Ephesians 4:22-24 - “Strip yourselves of your former nature…And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind…put on the new nature…created in…true holiness."
Righteousness and holiness are two different things. Righteousness is the right standing with God you gained when you were born again. The only thing you did to be made righteous was to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life.
You are not made holy. Holiness is the result of your choices. It’s your conduct. It comes when you make a decision of your will to live according to the precepts of the Lord. To be holy is to be sanctified (2 timothy 2:21). Sanctified means "set apart.” Set apart from what? From the World.
I make up my mind not to sideline my spiritual growth in Christ by doing petty things that please myself. I dedicate myself wholly to the Father and choose to live holy. I choose to live a life of power! I choose to live for God!
Mark 16:17 - “And these signs shall follow them that believe;…"
Because of the tense used with the Greek word for "believe”, this verse would be better translated“These signs shall follow them that are constantly believing…” In other words, these signs don’t come automatically just because a person once walked aside and gave his heart to Jesus. These signs follow those who are constantly believing for them to occur.
Like everything else in the Kingdom of God, signs and wonders are activated by faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to rekindle the flame in your heart to see the supernatural signature of God on your life or your ministry. For the miraculous to occur, He needs you to be constantly releasing your faith – for it is your faith that activates the supernatural!
Isaiah 10:27 - “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”
Jesus is the Christ. The Greek word for Christ means “the Anointed One”. And since Isaiah 10:27 tells us the yoke of the devil is destroyed by the anointing, we don’t have to run scared when the devil comes against us. You are destined to overcome. You have that anointing – the Anointed One – residing on the inside of you if you are born again.
Stir up that anointing. Stand up in the midst of the storm. As you speak to it with all the power and authority that’s been given to you, you’ll dominate the storm.
Isaiah 54:2 - “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your ropes and strengthen your stakes.“
When you don’t think there is more to where you currently are in God’s purpose for your life, you become limited. You think this right here – all I see – is it. This type of thinking keeps you from exploring and discovering. It keeps you from stretching yourself and dreaming about other possibilities.
If you want to meet God’s calling in Christ on your life, you’re going to have to believe there is more than what meets the eyes. You begin to choose to live like there is more by expecting more and praying for more wisdom and revelation(Ephesians 1:17,18).
Kingdom destiny followers know that more is beyond, and they commit to scaling barriers or other walls put up by their minds – or by others.
Romans 8:33 - “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies."
The book of Job tells us that Satan came to God’s throne and complained about Job.(Job 1:6-12)God’s throne is the most holy place. So why did God allow Satan to come before Him in the most holy place? Because of Adam’s sin, He had the right to take Adam’s place and come before God.
So, what happened to Job cannot happen to us. Job longed for a mediator, but he had none.(Job 9:33). Today we have Jesus as our Mediator, mediating the New Covenant between God and man. However, since the devil cannot come before God any more, he comes to you on earth and accuses you in your conscience. Satan cannot come before God to accuse you because it is God who justifies you through the terms of the New Covenant. Jesus’ holy blood has given you perfect standing in the presence of God!
Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Those Believers who are pursuing their calling in Christ have to be risk takers – getting into deep water is scary because there’s a possibility that you could drown. Getting into the water is scary because it’s cold. But getting in is the only way you will learn to swim. You can’t learn hanging on the edge.
Getting to the next level of God’s purpose for your life works the same way; you will have to step out of what feels secure. Our destiny is waiting on the other side. We can’t let fear keep us from moving forward doing what we have been created to do.
Matthew 24:45 - "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household?"
Who is faithful? The one who spends his time doing what God has called him to do. Or as Jesus put it, the one who takes up his cross and follows Him. The one who denies his fleshly desires and spends his life on the things God desires him to do.
God may be calling you to pray for the sick or to disciple a new Christian. But you're busy, so you glide on with good intentions and tell God you'll do it later. Well later is NOW.
Decide today that you are going to be the faithful and wise servant. Serve His interests instead of your own. Do you want Him to show Himself strong for you? Then take up Jesus' thoughts today. Discover and take up His purpose for your life. Now is the time to be faithful!
Hebrews 3:1 - “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.”
Hebrews 3:1says that Jesus is the High Priest of our confession. He’s been sent to put into effect, to execute, to carry out the words that we say. But have you been speaking what you feel, instead of speaking words of faith? He can’t execute that.
He is our High Priest of deliverance from sin, sickness, poverty, and disease. Speak words He can implement – words of victory. That’s what He’s been ordained by God to bring to pass in our life.
Acts 13:52 - “And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit."
What is our attitude regarding allowing the Holy Spirit to manifest His life and power through us?
Are we thirsty? Are we longing? Are we willing to pay the price? Are we willing to forfeit in order to have? Are we willing to allow ourselves to die so that He may live? Are we willing for Him to have the right-of-way in our heart, our conscience, and all we are? Are we ready to have God’s deluge of blessing upon our soul?
