DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 196

Isaiah 54:1 – “Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.

YOU MAY BE BARREN NOW. SOME SEASONS THAT WE GO THROUGH ARE SEEMINGLY FILLED WITH DESOLATION BUT TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT EVERY SEASON HAS A TIME FRAME AND A DIVINE SEED.
GOD IS ALERTING US TO RAISE OUR EXPECTANCY. OUR EXPECTANCY WILL BECOME OUR SPIRITUAL CURRENCY TO ALLOW TRANSACTIONS WITH HEAVEN.

Affirmations:

GOD IS CHANGING MY CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

WITH THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST, MY LIFE IS BREAKING WIDE OPEN!

THERE’S MORE AVAILABLE TO ME IN THE HEAVENLIES THAN WHAT I’VE CURRENTLY APPREHENDED.

 

 
Genesis 2:15 – “Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. “

SOME HAVE MISTAKENLY BELIEVED THAT LABOR WAS A PART OF THE CURSE, BUT MAN LABORED IN THE GARDEN BEFORE THE FALL. LABOR WAS NOT A PART OF THE CURSE; “TOIL” WAS THE CURSE.

TOIL IS DIFFERENT FROM LABOR. TO TOIL IS TO ACCOMPLISH ONLY WITH HARD AND PAINFUL LABOR. TOIL IMPLIES THE OPPOSITION OF THE CREATION INSTEAD OF ITS COOPERATION.

THE LORD INTENDED FOR US TO RECEIVE A DEEP SATISFACTION FROM OUR LABORS.
IT IS ALSO FUNDAMENTAL THAT EVERY PERSON FIND MEANINGFUL LABOR.

 

 

1 Corinthians 6:20 – “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

We must allow each day to truly become a new day. We deliberately position ourselves to make the most of the new day, leaving the failures and disappointments of yesterday behind.
As each new day begins, you take a position spiritually to preserve and protect the sanctity of LIFE IN THE SPIRIT. Choose to make God your first priority in life. Sanctity means holiness or sacredness. We are not our own.
Believers will finally find their CALLING in Christ who have not known what to do or where they fit. God will open their eyes to possibilities both spiritually and naturally. Many will no longer see themselves as misfits, but will begin to see how truly unique and special they are in the context of their divine DESTINY.
Wherever your focus has been on external things, God wants to do an internal work of reordering your priorities to align with the importance of life in the Spirit. Each day presents opportunities to put God first—to GET CONNECTED AND STAY CONNECTED. Then, He will direct every, single step.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 195

Luke 1:28 – “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

Ephesians 1:6 – “To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

The word “freely given” or “accepted” in Ephesians 1:6 (The Greek word – charitoo) is the same word used for “Highly favored” in Luke 1:28.
Mary was the one person on earth who was chosen to “bring forth the Son of God”; and she was called highly favored and beloved of the Lord.
Ephesians 1:6 is talking about every born-again believer being accepted in the beloved.
Just as Mary was used to bring forth the Son of God, so also, we will be used to bring forth the Son of God in all His Glory.

 

 
Like David, we have an innate hunger for justice. We are a passionate and are lead primarily by our hearts. We are purpose-driven visionaries. We are uniquely wired for transformation—the status quo just won’t do. In Scripture, David was driven by his passion and his sense of justice—so much so that He was able to partner with a supernatural strength or divine grace to see the impossible accomplished. When David faced Goliath, he didn’t seem to stop for even a moment to weigh out the different possible outcomes.
“For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” – 1 Samuel 17:26
David was so incredibly driven by his desire for justice to be implemented that there wasn’t room for doubt or fear to have a place in his heart. We are to be a David generation marked by our impetuous passion and our bent towards compassion. Just like David saw so much of the impossible happening in his lifetime, we are due to see an acceleration of the impossible happening in Church ministry.
God is in our faces every day making old things beautiful again. Now is the time for us to run with hopefulness in our hearts and EXPECTATION of good things ahead. The grace He is pouring out for this new season is available to us as we access His favor in advancing His purpose for our life.
Just as David came under the divine covering for every impossible circumstance he faced, we can also come under the same grace and see the impossible turned around in our favor.
Expect victory and you will see giants fall at your feet.

