A Road Less Traveled: Paying the Price for God’s Glory to be Revealed


Hi Everybody!

For the past couple of days…actually its been a few weeks, I’ve been meditating on the Glory of God and  what it truly takes for it to be revealed.

When I think of God’s Glory, I think of people like Job who wouldn’t curse God and die like his wife wanted to (Job 2:9), I think of Joseph who had a prophetic destiny to rule over his brothers and his Father in order to save the destiny of the children of Israel Genesis 37-47), I think of Esther who took the risk to reveal the plot of Haman who wanted to kill all the Jews in the kingdom by revealing that she herself was in fact a Jew to King Ahasuerus (Esther 2-9), I think of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three Hebrew boys that refused to bow to any other god and were sentenced to burn in the fire only to come out unharmed since the fourth man was in there with them (Daniel 3 ), I think of David, the little shepherd boy that took down a giant Goliath with no fear arresting his heart (1 Samuel 17), I think of all the disciples that became apostles that built the Church of Jesus Christ under many threats of persecution declaring that Jesus Christ is indeed the Way the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).

When I thought about these few examples in the Bible, I feel like a tugging is in my heart as the Lord asked me, “What price are you willing to pay to see My Glory be revealed?”. What a difficult and fearful question. At the moment as I contemplate, it would be easy to take the “Christian answer” and say “Yeah, everything”, but knowing me, I’m not into rash and thoughtless answers. The Truth of the matter is, the price that I pay will never compare to that of the one our Lord Jesus Christ paid to save humanity. I know that it will cost me everything to see the Glory of God revealed and that is why I feel very afraid and yet faith beckons me to keep on walking forward and not look back.

People of God, if we want to see things we’ve never seen before in our lives become manifest, it’s going to cost us EVERYTHING. My whole mind is shaking as I’m typing about this….because I see that the road is quite treacherous….but, I know that for what I’m seeking for in this life, it’s going to bea road less traveled”.  

Christ in me

Christ in you, the hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27)

Ask yourself, how much do you love your Life?

How much do you love your Money?

How much do you love your Job?

How much do you love your Education?

How much do you love your Family?

How much do you love your “Stuff”?

How much do you love your Sanity?

and finally, How much do you LOVE God?

The price one pays to see God’s Glory to be revealed is equivalent to all the things you already care for deeply. Can you be like Job, Esther, David, Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego etc? Can you be like the apostles who went through serious persecution for their Faith in Jesus Christ? Can you be like our Lord and Savior, Jesus who laid down His life for all of us that He wants to call His “friends”?

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

 

We need to Love Christ soo much that He is much greater than all the other things or people that you love. The Road is not easy…in fact, I am terrified; however, I feel led to talk about this today, so consider, that God will test our love for HIM FIRST in order for us to see HIS GLORY BE REVEALED.

The Love Test is what Father Abraham went through when he was faced with sacrificing his long awaited and only son Isaac to prove His love for the Lord (Genesis 22). It was indeed a trying and probably the most painful test in his life and yet Abraham loved God enough to go through with it. God saw Abraham’s heart and a miraculous thing happened, God had made provision to spare Isaac as the sacrifice by providing a ram in the thicket to take Isaac’s place (Genesis 22:12-13). The Glory of God revealed in this situation demonstrated that our God is Jehovah Jireh – God our Provider” (Genesis 22:14). Abraham was completely sold out in mind, heart, body and soul to serve the Lord God Almighty that God’s Glory was revealed as one of Mercy, Kindness, Love and Provision for God’s Vision for Abraham’s life…and so as Christians, we too will all encounter this test in our lives very soon at some point in our journey. I call it “The Love of God Test”.

How much are you willing to sacrifice for the Love of God? christ_the_hope_of_glory

As you search deep within you as you meditate on God’s Word each day, consider that whatever you claim that you will do for the Lord shall be tested by the Lord so don’t answer rashly, don’t answer without carefully out weighing the cost, because whatever you say shall be tested. If you fear Him (reverentially), you will know that He is well able to test a person’s claim for their love of the Lord. I know that in my own life, God has always tested my words…some things I have done according to what I claim, and some things I have said thoughtlessly have also brought upon me some shame and some serious introspection. You’ve always got to be real with yourself, people. I can’t emphasize that enough.

