Dec 15 2017

New Awakenings

We have been in some interesting seasons of the church these past few years. It seems a lot has been shaken away, as God postures us for the next season, a season that I think is going to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth in amazing ways. Earlier this week, the Lord began to speak to me about how many people are now being awakened to their destinies. I don’t think this is isolated to those who are already believers, but that non-believers are also going to be caught up in this awakening, and it is going to put them in a position to be used by God just as much as long time believers, if not more. People need to be awakened in the church, and outside of the church, to the reality of their true identity, and we will get to watch that transition unfold. I also sense that we are moving into a time where demonic activity is going to be more overt as a result of believers carrying a greater measure of God’s presence. I think we are going to see more activity like what Paul and Silas encountered in Acts 16, and the authority we have been given is going to cause the enemy to be silenced, and bring freedom to the oppressed. We have seen plenty of crazy demonic manifestations over the past few years, and have witnessed a recent increase when we minister in Southeast D.C. So, let all of this be an encouragement to you this week. God is releasing something new, and it has the enemy so scared that their activity is becoming more overt. This is a good thing, because it makes them an easier target! Pay attention to what God is speaking to you this month. He may be shifting you into something different, or inviting you to go to a higher place in him. Either way, it’s going to be a lot of fun!

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Dec 8 2017

Promises

How important is a promise? Does it matter who made the promise? What if God made you a promise? How important would that promise be? I suspect that almost anyone would agree that a promise from God carries more weight than a promise from any person. And since God is the only one in the universe able to ensure that 100% of his promises come true, that would make his promises the most important ones that anyone can receive. We all make promises, but we are not always able to keep those promises, and actually make them happen. With God, this is different, if he made a promise, it has to happen. There are no other alternatives. There is nothing that can keep him from bringing it into our reality. If God said it, it has to happen. Any other possibility would challenge his omnipotence and sovereignty. If God has made you a promise, you can be assured that it will become a reality. It may not happen along the timeline you hope for, but it will happen. And it will happen exactly when God intended it to when he spoke the promise. There is nothing you can do to stop it. There is nothing anyone else can do to stop it. Ezekiel 12:25 tells us that everything God speaks will be performed, and Jeremiah 1:12 tells us that God watches over the words that he speaks to make sure they are performed. He doesn’t just make the promise, he keeps track of it, and monitors it, to make sure it is performed in the proper time. If you are holding onto a promise (or promises), keep holding on. We can take comfort in our waiting seasons by knowing that there are many promises in the Bible that still haven’t occurred. One great example from current news is the promise God made to Abraham about the promised land. This still isn’t fully complete. And there are many other prophesies in the Old and New Testaments that have not yet occurred. But they will all happen, just like every promise he made to you, in the proper time. If God said it, it has to happen. There is no other possibility. Rest in the assurance that his promises are guaranteed.

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Dec 1 2017

Count the cost

“I need to count the cost;” That’s a phrase in Christianity that I hear sometimes when someone is trying to decide whether or not they should step into a ministry position or make a change in their lives that requires some form of sacrifice. It’s this idea that we need to know what serving Christ will cost us before we decide to make the choice. I get it. We have a need to know what we are getting ourselves into. But, really, it’s the wrong perspective. The cost is irrelevant. All that is relevant is what God has directed us to do. If God says go, we need to go. There may be a high cost involved, but we need to be willing to give up anything and everything to pursue what he has for us, to go where he sends us, and to do what he has created us to do. Giving up everything to serve him isn’t an easy task, but over time, it should become clear to us that nothing else matters in comparison to what God wants us to accomplish for his purpose during our lives. Jesus gave up everything to come to earth, teach us the principles of his kingdom, show us how to represent him, and most importantly, to die for the sins of the world. He gave up everything for us. So, what cost is there really to count? God has created each one of us with a purpose that can transform a part of the world to look like his kingdom. Jesus taught us to pray for the kingdom to come to earth. It is so important to him that his kingdom be established on earth that he made it part of the model prayer. My perspective on this is a little different from most people, and maybe that is because we have already given up everything to see the world around us impacted by his kingdom. The expansion of his kingdom is far too important to be concerned about what it will cost me, and Jesus is far too good to let me fail. He won’t let you fail either. Don’t worry about the cost. Just say yes. He is more than able to take care of everything else.

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