can experience the resurrection life in Christ, is a process that takes place as we walk with God. We will never be changed by seeing who we are, but by beholding who He is. As we behold Him, we embrace and identify with His cross and His resurrection.
I AM DEAD TO SIN, DEAD TO MY FORMER LUSTS, DEAD TO THIS WORLD, BUT ALIVE UNTO GOD.
MY HIGHEST PURPOSE FOR THIS DAY IS TO WALK WITH HIM.
WHEN I LOSE MYSELF IN HIM I DO NOT LOSE - I GAIN EVERYTHING TO INFINITY.
Song of Solomon 8:5 -- "Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?"
In order to learn new ways to walk, we must first learn to lean.
Proverbs 3:6 -- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."
Leaning on our Beloved often requires us to lean away from our own understanding. His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts. This often leaves us with a lack of understanding.
When leaning and depending on God for direction, more often than not He will ask us to do things and go places that make no sense to our natural ways of thinking. And when we begin to obey His leading, the "leaning" will become even more essential.
Intimacy and dependency are vital for receiving knowledge and revelation about how to walk and where to go -- as well as the timing of each step.
Mark 7:6,7 - "He answered and said unto them, 'Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."'
Jesus lived in constant confrontation and conflict with the world around Him, because Kingdom logic goes against carnal logic.
Questions to Ask Myself:
AM I LIVING IN CONFLICT WITH THIS WORLD?
AM I BRINGING THE REALITY OF HEAVEN, NOT JUST THE DOCTRINE OF HEAVEN, TO MY NEIGHBORS AND COWORKERS?
IS MY LIFE CONTRADICTING THE WAY LIFE WORKS FOR MOST PEOPLE IN MY CITY?
AM I USHERING IN KINGDOM REALITY WHEREVER I GO?
Romans 12:2 - "And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
A renewed mind sees the way God sees. It receives His impressions and becomes a creative force to release His expression of dominion on planet Earth.
A renewed mind destroys the works of the devil so that earthly reality matches heavenly reality. It proves the will of God not just in word but in deed. It heals the sick, frees those enslaved to sin, brings joy where there was sadness, strength where there was weakness, explosive creativity and world-changing ideas and inventions where there was lack of invention.
"Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart." - Psalm 37:4
"Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." - John 14:13
He is pulling you away from the old, and taking you under the water into the unknown for a time of being unseen and unheard, for a "deeper depth" experience with Him.
Humble yourself and flow in the direction the Holy Spirit is drawing you into. God is asking you to not judge things by your natural eyesight. God is doing something bigger than you can see right now. Yes, He's about to blow your paradigm and expand your destiny consciousness.
Let go and receive a greater commission!
See with the eyes of your spirit man, not the eyes of your flesh. It's time to graduate and go to the next level! It's time to put on the new wine skins fully and receive the infilling of new strength, vigor, and faith.
Isaiah 42:9,10 - " Behold the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things;......sing to the Lord a new song, sing His praise from the end of the earth!