When in battle, the call for retreat is to leave the battle and run for a place of safety. Despite the wounds and appearance of loss, when the Lord has promised victory, we are to charge in further; not retreat!
If we are called to battle and the Lord has declared victory, why would we we retreat? Why would we look at the chaos in the midst of battle and assume our loss but not our victory? Are we so fearful of being wounded, are we so worried about looking a fool, are we so concerned about others’ judgment about how we battle that we would willingly walk away from the promised victory simply to avoid being hurt or rejected? If this is the case, why asked the Lord to help you through the battles in the first place? If all you’re going to do is leave and avoid them, maybe stop asking God to advance and promote you to that deeper level of your purpose. We are called to co-labor with God; not sit back and hope for him to do it all! We are called to establish and call forth His Kingdom and His Will to be done here on earth as it is in Heaven!
It is time to decide if you’re going to step up or sit down. It’s time to decide if you’re going to stand firm on the word of the Lord or back down because in all honesty, you don’t believe it.
I have shared this before and I will share it again. We are in a moment of time where you’ve got to decide how you’re going to walk, how you’re going to stand, what you will believe and what you do not believe. It is a choice and in this time, every choice is absolutely imperative. You are on one side or the other: the side of faith or the side of disbelief. You choose to stand on the word of God or you choose to sit down and ignore them all. This is not the time to be lukewarm.
I encourage you to invite and allow the Lord to turn up the heat in and around your life. Yes, it may be uncomfortable and yes, you may have to face some things that you don’t want to face; but the battle is the Lord’s! The victory is the Lord‘s and you will make it through!! Do not retreat any longer!! We need you in this battle; we need you in this fight! Stop retreating and start charging forward, you mighty, mighty warrior!!!
So many times we read the story about the miracles Israel experienced within and outside of their Egyptian captivity (Exodus). I believe, sometimes, we take this and superimpose it over our own stories or situations and expect the same outcome; we want the wealth of Egypt BEFORE our desert time.
But, what if the Lord wants to get “the Egypt” out of you BEFORE weighing you down with the provision for the promise? What if God needs to teach you how to walk following His cloud by day and fire by night? What if He needs to show you how to eat daily and not store up for tomorrow? What if He wants to show you how He plans to give you a miraculous path to safety? What if He is showing you how to not build idols in the midst of your waiting and/or frustration? If we can’t embrace, learn and walk in our desert; we will never properly steward the wealth of the Promise.
We also need to stop boxing God into the ways we believe and give Him free reign; we need to simply believe He will handle all things in His perfection. He promised it, it will be.
I have sensed a lot of trepidation over the unknowns. We know the Lord is moving in ways we’ve never seen; and although that brings excitement, there has also been fear.
We all battle it, so don’t feel beat up. The unknown can be scary. We don’t know what lies ahead, but if we give permission to our faith and trust in the goodness of our Heavenly Father to take the lead; fear won’t be an issue. We can obediently and excitedly take that leap with the confidence that what He has for us; it is in His very capable hands. We have all seen His goodness on our mountain tops and we have seen it in our mud pits. He walks with us through it all, so stop fighting the step forward out of this field. Lay everything down that is supposed to be laid down and run to what He has for you! Your wisdom from the past season will help you but everything else you may try to hold onto will slow, stop or imprison you. Just trust. Let go. Take the leap!
“So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.” 1 Kings 19:19-21 (NIV)
Just thinkin’ out loud...
We all like to talk about Saul’s conversion to Paul. Because it was so out-of-the-blue crazy and amazing; but we tend to skip over key verses. In Acts 9:15, the Lord declares to Ananias who he has called Saul to be. Then in verse 16, we breeze over the sentence of the Lord saying, “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
So many people want the amazing and miraculous ministry that Paul functioned in, yet they don’t want to walk through the suffering that Paul walked through. Paul rejoiced in every single bit of his persecution, blindness and imprisonment. This is where the verse Philippians 1:21 is birthed! You know, the one we flippantly quote yet don’t want to walk in the fullness of? This verse (and the ones surrounding it) is Paul’s realization that nothing in this earth’s tangibility has more value than to live as Christ lived...sacrificially.
In our current society, our wimpy, wishy-washy “Christian” life; we have been functioning like a dimmer switch deciding how brightly we want to shine or lowering it down because we don’t want to offend. We look for the loopholes and the gray areas that we can comfortably walk in, rest in and live in. But we need to be living like a regular switch; pick one!! You are off or you are on! This life is black and white, vastly contrasting, no mixture; no luke-warmness! There cannot be mixture if you want to live and function in the miraculous, in the calling the Lord has set upon you! We are called to be set apart; going out into the world, not to become it. We have to live like Paul wrote, “to Live is Christ, to die is gain.”
