Faith Time - Part 2 - God's Love at Work - Week of August 23
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- 2020 Aug 23
Faith Time – Part 2
By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of August 23, 2020
The Lord revealed to me that He is completing some assignments to bring His beloved into a higher perspective—one where wholeness resides—a beautiful, anticipated end to longings of the heart.
The image He gave to me was of a choir director bringing a choir to the close of an impactful song, where the glorious power of harmony comes to a punctuated end to position us anew.
God is opening doors to places of beauty, revealing His greater goodness, the abundance of John 10:10. And there is such deep appreciation of these manifest opportunities, because they have felt like a long time coming.
God has been breaking us into these places step-by-step, giving us a new perspective little-by-little; and in so doing, has increasingly made us insiders.
Suddenly, where we used to walk and wonder what it would be like to be in “that” position—in “that“ company, in “that” home or family or on “that” level—God is fulfilling a multiplicity of promises that He placed in our hearts.
He is turning our reality.
Instead of being on the outside looking in, in a moment, we will find ourselves positioned on the inside looking out. With deep calm and gratitude in our hearts.
We will experience a gentle exhale of “finally.”
God is bringing us onto His mountain to experience the solidity of His holiness, His glory and goodness. We will experience what we have prayed for for so long.
As we continue to fasten the gaze of our hearts on God, He will re-seat us higher with a firewall of protection around us (Ze 2:5).
Zechariah 2:5 NLT says, "And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst."
Psalm 91:9-10 MSG say, "Yes, because God’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door."
So, friends, in God bringing us up higher, things that used to pull us down will not even phase us. They will simply become a nonissue.
Drive-bys intended to harm will turn into by-passes as evil is turned away.
Are you willing to exercise the faith God put in you for His resurrection life to stream like a fountain upward and out of you?
If so, we must remember, too, that as we transition into these higher places with God’s perspective, we have to entrust Him, as our rear guard, with what’s behind us.
We must believe, by faith, as we take hairpin turns with Him, that He has better forward.
It’s time. And it’s right in front of us.
We can renounce all lies of the evil one and continue forward, no matter what. Because when our assignments are complete, evil departs from those assignments (1 Sa 30-31).
Here are a few Bible characters who took a hairpin turn toward God and His will and, as a result, received a great harvest of restoration:
Ruth and Naomi, who returned to Naomi’s beloved Bethlehem (and God), received the security of a new husband and a new son, respectively (Ruth 1:16, 4:13-17).
Elijah, who sought God on Mt. Horeb when he was greatly troubled, heard from God; then returned the way he came, with a fresh victory-strategy and three new assignments from God that were destined for victorious outcomes (1 Ki 19:15-18).
David, who sought God before returning to Ziklag, the place of his assignment, recovered all (1 Sa 29:4, 30:3, 8, 18-20). Then, immediately afterward, when he shared his plunder generously, the evil assignment against him (through Saul) cancelled out (1 Sa 30:21-31; 1 Sa 31).
Notice, in each of these Bible character’s lives, their livelihoods were threatened. But they were led by The Lord into exponential new life; and they became conduits of new life for others.
Each of these Bible characters chose to seek God and a path of victory.
Life didn’t end in tragedy, even though the enemy of their souls would have them believe otherwise. They kept going until they received their manifest victory.
They were surrounded by large and wide-open doorways of opportunity. They had to make pivotal decisions in a moment that would set their course higher in resurrection life.
This should encourage us to make room for God’s truth and grace when making life-impacting decisions. He will be faithful.
Everywhere God leads us, we can walk on higher ground, because of the higher level of holiness God has brought us into by His Spirit, and His dominant strength over His promises to us.
The way these Bible characters got there was to turn to God first to seek and know His will for themselves and their circumstances. Then walk it out.
Their steps for a victorious outcome could be summarized like this…
- Seek God. Receive His strategy. Take the path of victory by obediently walking out your assignment, His way, until it’s complete.
- When the fiercest part of the battle is over, do the right thing and share your plunder-blessings with others. Despite opposition.
- The attacks that come against you will be cancelled out when your assignment is completed in victory. In other words, the stronghold against you and your assignment will be broken. So, no matter what, don’t stop until you cross the finish line.
Friends, it’s time for God’s multiple promises to come into fruition in our lives.
And, not just one promise, but many over time, especially in the next five to six years.
By the dominant strength of His Spirit, our Lord is bringing them into place.
We will see them come to pass when we open our eyes and see it God’s way. Then choose to believe by faith for our longtime heart’s desires to come into fruition beginning right now. And exercise our faith to move forward, trusting and relying upon God.
Psalm 34:8 MSG says, “Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.”
Friends, let us taste and see and come to know that God is better than we’ve ever known.
It’s time to receive God's priority and perspective that He has waited patiently for us to grow into.
So, if you’re willing…
- Look up (to seek His heart and face).
- See Heaven above earthly things, even above the practical things He used to help build you so far along the way.
- Receive Him as the true revealer of mysteries that fortifies you.
- Praise Him for His rich mercy and patience, which He has also gifted to you as the fruit of His Spirit.
He is wonderful, awesome God!
Lord, thank You for changing our perspective to see more of You and Your goodness in our lives. Enable us to receive all you have for us as we trust in You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.