There are seeds God has planted in his people. He gives us glimpses into eternity, enough to hope in and to carry us from victory to victory. He sends them through his word letting us know who we are in him. In our quiet place with him we are confirmed and we learn of our destiny.
Often the things God says are lofty and make us feel at one end treasured and on the other end terrified because what he calls us to do is so big we know we could not accomplish it on our own. This is a God sized dream!
The thing to remember is that when our dreams are in seed form we have to remember to guard them. Keep them before God, watering them with praise, worship, fasting, praying, and serving.
The seed form is the most vulnerable state. It’s where the enemy attacks because he likes to kill dreams before they fully develop. Remember that in the spirit realm what you need to accomplish your dreams is already completed. The devil also knows so be sure to guard your seed. Know that the attack on those dreams will come so be armed and ready!
I do declare that you will come out on the winning side strong, not lacking anything. You are capable and able. Know your value! You can usually tell your value based on the level of hell you experience. Surely the Lord is with you.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
James 1:2-5 ESV
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7
This week I was struggling in my walk with God. The enemy had, for a moment, convinced me that I was off course.I immediately started to seek God and ask for confirmation that I am moving in the right direction.
I love that when I ask God a question he will not only give me an answer but he confirms his word through so many different methods.
Here is the conversation I had with God.
-God: Who told you that you were off course?
-My response: I was looking at someone else’s work.
-God: Set your eyes on things above, and again do not covet your neighbor.
He topped himself when through every message I listened to this week confirmed what he meant.
I heard the definition of covet; to strongly desire what someone else has. How can I grow in what God has for me to do if I am focused on what he has for somebody else?
– John Bevere’s Passion for His Presence
“God has enough of everything for each one of us to get an equal inheritance.”
–Pastor Harris, Wednesday night bible study.
When he does it from books I read I know he is really showing out!
“God does not love us all equally, he loves us uniquely. Same indicates that we are replaceable to God.”
–Lisa Bevere, Without Rival
As if my amazement were not through the roof, he showed up at my job in the form of a phone call. This woman of God shared her testimony with me and her words pierced my heart to a place that I thought for a moment had stood still in time as life started to live me instead of me living it.
“Whatever God has called you to do, do it now! God told me to write a book and I just did not listen and I ran from it. I decided to go ahead and write the book because the he told me to 3 times! I didn’t want to continue to be disobedient. Whatever you have pended go ahead and do it, whether it is a home bible study or prayer groups.Now my life is more blessed that I could have ever imagined because I obeyed God.”
I tell you that whenever God Speaks he is confirming his word in a way that only he, being God, could do. I have so much up before God and these messages have shown me that I need to get refreshed in God’s word and his presence constantly. He lifted me above myself and gave me a divine perspective.This experience this week reminds me to constantly seek God and know that he is working all things together for my good.
Now that Jesus is risen where do we go from here? I believe that he has restored the true identity of the people of God. We were dead to sin and separated from God. Guilty and broken, in no shape to stand before God, and condemned to damnation. But thanks be to God who had a plan! Because he loved us so, he sent his son to come and reconcile us back to himself. Because he is risen we can now identify who we are because of the blood of Jesus. Here are some things to confess and remember as we keep Jesus at the forefront of our minds.
I am a new creation.(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Your past does not determine your future. The enemy can no longer anything against you! His blood made you new!
I am a temple for the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
You are not useless. You were created for good works!
I am chosen, holy, and beloved. (Colossians 3:12)
No need to compete for a spot that already belongs to you! Before the foundation of the world God chose to make us his own.
I am the righteousness of God! (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus’ death was not in vain. You have been set in a right place with God. No longer separated by sin, but able to come into His presence boldly.
I am not condemned. (Romans 8:1)
You are innocent before God because the very blood of Jesus washed your sins away. You may have committed the crime but because of the blood you did not have to do the time.
We as the people of God have power in everything we say and do. To use that power responsibly we must be careful to live, speak, and move with intentionality. We are the vehicle of God’s word and power revealed to a dying world. In our words, life, and actions we have the ability to set change that will last into eternity. Remember that whatever you say or do sets an atmosphere for your life. Let the foundation you lay be intentionally great.
When we do life let us do it according to God’s word.
When we speak let it be life giving.
When we move may it be in the direction that will set the course for generations to come.
