DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 282

Exodus 14:16  –  “But lift up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it:  and the children if Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”

God generally doesn’t call us to do things we can accomplish in our own ability. He calls us to achieve the unachievable and accomplish the impossible.

Mark 4:3,8  –  “Listen!  Behold, a sower went out to sow his seed.  Still, other seed fell on good soil.  It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.”

Matthew 24:24-26,30  –  “Then the man who received one talent came……I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground….His master replied, ‘You wicked lazy servant!…Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.'”

Preservation and planting are two entirely different processes.  God didn’t save and deliver us so we could preserve His gift in a sealed jar and live life as usual.  He expects us to PLANT our life, our gift, and our inadequacy in the soil of faith and DIE so He can live through us.  He loves us, but He is also looking beyond us to the harvest He will produce through us.

Observation:

I REFUSE TO BURY THE INVESTMENT GOD HAS MADE IN ME.

HE IS TRYING TO USE MY EMPTINESS TO OPENLY DISPLAY HIS FULLNESS. 

 

 

Genesis 1:26 – “The God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and LET THEM rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

WITH THE WORDS  “LET THEM”  THE CREATOR DEFINED THE BOUNDARIES OF HIS RIGHT TO LEGALLY INFLUENCE  AND  INTERFERE IN THE EARTH REALM.

 

 

“Peace I leave with you;  My peace I give to you;  not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” – John 14:27

Will you receive it? Will you let it melt away every worry, every fear, and every stress? Will you let His peace come in, to pour over you oil of healing – into your mind, into your body, into your spirit, into your soul?

Forgive those who have wronged you.  Let no man, no organization, no past, no present, no future – hold the key that would hold you back. Give Him back the key.  And do not return to the prison of shame, or regret, or the what if’s, but hold your head in dignity. 

Learn to walk as He created you to walk – with your head held high as you walk in yourCALLING in Christ. 

Let His peace come. Let His peace settle down the storm. Let His peace draw you unto Himself, and let His peace be the covering over you. For did He not say that He has sent you, and left you, the Comforter. 

Let Him comfort you. Let Him cover you. Let Him be the One that gives you dreams.  Let Him be the One that sits with you to be the Comforter, so you feel warm and safe and secure. And let Him be the One that causes you to rise up; and tells you when to rise.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 281

Luke 17:20,21 – And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The word “observation” in verse 20 literally means to stand beside and watch. This accurately describes the posture of many who are looking for a rescue or a revival. They stand beside as life passes by and watch passively for the Lord to move sovereignly.

Jesus told the Pharisees that the kingdom of God would not come when they stood by and watched for it. He then told them the kingdom of God was within them.

Jesus was saying that the kingdom of God will not come if we are not actively engaged in bringing it. Since the kingdom of God is within us, it is within our power to see it come to pass. The kingdom of God will not come if we are in a passive posture because we are God’s agents to bring out the kingdom He has planted within us.

Affirmations:

I START WORKING WITH THE LORD TO BRING IN THE KINGDOM FROM WITHIN MY SPIRIT WHERE GOD HAS DEPOSITED HIS SPIRIT.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD COMES AS I LABOR WITH THE LORD TO BRING IT IN.

WHERE THERE IS BARREN LAND, I PLANT; WHERE THERE IS FRUIT, I REAP – I STOP LOOKING FOR THE KINGDOM TO COME FROM WITHOUT.

 

 

2 Kings 5:10 – “And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.”

Observation:

AS I DIP IN THE LIVING WATER OF GOD’S WORD AND SUBMERGE MYSELF IN THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – THE WORLD WILL SEE AN EVENT THAT TRANSCENDS HUMAN POWER. THEY WILL WONDER AT THE DIVINE INTERVENTION BY GOD INTO MY CIRCUMSTANCES.

 

 

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, 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 3:12-14

All too many believers are looking back, and not willing to go forward with Him. Until our perspective is right, we will not discern His presence as our Lord and King, or His presentation of the Age to come.
1 Chronicles 12:32 speaks of a company of (spiritually mature) men who had “understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” Only as we walk with Jesus in expectancy, with purpose and direction, will we be able to understand and rightly relate to the things that are before us.

If you feel the inner tug of the Holy Spirit to take you further, and the intense work of the enemy attempting to hinder, His hand is indeed upon you for this new day.

Listen to what the Spirit is saying, then set your face as a flint, and begin to walk with Jesus toward this new day.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 280

Matthew 4:17 – From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say. “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

His disciples thought the Kingdom was only for the future, but Jesus said, “No, because I am with you, the Kingdom of heaven is with you. When the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in you, the Kingdom will then be in you also.”

Essentially, the Kingdom of heaven does not refer to physical territory. The Kingdom of heaven is a jurisdiction over which the influence of God has full authority. It is the “breakthrough” point where the Kingdom of God impacts the physical, earthly environment.

Affirmations:

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE I LIVE THERE AND THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS IN ME.

