“To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.” (Mark 9:12-13, NIV)
Christians believe the Elijah who was prophesied to come first is John the Baptist, a preacher of righteousness who came “in the spirit and power of Elijah” to prepare the way for Jesus to begin His ministry. And many believers also believe that the spirit of Elijah remains among God’s people today… that we carry that spirit, and power.
Like those who prophesied before us, we herald the call for the restoration of all things according to the Lord’s end-time plan. We declare restoration for families and homes, people and nations; we meditate on things above, declaring Godly inspiration for the home, and divine guidance for leaders of each nation. We invite the spirit and power of Elijah into the borders of our God-given authority—home and family, people and nation!
Amen—so be it!
God’s Word is supernatural in every way but speaking His Word aloud is its most powerful expression. Audible words focus thought and meditation that releases the power necessary to address all that’s involved—no matter what, where, or who! Remember, there is no distance in the Spirit. Selah!
Personal preferences and what we believe determine the words we will speak; our thoughts and meditation are expressed in words that become containersthat carry those to completion. So, beginning with thought and meditation in God’s Word, when we speak, we have the power to change the situation to conform to God’s plan.
One more thing. While it is true that scripture is meaningful when read, studied, recited, referenced, etc., words of Scripture are not iconic or magical just because we strategically place, engrave, or display them. The greatest expression for the human heart—the greatest impact on thought and meditation to conform a person’s life to His will—comes when we speak as He has spoken, when we say what He has said and the spirit-heart “hears” that sound, those words, that voice.
“And being fully convinced that what He has promised He was also able to perform.” (Romans 4:21)
Settle it in your heart that what the Lord has promised, He is able to do. Your part is to be fully convinced that what He said—what He promised—He will do, because it is His will to do it. If unconvinced, God’s promises and the full benefit of His Lordship seem distant, the road ahead less hopeful.
Without a sure word from the Lord, we spend time waiting and hoping, while doing everything in our power to find out what to do next; and, as time goes by, delay decreases resolve as we become mentally weary.
So, right now, establish your confidence. The person fully convinced in their covenant with the Lord is mighty! That person represents the will of heaven here on earth. You are that person!
When Abram heard that a member of his family was taken captive, he armed those he had trained personally and knew well and led them in pursuit of that which had taken his family member. Abram’s strategy was to attack with force from all sides—at night. He attacked and then chased the enemy army and brought back the one taken captive and all those with him, plus all the goods and possessions that were stolen and taken into captivity with them. (Gen 14:14-16).
Abram understood covenant. He was fully convinced.
Ezekiel prophesied to bones and breath. His prophecy released visual and audible changes in the valley. Nothing failed to respond to his command that day. Bones and breath obeyed him.
Ezekiel saw and heard change, a visible and audible response to the words he spoke, an important principle in God’s Word: we see and know according to faith, so the one speaking speaks according to his faith, although observers may not see or hear a thing.
Instruction from the Lord to Ezekiel was the power to bring change, but Ezekiel’s response was partner to that divine power. The Lord’s purpose here is clear: “Then you shall know that I am the Lord!”
God moves as Sovereign in the affairs of mankind. His presence cannot be explained apart from a direct extension of His hand, but His purpose also includes our participation in the outcome.
Either way, Almighty God does not move apart from faith—His, or man’s.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)
Forward motion depends on previous building—layers of diligence, dedication, and sacrifice. Yesterday, the day before, and the day before that, effort accumulates building blocks for an outcome envisioned in your heart. For example, study and learning access higher levels of the same to gain subject mastery; or in business, we thrive when solid groundwork is followed by the next level of growth producing increase and profit.
The thief John speaks of is Satan. As enemy to the dream in your heart, Satan works against you, even questioning what you’ve built or attacking it outright, setting you back on your heels in confusion. Faith that brought you this far is now arrested. In the process, your greatest vulnerability is the adversary’s determination to take God’s Word away from you, stealing hope simultaneously. Specifics of the plan you began by faith, you now doubt, fear calling into question absolutes earlier trusted.
The enemy is a thief—first! As thief, he comes to steal God’s word, leaving you ordinary, as those not familiar with the covenants of Almighty God. The process of wrangling God’s Word away from you is subtle. The very thing you’d never question now tempts you; faith was the speaker earlier, but now you are beset with increasing voices of contempt and suspicion. Many around you differ from your trusted beliefs, at the ready to fuel the confusion.
Today, put your foot down. Surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and RESIST him. He will flee (James 4:7). He will not conquer. You have all of heaven’s authority—what you say matters (Matthew 16:18-19). For the person building with vision and a dream in their heart, for the one blessed, this is a lifestyle—daily.
A thief comes to steal. Close and lock the door.
