Exodus 16:4 - "Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law or no."
GOD TOOK A LITTLE, INSIGNIFICANT MATTER, THE FOOD THEY ATE--AND USED IT TO SEE IF THEY WOULD LISTEN TO HIM OR NOT. HE TOLD THEM HOW MUCH OF IT TO GATHER, WHEN TO GATHER AND WHEN NOT TO, AND WHAT TO DO WITH IT AFTER THEY BROUGHT IT IN.
AND THE ISRAELITES WENT RIGHT OUT AND VIOLATED THOSE INSTRUCTIONS. THEY SHOWED GOD BY THEIR ACTIONS THAT HIS VOICE WAS NOT IMPORTANT TO THEM. THEY WERE NOT WILLING TO OBEY EVEN HIS SIMPLEST COMMANDS.
GOD WORKS THE SAME WAY WITH US TODAY. BEFORE HE SENDS US ON A MAJOR MISSION, HE GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE WE CAN BE TRUSTED WITH SMALL INSTRUCTIONS.
Luke 16:10 - "He who is faithful in a very little (thing), is faithful also in much."
Ephesians 1:3 - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ."
The earthly minded will constantly try to restrain those who are seekers of God with such statements as,"don't become so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good," which is precisely the opposite of true wisdom.
Heaven is the realm into which we are called to abide with Christ Jesus, and the only truly effective ministry we will ever have on this earth is originated from that position. The church that becomes too earthly minded is not doing the earth any good. We are called to be a bridge between heaven and earth, and to represent the reality of all we have been given in Christ Jesus in the heavenly places.
Christians should be so saturated with heaven that it is more real to them than anything in the natural realm.
Ephesians 2:4-6 - "But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus."
"Then he said, 'Take the arrows,' and the king took them. Elisha told him, 'Strike the ground.' He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, 'You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.'" - 2 Kings 13:18-19
Breakthrough IS Coming: Keep Striking the Ground!
Do not be discouraged if at first you don't see your victory manifest. Breakthrough will first happen in the spiritual, then in the natural. Just because you can't see it in the physical does not mean it isn't happening in the spiritual. Keep on striking the ground!
What has been barren and withered for so long will begin to revive and flourish. And the good news is? All that you need for breakthrough has already been given to you; it's already there! The Lord has deposited that miracle within you and it will bear fruit as long as we walk in accordance with the principles of the Kingdom.
I AM WILLING TO HUMBLE MYSELF, LAY DOWN MY OWN AGENDAS/AMBITIONS, AND WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD -- KEEPING MY EYES FIXED ON JESUS.
Romans 15:13 - "May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing -- through the experience of your faith--that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope."
HOPE IS A DIVINE DREAM. IT'S AN INNER IMAGE THAT'S BIGGER THAN YOU ARE BECAUSE IT'S BUILT ON THE PROMISES OF GOD.
IF THE DOCTOR TOLD YOU THAT YOU WILL NEVER WALK, THEN YOU SEE YOURSELF CLIMBING MOUNTAINS AND BRINGING THE WORD OF GOD TO HURTING PEOPLE.
YOU FIND IN SCRIPTURE(ISAIAH 40:31) WHERE IT SAYS THOSE WHO WAIT ON THE LORD SHALL RUN AND WALK AND NOT FAINT OR BE WEARY.
YOU LOOK AT IT UNTIL YOU SEE NOTHING ELSE. PICTURE YOURSELF WALKING FOR MILES AND RUNNING FROM ONE PLACE TO THE NEXT, TELLING EVERYONE - JESUS HAS RAISED YOU UP AND MADE YOU WHOLE.
I TAKE THE WORD OF GOD AND BUILD VISION .......NOW!
Psalm 37:4 - "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart."
Matthew 13:3,8 - “Behold, the sower went out to sow; And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."
It takes spiritual eyes and sensitivity to discern the movements of God in our everyday lives. Sometimes His words come as a whisper and His movements like a gentle breeze moving through the branches of our lives, but as we seek first the King and His Kingdom by CONFESSING and MEDITATING on His word we will discern His voice and His faithfulness through each day.
We must trust God with the seeds that He plants in us. His words over us are wrapped in His faithful promises and never-ending love. They require the softness of our heart to grow deep roots and break through the ground of faith so that they will manifest in the earthly realm. We cannot demand how God grows the seed or when it will move from the soil of faith to the visible realm. We must allow the roots to go deep so that when trouble comes, our seed will not be plucked up while still in its tender beginnings.
Matthew 24:45 - "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household?"
