In Ephesians 5 Paul is speaking about redeeming the time. We need to come into agreement with what Heaven is saying, echoing the decree. Ephesians 5:8-11 (paraphrased) says, "You were once darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light... Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. All things are exposed, therefore, awake."
This is a call to revival and resurrection. Rise up out of apathy and complacency. Then Christ will give you life.
"See that you walk wisely, not as fools, but wise. Redeeming the time because the days are evil. Do not be unwise but understanding" (Ephesians 5:15-17 paraphrased).
Understand the will of God for your life. He is revealing His PURPOSE and DESTINY. We need to understand what God's word is to us: "Do not be drunk with wine...but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18).
How do you redeem lost time? When you understand, that before the foundation of the world was laid the Lamb was slain in the realm of eternity, all your promises are done. In the realm of eternity, God has made provision for everything you need to walk in and what He has CALLED you to walk in.
C.S. Lewis said about redeeming the time, "We can actually buy back times in our past when we have felt abandoned, abused, betrayed, and fearful. We as Believers cannot only be forgiven of our past but we can travel back in time with God and see God as an ever present help in that situation in the future."
YOU CREATE WITH YOUR PROPHECY
Hebrews 6:5 says we can taste of the powers of the age to come. We have not yet experienced Kingdom fullness. There is a Kingdom that is at hand, and a fullness of the Kingdom coming.
A prophetic word not only gives you hope and promise, but it has the ability to pull you into the future message that has already come to pass? It is a creative prophetic word that literally calls forth things that are in the realm of eternity. You create with your prophecy; you have an ability to pull people into their future potential and connect them to their future.
Many feel like they lost time and missed the opportunity of grace due to foolishness or sin with the idea they have to get back on the highway of holiness and start all over again?
In the story of the prodigal son not only did the father see the son afar off and kiss him and embrace him, but he did so even though the son had squandered away his inheritance. Have you ever felt you squandered away something God gave you and you came to your senses and said, "I have to go back to the Father"? The father in the story said, "Let's give him the robe and ring." The ring and the robe are a sign of authority and position. He said, "Let's give him back the inheritance."
Redemption has to do with the recovery of what was lost and the ransomed price, the Blood, the precious price that was paid for you to be bought back in every area that you were once a slave.
You can choose life and blessing, or death and cursing. You can chose to be free and live in the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, or you can chose to live in that bondage and believe you can never be free. Ephesians 1:7 says we have the forgiveness of sin and the redemption by His Blood. How many in the body of Christ understand He is still redeeming?
Some have accepted forgiveness, but you didn't get your ring or robe back. You never let the Lord complete the story of the prodigal son or daughter and bring you back into the fullness. You get forgiveness and redemption. You get the chance to get the ring and robe and go back and do what the Lord CALLED you to do.
Isaiah 61:1 says, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because..."
Let's remember the purpose of the anointing. Why do we have the anointing come on us in this moment? We are anointed to proclaim, not ask God for freedom. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon us to proclaim liberty.
Command those that are oppressed to be free. Jesus is the one who proclaimed the liberty of God, and we have been sent into the world to do the works that Christ did.
Isaiah 61:2 says, "[He has anointed Me] to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord..."
The Spirit of the Lord is upon us to proclaim, decree, and prophesy others into the acceptable year, not moment! How about a whole year of abundance, overflow, and advancing in our CALLING in Christ resulting in fruitfulness?
MINDSET TO RECEIVE THE NEW
God wants things to be so at rest and settled in order to make room for the oil and receive the whole NEW thing God is doing in your life. He has pruned and cut away so that He has made room to fill you with the new. Whatever you bring to the altar, do not pick it up again.
If you allow the Lord to increase and enable your thinking, little by little you will be in double of where you are today. We can proclaim the acceptable year and come into it. Others are proclaiming fear, judgment, anxiety; we need to begin to hear what Heaven is saying. We are moving in the time where we can only be led by the voice and Spirit of God. Let's step into the NEW thing.
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