The Latter Rain will be Greater – Receiving God’s Answer


Day 5 of 21 Day Daniel Fast –  Today’s meditation is from the Book of Joel about acknowledging when your desert/wilderness season is over and when you must prepare to receive the Latter rain of Blessings in your life from the Lord. For me last year was amazing but I did have a few desert situations where I was wondering “when will I receive a greater blessing?” because I believe everybody has a PROSPERITY PORTION according to the Jeremiah 29:11 Promise from the Lord.

When Reading the book of Joel, I received a great encouragement in that when the people Fasted and prayed in their desert season, God opened up the heavens for DIVINE rain of Blessings on the Land that had suffered a severe drought. In this Daniel Fast, although we are fighting against Principalities and Powers and Spiritual Wickedness in the High places, let us not forget why we are fighting in the Spirit in the First place. We want the ENEMIES OF GOD TO PAY BACK EVERYTHING THEY STOLE FROM US WITH INTEREST!!!!

I believe that there will be a rise of Calebs and Joshuas in this year of DIVINE GOVERNMENT who will lead people into their promised land. As we pray and Fast, we must seek God’s face to increase our spiritual discernment to point out the Calebs and Joshuas in our lives. No more of this 40 year desert experience where the people of Israel wondered about like lost lambs with no home based on the discouragement of the report of the 10 spies who were sent out to the land of Canaan to spy over the land that the Lord had promised to them in your season (Numbers 13:27-31). Just because there were squatters (Numbers 13:27-29) in the land doesn’t mean that the land belonged to them. Fight for what is yours and be like Caleb and Joshua who kicked them out of the Land. Ignore the Naysayers during your Fast for breakthrough and be like Caleb and Joshua who were able to enter into the promised land because of their level of Faith (Numbers 14:24; Numbers 14:30; Numbers 26:65; Numbers 32:12).

You will receive your promise when you develop a fighting spirit to take back what the enemy has tried to steal from you, be it your home, your health, your finances, your children, your mind, your peace, whatever it is, Fight in the Spirit to obtain Victory in the Natural. You don’t have to accept the current status quo, your current circumstances and your current situations if they don’t represent the Jeremiah 29:11 promise. When you fight, don’t use your own might and power, for you will lose if you do. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, for what you war in the Spirit can only be fought by the Holy Spirit, so Fight with God on your side. Remember, you can only win with God on your side so always seek strategies of engaging a spiritual battle with Divine wisdom that comes from the Almighty God.

Zechariah 4:6
So he answered and said to me: “ This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts

I believe that there will be people who will rise up and take possession of their promises (which are your blessings of prosperity) that the Lord has prepared for them because they believe in the Word of the Lord over their circumstances. Whose report will you believe? I will believe in the Report of the Lord. Don’t look at the desert that you are in right now and think of the Latter RAIN that God wants to pour into your life.

Mark 9:23
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Believe for: The Rain of Blessings, the Latter Rain, the Overflow and the Gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT. I’m looking out for my Rainy season and Praying for the Overflow. What are you Praying for??? Do you want the latter Rain??? Ask yourselves these questions in your meditations.

So in reading the book of Numbers and the book of Joel, I thought to myself, I want to be like a Caleb and Joshua who has a heart to pursue and believe for the blessings that belong to me, a Child of God. We have to learn to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).  Don’t you want to receive what God already has prepared for you???? I know for sure I do, but that means I have to increase my level of FAITH in order to obtain what God has promised to me. I have no idea how I will receive my promises or by what means, but I’m seeking God’s face for His answer.

We must seek to increase our level of Faith in order to receive according to the measure of that Faith when the Lord prepares us for the great Outpouring for the overflow. Are you ready to increase your level of Faith during your Spiritual Warfare Fast? The Promises of God need those with a Caleb type spirit and level of Faith who will fight for the Promise instead of those that listened to the Naysayers who were intimidated by the squatters robbing them from Gods promise in their lives. Are you willing to fight in your prayer life for your promises? I want to and I will start by ignoring the negative and will call forth things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17).

Maintain the FOCUS and fix your eyes on Jesus Christ, Holy God, Our Counselor, Prince of Peace and the Author and Finisher of your Faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Read Joel 2:12-32 and focus on the highlighted verses.

Joel 2:12-32 (New International Version)

Rend Your Heart

12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” 13 Rend your heart and not your garments.Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate,slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 14 Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing– grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. 16 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. 17 Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, O LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ “

The LORD’s Answer

18 Then the LORD will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people. 19 The LORD will reply to them: “I am sending you grain, new wine and oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations. 20 “I will drive the northern army far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land, with its front columns going into the eastern sea and those in the rear into the western sea. And its stench will go up; its smell will rise.” Surely he has done great things. 21 Be not afraid, O land; be glad and rejoice. Surely the LORD has done great things. 22 Be not afraid, O wild animals, for the open pastures are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. 23 Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers,both autumn and spring rains,as before. 24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. 25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm– my great army that I sent among you. 26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. 27 Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

The Day of the LORD

28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.

To end my meditation I have an awesome song by Israel Houghton and New Breed called “Your Latter will be Greater”. I hope it blesses you today. Be encouraged and remember that God is with you in every season of your life. Seek for the latter Rain in your Life.

Scriptures to Meditate

Joel 2:23 (NKJV)

23 Be glad then, you children of Zion,
And rejoice in the LORD your God;
For He has given you the former rain faithfully,[a]
And He will cause the rain to come down for you—
The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month.

1 Chronicles 12:14-16

14 These were from the sons of Gad, captains of the army; the least was over a hundred, and the greatest was over a thousand. 15 These are the ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed all its banks; and they put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west. 16 Then some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold.