The word tells us that God shows Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are "perfect" toward Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). "Perfect" doesn't mean that we have to do everything just right and live without making a mistake. It means "devoted" -- a heart consecrated, dedicated, loyal and faithful to God.
Who is faithful? The one who spends his time doing what God has called him to do -- or as Jesus put it, the one who takes up his cross and follows him. The one who denies his fleshly desires and spends his life on the things God desires him to do.
I am a faithful and wise servant.
I find out what is stealing my time from the Lord.
God is a GOOD FATHER who is perfecting and completing all that concerns His children that they would stand in secure places of strength in the season ahead.
"In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul...Though I walk in the midst of trouble, YOU WILL REVIVE ME; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. THE LORD WILL PERFECT THAT WHICH CONCERNS ME..." - Psalm 138:3, 7-8
The word "perfect" is the Hebrew word gâmar, which means to end in the sense of COMPLETION.
God has promised us in His Word to complete that which He has started in us and He is presently doing a spectacular work to see His intentions in and for us realized (Philippians 1:6).
THE NARROW PLACE
In the narrow place, if we have ears to hear, and will listen for His voice, the Lord is releasing keys to remove demonic schemes and barriers that have kept His people from freedom over the years.
"..and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life." - Mathew 7:14
THE NARROW PLACE IS THE BIRTHING CHANNEL that is now moving His people forward out into broad and spacious places of freedom and victory!
The Lord is bringing His people OUT and establishing their boundaries in pleasant places!
We are coming out with strength and with revelation!
We are coming out with direction and strategies;
We are coming out with joy and with passion!
WE ARE COMING OUT AS AN ARMY ON THE OFFENSIVE READY TO CONQUER AND TO OCCUPY!
We are now being established at higher levels of faith, undergirded with a double portion of grace and with a greater understanding of His great power that is available to us in establishing us in our CALLING in Christ.
God has given us the word of authority to move the mountains before us, and as we speak forth in faith, our very BIG God breathes into the word and all things begin to align to His will! He is aligning us in His will and securing our lives in Him!
DETERMINE TO BOLDY RUN THE RACE
NOW IS THE TIME to boldly run the race set before us (our CALLING in Christ) and to occupy all areas that He has PURPOSED for us to advance the Kingdom of God. Psalm 110 prophesies that the people of God will volunteer freely to work the works of God in the DAY OF HIS POWER – a Day that is now upon us!
He is now opening a GREAT and EFFECTIVE DOOR for us to reap a GREAT HARVEST.
"WHATEVER YOUR HAND FINDS TO DO, DO IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT..." - (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
As the GREAT AND EFFECTIVE DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY OPEN to us in the days ahead, let us lay hold of God and run with endurance...with all our might...the race He has set before us!
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us..." - Hebrews 12:1
2 Timothy 1:4,6,7 - "Greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears.....I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you....For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
There are times when you know what God has called you to do, but you just don't feel you have the inner resources you need to do it. Somehow you've simply run dry.
The word of God tells me how to handle those situations through a clear command: "stir up the gift inside you."
Everything I need is already in me. Jesus put it there......faith is there....power is there.....Love is there.
In the name of Jesus, I stir up the gift that's within me by faith. I'm stirring up my faith. I'm not going to wait until I feel stirred up. I'm stepping out by faith and expecting my feelings to follow! I'm stirring up the love of God that's in me. I'm stirring myself up in the Spirit of the living God!
Galatians 4:7 - "Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."
WHEN WE RECEIVED JESUS AS LORD OF OUR LIVES, WHATEVER HE RECEIVED WHEN HE WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BECAME OURS. HE WAS APPOINTED HEIR, AND WE WERE APPOINTED JOINT HEIRS ......NOT SUB-HEIRS....JOINT HEIRS! JOINT MEANS JOINED. EVERYTHING THAT BELONGS TO HIM BELONGS TO US. NOW! HERE ON THIS EARTH. NOT AFTER WE DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN. GOD IS SPEAKING TO JOINT HEIRS WHEN HE SAYS "I WILL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEED ACCORDING TO MY RICHES IN GLORY!" (PHILIPPIANS 4:19) - HEAVEN IS ALREADY OURS AND IT'S OURS HERE - WHERE WE NEED IT.
"The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; her clothing is woven with gold. She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; the virgin, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; They shall enter the King's palace." - Psalm 45:13-15
God is jealous over us, over the seeds He's planted in our hearts and over the focus of our affections. He is our breakthrough; when we allow our hearts to be fully turned toward Him the doubts, fears, worries, and despair fall away and the seeds of promise grow and flourish.
The enemy tries to steal from us while the seed is still in the form of faith. It is in the secret place of intimacy and absolute trust that the planting of the Lord is protected and grows.
