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Going further, faster

from JO’s sermon tonight:

we’re living in a day where God is speeding things up. what should have taken you a lifetime to accomplish, because you honor God, He’s going to do it in a fraction of the time.  in your career, maybe it should take you 20 years to work your way up to that position, build your business up, no, things have shifted, God’s going to give you breaks that you didn’t deserve, bring the right people across your path, you’re going to see opportunity like you’ve never seen before, it’s going to take you further, faster.  get those 2 words down in your spirit.  it may look like in the natural it’s going to take you years to get outta debt, get well, overcome that problem;  no, you need to get ready, you’ve come into this shift.  think of it like a car;  when you shift from 2nd gear up to 4th gear, the engine is still running at the same speed, it’s not working any harder, but you’re going faster, covering more ground.  the higher gears have greater capacity, they’re designed to go faster.  in the same way, because you’ve kept God first place, He’s shifting you to a higher gear;  you’re going to go further, faster, not because you’re working harder, trying to make it all happen, no, you’re putting forth the same effort, bein’ your best every day, but all of a sudden you get a good break that thrusts you years down the road.  you get a promotion that you weren’t qualified for, you’re going to look up and think, “how did I get here?  should have taken me another 20 years, but here I am.”  “medical report said it’d take me 5 years to recover, but I did it in 6 months.”  what is that?  God taking you further, faster.

part of the shift is acceleration;  it’s not going to take as long to accomplish your goals as you think.  it’s not going to take as long to get out of that problem as it looks.  almighty God, the creator of the universe, is breathing in your direction;  He’s going to cause things to fall into place.  the right people are going to be drawn to you, good breaks, opportunity, healing, restoration, favor, it’s not going to be business as usual, you’ve come into a shift, it’s going to be business as unusual.  you may think it’s going to take you 30 years to get outta debt, pay your house off, you’ve already run the #s, calculated it all, no, you don’t know what God is up to, you don’t know what God already destined to come across your path.  one phone call, contract, good break, inheritance, and you’re totally debt-free.  you’re into overflow.  get ready, God is saying, “it’s going to happen sooner than you think, I am shifting things in your favor, you’re going to come into acceleration.”  what should have taken you a lifetime to accomplish, He’s going to do in a split second of time.  don’t talk yourself out of it;  “I don’t have the seniority, I got all this debt, I’ve gone as far as I can,” no, be a believer and not a doubter;  you may not see a way, but God still has a way.  our attitude should be,  “God, I’m in agreement with You, I believe You have shifted things in my favor, You are takin’ me further, faster. I will accomplish my dreams sooner than I think.  I will overcome these problems quicker than I thought.”  when you do that, Almighty God will open doors that no man can shut. He’ll connect you to the right people, His favor will thrust you years down the road.

God has already lined up the right people for you;  they are already in your future, it’s just a matter of time before they show up.  they will open doors that you could not open, they will show you favor even though you didn’t ask.  they will use their influence to make you look good, they’re ordained by God to accelerate His plan for your life, you don’t have to go try to find the right people;  you just honor God, and the right people will find you, they’ll pick you out of a crowd, knock on your door, for some reason they will want to be good to you.  that’s a divine connection;  God will cause them to use their expertise, even their funds, to take you further, faster.  you’ll accomplish more in less time, you’ll be promoted beyond your education, increase beyond your experience, the right people will help you go where you could not go on your own.  you don’t need everyone to help you, you just need one person God ordained, and you will accomplish in a split second what could’ve taken you your whole lifetime. “I don’t know if this will happen for me, I never get any good breaks,” it’s not going to happen with that attitude, you cannot  think thoughts of defeat and lack all day and expect to have abundance, you can’t talk mediocrity and expect to have victory, you are prophesying your future.  if you want to see this shift occur in your own life, you’ve gotta get in agreement, and say, “yes, God, this is for me.  I believe you’ve lined up the right people, I know they’re already in my future, I just wanna thank You that I’ll accomplish my dreams sooner than I think,”  in the natural, it may not look like it, but we serve a supernatural God;  He’s about to release floods of His favor, healing, good breaks.  take the limits off of God, don’t think of all the reasons this is not going to work, God wouldn’t have given you the dream unless He already had a way to bring it to pass;  if you will stay in faith, it will not only happen sooner than you think, it’ll be bigger than you imagined.  that’s the way our God is;  He likes to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond.

the chinese bamboo;  for the first 4 years, it barely grows above ground, you hardly see anything happening, it looks like you’re wasting your time, but what you can’t see is under the ground it’s developing a massive root system, the roots are spreading out in every possible direction.  in the 5th year, once the roots are properly established, the plant will shoot up to as high as 80 feet;  from 0 to 80′ all in one year.  many of you have been faithful, given, served, helped others, sown a lot of seeds, but you haven’t seen a lot of progress;  yes, God’s been good to you, you’re grateful, but nothing really out of the ordinary.  that was the equivalent of your 4 years of developing roots;  you were proving to God that you would be faithful, do the right thing when it was hard. get ready, God is sayin’, “you’re coming into your 5th year, you’re going to see explosive growth that will take you to levels beyond your income, training, experience.”  in this 5th year, good breaks will find you, the right people will search you out, opportunity will come knocking on your door.  the 5th year is harvest and favor time;  you’re going to reap from all the seeds that you’ve sown down through the years. nothing you’ve ever given has gone unnoticed.  every sacrifice you’ve made, every time you stopped to help someone, God sees that.

