Strengthen Yourself! 24/9/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.
We all face challenges and trials. God is on the throne of our lives and He loves us and plans the best for us, but sometimes in the process of producing in us the character that He knows will enable us to stand against all opposition from the world, the flesh and the kingdom of darkness, and to live a life that glorifies Him, He allows us to face tests.
The critical thing for us to remember is that He has everything under control, and we must respond according to the Spirit and not react according to the flesh.
1 Samuel 30:1-8 David and his men returned home to find that the Amalekites had invaded the city and “burned it with fire”, taking away their wives and families “from small to great”. David and his men “lifted up their voices and wept”. All that was left of their homes was smoking ruins.
The Amalekites were an ancient tribe, descended from Amalek, who was the grandson of Esau. They were the first enemy that attacked Israel after they crossed the Red Sea, having come out of slavery in Egypt.
Esau’s line represents “the natural man”, which will always be in opposition to “the spiritual man”. In the “natural” Esau was the first-born and was a man strong in his “natural” abilities. He was a man of action and strong emotions.
Jacob, his twin brother represents “the spirit man”. He was “a mild man”. God wrestled all night with Jacob and changed his character and his name to Israel, which means “prince with God.” God chose Jacob (Israel) over Esau. He chooses the spiritual man over the flesh man.
“Amalek” means “cutting the neck”, or severing the head from the body. The flesh nature, the “natural man” will always war against the spirit man in you, endeavouring to separate you from the Head, Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:46 “The spiritual man is not first but the natural, and afterwards the spiritual.” We begin in the “natural” but by the grace of God and the blood of the cross we become spiritual beings, saved and given eternal life by Jesus Christ. The first enemy you must overcome as you build a life following Jesus Christ to the place of His promises is “the natural man”; your flesh (the Amalekites) that will try to separate you from your Head, Jesus Christ.
Faced with this terrible tragedy, David and his men “wept until they had no more power to weep” then his own people turned on him and “spoke of stoning him”! As if the destruction of his home and the capture of his family was not enough, now those closest to him wanted to kill him! “It’s all your fault! If you were a better leader this wouldn’t have happened!”
Sometimes, when you are facing a heart-breaking challenge, something else again can come “out of the blue” that you were not expecting, to make your life even harder!
So what will David do? He could argue, or he could fight them, or he could go to the place where he will never be rejected and where he will always find strength.
Verse 6: “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” When your world is collapsing and there seems to be pain upon pain, we must get into the place of worship and “strengthen” ourselves! Don’t wait for somebody else to do it for you. God is waiting for you. Get alone with Him!
Verse 7: David said, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” The temple had been destroyed so he couldn’t go there. His city was nothing but ashes, but David put on the garment of worship and “strengthened himself.”
Abiathar was the last priest left alive after Saul had slaughtered them all at Nob and this was the only ephod left in all Israel. Sometimes, we have to be stripped back to rock bottom so we can find a firm foundation on which to build a new life.
1 Corinthians 3:11 “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Then in that attitude, God spoke to David and promised him victory over his enemies.
All of the rest of David’s team were reacting according to the flesh; angry and resentful, wanting somebody to pay for their pain. Be careful that your sorrow doesn’t lead you into self-pity; that is of the flesh and will war against the purposes of God for you.
David worshipped God and the break-through came. He struck the Amalekites and took everything back that the enemy had stolen from him!
Worship is not passive: it connects us to the awesome might of the One who will fight our battles!
We, too, can “strengthen” ourselves in worship and position ourselves to receive a fresh word from God, and for His guidance into a future of victory. It’s up to you.
2 Corinthians 12:9 In a time of great testing, God said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
No matter what we are facing, we must be people who receive and extend the grace of God. (“Grace for grace”: John 1:16.) That then makes us “sufficient” for every circumstance. And then, God’s “strength is made perfect in weakness.” It is the opposite of the way of the world.
Too many of us never see God’s “perfect” strength because we are still too strong in the “natural man”.
Allow yourself to be emptied of all the natural strength and the ways of the flesh: the ways of the Amalekites: and when you are at your weakest, fill yourself up with the grace and the strength of the Lord and victory is certain.
Hearing God’s Voice 17/9/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.
We all need to hear God’s voice for ourselves. Be careful not to receive all of your revelations from God from another human vessel, no matter who they are. Human vessels can fail, but the voice of God Himself speaking to your spirit will never let you down.
