God is preparing His people for advancement. With this advancement, there will be battles, but we will overcome!
We will operate in our God-given authority. We will not second-guess who we are in Him. We will not experience intimidation and/or fear. We will not be overcome by the distractions. This is the season of God’s finest hour – and our possessing what He has for us!
“And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings; so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. You must not fear them, for the LORD your God Himself fights for you’” (NKJV – Deuteronomy 3:21-22).
Joshua witnessed God delivering two enemy kings into his hands. In our season of advancement, we must hold fast to the victories we attained in our past. Advancement comes when we have confidence. There are two elements to confidence. The first stems from our perspective of God and His ability to deliver on our behalf. The second stems from functioning from our position as heir in Christ Jesus. Both are critically necessary for our advancement!
Warrior or Victim?
“…seen all that the LORD your God has done” was a reminder that, although God will fight our battles for us, we must position ourselves for battle. We must be strong in mind, body and soul (emotions, attitudes and/or will). What’s your attitude? Is it that of a mighty warrior? Or a victim? When you have the right posture, you are positioned for victory: “Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (AMP – Ephesians 6:16). We must operate from a position of faith. Faith believes in the character of God. Faith relies on truth. Faith sees how God perceives.
“…so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass” was a reminder to the people of Israel that they were to overcome different kings and possess the land as their inheritance. God has given us a realm to conquer for Him. Although we do not fight against physical kings, we fight against the principalities of darkness: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places” (AMP – Ephesians 6:12). Part of winning the battle is recognizing who our enemy is and how he operates. We know Satan roars around us like a lion, trying to instill fear into our heart. He masquerades as light, trying to instill doubt and confusion.
We Must Not Fear:
We must not fear when opposition rises against us but realize God is fighting for us. God always leads us into triumph, if we trust Him for the victory. To advance, we must stop fighting spiritual battles with natural means. We must battle from a position of victory – not trying to obtain victory! There is a difference. God has already given us the victory; we must simply follow His lead!
The enemy knows how to attack us. He knows what will throw us off course with God. He knows what will cause us to worry – to fret or lose sight of God and His ability to fight for us. He knows how to target us, so we are depleted – leaving us hopeless. Don’t get distracted! He will use health, finances, family and even our future to get us off course with God!
His tactics are relentless but futile. Don’t allow your heart to fill with fear and doubt. Operate in your God-given authority from knowing you are an heir in Christ Jesus! See yourself as a son or daughter clothed in His grace and suited with His armor. When we see ourselves as a son or daughter, we know the Father’s heart and continue abiding in His relentless grace while stepping into the very assignment He ordained us to accomplish for Him. We don’t back down, because we know it rightfully belongs to us!
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us…” (AMP – Ephesians 3:20). God wants us to not only achieve but to excel! The word power in the Greek means strength, to be able to perform miracles and/or excellence of soul. This is the same power Jesus spoke about to the disciples, informing them they would receive this power when the Holy Spirit came upon them (Acts 1:8). This same power resides within us today! Christ Jesus gives us the ability to do all things through Him. This is our season of operating in what He has already given us!
A New Season of Advancement
Is the enemy trying to get you to back down, quit, stop trying and/or convince you that you are not making a difference? If you aren’t making a difference for God, the enemy wouldn’t try so hard to make you quit! Hold fast to God!
It’s a new season of advancement. Now is the time for us to achieve and excel! God has mighty plans for us! We were not born a spectator but a participator in the Kingdom of God!
Rev. Melissa Pearce