We are being summoned to come to the place of His dwelling where our hearts are softened and we are made glorious by learning the ways of His Kingdom. We then share intimacy with Him and from that place our breakthrough comes, our requests are answered and our enemies are defeated by the glorious Mighty One who rides forth in victory (see Psalm 45:3-5; Revelation 19:11-16).
Genesis 28:12 - "And he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it."
The word translated "angel" in the text is the Hebrew word "Mal'ak" (mal-awk'), which means to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically, of God, ie. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher). The point is the messengers that are to ascend and descend upon this ladder are not just angelic beings, but God's messengers, which WE ARE CALLED TO BE.
2 Timothy 3:5 - "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
ANY REVELATION FROM TODAY'S WORD THAT DOES NOT LEAD US TO AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD ONLY SERVES TO MAKE US MORE RELIGIOUS. THE CHURCH CANNOT AFFORD "FORM WITHOUT POWER" FOR IT CREATES CHRISTIANS WITHOUT PURPOSE.
THOSE WHO RESTRICT THEMSELVES TO MERE WORDS LIMIT THEIR GIFT, AND MAY UNINTENTIONALLY LEAD BELIEVERS TO PRIDE BY INCREASING KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT INCREASED AWARENESS OF GOD'S PRESENCE AND POWER.
MOVING IN THE IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH RELYING ON GOD SHORT-CIRCUITS THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRIDE.
Matthew 10:7,8 - "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give."
PRAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN:
1. That they will know Christ as Savior early in life. Psalm 63:1, Timothy 3:15
2. That they will have a hatred for sin. Psalm 97:10
3. That they will be caught when guilty. Psalm 119:71
4. That they will be protected from the evil one in each area of their lives: spiritual, emotional, physical. John 17:15
5. That they will have a responsible attitude in all their interpersonal relationships. Daniel 6:3
6. That they will respect those in authority over them. Romans 13:1
7. That they will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong friends. Proverbs 1:10-11
8. That they will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one. 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
9. That they, as well as those they marry, will be kept pure until marriage. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
10. That they will learn to totally submit to God and actively resist Satan in all circumstances. James 4:7
11. That they will be single-hearted, willing to be sold out to Jesus Christ. Romans 12:1-2
12. That they will be hedged in so that they cannot find their way to wrong people or wrong places and that the wrong people cannot find their way to them. Hosea 2:6
QUESTIONS TO ASK MYSELF:
What am I willing to do to affect the spiritual destiny of my children?
Am I willing to pray the above verses over my children every day?
The key to unlocking the fulfillment of God's promises in your life is learning to decree Gods will! While it seems simple, decrees of the Lord, give voice to, and establish His will. These Godly decrees are like arrows of accuracy that breakthrough every obstacle you face. By understanding the power of His word, His purpose for you, and your authority as a king and priest, you will be able to Decree His will, with boldness for breakthrough to your place of blessing.
FIRST - UNDERSTAND HIS WORD HAS UNLIMITED POWER
When you give voice to His word by decreeing His will over your life, you are unleashing the power that created the universe. In Genesis God creates the world with the authority of His word. Job 22:28 says "You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of Gods favor] shall shine upon your ways." This key, of decree, is given to you by the master creator, the ultimate authority. Learn to use it! Decree His will and see it established for you.
SECOND - WHAT IS HIS PURPOSE FOR YOU?
Understand the will of God for your life. He is revealing His PURPOSE and DESTINY. We need to understand what God's WORD is to us: "Do not be drunk with wine...but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18). His presence is a place of genuine hunger for the WORD of God, hunger for fresh bread from the WORD every day. There the Word comes alive and mysteries are revealed as the WORD becomes like fire in the bones.
Within us arises a holy boldness to decree the WORD of God to shift the unseen realm and break down every barrier of the enemy with the power of the Word.
Don't allow yourself to be discouraged, and brought down, by the conditions of the world around you. Learn to decree his will and advance and occupy the kingdom for His glory.
Matthew 5:14 says "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." Our purpose as this light is continued in Mathew 5:16(AMP) - "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven." The Lord wants to turn up the brilliancy of His glory in your life that there will be such good works through your life that the He will be glorified. You are the light up on the hill.
THIRD - UNDERSTAND YOUR AUTHORITY IN THE KINGDOM
As you grow and mature you will operate out of Kingdom Authority. Revelations 5:10 - "And You have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth!"
You are here to rule and reign. The battle you face is in the unseen realm. You are to have more faith in Gods power than that of the enemies. Because you walk in Kingdom Authority you can decree a thing and it will be established for you.
