Consider the heartbreaking story of Samson who traded the secret of his anointed strength for sin. How foolish he was to throw away his supernatural power in his lust for a traitorous, immoral woman. Yet he did, and he suffered greatly for it. When he revealed to her the secret of his incredible physical strength—his hair that had never been cut since birth—she shaved it off, leaving him powerless against his captors. At that time, mortal enemies would punish captives by brutally gouging out their eyes, thus rendering them harmless.
I felt something in my soul prompt me. Not a voice, not an audible instruction, just a gentle nudging. "Tell her how you feel." I had briefly seen my mom earlier in the day and realized something I appreciated about her but never acknowledged. I pulled out my phone and typed a quick message. I didn't think much about it at the time. Immediately, I got a response, "I cannot believe the timing." She then went on to explain the incredible coincidence of what I said and what she had been thinking about. I sat with misty eyes at the beauty of the magic of intertwined lives.
I had a burden of prayer the other day for a dear friend, and it since has turned into a burden for several more because of life events - people who have lost a dear loved one, which can include even more people as the circle widens. Especially when it comes to friends, I always ask what the Lord might be saying. They feel such a loss, and I have experienced that too with both friends and family. Anyway, as I was interceding, the Lord said abruptly - and He will speak in strong ways at times - "You don't get it, do you?" I was surprised by the way He said it. "I gave those people a person to love them. I did that! " (I knew He was including me too.). His tone was not rebuking as much as it was a strong type of correction.
In Ephesians 1:17–19, Paul prays that believers may be enlightened in our understanding in order to have the riches of glory and his power manifest in our lives. This means that every believer must be led by the Spirit of wisdom and revelation (a.k.a. the Holy Spirit) to understand the Father's heart. As our relationship with God deepens through experiencing his activity in our lives from day to day, our knowledge and revelation of him and his perspective on the world also grows. When our eyes are opened to the ways God sees things, we can begin to see our destiny and the world around us from his perspective and point of view. Spiritual understanding or enlightenment is different than natural wisdom.
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.John 19:30 I see a new generation of God's people emerging as the grace revolution sweeps the globe. The truth is that only grace, found in the person of Jesus Christ, can lead us into the Promised Land. Moses, who represents the law, is dead (see Josh. 1:2). And only Joshua (Yehowshua in Hebrew), a type of Christ, can bring us into the Promised Land. We can't enter it based on the obsolete Mosaic covenant. We can't inherit it based on our efforts to be justified through keeping perfectly the Ten Commandments.
Many of God's people know what it means when a health professional tells us to "know our bodies" or to "watch what your body is trying to tell us." The concept is simple: We should be so aware or conscious of our physical bodies that we can recognize even the slightest change when it occurs. Responding to the warning signs the physical reveals often prevents calamity. It takes listening and practice to perfect this. But if we learn to do it, it can save our lives as we properly respond to what we hear our physical body is speaking. If we can understand this concept in terms of physical health, how much more important is it for our spiritual health?
We have been under a time of heavy storms and warfare sent from the enemy of our souls. As I have been saying, this is to distract us from what God is preparing and bringing to the Earth right now. It is time to believe and not doubt! In the midst of some of the heaviest trials over the past month, I have also been having some of the most amazing encounters with the Lord. I have had to fight the urge to not fully value these encounters because they came with such a high price tag of attack. This sounds logical, but remember when Peter walked on the water with Jesus? He was also in a time of intense storms, yet in the midst of his amazing supernatural encounter he doubted and began to sink (Matthew 14:22–33 NIV).
"Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth."John 17:17 God gave me this verse (John 17:17) at the close of the 17th day of November. Biblically, the 17ths fall at significant GAME CHANGING points for the people of the Lord. Noah's ark came to rest on the 17th day of the seventh month (Gen 8:4) after the Lord had washed away everything and made it new. Esther, after fasting 3 days, sets up a banquet for the 17th of Nisan for God to use her to expose the plans on the enemy Haman and bring a new joy, freedom, and protection for God's people. The 17th of Nisan is also even interpreted as some to be the resurrection date of Jesus.
Do you feel unsafe? Are you afraid? Have you received a disheartening medical report? God forewarns us that in this world we will have tribulation, meaning difficult times. Then He tells us to rejoice, not because of the difficult situations we are passing through, but that in Him we have the victory. One step to walk in this victory is to declare God's Word over the situation. Try this, it will help you to strengthen your faith for God's protection.
From the time I first came to the Lord as someone right out of high school, one of the things I came to recognize when I got together with other believers was this manifested Presence of God that would come. When we come together in unity with the goal of fellowship in the Presence of God through worship and prayer, the oil of His manifested Presence is poured out upon us. Because of the blessing of having a home group on Friday night, then church on Sunday mornings I came to experience Him on a regular basis.