Monday, January 02, 2006

It's time

It is time for:

  • fear to die
  • to view ourselves as God does
  • to fulfill the will of God

    Plans for the year ahead:
    1. Seek the kingdom of God above all things
    2. Live in the purposes of God for my life
    3. Do not be controlled by anxiety or fear, but be controlled by faith
    4. Become (bad) debt free
    5. To step into new opportunities unimaginiable
    6. See what others cannot
    7. Allow God to reveal things that will deliver a breakthrough
    8. To rise whenever God awakens me to pray
    9. Pay close attention to the stirrings of the heart
    10. To overcome fear to posses
    11. Move beyond addition in faith to multiplication

    In order to see what God sees, we cannot rely on our natural senses. Fear will overtake you. Insight is the ability to know certain things because you have a new set of eyes. Forsight is the ability to see and perceive events before they occur. This prophetic forsight will enable us to keep our gaze fixed upon Christ.

    Numbers 13:17-33 Moses sent them to scout out the land of Canaan, and said to them, Get up this way by the South (the Negeb) and go up into the hill country, and see what the land is and whether the people who dwell there are strong or weak, few or many, and whether the land they live in is good or bad, and whether the cities they dwell in are camps or strongholds, And what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is timber on it or not. And be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes. So they went up and scouted through the land from the Wilderness of Zin to Rehob, to the entrance of Hamath. And then went up into the South (the Negeb) and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai [probably three tribes of] the sons of Anak were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) And they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two [of them]; they brought also some pomegranates and figs. That place was called the Valley of Eshcol [cluster] because of the cluster which the Israelites cut down there. And they returned from scouting out the land after forty days. They came to Moses and Aaron and to all the Israelite congregation in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh, and brought them word, and showed them the land's fruit. They told Moses, We came to the land to which you sent us; surely it flows with milk and honey. This is its fruit. But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage].Amalek dwells in the land of the South (the Negeb); the Hittite, the Jebusite, and the Amorite dwell in the hill country; and the Canaanite dwells by the sea and along by the side of the Jordan [River].Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it. But his fellow scouts said, We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are.So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

    We are no mere grasshoppers, we are not meant to live in fear. What we see with our natural eyes is not reality. Tune in to God, direct your attention there to find out what is true.

    Joshua 14:7-9 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout out the land. And I brought him a report as it was in my heart. But my brethren who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God. And Moses swore on that day, Surely the land on which your feet have walked shall be an inheritance to you and your children always, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.

    Though Joshua spoke truly regarding the future, he was not believed. Yet because it was the plans of God, Joshua was greatly rewarded for pursuing God. In order to seek out His kingdom first, it is of top priority that His house be built:

    Haggai 1:2-9 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "These people say, 'The time has not yet come for the LORD's house to be built.' "Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: "Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?"

    Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."

    This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored," says the LORD. "You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.


    Isaiah 60:21 Your people also shall all be [uncompromisingly and consistently] righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.

    What land is mine to posses? What lies ahead for me? The place in which God has sent me to spy out awaits, and I will trust Him to make the way and deliever it.

    Jeremiah 17:7-8 [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.

    God's plans are for me. His desire is that I seek Him, build a place for Him to dwell within. He wants to be pursued and found. All will be set in order.

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