I always love the Apostle Paul’s honesty regarding his self-evaluations in the scriptures. The more that the beauty and holiness of Christ is revealed to him, the more he realizes how weak, wretched and lacking he is. BUT…he does not at all despair in his self-evaluation because it merely causes the “glory of God” to be revealed all the more.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
We all have weaknesses and areas that we battle for greater victory in. Some days end in great triumph, as Christ’s beauty and power is made manifest in you, and other days you lay down more aware of your weaknesses then ever before. It is in those times that, like Paul, that you can boast in your weakness because it is His power that will be seen and His glory that will manifest. On those hard days, before your Father, all that is seen is “Christ in you and His righteousness covering you.”
You are clothed in Christ. When you approach your Heavenly Father, He does not see your shortcomings, your weaknesses or flaws— He sees His Son! There is no stain upon Him and therefore— no stain is seen upon those who have been “baptized into Christ.”
“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:27
Of course this does not mean that you make concessions for sin or that you do not fight against the temptation that comes but it does mean that He covers your nakedness in garments of righteousness and salvation. You need to continually put on “the new self” and yet know that when you fall short that you are still “Clothed in Christ.”
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10
What a beautiful truth that you can cling to! This gives you great cause to rejoice and be joyful. Yet, the enemy desires to steal this promise and truth from you. He sends his demons to watch for your areas of weakness, to provoke you in that area and to mock you in regards to that weakness. They whisper accusations to bring you shame and to cause you to hide from God. And yet, you must remember that you are not naked and exposed but clothed in robes of righteousness— the righteousness of Christ. There is no need to hide for a garment has been provided for you.
Once again, though you are clothed in Christ— daily remember to wear His righteousness in a manner that displays His worth and faithfulness. Just as you take up the armor of God each day, so you can train your soul to get dressed each morning in garments of righteousness.
When I became a Christian at 18 years old— I drastically changed the way that I had previously dressed. My nakedness had been exploited and even used for my advantage to gain what I desired. But when I was baptized into Christ, I was not only spiritually clothed and covered with His robe of righteousness but I also had to learn how to outwardly dress different and how to live differently. Now, 38 years later, I am still pressing in, through the help of the Holy Spirit, to see my life match and align with the garments that He has placed upon me. I do not want to be a stumbling block for those who see me therefore I deeply desire and fight to see Christ revealed in every part of me.
You are on a journey into maturity. It is so important to know that while you are journeying— “He has you covered!” Otherwise, you would be utterly defeated even before you began. You also must know that the pathway to purity never ends. We will always fall short of His glory but His righteousness is a robe that covers all of our unrighteousness. You are left never left naked and ashamed before your Heavenly Father.
So today get up and say to your soul, “You are clothed in the righteousness of Christ.” Then put your spiritual armor on and go out in victory, boldness, purity and His strength. It’s time to take down some giants by wearing His name!
While I was in worship and prayer yesterday I was suddenly encircled in the most intimate and powerful embrace I’ve have ever experienced— which immediately had me undone. As this happened I saw the “overcoming arms of Jesus” outstretched upon the cross with torn flesh and pierced hands that flowed with blood. I heard the words, “The Lamb has overcome.” Then, suddenly, I found those very arms around me, holding me in an embrace that was releasing love, mercy and overcoming authority into my life.
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” Psalm 3:31
His “overcoming arms” around me became like a shield— my glory— and it lifted my head with renewed confidence and courage. I immediately felt an inner-rest come upon me only came through all that He had overcome and defeated. I was no longer weary from all that I saw that needed to be defeated. It became the tangible reality of Zechariah 4:6,
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” Says the Lord of hosts.
His Spirit that is in me carries His overcoming power and authority. His Spirit was allowing me to come into the embrace of the overcoming arms that paid the price for me and defeated sin and death. He overcame all the world! It was like being embraced by the words, “For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son.” (John 3:16).
A supernatural inner rest washed over me and through me like a cleansing flood of His finished work. I was brought into the arms of the author and finisher and all striving washed away.
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Rest in Christ can be present even in the ongoing activity of the believer because it is an inner-rest that goes with you and silences demands while putting an end to striving. It wraps you in the victory and confidence of His finished work as His Spirit works through a yielded vessel. Striving ceases, fears are calmed, demands are silenced and a canopy of love comes over you like the wing of a mother hen over her chicks.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:41
He is in us, around us, before us and behind us. We have overcome because the Overcomer lives within us. The world may scream loud and demand an audience but the blood of Jesus speaks a better word and defeated the voices of threat and accusation. So we can rest in Him— our Risen King.
