RIDING THE WAVE OF A LIFETIME

“And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!'” Judges 6:12

“Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” Luke 1:28

As happened with Gideon and Mary in these two instances, it is time for God’s children to step into their PURPOSE and CALLING. It’s not just any courage, but a kairos kind of courage that empowers us to leap beyond the hope of our calling and into its appointed time of action and fruitfulness.

It’s a crossing over of the mind, and an empowerment of the heart to fully believe, fully receive, and then to seize the purposes and promises we’ve prayed and waited for as the moment arises.

We are being presented “suddenly” moments, for such a time as this, to step into a breakthrough that is bigger than our hope can comprehend. These might be moments that look like immense risk or require vulnerability, but we have to seize that incoming wave at the opportune time with fresh courage.

“I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?” Isaiah 43:19

We must realize the breakthrough starts within us – so it can be brought to life all around us – by stepping outside our comfort zone and recognizing the new thing that He is doing now.

BREAKING OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE

“I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?” Isaiah 43:19

Often, the hardest thing about receiving something new for us is that it almost always requires something new of us. Those new breaker waves we pray and believe for rarely flow through our familiar comfort zone. They don’t stay within our boundaries or control, rather, they are the move of His Spirit calling us to jump outside our self-imposed box and ride the wave of a lifetime.

How often do we turn a deaf ear to the question the Spirit asks us each day when He inquires, “Shall you not know it?”

Will we know the new thing God is doing in, through and around us? Will we recognize His fresh move, beyond our insecurities, critiques or judgments? Will we be able to embrace the very thing we’ve been praying for when it passes by just outside familiar waters? If we will, it will take courage.

It will require us to be lion-hearted, found among those through the ages who have – like Gideon – lived a courage that is not so much about a valiant charge into battle but about a radical step of obedience to the leading of the Spirit of God.

YOUR MESSENGER OF COURAGE

You have a Messenger of Courage within you, a Helper, the Spirit of Truth, and He is calling to you like He did Gideon and Mary, already addressing you as beloved and a victor, not just hopeful of such. He wants to visit you, meet you, and call to the courage He already sees within you. He wants you to see yourself as He does, and He is imparting to you the courage necessary to leap out and seize the moment that is only just beyond your reach to step into the appointed time of your destiny.

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GOD’S PROVISION

Matthew 6:26,27 – “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Jesus used an analogy from nature to help explain prosperity.
Some people interpret this passage to mean that, since God is supposed to take care of them, they don’t need to do anything themselves. Therefore, they just wait for God to act.
How does God feed birds? He provides for them, but He doesn’t personally hand-deliver food to their nests! The birds don’t just sit around and wait for God to stop by with their meals.
When Jesus said the heavenly father feeds the birds, He meant that everything they need has been made available for them, but they have to go and get it.
God does not build a bird’s nest. He provides the twigs. The bird has to find them, pick them up, and bring them back to the tree it has chosen for a home. God does not leave worms on the top of the ground every morning. The bird has to go digging for them. It has to keep working, working, working until it finishes building its nest. It has to keep working, working, working until it gets the worm.
Sometimes, God doesn’t give us all the resources we need to fulfill our visions because He has called other people to provide them for us.

Mary and Joseph’s money came from wise men on camels. When they said “yes” to God’s vision, the wise men traveled a great distance to get to them.

God is a God of provision. He is Jehovah-Jireh, “The Lord Will Provide.” He provides everything, but He provides it after you begin the work of the vision. Your obedience to your vision affects not only your life but also the lives of those who will work with you.
Affirmations:

GOD WILL SUPPLY MY PROVISION, EVEN IF HE HAS TO HAVE SOMEONE CROSS THE DESERT TO GET IT TO ME.

GOD HAS PROVISION FOR ME THAT NO ONE BUT HE KNOWS ABOUT.

ALL THE RESOURCES I NEED ARE ALREADY IN PLACE; THEY WILL BECOME VISIBLE IN GOD’S TIMING ONCE I START PURSUING MY VISION.

 
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 238

Isaiah 9:7 – “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end……”

How important is increase to God? Jesus once cursed a fig tree for not bearing fruit out of season (Mark 11:13-14)! A man in one of His parables was cast into outer darkness for burying his money and not obtaining an increase for his master (Matthew 25:24-30).

