MOVING IN A NEW DIRECTION

To secure our attention and place us on the pathway God desires, there are strategies that He employs that are very effective. As much as we are not to be ignorant of satan’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11), we must be even more knowledgeable of the ways of the Lord (Ps. 25:4). Knowing God’s ways will result in us experiencing His mighty acts (Psalms 103:7).
Three ways God works to move us in a new direction:
1. DISRUPTION OF OUR PLANS
When stuck at an impasse, it is a natural tendency to return to familiar surroundings. We see this in the lives of the disciples after Jesus’ death. They went back to fishing even though they had clearly been mandated to forsake their vocation and follow Christ (see Luke 5:10-11; John 21:3). Because they were commercial fishermen, there may even have been economic motives behind their actions. Nevertheless, we see clearly that there was no lasting provision and no permanent peace in returning to past environments.
When God leads us out of a place of familiarity and the way forward is blocked, what is the solution?
There are some breakthroughs reserved for us that can only be accessed through prayer. We must seek God until we receive a clear answer from Heaven. Whether it was Paul’s night vision of the man in Macedonia summoning him, or the voice of Jesus speaking to the disciples on the seashore in Galilee, the New Testament Christians received clear direction from the Spirit and were able to regain momentum and experience breakthrough.

2. DISSIPATION OF RESOURCES
Just as Elijah had foretold, the word of the Lord came to pass. “And there was a severe famine in Samaria …” (1 Kings 18:2).
During the famine, God looked after Elijah. He gave him specific instruction relative to how he would be sustained. “Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Get away from here and turn eastward and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.’ So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook” (1 Kings 17:2-6).
Cherith which means “place of covenant,” was where the Lord demonstrated His faithfulness in taking care of Elijah. However, the day would come when the brook would run dry and the birds would no longer fly (see 1 Kings 17:7). Although Elijah had come to depend on such provision, God seemed to have no compunction at all in cutting off these resources.
Has Your Brook Dried Up?
Have you experienced something similar? Your streams of resource have dried up. During such a time, trust that the Lord will soon speak to you like He did to Elijah. “Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you'” (1 Kings 17:8-9).
You will see that the place where He leads you will be the place where He feeds you. Where the Lord guides, He provides!

3. DISSOLUTION OF RELATIONSHIPS
Here is a powerful truth to embrace when a key connection you value has dissolved for no apparent legitimate reason:
The Lord is turning the hearts of men in the direction He desires (Prov. 21:1) and is, in fact, making it easier for you to let go and move forward into your next assignment. Therefore, do not take the matter personally nor become bitter with people as though they are rejecting you.

TRUSTING IN GOD’S GOOD GUIDANCE

Sometimes Father God’s ways do not make sense to us. Scripture even attests to this reality.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).
No matter how it may appear on the surface, He is actively involved in the affairs of our lives. On occasion, He may even interrupt our plans resulting in us experiencing a sense of anxiety due to a perceived loss of control. However, as uncomfortable as we may become, we must trust that He is leading us along the best pathway for our lives. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye on you” (Psalms 32:8).

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 86

“‘Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?’ says the LORD. ‘Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?’ says your God.” – Isaiah 66:9
The seeds that the Lord has given you and placed within you, the Lord has decreed that their fruition and fullness will leave you in awe and wonder of who He is. Through the THRIVING of the seeds He has given you, you are going to see Him in a whole new way. You are going to go deeper in intimacy with Him in a whole new way. The release of these new seeds are decreeing and ushering in the new season of deeper wonder and awe of who He is.
A whole new level of praise will break out from within you. A whole new level of worship will rise to Him. A whole new depth of thankfulness. Not only will you be in awe and wonder of Him like never before, you will know His love that will leave you undone and marked again. You will fall in love with Him deeper than you have ever been and be yielded to Him in a more beautiful way than you have experienced before.
“Fasten me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore. This living, consuming flame will seal you as my prisoner of love. My passion is stronger than the chains of death and the grave, all-consuming as the very flashes of fire from the burning heart of God. Place this fierce, unrelenting fire over your entire being.” – Song of Solomon 8:6 (The Passion Translation)

