There will always be people who are visionaries—individuals gifted with vision, hope, and most of all, a plan. Proportionately, however, the supply of those willing to see futuristically seems less; factor in steel-like courage for times like these or single-minded confidence in orchestration from the Almighty, and the gap widens even further.
It is why we are now seeing an uncovering of hidden ones. Those who should have taken the day didn’t, and individuals who no one ever considered, have! These hidden ones made the most of their preparation; their single-minded confidence in divine leading has prepared them. They are the ones God taps when He unexpectedly shows up!
Prophetic and visionary leadership doesn’t occur in the back of the room or on the periphery of the crowd; rather, it takes place out in front where every individual may benefit from the leader who envisions today before today and allows a tomorrow of our collective spiritual and moral genius.
To build prophetically this way, we need gutsy, God-sent, God-inspired leaders who are humbled by the opportunity. We need added strength for those leaders who have and are now holding the line; and we need the entire body of God’s people to step up en masse as the people we must be for these times—visionaries with sufficient personal chutzpah to offer hope to the world.
Amen, so be it!
We grow spiritually and realize that taking the same ground twice—due to careless words expressing the exact opposite of what we are believing for—is unnecessary if we can simply discipline our thoughts, words, and actions to agree precisely with what we claim to believe.
Supernatural hope is focused. Keep your eye on the continuum. Never back up and always continue to build. Place today’s advance atop yesterday’s and remember what you have invested; remember that you believed the Lord was leading you then, so why question His leading now?
Refuse unbelief. Believe.
Technology makes the flow of information between nations possible. The exchange that results allows Christians to pray with specifics for other nations, for their present need. The genius of technology assists believers in their primary calling—prayer.
All of creation groans for the manifestation of His people and by the Spirit of the Lord, through passionate prayer, we arise in significant manifestation to comfort all people, all nations. We hear a cry for rescue and respond, asking God to send salvation and rescue.
The objective of Christian prayer prophesied in Isaiah 61 and repeated in Luke’s Gospel confirms God’s covenant plan: passionate prayer fuels missional disciples of Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit prayer is the power tool for rescue.
I recently re-read the story of Harriett Tubman, a slave who experienced unimaginable suffering and physical scarring in captivity. A Christian, Harriett often retreated to nearby wooded areas to pray for God’s help to endure. Ultimately, she married a freed former slave, but Harriett’s status continued—a “carrier” of slavery doomed to pass slavery to her children.
This crossroads of her struggle drove her yet again to the secret wooded area to pray, pleading with God for freedom. Harriett heard the Lord answer, “free yourself.” She understood that it was up to her, that the Lord had released her. Harriett obeyed. She ran. Reaching the border of a free state, Harriett had freed herself. The former slave lived to be 92 and came to be known as “Moses” for her role in starting the Underground Railroad in America in 1849.
Free yourself. That’s powerful. The Lord created you—you are fearfully and wonderfully made! What you do with His creation is your stewardship response. An enslaved woman understood freedom’s price and risked everything to be free—for herself, her children, and all who would follow her lead.
By God’s grace, free yourself. Steward the gift that you are. Obey the Lord. Whatever He tells you, do it.
“I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace. You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away. You will live in peace, and terror will not come near. If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.
“I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy. But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Isaiah 54:13-17, NLT)
Concerning the Lord’s people, Isaiah describes a magnificent endowment, the blood covenant dating back to ancient times and applied especially in the present, a course that specifically resonates in modern terms. Our season is joyful—full of joy!
You belong to the Lord. You do not melt in crisis. You are experienced in peace. You have His guardian watch (like an umpire) over each thought and word, and clearly see your mission in difficult times like these, framed by the Lord’s intention that, with your arrival on the scene He arrives also: “Christ in you the hope of glory.”
Jesus made disciples—He made them. He taught and trained, then left them! The principle that He knew, and we have come to know, is that the power of the Holy Spirit moves the student beyond the teacher. When humility is formed and God’s voice is known, the Lord establishes disciples in every aspect of life.
A disciple is teachable (a learner), willing to grow (mature) into a lifestyle marked by courage and confident trust (decisiveness). Like soldiers trained for the contest, disciples face spiritual battles knowing what to do, with an intuitive grasp of how to do it. The bottom line is that a disciple’s focus is Kingdom building under the authority and direction of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord calls disciples of His to wisdom and by His Spirit gives them understanding of the times and spiritual knowledge of what to do. A disciple draws from the sum total of their acquired knowledge and experience to both meet and answer today’s challenge.
A disciple is ready.
Israel’s vulnerability at the epicenter of global upheaval speaks directly to the heart of those who are spiritual: A merger of God’s Word and the gift of His Spirit are prophetic for the saving of the modern world. Today, we are witnesses to spiritual harvests with supernatural occurrences so wonderful that, despite the backdrop of woeful pronouncements and every kind of famine, we sow extravagantly.
Christianity’s harvest identifies with Israel—we stand with her! By revelation of the eternal Word and through the Spirit who breathes the life of God 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!
Elijah stood on the mountain that day. The presence of the Lord came as a strong wind that tore into the mountain where Elijah stood. For Elijah, the Lord was not in the wind or the earthquake that followed, nor the fire that came next. The Lord’s presence that day was a still, small voice.
A word from the Lord is superior to strong and contrary winds; a word from the Lord is the strongest navigational aid possible, greater than any natural force. When pressures heat up your circumstances, call to mind the Word you have from Him and use it as a sword that cuts both ways—to open the path as a purging instrument and protection once the way is clear.
Remember the most recent word that you received from the Lord. Call to mind and meditate on it, or you just might forget it in the heat of battle. The Lord is not “like a man” that He would say and then not do; or speak and not follow through. God’s Word to you is for blessing. Value His word more highly that anything because, for you, it is the “still, small voice.”
Stand before the Lord: Ignore the strong winds, shakings, and fire. Listen for the steady voice of the Lord. His voice is Wisdom. Preserve what you hear by guarding what you say… concerning this wind, this shaking, this fire. Guard what you say so that you—and your words—may stand before the Lord!
What did the Lord say? Why did you trust it in the first place? Settle what you believe and what you do not. Get it straight. Keep it straight. Write it down.
Value His word more highly that anything.
We all face difficult situations and have learned to refuse being led by heartache—we know to shift into a different perspective.
Without the Lord, a person experiencing difficulty can be pitiful really. The blow-by-blow story of their ordeal is exhausting. They tend to think everything is about them. They are selfish. They want it fixed yesterday. They’re rattled by anything that interrupts their routine and life as they know it. They think their burden is unique. They cannot get out of the hole because they will not stop digging. All of that energy invested in rehearsing negatives over and over. Worst of all, they’re religious, sometimes spiritual, but never able to find the power switch.
Don’t be like that. Stand up. Don’t wallow. Stop thinking about it. Do your best. Serve others as sincerely as you can and don’t forget to care for you, so you’re not worn to a frazzle. You can do this. You can do it well! Your part is to “believe God.” Continue declaring faith. That’s your part. His part is to do the work—trust Him.
One thing about difficulty—it’s common to all. No one is exempt. It is tempting to feel sorry for yourself when the water is troubled but remember the Lord in you is greater than any difficult experience. The person who is born from above—who is born again—knows the Lord personally and has unlimited use of His Name!
The born-again believer is completely equipped through the power of God’s Word combined with true spiritual prayer to rise above any and every difficulty.
You can. You will.
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