Wednesday, 15 October 2014

ARISE AND SHINE!





Yesterday God gave me such a revelation while in worship and prayer.  He showed me that the kingdom of God is really an adventure.  We are to explore everything we have been given, to search it out and lay hold of it.  It is our pleasure and joy to search it out.  God place the treasures of heaven in such a way, so that we will find them.  He wants us to find them but we must look to Him.  We must seek Him.  It is a choice.  He doesn't force us to go or to be in relationship, it is for us to seek Him out and He will be found. (Mat 6:33, Math 7:7-11)

We have the incredible privilege of living in His kingdom and living out of that kingdom, for He placed the kingdom of God within us.  If you are in Christ, then Christ is in you!  The kingdom has come!  We are to enforce His kingdom on the earth.  We do not fight to win, as the battle over good and evil, light and darkness, has already been won.  We are to enforce His territory or kingdom, to establish it in the earth.  And with Christ in the lead, He always leads us in victory. (1 Cor 15:57)




Although we are witnessing a lot of darkness on the earth, they are merely places where God’s kingdom has not been enforced.  He already defeated the enemy, so that is not our work.  Our work is to make His will, visible in the earth.  He chose man, to be the vessel of His glory, the image of His being, to express His power and will in the earth.  This is a huge honor and privilege!  A royal responsibility, as citizens of heaven, or sons and daughters of the King of Kings, precious heirs to the throne!

This is not a drudgery!  This is not anything we even need to be afraid of.  Church, we have the wrong mindset, filled with the worlds thinking and position.  Looking at the darkness and focusing on the destruction, pain and works of the enemy.  There is a King, who is still on the throne!  The only time He left it, was to become a man, laying down His very life and that we might live in the victory, He died to give us.  He totally defeated the enemy, returning to heaven where He SAT DOWN with the keys of death and hell!  He sat down because it was a finished work! Overcoming every power of darkness, every principality and every name ever named in this age or in the age to come!



 He is a good King, who has and is the answer to every problem we see or witness.  Our position is not one of a victim or in the very least a survivor who tries valiantly to hang on until the end…….



We are positioned to overcome….to be lead in victory….to see His glory fill the earth.  We are the carriers of the presence and power of Christ.  The Church is the very vessels He has chosen to display His power and goodness through.  We are to shine brilliantly in this time…a beacon of hope…..a place of refuge….a changer of atmospheres and lives.   Fully equipped by His Spirit to establish heaven on earth, for that is His will and plan and pleasure…on earth as it is in heaven. (Mat 6:10)





This in an exciting time, an adventure!  We get to look impossibilities in the face and watch them bow to the power of God.  It is now us, who are to speak His word, declare His kingdom and watch the darkness flee!  He gives us everything we need to do it, moment by moment, by His leading.  This is the greatest adventure on the earth….to see people destined for hell, spending eternity in the love and presence of God....witnessing the blind being able to see….the lame walk…the mute speak….people tormented, set free….

”For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8b) And Jesus gave us that same calling; “Go…..heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.  Freely you have received, freely give. (Math 10: 8)  It’s an incredible adventure!  One I count myself privileged to be a part of!



As God was speaking these things to my heart….He lead me to think of my son and how he loves to go on adventures….to explore new places and discover new things….I was reflecting on how it is with God….as I come to know more and more of Him, I discover more of what He has given me and more of who He is.  It is like a delightful treasure hunt…seeking and finding goodies to enjoy that were created for me.  Mysteries to unveil, as He reveals more of Himself to me.  My heart was filled with delight and anticipation at the wonderful discoveries that are in store and at the same time my heart was brimming with gratitude, as I became acutely aware of all the precious treasures I had already been given….all the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus!  (Eph 1:18, 3:16, Phil 4:19 & Col 1:27) How marvelous…how incredible!!!  What a good God!  Who is like Him?!












Suddenly life took on a new excitement.  I get to see the powers of hell bow to the powers of heaven!  I get to eradicate darkness, despair, hopelessness and defeat by shining the light of Christ into every dark corner of the earth!  I carry the answer to every circumstance and challenge.  Christ is the solution…He is the way the truth and the life…and He chose to express His power, goodness, kindness and light through me!  I am significant!  How glorious is He!  How great are His plans.  I must not back down….I must arise and be the light He has called me to be…Church arise…and shine!  This is your finest hour….your light and expressed image of Christ is needed…As He was, so we are in the world. 


ARISE, SHINE;
FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME!
AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD
IS RISEN UPON YOU.
FOR BEHOLD, THE DARKNESS SHALL
 COVER THE EARTH,
AND DEEP DARKNESS THE
PEOPLE;
BUT THE LORD WILL ARISE OVER
YOU
AND HIS GLORY WILL BE SEEN
UPON YOU.


Jesus did not sit around and do nothing when he witnessed pain, suffering or lack.  Every sick person He saw, He healed, everyone bond, He set free….Those who lack He still calls out to come…eat and be filled…..He is not intimidated by anything the enemy can do, He is the very answer the world needs and seeks and you have Him tucked in your heart.

ARISE!!!
SHINE, BELOVED!!!
BE GLORIOUS,

LIKE HE CREATED YOU TO BE!