WHEREVER I GO, AND TO WHEREVER MY INFLUENCE EXTENDS, I BRING THE KINGDOM OF GOD INTO THAT PLACE.

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

I EXPERIENCE THE VICTORY THAT IS MINE AS A CITIZEN OF THE KINGDOM.

 

 
Hebrews 4:12A – “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword……..”

The Word of God comes alive when you can picture what it’s talking about. If we can let the Word of God control our imagination as we think about scriptures, we will see things in Scripture that can’t be seen with the physical eyes. We see it on the inside…..in our imagination.

Psalm 103:2,3 – “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth, all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;”

When the Bible says you’re healed, you’ve got to meditate on that truth until you see yourself healed. Most people allow their imaginations to become vain and agree with the image the doctors have painted rather that the Word of God. They’re told what is going to happen, and they imagine it as truth.

 

 
Uncover the enemy with praise and thanksgiving, for he comes under the umbrella of murmuring. For is he not called the ‘accuser of the brethren?’ He accuses, and accuses, and accuses until you stand with your heads down, as one who’s been accused and condemned.
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1
You are to arise and to shine. You are not called to hide in the darkness, but you are called ‘the light.’
You are a living epistle — alive in His Word and His Word is alive in you?
Shake off the darkness. Shake off the negative agreement. Tell the enemy, ‘No, get behind me.’ Do not hide behind him with murmuring and accusing, one to another, for His Spirit grieves in murmuring.
You are sealed by His Spirit. Do not take that lightly.
Own it. Live in it.
And let His Word do what it was sent to do –- set captives free.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 279

(Concerning the Priests) Ezekiel 44:18 – “Linen turbans shall be on their heads, and linen undergarments shall be on their loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything which makes them sweat.”

Sweat is the result of exerting our own strength, so sweat speaks of a ministry that comes from our own efforts. If we are going to be the priests of the Lord, we must not take on anything that makes us sweat.
Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My load is light.”

A yoke speaks of work, but when we are yoked with the Lord, it will be His strength that does the work, and we just get carried along for the ride!
It is the Spirit that He has given to us that will do the work, just as He did from the beginning.

Acts 7:48 – “The Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands.”

Acts 17:25 – “Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything.”

All of our best efforts will not accomplish anything for Him.

Affirmations:
I AM SIMPLY CALLED TO OBEDIENCE AND ABIDING IN HIM.

WHEN I COME TO REST IN HIM, HE WILL THEN MOVE THROUGH ME, AND I WILL ACTUALLY FIND REST AND REFRESHMENT AS HE DOES IT.

 

 

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” – Zechariah 4:10 NLT

It’s time to let your expectation out of the box of fear and intimidation – He’s taking your little portion into His BIG hands and causing supernatural multiplication in areas of your life, ministry, and CALLING as His sons and daughters. We have all heard that the atmosphere of EXPECTATION is the breeding ground for miracles. Indeed, this is such a true declaration to keep in the forefront, especially NOW. Rise up in full faith and in the confidence our God knowing this is your hour of multiplication.

 

 

“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and Its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” – Psalm 1:3

Be not afraid of weariness, but see it as a season of watering; to where He will water you, and water you, and water you, and water you.

When you run, you will carry the Rivers of Life to and fro, and also swim upstream, against adversity. You will know and recognize the current of the Holy Spirit, and you will learn and recognize, how to flow with the His flowing. You will swim against the drowning currents and find Him as your personal lifeguard. You will understand, the current from under will cause you to rise up, to walk on the water, with the faith that He has been grooming in you for a long time.

You, the branch, and the life that He deposits in you — you then will deposit into withered trees, to those who are dry. The water that will be drawn up out of the root of their pain, you will merely pump it into the vein of their hopelessness.

When you’re in isolation, do not see it as a season of abandonment, but see it as the season of being prepared, behind closed doors, for presentation — it will be a platform higher in the heavenlies, for He has promised you in His Word that He is taking His own from glory to glory in Christ Jesus.

 

ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 278

1 Timothy 1:5 – “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

It has become a popular saying that we should not seek the gifts, but the Giver. This sounds noble, but it is contrary to the Word of God which exhorts us to “pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts” (1 Corinthians 14:1).

Love is the foundation upon which spiritual authority, and, thereby, the gifts of the Spirit, operates.

Jesus expresses His love to us through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He healed the sick because He loved them and did not want them to suffer needlessly. He gave words of knowledge because He loved the people and wanted to impact them with the reality that God really did know them.

The gifts of the Spirit enabled Jesus to do something, not just feel something, with His love.

Affirmations:

KNOWING THAT LOVE CAST OUT EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS THE MOVE OF GOD THROUGH ME GIVES ME A HIGHER UNDERSTANDING OF WHY I NEED TO VIGOROUSLY PURSUE LOVING ALL PEOPLE.

I EXHORT OTHERS INTO KINGDOM REALITIES.

