“I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.” Psalms 116:1-2
Many of you will bear witness to the fact that we have now entered into a season of answered prayer, and are beginning to see long ago promises come to fruition in our lives. Although we are all in different stages of this season, (some at the very threshold, some already experiencing the manifestation and “substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen…”Hebrews 11:1 ), there is truly an expectancy beginning to form within our hearts in this hour. This “spirit of expectancy” is actually beginning to lift us, to propel us to greater heights in our faith than ever before! Even as the thermal currents of an approaching storm causes an eagle to spread his wings and be lifted HIGH ABOVE THE STORM, so the Spirit of God has come to us in this season!
Many of us have just emerged from a recent season of intense warfare, where it seemed we were surrounded by enemies on every side, and chaos seemed to swirl around us like a whirlwind. But did we not also sense the Father telling us to “Be still…”; and “to lift our hands and PRAISE HIM IN THE STORM”?? This act of worship in the midst of the storms of the past season has literally propelled us up and above the strategies and assaults of Hell! We lift our hands to the Father the same way an eagle extends his powerful wings, and locks them into place! We locked ourselves into this posture of worship, and found that we had ascended into the very throne room, when our great King is seated. Psalms 22:3 tells us that God is actually “enthroned upon the praises of His people”! Wowza! Our praise has created a place for Him to sit with us in fellowship and intimacy and protection!
We truly are now “seated with Him in heavenly places”, as He told us was our rightful place in Ephesians 1:21. What happens when we are looking at our storm from this perspective? We see it from the King’s perspective, which is much different than our natural perspective. We see how much BIGGER Jesus is than the storm! Jesus is MAGNIFIED! We see the One who commanded the storm, and it obeyed Him! We SEE TRUTH! And what did Jesus say would happen when we SEE and KNOW truth? “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free…” John 8:32. FREEDOM happens when the distorted pictures and lies of the enemy are replaced with TRUTH. The smoke and mirrors of the enemy dissipate, and our chains fall off of that answer to our prayers that was being hindered!
The Bible tells us that all of God’s promises are YES and AMEN, in 2 Corinthians 1:20. It says ALL, not some. Many of us have settled for much less than our inheritance as sons and daughters of God, for different reasons. You may have unknowingly embraced a “lack mentality’, or even a “just enough” attitude toward the things you desire deep down in your heart. Our God is a God of abundance! Do you really believe that? If you don’t, then you don’t believe His Word is true. Jesus tells us in John 10:10,“The enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy, bit I AM come that you might have LIFE, and life ABUNDANTLY…” That’s pretty clear, beloved! I think all of us would agree that the enemy does steal, kill and destroy! But what about the second half of that verse?
Are you living abundantly in every area of life? Spirit? Soul? Body? Many of us have never really grabbed ahold of God’s truth concerning what He purchased back for you through the cross. That in itself is manna for another day…!
If you’re like I was, you may have thought that because of your many mistakes, that you had forfeited the promises of God in your life; that you had consequently moved from plan A to plan B in God’s plan for your destiny. I thought that, and settled for the crumbs under the table. Like the prodigal son, I was just thankful that the Father was waiting at the end of the road, waiting for me with His arms wide open….. and He WAS, indeed! But you know what He did? He took off His signet ring and put it upon my finger….. (Luke 15:22) He took off His best garment and covered me with His righteousness! (Isaiah 61:10) And that wasn’t all! He then “prepared a table for me in the presence of my enemies….” (Psalm 23:5) He made my enemy, the accuser of the brethren, WATCH, while I feasted at the King’s table! He poured me some of His BEST WINE, which He had saved for the last, and bade me to drink deeply from this perfectly aged vintage that He had saved just for me! (John 2:10) And lastly, He spoke to the question that was buried deep within my heart…. He said,“My daughter, I KNEW that you would indeed make the choices that you made along your journey in this life….and though some of them have caused both you and I great pain, I made provision for you. I paid the purchase for your redemption and FULL restoration of that which was lost and stolen. …..I don’t have a plan B, Beloved. You have always been on plan A.”
Tears!! What do you say to that kind of LOVE? I was, and still AM, overwhelmed! I sense that He is saying the same thing to many of you today, beloved. You are still on plan A, and about to see the very promises that you have carried for so long in your heart come to fulfillment! He has saved the BEST wine for you in this hour!