Welcome to a new year with new potential and new victories!
God said that He would build His Church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it! Let’s look at this closer.
Matthew 16:18 NKJV
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Who is building the Church? God, Himself!
Who can’t win? Hell!
Who then is the winner? The Church! Are you the Church? If you are a born-again believer, oh yes, you are! So how are we winning against the enemy? God answered that for us also.
Matthew 16:19 NKJV
And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.
We have been given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. We literally have the authority necessary to defeat the enemy on every side. We do this here on earth by recognizing what is in Heaven that is ours to bring to earth!
Last year we were to be ALL IN. I know that this is a continual process of making decisions on a daily basis to put Jesus at the center of our lives and surrender 100%. It is our privilege to be ALL IN, but now God is taking us to another level by giving us the mandate to be ALL OUT.
You can’t be ALL OUT if you are not ALL IN. To go ALL OUT you must have a revelation. In the above scriptures, Jesus said on the revelation of Peter, God would build the Church and the gates of hell would not prevail. He didn’t say He would build the Church on Peter, for no man could be the center. Look at the explanation closer.
Matthew 16:16 NKJV
Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
We can obey God and go ALL OUT only when we have settled the most important issue of ALL in our lives:
Jesus is the Christ. He is the Son of the living God. Peter was not speaking mere words now. He was declaring the authenticity of Jesus. He was not just a good man, a prophet, or a leader. He was ALL those, but He was ALL those with something no one else ever had or ever will have. He was the Messiah, the Anointed One sent from Heaven, the actual Son of deity, of the living deity, the supreme deity over ALL things, God Himself.
This is not just a statement Peter made. This was a revelation he had from the inside out. This was acknowledging spirit to spirit the ability of Christ to change everything. And everything would change.
Matthew 16:17 NKJV
Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven.”
The Father is alive. He is the supreme deity, still on the throne, and still in charge of His Church, us. He is still the one who can go past our knowledge into divine revelation to open our hearts to know Him and to serve Him out of a heart of acknowledging the truest facts that are still being revealed to His Church.
Daily we seek Him. Daily we love Him. Daily we receive from Him. But this year, we will concentrate on His heart. Daily we give to Him.
Let me pray for you:
I speak into you, spirit to spirit, right now, and I make this declaration over your life: You are in the midst of experiencing a breakthrough in your life. It will come by ways of revelation as you fast and pray each day. God’s promises of renewing you are coming alive as He is your pursuit. You will be changed in 21 days into a hungry, sold-out, ALL-OUT child of God who will love like never before, give like never before, and experience the joy of looking up and onward.
You are a part of the Bride of Christ that has ears to hear and a heart to obey. You are the difference that He has been counting on. His blessings are overtaking you and you will say, “Surely the Lord loves me and has met me and changed me. My circumstances are bowing at His feet as I choose to do the same. Hallelujah, I am having a miracle and I am bringing the miraculous everywhere I go! My God has won my heart!”
Amen. Let’s experience this together. Pressing on.
Welcome to 2019. Welcome to becoming ALL OUT.
So if we are to be ALL OUT this year, the first question we must answer is this: What is "ALL OUT?" This week we will be exploring the many definitions of being ALL OUT, so let’s begin with this one:
“ALL” refers to everything, and “OUT” is an intensifier. So “ALL OUT” means “everything and more.”
- ALL that exists
- ALL that is important
- ALL that relates to the subject
So to be ALL OUT we need to take every part of us that exists—our body, soul and spirit—and give it ALL, on purpose, to the purposes of God.
The world, including Christians, have become self-focused. Their attention is on how everything affects them, instead of how it affects the Kingdom of God. How will my actions today reflect God’s will on the earth? How did Jesus exemplify to all that He was under the authority of the Father? How did He lead others back into unity with the Father?
ALL that is important IS eternal. We can’t take our houses, our cars, our hobbies, our buff bodies, our money or our natural investments with us into eternity. But we can take honor, glory, love, humility, other people, and the works that pass through the fire into Heaven with us.
What a glorious day that will be, but we must invest in the eternal, here, and not wait for eternity to happen. Everything is ALL that relates to the subject. What subject? The heart of Jesus.
The Church has unfortunately been known for division, control, abuse of authority, greed, and other horrible atrocities. But the Church, the Bride that is being raised up in these last days, must surrender to being the very likeness of Jesus Himself. They are the ones who consider others before themselves, the ones who give ALL that they are and ALL that they have for the sake of others and for the sake of the cross and ALL that it means—redemption, healing, and deliverance.
You see, when the Church does this, they will arise with abilities beyond themselves; they will lay hands on the sick and see them recover before their eyes.
They will cast out demons and see the freedom only Heaven can bring. Because of their surrender, they can bring total freedom. They will arise and speak words of truth that surpass the natural and invade with supernatural ability to root out the lies of the enemy.
EVERYTHING belongs to Him. We must willingly give it to Him. He will not force us. But if we choose not to give Him everything, we are, in fact, robbers of what He deserves.
Into the possession and control of another.
When we are ALL OUT, we have given our thoughts, our possessions and our control into the hands of the Father for that which glorifies Him. So what glorifies Him? Unconditional love. What did Jesus do? He was the perfect depiction of unconditional love. That perfect depiction was always loving those who despitefully used Him, betrayed Him, and railed against Him, and yet, He held nothing against them. He gave everything for them. He went out of His way daily to reach them, to teach them, and to portray real love with actions, not just words.
To be ALL OUT also means to completion and satisfaction.
When we are ALL OUT we don’t do things halfway for God. We don’t pray halfway. We don’t give halfway. We don’t speak halfway for God.
No, we are bold, and we are intercessors with purpose. We are aware of our design as givers and we give it ALL OUT with no withholding. Today, we must ask ourselves, are we ready? Are we ALL IN? Have we sat at His feet? Have we confessed our sins? Have we vowed to Him to live for Him?
If not, this is the time to make sure we are ALL IN so we can be focused on being ALL OUT this year, giving Him everything and more.
Dear Father God,
we recognize that You went ALL OUT and gave everything and more for us through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus. What a sacrifice! You loved us enough to give that which meant the most to You, so that we could simply be reconciled to You as our Father. We ask for forgiveness for knowing to do good, and doing it not. Please forgive us and let this year be the year we break from selfishness and anything else that is not pleasing to You. Help us to move forward IN YOU, FOR YOU and with YOU for the sake of others. For eternity’s sake, we are going ALL OUT,
Let it Happen - Andrea Marie
Intimacy – Pastor Dawn
Daily as I Live – Christ Morgan
Only Jesus – Casting Crowns
You Satisfy My Soul – Laura Hackett
What was your “ah-ha” moment?
How can you apply this in your relationship with God, and what changes will you have to make?
How can this help you with your family?
How can this help you with others in your daily life?
Think BIG: By applying these truths, how are you expecting this to impact your family, others I your everyday life, your city, and the world?