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from JO’s sermon tonight:

there are times in life where we feel like we’re going in circles, doing the right thing but not making much progress, we don’t see anything changing. it’s easy to lose our passion, and get discouraged. but one test that we all have to pass is being faithful when nothing new is happening. it’s easy to be our best when we’re getting good breaks, things are falling into place; that doesn’t take much faith. what about when you’re working hard and not getting the credit? you’re being your best, but your marriage isn’t improving, honoring God, but not seeing increase? will you trust Him when it feels like you’re going in circles, stay passionate when you’re doing the same thing again and again?

when you’re faithful in the routine, something is happening that you can’t see; your character is being developed, your spiritual muscles are getting stronger, you’re being prepared for where God is taking you. the routineness of life is not exciting, but it is necessary; you won’t become all that you were created to be without being your best when it’s mundane, being excellent, having a good attitude, when it’s just another ordinary day, nothing exciting is happening. you could see it as boring, when is this going to change, but you understand this principle; you’re being prepared. when God can trust you to be faithful in the ordinary, then He’ll take you into the extraordinary; when you’re faithful in average days, then you’ll see exceptional days.

but sometimes, we’re frustrated, because we know that we have more in us, but we’re not seeing it happen; we don’t understand why we’re not making progress. God will always put bigger things in your spirit before they come to pass; you may be dealing with something mediocre, but God is preparing you for something great.

David was anointed to be the king as a young man, then God sent him back to the shepherds’ fields; he had a king’s anointing, yet he was taking care of sheep. your anointing will supersede where you are right now. God called David to rule a nation, but he was doing a menial task, day in and day out, boring, routine, nothing exciting. he could’ve gotten discouraged; “God, why isn’t it happening? You said I’d be the king.” if he had not passed this test of being faithful in the routine, he would’ve never taken the throne.

like David, you may know that you have more in you, you can feel those seeds of greatness, but you’re doing something menial, beneath your training, you’re being overlooked at work, nobody takes your advice, at home, nobody says thank you; be faithful where God has you now, in the routine.

this is where David excelled; out in the shepherds’ fields, he didn’t slack off, show up late, have a sour attitude, thinking, “when I get to where I’m going, then I’ll give it my all, when I take the throne, then I’ll show people what I’m made of.” no, he showed what he was made of when nobody was watching; he understood that he wasn’t working unto people, he was working unto God. he was excellent where God had him, even though he didn’t like it; that’s what led to the throne, all those ordinary days of being his best.

are you being excellent where God has you now? “this isn’t where I want to be; I want a better job, and to own my own house.” here’s the key; you’ll never make it there if you’re not faithful where you are. you won’t see promotion if you’re not being your best where God has you right now.

13 years later, after being faithful in the shepherds’ fields, going through all kinds of unfair situations, David suddenly took the throne. passing the test in ordinary days is what leads to exceptional days; that’s when you’ll see moments of favor, where God thrusts you years ahead. it’s not the big things that hold most people back, it’s the small things: being faithful day in and day out, going to work with a good attitude, sitting in traffic and not complaining, showing up to church week after week. being faithful in the routine is what prepares you for promotion. you may feel like you’re going in circles, not making much progress, but the right attitude is, “I may not like where I am, but God, since You have me here, I know that this is where I’m supposed to be, so I’m going to keep being my best, giving, serving, helping others, right where I am.”

we read about the great heroes of faith in the Bible, and their lives seem very exciting, but most of the time, their lives were routine. there will be more ordinary days than there are exciting days; if you live from big event to big event, waiting for something exciting to keep you encouraged, you’ll be disappointed. learn to enjoy where God has you right now; it may feel like you’re no closer to your dreams than you were years ago, but when you do the ordinary with a good attitude, that’s getting you prepared for the new things that God has in store.

sometimes, the reason that God is not changing the circumstances is that He’s using the circumstances to change us. if you’ll start passing these tests, being patient when it’s taking longer than we’d like, staying in faith when we’re not getting our way, having a smile even when we’re uncomfortable, we’re growing, developing, showing God that we trust Him. like with David, that’s when you’ll not just be anointed for the throne, you’ll take your throne.

