BIRTHING AND MAINTAINING EXPECTATION

“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” – Mark 11;24

We must continue to maintain the environment of expectation. Think of the environment of expectation as a garden. To reap a good harvest from a garden, the garden must be maintained. Gardens must be weeded, watered and cared for on a consistent basis.

It is the same with the soil of our hearts. When we plant the seed of the word in our hearts, we must be sure that the lies of the enemy (weeds) don’t choke out the nourishment needed for the seed to grow. This is why we must spend quality time with the Lord and ask Him to open the eyes of our hearts. He is faithful to speak and show us areas of our hearts and mind that need attention.

A BIRTHING SEASON
The key is to keep maintaining an atmosphere where expectations can continue to arise until the vision is finally fulfilled. We must also be careful to not compare ourselves with others and their progress as this will only fuel more disappointment and frustration. Each of us has our own unique assignments from the Lord and He will bring breakthroughs forth in His divine timing.

God is giving us strategies when it appears that nothing is happening. Spiritually speaking, we must believe that we have the promise, the favor of God, and the breakthrough BEFORE it manifests.

DIGGING DITCHES

2 Kings 3 begins with Joram, the King of Israel, setting out with Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah and the King of Edom into battle against Moab. After a seven-day march, they were OUT OF WATER for themselves and their livestock.

 
Vs 10) “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to hand us over to Moab?”
Vs 11) But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord through him?”
An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.”
Vs 12) Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

 
Jehoshaphat suggests to the others that they inquire of the Lord through Elisha, the prophet. Elisha responded when the three kings asked for his help. He asked for a minstrel! He had a harpist begin to CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR WORSHIP! And during worship, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha and he said:

 
“This is what the Lord says: Make this valley full of ditches. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; He will also hand Moab over to you. You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.” 2 Kings 3:15-19

 
This passage speaks to us today concerning the power of worship! When we are dry – worship! When everything seems hopeless – worship! When we need a miracle – worship! When we worship, the hand of the Lord comes upon us and we receive what we need!

The Lord said to begin digging ditches, even though they would see no wind and no rain at all, yet the valley would be filled with enough water for them and their livestock. Even when we can’t see the promises being fulfilled, God is fulfilling them! Yes, begin digging your ditches. Even if you don’t see anything occurring in the natural, God is faithful to fulfill His Word!

God told them: “This is an easy thing for the Lord!” Yes, it’s easy for God to move your mountain. It’s easy for Him to fulfill His promise. All we have to do is our part – begin digging! Act upon His Word; believe what He says and He will do His part. When you worship, you are digging ditches. Whenever you pray and/or intercede, you are digging ditches! Renewing your mind to the truths of God’s Word is digging ditches. Believing His Word and applying faith to promises is another example of digging ditches! He is promising you today, just as He did to the three kings, that He will empower you to defeat your enemies.
THE LAND FLOWED WITH WATER
Scripture states that the next morning (after they dug those ditches!) the land was flowing with water from Edom. What would have happened if they hadn’t dug those ditches?

Most likely, there would be no water; why take a chance to not dig? Why don’t we believe God when He gives us a promise, even though the odds are stacked up against anything miraculous? I’m certain the three kings were excited they dug those ditches, even if it took a while. So water they got and victory over their enemies.

DIG THOSE DITCHES
It is time to believe the Word of the Lord and begin digging those ditches. But also we should remember that standing on the promises of God involves a level of spiritual warfare. Paul encouraged his spiritual son, Timothy, with this important key “…according to the prophecies which led the way to you, that by them you may wage the good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18).

In other words, for each of us today, we need to take our promises and prophetic words that speak concerning the certainty of our future and wage warfare over them. Israel was told by God that their inheritance was the Promised Land, however, Israel had to drive out the enemies from their land of promise!

The Lord is encouraging you to take a firm stand, hold onto our promises, and maintain an atmosphere of faith and expectancy. Pull out every lie and every weed in your garden of faith and believe… believe… believe! There is NOTHING too difficult for God!

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 251

John 3:8 – “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

The wind is known by its sound, and by its effect. Whenever the Spirit moves there is a spiritual sound coming from the spirit realm.
Spiritual sound is not random indefinite noise. It is a sound which speaks and reveals knowledge to those with ears to hear.

John 12:28,29 – “‘Rather, I will say, Father, glorify Your name!’ Then there came a voice out of heaven saying, I have already glorified it, and I will glorify it again. The crowd of bystanders heard the sound and said that it had thundered; others said, An angel has spoken to Him!”

Jesus taught us to pray for earth to manifest what is already in Heaven.
How is it to be done?
God will use spiritual sound – sound that will be unintelligible to spiritual wickedness and hidden from man’s natural mind.

 

 
Romans 8:22,23 – “And we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”

The creation is releasing a groan, which is not a word but the sound of a spiritual birth.
This sound is echoed in us as we yearn for the revelation of the glory of God.
We are like instruments that resonate the sound coming from heaven – the approaching rule of the King of Kings.

Affirmations:

THE SOUNDS OF HEAVEN HAVE FALLEN TO ME IN PLEASANT PLACES; YES, I HAVE A GOOD INHERITANCE.

