"Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' And Jesus said to him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven.
I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in Heaven.'" Matthew 16:16-19
As we begin to understand our authority in the realm of the earth -- we decree and proclaim Heaven's expectation in the earth. It is by our agreement with the Lord that these things will begin to be revealed and established.
Because mankind is out of harmony with God, so also is nature. The indications in nature are a reflection of the condition of mankind in general. Only those possessing God's Spirit can begin to offer resistance or speak coverings of protection and grace. This is the condition that was predicted for the end-of-the-age.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." Isaiah 60:1-3
We arise and shine because the Light of God has finally come to release God's plan of redemption in a more full way. Although great darkness may permeate the earth, the righteous in Christ will begin to reflect Heaven's illumination.
NO GOOD THING WILL HE WITHOLD
Psalm 84:11 - "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk UPRIGHTLY."
This was an audible expression granted as the Lord's great encouragement and promise. The most important aspect of this pledge is to understand what the Lord considers good. There is sometimes a vast difference between what we want and what we need.
As we confess and meditate on God's promises to believers -- we will more appropriately apprehend the Lord's heartbeat. This will create transference from His heart into ours. Then, our desire will be consistent with His purpose.
IT IS A GOOD THING
1. It is a good thing to possess the holiness of God and His purity.
2. It is a good thing to have the "tares of our soul" extracted.
3. It is a good thing to be delivered from generational curses and fleshly encumbrances.
4. It is a good thing to experience communion with God and our brethren.
5. It is a good thing to declare the revealed Word of God; confirmed with miracles, signs and wonders.
6. It is a good thing to possess the fruit of the Spirit imparted through close encounters with Him.
7. It is a good thing to live by the faith of the Son of God.
8. It is a good thing to disciple "BABY CHRISTIANS" to bring them to an understanding of their "inheritance in Christ" and "right standing" with God.
John 20:17 - "He said to him the third time, 'Simon, son of Johah, do you love Me?' Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time....Jesus said to him. "Feed My sheep."
"We understand what love is when we realize that Christ gave His life for us. That means we must give our lives for other believers." - 1John 3:16
To walk UPRIGHTLY is to obediently follow Jesus' written and spoken word. A righteous walk is determined by how much of the glory of God is being manifested in our union with Christ.
Are we becoming the reflection of His image and God's representation on earth -- walking as one with Jesus -- even to discipling others who are new in Christ?