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As Christians we must have faith, but how do we know if we have enough faith? If we don't have faith, we can't be Spirit-led. If we aren't Spirit-led, change, growth and transformation are not possible. Faith is enough if it moves us to do what God tells us or shows us to do. Our faith in Him must overcome any fear of us taking what might feel like a risky step, kind of like Abraham did when God told him to leave his homeland. (See Heb. 11:8-9, NIV.) Just what is this thing called faith? It is said to be the "confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see," (Heb.11:1). The Amplified Bible defines assurance as the title deed of things divinely guaranteed.
"Yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant." Job 14:9 One morning my sweet wife brought a pot of flowers to my attention, a pot we had forgotten for a few days. Not on purpose, just overlooked because it was in an out-of-the-way place. When we discovered the dead flowers, we almost gave up and threw them away. For some reason, I just could not give up on them. Though they were dead and ugly with no life left in them, I saw them as they could be - beautiful. I moved the container into the sun for better warmth and watered them daily, speaking uplifting words of life over them. These flowers belonged to me; I would not quit on them or give up - not yet.
The Spirit says, "You ask Me what I'm doing. You ask Me why the painful process. You wonder what has changed. I'll tell you. Though the prince of darkness has sought to change the rules, I have not changed! My standard has not changed. The plumb line of My Father's house has not changed. That which was created and formed from the foundation of the throne has not changed. I am holy, and I am Spirit!" the Lord says. "This cannot be altered. It cannot be compromised. It is only in My holiness that you can access My grace. It is only through My Spirit that you can have true power. Without My holiness and without My Spirit, you have nothing!"
I tell you by the Spirit of God, we are on the verge of a powerful move of God that we have no context for. The Sound of Heaven is about to reverberate throughout the nations and what has been shaking will reveal what has been hidden and concealed for decades, some even for generations. While He is most certainly working through people to accomplish His plan, there are just some things only He can supernaturally bring about, and that's what we are on the verge of.
And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Luke 24:45 NKJV The Lord is releasing fresh new revelation and deeper understanding through the Bible into situations in your life. As the Word of God is illuminated to you, your Bible will become a prophetic road map for you! Powerful biblical principles are being released that can change your life instantly. As you apply them, you will be able to resolve problems and make decisions. Greater understanding of the Bible is needed to connect us to the heart of God—and intimacy with the Lord is a key in this new season we are stepping into.
Do you enjoy your life? Are you living with real peace, joy and fulfillment? Or are you stuck in the pain of past mistakes, abuse, injustices or some other hurt you've endured? I know what it's like to live in "survival mode," just getting through each day and dreading a lot of what I had to do. I also know how life-changing it can be to discover the truth that God wants us to enjoy our lives. John 10:10 (AMP) says, "The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]." Before I discovered this Scripture, I didn't understand that God meant for me to have a joy-filled life. I loved God and was a born-again Christian, and yet I was miserable!
Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: "Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon." So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies… for the Lord fought for Israel. Joshua 10:12–14 Joshua, Moses' successor who led the children of Israel into the promised land, was someone who dared to ask big. When Joshua was caught in the thick of battle with his enemies and the sun was about to set, he cried out for the sun and moon to stand still, and the Bible goes on to record that God answered his prayer.
I was recently awakened in the middle of the night with a burning question in my heart: What would the apostle Paul and the disciples do in the situations that believers are now faced with in Canada, the United States and other parts of the world? How would they live, walk, and comport themselves? In my mind, I was seeing these apostles as bigger than life and present in our world. I sought God for the answers to these questions but received none. The following morning, as I was reading a devotional, God provided the answer. The devotional talked about the early Christians and the situations they were facing; I saw that they were similar to the things we are now beginning to encounter in Canada.
Recently in a time of prayer, the Lord spoke one word to me: "reroute." He wanted to show me what exactly He was talking about. As I took an assessment of several different business situations and ministry circumstances, I personally have in the works, I asked the Lord to show me what needed to be rerouted. As I followed the leading of the Holy Spirit, I began to reposition and redirect different things in those areas.
Recently in worship I was closing my eyes, and I got an image of standing in front of a big window. "What do you see?" asked the Lord. It was dark outside, so I honestly replied "nothing." Then the sun began to rise so light illuminated the view. God whispered, "If the day hasn't come yet, you can be looking in the right place and still see nothing." There are some of you who are looking out the window. You are waiting and you are watching for the promises of God, and you see NOTHING. You are starting to wonder if you're even in the right place. If this is you (and the Holy Spirit will confirm for you if it is), God is saying "don't let the TIMING make you feel like you missed it. You can't see what's there UNTIL THE DAY COMES."