John 10:10 (ESV) | Luke 19:10-24 | Ephesians 2:12 (AMP) | James 4:7 (TPT) | Matthew 16:18-19
David acknowledged his sin and repented to the Lord. Israel’s famous king understood the alignment of divine wisdom with truth. For him, sin’s struggle to continue in a lie meant automatic separation from wisdom, a position David as king could not survive unscathed. Nor can we.
A fool says in his heart there is no God: I can do what I want, as long as I want, and consequences will not expose me. The fool does not answer to anyone because a fool’s heart believes he is not subject to God—to God’s appointed order. Rather, the fool, in his heart, believes that all are subject to him. As for God, he sees God as one to “fix it” on a whim, at a time of the fool’s choosing. Tragically, the fool cannot accept Godly wisdom until the damage is done, and it’s too late.
The principle is critical. Anytime we feel entitled to something, believing it is uniquely separate from or not subject to God, or that we can get away with it again and again, and justify what we’ve done as though hidden from God, the denial is ours alone. The outcome will mark us.
Wisdom developed in the heart of a child will champion truth, leading to more truth and greater depths of truth. However, wisdom’s opposite, a foolish heart, will darken, and the child as he grows cannot discern that the thing he grips in his hand is a lie. Consequently, a lying heart is what he develops.
The Bible teaches this kind of foolishness can become bound in the heart of a child. Wise parents guide their children in refusing foolishness, choosing wisdom instead. The principle never goes away. Beyond childhood, every lie has its consequence. A lying heart, dominated by a lying spirit, is the result.
God’s wisdom is truth. His wisdom is perfectly just and greater than sense, reasoning, accumulated learning, or mere opinion. Godly wisdom comes through the power of the Holy Spirit who directs and empowers us to conform to it. We are to teach truth, speak truth, and never stop presenting truth.
His truth is marching on!
Christianity should represent the Lord, making His perspective a priority over one’s own. In prayer we seek Him. In His Word we hear Him. In promptings of the Spirit we are directed and re-directed by our Omnipotent Father who oversees the ebb and flow of our lives. Having sought and heard Him, we obey. With obedience comes assurance that all things work together for a right (righteous) outcome.
It takes as much faith to wait as it does to forge ahead. Either way the goal is to be faithful—to hear and obey. To the merciful person God shows Himself merciful, to the innocent He is innocence, and to those who are pure God reveals Himself in purity; but to the devious person who is sometimes faithful and other times master of His own way, God is shrewd and the devious person’s sowing is the future he will reap. Those who sow carelessly receive in like kind.
A faithful man always receives from God, his faithfulness in following is matched by the Lord who faithfully takes care of everything else.
Psalm 18:25-26 | Psalm 18
“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.” (Phil. 4:6, AMP)
The response you and I have to life’s experiences reveals how and what we believe, and the depth to which we believe it. Life lived by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord draws moral courage from deeply within. Integrity surfaces too. Because we are loved, we love. As He is constant, so are we.
Experts who know the connection between human thought and resulting actions explain how subliminal messages speak to us from the background of the mind. We are secretly being shaped by those and therefore need to realize the inner voice must be discerned—whose voice is it?
For Christians, playing in the background of our thought life is a constant—God loves us. We belong to His unshakable kingdom and so trust in His love which is superior to our own thoughts, plans, demands… or anything! We know He is there, working all things together for good.
Peace responds. Peace keeps and prospers us. The storm is not lord. Amen.
“But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the Book until the time of the end. [Then] many shall run to and fro and search anxiously [through the Book], and knowledge [of God’s purposes as revealed by His prophets] shall be increased and become great.“(Daniel 12:4 AMP)
For Christians in many parts of the world, daily life-and-death battles dwarf problems common to most believers. Their struggle is to survive daily threats and brutal oppression—more brutal than we can imagine.
We care deeply for fellow believers where religious liberty is threatened; where despite increasing persecution and murder of Christians, international protest scarcely is voiced except by compassionate individuals and organizations who, because they work to help relieve suffering in every way possible, are also at risk.
Even free and more civil societies are often veiled in ignorance and blinded to the passion of previous generations who engaged on behalf of those being persecuted for their faith. Such blindness is the mentality of the times we live in. Still many do grasp the urgency and pray effectively. They know because the Holy Spirit knows; they pray because the Holy Spirit prays!
From an end-time perspective God’s plan trumps everything. Anti-Christ strategies (that spirit “already at work” among men) will not succeed. God is at work behind the scenes to deliver His people like Bible examples of His divine rescue.
God is Omnipotent. His Spirit is at work to will and do of His GOOD pleasure. Against impossible odds, today—right now—His Church believes and trusts the Lord to accomplish His plan, in His time. The Lord leads. Discern His leading. Guard your heart and words. Remain confident in God’s Word. Pray.
Men ought always to pray and not faint.
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