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Separate and Set Apart

What separates the church of Jesus Christ, the believing church, the obedient and set apart church, from the attitudes and beliefs of the world around us; the watered-down morality and compromising, politically correct standards of the world system within which we live? Throughout church history, right up until the present day, there have been those who mistakenly, or intentionally, negatively impact the power of the Gospel in the lives of individuals, entire congregations, or large segments of the Christian community.

For the time is coming when {people} will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction. but, having ears itching {for something pleasant and gratifying} they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold. And will
turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

…because of false brethren (some men who were Christian in name only) who had been secretly smuggled in {to the Christian brotherhood}; they had slipped in to spy on our liberty and the freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might again bring us into bondage. (Galatians 2:4)

In Revelation 2:13-15, speaking to the church at Pergamum, Jesus warns of believers “clinging to the teaching of Balaam…” and “to the teaching of the Nicolaitans” both serious stumbling blocks to their faith walk. We are to cling to and hold fast to His Name and to the standard of set-apart holiness that God requires. We are to stand uncompromisingly on “every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) The enemy will always attempt to infiltrate, deceive, and overcome the power and authority of the church. He sows distraction to the flesh, “the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit”.(Romans 8:3 – Amplified) Today, in this present end-times climate, this is profoundly important – impacting our faith walk and our set apart heart before God as the rapture approaches and Jesus returns for the church.

I distinctly remember hearing a pastor, whose walk before the Lord I greatly trust and admire, prefacing his teaching on end-times prophecy saying that he was at first reluctantly obedient to preach the message because he did not want to be known as a “prophecy nut”. The Holy Spirit, he said, had clearly led him to teach on the subject, but he recognized the reluctance and aversion many of his listeners had to these particular biblical truths.

I approached this writing with similar concerns. The purity and the sanctity of Christ’s church in these last days is the issue which so many do not want to hear. Jesus warned His disciples to be on the lookout and beware of “the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (Matthew 16:11); beware of rules and traditions and teachings that would compromise and even nullify the Word of God; “depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect”. (Matthew 15:6)

Our Lord Jesus:

…loved the church and gave Himself up for her. So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word. That He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things {that she might be holy and faultless}. (Ephesians 5:25-27)

Satan’s initial purpose is to keep people blinded concerning their need for God – to keep them from submitting to the Lordship of Christ. Failing that in the lives of many, his Plan B is to disprove the Word in a believer’s life; to so weaken Bible Truths and our Father’s covenant promises that entire churches operate within the parameters of a compromised Gospel. Millions of Christians around the world – saved and Heaven-bound – have no idea of the authority and blessed life that is theirs in Christ. The world system we live in has, to a large extent, infiltrated the church. The warning of 2 Corinthians 2:11seems turned upside down. For many do not seem aware of Satan’s tactics; they appear “ignorant of his wiles and intentions” and he is gaining an advantage over them.

Paul’s letter to Timothy sets the right standard:

Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in {all} the faith and love which are for us in Christ Jesus. Guard and keep {with the greatest care} the precious and excellent adapted Truth which has been entrusted {to you}, by the {help of the} Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us.(2 Timothy 1:13-14)

When you see it in the Word, expect it in your church. So many receive Jesus as Savior but not as Lord. What is the difference? Savior is what He accomplished for us. Lord is the position He is meant to hold in our lives.

“Too often the church today has offered a good message of salvation apart from Lordship. For the sake of not deceiving people, for the sake of any who might otherwise someday hear ‘depart from Me'{Matthew 7:23}, for the sake of the strength of the church, for the sake of truly walking in the blessings of God, let’s forsake our inadequate ‘good’ Gospel message and return to the tree of life – the biblical message of salvation.” (John Bevere – Good or God?)

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Vitally United

In Isaiah 28 we are told what causes times of true refreshing. It is our full and complete reliance on the Lord – not on our own abilities and understanding (Proverbs 3:5), not on the teachings and traditions and doctrines of scholars and religion (Isaiah 28:13; Mark 7:13; Colossians 2:8), not on what those in the world around us accept and expect (Mark 7:7). Our Father, our Creator, encourages our absolute reliance upon Him throughout Scripture and condemns the half-hearted, lukewarm (Revelation 3:16), and even dismissive approach to Him ; keeping Him at a distance in the guise of reverence and the mistaken sense that we can never truly know Him.

