Revelation 22:1 - "Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb."
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: Will you 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.
"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ." - Ephesians 4:15
To those beginning their spiritual journey, God reveals Himself as Father. The picture is of a loving father embracing and reassuring his children. After knowing God as Father He goes on to reveal Himself as Warrior, "The LORD is a warrior..." (Exodus 15:3 NIV). The picture is of a warrior training recruits for battle. To those who know God as both Father and Warrior He reveals Himself as Consuming Fire, "For our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29).
God is "from the beginning," that is, He is eternal. He has no beginning and no end. The picture is of an all-consuming reality (Song of Songs 8:6). When we know Him as Father, we become secure in His love. When we know Him as Warrior, we become strong in His might. When we know Him as Consuming Fire, we become one with Him in wholehearted union.
QUESTIONS TO ASK MYSELF:
• Is God specifically revealing Himself to me as either Father, Warrior, or Consuming Fire?
• Is there anything in you that resists knowing God as Father, Warrior, or Consuming Fire?
• Are you growing in the knowledge of God or are you resisting the change He desires to bring in your life?
Romans 8:28 - "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."
Sometimes our lives are like this. We say, "Father, it's dark. I'm stuck. Where are You in my life?" We cannot see what He is doing. But in the meantime, our Father is operating in His time zone. He says, "I am moving." -- It's "Now O'Clock"! -- It's the local time of Heaven -- It's Kingdom time.
In the book of Revelation, "Jesus declares, 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,' says the Lord, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty'" (Revelation 1:8). All at once, He dwells in the past, present and future. If you have been hurt during an extended time of waiting, receive a fresh touch from the Holy Spirit. He is at work setting your heart—your inner clock—to Kingdom time.
Regarding advancing His purpose for your life, hear Him say"See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands: your walls are ever before me." (Isaiah 49:16)
John 13:13-15 -- "Jesus said, 'You call me 'Teacher and Lord' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. You also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.'"
John 20:21 -- "Just as the Father has sent me forth so I am sending you."
This is certainly a command of Jesus for the Body of Christ to meet the needs (both temporal and spiritual) of new believers so they may indeed advance in the faith.
The humbling service of DISCIPLING a new believer into:
who he/she is in Christ, his/her right standing with God, and walking in the Spirit
is the most valuable Christian service someone can minister to someone who has just had the "born again" experience.
OLD THOUGHT PROCESSES
In order for the church to advance into her destiny there are old thought processes that need to be dismantled:
1. The idea that higher spiritual advancement and development is reserved for the clergy.
2. The idea that spiritual training and discipling is the sole responsibility of the pastor and/or elders.
3. The idea that it takes years in the faith to be able to DISCIPLE other believers.
4. The idea that the only thing the laity is to be involved in is Church programs and listening to sermons.
Submitting to DISCIPLESHIP training develops a "personal ministry to others consciousness" in the believer as well as promotes unity and brotherly love in the fellowship of the Body of Christ.
He is calling many of His people out of still, dead works in 2020. He is calling them to come in to where there is the action of His Spirit. When there is action there will bring a reaction. It will be a reaction of healing, of salvation, of the baptism of His Spirit. Get ready to be a people who look for the 'reactor' of the Lord your God.
In this process, many are going to be compelled in the midnight hours to fall on their knees and ask for fresh revelation of their CALLING in Christ. He is shutting down doors to places where you have become to be comfortable in. He is going to close single doors; but He is going to open double doors.
"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." - John 3:8 The reason single doors will close is because it will be the singleness of man's thinking that He will be closing down. The double doors He is going to open is going to be 'the double door' that will cause the waters to part for His Spirit to come in and visit fresh upon His people to fill their lack of understanding and revelation.
LAUGHTER, HEALING, AND HOPE
True humility comes when you rejoice in Him and acknowledge His greatness. He will bless His own with laughter, and healing, and hope. For He is about to put up the trumpet and you will hear a new sound that will go forth, but you will recognize it because of the discernment He has put into your spirit. You will recognize the right call with the right note. And you will jump, and your spirit will leap, with acknowledgment of His Spirit. He is reawakening His faithful who have gotten discouraged.
So be not concerned for changes, but keep your eyes fixed upon Him, for assignments will overtake you, and you will know they are by His Spirit. For there will come forth one voice, one battle cry, one agreement, and one provision, and it will be done by His Spirit.
