THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS SENT TO COMPLETE THE WORK OF GOD TO PREPARE A PEOPLE FOR THE COMING GLORY OF GOD ON EARTH! He comes possessing the whole counsel of God and bearing the Divine Blueprint of all that is to be built for God, in the name of God. His requirement for all who would be servants of God to serve and administrate His purposes in the closing of the age is absolute submission to His will. This is in direct opposition to the human tendency towards desire for control!
It is very clear in Scripture that God spent much time and patience to ensure that the men and women He chose to use to fulfill His purposes were vessels who would not capitulate; He chose vessels that were surrendered and accountable to His purposes and directions. Jesus’ life as a Man, in full submission to the Father is the great example of this!
Those that choose to obey God on their own terms, in their own way, in their own time, deceive themselves into believing they are living the Christian life! Saul chose to compromise on Gods commands and made the grave mistake of modifying God’s instructions to his own reasoning, to suit his own desires, and was disqualified.
It is important to intentionally guard our souls, as it is so easy for the enemy to manipulate this desire for independence and control. Because of our passion and zeal for the sphere God has entrusted to us—our ministry, our churches, the people we care about, and even our own walk with God, we can easily fall into the trap of making decisions based on our good intentions rather than His directions! The fruit of this behavior is, striving, works of the flesh and the possibility of becoming burnt out and falling into discouragement! God’s Word to us is always, “CEASE STRIVING IN THE FLESH AND STRIVE TO ENTER MY REST!
DIVINE REST – THE SCHMITA
The Lord once spoke these words to me very sternly, which was puzzling to me at the time: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). I was puzzled because I thought that I did believe the gospel…until He clarified. He explained, “You are in the fullness of appointed times, and the Kingdom of God is FAST APPROACHING! Repent and believe in the FULLNESS OF THE GOSPEL, a Gospel that encompasses all the anointing, the gifts and the supernatural Life of Christ, evident in Him, and won for you on the Cross as your inheritance…a life of which you are presently living at the very minimum! Repent for your unbelief and begin to take hold of this Life!”
I quickly agreed, realizing that this was very true! I was not living, and not even believing the fullness of the Word of God in relation to my personal walk, and the scope of what was handed to me at salvation. I was passive in pursuing my inheritance in Christ! God then showed me Hebrews 3:12:
“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God…” God calls unbelief evil! This was a great shock to me as I have always been radically passionate for God and was not aware that I was entertaining an evil heart! Hebrews three and four describes a generation who could not enter the Rest of God because unbelief had led them on a treacherous path to disobedience!
“And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” Hebrews 3:18-19
GOD’S REST IS THE PROMISE OF LIVING & COMMUNING WITH GOD IN THE REALM OF GREAT GLORY! BY LIVING AND WALKING THROUGH THE POWER OF HIS STRENGTH, HIS DIRECTION AND HIS ABILITIES, WE EXPERIENCE THE FULLNESS OF HIS PROMISES!
“THEREFORE, A SABBATH REST REMAINS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE. For the person who has entered HIS REST has rested from his own works, just as God did from His. Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:8-10
“CEASE STRIVING AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD; I WILL BE EXALTED AMONG NATIONS, I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH.” Psalm 46:10
The scriptures teach that God would not have spoken of another day of rest if the promise of DIVINE SUPERNATURAL REST did not still stand for us TODAY!
“…again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “TODAY,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “TODAY, IF YOU WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.” For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of ANOTHER DAY.” Hebrews 4:7-8
DIVINE REST IS ENTRY INTO THE SUPERNATURAL LIFE OF GOD WHERE WE SURRENDER ALL, AND HE MOVES IN TO TAKE OVER TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT WE COULD NEVER ACCOMPLISH IN OUR OWN STRENGTH! Much has been spoken about the Jewish month of Elul that we are presently in; this month is significant as a time of repentance and asking forgiveness of our sins, in preparation of the High Holy days and the ten Days of Awe that come prior to the Feast of Tabernacles. It is also a time when ‘THE KING IS IN THE FIELD.’ This is a time when the King leaves the Palace and comes close to enter your ‘field.’ I believe in this historic time, it signifies that God is coming very close, He is moving into our spheres to set things in His order and I believe also to take over!
