Do you want to know, hear, see, and be like Jesus?
Embrace His work in you so that He can work through you mightily.
Embrace the ministry of the Holy Spirit and allow the sevenfold flow of the Holy Spirit to manifest in your life (Revelation 4:5).
As we understand our divine union with Him and become obedient to His voice, we can engage face to Face, spirit to Spirit, and unite our hearts to His. When we plug into the center pipe of the heavenly menorah, we receive the fresh oil of Psalm 92 - "I am anointed with fresh oil" (Psalm 92:10 AMP).
GROWING IN FAVOR AND INFLUENCE
As the fresh oil pours in from the Word made real to our spirit, the anointing pours into the vat, and we become partakers of that rich flow of the unlimited anointing and union of the Holy Spirit. We trim the wick and replenish the oil inperpetual communion with Him, and the flame burns in divine union with Him. The greater the flow of oil, the greater the flame. The greater the flame, the greater the favor and influence.
Genesis 3:1 - "Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he (Satan) said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, 'You shall not eat from every tree of the garden'"?
It is my responsibility to see that my thinking, believing and speaking are right. If I don't take that responsibility, the devil is going to think my thoughts for me. He'll actually have me believing what he wants me to believe, and he'll eventually have me confessing what he wants me to confess; framing my world with the wrong words and letting him have dominion over me.
Revelation 12:17 - "So then the dragon was furious (enraged) at the woman, and he went away to wage war on the remainder of her descendants - on those who obey God's commandments and who have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
Acts 14:3 - "Therefore they stayed there a long time speaking boldly in the Lord who was bearing witness to the word of His grace granting signs and wonders done by their hands."
There has to be a demonstration of this King we serve. The evidence of His resurrection is in the power of your words and the power of the actions that follow your words. Throughout the book of Acts it says, "They spoke boldly and God confirmed the situation and confirmed the Word." That boldness actually draws God into a situation. He is looking for courageous words to bring Him into a situation.
STORIES OF COURAGE EMBOLDEN OUR FAITH
Testimonies strip off the baggage of disappointments that have accumulated in our lives that have nothing to do with the Kingdom of God. We step into our DESTINY and the anointing so that nothing is impossible for us. The supernatural introduces us to God's PURPOSE for our life. The stories impart supernatural courage. That is why the enemy tries to discourage talking about the miracles and declarations of what God has done.
THE COLD AND COMPLACENT
There are those who are backslidden in their heart. They are cold, they are complacent -- they don't have a passion for God. They know enough religious routine to be at the right services, they know what tithing is all about, they know what to do as far as moral standards go -- but they are so far removed from the divine PURPOSE of God in their life that they are hiding in effect in the back pews of churches.
They are waiting to hear real stories of actual events that demonstrate the power of the scriptures. That is why testimonies are so important.
The testimonies draw people into a sense of God's PURPOSE in their lives. They give boldness and courage where there was previously only complacency.
HEAVEN IS WATCHING
Hebrews 12:1 -- "With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us....and keep running with perseverance the race that lies before us." So we have a cloud of witnesses that are waiting to see if we will actually discover the momentum of prior generations that stood in the face of absolute adversity and adverse circumstances and conflict in body, in soul and in spirit.
COURAGE IS FOR EVERY DAY
God is releasing a supernatural courage in the earth right now. It is time for courage to enable us to live a sword that never leaves our hands again -- it never gets put on the mantle. Every day is a day of conquest -- every day is a day for King Jesus to be glorified -- it is called courage.
"The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 8:14 TPT)
When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead our lives, He will always take us to places that require greater risk and faith. Romans 8:5 (TPT) says, "Those who are motivated by the flesh only pursue what benefits themselves. But those who live by the impulses of the Holy Spirit are motivated to pursue spiritual realities." When we press past our fears and insecurities, we'll experience and encounter greater realms of glory
When we forget who we are, we can't walk in what is ours. Our inheritance and position in Christ comes from who we are in Him.
Ephesians 3:20,21 --" Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!"
It is time to live like those who know that HE IS ABLE!
"Go possess the land." (Numbers 13:30). We need to quit limiting our expectations and "dream big" -- advancement to our DESTINY depends on it.
God may ask us to do something that would exceed what we would ask for or even imagine. He may give us something that is more than we imagined, but we must be willing to hear and obey even when it makes no sense.
