Impossible

Impossible

The fire of God sent to Elijah’s altar licked up the water, the chosen remedy to extinguish fires. He removed all human possibilities so that everyone could recognize who He is and glorify Him alone. God specializes in doing what is unattainable, unachievable, and unfeasible. He makes possible the impossible. What a mighty miracle worker.

The Lord fed thousands with only five barley loaves and two small fishes. A coin appeared in a fish’s mouth so they could pay taxes. The men fishing received instructions to cast a net on the side where no fish were before, and a great catch came forth! Provisions come from unexpected places. Healing occurs when it is hopeless. A comatose patient sits up and starts praising the Lord. We can reconcile irresolvable differences. The most unlikely to prosper can attain success. Salvation comes when all seems lost.

What situations are facing us that only a supernatural manifestation of God can handle? We can expect the Lord to bypass our faith, our understanding and move in amazing ways. He is able, mighty, and amazing! God is awesome. We cannot explain the supernatural, but can attain it, from glory to glory!

1 Kings 18:38-39 “Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!”

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Our Delight

Our Delight

Our love for God brings us joy. We delight ourselves in Him, enjoy His presence, and find contentment in all things. Our prayer for His will to be done is with assurance in His love and care. Even though we don’t know what our future holds, we trust Him because He is with us. As we delight ourselves in Him, we discover God’s desires for us.

We could not have thought of these desires on our own. They come with the faith and anointing only He can give. We don’t recognize these desires right away. They grow as God continues to make them clear, by revelation. Sometimes they resemble dreams because of their impossibility apart from the hand of God. We worship a big God and should dream big dreams!

We have a tendency to hold on to familiar desires. When we understand what God is leading us to be, or do, we commit our way to Him and trust that He will bring it to pass. Each instruction we follow replaces or refines old desires. Our primary goal is to walk in the spirit, not the flesh, from glory to glory!

Psalms 37:4-5 “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”

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Taking Thoughts Captive

Taking Thoughts Captive

Our perception of what is said or done may not be accurate when it is filtered through experiences. An assumption based on perception can lead to deception. Humility brings safety. As we submit ourselves to the Lord and surrender our thoughts to Him, we seek and receive the truth by faith. Taking that extra step before jumping to a conclusion helps our responses.

Taking things personally is one deterrent to our hearing. Many times, when people speak, they are pressing what pertains to them; it’s not to describe who the other person is or isn’t; it is more to explain who they are or are not. When in doubt, we should ask, “When you said this, this is what I heard; is that what you meant?”

Taking thoughts captive refers not only to what we think, but also to what others think. As we give all to the Lord, seek His thoughts, and stop fleshy reasoning, He replaces the lies with truths. With love, patience, and grace, He gives us His peace so we can rest in Him. He heals us from any wrong perception, and helps us walk in truth, from glory to glory!

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

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What do we Need?

What do we Need?

As we draw nigh unto God, our adversary increases his fiery darts to draw us away from the things of God. Satan does so through deliberate lies, all attached to a no need declarative statement: “you don’t need to go to church; you don’t need to read and study the Word; You don’t need to pray; you don’t need to worship, and so on.” The opposite of what we do need!

In our hardships, drawing nigh unto the Lord is what we need to do more than anything else. We must seek to spend quality time with the Lord, yielding to Him. He sees the longing of our hearts and takes care of our needs. Our need for God enables us to say no to the things we don’t need to find true peace; no to the temptations to seek an emotional relief instead of a spiritual one.

As we seek God wholeheartedly, His presence increases, and He takes us to a deeper place of intimacy where we are filled with His love and His peace. It is from that resting place that we learn to stand by faith in His name! The greater the battle, the greater the need forthe Lord. We move closer to Him, never away, from glory to glory!

Hebrews 7:19 “…for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”

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Feed the Seed

Feed the Seed

The war between the flesh and the spirit can be challenging. The key to conquering the flesh is to walk in the spirit. To do so, we must feed ourselves spiritually through reading the Bible, praying, and worshiping. We feed the incorruptible seed of the Word of God that was planted in our spirit when we were born again. As our spirit man is nourished, we walk in the Spirit and do not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

When we try in our own ability to come against the lusts of the flesh, defeat often occurs. It is impossible to overcome the flesh in the flesh. The flesh is weak without the enablement of the Spirit of God. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing. We feed the seed to meet the most important need we all have: Jesus.

Our focus is on the Lord. He is the bread of life. Daily we pray for our daily bread so we can grow and strengthen in our spirit. When we feel weak in any area, when warfare is intensifying, when peace and joy seem to decrease, we press in to feed ourselves spiritually. We grow in grace, in love, in Christ, from faith to faith, from glory to glory!

Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

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Beyond Our Reach

Beyond Our Reach

Since we walk by faith, not by sight, our reach is for the unseen. Not knowing what is on the other side of the obstacles we face challenges our pursuit of what God has for us. It is like walking with a blindfold. Only by trusting that God has laid a hold of us can we trust Him. He holds us with a firm grip even when we lose ours. By His grace, we can press on!

He has made every crooked place straight so we can press through the battles. He bore our sicknesses on the cross, so we can press through the pain. We can press through the fears because He gave us a spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. We can reach for what He has planned for us by pressing through all outside pressures.

The pressure of His leading on the inside is greater than any outside pressure. We can press through because of what He has already done for us in our past and in our future. The Holy Spirit empowers us to go another mile. With this second wind, we reach beyond our reach for all that comes from Him, from glory to glory!

Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”

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