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.
Psalm 78: 9-11 - "The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows, yet they turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of God and refused to walk in His law; they forgot His deeds and His miracles that He had shown them."
The apostle John wrote, "They overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death" (Rev. 12:11). The elements of victory are recounted to us in this passage. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb: This means we no longer fight FOR victory but we fight FROM victory. Winning is assured when we enter the battle.
Matthew 11:12 - "Violent men take the Kingdom by force."
It is to be understood that our battles are to be the manifestations of His victory. The ultimate challenge is not the battle itself but the decision to participate.
Notice that the "armor of God" in Ephesians Chapter 6 has no protection for your back. We are ill-equipped for retreat.
MY MOST FEARFUL STUMBLING BLOCK IS ACTUALLY THE DOOR TO MY GREATEST VICTORY.
I HAVE THE COURAGE TO ADVANCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY.
MY PROMISED LAND (MY DESTINY) LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR.
Just because we walk and talk does not mean we are truly awake. Zechariah was sleeping when an angel roused him "as a man who is awakened from his sleep" (Zechariah 4:1).
Perhaps we too need to be shaken from our slumber to possess the promises of God! Jesus said there is a mysterious drowsiness that we have to overcome. Indeed, immediately after highlighting the various evidences of the end (see Matthew 24), He compares the Church to virgins who "all got drowsy and began to sleep" (Matthew 25:5).
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him..that you will know what is the hope of His calling....and the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe...and He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave...to the church...the fullness of Him who fills all in all" - Ephesians 1:17-19,22,23
Become His hands, become His feet, become His voice wherever you are. Listen for the stillness of His Spirit. Recognize the unction of His Spirit, for you are being lifted up and trained in a high level. Be not called into isolation, for the enemy would lead you there. For he would make you feel forsaken and abandoned. He does not forsake you, He does not abandon you; but He cherishes you, and He treasures you.
"Your fidelity to Christ...that you are also wise in what is good and innocent of what is bad...the God of peace will soon crush Satan beneath your feet." - Romans 16:19,20
It is easy to go to sleep reviewing negative ideas and pictures in our mind and wake up in the morning with a poisoned and negative spirit instead of falling asleep loving and receiving from Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
CONTINUOUSLY DECLARE GOD'S WORDS
We declare truth over any negative circumstance in our lives and we see Jesus present in inner healing scenes. And since we do this continuously, this becomes ALL that we see.
We do not see sickness. We do not see lack. We do not see pain. We see Jesus, everywhere. We behold the glory of the Lord. We have reached that blessed state because we see God, everywhere, all the time (see Matthew 5:8). The Morning Star has arisen in our hearts, and our hearts are full of ONLY His light (see 2 Peter 1:19).
WHATEVER WE FIX OUR EYS ON GROWS WITH US AND WHATEVER GROWS WITHIN US WE BECOME
"His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditates day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." - Psalms 1:2-3
Focus, repetition, and intensity are steps we take to move truth from our heads to our hearts. The command to look intently (see James 1:25) and to meditate continuously (see Philippians4:8) would be examples of using focus and repetition.
Repeating healing prayers pours divine light continually into our beings, until we are entirely sanctified -- spirit, soul, and body (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23). We become the radiance of His glory because we have bathed ourselves in His glory continuously. Darkness, sickness, and demons have now fled because of the light of His glory.
PRAY AND MEDITATE MORNING AND EVENING
We pray RESTORATIVE prayers when we awaken and are lying in bed in the morning. We pray the same prayers as we lie in bed preparing to fall asleep (see 1 Chronicles 23:30). In doing this we are "renewing our mind" (Romans 12:2) with the truth of God's divine reality. Any previous lies of the enemy which filled our heart in the past are being swept away by these cascading waves of truth which come crashing down again and again (as we affirm and meditate on the respective scriptures), until every demonic stronghold in our mind is demolished and we are fully set free and completely filled with: God's light, God's truth, God's glory, and God's reality.
