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Day #10: Freedom in Christ
“A Sharp Instrument”
The Holy Ghost desires to raise you and I that we might come to have ‘teeth’, so that you don’t have to ‘gum’ at the issues of life that are presented you. An instrument with teeth through whom the Goodness and Glory of God might flow. The Holy Ghost wants to show you just how big God is. We think we believe God for His greatness but what we are really believing for is but a mere trickle compared to what He desires and is capable to do, both in and through you. Truly, no eye has seen, no ear has heard all that God has prepared, and ‘keeps ready’’, for those that LOVE HIM and ‘who hold Him in affectionate reverence’ (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC).
In the following Scripture we have one of the most powerful prophets in all of history uttering a prophetic word as an encouragement for all who eagerly wait upon their Lord. A ‘prayer’ from the mouth of the Lord spoken through the prophet Isaiah, ‘tabled’ before the Father, for all who eagerly seek the Lord (Is. 40:31 KJV, Ps. 27:14, Ps. 37:7-9, Ps. 40:1-3, Luke 12:37).
OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence – As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil – to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! When You did terrible things which we did not expect, You came down; the mountains quaked at Your presence. For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him. (Isaiah 64:1-4 AMPC)
The power that is in the culture of turning aside to wait upon the Lord. To seek Him out of pure longing and love for Him. That as a little child of the Lord God Almighty, you can seek His Face from the secret places of your soul, to ‘earnestly wait’ upon the Lord and see the Heavens opened for you. That the Father would ‘rend the heavens’ and His Presence would come down ‘showing Himself active and strong on (your) behalf’.
What are ‘cares’ but problems and desires rising up of varying intensity. Realise that the Holy Spirit is intent on raising you to become one that thinks, acts, and sees as Christ Jesus. From even the very same perspective as He, that you might become one of whom moves mountains (Mark 11:23). Through the same prophet Isaiah, God says that “I will help you,” … “behold, I will make you a new instrument ‘with teeth, to turn even the mighty mountains into chaff (Is. 41:13-18). In the Gospels Jesus uses such wording concerning you such as; “assuredly” whoever believes can say to even ‘cares’, of the impossible size of mountains, “be lifted up and cast into the sea.” And He only continues in saying “therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:22-24).
Let this picture be painted a little clearer; it is better to be filled with the Love of God than the cares of this world. For either you have the Love of God bearing influence and His ‘fruit’ in your life, or the cares, anxieties, and desires of this life forming their ‘fruit’ in your life. The cares of this life are cyclic and are perpetually reoccurring, but the Power of God is not in them at all! God listens intently, moves and responds to prayers rooted in FAITH, and not prayers of word alone.
With your heart set on the cares of this world, there is a misalignment within your soul. For you are drawing from what your heart is set on (Matt. 6:21) – the world! The Power of God does not dwell in the world where your heart is set, so when you pray who are you praying to? For your heart is not set in the same place your mouth is professing. Realise that God is more aware of the ‘words’ in the secret places of your soul, than the actual words of your mouth (Luke 6:45, Mark 7:23, Matt. 5:28) for they are the truth of you.
For God so loved the world that He gave His own Beloved Son (John 3:16). His Presence raises within you a deep love for the world, and it is a Love that is ready to die in order to bring the Life of Christ (Rev. 12:10-11). Through this very same Love, God equips you with the Glory of Heaven, that Life may pour from you like a river. This liberal flow of the Power of God is based in the same Love of God that abides in you. By choice you can turn and set your heart, your love, and your hopes in Him; love to Love, hand in Hand. And subsequently be free to inquire of the Lord at any time to draw, with ease, from the Father for whatever you wish (John 15:7).
Praising Jesus in the private places of your heart, going aside and closing the door in simple praise and hope in Him. Hope for Him to come visit you brings a shift in the spiritual realms concerning you, especially if it is mixed with fasting. Fasting is a spiritual form of communicating firm intent and desire, it expresses a humbling before the Lord (1 Kings 21:27-29). I recommend this; if you are really hungry for the Lord than fast! The prayers of your heart expressed with fasting shifts something very deep in the Heavenly Realms. And the Lord comes and says concerning you; “since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them” (Dan. 10).
For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ “Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,” says the LORD And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. “Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth; You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, And make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them, the wind shall carry them away, And the whirlwind shall scatter them; You shall rejoice in the LORD, And glory in the Holy One of Israel. “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, Their tongues fail for thirst. I, the LORD, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water. (Isaiah 41:13-19 NKJV)
God is interested in making something of you, the purpose of the Father is to raise you up to do ‘mighty exploits’ in the Lord (Dan. 11:32 NKJV). What are cares and worries but ‘psychological warfare’ of the Enemy to keep your attention fix on him, struggling in your flesh; and not on the Lord and what He has ‘prepared’ and ‘keeps ready’ for you, here and now. It is time, as a soldier of the Living God (2 Tim. 2:4), to stand up and within the Presence of the Lord and speak against the Enemy and the ‘anxiety’ that he brings. Regardless of how very real the storms that come upon you … it’s just a storm … calm it! … through the Resurrection Power of Jesus within you. Rise up now (Rom. 8:19) it’s time to go on the offensive. Go out into your world and set the captives free, the oppressed, the sick and the lost from the grip of the Enemy, in Jesus Name! Even, starting within your own soul (Acts 10:38).
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Lord, please take me by your Hand and lead me in the things of Heaven, of the Kingdom of God. Lord, I raise my hands to you, please pick me up. Please carry me into the precious things of God. Please shape me, please raise me as a Father, please fashion me by you own hands. Mould me and shape me to be able to carry your Glory. Please abide in me, in the Glory of your Presence, that you might do mighty works in and through me. In Jesus Name. Amen’.
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