2 Corinthians 5:7, "For we walk by faith, not by sight."
Hebrews 11:1 gives the definition of faith, "Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen" (The Passion Translation).
If we look at Abraham as an example, walking by faith requires you to go to a place you do not know (His purpose for your life), one that God will reveal as you walk in obedience (Genesis 12:1).
On the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are to step out in obedience and use the keys and pieces we have been given, knowing that others will arrive at the time we need them.
The calling on your life has made you a target. Indeed, the enemy is intensely jealous of the LOVE the Father has for you, and he hates you for having what he can never have. Yet, in the darkness of the night, you've endured the enemy's hatred and now the sunrise on your trial has nearly dawned.
Awakening now, you realize that all along it was only the pruning of the Lord you've endured, and all the enemy has thrown at you has worked to make you an intense and glory-filled warrior of the most-high God. You went to sleep a child and awoke a mighty, fearless warrior experienced in VICTORY! God has proven once again that He is the superior power and the darkness is dispelled by the greatness of His light!
Everyone, not expecting much from you, had no idea you had it in you. They were not there when your heavenly Father told you that you were chosen and loved by Him. They were not there when He poured His revelation into you and called you to advance His Kingdom!
1 John 5:4 - " For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith."
Ephesians 3:16,19 - 16 "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being...19—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
The Lord wants you to see His power and His strength but He is also wanting you to see YOUR authority in Him to use the Word of God --what it means to partner with Jesus, to see the Holy Spirit move upon your faith – a faith that is rooted in what HE has spoken – and then to see HIM do the miraculous.
In the fires you have faced and the Goliaths you have stood before in 2019, your heart has been prepared. Character and humility have been forged by the hand of the Lord in the trials you have endured. God has taught you much and forged you as you have surrendered to Him and moved in obedience to His Word.
2020 will be a year where EVERYTHING changes. Everything will be affected by you stepping into your God-given destiny.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control." (2 Timothy 1:7)
What you're going through right now is getting you ready for what's about to happen to you next in 2020! In fact, your 'next' is your 'now.' This is your season to be creative. You will design things that are not from you, but from Him. Strategies are downloaded from Heaven and uploaded to you by God's choosing. People will be placed intentionally into areas of your life to help expedite your now into your "next." During this time, the Lord will give you wisdom that will advance you in His purpose for your life. This is your time to take risks that may seem scary but are mandated by the Lord.
POWER OVER FEAR
"... Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9
Fear stopped you from launching out into the deep before, but it won't be a factor for you in this season called "next." It has kept your mouth closed, stalled your momentum and prevented you from walking in the destiny the Lord has mandated for your life. It held you back in the past, but it won't now.
You will begin to comprehend that fear is not an emotion, but a spirit which can be rebuked or cast out. You will realize you have power over it, in the name of Jesus, and start to walk in your calling with more power (Dunamis) and authority (exousia).
DEFEATING THE DEMON OF DOUBT Through affirmation, meditation, and visualization of the inheritance scriptures you will have a revelation of exactly who you are in Him. The demon of doubt that had you toiling in areas that you weren't called to because you second-guessed your position in Him will be defeated. You will realize that a new level of the God-kind of confidence is now your portion. When you know who you are in Christ, the amount of oil (anointing/effectiveness) goes to another level. The residue of the ointment upon your life will be left upon those that you minister to.
YOUR NOW IS PREPARING YOU FOR YOUR NEXT Your now is preparing you for your next. Your past wounds are healing and you're getting ready for a comeback. Not only are you coming back, but you're being payed back! The ministry God has called you to will bankrupt Hell, set captives free and liberates the persecuted. Your discernment has grown sharper and clearer. You're seeing much now, in the spirit and the natural. What fooled you before cannot and will not fool you now. Allow the peace of God to guard and protect your heart in your season of "now" because the residue is going with you to your season called "next"!
Philippians 3:10 - "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection."
Jesus said to Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25).
There is something different between saying you have faith and then being pressed into a tight corner and proving that you have faith. If you believe, it will be done according to your faith. (Mark 11:24)
May God give us the "fellowship of His sufferings" (Philippians 3:10) that when we see a person afflicted with cancer, we will pray and believe right through until the disease is struck dead. When we see a bent and helpless woman or a man who is weak and sick, may God give us compassion and a fellowship with them that will lighten their heavy burdens and set them free.
How often we have missed the victory because we did not have compassion at the needed moment. We failed to pray with a broken heart.
2 Corinthians 10:4 - "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to tear down strongholds."
Wherever a stronghold exists, it is a demonically induced pattern of thinking. Specifically, it is a "house made of thoughts" which has become a dwelling place for satanic activity.
The strongholds upon which demons rely consist of our own thoughts, attitudes, and opinions which are in agreement with evil.
The strongholds that affect us most are those which are so hidden in our thinking patterns that we do not recognize them or identify them as evil.
Matthew 12:37 - "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
Today!.... I make up my mind that I'm going to speak life to my situation and circumstances. I am going to the word of God to find out what He has to say about me and my situation, and I'm going to say what He says.
