"And these signs shall follow them that believe;.....they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." - Mark 16:17,18
One of the ways the enemy tries to ravage and destroy the Body of Christ is through sicknesses and infirmities. Behind these attacks is a strategic plan of the enemy to stop DESTINIES from being fulfilled. The unrelenting attacks have caused some to experience hope deferred. Many faithful Believers are crying out to the Lord as they pray for breakthroughs.
The Lord is raising up an army of love and power. Because of the Lord's love for His Church and the desire to have an army who is healed and whole in every dimension of their lives, He is on course to restore His Body in every dimension. Individuals are rising from a place of brokenness, healed in body and mind, as they rise up to release His glory on the earth in these last days.
SPONTANEOUS HEALING MOVES OF GOD WILL OCCUR IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
Spontaneous healing moves of God are breaking out in churches, on the streets, and in homes. His glory is being released to restore healings and wholeness. As these moves of God increase, which will not be confined to places where there are already signs of revival taking place. There will be glory break-outs in unexpected places. What joy that people can be healed to serve the Lord without being held back by the limitations of their circumstances!
RENEWAL OF FAITH AND STRENGTH IN THE HEART OF THE BELIEVER
The Lord longs to crush strongholds of sicknesses by releasing faith and strength into our hearts. He will renew minds so that healings will come forth not only through spontaneous moves of healing but through the personal faith and authority of the Believer.
Isaiah 55:11 says, "So is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
We understood that what happened on the Cross is the reality in Heaven. When Jesus declared, "It is finished!" before He gave up His Spirit, Heaven saw our redemption as accomplished. Jesus is extremely compassionate when Believers lose their lives to sickness, but our circumstance does not negate the reality of what was accomplished on the Cross. To understand the mystery of what took place on the Cross is to have a revelation of the arm of the Lord that is Jesus Himself. Isaiah, chapter 53, talks about the wounds of Jesus. Our transgressions, sins, and sicknesses were all dealt with by that ultimate sacrifice.
We have delegated authority from Jesus to heal the sick, according to Mark 16:17-18. The Cross is not only a place where our sins, transgressions, and sicknesses were dealt with, but it is also a place of divine exchange. When we become sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ, we also receive full authority to destroy sin and sicknesses on this earth.
The authority He gave through His death and resurrection was not to a few but to all.
HOW DO WE PARTNER WITH THE LORD AS WE RECEIVE FAITH IN OUR HEARTS TO WALK IN OUR AUTHORITY OVER SICKNESSES?
He renews your mind through this word to go deeper in the river of God. The river of God in the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 47, brings life wherever it touches. We can partner with God to bring healing to all by going deeper in this healing river. The anointing increases as we go deeper in His presence.
Our authority increases as we walk in obedience to the Lord through affirming, meditating, and visualizing the end result of what is promised in His word. The healing or breakthrough we receive from the Lord will often act as a catalyst to the healing of others through our lives. We can all walk with the God for whom nothing is impossible.
YOUR AFFLICTION WILL NOT RISE UP A SECOND TIME
The Lord is raising up a Joshua generation who will not only enter into their inheritance, but who will learn to occupy their place of inheritance. As He heals us, He wants us to remain in the freedom of healing He has given to us. He wants to free us of fear and doubt of recurring illness.
There are those who have been healed of an illness but are afraid of returning symptoms. Once the enemy has been driven out, it is important to be diligent not to give place to him as he seeks to return.
Declare and meditate on Nahum 1:9 which says that affliction will not rise up a second time. It is His promise that when He heals it is permanent, and that the enemy is not allowed to reintroduce an affliction that we have been healed of. Occupy your place of healing and allow the faithfulness of God to be your defense against the tactic of the enemy to re-afflict you!
We release His healing glory and salvations wherever we go to those who need it. We were set free for such a time as this: To release His Kingdom!
Matthew 24:12 - "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."
Satan wants you to become the temperature of the culture that surrounds you, a believer bound by a stone cold heart. By exposure to hardness and darkness in the times that we live in, our love and passion will begin to cool by degrees.
When you see churches and individuals who do not have the energy to reach out, it's an indication that their love has grown cold.
In Numbers 16:37, the Lord told Moses to "scatter the burning coals abroad." This is precisely what the great commission is all about -- spreading the Word with a fiery heart.
