Life is hard, isn't it? Disappointments hammer us ferociously and relentlessly while discouragement bullies us daily. Difficult people refuse to leave us alone and rejection is often a constant companion. There have been hard things in my life that have threatened to crush the very purpose for my existence. I know that you have experienced the hard in life as well, although yours might look different than mine.I may not understand what you are going through today, but I do know the one who knows your pain and I am intimately acquainted with the one who hears your gut-wrenching cries.
One of the most difficult things we can do in life can be found in leaving "ok" or "good enough" on the innate whisper that there is "greater than imaginable." We all have had those moments of inspiration where the Divine whispers "I have so much more for you." Our response or reaction to moments like these can have a profound impact on our lives — we can shrink back into our comfort zone (often a deep rut if we're honest), or we can stand up and heed that drawing. The beautiful thing is that it's always our choice, and one that can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling if we dare to "step out onto the water."
I have lived in New York City for over six decades and have observed many kinds of people: those with a victim mentality and those with a victor mentality. In this article, I will examine some traits that are distinct to each group. Those with the victim mindset interpret the world in a completely different way than those with the victor mindset. People with a victim mindset view an obstacle as an unfair challenge, while the latter view obstacles as an opportunity to overcome. It is obvious to most that in American politics, candidates often attempt to appeal to these groups.
I received this vision while visiting some friends in Abbotsford, Canada. I believe this is foundational for what The Kingdom is like as a whole and what lays ahead for the people of God. I saw before me this vast ocean, and I was hovering in front of and above a massive aircraft carrier. It was enormous, greater than any "standard" aircraft carrier you would see in the natural. The color of the aircraft carrier wasn't the normal military gray. It was rainbow-colored, the colors of the covenant of love. The rainbow colors were not stationary. They were living and moving, like they were alive on the ship.
There is a place in God where you can live out of the overflow. God doesn't want to give you just enough anointing and presence so you can experience personal breakthrough. He wants to give you more than that! You can be so full of the Holy Spirit that His presence is overflowing out of your inner spirit man, into every area of your soul and body and then into the space around you. As His presence overflows from within you, your breakthrough becomes a breakthrough for someone else. The anointing that empowers you can overflow outside of you bringing healing and freedom to those you come into contact with.
In the world we live in today where so many of us are constantly goal setting, have you ever taken the time to wonder what kind of goals guys like Moses, David, and Joseph set? You hear it all over the place. I certainly did when I worked at the high end of professional sports. "You have to set your goals and go out there and make things happen for yourself," they said. "Those who wait never get anywhere. You can't stand still unless you want to become another statistic," they added. While I see what many are trying to communicate through the above statements I also realize today how limiting they can be to our lives. You see all of these sayings begin with us and very much depend on what we are able to muster up and accomplish.
When you hear a word of the Lord and it resonates with your soul, it is important to speak it out, even if it is just you alone in your prayer life. Hopefully you have trained yourself to look for a Scripture to back it up too, if it is not a Scripture already. Jesus promised that every word of Scripture would come to pass! Lately the enemy has been screaming out his words. Most Christians do not agree with those words, yet we hear them over and over and it's working on our brains.
I was at lunch recently with a sister who has been through an incredibly hard year. I cannot even describe all she and her husband have been through, in almost every area of their lives. Some things just bizarre, and occurring in a seemingly relentless and often simultaneous manner. But as I was sharing with her, I told her I was able to see in both of them a new strengthening, establishing and upgrade coming their way!
The Lord recently, woke me up very early one morning. As soon as I woke up, I heard the Lord say, "Revival and reform." I then sensed strongly that God wanted to prepare each of His sons and daughters for the coming revival and reformation. Preparation will come as we each devote ourselves in this season to even more prayer and seeking the face of God. Quality time spent in the presence of God will make us ready for what God is about to do.
Worship is the language of heaven as it is constant and will go on through eternity. It is such a vast subject. There are so many different angles to look at worship from. Sacrifice is at the heart of worship and without it true worship doesn't exist. Living a life for the pleasure of the Father is what Jesus exemplified as worship. Then we have the expressiveness of a worshipful heart that is part of it as well. May God fill you with inspiration to live a life of true worship – because that is what He is looking for! Enjoy God Always!