As we DISCIPLE others into God's PURPOSE for their lives we set them upon and keep them advancing along a pathway that involves developing a daily lifestyle of Spirit-filled adoration, Spirit-led inquiry and Spirit-inspired confessions of who they are in Christ, who He is in them, and who He is in all the earth.
In Micah (2:13), the king goes through the gate. As God breaks through the gate, we transition and follow Him. A breaker is someone who moves WITH God as God breaks through. Restoration is here, victory is here. God calls upon the faithful priests to join Him, to march forth to prepare the way.
We will not hope something will happen, we know it will, for He has already gone before us, opened the gate, and we are going right through it! Defeat is not an option!
Whenever we share a testimony of what the power of Jesus has done -- any miracle, healing, salvation account -- the Spirit of prophecy is loosed over the people who are hearing it. This means the Spirit of God is actively moving on them to create faith.
"The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." - Revelation 19:10
We must not allow our past but rather OUR NEW IDENTITY and our DESTINY to define us! We are sons and daughters of a great King and His Blood is flowing in our veins. Unless we enter into our eternal identities, we will not become instruments for noble purposes. We will not enter into a holiness from Heaven. We will not be useful to God.
"And you are complete IN HIM who is the head of all principality and power." (Colossians 2:10)
John 20:17 - "He said to him the third time, 'Simon, son of Johah, do you love Me?' Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time...Jesus said to him. "Feed My sheep." "We understand what love is when we realize that Christ gave His life for us. That means we must give our lives for other believers." - 1John 3:16
To walk UPRIGHTLY is to obediently follow Jesus' written and spoken word. A righteous walk is determined by how much of the glory of God is being manifested in our union with Christ.
Are we becoming the reflection of His image and God's representation on earth -- walking as one with Jesus -- even to DISCIPLING others who are new in Christ?
God is asking me to bring Him His Word, to plead my covenant rights. I do not pray to God in ignorance but as a partner in His purposes.
The Holy Spirit works mightily in me, giving me all the power I need to resist every assault the devil tries to bring against me.
I confess that I walk in forgiveness! Offense, bitterness, strife, and unforgiveness have no place in my life. I am full of mercy, longsuffering, and slow to anger.
'You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall view established for you; and the light of God's favor shall shine upon your ways. - Job 22:28 AMP' Like our Father in Heaven, we have the authority to speak Throne Room decrees by the words of our mouths. Jesus said we could have what we say (see Mark 11:23). In the letter to the Hebrews (see Hebrews 10:23), we are encouraged to hold fast our confession. Once we have released our faith in the command of faith or the prayer of faith, we must continue to believe God is working regardless of any visible change. One of the ways we can do this is to continue to remind God of what we are believing for by praising and thanking Him for what we trust He is doing in the unseen realm.
We continue to grow from glory to glory in His wisdom, stature, and favor as we access His PURPOSE for our lives.
The shield of faith is our truth and our buckler. It's the truth of the Word of God, and it's given to every believer to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph. 6:6). But it has to be used. We are to be doers of God's Word. When we act, the shield moves when we do, even if we don't feel it.
1. We don't have the Sword of the Spirit until the Word has been made real to our spirit.
2. We don't have the Shield of Faith until we walk in that faith of who God says we are in Christ.
3. We don't have the Shoes of Peace until we get into the presence of God.
4. We don't have the Helmet of Salvation until we have a revelation of Christ's finished work on the cross.
5. We don't have the Breastplate of Righteousness until we start thinking like God thinks.
6. We don't have the Belt of Truth until the Holy Spirit leads us into the truth of the fullness of the reality of God.
Luke 10:41,42 - And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
Mary sat at the feet of Jesus until she knew her destiny. Once she knew the purpose of her life, then she could go do the dishes with Martha, or anything else that needed to be done. She did not neglect the task. Through INTIMACY, Mary simply gained what she needed for her life and THEN tended to the business of the house.
GOD IS CALLING ME INTO A NEW INTIMATE PLACE IN HIM.
FROM THIS INTIMATE PLACE I GAIN MY NEW STRATEGIES FOR MOVING AHEAD.
I ALLOW HIM TO BRING ME INTO INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS THAT WILL THRUST ME FORWARD INTO MY DIVINE DESTINY.