Elijah was one of the most powerful and effective prophets and ministers for God in the Bible. He stood out from the crowd and was not afraid to speak God’s word, even if it meant that he must stand alone or attract enemies.
In 1 Kings 18 he had the well-known encounter with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. He called down fire from heaven, executed 850 prophets of false Gods and all Israel fell on their faces declaring, “the Lord, He is God!” (Verse 39). But in the process he attracted a very wicked and powerful enemy, Jezebel, who gives her name to demonic spirits of lust, witchcraft, deception and control, which are still very active today.
1Kings 19:2 Jezebel said, “I’m going to kill you!” and Elijah “ran for his life.” Now this is the guy who just called down fire from heaven! Who proclaimed a drought in the whole land of Israel for three and a half years, and at his word it rained again! And this evil woman threatened him and he ran away! Why didn’t he just go and see her and call down fire from heaven again? We are all human vessels:
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 God plans for us to be filled with “the light of the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” That’s what our “vessel” is for: to reveal Jesus and to glorify God. But you and I are masters of our own vessels. We are destined to be filled with faith, but sometimes, through adverse circumstances we can allow our faith to leak out and fear can fill us; or anger, or grief, or uncleanness… the list goes on. So Elijah ran away.
1 Kings 19:3-4 He left his servant and went on alone until he collapsed “under a broom tree”. He cried out to God, “Enough!” “I’ve had it! Kill me now!”
Verse 5-8: Even though Elijah had a bad attitude and had run away from the battle, God still came to him and provided for him and strengthened him to continue the journey.
You may think that God has been unfair to you, or that things have become too tough to go on, crying out, “Enough!” “Kill me now!”
Numbers 11:11-15 Moses did it! Sometimes the road just seems too steep and rough, but God in His mercy and grace will come to you and give you what you need to go on.
Exodus 3:15 When Moses met God at the burning bush and wanted confirmation that it really was God speaking to him, God said that He is “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” Why “Jacob”? Why not “Israel”? Jacob means “deceiver, supplanter” and as they wrestled together God changed his name to “Israel” which means “Prince with God”, from whom the whole nation is named. So why introduce Himself as “the God of Jacob”? Because He is the God of the deceiver, the failure, the sinner and the back-slider! “For God so loved the world…” No matter what you have done, He will always be your God!
So Elijah journeyed on and “he went into a cave”. Like David in the “cave of Adullam”. We might retreat into a cave because of opposition, fear or distress, but even there God will minister to us, if we will tune into His voice.
Verse 10: Elijah complained to God. Never be afraid to complain to God: read the Psalms. We don’t approach God as spiritual giants; what a joke that is; we come to Him simply as His sons and daughters. Open your heart to Him!
Verse 11-12: God taught Elijah a very important lesson: He tore the mountain with a wind, sent an earthquake and then a fire, but God was not in any of it!
Be careful that we don’t base our faith in God on physical manifestations or an experience of the miraculous: Satan can do those, too! Many people have become “shipwrecked in their faith” because they have followed “signs and wonders”, or personal prophecy and not the word of God. If any miracle, manifestation or prophecy does not line up with the word of God, throw it out. The enemy is out to “deceive if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24) and we see that happening, so we are called to watch and to “test the spirits.” (1 John 4:1)
And because you have the Spirit of God in you, you can be led by Him all the time, in every situation. We train ourselves to test and discern what is of God by immersing ourselves in His word. (John 15:7)
1 Kings 19:12 Here is the point of the lesson God was teaching Elijah: “a still, small voice.” When speaking directly to the spirit of a man, God’s voice doesn’t thunder; it isn’t like a trumpet blast; it is “still” and it is “small”, that’s why we must focus on Him and listen.
When Elijah responded to that “still, small voice” a new destiny opened up for him. Elisha was called to serve him for more than seven years until he was “taken up” into heaven.
Elijah’s fears and frailties did not disqualify him from his amazing destiny in God. Our Heavenly Father knows our hearts and He understands, and He is longing to come close to you and whisper His plans and purposes.
Let’s decide today that we will shut out all the distractions and the things that are calling us away from a pure walk with Him, and listen. He will open up a marvellous new life for you if you will do it.
“Love Covers” 13/8/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.
