Don't forfeit today on the altar of tomorrow. Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Jesus really wants us to learn to live one day at a time. It is so easy to get ahead of schedule. Human nature likes to jump and skip over things to get where it perceives that it needs to go faster. Have you ever done that? I can remember as a little kid that "taking cuts"Â was pretty common when we were in line at the school. We need to learn to enjoy and maximize the moment that we are in. Every day has enough trouble of it's own. There is no point is trying to get ahead of things, being anxious. Anxiety and worry choke out the power of God's Word for our lives. Hear the wisdom of Jesus.
Hebrews 1:7 "Of the angels He says, 'He makes His angels spirits, and His servants a flame of fire.'" Did you know that you have the ability to create an atmosphere around you? Through your praise and worship to God – vocalizing your thanksgiving and adoration to the Lord you create the atmosphere of heaven. In heaven there is a continual flow of praise to God going on at all times. When you begin to enter into that realm of worship you are drawing heaven to earth. Once I had a dream where the Lord showed me that our vocalized worship is much more powerful than all the decrees, prayers and other activities that we can engage in because it draws the angels of God. The angels of God are also engaged in worship continually. This is the atmosphere that ignites and empowers them to aid the saints here on earth – to give breakthrough and help to us.
Our pursuit of God plays a key role in getting us recognized by God. God's love is there for everyone, (John 3:16) in this sense God recognizes everyone, but being used in His Kingdom is a different story. (Luke 9:62) Imagine a radar, picture it in your mind, where you see the blips on that green screen where something is detected in a certain scope or sphere. This is a picture of how we are also recognized and detected on God's all seeing radar. The eyes of the Lord search throughout the earth looking. (2 Chron. 16:9) Why does He have to search? Because not everyone is searching for Him. Not everyone is seeking His interests, but their own. God is looking for a true hunger and thirst for righteousness in our hearts.
Luke 24:49 "And look, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high." God has called us to be a people who carry the substance of His Presence and have a live connection to the power of His Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they receive "power" from on high. Jesus knew the essentiality of that power to our lives and for the gospel to be fully demonstrated. If the disciples would have gone out without following the words Jesus had spoken to them, not waiting to be clothed with the power of the Spirit in Jerusalem, it would have been a flop – no Holy Spirit, no power.
Psalm 63:5 "My soul will be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth will praise You with joyful lips." We live in a society that is geared to look for satisfaction in so many things – whether it is in what they have, where they live, a title, power or who they are associated with. But there is only one place we can find contentment and our true identity. That place and person is God Himself. When you truly find satisfaction in the Presence of God nothing else really matters. One of the Ten Commandments is "thou shalt not covet." What is covetousness? It is the yearning to possess something and never being satisfied with what you have. It is a continual cycle of dissatisfaction.
Psalm 46:4 "There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High." Did you know that God has a frequency? We have to tune in to His frequency to hear what He is saying. One of the best ways to do this is to recognize that not everything is on His frequency. The world has it's own station. On that station you can find all that represents sin and the works of the flesh. But on God's frequency you discover all that is part of His domain – the glory of heaven. To tune into God's channel you have to get off other channels. Just about everything has a source of inspiration. That billboard you passed on the road the other day had inspiration behind it. Most everything has a voice and speaks to us – or at least tries to.
Agreement in prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we can use – such an amazing promise that Jesus gave us. He told us that when we come together "in agreement" that He would be there in the midst of us. We should always want Jesus to be with us in this way. When we come together in agreement God honors the prayer and brings forth the promise. Matthew 18:19-20 "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
Genesis 1:1"In the beginning God created…" This year of 2018 is going to be a year of Genesis, of new creation, even new beginnings signified by the number 8. 2017 was a year of completion and bringing things to a close – even things that needed resolution for many years. 2018 will also be a year of fulfillment of promises and expansion with an emphasis on Kingdom Advancement. Be encouraged as this year approaches – God wants to put you right where you belong so that you can have an impact in your God appointed place.
Ephesians 4:23-24 "...and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness." Renewal is such a powerful experience - something we are to experience daily as we spend time in His Presence. Renewal takes place as we are engaged in our devotion to the Lord, by communing with His Holy Spirit. It is the relationship that brings renewal - and the Word of God is used in that process. The religious leaders in Jesus day did not recognize Him as they should have, because they were "experts" in the scriptures, rather than excelling in relationship with God, they failed to see Jesus for Who He was.
In the past month before the Jewish new year up to Yom Kippur there were some intense battles going on in the spirit realm. Many felt personal turmoil, then just a general spiritual resistance to their lives. Since then there has been a crossing over into a new place of blessing, rest and peace. There was a definite bending of the bow and release of God's arrow that had taken out much resistance. Many felt like they were the bow being bent! God shot His arrow through them. The week after Yom Kippur I heard the Lord say that "We've passed through the fire and have come out pure as gold."