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While waiting on the Lord this morning, I was reminded of an illustration of real faith that I heard many years ago;
A man was out walking along the cliff tops near where he was staying, and as he walked along, he was enjoying everything around him to such an extent that he didn’t see the rock on the path, so he stumbled and feel over the edge. The cliff was very high and as he fell, he saw a bush growing out of a crevice and managed to grab it and stop his fall.
Hanging there, he cried out “is there anyone up there?” to which a voice came back “yes, give Me your hand” The man let go of the bush with one hand and stretched it upwards, then the voice said, now give Me your other hand” The man thought for a second and called out “is there anyone else up there?”
I know it is just an amusing tale, but the reality is, so many Christians are in that position, and the fear of the situation seems to have annulled all previous acts or declarations of faith in God’s power to save them.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Two things stand out to me from the story above:
One: When we are walking on God’s Highway of Holiness we are not walking along with beautiful green fields on either side! If we do not keep our eyes and our hearts on being holy as He is holy, we are in danger of stumbling over the edge!
Two: Are we any different from the man hanging onto the bush with one hand, reaching out to God, but with the hand holding onto “our understanding?”
Pause and think on this, remembering that Romans 8:1 teaches us “There is NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk NOT according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit”
Be blessed. Warren
PATHWAYS TO BECOMING
“Faith That Releases Authority”
Greetings Church, once again I am using The Passion Translation of the scriptures for all of my references today.
In this blog, I want to touch upon three areas;
· The power of the Kingdom
· Populating the Kingdom
· Intimacy with the King
1. The Power of the Kingdom.
Ephesians 6:10 “Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of His explosive power flowing in and through you”.
· Paul’s first words reveal to us how intimately entwined he was with the Fathers heart, and how aligned he was to His will. His desire was for all the believers in Ephesus to be that way; to be of the same mind! These same words, that same passion and desire, reaches out to us in this very hour!
“Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with Jesus!”
[I love this] “Stand victorious with the force of His explosive power flowing in and through you”.
· In the prophetic word for FCC from Isobel Allum dated 1st December 2019, she prophetically revealed that there had been many in the house who were “hibernating”, BUT that time has ended! When a bear comes out of hibernation, it is because of an inner knowing that it is time; that the winter was over and gone together with a compelling within that could not be ignored for survival. Hibernation for the Ecclesia [the Church] has never been a part of Jesus’s plan.
Church, you cannot deny the inner working of the Holy Spirit within you! He is relentless in His love for you. He is explosive in His power in you and through you. What was it that Paul wrote? Stand victorious with His explosive power flowing in and through you.
2. Populating the Kingdom
When Jesus was sending out His twelve disciples, He gave us the key to populating the Kingdom. He said to them: Matthew 10:7 “And as you go, preach this message: “Heaven’s Kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch”.
The concept of “as you go, or as you are going” is to make disciples towards conversion. Genuine caring and walking with people in life opens up their comprehension of God’s great love for them and the wonder of His Kingdom realm.
3. Intimacy with the King
· Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came close to them and said, “All authority of the universe has been given to Me. Now wherever you go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you, even to the completion of this age.”
Think deeply about this.
What I have sought to do here is to throw out some thoughts like seeds. I would be very interested in your feedback. I believe that these three areas are worthy of our full attention and meditation. Happy fruit bearing! If we do not sow, nothing will grow and there will be nothing to reap.