Posts Tagged ‘rest’

Sudden Breakthrough

Scripture: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Mt 11:28-30)

Thought for Today: “Releasing Suddenlies”

Every person I know needs a breakthrough in some area of their life. I am no exception. I need breakthroughs all the time. I find myself stuck or tempted, confused or confined and in need of wisdom and revelation. The challenge for most of us is that getting a breakthrough means changing how we see. I often hear people say, ”You might have to get serious about spiritual disciplines if you want to see any impact in your life”. What I would like to propose is that the key to getting your breakthrough is more about striving for rest, than fighting for your life (Heb 4:9). Jesus said, “Come to Me… and I will give you rest. Take My yoke… learn from Me… and you will find rest for your souls.” The key is to stop relying on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5-10)

Trust God!

What I have seen repeatedly through the years in Scripture, personal experience and the testimony of others, is that prayer and fasting produces great spiritual results. Yet those results were tied to trusting God. When we give ourselves to intense seasons of seeking, we must lean on Jesus, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the counsel of God’s Word. God is always up to something and your breakthrough is on His mind… in fact, He wants it more than you do!

Enter In:

I want to encourage you to stop leaning on your own understanding. You might never discover how problems or difficulties will be resolved in your life. Try to enter a season of rest. Go to the Throne of Grace and let God love you. Let His mercy pour out upon your heart and just soak it in… stay there and begin to enjoy His Presence. Let Him wash away your worry, cleanse you of all fear and wrestling. Now simply direct your trust toward Him… speak it out. Tell Him that you love the way He meets your needs and praise Him in this moment in the midst of all that is going on around you.

Suddenlies will Begin:

Then… what was offering no impact, suddenly does. What was making no difference, suddenly will. That unwanted situation or mountain that stood in the way, suddenly is removed. The relationship that was broken, suddenly gets restored. The pain in your body, suddenly is healed. The job that hadn’t come through, suddenly opens up. Suddenlies are God’s specialty!

The Reward of Seeking: Believe that God is the “Rewarder” of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb. 11:6)

Its the anointing that breaks the yoke (Isa 10:27), but it must settle in on us. Its God’s power that releases the suddenlies in our lives (Acts 2:2). Those miracles, the breakthroughs and the revelation of purpose, did not show up simply because we got the words right in our prayers last night. It was because God moved on our behalf. We sought Him in a season of prayer and fasting – yes, but it was God who showed up, brought the breakthrough and the suddenly you needed.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:16)

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!

Living God’s Plan

“For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Heb. 3:16-19)

For 400 years, God planned the exodus! His desire was to have a people… to free the Hebrews from Egypt and make them His own. To convince Pharaoh to let them go, God sent His friend Moses and 10 plagues into Egypt. He opened the Red Sea and fed His people with manna and quail. He carried them on eagle’s wings and took care of all of their needs. And He brought them to the edge of the Promised Land. They were a special, chosen and protected nation. Their health was good and their shoes didn’t even wear out! But because of unbelief there were thousands of them who did not go into the Promised Land.

When God’s People Say – NO!

At the point of decision, when the people say, ‘We can’t do it! or We won’t do it!’… God is true to His Word! The Bible says “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6). Where there is unbelief, there is no access to Promised Land. We loose the privilege of walking in the Promises of God, when we walk in stubborn disobedience to God’s heart. And we miss what God has planned for our lives in the process.

Choosing to Obey:

The writer of Hebrews is saying, “I do not want what happened in the wilderness to happen to you”. Don’t miss what God has planned for your life simply because you were afraid or unwilling to take a step of faith. The point is, that our unbelief limits God! We must choose to obey God in faith! Yes – it is a choice and we must not buy into excuses or argue with God. Every time we trust God’s wisdom, even when we don’t “feel” like it, we deepen our relationship with Christ, gain strength and open the door into the plans of God. It is God’s idea that we walk in bold obedience to His purposes and He has given us everything we need to do it. We just have to do it!

  • Listen to these words: “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Pet. 1:3-4)

Trust His Power:

Understand… that as we obey God, not out of duty, fear or compulsion, but because we love Him; power is released to do the impossible! God empowers what He requires of His Child! Trust is the key… trusting that He knows what is best for us, activates the same supernatural resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 8:6-11). The Holy Spirit quickens our mortal bodies so that we are able to please God, reach goals and walk in promise… no matter how big the obstacles resisting us. As we “follow” Christ – and I mean radical following – our relationship with Him deepens and grows stronger (Eph. 2:4-10).

The Love Factor:

Unbelievers often think Christians obey out of obligation or guilt or fear of punishment, but the opposite is true. Believers have been forgiven and set free… we obey out of love, and our obedience is not difficult when love is factored in! Jesus loves us with the same passion that the Father loves Him, and we abide in that love! Jesus said, I have loved you even – or with the same passion – as the Father has loved Me. Remain (abide) in My love. When you obey Me, you remain in My love, just as I obey My Father and remain in His love. I have told you this so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (Jn. 15:9–11)

The greatest tragedy would be for you and I to stand at the edge of our destiny, but be afraid to enter into all that God has planned for us. Our obedience in moving forward, to take risks and step out in faith; will release God’s power in our lives. We were designed, created and anointed to live God’s plan for our lives – through bold faith, trusting His power and overflowing in joy. Let love be your motivation and run into the Father’s arms!

