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Great & Mighty Things

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jer. 33:3)

Too often we settle for much less than what God wants to do through us. When God tells us that He is able to do, beyond all that we ask or imagine… and asks the question, “Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jer. 32:27). We answer, “No Lord… nothing is impossible for You!” Yet, when we face difficult situations we begin to qualify our belief in God and lower our expectations of what God will do. It is one thing to believe God could perform a miracle in the Bible; it is quite another matter to believe when a friend is standing before you with a belly full of cancer. “Can do” is easier to say than “will do”… when someone is waiting.

Read this carefully: “…it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13)

Can I just point out that it is God doing the work… and its for His pleasure – not yours. Ministry has never been about you, your ability or your reputation… its about God’s pleasure! When we fail to take God at His Word, simply because it seems unreasonable; we are not pleasing anybody. God’s Word is not open to a negotiation with the devil, it is Truth… reality from God’s point of view! When God speaks to us, what we do next proves what we believe about Him, regardless of what we say.

The Example of Moses:

God revealed to Moses His plan to orchestrate the greatest exodus in human history, and He wanted to use Moses to accomplish it. Moses responded by arguing with God… not because Moses thought God was powerless, but he simply did not believe God would do His miraculous work through his life. Moses’ argument with God was not about the ministry, it was about courage to become a conduit of God’s power (Ex. 4:13–17). Moses says things like, “who am I” or “suppose they do not believe me”, “Oh Lord I am not eloquent” or “I am slow of speech and slow of tongue”… “Please send someone else”.

God was not asking Moses to do the miracles, just to be His mouth piece!

What is He asking you? That is how it is with God… He wants to work in and through us to offer a voice of hope to a broken and wounded people. To tell that friend with a belly full of cancer that God is able to heal, is not wishful thinking it is the will of a wonderful Savior. If Jesus will cleanse the Leper (Mk. 1:40-42), why would He not cleanse the friend with cancer? It is up to God to work in and through us… through the effectual fervent prayer offered in faith by the “righteous man” (Jms. 5:16). You are that righteous man!

Do you sense there may be more that God wants to do through your life? Ask God to show you, then be prepared to respond in faith and obey what He tells you.

The only way to do greater things for God, is to raise your expectations! (Jn. 14:12)

Living with Urgency

Scripture: Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:29-30)

Thought for Today: “Spiritual Urgency”

One of the most powerful stories of the New Testament is when we see the Evangelist Philip leave a city moving in great revival, to minister to an Ethiopian on his way out of Jerusalem. His ability to respond to the Angel of the Lord shows great sensitivity to the Will of God Acts 8:26-40. Its a wonderful example of living life with spiritual urgency, because history tells us that through this encounter a Nation was turned toward God.

Discernment:

We were made to do the works of God and manifest God’s Glory in the Earth. While we all recognize that God’s Will must come first in our life, few have developed the ability to recognize the opportunities the Holy Spirit sets in front of us. Discernment is a vital key to walking in sync with God and manifesting His Glory.

The Christian who develops a lifestyle of prayer and fasting will tend to respond with spiritual urgency when they feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge. This is because they have trained their hearts to move in faith, rather than routine or human reason. What the Bible calls discernment, Jesus calls being sensitive to the Spirit’s “quickening”.

Jesus tells us, “It is the Spirit which quickens, the flesh profits nothing: the words which I have spoken unto you are spirit and are life.” (Jn 6:63)

A Quickening:

Feeling the quickening of the Holy Spirit is a powerful faith activity, a strong sense of “NOW” or being present in a Divine Opportunity. Its the heart’s response to supernatural life becoming activated by a Word from the Mouth of God. We can become engaged in God’s timing, simply by believing; not tomorrow or when we have time available, but right now! We are called to live in the moment, to move with an unction of Holy Spirit activity. In God’s timing we need spiritual urgency.