Once your spirit and soul are healed, delivered, and set free, God's light, which is growing within you, will penetrate your body (see Philippians 2:12-13). As it does, your body will be transformed allowing you to ultimately experience the fullness of His covenant blessings overtaking you. You have pressed through satan's lies until you are conscious of ONLY one reality: God's reality.
"Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." - Philippians 2:12-13
Exodus 19:14 - "You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself."
In facing their threshold or brink, marching through the "GATES" out of captivity in Egypt, Israel has to make a leap of faith. If they took the leap of faith, would God come and bear them up on eagle's wings? God comes through for Israel and opens up the Red Sea. He swoops down and picks them up, carrying them on His wings. However, they had to leap first. Had they not taken bold, daring action, stepping out in faith, God could not have saved them.
Bold action is always motivated by faith of some kind. Faith-filled people of God take bold action, which opens a "GATE" and releases spiritual power.
Paul opened up a "GATE" in Ephesus when he boldly preached the gospel in the city. Not only were people changed but the socioeconomic system of the city was transformed as well. The city transformed (see Acts 19).
Bold action opens up a "GATE" of spiritual power and blessing from God. The heavens over an area are opened in a new way. It is at the "GATES" as someone steps onto the threshold that faith and perseverance are tested. It is at the threshold where either spiritual abortion or spiritual birthing occurs.
GOD HAS A GREAT DEAL FOR ME TO POSSESS.
GOD IS CONTINUALLY PUTTING NEW CHALLENGES BEFORE ME TO DEVELOP MY FAITH AND PERSEVERANCE AT A DEEPER LEVEL.
I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.
Luke 10:41,42 - "But the Lord answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are so worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."'
I TAKE TIME TO HEAR THE WORDS OF JESUS INSTEAD OF GETTING CAUGHT UP IN WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE NEED OF THE MOMENT.
Psalms 72:18-19 - "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory!"
God's glory is all around us. We often do not take the time to witness God's glory and meditate on his holiness.
We are consumed with what we want and what is wrong, we don't take time just to cry out to the Lord and appreciate His glory. We should praise God for what he has already done!
Isaiah 6:3 - "And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."
We must humble ourselves before the Lord remembering who we are in Christ and who God is. We are servants in need of a Savior and God is Holy and the whole earth is full of His glory. What have we accomplished without His breath of life and His mercy?
Be aware that the enemy would come with distraction after distraction only to rob you, and deposit within you despondency and numbness putting you in a sense of shock and longing -- not know which way to go -- to the left or to the right.
In times of trouble, call in His presence, for where you are His presence is. Do you not understand 'The Hope of Glory' that is within you? Do not look to the exterior. Do not look outward. Don't look around. Look in. Let His presence, let His strength, roll out of you.
Be carriers of praise and thanksgiving. Be carriers of 'Amen,' 'So be it,' 'It is written. Be carriers of His Word being alive and active.
TAKE UP YOUR POSITION - - WAKE UP!
"Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!" - Psalm 24:7
Take up your position, for the King of Glory longs to come in -- but will you recognize Him? How will you recognize Him? What if you're asleep in your spirit? Wake up! Wake up!
Let the shaking that you're going through become the shaking of the breakthrough. Be not shook for any reason, but be shook awake: to make a stand -- then the enemy will tremble and flee.
Shake off the negative words. Let them drop off of you. Do not let the enemy live in the darkness of your words. Do not cover him with words of unbelief, for he hides and brings torment with fear, and aggravation, and regret, and remorse.
Expose him by the light of the Word and His presence. You are His mouthpiece. But how can you speak what He tells you to speak unless you have come with praise and thanksgiving, and receive that which He would give to you?
Let the Holy Spirit quicken this to you. Let this be a foundation, a cornerstone -- for you are the temple -- His presence dwells in your temple.
Claim His ever-filling. Claim His ever-presence. Claim and remember His faithfulness.