1 Peter 4:8 “Love will cover a multitude of sins.”
True love will not “seek its own”; it does not highlight the failures or the wrongs of others. It does not expose others to shame; it refuses to become offended. (1 Corinthians 13) As we go through our lives in this modern world there are plenty of challenges and ample opportunity for misunderstandings and offences. We must resist the temptation to react according to the flesh, but respond according to the Spirit.
Genesis 9:18-27 After all of the challenges that Noah faced during the building of the ark, the triumph over wickedness through the flood, and their eventual arrival at a place of “rest” on Mt Ararat (Genesis 8:4) God made a covenant with Noah, promising that “the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh” confirming it with the “rainbow”.
So in this new place of God’s choosing, “Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard.” Noah and his family tended the animals, established gardens and planted grapes to make wine. But Noah is only human, and he drank too much wine and collapsed naked in his tent. His middle son Ham saw his father in this sorry state and told his two brothers. Ham had the wrong attitude to his father and exposed him to shame.
But Shem and Japheth “took a garment”, stretched it between them and “went backward and covered the nakedness of their father.” They didn’t laugh at him; they didn’t expose him to shame. They turned their faces away so that “they did not see their father’s nakedness.” Love and respect. Yes, Noah had done something foolish. One of his sons exposed him to shame and received a curse. Two covered him and received blessing.
How do you and I respond to the failure of another? Do we run to spread the story or do we lovingly cover them, not even looking at, or judging their situation?
Galatians 6:1-2 If anyone is “overtaken” by sin, if we are truly “spiritual” we will “restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness” because it can happen to any of us! How would we want to be treated in such a situation?
Jesus, by His blood and by His death on the cross has covered all of our sin, just like Shem and Japheth covered Noah. He knows that we have sinned but by His grace He laid down His own life to cover all of our wrong-doings.
Psalm 85:2 “You have forgiven the iniquity of your people; you have covered all of their sin.”
When God was preparing to release His people from slavery in Egypt, Pharaoh refused to let them go. Ten terrible plagues of judgment fell upon the Egyptians, the last one being the worst of all; the death of all first-born: of the people and their animals. In order to separate God’s people from the idol-worshiping Egyptians, they were to take a lamb “without blemish” (Exodus 12:5) kill it and spread its blood on the two doorposts and the lintel above the door as a “covering”. When “the angel of death” came to execute God’s judgment, it would “pass over” the houses with the blood. Whoever was inside; slaves from other countries, Egyptians seeking sanctuary; anybody who was in the house with the blood was saved from judgment and death.
This is a powerful picture of what Jesus has done for us. His blood covers us, and saves us from death and separation from God. Just as Shem and Japheth covered Noah’s nakedness, Jesus, by His blood and His death covers us. “Love will cover a multitude of sins.”
God considered the original Passover so significant as the beginning of Israel’s new life as a nation, that He recalibrated the calendar! From now on, Passover would represent a new start and a new life in every way!
Exodus 12:2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you.”
Today God is calling us all to a new beginning. Let the blood of Jesus cover all of your sin. Allow Him to wash you and cleanse you, washing away all of the guilt and shame of your past. Let today be “the first month of the year” for you!
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
“Let there be Light” 16/7/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.
God is a God of light; beautiful powerful, radiant light.
Genesis 1:1-3 “Darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” ready to make the words of God become a physical reality.
He created the universe and this special planet, where He was to place man, the “image and likeness” of God Himself, was ready for His touch.
Darkness is nothing in itself; it is simply the absence of light. In the same way, cold is nothing in itself; it is the absence of heat.
So the earth was “without form, and void.”
NLT: “The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness.”
And then, in that darkness and emptiness “God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.” The darkness vanished and the earth was flooded with brilliant, amazing “light”. And in that “light” everything else was created. God created man and woman to be just like Him and to represent Him in the world; to be “the light of the world.”
Biblically, “darkness” is a picture of sin and separation from God.
After Satan deceived Adam & Eve and sin and death entered, the world was in darkness again. Oh, the Sun still shone and light was all around, but this “darkness” was in the heart of man, and because God had created man to represent Himself in the world, man’s “darkness” affected all of creation.
John 3:19-20 Jesus called it as it is: “Man loved darkness rather than light… because their deeds were evil.”
What will happen? Will the world become “a formless mass cloaked in darkness” again? No: God had a plan.