Spiritual Urgency comes from three levels of awareness:

  1. Our Identity: The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are a Child of God (Rom 8:16). Jesus modeled this for us, to value and respond from the identity of a Son or Daughter makes us more sensitive to the heart of God. Jesus said “The Son only does what He sees the Father doing” (Jn 5:19).
  2. Our Compassion: The Holy Spirit’s love compels us to move according to the will of God with great urgency (Mt 9:36). The Apostle Paul spoke of being “bound in the spirit” to go to Jerusalem, even though the Holy Spirit had told him he would find tribulations there (Acts 20:22-23). Yet, Paul felt compelled on the inside toward others.
  3. Our Convictions: The belief that God would desire all men to be saved births an urgency in the person who aims to please God (1 Tim. 2:4). To know that Jesus said that we will do even greater works that these, stirs the believer to go after signs and wonders (Jn. 14:12). To trust in the power of prayer creates an urgent response when someone we love is struggling (Jms. 5:16). When we know and abide in the Truth, the Truth will set you free (Jn. 8:32)… free to walk the walk with urgency.

Remind yourself what Jesus said “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). …With Passion, Purpose and Power!

Effective Disciples

Scripture: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

Thought for Today: “Hitting the Mark”

Jesus is in essence saying… “ask and keep on asking, knock and keep on knocking, seek and keep on seeking… something will be open to you.” The spiritual disciplines of our Christian faith should be done for the purpose of developing our focus. Like an archer who takes aim at their target, we can only hit the mark if we are able to get our arrow and the “bulls eye” to line up. The goal is to hit the mark from any distance, any angle and in the midst of any distractions. So many things can become a hindrance to our spiritual life, but disciplines like prayer and fasting sharpen our aim by stabilizing our stance.

Identifying the Mark:

The Apostle Paul said that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). This means we are very familiar with what it feels like to “miss the mark”, because of where we stood… without Christ.

However, today by standing in Christ, we are fully capable of walking by faith and trusting in His power. We hit the mark by manifesting His Glory in the Earth. All fruitfulness and blessing flow from the work of God inside of us and through us. He has given Holy Spirit discernment, we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) to equip us and train us in hitting the mark every time. We might need comfort, wisdom or healing. The Holy Spirit will lead us in all Truth and make His power effective to our need. James tells us that the passionate prayer of a righteous man is effective and hits the mark (Jms 5:16).

Fasting to Hit the Mark:

Here are a few ways in which fasting can elevate our effectiveness in hitting the mark. By fasting with a purpose we can focus and aim at significant needs and bring forth results that are supernatural.

  • To Strengthen Prayer (Ezra 8:3)
  • To Seek God’s Guidance (Judges 20:26)(Acts 14:23)
  • To Express Grief (1 Sam 31:13)(2 Sam 1:11-12)(1 Sam 20:34)
  • To Seek Protection (2 Chron 20:3-4)(Ezra 8:21-23)(Esther 4:16)
  • To Repent or Return to God (1 Sam 7:6)(Joel 2:12)(Jonah 3:5-8)
  • To Humble Oneself before God (Ps 35:13)
  • To Express Concern for the Word of God (Neh 1:3-4)(Dan 9:3)
  • To Overcome Temptation and Dedicate Oneself to God (Mt 4:1-2)
  • To Express Love and Devotion to God (Lk 2: 37)(Zech 7:5)

I want to encourage a focused aim on those things that hinder or distract from manifesting God’s Glory everyday. Your lifestyle of prayer and fasting is a uniquely powerful arrow for hitting the mark set before you!

Raise Expectations

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jer. 33:3)

Too often we settle for much less than what God wants to do through us. When God tells us that He is able to do, beyond all that we ask or imagine… and asks the question, “Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jer. 32:27). We answer, “No Lord… nothing is impossible for You!” Yet, when we face difficult situations we begin to qualify our belief in God and lower our expectations of what God will do. It is one thing to believe God could perform a miracle in the Bible; it is quite another matter to believe when a friend is standing before you with a belly full of cancer. “Can do” is easier to say than “will do”… when someone is waiting.

