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Bold As A Lion

“The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Prov. 28:1)

Jesus Christ has given me an inheritance of righteousness and I claim it as my own. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21) and I reign in life (Rom. 5:17). In fact, I’m bold as a lion, because of all that He has accomplished for me… and in me. The above verse tells us, “The righteous are bold as a lion”. Its walking in the revelation of a person’s right standing with God that makes them confident and bold as a lion. If you can accept the truth; that in Christ there is forgiveness for sin and right standing with God, then you too can have the boldness of a lion. By simple faith, you will never again need to fear your circumstances or look at someone else’s life and feel unworthy.

You can say, “I have the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ credited to me by faith. I have cast aside my filthy rags for garments that are white as snow!”

It is time to stop struggling. If the devil comes to you and says, “You’re no good, you have no righteousness.” You can answer, “I know I am unworthy in myself! I have no righteousness, but I do have the righteousness of Jesus Christ. His Blood, shed for me has cleansed me from all sin! I’ve failed God; fallen from Glory, but I have an Advocate with the Father — Jesus Christ, The Righteous King of Glory!” Jesus was the spotless Lamb of God who died; yet was risen and still remains as our Great High Priest before the Throne of God making intercession for the Saints, declaring the sufficiency of His own sacrifice. He will return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. And we; as a People of Praise, shall rejoice with Him at His coming… knowing that we are like Him, bold as a lion in His righteousness.

Evil Days:

When you stand in the midst of evil, you will not have to tremble (1 Jn. 4:17-18). Stop thinking, “What have I to offer God? What did I do right or wrong?” No, you come bold as a lion to the Throne of Grace and find mercy and receive grace in the time of need (Heb. 4:16). Jesus has made all grace abound to you; so that in believing, you might have joy and boldness in your fellowship with God.

Freedom to do Good Works:

Living by faith and receiving the gift of righteousness, sets us free to walk in power and do good works. Good works done in fear bring no glory to God — they must flow out of a loving heart… a joyful heart. Walking in supernatural power is possible to those who have a revelation of their inheritance! Christ’s perfect righteousness has become our source of confidence… no more bondage to fear.

Its time to awaken the heart of the lion and move in faith- Courageous & Bold!

Pathway for Glory

“The Glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isa 40:5)

Kingdom People are designed to carry the Glory of God and release shifts in the atmosphere where peace is needed. Throughout the Bible we are commanded not to quarrel over words or be divisive. Our affections are to be set on the Holy Spirit, who is referred to as “Comforter”, “Counselor” or “Helper”. We must recognize that the work of the Holy Spirit needs a platform, a pathway to enter. The Holy Spirit must feel welcome if He is to stay active in a person’s life.

Preparing the Way:

In the verse above, we see the central goal of John the Baptist. His ministry was to be a voice crying in the wilderness, “prepare the way of the Lord”. People needed to examine their hearts and repent of their sinful ways, because the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. John was not looking for just any Kingdom or any King. The Lamb of God would be recognized by a very interesting symbol… the ”dove”. God had given a word to John that in His baptism, the Holy Spirit would come like a dove and land upon Him and stay. God was asking John to notice how Glory would come into the world through the peace of Christ. The Lamb of God would serve as an entry point for the “dove” and for Glory to be recognized. That is an important pathway… “a place for the dove to land”. It was the pathway for Glory (Heb 1:1-4).

Looking for Peace:

This is the picture God has shone us through Noah. When the rain had ended and the ark continued to float aimlessly, Noah begins to look for a resting place. Not just any resting place, but a place for a dove to stay. Even as he waited for land to appear; he could not be confident until the dove, having been released from his own hand, found a place to land and stay. Noah was not just looking for land, he was looking for an entry point. A new day was about to begin with a rainbow… and a promise that would promote life.

Kingdom People must look beyond meetings; we are looking for an open heaven, where the dove will have a place to rest… a place that will promote life.

Peace and Glory:

Its important to understand that God’s Glory is a weighty substance that rests in the atmosphere of God’s Peace! When Jesus sent out the 12 disciples He said, “freely you have received now freely give”, yet when they went into a community, they were to look for places to impart peace. If the household was worthy, they were to impart their peace into it, but if not then they were to wipe the dust off their feet and journey to the next house (Mt 10:8-14). Peace seemed to be an atmosphere that could be imparted at the will of the disciples based on how well the house embraced the ministry of the Holy Spirit. And it would be needed, if the ministry was to continue in that region.

Making Glory Visible and Recognizable:

What Jesus was saying is that we must be looking for places where the “dove” will be welcome. Places of peace provide rest for the soul, give access to God’s deliverance and freedom from the oppression of the devil. The dove is the Biblical symbol for Peace provided by the Presence of the Holy Spirit. This is still our urgent mission; not just to win a bunch of people to our point of view, but to bring an atmosphere that unlocks the revelation, that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Peace is Heaven’s influence. The pathway for the Glory of God is a significant point of entry, where God is welcome and the Holy Spirit makes habitation among us (Eph 2:19-22).

5 Disciplines to Welcome the Holy Spirit:
1. Humility: (1 Pet 5:5-7)
2. Praise and Worship: (Psalm 63)
3. Passionate Love: (Eph 3:17-19)
4. Entrance of God’s Word: (Neh 8:1-6)
5. Fellowship of Believers: (Mt 18:19-20)

Steward Your Giftings

Fan into Flame the Gift of God!

The truth is that we personally have been given the responsibility and the ability by God to steward our gifts and calling.