Isaiah 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” This verse is quoted again in Matthew 4:16, so that we would be in no doubt that this “light” is Jesus. And just as at creation, it was “the Word” of God that brought the “light”. (John 1:1) Even at His birth in that dirty stable “by night” God filled the sky with “the heavenly host”: a light and sound extravaganza!
John 1:3-5 “The life (that Jesus brought) was the light of man.”
Darkness is everywhere. The most destructive force of darkness is in the heart of man. We see the results of this every day in the news. To dispel darkness all you have to do is introduce light! Jesus has already overcome the devil and his kingdom of darkness. He lived without sin, He died for our redemption, He rose from the dead, He ascended into Heaven and He poured out the Holy Spirit so that you and I would be so filled with His presence and His light that we (yes, you!) would fulfil God’s ultimate plan for His sons and daughters and take that light wherever there is darkness!
John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” How had that light just been revealed? In overcoming the darkness of dead religion in men’s hearts and in forgiving and offering life to a woman who had just been caught sinning. The “light” is revealed in the love and the grace of God poured out through us!
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world.” His “light” has come upon us. We don’t put that “light… under a basket” out of fear or the devil’s lies of our unworthiness, but we put it “on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” When our “light” shines, God is glorified! It is not your light; it is His light. We are simply His vessels. And He will illuminate and set on fire whoever He chooses: no matter what!
Isaiah 60:1-3 Here is the destiny of all of God’s people. This is the Scripture Jesus quoted at the beginning of His ministry. It is time for us to “Arise, shine”.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 Just as God “commanded light to shine out of darkness” at creation, now He has put His “light… in our hearts” so that wherever we go, we “give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God” to all people in all places, no matter how deep is the darkness. And where is that “light” revealed? “in the face of Jesus Christ.” And where will the people see “the face of Jesus Christ”? In “saucepans” like you and me! This is His heart’s desire. This is your destiny. Take His light and drive out the darkness!
1 Peter 2:9 Jesus Christ has “called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.”
Victorious Christian Living 7 The Fullness of the Spirit 9/7/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.
As we study the Bible, we see that the “Third Person of the Trinity”, the Holy Spirit, has been vitally involved in the entire history of mankind from the beginning. At creation “the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2) waiting for the Father to speak so that He could make God’s words become a reality. He is still “hovering”; waiting for us to speak words of faith so that He can make our God-given visions become a reality!
The Holy Spirit guided and empowered every hero of the Bible, both male and female, and He continues to do that today, for “heroes” like you and me. Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit is with us, He is in us and He comes upon us.
With us: Of course He was with the men and women of God throughout history and He is with us today. This speaks of His presence with us, surrounding, protecting and guiding us.
John 14:16-17 Earlier in this chapter, Jesus told His disciples that He would be leaving them, then added that the Father will send “another helper”: the Holy Spirit. “Another” = Greek: “allos”, meaning “another of the same kind.” The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us! And the Holy Spirit “will abide with you forever”. Then Jesus said, “He dwells with you and will be in you.”
Up to now, the Holy Spirit had been “with” them but now He would move into another dimension: to be “in” them.
Verse 20: “At that day (the day we receive the Holy Spirit) you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and Me in you.”
In Us: Jesus needed His disciples to move much deeper into the things of God, especially after His mission on Earth was completed.
John 20:19-22 Jesus lived without sin, died to pay the price for ours and then rose triumphantly from the dead. Now, His mission was almost completed. His urgent priority was to prepare His disciples for life without His physical presence, to continue His work and take the Gospel “to the uttermost parts of the earth.”
“As the father has sent Me, I also send you. And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”
In Genesis 2:7 God created Adam and “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” and now Jesus is breathing Spirit-filled life to a whole new group of people who will be ready to “go”… but wait, there’s more!
Upon Us: The power and anointing to serve and to represent Jesus in the world comes as the Holy Spirit comes “upon” us.
Matthew 3:16 The Holy Spirit was already “with” Jesus, and “in” Him, but now, before He began His ministry the Holy Spirit came “upon Him.” From this moment on everything would change. No longer the carpenter from Nazareth, but now the power of “the Christ”, the anointed one, moving through the earth bringing healing, redemption and life to all.
Luke 4:18-19 Immediately after this, Jesus rose in the synagogue and said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…” And it is the same for us.