EXERCISING OUR AUTHORITY THROUGH OUR INHERITANCE
Make your decrees with boldness knowing that you have authority through your inheritance in Jesus Christ. Use your Kingdom Authority in the mighty name of Jesus.
Seize opportunities to share His heart with your world. Declare and decree His words of life and blessing around you. Give and it will come back to you FULL MEASURE, pressed down, shaken together and RUNNING OVER!
“…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” - Philippians 3:13, NLT
Sometimes our past victories keep us from rising higher as much as past failures. If we don’t let go of the old, we’ll never be able to embrace the new. As you forget what lies behind and press forward, you’ll move forward pursuing God's PURPOSE for your life. You’ll see increase and blessing and live the abundant life He has in store for you!
PRAYER: Father in heaven, today I forget the past. I don’t want anything to hold me back from my calling in Christ Jesus. Help me, by Your Spirit, to press forward into the life of love, favor, and blessing You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen
Philippians 3:12 - "But I keep going on, trying to grasp that purpose for which Christ Jesus grasped me."
I DO NOT WANT TO JUST GIVE MENTAL ASSENT TO CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE.
I WANT TO SEE, HAVE CONTACT WITH AND LIVE IN THE EXPERIENCED REALITY OF CHRIST'S ACTUAL PRESENCE.
I WANT TO PRESS INTO GOD TO LAY HOLD OF THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH CHRIST JESUS HAS SAVED ME AND WANTS ME TO BE.
Psalm 63:1 - "O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You: my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is."
"You should teach people who you can trust the things you and many others have heard me say. Then they will be able to teach others." - 2 Timothy 2:2
The true success of our ministry to others will be by how it brought forth the formation of Christ within the person God has given us to DISCIPLE.
Church members need to be encouraged to "think bigger." They need to see themselves as ministers to their fellow-man.
The Christian life is more than just commitment to Christ; it includes a commitment to other Christians.
We need to rise up and release worship, intercession, and a song to the Lord to usher in an awakening to those floundering who need to be DISCIPLED (by us) into a higher truth.
2 Corinthians 3:7,8 - "Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious."
THE GOAL OF REDEMPTION IS TO RESTORE MAN TO HIS ORIGINAL CONDITION BEFORE THE FALL, WHICH IS WALKING WITH GOD, OBEYING HIM, AND FULFILLING HIS MANDATE TO RULE OVER THE EARTH.
GOD ALSO ESTABLISHED THAT HE WOULD NOT ONLY RESTORE MAN TO THE CONDITION FROM WHICH HE HAD FALLEN, BUT RAISE HIM UP AS A GLORIOUS "NEW CREATION," WHICH WAS TO BE MUCH MORE THAN SIMPLY RESTORED TO THE CONDITION OF THE FIRST ADAM - THE NEW CREATION MAN ACTUALLY HAS GOD LIVING IN HIM! GOD HAS MADE MAN HIS TEMPLE AND GOD DWELLS IN MAN.
THE ULTIMATE QUEST OF EVERY CHRISTIAN LIFE IS THEREFORE TO BE THE INTIMATE FRIEND OF THE LORD. IF THERE IS ANY WAY WE CAN MEASURE TRUE CHRISTIAN MATURITY, IT WILL BE BY HOW CLOSE WE ARE TO GOD. OUR MATURITY WILL BE REFLECTED BY HOW MUCH OF HIS GLORY IS MANIFESTED THROUGH OUR LIVES.
IS OUR RELIGION ABOUT SATISFYING OUR NEEDS AND DESIRES?
2 Corinthians 5:15 - "And He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf."
Romans 14:7,8 - "For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lords."
Our salvation has freed us from ourselves so that we can live for God. We died to the law but we also died to all the claims and aspirations we had staked out as citizens of this world. We no longer live unto, or for ourselves, because we are no longer our own. The whole meaning our individual lives and faith consists of serving His purposes. We will only discover and fulfill God's high CALLING (our DESTINY in Christ) when we allow ourselves to be fully subjected to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19,20 - "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price."
Philippians 3:10 - "That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death."
FOR HIS SAKE, WE CANNOT CONTENT OURSELVES MERELY WITH GOOD WORKS. ULTIMATELY, WE WILL DISCOVER THAT STUDY AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE ARE BUT FORMS THAT HAVE NO SATISFACTION IN AND OF THEMSELVES. OUR PLEASURE WILL BE FOUND NOT IN THE MECHANICS OF SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES, BUT THAT THESE DISCIPLINES BRING US CLOSER TO THE ALMIGHTY. WE HAVE SATISFIED OURSELVES WITH A SYSTEM OF HISTORIC FACTS ABOUT GOD WITHOUT PRESSING INTO THE REALITY OF GOD. OUR GOAL IS TO SEEK EARNESTLY FOR GOD UNTIL WE FIND HIM.
