Everything we do for God we do in the name of Jesus. As our character is being transformed into His image, we are growing from level to level in our ability to join with Him. We keep our eyes on the Lord, not ourselves. We realize that apart from Him, we can do nothing; but because we are a part of Him, all things are possible.
Sometimes we see how people trust in the name of an organization and walk with great confidence because the organization is backing them. It helps them to feel strong and secure because they are part of the organization and share in the influence of the name. How much greater should be our confidence in the Lord as we move in His name: His glory is our guard; His presence backs us up; we are surrounded by angels; the Spirit of Christ is upon us. With the authority we have in Christ, we pray for others and command all hindrances to their victory be removed.
We know that it’s not what we have that we use in His name, but what He has given us. We don’t know everything we need to know, but we trust that Almighty God is going to bring out of us what is needed as we walk in His name, from glory to glory!
Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
We can press through adversities when there is something to reach for. We can pursue what is laid ahead of us when we see, by faith, the better things God has for us. We do not walk by sight, but by faith. We can press through because of what He has already done for us in our past, and in our future.
To press on is to follow after, to pursue. God helps us reach beyond our reach to what He has prepared for our victorious living. We can press through the battles because He has gone ahead of us to make every crooked place straight. We can press through the pain because He bore our sicknesses on the cross. We can press through the fears because He gave us a spirit of love, power and a sound mind. We can reach for what He has planned to do for us by pressing through all outside pressure. The pressure of His leading on the inside is greater than any peer pressure on the outside.
There is a fresh wind of His Spirit reaching out to us continually to give us the strength to go another mile. This second wind helps us reach beyond our reach, for God does above and beyond all we can ask or think. We reach for all that comes from Him, from glory to glory!
Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”
We receive the Promises of the Lord when we ask for them, believe we receive them and walk by faith. We go forth with the expectation to see the manifestation of what we have been promised with every step we take.
The meaning of to ask can be a question in order to obtain information; request something as a favor; search for something that is hidden; inquire in order to learn; or make a demand of something due. This latter meaning is the one we find in many scriptures in the Bible. It means we ask God for what we believe is already ours in Christ. We do not question His will daily. If the Word of God says His will is for our needs to be met, we ask Him for those provisions and we receive them by faith at that very moment. We do not ask Him over and over again if He still wants to or not.
What we desire pertains to the Kingdom, not to this world. As we abide in Christ, we ask what we will, and it is done unto us because what we will is His will. God can do much more than we can ask or think. When we pray, we ask believing that we receive. It is ours in Christ, from glory to glory!
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
When Paul reminded Timothy to stir up the gift of God that was in him, he was giving Timothy the key to dealing with the spirit of fear that was keeping him from going forth in his calling. Fear was hindering the spirit of God from manifesting in all power. We must also stir up the gift of God, the Spirit of Christ, who is in us in order to be fearless and walk in the Spirit.
One of the many ways to stir up the gift is with our mouth. To stir up means to kindle up, inflame one’s mind, strength and zeal. We need to stay fired up for the Kingdom! The tongue is a little member that can spread a big fire quickly of blessing or cursing, of life or death. We shouldn’t bless God and curse men with the same mouth. As we surrender and submit our mouth to the Lord, we are able to tame our tongue so that it’s not full of poison. Our tongue can bring either direction or destruction.
Diligently stirring up the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have been granted by His grace–keeps the fire of God burning in our hearts. We bless our God and others with the words of our mouth; praise His holy name and confess Jesus is Lord! As we pray in the spirit, worship and witness, we stir up the gift of God that is in us, from glory to glory!
James 3:5-10 “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”
The anointing increases the anointing. When the living waters of the Holy Spirit are stirred up, more and more anointing is released. Iron sharpens iron. We are to stir up the gift of God that is in us, especially when the enemy is stirring up his evil ways. When we stir up the gift the enemy’s ways are disturbed because he recognizes the anointing.
We stir up the gift by praising the Lord for who He is, by acknowledging the reality of His presence in and upon us… and by yielding to His leading. We rekindle what we have received: Christ is in us, the hope of glory. In difficult times when we feel “dry,” we are stirred up by hanging around anointed people. The Holy Spirit will use others to keep us encouraged and edified, that’s why the enemy tries to separate us from others.
The Lord teaches us to be diligent and faithful in remembering to stir up the gift. He uses all of our experiences to teach us to go and grow with the flow; to allow the flow of the living waters to be poured out through us. With the Lord we never run on empty, but are filled to be spilled, from glory to glory!
2 Timothy 1:6-7 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”