Colossians 2:9,10 - "For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority."
Does that sound like a description of some pitiful, poor weakling that can barely make ends meet? No!. It's a description of the child of the King.
God is moving all over the Earth. Stay with Him. Stay in the Word. Every day affirm and meditate on those scriptures that show us our inheritance in Jesus' finished work of the cross and our sonship in Him.
It is our job to keep the Word of our redemption hot and alive in our spirits and minds. It's God's business to meet our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19).
Luke 9:23 - "If anyone wishes to come after Me; he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me."
When the Cross is alive, it burns up the flesh – dreams of the flesh, ambitions of the flesh – all of the flesh.
All of the flesh it consumes. It consumed man's flesh beyond recognition, and so it is with His own. So when the Father looks down, He sees the reflection of His Son and then there becomes recognition.
Let the Cross have its work. Let the grave contain what is causing death, but let the Spirit quicken what is life.
Thank Him for the Cross; for the work of the Cross. For we are a people of His Cross -- you are marked by His Cross. Cast not away the Blood of Jesus. Let the Blood consume. Let the Blood be the fuel for the fire of the Cross.
Let the Spirit of the Living God consume the flesh, so that in His Spirit you will live and move and have your being, but first, there must be the working of the Cross.
And as His Cross becomes your cross, know He has hidden you in His Cross. For your cross is within His Cross, and the enemy cannot beat you with your cross when you bow down and let the working of His Cross take precedence.
Feel His Cross. Feel His Blood. It is real. It is truth. He is alive forevermore, and so are you. Your spirit is eternal. Let your spirit be free to mature through the working of the Cross. For, yes, there is death, but more importantly, there is the life of the Cross.
Let His Cross consume you. Let His grave clothes transform you. Let His robes of righteousness transfuse you, through the Blood of the Cross.
Christ is never precious in man's apprehension, so long as the world seems glorious to him. As we begin to relish sweetness in Christ, so the world begins to be bitter to us. (1 John 1:2)
Are you tired of going around the same old mountain hoping to get to the top, but the obstacles hold you back? It is time to shake off the old and get ready for the new and for receiving the workings of Christ in you, for new beginnings - for the rich oil of His anointing.
John 11:25 - "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life....." - God wants to resurrect things that have died in you. You may think that your window of occasion is past the time that anything good can happen, but remember we serve the God of the resurrection.
A move of God by definition involves God moving. Which means we may not "find" Him exactly where (or how) we have in the past – because He is doing a new thing. He is not changing, God never changes (Malachi 3:6 and Hebrews 13:8). But He loves to reveal more of Himself to us in greater and greater depths and dimensions so that we can know more of Him (and thus make more of Him known to the world around us).
He woos us into a greater revelation of all He is by leading us from the comfort zone of what we have already come to know of Him.
In Song of Solomon 2, the Lover (Jesus) is wooing His Beloved to a new place in verse 10, "Rise up, my beloved, my fair one, and come away," he invites. He then goes on to declare that "the winter is past…the flowers are springing up, and the time of singing birds has come…the fig trees are budding, and the grapevines are in blossom," and then he repeats his invitation for her to arise and come away with him (Song of Solomon 2:13).
The Lover (Jesus) is announcing that it is a NEW hour, a NEW season, and that he has NEW things to show her, new places to take her, new heights for them to soar to together. She is hearing him on some level (SoS 2:8), and yet at the beginning of Song of Solomon 3 we see that while she is yearning for her Lover, she is still reaching out for him where she has always found him – and discovers that he is no longer there (SoS 3:1).
STEPPING INTO THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE UNKNOWN
She has a choice to make. She can continue to search for him where he has been, or she can respond to the invitation to arise and step into the uncertainty of the unknown, discovering him in new places and in new ways (Song of Solomon 3:2-4). She chooses the latter, and in doing so embarks on a journey with her Lover in which she comes to know him, rely on him, and lean into him to such a degree that she is completely transformed – so much so that her peers do not even recognize her when she returns (SoS 8:5).
Like in the Song of Solomon, we may have entered into a NEW season. The Lord is beckoning us, wooing us, inviting us to come away from where we have been and ARISE into a NEW place with Him – a place of greater revelation and demonstration of all that He is.
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.
Arise, and His glory will appear upon you. (Isaiah 61:1,2)
Luke 11:38 - "When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first ceremonially washed before the meal."
If we are still "doing" acts of holiness to get God to move in our lives, then we are still operating under a "law" mentally that is not faith (Galatians 3:12). The legalist thinks, 'I can GET God to heal me by confessing "by His stripes I am healed.'"
