Will You Blindly Obey?

 

Sometimes the miracle finally arrives but we have to take a step of obedience for it to be fully accomplished.

 

There was a man blind from birth who had been waiting for a miracle for a long time, both he and his family.

Passing by, Jesus saw him. And having answered his disciples that this man’s condition was not caused by sin (neither his nor his parents’), but that the works of God might be displayed in him, Jesus “spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, …” John 9:6

 

The miracle had suddenly burst on the scene, but it wasn’t immediately FINISHED and done.

 

There was something that Jesus called this man to do to partner with Him in the miracle:

 

Jesus said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam..” John 9:7

 

 

Here’s the question to ponder today: Would we go?

 

If we are honest with ourselves, how often do we long for God to move in our lives, to work miracles, to ‘fix us,’ and to use us, but we refuse any instruction that we don’t understand or even feels slightly risky or ‘inconvenient’?

 

 

We like what He does. We long for it. We welcome it and wait for it and pray for it.

 

But how often does He enter the impossible situation, executing His part (part one of exactly what we have been waiting for), but then we fail to obey what He calls us to do to join Him in the miracle?

 

And we therefore miss the miracle, continuing to pray and wait and long for it, rather than obeying the clear instructions that we have already been given.

 

“So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.” John 9:7

This blind man followed the instructions and reaped the benefits.

 

 

Let’s step up and take ACTION on what He asks us to do

 

and blindly obey.

 

 

See Part 2 of this post here.

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An Invitation

Come, Beloved, Come.

 

Delve into My Word,

living and active (Hebrews 4:12),

rich

and MOVING, not static or stuck.

 

Want to get ‘unstuck’?

 

Here is where to START and finish

(and all the in between parts).

 

But it’s so hard to believe, that the answer would be just that simple, isn’t it?

 

Like the instructions “go and wash” for Namaan to be healed from leprosy seemed too offensively uncomplicated (2 Kings 5:10-15), what you desire feels like such a tall order, that you neglect the simple solution.

 

Go wash yourself in the Word… mind, body, soul….BELIEVING it!

 

Stretch

and then stretch a little farther..

belief, faith, BEYOND..

 

and take Me at My Word..

 

Mix it with FAITH (Hebrews 4:2)… what a cleansing concoction!

 

Church, what if you just believed that, took Me at My Word, and stopped trying to make it so complicated?

 

Oh, the things you and I could do, the baggage we could leave behind, the healing we would find…

 

Press.

 

Stretch a little farther.  Come, taste, and see, that I Am GOOD, I Am Enough, and I Am all you need, the answer to your questions and every problem.

 

What do you want?

 

whatever your answer is presently, the real answer is:

 

You want Me, and I am right here present.

My banner over you is love.

 

 

(reposted)

Do You Feel Like You Are Wasting Your Time?

“..be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

 

Do you ever feel like nothing you do makes a difference? Are you tempted to give up on something you know you are called to?

Be encouraged. Everything is fruitless UNTIL there is fruit in its season.

 

Since when are things totally a waste of time and easily abandoned if we do not see immediate and lasting results?

You WILL make a difference if you don’t quit.

 

 

From God’s Heart:

 

You are a mighty warrior,

unique,

and not like any other,

uniquely built to fit My purpose,

designed by Me with your purpose in mind,

not random.

 

Even those things that feel like weaknesses, they are how I will use you and shine through you in power (2 Corinthians 12:9).

 

No purpose of Mine is wasted.

I do not create worthless or useless assignments EVER.

So, if ever it feels wasted, look to Me to redirect. I long for you to know your way more than you desire it, so I will certainly show the way

and make a way.

I make a way, through any and every desert.

 

You are not left alone or ever abandoned.

I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands (Isaiah 49:14-16).

When you fall, you will not be hurled headlong,

Because I, the Lord, am the One who holds your hand (Psalm 37:24).

 

 

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9

-Is God calling you to a step of obedience, convicting you in an area, or calling you to new heights and depths in your personal walk with Him? Please don’t give up. I implore you.

 

No step of obedience to the Lord is ever wasted. You and others around you need what He has purposed to do in and through you, otherwise He would not have given you the instructions.

No call of His is without purpose.

 

Be patient enough to persevere through the long obedience in one direction so that we may all taste of the fruit.

“do not grow weary of doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13

 

What area of perseverance does this speak to in your life today?

