Give Away: Challenge To Victory – Part 2

God is calling each of us higher into new levels of victory in Him. To go higher, we must humble ourselves and walk with Him His way in grace by faith.

As we hearken to God in this ongoing process, He reveals Himself, His purposes and His wisdom to enable us to receive His true blessings that are expressions of His victory He freely gives to us.

So, what expressions of His victory have you seen in your life in this season?

Key verses our Lord highlighted to me for this devotion are in Psalm 37, verses 4-6 NIV, which say, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”

Friends, we are in a time of great, manifest recompense, of reward and vindication (He 11:6). And these blessings come with warnings: We are to be aware that we don’t deserve them but that they are graciously fulfilled by God’s goodness, not anything we have done. Also, we are not to put any of these blessings before God.

In Part 1 of this series, I shared a detailed prophetic Word based on the redemptive precepts of Amos 9. So, If you haven’t listened to it or read it, I strongly encourage you to do so. And to pray about it for your own lives.

In short, the Word says that God’s beloved will now receive His unconditional blessings as we have turned our hearts back to Him. The consuming fire we once endured will give way to greater, exponential fruitfulness. We will become a great witness to the redemption of God. Those who now value more of what God values, including themselves, will be surrounded by more of what is valuable and purposed.

Here in Part 2, I’m sharing the key strategies our Lord is highlighting in His written Word that supports His revealed Word from Part 1. We’ve already established that God’s mega blessings may come sooner than we expect and that they may include more than we expect or deserve.

Here are some more key strategies to remember:

Ask God for what we need (Ma 7:7-8):

Matthew 7:11 TPT says, “If you, imperfect as you are, know how to lovingly take care of your children and give them what’s best, how much more ready is your heavenly Father to give wonderful gifts to those who ask him?”

John 16:24 TPT tells us that “…now you can ask, and keep on asking him! And you can be sure that you’ll receive what you ask for, and your joy will have no limits!”

Our joy will overflow when we live in truth and love and experience God’s Presence and the fulfillment of His promises (2 Jn 1:4). As we focus on Him and delight in Him, He multiplies His goodness in our lives. Jesus is a finisher! So, when He fulfills promises in our lives, whether spiritual or material, our joy is made complete in Him who finishes what He began.

God will reveal His big blessings to us at His right(eous) time with confirmations:

An important element to any blessing is a new beginning. New beginnings inherently mean that something else has to end. God desires that we be prepared for both. His grace will come off of that which He no longer desires to bless. This is one way He guides and grows us in His trust and clarity.

There are numerous scriptures in regards to why God reveals events in advance to us. His primary purpose being to strengthen us for what’s ahead. You can read these scriptures on Bible.com by searching the phrase “I told you in advance.”

Confirmations will come through His Word (highlighted scriptures and remembrances of Bible stories) and His witnesses and in other ways in which He usually speaks to us.

Expect a foreshadow opportunity:

God may set us up to bless someone else in the same area that He desires to bless us. I can look back in my life and see this truth consistently whenever God was about to establish a big, breakthrough, life-changing blessing in my life.

It’s important to recognize this set-up from a Kingdom perspective. Otherwise, self-pity and/or jealousy can try to hinder us. So, we must exercise Holy Spirit’s fruit of self-control and process through blessing others God’s way. We must remember that He always sets us up for ultimate victory.

And the way we handle His set-up with regards to humility and submission to Him and His ways can affect our outcome. This especially includes how we perceive and treat the person He assigns us to help in advance.

God will bring the connections to work the vision:

As we work what we know our Lord has assigned to us, He will work on our behalves to bring others into the vision to make wise decisions and corresponding actions that cause the vision to manifest and blossom.

These helpers may be people you do not yet know. But they will be like-minded and will work to put action to “the more” God is adding to our lives.

God will converge all the tangible elements into place without us having to overwork, as we trust and follow Him along His timeline. This blessing will prove to be a wonder that expresses and glorifies God from start to finish.

Remember, He blesses the work of our hands and multiplies what we have sown (De 16:15).

Keep our eyes on God and His beautiful vision for us:

This keeps us balanced and focused on what’s most important. God will fulfill His promises as a reflection of His stunning beauty, according to His reward of justice for each individual, as He reigns over it with us alongside Him.

So, let’s magnify His greatness through the journey to honor Him and to remain encouraged, as described in Psalm 27:14 AMP, which says, “Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.”