What I have learned with the things that I ingest is that what I take in often shapes me. Some of them are ill fitting and don’t quite shape me as I imagined they would.
It was not God’s intention that we follow the patterns of the world. Most of it is scripted and does not translate well in real life. What I have noticed is that what we take on is not meant for us to carry. Instead, we find that they are breeding grounds for dysfunction, distraction, and division.
Very often we consume things that are not good for us, and without noticing, our life starts to look like what we are taking in. The concept that comes to mind is junk in, junk out. When we consume mess, we attract mess. When we consume life, we attract life.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6
When I think of resurrection I think of change. It helps me remember how I went from being a enemy of God to a friend of God through the shedding one Jesus’ blood. It helps me to remember the day I said my final yes and never turned back.
The cross and its affects on me were not realized until I saw how through knowing Jesus I have overcome so much. When he died he gave me a right to become the daughter of a King. He literally invited me into the family and I am now related because of His blood.
He in His dying for us, gave us power over everything that held power over us, even death, hell, and the grave. Quite honestly, I haven’t enough space to tell you how He has made a difference for me, but one thing I know is that I have been changed and it’s the best thing anyone has ever done for me.
When I first joined a church I always wondered why people had their hands lifted. It always seems strange until I started to understand the concept of praise. Praise is a heart position that invites God in to commune with us.
The truth of the matter is we need God. I heard God say in the spirit that praise sets the table. We lift our hand to receive from him what we need and when we praise the table is set and makes room for him. Sometimes trouble comes and our table gets cluttered with so many things that there is no room for God. Things that are on my table sometimes are worry, doubt, and fear. I clear it off with the word when I remember:
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)
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 straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
When I praise I am in remembrance of what he has done in the past and in praising I know that he is a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. Always consistent, always providing, always loving. Let praise set the table for you to receive what God is doing for you in this day. Praise makes room for God.
He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen. (Deuteronomy 10:21)
Indeed there will come testing time when you have to apply what you have learned. These are the times when God seems silent and the enemy is talking loud. This life is the only one where you take a test but it’s always open book. Test indeed can cause pressure but in God’s word we find relief.
Things to remember…
He has great plans for you.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT
And the Lord said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.” Jeremiah 1:12 NLT
You must be armed with the correct weapons.
We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 2 Corinthians 10:4 NLT
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Ephesians 6:13 NLT
The battle does not belong to you.
The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 NLT
You have what it takes to endure. Be confident.
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
Hebrews 10:35-36 ESV
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Ephesians 3:12 NLT
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord ’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Psalms 27:13 NLT
Love is an action word. It requires a response or action to be proven. Jesus knew that some people would be ones who, “honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Faith is our love and trust of God in action. God is calling us into higher heights and deeper depths to shake both heaven and earth and has equipped us to handle and complete it.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. —Ephesians 3:20.
Take a risk or play it safe. Safe does not require faith.
Are you operating out of calling or comfort? In Hebrews 11:1 NLT faith is described as “showing the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things we can not see.” It takes guts to not only believe God but to act on what you believe. This is how we answer the issue of faith without works being dead. We move (take action) on what we hear from the mouth of God.
Are you trusting in God’s infinite wisdom or your own limited understanding?
God’s wisdom uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Jesus advises us in the way we are to believe Him. In order to see the kingdom of heaven we must become like children. (Matthew 18:3) One thing I have learned as a parent is that if you say you are going to do something and you are slow to move you will be questioned about it everyday until you do what you said to you would do. God wants us to be like that, expecting to receive what he promised.
Are your expectations lower than what God has promised?
God’s promises are one’s we could never possibly accomplish on our own. They are sometimes down right absurd. Take Abraham and Sarah for example. They were well advanced in years and God told them they would have a child. Sarah laughed with in herself and God asked the question, “is there anything to hard for God.” Though the promised seemed to delay taking 25 years, far enough that Abraham (100 years old) and Sarah (90 years old), or good old human nature, could not take credit for it. They received the promise and the only response anyone could ever give is “who else but God could make such an extravagant promise and keep it?
Do your actions move Heaven?
For every life changed heaven makes room. When we draw newness into the kingdom we secure spots in heaven. The bible says that the angels rejoice when someone repents. (Luke 15:10) (I imagine the applause and cheers rumbling heaven.) It’s amazing to know that we have the power to affect eternity for more than just ourselves and the best news is heaven is so big that it can accommodate everyone!