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.’ ’’
To walk in forgiveness, we must allow room for error or weakness from ourselves as well as from others. When behaviors are not what we had anticipated and weaknesses are revealed, it’s important to let go immediately. Whenever we pick up an offense, the quicker we shake the dust off our feet, the quicker we shut the door on the enemy.
We release something quickly by giving it to the Lord. We do so by bringing and leaving it at the foot of the cross, trusting Him to handle the situation with His omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. We may need to do so repeatedly, but the power that comes from forgiveness will help us release things more quickly in the future.
Understand that if we don’t forgive, the enemy then has room to take advantage of us. Forgiveness is essential to our walking free from offenses. The enemy wants us to move in division, bitterness, anger, etc., so we will not walk in victory. We cannot give our adversary an open door by picking up an offense. The only room we should have is the room for grace that we extend to one another. We can do so because of the love of God the Holy Spirit has shed in our hearts. When we don’t forgive others’ trespasses against us, we actually hinder ourselves from walking free in Christ. His strength is perfected in our weakness, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 “Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
When the children of Israel were trapped at the Red Sea with their enemies behind them and no breakthrough in sight, they were told by God to go forward. It’s as they went forward obeying God’s instructions that the Red Sea parted. In our walk of faith there are some steps we need to take for our breakthroughs to come.
It’s difficult to go forward when some things are pursuing us and there is no clear way ahead of us. We don’t have the rod Moses had, but we have the authority in the name of Jesus to command obstacles to move, seas to part, and everything to come into subjection to the ruling of our King. Jesus is with us to bring the impossible. The only way we can go forward is by experiencing the reality of the presence of the Lord. He is alive and He is with us. We don’t have to fear what’s coming after us because His presence has gone ahead to make every crooked place straight. Going forward doesn’t always make sense when there is no visible way and the enemy is applying pressure.
Even after we take the first step and go forward, we need to continue to go forward step-by-step, without questioning what is to come but trusting the way will be made clear. The children of Israel must have been wondering if the water was going to stay parted. They had to stay focused on the dry ground, and walk forward in their breakthrough. Let us go forward, one step at a time, from glory to glory!
Exodus 14:15-16 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
Only the deep can call unto deep. As we grow in Christ, the superficial is removed, allowing the Spirit of God to go deep into our hearts to deal with any hindrances to His fruitfulness. In that depth, He increases His presence. His deep calls unto our deep.
What comes to the surface during a trial reveals the depth in which God has transformed us. His touch goes deeper and deeper. When we think He has reached out to the deepest point, we find He has attained a more profound place. No depth can separate us from His love. In our relationships with others, our fellowship is within the depth of our being. When deep is yoked to the superficial, the superficial has to go. Our unity with God, and one another, is deep.
It is through the presence of the living waters of the Spirit of God within us that deep calls unto deep. It is because we are led by this river that we can relate to everything in depth. When we find ourselves down, the deep in us calls forth the deep in God. Then, as God reaches out to us, He releases waves of healing, joy, glory, peace and love. He releases whatever wave is needed to supersede our state. He releases wave, upon wave, upon wave. He covers us with His presence and power, from wave to wave, from glory to glory!
Psalm 42:7 “Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.”
Boundaries may be challenging to set and keep in place. However, they are important in order to shut-out all hindrances to our time alone with God. The scripture tells us to shut the door after we go into our room, and pray to our Father who is in the secret place. This shutting the door shows us we are to strongly shut-out some things in order to shut-in to meet our Heavenly Father.
In the secret place Father reveals Himself to us in intimate ways. When we shut the door to distraction, the door to revelation opens. The door needs to be completely shut. It cannot be open even a little bit. The more we know why we are shut in, the more we are able to shut things out. We can communicate with the Lord at all times, even in the midst of others or while doing other activities. However, there is something special about having a set place where we meet our Father for prayer. The scripture doesn’t read if we pray, but when we pray, signifying its importance; and we are expected to do it the way the passage indicates.
Our Father sees in secret and rewards us openly. There are some answers to prayers everyone can see that were petitioned in secret. It’s also what we do not voice with words, but with actions, that our Father sees just like our drawing nigh unto Him in the secret place. Let us shut-out to shut-in to meet our Father, from glory to glory!
Matthew 6:6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
Do we ever feel we are not worthy of God’s amazing grace? When we fall short of the glory of God — God reminds us He is greater and knows all things. God knows everything that pertains to us: why we do the things we do, and why we don’t do what we should.
No matter how inadequate we feel, God is more than enough. We were unrighteous; He made us righteous in Christ. When our heart reminds us we are not doing or loving as much as we could, God reminds us of all He has accomplished for us. We are complete in Christ. The more we face our inability in ourselves, the more we stand in awe of His ability, His grace and His glory.
When our heart condemns us, we can have confidence in God. We may hesitate to move forward because we fear failing. We look at our past errors and do not proceed with the holy boldness we have in Christ. Our confidence in ourselves quenches our confidence in God. We have a new heart filled with the life of God and grow, from glory to glory!
1 John 3:20-21 “…for if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.”