Monday, January 23, 2017

Kicking Against the Goads...

     Have there have been periods of time in your life when it felt as if you were literally wrestling against God himself.

     God wants us to submit to His plan for our lives. Why is it at times that we even fight against His purpose for us?

     Even if we do not intentionally want to fight with God there will be times where we will struggle against  God's unseen forces.

     But why would we do such a thing as struggle against a force that are for us and not against us?

    I believe God desires for us to mature and go to the next level....We become nice and secure in our comfort zones but that is just where the enemy of our souls wants us to be... compromised and settled back into a lackadaisical lifestyle.  

The enemy does not want  this nation to have a revival, he knows it must start within you and me... He doesn't want you to go to the next level, but sometimes you just might be fighting in the flesh, and not gaining victory in the Spirit.

     You may not want to leave what seems to you as a nice and safe place...but to gain a blessing we must be willing to take on the angel of the Lord.

God wants to give us a inheritance and we may have to fight for it to come into the physical realm. He may even desire to give us a new name!!

Jacob wrestled with a angel in Genesis 32:22-32.  The account states that the renaming of Jacob as "Israel", meaning "He who struggles with God."  

He spent the night alone on a riverside. There, a mysterious being—considered to be an angel or God himself—wrestled with Jacob, even striking him painfully in the hollow of his thigh.

Jacob went to the next level in his walk with God and it was not a easy task...

What does it really and truly mean to submit to God and stop resisting him.  The word of God clearly states that we should submit to God and resist the devil.

Submitting is defined as yielding or giving over to the power and authority of another. In this case the power and authority of God.

There are several ways I believe that we can submit to God:

1. Seeking Him in prayer

2. Reading  and meditating on His word

3. Attending the local church where the word of truth is proclaimed.

These 3 ways might seem trivial to you but these things are very important to God.

I believe if we submit to God in these three areas it creates a Godly covering over us. Why fight these things if they are protecting and creating the promised blessing in our lives.

In Acts 26... Saul was "kicking against the goads?" I believe he was resisting  and wrestling with God.

Goads were typically made from slender pieces of timber, blunt on one end and pointed on the other. Farmers used the pointed end to urge a stubborn ox into motion. Occasionally, the beast would kick at the goad. The more the ox kicked, the more likely the goad would stab into the flesh of its leg, causing greater pain.

Saul’s conversion could appear to us as having been a sudden encounter with Christ. But based on the Lord's expression regarding his kicking back, I believe He wrestled with God for years, prodding and goading him.

I believe the words and works of Jesus haunted him. More than likely, Saul had heard Jesus teach and preach in public places

The more Saul resisted …the more he suffered. The harder he kicked … the deeper the goad drove into his flesh.

I know I have covered a lot in this post. Contemplate and graze on these things and seek God if there are areas in your life where you are fighting against Him. It could be a real eye opening experience as you submit to the nail scarred hand.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Year of Fruition: 2017

     I usually have a end of the year message for the next year and here it is January the seventh.

     The words that stand out clear in my mind is that...This is the year to avoid procrastination, moving into those desired callings that we have put on the back-burner.   Moving in the Holy Spirit will usher us into a season of fruition. In other words 2017 will become a "year of fruition." as we stand firm and "do" what God has called us to do. Even taking baby steps to get there determines the outcome of a great destiny! God may have ordained The Way...we need to see it and walk in it without procrastination...

   To be honest, I really did not know the full meaning of fruition. What I found is three definitions that tie in on what I feel like God is saying to me, and I hope to everyone reading this:

1.  Attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment.

2.  Enjoyment, as of something attained or realized.

3.  State of bearing fruit.

     When we go ahead and do those things we are putting on the back-burner, that becomes a accomplishment that can bring deliverance in our minds.  When we attain those dreams that we set out to do in the first place.... I believe that we can achieve those goals once we realize that if allowed can build up frantic burdens rolled up into one ball of wax. In other-words, underlying and undo stress...what we should have done and did not do! Check yourself, do some soul searching!!

     We need to allow God to take off those blinders to see this is the supernatural year to bear fruit, to not put off those things until tomorrow because what If tomorrow never comes.

     Procrastination is a tricky word. I have even heard myself say that this phrase that ,"I am waiting on God."   Well what if you heard wrong and God is not wanting you to wait. Maybe he is waiting for you to take a leap of faith before He can move on into the scene.

Finally I will say this, fear of the unknown will always bring us into a mind full of cobwebs. Get that junk out of you mind, so that it can be clear to make those quality choices that will allow us to bear fruit that will last for eternity.

Remember sometimes we do not have to take big leaps but small jumps.  It all matters in the grandscheme of God's plan 

Here is a quote straight from Jesus:

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned

John 15:4-6 NKJV

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