 

 

Mark 10:44,45 – “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

There is an important link between acts of serving others and gaining spiritual understanding and revelation that we must lay hold of in this generation. When Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee, the Bible points out….
“When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but THE SERVANTS KNEW who had drawn the water) the master of the feast called the bridegroom.” (John 2:9)
The ones who were serving actually had more understanding and insight into this notable miracle and the One who performed it, than those who were “masters” over the wedding.
We discover a distinct connection between receiving revelation from God and being a servant.
Affirmations:

I CONFESS THAT MY LIFE SHOWS FORTH AN EXCELLENT IMAGE OF WHO JESUS IS AND WHAT HE STANDS FOR IN THIS WORLD.

I AM HIS REPRESENTATIVE, AND THEREFORE I DO EVERYTHING WITH THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EXCELLENCE!

 

 

Song of Solomon 2:4 – “He brought me into the wine-cellars and set love in order within me.”

YOU COME FROM YOUR DELIGHTFUL FELLOWSHIP WITH THE KING (JESUS) INTOXICATED WITH LOVE FOR YOU HAVE TASTED OF THE FINEST WINE. THE KING HAS BROUGHT YOU INTO HIS WINE-CELLARS WHERE YOU WILL DRINK DEEPLY OF HIM.

 
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 85

Matthew 16:19 – “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

WHEN WE DO NOT LIVE IN OUR POSITION OF AUTHORITY, IT IS BECAUSE WE DO NOT RECOGNIZE OR ACCEPT OUR CALLING IN CHRIST, BECAUSE WE DO NOT KNOW OUR COVENANT RIGHTS.
MAN’S REDEMPTION ALLOWS HIM TO HAVE DOMINION.

AFFIRMATIONS AND DECLARATIONS:

I perform a prophetic act and decree that every door (that impedes my CALLING in Christ) that is locked is now unlocked and open!
I decree that my words from God are yes and amen. Today, I am encouraging myself in the Lord.
What He has spoken will come to pass.
I decree that I have a courageous heart like David and that as he did, I completely surrender my life to My God.
I praise my God in all that He does.

 

 

“But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: Let all the angels of God worship Him. Of the angels He says: ‘He makes His angels spirits, and His servants a flame of fire.'” – Hebrews 1:6-7
There will be a growing consciousness of the angelic activity in our midst, especially as we activate them in through our worship. The angels are activated and energized by our surrendered pursuit of God.
We know the angels rejoice when someone comes to the Lord and that they are here to help us advance His Kingdom. When Heaven is manifested on the earth, it stirs and shifts things in the invisible realm where God’s angels are activated. As we continue to engage with God – manifesting His Kingdom in such a way that the light of His presence changes atmospheres – His heavenly hosts will bring their assistance to us.

 

 
Song of Solomon 2:3 – “As an apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under the shadow of him whom I desired, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.”

THE BELOVED (JESUS) IS THE MOST PLEASING SIGHT IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH. HIS BRIDE SITS UNDER THE SHADOW OF HIS PROTECTION. HIS FRUIT, EVEN THE FRUIT OF THE CROSS, IS SWEET TO TASTE. THIS FRUIT IS NOT SWEET TO THE FLESH, BUT TO THE SPIRIT. ONCE TASTED, IT IS MORE DESIRABLE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.

 
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COMING OUT OF THE CAVES

The cave of Adullam is where David hid with his band of distressed, indebted and discontented men (1 Samuel 22).  From these 400 came David’s mighty army. After David was anointed King, the Philistines came against him and he went into the “hold” (2 Samuel 5:17), which 1 Chronicles 11:15 indicates was the cave of Adullam. David sought the Lord and had victory. The Philistines regathered and David once again sought the Lord.

“Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said unto him, ‘Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.'” – 1 Chronicles 14:14-15 KJV

It is time to come out of the caves of hiding, the caves of “lowland” thinking, and renew our minds to the highest realms – the mind of Christ. The veil has been torn and we have access to all. Our “lowland” thinking is creating the bars of the cage holding back the glory of God from manifesting in our lives! We needed to be in the cave for a time of healing and building, but it is now time for His glory to be manifested in the earth.

