Galatians 1:16 - "To reveal his Son in me, that I might present Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood."
Many believers have lost the glory because they have been taken up with the natural. If we are going to accomplish in the Spirit the thing God has purposed for us in 2019, we can never turn again to the flesh.
If we believers are to go forth and fulfill God's PURPOSE for our life, the Holy Spirit must be constantly filling us and moving upon us until our whole being is on fire with the presence and power of God -- walking in the divine likeness, having no confidence in the flesh, but growing in the grace and knowledge of God, and going on from one state of glory to another.
The believer that is a "partaker of the divine nature" has come into a relationship where God imparts His divine mind for the comprehension of His love and of the fellowship of His Son. We are only powerful as we know that source, we are only strong as we behold who we are in Christ and all the wonderful things and graces of the Spirit.
Are you ready to be even more aggressive in the area of faith in 2019 to see the impossible become possible for great and mighty things to take place? This is not a time to be fearful but be strong in the Lord in His Power and Might.
When the Spirit fills the heart, so does His power, grace, and direction; the face of Jesus is vividly and evidently near. "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." - Ephesians 6:10
The more you believe and confess that God's favor is on you, the more you will see His favor work for you.
1 John 2:15 - "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
Someone said, "You can look, but don't touch." This is bad advice. There is much visual distraction today. It's easy to be lured away into worldly thinking and be deceived by the enemy by (continually) looking at something that is beneath a Christian's dignity.
Job 31:1 - "I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?"
What we allow ourselves to see will dictate what we think.
The scripture says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7). But the verse right before it says "Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye.."
If we will saturate ourselves with the presence of Jesus, we will carry an open Heaven over our own head. Then wherever we go, we will create an atmospheric change by becoming a "gate of Heaven" for others.
Jesus never said the gospel was just a message you share with people so they can be saved. Paul said, "For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power...." (1 Thessalonians 1:5). And Paul also said, "And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power" (1 Corinthians 2:4). Paul had a radical revelation of the gospel in the ministry of Jesus and what that looked like.
Our calling is a heavenly calling, unto a heavenly life: not after this life, but NOW. In the process of finding your CALLING, you will find yourself, because nothing defines you as completely as your God-given mission.
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(Mathew 16:23).
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.
EVERY DAY AND IN EVERY WAY THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES ME UNTO ALL TRUTH.
AS I LISTEN TO HIS VOICE, THE HOLY SPIRIT TELLS ME OF THINGS TO COME.
BY MEDITATING ON THE SCRIPTURES AND COMMUNING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT I AM FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL IN ALL SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING.
The Spirit of God is calling each of us to a higher standard: "...walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:10).
This is not a season to be apathetic and loose about our lifestyles. We must pursue our destiny in Christ and God's purpose for our lives.
God calls all His people to a life of fruitfulness, which is the path to DISCIPLESHIP of others. As Paul writes: "Mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong." - Hebrews 12:13 (Living Bible)
There are three prisons the enemy has been trying to keep you trapped in—the prison of the past, the prison of pain and the prison of unforgiveness. As you are released from these prisons, God is going to align you just as He said in Psalm 142:7, “Then … the righteous will gather about me….” You can expect a sudden shift in relationships as God is going to realign you for the coming season.
In prayer, fire is the motive power. Religious principles which do not emerge in flame, have neither force nor effect. Fervency is the soul of prayer.
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." - James 5:16
"The Lord said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.......for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you...to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me." - Acts:26:15,16,18
Paul had first to come to this time of crying, weeping, contrition, and yieldedness. He had done all he could in the natural but the natural had only brought him to a broken place, to blindness, to helplessness, and this must come out of Paul's life before he could have the life of God.
HIS LIFE FLOWING AS A RIVER
When we have altogether parted with our own plans, as it were, then there is a possibility of God's likeness, being made manifest in us, of the water of life filling us, and not only enriching our own life, but FLOWING FROM US AS A RIVER that will touch others; and no one can tell what a river can do when it is set aflow by God, because when God is in the plan, everything works mightily and harmoniously. The living touch of the river of the life of God is that which brings a celestial glory into the human heart, and speech that meets the kindled desire therein.
RECEIVING OUR CALLING IN CHRIST
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we go forth to see things accomplished that we could never see otherwise:
First of all, Paul had a CALLING.
But CALLINGS are no good to us unless we make them real.
Except we make it our own,
And your whole desire is to carry out what the Spirit has revealed to you in regards to your CALLING -- it will surely come to pass.
A CONTINUOUS BURNING ON THE ALTAR
Many believers lack the power because they do not keep their CALLING in the forefront of their life -- they do not allow the fire which has come to infuse into them to continue to burn.
There must be a continuous burning on the altar. Holy Spirit power in a man is meant to be an increasing force, an enlargement. God has never anything of a diminishing type. He is always moving forward.
QUESTIONS TO ASK MYSELF: Am I moving forward?
Am I stopping in the plains when there are greater things waiting for me on the hilltops?
"For our God is a consuming fire." - Hebrews 12:29
God's voice dwells in the midst of the fire! Fire consumes the sacrifice, and inRomans 12:1-2 we are told to surrender our bodies and renew our minds. As we lay our flesh upon His altar, we are consumed!
Mark 9:49 - "For everyone will be salted with fire."
