HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, AMERICA!!! It is a time to celebrate! Celebrate what God ordained and put into place over 200 years ago. Celebrate our freedom!
The word the Lord has given me continuously this week is “Look Up”. Right now, in the world there are so many unanswered questions and situations that seem beyond what we can imagine. We hear the good, the bad and the really ugly. All eyes are on the news and we are waiting for a ticking bomb to explode. The enemy lost this last week in a couple of areas and he is upset. Everything seems turned upside down in the world but we live in His Kingdom. Since we asked Him to be the Lord of our lives, we aren’t of the world. We live in the world but the world isn’t to live in us. Jesus, came to earth as a man to live for 33 years. He was fully man, tempted in every way and He lived in the world but the world did not affect His relationship with His Father. The world did not live in Him. That is how it is to be with us. We are looking up to our Father continuously and not at the things of the world.
When there wasn’t enough food to feed the people, Jesus looked up to His Father and the food was multiplied. We can do that too and may get the opportunity when food becomes scarce. We must be alert, on guard, paying attention! We can’t be looking down at the ground in fear, discouragement, hopelessness. Have you ever seen a person in depression, anguish, fear, stand straight and tall with their head up high?
There are some things that touch our lives as much as anyone since we are in the world.
We are in the world but instead of complaining about the gas and fuel prices, thank Him that He is supplying all your needs. Instead of getting in fear that there won’t be enough food, ask Him to show you what to store up and expect it to multiply! We are to be the shining Light when we are in the store or at the gas pumps! See yourself so healthy you don’t need a go to doctors. See your car in perfect working order so it doesn’t need repair but if it does, see that money supplied by your Father. He promises to supply our needs, take care of us, give us our heart’s desires. Does it say He will do these things except when there is a world crisis, then you will be the same as the world because I won’t have any power? Of course not, but that’s how we talk.
We have gotten caught up in the complaining department. I have said several times in the last couple months, “That caught me off guard”. Something happens in our lives that I never saw or expected to happen and I’m in shock. Must have had my head down. He promises to warn us but it is up to us to listen. He gives us ALL the answers and guides us in ALL things. The answer to the issues today is to see things from His perspective and not the worlds. You don’t have to go to Bible school to know the Word of God. It is alive to all of us who know Him. One verse that you meditate on hourly, daily can bring His perspective alive in your heart. We have to expect His power to work in our lives. He’s not holding back anything from us. We are not looking up to see what He has given us and receiving it.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
“Everything we could ever need for life and godliness has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness. As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises we can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
We hear the warnings that things will get worse, more chaos, more fear, more confusion than we have already seen in the last couple years. I do think that we will see the reaping of the seeds that have been sown in the last few years by our country’s controllers. I can’t call them leaders as they are not leading – they are controlling because we let them. That’s another sermon😊. The Lord showed me the other day that we are already walking above those things. Yes, there will be many MORE hard things touch lives and that the world will wallow in, but we have just gone through 2 years of confusion and we are still smiling, still full of peace, joy and hope. We are still going forward in His love. The world is hurting so much and hopeless but we aren’t in the same anguish as they are. We are already experiencing living above the circumstances and we will continue to.
“God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble— more than enough and always available whenever I need you. So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you. Pause in his presence” Psalm 46:1-3
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17
Weapons are formed against us, against the world. This isn’t just a people game we are caught up in but we wrestling against the wiles of the devil, against powers and rulers of darkness. The enemy knows he has lost but he wants to take as many souls with him as he can. He is evil beyond our greatest imagination. He is real but he has no control over us unless we give it to him. We give him authority in our lives when we don’t believe the love and power of Jesus. When we doubt the Word of God, compromise the Word of God. Get into fear, you are believing a lie from the enemy.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12
This verse says EVERY tongue, word, that rises against us, that comes against what the Word of God says WE are to condemn. We are to take authority over everything contrary to our life in Jesus Christ. This is our heritage. Or this is our inheritance to be able to rise against the lies of the enemy or our birthright now that we are born again into the family of Jesus. We have a choice to make – through His power in us – to condemn the tongue that rises against us or let the weapon formed against us succeed. The poison of “God is in control” and He hasn’t given us any choices except salvation is destroying people. They are waiting for Him to take away the enemy. They are waiting for Him to change their thoughts or take away the thoughts. Through Him, His power that is in us as Believers, we have the birthright to make the choices He is given to us. There is an action that goes with our inheritance, it’s not works but an action of going forward in His power to live in the Kingdom of God not the world’s kingdom.
The most powerful action you can take at this time is to live in His Word. Read Psalm 23 or Psalm 91 daily. Those 2 chapters are so powerful and see in your heart living what it is saying. Let’s continue to come together and encourage one another in the Word in these days. See yourself healed, prospering when there is no money, feeding your neighbors when food is scarce. As you see yourself in your mind is how your life will be. See yourself condemning the weapons formed against you. See yourself alive in Him and victorious no matter what is happening around you. That is who we are in Him and how exciting to see His power work through us in these trying times!! Continue to look up, you will see Him!
Here's another promise from Him, “But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head.” Psalm 3:3