When the main goal of our faith is keeping us safe from the devil, our faith becomes inferior to what God expects. Jesus had in mind more for us than survival. We are destined to overcome.

Every conversion plunders hell. Every miracle destroys the works of the devil. Every God encounter is an Invasion of the Almighty into our desperate condition. This is our joy.

Affirmations:

I FORGET THE PAST AND REACH FOR THOSE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS CALLED ME.

I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.

 

 
Philippians 3:7,8 – “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

Paul considered everything prized by his culture worthless compared with the awesome experience of knowing Jesus.

Affirmations:

MY TREASURE IS IN JESUS.

I LOVE JESUS ABOVE ALL ELSE.

JESUS CALLS ME TO A HIGHER LOVE, TO EMBRACE THE BURNING AND PASSIONATE HEART OF GOD.

 

 
2 Corinthians 5:14 says, “Christ’s love compels us! We are convinced that One died for all, therefore all have died.”

Healing doesn’t compel us, crusades don’t compel us, and offerings don’t compel us. In the Kingdom, it’s Christ’s love that compels us! Why? Because His love causes us to realize that everybody has received an invitation into this hidden world, this redeemed world. This realm is liberation from sin, liberation from demonic bondage, liberation from religious bondage—and it begins to spark something in people and awaken them to a fullness in Christ that they never knew!

Romans 8:19 says, “That the whole world is waiting…”

for what? For us to manifest Christ so that Christ can be made manifest in them. Their spirit is longing for Christ, the hope of glory—whether they know it or not! In Matthew 10:7 it says, “And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.'”

We need to be INTENTIONAL about releasing the Kingdom in the overflow of our union with Jesus through His Blood!
If God is pleased to give us everything, how can we not heal the sick and cast out demons? As a Kingdom Dweller, it’s inevitable. Let His Kingdom come! It is finished.

 

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SAVING POWER

Exodus 12:13 — “Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you…..”

On the night of the first Passover, many of the children of Israel were probably anxious.
They may have said “Yes! We were told to put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of our home and everything would be all right. Is that true?”
Or “Can the blood really protect me? Or How much blood do I have to put on my doorposts? Or Will the angel of death get me if I am fearful?
DO WE NEED TO DEVELOP DOCTRINE AND THEOLOGY OVER GOD’S CONDITIONS?
We do not need to add to God’s conditions. He said, “When I see the BLOOD, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you.”
He DID NOTsay, “When I see the blood, plus your understanding, efforts, obedience, faithfulness and refusal to give in to fear, then I will pass over you.”
THE BLOOD ALONE SAVES
We are delivered by the blood of Jesus alone. If we think that it is because of our faith, then we will always be wondering, “Do I have enough faith? No, it is the blood alone that saves.

Saves from what? — anything that doesn’t match up with heaven.

Matthew 6:10 — “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

If we think that our deliverance depends partly on God and partly on us, we will not have a settled peace in our heart. But when we know that its the blood alone that saves, we will have an unshakable peace.

 
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GOD GIVEN RIGHT

Ephesians 1:5,6 – “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

A low opinion of yourself or self-hatred is not from God but from the enemy.

Prayer is not trying to get God to do something for you by making Him feel sorry for you. It is coming to Him knowing that you not only deserve what you ask because of the righteousness of Christ, but you also have a right to it because it is based on His Word.

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
John 8:39 – They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.”

Abraham was an alien and stranger on the earth. The goal of his life was to have a place in what God was building, not men.

We are not the heirs of faith because we know that we must live by faith, but we become the heirs of faith by actually having faith, by doing the same deeds that Abraham did.

We must devote ourselves to finding what is God’s PURPOSE for our life and sacrifice whatever is required to manifest it.

Galatians 3:6,7 – “Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.”

 

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SEEING THE UNSEEN

2 Corinthians 4:18 — “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

We have two sets of ears and two sets of eyes. We have the “NATURAL SET” that we are born with, and we have a “SPIRITUAL SET” that is activated when we are born again.
As we grow spiritually, we begin to see with our spiritual eyes and hear with our spiritual ears.

