As we read The parable of the Ten Virgins, I want you to take notice of the word “watch”. It is a militaristic word. Literally, it means to look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time. Jesus wants us to stand guard; To watch over ourselves, the church and those entrusted to us in order to keep them and us from being damaged, robbed, or injured. He wants us to be a sentinel, or in biblical terms, a watchman, who stands in the gap.
Recently, a dear sister shared her dream with a group of people, in which I was as well. In this dream she is watching a bride prepared to walk to meet her groom. Her court is doing the final touches on her. As she steps forward to walk, they start to fix her diadem; the bride is impatient, but the diadem needs a fixing. A crown, or diadem prognosticates change of mode in the habit of one’s or in this case the churches life, likewise, it signifies a change into a different level of awareness, victory over death and a recognition of status. In all of history, a crown represents the image of the kingdom, in all of its glory, riches and beauty. The king would adorn his bride in the most decorative state, that the Kingdom would or could afford, thus saying, all that is mine, is yours. I believe, that Jesus wants us to conform to him, we were created in his image, thus we need to become his image.
Today, we have to make a decision; a decision to wear a crown given to us to be His bride. However, decisions are irreversible. Thus, we have to make a conscience and intentional step to follow only Him. If God is intentional, then we have to be as well. We can’t afford to listen to people, therefore we can only listen to Jesus. But it starts at His feet, as Mary has shown us. Rest at His feet. When you know how to rest, you know how to receive under pressure. Likewise, when we are at peace, then we place the enemy under pressure. If we are proactive at receiving this peace, then we place the enemy on the reactive. Albeit, this peace only comes from a formed relationship with God. It comes from rhythm of a relationship, then He Himself teaches us how to take territories in our mind, heart and relieves us from pressure to do anything on our own.
When we are in rest, you pause your circumstances, thus you see them with a majestic/militaristic mindset. So it is us taking control of our circumstances where we start to demonstrate Christ like behavior. We start to partner with God, we become co-inheritors with Jesus. Furthermore, when we start taking territories, sometimes they are circumstances as well, we can impart territories by laying on of hands on to those who are still in the learning process.
Dear friends, we have to change our mind and identity to His. Remember, God created Man in His image, thus now, we have to conform to His image. But to do so, we need to change our Perception, mindset and language. So, when God speaks to us in any form, or even circumstance, we need to ask Him “what does it mean for me?”; furthermore, what I must do, who do I need to become? Then partner in the upgrade of the elements of identity. Rejoice in the circumstance for the lessons learned. Gods has an image of you which he is forming you to occupy the space in circumstances. Remember the story of Jesus walking on water, it starts at the bottom of His father’s feet. From there he observes the circumstances of His followers, then he walks on those circumstances. God has an image of you, do you believe this image, are you ready to partner with Him.
Focus on Jesus, enjoy becoming like Him, Rejoice in the Lord. Give thanks for all circumstances. You Don’t have to mean it at first. Give thanks, until you become thanks. Until you are blessing Him. Until you are partnered with Him Be watchful. be on guard. The key is to rest in Him.
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God; Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
People, there is no active endurance unless one actually desires to accomplish something, and he has the -hope of good to come ¬from what he is enduring.
—There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. (Hebrews 4:9-10)
Our gracious Father offers His children the beautiful promise of complete rest in Him. The author here makes an earnest plea to the recipient of the epistle–let us receive this abundant spiritual life that God has made available to us. May we take strength in His eternal rest.
“Then Moses said to him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.'” Exodus 33:15
And now may the Lord bless you and may the Lord keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, giving you His peace. May you walk today in the confidence that you are a coinheritor with God.
Your yesterdays have been forgiven and your tomorrows have all been taken care of by the grace of a loving Father, who has all power in heaven and on earth. Be assured that when you call upon His name, He will answer…even before you finish your prayer. He’s just that close. Nothing is impossible to you.
May you discover the mind of Christ this week. Let your life be baptized with joy that is unspeakable; may God take the chisel of adversity and cause you to rise to a new level in the kingdom of God, for they that endure to the end, the same shall be saved.
Let God’s perfect plan in your life be accomplished because you are willing to walk through the fire and the water, for when you walk through the water, the water won’t drown you; when you walk through the fire, the fire won’t burn you, because the Lord is with you. There is nothing that cannot be accomplished in the authority of His name, for nothing is impossible to those that believe. May God bless you this week with blessings you cannot contain, in Jesus’ name.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. The King is coming! The King is coming! Heaven is just a heartbeat away! In Jesus’ name, rejoice and be exceedingly glad.
It’s a relationship. I don’t meet with God; He’s in me. So when am I ever apart from Him? I talk to Him all the time. I commune with Him. When I read the word, I don’t read it for information; I read it to know Him. So I honor the word of God.
I have never read my Bible in order to preach a sermon for you. I read my Bible to know Him, and from out of knowing Him I have something to say to you. Got it?
So take His love personally, receive His forgiveness and mercy, wake up knowing you’re a son or a daughter. Say “yes” to every “yes” that shouts from Jesus Christ, and just be His kid. Do you get it?
