Habakkuk 2:2 "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it."
God is in Your Corner with Victory in His Hands
In times and seasons of transition everything can seem unsure and unfamiliar. As an American I live in a nation of great transition and change and even the atmosphere here feels unfamiliar. Throughout the world we are living in times that feel unsure and unfamiliar with all the different types of changes on the global stage. In the earthly realm the landscape appears fearful and glib but there is another realm that is even more real where the landscape is beautiful, hopeful and glorious…that is the heavenly realm.
As I went to bed last night I began to experience something that was very unfamiliar to me. First you should know that I am a “glass half full” type of person. I am usually hopeful, expectant and tend to remember the good things and forget the negative things. But last night as I went to bed a very unfamiliar sense of “doom” came over my soul that was like having something reach in and rip hope out of me momentarily.
Immediately I asked the Holy Spirit what this was and He said, “This is what many of my people are experiencing at this time.”
Then I asked Him, “What should I do?”
He answered, “Begin to speak truth and imagine miracles.”
As I laid there I began to repeat again and again the truth of the goodness of God. I quoted promises and scriptures of hope and life. Even though my soul felt like absolute devastation was eminent, I knew in my spirit that God was able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than I can ever ask or imagine. I began to let my imagination see miracles and victory. As I did this I could feel hope returning and Heaven invading my soul.
Then I heard the Lord say, “Tell My people that I am in their corner.”
When I heard these words even greater hope rushed in upon my soul and my spirit rose up in truth. If God is for me than who can be against me? The enemy has once again over-played his hand. He has created circumstances that appear impossible and unimaginable for our human minds to comprehend how victory is possible. Then I realized that THE ENEMY HAS CREATED THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR MIRACLES!
God is in your corner and He has victory with Him. As you go out today to face circumstances that appear impossible know that you are on the verge of a miracle. Begin to speak truth, declare His goodness and cling to His promises and Word. He is in your corner with the miracle that you need to bring victory to unimaginable situations.
It is time to imagine miracles! God wants to rewire your imagination to focus on what is miraculous and victorious. It is as though the seasons of hardship have shut down the place of imagination in many of God’s sons and daughters. Imagination is not a place of false hopes but a place where dreams and miracles are envisioned. God is taking our imagination back for His dreams and purposes.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (Amplified Version) Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do super-abundantly 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, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.
In the deep spirit of a man the fire must glow or his love is not the true love of God. (A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God).
Nothing of this tangible world–no possession, no deep and loving friendship, no sensual experience, no mood-altering substance, no religious pleasure–can comfort and fill the human heart with joy and delight like the presence of Jesus.
After many years, I have found that all my “spiritual stuff,” upon which I depended so heavily to bring me into wholeness and holy living, amounted to nothing but, as Paul wrote, a pile of dung. My pleading, my grasping, my agonized wrestling, my guilt, my shame, my repentance, my hopeful but ultimately vain promises to “do better”; the memories of these are seared across my soul; welts caused by the fiery brand of dead works.
But to be engulfed in the inferno that is the love and presence of the Triune God; to encounter it, even if but for a moment, kindles within me the light of truth and flame of holy passion. It alights my spirit and creates a desire for, and a delight in, the will and the ways of God. Encountering Him causes my heart to “burn within me.” Encountering Him burns away the hindering claw of the flesh and releases me to run with Him to the mountain of spices, where His fragrance perfumes the atmosphere and permeates the physical surroundings. I dance with hind’s feet, rejoicing with the Lover of my soul.
When I encounter Him, even for an instant, I want to follow and obey; I wish to lay down my life that He would take it up and make of me what He will. I desire to forsake all for the sake of knowing Christ Jesus and dwelling near His noble and magnificent heart. I am connected to the Vine by His grace; I have but one desire and holy passion: that I may dwell in the house of YHVH all the days of my life, to behold His beauty and inquire in His temple.
I find my only true satisfaction and genuine knowledge of who I am by encountering the One who created me. By ravishing my heart, He makes me pure. So I cry:
Kiss me with the kisses of Your mouth– For Your love is better than wine…. Your name is ointment poured forth…. Draw me away! I will run after You.
In humility, drenched in His love as with the morning dew, we follow even as we seek, we cry for more even as He satisfies us, we mourn even as we leap with joy. The “now and not yet” is in our hearts, the sure and present promise of His great glory within us and His inheritance of majesty shown now to the powers and principalities of this present age, with a destiny to proclaim throughout endless ages the majesty of His awesome beauty and His powerful work in us, His chosen beloved.
The rational minds of men and women cannot–and will not–grasp the beauty of this truth. Rebellious and relentless reasoning constantly batter us, strengthened by the pervasive clamor of our culture and the self-demonstrating world of our senses and the seductive, whispered lies of the infernal enemy of our souls; they conspire to cast us from the delights of the Garden: walking in the cool of the day, basking in innocent and free communion; and thrust us squalling and fighting our way into the tyranny of false godhood, enchanted by the siren call of pernicious, tower-building skepticism and the arrogant cynicism of the “knowledge of good and evil.”
In his search for a statement that could not be doubted, Descartes arrived at “I think; therefore I am.” So many believe that their own rational thoughts are the sum total of their explanation for existence. But our staggering, blistering hubris has led us to destruction and silenced the gentle whisper of the Voice within us. The power of the human mind, our fractured reasoning, without humility, has slaughtered love. I choose instead:
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Just as intimacy between a man and woman produces a new human child, so intimacy with God produces a new creation, birthed in glory, swaddled in love–an extravagant reminder, once again, of His mercy, and an expression of hope that can change the world.