The person who understands God's grace will not confess God's word with the motive of trying to GET God to heal him but will confess "By His stripes I am healed" because he really believes it has already been done at Jesus' finished work at the cross.
If the motive for our actions is to be accepted by God, that's legalism. If we live wholly out of faith and gratefulness for what Christ has already done, that's grace. Grow in Grace!
2 Corinthians 1:4 - "He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us."
We need a revelation of a greater power, an abiding presence sustaining and comforting us in the hour of trial. What more do we need in these last days when perilous times are upon us than to be filled and saturated with the Holy Spirit!
Baptized into Him, never to come out. May we know nothing among men except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). May we be clothed with His Spirit -- nothing outside of the Blessed Holy Spirit.
In all the chastening, correcting, and hardship, we are strengthened so that we may endure and so that we may comfort others "with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
Wait patiently with Him while He blesses you. Don’t rush into His Presence with time-consciousness gnawing at your mind. He dwells in timelessness: He is, He was, He will always be. For you can handle only twenty-four-hour segments of life. Time can also be a tyrant, ticking away relentlessly in your mind. Learn to master time, or it will be your master.
Though you are a time-bound creature, seek to meet Him in timelessness. As you focus on His Presence, the demands of time and tasks will diminish. He will bless you and keep you, making His Face shine upon you graciously, giving you Peace.
"But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." - Micah 7:7
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” - Revelation 1:8
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” - Numbers 6:24–26
Galatians 5:16 - "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."
It is time for you to do everything you can to move up into a higher realm. Fixate on the goal of walking in the Spirit. Develop your own human spirit; do what you can to become more sensitive to the Spirit of God.
When you become more spiritually sensitive, it will be easier for you to keep in step with the Holy Spirit. And as you follow Him and live to please the Lord, you will find that walking in the Spirit becomes a habit. You'll deny your flesh for so long that its voice will eventually become weaker and weaker and weaker -- until, finally, it will no longer have any authority in your life.
God is calling you higher! He wants you to leave the low life you've been living and to come up to the spiritual path He has destined for you.
As sons and daughters of the King, we have been given authority to pray Heaven's blessings to earth.
It is God's desire to bless us and for us to witness and "see" His promises manifest.
Just as Jeremiah was given the ability to "see" his new season (see Jeremiah 1:4-12), we are present-day Jeremiahs – having our eyes opened to understand and know all that God has formed for us (our future and DESTINY) has been preserved.
No enemy will be able to steal our future unless we let him! The devil cannot take away what God has promised you unless you allow him entrance.
POSITIONED FOR REVELATION
What is His perfect will? It's easy to know because it is all written in His Word. Yet, there are times when we are being positioned for the "revelation" contained within His Word to us. Revelation is the hidden knowledge of God being made known.
God has not withheld revelation FROM you; He has withheld revelation FOR you. Revelation occurs as God's wisdom and knowledge are released – as if He lifts a veil that has covered our eyes regarding His calling on our life and we are now able to see.
It is His desire that we move closer – reposition ourselves to "draw near." And, in an intimate relationship, He will speak to us concerning advancing His Kingdom. It is time to "Set your mind of the things above, not on the things that are on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:2-3).
It is your season to be as Jeremiah and allow God to touch your mouth (Jeremiah 1:9) so that you are empowered to see and confess all that Heaven says about God's PURPOSE for your life, your circumstances, and your future!
BATTLE AGAINST UNBELIEF
If you recall, Jeremiah could not see his future until God "touched his mouth." The word "touched" is the Greek word naga (Strongs 5060)and implies that God struck the unbelief that had held Jeremiah's faith captive. The word also implies a "violent act." Think about this a moment. God did a violent act against Jeremiah's unbelief. God, Himself, went to battle against Jeremiah's mindsets concerning his abilities to be used by God (see Jeremiah 1:1-12).
The finished work at the Cross promises you a new season. Jeremiah was able to "see" an almond branch budding. The almond branch is the first branch to bloom in a new season.
John 15:7 - "If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours."
The Bible calls us "children of God" and "citizens of the Kingdom." We are God's offspring, a people who have been reconnected to their Source.
Only disciples, those who are committed to their oneness with Christ, will maximize their potential.
A disciple is a learner who is continually affirming and seeing himself in the words of scripture. His goal is to learn and keep on learning until his oneness with Christ is manifesting. He seeks new revelation and understandings concerning God's purpose for his life.