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Expect from God

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Rom. 10:17)

The best resource you have is God’s current Word to you. I don’t think there is anything more important than hearing His voice and expecting His purposes to be fulfilled in your life. The recipe for growth as a disciple of Jesus is first – reading His Word and second – expecting it to manifest in your life.

Bible Results:

The Bible is guaranteed to produce results (Isa. 55:8-11). But what are they? Spiritual Expectation… FAITH! Biblical Truth comes directly from God and enlarges faith. It shapes the way we see and is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). What it does is produce a supernatural faith in the hearer. It shifts the hearer’s world view and sets new foundations for reality. I urge you – read the Bible for yourself! See for yourself. As a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit indwelling you in order to lead you in the truth. You have the very Author of the Bible right there with you to show you reality from God’s perspective.

Shifting into Expectation:

This is the believing process that offers spiritual transformation. When you and I are given the opportunity to see what God sees and hear as God’s Children, then we feel our natural perceptions shift. Our thoughts and understandings weaken to the overwhelming reality of Truth, “reality from God’s perspective”. Faith comes by hearing the Truth of the Word of God! Faith is a wonderful gift, given at the moment of revelation; and a powerful seed that grows as it is watered. Faith is all about believing what God says about us, not what others say. Faith inspires us to expect God’s love and power.

Expect the Best:

Expect God’s help, wisdom, strength and favor to increase… your future is not hinged to natural limitation when you allow the Word of God to touch your “expector”. You can expect your needs to be met! How can I be so sure… because God is not a liar! Want to learn more? Just pick up your Bible. Like a Divine Library, the Bible contains thousands of promises that are already yours!

Remember that God is faithful! Remember that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Nothing is impossible with God!

There is no limit to what God can do through His Word in you. Trust Him to provide abundant life (Jn. 10:10)!

Stir the Gift

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (Jn. 16:13)

Its interesting to me to see that the Holy Spirit is described, not only as a person (He): but also as a “gift” (Acts 2:38, 10:45). Notice it says in the Bible (Lk. 11:13) that  if we can give good gifts (plural), how much more will God give the greatest gift, the Holy Spirit (singular); to them that ask. The Gift… is the Holy Spirit.

All the gifts of God are by The Holy Spirit… So what does this mean? It means that we have the potential to flow in any gift necessary for the moment, if we have “the gift” of The Holy Spirit. We may move more effectively or feel stronger in some gifts than in others… but the “best” gift is the one needed at that moment (1 Cor. 12:31). The good news is that God is willing to use you… but we must stay fresh and stir up the gift of God within us!

Cultivate the Relationship…

Do not let the dust settle upon your gift!

The Apostle Paul tells young Pastor Timothy to be sure and not neglect the gift of The Holy Spirit (1 Tim. 4:14). He tells him to “stir up” the gift inside of him, which is the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 1:6). We must cultivate our relationship with the Holy Spirit, just like we do in our marriages or among good friendships. Scripture warns us not to quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thes. 5:19). The word quench here means not only to suppress, but also to extinguish. If you don’t stoke a fire, it will burn out. It must be stirred up! You need to stir up your relationship with the Holy Spirit and not let it die out.

Keys in Cultivating the Relationship with the Holy Spirit:

  1. Praise and worship in the Spirit (Phil. 3:3). If you only praise and worship God on Sunday morning, you’re missing the boat. It should be constant (Ps. 35:27-28).
  2. Praying in the Spirit, you build yourself up (Jude 20-21)(1 Cor. 14:4).
  3. Reading The Word of God (Jn. 14:26). The Holy Spirit will shed light on God’s Word and bring it to your remembrance.

Like any relationship… effort has to be put into it. You have to make time. If you don’t have time for God, then your priorities are all messed up. You need to sit down and rewrite your schedule to include time in the Word, praise and prayer. God has so much in store for us. He doesn’t want us to lack in any gift. He sent Jesus to give us not only life, but abundant life (Jn. 10:10). We see clearly that God desires all of His children to flow in the things of the Holy Spirit (Num. 11:25-29)(1 Cor. 14:5). It’s not Him holding us back… often times it’s us saying no or feeling uncomfortable.

We need to say yes… and stir up the gift of the Holy Spirit!

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:4-9)

Victory Over Satan

Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33)

How – you ask? By Faith… By believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and trusting in His promises!