I REVEAL SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS WITH SPIRITUAL WORDS, AS THE SPIRIT LEADS ME.

I AM GROWING IN MY CAPACITY TO RELEASE SPIRITUAL SOUND ALIGNING WITH THE HEART AND NATURE OF GOD.

 

 

Get ready to move into new realms of His glory. Every time you encounter His glory He is changing you. He is changing your thoughts. He is changing your perspective. He is increasing the power of His Spirit in you. He is anointing you to bring breakthrough to others.

Receive the fresh prophetic flow of His presence. Be refreshed. Receive an excitement for that which is coming. The future is full of adventure. Expect Him to do mighty things for nothing is impossible for those who believe!

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” – Ephesians 1:18

 
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Daily Word – December 10, 2018

“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV)

When you go through transition, as Jesus did when going from the Jordan (baptism) to being drawn into the wilderness by the Spirit, it is a very vulnerable time and it is the time to fast and pray and build yourself up in the Word, so when the enemy says, “Did God say…?” you will have the ammunition to counteract the temptation that he brings during this time of testing.

God allows and even draws us into the test during transition so that we will be positioned to a higher level in Him, but the enemy tempts us in this test to give up on God and go through the wrong doors and thus put off our destiny for a season — so we must watch and pray during this time and speak God’s Word only!

 

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DAILY MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS – 250

John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

What does it mean to “see” the kingdom of God?

Jesus urged us to do an about-face in our approach to reality because His Kingdom is at hand. He brought His world with Him, and it’s within our reach. He wants us to see reality from God’s perspective, to learn to live “from” His world “towards” the visible world. But we have to change the way we think if we want to apprehend the Kingdom power that is available.

Jesus was saying that when our minds are renewed, we will see the Kingdom displayed and proven as He did in His earthly ministry. The idea of Kingdom power and spiritual conflict unsettles some people, but without power, the gospel is not good news. Jesus never made the gospel simply a doctrinal exercise.

His reality – is to raise up a delegated group of people who work with Him to destroy the works of the devil, who demonstrate and prove the will of God here on earth as it is in heaven.

Affirmations:

I HAVE AN UNRELENTING HUNGER TO WATCH THE KINGDOM BREAK INTO THIS REALM.

I BECOME A CONNECTING POINT AND GATEWAY FOR GOD’S POWER.

I AM A C0-LABORER WITH JESUS IN THE GREAT COMMISSION.

 

 
“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” – Philippians 3:21
The body being so operated by the Spirit in the process of changing until we are like unto Him.
Being filled with the Spirit we are so hungry, so thirsty, that nothing will satisfy us but seeing Jesus. Getting more thirsty every day, more dry every day, until the floods come, and the Master passes by, ministering unto us and through us, and through us the same life, the same inspiration, that as He is, so are we in this world.

 

 

Matthew 12:37 – “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
Affirmation:

I LET MY WORDS CREATE THE CURRENT THAT SWEEPS ME INTO THE HEART OF GOD.

 

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LIFTING MY HEART UP TO JESUS

1 Samuel 3:1 — “In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.”

If Eli (the High Priest of Israel) could not hear from God, the people would not receive messages from Him.
The only words that we receive that are of help to people are words from God. If we don’t spend time LISTENING to Him, then we will receive not words by which we will bless and encourage his people.

 
Samuel 3:7 — “Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.”

He’d never heard God speak, but he still enjoyed His presence.
We need to hear from God; we need to hear the word of the Lord.
We can only hear from God if we spend time with Him. We can only hear from Him if we have a relationship with Him. Our relationship to God is the most important thing in our lives, therefore we need to give it the utmost care.

 
CALL TO LIVE OUT OUR DESTINY IN CHRIST

 
Psalm 91:1 — “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High God, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

There is a secret place inside us where God dwells. When we abide with Him in the Spirit in that secret place, we will experience the evidence of His presence with us.

We have the greatest calling to fulfill in the universe: to live out our DESTINY in Christ with God’s power living and working through us.

The secret place is not a physical place like it was in Samuel’s day. Our secret place is in our own hearts. We can go anywhere and still focus on Him in our spirit and be in the secret place of the Most High. We might be at work, yet we can enter into the presence of the Lord by simply going to the quiet place in our spirit and find Him there waiting for us. It is in this place where the Lord speaks and we listen. In the secret place is where we will find God’s purpose (DESTINY) for our life.

 
EXPRESSION OF OUR LOVE FOR OTHERS

 
Samuel had never heard God until he spent time in His presence. They developed a relationship with each other. Samuel became one with God; they became friends. As we develop friendship with God, then He can show us how to love others. As we are first filled with the power to truly love others by loving Him and by receiving His love for us we will come to realize our need to DISCIPLE other believers.

This only comes through our communion with Christ.
We need to hear the voice of the Lord! We need to hear His voice now more distinctly than ever before, because we need a personal revelation of our DESTINYin Christ.

Eli had gotten used to residing in his “usual place” in the house of God. We too can get too used to our relationship with God the way it is. But God wants us to come out away from our “usual place” and seek Him afresh and anew — to turn from all else and seek only Him. He wants to show His love for us in a new way.