Acts 1:4-5 This is very powerful. He “commanded them not to depart” until they had been “baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Verse 8: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”
Acts 2:1-4 And this motley group of fishermen, tax collectors and others waited just as He had told them and when the Holy Spirit came “upon” them, they went out and changed the world.
Acts 4:32-33 “Great power” was manifested in “great grace”. When the Holy Spirit comes “upon” us it puts us way ahead of the tricks and strategies of the devil.
God’s plan is that His Spirit is “with” us, “in” us and “upon” us. Jesus never anticipated that His followers would serve Him, build His Church and establish His Kingdom in the earth without these three levels of the fullness of the Holy Spirit. He is here for you. Like the early Church, we can be filled with the joy of the Spirit; no gossiping; no disunity. A powerful result of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit was unity; shared purpose and “bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:1-3) If we serve without the power of the Holy Spirit, when things go wrong (as they do!) we will run dry or blame others and eventually give up.
When the Holy Spirit is “with” us, it means that He surrounds us with His love and protection, guiding us in the way that we should go.
When He is “in” us, He brings healing, deliverance and personal break-through.
When He comes “upon” us, our vision moves out to this broken and dying world. It is the anointing to minister in power. Receive Him today.
Victorious Christian Living 6: The Burning Bush 2/7/17
What a life Moses had! Saved from death at his birth, set adrift in a basket on the Nile (how God’s hand must have directed that basket!), rescued by Pharaoh’s daughter, spent 40 years as the son of Pharaoh then 40 years as a refugee shepherd in the deserts of Midian, looking after the flock of another man. Then, in God’s perfect timing, He appeared to him.
Nothing in Moses’ life experiences was wasted. Everything he went through equipped him for his ultimate calling from God.
Exodus 5:1 “Horeb” is another name for Mount Sinai. God led Moses out of Egypt (a Biblical picture of the world) and through the wilderness to the place of his calling, where his destiny would begin to unfold; to “holy ground”.
When Elijah fled from Jezebel (1 Kings 19:8-9) the angel led him to “Horeb… into a cave” where God spoke to Elijah and changed his destiny, and the course of whole nations. And it was at Sinai, with great thunder and lightning, smoke and the sound of a trumpet that God gave Moses the tablets of His law.
Verse 2: As Moses walked with the sheep, as he had done for 40 years, suddenly he saw something he had never seen before: “a flame of fire” was burning “from the midst of a bush.” Just a scrubby, unnamed bush, but suddenly filled with the fire and the glory of God. It was not unusual for bushes to catch fire in the desert, but what was unusual was that this one “was not consumed.”
Verse 3: It wasn’t directly in Moses’ path; it was off to the side, so he said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight.” You and I need to “turn aside” from our everyday walk to catch the vision that God is giving us.
Verse 4: After Moses had “turned aside to look” God called him by name, and Moses said, “Here I am.”
Now, nothing would ever be the same for Moses and for the world that surrounded him. Egypt would be brought low by the judgment of God; God’s people would be set free from slavery and they would ultimately enter the Promised Land, establishing the nation of God’s people.
God knows all about you. He loves you and has a marvellous plan for your life. God spoke out of that bush and He wants to speak through you. Are we qualified? Not in the eyes of the world, but just as God took possession of that nameless, scrubby bush and filled it with the fire and glory of His presence, He wants to get hold of you.
Fire in the Bible is a picture of the glory of God and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). In the process, we burn brightly for Him, speak His words but we are “not consumed”; we keep going!
Jeremiah 20:9 “His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.”
Luke 12:49 Jesus said, “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Jesus is the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). It is His power, His anointing, His fire that He pours out on us. This is a reference to His death to redeem us all and His resurrection and His ascension into Heaven, to release the power and the fire of the Holy Spirit upon us so we will take His glory and Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Verse 5: When Moses gazed into the fire, hearing the voice of God, ready to listen and obey, God said, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” The presence of God transforms any place into “holy ground”! You don’t need to chase it: it is where you are!
In the culture of that time, removing your shoes was a sign of respect, but as he removed his sandals Moses was also releasing himself from his time of preparation; from the life that he was leading and from all the pressures and cares of his world as he knew it. The sandals came off, and with them came everything of the world, his past and his failures. He stood barefoot in the presence of the Lord, ready to be equipped by God for the mighty destiny that lay ahead of him. And the world would never be the same.
