Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Our Heavenly Father’s will is for His children to have the best in every area of their lives. What He has prepared for us might not be clear, but we can trust that it is much more than we can ask or think. At times, it might be difficult to let go of the present because of the uncertainty of the future, the unknown. It’s in understanding our inheritance that we can walk by faith and trust our Daddy.

Parents know what their children are able to do because they watch them mature. They know that in order for them to walk in their ability to do more, they must let go of what they did at an earlier age. For example, when they began teething and were being prepared for solid food, they were weaned from drinking out of a bottle. When the bottle is removed, children are upset because they don’t understand it’s in preparation for something they will enjoy even more. As we grow up as sons of God, there are some things that our Heavenly Father removes because He has more for us.

Each new step in our development requires a step of faith. Even if we could see what He has prepared for us, we wouldn’t understand it fully because it’s moving into the unknown. All we can do is trust that Father knows best and enjoy our growth, from glory to glory! 

Galatians 4:6-7 “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

 

Stretch Out!

Stretch Out!

God can enable us to do what we cannot. He tells us to do things that we cannot to show us we can depend on His ability, regardless of the obvious difficulties. Jesus told the man with a withered hand to stretch it out and as he did, his hand was restored. When the Lord directs us to do something that is impossible in the natural, we can trust He will give us His ability. His authority is always accompanied by His ability.

The man’s hand was withered, paralyzed, and completely unable to function. We may not have a hand that is withered, but we may be withered emotionally, financially, physically or in our relationships. We cannot move because of pain and He’ll tell us to rise up. We are unable to forgive and He’ll tell us to forgive. A situation brings fear to our soul and He’ll tell us not to fear. The moment we obey Him, the situation is touched by His glory. As we press through the natural impossibilities, the unction to function flows from the Lord in and through us.

By faith we stretch out our withered conditions. We stand on the Word of God and trust His promises. By His stripes, we were healed, in every area. The Lord desires and delights in touching and healing what we stretch out, believing in Him. He is able and faithful. As we obey His Word, His ability is released, from glory to glory!

Mark 3:5 “And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.” 

 

 

Greater Works

Greater Works

Instead of trying to figure out what we are called to do, we walk in what we are called to be, step by step. We come to realize we are called to be transformed into the image of the Son, Jesus Christ. We can rest and trust God for whatever we are called to do in His name.

The anointing we receive for our calling is an anointing for transformation. Then, as we partake of the character of Christ, the anointing to accomplish is increased. It’s when we do not think we are doing much– that much is happening. When we rest in the Lord, His glory rests upon us. The fruit of the Spirit, the results of our obedience, and God’s increase to and in our life will not be known until the Kingdom is fully in place. Some plant, some water, but only God gives the increase. We trust God for all that He does because of who He is. We concentrate on who we are becoming in Him, believing that we are in Christ and Christ is in us.

We are on call to do because we are called to be. The demonstration of our identification is filled with His glory. Greater works shall we do indeed as Christ is free to be. Our faith in who He is in and through us brings forth His marvelous works, from glory to glory!

John 14:12-14 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

 

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