I refuse to stay in a normal mode; I'm not going to let the world's cultural wisdom squeeze me into its mold.
The world's politically correct agenda can't dictate to me anymore.
Luke 2:11 - "For there is born to you this day.....a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THE PROPHETS SPOKE OF THE MESSIAH'S COMING. THEY GAVE OVER 300 SPECIFIC DETAILS DESCRIBING HIM, JESUS FULFILLED THEM ALL!
YET WITH THE ONE STATEMENT, "UNLESS I DO THE WORKS OF THE FATHER, DO NOT BELIEVE ME," (JOHN 10:37) JESUS PUTS THE CREDIBILITY OF ALL THESE MESSENGERS ON THE LINE. THEIR MINISTRIES WOULD HAVE BEEN IN VAIN WITHOUT ONE MORE INGREDIENT TO CONFIRM WHO HE REALLY WAS. THAT INGREDIENT WAS MIRACLES.
JESUS GAVE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO DISBELIEVE IT ALL IF THERE WAS NO DEMONSTRATION OF POWER UPON HIS MINISTRY.
IT HAS NOW BECOME OUR JOB, BY MEANS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, TO DISCOVER AND DISPLAY THE FATHER'S HEART: GIVING LIFE AND DESTROYING THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.
"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness...for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 5:10
Outwardly when we are persecuted or suffer abuse - inwardly we experience "heaven" as God deals mightily with our soul, breaking its addiction to man's approval and liberating us to truly live in Christ.
"You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing...And, He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him." - Psalm 145:16, 19 NKJV.
You can trust the Lord God.
LAUNCH INTO THE DEEP
In Luke 5, we read the story of Simon Peter fishing. He had been up all night fishing and had caught nothing. NOTHING! He, a professional fisherman, had worked all night for nothing. His friends were into fishing. He lived in a fishing village. If anyone could make a catch, surely it was Peter. But he fished all night in vain.
We can easily relate to Peter. We have been up all night fishing unsuccessfully – the loneliness continues, the rebellious child has not returned home, the bills keep piling higher....and, you know how to fish! Your heart feels sick.
Jesus arrives on the scene. He is not known for being a professional fisherman. He was a carpenter's son from landlocked Nazareth. Jesus did not own a boat. Had He ever cast a net? Yet He has the audacity to tell the fisherman two things to do – "launch into the deep and let the nets down for a catch" - (Luke 5:4).
Might He be saying the same to you? Launch into the deep. Let your net down. What is this deep? What is the net you need to lay down? Can you trust Him with these most vulnerable heart longings? These questions demand an answer.
THE MIGHTY LION OF JUDAH
Jesus is here with us. He was, He is, and He will be trustworthy. You can trust Him with the deep things – the wounds and disappointments in your past, the fears and uncertainties in your present, the heart desires and hopes for your future. Dare you launch into the deep?
DROP YOUR NETS - IT'S FISHING SEASON
And the nets? The secure nets – the default actions and reactions, the personal traditions and habits, the independent way of thinking – these nets need to be dropped. Letting down our nets releases another wave of insecurity or fear. Sometimes layer after layer of nets must be released until we get to the secure place of TRUST.
Peter reminded Jesus that they had been fishing unsuccessfully all night long. Then he makes the all-important statement, "...at Your word I will let down the net" (Luke 5:5). And as the story ends, they caught a great number of fish, so many that their nets were breaking from the tremendous catch.
Simon Peter heard the clear directive given by Jesus. He immediately responded in spite of his own experience with fishing. He then pulled in a massive, astonishing load of fish. Peter's desire was abundantly fulfilled.
It is fishing season. Trust God in the deep. Release your net to Jesus. Listen. Hear. Obey. And, you will be astonished as you realize the desires of your heart.
We confess and meditate the following in Jesus' mighty name:
• I will trust in the Lord, and He will give the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:3-4).
• I will not lean on my own understanding. I trust God to direct my steps (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Acts 26:16 - "But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you."
Paul knew that King Agrippa's dad (King Agrippa I) was responsible at that time for the execution of James, one of the 12 disciples. Yet Paul made sure the truth was on trial, rather than His personal safety or self-esteem.
Like Paul we must resist people-pleasing. Once satan identifies this weakness in believers he uses it against them to keep them ineffective.
