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God Will Answer

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

“Call to Me - I Will Answer You”:

The Lord promises to answer the prayers of Jeremiah. Why? Because it is God’s priority to show His sons and daughters great and mighty things, which they do not know. Of course, God can do His will without us, without our asking and without our involvement. But when we ask connections happen and partnership emerges. With God, all things are possible… and by including us, it does’nt make anything less possible. He is still God and He is still sufficient in all that He puts His hands to accomplish.

Why Miss the Opportunity?

God answers prayer in a variety of ways! He is under no obligation to say, “Yes” to everything we pray… which I think is probably a very good thing. He can say ”No” much more easily than we, because He sees the big picture. He can say “Wait” with something we know is in His will, but requires an element of patience on our part. He is fond of telling me “Grow”, because I tend to get my heart tangled up in difficult problems that overwhelm my sense of duty.

But, of all His answers I like the one where He becomes still… it pulls me in, captures my attention and helps me realize I need His Presence even more than just His revelation. I know that sounds odd, but really should we not listen more for His breath than His voice. I love His voice and tend to run passionately to the closest ears I can find to spout off the latest and greatest that God is speaking in my “quiet times”. But, His Presence is our life!

Notice: Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Mt. 6:6)

A Sacret Place - A Place of Secrets:

There is stillness waiting… in the secret place. There is Presence and abiding Glory that God has intended to be the most refreshing reality of “answered prayer”. The atmosphere gets permeated with the fragrance of fellowship… of worship (Jn. 12:3). Praise and worship arises and thankfulness offers a sense of peace that cannot be duplicated any other way. God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3).

The Mingling of Hearts:

I am reminded of how often God has responded to the desires of my heart without a word ever spoken (Lk. 12:30). Because He sees… He does not just hear our prayers, He sees us! He knows us and is consistently making Himself vulnerable to our need. It is so transforming, just to sit at His feet and look into His eyes (2 Cor. 4:6). You see, we need this fellowship (1 Jn. 1:1-4). We need this atmosphere more than we need a perfect answer or a powerful revelation. We need His heartbeat to register on the basic foundations of our character. We come to a God who is completely holy and often get the idea that the best thing He has to offer is “answers”. But the best thing He has to offer was proven at the cross. He offers Himself… His love and His embrace.

He Sees in Secret - But Rewards Openly:

Honestly, I pray to get my mind blown more than to get answers that fit the smallness of my asking. I have learned that God wants to do immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). The God who sees in secret is the same God who wants to reward me openly. His rewards however, are things I do not know, things I cannot wrap my mind around and things that bring me to my knees (Rev. 1:17). Like Jeremiah, I find myself feeling a fire in my bones that cannot be put into words (Jer. 20:9). And yet, that is precisely where He wants me… in a place that requires me to be still and know that He is God and I am not (Ps. 46:10).

God still answers from the secret place and when He does, it releases into greater Kingdom destiny!

Our Victory

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Rom 12:17-21)

Christ “spoiled principalities and powers” and triumphed over them. He overcame evil with good! Every believer shares this mighty conquest of Calvary to the full. Jesus has absolute command over the forces of evil and confers this authority to His disciples as He says, “Behold I give you authority… over all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19).

We have Already Won!

In Christ, your enemy is defeated. He has no power over you. As a matter of fact he cannot find you… “For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3). The only influence he has against us is that which he has stolen by deception or we have given by negligence.

Walk in His Authority:

We must not be drawn into lengthy ”fights” with the Devil, because he is more cunning than us in the ways of deception. We have been called to enforce Christ’s Victory! The enemy craves attention. He always wants to make a scene, so the focus is on him. Don’t indulge in his tantrums, but remember that you have the mind of Christ! You carry an anointing from the Holy Spirit and you know things revealed inside, in your “spirit man”. I want you to realize that you will win every battle -every time, when you rest in His victory. There is peace in the midst of every storm. Clothe yourself with Christ and do good, then your battle is won!

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience”. (Col 3:12)

Be Different:

Live today by the fruit of the Spirit. Don’t retaliate, don’t avenge, don’t hold a grudge, don’t get angry…trust the Holy Spirit’s anointing within you to give you the ability to respond with love. Re-present Christ in every situation. It will allow you to enjoy God’s favor and peace in your life… joy unspeakable and full of glory!

The Victory is Ours!

Overcome The Hour

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33)

“In the world…” Jesus speaks of reality for the believer. There will be tribulation, struggle, battles and fierce enemies in the world. They will resist you, fight you and distract you from the course of fulfilling your destiny. You will wonder and fear, doubt and fall… but His peace is available! He commands you to make a decision, “…be of good cheer!” Do not lose your joy, your patience nor your testimony in the hour of trial! His call is to follow Him into victory and overcome in the darkest hour!

Believer – the pivotal question is: “What are you going to do in those moments?” Are you going to let the fierce trauma define you or not? Will you allow fear and uncertainty to gain a foothold in your life or are you going to push beyond it?

Don’t Allow Tribulation to Define You!

Many are defined by the catastrophes of life. The cry of their heart is not for endurance, but deliverance! Many hearts get overwhelmed by the fear and uncertainty. Yet, this is not the character of the valiant of heart. I’m convinced there is a position in Christ that every believer should embrace. The “over-comer” has become the guardian of their heart. Scripture reminds us that in difficult moments, we must walk in faith and not by what we see with the natural eye or feel with the natural senses. In order for us to follow Christ into His victory we must take preventive action!

