“To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud.” (Psalm 18:25-27)
Zeal to achieve and a desire for greatness are not the same as lust for power or fame, but rather an integral character strength found in people who work hard, do their best and go the extra mile even when no one is looking… who personally have the strength of will to endure personally and believe in the same endurance for every individual, believing this aspect of divine calling is available to all.
Without question, longing for greatness accelerates when we are surrounded by great people. Natural leaders setting the example along pathways to the top. Like parents who mentor in the home with godly vision and understand the big picture, who challenge and challenge and challenge again until chronological maturity in family members and individual destiny for mission converge in a moment of inspired decision… the next step.
Life on the cutting edge is definitely filled with risk but for those in pursuit of greatness life on the cutting edge is stunning. They wouldn’t have it any other way, nor be satisfied with less.
“[You have called me a garden, she said] Oh, I pray that the [cold] north wind and the [soft] south wind may blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out [in abundance for you in whom my soul delights.” (Song of Solomon 6:16, AMP)
In Song of Solomon the Shulamite maiden is likened to a garden. Acknowledging the distinction, she invites both harsh and gentle winds to blow upon her—cool, soft breezes for enjoyment and more powerful winds to release her fragrance, the spices of her garden.
In a similar way you are the Lord’s garden. Matters of Kingdom life sometimes seem harsh but, for perspective, consider the concept of judgment: Though seemingly harsh, judgment often is the divine means to a desirable end; judgment brings pressure that magnifies; judgment exposes without discrimination, both good and bad, and in the process, we are free to choose, to discard the bad and strengthen the good. God’s people are His garden, His redeemed people shall be as “a well-watered garden, a people who shall not sorrow any more at all.”
For us, judgment is a distinction. Our merciful Lord judges, and we also judge our lives, producing change based on judgment of what is righteous for us, and what is not.
Most of us can admit to personal times when the line of mature, thoughtful behavior was crossed, and careless or foolish conduct found expression in words that were likewise careless and foolish – not good. Simply put, foolishness is the absence of wisdom.
So, if single occurrences of foolishness stood alone, isolated from the rest of our lifestyle, that might be one thing but actually, the opposite is true. Actions attract and words establish. A stroll on the wrong side of the line sets in motion allegiance(s) we’d never purposefully choose, the fruit of which we’ll experience in a future setting.
Here’s the point. We should discipline our behavior and not be careless with our words. Always, always remember, words have power: God said, “Light be!” and the whole universe flooded with light. Words create. Those creative words train those around you so, in fact, it will be as you say. Children, for example, watch and listen then imitate what they see . . . and hear.
Words that are full of life are wisdom’s mark. A wise man builds on rock, not sand.
Since the days of Moses, the Jewish harvest feast Shavuot has been celebrated fifty days after Passover—fifty days during which specific arrangements are made for counting the Omer.
The Hebrew meaning for omer is sheaf, a reference to the traditional barley harvest and offering brought by the Jewish people on the second day of Passover. On each of the following fifty days Israel focused on daily counting and each person was responsible to “count the Omer,” with emphasis on personal growth and introspection leading up to Shavuot, fifty days later. (Leviticus 23:15-16)
After Jesus’ resurrection and the same fifty-day period, Acts chapter two records this feast, known in the New Testament as the Day of Pentecost. On this day followers of Jesus were waiting in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father, the giving of Holy Spirit on Mt. Zion. (Acts 2:1-4)
May this Pentecost season be a supernatural time for you—an overflow of God’s goodness to, and through you. May every path of yours be blessed with peace. In Jesus’ Name.
Shavuot / May 28-30 / Feast of Weeks / 5780
Shavuot is the Jewish feast in Bible history when Israel’s God gave Torah to His people, the Jews. Shavuot celebrates the powerful encounter at Mount Sinai between God and the Israelites, when man’s knowledge of the written Word began, an event that forever changed Jewish and Christian history and literally, the history of the world.
Christians today honor this biblical time, the Feast of Weeks, as staging for a later event when, during the same time of harvest in Israel’s agricultural year, God visited His people in Jerusalem, Mount Zion, and gave the gift of His Spirit, first to the Jewish people and ultimately to all men willing to receive Him.