 

Do Not Lower the Standard

 

“Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Cast up, cast up the highway! Gather out the stones. Lift up a standard or ensign over and for the peoples.”
Isaiah 62:10 Amplified Bible

 

From the Father’s Heart:

 

Raise the standard

and do not lower it, even though no one comes to attention.

Keep showing the way and giving the battle commands,

and they will eventually come.

 

They will know where to come because they’ve

seen it,

tried to ignore it,

been drawn to it,

tried averting their eyes,

are unable to ignore it,

but still don’t want to rally around it UNTIL all that holds them back, they realize does not satisfy

and all that they put their hope in, turns to dust.

 

Out of desperation there will become a longing for truth, and they will know exactly where to go because they have focused so hard to avoid it.

 

Be a standard bearer in this contrary time.

 

Speak My truth even though no one listens. For revival is coming if those who lead will not lower the standard. People are hungry and longing for it (along with all of creation), groaning for the pure, unadulterated truth and for us to stop being sidetracked by other things and stop playing around.

 

Pay the unpopular price!

 

All that you long for is there, in that place.

 

All that you long for personally is found there: the peace, the intimacy, the faith, the trust, the authority, and though it tarry, wait for it.

 

For the fruit, the results, the revival, and all that your heart longs for will be found there, in holding the standard.

 

They will come.

 

Raise the standard, keep it high, and surround yourself with people who will support you when your hands get weary (Exodus 17:12).

 

Do not lower the standard.

 

 

 

A personal note:

 

I see this picture so clearly, a holding of the unalterable Truth of God’s Word, and holding it high, unashamedly, and calling the troops to it which would initially be rejected. But that rejection was not to deter us from following the order to keep the standard high for all to see. Though they despised it and it seemed to be accomplishing not a thing, it was laying a ground work. It was working inside people without any outward evidence. It was the right thing to do, and it was walking in obedience to keep it high and lifted up even though it was hard.

And knowing that it is accomplishing much and has results that are exactly what we are longing for, along with the support and encouragement from others, will keep us faithful. Looking for that day ahead (and not living by the evidence of the moment where there is NO positive reaction) will keep us strong and faithful.

 

And what if every believer is poised in this way so that every sphere has that influence (even though it is initially rejected) so that when the time of desperation comes, the Answer to run to is right before them?

 

Give them truth to focus so hard on to avoid that it is etched into their being. Once they KNOW they have need of it, they realize they already know that Jesus is the only answer.

 

 

“You have set up a banner for those who fear and worshipfully revere You [to which they may flee from the bow], a standard displayed because of the truth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” Psalm 60:4 Amplified Bible

 

See Part 1 here: Will You Answer the Call?

 

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Will You Answer the Call?

“Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3, 4

 

From God’s Heart:

 

Who will go?

 

I am asking.

 

Whoever accepts the invitation, that is the one who will be ‘called’ and used.

 

It will not be easy or glamorous. Soldiers don’t get ‘served’ or sleep in beds of luxury or ease. That is why there are so few, yet I am raising up an army and will awaken the ‘dry bones’ for a troop.

 

There will be hard training and discipline of your body for action to go to the unreached and bring the revival of My Spirit.

 

How do you answer the call?

 

You do so, right here, right now, hidden among.

 

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’
Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

 

Be faithful to listen and heed the call.

 

THE CALL.  It is the hidden discipline to accept the assignment right here with no one seeing, that builds up an army: one by one by one.

 

Will you?

 

 

Difficult times are coming for the body of Christ.  Call the troops to war. To take up their shield of faith, all their armor and fight in the Spirit, in intercession, in the truth of My Word and with My promises.

 

There is so much glorious hope beyond what your eyes can see, so fight for it, hold on to it, and ‘charge forward’.

 

Move in the Spirit beyond the discouragement of the day and fix your eyes upon Jesus, high and lifted up and victorious, providing all the POWER you need, want, and long for.

 

You are not alone. And you are not set out to pasture. Quite the contrary, you are an enlisted commander.

 

Once the army is assembled, there will be instant victory.   What everyone in their rebellion has been seeking, and thinking they can find other places, will suddenly be found in submission and faith and trust in Me and My word, in righteousness, and holiness.

 

 

Read Part 2 here: Do Not Lower the Standard

 

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Will You Take Action?

 

“..but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Daniel 11:32b

 

From God’s Heart:

 

Go produce fruit that remains (John 15:6).

 

Trust My judgment.

Trust My heart.

Trust Me.

 

For signs and wonders and great signs and wonders (Hebrews 2:4).

