Thursday, 7 May 2009
Breaking the half-way barrier!
We have now nearly reached the halfway or midpoint of the year. I want to make a declaration. I decree that I will not stop, no matter what my circumstance, and that I will move past this half way point into a new place of abundance! Many stop at the half way point. We go through hard circumstances that cause our faith to waiver and our trust and patience to grow thin. Emotional enthusiasm cannot get us past certain obstacles in our path. Our loyalty to the Lord and those we are in covenant with, is many times challenged. The enemy wants to scatter our thinking ability and have us unable to finish the task the Lord has set before us. The enemy has a strategy to wear down our minds (Dan. 7). At times like these, I always go back to the Word and review my covenant relationship with the Lord.
In Genesis 11, we find Terah, Abram’s father, taking his family out of Ur of the Chaldees. In Ur, they worshiped Molech and Tophet. On their journey, Terah settled in Haran. Haran was 500 miles from Ur of the Chaldees. Terah died in Haran. Haran was a good place, but not the place of promise. We find the Lord calling Abram out of Haran - He said, “Get out of your country from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation: I will bless you and make your name great: and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Not only was Haran 500 miles from Ur, it was also 500 miles from Canaan, the place of promise. The only way for Abram to receive the promise was to go past the half way point that his father attained.
To do this, I believe there are certain places we have to get out of. I also believe that, if we settle half way in our spiritual quest and many times in our physical alignment, we fall short of receiving the promise that God has for us. Do not stop on your journey at this time. Never settle in a place where God has required you to pass through!
We find this principle over and over throughout the word of God. Elisha received Elijah’s mantle by not stopping along the journey but going all the way with him until Elijah was caught up into heaven and released his mantle to Elisha (2 Kings 2).
Remember Lot’s wife. She started on her journey out of Sodom and Gomorrah but looked back at a half way point and turned to salt. This is a time to set our face like a flint (Luke 9:51) and press through into the place of promise God has for us. Leave old relationships, wounds, losses, and even victories behind and keep moving. In the spiritual, either we are aggressively going forward on purpose, or we are starting to slip backward.
Right, I'm getting myself inspired now - let me break it into points:
1. Develop His MIND.
Don't lean on your own understanding. We will never make the right choice with our limited knowledge. Philippians 2:5-8 says, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus... who made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant ... He humbled Himself and became obedient." Romans 12:2 says, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." This simply means don't let Satan's scheme fashion you to the thinking of the world. Also, don't let outward appearances deceive you, causing you to miss what God is doing. We must prove the voice of God, and practice in everyday life what God's will from heaven is declaring to us. Romans 8:7 says, "The carnal mind is in enmity with God". Declare that the Lord will put His finger on every area of carnality in our thinking.
2. Learn to express His heart.
Prophecy is expressing the mind and heart of God. Let the Lord deal with your emotions so that they do not cloud you in communicating His heartbeat. Declare that all self pity and hope deferred is being removed from you. Allow bitterness and unforgiveness to leave so that you can express what God is thinking. Don't let inordinate affection cause you to misalign inappropriately. The heart can have weights or attachments. I declare a "free" heart over you (and me!).
3. Change your atmosphere!
Speak faith!! Jesus could do very little in Nazareth because the atmosphere was so filled with unbelief. Jesus was the all-powerful God walking the earth, capable of signs and wonders. Yet the atmosphere created a barrier for intervention. Break the negative atmospheric presence around you by prophetic declarations of victory!
4. Do exploits!
Optimize resources! That means to see things from a positive standpoint. Daniel 11:32 says "the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and do exploits for God!" To do exploits means to take the resources you have and create new resources or bring them into a new level of fullness. This is one of the things that God means when He says to optimize resources.
5. Watch for the "suddenlies!"
If hope deferred and weariness is ruling you, you will miss it when God moves on your behalf. If fear is influencing you, you won't understand when God starts breaking through on your behalf. The Process that you've been going through is moving toward a Suddenly.
6. Learn the process of going "OVER"!
Overtake or be overtaken. Overthrow or be overthrown. Overturn or be overturned. Overcome or be overcome. Be sure you are being overseen. Also, define the sphere that you are overseeing!
7. Develop a Kingdom mentality.
The Kingdom of God is within you. We build the Church, but we get keys to the Kingdom. Study the Kingdom. Matthew 11:12 says, ".. now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." The Kingdom advances in victory. This occurs through violent spiritual conflict and warfare. He uses John the Baptist and Elijah to teach us to move forward. Fear not! The Church is God's warring agent. Worship and War! The Kingdom increases. Understand the sword and the fire because they are both important in the battle ahead.
A "shift" is a change of place, position or direction. A shift also includes an exchange or replacement of one thing for another. A shift is a change of gear so you accelerate. A shift also entails a scheduled time. Shaking occurs during a shift. Think of a fault line. To shift means a change in frequency.
They said it couldn't be done.
Prominent doctors testified that the human body was physically incapable of it. The world of athletics was in almost universal agreement: No man will ever run a mile in four minutes or less.
Then a man named Roger Bannister, a believer, proved them wrong. On May 6, 1954 he covered the distance of one mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. A barrier was shattered that day.
Suddenly what had seemed impossible became almost commonplace. In the weeks and months that followed dozens of other runners also ran four-minute miles.
Bannister had created an opening. And others began pouring through it.
That story illustrates a very real, very important spiritual principle. There are barriers in the realm of the spirit. Barriers that keep believers from experiencing all that God promises them in His Word. But once a barrier has been broken, anyone can go through it.
I believe God wants us to know, "It's time for the body of Christ to get out of a survival mentality and begin to believe me for supernatural increase and restoration."