Have you ever been going through a dry season with God for so long, and you look around at all your church family and see them receiving one blessing after another, and scream HOW LONG GOD!? First of all, that which feels like a dry season is a time of preparation and testing, and all you can do is keep moving forward even when you don’t feel like. I watch and read a lot of books, and lectures from Joyce Meyer simply because I believe her gift is teaching about controlling your thoughts, and if you can control your thoughts then you’re least likely to spew negativity. The Apostle Paul tells us
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Joyce is also the first one I heard teach about not operating by how we ‘feel’, but by doing what is right. Let’s face it we are feely, emotional creatures, this is how God made us [Geneses 1:26], but what do we do with these feelings that seem to come out of nowhere and are totally against the fruit of the spirit? The enemy would have you start believing that you don’t have the spirit in you, and this is where you really need to know the Word of God which is the sword of the spirit so that you can fight the good fight of faith. The war begins in our minds and if the enemy can get you to go against what the Word tells us, then he has won the battle, but he doesn’t stop there. Get this now because it can possibly save your life – THE ENEMY COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY HATES YOU AND HE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL HE HAS DESTROIED YOU! So what do we do? Every day we have to put on the armor of God [Ephesians 6:10-18], we have to know who God is, who Jesus is and what he’s done for us, and most importantly we have to know who we are. The Holy Spirit is telling me that too many of God’s children don’t know who they are, and what’s been done for them. They are walking around in ignorance.
So I tell you this, and testify to it in the Lord: You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. Having lost all sense of shame, they have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity, with a craving for more. Ephesians 4:17-19
For years, I have felt jealousy towards my brothers and sisters every time I saw God raise them up to walk in the gift God has given to them. I would smile and pretend I was happy for them, but inside I was burning with jealously, and mourning for myself. See, I have been studying, worshiping, and serving God for over 5 years, but I still didn’t know, or should I say recognize, what my gift was. I would go home and plead with God to release me from this feeling and to show me what my gift was. To empower me to walk in that gift, to raise me up. But I would hear nothing and the following Sunday or sometimes the Sunday after that, I would have to face the same thing over again. I hope you see what part of the problem was – self-centeredness, pride, ego…. I had to die to self. I thought that I had, but as you go deeper with God, He will revel things to you about you that are not pretty. But we must face these things so that the Holy Spirit can change and prepare us for God’s kingdom. So how do we walk in the fruit of the spirit? We must first die to self, and this takes time and lots of studying God’s word. We would all like to be like the Apostle Paul… Have Jesus knock us off our high horse, blind us to the world for three days, and then come out fighting the good fight of faith with conviction that cannot be shaken, but for most of us it doesn’t work that way.
Have you ever been reading your bible or a related book and all of a sudden a passage or teaching that has been read or preach before, now becomes relevant, becomes real like a light being flipped on? I’m sitting in bed reading John Eldredge’s book Moving Mountains when I ran upon this revelation
1. God is my creator and He is all powerful, all love, and that He loves me!
2. I am the daughter of the most high God, made righteous through the blood of Jesus
3. God gave us the power to rule and have dominion on this earth when He created us, but we gave it over to Satan in the garden of Eden.
4. Because of God’s love for us, He sent His son to pay the price for my sins (past, present, and future) and there is NOTHING I can do on my own to receive forgiveness. It all flows through Jesus and His loving mercy and grace.
5. When Jesus conquered death, He took back the keys to the kingdom that we had given the enemy.
6. Now watch this because this is crazy love… Jesus gives us back the keys to the kingdom (BOOM! There it is!) that God gave us in the garden, we gave to the enemy, and Jesus took back! He gives it back to us! Hallelujah! Praise Jesus! How crazy it that! [Matthew 28:18, Philippians 2:8-11, Ephesians 2:6]
I am seated in heavenly places! I have authority as the daughter of the most high God through Jesus and I must start walking in that mind set or else I’ll be giving back the enemy what Jesus died to get and give me. Fear of stepping out and believing this is what Satan is counting on. I don’t know about you but I refuse to live in bondage to this world, I have the keys to the kingdom of heaven and I plan on walking in that freedom! Won’t you join me?