Over the last ten years the Lord has been showing me that, “He is coming, before He Comes!’ He explained that His manifest Presence is going to show up in Fullness in the Headstone generation (Zech 4:7) to work through them to prepare the way of His Coming!
“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 3:1
We are about to enter the Jewish Schmita year—the seventh year ordained by God when the land was to rest, and all cultivation or harvesting of the ground was forbidden. It was a supernatural time as God promised that if they were obedient, they would receive a bountiful harvest to compensate. This Schmita year from 2014-2015 is very significant in light of recent world events. This year has been prophesied to be a tumultuous year by Chuck Pierce and a year of possible great disaster by Jonathan Kahn. It will take great courage and trust, and a very strong relationship with the Lord, in order to be obedient to rest in our desire to strive in the midst of troubles around us, and trust Him to release to us His supernatural and bountiful harvest. If we allow Him His place as LORD in the battles ahead, we will overcome! We will walk in the Light of His Glory and be victorious!
POSITIONED FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT
The global Body of Christ is poised to enter a great season of Divine Glory; a time when the God of Heaven and Earth will arise to show His Great power and strength on behalf of those whose hearts are wholeheartedly obedient to Him. These are saints who know their God, who exalt Him with resounding praise in their hearts, and shall do great exploits in His name!
“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—THIS TIME I will make them know My power and My might; And they shall know that My name is the LORD.” Jeremiah 16:21 NASB
The Lord is setting His people and His Church in Divine order, in preparation for this OUTBREAK OF GLORY! We are being called to account to bring our lives into Divine alignment to His ways, purposes and His Will! THE LORD IS NOW STRATEGICALLY RE-POSITIONING HIS PEOPLE FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT! It is very important in this hour to be moving with the Holy Spirit in a union of heart and mind that comes only through intimacy. Intimate friendship with the Lord gives the ability to hear with precision, receive revelation of His will, and understanding of Spiritual realities!
It is a time for every knee to bow to the purposes of God, leave our plans and agendas behind, in absolute submission to His will. It is a time where we will be tested in our faith, trust and belief in the One we profess to be our God and very God!
PREPARED TO HOLD THE GROUND HE GIVES?
God is getting ready to release the answer to prayers we have been believing for, for a long time, some are even ancient prayers, prayed by the saints over history; they are about to be answered on a scale not previously seen! The alignment of many factors in God’s timing was necessary to bring us to this day! Can we hold the ground He has purposed to give, is one key factors God has impressed upon me over the years! God is not holding out on us, He is very strategic in all that He does! He has purposefully and with intentionality worked to prepare us for this day, refining us through very hard trials in His Holy boot camp. The Holy Spirit has travailed to produce His character in us, secure foundations of unconditional love, to forge within us a stance that is fixed on Him and His Kingdom purposes! He has worked to teach and equip us to use the tools of His trade effectively and with precision. This pattern is evident in His work in the Children of Israel; He took them through forty years of fire to bring forth a generation who were fierce as Lions in search of prey; a generation that moved as one force with precision backed by heaven to strategically infiltrate and possess the Promised Land. This is that which was spoken of by the prophets! This is that Day!
“I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.”No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The LORD their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them. God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. There is no divination against Jacob, no evil omens against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’ The people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till it devours its prey and drinks the blood of its victims.” Numbers 23:20-24
I believe all that has taken place in the Body of Christ up to this point has been training and preparation for the Church’s greatest hour in its History! Those who have willingly allowed Him to refine them in the fire, who have a fortitude of spirit to occupy and hold the ground He gives, are about to be released en masse to penetrate and infiltrate the kingdom of darkness to capture and rescue its prey!
“Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives be rescued from the fierce? But this is what the LORD says: “YES, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.” Isa 49:24-25