ARISE AND SHINE -- YOU ARE THE LIGHT
Uncover the enemy with praise and thanksgiving, for he comes under the umbrella of murmuring. For is he not called the 'accuser of the brethren?' He accuses, and accuses, and accuses until you stand with your head down, as one who's been accused and condemned.
You are to arise and to shine. You are not called to hide in the darkness, but you are called "the light."
You are a living epistle -- alive in His Word and His Word is alive in you?
Shake off the darkness. Shake off the negative agreement. Tell the enemy, 'No, get behind me.' Do not hide behind him with murmuring and accusing, one to another, for His Spirit grieves in murmuring.
You are sealed by His Spirit. Do not take that lightly. Own it. Live in it. And let His Word do what it was sent to do – set captives free.
If you already know the Lord as your Redeemer, take to remember how the Lord redeemed you out of slavery (Deut. 15:15). How is The Lord calling you to rise this season? Ask Him to blow His breath of new life into those fallow areas of your heart. Are you praising Him in this season of singing (Song of Songs 2:12)? May you move forward stepping with your right foot of faith and believe Him for more revelation of His calling on your life.
We cannot be in Christ and be a failure! We are clothed in His beauty, His purity, His authority, His name, and His love. It is impossible to be in Christ and be a failure.
We are not locked into a preset, determinist future. Ours is an open, not a closed universe. We are "co-laborers with God," as the Apostle Paul put it - working with God to determine the outcome of events.
"Eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy." - 1 Corinthians 14:1
Spiritual gifts are the only things we are told to covet, and prophetic gifting heads the list. Why? Because revelations given by the Holy Spirit personally and wonderfully edify other people. These utterances let them know that God is involved in their lives in a very intimate way.
Prophesy over your life as you have the power in you from the Holy Spirit to change your situation.
Are you willing to be part of God's army of intercessors and stand in the gap? "So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found on one." - Ezekiel 22:30 Remember, your CALLING potentially supplies you with all the spiritual abilities you will need to change lives and to wreak untold havoc on the devil, thus promoting God's kingdom in your generation.
We continue to grow from glory to glory in His wisdom, stature, and favor as we access HisPURPOSE for our lives.
There is a level of life we can reach where we practice "thanksgiving as a lifestyle" - when difficulty comes along, we have a huge inventory of blessings instantly accessible to bring us into His presence as well as the joy and delight He has over us.
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name." - Psalm 100:4
Worship opens the way into the heart of God. Worship is capable of lifting you to a higher plane where you can have a divine change of perspective.
You may have to sacrifice your reputation with your friends to have an encounter with yourCALLING in Christ. Only one thing will propel you to the point where you don't care what anybody thinks about you, and that is passion!
"Your message burns in my heart and bones, and I cannot keep silent, Lord." - Jeremiah 20:9
Humility is not looking less and oneself; humility is not looking at oneself at all.
The Lord calls His vessels, those that are even empty; He calls them to come and drink of His Spirit, to come to be filled fresh, strong.
His wind will blow away the staleness, the familiar, the comfortable, but it will blow in a NEW THING:
You will know it by His peace that will be in the midst of it. You will know it by the instructions of truth from His Word that will establish it. You will know it by the presence of His Spirit that will hover and instill it – write it on your hearts. You will know it by the quickening of His Spirit to your spirit.
You must choose to come. For He has given you the RIVER OF LIFE already: He wants to know if you will drink from the cup of salvation?
Will you swim in the river of His glory? Will you bathe in the river of His cleansing stream?
Will you allow His water to overrule your thinking, and wash away unclean thoughts, negative thoughts, thoughts of anger, rage, disappointment, and fear? Will you allow His water to come and to take down all that would cause your thoughts to come against His PURPOSE for your life?
For He wants a pure and holy people – filled, spilling over, with the river of God.
Come. Do not despise thirst, but come, for thirst is a calling card of His Spirit to come. Be not content to linger and wander in the desert of brokenness and disappointment, but set your face like flint, and come to the River. For He will part the Red Sea for you, too; for the Blood of Jesus has already won all that concerns you, but you must come.