This is War! A war of a spiritual nature, but certainly it carries the weight of conflict, broken lives and devastating consequences. It is important to know the tactics of the devil, so that you are not overwhelmed by the surprise attacks he launches against you (2 Cor. 2:11). The devil is a liar and thief, aiming to accomplish your utter destruction (Jn. 10:10)… but Jesus has come to give you life abundant, full of peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). You are not your own… your life is hidden in Christ; and although there is a battle, you are not left without tools in your arsenal and authority to use them! You are a Child of God with a destiny of Kingdom purpose and courage. You are called for dominion… to defeat the enemies of your soul and accomplish the Will of God for your life. Jesus has given you delegated authority to run your race with joy and release the Kingdom of God into every battle, every sphere of relationship and every place you set your feet!

Every Child of God carries the promise of Victory over Satan.

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world – our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 Jn. 5:4-5)

“For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good and simple concerning evil. And the God of Peace will crush Satan underneath your feet shortly.” (Rom. 16:19-20)

3 Truths:

  1. Our Battle is not Carnal: The battle is “not against flesh and blood ” (things in the natural realm), but we battle “…against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, and against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12). “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
  2. Our Authority is in Christ: The battle is already won! Jesus has established our victory by crushing the power of the devil and breaking all the authority he has ever had by triumphantly overcoming the cross through the resurrection. Jesus has all authority and power (Mt. 28:18) and has delegated His Saints to rule and reign in life for the advancement of His victory in the Earth. Yet, this authority must be taken… and dominion must be established by those who walk by faith and believe in the Word of God.
  3. Our Victory is in the Truth: The battle is for the Truth… for Satan’s greatest device is deception and lies (Jn. 8:43-47). He uses subtly to murder and destroy the plans of God as he did in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1). He uses doubt and distractions to undercut God’s purposes as he did with Jesus in the temptation in the wilderness (Mt. 4:3-11) and (Lk. 4:3-9).

Renew Your Mind… in These Promises:

  • Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord …”
  • Malachi 4:3 “And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”
  • Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
  • Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers … nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  • James 4:7 ” … Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
  • 1 John 4:4 “You … have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

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!

It is Written

Scripture: “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’ But He answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, and, in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ Jesus said to him, ‘It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” (Mt. 4:1-11)

Thought for Today: “When Tempters Come… It is Written!”

The tempter came to Jesus and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:3-4)

In this passage we have a wonderful opportunity to see how Jesus dealt with the tempter in the wilderness. It is interesting to note that it is the Holy Spirit who leads Jesus into this situation where we find Him hungry and vulnerable to the tempter’s approach. Jesus has denied His physical body of food for 40 days so that He could focus upon the Words of God. This focus has brought Him into a place of testing that cannot be duplicated in any other environment. He is challenged about His identity, His authority and His loyalty. In every situation His response is the same – “It is Written!” The Word of God was His most valuable weapon… and in the end the Devil left Him discouraged and defeated.

The Wilderness Experience:

There are seasons where we need to remind our body where our true resource is found. Jesus pointed out to His disciples that He had food that they did not know about (Jn 4:32). Whether our appetite is for food, entertainment, or even other people; the wilderness experience reminds us that we were created for more than just flesh desires. Getting to the core values that we stand upon is essential when in the midst of temptation, testing and trials of our faith. If we have a shallow understanding of our faith in God, then we will find ourselves struggling when the tempter comes… and he will come.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” (Jn. 10:10)

Focus on God’s Word:

I want to emphasize something we often overlook in those wilderness experiences… the one-two punch of quoting Scripture and fasting. Jesus is focusing on the Words of God within a fasting lifestyle, and that’s His greatest source of strength as the tempter comes to attack Him. Its true, the tempter will try to bring distraction and disruption to your spiritual journey; but recognize the security of knowing your resource is in the Word of God and prayer and fasting. There is just no threat when you live in the stronghold of God’s love and embrace. That is exactly what we have in the Words of God, a Stronghold of Truth that feeds our needy soul (Ps 119:161-168).

Jesus is the Word Made Flesh:

Later Jesus proclaims “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty” (Jn 6:35). God offers us something greater than bread, He offers us life in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. He is our spiritual resource. When we focus upon Jesus, looking into His eyes by faith, we are renewed in strength and revived in spirit (2 Cor 4:6). Likewise, when we focus on the Words of God in Scripture there is a revelation of the provision of God in Christ Jesus, released by the Holy Spirit (Col 1:27). Strength and joy are made available to defeat all enemies and bring revival to our weary souls.

Take note as you live, “the Kingdom of God is not food or drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17).

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