Monday, October 16, 2017

In a time of delay, the Lord is busy working behind the scene!

Hebrews 6:10-12 (NKJV): For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

If you are having a sense of dissatisfaction or restlessness due to things stagnating in some areas of your life, know that He hasn't forgotten you! So, take heart. And while you are waiting for your breakthrough, Galatians 6:9 says, 'And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart'.

People of God, this is a time to keep looking to Him, and keep doing what the Lord had spoken for you to do currently! In due season, you shall surely reap, if you do not lose heart!

Hebrews 6:13-15 then continues with how God made a promise to Abraham, and after he (Abraham) had patiently endured, he eventually obtained the promise.

In Habakkuk 2:2-3, the Lord says, "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come..."

It is interesting to notice right after Habakkuk 2:2-3, the Lord says further in Habakkuk 2:4, "Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith." This verse contrasts the 'proud' (i.e. those who take matters into their own hands, instead of trusting in God's timing), and the 'just' (i.e. those who live by faith and patiently wait for the Lord).

The Bible says, 'So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God' (Romans 10:17). In other words, to live by faith is to keep hearing (and heeding) what the Lord says (through the Word), and not what man says (through their opinions)!

A.W. Tozer, a man of God, used to write, 'The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us'.

How true!

In this era of 'quick fixes', we can see many of God's people 'jumping the gun' because they can't wait to see the results they want (whether in ministry, in business, in career, etc). And they would begin to act on their own accord, instead of waiting for the Lord's timing and 'go ahead'! As a consequence, many find themselves having to 'back-pedal' soon after!

Proverbs 14:29 says, 'Whatever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered (impulsive) displays folly'. And Psalm 37:7 says, 'Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes'.

As you can see here, patience has its virtue!

Let us learn from Moses, whom the Lord had called to be a deliverer of the Israelites from the bondage of the Pharaoh. Having gone out to his brethren and looked at their burdens, he took matters into his own hands and killed an Egyptian (Exodus 2:11-12). Upon hearing this, the Pharaoh sought to kill him, and Moses had to flee (Exodus 2:15). He ended up in the desert of Midian, and stayed there for forty years (Acts 7:30).

Forty years in the desert of Midian, when nothing seemed to be happening! It was as though the Lord had forgotten Moses! But the truth is, throughout those forty years, the Lord was indeed busy working behind the scene in Moses' life! It wasn't until he came to the end of himself that the Lord began to speak to him from the burning bush (Exodus 3:2-4). There was no looking back since then. Moses went on to fulfill his God-given destiny as a deliverer of the Israelites!

Let us look at David now, whom the Lord had destined for him to be the new king reigning over Judah and Israel. Having been anointed by the prophet Samuel at the tender age of fifteen, it wasn't until fifteen years later that David finally became the king over Judah; and another seven years and six months later, when he became king over all Israel and Judah (2 Samuel 5:1-5).

Through those 'waiting' years, the Lord was also busy working behind the scene in David's life! You see, preparation time is never a wasted time, though nothing promising seems to be happening during that time! Through those years, David had to escape several times from Saul who sought to kill him. But in the end, what the Lord had spoken eventually came to pass. There was no looking back since then. David went on to become the greatest king in the entire history of Israel!

I heard and released these words from the Lord recently:
"Though some things may seem monotonous and dead at the moment, know that I am in the midst of working behind the scene in your lives. Let Me do My part, and you will begin to see some good surprises. Though some things may seem to tarry for now, it is worth the wait. By faith and by patience, you will inherit the promises."

Receive by faith. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, October 2, 2017

This is a key time to advance!

I heard these words from the Lord recently:
"I am enlightening the spiritual eyes of many in this new time and season! Many things you couldn't see, you'll begin to see! Many things you couldn't understand, you'll begin to understand! Many things you didn't realize, you'll begin to realize!"

The word 'enlighten' in the context here means 'to receive deeper insight and understanding of who the Lord is, and what the Lord is currently doing (in each of our lives)'. In Ephesians 1:17-19a, the apostle Paul wrote, 'that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe...'

I then heard further:
"This is a key time to advance! As you receive the enlightening of your spiritual eyes, I will cause you to advance, both in My kingdom and in your lives! I am the Potter, and you are the clay! I will put My Spirit in you, and you will be My vessels! I will do miracles and wonders through you, and I will cause many to be enlightened because of you!"

People of God, this is the time and season for the Lord to enlighten your spiritual eyes to 'see' and understand many things that you couldn't 'see' and understand in the past! As you allow Him to do so, He will show you many keys to advance from where you are at the moment. Some of you have been 'stagnant' in your life for a season (and even seasons), but take heart, because if you are reading this, your time to advance has come!

Your part is to humble yourself under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6), just as the clay is being shaped (and re-shaped) by the potter. Isaiah 64:8 (NIV) says, 'Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the Potter; we are all the work of your hand', and Jeremiah 18:1-4 (ERV) says, 'This is the message that came from the Lord: "Jeremiah, go down to the potter's house. I will give you my message there." So I went down to the potter's house and saw him working with clay at the wheel. He was making a pot from clay. But there was something wrong with the pot. So the potter used that clay to make another pot. With his hands he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be'.