 

 

Psalm 50:11,14,23 – “Gather My godly ones to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine. Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High; he who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.”

The terms of covenant are simple: we pledge to thank Him and adore Him in everything; He pledges to shine forth from our lives in the perfection of beauty.
It is a sacrifice of thanksgiving, for it will cost us to praise Him when we hurt. But to do so is part of our healing and the beginning of our salvation.
This covenant of thanksgiving is the key which shuts and bolts the door to demonic oppression in a person’s life.

Affirmations:

MY LIFE HAS NO OTHER PURPOSE THAN TO FOLLOW HIM AND MAKE HIM KNOWN.

I HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED BY GOD TO REPRESENT JESUS IN THE WORLD.

I REPRESENT CHRIST IN ANY GIVEN SITUATION.

NOTHING EVER GETS BIGGER IN MY CONSCIOUSNESS THAN MY AWARENESS OF GOD’S PRESENCE UPON ME.

 
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MOVING INTO THE EMPOWERED LIFE

The Kingdom of God is not a matter of mere words but of an empowered life, and God is calling forth a company of overcomers. These overcomers will go into the world and testify to the goodness of God, attracting non-believers to Christ like moths to a flame.

IT IS TIME TO ARISE AND SHINE

We are the temple of the living God and the Holy Spirit dwells within us. God is calling us to rise from circumstances that have kept us, and be radiant with the glory of the Lord.
“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance.” Isaiah 60:1-3 NLT
Our need for the Lord to move is increasing, and this is creating an insatiable desire to press into Him and seek His face. As we give ourselves over to God through intimate praise, worship, and prayer, His face turns toward us. When God’s face turns toward us and the glory of God hits our temple, restoration occurs layer by layer until we are fully restored.

TRANSFORMATION OCCURS IN HIS HIDING PLACE

No amount of sound doctrine or good teaching is able to radically transform and restore in a single moment like an encounter with the living God. We are entering a season of sudden transformation as hunger for the Lord is magnified. We will be enveloped in His glory and hidden in His power so that supernatural transformation can take place.
“His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, and there is the hiding of His power.” Habakkuk 3:4 NASB
It is in the face-to-face secret place that the Lord touches us with His hand and empowers us to go far above and beyond what we can do in our own strength. When God transforms us with His power, it is out of the overflow that we are able to go out and transform the world around us.
God is restoring us so that we can carry this transformational power into our families, communities, and workplaces.

GOD CANT RESIST US!

As we look to the Lord and worship Him, His heart is ravished by us.
“You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace.” Song of Songs 4:9 NLT
Our vulnerability is safe in the hands of our King, and like a passionate lover, He is captivated as we set our gaze above. It is the unfailing goodness of God that we experience even when we fall short that draws us into a more passionate love affair with Him. We pour our passions at His feet and allow His glory to flood every area of our lives.

NOT JUST RESTORATION BUT MULTIPLICATION

“This is what the Lord says: ‘When I bring Israel home again from captivity and restore their fortunes, Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins, and the palace reconstructed as before. There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply My people, not diminish them; I will honor them, not despise them.'” Jeremiah 30:18,19 NLT
When we know by faith that we are pursuing our CALLING in Christ and walking in the will of God, we can be at peace and rest assured that Heaven will deliver results. Pursuing our CALLING is true obedience to God. As soon as we see the harvest is coming in, our joy and thanksgiving to the Lord will intensify.

THE TESTIMONY OF THE OVERCOMER

We are the Lord’s physical Body on this earth. By restoring the temple, God fills His Body with the fullness of what Jesus walked in, giving us power, prosperity, dignity, and pre-eminence, to bring reconciliation to earth. This is the plan of God. The beauty of a life restored is that the world can look at us and trust us. In the world’s eyes we have credibility and a proven track record of being an overcomer.
In this next season, God is calling forth a company of overcomers that can testify to the transformational power which comes not from following rules and regulations but from encountering the living God!

