DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 339

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon him while He is near.” – Isaiah 55:6

God is calling us to seek Him out. There is something He wants to reveal to us. There is something we don’t know, about His PURPOSE for our lives (our DESTINY), and have yet to discover, and it is His desire to reveal it.

We must be a burning and shining people who know where we are headed, fixing our eyes on our destiny, if we are going to awaken broken and disillusioned hearts!

The enemy has lied to you and tried to convince you that you are not useful in the Kingdom of God. It is impossible for you to be unfruitful because you have been abiding in Him. You are going to step out into new levels of boldness. As you touch the lives of others, they will be changed by God working through you.

AFFIRMATIONS:

As I study the scriptures I submit my spirit to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

There is nothing more important in life than giving myself to my DESTINY – the PURPOSE of God for my life.

 

 

“When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”’ – Luke 24:30-32
The word of God administered by Jesus began to cause the disciples’ hearts to burn. Jesus continued to talk to them on the road while they moved forward.

Just like the disciples, no matter how depressed and down you are, if you continue to move forward, God will always speak to you and give you a proper perspective.

Just like the disciples, He can bring you out of your depression, disillusionment, and despair, by OPENING UP YOUR SPIRITUAL EYES to see things as He sees them.
PRAYER:
Heavenly Father, I pray that You open up the eyes of my understanding that I may see You clearly. I pray that You remove the veils off of my eyes and ears that I may see as You see and hear as You hear. I pray that I may know the hope of my calling in You and that I will be fortified in my inner-man so that I may see as You see. Help me to see You so that I may know as You are known.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

 
He is Christ in you, the hope of Glory. The One who walks beside you, holding you by your hand, is the same One who lives within you. This is a deep, unfathomable mystery. You are intertwined in an intimacy involving every fiber of your being. The Light of His Presence shines within you, as well as upon you. He is in you, and you are in Him; therefore, nothing in heaven or on earth can separate you from Hime!

As you sit quietly in His Presence, your awareness of His Life within you is heightened. This produces the Joy of the Lord, which is your strength. He, the God of hope, fills you with all Joy and Peace as you trust in Him, so that you may bubble over with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“To them, God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” – Colossians 1:27
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.” – Isaiah 42:6
“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.” – Romans 15:13 AMP

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMAIONS – 338

Those who were close to Lazarus had tightly wrapped and bound him. Jesus commanded them, “Unbind him, and let him go!” Lazarus had to be untangled before he was free to see, walk with, and touch Jesus again. Get free from everything that hinders your ability to hear, see, touch or walk with God. It’s time to come forth in resurrection power!
When we do remember and call Him, and He comes and acts, He does all the work, for free! Our part is only to call — the Great Physician makes house calls and charges nothing. And yet we continually fail to call Him. Is this reasonable?
You are a part of a people God has produced to penetrate the veil of the ordinary. You are a golden, holy storehouse of God’s potential. You have the life in you to liberate literally the entire world.
“..forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14
AFFIRMATION:

On-going revelation and encounters with the power of God launch me into understanding of things I’ve never understood before.

 

 

James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
When you encounter trials, tribulations, accusations, and setbacks, don’t be frustrated! When you encounter warfare and hard times, rejoice! Don’t ever let the enemy steal your joy.
God is using those things to pull those waves of destiny in your life back. When God gets ready to release all those things to you, that tidal wave of God’s DESTINY and PURPOSE for your life will come crashing over you.
Years of prophetic words, dreams, and promises from Heaven have been stacking up to become this incredible tidal wave. Everything you need to fulfill that dream that God has placed inside of you for His Kingdom is about to come to you in this tidal wave! There is provision, resources, purpose, healing, and Kingdom alignments coming in with this tidal wave.
Get ready! God is about to release His promises and blessings like a powerful tidal wave that will overtake you!

 

 
Bask in the luxury of being fully understood and unconditionally loved. Dare to see yourself as He sees you: radiant in His righteousness, cleansed by His blood. It is His Life within you that is changing you from glory to glory. Rejoice in this mysterious miracle! Thank Him continually for the amazing gift of His Spirit within you.
Try to depend on the help of the Spirit as you go through this day of life. Pause briefly from time to time so you can consult with this Holy One inside you. Walk along this wondrous way of collaboration with His Spirit.
“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” – Psalm 34:5
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 nkjv
“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” – Galatians 5:25 NLT

 
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LOOKING AT OUR WORKS

We as kings and priests in God’s kingdom are the anointed ones, the sons and daughters of fresh oil, endued with gifts of power, strength, and grace to enable us to accomplish the WORK we’re called to (our destiny).