The Parable of the Talents and Spiritual Gifts:

Jesus told the story of a man who went on a journey and left his riches with others to invest. We call it ‘the parable of the talents’ (Mt. 25:14-30). To one he gave five talents, to another two and to another one. The responsibility to invest and grow that talent was left to the individual. And when he came back, the master looked to each person for the return on his investment. The person to whom he gave one, failed to invest that talent, blaming a factor outside of himself – the temperament of his master – for his failure to multiply what had been given to him. Those who were faithful to invest and grow the portion they were given, received more.

  • “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” (1 Tim. 4:14-15)
  • “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Tim. 1:6-7)

The Apostle Paul holds Timothy personally responsible for the growth and stewardship of his gifts and ministry. I believe it serves as a wonderful reminder, that the Church is a Body and a fellowship where everyone has a ministry… everyone participates in its edification. And when loving encouragement and accountability are balanced with personal responsibility the Body of Christ is strong and resilient. Church growth must be measured by how well new believers become powerful leaders, and more mature believers become effective mentors. Some young followers of Christ are just beginning to receive gifts and callings… they must practice and study the Biblical patterns to be more accurate and confident. They must see and hear what the Holy Spirit is doing and learn to trust God’s voice as people of faith. Other believers have become dry and stale, leaning on yesterday’s anointing. They need to sense the fresh breath of heaven and begin to flow again. They need to feel the energy of the Holy Spirit once more… fanning dying embers into flames of passion. Its time to say it… “C’mon, lets get moving again”.

So today, decide to take ownership of your spiritual gifts and you will be amazed at what takes place.

Waiting for Strength

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14)

“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord! Waiting is not just something we do in order to get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for. Waiting – that is “biblical waiting”; is not passively sitting around for something to happen that will move us beyond our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not resignation, but spiritual posturing… for our heart to be renewed.

Waiting is an Obedient Posture – of Trust:

Those who wait are those who expect harvest, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest, because he has done his work… sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on the Lord can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the strength in their lives and the blessing in their toil. Notice the emphasis on trusting in the Lord. Waiting is the confident discipline of an expectant believer. Faith is something active and sometimes even painfully stretched by trusting in God. It knows that we will reap a reward… if we endure to the end (Heb. 11:6).

When Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem (Lk. 24:49), He was offering a key to renewed strength. His strength is the primary means of experiencing His peace, His purpose, and His power. But you have to wait for it with a trusting heart!

Four powerful things happen in our waiting for renewed strength!

  1. We come to the end of ourselves. We stop moving, fixing and over thinking life. (Acts 1:8)(Zach. 4:6)
  2. We see God moving. We catch the wind of God’s Spirit. (Jn. 3:3-8)(Acts 2:1-4).
  3. We find a prophetic destiny that we cannot achieve on our own. (Acts 2:14-21)(1 Cor. 2:9-12)
  4. We unlock the door to the Father’s Heart. (Acts 2:38-39)(Jer. 29:11-14)

Flapping, Gliding or Soaring:

Ornithologists are people who study birds and they say birds have three methods of flight. Flapping is keeping their wings in constant motion, like a hummingbird or robin, to counteract gravity. Flapping keeps them in the air, but it is a lot of work. Second is gliding. Here the bird builds up enough speed, then coasts downward a while. It is much more graceful than flapping, but unfortunately it does not get the bird very far. Reality, in the form of gravity sets in quickly. Gliding is nice, but it does not last.

The third way is soaring. Only a few birds are capable of soaring like the eagle… but it is because of their ability to wait for the right winds. Eagle’s wings are so strong that they are capable of catching rising currents of warm air called thermal winds that go straight up from the Earth. And without moving a feather, they can soar to great heights. Eagles have been clocked at up to 80 mph without flapping at all. They just soar on invisible columns of air.

I believe its time to learn how to soar!

Time to Soar

Waiting is not just something we do in order to get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for. Waiting – that is “biblical waiting”; is not passively sitting around for something to happen that will move us beyond our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not resignation, but spiritual posturing… for our heart to be renewed.

Waiting is an Obedient Posture:

Those who wait are those who expect harvest, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest, because he has done his work… sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on the Lord can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the strength in their lives and the blessing in their toil. Waiting is the confident discipline of an expectant believer. Faith is something active and sometimes even painfully stretched by trusting in God. It knows that we will reap a reward… if we endure to the end (Heb. 11:6).

When Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem (Lk. 24:49), He was telling them that this was a means of experiencing His peace, His prosperity, and His power.

Four powerful things happen in our waiting for renewed strength!

  1. We come to the end of ourselves. We stop moving, fixing and over thinking life. (Acts 1:8)(Zach. 4:6)
  2. We see God moving. We catch the wind of God’s Spirit. (Jn. 3:3-8)(Acts 2:1-4).
  3. We find a prophetic destiny that we cannot achieve on our own. (Acts 2:14-21)(1 Cor. 2:9-12)
  4. We unlock the door to the Father’s Heart. (Acts 2:38-39)(Jer. 29:11-14)

Flapping, Gliding or Soaring:

Ornithologists say birds have three methods of flight. Flapping is keeping their wings in constant motion, like a hummingbird or robin, to counteract gravity. Flapping keeps them in the air, but it is a lot of work. Second is gliding. Here the bird builds up enough speed, then coasts downward a while. It is much more graceful than flapping, but unfortunately it does not get the bird very far. Reality, in the form of gravity sets in quickly. Gliding is nice, but it does not last.

The third way is soaring. Only a few birds are capable of soaring like the eagle… but it is because of their ability to wait for the right winds. Eagle’s wings are so strong that they are capable of catching rising currents of warm air called thermal winds that go straight up from the Earth. And without moving a feather, they can soar to great heights. Eagles have been clocked at up to 80 mph without flapping at all. They just soar on invisible columns of air.

I believe its time for us to soar!

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