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 193

Luke 8:14 – “The seed among the thorns represents those who listen and believe God’s words but whose faith afterwards is choked out by worry and riches and the responsibilities and pleasures of life. And so they are never able to help anyone else to believe the Good News.”

Your enemy wants to subdue your awareness and release a slumbering spirit. In this state, he can sell you on giving in to a comfortable life thereby causing a corpse-like complacency. You will always avoid the challenges of “breaking out of the box” into the maximum life that Jesus died to get you into.
The phrase “out of the box” means that someone or something has broken out from its barriers. It also means that someone has outgrown their history and has gone beyond their limitations.

 

 
Luke 2:48,49 – “Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them. ‘How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?'”

THE PHARISEES HAD NO UNDERSTANDING OF THE FATHER’S HEART. MUCH OF CHRISTIAN ACTIVITY EXISTS THAT HAS NO RELATIONSHIP TO THAT SUPREME VALUE.
THE GOSPEL IS THE STORY OF THE FATHER WOOING THE HEARTS OF MANKIND THROUGH HIS LOVE.
WE CAN TRAVEL THE GLOBE AND PREACH THE GOSPEL, BUT WITHOUT A PERSONAL REVELATION OF THE FATHER’S HEART WE’RE CARRYING AROUND SECONDHAND NEWS – A STORY WITHOUT A RELATIONSHIP.
THE FATHERS BUSINESS FLOWS FROM HIS HEART.
THE CHURCH IS TO BE A MANIFESTATION OF THE FATHER’S HEART TO THE WORLD. WE ARE TO BE CARRIERS OF HIS PRESENCE – DOERS OF HIS WILL. GIVING WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED RELEASES HIM INTO SITUATIONS PREVIOUSLY HELD IN THE GRIP OF DARKNESS.

 

 

Galatians 6:7,8 – “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Observation:

He has revealed the endless crop of boredom I will harvest when I base my life on pleasure-seeking instead of sowing acts of goodness and love for a harvest of eternal life.

Luke 21:31 – “But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Affirmations:

I ASK THE LORD TO PROPEL ME INTO THE NEXT LEVEL OF MY GROWTH AND DESTINY.

I AM DETERMINED THAT I WILL COOPERATE WITH HIM.

Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 193

“…He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature…” – 2 Peter1:4

Promises from God are met with contradiction in the natural realm. God is announcing a reality to you that will most likely appear very distant and disconnected from your present situation. God’s promises are prophetic glimpses of the realities He wants to release into and through your life.

Promises Call You to PULL TOMORROW INTO TODAY. Promises will always contradict your present circumstances because God wants you to collaborate with Him, through faith, to bring His promised reality into the present, so that His will can be done.
The Word of the Lord places a demand on your life. Will you adjust everything—your habits, your thought processes, your relationships, your pursuits—according to the promise you received, or will you continue with “life as normal?” Normal will never be invaded by the supernatural as long as we are content to continue with status quo rather than accommodate the promises of God.

 

 

1 Thessalonians 1:5, “For our Gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.”
The message of Good News, “the Gospel,” is followed by the reality of God’s goodness being demonstrated in people’s lives. For then, the reality of God’s glory is touching people physically; bringing healing, restoration, and health in dramatic ways that cause people to “stand in awe.” — those who don’t know God are struck with a healthy fear of God, conviction of sin and the need to come to a place of salvation.

 

 

Acts 26:24-25 – Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” But he (Paul) said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.”

The words “beside yourself” mean to rave as a maniac, and it’s the idea of incessant craving. Festus accused Paul of being crazy.

Modern culture is not drawn to Christianity because the little they are exposed to is not extreme enough for them. What the world really wants to see is a Christian who is totally enthralled with who Jesus is. Our spiritual learning shouldn’t be just systematic theology books but a distinguishable crazy love that goes public.

AFFIRMATION:

I won’t give up, let up, or shut up until I get others to get up, rise up, and take up all who Christ wants them to be!

2 Corinthians 5:13 – “If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.” NLT

One of the great men of God of the sixteenth century, Francis Xavier, charged the apathetic European students of his day to “give up your small ambitions and come and preach the Gospel of Christ.”