 
“You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.” – James 2:24

 
Jesus is not looking at our intentions, wishes, or knowledge of what is right. He is looking at our works! Are we allowing the grace of God to produce holy living and ministering to others in our lives, or have we received the grace of God in vain?

 
“I know your works……” – Revelation 3:15

 
“So then, because you’re are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” – Revelation 3:16

 
Lukewarm people become like whoever they are around. Around true followers of Jesus, they can blend in with them. They know the Scriptures, sing the songs, and say the right statements. Around followers of the world they think and conduct their lives in a worldly manner, that is, selfishly. They obey God when obedience is pleasant or in their best interests. But they are really motivated by their own desires.

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 337

He loved us enough to leave His Father in Heaven, and He expects no less from us – asking us to abandon all other loves for Him. As His followers, we are to treat everything else as lesser in comparison to Him, the greater.

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:26

 

 

It’s time to break out. It’s time to step on up and come out of the “house” into the streets. It’s time to take authority over your circumstances. No more self-abasement, nor more thinking, “I can’t do this.” You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Elijah’s mission was to awaken the Israelites to their apostasy, backsliding, lukewarmness, and to call them back to loyalty to God. Are you a Reformer? Believe God for the impossible and you too like Elijah will transform lives.

“And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the Kingdom of Heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force (as a precious prize — a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion).” AMP – Matthew 11:12

AFFIRMATION:

I do not stop until I experience the presence of God. I stretch my faith in the direction of the destiny God has for me.

 

 

Approach problems with a light touch. When your mind moves toward a problem area, you tend to focus on that situation so intensely that you lose sight of who you are in Christ. You pit yourself against the difficulty as if you had to conquer it immediately. Your mind gears up for battle, and your body becomes tense and anxious. Unless you achieve total victory, you feel defeated.

There is a better way. When a problem starts to overshadow your thoughts, bring this matter to Him. Talk with Him about it and look at it in the Light of His Presence. This puts some much-needed space between you and your concern, enabling you to see from His perspective. You will be surprised at the results. Sometimes you may even laugh at yourself for being so serious about something so insignificant.

You will always have Him with you, helping you to handle whatever adversity you encounter. Approach problems with a light touch by viewing them in His revealing Light.

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.” – Psalm 89:15

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 336

“When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked ‘Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.’

‘Now what have I done?’ said David. ‘Can’t I even speak?’ He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter…”‘ – 1 Samuel 17:28-30

If David had listened to his brother Eliab, he would not have killed the giant, and he may never have become king. While anticipating the birth of our DESTINY, we must endeavor to turn away from the opinions of man and heed the voice of God. God promised David the crown of Israel, but he was virtually unknown until he fought and killed Goliath. It was through this step of faith that God made his name known. God gave him a platform by which he would eventually be made king and fulfill his destiny. Every step of faith and every act of obedience to God will get us one step closer to our DESTINY in Him. If David had not stepped out in faith here, he might not have sat on the throne of Israel.

What is the Goliath in your life today? What is God asking you to do? No matter what it is, be ready for the voice of the accuser to say you cannot do it. He wants to stop your DESTINY.Don’t let him do it! When the enemy tries to discourage you, be encouraged by it. He would not waste his time trying to discourage you unless he actually thought you would fulfill yourDESTINY in God.

PRAYER:

Dear Father, help me to hear Your voice and not the voice of the accuser. Change my vision. Help me see myself the way You do. Allow me to see others in light of Your grace, and help me see Your PURPOSE for my life and my DESTINY in Christ Jesus. Amen

 

 

“Let there be light; and there was light.” – Genesis 1:3
What God wants in the earth today may not be in sight. But when His Word goes forth, it becomes a reality. He is looking for vessels through whom His Word will be spoken so that He can do what He has not yet done.
STIR YOURSELF UP

We often lose by being silent. We don’t lift our voice and speak the Word enough.
We have to stir ourselves up and declare that God’s Word is true even when we don’t feel like it.
We have to say “by He stripes I’m healed” when we don’t feel good.
We have to say “my God shall supply all my needs” when we don’t have enough money.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR PURPOSE IN CHRIST

The Holy Spirit is always working in our lives. He’s moving, giving assignments, enabling, empowering, instructing, correcting, and undergirding. He won’t stop until He’s finished — until His plan is complete.
Has it ever seemed as if God is silent for awhile? You wondered if you’d done something wrong. Where is God in the silence? You have to understand that He is not inactive when you don’t hear from Him. He’s always working in your life. He’s lining things up and getting them ready so the moment you speak a word in faith – FRUITION – it comes to pass.

