Isaiah 26:3 - "You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you."
If your peace is disturbed, there is something wrong. Apply the blood of Jesus, and keep your mind stayed upon Jehovah, where hearts are fully blessed, finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
Keep your mind on God, gaining strength in Him day by day. We must keep in the spiritual tide -- God supreme, the altar within the body. Faith is the evidence, the power, the principle keeping us in rest.
We must have the Spirit in anointing, intercession, revelation, and great power in our ministry to others. "Our sufficiency is from God. who also made us sufficient as ministers of the...Spirit; for the...Spirit gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:5-6).
Psalm 62:5 - "My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him."
Our world today is very noisy, busy, and at times stressful. When you feel stressed or frustrated go somewhere that is silent you will find that your soul begins to calm down. Inner peace and quiet are vital for hearing from God or sensing the direction He wants us to take. Outer silence helps promote inner silence.
At a time when Elijah desperately needed to receive direction from God he had to wait until all the noise passed, and only when he was in a gentle stillness did he hear the still, small voice of God speaking to him (Kings 19:11-12).
Learn to love silence and you will be more inclined to hear the still, small voice of God.
Acts 20:24 - "But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus."
The ministry of the Spirit has been entrusted to us. We must be in the place of edifying the Church. We are the representatives of Jesus. He was eaten up with zeal (John 2:17). This intense zeal changes us by the operation of the Word; we do not rest in the letter, but we allow the blessed Holy Spirit to lift us by His power.
We move ahead in the army of God, understanding His purpose for our life, advancing His Kingdom. As long as we keep marching, we're changing because faith moves us ahead, step-by-step.
The last command of Jesus while on earth says, "Go!" That's why we often see the anointing increase as we go, moving with the cloud. "Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered...by the Spirit of the living God...on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart" - 2 Corinthians 3:3
In Joshua's day, before crossing the Jordan River and moving into their inheritance, God said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you" (Joshua 3:5).
This is an exhortation for us today!
DRAW NEAR TO GOD
The word consecrate, in Hebrew, is actually a relational term. "Qadash" means to separate or set yourself apart unto God. God's heart isn't, "Clean up your act so I can restore and bless you." He says instead, "Come to Me so I can bless you." BIG DIFFERENCE! His love is free, not earned.
"Qadash"(set apart to Him), is actually the root word for holy (qodesh). Being "holy" isn't the result of or defined as "being good enough?" Rather it is the nature (qodesh) we receive from our union with Him (qadash), which motivates us to good works and a refusal to sin. We must be careful, then, that when we set out to prepare ourselves for a move of God's Spirit, we do not move into a legalistic works mentality, trying to accomplish separation and holiness in our own abilities; rather, we draw near to God in relationship.
The Lord desires to raise up men and women of prayer and radical devotion through which He can release a greater "Great Awakening" and shift the course of nations today. To be a part of this, however, we must be willing to comply with what God requires of us: Prepare ourselves through drawing near.
A SEASON OF SEPARATION
The Lord is inviting you to enter into a season where you separate yourself unto Him in an extra special way.
If you rearrange your busy schedule over the next few weeks to pray and fast and spend more time in worship and the Word, your life will radically change. No matter what level of relationship you currently enjoy with the Lord, He wants to transform you into a more passionate and zealous Believer. As you draw into His depths, His cleansing stream will prepare you to advance in His PURPOSE for your life.
Proverbs 24:16 - "For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity."
Some people keep going when life is difficult, but others park at the point of their pain. They decide to stay where they are instead of pressing through the difficulties.
Those who are hungry and thirsty will be satisfied. It's time to drink the living water of life and begin to release healing on the earth. Creation is groaning (Romans 8:19, 22) and waiting for you to know your identity in Him (who you are in Christ and your right standing with God).
"Straining toward what is ahead, I press on..." (Philippians 3:13:14) -- Press forward into God's purpose for your life! Standing still or going backward is not an option -- We go "from glory to glory" (2 Corinthians 3:18), and glory doesn't go backwards.
2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
We have been created to carry the glory of God. Hebrews 2 says that through Christ's suffering He brought many sons to glory. It was always God's intention to dwell with mankind.
Once we understand God's purpose for our life we have boundless potential to advance His Kingdom. There are those who prefer to inhabit their comfort zone, thinking they are choosing safety.
Life in the comfort zone requires no challenge, no courage, and no determination. Everyone who lives in the comfort zone is expected to speak like others speak, do what others do, and not do what others don't do. The comfort zone looks easygoing, but it's tense and controlling.
If you are going to intentionally pursue your destiny, you're going to have to decide in which zone you will reside: comfort or spirt led, embracing your new reality.
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.
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.
2 Peter 1:3,4 - "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and VERY GREAT PROMISES, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature..."
If you are facing a faith challenge, the very first thing you should do is go to the Word and find the promise of God that covers your situation. 2 Peter 1:3,4 is our assurance that there is such a promise for everything.
Once you have found the promise, and have settled it in your heart, focus your attention on it by affirming it out loud, meditating on it, and visualizing it coming to pass.
Since we have come into agreement with God's Word through faith and what we speak, Jesus is our Apostle and High Priest; He stands with us on the promises of His Word and desires for us to step fully into them.
Matthew 24:45 - "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household?"
Who is faithful? The one who spends his time doing what God has called him to do. Or as Jesus put it, the one who takes up his cross and follows Him. The one who denies his fleshly desires and spends his life on the things God desires him to do.
God may be calling you to pray for the sick or to disciple a new Christian. But you're busy, so you glide on with good intentions and tell God you'll do it later. Well later is NOW. Decide today that you are going to be the faithful and wise servant. Serve His interests instead of your own.
Do you want Him to show Himself strong for you? Then take up Jesus' thoughts today. Discover and take up His purpose for your life. Now is the time to be faithful!
Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
For the "substance"; we must look on Jesus. It is the most blessed object that the eye of the mind can possibly fix upon; of all the objects under heaven Jesus has the pre-eminence in perfection, and he should have the pre-eminence in our meditation. It is He that makes us most happy since we possess Him, and we cannot but be joyful to look upon Him, for the name signifies Savior."He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25)
MEDITATION: Many believers live with the concept that God will lead them when it's time for them to do something. And so they wait, sometimes for an entire lifetime, without any significant impact on the world around them.
"GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and then TEACH THESE NEW DISCIPLES........."- Matthew 28:19,20
Jesus said to the Father, “As You sent Me, Father, send them!” (John 20:21).God will empower you, just as He did Jesus, to walk out the fullness of your DESTINY, with that same boundless anointing of the Holy Spirit!
Jesus said to Peter -- "Feed My sheep."You have to be the nourishment for other souls until they learn to feed on God. We owe it to God to be our best for His lambs and His sheep as well as for Himself (discipleship).
I arise and shine for my Light has come.
He has raised me up with Jesus and seated me in heavenly places. He has given me His name. His Blood, His Authority. His Power. His Spirit.
I have the power to labor for the spiritual lives of others.