the scripture talks about how God will reward us in this life (NB:  I couldn’t find it, but it’s probably there in some form), not just the sweet by-and-by. because you’ve been faithful, there is a harvest stored up, God is about to release everything that belongs to you.  it’s going to happen sooner than you think, bigger than you imagined, God is going to bring out gifts and talents you didn’t even know you had.  He’s gonna open up new doors of opportunity.  this 5th year is when God is going to shoot you up higher than you ever even dreamed of.  Ruth experienced this 5th year;  she would go into the fields every morning and gather the leftover wheat, that’s how she and her mother-in-law Naomi were living.  Ruth could have gone back to her hometown, but she didn’t want to leave Naomi by herself;  she sowed these seeds of kindness and generosity.  Boaz, who owned the fields, noticed Ruth; he told his workers to leave handfuls of wheat for her.  he ended up falling in love with her, they got married, and instead of Ruth having to work in the field she owned the field.  God took her further, faster.  this story shows us the heart of God;  Ruth was satisfied living off of leftovers, but God wasn’t satisfied;  that was fine for a season, a time of testing and proving for Ruth, but God did not want that to be permanent, God didn’t want her to spend the rest of her life working in the field, God wanted her to own that field.

God’s dream for your life is much bigger than your own.  don’t get satisfied just having your needs supplied;  yes, be grateful, but God has so much more in store.  He wants you to come into overflow, abundance, to where you can be a greater blessing wherever you go.  you may be working for that company, but God knows how to shift things to where you own your own company.  you may be workin’ behind the scenes like I was for 17 years, but then you come into your 5th year, and you see explosive growth, and God takes you places that you’ve never even dreamed of.  make room for God to do something big in this new year, go out every day with this expectancy, “God is working in my life right now.  Lord, I just wanna thank you for explosive blessings, divine connections, unprecedented favor.”  Nehemiah had a dream to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  in the natural, it was impossible;  he was living 1000 miles away, working as a cup-bearer for the king.  he didn’t have the $, position, resources.  on paper, he didn’t have a chance, but he knew that God’s favor was on him.  he asked this king for permission to take a leave of absence to go and rebuild that wall.  notice his boldness.  he wasn’t a senior advisor in the administration, he was working in the kitchen.  he could have thought, “who am I?  I could never do something big.  I don’t have the influence, $, I don’t know the right people.”  his attitude was:

Nehemiah 2:8 (NIV)

And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.

he was saying, “it may not look like it in the natural, but I have a secret weapon that you cannot see;  the favor of God is on my life.”  Nehemiah started rebuilding the wall;  he had all kinds of opposition. city leaders wouldn’t give him a permit, critics tried to stop him, he had to fight off bandits.  he just kept being his best, doing what God had called him to do.  that should have taken him years, but he rebuilt that wall in just 52 days.  what was that?  God taking him further, faster.  God had it all lined up, gave him favor with the king, arranged the right people, resources, protection.  it should have taken years, that wall had been down for a long time, shoulda taken him his whole lifetime, but with God’s help he did it in 52 days.  your dream may seem too big, “I’ve waited too long, missed too many opportunities, I don’t have the resources, connections,” no, God has it all figured out;  because you’ve honored Him, God is sayin’, “I’m bringing you into your 5th year.  I’m gonna connect you to the right people, give you breaks that you didn’t deserve, open doors that you weren’t qualified for, give you wisdom beyond your years.”  God is going to accelerate His plan for your life.  you could be goin’ along, normal pace, been that way for years, but now, you’ve hit this shift;  get ready for acceleration, new doors to open, the right people to show up at your doorstep.  have this attitude of expectancy;  further, faster.  there will always be opposition to you moving forward;  don’t be discouraged, that’s a sign that God has shifted things.

the enemy doesn’t want you to move forward.  as long as you’re complacent, stay where you are, that’s no problem, but when you start taking new ground, when you start praying God-sized prayers, when you know God has shifted things in your favor, don’t be surprised if you have opposition.  all that means is you are close to your victory, to seeing explosive blessings.  because you’ve been faithful, problems you’ve struggled with for years are going to suddenly resolve, unexpectedly turn around.  God is going to cause things to fall into place, the right people are going to show up;  you need to get ready for acceleration.  God has shifted you into a higher gear.  He’s enlarging your capacity.  you’re going to accomplish more in less time, go further putting forth the same amount of effort.  you’ve come into your 5th year, God is accelerating His plan for your life.  it’s not going to take a lifetime for you to accomplish your dreams, it’s going to happen in a fraction of the time.  it’s not gonna take you 30 years to get outta debt, supernatural increase is coming your way.  it’s not gonna take years to overcome that addiction, break that bad habit, get healthy again, it’s gonna happen sooner than you think.  do your part, stay in agreement with God, get up every mornin’, say, “Lord, I wanna thank You that You’re taking me further, faster.”   and then, go out each day with that expectancy, that “God is at work in my life right now.”  if you do this, you’re gonna see divine connections, the right people come across your path, instead of working in the field, you’re gonna end up owning the field.  God’s gonna do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond, further, faster, give the Lord a shout of praise!!

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