 

 
As you look at the day before you, you see a twisted, complicated path, with branches going off in all directions. You wonder how you can possibly find your way through that maze. Then you remember the One who is with you always, holding you by your right hand. You recall His promise to guide you with His counsel, and you begin to relax. As you look again at the path ahead, you notice that a peaceful fog has settled over it, obscuring your view. You can see only a few steps in front of you, so you turn your attention more fully to Him and begin to enjoy His Presence.
The fog is a protection for you, calling you back into the present moment. Although He inhabits all of space and time, you can communicate with Him only here and now. Someday the fog will no longer be necessary, for you will have learned to keep your focus on Him and on the path just ahead of you.
“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” – Psalm 73:23–24
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” – 1 Corinthians 13:12

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 335

God promises to give us a firm foundation in shaky times, and He also promises to make our feet like those of a mountain deer, able to not only stand on this firm foundation but scale the highest heights of the Spirit – above the chaos of this world. Christ warns us that if we build our lives on shifting sands instead of the solid rock of God’s Word, we can expect devastation (see Matthew 7:24-29).
The Spirit of God has set before us guidelines for releasing Divine Wisdom to us in order to help us navigate safely during these dark, dangerous days. What is the pathway to true Divine Wisdom? It’s not a process or a pattern or a methodology – but a Person, Christ Jesus (see John 8:12).

The light and wisdom we seek are not to be found in human programs or our own psyche and good intentions, but rather in the person of Christ Jesus. Consider Psalm 36:9 – “For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light” (AMP).

 

 

The first step out of darkness and despair is simply asking for God’s grace and guidance. Sincerely seek His direction and His will above your own. We must desire to walk in God’s light (see 1 John 1:5).

Asking is key; we have not because we ask not. If we ask, we shall receive. As we seek, we shall find; it is as sure as the sun rising in the morning (see Luke 11:9). God is faithful to His Word. He is generous beyond what anyone can imagine, and our generous, loving, and kind-hearted Father longs to release superb wisdom to each of His children.

You are not the exception! Believe what the Scripture says in James 1:5 – “If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ASK of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him” (AMP).

Walk in God’s light, and become a radiant reflection of God’s glory during these days.
INTO ACTION:
Meditate on Psalm 18:28-31:

“For You cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine; the Lord my God illumines my darkness. For by You I can run through a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect! The word of the Lord is tested and tried; He is a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in Him. For who is God except the Lord? Or who is the Rock save our God” (AMP).

Affirmations:

I CLAIM AND ASSERT NOW MY AUTHORITY OVER POVERTY, PAIN, SUFFERING, AND TROUBLE AS A SON OF THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE.

I WAS CREATED FOR GLORY.

BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH, I WAS MADE AND PREDESTINED FOR GREATNESS BECAUSE HE ALREADY KNEW I WOULD CHOOSE HIM.

I AM COMMISSIONED TO BE LIKE HIM — AND HE IS GLORIOUS.

 

 
When you are around other people, you may tend to cater to their expectations—real or imagined. You feel enslaved to pleasing them, and your awareness of His Presence grows dim. Your efforts to win their approval eventually exhaust you. You may offer these people dry crumbs rather than the living water of His Spirit flowing through you. This is not His way! Stay in touch with Him, even during your busiest moments. Let His Spirit give you words of grace as you live in the Light of His Peace.

 
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” – John 7:38
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:18–20

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 334

There must be an experiential quality to our walk with the Lord. Not only do we experience Him in a tangible way but we also exude the SPIRITUAL LIGHT that has been deposited within us to reach out and take a spiritual interest in the lives of others.
“You are the light of the world…Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house…Let your light shine before men…” – John 5:14-16

 

 

Some believers struggle with pity and overvalue emotion. Scripture reveals that faith, more than tears, moves the heart of God. The Lord wants to develop an intimate, mature relationship with these emotionally-driven believers, but unless they die to self-pity and selfishness, their self-absorbed tears will blind them to the ministry of the Spirit and the needs of others.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God.” – Hebrews 11:6
God designed you to be a powerful part of His plan, but so much depends upon your willingness to allow Him to unleash the dreams inside you.
AFFIRMATION:

change the way I talk — I see the way God meant it to be, and start calling forth my miracle.

 

 

Leave outcomes up to God. Follow the Holy Spirit wherever He leads, without worrying about how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure, with Him as your Guide and Companion.

Live in the now, concentrating on staying in step with Him. When our path leads to a cliff, be willing to climb it with His help.When we come to a resting place, take time to be refreshed in His Presence. Enjoy the rhythm of life lived close to Him.

You already know the ultimate destination of your journey: your entrance into heaven. So keep your focus on the path just before you (your calling in Christ), leaving outcomes up to Him.

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:13–14

“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” – Exodus 15:13

 
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