There have been promises of God to us personally and as a church that we have received by faith. Having believed God spoke to us we have probably wondered what happened to what He promised. Why hasn’t it happened? Well, it has been slowly transpiring, even though it seems unseen. We have been in transition from the time we received something God spoke into our spirit until we actually” experience it in the natural. He has been moving and working in us. But now we are moving into the final phase of transition during this year from September to June of next year. This time will feel like a “suddenly”. Things will suddenly change. People will be surprised and startled by the quickness of the change.
During this time the Lord wants us aware of five things that will facilitate the maximum impact of His promises. They are:
1. Don’t wait for God to bring you those who look good.
2. A leader’s role is to make them look good.
3. Leaders need to honour those who are willing to serve you.
4. During the “suddenlies” of God you will face battles.
The last point is: When we stop going to war (forward) we can get into trouble. One of the analogies of the church is the army of God. We are part of the revealing kingdom of God here on earth. We were encouraged to pray in the Lord’s Prayer ‘thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’. I John 3:8 says of Jesus that the “reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” We do not war against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12) We are in a spiritual battle.
When David didn’t go to war he got into trouble. 2 Samuel 11:1 “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army… But David remained in Jerusalem.” There was an appointed time for kings to battle but David ignored it. The result was his affair with Bathsheeba and his murder of Uriah, her husband. David sinned.
This is an appointed time for battle. We are made for this. We need to stay in the battle at this time and not be distracted. Our actions will determine the results of what God wants to do at this time. Don’t settle for less! Go for the max!
In 2 Kings 4 Elisha was asked for help. “1. The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves." 2. Elisha replied to her, "How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?" "Your servant has nothing there at all," she said, "except a little oil." 3. Elisha said, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few.” 4. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side." He told her to sell the oil and she would have enough to pay her debt and money to live on. But her part to play in the miracle was to ask for jars from her neighbors.
How much will we ask for? Will we be happy with a little or will we go for all we can possibly get? Our role during this time of transition is crucial. We have a significant impact on how much of the promises of God will be actualized. Let’s be audacious and ask for more than we could even imagine.
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