Isaiah 29:13 – And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and their fear and reverence for Me are a commandment of men that is learned by repetition {without any thought as to the meaning}

Success is life submitted to the purposes and plans of our Creator. Worshipping our Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:23) means that we are vitally united to Him.

John 15:4-5 – …neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me…apart from Me {cut off from vital union with Me} you can do nothing.

Nothing! Without His guidance, without our absolute submission to His Word and His Spirit, we do nothing of lasting, eternal, God-pleasing value. It is God in us Who works to:

Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will {while He Himself} works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ… (Hebrews 13:21)

Jesus is our example in this when He said:

I have glorified You down here on the earth by completing the work that You gave for Me to do. (John 17:4)

We glorify our Father when we submit, listen carefully, and truly pay attention daily to His leading, so that we too can complete the work that He has for us to do. The Holy Spirit has teaching and instructions, guidance and strengthening for us every day. He will, if we will carefully attend, help us build a character pleasing to our Father, witness to those who need Heaven’s touch, establish our own unique ministry to the world, and daily give evidence to the peace and joy that are ours in Jesus (John 14:27; John 15:11).

In Acts 9, God calls on Ananias,a disciple in Damascus, to go lay hands on Paul that He would regain his sight. At first Ananias is very concerned about approaching Paul for he knew of Paul’s reputation in severely persecuting Christians. But on God’s leading, at His command, Ananias obeyed. Smith Wigglesworth says of him:

“Ananias…lived in a place where God could talk to him. His ears were opened. He was one who listened to the things from Heaven.”

Ananias is a brother-in-Christ for whom it could be said:

…on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherin I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You. (Psalm 143:8)

Take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself to His keeping (Acts 16:31). Stay vitally united to the Lord.

…for the Father is seeking just such people as these for His worshippers. (John 4:23)

You’ve Slept Long Enough!

I recently read an essay by George Otis Jr. entitled “Transformational Revival”. The foundational premise was that unless and until an individual, or a group of people, truly recognize a strong conviction of need, there will never be a desire for change; they will never see or experience revival. Deep spiritual hunger ushers in the move and ministry of the Holy Spirit. When man’s sense of need – of necessarily relying on God for everything pertaining to his life – interacts with God’s desire to manifest Himself to us – revival (resurrection life) happens. Anything short of that is spiritual rebellion.

A. W. Tozer has written:

“We do not seem to sense the tragedy of having almost completely lost the awareness of His Presence.”

Smith Wigglesworth says:

“God is more eager to answer than we are to ask.”

Our Abba is self-revealing. He wants to be fully and intimately known. His desire, for the well-being of His children, is to be trusted, relied upon, and taken at His Word. True worship acknowledges that Truth. When we purposefully pursue God, when we recognize that without Him we can do no good thing (John 15:5), when our heats urge us toward truly knowing Him, that is where He meets us.

“It will be a great moment for some of us when we begin to believe that God’s promise of self-revelation is literally true: that He promised much, but promised no more than He intends to fulfill.” A. W. Tozer

But, when we, in large and small ways, prefer confidence in our own abilities to cope and succeed over submission to God, when we admire and operate in self-sufficiency rather than yielding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit – we are in rebellion against our Creator. Rebellion in its full manifestation is prideful arrogance that we can do without God. But please be open to the “lesser” symptoms of rebellion. God wants our full attention. He wants to guide and bless and heal and provide for our every need. He wants us to cast every care on Him (1 Peter 5:7), seek His path and purpose for our life, and demonstrate to each and every person we encounter the joy that is found through life in Him. He wants to work through us every moment to accomplish His purposes. He wants to:

Strengthen (complete, perfect)and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out is will; {while He Himself} works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah)… (Hebrews 13:21)

We are permitted, we are granted, according to His grace and through the blood of Jesus, to have daily, hourly, moment by moment access to the Creator of everything we see. He lives in us (John 14:23). He loves us (1 John 4:16, 19). Give Him first place and wake up to this Truth.

“At the height of the Hebrides Revival, meetings lasted into the wee hours, and crowds often spilled outside the church buildings. On one such occasion, a neighbor woman approached a church elder to complain about the noise. Full of the Holy Spirit the elder replied, “Woman, you’ve slept long enough!” (George Otis Jr.)