Paul allowed "crazy love" to rise up within his heart, which freed him from insecurity and fear of man. Two of the greatest obstacles to being an effective witness are the spirit of rejection and the fear of man.
"In witnessing, we work against the Holy Spirit when we try to make everybody feel happy all the time." - CHARLES FINNEY
Psalm 104:2 - "Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain."
James 1:17 - "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
I AM THE "LIGHT" THAT GOD HAS FATHERED.
I AM A CHILD OF GOD AND, AS SUCH, THE LIGHT OF HIS PRESENCE SHINES WITHIN ME.
AS MY HEART IS PURIFIED BY TRUTH, THE SPLENDOR OF GOD'S GLORY EXPANDS AROUND ME; AND LIKE MY FATHER, I ALSO COVER MYSELF "WITH LIGHT AS WITH A GARMENT" (PSALMS 104:2)
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.
John 1:16 - "And of his fulness have all we received and grace for grace."
Most Christians believe God can do anything but experience very little. They believe that God can release His power in answer to prayer, but whether something comes to pass or not depends on their performance (ie. being holy, speaking right, studying the word. tithing, avoiding strife, etc).
This view short-circuits God's power because their focus is on what they need to do instead of what Christ has already done. They think God's power is out there somewhere, and they must do things in order to obtain it!
The truth is, when we were born again, God put His power, anointing, victory, joy, peace -- everything -- in us in abundance. The only reason they weren't manifest in our soul and body is our unrenewed mind.
I refuse to look to the physical realm.....instead, I look at, affirm, and meditate on the words of Christ until they dwell richly in my soul.
Philemon 1:6 - "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ."
IN LUKE CHAPTER 6, JESUS TELLS THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED ARM TO STRETCH IT OUT. THIS MAN'S ARM WAS ATROPHIED AND JUST HANGING DOWN AT HIS SIDE. THE RIGHT ARM OF THE CHURCH - OUTREACH - IS WITHERED.
THIS MAN HAD A WITHERED ARM BECAUSE OF LACK OF USE. BUT THE MOMENT HE MOVED IS ARM IN OBEDIENCE TO REACH OUT, IT BECAME FULLY FUNCTIONING!
THE MIRACLE THAT HAPPENED TO THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED ARM DIDN'T HAPPEN UNTIL HE STRETCHED OUT HIS ARM! IT IS THE SAME WITH US. WE WON'T SEE OUR MIRACLE UNTIL WE STRETCH OUT OUR ARM - THE ARM OF OUTREACH.
CHRISTIANS WHO ARE NOT ACTIVELY SHARING THE JOY OF THEIR SALVATION ARE LOSING THE JOY OF THEIR SALVATION.
"To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in the world. With every soul you bring to Christ, you get a new Heaven upon earth." - C. H. Spurgeon
There are those in the Body of Christ who are still in a very dry place spiritually, but beginning to move up mountains towards a fresh anointing. They have crossed the desert sands and are positioned for the spiritual ascent to the heights, far above worldliness and carnal living.
Micah 4:1 - "Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it."
God will continue to unfold and reveal His PURPOSE for us as we begin our ascent.
"Prepare for battle! Soldiers at attention! Present arms! Advance! Turn your shovels into swords; turn your hoes into spears. Let the weak one throw out his chest and say, 'I'm tough, I'm a fighter.'" Joel 3:9-10 (The Message)
The call to arms to pray has never changed since the prophet Joel wrote these words. Today, with all the turmoil in the world and in our lives, we should consider a powerful prayer strategy.
It is in prayer that we probe spiritual realities, communicate with God, access the arsenal of Heaven, and expand God's Kingdom on the earth. Prayer gives Heaven permission to invade earth. Through this discipline, we are able to pray Heaven down to keep Hell from rising. You must fully embrace that God will never abandon you but is ever-present wanting to work His will in your life. As Theresa of Avila said: "All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent."
GOD IS READY TO RELEASE HIS KINGDOM THROUGH US
God is right here with you, living inside of you, ready to release His Kingdom through you, because "the Kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21). Every Believer is equipped with an arsenal of incredible life-altering and world-changing power.
For those who rightly esteem the privilege of accessing God's armory of possibilities, each word spoken through or by that person holds enormous, innovative potential and creative power. The Father has entreated each one of us to be involved in a dialogue that marshals angels and sets forth the weaponry of war—weaponry that impacts the spiritual realm and affects how events unfold in the natural world.