The time is NOW… to break out into God’s plan for your life!

Wrestling with Unbelief

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” (Jn. 15:9)

Hello Ron,
I am currently 15 years old and when I was 13 I use to have this friend who was an atheist. He use to attack me daily saying God is just an illusion and that He is a figment of human imagination. For the longest time this didn’t bother me, I was confident in my faith. But the attacks kept coming and we battled over this for 2 years… almost daily. Eventually I felt my faith failing, I became double minded, and truly was unstable in all of my ways. I had chosen to discontinue my friendship with him, because I knew if I didn’t, he would convert me to unbelief. My problem is that even after a year being free of him, I feel as if I have no faith. Everything I hear about God, I know is true! Yet my mind is saying how fake it is, and how dumb it is to believe in this fairy tale. Everyday I am haunted with thoughts like “God is fake”, “Jesus was just a mentally ill man” and “evolution is scientific fact, why challenge it?”. I want to stop thinking these thoughts, yet they come; almost uncontrollably. It doesn’t help that I am surrounded all day by evolution theory. I know evolution is wrong, but for some reason, deep inside I wrestle to know the truths of the Bible! I believe in God, but struggle with trusting… you know? I have been fighting this fight of faith for 2 years now and am still in the same predicament. I feel so lost and alone, I wonder if I am even saved, if Jesus does come back if I will be included. I do not want to have doubt and unbelief… I feel as if there is something at work controlling my thinking. I just want God to step in and take it all away! I know the truth of God but for some reason, I find myself fighting on the inside! Can I control what I believe? I still share the Bible with friends, and seem like the world best Christian to them (if there is such a thing). I know that the Bible is true and that the Word of the Lord is awesome. I have seen people healed before my own eyes, I have felt the fire of God move through me, have experienced the Holy Spirit’s touch, and even spoken in tongues! But for some reason even with all these truths in front of my eyes, I wrestle in my mind. With all my heart I want to have unwavering belief, I want to live for the Lord, but how can I live for him if my thoughts tells me He is fake? I literally wake up with the thought “God is not real”. What do I do? I have fasted, gone through the bible, prayed, and live as pure as possible, but nothing is helping. I am double minded and do not want to be this way. I am frustrated living in this condition. Please help me, please. I do not want to lose my faith, I want help and I think I was led to this website for a reason. I have been distracted so much today that this letter wasn’t going to be written, but thank God I wrote and sent this. I want faith restored, belief restored, and to be able to live in faith. Did your doubt and unbelief completely go? Do you still deal with crippling doubt? I feel as if I am going through the exact same thing you did, and I believe that you will be able to help me.

Thank you so much…

My Reply to this brothers question…

Brother… you are not alone and if Christians would be honest, you would recognize this spirit of unbelief in the Church. It is a problem even among the most admired believers. The key is that Christ has won your battle and you must learn to enter His rest (Heb. 4:1-16). There is a place of rest for those who have had their hearts ravished by the Lord. When your heart is captured and you truly awaken your love for Jesus it will cause you to not give as much credibility to man made ideas. Reason has its limitations (Isa. 1:18-20). God has set us to know the Scriptures for our benefit in gaining “life” in our believing process (Jn. 20:30-31). These verses explain a huge reality that is often overlooked. Believing something or believing in someone you cannot see or touch, takes faith… not evidence, but reality that is not visible, not reasonable. Christians must allow their hearts to be awakened to the ways of God… and Scripture is our platform for knowledge. “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God!” (Heb. 11:3). Just imagine all that this means for us as believers. We must have renewed minds (Rom. 12:1-3), based upon new understanding from the platform of God’s Words. His Voice will ravish your heart if you allow it and abide in love.

The Power of a Ravished Heart:

Do a study of the Song of Solomon and you will find the Shulamite Bride gets her heart overwhelmed by love for her beloved… this is a prophetic picture of Christ (the Bridegroom) and the Church (the Bride). But what happens is that the Bridegroom pulls away from the Bride to cause her to want him and seek for him in the night season. Pulling her out of her comfort zone is vital and happens only because of the memory of her beloved, his beauty and his character.

This experience is called the “dark night of the soul” where our love is tested and Christ must be sought and discovered as our most needed friend… “our lover”. He does this with every believer, to pull them out of their comfort into suffering and searching for hope, security and love. We are like the Shulamite bride (who is lovesick) and our beloved is waiting just beyond our reach. He is not hiding from us, but He is hiding for us – to find Him. In finding His love and compassion, and experiencing His beauty; makes our hearts awaken to love and we are captured by the look in His eyes (2 Cor. 4:6). When this is discovered, our hearts become His, forever. Read Song of Solomon 8:5-7 and you will see the power of love!

Be blessed my friend and know the grace that pulls us into safety from the demonic spirit of unbelief.