 

 
Luke 6:8 – “But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to the man with the crippled hand,’Stand up and come here to the front.’ The man got up and stood there.'”

Observation:

Jesus is telling me to come out of the back row of life; come out of darkness; come out of my comfort zone and launch out in a great leap of faith toward Him!

 

 
“Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.” – Song of Solomon 2:15
Ask the Lord to reveal to you the little foxes that are trying to crush the vine that will bring forth the new wine. Get a vision of your future identity. Ask the Lord to send a new wind and blow upon your garden.

Ask the Lord to come into your vineyard. Let Him prophetically reveal to you the fruit you are going to bring forth in the future. Enter into His PURPOSE for your life.

Allow the Lord to set you apart for the future. Let new joy and gladness arise. Declare you will sleep in peace and you will feel safe in the presence of God.
It’s time for new wine. It’s time for the new wine skin. Enter in!
“The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me; I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; I have set the Lord continually before me; In your presence is fullness of joy.” – Psalm 16:5-8,11

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 277

Psalm 141:2 – “May my prayer be counted as incense before Thee; the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.”

Revelation 8:4 – “And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.”

In the Holy Place the altar of incense represented prayer and intercession. The Lord said that His house was to be “a house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7)
Therefore, if we are to be His dwelling place, prayer should be our highest priority.

How can we dwell continually in the presence of the Lord to perform the divine service?

Exodus 30:7,8 – “And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps.
And when Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.”

Aaron was to light the incense as his first duty each morning, and as the last thing he did at night, but there would be “perpetual incense before the Lord.”
The Lord does not just want us to talk to Him a couple of times a day; He wants us to abide in Him.

If we really are His temple, and His Spirit abides in us, how is it that we ignore Him so much?

The Lord wants to have fellowship with us in everything we do. The truth is that if the eyes of our hearts were opened we would see Him in all that we do, and the reality of His presence would actually be greater that which we are seeing with our physical eyes.
Instead of “thinking to ourselves,” He wants us to be conversing with Him.
If we take the time to properly light this fire the first thing in the morning, and then as the last thing we do at night, soon we will find ourselves raising perpetual prayer as incense before the Lord, coming from our hearts.

Affirmations:

I AM ABLE TO STAY IN A PERPETUAL ATTITUDE OF PRAYER SINCE I BEGIN AND END MY DAY WITH PRAYER.

THROUGH PRAYER I KNOW HIS PRESENCE CONTINUALLY.

I AM CALLED TO BE HIS DWELLING PLACE.

 

 
1 Corinthians 1:5 – “That in every thing you are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge.”

Every time we confess God’s word Jesus’ enrichment ministry adds another grain of faith, another bit of anointing, to our faith and to our words.

 

 
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him,” – Ephesians 1:17
Ask the Lord for revelation. Ask the Lord for the building plan for your future. Ask the Lord for keys. Just as Peter connected with the Father in Heaven, connect with the Father in a way that you begin to unlock the Kingdom of God within you.

Let the Lord change your water into new wine (John Chapter 2). He used the pots of religious ritualism to fill them with new wine. Ask the Lord to remove the spirit of religion from you. Let His glory begin to shine.

Be willing to let go of any old method that is operating in your life. Notice the teaching after the wineskin. The lady who had an issue of blood for 12 years pressed through and touched Jesus. Jesus was on His way to awaken the 12-year-old daughter of Jairus. Declare that now is the time to press through into the new, even in your weakness. Declare that what needs to wake up will wake up now. There is a time when the old season ends. Allow the old to end and the new to begin.

“Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come along. For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers have already appeared in the land; the time has arrived for pruning the vines.” – Song Of Solomon 2:10-12

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 276

He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”- Ezekiel 37:3 NASB
God is always standing by, ready to breathe new life into anything lifeless when we ask. He is there in our spiritual springtime and in the cold, winter months. And He is even closer, hovering nearby in our darkest hours, according to Psalm 34:18 where it says: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
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, and His is the last word on the subject!
“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.” – Ezek. 37:12

 

 
Romans 8:29 – “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Affirmation:

AS I REACH FOR CHRISTLIKENESS, MY LOVE FOR GOD BECOMES RICHER, MY WITNESS TO SINNERS MORE POWERFUL, AND MY SECRET LIFE HOLY.

 

 
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” – Psalm 62:5
When things are going a different direction, we have to know that our identity is — to fellowship with the Living God.

Where are you with Him this day? Are you in the fold of His arms? Are you where His hand can rest upon your head, and give you right thinking and right understanding? Are you so close that He needs only to whisper, and you feel His breath, and know exactly what He is sending you to do, and the message He will send you to carry?

Let the distance cause you to come closer and closer and closer. Learn to run into His arms. Learn to acknowledge His presence in every hour of the day, until you become so aware that you too cannot escape His presence, just like David. Because if you too were locked in the pits of Hell, He would come and get you, for you are His property.
“O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” – Psalm 63:1

 

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