Faith relationship continued…
Faith submits to the leadership of the Lord. Especially those anointed as leaders in the Kingdom of the 5 fold ministry.
To be honest I have had a submission problem. Even when it has come down to submitting to leadership and the Lord at times in my life.
The Lord would speak to me or use my Pastor at the time and I would balk, fight, complain, wear myself down in my emotions and logic to the point of just wanting it all to end. Honestly I had worked myself to the lowest of low fighting.
Fighting the Lord is a loosing battle and you would think I would have learned that after just once. But, no I didn’t learn it. It has taken another serious battle to say chick you better sit down and humble yourself.
They will walk after the Lord , He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar And His sons will come trembling from the west.
Hosea 11:10 NASB
Pastors and any other leader has been anointed by God to do a job. They were called to that job to serve a kingdom purpose. I heard it said once that to be a leader you must learn to follow well. Jesus walked after the Father. Paul walked after Jesus. We too are to follow those predecessors as they have followed the Lord.
It is by them that we learn and grow into the image and likeness of Christ. It is by that example we can find our kingdom purpose and set out to fulfill it.
Elisha followed Elijah and asked for a double anointing of what Elijah had following God. He wanted to reach more and do more in His time for kingdom purpose.
There is one faith and that is in the Lord Jesus that He was the only begotten son of God and that He died for our sins and rose again so that we may know eternity with Him.
This is our example of faith and living. Our leaders sacrificially follow Him on the regular as we are growing to also as we journey on this road of faith. May we and especially me learn to continue to humble myself and follow them as they follow Christ.
Christ died so that Victory could be ours!
We can enter an inner rest in knowing that the victory was made available at the cross. This is part of the finished work on Calvary. When Jesus said “It is finished” he gave us access to victory in many areas because of His sacrifice.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].
ROMANS 8:37 AMP
Of course resting inwardly doesn’t mean we don’t do anything. It means that we won’t worry, stress, panic, be afraid of how God will answer us in the battle.
Believe me I am all to familiar with worry, stress, anxiety and panic so much so that it can if I am not careful run on autopilot. It has taken time to become aware of myself, as I have a tendancy to not see myself at times. It takes me stopping and looking at me to see whats goin on to catch it before I have a panic attack, stress induced anxiety, and even depression.
For the time I have come to Reformation Developmental Center that is Pastored by Juanita Gibbs she has taught the importance of being in the word and having a word life. Just last night in our tele-class she referred to James 1:22-23 and other supporting verses about being not only a hearer of the word but a doer of the word.
The more I become a doer and practicer of the word as she brought forth in the lesson we abide in God. She referred to John 15:1-7 that as we abide in Him we can ask anything and it be done. But abiding in Him takes the work to practice walking out his word in my life.
The more I do this from what Pastor has brought the more I tap into the victory made available at the cross. So its a resting work that I have to do to see things change around me. Resting on a sense of being at peace within while working to have my soul submit more to the spirits lead of my life and as she spoke last night this happens little by little.
Lets begin to win little by little by making changes!
To win we must prepare!
We have a prefetermined victory available to us. But, we must still prepare for the battle. There is a work that has to be done on our part if we are going to walk in that victory.
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance and victory belong to the Lord .
PROVERBS 21:31 AMP
How have wars and battles in the natural been won? People were trained to fight, they were trained to know tactics and use instinct, etc.
We have to do the same thing in spiritual battles when we are up against a trial that may seem impossible, but your hearing and hearing if the word has trained you to not see impossible. But, that all things are possible with God.
Our study of the word gives us tactics and strategy if how to fight. Like prayer, worship, belief in what we study, and being aware of our adversary and so much more the word of God contains.
The more in tune we are to His word and what it says by revelation of how God will speak to us in our individual circumstances. We can then use those strategies to walk in the victory that is made available.
This is how God is glorified when we lean on Him and allow Him to help us win battles that are too much for us in the natural and we need a supernatural answer. That is the answer that only God can provide.
There is a scripture that says ” The battle is the Lords” we must stand in the faith and allow Him to fight in ways we cannot, but we so our trust and dependancy on that by standing firm in the faith and using our spiritual weapons as best we have been trained in.
The more we prepare for the battle the less we will be tossed in our faith. We can stand firm knowing who is at our side and knowing the victory is won as long as we trust God in the midst of it.