Obey Away!

May I share a personal testimony with you?

Nearly twenty years ago, I experienced a visitation from an angel, whose fierce presence was powerful beyond what I can adequately describe. I knew in my spirit, as he stood inches before me, that he was a high-ranking warrior and that he had come to reveal something life-giving.

I felt indescribably overwhelmed. And I was glad I was sitting in my prayer room at the time. Had I been standing, I would have surely fallen from shock and fear (Jdg 13:6, 9, 18, 20-21; Lk 1:12, 2:9).

I vividly remember my heart racing as I sat still, frozen really, and listened to this messenger. It was a Psalm 46:10 moment, and he had my full attention. This encounter helped me better understand why Moses wasn’t allowed to see God’s face at Sinai (Ex 33:23).

The message the angel came to reveal included four keys of strategy and a warning to help me navigate what God was bringing me through in the deep, behind closed doors.

The angel delivered the 4 keys and then said to me, “This is the only way you’ll get through this.”

God’s message resounded in my soul to the point that I knew I had to make choices of life over death by adhering to God’s ways. I knew that God revealed this strategy to me in a way that I could never deny. It was as important in my life at that time as it is right now.

Very recently, our Lord brought one of those important keys to remembrance, reminding me to adhere to it regarding my path of promise.

The key is “careful obedience.”

In God’s mercy to meet us right where we are, when the enemy attacks, when it doesn’t go the way we thought it would, it’s time to trust God as He trusts us to move forward with Him in His redeemed way.

That’s what Caleb did—the wholehearted one. The one who had a different spirit than his mainstream community. The one who was called out by God to fight battle after battle in Joshua’s army. The one who did it victoriously, knowing God better in it, having been made stronger through it and coming out on top. Caleb was established in the outward fruit of victory-salvation.

Caleb’s story teaches us that all is not lost when those around us disagree with what we know to be God’s will. As with Caleb, God helps us work out our salvation with fear and trembling, in reverence to Him above any fear of man.

One of the pseudo obstacles that presented itself to me recently was an unwilling spirit from others to move forward with an opportunity. But, like Caleb, I decided to turn to God, believing He will reveal His redemptive next steps to me. And so, I trust Him.

I have come to realize, even more, that Caleb’s story involves redemptive grace in action. I am excited to see how God works it out, as I do my best to carefully obey Him.

I share this testimony to put to rest any apprehensions or disappointments you may have experienced in your own destiny-journey. To encourage you about opportunities God has for you. Opportunities that the enemy would have you think you may have missed. Always remember that God is not without redemption when your heart is submitted to Him (Kairos – Strong’s #2540).

So, you will not be turned away when the community around you does not obey God. Instead, God will see your willing heart and make another way for you, even if He has to call you out from among them and set you on a new path, like Caleb.

We can receive our instructions and go forth, knowing God and His fierce angels are with us in battle. Therefore, may our fear of God be greater than any fear of man, including the unwilling behind us and the resistant before us.

This is what God’s command of “Obey Away!” means—to fully and firmly commit to His process of the establishment of His purposes and promises, above and beyond falsehoods that will fall away in His Presence. Keep going, no matter what.

So, let’s put our confidence in God as we remember and walk out His faithful truth in Deuteronomy 30:15-16 ESV, which says, “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.”

Thank You, Lord, for helping us choose life. To You be all glory, honor and praise. Amen.

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God Values Freedom

There is a joyful perfecting taking place as God lifts us from an Isaac assignment to one of Boaz. He is shifting many from His revealed promise (Isaac) to His unexpected promise (Boaz). 

This is the manifest fruit of Psalm 34:22 TPT, which says, “But the Lord has paid for the freedom of his servants, and he will freely pardon those who love him. He will declare them free and innocent when they turn to hide themselves in him.”

Friends, God is ridding us of binding agreements that are no longer useful for His purposes. He is cleaning up thorns and brambles (messes) and delivering us into greater freedom as He releases more outward Heavenly provision to us.

It’s all about His Kingdom expansion. And His way is honor. Therefore, we must honor Him by continuing to obey Him.

We must be disciplined to keep all in His perspective and do it His way for Him to get the glory. Our co-glory place is one of submission to Him. Therefore, we must humble ourselves, even though we may feel like sprinting into more of our future. 

So, as we see the finish line before us, we must be careful to not run out ahead of Him. We are to continue to walk with Him as a faithful Ruth and run to Him only for our greatest intimacy in order to soar with Him in holiness. 

We must trust, deep in our souls, that God will prove faithful.

Our Lord is about to manifest His Exodus plan in our lives. We will witness awesome wonder in a “Be still and know that I Am God” shift that will set us free into His purposed expanse (Ps 46:10). 

The scripture for this is Exodus 14:13 AMPC, where “Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.”

Our pasts are about to be far behind us, and this scripture is the key that will open the door to our best, divinely orchestrated futures. As God lifts us, He will be exalted.

The enemy of our souls, who attacked our worth with hopelessness, has been overcome with the resurrection life of Jesus as we continue to abide in our Lord (Ma 7:17). We can expect what feels like a new life before us as He, who is worthy, unfurls our worth in a grand way (Rev 5:5).

We must remember that we are “on the side of angels.” A song by this title, sung by LeAnn Rimes, has been on repeat in my head for days. It’s God’s way of reminding me that The God of Angel Armies will fight for us and that we need only to be still as we experience Him working on our behalves.

Exodus 14:14 AMPC says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.”

This kind of trust is active. It is our stance for the shifts that are about to take place. It is movement we may not fully see yet, but it will fully come into place by His Spirit. God will have us enter in strong, favored and well-equipped with a continuance of reward as we travel in faith with Him and align to honor and glorify Him all the way to fruition.

He spoke to my heart a couple of weeks ago, saying:

Just let Me have My way in this. Lean upon Me and rest. You will see My justice that has been stored up for you for what feels like a long time. It’s time for you to see the evidence of me fighting your battle on your behalf. I will establish your freedom in a way that you will never feel like you have to go back there. I am resetting you to be elevated, to go higher and farther forward in double portion promises that you have held in your heart as you have longed for more of Me. Your days of long-suffering are over. So, stand and watch what My glory does for you, my beloved daughter, my princess, my queen.

He reminded me of Psalm 89:14 AMP, which says that “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”

Friends, this Word is not just for me. It’s for you. It is certain, and you can claim it as your own. 

God will clarify His plan, revealing details on what to do as we seek Him and move forward. This is a “seek Him and the door will open” time of empowerment. A glorious, intimate opportunity to see through the eyes of Love and to praise God for it all.

Those who have longed for God in many areas will find Him now in new places, beginning with new mind-sets and even moments of fresh revelation as to how He is working in our favor. 

As we continue to lay down our Isaacs, our vices and false comforts and surrender all to Jesus, He will continue to bless us and will even rescue us in advance. 

In other words, He is working right now to make our futures better. He is going there ahead of us and cleaning up messes to make a more efficient and comfortable place for us. He is even inviting us to participate by rejoicing and praying key points that He reveals to us in advance as He trusts us. This is especially poignant in situations where He circles us around to something familiar but now in higher (Godlier) form.

These beautiful glimpses of God at work invite us to praise Him for what will surely come to pass. He may even include us in specifics so that we can pray with eyes wide open for these new alignments as He reveals them to us and continues to align us. In this way, He will position us to build our futures with Him, which includes building others, in advance. 

To God be the glory.

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