The Lord has hidden treasures, and He blesses us when we least expect it as we walk in obedience to Him, in whatever direction He gives us.
When Rebekah met Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, by the well where she came daily to draw water, she gave him and his camels water to drink–without knowing what effect this small act of kindness was going to have on her life. Eliezer was looking for a bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac. He was looking for the fruit of a godly character, someone who would give water, not only to him, but to his camels. When she obeyed what her heart was telling her to do, she unknowingly made the way for her to meet her future husband. She also didn’t know the camels were carrying the wealth of Abraham. As we obey the Lord, by and through love, the Spirit of God gives us unexpected treasures.
Great treasures are discovered while doing small things. A mate is met, a child is conceived, provisions are found… and so much more is hidden in our labor of love in the Lord. The Holy Spirit is preparing the Bride of Christ with an anointing for His calling. He is bringing forth precious and glorious treasures, from glory to glory!
Genesis 24:17-18 “And the servant ran to meet her and said, ‘Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.’ So she said, ‘Drink, my lord.’ Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink.”
We have become accustomed to many elements in our lives, so we reach forth and desire them because that’s all we ever experienced. In God, we walk in newness of life and the Lord has a new wine we have never tasted.
When we are used to partaking of the old, we do not desire the new. If all we had eaten was hot dogs, and never had a steak, we would not desire the steak. A child that is weaned from drinking milk does not know he is being prepared to eat solid food, nor that he will have a full set of teeth to do so! As a child of God, we discover new things that pertain to the blessings we have in Him; though we will not always recognize it. We may think the old is better because we are used to it. It takes courage to partake of the new.
Step-by-step we walk in the newness God has for our lives. We cannot change the steps we took yesterday, nor know tomorrows, but we can step into the now that is ahead of us by the Spirit of God. We have new wineskins; the old no longer fits. No matter what the new is, we can trust it is better and we will desire the new as we step into it, from glory to glory!
Luke 5:37-39 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’”
God can enable us to do what we cannot. He tells us to do things that we cannot to show us we can depend on His ability, regardless of the obvious difficulties. Jesus told the man with a withered hand to stretch it out and as he did, his hand was restored. When the Lord directs us to do something that is impossible in the natural, we can trust He will give us His ability. His authority is always accompanied by His ability.
The man’s hand was withered, paralyzed, and completely unable to function. We may not have a hand that is withered, but we may be withered emotionally, financially, physically or in our relationships. We cannot move because of pain and He’ll tell us to rise up. We are unable to forgive and He’ll tell us to forgive. A situation brings fear to our soul and He’ll tell us not to fear. The moment we obey Him, the situation is touched by His glory. As we press through the natural impossibilities, the unction to function flows from the Lord in and through us.
By faith we stretch out our withered conditions. We stand on the Word of God and trust His promises. By His stripes, we were healed, in every area. The Lord desires and delights in touching and healing what we stretch out, believing in Him. He is able and faithful. As we obey His Word, His ability is released, from glory to glory!
Mark 3:5 “And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”
Knowing our divine identity in Christ helps us walk totally free from who we used to be apart from Christ. One of the things we no longer have to deal with is shame.
Shame relates to our whole self being perceived as defective, rejected, fundamentally damaged and not loved. We have the opposite in the Lord. We are new creations accepted, loved and filled with His glory. Before we were born again, we experienced shame because we were lost. Traumatic events in our lives increased our perception of unworthiness. Shame comes with a desire to hide or disappear. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, they hid themselves. It’s only when we are hidden in Christ that we truly come out of our hiding places. We are restored and safe in Him. We are free from the old; all things have become new!
It’s our whole being that has been forgiven. We are accepted in the beloved. Even if at times we do something wrong in the flesh, we are immediately forgiven. We have been made righteous in Him. When the old things that have passed away, try to rise up in our lives, let’s walk forward as new, in the new, from glory to glory!
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.”
When we know the Lord has led us to where we are, we can resist the temptation to leave when we are battling. It could be a relationship, a location, a job or a church. When the Lord plants us, He waters and gives the increase as His plan for us is to flourish there in abundance.
We grow into all that He has for us as we abide in Him. We do not produce the fruits; we bear them as we rest in the source. Our abiding place in the Lord cannot be taken away. However, the enemy will always attempt to move us from where God has placed us because he knows it’s for fruitfulness. Spiritual opposition we may encounter is an additional confirmation, we are in the right place at the right time, in God’s perfect will. No situation can uproot us and transplant us to another territory when we are certain God, Himself, has positioned us for such a time as this.
In our place of obedience the fruit of the Spirit becomes evident in our lives, and blessings are greatly manifested. There is a fresh watering of the Spirit coming upon the people of God. We will have greater surety in our steps, increased holy boldness, and even deeper roots in the things of the Kingdom. When we are planted by the Lord, we become immovable, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 61:3 “To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”