God is waiting for those who have the courage to step up and take their place in the highest ranks of His army.
REFUSAL TO USE WORLDY TACTICS
By going into prayer, rather than striving with those around you—using worldly tactics hampered and confused by human motives—you signal your dependence on God and your trust in Him as the source of all real hope. You acknowledge that the only things that will last are those born in the strategic command center of His throne room. Communicating with God declares your commitment to seek His strategies and care for the objects of His affection.
God's communication with you marks the anticipated change of regime as "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ" (Revelation 11:15). It shows your intention as a Believer to annihilate barriers and hindrances—those things that divide the army of God into factions and divisions the devil can manipulate and keep ineffective—refusing to erect your own throne and kingdom where only His is intended to be.
It doesn't matter what human beings formulate, plan, and strategize upon the earth, for all of it will ultimately come to nothing. Your heavenly Father is a big God who created a big world for you to do something big in. He is always trying to communicate with you. Prayer is the means by which you engage Him in the affairs of your life and of this world. There is a big conversation going on. God is sharing some big ideas. What you need is to get in on the big conversation going on in Heaven's war room right now. According to Jeremiah 7:13, God is always speaking. Are you listening?
If you participate in prayer correctly, consistently, faithfully, and persistently, God will give you what you need to advance in your life, fulfill your PURPOSE IN CHRIST, and maximize your potential. We need to plumb the depths of the Spirit, to navigate new spiritual terrain, and to conquer old enemies of your soul.
Prayer creates hedges of protection that keep you and your loved ones safe, provides the strategies of Heaven that will give you victory, knits you together with others of like precious faith to form the army of God, and builds within you the strength of character to see the battles through to their victorious end.
PRAYER WARRIORS OF THE PAST
There is a war being waged for the souls of the earth and the only way to turn that tide is to fight again like the evangelists and revivalists of old did.
Are you willing to do what it takes to be among them?
We are in a generation that will again see great generals of prayer—but it will not come easily. Like the five virgins who ran out of oil waiting for the bridegroom to come and thus missed the wedding celebration, this CALL will pass over those who are not filled with the Spirit to the point of having more than enough.
THINGS FOR ME TO CONSIDER:
Will I be one who grabs hold of the strategic concepts of spiritual war to change your city, your state, your nation, and your world?
Or, when Christ calls, will I be caught ignorant, unprepared, and lacking?
God is waiting for you to step up and become a disciplined leader in His army—a leader who knows how to employ His tactics with precision and unleash His cosmic weapons of mass salvation.
Are you ready to enlist in the ranks of God's generals of prayer? Training begins now.
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and being ready to punish every disobedience when your obedience is complete." -- 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
Isaiah 54:1 - "Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman," says the Lord.
YOU MAY BE BARREN NOW. SOME SEASONS THAT WE GO THROUGH ARE SEEMINGLY FILLED WITH DESOLATION BUT TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT EVERY SEASON HAS A TIME FRAME AND A DIVINE SEED. GOD IS ALERTING US TO RAISE OUR EXPECTANCY. OUR EXPECTANCY WILL BECOME OUR SPIRITUAL CURRENCY TO ALLOW TRANSACTIONS WITH HEAVEN.
GOD IS CHANGING MY CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES.
WITH THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST, MY LIFE IS BREAKING WIDE OPEN!
THERE'S MORE AVAILABLE TO ME IN THE HEAVENLIES THAN WHAT I'VE CURRENTLY APPREHENDED.
Genesis 2:15 - "Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. "
SOME HAVE MISTAKENLY BELIEVED THAT LABOR WAS A PART OF THE CURSE, BUT MAN LABORED IN THE GARDEN BEFORE THE FALL. LABOR WAS NOT A PART OF THE CURSE; "TOIL" WAS THE CURSE.
TOIL IS DIFFERENT FROM LABOR. TO TOIL IS TO ACCOMPLISH ONLY WITH HARD AND PAINFUL LABOR. TOIL IMPLIES THE OPPOSITION OF THE CREATION INSTEAD OF ITS COOPERATION.
THE LORD INTENDED FOR US TO RECEIVE A DEEP SATISFACTION FROM OUR LABORS. IT IS ALSO FUNDAMENTAL THAT EVERY PERSON FIND MEANINGFUL LABOR.