“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:51
Come and find rest in the arms of the One who has overcome. Yield to His arms of love that will anoint you with His overcoming authority and seat you in Heavenly places where you will reign with Him forever.
Because He has overcome— you have overcome! Victory is yours.
“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:21
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There is such blessings released upon those who obey! When my children were young my husband and I worked hard to teach them the value and rewards of obedience. When they listened to our voices, obeying what we spoke, their lives were surrounded by saftey, pleasures, wisdom, blessings and peace. Yet, on those occasions that they would exercise their “own stubborn will” they would quickly find their souls and circumstances in turmoil. In childhood we are to learn to live a life that values obedience and wisdom so that in adulthood we can walk in covenant with God.
We can come up with a thousand different reasons that the nations are in turmoil and people are in misery but the root of it all is “broken covenant through disobedience to the voice of God.”
Jeremiah 11 gives us a great example of this,
“Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant— the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God. Then I will fulfill the oath I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey’—the land you possess today.” I answered, “Amen, Lord.”” Jeremiah 11:3-5
God is not a controlling tyrant but rather a loving and wise Father who knows what will bless those He created and what will harm them. He merely desires us to walk in blessings, life, freedom from harm, health and prosperity. He knows the path to take us there and yet many have turned away from His voice of wisdom and the blame Him for the turmoil in their lives.
Again and again throughout scripture the Lord says, “Obey My voice.” But, again and again mankind turns away from His voice to follow other gods and “the stubbornness of his evil heart (Jer. 11:8).”
We must understand that blessings follow obedience and covenant but curses follow broken covenant and disobedience. The Book of Proverbs is a manual to sons of “how to live” that make all of this known to those who desire wisdom. I love to pray for God to give me the wisdom and understanding that all of creation was formed from. If creation was formed out of God’s wisdom and understanding then it is part of the DNA of us and of the universe— therefore, it only makes sense to ask for the wisdom of God that aligns us with all of creation and our Creator.
“By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.” Proverbs 3:19-26
It is so wise to obey! His wisdom is filled with promises and protection for your life. Wisdom is grace for you, safety to you, assurance upon you and peace around you.
God, in His great mercy, gives second chances for men and women to turn from stubborn and rebellious ways (foolish ways) so that they can come back into the grip of covenant and obedience— redeeming the blessings of covenant and breaking the curses of rebellion.
This is probably my greatest prayer for the nations, my loved ones and for my life. “Let us obey Your voice!” May the nations repent for broken covenant, for stubborn rebellion and for disobeying the voice of God. I pray that every man, woman and child would obey the voice of God and watch the blessings of wisdom and covenant restored to their lives and their land.
Cry out for wisdom! Obey His voice and watch salvation come upon every area of your life.
Will you prayerfully consider sowing a financial gift into this ministry? We are in a critical time in our assignment here in the Washington DC region and need your support more than ever.
As you enter this Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, it is a time of new beginnings, renewed faith and breaking out of the old patterns that have hindered you so that you can embrace God’s perfect patterns and ways.
Rosh Hashanah means “Head of the Year.” It is the day that determines and sets into motion the rest of the year ahead. Just like our heads (minds, thoughts, decisions) determine our path and our actions so is it believed in the Jewish faith that this time determines the days ahead.
In 2019 I had a profound experience that began right before Rosh Hashanah when I heard the Spirit speak and say, “It’s coronation day.” I saw the Lord ask His bride to kneel before before Him and He was crowning her as His Queen. I knew that it was an “Esther moment” for the church where she would begin to walk in greater authority and favor. Because of this experience many believers throughout the world bowed before the King together to receive this coronation— the crowning of His queen.
Then, as we know— soon after Rosh Hashanah 2019 (5780), we began to hear the first reports out of China of a virus that had the name “Corona” within it; meaning crown. We paid little attention to it as it was so far from our shores and from our thoughts. But, within months it would change the entire world. I believe that the enemy is so threatened by the authority of God’s Bride that he devised a plan to stop and usurp the authority of the Ecclesia from establishing what God desired. But, as most of us know, this has severely backfired and the Church is rising up in greater global unity and authority than ever before. All I can say is, “Who can stop the Lord Almighty?”