Jeremiah 18:6 (ERV)
6 You are like the clay in the potter’s hands, and I am the potter.” This message is from the Lord.

the clay could say, “I don’t like going in circles; let me off this wheel so I can make progress.” what the clay doesn’t realize is that it is making progress; while it’s going in circles, the potter is forming it. you may feel like you’re spinning today, doing the same thing over and over, not making much progress, but God is making and molding you. when you’re faithful where you are, keep doing the right thing even though you’re not making progress, have a song of praise when you could be complaining, you are rising higher.

when Joshua was leading the Israelites towards the promised land:

Joshua 6:1 (NIV)
6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

in the natural, there was no way that the Israelites could get past that wall and make it to the promised land.

Joshua 6:2-3 (NIV)
2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.

I’m sure Joshua thought, “God, we need to get into the city, and you’re telling us to walk around it, to go in circles?”

for 6 days, they didn’t see anything changing, but on the seventh day:

Joshua 6:15-20 (NIV)
15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and… circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!… the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

researchers have found that the walls fell in such a way as to create a ramp over the rubble of the walls.

when you’re faithful in the routine, God will make things happen that you couldn’t make happen. you may have been doing the right thing for a long time, you feel like you’re being left out, falling behind, but God is closely watching you; your time is coming. it’s going to happen suddenly, unexpectedly; God has explosive blessings. no obstacle is too big, no wall is too high, no enemy is too powerful; one touch of God’s favor can catapult you years ahead.

Psalm 18:29 (AMPC)
29 For by You I can run through a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.

God will get you to where you’re supposed to be.

why did have God have them march around in circles, when he could’ve brought the wall down when Joshua asked? marching around that city was a test; God wanted to see if they would be faithful in the routine, trust Him when they were going in circles. you’re not always going to understand why something isn’t changing; don’t get caught up in the whys, it is simply a test. keep being faithful where you are, and those walls will come down.

when they were marching around the city:

Joshua 6:10 (NIV)
10 But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout.

God knew that if He didn’t keep them quiet, they would’ve talked themselves out of it; “why are we walking around in circles? Joshua has lost his mind.” if they would’ve gone around the walls with a negative attitude, even though they were doing the right thing, it would not have happened.

when you feel like you’re going in circles, not making much progress, don’t start talking about how it’s never going to happen; do yourself a favor, and zip it up. you can do the right thing with the wrong attitude and miss the blessing. when you go around the wall with a good attitude, that’s passing the test. Like with the Israelites, that obstacle that should’ve stopped you will suddenly come down.

Psalm 110:1 (NIV)
1 … “Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”

they will become a steppingstone for you to rise to the next level.

on the surface, it looked like it was the shout that brought the walls down, but the shout without the obedience of walking around the walls would not have had the same effect.

God is a God of justice; He’ll make your wrongs right. you may have gone through some disappointments, situations that you feel like have put you at a disadvantage, but no person can keep you from your destiny, no bad break can stop what God has ordained for you. don’t get discouraged, don’t try to pay people back; the disappointments, bad breaks, betrayals, are all a part of God’s plan. God uses things that we don’t like, that we don’t understand, to push us into our purpose. sometimes, it feels like things are spinning out of control; the truth is, they are spinning in control. God is directing your steps, closing doors, moving the wrong people out. He controls the universe. He won’t allow the spinning unless ultimately it’s going to work to your advantage. the challenge is to trust Him while you’re spinning, when you don’t understand it.

when Moses was born, Pharaoh had put out a decree that all the male babies were to be killed; Moses’ mother hid him for 3 months. like with Moses, sometimes God will hide you; you’ll go through a season where you’re not being noticed, celebrated. you have all these gifts, so much to offer, but you’re being overlooked, ignored. these times when God hides us are times of testing, proving; are you going to keep being your best, even though you’re being overlooked? if you’re not faithful when you’re hidden, how can God trust you to be faithful when you’re out in the open?

Exodus 2:3-10 (CEV)
3 But when she could no longer keep him hidden, she made a basket out of reeds and covered it with tar. She put him in the basket and placed it in the tall grass along the edge of the Nile River… 5 About that time one of the king’s daughters came down to take a bath in the river… 10 And when he was old enough… the king’s daughter, who adopted him.