Carefree

“Carefree” is a word and a concept that has been percolating in my spirit recently. It is an attitude that is foundational to faith, and the Holy Spirit has been directing me to understand what it looks and feels like and to recognize all of its implications.

Most of us have been raised up to appreciate and exhibit self-sufficiency; to admire and even attempt to imitate strength of character that achieves success and determined goal-setting that produces prosperity. Part of the fallen human condition is the driving sense that unless we do it ourselves it will not be done well. Satan employs this tactic to diminish our understanding of our need for God. We grow up plotting our paths, planning our futures, and daily strengthening within our hearts the self-identifying concept of personal responsibility. It is a prideful failing.

My recent Holy Spirit “assignment” to ponder carefree living has truly focused His Light on how elusive that heart attitude can be. How ironic that it is not easy to be carefree! Years of training in the other direction have caused us to forget, or abandon, the child-like quality of carefree living. Normally children do not worry about provision; it is always there for them. Loving parents provide all that is necessary – an image God wants us to hold on to as we understand more and more the “blessed life of the kingdom” (Matthew 16:26).

Our Lord Jesus, with His words, so very often disrupted our rational thoughts, our logic, and our well-entrenched worldview.

Matthew 16:24 – If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself { disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself, and his own interests}…

The carefree life is not irresponsible. It is simply more responsive to “the nature and quality of God” rather than to man’s expectations (Matthew 16:23). The carefree life is:

…the leaning of the entire human personality on God in Christ Jesus in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness. (2 Timothy 3:15)

The carefree life so pleases our Abba. It demonstrates faith in His love, His goodness, and His promises to us. I have no care concerning the needed (and desired) provision in my life for Jehovah-Jireh is my abundant Provider. I have no care concerning healing and health for He is Jehovah-Rapha, my loving Healer. I have no care concerning the wisdom I need to succeed in life (James 1:5), the path I am to walk ( Isaiah 30:21),the seed I am to sow (2 Corinthians 9:10). God’s Word is on the line here! He will see to its manifestation in your life as you see to the carefree, faith end of things.

Men and women of faith, born-again children of God, still find this challenging. Joyce Meyers tells of a time when a particular issue in her life was seemingly insurmountable. Having done everything she knew to do to resolve it, she finally collapsed on her bed and cried out, “I give up, Lord.” Right away she heard the Holy Spirit say, “Really!”, in a way that indicated that He had been waiting for her to stop working at this so God could intervene and solve the problem. To the degree that we handle our own issues, God is limited to help.

Practice being carefree. It is surprisingly challenging at first but oh so rewarding. And most wonderful of all – it pleases our Father.

Live carefree before God; He is most careful with you. (1Peter 5:7– Message Bible)

Love – The First Cause Part One

1Corinthians 13 is a familiar text known to believers and non-believers alike. It is a well established practice at weddings to read this ode to love, and in so doing, to proclaim its powerful foundational role in the establishment of a successful and long-lasting marriage. And yet love – God’s establishment of the principle of love in our lives – is meant to saturate every aspect of living. Love is,in fact, the most powerful force in the universe.

Because our Father God is the most powerful Force in the universe, and God is love (1 John 4:16). Love created our world – love created us! We are made in His image and in His likeness (Genesis 1:26); “…as He is so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). Love is how we were built to operate. As our Abba’s creation, His children, love is the force that keeps our lives in successful working order.

Anger, judgment, fear, stress, hatred, selfishness all cause physical and emotional distress, sickness and disease. We were not built (created) to accommodate such things. Satan’s tactics have no place in God’s creation. His disruptive devices are deadly to our lives. It is that serious. Like wrong puzzle pieces they simply do not fit into our created bodies. They cause us to break down; they are disabling forces that disrupt, sicken, and eventually kill. We were meant to live, move, and have our being through love (Acts 17:28).

Our Abba, in the Old Testament, called His people Israel back into His care over and over again. To this reluctant, self-involved, rebellious nation He continued to send prophets and teachers to warn and woo them back into His loving care, provision and protection. He knows how we are made. He knows what we need to live and succeed. He knows that we thrive on love; love for Him and for each other, and love for ourselves. Love is the healing balm, the peaceful place; love is our spiritual DNA.