The sound of the “going” in the mulberry trees (according to Strong’s Concordance) is “marching.” The armies of the living God are on high alert, waiting for the sound to come forth, and He will go before us and fight our enemies!

It is time for the new sound to be birthed. It will cause a vibration that will affect every born again Believer to come forth in His Glory. It is time to go forth and subdue the land. The subduing is not a laying down under, subduing will come when His sound rises as thunder. All will see and all will know that Jesus is Lord — let His glory flow.

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 84

John 5:17,19-20 – “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working. I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees His Father doing, because whatever the father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does.”

Worship is more than just music or art; it’s a lifestyle (Romans 12:1). We need to live like Jesus did, open our eyes and see what the Father is doing, and then do it. Not just to see the need, but also to meet the need. Anyone can be a THERMOMETER and just gauge the spiritual temperature, but we’re called to be THERMOSTATS and to change the spiritual temperature!
We’re not called to just point out sickness, poverty, and sin; we’re called to change those ashes into beauty. After all, it’s Christ in us that is the hope of glory!

Observation:
WHAT JESUS ACCOMPLISHED ON EARTH, HE ACCOMPLISHED IN HIS HUMANITY, NOT HIS DIVINITY. OTHERWISE, HE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MAN’S REPRESENTATIVE AND SUBSTITUTE. HE RELIED ON THE GRACE AND SPIRIT OF GOD. I CAN DO THE SAME.
AFFIRMATIONS:
I arise and walk in dominion power, and lay a hold of the promises of God.

The Holy Spirit who lives within me is greater than the spirit that is at work in the world (1 John 4:4).

God is calling for me to arise and take a strong stand against the works of darkness (Jude 1-4). I am to take the land.

Each day I seek to draw ever nearer to Christ, seeking to yield, ever deeper, my will to His will. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 

 

Hebrews 12:29 – “For our God is a consuming fire”.

OBSERVATION:

If I am truly getting closer to Him, the fire in my life will be growing.

 

 
Song of Solomon 2:1,2 – “I am the flower of the field and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.”

YOU ARE LIKE A PURE AND PLEASANT LILY AND A SWEET FRAGRANCE BEFORE HIM (JESUS). THERE ARE OTHER DAUGHTERS, HOWEVER, WHO ARE NOT YET PLIABLE AND SUBMITTED TO HIS SPIRIT. THEY ARE LIKE A DEEP, IMPENETRABLE THICKET OF THORNS – THOSE WHO ARE SELF-POSSESSED AND STILL TAKEN UP WITH THEIR OWN WILL. THE LILY, HOWEVER, PERFECTLY PRESERVES ITS PURITY AND ITS PERFUME, EVEN WHEN SURROUNDED BY THORNS.

 
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 83

2 Corinthians 1:20 – “For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him (Christ). For this reason we all utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him to the glory of God.”

The Master has handcrafted each one of us for a specific PURPOSE and a precise time, making sure we’ve been carefully polished and are ready to soar.
With practice comes the testing. This will happen until what the psalmist said of Joseph’s testing in Genesis will be true of us: “Until the time that [God’s] word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him (Psalm 105:19 NASB).
But God is always faithful, and everything He promises will always come to pass, thus thrusting us into our DESTINIES as we bring glory to His name!

Observation:

THE WORD IS THE GUARANTEE OF ANSWERED PRAYER. GOD IS ASKING ME TO BRING HIM HIS WORD, TO PLEAD MY COVENANT RIGHTS. I AM NOT TO PRAY TO GOD IN IGNORANCE BUT AS A PARTNER IN HIS PURPOSES.

 

 

2 Timothy 1:11,12,14 – “God has appointed me to proclaim the Good News as an apostle and teacher, and it is for this reason that I suffer these things. Keep the good things that have been entrusted to you, through the power of the Holy Spirit, who lives in us.”

