If you are willing He takes you to a place to reposition you – to open your mind and open your eyes and open your ears and open your understanding; to take you out of the land of snares, and traps. He fills the graves of broken dreams, broken promises, broken relationships -- those who have been violated in their mind, their bodies and their spirit; to where they have felt shame, humiliation; to where they have had the pain of others for their grave clothes.
He does not want His own wrapped in death. For He wants His own to be wrapped in His "Robes of Righteousness" that bore life and that come with life, that present life; that represent life, that bring others into that life. For He wants His own to become a people fully alive and equipped to advance His Kingdom. For He wants His people to be strong in body, mind, will and determination.
But first, you must turn around and turn back with choices. You must turn around with your eyes and say, 'I cannot look there.' You must turn around and plug your ears and say, 'I will not be a part of that, for it will grieve the Spirit of God in me. But declare -- "I will become a planting of life with the very mouth that I will use to worship." He is going to put the seed of hope into your heart. So hope will rise up and take root. And in that will become branches, and they will become other 'hope seeds' that will plant in the hearts of other people.
As the King of Hope He asks you to come forth as children to let the King of Glory – breathe hope into the hopeless.
He holds the keys to brokenness, to the ending of pain. He wants to place you in a position of a receiver of His life, for He is looking for a people who are weak and yet are pure in heart. For in your weakness lies His strength.
He wants to lie upon you His robes of righteousness -- His purpose for your life, His relationship. He is pulling you out of places that would cause death. And He is pulling you inside of Himself where you will live and move and have your being. As you learn this, you will come to know you are His beloved – created and dwelling in the hand of a mighty God.
"Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O everlasting doors that the King of Glory may come in! who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle." - Psalm 24:7,8
2 Timothy 2:8 - "Constantly keep in mind Jesus Christ, the Messiah, risen from the dead." AMP
Remember that when Jesus arose, you arose. When He came out of hell and defeated the enemy, you came out of hell and defeated the enemy. His victory is your victory because you're in Him. In the hard places, remember that.
When the devil tells you that you're not going to get your answer this time, remember, Jesus Christ, risen from the dead. Think about it until it's etched into your heart so deeply that nothing Satan says or does can get it out of you.
That's when the devil won't be able to talk you out of your inheritance with trials and tribulations. Keep in mind Jesus Christ, risen from the dead!
Ephesians 4:32 - "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
Our forgiving someone doesn't have anything to do with what that person did or didn't do to us. We forgive them because of the blood. God honored the blood and forgave us. For us not to forgive would be to dishonor that blood.
When you dishonor the blood of Jesus, you're stepping out from under its protective covering into the devil's territory. You're stepping out into darkness where he can take advantage of you.
I don't care what anyone may do to me, I won't let their mistreatment of me push me out into darkness. No, I'll just honor the blood of Jesus, forgive them and keep right on walking in the light.
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful forces in existence. To walk in forgiveness is to walk in victory.
Matthew 4:1 - "Jesus was the led away by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil."
The word "tempted" actually means "tested or proven in adversity."
Before Jesus was led to do wonders, He was led to do battle. The Father proved the character of His Son through conflict. It is in spiritual warfare that what God has taught us is tested.
Life consists of learning lessons and passing tests. The integrity of God requires that our learning not be mere head knowledge, but that our heart be conformed to Christ so that Christ will be something we instinctively choose in the midst of temptation or battle.
TIMING -- NOT TIME
Ecclesiastes 3:1 - "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
Sometimes there are some divinely permitted delays in manifesting what you're believing God for: ie. He permits things not to come to pass until He can get you to a certain position.
If you are fighting the good fight of faith -- declaring and confirming your faith with the Word of God and standing firm upon it -- and there is a delay, that is not the time to let go of your faith and give up! The devil will try to deceive you into thinking your faith is not working or that God is not going to come through for you.
I'M NOT MOVED BY WHAT I SEE.
I'M NOT MOVED BY WHAT I FEEL.
I'M ONLY MOVED BY THE WORD OF GOD.
I BELIEVE GOD SAID WHAT HE MEANT, AND I BELIEVE GOD MEANT WHAT HE SAID.
Proverbs 3:5,6 - "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."
Luke 6:8 - "But He was aware all along of their thoughts..."
God always knows all of our thoughts. Our blessings and our problems are rooted in either right or wrong thinking -- we reap what we sow. Thoughts are seeds that produce a harvest in our lives.
If we want to have more peace or be more joyful we cannot stay trapped in a secular consciousness thinking and meditating on problems, on what we cannot do, and how weak we are.
Before you get up in the morning, practice "on purpose" thinking -- think yourself into a Christ consciousness that believes in the abundant life you were meant to have. God is doing a new thing in your life and He wants you to think accordingly.
John 10:27 - "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."
Isaiah 50:4 - "He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned."
Hebrews 5:11 - "Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your (spiritual) hearing and sluggish (even slothful in achieving spiritual insight)."
This is a time not only to hear God's voice more clearly, but also for us to activate the things God is speaking to us.
HEARING GOD -- KNOWING HIS VOICE
God is speaking all the time but most people are not aware of it, or they have not been trained to recognize the variety of ways God speaks. This could be through dreams and visions, prophetic words, music and the arts, the Bible, or the still, small whispers we often get from the Holy Spirit.
Habakkuk 2:1-2: "I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me...Then the Lord answered me and said, 'Record the vision...'"
Journal what God is speaking to you right now. The reason is that God often speaks over a period of time and through various circumstances and events in our lives and we need to "learn to discern" God's voice from the clamor of things coming at us all the time.
One distinctive feature of knowing God's voice is peace. Do you have peace in what you are hearing? You will recognize God's love and nature when you have peace in your spirit with what God is saying.
CALLED TO SOMETHING NEW?
When God calls us to do something new, we often have to forget the former ways that we did things. We must basically wage war with the old mindsets that keep us from "coming up" into this divine advancement. This is usually difficult for us to do. But it is our old ways of thinking or old ways of doing things that is the very reason we need to hear God for something new. God changes the seasons in our lives and what worked in a previous season might not work now.
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
If you have noticed lately that things seem different, or you're not quite finding God "how" or "where" you have in the past, do not despair; do not be discouraged. He is simply answering your prayers. He is moving. He is inviting you to come along with Him.
QUESTION TO ASK MYSELF? What are some of the former ways I've been doing things?
As we advance and mature in our ability to hear God, our previous ways of doing things might not work as effectively as they once did.
1. The Word says I can hear God's Voice and I believe it
The Lord does not call you to walk your walk alone. He has not called you to walk through testing, trials, and triumphs, alone. He has not caused you pain that was unnecessary. He has not given you more than you're able to carry -- within yourself you must learn -- 'Lean upon Him.'
Today is the day that he pours fresh oil into your understanding. He does not want you left to your own understanding. He wants His understanding to bring you under Him, to stand up in Him. So that no matter what happens – on your left, on your right, below or above – you are standing under Him.
For He comes as a jealous husband today, and places His mantle over you. As Boaz threw his cloak over Ruth, He throws over you His glory. He says He will be the lifter of your head – His glory – what He has done on the Cross -- your glorified, risen, Savior. The mantle He puts upon you will be grace; will be a sound mind. For He devours all that devour you, and He comes against all that comes against you. For He has not left you to stand alone.
YOU ARE HIS ESTABLISHER
Detach from your understanding. Learn to soar high in His understanding. Let His understanding bring you into a higher way of thinking, into a higher way of living, on the highway of holiness, for He causes you to walk in peace, and in power, and in a sound mind.
Bring down imaginations. Bring down fear, and break its assignment. Do not shake hands with the snake of deception, but extend your hands in glory. For know as Moses lifted up his hands, so the battle changed. Lift your hands, so the battle will change. For when you lift your hands, you are signaling to Hell that you are in the resurrection power.
Lift your hands, even though they may be weary, lift them. Let His Spirit come, and let Him lift your hands high into the Spirit, so that He can cause you to soar above circumstances, through the midst of circumstances – untouched by fire, but coming forth in a sound mind.
Knowing He is not only walking with you and in you, but He is guiding you through as He is establishing a people who will establish His Kingdom. For He calls you, "His establisher,' but He waits for your yes, and your amen. You say, 'So be it', so it shall be done to you, according to His word.
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His CALLING........" - Ephesians 1:17,18
1 John 4:4 - "But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world."
You may hear some Believers use the phrase, "I suppose I'm doing pretty well under the circumstances." Because you, as a victorious child of God, don't have any business living your life "under" your circumstances.
You don't have any business letting problems and situations rule over you. Through His death at Calvary, Jesus legally entered the regions of the damned and stripped Satan of everything. Then Jesus turned around and gave that victory to you.