In the New Testament love is central; love is the key. Love caused God to sacrifice His beloved Son for us (John 3:16), and love sent Jesus to the cross (John 15:13; Hebrews 12:2).Love is what activates and energizes faith; faith works through love (Galatians 5:6). Since faith is the currency of God’s kingdom, we need to be sure we are operating in its driving force – love. Love for God and each other keeps us blameless and above reproach before Him ( Ephesians 1:4).Knowing our need for Him, love caused God to live in us in the Person of His Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5) to enable us to succeed in life living for Him.

Ephesians 3:17 – May Christ through your faith {actually} dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love.

When you look out at the world that He created for us, when you look at your neighbors, friends, family, and even strangers, when you look in the mirror – let your first thought, your first inclination, be love. It is the God honoring,
God reflecting, God glorifying response.

1 Corinthians 12:13 – And so faith, hope, love abide…these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Following the Inward Witness

In his enlightening book I Believe in Visions Kenneth Hagin teaches on an ability, a gift, available to all of God’s children (John 1:12); a gift that ensures correct, God-directed decision making, a gift which will firmly establish our highest and best path in Him; a gift which will, when carefully attended to, avoid missteps and the potentially negative and costly results of following after wrong paths and incorrect choices.
After agreeing to hold meetings at a certain church (a very large church where he could be assured of a generous offering for his ministry) at the invitation of the church’s pastor, Hagin writes:

“But every time I thought about it I had a dead feeling in my spirit. Later I realized this was the Holy Spirit cautioning me not to go. It was a stop sign He had put in my spirit…The Lord then reminded me of an invitation I had received from a small church whose pastor had asked me to come if the Lord ever led me to… When I thought about going to that church I would have a good feeling, like a green light in my spirit, urging me to go. The Lord told me that was an inward witness…we are generally led by the Holy Spirit through an inward witness. And the inward witness is something every believer can have.”

John 16:13 – But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For he will not speak His own message (on His own authority), but He will tell whatever He hears {from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him}, and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come {that will happen in the future}.

It is absolutely extraordinary and incredibly sad that so great a Gift (the Holy Spirit) is given for our benefit and blessing, our wisdom and understanding, our assured success in decision making, and is so little heeded. Not by the worldly ones {for they are oblivious to His Presence and the purpose of His ministry – “devoid of the Holy Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life” (Jude 1:19)} but by the Church – God’s kids!

John 5:30 – I am able to do nothing from Myself {independently of My own accord – but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders}. Even as I hear, I judge {I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me so I give a decision}, and My judgment is right (just, righteous) because I do not seek or consult My own will {I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose} but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.

Our Lord Jesus demonstrated for us this practice, this priority, this resolve of seeking only to do God’s will; as we hear, we speak, we act; as our Father instructs, we obey. In decision making, always tune in to the Holy Spirit. At the beginning of every day establish the practice of purposeful, quiet listening for heavenly instructions for yourself, your family, your agenda for the day. Honor the Holy Spirit in you in this, and the inward witness – that powerful gift of His ministry in your life – will guide, protect, instruct, and bless your day. In all things our Father knows the end from the beginning. There is no better, safer place to be than in His care. As God’s child, in Christ, you can trust the inward witness of the Holy Spirit to lead you aright.

Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory!

There is a wonderful scene in Anne of Green Gables when young Anne quite dramatically cries out in a fit of self-absorption, “Oh, Marilla, don’t you ever despair?”, and Marilla calmly replies, “To despair is to turn your back on God”.

Despair, hopelessness, and fear find their antidote and are rooted out through praise. As born-again children of God, praise is our joyful response to our Father’s love. It is His command to us over and over throughout the Word, and it is His due-deservedly so! To praise Him is to acknowledge His Kingship in our lives; it magnifies the Truth of His Being, His authority and His loving care; it powerfully establishes God and His loving purposes as the center of your life.

Faith-filled praises to God, our amazed and thankful response to His love and goodness, opens up the door of your heart for the entrance of joy. For how can there not be joy?! Released into His care, trusting His Word, experiencing the “Yes” of God regarding His promises (2 Corinthians 1:20), understanding all that Jesus willingly endured on our behalf, we “exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy” (1 Peter 1:8).

