Equipped For The Next Shift

As we move into the new year, so is God. I see Him continuously working in the lives of so many. This is the year of breakthrough that starts with us!

Point of Hope - Melissa Pearce - March 2017 - Enduring Hope Ministries

How do we perceive God? How do we view ourselves? How do we interact with others? This is the season God desires to manifest His healing deep within our heart and soul.

A few weeks ago, God gave me a dream to further equip many of you for where He is taking you. In my dream, I am standing on a golf course using a club made of both iron and wood. The top portion of the club is split, as if someone took a baseball bat and split it in half. I tried to swing the club, but my ball just flopped a foot in front of me. Three people were standing off to the side watching my every move and talking about me after I swung. I decided to go to the golf cart and grab a new club – the 9 iron – and return to my ball. This time when I swung, the ball landed on the green near the pin.

Some of you may wonder what this dream has to do with you? I’ll explain. The broken golf club represents how some try to hold on to old patterns and ways. What you have been doing is broken leaving you empty, lonely, depressed and, at times, even oppressed.

Let go of the old and embrace the new

In this coming season, God wants you to let go of the old and embrace the new in Him. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” God is moving you in a new direction while some of you, out of fear, cling to old habits. You cannot gain freedom through your efforts. In this next season, God is doing a new work within you!

The enemy wants nothing more than for you to remain stuck. God desires that you break out and have freedom in Him. The enemy is so sly and cunning; he knows who (and what) to use to make you back down. But God reveals the schemes against you so you are equipped to move to the next level with Him.

Each of the three watching me have a name: Motive, Skepticism and Distraction. Each is used by the enemy to plant you outside of the Father’s heart. The only way to combat them is ensuring you are planted in His love. Love will always guide you, leading you down paths of truth manifesting His life within you. Watch out for all three, because they are very divisive against the heart of God. Each wages war for your heart to cause you to stumble, fumble and fall.

Motives can be good or bad. Motives grounded in the heart of the Father are good. Motives outside of His love are not for His purposes. Why do we do what we do at times? Is it to gain recognition and approval of man? Or do we have an audience of One? We must realize each motive not connected to the Father and rooted in His love is connected to insecurities and frailties. This is crucial to obtaining the breakthrough He desires us to have. God wants your heart full of His assurance which comes from His love. His assurance births truths of who you are in Him and releases possibilities for accomplishing whatever He sets before you.

Skepticism is ingrained in doubt and unbelief. Doubt causes your heart to waver while unbelief causes you to wander into disobedience. Too often, we view our circumstances through peripheral lenses. Isaiah 55:8 says, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord.” We must ask God to give us His perspective on every situation. Webster’s Dictionary defines skepticism as “an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object“. God desires our disposition always be filled with His hope and faith. Faith is defined as “…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). In this next level of breakthrough, you learn to contend with what God has given you. As I type, some of you need to ask God to increase your faith. Your heart is so entrenched in doubt because of what you see. I hear the Lord say, “What is will not always be, for I will go before you.” He is the God of Breakthrough!

The enemy uses distractions. Many of you have been in a war zone. Distractions come in like bombs, but God does not want them to deter you from the mission He gave you. To overcome the strategies of the enemy, your heart must be grounded in the heart of the Father. Jesus was grounded in the heart of the Father. Even as Satan tried to get Him off course, Jesus remained on course. How? The mission was always before Him. God desires the same for you and me. He will provide new ways to navigate so that we are not deceived and/or captured by the enemy.

You need to realize Satan’s tactics are to try to earn points against you, to tempt you to take their bait of luring and lies. Don’t! Each will try to move you out of God’s will; you are to hold fast to His heart. Stay connected to Him. And, as you do, your heart remains united with His.

The victory is yours!

When I decided (in my dream) to grab the 9 iron, it was symbolic of divine completeness. You may have started one way, but you finish in another. This is the year you succeed against your foe. He no longer can accuse you of false motives, because God is making those motives completely align with Him. Nor will he get you off course with skepticism and distractions. You are filled with determination, not fueled by self-will but by the Father’s love! There will be an increase of talents and gifts; God places them within you for greater movement.

You are equipped! God releases these strategies to you, because you are advancing!

In Him,
Rev. Melissa Pearce

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