As we approached Rosh Hashanah 2020 (September 18) I had another experience that was similar to the one I had in 2019, when the Son crowned His bride. This time I heard the words, “Coronation of the Son.” I immediately saw God’s people crowning Jesus as King of their lives, King of their nations and King of the universe.
Days after this experience I was on a Zoom call with a few of our international family members where I shared this experience. A Messianic Jewish man (Asher Intrater) was on the call with us and he began to explain to us that a key part of Rosh Hashanah is to proclaim God as “King of the Universe.” It is a coronation proclamation.
You can enter into this “Coronation of the Son” to begin this “Head of the Year” by proclaiming these words,
“Jesus, you are the only Savior, you alone are God, you are King of my life, you are King of the Earth, you are King of the Universe and you reign forever and ever.”
As you crown the Lord, King of your life at the head of the year, you are also proclaiming that you are the “head and not the tail” because you are His bride and His queen. His reign has given you authority to make decrees and proclamations that must be upheld. You can decree and it will be established when you do so from the place of bridal authority and from the power of His blood.
This new Hebrew year, 5781, means, “strong silence in the mouth.” To better understand what this means we can look at the blood of Jesus. Though no sound is heard, it is able to redeem, resurrect and restore.
“You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks a better word of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24
The blood of Jesus— though silent— speaks a better word! It speaks and establishes forgiveness, justice, truth and righteousness. As His blood poured down the cross and out upon the ground, it spoke of the greatest love and sacrifice that will ever be known to mankind. It declared that “whoever believes shall be saved and have eternal life!”
I believe that this year we are being called to enter into the “finished work of the cross” where the silent blood of Jesus speaks more loudly than any voice heard on earth. This silence represents an inner rest. It is a year to enter into His rest, even to strive to enter into His rest.
Though we have come out of the previous year (5780) far more aware of our weaknesses, more aware of our shortcomings and having wrestled with God which has left us with a limp— we will come up out of this wilderness leaning upon our Beloved.
“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved?” Song of Solomon 8:5
To lean upon another is to depend on them, trust in their strength and to steady yourself with their uprightness. We are trusting in and resting in His faithfulness, goodness, righteousness, holiness, justice, mercy and grace. We are invited into cease striving so that we know that He alone is God and King of all. Do not overly concern yourself with your weaknesses or with your limp because “the greater the limp— the greater the leaning will be.” Lean into Him (and upon Him) like never before.
As we make Christ our resting place (not merely a place to visit but a place to dwell and call “home”) then in turn we become a resting place and dwelling place for Him. Isaiah 66:1 says,
This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?”
Then it goes on to say,
My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.”
As we proclaim Jesus as King of our lives and King of the universe— we are aligning our lives for a year of blessings, favor, prosperity and peace. Though the world rages in chaos and strife; God’s people will find rest, peace and blessings as they live in His reign and His favor.
Thank you to all ofmy readers who have supported our ministry in 2020 through prayer and financial support. We could not have made it this far without you! We pray for you continuously and declare multiplied blessings upon you!
When the coronavirus first began to be revealed, prior to the quarantine orders, the Lord was whispering the words from the first verses of Song of Solomon 3 into my spirit. I want to share these verses with you from The Amplified Bible,
““On my bed night after night [I dreamed that] I sought the one Whom my soul loves; I sought him but did not find him. I said ‘So I must arise now and go out into the city; Into the streets and into the squares [places I do not know] I must seek him whom my soul loves.’ I sought him but I did not find him. The watchmen who go around the city found me, And I said, ‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’ Scarcely had I passed them When I found him whom my soul loves. I held on to him and would not let him go Until I had brought him to my mother’s house, And into the chamber of her who conceived me.”” Song of Solomon 3:1-4 AMP
The words, “When I found him whom my soul loves…I held on to him and would not let him go.” echoed in my heart like a voice calling into an deep canyon of desire. I was longing to return to the deep place where He alone is my every “desire fulfilled.” I deeply longed to throw off everything that hindered that pursuit because I knew that it would take me back to first love; which must be the source and foundation for for all that I do.
