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His Word to You

Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” (Lk 1:28)

Here we have the amazing story of how Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel who told her she would become the mother of the Messiah. Naturally Mary was shocked and asked how such a thing could be, since she was a virgin. The angel did not go into a longwinded explanation, but simply told her “the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Lk 1:35). That was good enough for Mary and she responded with a powerful declaration of faith: “Let it be to me according to Your Word”.

Discovering Favor:

That simple reply is at the heart of the mystery of answered prayer. Mary came to believe that as a virgin she would become pregnant and give birth to Israel’s long awaited Messiah. There were probably a lot of young Jewish women that might have hoped for that privilege, but Mary didn’t just hope it – she lived it. She knew a secret, because God had revealed His Word to her. Yet, she would come to live it out, only as she discovered her favored estate with God. For Mary to have felt favored by God would seem normal and expected in Jewish households, but a divine revelation from the angel Gabriel would have certainly emphasized its reality.

Favor Establishes Faith:

Now there would be nothing absurd about Mary’s belief in God, because she was finding His favor in His Word to her. It was rooted firmly in the Word of God’s supernatural encounter. God’s Word to her made faith… reality and had made the ridiculous… reasonable. As the angel told her, “With God nothing will be impossible!” I can almost hear a shout of “Amen!” as she embraced the words. “I am Your maidservant! Let it be to me according to Your Word.”

Receive His Favor:

Most of us are not likely to experience a visitation from Gabriel, but we have encounters with the Holy Spirit waiting for our embrace right now. The Bible is filled with words for us from God and there are angels that accompany our activities everyday. As Kingdom Agents, we are designed to walk in the favor of God and establish an atmosphere around our lives that allow His voice to become recognizable.

Like a fragrance, Mary found that favor longs to be discovered. You can be told that it is there, but it must be received and experienced, to be sought out and appreciated. God’s Word to you is like Mary’s secret, dependant upon your willingness to recognize His favor.

Revealing His Glory

“This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed His Glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him” (Jn. 2:11).

“…a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.” (Lk. 9:34)

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory” (Jn. 17:24)

Jesus Reveals His Glory:

What are we seeing in these verses? What is it inside of us that shifts when we truly see the radiating splendor of God? Make no mistake the Glory of God is the key to igniting faith in the human heart!

In the New Testament we see that Jesus revealed His Glory in four major ways:
1. through His signs and wonders (Mt. 11:3-6),
2. through His revelation of the Father’s heart (Jn. 5:19-23),
3. through His transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8)
4. and finally through His cross and resurrection (Rom. 6:4).

To behold His Glory was to see the essence of who He was… the express image of the Father - His Person (Heb. 1:3). Truly He upholds all things by the Word of His Power; and by way of His completed work in the Earth, He has earned His place at the right hand of the Majesty on High.

Beholding Transforms:

Beholding the Glory revealed in Christ affected His disciples so significantly that the Scripture tells us they couldn’t even talk about it (Lk. 9:32-36). That revelation became the birth place of their faith and all they understood was that they could never be satisfied without it.

Notice this rather odd request by James and John: they wanted to sit in His Glory, one of them at Jesus’ right hand and the other at His left… for all of eternity (Mk. 10:35). They were seeing something that transformed their understanding so deeply that they wanted it for all time.

Ah, But There’s More!

I believe that the more we see of the Glory, the more we want to see. It is inexhaustible! We see so much in Scripture, yet the Apostle John wrote, “there are also many other things Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25). Christ reveals the Father’s splendor, character and purpose that can never be seen any other way (2 Cor. 4:6). The lame, walking and the deaf, hearing; sickness and diseases being healed without the influence of a doctor; and demons, fleeing with only a word. The dead, raised at the sound of His voice and the living, transformed at the touch of His hands. How, you might ask? He continues to identify the Glory as the real source of His power (Jn. 11:40).

He would still say to us today, “if you will only believe you will see the Glory of God”.

John was clear about the impact of beholding His Glory… it was the reality of walking in the light (1 Jn. 1:7). Peter was clear about the experience… “joy unspeakable and full of Glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). Paul even prayed that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened to the riches of the Glory of the inheritance among the saints, in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:17). Does it not make you yearn like Moses…

“Lord – Please, show me Your Glory!” (Exod. 33:18)

Reaching For Anointing

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

Pressing Toward the Goal:

Believers should be found consistently pressing forward for more of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It becomes a lifestyle! Disciples embrace disciplines that shape the way they see and hear. These disciplines, like prayer and fasting, reading and meditating on the Word of God and creating opportunities for fellowship among other believers… these lifestyle choices are the foundation of a true spiritual relationship with Jesus. They are really all about the exercise of reaching forward to lay hold of Christ – the “Anointed One”! We are letting go of our past, counting all things as loss and pressing toward the upward call of God. He has apprehended us through salvation and He wants us to become His Kingdom Agents in the Earth. This call is not an occupational choice, we are not just working for Him… we are working with Him. We are becoming a people in step with His purposes.

The Prize that is Ahead:

The Apostle Paul emphasizes this reality as he speaks to us about reaching forward to those things which are ahead (Philippians 3:7-16). There is an obvious prize in his efforts… “Christ”. He speaks of four key principles in the prize set before him:

  • To know “Christ”.
  • To gain “Christ”.
  • To be found in ”Christ”.
  • To walk with “Christ”.

As I noted earlier, the word – “Christ” is a significant title that means “Anointed One” and points to more than just a person named Jesus. Jesus carried something with Him everywhere He went… the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Lk 4:18)(Acts 10:38). By calling His followers “Christians”, all the world now assumes that we too are called as “little anointed ones”… to carry something everywhere we go. But you cannot carry – what you do not have… and you will not have – what you are not seeking after!

