Justin encouraged everyone to draw near to God and let Him reveal and help you with attacks of the enemy that are specifically against you to hinder of delay you in understanding and fulfilling the unique plan God has for your life. With examples from Abraham's life, Justin showed how he overcame the issues that kept him attempting to fulfill his destiny in his own strength, and showed how Abraham finally broke through to trusting God fully.
God created men and women in His image and in His likeness. He took of Himself, and put it into two very different places, man and woman. But together they were to represent the total heart He wanted displayed on the earth. God has given women some special ingredients that are needed. Being a mother is a special calling. Pastor Dawn explores what a mother is, beyond the natural. There are mothers that may not have given birth to a child in the natural, but they are assigned in the Kingdom to nurture, to have insight, to oversee and work alongside others who need a mother’s strength and the insight that they receive by the Spirit of God. You may be called to “mother” someone who is not your natural child.
We have been learning how to live like more than a conqueror – as Paul exhorted us. As Jesus taught and lived. A conqueror overcomes. A champion has the mindset that he has already won. A champion’s thinking should reflect the resurrection life that we have through Christ. We have positional authority sitting at the right hand of God, ruling and reigning with Christ. When Christ told His disciples to go and make disciples, He told them to do this based on His authority, which He had essentially given them. The disciples worked on behalf of Christ and the Kingdom of heaven. What Jesus said to His disciples then, He is still saying to His disciples today.
In order to live like a conqueror, we are going to have to change our mindset to that of a champion. We can achieve this if we train our minds to think on the victory that Jesus has already won for us. We must do more than hear it. We must do more than just speak. The love of God needs to be poured out with His Spirit, and with His anointing. You can arise to LOVE and take action, knowing that love conquers all! WHO is Jesus to YOU? He is our champion, and He always wins!
We can't change the truth, but if we believe the truth then it will change us. We have been made holy and faultless in God's eyes. Since our behavior reflects what we believe, we must choose to believe the truth that we are holy and perfect in God's sight. If we do that then our behavior will be holy and perfect. Announce aloud each day that you are holy, faultless in God's eyes, and that your actions line up. God will do amazing things in your life as you prove out this truth!
More than conquerors through Him – that is how He demonstrated His love for us. Love is our glorious victory over everything, because loving Him, completely, opens the door for us to understand who we are in HIM. It isn’t about how big the fight is against you. It is about how big God is on the inside of you. There is nothing the enemy can think of against you that God hasn’t provided the victory for. God is always ready to show Himself strong on your behalf. We are on the winning side!
Jesus came to conquer. He came to destroy the works of the enemy. And He came to create champions. Champions have a heart for first place. Champions live differently because they are living for something bigger than themselves, for others. God has called us all to be champions, more than conquerors, able to do the impossible. We can be who He called us to be, passionate people creating an atmosphere for miracles, bringing glory to Him, and fulfilling His dream!
All of us have faced times when we have cried out to God, and come to the conclusion that God has forgotten us. We know He is there, but we’re not seeing our prayers answered, or we’re not feeling His presence. The disciples of Jesus felt this way, and even Jesus Himself felt abandoned by His Father. However, we now know that behind the scenes, God was orchestrating the most important event for all of mankind. It wouldn’t be seen with natural eyes, nor heard with natural ears, but everything was changing for the benefit of those whom God loved. Hallelujah! We are living on the other side of the cross. On the other side of the empty tomb. Jesus is risen! He is not dead, and He will never be silent! And neither shall we be, for we were once dead, but now we are alive in HIM!
Hosanna to the King of kings! Who is Jesus to you? Is He just a man, or is He your everything? For without Him we will never be secure, or satisfied or complete. With Him, we can do all things as more than conquerors and take this land we have been assigned. Our authority is given us as children of the Most High God. We are children of God, and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Our life must revolve around Him with gratitude for what He has done. Worship aligns our heart to what He deserves. Let us glorify Him and enjoy Him as King.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. When the Spirit leads you into the wilderness, you can know that He is leading you to prepare you. To be ready and victorious when the enemy comes at you with temptation. So pay attention! God is always for you, and He desires to lead and protect you, and will always "nudge" you with His Spirit!