Just as in our earthly marriages; we can get to points and times where we are merely “going through the motions.” It’s not that we do not still love our spouses, but due to busyness (parenting, careers, responsibilities) we forget the passions and longings that we shared when our love was new. If we remain in that place without rekindling or reawakening love, it will eventually grow cold. Our “I love you” will become just words that end a phone call or salutation rather than an ongoing experience that takes us to new depths of oneness with each other.
This is true with our walk with the Lord as well. In January and February, as these words were stirring in my soul, a hunger was growing inside of me to throw off every hinderance and run fully after Him to awaken first love once again. I wasn’t satisfied with merely going through the motions or saying the right words apart from a place of passionate pursuit. I didn’t want all that I did to merely become “works.”
Then came March when a sudden HALT came to the entire earth. It was like the Commander of the Host of Heaven’s army arrived on the chaotic scene of busyness and commanded everything to “BE STILL!” Since that point many have been living out a sudden self-awareness of their spiritual state. This abrupt “stop” has allowed for us to come into much needed awareness of the condition of our relationships; with God, our spouses, our families and with one another.
For me personally, it took a couple of weeks for my mind and my soul to begin to slow and truly “be still.” Though outside activities had stopped, my mind and long-standing habits of busyness still vied for first place and for my affections. But the ongoing voice of my Beloved patiently persisted in His pursuit for me to “find Him and not let Him go!”
As I began to allow the reset and adjustments of my soul to take place I could feel an awakening beginning to take place. Then— a dear friend, David Bradshaw (who is also my pastor), began doing a daily broadcast that is walking viewers verse-by-verse through the book, Song of Solomon. As I was watching one of these broadcasts I felt the Spirit say to me, “Your works are about to become ACTS as you allow first love to be awakened. This will be your personal Pentecost as you wait in the upper room.”
My heart immediately knew what He was saying! When He said that my works would become ACTS I knew that there was a clear distinction. It was like moving from “going through the motions” to what the disciples experienced in the Book of Acts. As they waited in the upper room the were like the Shulamite who left the comforts of her room and were running through the streets looking for the one her soul loved. Though they were still and locked in (waiting), just as we are today, their souls were searching and desperately waiting to be filled with the promise that would awaken them. And sure enough their Day of Pentecost came,
“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” Acts 2:1-4
In this place, this upper room, there were Jews (and gentile converts) from every nation together. As the “tongues of fire” settled on each one they began to speak in the native language of those from other nations that were present and they declared (in languages that were not their own) the awesome and wonderful works of God.
God’s “wonderful works” are NEVER void or separated from the absolute passionate adoration and oneness that is shared by our Triune God. The Son is always revealing His Father, the Father is always revealing His Son and the Holy Spirit is revealing the Father and the Son in the fullness of oneness and agape love. As the “works of God” were being revealed and declared through the tongues of fire; they became prophecy for the very ACTS that they would do from that day onward. Peter spoke these words,
“‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ says God, ‘THAT I WILL POUR OUT MY S PIRIT UPON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MENSHALL SEE [divinely prompted] VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM [divinely prompted] DREAMS; EVEN ON MY BOND-SERVANTS, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR OUT M Y SPIRIT And they shall prophesy. AND I WILL BRING ABOUT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS (attesting miracles) ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD AND FIRE AND SMOKING VAPOR. THE SUN SHALL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD COMES. AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD [invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord Jesus] SHALL BE SAVED (rescued spiritually).’” Acts 2:17-21
When love grows cold, ACTS turn into “the works of men” rather than the “wonderful works of God.” But when the bride is awakened to the true revelation of the one her soul loves, then mortal works (even good works) become “acts of God!” Miracles, signs and wonders will follow them because they have become one with Him (even as they are one— John 17:20-23).
What happened after that is that those who were filled on the Day of Pentecost began preaching with power that caused those who heard their message to truly repent and turn to God!
As we wait in our “upper rooms” during this time and search for the One our souls love, we will experience a personal Pentecost that will fill us with power from on high as it aligns us in “oneness with Christ”; revealing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to those who have never repented and turned to Him. When we are one the world will “know and believe!”
The message that we will carry from this time (this upper room waiting time) will be understood by those who have never heard this “language” before. We will speak, by the unction of His Spirit, in a language that the world can understand— causing them to repent and turn to God. This will bring in the greatest harvest ever seen!
