Thursday, May 21, 2015

Expect the Glory!

There’s a battle in the spirit taking place. In a recent dream I saw the enemy chasing many people up a mountain. I thought it was odd that we were climbing higher and higher until we got to 46,000 feet. People were running and trying to hide from this assassin. Just as they reached the door of a cabin where they thought they would be safe, the assassin appeared as if to prevent them from entering their safe haven.

Here is what I believe the Lord is saying through this dream. Many people can attest to the fact that they are in a battle. We feel the tiredness from the constant trudge uphill, but going up into the high mountain with praise and prayer is where the battle is won. The enemy may be trying to block you and convince you that you cannot enter that place of safety in the Lord, but that is a lie. Don’t believe it!

Forty-six is a significant number. 46 means man without the Holy Spirit. “Thousand” refers to completeness and the glory of God. In the dream, the hike up the mountain was very steep but there was snow at the top. Snow speaks of refreshing. I believe the number 46,000 is speaking of the fullness of time for another outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The number 46 stands for reconstructed life, or resurrected, transformed life. Genesis 46 speaks of Jacob’s life and journey into Egypt. It outlines the promises God gave him back in previous chapters and tells of the family that went with him. No one was left behind, and God’s promise to Jacob was that his son Joseph would care for him until his dying day. God is so gracious to give us a promise before He expects us to move towards Him in faith!

Sometimes I think God allows the enemy to chase us into the very place of desperation that will compel us to go higher than we normally would on our own. Trying times and pressing circumstances will force us to seek God and press into Him for revelation and breakthrough. Another touch. A word. Anything. Our soul longs for that life-changing encounter that will trigger a release of God’s glory to be poured out, so that we experience His refreshing and goodness. The cry of our heart is like the very words of Moses, “Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me Your glory!”

The Mountain of God

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.” Exodus 34:29

When we’re in the presence of God, we’re in a place where we can be transformed.

In Exodus 33: 13-18, Moses found himself literally between a rock and a hard place because the Lord put him there. Moses was persistent. He wanted to see God’s glory! He wanted to experience His goodness in a fresh new way. Moses said, "I pray You, show me Your glory!" And He said, "I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion."…

Friend, there are times when we find ourselves stuck and feeling hedged in on every side. Sometimes we can’t get ourselves out of it because the Lord put us in those circumstances in order to show His glory. If that speaks to your heart, then just worship and praise Him for He is merciful and good all the time. He will not forsake you! Your impossible situation could just be by God’s design - a set up for His miraculous intervention and an incredible testimony!

When you’re stuck and frustrated it’s important to line up your conversation in faith. Remember what the Lord has said. “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.” Ps. 50:23, KJV

Another translation says it like this:

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” - Psalm 50:23, ESV

How do we get up the mountain? Praise and worship.

The last few days, the song that has been running through my thoughts is Taste and See. God wants us to taste and see how good He is! He also wants us to share His goodness with others, too. There is a fatherless generation that is crying out in need. There are people everywhere that need a touch from the Lord so that they, too, can taste and see that He is good! One of the ways we meet with God is to go higher up the mountain with our praise and worship.

Jesus went ‘up the mountain’ where he met with Elijah and Moses after his crucifixion.

The scripture in Matthew 17:1,2 reads: “Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.…”

It was a place of transfiguration, where God’s glory shone upon His servants.

“And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.…” Matthew 17:3

What we see revealed is that going up into the high mountain is a place of revelation...Moses and Elijah were revealed, giving us the example of heavenly realities. The Law, (Moses) and the prophet (Elijah) were fulfilled in and through Jesus Christ.

Christ Came to Fulfill the Law

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” - Matthew 5:17.

In Matthew 22:38 Jesus told us that the first and greatest commandment was to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind. In the next verse, He said that the second greatest commandment was like the first one, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” In other words, Love God; Love Others. Then the following verse tells us that everything in the whole Bible hinges on these two things, and Jesus came to demonstrate the fulfillment of those words. "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

As Jesus went up to the high mountain where He was transfigured by God’s glory, His Father revealed this truth by sending Moses and Elijah for Peter, James and John to witness. Suddenly, they were reminded of a familiar verse by the prophet Isaiah that had been spoken about the Christ.

"THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." As Peter, James and John stood there on the mountain with Jesus, it was that “Aha” moment where suddenly everything Jesus had said made perfect sense.

The revelation on that mountain continued to flow. The same verses that were written about Jesus now had much greater meaning. They were on that mountain too. They were being transformed by the renewing of their minds. They were entering a new day. They didn’t know exactly was was about to occur, but Pentecost was coming. God had scheduled a “suddenly” that would change them forever and mantle them in power. The very outpouring of the same precious Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus was about to possess them, too, in a greater way than they had ever experienced. They had experienced the power of God coming upon them, but this would be different. They were about to get an upgrade in the Spirit! Their lives were about to change in a radical way, a day that would forever be marked in history as one of the greatest days mankind would ever experience. Until now.

I believe we are on the verge of another tremendous move of God’s Holy Spirit like the world has never seen. I know that God can move at any time He chooses, but I believe Pentecost is a key time to anticipate and position ourselves for a breakthrough visitation. Anticipation begets expectation, and expectancy is like a personal invitation for the kingdom of God to explode into our lives at any given moment. When we position ourselves in humility, obedience, confession, generosity towards others, demonstrating mercy, praise, and prayer, we position ourselves for heaven to invade our circumstances. Imagine you are running towards God in your praise, worship and prayer. You are running, running, delighting in Him and sensing His nearness. All the while, Jesus is running towards you. You are on a collision course with a God-ordained ‘suddenly’ and when you collide, it will cause an explosion with the force of an atomic bomb. Spiritually speaking, that is. When God shows up, everything else has to move or get out of the way! Expect Him to show up; Jesus is RUNNING towards YOU and it’s your time now!

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