“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18-19).
Stay in The Fight and Fight Until You Feel the Joy of Victory!
Well, here we are in another awesome week to be alive on this earth. I give praise always and adoration to the King of kings. No matter what kind of explanations are given by man, the beauty and unending balance of creation exists because of the One and Only Living God.
This is why we need to always acknowledge and be thankful for the outpouring of His unending love and grace towards mankind. My encouragement to you is to never look at things in this world as distractions or stumbling blocks. The things He has created are to help us achieve His purpose and vision for our lives.
Oh, I almost forgot. Good morning to you all! Welcome to the “blessing” expressions for this week. In these times, we are waking up to ideas and practices that, once considered wrong, are now being presented as right. Changes have been made in this world on the altar of compromise. Standards are being made justified on the altar of personal gain. Remember that God is the only Hope for the world. God’s Word is the only true source of good news! I encourage you to stand up in faith for your convictions based on the Word of God.
Let’s move on to this week’s encouragement.
Jesus reclaimed our dominion authority. He also modeled how to exercise it. He did it through His prayer life. We are to then also exercise our dominion authority through our prayer life. You may say, “Yes, but Jesus was different from us. He was divine, and so He had an advantage over us.” No, He did not! He accomplished what He did on earth in His humanity, not His divinity. He laid down His divinity to operate as a man on the earth. If He did not come as a man, He could not be man’s representative or substitute. Does that make sense? Jesus kept a close relationship with the Father through prayer! That is how He maintained dominion authority.
Jesus relied on the Spirit of God to accomplish His purpose on earth. That is what we need to know so that we can do the same. God loved Jesus because He lived to fulfill God’s purpose: “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life - only to take it up again.” (John 10:17). These are very powerful words. He knew His Father’s plan and purpose!
We see that God revealed His plans to Jesus. We also see how Jesus’ ministry related to His overall purpose. I believe God will do the same for us as we live and work in and through the Spirit of Christ. The prayers of Jesus were effective because He had a relationship with God. He knew His Father’s purposes, and prayed according to God’s will. We are to imitate Him, letting His Spirit rule in our lives.
As it says in this scripture: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5, NKJV), we are to live in the new covenant that God grants us in Christ. The new covenant restored our unity with God’s will. Meditate on what Jeremiah records:
“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33). What a blessing to see that we can come in the fellowship with the Father when we receive Christ as Lord and Savior!
So what gives you the right to pray? Your redemption through Christ gives you this right. Prayer is also part of your calling. Because you are redeemed, there should be no doubt, fear, uncertainty, or timidity in praying to your heavenly Father. Because of Christ, you can have a relationship of love with God the Father. Because of Christ, you have authority in the earth, in His name.
You see, God wants you to live confidently on earth in this authority. Matthew 18:18-19 says, “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. This is our main scripture for this week. Receive and believe it.
What is God’s purpose for your life and for our fallen world? Ask Him in prayer. Read His word from Genesis to Revelation. In the Scriptures, we see that God always found a human being to help Him accomplish His purposes. He is coming to you now and asking you, “Are you willing? Will you please help Me fulfill My purposes for your life and for the earth?” Are you content to live an unfulfilled existence and to let the influences of sin and Satan encroach upon your world? Jeremiah 30:21 says, “Who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?”
Let us continue with Vision Principle #10 again this week: Using persistence in achieving your vision.
God gives us opportunities to win the fights we experience in our lives. We must have persistence. I hope and pray that you allow persistence to be a part of you. As citizen of the kingdom, we must never quit, never put away our fighting gloves. Continue to throw either the upper cut, the left hook, or the hammer head knocking punch through the Word of God. Fight until you feel the joy of victory. The Lord Jehovah will come and pour the cool water of His Word on your head. He will take the ointment of the Holy Spirit and bring healing to your wounds. He will rub life back into your spirit so you can jump back out and say, “Hey, come on Life!” Just like the coach of a boxer, the Holy Spirit will speak good things into your spirit. He will say, “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4, KJV). Persistence wins!
We know that God wants us to be fighters because the Bible calls us soldiers (2 Timothy 2:3-4). We must know that we are warriors. The Bible refers to us as those who “wrestle” (Ephesians 6:12, NKJV). This is what the Bible says: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11). We must know that the battle has already been won through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Some people only testify of the battle that was fought, not of the victory: “So I went through the fire and did you know what happened to me? Well, I got burned. Yes, I went under the water and almost drowned. I even have scars in my life to reflect my experience! So let me tell you my story, and let me testify about how I have been beaten up.”