The point is…when God asks you a question….don’t answer by way of presumption. Do not presume you will do something for God when you know in your heart that you will not do it. Instead, think long, think hard, search deep and answer truthfully and by faith once you realize the gravity and the weight of the question being asked of you. You can answer to God’s call on your life by faith even if you are trembling with fear (which is something I typically do, lol 😉 ); however, the most important thing to do is to answer truthfully  before the Lord since the answer that you produce is what God will inevitably test.

Colossians 1:27

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

We cannot escape this test if you are in Christ because how else will the Glory of God be revealed?

You have Christ in you, the hope of Glory so let the Glory of God be revealed through your life, Amen!

Food for thought.

I have a song here to minister to your Spirit today sung by The Singletons called I’ll Worship you all my Days.

God bless you everybody!

Dealing with the Hamans in your Life – Spiritual Warfare Prayer


Hi Everybody!

So today I have been contemplating on strategic intercession and spiritual warfare prayer. It is important that you understand that prayer is an important and integral part of your Christian walk. I admit that it was kind of hard for me to get into the habit of it when I was a babe in Christ, but we’ve got to wean off of the baby way of babbling to the Lord and now walk in maturity of mind and start learning to Command our mornings, to pray without ceasing and just have our spirits in tune and meditating on the Word so that we pray with authority.

James 5:16
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

The Devil doesn’t know the meaning of sleep because he won’t rest until the children of God are destroyed. So in knowing that we have to step our game up in our prayer lives if we want to protect ourselves and our families from any hidden agendas and assignment(s) from our adversary.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Today, I feel led to talk about the Haman spirit.

What is the Haman spirit?

Read the Book of Esther Chapters 4-7

In my older post called Fasting with a Purpose – Hit the Target Pt. 1, I refer back to Queen Esther and how Haman the evil prince convinced King Ahasuerus to legalize an evil decree to kill every Jew in the Persian Kingdom. King Ahasuerus did not know that his concubine, Queen Esther was a Jew and that this evil decree would serve not only to harm her and the children of Israel, but it would potential harm her cousin Mordecai as well.

Queen Esther

Esther was a strategic prayer warrior for a queen and knew what Spiritual warfare was all about. She pronounced what I call a 3-day-crisis fast to pray against the plot of Haman. At this time, her cousin Mordecai had been arrested and was sentenced to the gallows to be hanged because of Haman’s scheme at work. You will see that at this point also, the assignment against Esther and the Jews were in full force and effect and she had to step her game up and act on the wisdom she recieved during her time of prayer and fasting that she initiated to convince the King to reverse this assignment plotted by the evil Prince Haman. When King Ahasuerus found out that Esther was in fact a Jew and how he was tricked by the evil Prince Haman into instituting this evil law that would not only jeopardize the children of Israel’s lives, but would also mean that his Queen would die as well with her cousin Mordecai that was already awaiting to be hanged in the gallows, King Ahasuerus was infuriated by Haman’s deception. The prayer and fasting that Queen Esther initiated gave her divine wisdom and strategy to overcome this evil plot which not only saved her life and her cousin Mordecai, but it also served to save the lives of all the Jews.

The end result is something I will quote from that fasting post:

 “The King loved Esther so much and was heavily enraged by Haman’s evil plot to trick him into killing her and the Jews that King Ahasuerus decided to free Mordecai from the unjust sentence and sentenced Haman into the gallows for his evil deeds. The evil plot and conspiracy against the Jews was reversed in this Fast. “

Esther 7  (NKJV)

Haman Hanged Instead of Mordecai

7 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther. And on the second day, at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!”

Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request. For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss.”

Haman – The Evil, Conniving Prince

So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?”

And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!”

So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.

Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king. When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?”

As the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king’s behalf, is standing at the house of Haman.”

Then the king said, “Hang him on it!”

10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.

The most important thing to note here is that the curse that was directed to harm Queen Esther, the Jews and Mordecai was reversed and was sent back to sender who was Haman – the evil, corrupt and conniving prince.

This is just a Biblical example of how prayer and fasting (if necessary) can work to reverse an outcome and also work to backfire the plans of your enemies.

People, you may have some Haman’s in your life trying to plot things against you and your family. When you discern their agenda, this isn’t the time to crack under pressure and let them have their way with you.

