Hidden

Hidden

Nothing is hidden from the Lord. When we think of hidden things, we may think of negative things; but it’s the positive things we want to meditate upon. What we do for Him, He sees even if no one else sees.

When He tells us to do something and we don’t obey Him, no one else may know, but He knows. What we say or don’t say that no else hears, He hears. God knows all that we do for Him, and from Him we will receive the reward of the inheritance. What is done in private is rewarded openly. When the motive of the heart is to do something in order to be seen or rewarded, the reward can be immediate, but fleshly. As a child of God, we do what we do heartily, without complaining, with great joy and passion. We do whatever He leads us to do as unto Him, irregardless of whether those around us see it or not.

To be hidden from the world, but seen by the Lord, is so much more fulfilling than being seen by the world but having no reward of our inheritance from the Lord. Integrity of character is often answered by the question: “What would we do if no one would ever know about it?” To ambassadors of Christ, the question is: “What do we do even if no one ever knows about it except the Lord?” That we answer: from glory to glory!

Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” 

 

Shake It Off!

Shake It Off!

When we go through various trials, others may wonder if we have done something wrong and are being punished by God. God uses His Spirit to discipline, change, heal and touch us. The Holy Spirit works through love, joy, peace and gentleness. God doesn’t bring evil; He destroys its impact and brings life.

The enemy battles us because we are advancing the Kingdom. When we are in a battle, we quickly shake off his attacks on our minds and keep moving forward. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on a fire, a viper came out of the heat and fastened on his hand. At that moment, others expected him to die because surely he had done something evil for this to happen. Paul didn’t focus on them; he ignored their looks and their voices. Neither did he focus on his humanity by looking to himself. With holy boldness he trusted that greater is the Christ in him than the enemy of this world fastened on his hand at that moment. He shook the viper off and suffered no harm. Hallelujah!

When the fire of the Holy Spirit is upon us and moving through us to touch this hurting world, the enemy will show up in the midst of what we do. At that very moment we cannot reason about the situation. When the enemy suddenly moves, we move him out of the way quickly. What is not of God that tries to take control of us, cannot; we shake it off and suffer no harm, from glory to glory! 

Acts 28:3-5 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 

 

Haste Makes Waste

Haste Makes Waste

We put ourselves in a difficult place when we must answer a request quickly without time to seek the Lord for His will on the matter. We need to ask the Lord for His wisdom, even if the time we have is brief. God will honor our wish to know His desire for our lives.

If a decision made in haste turns out to be the wrong decision, we will reap the consequences and then cry out to God for His help to make it right. When we say yes too quickly to someone’s appeal because we want to please them without knowing if it pleases the Lord, it can also have unforeseen consequences. If, during a business transaction, we are told we have to make a decision right then and there or we will lose a deal–it must not be God’s best. When the pressure to act is so strong we cannot involve our Lord, then we should not be involved. People will respect our desire to be led by God, whether they understand it or not.

At times, the Spirit of the Lord comes upon us suddenly and has us do or say things we don’t have time to think about. That is His doing. He purposely doesn’t want our reasoning to hinder His purpose. This is very different from the decisions we make intentionally. Always allow the peace of God to lead us as we go slowly, but surely, from glory to glory!

Isaiah 28:16 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.’ ”

 

Dot-To-Dot

Dot-To-Dot

Whatever we think God is doing in our lives, we quickly find out He truly is doing much more. It’s as though we walk on a dot-to-dot pathway. With every step we take, a dot is connected and the picture becomes clearer. We not only go from dot-to-dot, but we are all like dots that God connects to accomplish His purpose.

We can’t guess what the full picture is going to be because each dot reveals something new of great importance to the whole. We can’t assume we know how each part is connected, but we trust God is working everything together for our good. We are His workmanship. He cares for us and even though we may not know what our tomorrow holds—we know He holds our tomorrow and we rest in Him.

We enjoy the journey moving from dot-to-dot knowing the next destination is only a new season, not the end. Even when we think nothing is moving, something is; we are just not aware of it at the time. Constantly trusting there is more to attain helps us remain hopeful and not get discouraged. Going from dot-to-dot means there is more, from glory to glory!

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

 

Jump

Jump

Jumping out of an airplane is a helpful illustration of stepping out of the natural realm to walk in the supernatural. This step of faith comes from total trust in God’s ways of enabling us to do what He calls us to do. In our day-to-day lives we learn to depend on the Lord, but like an eagle we often have to be pushed out of our nest.

The plane is an example of our comfort zone, things we depend on and know too well. It is anything that God leads us to move out of in order to move in Him, in a greater way. After we take that one step and jump out the first time, it becomes increasingly easier. We look forward to doing it again and again as we experience God’s supernatural ways. To be out of the plane is to walk in the spirit. Because of desiring to help others, it is tempting at times to jump into their planes. In Christ, we can help them best as we remain in our place of victory. We become examples to them so that they, too, can jump out of their own planes.

When we jump we can trust that God will catch us. His ways to do so are the parachutes He opens: His love, His faith, His touch, His joy, His peace….Him! Gently, God pushes us out of the planes so we can learn to fly and experience Him from glory to glory!

Colossians 3:1-3 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

 

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