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" - Galatians 6:9 Beyond the natural are the promises that are yet still dammed up. Some are still under construction and require us to use our authority and our spiritual weapons to pull them into the natural realm and our lives. However, God is faithful to complete the good work that He has begun. He is manifesting His promises into the NOW!
"I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]" - Philippians 1:6
Watch for it -- expect His promises to manifest right in front of your eyes! They have come into view! Be blessed as you receive yours!
"And raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus;" - Ephesians 2:6
Many are living as if He has not risen, and they are tarrying in the garden, in the tomb. For have they not yet heard the good news? He is seated in Heavenly places interceding for His own, He Has sent His Spirit to empower them.
He is sending His Spirit so that you would be sent out with power that would be fresh from on high, for He is about to bring down the old works of man. You will hear of crumble, after crumble, after crumble, for man is reaching from soul to soul. But His Spirit draws from spirit to Spirit.
Cling to His Spirit, and let His Spirit cling to you. For in this you will find the fullness of joy. You will come to know who you were called to be and why you are here. For His Spirit is wooing you into a new assignment.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV), "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
The Lord is inviting you to rise up in faith and see the path before you with faith-filled eyes. The Lord is taking you to a higher level of trust in Him, knowing He is ordering your steps. He is calling you to rest in who He is and to trust in His faithfulness. He is calling you to have faith to believe what He has spoken about the path ahead, even if all the pieces are not yet in place. We are to surrender to His timing, knowing He will align the path before us. It is not by might, nor by power but by His Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 (ESV), "He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it."
To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, "In the Lord, the wrong road never becomes the right road." To get back on the right road, we need to go back to where we missed the turn, which is called "repentance."
Our goal is to get closer to the Lord, to abide in Him, and find HIS PURPOSE IN CHRIST FOR US.
God created you to rule over all the earth and everything the creeps in it. Thus, if the earth in any way is dominating you, you are malfunctioning.
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and OVER ALL THE EARTH.." - Genesis 1:26
When we catch a glimpse of this new identity we have in Jesus Christ, we see sin to be the boring, useless, and stupid thing it really is and we turn more easily away from it.
This other side has to do with the rich inheritance that we share in with Jesus Christ as co-heirs (see Romans 8:17; Ephesian 1:7, 11). We need to spend much more time confessing, not our sins, but who we are in Christ according to the teachings of the apostles.
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23).
We are not here to take a vacation. Our lives are not even our own -- they were purchased and given back to us for stewardship (our DESTINY).
There is indeed a holy radiance surrounding a true Spirit-filled Christian. But when you harbor sin, "your light" becomes "darkness". The devil can traffic in any area of darkness, even the darkness that still exists in a Christian's heart.
"So be very careful that your light never becomes darkness." - Luke 11:35
"My beloved spoke, and said to me, 'Rise up my love, my fair one, and come way' " (Song. 2:10).
God is the initiator. He speaks to us. We still need to get started by responding to Him. So in that sense, it starts with you. How hungry are you? Set a time to meet with God. Set a place. Rise up! Purpose this in your heart and say, "God you are my God! Early will I seek You!" Don't wait for the grace to pray. Pray for the grace to pray. Rise up and say, "I will stir myself up to take hold of God."
By not speaking, desiring, nor reasoning, we reach the central place of the inward walk -- that place where God speaks to our inward man. It is there that God communicates Himself to our spirit.
"For God alone my soul waits in silence." - Psalm 62:1
"And, I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none." - Ezekiel 22:30
May we respond to the Captain's call and STAND IN THE GAP, whether it's a good time for us or not, whether we understand it or not, whether we see the answer or not, whether we know the person or not. May we pray with Him and intercede for what is precious to Him.
You were created to serve God. You were placed on this planet for a special assignment.(Ephesians 2:10)
To set your mind on the higher realm, strategize about how to live in it. Purposely pursue it. Ask the Holy Spirit to anoint your thinking. Keep your mind busy with practical, heavenly thoughts, taking "captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5)
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- fill all your thoughts with these things." - Philippians 4:8
Before you step into the next level God has for you, you will have to face your Goliath head on and take it down. Your giant will try to intimidate, limit, and constrain you from possessing what is yours in God.