A praising and thankful heart relinquishes concern; it affirms God’s ownership of our lives – every detail of our lives -and it expects God’s faithfulness to His Word and His promises (Romans 4:21, Hebrews 10:23). Not only is a joyful heart the direct result of praise, it is, like salvation, a gift of God to us. Heavenly joy is not something we manufacture; it is not just a happy by-product of praise. We are the blessed recipients of His joy. He made us – He knows how our bodies function. He tells us:

A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing. Proverbs 17:22

The joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. Nehemiah 8:10

In John 15:1-11 Jesus explains to us the importance of Vine life. He is the Vine, we are the branches. Living vitally connected to Him we bear much fruit, and in so doing we honor our Father. He then completes the teaching with:

I have told you these things that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. (Verse 11)

For years I mistakenly interpreted this verse as saying that if we remained connected to Him, He would have joy and delight in us; that would make Him happy. In fact He is saying that His joy would transfer into us through our connection with Him. The Message Bible offers:

I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that My joy might be your joy and your joy wholly mature.

In Christ, vitally connected to His power we have His joy. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit within us (Galatians 5:22) As with all other aspects of Kingdom life, it is by faith that we operate in such joy. It is by faith that we understand that the joy of the Lord, “joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Peter 1:3), the joy of Jesus Himself is within us. It is ours. Allow this Truth to inform your days, your outlook, your every response. It will positively and profoundly color your world!

You will show us the path of life; in Your Presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

Psalm 91 – Part Two

Verse 2 – I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely and in Him I {confidently} trust!

Psalm 91 powerfully demonstrates that our covenant with God, while dependent upon certain faith actions on our part, is only and always for our benefit and our ultimate good. Our Abba is a Blesser! He delights in our prosperity and well-being (Psalm 34:10, Psalm 35:27); “affectionately and watchfully” He sees to our safety, our concerns, our every step. ( 1 Peter 5:7) Verses 1 and 2 instruct us in our role; the actions we must take to receive covenant blessings. We are to see to it that we dwell, stable and fixed, in His secret place (verse 1), and from our mouth, with our faith talking, we are to speak forth that truth (verse 2).

I will say of the Lord“! Into every circumstance. At the beginning of every day we are to proclaim our allegiance to the King. We are to speak forth His Lordship. We are to honor Him with our lips “affectionately and gratefully” (Psalm 135: 19-20). Our words acknowledge our location in the Spirit. Our spoken word – coming forth from the overflow of a faith-filled heart (Matthew 12:34) creates for us the reality of our placement in Christ and all that means. God’s spoken Word created all that we see, and as imitators of our Father (Ephesians 5:1) we understand the importance, the significance, and the power of the words we speak as well.

He is my Refuge and my Fortress“; my Place of Safety, my Stronghold (Proverbs 28:10)

Psalm 32:7 – You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble. You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah (pause, and calmly think of that)!

When we say in the face of anything we encounter in our days (any device of the enemy, any worldly or fleshly hurdle) “I have taken refuge in God – I am safe here in God’s fortress” – nothing, nothing can reach you successfully there. Pause, and, in faith, calmly think of that!

For “on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I {confidently} trust!” This closing phrase of Verse 2 summarizes faith for us; faith in His Word, His love, His purpose in each of our lives. Speaking forth your certainty that God is reliable, trustworthy, and faithful to His Word (Hebrews 10:23) ushers in the covenant realities of the remainder of Psalm 91.

It is Written -Part One

Throughout His letter of love to men our Abba teaches us about the power of the spoken word. As His children, created in His image, “after His likeness” (Genesis 1:26), we are to be imitators of our Father; we are to “copy Him and follow His example” (Ephesians 5:1). God,

[Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the non-existent things that {He has foretold and promised} as if they {already} existed. (Romans 4:17)],

demonstrates that reality throughout His Word. From Genesis to Revelation what has been promised is fulfilled; what is prophesied manifests; what is foretold must take place.