Moses went from being hidden to being noticed by one of the most influential families of that day.

when you pass the test of being faithful in the routine, there will come a time when God will say, “you can be hidden no longer.” He will cause the right people to see you, celebrate you; you’ll not only be noticed, you’ll be celebrated. you may feel like you’ve been hidden, overlooked, ignored; stay encouraged, God is about to bring you out. His face is going to shine down on you in a new way. you’re not going to have to make it happen; the right people are going to find you, doors are going to open that you couldn’t open, promotion is going to track you down.

John 2:1-7 (NIV)
2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”… 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”

6 x 30 = 180 gallons; if the workers took a 3 gallon bucket to the well, that would take as much as 60 trips to get all that water. I can imagine the workers thinking, “why are we doing this? we need wine, why are we carrying water?” they could’ve talked themselves out of it; instead, they kept doing the ordinary, carrying the water, faithful in the routine. it would’ve been easy to have stayed in faith if, when they drew the water out of the well, it immediately turned into wine, but nothing was changing. when God can trust you to be faithful getting water, when everything looks ordinary, then He will take you into the extraordinary. you may be believing for wine, but all you’re seeing is water; be faithful in your water days. don’t be discouraged by what you don’t see; wine is coming. it’s going to happen suddenly; it’s going to be unexpected.

John 2:9-10 (NIV)
9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

when you pass this test of being faithful in the routine, God has saved the best for last; what’s in your future is going to be more rewarding, exciting, then anything you’ve imagined. many of you have passed this test, been faithful day in and day out; the walls that have held you back are about to come tumbling down. God is going to take you into the fullness of your destiny.

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from JO’s sermon tonight:

in the Old Testament, the only way that they could have forgiveness for sins was to sacrifice an animal; without the shedding of blood, there was no remission for sin. every year, the high priest would go into the holy of holies, the most sacred place in the temple, and offer a sacrifice for his sins and the sins of all the people; it was called the day of atonement. If the sacrifice was acceptable, their sins would not be taken away, they would be covered; they would be good for another year. if everything wasn’t perfect, the sacrifice wouldn’t be acceptable; they wouldn’t have God’s blessing.

God wanted to make a new covenant that would permanently take care of sin, but it would take a special kind of sacrifice; the blood of goats and bulls wasn’t good enough. one day, when John the Baptist was ministering:

John 1:29 (ESV)
29 he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

when Jesus shed his blood and died on the cross:

Hebrews 9:12 (CEB)
12 He entered the holy of holies once for all by his own blood, not by the blood of goats or calves, securing our deliverance for all time.

his blood put an end to the old system of sacrificing again and again, hoping that we would be forgiven. now, we can live with the confidence that all of our sins, past, present and future, have been, not just temporarily atoned for, but washed away; this is the power of the blood.

when Jesus hung on the cross, he took all of our mistakes, failures, weaknesses, all the times we’ve blown it or ever will blow it, and forgave it. God has already forgiven you.

but this sacrifice won’t do you any good if you don’t receive it. if you go around guilty, condemned, trying to pay God back for your mistakes, no, the price has already been paid. receive His mercy, love. every day; “Father, thank You that I am forgiven, redeemed.” the accuser will tell you just the opposite; “God’s not going to forgive you, look what you’ve done, the way you’ve lived, you knew better than that.” it’s easy to believe these lies, go around with a heaviness, no passion for life; do you think that your mistake was too much for the blood that Christ shed? you’ve been redeemed by the sinless, spotless, all-powerful son of the living God; no mistake that you’ve made is too much for this blood. shake off the guilt, quit living condemned, and receive the forgiveness. we are under the new covenant. we no longer have to rely on the blood of bulls and goats; because of the blood that Christ shed, our sins have been permanently taken care of.

2 Corinthians 5:19 (NLT)
19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.

He has blotted them out.

too many people live condemned, always thinking about their past mistakes. they’ve asked God to forgive them every day for years, but they don’t understand; the first time they asked, God forgave them. since God let it go, why don’t you let it go, forgive yourself, and move forward with your life? as long as you’re looking backwards, living in regret, beating yourself up over past mistakes, you will never step into the new things that God has in store. you’ve been redeemed, restored.