But first we must respond. We must stop and allow for the time of waiting in the upper room to take place. This is where we search for Him until we find Him and then we never let Him go. The Spirit will fall on us with the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer in John 17:20-23,
““My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23
When a couple is married the two become one flesh. God is bringing forth oneness; not mere unity— but rather oneness with Christ and oneness with one another. As we become one with Him we, in turn, see others as He sees them and can be one with them through the revelation of His agape love.
It is the time to “be still and know!” There is an unbreakable “knowing” that comes through the intimacy of oneness. When Mary was visited by the angel who announced that she would conceive a son, she questioned him saying, “How can this be since I have never known a man?” (Luke 1:34) This “knowing” is speaking of sexual intimacy which is a human and physical act that brings oneness and bears fruit. It is an earthly representation of a spiritual truth. The spiritual act of intimacy also ushers in oneness and bears fruit through the revelation of Jesus— our eternal Bridegroom.
Continue to wait in your upper room and yet run in your spirit to search for Him. Oneness is coming which will reform and transform everything and everyone. Then…the world will know!
Thank you to all of my readers who have stood with us in prayer and financial support at this critical time. We are praying for you by name and declaring all of His promises to be made manifest in your life and your family.
Many years ago the Lord began to teach me how to deal with the circumstances that hit all of our lives that produce stress and anxiety and cause our thoughts to be fixed on the things of earth. He challenged me to “take Him at His Word!” Then He led me to Philippians 4:6-7 which says,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
He then broke it down for me in order to teach me how to live from heaven to earth rather than earth to heaven. First He highlighted the words, “Be anxious for nothing.” My thought at the time was, “Wow, thanks for starting with the hard part!”
But then He said that the key for being anxious for nothing was in verse 7 which reads,
“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
He showed me a vision of His peace being placed over my heart (soul) and mind (thoughts). Since anxiety is rooted in our thoughts and emotions first—causing our bodies to react—I realized how much sense this made. I began to pray each day, sometimes numerous times a day, for His peace to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Then I went before my Prince of Peace and through prayer and supplication made my requests known. Supplication is merely the act of humble and earnest asking. Some definitions of supplication call it “begging” but I discovered that in the absence of anxiety and the presence of peace, it remained a humble posture of asking. Begging is tied to anxiety and doubt that the one receiving the request will respond.
Lastly and most importantly, “…with thanksgiving!” We don’t enter into thanksgiving only when we see results, but we enter into thanksgiving by faith and because He is worthy of all of our thanks. We finish our personal prayer for breakthrough in both peace and praise. It’s like a holy sandwich…prayer and supplication held together by peace and thanksgiving!
These two verses transformed my life! Discovering a life of peace in a world of trials and tribulations changed everything. It didn’t happen overnight but as I took the Lord’s challenge to “take Him at His Word” it caused His Word to become a part of who I am and it rewired my emotions and my mind to be aligned with peace, prayer, and thanksgiving. Every time I find myself feeling the weight of circumstances or experiencing the rumblings of anxious thoughts I go back to praying daily for His peace to be the guard upon my heart and mind. Then I take my requests humbly before Him and spend the rest of my time in thanks and praise. I honestly see amazing breakthroughs in my life and around my life because I have taken Him at His Word and it never comes back void!
Today will you enter into this breakthrough challenge? Will you take Him at His Word and apply it to your life until it becomes a part of who you are? If you do you will mark this day as the day that you began to live in peace and continual breakthrough.
Has this ministry blessed you? If so, would you give a financial gift as a thanks offering today? Help us to finish the first month of January strong and watch how the Lord causes you to finish strong as you give generously.
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There is a well-known song by the late Christian artist, Rich Mullins, called “Step By Step.” The chorus declares these words,
“Step by step you lead me. And I will follow you all of my days.”
This is such a simple and yet profound statement. I often receive letters from Christians who are feeling lost and can’t figure out which way to go. Did you know that it is the responsibility of the Lord to make His way known to you? As you seek Him and commit your steps to Him, He will reveal each step. Then you can enter into the rest and trust of a child who knows that their father will make known to them the steps that they are to take.
My husband and I have had to make many decision that there was no way to make on our own; even decisions that would take our family to a new nation. Our wisdom or reasoning could not provide a clear answer or path, so we committed our steps to the Lord and waited for Him to lead. He confirmed His direction and instructions with confirmations that were undeniable.