By faith we understand that the worlds {during the successive ages) were framed {fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose} by the Word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things that were visible. (Hebrews 11:3)

From the very beginning (Genesis) God demonstrates to us the power of the spoken word – “Let there be…” (Genesis 1: 2, 6, 9, 11,14, 20, 24, 26) – and then gives us that word, intending that we be co-creators along with Him. For when we speak out God’s Word in faith, He honors that faith, is well pleased by that faith, and sees to its fulfillment. It was always His intention that men and women of faith, the Body of Christ, the Church, would emulate His example, and Jesus’ example, and speak forth His Word into every situation to usher in the Truth, the power, the light, and the standards of the Kingdom of Heaven into daily lives.

…for You have exalted above all else Your Name and Your Word and You have magnified Your Word above all Your Name. (Psalm 138:2)

Our God is ever faithful to His Word and “He confirms the word of His servants” (Isaiah 44:26). In other words, He says, “I am alert and active, watching over My Word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12) He provides the promise in His Word, we speak forth that promise in faith – we trust in, lean on, and rely on that Word – and He brings it to pass. His character is on the line here! His commandment to us is that we put Him in remembrance of His promises and keep not silence. (Isaiah 62:6) There seems an urgency in that directive, an expression of its vital importance. And when we obey Him in this, He then confirms His faithfulness and brings into manifestation our spoken word of faith.

Jesus said, “Have faith in God constantly” Do not doubt at all in your heart. Believe that what you say will take place. “Believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you and your will {get it}.(Mark 11:22-24)

Speak forth God’s Word – His promises to His children – with the understanding that our Abba’s Word is “alive and full of power{making it active, operative, energizing and effective} (Hebrews 4:12). He has established that to be true. He has created His Word to be a supernatural force; a “self-fulfilling power” (Isaiah 61:11). ┬áLet this Truth guide your discourse and establish your word choices. Tap into this powerful life changing force. Honor and obey your Abba’s ways of doing and being right. Let “It is written” become “It is spoken”.

Walking in the Extraordinary

What does walking in the extraordinary look like? How do we step away from ordinary thinking; ordinary expectations? Ordinary thinking and expectation limits God’s hand, nullifies the power of His Word, and robs the believer of the abundance of Heaven’s blessings. It reduces the faith-walk to the assurance of Heaven only, when there is so much more our covenant with God establishes in this life. Ordinary thinking and expectation leaves the result for our prayers entirely in God’s hand, when faith plays a major role.

God’s Word speaks to us about being “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). We are overcomers because:

…He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

The Word of God teaches us clearly what walking in the extraordinary looks like. It is an awareness of God in you and an awareness of what Jesus has bought (with His life and death), what He has already accomplished – what is a “done deal” that we, in faith, must come to accept as true. Faith expects certain standards and results.

I recently read an online article encouraging parents to teach their children about the negative effect of saying (and believing) “I can’t do…” (fill in the blank). Abolish that kind of verbal expression from your children’s vocabulary, the article explains. Help your children advocate for their own present and future successes by carefully monitoring their words which ultimately reflect their heart attitudes. Teach them to believe and say “I can do this”, “this is possible”, I am able”.

Similarly, God’s kids, people of faith, in order to walk in the extraordinary, “to receive, and carry away, and enjoy to the full what is promised” (Hebrews 10:38) must speak forth, from a heart firmly established on the Word, their covenant promises with God.

Every day we choose either to rely on our Abba and, in faith, believe and receive all He has extended to His people, or we speak away the blessing. We ask for healing and then speak of the symptoms. We pray for provision and then bemoan our ability to pay bills. We ask for guidance and then express to others our confusion over the days to come.

…the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything {he asks for} from the Lord. {For being as he is} a man of two minds {hesitating, dubious, irresolute}, {he is} unstable and unreliable about everything {he thinks, feels, decides} (James 1:6-8).

Stern words! God says of the one who “draws back and shrinks in fear, My Soul has no delight or pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38). The seeming harshness of the message actually firmly establishes our spirits in the right, the responsibility, the safe haven of taking God at His Word. Our Abba is extending to His children this Truth:

“You can fully trust in My Word and My covenant promises. Come close and discover My all-encompassing care. Lean on, trust in, and rely on My Word. Do not have faith in what you see or feel, but have faith in every word that comes forth from the mouth of God”

Let that be your only standard and you will walk in the extraordinary – the super-natural – which is where our Abba planned for you to be all along.