"....Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts." - Zechariah 4:6
Philippians 4:6 (the Passion Translation) says, "Don't be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude..."
We need to be prayerful people in this season and saturate ourselves in those things that God is wanting us to believe for. We need to get our eyes off of what we're going through and begin to praise the Lord -- using it as a weapon to change our situation and also as an avenue for breakthrough.
We need to get away from toxic people who rob us of our calling in Christ and start surrounding ourselves with people who love God like we want to love God -- people of great faith and boldness.
The Lord has provided us with powerful tools to accomplish our assignment and legislate the heavens with the ability to call forth what is not as though it were. He has given us:
the power of the Blood,
the power of His name,
the power of His Word,
the power of decree,
the power of the Holy Spirit to bring it to pass, and
angel armies assigned to God's Kingdom purposes!
He has given us everything needed to rule and reign, to take and to hold ground! Circumstances may seem to be holding you back, or life situations and finances, but obedience to take your place in God's PURPOSE for your life unlocks your DESTINY and positions you for favor. It's a favor that opens the necessary doors for you to accomplish your assignment.
"Of the increase of His Government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." - Isaiah 9:7
Choosing to set yourself firmly in the place where God has called you unlocks spiritual principles that result in increase. The best days of the Church are upon us and it's a time to embrace our divine destiny. God is good and He is faithful! Let us wake up and be successful in fulfilling all He has planned! This is the hour of the fulfillment of His promises of glory and light! The people of God are beginning to "arise and shine" for our light has come!
"Then He said to His disciples, 'The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.'" - Matthew 9:37,38
"But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not." - Jeremiah 20:9b
As the Word becomes like a burning fire in our hearts and bones, our focus is on advancing His Kingdom, and it won't be denied us because we have freely received the Word and freely given the powerful Word of the Lord.
With the workings of the Word in us, we become slayers of any giants that stand in the way of advancing God's purpose for our life. Even if there's a wall, we leap right over it, slaying the giants to bring forth the victory.
The Word and power of the Lord flow through us to release us into the plans and purposes of the Lord, thereby advancing our calling in Christ, according to the constant and ever-increasing flow of His power and ability.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for the harvest! As your Word empowers me for the harvest, precious Lord, let this time be one of increase for harvest glory -- harvest for Your glory, precious Lord.
James 1:21, "...The Word of Life has power to continually deliver us."
This coming year will be a year of life and that you'll catch the momentum of speaking it over people and circumstances! Not only will your words stop death, but your words will cause others to go on into abundance.
Our words must be filled with life! The people and things that you speak life over this coming year will live again! Life will spring up in places that were once dead, or at least you thought were dead and hopeless. For life will begin to manifest everywhere you declare it! The redemption of God is going to begin to shine through in seemingly hopeless situations.
It all began at the Cross! What looked like a hopeless situation brought life to all who would believe. So don't give up. It's time to look through life-colored glasses -- proclaim a thing and watch it manifest!
Job 22:28, "You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways."
Philippians 2:13 - "for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."
Isaiah 43:16,19 - "This is what the Lord says—he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, 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."
Let His presence breathe over you. He makes a way where there seems to be no way, and so today He will make a way where there is no way, for He is going to do a new thing. He is calling His own to let go of the past, for what was, was.
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.
Assignments of the old, let go; let men go about men's business. The assignments of the new -- His Spirit will bring them forth in a fresh wind, for He is going to cause His wind to blow staleness off of His Bride. For she has been slumbered, and as she has been slumbering, there has been wave after wave after wave of apathy that has been causing her to slumber.
He is going to cause a holy zeal to rise up in the hearts of His own -- to where their hearts will burn within them with a fresh fire. They will not look to one another, but they will look to Him, and only to Him, for they will come forth with: contagious fire in their eyes, contagious fire in their hearts, contagious fire in their feet and their hands.
And what they put their hand to, so His fire shall set ablaze, for He is calling His own to be fire starters.
His people are going to become the burning bush. They will be ablaze with the presence of His Spirit. They will be ablaze with the warmth of His love.
They will be ablaze with the vision that He will plant deep within their spirit. When they look at man's vision, it will be something of the past, for they will come out of Egypt, and they will come to the mountain. And He will download their assignments, Spirit to spirit, and they will know it has been given by the hand of the Lord their God, for it will be written by His finger.