Have you experienced a case of spiritual identity theft? Here are a few clues: You find yourself thinking often about your past mistakes. You feel like a victim instead of a victor. You struggle with forgiving others who have hurt you. Did you answer "yes" to any of the above statements? If so, don't beat yourself up about it. Cases of spiritual identity theft have happened to some of the best of us, even Bible heroes. The good news is, for every attack of the enemy there is a God remedy! I'll share a few examples with you.
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1-2 KJV Never before has there existed such a hunger, such a zeal for spiritual truth as we now see emerging within humanity. Deep within humanity there has always existed an innate, burning hunger to experience a greater, fuller measure of the Spirit as the "deep" has continuously called unto the "deep." For millennia, much has been said and taught concerning the subject of spiritual awakening and from the very beginning mankind has sought to define awakening and to better understand the spiritual mechanics at work throughout the process of it.
Psalm 132:9 "Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy." Do you know the power of praise to God? Praising God changes our lives. Praise is one of the simplest things we can ever do in our walk with God. It is also one of the most powerful weapons that God has put at our disposal! Because of the way God has made us praise is perfect to bring needed adjustment to our thinking and to foster a yielded heart to His Presence. God inhabits the praises of His people. That means that when you praise God with your whole heart He actually fills that praise with the substance of Who He is.
Today, I want you to know you are great! And I do not mean that lightly or as a cliche. You really are truly great. I know that because you are here. You are on this planet we call earth because of your greatness. You have been created for success. This is true because you are alive. Nothing comes into creation without having its own programming for success. You were not created to fail. You were created to succeed. The Creator looked through the corridors of time and perceived a need for you.
Out of 39 years in this fleshly tent on planet Earth, 18 of those years have been spent pursuing the Lord and knowing Him more. Jesus Christ found me at 21 years old because I was lost, and He was not. Over the years, I have suffered my fair share of personal blows and heartache, both before and after being born again. Yes, it can be part of the prophetic, but we are told that we will face trials and tribulations and to understand that Jesus has overcome the world.
I went through a season where I was basically fleeing legalism and oppressive manmade religion. I remember how exhilarating it was to feel those chains fall off as I danced into my newfound truth of what the Bible REALLY said as opposed to what I'd been told by bad doctrine. I was so happy to be free, but I was also really angry. Mostly it was righteous anger, at a system that oppresses God's people and keeps them afraid and addicted to a system of rules instead of intimacy with Holy Spirit. But eventually it went beyond being angry at the system. There came a point when I realized that I deeply resented the people who were holding up that system.
Acts 5:15, 16 "…so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed." It was miracles, signs and wonders. It was the birthing of the New Testament church. It is preaching and teaching the gospel, healing every sickness and disease among the people. A great example of Dunamis is Peter in Acts 5.
I was in worship, and I had a vision of people on top of a mountain, and I heard God say, "I am positioning my people on the mountain tops." I instantly knew in what was being revealed that He desired to release elevation to the body of Christ. He proceeded to reveal that it would not be a gradual climb. I did not witness people climbing the mountain. I saw people automatically positioned on the top of the mountain. The Spirit was revealing that people didn't have to climb the mountain, but that He was getting ready to assign instant elevation. I saw people standing on the mountaintops shouting out and exalting the name of Jesus.
Does God always answer our prayers? Jesus said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened"(Matt. 7:7-8).He even promised,"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it" (John 14:14).Jesus also gave a parable that had as its purpose that we should keep on praying and never give up (Luke 18:1-8). The reason we should keep praying and never give up is because God doesn't always answer our prayers immediately. What is more, we get to know God and His ways by spending more time with Him.
Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:31–33 When I talk about not worrying and keeping our eyes on Jesus, some people think that I am not being practical. Beloved, you can worry all you like about your current crisis, but it will not improve or change your situation one bit. Please understand that I am not making light of what you are going through. I am just offering you the best solution I know that works.