Today!... I curse the wrong words I've spoken over my life and begin to speak the words of life I'm supposed to speak.
Proverbs 6:2 - "You are snared (trapped) with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth."
Proverbs 18:21 - "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."
Awake and arise, for you have slumbered long enough on the bed of disappointment, rejection, pain, and abandonment.
He will cause you to want to live, to declare the glory of the Lord your God in the land of this living.
Cast aside everything that holds you back, whether it is a broken dream, a broken vision, a broken promise. He has seen the tears, the pain, and the confusion, but He promises you in His Word that He makes a way where there seems to be no way.
CROSS OVER TO THE BLESSED PATH
Watch Him part the sea in front of you. Be alert to see Him when He comes and parts the sea, for He has a particular place for you to cross over. It will be a place of safety, a place of position, a place of authority. It will be known as 'A Blessed Path of the Highway of Holiness.'
Others will not want to draw near to Him, for they will want to keep both feet in the world but their hands raised up in mockery, for it will not be in agreement with their heart.
Come out of the world. Come in to His Spirit. He longs to talk to you, Spirit to spirit, heart to heart, so you will learn to rise up to high mountains, to the new vision, to the new pathway, to the new purposes, blessings, and provisions.
Provision is so at hand, but you must be close enough to receive it. Draw near to Him, and as He has promised, He will draw near to you.
GOD IS BLESSING YOU AND OPENING DOORS FOR YOU
Wake up. Cast off busyness, discouragement. Do not try to make your own way through the storms of life, but let Him give you His eyes to see, and let Him give you His ears to hear. Soon you will recognize what is of His Spirit, and what is of man, and you will soon draw closer to His Spirit, and man's will will fall -- always to the side.
Let His name rise up in you, to open doors that seem only to appear closed, because He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Hebrews 12:1 - "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,"
"Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31
Eagles love the storm. The eagle uses the storm's wind to lift it higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagles use the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.
The Word and the Spirit are the wind beneath your wings. When you declare the Word over your life, you can ride the wind. When we wait upon the Lord, we can ride His wind, even in adversity.
What the enemy meant for your harm, He will turn around for your good as you stay prayerful, stay in His presence, seek His face and stand in the reality of who you are in Christ. Don't let the wicked one move you with the winds and hailstorms. Ride the wind of adversity and use the storm to your advantage. Rejoice in the tribulation knowing that your character will become more Christ-like as you press into the work of the Cross.
For those who are faint in their heart be of good cheer for the Lord has overcome all that surrounds you. Remember He said, "lo, I am with you always, even until the end of time." (Matthew 28:20)
Draw Him into the situation that is trying to draw you into the valley of fear. As you draw Him in His faith within you (Galatians 2:20) rises up, fear will bow down and diminish.
Let the faith that He has given you -- let that gift be opened to a greater degree. Release the faith that is within you. Allow Him to take that faith, even that tiny mustard seed, and speak multiplication, for He has not come to judge your unbelief. He has come to celebrate your mustard seed.
Call Him in as the One who brings the breakthrough. Call Him as the One who holds time in His hand. Call Him in as the beginning, the Alpha and the Omega. Call Him in to be the One who stands as the Good Shepherd, and takes His staff and hits the ground, and takes His rod and beats back all that would come to oppose you.
Let His Word rise up, mixed with faith. Let praise be the crown that you would send on the wings of an angel back to Him. As you bring forth honor and glory to His name, He will turn the tide that wants to drown you and rob you of your faith, for He comes to multiply faith -- to take your hand and your broken heart, and to hold them in His hands and bring healing and wholeness.
Use the authority of His name. Cease to tremble. Let the demons flee and tremble. Command the waves to be still. Command the storms to cease. Command the Peace of Understanding to penetrate situations as He brings to your understanding revelation knowledge and crowns you with favor.
For such a time as this He is lifting up a people who will decree, and who will declare, that Jesus is not only Lord, but that they will say also in one accord, 'It is Finished. It is Written."
Ezekiel 26:9 - "He will pound your walls with battering rams and demolish your towers with sledgehammers."
The battering rams and the sledgehammers are a representation of the Word of God, and the force behind it. As you begin to declare the Word of God in 2020 like a battering ram, with the backing of Heaven, you will break through the gates and walls that have kept you from breakthrough.
In the story of King Jehoash and the prophet Elisha (2Kings 13:14-19), the prophet told the king to shoot the arrow where the glory was. The prophet called the arrow "the Lord's arrow of victory." The glory and His Word will manifest the victory every time. Elisha tells the king to take the other arrows (Word of God) and strike the ground. The king struck the ground only 3 times, and the prophet got mad at him and told him, "...You should have struck the ground five or six times..." (2 Kings 13:19). The king struck the ground according to the measure of his faith. Striking the ground 3 times only enabled a partial victory and breakthrough.
We have to stop settling for partial breakthroughs and victories. Take the arrows of the Word of God, and strike the ground for the complete manifestation of victory. Breakthrough is here and now. Strike the ground and release the breaker!