Before and After!

Before and After!

We are battled before and after we obey the leading of the Lord. Most of the battles take place in our minds. Our minds look at things in the natural and tell us we are not going to accomplish what the Lord has called us to do. After we rebuke the liar, obey the leading of the Lord and walk into what is laid before us, we find another great battle awaits us.

The battle that comes after our obedience attempts to stop us from doing anything for the Lord again. Because the anointing increases as we allow the Holy Spirit to move through us, the enemy attempts to stop us from continuing in our steps of obedience. He uses fear without ceasing. His lies pertain to self, insecurity, guilt and inadequacy. The way to go through this warfare is to focus on who the Lord Jesus is: yesterday, today and forever.

The warfare is great after we do anything in the name of Jesus. That after is also the before of the next leading we will obey. The Holy Spirit often empowers us by multiplying His instructions so that we move in the Spirit from one thing to another, with no time in between. The before and after is eliminated by our moving forward, back to back, leaving no time for the adversary. We are more than conquerors, from glory to glory! 

Deuteronomy 11:12 “… a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.” 

 

Acknowledgment

Acknowledgment

We acknowledge the Lord with every step we take; we are aware of His presence. We look to Him; we look for Him; we trust Him. He is looking after us. We acknowledge Him because He matters to us. We do not ignore Him; we welcome all that His presence in our lives represents.

We welcome His input and His instructions as we do whatever He has asked us to do, in obedience and with joy. We acknowledge that He is with us at all times: in the midst of our conversations; at our dinner table; in our times of recreation and in all that we do. We know what it feels like to be in the midst of others we know and be ignored when our presence is not acknowledged. When we are not acknowledged, we do not feel welcomed. When we acknowledge the presence of the Lord, He knows He is welcome, and His will and His way become visible.

When we acknowledge the Lord, we place Him above others and ourselves. Everything that can be lifted up over Him is brought low, under His authority. The more we are aware of Him, the more we humble ourselves and His grace increases in our lives. The more we are aware of ourselves, the more pride increases to hinder our path. He delights to direct our paths. We ask and trust the answer that comes when our attention is focused on Him, from glory to glory!

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

 

Fill to the Brim!

Fill to the Brim!

We obey our Lord wholeheartedly. We simply do what He asks us to do regardless of the size of the task, its unreasonable appearance or the cost to our comfort zone. Patience and abundance are often connected to obedience. Jesus asked the servants to fill six twenty or thirty gallon waterpots of stone with water when there was a need for wine.

It requires patience to walk into what God tells us to do when the result is not seen from afar or understood. We would prefer to have the whole plan ahead of time, but God leads us step by step. When more of the pieces of the puzzle are put together, the picture is clearer. Patience for what is to come is even more challenging when the task is to be done in abundance.

It’s not just one gallon, but twenty or thirty! It’s not just half filled, but filled to the brim! They couldn’t fill a water-bottle with a half-gallon of water to see what would happen before doing the rest. To fill to the brim in our lives is to do whatever He leads us to do to the fullest. The need is wine; He says fill the pot with water. The need is finances; He says give. The need is healing; He says pray. Only when we are filled with His Spirit can we obey and remain filled to the brim, from glory to glory 

John 2:6-7 “Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim.”

 

Launch Out!

Launch Out!

Have we ever spent time working on a project to no avail? Fishing but not catching anything? Taking a whole night pressing through with no results? It’s in those times the Lord will give us a direction we may think makes no sense and has nothing to do with what we were trying to accomplish, but afterwards we will realize it was connected to success.

The Lord got into Peter’s boat and asked him to move out a little from the land. There Jesus taught the multitude. The boat that was supposed to be used to hold fishes was used for the Lord. When Jesus finished teaching, He told Peter to launch out into the deep and let his nets down for a catch. When we give priority to the Word of God in our lives, allow Him to use our lives as He wills and obey His directives; we can expect fruitfulness.

What wasn’t successful before will be. Situations are turned around and all things work together for the good when the Lord is Lord of all. Peter only let down one net even though Jesus told him to let down the nets, plural. Unknowingly, he was learning obedience and being trained to be a fisher of men. What is it the Lord is asking of us today that He will use in our tomorrow for something we don’t expect?

In the midst of failure, weaknesses and trial upon trial, the Lord prepares us for so much greater than we can ask or think. All He asks of us, He uses for His good, from glory to glory!

Luke 5:3-4 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

 

As We Go

As We Go

As we walk by faith, we obey God’s instructions regardless of what we see in the natural. It’s as we obey Him that the reality of His word is manifested. The more we walk with the Lord, the more we come to realize the transformation He has done in our lives. It unfolds as we go. It’s not shown to us before we walk, but it’s revealed as we walk.

In other words, someone cannot bargain with the Lord saying, “when you heal me completely, then I will obey you,” or “when you do this or that, then I will do this or that.” Our obedience to God is not conditional but comes from total trust in His word. He is our Lord and we trust Him to take us to wholeness with every step we take in His name. Without knowing the end result, we recognize the changes the Lord has done in our lives as we walk with Him.

It’s sometimes difficult to take a step of faith that God asks us to take, but our desire is to always obey Him. His way is always the best way, the only way, the way, the truth and the life! It’s as we go that we grow! Sometimes we go through things just so we can see that we are no longer who we used to be, that we have changed. As we go, others start seeing the healing of the Lord in our lives, in every area, from glory to glory.

Luke 17:13-14 And they lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ So when He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

 

 

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