Affirmations:

I STAY FOCUSED ON MY CALLING AND REMAIN DETERMINED TO DO WHAT GOD HAS TOLD ME TO DO, EVEN IF I AM ASSAULTED BY OUTSIDE FORCES THAT SEEM TO BE BEYOND MY CONTROL.

I KNOW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS MIGHTILY IN ME, GIVING ME ALL THE POWER I NEED TO RESIST EVERY ASSAULT THE DEVIL TRIES TO BRING AGAINST ME.

I AM COMPLETELY DETERMINED AND COMMITTED TO KEEP PUSHING AHEAD AND TO NEVER LET GO UNTIL I’VE ACCOMPLISHED MY GOD-GIVEN MISSION!

 

 

Song of Solomon 1:14 – “My Beloved is unto me as a cluster of cypress, in the vineyards of Engedi.”

I AM DISCOVERING THE NEARNESS OF MY BELOVED (JESUS) TO BE LIKE A “CLUSTER OF CYPRESS” (A FRAGRANT SHRUB). HE IS THE ONE WHO GIVES FRAGRANCE AND VALUE TO EVERYTHING THAT IS DONE BY THOSE WHO SEEK HIM. AS I LEARN TO FIND MY JOY IN HIM ALONE, I CAN NO LONGER DELIGHT IN ANYTHING ELSE. TO SEEK ANY OTHER SOURCE OF SATISFACTION IS TO LOSE QUICKLY ALL THAT IS FROM HIM.

 
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 82

2 Corinthians 1:20 – “For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him (Christ). For this reason we all utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him to the glory of God.”

The Master has handcrafted each one of us for a specific PURPOSE and a precise time, making sure we’ve been carefully polished and are ready to soar.
With practice comes the testing. This will happen until what the psalmist said of Joseph’s testing in Genesis will be true of us: “Until the time that [God’s] word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him (Psalm 105:19 NASB).
But God is always faithful, and everything He promises will always come to pass, thus thrusting us into our DESTINIES as we bring glory to His name!

Observation:

THE WORD IS THE GUARANTEE OF ANSWERED PRAYER. GOD IS ASKING ME TO BRING HIM HIS WORD, TO PLEAD MY COVENANT RIGHTS. I AM NOT TO PRAY TO GOD IN IGNORANCE BUT AS A PARTNER IN HIS PURPOSES.

 

 

2 Timothy 1:11,12,14 – “God has appointed me to proclaim the Good News as an apostle and teacher, and it is for this reason that I suffer these things. Keep the good things that have been entrusted to you, through the power of the Holy Spirit, who lives in us.”

Affirmations:

I STAY FOCUSED ON MY CALLING AND REMAIN DETERMINED TO DO WHAT GOD HAS TOLD ME TO DO, EVEN IF I AM ASSAULTED BY OUTSIDE FORCES THAT SEEM TO BE BEYOND MY CONTROL.

I KNOW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS MIGHTILY IN ME, GIVING ME ALL THE POWER I NEED TO RESIST EVERY ASSAULT THE DEVIL TRIES TO BRING AGAINST ME.

I AM COMPLETELY DETERMINED AND COMMITTED TO KEEP PUSHING AHEAD AND TO NEVER LET GO UNTIL I’VE ACCOMPLISHED MY GOD-GIVEN MISSION!

 

 

Song of Solomon 1:14 – “My Beloved is unto me as a cluster of cypress, in the vineyards of Engedi.”

I AM DISCOVERING THE NEARNESS OF MY BELOVED (JESUS) TO BE LIKE A “CLUSTER OF CYPRESS” (A FRAGRANT SHRUB). HE IS THE ONE WHO GIVES FRAGRANCE AND VALUE TO EVERYTHING THAT IS DONE BY THOSE WHO SEEK HIM. AS I LEARN TO FIND MY JOY IN HIM ALONE, I CAN NO LONGER DELIGHT IN ANYTHING ELSE. TO SEEK ANY OTHER SOURCE OF SATISFACTION IS TO LOSE QUICKLY ALL THAT IS FROM HIM.

 
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