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“To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.” Revelation 1:5-6
Have you ever heard that from someone? I can recall some of the emotions that stirred in me when I heard that, mainly anger that seemed to crawl up the back of my neck!
What about when the Holy Spirit tells you to grow up?
I believe this word from Headquarters today is a call to grow in the wisdom and ways of the Spirit; a call to come up into the higher ways of God, for you were born again from above, a New Creation … in Who? Jesus Christ!
You were born of incorruptible seed: the living Word of God.
“Old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 and 16.
A Kingdom of Kings and Priests
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
1 Peter 2:9-12
A Chosen Generation: The End Days Church
Jesus told us to look at the fig tree, Israel, for clues to the end time:
"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
"So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near; at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” Matthew 24:32-34
The End-Days Church is a glorious display of God’s best; a magnificent group of people called out of darkness, predestined with a grand purpose to do the impossible!
“… just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
“having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.“ Ephesians 1:4-6
The Great Race: 2013!
God has always had a people in the earth. Hebrews Chapter 11 gives an account of ordinary people who did the extraordinary because of faith in God and God’s power in them.
Like a relay race in which a baton is passed from one runner to the next, God has always had someone to continue to carry the blessing from one generation to the next. But just like a coach, the LORD has saved His best runners for the end of the race; those who will fight the good fight and persevere with great strength and tenacity—long distance runners—who strive to reach and pass the finish line to win the grand prize for their team: “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” That’s you Beloved! Philippians 3:14
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
We’re growing up and going up to reveal the manifold wisdom of God!
Read Ephesians 3:9-12.
- But you have come to Mount Zion and
- to the city of the living God,
- the heavenly Jerusalem,
- to an innumerable company of angels,
- to the general assembly and
- church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven,
- to God the Judge of all,
- to the spirits of just men made perfect,
- to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and
- to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24
But you and I are VERY different people because God is not only with us but He is in us.
“In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28
Joshua and Caleb put it this way as they spoke: “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” That’s pure faith in God!
Is there anything too hard for God? His Spirit resides in us to pray out His plans and purposes for end-time events.
When you pray, follow His leading rather than carnal reasoning.
Pray in the Spirit!
Grow up … into the higher ways of prayer to rule and “reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:17
Life Applications: Strength for the race—The Holy Spirit!
Need renewing today? Read the scriptures in the Bullet Box out loud. You’re sure to have a change in attitude that will affect your fortitude.
Saints, don’t begin your prayer time without first reading scripture.
Pray for Your State:
Let’s focus on the youth in our schools and colleges this week.
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