 

 

I am making a people after My own heart,

 

raising them up to do exploits.

 

Will they take the risks?

 

Will they persevere under the training of character that it takes?

 

 

Will you?

 

 

Being used is not the easiest road, but it’s the most enjoyable,

 

filled with the JOY of My Spirit and My abilities.

 

 

 

Hide yourself in Me, and I will shine and be bright and draw men unto Myself.

 

I am your hiding place (Psalm 32:7).

 

Hear My voice. Come and partake. I Am. And I give My glory to none other.

 

Doing exploits for Jesus is a desire of our hearts as His children, but we must not allow that outcome to become our focus. Our focus must be, and always be, on Him.

When our focus is for Him to be exalted and we KNOW Him and His love (Ephesians 3:19), we will take the risks and persevere under the training of character that it takes.

May we say “yes” to the training and to being used, make Him our focus, draw ever nearer in personal relationship with our Savior, and display strength and take action.

Will you?

 

Spend some time with Him this week asking, “For my life personally, what do the first steps of that training look like?” Write all that He puts upon your heart: all the instructions, all the hopes and dreams and visions of what He is able to do. With Him all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

 

Ask Him to show you greater depths of His love for you and receive it. Write down all that He shows you and cling to His truth.
“Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20, 21

 

 

 

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Lead Them to Jesus

 

As we draw nearer and nearer to His heart of love for us, we will walk in a faith and bold confidence that bears fruit and allows Him to pour forth His love through us to others.

 

“Conduct yourself with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity (redeeming the time).” Colossians 4:5

 

What if we took that instruction to heart?

Imagine asking the Lord throughout your day’s encounters with people, “Is this an opportunity?”

And as we honestly think about that question, of course it probably is, and then asking,

 

“So how can I make the most of it?”

 

May we choose to fix our eyes upon Jesus and be obedient to Him rather than obedient to our fears.

Which will it be?

 

People need Jesus.

Above and beyond all the other ‘stuff,’

every person we come in contact with NEEDS and hungers and thirsts for Him, whether they realize it or not.

 

 

Give Him.

Give of His truth.

Give the love of Jesus.

Introduce them to the love and power of a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe.

 

And ‘teach them how to fish’ for themselves. They can pray, they can read the word, they can find healing, they can have their own access to a Living God Who longs to give good gifts to His children.

 

This will probably require us to take many more risks than we are currently taking and require a lot more faith.

And in response God says,

“I have faith for ‘it’!

And I live in you, so you have it too. That goes for anything! Borrow My faith.

I have faith for it ALL.

Go for it and trust in Me

and ‘swing for the fences’.”

 

May we take our eyes off of ourselves and our fears.

And may our fear become faith

because we have our eyes on Him and on His perfect love, which casts out fear.

 

 

 

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Draw Near

 

Do you long to go deeper with God?

Do you long to truly know the power and freedom and authority and the abundance that He has promised to you as His child?

Do you long to not just go through the motions or live in maintenance mode?

 

What are you willing to ‘spend’?

What are you willing to sacrifice for the fulfillment of those desires?

 

Or does that question uncover the fact that you really don’t want it as much as you thought.

 

This, most important thing, we want easy and free, don’t we?

 

We will pay money for other programs, put in some effort and maybe even sweat a little, but this, we want to just happen without setting aside any time or putting in any effort (1 Corinthians 9:24, 25).

 

 

Or, on the other hand, do you lack any desire at all for this most important thing in life and for all eternity? Do you find yourself too busy running after this ‘world’ or the next thing or the next place you want to be in life or the next assignment deadline on your calendar, that you have little time for the things of God? If so, pray for Him to change your longings and desires.

 

Not that we attain a deeper relationship with the Creator of the universe by our striving, but His word does say, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).  We have an ongoing invitation to initiate with God, and yet we tend to continually neglect it day in and day out.

 

 

Contemplate how you may be ‘running away’ from His calling, His assignments, His invitation to draw near.

What is keeping you away?

What distractions or lies of the enemy are stealing from this great privilege and power encounter with the Living God?

How are you perhaps even avoiding it?

 

May we choose not to run anymore.

 

He is always near. Slow down, lay aside all the distractions, and take the TIME to draw near and find Him there, so close, and let Him love you well.

 

Be built up in His love.

 

“Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus,

By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh,

And since we have [such] a great and wonderful and noble Priest [Who rules] over the house of God,

Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.”  Hebrews 10:19, 20, 21, 22 Amplified Bible

 

 

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