Jesus waited for His hour to come; we also may be waiting for our hour to come. The hour for the Lord was to fulfill His purpose: His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. It was the hour when His Father would be fully glorified and Jesus’ mission would be completed. There is an hour set for us, the Body of Christ corporately and individually, when we step into our season of greater purpose.
Are we ready for our hour? Are we studying the Word of God? Are we worshiping the Lord? Are we praying? In a moment, our hour will come. Something significant will be asked of us. An opportunity will come to take us to our destiny. When this life changing season comes, we must be prepared to step into it by faith. When Jesus told Mary His hour had not yet come, He called her “woman” because His hour and His mission was going to be accomplished by the Son of God, not her son in the natural. He then worked miracle-upon-miracle until His greater purpose was achieved.
We are walking into our divine identity, addressing things in the natural from our place of belonging to Father God, preparing for our hour. The authority and anointing the Holy Spirit is increasing in our lives is for us to walk in what He has prepared for us. As we are expecting our hour, we are walking in miracle upon miracle, from glory to glory!
John 2:4 “Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.’ ”
Whenever we are running short of what is needed, we can trust the Lord to provide above and beyond our necessity.
We run short of love, patience, joy, gentleness and self-control. We run short of wisdom, understanding and ability. We run short of hope, strength and passion. We run short of finances and things we think will bring us happiness. It’s when we run short that we run to the Lord. God uses our lack to show us His abundance. We come to Him, knowing that no matter why we reach forth to fill the void, only He can satisfy.
If we need bread, He’ll add a few fishes. If we lack strength, He’ll increase His power. When we are deficient, He is all sufficient. When we feel inferior, we remember He is superior. When we cannot, He can. We all fall short of the glory of God, but when we receive Him, we receive His glory and can come to Him with trust and expectation. God will meet all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, from glory to glory!
John 2:3 “And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’ ”
There are seasons when the Word of God planted in our hearts is battled more than others. It’s when we are actually receiving and being a doer of the Word that this battle increases. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy the Word, but he cannot because God is watching over His word to perform it. The Word is alive and powerful. Once sown on good ground, it can only be watered and given increase, never destroyed.
When tribulation or persecution arises for the Word’s sake, we find ourselves no longer stumbling but standing stronger than ever before. When the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things come to choke the Word–we find ourselves no longer affected and hindered as we once were. We may have easily received a lie in the past, but now we are able to quickly apply the truth and walk in freedom. The truth that we know in our hearts sets us free. It’s an experiential knowledge; in our hearts, not our heads.
The battles we are in indicate to us, and others, that the truth we have believed–we have also received, and we are being fruitful, from glory to glory!
Mark 4:20 “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
We strive to conduct ourselves without offense toward God or men. Because we love God and one another, we do our best, by His grace, not to be a stumbling block to others. When our heart is not to bring offense, the Lord enables us to walk in deeper realms of the spirit and blesses us abundantly.
There are blessings, miracles from God the very moment we do not say what we would normally say, do what we would normally do, react the way we normally would react, in order to not offend others. The moment our heart is for others, the moment we submit ourselves in order to lift Him up…the moment we lay our lives down for the sake of the call to be Christ-like, the supernatural is released. Meekness is demonstrated when someone is able to be right and nobody knows about it. God does more in that hidden place than anyone around can see. It takes moving past our flesh to move in the spirit.
There is a realm of the miraculous we move in when we move in love, the greatest gift of all. When it’s more important for us to act right, like Jesus, than to be right–the Lord is glorified. The Lord provides what is needed in every area, from glory to glory!
Matthew 17:27 “Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”
Dedicating time to the Lord first thing in the morning must be a priority. It is a discipline that prepares us for what lies ahead. It puts our time in His hands, seeking His will, surrendering to His ways, and expressing how much He means to us.
When God is a priority in our heart, we delight in putting Him first each day. Even though we commune with Him all throughout the day, we come to Him first. Our hearts long to know His will. We receive from Him without asking by resting in Him, enjoying the fellowship. His desire is for our presence, as ours should be for His. In that place we receive His love and strength.
What we set today as a priority helps our story unfold. As we seek Him first, His story replaces some of our history. When He is our priority, all else falls into place; all worries are removed; His peace and joy fill our soul. When the King is first in our hearts, His Kingdom, the realm in which His will is fulfilled, is manifested from glory to glory!
Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”