During wars, people look for places of safety to hide under cover where they cannot be harmed by the weapons of their enemies. We are in Christ and children of God therefore we are under cover at all times. No weapons formed against us will prosper because we dwell under the shadow of the Almighty.
A way of receiving an anointing originated with the ancient shepherds. Lice and other insects would get into the wool of sheep. When they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. To prevent this from happening, shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This oil made the wool too slippery for insects to get near the sheep’s ears and they would slide off. Of this, anointing with oil became symbolic of blessings, protection and empowerment.
We can trust the precious presence of the Spirit of Christ to make our enemies flee. The battle truly is the Lord’s and His mantle is upon us to protect us from every opposition. Whenever we feel threatened let us dwell under cover with confidence and total rest in our Comforter, the Holy Spirit. We can wrap ourselves in Him and watch the enemy’s attacks slip off, from glory to glory!
Psalm 91:1-3 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’ ”
We can depend on the manifestation of what has been conceived in us by the Word of God, the incorruptible seed. Some plant, some water, but surely and only God gives the increase. He watches over His word to perform it.
When we are pregnant in the natural, we do not show right away. It is during that time that what we are carrying cannot be seen. It is the telling and no showing time. What is happening on the inside of us doesn’t correspond with what can be seen on the outside. We try to go forth as usual, but what was– can no longer be. What is unknown keeps drawing and pulling us from what is known. We walk by faith and not by sight. As we prepare our surroundings for what is coming, we realize that one day the growth of our seed will become evident. We are not yet sure of what is going to be birthed, but we know that nothing can stop it. As it grows, our confidence in its fulfillment grows as well.
We trust in the faithfulness of God bringing to pass what He has purposed. What we have been carrying is helping us move forward, regardless of the circumstances. We are driven from within by the Spirit of God. He is able, unstoppable, and remarkable. His purpose unfolds, from glory to glory!
Philippians 1:6 “… being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…”
We are able to handle offenses in our hearts as we mature in Christ and yield to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. We praise God for dealing with us with so much grace and mercy, and He expects us to extend this same grace and mercy to others. The Lord teaches us is how to handle those who are offended with us, no matter how that offense is expressed.
At times, we may discern others have taken offense but they are not open to confronting the issues for it to be resolved. At other times, we may meet with people to come into one accord and reconciliation is achieved through unexpected ways. The scripture tells us that a brother offended is harder to win than a strong city. It gives a picture of that person being surrounded by bars like those of a castle. Sometimes the more we try to see walls come down; the more they seem to go higher. Each individual is unique and all differences cannot be handled the same way.
Every person needs to be cared for in a special, specific manner. We first trust the Lord with His ways and His timing in bringing forth understanding and restoring peace. Because we love others with the love of God, we hurt when they hurt. We would like to remove the bars for them, but we feel helpless. We can trust the Lord to heal all of us, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 18:19 “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
It is our heart’s desire to have greater understanding of one another. We rejoice when others understand us because it brings agreement and strength. We seek to understand others so we can minister to them effectively. The test of misunderstanding is one we all go through at one time or another; and passing through it is not always easy– but surely is possible with God.
Misunderstandings between people who know each other are the most challenging. Because of assumptions based on familiarities from the past, changes the Lord has brought – and is bringing – in people’s lives are not easily discerned. Our natural tendency is to try and persuade others through reasoning and explanations of what can only be understood by the Spirit. We cannot explain in the natural what can only be understood in the Spirit. We need to pray for the Lord to bring His truth, His peace, and His mind to all relationships.
God knows and understands us and helps us understand one another, by the Spirit. The more we comprehend in the Spirit, the more we stand together regardless of circumstances. Even if we don’t have time to talk about something, we know what needs to be known in our heart. We know the person in Christ more than natural actions. Every test is passed by resting in the Lord. We trust in His ability to bring unity by His Spirit and replace any argument with agreement; confusion with peace; and discord with accord. It’s in resting, not struggling or striving that we learn to abide, from glory to glory!
John 6:62-63 “What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
Joe struggled with an addiction. The more he tried to be free, the more he realized how bound he really was. With every thought he had about quitting, he also thought of his addiction. This continued until he learned to feed his spirit instead of focusing on his flesh. He couldn’t control the flesh without the spirit. He started reading the Word of God, hearing it in his car and during the night. He wrote the scriptures pertaining to healing and freedom and his divine identity on index cards and proceeded to memorize them. The Word worked! The Holy Spirit worked! Jesus set him free!
Feeding our spirits is so vital. We think daily of what we are going to eat in the natural to care for our bodies, but we may omit a daily spiritual feeding. The Word is like a hammer—it breaks through; as a fire, it refines; a mirror, it reflects; a lamp, it lights up and renews our mind. It’s a sword that separates and is able to divide the indivisible.
Transformation can be expected as God watches over His Word to perform it. The Word is the sword of Spirit. In order to set the captives free, God aligns His Spirit with His Word. His Kingdom is then manifested, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”