A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, December 5, 2012
“So Sarai said to Abram, ‘See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.’ And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.” – Genesis 16:2
A few months ago, the Lord gave me a dream. I had a dream that I was in the water and was swimming to the bottom. I don’t know how I ended up in the water; but there I was. It was a very pleasant experience and I could breathe while I was under the water. When I arrived at the bottom, I went into a match box, and gave birth to a promise. The promise then swam to the surface, where I followed. We both broke the top of the water and gazed upon a city.
The water represented God’s Holy Spirit. By being at the bottom, I was deep in the Spirit, where I needed to be, in order to birth the promise that God had impregnated me with. The promise, after being birthed in the Spirit, then materialized in the natural world. I followed the promise, and let the promise lead; not the other way around. Too often, we try to lead our promise. And when we do this, we allow flesh to interfere, which then causes our promise to end in an abortion, a premature promise, or a promise gone wrong. We must be led by the promises of the Great Promise-Giver.
The Lord said to me “My people must birth my promises in the spirit realm, so that they can manifest the way I intend in the natural realm. When my people take my promises and try to birth them out of their flesh and by their flesh, then my promise is distorted and becomes a promise of the flesh and not of the spirit; and when it is born (if it is born), it carries with it the devices of the flesh and therefore is limited, as it now falls subject to the sins of the flesh with which it operates in.”
God’s intent, in most things involving the promises that He has given to us, are dependent on our actions. I write “most things,” because there are promises, unconditional promises, which God will bring to pass regardless of our actions being in accordance with or against His intent. However, most of God’s promises are conditional, meaning that we must keep our hearts right, and our actions lined up with God’s intent in order to carry these promises to full term.
People want to get mad at God, or the prophet, when they receive a Word from the Lord and it doesn’t come to pass; instead of examining their own hearts and lives to see if they created a condition of the heart or an act of the flesh that caused their promise to abort. Yes, sometimes prophets get it wrong; but often times, it is us who has caused a promise to die. The following truths are absolute: God is always good, the devil is always bad; God is always right; if something that God promised doesn’t happen, it is never God and always us. Keep these truths at the forefront of your mind, and you will have less tantrums :-).
Permit me to give you a brief analogy: If I give my son $5 to go get a gallon of milk, and he comes back with a lollipop, his lack of corresponding action in no way negated my intent; but what it did negate is my intent coming to pass. So it is with us. While God intends for us to go to His store of Promise and Provision and gives us His abundance of means, which is His Holy Spirit; we instead choose to patronize the store of doubt, rebellion, and unbelief; thus coming back with a big bag of lack. Our actions and corresponding results are on us. You can’t put your not-following-through-to-bring-about-God’s-intent, on God.
Ooohh, I struck a nerve :-). Receive it, brethren. Like good medicine, it tastes nasty going down, but it will fix you up real good. This wasn’t even on my radar screen of notes; but clearly it was on God’s or He wouldn’t have dropped it in my spirit for some of you who needed to read this on today. Hey family, I am preaching to myself this morning too!
Our Father has some really good stuff cooking in the pot for the remaining two days of this revelation, so be sure to catch it. Just to give you a glimpse: He is going to reveal to you the significance of Sarai’s “so, said,” and “see now.” The Great Revelator is also going to shed some light on the significance of turning to Sarai’s maid-servant, Hagar; and what she represented, and still represents today.
One final thought: Many people quote Job’s words “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away” (Job 1:21) out of context. They use this verse to falsely justify all of the lack in their lives, and make statements such as “Well, I guess the Lord doesn’t want me to get married, The Lord’s will is for me to be poor, I guess the Lord needed a flower in heaven and that is why He took our child.” STOP! STOP! STOP! The Devil is a lie! These are all lies from the pit of hell. Stop saying them, and stop believing them, and don’t you dare receive them. And do one more thing: as my son likes to say, “smack yourself.” I am half kidding, as some of you really do need to smack yourself with the Holy Ghost. Job goes on to repent of his foolish and untrue statement in verse 42:6, when he realizes that he was repeating the unsubstantiated and untrue folly of what he had heard from other well-meaning, but wrong, folks. See though the eyes of the Spirit, my brothers and sisters, and do not allow the flesh to speak concerning any matter. For in God, every promise is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Please join me over the next two days to continue our study and to receive much-needed revelation on this topic. God wants us to win, so He continues to speak to us in that still small voice. I pray you will meet me here tomorrow, at our place, where humanity meets Divinity.
Father, thank you for helping us to sow only in Your Spirit and by Your Spirit. Help us, Holy Father, to silence our flesh with the Voice of Your Spirit. Help us to see through Your eyes, and to hear through Your ears concerning every situation and circumstance, and for our actions to line up accordingly. In Jesus Name, we thank you that we are guided by Your Spirit continually, effortlessly, and without interruption. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to come out of agreement with your natural eyes, and to come into agreement with your spiritual eyes. Choose to come out of agreement with your own understanding, and to come into agreement with God’s understanding. Choose to be about your Father’s business by learning His business through spending time with Him through His Word, and in prayer, praise, and worship. And continue to fight the good fight of swimming continuously and effortlessly in the Spirit; for God, your Rivers of Living Water, has already given you the victory!
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