Indeed, He is the Potter, and you are the clay. Allow Him to shape (and even re-shape) you the way He wants it to be.

As you are being enlightened, and as you advance in all that He has purposed for you to be, the Lord will also begin to use you as 'vessels' through whom many others will be 'enlightened'!

In John 9, the Scripture tells us that Jesus passed by and He saw a man born blind, and His disciples asked Him who had sinned - the blind man or his parents - that he was born blind. Jesus answered them, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in this world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:3-5).

John 9:6-7 then says, 'When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. Then He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing'.

This passage is prophetic of our time and season now, and 'blindness' being written about here is symbolic of 'blindness in the spiritual eyes' of many in this world.

The 'ground' here speaks of 'you and I', as the 'ground' consists of 'dust and soil'. The Bible says '...for dust you are, and to dust you shall return' (Genesis 3:19). The 'saliva' here speaks of 'water of the Word and the Spirit'. You see, Jesus could have put the saliva straight on the blind man's eyes, but He chose to use the clay instead! And who is that 'clay' here? You and I, the 'clay' that is being wet by the 'water of the Word and the Spirit'! (Ephesians 5:26, John 7:37-39)

What then is the symbolic meaning of 'Siloam' here? Why did Jesus point that blind man to 'Siloam'? This word is 'Shiloach' in Hebrew, which means 'sent, sword, a shoot (from the plant), a branch (from the tree)'. Notice all these meanings point to none other but Jesus Himself - the Sent One, the Word of God, the Shoot, and the Branch of Righteousness! (John 6:29, Ephesians 6:17, Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5-6)

People of God, just as Jesus pointed the blind man to 'Siloam', and the wonders of God manifested, so will you see the same as you begin to point others to the Sent One, the Word of God, the Shoot, and the Branch of Righteousness! Because He has put His Spirit in you; and as He is, so are you in this world! (1 John 4:17) Amen!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Walking in your true identity

I heard and released these words from the Lord (as we enter the Hebrew New Year 5778):
"Come to Me! Draw near to Me! And you will know who you are in Me, not what people think or say you are! Even before you were born, I already knew you! I know your true identity! I know My plans and purposes in your life, from beginning till the end! This is the time to walk in that true identity! It doesn't matter what people think or say you are, but what I think or say you are!"

People may have a certain 'stereotype' or opinion regarding you. They may say this or that about who you are. But what does God say you are? Because that's what matters the most! Indeed, the time has come for you to walk in that true identity God has intended for you! Not what the world thinks or says you are!

Let's look at the Scripture now.

Luke 8:43 says, 'Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any'. There is a symbolic meaning here. This 'woman' speaks of 'you and I', i.e. the 'church', who is the 'bride of Christ' (see Ephesians 5:25). But for twelve years, she had a physical condition that wasn't supposed to be, and had never been intended for her to be! The Bible says she had tried every physical means (or methods) on earth to be healed, but to no avail!

But the time came when Jesus was passing by, and she knew her opportune time for healing had come. In the midst of the multitudes, she came from behind and touched the border of Jesus' garment (Luke 8:44). Immediately her flow of blood stopped, and she was healed!

What does Jesus' garment symbolize here?
The kingdom and the righteousness of God!
Isaiah 61:10 says, 'I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels'.
Matthew 6:33 says, 'But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you'.

Jesus perceived power going out from Him, and asked who touched Him? (Luke 8:45-46) When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, falling down before Him, and declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately (Luke 8:47). And Jesus said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace." (Luke 8:48)

You know what? After twelve years, this woman could finally be who she's supposed to be! By the way, the number 'twelve' in Hebrew is the number for 'divine government, divine power, divine authority'. She had finally regained whatever she had lacked as a woman all these while, and she could now be fruitful in her life! If this woman is a 'picture' of 'you and I', or the 'church', then the time has also come for 'you and I', or the 'church' to walk in 'divine government, divine power, divine authority' again!

Interestingly, the Greek translation for 'Go in peace' here is 'por eis eirene', not 'por en eirene'. And the word 'eis' means 'into', not 'in'. Therefore, Jesus was in effect saying to this woman, "Go into peace", or "Enter into the peace of the Lord". This peace ('eirene' in Greek) is none other than the shalom peace of the Lord - the unshakeable, 'nothing broken, nothing missing' peace of the Lord that He has given you! (see John 14:27)

People of God, as an individual and as the 'church', this is the time to look away from the means (or methods) of this world, but instead, look to Him, your Righteousness! (Matthew 6:33) He is your Source, your Answer, and your Solution that the world cannot give! Like the woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, the time has also come for you to walk into who God has intended for you to be - Blessed! Healthy! Rejoicing! Victorious! Powerful! You can, because of all that Jesus has done for you on the cross some 2,000 years ago!

When you begin walking in that true identity (i.e. who God has intended for you to be), you also enter into the peace of the Lord, and in turn, peace with yourself! You will begin to rejoice in who you are in Him, and you will begin to walk in the fullness of God's plan in your life. Amen!