"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it(the moral and spiritual resurrection of Christ); however, one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13
God is calling us forward, upward, into our future in Him. We will get there as we trust Him and follow His leading. There have been and will be twists and turns, roadblock, obstacles, hindrances, and battles; however, we will make it because God is for us. His is our Defensive Wall, our Strong Tower, our Banner of Victory, our Healer, our Peace and so, so, so much more.
I say to you my brothers & sisters in Christ, "Don't be weary in well doing. You SHALL reap, if you do not faint (loosen or relax our courage)." Galatians 6:9. This is not a time to look backwards. Pray for divine strategies and push forward. You are on your way to greatness in God because this is what He has called you to.
Rom. 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Abraham heard God speak to Him and believed God. That belief/faith was accredited to him as righteousness (Romans 4). You may hear the Word of God being ministered but it is not the person you are hearing, it is the Word of God. Believe the Word of God; what God is releasing. It is not just a sermon; it is the Word of God. Anytime the Word of God is being released that is the time to release your faith. Why? Because in the presence of the Word of God; truth, things happen for our benefit. There is a window of opportunity where the presence of God and power of God is actively manifesting and at that time things take place. Jesus said, “I am The Way, the Truth and The Life…” The woman with the issue of blood had been sick for twelve but when she heard that Jesus was near, she got into His presence, released her faith by pressing her way into the crowd and touching the hem of His garment. When she did an instant manifestation of healing took place. Blind Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing by. He released his faith, even as people were trying to quiet him. He realized that this was his window of opportunity and when he released his faith, Jesus healed him. Saints, in the presence of truth faith is now! Act on faith in the presence of truth and experience the manifestation of the things that you need and that are your portion in this life. In the arena of faith, battles are won!
Not knowing the Word of God will block our prayers from being heard. Without the knowledge of the Word of God, the prayers we present are weak and ineffective. There are 8,000 promises in the Bible for us. All of them are yea and amen in Christ Jesus. Prayer should not be based on situations, feeling or emotions. Prayer must be based on the Word of God. Plead your case in faith, knowing His Word and knowing His will. In John 15, the Lord said, "Remain in Me and allow My word to remain in you and you can ask whatever you will and it will be given unto me.
II Corinthians 2:10 -11 “Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us; for we are not unaware of his schemes.”
The context of these two verses focuses on an offending person in the Church at Corinth and the fact that, as he has repented, the believers are bound to forgive him/her. Paul says he also forgives that person and he does it in the sight of Christ for the sake of the Body in order that satan might not outwit or get the advantage being fully aware of his schemes.
Saints, this is vital to us as believers. As you start this day off, forgive anyone who has offended you. Whether it be a family member, someone on the job, in the church or wherever, forgive that person. Go into this day free from any offense, bitterness, hurt, or anything else that a lack of forgiveness can produce in us. Be free from all of that and you do that by forgiving the person(s) who has wronged you. If you do not, satan will get the advantage and when he has the advantage, he will create even more havoc and destruction. Remember this, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus has come that we may have abundant life (John 10:10)
Hebrews 4:9; 11:1
As we live in the Sabbath-rest that God has provided of us, it is important that we understand fully this rest. Don’t allow tradition to speak to you in this. Allow the revelation of God to come forth in you and the Spirit of the Lord speaks. Those who have ears, hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. This is not simply about dying and living eternally in heaven with the Lord. This is about living here and now in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that place in Him where we are secure, sustained, provided for and where His peace that passes all understanding keeps our hearts and our minds. Stay in faith, which translates into saying in faithfulness. Don’t allow the enemy to lure you into the arena of sight. You must stay in the arena of faith. The arena of faith is where battles are won. In the arena of sight, which is the natural arena, the enemy dilutes your faith; waters it down. Remain in the arena of faith, battles are won in the arena of faith (Joshua & Jericho; Joshua 6:1ff)
We can’t walk and live by what it looks like, We must walk and live by what God has said. You see, the Word is spirit and life (John 6:63). When we live in the arena of faith, we find ourselves, our faith, on trial. James 1:2-4 says we should rejoice when in this arena. Why? Be cause our faith's trial date has come. Our faith is being put on trial. When that day comes, go all the way through it. Let your faith be go through the trial. Faith loves to be put on trial, to be found guilty, being full of belief and when it is, we experience the victory and the vindication. Faith will always throw you into the arena of embarrassment but God loves it and God shows up. Look at the Hebrew Boys thrown into the fiery furnace.. The Lord showed up! Daniel thrown into the lions den…The Lord showed up! Stay in faith. The Lord will show up on your behalf.
There is mustard seed faith, great faith and there is extraordinary faith. Which level of faith are you on? (Excerpts from Bishop Carl Smith)
"Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers." (Proverbs 11:14 NLT)