You and I stand today at a pivot point in history. You may be like that nameless, scrubby bush. Maybe you have failed and have no earthly reason why God would choose you but you are a perfect candidate for His fire and His glory and to speak His word. The power is not in the mouth; the power is in the word.
And as we take off our sandals, hear God’s voice and be ready to obey, families, communities, cities and whole nations will be brought into the purposes of God. Shake off your past! Look to Him and move forward into the destiny and the future that He has for you!
Victorious Christian Living 5. Seeing & Believing 18/6/17
A Message by Pastor Bill Page, Living Light Gospel Church, Cairns.
Ephesians 1:15-19 For most of his 30 years of ministry, when he wasn’t in prison, Apostle Paul was traveling. However, he spent three years pastoring the Church at Ephesus.
What God did through Paul’s time there eventually shook the entire city, propelling the Gospel through all of Asia Minor (now Turkey). The Gospel spread because Ephesus was a trading centre where many people were coming & going. The Ephesian believers moved by faith to reach the people. Paul was strategic. Corinth was also a major trading port, and the same thing happened there.
Paul wrote this letter to a congregation that already knew what it meant to pray and to see God do great things, but his encouragement to them was, “I’m praying for a greater level of God’s vision for you. That the eyes of your heart would see God’s hopes for you.” God’s “hopes” are what He can already see and is ready to be released in His people. All we need to do is line ourselves up with what He is ready to do. Paul is saying to them, “I am praying that you would see God’s hopes, not the hopelessness that is around you”.
God has great things ready for us, but so often we only see the problems, in our family, community or nation. We sometimes feel it’s hard to break through to a deeper level.
Despite the reality of the many things coming against our Christian way of life, our faith must not to be affected, and our ability to hear from God must not be dulled by what’s going on around us. God gives us hope.
The key is that we must be people of faith & prayer. We have two choices: pray with despair over circumstances OR catch God’s dream for the impossible and begin believing for that to happen.
The Lord wants to give His dreams and visions to His people. He wants us to see the reality of what He’s ready to do. When you go through a tough time, it’s hard to see beyond the pain. But be assured; it will pass. Keep believing! God is the Creator of time. The only person who’s running out of time is the devil.
Revelation 12:12 “The devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows he has a short time.” Not just a short time until the Lord Jesus returns, but the devil’s got a short time in any situation once God’s people start agreeing in prayer. The devil’s time is specifically measured, and it’s being reduced all the time by people who pray.
2 Kings 6:14-17, Elisha and his servant were surrounded. His servant said to Elisha, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” Elisha said, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Then Elisha prayed for the Lord to open his servant’s eyes that he might see, and “Behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Elisha didn’t pray for his servant to see another miracle, but that his eyes would be opened to see into God’s dimension. Once that happens, we will never be the same!
To believe for the impossible, first we must see the invisible. Hebrews 11:27
They’re still there. The army of heaven is still fully functional and ready to move when YOU pray! The enemy is still there, too, but he is completely surrounded and outnumbered by the host of Heaven!
Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is at hand.” That means it is within your reach. You can touch the throne. God will put His sceptre of power in YOUR hand. (Ref Esther) You can pray with authority, “Your kingdom come.”
When it looks like Satan has won, he has not. Ephesians 6 says we are not wrestling against “flesh and blood” but against “principalities and powers”, and every one of them has been defeated. The victory has already been won for us by Jesus Christ, but we move by faith. It does not happen automatically.
Matthew 18:19-20 Jesus said that if He can find people who will agree together, breakthrough will come.
Why is it so powerful when just two agree? Because, there is no agreement in the kingdom of darkness. Satan and his hordes may work against the Body of Christ, but it never is in agreement. Therefore, even if just two of the Lord’s weakest saints agree, they tap into the power and authority of God, and Satan must flee.
First, through agreement in prayer we begin to see the invisible; God’s plans and dreams for humanity, then we begin to believe for the impossible. This is the realm in which God lives! He wants us to join Him there!
God is moving today like never before. We will not let doubt or despair overwhelm us. We will not be intimidated by the sin that surrounds us. We know that the breakthrough is inevitable, if only we agree in prayer and move by faith. Let us come to the Lord in agreement for His will to be done; for His dreams to become a reality in the earth, and for our eyes to be opened to see what He sees.