It is when we are drawing nigh unto God that battles come causing us to draw away from the things of God. Our adversary sees us drawing closer and closer to the Lord and wants to move us from that deep place of intimacy.
Lies the enemy speaks to us are to draw us away from our closeness with the Lord, and they are attached to a no need to declarative statement. It’s the enemy’s list of all the things we don’t need to do when we are in the midst of a trial: go to church; read and study The Word; rest in the Lord; pray; worship and many many more. Yet, it is the opposite that is true. In those times, drawing nigh unto the Lord is what we need to do more than any other thing because it’s only in His presence that we find peace and joy.
The greater the battle, the more we are to seek and remain in a face-to-face encounter with our Lord. We draw nigh unto Him with our whole heart. Even in situations where we can’t seem to find the time for prayer and worship, we can trust God sees the longing of our hearts and blesses us with His presence. It’s about quality, not quantity. Whenever there is anything pulling us back, let’s move towards our Lord, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 7:19 “…for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”
We can trust that our obedience to the Lord in even the smallest things brings forth glorious treasures at a later time. It is written in the Word of God that if we do not grow weary in well doing, in due time we reap the rewards. We do not do anything to receive something in return, and we do not lose heart, knowing that when the Lord leads us to sow, we will reap a harvest.
What we sow may be time, money or talents. It’s given with love, and with love unconditionally. It may not appear to be much, but it is, because it’s for the Lord. It may not appear to be appreciated, but it is, by the Lord. It may not measure up to how much we would like to give, but it’s multiplied, in the Lord. We give ourselves to the Lord and He gives through us. When our due season to reap is upon us, the enemy attempts to make us lose heart. In those moments the loving and giving heart of God, that dwells in our heart, is anointed to flow even more. Our reward is in Christ and all the blessings that come from Him.
When we obey the Lord, immediate results may not be seen, but we can trust His glory will be seen. We do not lose heart; we do not grow weary in well doing. Whatever He asks us to do, we delight in doing. We obey with love and patience–and without complaint. We know His glory will be seen, from glory to glory!
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Abraham had hope even though the promise of God made no natural or logical sense. In Christ, hope is the complete expectation of coming blessings. We are not to waver through unbelief, but be strengthened in faith giving glory to God.
To be fully persuaded that what God has promised He is able to perform; we cannot walk by sight. At the age of eighty-six Abraham received the promise that he and his wife Sarah would have a child. Fourteen years later, he still believed God would fulfill His word. There is often a time gap between the spoken and the seen promises of God. Timing is not to be pondered when walking by faith. We do not look at any limitation, but at the unlimited potential we have in God. Abraham didn’t consider their weaknesses, but counted on the faithfulness of God. We do not reflect on what appears to be dead, but on the one who gives life. No circumstance should diminish our conviction. We are to be immovable at all times. It’s our believing, not our behaving, that matters most.
Our spirituality does not have to be complicated. We are to only believe. It’s the tendency to add to this one basic principle of faith that hinders our full persuasion. Doubt is often planted through others around us. It comes to cause us to vacillate, hesitate and no longer be fully convinced. We must shut out all voices opposite to God’s and stand firm in His Word, from glory to glory!
Romans 4:20-21 “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
God shut the door on Noah after he entered the ark. Similarly, we are shut in once we are saved; translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. The Holy Spirit enables us to stay shut in, to abide in the Lord and keep out all evil. God Himself has shut us in–in Christ. He closes doors no man can open; and He opens doors no man can shut. Knowing this truth and abiding in it helps us live in safety in the midst of darkness.
It’s when we know we are shut in that we can shut out every evil work from our lives. We also do so when we pray for others in the name of Jesus. We pray for them to be shut in–in the Lord. We use the keys of the Kingdom to bind and loose on earth what already has been bound and loosed in heaven. The anointing of the Holy Spirit opens and closes all things of the Kingdom.
When we have our personal prayer time, we shut the doors. No distractions are to come in to disturb our intimacy with the Lord. It’s in that place that we learn to dwell, rest, receive and hear instructions; we move to obey. We do not let evil works attempt to open the doors that are shut in the Lord. We can keep all evil shut out, and remain shut in, from glory to glory!
Genesis 7:16 “So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.”
As much as we seek the more of God, God seeks the more for us. In order to bring us to what He has for us, the Lord leads us to challenge ourselves. Less of our flesh and more of the spirit causes us to press through our human limitations. Through our Divine Identity we witness His abilities flowing through us to reach for the above and beyond.
We challenge our bodies when we work out in the natural. In the spirit, we are driven by the Lord to challenge ourselves. Whatever time we read the Word, pray or worship will be increased as we exercise our faith. As we minister to others, we will reach out again and again and walk in a greater measure of love, patience and gentleness. We purpose to excel. The difference Jesus makes in our lives can be seen by our diligence, perseverance and endurance. We don’t seek to be perfect, but to be excellent, because that’s who Christ is in our lives. It means we make errors but don’t give up. Instead of fear of failure we have faith to succeed, from strength to strength.
In Christ we are extra ordinary people, going the extra mile, doing extra on our jobs, and taking extra steps in our relationships. We do the best we can with what we have moment by moment, from glory to glory!
Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Are we expecting the abundance of life Jesus came to give us? Have disappointments diminished the fervency of our prayers? Do we find ourselves hesitating to still believe for something because it’s taking longer than we anticipated? Do we still believe, but for only a little rather than all of the manifestation? Whatever our answer is, God is increasing our faith for such a time as this!
Our expectations are to be for much more than what we can ask or even think. For example, someone praying for their marriage to be in harmony, not only expects they will get along better, but visualizes a second honeymoon! Another praying for their child to be delivered from drug addiction believes for them, not to just be free, but to minister to others who are bound. A sickness is not believed to improve a little bit, but to be completely gone! A job search will end in the best position, not the least. A test to pass will result in a grade within the maximum range, not the minimum. Elijah did not just hear it was going to rain, but heard the abundance of it. What are we hearing?
Our prayers can be fervent because surely they avail much for God’s will to be done! The Word of God we hear, we can stand upon. We pray and never give up. We can count on the abundance of what He promises in His Word. We stand by faith, expecting God’s best, from glory to glory!
1 Kings 18:41 “Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.’ ’’