Do we indeed trust God to accomplish His purpose in our lives regardless of unfavorable circumstances? We seek to achieve our best as we submit to His leading in our relationships, careers and plans for our future. However, many unanticipated incidents shake our security and attempt to bring havoc. At times, circumstances move us out of a place where everything appeared arranged for what God planned for us, into a position where nothing is in place, only our faith in Him.
Because of a decree that went out from Caesar that every citizen should be registered, Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem and leave Nazareth where preparations had been made for the birth of their son, Jesus. It was there, away from home, that God’s purpose came to pass. The child was born where no provisions were available, not even a room in the Inn. Thus, He was born in a manger. Jesus’ arrival could not be stopped.
It is when what we depend upon the most falls apart, that we learn to depend upon God alone. He uses unforeseen, astonishing and surprising situations to bring us into great moments of awe at His ability to manifest His perfect plan. Through those divine encounters, we find ourselves growing from faith to faith, from glory to glory!
Luke 2:6 “So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.”
Our Heavenly Father is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. The idea of God finding us the moment we worship Him, leads us to worship Him even more. With our heart turned towards Him and our hands lifted up, we embrace Him through our words, tears and expressions of love. We stand in awe as we meet God face-to-face and rejoice in His presence.
We rejoice in worshiping Abba Father and giving Him glory and honor because of who He is. A lesser known benefit of worshiping is that satan is publicly rebuked and reprimanded during our praise. Our adversary was cast out of the place of worship even though he used to be the praise leader in heaven. When we do what he is no longer able to do, he is resisted and has to flee from every area of our lives. It is imperative that when we feel the most oppressed, attacked or in warfare that we rise up and worship. In doing so we get closer to what is of God, and further away from what is of the enemy. In that place of intimacy nothing can come between us and the awesomeness of God’s glory.
If we ever need to feel closer to God, let’s worship. When depression tries to come upon us, let’s worship. When darkness increases in the world around us, let’s worship. When we don’t know what to do, let’s worship. No matter what it takes or where we are, we press through to worship, from glory to glory!
John 4:23-24 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
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.”