 
AFFIRMATIONS:

I resolve to get to know Him in a fresh way and experience new aspects of His character — to experience new facets of His love.

As I love Him as I have never loved Him before my capacity to love others is enlarged.

As I abide in the secret place in silence I lift up my heart to Him in love and experience the communion of His presence.

 
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Seeking Communion – December 9, 2018

Song of Solomon 4:16 – “Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my Beloved come into His garden, and eat His pleasant fruits.”

This is a new day, let the Son arise with healing in His wings and let the wind of God take you to a new realm of faith and understanding in this hour for such a time as this.
Choose life, and to live that life abundantly. It’s not too late, it’s time to begin again. It is the time for a new season of love and drinking of the new wine. It’s time to be intoxicated with His love and come into the chamber – into His presence to meet with Him. He will meet with you in that secret place and show you the secrets of His heart

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YOU CAN TRUST HIM
He does not withhold any good thing from you, you can trust Him with your all your heart. He desires that you prosper even as your soul prospers (3 John 2). This is a time of sowing and reaping in spiritual prosperity; of seeking first the Kingdom of God and all the things you need or ever wanted shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33). This is a time of manifestation and breakthrough; of new birth where we realize that the dream is His dream and the desire is His desire.
He is a faithful, faithful God! Always faithful. He is looking – seeking for a faithful Bride. The power is in your tongue (Proverbs 18:21) and the words of the Lord are in your mouth and they are God-breathed.
Speak the Words He Puts in Your Mouth.
Be bold and stand in the power of His Spirit with HIS words in your mouth.
Fresh breath of life on the things that have died or laid dormant; dreams that seemed to have been lost but not forgotten will suddenly be realized. He is doing a new thing in you and it’s a sudden thing!

ARISE AND SHINE
He is fanning the flame of His fire and passion in His people to burn with love and desire for the things of His heart; for the things of His Kingdom. He is saying, “It’s time to arise and shine.” SO ARISE!
The wind of God will bring a fresh revelation and understanding. It will bring understanding for the Word of God, and fresh hunger and for His Word and His presence.
Hebrew 4:12 – “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

CONSECRATE YOURSELVES
This is a time of consecration and separation of the world; but not of your relationships that are God ordained and in covenant commitment. Put off the old man and PUT ON THE NEW (Ephesians 4:24). This is an exhortation to discover and move forward in God’s CALLING ON YOUR LIFE.
Leave the familiar and breaking the cycle of your fleshly desires, ways and mind-sets — break the lies that say the grass is greener on the other side, when in fact the grass is dried up, full of weeds and thorns – where there is no water or life in the carnal ways of man.

 

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LETTING GO OF THE OLD

John 10:27 – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

Isaiah 50:4 – “He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.”

Hebrews 5:11 – “Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your (spiritual) hearing and sluggish (even slothful in achieving spiritual insight).”
This is a time not only to hear God’s voice more clearly but also for us to activate the things God is speaking to us.

HEARING GOD — KNOWING HIS VOICE

God is speaking all the time but most people are not aware of it, or they have not been trained to recognize the variety of ways God speaks. This could be through dreams and visions, prophetic words, music and the arts, the Bible, or the still, small whispers we often get from the Holy Spirit.

JOURNALING

Habakkuk 2:1-2: “I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me…Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Record the vision…'”

Journal what God is speaking to you right now. The reason is that God often speaks over a period of time and through various circumstances and events in our lives and we need to “learn to discern” God’s voice from the clamor of things coming at us all the time.

One distinctive feature of knowing God’s voice is peace. Do you have peace in what you are hearing? You will recognize God’s love and nature when you have peace in your spirit with what God is saying.

HINDRANCES TO HEARING GOD

• Our own theology. — This can even stop us from hearing what God wants to say to us, especially if we believe God only speaks in a certain way. If God is calling you to something new, sometimes what you believe can get in the way. God wants to help us where we don’t yet trust Him to do things we have never seen before. He delights to show us His ways.

• Assuming. — Presumption or assuming that you already know what is being said can be a hindrance too.

• Busyness. — If you’re trying to find something new, busyness is another thing that will keep you from hearing God.
What do you need to say “no” to so you can eliminate the hindrances to hearing God?

CALLED TO SOMETHING NEW?

When God calls us to do something new, we often have to forget the former ways that we did things. We must basically wage war with the old mindsets that keep us from “coming up” into this divine advancement. This is usually difficult for us to do. But it is our old ways of thinking or old ways of doing things that is the very reason we need to hear God for something new. God changes the seasons in our lives and what worked in a previous season might not work now.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

If you have noticed lately that things seem different, or you’re not quite finding God “how” or “where” you have in the past, do not despair; do not be discouraged. He is simply answering your prayers. He is moving. He is inviting you to come along with Him.

 
QUESTION TO ASK MYSELF?
What are some of the former ways I’ve been doing things?

 
As we advance and mature in our ability to hear God, our previous ways of doing things might not work as effectively as they once did.

AFFIRMATIONS:

1. The Word says I can hear God’s Voice and I believe it

2. I do hear the voice of God!

 

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