When we make a choice that brings a change in our habits and our well-being, it’s important to take the time to prepare. The temptations come when we don’t know how to do what we have decided to do. The enemy tries to set us up for a step down from our place of obedience. The Spirit of God will lead us to set up for a step up.
Often defeat comes when preparation has not been put in place. In counting the cost of what we purpose to achieve, we must take into consideration what we have. When we decide to eat healthier, we need to shop, prepare meals and plan our week accordingly. When we prepare to fast from specific foods, we should not only make sure we don’t have these items around; we should make sure healthy alternatives are on hand. Even though there are some things for which we cannot prepare, wisdom is for us to do what we are able to do today, as led and enabled by the Lord.
When we prepare for a better job, a relationship or the next step up — we need to make sure nothing from our past, or present, can keep us bound. We walk away from the past, refuse to be stuck in today and are ready to step up into our future. Every step the Lord leads us to make is a step up from where we are to a better place, from glory to glory.
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus waited for His hour to come; we also may be waiting for our hour to come. The hour for the Lord was to fulfill His purpose: His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. It was the hour when His Father would be fully glorified and Jesus’ mission would be completed. There is an hour set for us, the Body of Christ corporately and individually, when we step into our season of greater purpose.
Are we ready for our hour? Are we studying the Word of God? Are we worshiping the Lord? Are we praying? In a moment, our hour will come. Something significant will be asked of us. An opportunity will come to take us to our destiny. When this life changing season comes, we must be prepared to step into it by faith. When Jesus told Mary His hour had not yet come, He called her “woman” because His hour and His mission was going to be accomplished by the Son of God, not her son in the natural. He then worked miracle-upon-miracle until His greater purpose was achieved.
We are walking into our divine identity, addressing things in the natural from our place of belonging to Father God, preparing for our hour. The authority and anointing the Holy Spirit is increasing in our lives is for us to walk in what He has prepared for us. As we are expecting our hour, we are walking in miracle upon miracle, from glory to glory!
John 2:4 “Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.’ ”
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.”
The power of God moves on everyone involved to accomplish His purpose when it’s His timing. God speaks to all who have a part to perform for the whole to be achieved. It’s important to know that whoever He leads us to speak to, or meet with, He has already prepared accordingly. Trusting that God works all things together for the good helps us walk with surety in our steps.
Considering the whole helps us handle our part, we depend upon the Lord working in every part even when we don’t know the specifics. A known expression is we can’t see the forest for the trees. We are stronger together. Counting on what only one tree can accomplish might bring fear, loneliness and doubt. Knowing we are part of the forest brings faith, unity and great expectations. One tree cannot be watered without it touching the other trees. We are planted in the Lord and cannot be transplanted into a place where He is not tending to our purpose.
Many times some things are not happening because God is working on areas that are unknown to us. What God is doing is not always obvious, but we can trust that it’s for the best in everyone’s circumstances. When we move on to something new, we can depend on what He has laid out for us. He has a way of putting things together that is amazing. Let us continue to take each step, holding His hand, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Just like Isaiah, God has hidden us in the shadow of His hand. He places us in His quiver to prepare us for that perfect moment when He will propel us into the next phase of our destiny. During that time of preparation, He makes us as a polished shaft. This picture of us being arrows in God’s quiver is powerful.
God trains us for the purposes He has for us. He sharpens us as a mighty weapon in His hands. We are His instruments. He does not hit the mark; the arrow does. God polishes the shaft so the arrow doesn’t miss hitting the mark with precision. It cannot be warped or misaligned. If the shaft is crooked, the arrow is useless. It has little value if the head is dull and unable to pierce. First the wood of the shaft has to be sanded and straightened. Then it is anointed with oil to be softened. At that point it can receive the tip and is ready.
The quiver is the place of rest where patience and trust is learned. Right before it is thrown, the arrow has to be totally still with no disturbances. Paul was hidden in the quiver for 14 years, Joseph 13, Moses 40, Joshua 40, David 30 and Jesus 30. When it’s time for the shaft to be launched, there is a shift. What God has purposed for us will come to pass. Let’s be still today and know that He is God, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 49:2 “And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me.”