When you open your Bible, just welcome Holy Spirit, thank Him that He’s in your life to reveal Christ to you.
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Lately, it has become apparent that there is a growing number of Christian believers who tend to seek the blessings of the Lord. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is not erroneous to be in search for His blessings; however, follow me on the endeavor to get at the root of my assertion.
This number of Christians, while in pursuit of sings and wonders, are also starting to question if God has heard their prayers, when often the real question is asked by God “did you take authority over all that is yours?”
Foremost, I would like to cast some light on seeking signs and wonders…
If any man shall say to you, “Lo, here is Christ,” or, “There,” believe it not. For there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. (Matt. 24:23-25)
Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, “Master, we would see a sign from thee.” But He answered and said unto them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign. But there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah.” (Matt. 12:38-39)
Please take note: Jesus forewarns us in Matthew 24, that false prophets will show great signs and wonders in order to deceive. therefore, when carefully read, the passage states that signs and wonders are used as tools for deception. In Matthew 12, Jesus warns against seeking after signs and wonders. Indeed, He says that if you do seek after them, you are committing spiritual adultery.
I would propose, that we take these passages genuinely and earnestly. Consequently, how do they apply to us and modern signs and wonders – those which dominate Christianity? What do these verses warn us about them, and tell us that our approach ought to be towards them? As you think on the said matter, and questions- I would like you to go to the root of the fruit if you will…
Jesus asked “When the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?”
He also stated “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”
Dear vigilant saints, there is so much already under our authority, that we simply need to collect, and “if you are faithful with little, we will be given more.” (Matt 25:23) You have authority if you are under authority. (Matthew 8:5-13) Since we are under Jesus’s authority, he commands us to carry out his tasks.
Now understand this, authority is the power to act on another’s behalf. In the military, the commander delegates his authority to junior level leaders to act on his behalf, while he coaches and guides the said junior leaders. Likewise, a leader cannot be commissioned, or receive the delegated authority unless he is in submission to senior level leaders. Thus, in the Kingdom, one cannot be commissioned to walk in authority, unless he is submitted to God. Bill Johnson ones said: “You cannot be in commission unless you are in submission.”
Consequently, in order for us to fulfill the great commission, we have to seek God first. Quit seeking blessings, seek God. Let go of your gods; lusts, sexual immorality or desires, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as the bible warns us as well, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Let go of your gods, seek god and be in Faith.
He who is in faith, in Jesus name shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Maintain the joy of the Lord. BE blessed in the Lord, for he who is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him, is blessed”
Read psalm Psalm 84, and make it a point for your soul to long, even faint for the courts of the Lord: may your heart and your flesh cry out for the living God. Read Psalm 112, and make it your point to fear the lord, and be established in him. Note, how first comes the fear, then delight in the commandments of the lord before the blessings of the lord.
God wants to have a personal relationship with you. But it has to be in Faith. Let God work in you. Let God Be God. Get rid of carnality. Let’s spend time with God. Purposely set aside time. If you have to, make an appointment with God in the mornings, but if that doesn’t work for you, find a time that does, even if it’s not every day. Just start somewhere and you’ll see the positive fruit that this time brings to your life! Make preparation for your time with God, if you have to- do a Bible study. Choose a place that you enjoy being in, a room in your house where you can be alone, or outside in your backyard.
Have all your heart ready, your bible and even a notepad, or a note app available. Prepare your heart. Talk to God about things you may need to confess, worship Him for what He has done already, and enter your study time peacefully and without anything that may block you from receiving revelation during your time with God. Take the time to study the Word because there is power in it to change your life and become the person God wants you to be. Finally, mediate on His word, mediate on what you read; all through the course of the day. And before you retire for the night, spend some time with God again. Watch what happens with your life.
…”Because you have prayed to Me….” Isaiah 37:21
Have you ever had your back against the wall so badly that if something didn’t happen to change your situation, you were sunk? King Hezekiah was one of Israel’s greatest godly kings. One of the greatest challenges to his reign came when the king of Assyria threatened to attack Israel and wipe them out. The Assyrians were the local bullies of the region and had wiped out all other enemies in their region.
They mocked the idea of having a God who could save them.
Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you! Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, “The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria” (Isaiah 36:14b-15).
The workplace is full of “Assyrian kings” who mock the idea of a living God who delivers. Without God’s help, Israel would not overcome. Their backs were against the wall. They would be destroyed.
King Hezekiah saved Israel because of one act. He prayed; and because he prayed, God moved on his behalf. In fact, God moved so powerfully that Hezekiah did not even have to fight the battle.
Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning, there were all the dead bodies! (Isaiah 37:36)
The king of Assyria was even murdered by his own sons. Imagine seeing your enemy totally destroyed without one hand raised in battle!
God wants to act on behalf of His children if they will call on Him. One of the motives Hezekiah had in seeking God’s help was “so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God” (Is. 37:20). This is what happened. God was glorified.
God wants to let your workplace know that God is a living God. He can deliver. Seek Him today for the crisis in your life. Keep your motive pure and God will surely answer.
Reprint from TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman