During wars, people look for places of safety to hide under cover where they cannot be harmed by the weapons of their enemies. We are in Christ therefore we are always under cover. No weapons formed against us will prosper because we dwell under the shadow of the Almighty.
A way of receiving an anointing originated with the ancient shepherds. Lice and other insects would get into the wool of sheep. When they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. To prevent this from happening, shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This oil made the wool too slippery for insects to get near the sheep’s ears and they would slide off. From this situation, anointing with oil became symbolic of blessings, protection, and empowerment.
We can trust the precious presence of the Spirit of Christ to make our enemies flee. The battle truly is the Lord’s, and His mantle is upon us to protect us from every opposition. Whenever we feel threatened let us dwell under cover with confidence and total rest in our Comforter, the Holy Spirit. We can wrap ourselves in Him and watch the enemy’s attacks slip off, from glory to glory!
Psalm 91:1-3 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’”
The more we stand by faith, the more we stand out. To stand out means to project something out of the ordinary, to be distinctive and prominent. It’s when we stand for the things of God with great determination that we stand out the most.
On the sea, to stand out is used to express maintaining a course away from the shore. In Christ, it’s maintaining opposition to the oppression of satan, the world, and the flesh. We stand out when we stay away from the temptations. We stand out when we don’t submit to the pressures of others. We stand out when we hold to our position in Christ despite everything that tries to influence us.
Our continued transformation in God is noticeable to all. The way we walk in love, peace, and joy instead of hate, anger, and fear is supernatural. The way we seek after the cloud, the Lord, instead of the crowd is uncommon. We stand out like a lighthouse for others to know that if God did this in our life, surely, He could do it in theirs. It is God’s presence that stands out in our lives, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.”
If we emphasize something about ourselves, it increases the focus on it, negative or positive. If, for example, we have a zit on our face, we notice …though nobody else does …until we mention it. Then it seems to grow, and everyone seems to talk about it. The moment we speak forth what we assume is negative about ourselves, we bring attention to it.
The way we see ourselves, or the way others see us, cannot compare with how God sees us. God leads us to see ourselves the way He sees us: as perfect, flawless, beautiful pearls. We belong to Him and He’s very protective of us; He loves to shower us with His love; He loves to hang out with us; and He rejoices when we answer the call to spend time with Him.
The enemy uses words to belittle us, so God’s Word must be our focus. We learn to hear God’s voice instead of other voices by spending time with Him and in His Word. We cannot question the potter regarding the clay. With a grateful heart, we praise Him for we are His workmanship. We walk in our divine identity, from glory to glory!
Psalm 139:14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
Hopelessness carries a sense of death to possibilities of a better tomorrow. It is unexpected and is accompanied by grief and sorrow because of unmet expectations. Only in and through the Lord can we hold fast to our confessions of hope, without wavering. The loss of what we were joyfully anticipating may make us feel lost. Disappointments bring doubt and hesitation and can hinder us from fully hoping again.
Our hope is being victorious in the Lord, not in hoping for this or that. Hope is a verb; it demands an object. When our hope is in the Lord, hopelessness cannot remain. Hope in itself is not a power we rely on. The one we place our hope in can bring forth what is above and beyond what we hope for …as we rest in Him. We hold fast with a sense of holding firm, securing, or tightening our confession of faith. Truly, He holds us in the palm of His hand.
Circumstances of life may make us feel there is little reason for continuing to hope, but the One who made the promise is faithful and will not let us down. Temporary afflictions cannot hinder the permanent increase of the glory of God, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
When we are a child of God, we are called by God. To be called means to be summoned. The Lord has summoned us to be His vessels of glory. His calling is to be believed and received. It unfolds by His grace. First and foremost, when we are born again, we are called out. We are called out of our past, our old habits, our mistakes and what we used to be. We are translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
We are summoned out of the old into the new; out of despair, into hope; out of blindness, into sight; out of war, into peace; out of rejection, into acceptance. At the same time, we are called out, God calls us into all that we are and have in Him. With God, there is no calling out without being called into something divine. There is no going back. Everything the Lord does is to bring us closer to Him.
He calls off everything in our life that might be a hindrance to what He is calling us to be and to do. The specifics might be unknown, but the call is loud and clear. He uses situations in our life to get us to call upon Him in new ways. He then answers with a reassurance of the call on our lives. God continues to call us, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”