Other people, that I call spiritually “clean-cut”, have never had a scrimmage with the devil. They have allowed the enemy to dissuade them from their vision. Persistence is not part of who they are. Those who were persistent in their goal and know that the battle has already been won may have scars. But the evidence of victory is in their lives.
Paul says it best: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:35,37). Their purpose has been fulfilled. The outcome of the victory is evident in what is taking place or what has been established for others. My friends, keep on walking toward your goal, trusting in God.
Did you know that God has put so much in you that if you are willing to use it, nothing can stop you? You see, there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of God within you. The light of God’s vision in your heart is so strong and bright that all the darkness of the planet, all the darkness of people’s opinions, and all the darkness of past failures, can ever put it out.
Perseverance actually means “to bear up under pressure.” Pressure is one of the keys to perseverance. I like the quote said by Eleanor Roosevelt: “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” Successful people are like tea bags. When they get in hot water, they make tea. When life tries to squeeze them, they do not become angry. They do something constructive with the pressure. They persevere under it and use it for their own benefit. People who have vision are stronger than the pressure life brings. People may say a lot of negative things about you while you are under pressure. I challenge you not to retaliate. It does not matter what they think. Just smile, knowing that you will come through the situation. The scriptures say it is not those who are swift, but those who endure to the end, who succeed (Matthew 24:13, Mark 13:13, and James 5:11).
There are times when I cut my roses and have discovered that sometimes you don’t get the scent from the rose until you crush it. To draw the fragrance and His glory from your life, God will allow you to be under pressure. Often we forget too that character is formed under pressure. The purpose of pressure is to get rid of what is not of God and to leave behind pure gold. Perhaps you are in the fire right now. That is a good place to be. Go ahead and make tea. You can surprise your enemies with the scent of God.
I would like to share with you about the pressure I am experiencing. I wish I did not have to be doing what I am doing. I did not say that I would not. I said I wish I didn’t have to.
Please understand that, that is not a negative statement. It is a realistic one, because I am experiencing the cost of my vision. I know the cost will remain high for the next thirty or forty years of my life. I thank God that, earlier in my life, I had the privilege of observing firsthand the cost experienced by another visionary. He told me, “Iseli, my son, get ready for the price.” It is because of that relationship I experienced with that visionary that I have been prepared to accept the cost.
There are times when you will find it difficult to remain in your vision. I understand! Somedays it is tough for me to remain in mine. The demands that God is making of me and my life is very high. But I want to fulfill God’s purpose in my life. Vision will cost you. Are you willing to pay the price?
We all need to be like Paul, who was obedient to the vision God had given him to do, even at great sacrifice. This is true for every true vision from God. If your vision is authentic, life is going to try it to make sure of its authenticity.
Go with God this week. Make a declaration of what you are going to do in life. Despite the fact that difficulties will come, let them only test your resolve. Every one of us will encounter crises in life, but these crises don’t have to mean failure. Understand that a crisis can lead us to greater challenges and victory in Christ Jesus! Let’s pray!
Prayer: Father, we pray that we may follow the example of Jesus with a life of obedience. Reveal Your plans to us as we live in the Spirit of Christ. Our desire is to be close to You. Cause that desire to increase. Help us to live in oneness with You and Your purpose through the Spirit of Christ! Let us continue standing in faith so we may know Your will for our lives. In Romans 10:17, Your word declares that, “Faith comes by hearing.” Faith continues as we continue to hear.
We pray that we will continue to listen to good teaching and remove ourselves from negative talk. We pray that we will be careful of the company we keep. We will remind ourselves what the Bible says – that “The word is near you, it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith.”(Romans 10:8). We pray that we will place our trust in You and Your Word rather than in the words around us that are contrary to Your truth. Please forgive us for spending more time dwelling on our own plans, ideas, scenarios, analyses, and schemes than on taking Your Word into our hearts and living by it. Help us in our failures to look at what is good for us, learning from our mistakes. We will move away from what is not good for us. We pray You open up the truth of Your Word and let us rely on You alone.
My prayer for you: Bless Your people as they start their week in You. Protect, safeguard, and be with them always. Let not Your presence depart from them, but remind them of any wrong doing when they are about to step into the troubled waters of life. Thank You for Your continued blessings. Bless Your people and give them favor in whatever they may be doing that is according to Your will and purpose.
Until we meet again this time next week, I pray these things in the name of Jesus, who is the living Word. Amen and Amen!
Thought: My vision is being tested for authenticity and purity!
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