Christianity’s harvest celebration this year identifies with Israel, as born-again believers we stand with her! By revelation of God’s eternal Word and through His Spirit who breathes life into our lives and circumstances, we prayerfully declare strength to our Jewish brothers and divine blessing and peace to Yerushalayim, city of the Great King!
Leviticus 23:15-22 | Acts 2 | Psalm 48:2 | John 14: 15-17
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)
In this Pentecost season we cherish the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit Presence that comes when we pray. Because His Spirit is alive and literally lives inside us, we see with a spiritual eye and hear with spiritual ears. We grasp Spirit-inspired prayer to pray more skillfully and overthrow every darkness, securing the Lord’s plan, in Jesus’ Name!
The Lord is present. Stay close to Him, in heart and intellect. Do not be afraid and do not dread. Be vigilant and disciplined in prayer and remain steady in times of shaking.
And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” (Genesis 22:5)
In the center of all that’s going on, pressure has a voice—subtle at first, then demanding we conform to it. Experience teaches that to yield to that voice, for even one minute, doesn’t help. Yielding adds even more pressure followed by warfare and Satan’s attempt to discredit your true voice of authority, your final word in any and every trial, God’s Word.
Reverse all that! Reverse that pressure—turn it back! Refuse to conform to it. Resist its demand to disbelieve. You have authority to determine your boundaries—your voice is the authority, you say how it will be. You speak to the pressure mountain and it obeys!
Faith speaks now — right now! Throughout the process, all along the way, at every crossroads, beginning to end. Your faith presides over your life, speaking the final say in the matter. Faith predicts the desired result.
Our words spoken in faith are backed by divine power. They stand guard against every enemy intruder. Jesus is author (the beginning) and the finisher (the end) of our faith. He is our entrance as we begin and the amen as we finish. He has the last word. So, go ahead and speak it! Don’t wait for pressure’s next demand to speak. Instead, you speak. You declare the end, receive the end (the desired outcome) of your faith.
Abraham said to the servants, “the lad and I will come back to you.”
Amen—the end is better!
Genesis 22:5 | 1 Peter 1: 3-9 | Hebrews 10:38 | Hebrews 11:1 | Ecclesiastes 7:8 | Isaiah 46:10 | Verses@Once
Critical areas of our culture need you—your strength, wisdom, and your effectual praying. The fervent prayer of righteous men is effectual, making much explosive power available! The Kingdom of God advances as a result of what, how, and whether you pray. Personally, too, if something must change concerning you, your family, your ministry or business – pray! Your power to advance is prayer
As you pray, forgive anyone or anything you hold responsible for the situation at hand. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that those you forgive become close friends, nor do you have to agree with the way they think or live. Forgiveness reverses wrong forces that are released by un-forgiveness. Those forces are stopped! Forgiving others draws a protection line between you and anything that’s not right; forgiveness means you disconnect from the negative influences involved.
So, stop right now. Pull aside. Take time to say aloud what you know to be God’s will in the matter. Open your heart. Draw from your understanding of the Word and say aloud your desire to align with it—His Word is His will. Thank God for His answer and the privilege of prayer. Now, you are ready for the next assignment needing your prayers. The Kingdom advances and it seems that, literally, heaven comes down when you pray!
2 Chronicles 7:1-3 | Acts 11:5 | James 5:16-18 | Mark 11:24-26 | Job 22:27-29 | Psalm 2:7-8 | 2 Samuel 22 (verse 10) | Psalm 18:9 | Verses@Once
The Lord puts people together. The teacher is chosen then, those who will be taught are chosen. Anytime you lean in to hear, it’s because you are being drawn—right? You could not hear if you were not drawn—right? Right. By God’s Spirit you are drawn… compelled.
God creates His Kingdom work then invites our participation. We bring into the already supernatural mix, the anointing on our lives, a special and unique presence. Ultimately, anointings join together, making a difference in the teacher’s message and creating a corporate anointing. Multiple individuals join together to create more, a corporate expression.
Prophetic words spoken to those unfamiliar with or hostile to the prophetic anointing do not result in the same message depth as when spoken to those who are drawn. Who have depth within, the place in their spirits where there’s a certain connection between the prophetic word God has, and the people who long to hear.
The Lord does it.
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