1 Corinthians 6:20 - "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."
We must allow each day to truly become a new day. We deliberately position ourselves to make the most of the new day, leaving the failures and disappointments of yesterday behind.
As each new day begins, you take a position spiritually to preserve and protect the sanctity of LIFE IN THE SPIRIT. Choose to make God your first priority in life. Sanctity means holiness or sacredness. We are not our own. Believers will finally find their CALLING in Christ who have not known what to do or where they fit. God will open their eyes to possibilities both spiritually and naturally. Many will no longer see themselves as misfits, but will begin to see how truly unique and special they are in the context of their divine DESTINY.
Wherever your focus has been on external things, God wants to do an internal work of reordering your priorities to align with the importance of life in the Spirit. Each day presents opportunities to put God first—to GET CONNECTED AND STAY CONNECTED. Then, He will direct every, single step.
Luke 1:28 - "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."
Ephesians 1:6 - "To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."
The word "freely given" or "accepted" in Ephesians 1:6 (The Greek word - charitoo) is the same word used for "Highly favored" in Luke 1:28. Mary was the one person on earth who was chosen to "bring forth the Son of God"; and she was called highly favored and beloved of the Lord. Ephesians 1:6 is talking about every born-again believer being accepted in the beloved. Just as Mary was used to bring forth the Son of God, so also, we will be used to bring forth the Son of God in all His Glory.
Like David, we have an innate hunger for justice. We are a passionate and are lead primarily by our hearts. We are purpose-driven visionaries. We are uniquely wired for transformation—the status quo just won't do. In Scripture, David was driven by his passion and his sense of justice—so much so that He was able to partner with a supernatural strength or divine grace to see the impossible accomplished. When David faced Goliath, he didn't seem to stop for even a moment to weigh out the different possible outcomes.
"For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" - 1 Samuel 17:26
David was so incredibly driven by his desire for justice to be implemented that there wasn't room for doubt or fear to have a place in his heart. We are to be a David generation marked by our impetuous passion and our bent towards compassion. Just like David saw so much of the impossible happening in his lifetime, we are due to see an acceleration of the impossible happening in Church ministry.
God is in our faces every day making old things beautiful again. Now is the time for us to run with hopefulness in our hearts and EXPECTATION of good things ahead. The grace He is pouring out for this new season is available to us as we access His favor in advancing His purpose for our life.
Just as David came under the divine covering for every impossible circumstance he faced, we can also come under the same grace and see the impossible turned around in our favor. Expect victory and you will see giants fall at your feet.
Psalm 50:11,14,23 - "Gather My godly ones to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine. Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High; he who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."
The terms of covenant are simple: we pledge to thank Him and adore Him in everything; He pledges to shine forth from our lives in the perfection of beauty. It is a sacrifice of thanksgiving, for it will cost us to praise Him when we hurt. But to do so is part of our healing and the beginning of our salvation. This covenant of thanksgiving is the key which shuts and bolts the door to demonic oppression in a person's life.
MY LIFE HAS NO OTHER PURPOSE THAN TO FOLLOW HIM AND MAKE HIM KNOWN.
I HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED BY GOD TO REPRESENT JESUS IN THE WORLD.
I REPRESENT CHRIST IN ANY GIVEN SITUATION.
NOTHING EVER GETS BIGGER IN MY CONSCIOUSNESS THAN MY AWARENESS OF GOD'S PRESENCE UPON ME.
The Kingdom of God is not a matter of mere words but of an empowered life, and God is calling forth a company of overcomers. These overcomers will go into the world and testify to the goodness of God, attracting non-believers to Christ like moths to a flame.
IT IS TIME TO ARISE AND SHINE
We are the temple of the living God and the Holy Spirit dwells within us. God is calling us to rise from circumstances that have kept us, and be radiant with the glory of the Lord.
"Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance." Isaiah 60:1-3 NLT
Our need for the Lord to move is increasing, and this is creating an insatiable desire to press into Him and seek His face. As we give ourselves over to God through intimate praise, worship, and prayer, His face turns toward us. When God's face turns toward us and the glory of God hits our temple, restoration occurs layer by layer until we are fully restored.