Father’s Garden

“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there He put the man He had formed.” (Gen. 2:8)

The Garden of Eden - God’s Original Design:

The Garden of Eden is more than a historical place in the Bible. It is more than a lost paradise. And it is more than a bright future that can only be entered through death’s doorway. Life in the Father’s Garden reveals God’s original design and our restored inheritance. Eden teaches us what it means to live as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

5 Revelations from Father’s Garden:

1. Intimacy with the Father…

  • “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”  (Gen. 3:8)

At the heart of Eden is a personal relationship with Father God. The first face Adam and Eve saw was the face of a loving Father. The name Eden means “delight”. This delight does not mean happiness as we use the term, but the joy that comes through being intimately connected with God. David speaks of his revelation of intimacy with the Father, saying, “You will fill me with joy in Your Presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand” (Ps. 16:11). When Jesus died, there would be no more seperation from the Father’s Garden. The veil in the temple was torn in two, signifying that the way into the Father’s intimate Presence was restored (Mt. 27:51, Heb. 10:19-20). And that place of intimacy can be our home.

2. Clothed in the Glory of God…

  • “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” (Gen 2:25)

Although Adam and Eve were physically naked, they were covered with the Glory of God. David says of created humanity, “You [God] crowned them with glory and honor” (Ps. 8:5). The Hebrew word for crown also means encircled or clothed. The righteous are “surrounded with God’s favor as a shield” (Ps. 5:12). No wonder Adam and Eve became aware of their nakedness at that moment, sin caused the Glory of God to be stripped away from them. Physical clothing is here to stay, but consider the spiritual truth in Christ. Jesus reclothed us in the garments of salvation and covered the believing heart with the robe of His righteousness (Isa. 61:10). We are the righteousness of God in Christ and we can live transparently before God without shame or fear. Freedom in God’s Presence is not as a result of behaving perfectly, but of placing our faith in Jesus, the only Perfect One. Through His grace, we are in the process of being transformed in His glory, by His glory into His glory. (2 Cor 5:17-21, Phil 1:6)

3. The Father’s Blessing…

  • “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen 1:28)

The first words God spoke over Adam and Eve were words of blessing. They experienced His favor before they had done anything. They did not have to prove their worth. Their worth was based in who they were… a son and daughter of God, beloved and accepted.

Religious striving and trying to be “good enough” is a performance trap unleashed at the moment the man and woman ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This was the devil’s reality. The serpent was fully aware guilt would be unleashed upon humanity if they tasted that for which God had forbidden. Their eyes would be open to their naked condition and they would see how frail they really were. But that is not God’s way for He was their Blessing Bearer, their Protector against all evil. It was not a surprise to God, in fact He already had a plan for this.

In Genesis we learn that we are blessed just, because we are God’s sons and daughters. And in Christ we are renewed in the Spirit of God’s Blessing; given the right to become sons simply through receiving the free gift of life (Eph. 1:3-6) by faith in His Name, His Cross and His Blood.

4. Living at Rest, while Laboring with God…

  • “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Gen 2:15)

The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day. And that on the seventh day God rested. It is an amazing observation that the first full day that Adam and Eve experienced was a day of rest. From that place of rest, they labored together with God. We read, that God planted the trees in the Garden of Eden – and that Adam tended them. It was a united effort, a co-laboring if you will, where we observe a life of God-given purpose.

In God’s Kingdom, we are co-laborers with Christ (1 Cor. 3:9) and our Father invites us to tend what He has planted. We sense the calling and the energy of the Holy Spirit, to do the work that He has prepared for us beforehand(Eph. 2:10). Its a work of eternal purpose for our own lives and the generations that will follow. 

5. Deligated Authority to Fulfil His Purposes…

  • “Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.” (Gen. 2:19)

In Eden, Adam named the animals and after his wife was formed they walked and talked with the Father in the cool of the day. As they heard what was on His heart, they were able to carry out His purposes through the authority He had conferred to them. It was a unique relationship built upon love and trust and free will.

Today that same authority that Adam and Eve lost through sin, has been restored to us through Jesus (Mt. 28:18). Although we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God; we have been freely justified by God’s grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:23-24). Just as if we had never sinned, our confession of faith in the Blood of Christ opens up to us the Promise of restored inheritance in the Father’s Garden. 

“For if, by the trespass of the one man [Adam], death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Rom 5:17)

Living Inside or Outside of Eden?

Outside of Eden, we experience striving and frustration. We feel and behave like spiritual orphans. We wonder God feels unapproachable, distant and harsh. The perception outside of Eden is that God is not a Father, but a judge. We struggle with insecurity and strive to bear fruit. We wrestle with trust issues like orphans wrestle for a place to call home.

Living inside the Father’s Garden describes the life that we can live today in Christ. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). Within Eden, we experience the intimacy and security of our Father’s love. We enjoy His blessing and favor and live in a place of supernatural peace – His rest. We walk with God and hear what is on His heart and then we fulfil His purpose for our lives with the authority He has given to us.

Its the abundant life of the Father’s Garden that is the inheritance of the Sons and Daughters.