Stop being complacent! You’ve got to go to God and petition to the KING of KINGS, and if necessary, YOU’VE GOT TO GET ON YOUR KNEES!!!! 

You are a Child of the Most high God so prayer and fasting maybe required in some cases to deliver you from the assignment that some people may have against your life depending on the degree of the assignment. The stronger the attack the higher measures you have to take.  If you have several Hamans in your life, you’ve got to step your game up in prayer so that you receive divine wisdom and strategy to overcome their assignments.

Rather than reacting to the assignment, respond to it strategically. Seek God to reverse the curse/assignment so that it goes back to the source. This is serious stuff folks. You cannot afford to be passive in your prayer life. The days are evil and your enemy the Devil, isn’t playing around with you. If the assignment is huge, then you’ve got to do something greater in your prayer life to counter-act the assignment. The greater the assignment, the more important it is to up the ante in your prayer life.

I stress the importance of having a prayer partner and seeking even elders in the church to pray with you as you go about your prayer life business if you have no idea what to do. Don’t act in isolation, seek people to pray with you in agreement. Call prayer lines or something but you’ve got to Pray. Sometimes, in the wee hours of the Morning like around 12 midnight-6:00am (the witching hours) you might have to wake your lovely head up and pray. For those of you that think Sleep seems too good to do that, I’m here to tell you that it won’t feel so good when the enemy of your soul has petitioned for your life on the line and/or has petitioned against your family as well and you didn’t do anything to counter-act that petition because you enjoyed your sleep. The Devil never sleeps, so make no mistake about this because he’d rather see you cry a river rather than you picking up your armor and doing your sword work out routine on a daily basis.

Some people maybe going through some court battles involving their children…parents…step your game up in prayer…

Some people may have heard a bad report in the medical room, step your game up in prayer.

Some people have heard rumors of firings in the workplace….step your game up in prayer.

Some are on the verge of losing their homes and/or businesses….step your game up in prayer.

Some have heard that they only have a few months to live….step your game up in prayer.

Some are being harassed and have no peace … step your game up in prayer.

Some have heard there is a plan to uproot you from your place of destiny…step your game up in prayer.

People…I hope you are catching my drift here. STEP YOUR GAME UP IN PRAYER! I don’t know how to emphasize this enough, but this has been in my spirit for that past few days, so if you don’t know how to pray or are not even part of a church…the first step is get yourself in a Bible-believing church. The second thing is get some prayer partners, the third is to get some books on the topic of prayer especially, intercessory prayer, the fourth thing is get into a cell group, the fifth thing is get involved in ministry so that you are surrounded with like-minded people that can serve as intercessory partners and guide you in your pray life dependent on the level of their spiritual maturity. Isolation only serves to make you vulnerable to being attacked. You have to guard yourself up and get with the program and realize you need help! At the end of the day, you make the decision on how you are going to proceed from here on out.

Wisdom says, step your game up and PRAY with the WORD as your Spiritual WEAPON of WARFARE. Foolishness says, sleep, sleep, sleep….need I say more?

For those that would like some reading material, I would recommend John Eckhardt’s prayer books and Mary K Baxter’s book called The Divine Revelation of Prayer as starters, but you can look for others on your own. Spiritual warfare is what it is…. a WAR in the spirit. Feed your spirit with the Word and use the Word when you pray. Essentially, we have to learn to use the weapons of our warfare that are not carnal and are mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4) otherwise we will succumb to the schemes and assignments from the enem(ies) in our lives. Don’t wait to be on the defensive when you can be on the offensive right now.

Here are snap shots of the books. There are obviously more you can get at a Christian bookstore but it’s up to you to get serious in your prayer life. I recommend http://www.Christianbooks.com. They have a valuable resource of books that are discounted and they also use Paypal and credit cards for your convenience.

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I have a song to minister to you today from  Kurt Carr called We Declare War. I love this song and it always gets me going. I pray that it ministers to your spirit today. God Bless you everybody!

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Scriptures to Meditate

John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Romans 1:9
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,

1 Thessalonians 5:17
pray without ceasing,

2 Timothy 1:3
[ Timothy’s Faith and Heritage ] I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

John 12:35
Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.

Deuteronomy 28:2
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:

2 Chronicles 20:15
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

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