John 5:19 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
ALLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO LET US SEE AND HEAR
John 5:30 – “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”

Jesus is our example. He stated plainly that He was able to see what the Father was doing, and hear what the Father was saying. Like us, He had to allow the Holy Spirit to let Him see and hear. The success of Jesus’ ministry was based on time He spent with the Father and hearing Him accurately.

God never promised to lead us by our physical senses or our mental faculties. In every situation we have to:
1. Take note not so much what our natural (physical) senses are telling us, but what the Holy Spirit is revealing.

2. See through the eyes of the Spirit which is usually in great contrast to what the natural eyes are telling us.

 
THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS

 
John 11:41,42 – ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that you always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.’

Jesus was, in effect, saying it was unnecessary to pray, except for the people to hear Him. He had already seen what God was going to do. Earlier in prayer, the Father had revealed to Him that Lazarus was going to come forth from the grave.
Matthew 9:24,25 — “He said to them, ‘Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.’ And they laughed Him to scorn. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.”

Jesus ignored what His natural eyes told Him, and He declared what His spiritual eyes saw. He saw the heart of God and the mind of God which was far more of a reality than what His physical senses told Him.
CROSSING THE BRIDGE INTO THE ETERNAL
Faith is the bridge between the eternal (the unseen) and the temporal (the seen). In prayer, we can cross that bridge and see as God sees. Real prayer is not just words, but intently waiting on God until we (by the Spirit) see what He is seeing.

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 237

Luke 10:38-40 – “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”‘

Many people have their own ideas about what they want to do for God, and this is why they keep drifting off in the wrong direction. It is easy to become preoccupied in doing things for God rather than doing what God has specifically told us to do.
Nowhere in the story does it say that Jesus was hungry. It says just that Martha went about preparing food for Jesus. God doesn’t want us to start anything, including doing good works for Him, until we consult Him. This is because He doesn’t want us to work “for” Him, but “with” Him in partnership. We are God’s fellow workers or workers together with Him.

2 Corinthians 6:1 – “Laboring together as God’s fellow workers with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”

Affirmations:

WHEN GOD REVEALS TO ME THE ASSIGNMENT THAT I WAS BORN TO FULFILL, I PRIORITIZE MY LIFE IN KEEPING WITH THAT VISION.

I DECIDE HOW MANY OF THE THINGS THAT I AM CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ARE BENEFICIAL TO MY DREAM.

THERE ARE SOME GOOD PEOPLE IN MY LIFE WHO ARE “BAD” FOR ME BECAUSE THEY’RE DISTRACTING ME FROM GOING WHERE I WANT TO GO

.THERE ARE SOME GOOD BOOKS IN MY HOUSE THAT ARE WRONG FOR ME BECAUSE THEY TAKE MY FOCUS OFF MY GOAL.

MY VISION PROTECTS ME FROM BEING MISGUIDED BY GOOD ALTERNATIVES – IT ALLOWS ME TO SAY NO TO LESSER OPPORTUNITIES, EVEN IF THERE ARE CERTAIN BENEFITS TO THEM.

 

 

“He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” – Ezekiel 37:3 NASB

This scripture asks the question, “…can these bones become living people again?” The word living does not only mean to come back to life after being physically dead, it also applies to brokenness, a dying dream, a losing struggle, and times of hopelessness and despair in any area of our lives. To live means to be refreshed, rejuvenated, revived, or to be given the promise of life. It also means to be restored or renewed—or simply to be made whole again.

Just as the wind breathed new life into the dry bones from the Ezekiel passage, God wants to resurrect our spirits as well. He wants to welcome us into His living presence and impart that same resurrection life to us, breathing new life into the dead places in our lives. And while some may come along and say, “God can’t use us,” God is saying otherwise.

“Therefore, prophesy and say unto them, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O My people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.” – Ezekiel 37:12

 

 

Micah 2:13 – “The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the LORD at their head.”

God, the breaker, goes before us and breaks open the way. Something compels God into action to open those gates — faith coupled with obedience. Faith opens the gate of heaven. When heaven’s gate opens, what is in heaven comes down to earth: health, boldness, peace, love, grace, glory, revelation, strategy and all the rest of the kingdom of God.
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