Trying to figure out the age old question of “who am I?” can be downright exhausting. We tend to look to our left and to our right to answer that question. But sister, it is time to look up. The Lord of Lords and the King of Kings has already answered that question for us! Firstly, let’s look to the Word:
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Focus is important in warfare. Soldiers do not shoot aimlessly. They are focused on their target. They aren’t focused on what their fellow soldiers are doing, they do not become distracted by their scenery-they remain centered on the mission at hand.
We can stand to learn something from those who have engaged in battle-in the natural and in the supernatural.
When Jesus was headed to the cross, He kept His eyes straight ahead, knowing that the mission was greater than what He was facing in the moment. When Caleb and Joshua visited the promise land, they did not get distracted by the giants-they remained focused on the promise that God had for the children of Israel.
Focus is an essential component of the armor of God! We cannot afford to lose focus or to become distracted. This is why this Word is of great importance:
Remember hearing in church to turn to you neighbor? The time of looking to our neighbors is over sisters! Its time to keep our gaze straight ahead so that we can press towards the mark!
As you put on your armor, consider your focus! Are you more concerned about what your neighbor is doing or are you focused on your mission? Are you more focused on the plan of God for someone’s life and not yours? Are you aware of your surroundings, naturally and supernaturally?
Look to the hills-that’s where your help comes from. Set your minds on things above, the eternal is what lasts forever. Press towards the mark-what the Lord has for you is ahead of you and not behind you!
Focus-mighty woman of God! It’s essential for our fight against those demonic spirits and principalities that are out to steal, kill and destroy. Focus on the victory that is already yours in Christ Jesus!
“…Even so, Come, Lord Jesus” Revelation 22:20. John’s declaration to the Lord is truly a lifestyle.
John’s simple words proved that he was ready to be with the Lord. As the Lord shared that He is “coming quickly”, the response wasn’t “hold up Lord, not yet.” At times, our lives shouts that same response…
John lived a life that echoed the coming of the Lord. He was sent to the island of Patmos to essentially die alone. This prove that he didn’t forsake the Lord, he did not deny the Lord’s authority, and he loved Him even to the point of death. John’s position expressed that he patiently awaited the Lord’s return. He could have deny the Lord and been saved but he took his stance and said: Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus just isn’t a call-it’s a way of life! Let’s be found working, loving, and seeking the Lord! No one is looking to be outcasted to an island to die alone but John’s willingness proved that he was ready to be with the Lord.
Are we? Are we ready to be with the Lord-resting with Him and worshipping Him for eternity? Are we ready for Jesus to come back? Do we live a life that exclaims-Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Repentance, obedience, service, sacrifice, love, forgiveness: all shout, “Come Lord Jesus!”
And while we wait, may we hold on to our blessed hope:
Come on now?! We know that scripture causes a good ole Holy Ghost shout! As it should! In a world filled with uncertainty, it’s good to know that the very Creator of the Universe has it all together! His plan is absolute perfection…
The promotion, the kids, the husband, the house-all apart of His perfect plan! Hallelujah! We can rejoice at the thought of His perfect plan for our lives!
Let’s also consider verse 10, when He speaks about spending 70 years in Babylon. Let’s consider verse 14 where He speaks about restoring and returning from exile. Those words cannot be overlooked…
Maybe Babylon is the job that laid you off and 70 years is a representation of the timeframe between jobs. Perhaps restoration involves recovering from a miscarriage. Perhaps the gathering means at one point you were lost. Could the silence you hear when you pray be apart of His perfect plan? Could the rejection from that “dream” job be apart of His perfect plan? Could that failed relationship be apart of His perfect plan?
Yes, yes, and yes. We cannot praise Him for the manifestation of the promise and curse Him for the presence of pain. Perfection, for the children of Israel, involved exile, loss, and destruction as well as promises, protection, and guidance. Why? Because it helped them return to their First Love. It led them to the Eternal Savior and not a temporary one.
That’s His perfect plan-for us to return to Him-whatever it takes!
So yes-His perfect plan involved the loss of a love and the love of your life. It involved your demotion and promotion. It involved the season of prosperity and the season of lack. His perfect plan involved the pain of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Perfection is not the presence of good, it is seeking and desiring the presence of God.
With reactions, they occur because of a behavior. Think about it, as a parent or maybe you were told this as a child-if someone hits you, you hit them back. We aren’t here to dispute if that’s a good reaction or not-but ultimately, it’s a reaction to a behavior. A response is a reply. If someone hits a child, we tell them to respond by going to the teacher or telling a trusted adult.
A reaction is immediate, a response is intentional. A reaction encourages us to act based off of emotions or feelings. A response encourages us to think before moving.
The Lord exhorts believers to respond. Turn the other cheek. Love. Be slow to speak, quick to listen. These are all responses. These responses draw us to this important truth:
Ultimately, our flesh is designed to react. It is designed to act with emotion. It is designed to feel good about reactions. But intentional responses build our spirit man! Our flesh reacts, our spirit responds.
We know it feels fleshly good to react but we need to respond! We need to respond to the Father. We need to respond to those who are hurting-they tend to lash out. We need to respond to our enemies-do good to those who hurt you. We need to respond to hate with love-love conquers all!
Choose this day, what will you do: Will you react or will you respond? Which choice will let your gentleness be evident to all?
To the Microwave, Instant Pot, and Air Fryer Generation,
How wonderful are these appliances?! For the weary, working parents-it’s a lifesaver! To the single man, just looking for a quick meal-it’s a God send! To the hungry college student-it’s gourmet feast! Not many can deny that these creations are amazing.
We mustn’t not confuse a microwave oven with a microwave Father. It’s quite easy to do, unfortunately. Our microwave generation has translated to a phone and vehicles and computers. With the snap of our fingers, we can have the information, the connection, and the meal we desire.
Our Father does not move with the snap of our fingers-He moves with the rate of our faith. The Lord, our God isn’t instant (unless He wants to be…). The Father isn’t a genie and is not magic.
Our generation has to learn how to long-suffer, to continuously pray, and to remain thankful. This stance isn’t to obtain what we want but to draw closer to the One who wove us in our mother’s wombs.
We must be careful not to adopt the microwave mindset while serving the Lord. We need a slow cooker perspective. The more we pray, the more we fast, the more we wait-the Father will show Himself faithful.
To this generation of convenience-your prayers are not in vain, your tears are not missed, and your heart’s cry is heard. You will get the victory and the Lord will get the glory!
Having a rough day? Needing a reminder? How about clinging to this powerful Word?
When the enemy tries to tell you otherwise, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good…”
When you are reminded of past trauma, whisper: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
When you receive disappointing news, cry out: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
When that door closes, write: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
When the one you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life with, shout: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”
As you start to repeat that simple line, Heaven will respond, Angels will be dispatch, and the Lord will smell your sweet fragrant of praise. As you declare that power over your life, you will see the good that you are declaring. As you shower that scripture, your strength is renewed!
There is power in repeating the truth of God’s Word! It’s not about shouting it on street corners, it’s about whispering it with tear-filled eyes. It’s about speaking it when you aren’t seeing good. It’s about crying out about the Lord’s goodness when you are discouraged and distracted.
Find yourselves declaring: “Lord, You are good and you do good.”