Nehemiah 8:10 (NASB) - "The joy of the Lord is your strength."
As we commune with the Lord and seek intimacy with Him, we are filled with joy. As we abide in Jesus we are filled with His joy, and we have fullness of joy. The Word of God tells us the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52). We too can be continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit as we press in and draw near to Him.
Psalm 16:11 (NASB) - "You will make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; in your right hand there are pleasures forever."
John 15:11 (NASB) - "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."
EXPECTANT hope and joy will be the fuels that will accelerate you into God's purpose for your life as you spend time in His presence and keep your eyes fixed on Him.
Exodus 23:20 - "See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared."
There is a DESTINY God has prepared for you. God is sending angels to guard your journey. There will be resistance, but angelic assistance will prevail! It will take an angel to get you there.
We must increase to participate in what God has for us. The anointing for increase is on you. You must increase to possess what is yours! What is waiting for you is awesome!
Exodus 23:30 - "Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land."
John 10:27 - "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."
One of the essential gestures of faith is to live with the expectation that the God who said that His sheep hear His voice and who gave His life to restore relationship with each of us would like to communicate with us.
This FAITH leads us to lean into His voice -- to learn as the prophet Samuel did:
1 Samuel 3:9 - "Speak Lord; for your servant is listening."
Significantly, it was as soon as he learned to take this posture that he gained access to the greater revelation that God had been inviting him into.
The Spirit of God is anointing and empowering dedicated, consecrated Believers with unstoppable authority (Luke 10:19). These are ordinary people who do extraordinary exploits for the glory of God (Daniel 11:32b). They have embraced the promise from Christ concerning who they are and what they can accomplish by His Spirit (John 14:12).
As followers of Christ, we are to be bold, brave, and extremely courageous. Scripture declares in the book of Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
There are doctrines today that allow Christians to sit back and do nothing. They defend this cool, casual leave-it-all-to-God attitude with Bible passages. Such an outlook is entirely foreign to the spirit of the New Testament.
The ultimate purpose of ministry should not be to teach people how to get things from God. The aim of the Christian life is to give and to equip fellow Christians to advance the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 5:14-17 -- "Wake up, sleeper, and rise from the dead! And Christ will shine on you. So pay close attention to how you live. Don't live like ignorant men, but like wise men. Make good use of every occasion you get....try to find out what the Lord wants you to do."
1 Corinthians 2:4-5, "And my speech and preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."
The word "demonstration" there means "to confirm, make public, make known." The Lord wants to do something through our life that confirms who He is to the world; He wants to make known through your life His mighty acts. We need to quit asking for just a little. We need to ask for "MIGHTY" things.
We meet people everywhere. Our business is TO TURN THEM from being forgetful of God, from being devoid of faith, from being prayerless, so that they become people who habitually pray, who believe in God, remember Him, and advance His will in their life.
Don't be afraid to take a step of faith. You'll never know what's on the other side of the Red Sea until you step into it!
Jesus holds everything together, visible and invisible, by the Word of His power, which would mean that He is not only the Beginning and the End, but He is also the middle! If His mighty Word of power does that for the universe, holding it together, how much more for your life will He uphold, maintain, sustain, guide, and propel His PURPOSE for your life?
"He is the image of the invisible God....all things were created by Him and for Him...He is before all things and in Him all things hold together. - Colossians 1:15-17
Those who were close to Lazarus had tightly wrapped and bound him. Jesus commanded them, "Unbind him, and let him go!" Lazarus had to be untangled before he was free to see, walk with, and touch Jesus again.
Get free from everything that hinders your ability to hear, see, touch or walk with God. It's time to come forth in resurrection power!
Self is God's greatest enemy, because self always declares independence from Him. What is self?
Whatever man possesses or is able to do without seeking, waiting on, or depending on God.
Every advance that we make spiritually is preceded by an occasion to die to self. The power in our lives comes from where we have died to self and now live unto Christ.
The Lord does not just want us to talk to Him a couple of times a day; He wants us to abide in Him.
"And now, little children, abide in Him...." - 1 John 2:28
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
Last updated by Albert Finch Mar 2.