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23)

Advancing & Overcoming:

I love the way Scripture invites us to follow… Jesus says, “I have overcome the world.” The Apostle John says, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4). If you’re going to advance beyond the traumatic moments in life, then you must guard your heart and recognize who lives in you. Protect your heart vision at all costs! Don’t let disappointments, failures, or tragedies shape your identity. You are called to great things in God. So preserve the essence of your life – not only so you can survive – but also because it enables you to become a well-spring for others. Guard your heart! Speak to your soul and resist the weariness of unbelief.

He has overcome the world… so that you can overcome the hour!

Unlocked Secrets

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search out a matter.” (Pr. 25:2)

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

“Call to Me – I Will Answer You”:

This is the Heart of Revival! The Lord promises to answer the prayers of Jeremiah. Why? Because it is God’s priority to show His sons and daughters great and mighty things, which they do not know. Of course, God can do His will without us, without our asking and without our involvement. But when we ask, connections happen and partnership emerges. That is the most important secret ingredient of revival! With God, all things are possible… and by including us, it does not make anything less possible. He is still God and He is still sufficient in all that He puts His hands to accomplish. The key is to understand – He wants to do the impossible with and through us!

Why Miss the Opportunity?

God answers prayer in a variety of ways! He is under no obligation to say, “Yes” to everything we pray… which I think is probably a very good thing. He can say “No” much more easily than we, because He sees the big picture. He can say “Wait” with something we know is in His heart, but requires an element of patience on our part. He is fond of telling me “Grow”, because I tend to get my emotions tangled up in the drama of difficult problems that overwhelm my sense of duty.

But, of all His answers I like the one where He becomes still… it pulls me in, captures my attention and helps me realize I need His Presence even more than just His revelation. I need to be revived in my heart! I know this might sound odd, but really – should we not listen more for His breath than His voice. I love His voice and tend to run passionately to “secret places” to catch all that God is speaking in my “quiet times”. But, His Presence is our life!

Notice: Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Mt. 6:6)

A Secret Place – A Place of Secrets: Intimacy!

There is stillness waiting that will revive the heart… in the secret place. There is Presence and abiding Glory that God has intended to be the most refreshing reality of “answered prayer” – His delight is to be known. The atmosphere gets permeated with the fragrance of fellowship… of worship (Jn. 12:3). Praise and worship arises and thankfulness offers a sense of peace that cannot be duplicated any other way. God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3).

The Mingling of Hearts:

I am reminded of how often God has responded to the desires of my heart without a word ever spoken (Lk. 12:30). Because He sees… He does not just hear our prayers, He sees us! He knows us and is consistently making Himself vulnerable to our need. It is so transforming, just to sit at His feet and look into His eyes (2 Cor. 4:6). You see, we need this fellowship (1 Jn. 1:1-4). We need this atmosphere more than we need a perfect answer or a powerful revelation. We need His heartbeat to register on the basic foundations of our character. We come to a God who is completely holy and often get the idea that the best thing He has to offer is “answers”. But the best thing He has to offer was proven at the cross. He offers Himself… His love and His embrace.

The best thing God has to offer is Himself!

He Sees in Secret – But Rewards Openly:

Honestly, I pray to get my mind blown more by the intimacy of the secret place; than by the answers that satisfy the smallness of my asking! I have learned that God wants to do immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). The God who sees in secret is the same God who wants to reward me openly. His rewards however, are things I do not know, things I cannot wrap my mind around and things that bring me to my knees (Rev. 1:17). Like Jeremiah, I find myself feeling a fire in my bones that cannot be put into words (Jer. 20:9). Now that sounds like revival! And yet, that is precisely where He wants me… in a place that requires me to be still and know that He is God and I am not (Ps. 46:10).

God still answers from secret places and when He does, revival fires emerge… and release hearts into greater Kingdom destiny!

Valiant Christianity

“But you, O man of God… pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Tim. 6:11-12)

To be a Christian is to be a warrior! The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world… it is a battle-field. Neither must he rely upon friendship with the world; for that would be enmity against God. His occupation is war.

To fight for the Truth!

We fight for righteousness, holiness, and purity. We fight for holy convictions. We fight for peace of mind in a crazy world. We fight for love and joy. We fight for our right to pray. We fight for truth and doctrine. We fight for revival. We fight for a move of God. We fight for our Lord Jesus Christ! We fight for our God!

To fight for the Cause of Christ – His Church!

We fight for our families, our heritage and legacy… children, Grandchildren. We fight for our loved ones, friends and neighbors. We fight to see people saved, healed, delivered, and filled with the Holy Ghost. We fight for the Kingdom. We fight for advancement. We fight for the ministry. We fight for the hope of the Church.

To fight against sin.

We fight against worldliness. We fight against compromise. We fight against heresy. We fight against spiritual dullness, deadness, dryness and decay. We fight against backsliding, gossip, bitterness, and strife. We fight against an invasive world system. We fight against religion. We fight against a form of godliness that denies the power of God. We fight against wasted time, wasted energy and wasted anointing. We fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil.

“To fight the good fight of faith!”

The Apostle Paul said at the end of his life, “I fought the good fight of faith” (2 Tim. 4:7). Imprisoned, deserted and often betrayed; the one time persecutor of the Church, was carrying an eternal perspective. He was saying… “I have never backed up, backed down or backed off. I have never hidden the Truth! And now I am ready to hear the reward of valiant Christianity… Well Done!”

Friends we may be weary, bruised, and bleeding; but we must not stop fighting until we hear – “Well Done!”

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