TRANSFORMATION OCCURS IN HIS HIDING PLACE
No amount of sound doctrine or good teaching is able to radically transform and restore in a single moment like an encounter with the living God. We are entering a season of sudden transformation as hunger for the Lord is magnified. We will be enveloped in His glory and hidden in His power so that supernatural transformation can take place.
"His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, and there is the hiding of His power." Habakkuk 3:4 NASB
It is in the face-to-face secret place that the Lord touches us with His hand and empowers us to go far above and beyond what we can do in our own strength. When God transforms us with His power, it is out of the overflow that we are able to go out and transform the world around us.
God is restoring us so that we can carry this transformational power into our families, communities, and workplaces.
GOD CANT RESIST US!
As we look to the Lord and worship Him, His heart is ravished by us.
"You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace." Song of Songs 4:9 NLT
Our vulnerability is safe in the hands of our King, and like a passionate lover, He is captivated as we set our gaze above. It is the unfailing goodness of God that we experience even when we fall short that draws us into a more passionate love affair with Him. We pour our passions at His feet and allow His glory to flood every area of our lives.
NOT JUST RESTORATION BUT MULTIPLICATION
"This is what the Lord says: 'When I bring Israel home again from captivity and restore their fortunes, Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins, and the palace reconstructed as before. There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply My people, not diminish them; I will honor them, not despise them.'" Jeremiah 30:18,19 NLT
When we know by faith that we are pursuing our CALLING in Christ and walking in the will of God, we can be at peace and rest assured that Heaven will deliver results. Pursuing our CALLING is true obedience to God. As soon as we see the harvest is coming in, our joy and thanksgiving to the Lord will intensify.
THE TESTIMONY OF THE OVERCOMER
We are the Lord's physical Body on this earth. By restoring the temple, God fills His Body with the fullness of what Jesus walked in, giving us power, prosperity, dignity, and pre-eminence, to bring reconciliation to earth. This is the plan of God. The beauty of a life restored is that the world can look at us and trust us. In the world's eyes we have credibility and a proven track record of being an overcomer.
In this next season, God is calling forth a company of overcomers that can testify to the transformational power which comes not from following rules and regulations but from encountering the living God!
Luke 8:14 - "The seed among the thorns represents those who listen and believe God's words but whose faith afterwards is choked out by worry and riches and the responsibilities and pleasures of life. And so they are never able to help anyone else to believe the Good News."
Your enemy wants to subdue your awareness and release a slumbering spirit. In this state, he can sell you on giving in to a comfortable life thereby causing a corpse-like complacency. You will always avoid the challenges of "breaking out of the box" into the maximum life that Jesus died to get you into.
The phrase "out of the box" means that someone or something has broken out from its barriers. It also means that someone has outgrown their history and has gone beyond their limitations.
Luke 2:48,49 - "Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them. 'How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?'"
THE PHARISEES HAD NO UNDERSTANDING OF THE FATHER'S HEART. MUCH OF CHRISTIAN ACTIVITY EXISTS THAT HAS NO RELATIONSHIP TO THAT SUPREME VALUE.
THE GOSPEL IS THE STORY OF THE FATHER WOOING THE HEARTS OF MANKIND THROUGH HIS LOVE.
WE CAN TRAVEL THE GLOBE AND PREACH THE GOSPEL, BUT WITHOUT A PERSONAL REVELATION OF THE FATHER'S HEART WE'RE CARRYING AROUND SECONDHAND NEWS - A STORY WITHOUT A RELATIONSHIP. THE FATHERS BUSINESS FLOWS FROM HIS HEART.
THE CHURCH IS TO BE A MANIFESTATION OF THE FATHER'S HEART TO THE WORLD. WE ARE TO BE CARRIERS OF HIS PRESENCE - DOERS OF HIS WILL. GIVING WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED RELEASES HIM INTO SITUATIONS PREVIOUSLY HELD IN THE GRIP OF DARKNESS.
Galatians 6:7,8 - "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
He has revealed the endless crop of boredom I will harvest when I base my life on pleasure-seeking instead of sowing acts of goodness and love for a harvest of eternal life.
Luke 21:31 - "But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you."
I ASK THE LORD TO PROPEL ME INTO THE NEXT LEVEL OF MY GROWTH AND DESTINY.
I AM DETERMINED THAT I WILL COOPERATE WITH HIM.
Matthew 5:6 - "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."