Read this carefully: “…it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13)

Can I just point out that it is God doing the work… and its for His pleasure – not yours. Ministry has never been about you, your ability or your reputation… its about God’s pleasure! When we fail to take God at His Word, simply because it seems unreasonable; we are not pleasing anybody. God’s Word is not open to a negotiation with the devil, it is Truth… reality from God’s point of view! When God speaks to us, what we do next proves what we believe about Him, regardless of what we say.

The Example of Moses:

God revealed to Moses His plan to orchestrate the greatest exodus in human history, and He wanted to use Moses to accomplish it. Moses responded by arguing with God… not because Moses thought God was powerless, but he simply did not believe God would do His miraculous work through his life. Moses’ argument with God was not about the ministry, it was about courage to become a conduit of God’s power (Ex. 4:13–17). Moses says things like, “who am I” or “suppose they do not believe me”, “Oh Lord I am not eloquent” or “I am slow of speech and slow of tongue”… “Please send someone else”.

God was not asking Moses to do the miracles, just to be His mouth piece!

What is He asking you? That is how it is with God… He wants to work in and through us to offer a voice of hope to a broken and wounded people. To tell that friend with a belly full of cancer that God is able to heal, is not wishful thinking it is the will of a wonderful Savior. If Jesus will cleanse the Leper (Mk. 1:40-42), why would He not cleanse the friend with cancer? It is up to God to work in and through us… through the effectual fervent prayer offered in faith by the “righteous man” (Jms. 5:16). You are that righteous man!

Do you sense there may be more that God wants to do through your life? Ask God to show you, then be prepared to respond in faith and obey what He tells you.

The only way to do greater things for God, is to raise your expectations! (Jn. 14:12)

Life-Changing Prayer

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:9-11)

THIS IS ONE POWERFUL LIFE-CHANGING PRAYER!

1. Pray that love will abound! That our love for God and others would overflow like a river! We always need to increase in holy love! We need to fellowship in the burning heart of God… not a mushy compromising love, but an unselfish love; that reaches out to others! With the same intensity of love Jesus loved us as He loved the Father… and then He tells us to abide in His love! (Jn. 15:9)

2. Pray for entrance into a love that begins with Him! It’s full of spiritual knowledge and deep revelations of truth. We need to grow in our knowledge of God and in our communion with Him. Pray for increased wisdom, increased revelation and increased passion… something that produces and multiplies!

3. Pray for a discerning godly love! The kind that never fails! God’s people need discernment. We must approve things that are excellent. This means to recognize the highest and the best, to understand what really matters and to make right choices. We need moral and spiritual discernment. The phrase “in all judgment” means with all spiritual discernment. Seeing as through the eyes of heaven, means living out of our spirit-man.

4. Pray that we will be ’sincere’! This word means ‘pure ‘ …without any mixture of evil. We must be real, genuine believers with nothing to hide. Your life must be consistent no matter what. Without offense and blameless our lives must not cause others to fall into sin. A blameless life is free from moral scandal. This word “blameless” does not mean sinless perfection, but a life that is growing in godliness and is consistent in pleasing God; not causing offense to others. Pray that my life will not be a stumbling block to anyone who names the name of Christ, nor a road block to those who are still searching for truth! Our conduct should be honest and honorable! We must be people of unquestioned integrity.

5. Pray that we live a fruitful life! Filled with the fruit of righteousness. This includes all the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We must grow in godly character that flows from a right relationship with God.

6. The end result – Glory! ‘The glory and praise of God. This kind of life pleases God and honors Christ. When people see us, are they able to see the effect of life-changing prayer? Glory to Glory transformation, is the result of more than just having a “little talk with Jesus”… it is the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man that availeth much (Jms. 5:16).

So… pray for me, pray for my family, pray for my ministry, but pray this prayer in faith… and God will do more than we can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20), Hallelujah!

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