He is the leader and we get to follow. Every time that my family has faced a new decision or needed an answer, it has come with absolute clarity as we sought the Lord and committed our steps ahead to Him. Often the answer has come in “step by step” revelation; not knowing where the path would take us but being confident in the next step that He made known.
It is important to remember that the steps He orders for you may not make any sense to your human understanding and sight. This was often the case with us. Many times it seemed that the path that was opening before us (and then confirmed to us) was in a direction that was polar opposite of where we thought our lives were going and yet, as we obeyed His clear direction, we ended up in places that were so much higher than we had ever imagined. Our paths are forged by the wisdom of the Lord.
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9
God does not have us “guess” at His plans for us. I will not move forward without a clear and confirmed instruction from the Lord. I may have only known the first step but I confidently knew that it was Him. James 1:5 promises that we will receive wisdom as we seek the Lord.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
His timing is perfect in every step you are to take and He is absolutely faithful to reveal to you the next step, so that you can apply your faith with confident assurance to what He has made known to you. If it has not been made known by God then don’t do it!
“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23
Wait upon the Lord so that He is the one directing your steps. He will not leave you guessing, because He is faithful to confirm and give you confident assurance in your steps of faith. Faith is not merely hoping or guessing—it is the confident assurance in what He has spoken and revealed to you through His Word and His Spirit.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1
James 4 makes it clear that to make plans and execute them without asking the Lord is foolishness.
“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’ Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” James 4:13-17
We don’t know what is ahead but our loving God does! Our plans or good ideas, apart from the wisdom of the Lord, are nothing short of “pretentious”; coming from self confidence rather than the confident assurance that comes from the wisdom of the Lord.
He will make His steps known to you, so wait before you move forward. Then, as His next step is made clear, you can move forward in faith and confidence. His steps are sure and His ways are true. May the chorus of your life’s path be,
“Step by step you lead me. And I will follow you all of my days.”
“Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:3-4 NASB
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness! That is what we are to do wherever we go; we feed on His faithfulness, we rest in His faithfulness, we live in His faithfulness, and we feast upon His faithfulness.
His faithfulness is never ending and never changing. It is our hope and our song—“Great is His faithfulness!”
Cultivating faithfulness is like planting it into the soil of our lives so that a great garden can be harvested and fed upon. Some Bible versions of Psalm 37 read like this, “Trust in the Lord and feed upon His faithfulness.”
I love the New American Standard Bible that says, “cultivate faithfulness.” It reflects how the Spirit has spoken it into my life. He has shown me that as I pull up the weeds of doubts and fears and replace them with the seeds of His faithfulness, I will surely reap the harvest of the manifestation of His faithfulness in every area of my life.
Yesterday the Spirit began to speak to my heart about the need within His people to “cultivate faithfulness.” As I spent the morning weeding my garden I took note of how fast the weeds grow and how much slower the fruitful and flowering plants grow. As a matter of fact, when the weeds are left in place, they spread throughout the garden, choking out the life of the fruitful plants. They spread and take up the space that fruit would have grown.
Doubts and fears are the weeds that choke out the fruitfulness in our lives. We must pull them out by the roots and replace them with the truth of His faithfulness! As we then daily cultivate these seeds in our lives, there will suddenly burst forth the manifestation of His faithfulness that will yield a harvest of continual breakthrough in our lives through every season.
I saw a vision of “gardens of faithfulness” and there were rows of different plants growing. Each row had a marker or stake that named the plants in that row. The one that was the clearest to be was a row marked by the word, “COMPASSION.” As I saw this the words from Lamentations 3 flowed through my spirit,
“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
His compassions NEVER fail!
I then was reminded of the story of the women with the issue of blood for twelve years. As she pushed through the crowd of her doubts and fears to merely touch the hem of His garment, “dumanis” power flowed from Him and she was healed. Compassion released the power that caused His faithfulness to heal her and change her life story. Her seed of faith reached out to touch the faithful One causing compassion and power to flow forth.
As you cultivate seeds of faithfulness in your life you will receive a harvest of compassion and “dunamis” power will arise in your life. Miraculous power will be activated in every place that you cultivate faithfulness. This is a key to your breakthrough!
Today is a day to do some spiritual gardening. Pull up the weeds and plant the seeds that cultivate faithfulness. Then you will feed upon the fruit of His faithfulness every day of your life!
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