Numbers 13:30
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

Numbers 14:24
But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.

Deuteronomy 1:36
except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and his children I am giving the land on which he walked, because he wholly followed the LORD.

Matthew 19:26
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Mark 9:23
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Hosea 6:3
Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

Zechariah 10:1
[ Restoration of Judah and Israel ] Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.

James 5:7
[ Be Patient and Persevering ] Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

Luke 13:35
See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’”

Psalm 118:26
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

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Preparing for the Overflow – Don’t Settle for Less than the Best that is Yet to Come


 

Day 3 of the 21 Day Daniel Fast – Today’s meditation is about Preparing our hearts for receiving the overflow. I believe that there is a great outpouring of God’s Spirit at this time when we choose to consecrate ourselves before Him as we seek His face during this Fast. Some will receive and some won’t based on their personal level of expectation. What are you expecting during this season of Spiritual Warfare? Do you want your family members that are far from God to be saved? Do you want restoration in your marriages, in your finances, in your relationships with your friends and families? Do you seek healing from a disease or sickness? Do you seek answers for many of the questions that You are seeking from God? What are you expecting from God??? Do you even believe that you WILL receive your answers??? Will you be mature enough to handle the answers as they come down to your address??? What is your level of expectation in this year of DIVINE GOVERNMENT???

Some people can be satisfied with settling for just enough to get by and by even though our God is a God of the overflow, a God of more than enough. We are often taught not to settle for less than the best as we grow up but I want to challenge you and say don’t settle for JUST ENOUGH and pursue MORE than ENOUGH because the more you receive, the more you have to give and the more your generation and future generations will get blessed. Let me be clear and say that I’m not saying to be greedy, I’m saying seek above your expectations so that when you are blessed you will have enough to bless others, Comprende? Do you see where I’m driving at here? Pursue Generational BLESSINGS. You were born to be blessed to be a blessing!

When your cup overflows in Faith it is so that you can share it with others. Much like Wealth, Faith is not to be hoarded, it is to be shared.When you empty your flow, you can receive a new downpour of fresh Revelation from the Lord. That is what I mean by the overflow. I am expecting an overflow from the Lord this year not for just myself, but for the church I attend where I minister in my Church Choir and for my fellow bloggers who follow my journey of self-discovery at WordPress and for whoever I encounter in my life. We are ministers wherever we go if you believe in the God you serve. The idea here is that I am not satisfied with my level of Faith. Are you satisfied with Yours??? I don’t care how man measures my level of Faith whether they deem it high or low, I personally am NOT satisfied with my level because it is not God’s level for me. I want more of Him so that I can look more like Him in this Life. I want an overflow of Gods presence in my life, don’t you?????

A NATION that fears GOD is what I desire in my personal meditation this year so that the land and its in habitants can be blessed. When wickedness reigns in political realms, it is the people that suffer. We must choose to fight back and drive darkness out of the Land or wherever you live. You don’t have to accept the current status quo! Through prayer and Fasting, we can drive darkness to flee and make the light of God’s Word shine brighter on the Land. I want to believe in the blessings of humbling ourselves before God so that He will Hear from Heaven and Heal our Lands. Don’t you want the same thing? When the Land is Healed, families are healed along with it and propserity begins to manifest as a great Harvest and presentation of the Glory of God. Pursue the greater blessings so that your future and the future of your family is blessed along with it.

Prince Michael the Angel

Like the voice of the one crying out in the wilderness prepare the way for our Lord! Right now as Kings are being dethroned in this world, the Wealth of the wicked have been laid up for the Righteous and for the purpose of Making GOD SOVEREIGN. When the Body of Christ unites with this same focus, God will perform His wonders. I truly believe that. However, He has to prepare His people to receive His government in order to Rule in the World. So during this Fast, Focus on your relationship with the Lord and incline your ears to Hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to YOU the CHURCHES. The church isn’t a physical building, YOU are the CHURCH. You will be able to rule in your families with wisdom, in your workplaces with prosperity and in any sphere of influence that you have when you make God the Head and Lord in your Heart, in your Mind and in your Spirit.

The Overflow will flow and some will be blessed by it and some will drown if they are not ready for it. God won’t give things to people who cannot be trusted with little. So ask yourself, can God Trust you with the Outpouring???? What must you do NOW to be prepared for it when it does start to Pour. The Harvest that He has are for those who are prepared. Prepare and do not be like the lazy man that doesn’t prepare for winter and ends up begging during the time of Harvest. PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE.

Scriptures to Meditate

Guide us by Your Spirit Lord

Proverbs 3:10
So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.

Joel 2:23-25

23 Be glad then, you children of Zion,
      And rejoice in the LORD your God;
      For He has given you the former rain faithfully,[a]
      And He will cause the rain to come down for you
      The former rain,
      And the latter rain in the first month.
       24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,
      And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
       25So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
      The crawling locust,
      The consuming locust,
      And the chewing locust,[b]
      My great army which I sent among you.

Proverbs 13:22

22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
      But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Proverbs 20:4
The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.

Psalm 26:2
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.

Jeremiah 17:10
I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

Matthew 22:37
Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

1 Samuel 7:3
Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.”

1 Kings 17:8-16  Elijah and the Widow

 8 Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
12 So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.’”
15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.      

1 Corinthians 2:16
For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Hebrews 10:16
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”

Matthew 25:23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Luke 16:10

10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

 I have a song that I love listening to and would like to share it so that we get stirred up in your Spirit to continue meditating on the Word and gain more revelation of it. It’s from William Murphy III called Ignite My Fire. Hope you like it and be blessed today with worship in your Heart.

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