Pray with me if you will…

Dear Lord,

We thank You that “every child” of Yours “overcomes the world, for our faith is the victorious power that triumphs over the world” (1 Jn 5:4 TPT). We thank You for making us “new in the attitude of” our “minds” by Your grace so that we can “put on the new self” to be like You “in true righteousness and holiness” (Ep 4:22-24 NIV). Thank You that, as we “take delight” in You, You “will give” us “the desires of” our hearts. And that, as we “commit your way to” You and “trust in” You, You “will make” our “righteous reward shine like the dawn,” our “vindication like the noonday sun” (Ps 37:4-6 NIV).

In Jesus’ Mighty Name.

Amen.

Now, Lord, I declare over all who are willing to receive Your blessings during this season of recompense, Psalm 20:4 AMP, which says, “May He grant you your heart’s desire And fulfill all your plans.”

To You, Lord, be all glory, honor and praise! Amen.

This devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.

Follow Me

Jesus said, “Follow Me” (Matt 4:19, 21; Matt 9:9; Mk 2:14; Jn 1:43).

It’s how He called His disciples, and it’s how He calls us into a life-flow of covenant blessing.

Jesus knows His believers as His sheep, who hear His voice and willingly accept His invitation (Jn 10:27).

2 Peter 1:3-4 TPT remind us that “Everything we could ever need for life and godliness has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness.”

Paul, Silas and Timothy constantly prayed for the believing church in 2 Thessalonians 1:11 saying, “that our God will empower you to live worthy of all that he has invited you to experience” and “that by his power all the pleasures of goodness and all works inspired by faith would fill you completely.”

As believers, we understand that covenant blessings are linked with the knowledge of and obedience to God’s goodness and glory.

Followers discover that Jesus is the Source of living water that never ends (Jn 4:13). 

We can trust that the same water that flows underground, like a spring in our secret places and during wilderness times, will continue to flow without end in the new places of blessing our Lord is leading us into (De 11:11). 

This is the same living water that flows to connect dots of understanding from one scripture to another, and the same living water that flows out of our bellies as we express His Words of faith, believing for what is to come, according to His plan (Jn 7:38).

In Luke 7:35 TPT, Jesus says, “…I say to you, the wisdom of God will be proven true by the expressions of godliness in everyone who follows me.”

He describes His true followers as those who build wisely, saying in Luke 6:47-48 TPT,  “Let me describe the one who truly follows me and does what I say. He is like a man who chooses the right place to build a house and then lays a deep and secure foundation. When the storms and floods rage against that house, it continues to stand strong and unshaken through the tempest, for it has been wisely built on the right foundation.”

Believers understand that following Jesus’ spiritual laws produces maximum growth and fruit production throughout our lives, leading to a cumulative effect of a good end and lasting legacy.

Therefore, it is critical to yield to God’s will, make wise decisions and faithfully persevere from beginning to end. It is in this commitment to go where He leads and do the work at hand that we experience our best life on earth.

And rewards in Heaven (He 11:6).

This is where we experience His “marvelous grace” and a glorious life (2 Th 1:12).

This is limitless living.

Even operating in mighty miracles as His power flowing through us. 

In John 14:12 TPT, Jesus says, “I tell you this timeless truth: The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same mighty miracles that I do—even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father!”

So, friends, are we willing to believe God at His Word and put action to our faith for what He has called and assigned us to do?

Are we wisely following Jesus, even in the seemingly small things now, knowing those small choices will lead to a big impact over time?

At the end of our lives on earth, will we end up with a good cumulative effect of our choices that will affect others, whose lives are closely connected with ours? 

Since we will be judged by God’s truth, let’s choose beauty over ugly (1 Th 5:15, 22, Jn 12:48).

Let’s choose to follow Jesus on the righteous path of true and everlasting life filled with a constant supply of holy joy that God longs for us to share with Him (1 Th 5:16).

Let’s choose the lavish legacy of Ephesians 1:3 TPT, which says, “Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus—all because he sees us wrapped into Christ. This is why we celebrate him with all our hearts!”

So, friends, pray with me if you will…

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Your plan for my life (1 Th 5:18). I repent of following others above You. Help my unbelief. I invite You to get my life more on track with You as my sole Source of life. I invite You to uproot weeds of my soul that try to limit You as Love. “Lord, don’t allow me to make a mess of my life, for I cling to your commands and follow them as closely as I can” (Ps 119:31 TPT). Help me to trust You and take courage, knowing that You have Your very best for me as Your daughter, Your heir as You prove me worthy. “Place your hands of strength and favor upon me, for I’ve made my choice to follow your ways” (Ps 119:173 TPT). Help me to have a good journey and ending of my life on earth, as I commit to follow You all the way into eternity (Jn 13:36).

In Jesus’ Mighty Name.

Amen. 

This video-devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.