Paul did not become Paul until after the death of Saul. He had to die to his flesh, he had to die to the life that he once knew n order to live the life that he was called into. That old life of his put fear into other people, but his new life brought hope. What life are you living? Is it a fleshly one or a Holy Spirit filled one?
“But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.” Acts 9:15-16, 21-22 (NIV)
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Philippians 1:21 (NIV)
In today’s rip-n-tip, microwave, I-want-it-yesterday world, people have forgotten the truth that there is ALWAYS a Process BEFORE the Promise.
The Israelites had 400+ years of slavery then 40 years of desert wandering before reaching their Promised Land.
Joseph was given dreams but then went through betrayal, slavery and imprisonment before those dreams became realized.
The list can go on and on.
You will be given dreams. You will be given promises. But if you want to see the day those become a part of your reality; you have to embrace your process. It will look different for you than others. It will require you to sacrifice your flesh and part of that flesh is removing your ideas of the timing and ways you think those promises will be made manifest. Let go and let God be who He is and you will avoid a lot of those battles with doubt and frustration that you’ve been locked up in. Surrender.
“Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.”” Jer. 1:9-10 NKJV
February 9, 2021
Church, Are you building Kingdom or your own “livelyhood”? The shaking has not ceased, the purifying fires are being turned up hotter than ever! Are you ready to declare “but if not” to leave everything you know behind you to step forward into the unknown?
“So the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered together for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.”
Daniel 3:3, 5-6, 16-19 (NKJV)
January 7, 2021
This is a perfect reminder today that we cannot be and are not tossed about by the winds and the waves of this world; but we are strategically positioned to speak to them.
It is important to weigh our words and speak out of obedience; not out of emotion.
If you’re feeling weighed down and overwhelmed, take your seat in that Heavenly place to rest and gain perspective. You will not get that scrolling on socials or anywhere else.
So, today, I speak a clear perspective over us all, peace to the storms and peace over the nations. The Lord’s Will WILL be done...trust His word.
I heard someone sharing some historical details the other day that left me in awe and I really wanted to share it with you.
In our Bibles, we read of the night Jesus was born. These scriptures are read year after year and yet, this year, after hearing this new bit of knowledge; I'm undone.
"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:4-12 (NIV)
Back in that day, in the Jewish culture, the manger was made of stone and chiseled in it was the well where they would put the hay for the feeding trough. However, when the lambs were born, the most pristine, unblemished lamb would be taken, wrapped and placed in that manger to keep it safe from predators. This protected, pristine, unblemished lamb was to be for the annual sacrifice; the atonement for the household's sins.
So, when the Angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds and told them their long-awaited Messiah was born, wrapped and lying in a manger; they knew exactly what that meant.
The Messiah born was the pristine, unblemished lamb that would be the atonement for the sins of the world. The King of Kings, not wearing a crown but born in a barn and laid in a feeding trough; protected from those that would hunt Him down.
Not one detail of the Scriptures we read is without God's multi-faceted purpose woven and breathed into them. The only thing missing from these living words is our revelation of them.
What a gift!
I pray as we close out this year and move into the next one; we walk humbly, we speak boldly, we remain surrendered to God's Voice and open to all the revelation, wisdom and discernment needed to take each step forward.
May our Lord continue to bless you, keep you, HIs Beautiful Face shine brightly upon you and wrap you in His Peace.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Gethsemane - where Jesus travailed and blood dripped from His brow. The cup He asked to be passed from Him was not a cup filled with His list of prayers, dreams, desires or even filled with His desire for more of God’s presence. It was filled with the drink called Salvation; tasting all of humanity’s filth, wickedness, sins, shame and sicknesses. What a weighty drink. Jesus could have, for the first time, caved into His flesh and refused to fulfill this purpose to which He was called. But, He didn’t because His love for all of us far outweighed His personal desires.
Until we can travail for what is in others’ cups more than we do for what is in our own, we will continue to be off target.
Jesus told us to pick up our crosses to follow Him, but the cross He carried was ours; so maybe, the cross we carry isn’t ours but someone else’s.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
Matthew 16:24-25 (NIV)
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.” Psalms 51:12-13 (NIV)
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