Carrying the Christ Anointing:

We should and we must carry the anointing everywhere we go (2 Cor 1:21)! It is the Holy Spirit’s power poured out (Acts 1:8) that breaks yokes (Isa 10:27) and destroys the works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8). Yet this will require a lifestyle of reaching forward consistently for more of Christ. Its not information, but power; life transforming power. Its not inspiration, its purity and a wealth of spiritual integrity. Its not desperation, its supernatural faith and trust in a God who still does miracles. We are not working out our religious service, we are reaching forward to carry the same anointing that rested upon Jesus (Jn 14:12).

Revival Fire:

The flame that burns within our heart is fueled by that which we see through the eyes of faith! We are reaching and gaining a more excellent prize than gold or human favor. Our reaching forward is to lay hold of Christ, Himself… The Anointed One!

The Desire of the Nations (Hag 2:7)
…and the Hope of Glory (Col 1:27).

Remain Fearless!

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Lk. 12:32)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

Fear Not! That’s not just my thought – its the exhortation of God’s Word! And why? Because it is Your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom… to make sure you are walking in Kingdom Promises and Kingdom Favor all the days of your life. We must break the spirit of fear and free ourselves from the lies that the devil throws at our minds. Fear is nothing more than false evidence appearing real… its the stuff of death. But God offers a reality that carries the Blessing of Life!

Maintaining a fearless heart… comes from tapping into a Kingdom Identity!

  • …its like David looking into the eyes of Goliath and claiming victory over every giant in the land!
  • …its like Daniel standing in the midst of a kneeling crowd declaring a firm conviction that God will not be mocked!
  • …its like the Apostles in the Early Church praying, ” Now Lord, look upon the threats and give us more boldness to speak Your Word!”

Stir Up Your Anointing to Love!

In the scientific world, fear carries the lowest frequency and love carries the highest… in other words, fear generates the least amount of energy while love creates the most. Love creates atmospheres of health, strength, vitality and positive outcomes while fear creates atmospheres of depressions, unbelief, sickness, and negative outcomes.

Jesus clearly taught us to “Fear Not”. The Apostle Paul stated, “faith works by love” (Gal. 5:6). No wonder Jesus left us with only 2 commandments: to Love God and to love others as ourselves. All the commandments are fulfilled in this… that you love one another.

The Time is Now!

Examine your heart and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of fear. Repent from fear, turn away from it, renounce it wherever it shows up in your life – and receive love in its place. When you realize that God loves you and will always do what is good for you, it immediately removes the fear and releases faith that works through love.

I want to challenge you… in fact I want to feel the challenge personally – to awaken love like never before. Believers, let us create a love atmosphere in our life for 2016.

Recognize the benefits of loving those who persecute you and mistreat you. Begin to renounce any specific fear that you identify and replace it with a Kingdom Identity – love thoughts… and faith decrees from the “Love Chapter” (1 Cor. 13). Let’s agree together for complete deliverance and awakening of a love walk, filled with faith for 2016. You will be delivered from fear and transformed by love. Its the greatest power in the universe!

Let’s believe the Bible… “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (1 Jn. 4:18)

Encounter the Glory

“This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed His Glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him” (Jn. 2:11).

“…a cloud came and overshadowed them: and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.” (Lk. 9:34)

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory” (Jn. 17:24)

Jesus Reveals His Glory:

What are we seeing in these verses? What is it inside of us that shifts when we truly see the radiating splendor of God? Make no mistake the Glory of God is the key to igniting faith in the human heart!

In the New Testament we see that Jesus revealed His Glory in four major ways:
1. through His signs and wonders (Mt. 11:3-6),
2. through His revelation of the Father’s heart (Jn. 5:19-23),
3. through His transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8)
4. and finally through His cross and resurrection (Rom. 6:4).

To behold His Glory was to see the essence of who He was… the express image of the Father – His Person (Heb. 1:3). Truly He upholds all things by the Word of His Power; and by way of His completed work in the Earth, He has earned His place at the right hand of the Majesty on High.

Beholding Transforms:

Beholding the Glory revealed in Christ affected His disciples so significantly that the Scripture tells us they couldn’t even talk about it (Lk. 9:32-36). That revelation became the birth place of their faith and all they understood was that they could never be satisfied without it.

Notice this rather odd request by James and John: they wanted to sit in His Glory, one of them at Jesus’ right hand and the other at His left… for all of eternity (Mk. 10:35). They were seeing something that transformed their understanding so deeply that they wanted it for all time.

Ah, But There’s More!

I believe that the more we see of the Glory, the more we want to see. It is inexhaustible! We see so much in Scripture, yet the Apostle John wrote, “there are also many other things Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Jn. 21:25). Christ reveals the Father’s splendor, character and purpose that can never be seen any other way (2 Cor. 4:6). The lame, walking and the deaf, hearing; sickness and diseases being healed without the influence of a doctor; and demons, fleeing with only a word. The dead, raised at the sound of His voice and the living, transformed at the touch of His hands. How, you might ask? He continues to identify the Glory as the real source of His power (Jn. 11:40).

He would still say to us today, “if you will only believe you will see the Glory of God”.

John was clear about the impact of beholding His Glory… it was the reality of walking in the light (1 Jn. 1:7). Peter was clear about the experience… “joy unspeakable and full of Glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). Paul even prayed that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened to the riches of the Glory of the inheritance among the saints, in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:17). Does it not make you yearn like Moses…

“Lord – Please, show me Your Glory!” (Exod. 33:18)

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