We are called to burn for Him and be voices of awakening. The Father desires to set regions ablaze with holy fire, but it will take surrendered ones who have been in His presence and are burning. It will take those who fully yield and obey to give birth to Heaven's agenda for this hour.
We must advance with our spiritual eyes open and carry a strong spirit of faith and authority. Bind up all false spirits and shake off their attacks. We are called to burn for Him! We are called to fuel the fires of revival and advance forward. We are called to be Heat Seekers!
"So may all Your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love You be like the sun when it rises in its strength..." - Judges 5:31
There is a rising coming for the Body of Christ – a rising within Him, in His ways and in His love to be free in Christ. We are rising up in the glory of the Son. A "rising" can also mean a revolution or revolt – it is time to rise up and push back the powers of darkness trying to encroach and violate our lives!
We are being called to rise up and take our places in history; to rise up and seize the day. We are being called to rise to the occasion for which we were created (God's PURPOSE for our life). Rise to believe that you can overcome, because much greater is He that lives in you – the One who has overcome the world – than the one who is under your feet! The force that is holding the world together lives inside of us! With the grasping of this truth comes the revelation that nothing is or can be impossible to those who believe in Him.
AFTER DEATH COMES RESURRECTION
There are a people hearing the sound and they are rising, coming out of graves where strongholds and circumstances have kept them bound. The cry of the Lord can be heard -- "Be loosed and arise to life, to the upward call in Christ." Come out of the crucible of fire and be prepared as an agent of transformation.
You are a container of God's glory, carrying the treasures, goods, and supplies of the Kingdom to a parched Earth. You are an exceptional vessel, with a specialized call and a matchless container God has fashioned just for you. Let your light shine, let your container fulfill its call in preparing the highway for our God!
"Listen! It's the voice of someone shouting, 'Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!'" - Isaiah 40:3 NLT
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.
As You Allow Him to Change You, He will Change Your Circumstances.
The season of depression, confusion, lack, and sinful cycles is over.
Don't look back -- Don't bring up the past -- It is under the Blood of Christ. Just as your sins have been forgiven forgive others.
Let go of the bitterness and the regrets.
Crucify your ego.
Release the anger. He will work everything for good.
Get ready to move into new realms of His glory. Every time you encounter His glory He is changing you. He is changing your thoughts. He is changing your perspective. He is increasing the power of His Spirit in you. He is anointing you to bring breakthrough to others.
Receive the fresh prophetic flow of His presence. Be refreshed. Receive an excitement for that which is coming. The future is full of adventure. Expect Him to do mighty things for nothing is impossible for those who believe!
"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints." - Ephesians 1:18
Isaiah 22:23 - "And I will fasten him like a peg or nail in a firm place; and he will become a throne of honor and glory to his father's house."
This person will become a "supernatural gateway" or a "throne" of God for all of Heaven to flow through. According to Isaiah, we literally become a throne that the Lord Jesus Christ can rest upon to reveal His Kingdom of power and glory! Psalm 22:3 says: "God is enthroned upon (lives within, dwells in) the praises of His people." What does that look like?
When we begin to praise God the Scriptures say that His throne and His presence are literally built upon us and come to rest on top of our praises. So, wherever the high praises of God are found, the throne of God will rest. Wherever the throne of God is, the King is -- there are angels and all of the resources of the government are present in reality.
When we are connected with Heaven, we literally become a gateway for the supernatural to manifest in and around us. Heaven moves up and down upon us, releasing signs, wonders, and miracles with our cooperation.
Jesus said, "For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you, and among you, surrounding you." - Luke 17:21
Luke 2:10 - "And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
As we are called to step out into areas that are beyond our comfort zone, we may feel as if we are floundering for a season. Yet God has called us to walk in His peace and JOY, and to BRING HIS KINGDOM TO EARTH in each situation. We could easily fall into discouragement if we do not stand in God's encouragement. And part of the way He fills and refreshes us is through His spirit of JOY:
Joy in the midst of heavy world situations. Joy in the midst of tragic circumstances. Joy in the midst of serious situations and huge challenges.
WE CAN BE A SIGN AND A WONDER
We can be a sign and a wonder to those around us as we walk in His SUPERNATURAL JOY. And when the essence of this joy touches other lives, people will be drawn to know the source of our joy, Jesus Himself.
We need to EXPERIENCE THIS PLACE WHERE GOD CAN INVADE OUR SOULS and impart doses of His supernatural joy much more often than we currently do. Remember that when Paul teaches on the fruit of the Spirit, joy comes second in the list! Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is...JOY!
SOAK IN HIS PRESENCE. Refresh yourself in Him. FOCUS ON JESUS AND HIS LOVE TOWARDS YOU, and let Him remind you of the many blessings that He brings to your life. As you set your mind on things above, you will receive your fill-up of joy.
Walking in supernatural peace is definitely a demonstration of the Kingdom of God. We must be challenged to walk in supernatural joy, to PRESS-IN TO THE SPIRIT, find His joy there, and then walk in it, no matter what situation we find ourselves in.
The message of "Good tidings of great joy" is not for the Christmas season only. Because of Him, we can walk in great joy--"Joy unspeakable and full of glory" right here and right now.
"There are river fountains that splash joy, cooling God's city, the holy place where the Most High dwells" (Psalms 46:4).
Let's tap into that supernatural river of joy! Let's get swallowed up in a spirit of joy. In delighting in the Lord. In rejoicing in His Presence. And in bringing His Kingdom of joy down here on earth as it is in Heaven.