Are we ready to be changed forever, to receive the Holy Spirit, to be filled with divine power forever?
2 Corinthians 5:17 - "All things have become new." 1 Corinthians 3:23 - "you are Christ's and Christ is God's."
God means for us to walk in this royal way. Jesus left us the responsibility of allowing Him to bring forth through us the greater works (John 14:12).
If we do not step into God's purpose for our life, it is a tragedy. God is waiting for us to act. Jesus lived a life of perfect activity. There is no standing still."As He is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17).We must dare to press on until God comes forth in mighty power -- press on until Jesus is glorified.
1 John 2:27 - “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you,”
According to the scriptures, before you were born again, you were without the Anointed One (Jesus). If you were without the Anointed One you were also without the anointing.
But now, since you are one with Christ, you are in the anointing of Jesus. The anointing is available to you in every situation you face to destroy every yoke of bondage. The anointing of God is God on flesh doing those things only God can do.
So, whatever you are facing today, begin factoring in the anointing in your life. If a yoke is holding you back, then rejoice, because the anointing will destroy it!
Mark 11:23,24 - “…shall not doubt in his heart but shall BELIEVE THAT WHAT HE SAYS shall be done, WHATSOEVER HE SAYS SHALL BE DONE unto him. Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you desire, when you pray, BELIEVE THAT YOU RECEIVE them, and you shall have them.”
Believing is an action word. Just before Jesus told us in Mark 11:24 to believe that we receive, He told us in verse 23 that we “we shall have whatever we say.” Put those two together and you’ll see what a powerful thing it is when you actually say the phrase, “I believe I receive.” Something happens in your spirit when you say those words.
When you constantly say with your mouth, “I believe I receive my healing,” or “I believe I receive my financial needs met,” and then quote the scriptures that back those things, faith is released to bring power to bear in the areas of those needs. When everything looks the worst, we say it the loudest, I BELIEVE I RECEIVE!
Matthew 18:10 - "See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven."
We have angels assigned to us. Hebrews 1:14further reveals that their purpose is to minister to us (on our behalf). Psalm 91teaches on the ministry of angels to God's people. It is the combination of our faith in God and His faithfulness to us that releases the angels to our aid. Speak forth your faith and He will send forth His angels on your behalf.
In the days to come, I am becoming so established in God's Word and power that nothing in the world order will be able to phase me. I shall not be afraid of evil tidings because my heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord
Philippians 3:13 - "I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead"
There are new places for us to move that are assignments and alignments. In order for us to position ourselves for the new, we have to unload the old. The past is mostly used to get us ready for the future.
In this new place there is healing, clarity, boldness, purpose (revelation of God's purpose for your life), provision, reward and unknown things that God will reveal when we get there.
2 Chronicles 16:9 - "The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."
So often we try to figure things out instead of just trusting God and doing what He says in His Word. As a result, we end up in disobedience -- which always leads to unbelief. Don't let the giants in your life scare you into hiding. Let God know you'll trust Him and His Word no matter what the circumstances say or look like. Then worship Him knowing you'll see Him demonstrate His power and faithfulness on your behalf.
Affirmation: I keep my heart faithful toward God so that He shows Himself strong on my behalf.
Philippians 3:13,14 - “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Press into God by “adding to.” Add a few minutes more to your prayer time, Praise a few minutes more. Stretch yourself. Press through the limitations your flesh has tried to impose on you. See yourself turning from the past toward the future God has for you in Christ Jesus.
Settle in your spirit and in your mind what you need to do to advance in God’s PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE. Now, see yourself rising up and marching toward those marks with faith in your heart as the Holy Spirit leads you and give you His strength to get there.
Isaiah 26:9 - “My soul yearns for you in the night.”
What is the most worthwhile thing you can experience on earth? Nothing less than God Himself! What is the first and most important thing to be done each day? It is nothing less than to seek, to know, to live, and to praise God.
So begin every day of the year with the impassioned prayer of David:“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you…in a dry and weary land” (Psalm 63:1).As you persevere in this, you will learn to expect the presence of God to surround you throughout the day.
So be ablaze with His passion! And you will step into a new confidence this day. You will not be fooled by the voice of the intimidator, but you will rise up with more freedom and spontaneity than ever before. You will rise up "wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove"! (Matthew 10:16)
"And the God of peace will swiftly pound satan to a pulp under your feet! And the wonderful favor of our Lord Jesus will surround you." (Romans 16:20)
Revelation 3:20 - "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me."
In order to embrace the love of God, invite Jesus in and commune with Him basking and soaking in His love until you become love. Now you have the God kind of love flowing from your spirt in to the lives of others.
John 8:39 - "They answered and said to Him, 'Abraham is our father.' Jesus said to them, 'If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham.'"Abraham was an alien and a stranger on the earth. The goal of his life was to have a place in what God…Continue