I would like to share something on my heart with you in this 2013 year of Faith...
God tends to show himself opposite to the current situation:
• When there was a storm, He brought good weather
• When there was the Israelites in the desert walking on their journey, in the day He showed up as a cool cloud an in the night, a hot fire
• When Gideon was to conquer an army, He asked for a small group to conquer a huge army.
• When there was hunger in the crowds, Jesus multiplied food
* When there is death, He brings life and health.
Jesus has passed the baton onto his followers, His Father’s kids—that’s us. He expects us to take a stand in trying political and economical demise and to represent His Father’s desires and Kingdom. He has commissioned His children to show up in the opposite to give Him glory. In perilous times, that's when and where we are SENT. We are sent into a realm that is without grace and favor to bring God's favor and grace. This is our assignment as Sons and Daughters. God wants this world to look like His world.
So, in these time of threats of falling off a fiscal cliff, terrorism inflicted by our own children upon fellow innocent children, drug addiction run rampant—we are called to take our position-- understanding our assignment and responsibility as sons and daughters to confront the things that do not belong in His Kingdom—in our neighborhoods, in our families—in our own life.
What does this look like? For the one who just lost her job, “Father, I know you are my Provider. I choose to be grateful and believe you to provide for my family. Give me wisdom and favor and make a way where there is no way.”
It looks like the for the one who has fatal cancer, “God, You do not give a person cancer- You are the giver of live and healing. I thank you for healing me and I will press into you for healing.” Did anyone who came to Jesus NOT get healed? Are we to carry His baton and do “Greater things”? Forgive us Lord for making a theology out of how some people are not healed after prayer, but pressing into the more that God has for us as His kids.
It looks like giving a big tip to your waitress even though the economy is bad because you believe you can walk in a generous spirit despite your small bank account at this time. If we walk in a negative spirit of poverty when times are rough, we also empower the enemy and negative spirit and close the door for the Father to come in the opposite spirit.
It looks like when your neighbor is disrespectful to you, you return good for evil. You come in a spirit that builds up even those who tear down. This tenderness keeps that negativity from attaching to your spirit.
God’s word guides us in how to live in a society that is filled with challenges, and in a society that has abandoned the value of honoring God. Press into God’s love and His Truth and Freedom. He has the answers for everyday issues and challenges! We do not have to bow down to the economic depression predictions, or to the fear of natural and societal disaster.
The Father has a way out and wants to use us to shift the atmosphere around us. When we accept the world’s predictions, we have lost our faith in the One who is Lord of all Creation, the One whom has given us the privilege of walking as Jesus did and doing the things He did.
God bless you my friends. I'm praying for you in the Church to grasp the Beauty of your position as sons and daughters of such an amazing Father. I'm asking you to beg into His heart this year. There is nothing more worthy of living for but to know who He is and who He says you are...The world needs you to rise up in your spirit and become who you are!
Thanks so much for your prayers for me and our mission at Mama Nita’s in Steubenville.