 
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BEHOLD THE LAMB IN HIS GLORY

These are days of DESTINY, filled with wonder and excitement. The awe of God is returning to the people of God, filling the heart of God’s people with great expectation.
Something new and revolutionary is at the door—but the question is not what is at the door, but Who.
A cry for the manifest Presence of God is about to be answered (see Isaiah 64:1).
Every eye shall behold His brilliance and magnificent Glory (see Isaiah 40:3-5) and,
Every veil shall be removed in order to behold the Lamb in His Glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).

Indeed, much will be discovered in these revelatory days concerning the Glory of God and the God of Glory. Now is the time for every child of God to behold the Lord Jesus in His revealed Glory (see John 1:14). The Word of God plainly declares that the entire earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of God.

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” – Habakkuk 2:14

As we prepare the way of the Lord, the entire earth will behold His grandeur—and God’s plans for these end-time days will result in the entire world discovering that His Son, Christ Jesus, is King of kings and Lord of lords ( see 1 Timothy 6:15)!

These are some of the most exciting days in human history. Prepare for the dawning of a new day!

BEHOLD GOD’S WARNINGS

Yes, we are living in unprecedented times. We are observing end-time events unfold before our eyes. Intense anticipation is building within the saints of God. However, we are also clearly beholding the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy concerning the condition and conduct of humanity at the end of the age (see 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

BEHOLD THE HARVESTERS

In the midst of the world’s confusion and chaos, the Kingdom of God is advancing swiftly across the nations. The Spirit of God is anointing ordinary people to do extraordinary exploits for the Glory of God (see Philippians 2:13) and countless multitudes are turning to Christ. Soon, large numbers of people will be brought into the Kingdom.

You were born for this day. Don’t delay: move forward in victory, taking your place in God’s PURPOSE for your life and as an overcomer, embracing fully the DESTINY God has planned for you (see Ephesians 2:10).

Truly, as stated in Esther 4:14, we are in the Kingdom for such a time as this. You can know for certain that the Kingdom is in you for such a day as this. Take your stand be a bold and brave beacon of God’s love and light.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 192

Proverbs 13:12 – “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.”

WITHOUT GOD HOPE IS REDUCED TO THE POWERLESS LEVEL OF FATE.

WHILE LIFE CAN TAKE PEOPLE FROM HOPE TO DISAPPOINTMENT THE GOD OF HOPE LEADS PEOPLE IN THE OTHER DIRECTION.
NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES LOOK LIKE FOR YOU, THE HEART OF GOD IS THAT YOUR DREAMS WILL COME TRUE.

Affirmations:

WHEN DISCOURAGEMENT STARTS TO SET IN I FOCUS ON GOD AND THE INTEGRITY OF WHAT HIS WORD PROMISES BELIEVERS.

I SPEAK WORDS THAT BRING HOPE AND LIFE TO OTHERS.

I LIVE MY LIFE WITH FORWARD EXPECTATION AND SEE ALL MY DREAMS COME TRUE IN HIM.

 

 

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us, therefore, draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.”

The Holy Spirit was sent to convict us of sin, and He will point out our sin.
The remedy is to repent. Repentance is not just turning away from the sin, but it is turning to the Lord. If we only take a half step of turning from the sin, we will fall again.
We must turn to the Lord, fleeing to the power of His cross, beholding His glory and nature. Then we will be changed.
He increases in us as we behold His glory, not our own shortcomings.

 

 
God wants to charge our faith today. He wants us to see it is not obtained by struggling and working and pining. “…the Father himself loveth you…” (John 16:27) “..Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17). “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:18).

May we lay hold of this living faith today — the Blood has never lost its power — as we get nearer and nearer to Jesus wonderful things will take place. The baptism of Jesus must bring us to have a single eye to the glory of God; everything else is wasted time and wasted energy.

The Holy Spirit wants us for the purpose of manifesting Jesus through us.

The Holy Spirit moving upon us will make us to be like Him, and we will truly say, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”

 
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