Happy Valentine’s Day!
Sending a couple of messages with overviews of some of the themes the past few weeks. You may have seen the post last Saturday that talked about continued confirmations from the “Light vs. Darkness” note and from the more recent series (“As it was in the days of Noah” and “Get Your ‘Super’ On”):
This update focused on the messages in 3s the Lord was giving ~ including the word “INDOMITABLE” and about the need to overcome fear to the point of being FEARLESS in order to complete our assignments/destiny.
This theme has continued this week. In addition to the devos below about Courage, He has given me two more words that talk about having to have spiritual “GUTS” and has spoken about the need to become spiritually TOUGH and to be FULLY COMMITTED in order to go ALL THE WAY THROUGH to the completion of our calling (or to the manifestation of His promise). This goes along with the message that was in the “Get Your ‘Super’ On” Note that mentioned Him telling us to “EXERCISE” our faith and in spiritual disciplines until we are strong enough to overcome every obstacle and attack of the enemy (which also goes along with the theme from the Slaying the Giants notes about changing our perspective to see our challenges as the opportunity to “work out” spiritually and get stronger).
The verse mentioned in the KCM devo below from (II Peter 1) was one of the passages He gave us which emphasized the concept of EXERCISING and DEVELOPING our spiritual muscles:
“For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue). 4 By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature. 5 For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence), 6 And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety), 7 And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love. 8 For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruitful unto the [full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is blind, [spiritually] shortsighted, seeing only what is near to him, and has become oblivious [to the fact] that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or fall. 11 Thus there will be richly and abundantly provided for you entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” II Peter 1:3-11
Here are some of the devos that go along with this theme from this week:
Dare to Be Courageous!
My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.– Ephesians 6:10
In the face of impossible challenges, God gives us the same instruction He gave to Joshua and Solomon. “Be strong and very courageous.” He does not say, “You pray and I’ll make you strong.”He says, “You be strong—not in your own power, but in My might.” Clearly, being courageous is our responsibility, and it’s not a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. It’s a command.
The word translated courage in the Hebrew means “to be sharp, alert or clearheaded.” It also means “to be strong or confirmed.” When I looked up the word confirmed in the dictionary, I found it means, “to be strengthened, established and made more firm.” The word virtue in 2 Peter 1:5 carries this same idea. There, the Apostle Peter tells us, “Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue.” In other words, “Add to your faith courageous, moral energy.”
There’s a conspicuous lack of courageous, moral energy among many believers today. Great numbers of Christians know the Word says that by the stripes of Jesus we were healed (1 Peter 2:24). They believe it. They have been taught that if they’ll fill their hearts and mouths with that Word—and stick with it long enough—healing will be certain to manifest in their bodies. Why then don’t more people take hold of that Word and stay with it until they’re healed? No courage. No moral energy. You see the same problem in the area of finances. Christians everywhere want to be debt free. They know the truth. So they confess, “I’m the head and not the tail. I lend to many, but I don’t borrow! God meets all my needs…” and so on. But when it comes time to buy a car, a house or build a church, they wilt. “Oh my, …. There’s no way in the world I’ll ever be able to believe God for that much money.” What makes people back off their faith like that? A lack of courage. A lack of moral energy.
You may be facing some serious circumstances today. It may be your health, your family, your finances. Whatever it is, being courageous to believe the Word of God can put you over. But, you have to choose to stand up to the fear, to stand up to that doubt. Boldly declare, “Fear, you have no place in me. I’ll not serve you. I dare to believe the Word of God! I dare to stand on it and not back off! I dare to be courageous!”
Scripture Reading: Psalm 31 (© 1999 Kenneth Copeland Ministries)
Standing in Big Shoes
by Joyce Meyer
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. —Joshua 1:5
…God told Joshua he would succeed not because of anything he had in the natural but because He was with him. Moses was successful only because God was with him. God told Joshua the same thing would hold true for him if he believed. God kept encouraging Joshua to be strong and confident, to take courage and not be afraid. In other words, He told him to believe! Put your faith and trust in God. He will give you the strength to stand and accomplish whatever He asks you to do. (Copyright © Joyce Meyer)
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 NIV
- By the grace of God there is NO LIMIT to what we can do – we need to change our minds accordingly.
- It is through Him that we can do these things. He gives us the strength – always consistent under every circumstance.
- Our God gives – we need to develop a receptive spirit and faith to receive strength.
Prayer: Lord I praise you that you do give me strength today. I CAN DO ALL THINGS AND THERE IS NO LIMIT. I WILL NOT FEAR WHAT SEEMS TOO HARD, I CAN DO THIS BECAUSE OF YOUR STRENGTH. AMEN.
Ed Traut (Copyright © Prophetic Life Ministries)
Notice the Ed devo brought the recurring theme of NO LIMIT again – since the Lord has brought this up so often (LIMITLESS, NO LIMIT, etc.) we are focusing on this in prayer, asking to receive and walk in the fullness of this revelation.
Also, one of the things He has been telling us to do again regarding becoming spiritually TOUGH enough and having the GUTS to go all the way through to the completion of what He’s called us to do is to pray for “Conviction” ~ in the sense of being CONVINCED of our calling, of His promises, etc. He began telling us to pray for this in 2012 and He answered those prayers in amazing ways. But He has been telling us to do this again recently – adding that He wants us to pray for “conviction” to the point of becoming “FULLY PERSUADED.” (The KCM devo above touched on this concept too – though the Lord gave him the word “confirmed”). Here are a few of the powerful confirmations from this. The night of 1/30 the Lord gave us this word from Ivan Tait:
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, HE WAS ABLE ALSO TO PERFORM. Romans 4:21
“Your power lies in your convictions, and your convictions are the result of your persuasion. I am on a quest to persuade you toward My ways and thoughts and My way of doing things. There will be no doubt left. We shall be one mind, one life, and one breath. No unbelief. … No double-mindedness in your actions. This is because My promises have won your heart. … Be persuaded, convinced, and convicted. Live without doubt and walk without fear.”
The next morning, 1/31, we listened to the Wed. night sermon from the 29th (as mentioned in a previous message). One of the awesome confirmations I didn’t get to share previously was during that sermon when our pastor said:
“…what we want to go for is to get the doubt removed OUT of our mind, b/c when you move the doubt out, when you get rid of all the hesitations and the doubt, and become what Abraham was – FULLY PERSUADED – then LOOK OUT! Mountains begin to move, signs, wonders, and miracles begin to happen at unprecedented levels!”
We were once again amazed at God’s orchestration and astounding confirmations!! So, praying we will all have total conviction about our callings/assignments/and about all of God’s promises to the point that we have “FULLY PERSUADED FAITH.” It is THIS degree of faith that will cause us to endure to the end regardless of the challenges ~ making us immoveable, unshakeable, unbreakable, and unstoppable, and able to fully possess the promised land.
Will probably send other themes in separate messages…
Blessings and Prayers! Laura