TO TRULY KNOW GOD I MUST SEEK HIM UNTIL I PASS THROUGH MY KNOWLEDGE INTO AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE ALMIGHTY.
HAVING FOUND HIM I ALLOW HIS PRESENCE TO FILL MY SPIRIT WITH HIS PEACE.
THE UPWARD CALL OF GOD DRAWS ME INTO THE PLACE OF SURRENDER, WHERE I YIELD MY BEING INTO HIS HANDS.
AS I LISTEN TO HIM, I ASCEND HIGHER TO THE DWELLING PLACE OF LOVE.
I PRESS-IN TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST WHICH SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE.
Grab hold of the strength of the Word of victory that is power to us. Anchor it in your mind, in your heart, and in your thoughts!
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord!” - 1 Corinthians 15:57, 58
NOTHING’S IN VAIN
We can abound in the work of the Lord (God's PURPOSE for our life) knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord. Thanks be to God, because He gives us the victory through Jesus! You know that whatever you do for the Lord, all that you do, all that you will do, for Him, is not in vain! Never in vain!
This season will be a great time of enlargement for all of us, a great time in the realm of His vastness and fullness. That you will stand steadfast, stand firm! The Greek translation for the word “steadfast” is in the context of 1 Corinthians 15: 58 -- one would think it means to keep our feet firmly planted, staying in position -- but it means, being fixed in PURPOSE.
BE FIXED IN PURPOSE
May we be fixed on the victory wrought at the cross. May we live in the fullness of our redemption, in the redemptive power of the Cross.
Praise the Lord!
Don’t lose heart.
Don’t grow weary.
Don’t lose focus.
Don’t lose vision.
Don’t take your eyes off of the command victory of the cross.
No wavering. Don’t be moved. Abound more in the work of the Lord. “Abound” means to have abundance, to have IN excess, greatly surpassing in excess, in the work of the Lord!
Don’t be distracted. Put your trust in the Lord, not in the confidence of men.
AFFIRMATIONS: By faith I believe and receive all God has for me.
By faith I walk in the fullness of the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit.
By faith I proclaim God Words without reservation.
By faith I dedicate myself to my calling in Christ without wavering, being unmovable, but well established in the depths of my heart to Lord.
In due time we will reap a harvest if we are steadfast as the unseen becomes seen and the impossible become possible.
We believe Jesus right now to release a fresh oil-fresh anointing on our personal ministry to others.
May our strength come from Him and may we know even a greater release of the riches of His Glory, that we would be strengthened with might through the working of the Holy Spirit in our inner man!
James 1:2-4 - "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
EVERY TRIAL IN OUR LIVES IS ALLOWED FOR TWO PURPOSES: THE FIRST IS TO CONFORM US TO THE IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST, WHICH IS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.
THE SECOND IS TO BRING US TO A PLACE OF MATURITY WHERE HE CAN TRUST US WITH MORE AUTHORITY TO DO THE WORKS THAT HE DID, WHICH ARE THROUGH THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT. THEREFORE, WE MUST SEIZE OUR TRIALS AS JAMES ENCOURAGES, COUNTING THEM AS JOY BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS LEAD TO THE DAWN'S LIGHT.
Zechariah 12:1 - "Thus says the Lord, Who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him."
God is Spirit, and Zechariah 12 tells us that God formed the spirit of man within him. The human spirit is what makes relationship and fellowship with God possible at all. Through his spirit, man can walk in step with God. In the Spirit he is one with God.
Through his spirit, he knows of God and receives everything God wants to communicate to Him. It is in Man's spirit that Christ takes up residence. He who puts on Christ is one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:17 - "But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him."
Psalm 5:3 -- 'In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.'
Hearing from God is living with expectation toward Him because expectation places a demand on the Holy Spirit. We should live with expectation toward God twenty-four hours a day, for He abides within us at all times.
God does talk. He is speaking continually. Christians need to develop their receivers (their human spirits) which will enable them to tune in to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
If we start our day by thinking of all that needs to be done, our minds will attempt to figure things out, and we'll shut God out of our thoughts. If we focus on Him, He will talk to us and direct our day.
I live with expectation, I pray with expectation, I listen with expectation -- I hear HIS VOICE.
I take time to listen to the Lord to hear strategies for myself, my family, and the needs of the Kingdom.