You have overcome through Jesus because He lives in you. You never have to live "under" the circumstances again.
Christ Jesus warns us that a time is coming when many will fall prey to fear and panic because of the things they see coming upon the earth. (see Luke 21:25-28)
LIVING IN PERFECT PEACE
True tranquility of soul, genuine godly peace, is only found in the person of Christ, not in some ritual or pagan practice. He alone is the Prince of Peace. It is imperative that we maintain a deep walk in the Word of God--this will bring about the freedom we need to draw near to the Lord. Each day we must seek to draw ever nearer to Christ, seeking to yield, ever deeper, our will to His PURPOSE for our life. It is as we face Him in faith--open and trusting--that we are changed into His likeness (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
THE SPIRIT OF FEAR
The "spirit of fear" is a form of bondage and spiritual slavery. It is a ruthless taskmaster attempting to steal the seeds of DESTINY and PURPOSE being awakened within the hearts of many of God's people. The Lord knew us before the foundation of the world and He deposited within us the divine seeds of kingdom design and DESTINY.
The only cure for fear and anxiety is abiding in the Word, the person of Christ Jesus. Paul declares in Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP): "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
As we turn our inner focus, our will, to Christ and place our affections on Him, adjusting our thoughts to the Word - particularly the scriptures that have to do with our identity in Christ -- we will discover abiding peace. This is the Enoch walk of the overcomer! Christ's presence within us is our assurance that we can live in peace, even in times of pressure and turmoil. The promise is much more than just merely getting through the tough times – He promises us perfect peace and constant contentment.
Does this sound too good to be true? -- This is the abundant life purchased for us by the broken body and spilled Blood of the Lamb of God at Calvary. He died and rose again to birth the Kingdom of God within us when we are born again.
Abraham believed God, even as he raised the knife over Isaac (see Genesis 22). Caleb and Joshua believed God's promises after 40 years in the desert (see Numbers 14:38). Mary believed God's Word, having never known a man – and her soul rejoiced (see Luke 1:26-38). Christ Himself believed His Father even as He was crucified. When He overcame sin, fear, and death at Calvary, we overcame them in Him. We were united with Him in death, and we are united with Him in His resurrection. The Cross stripped all power from fear and anxiety; they no longer have legal mastery over our souls – unless we let them rule.
MEDITATION VERSES: Isaiah 26:3,4 - "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength."
"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him" (Nahum 1:7).
"The Lord's compassion and mercies are overwhelming. When I recall this, I have hope. I am not consumed because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness!" (Lamentations 3:20-24, paraphrased).
"Be anxious for nothing..." (Philippians 4:6).
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you" (Philippians 4:8-9).
DESPITE THE STORMS Despite the storms, however, God's plans and PURPOSE for your life are wonderful. Jeremiah 29:11 says: "'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,' says the Lord, 'thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.'" We can begin to walk in our PURPOSE as we seek first the Kingdom of God. Paul states in 2 Corinthians 5:9, "Therefore we make it our aim, to be well pleasing to Him." We must desire to fully finish the course (our DESTINY in Christ) -- in such a manner as to hear the Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
PROPER IDENTIFICATION OF THE BATTLEGROUND Your battleground is not the circumstances of your life. The true battleground of the enemy is in your mind, will, and emotions. Keeping your thoughts and heart focused on Jesus and how you are able to meet the spiritual needs of others through Him, will prevent darkness from overtaking your soul.
We must stay focused on Christ and His unchangeable Kingdom if we are to have abiding peace during these days of chaos: "But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:33-34).
There is no greater warfare than our abiding with the Prince of Peace. The God of peace will crush our foe under our feet (see Romans 16:20). The moment you feel the loss of peace -- "fix your thoughts on Jesus.." - Hebrews 3:1 -- repent and ask for the Forgiver Himself to flood you with His peace. Have no doubt – He will bring peace because He always keeps His promises.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 - "All athletes are disciplined in their training...So I run with purpose in every step...I discipline my body like an athlete training it to do what it should. Otherwise I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified."
You may not feel like a person of divine Destiny when you wake up every day, but that's just your feelings. Your future is not rooted in how you feel, but in how you act.
You cannot fulfill your Destiny in Christ on feelings. The way you feel changes based on different variables -- don't give in to your feelings. Emotions are the saboteurs of Destiny.
Beat your feelings into captivity through mental discipline by affirming and meditating on God's Word that supports and advances His calling on your life.