Isaiah 44:22 (NASB)
22 “I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a heavy mist.

we all make mistakes, and have times when our lives are clouded by poor choices, but:

Isaiah 43:25 (NIV)
25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.

quit remembering what God has forgotten; when you dwell on the past, relive your mistakes, all it’s doing is causing a new cloud to form. God is for you; the enemy is against you. you get to cast the deciding vote; are you going to believe the lies, live guilty, think you couldn’t be good enough for God to accept you?

Ephesians 1:6 (WE)
6 We have been accepted by God through Jesus Christ

will you receive it, start acting like a child of the most high God? after all that Christ has done for us, the incredible price that he paid on the cross, it doesn’t bring him any honor for us to go around feeling unworthy. let’s do our part and start believing that we are redeemed, forgiven, with an everlasting release from our sins.

for hundreds of years, the Israelites were in slavery. God sent plague after plague on the Egyptians who were holding them, but Pharaoh wouldn’t change his mind. when God commanded the death of every firstborn, the Israelites were given special instructions to protect them:

Exodus 12:5-13 (NIV)
5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats… slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses… 12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals… 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

when you say, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” what you’re doing, in effect, is putting the blood over your door post. when you’ve accepted the sacrifice of Christ’s salvation, that’s a place of protection; no weapon formed against you will prosper. there is a bloodline that the enemy cannot cross. if the blood of an animal could keep them safe in the old days, how much more so the blood of the son of the living God?

I’m not saying that negative things will never happen, you’ll never have a difficulty, that’s not reality, I’m saying that nothing will happen without God’s permission; because of the blood, there’s a hedge around you and your family. you don’t know how many things came against you, but because of the blood, they had to pass over. the forces of darkness are not moved by what family you come from, what church you go to, how many good deeds you do; what they respond to is the blood over your life. all through the day, “Lord, thank You that my children, my finances, my health, my future are covered by Your blood.”

God gives every person a chance; there will be destiny moments where you can make a decision that will set you on a better course to become who you were created to be. in the scripture:

Joshua 2:1-4 (NIV)
2 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies… they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there…3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.” 4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.

Joshua 2:14-18 (NIV)
14 “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.”… [tie] this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and [bring] your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house.

Joshua 6:25 (NIV)
25 Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho

the scarlet cord represents the blood; as long as you keep the blood over your life, enemies, sickness, defeat will have to pass you by. you’re protected by the blood.

Genesis 4:8-10 (NIV)
8 … Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.

Cain didn’t realize that the blood still speaks.

when the soldiers crucified Jesus, it looked like his enemies had finally finished him off; they didn’t realize that 2000 years later, his blood would still be speaking. his blood still cries out for mercy, healing, provision, freedom, redemption, salvation, abundance. Jesus not only defeated Satan:

Revelation 1:18 (GW)
18 I was dead, but now I am alive forever. I have the keys of death and hell.

Hebrews 2:14 (NASB)
14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil

you may be facing some obstacles, but the good news is, the blood still speaks for you; “you are more than a conqueror, you can do all things through Christ, the forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you.” when we make mistakes, we can live guilty and condemned, or we can let the blood speak for us; “Father, thank You that I am forgiven. I receive your mercy.” when we face an illness, we can accept it as our lot in life, or we can let the blood speak; “Father, thank You that You were wounded for my transgressions; by Your stripes I am healed.” when people come against us, we can get upset, try and pay them back, or we can let the blood speak; “Father, thank You that You’re my vindicator. You said that the trap that the enemy set for me, they would fall in themselves.”

God told Cain:

Genesis 4:11-12 (NIV)
11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you.

this is symbolic of what Jesus did for us; when he shed his innocent blood, what the enemy used to be able to do, because the blood has been there, it’s not going to work anymore. things that used to grow in you, addictions, bad habits, a temper, the blood has canceled that out. Instead of accepting things that you know are less than God’s best, why don’t you start saying, “Father, I want to thank You that the blood that Jesus shed has canceled out every negative thing in my life; addiction, depression, spirit of lack. Lord, I want to thank You that I’m free.” when you thank God for the blood, the enemies tremble; the blood reminds them of their defeat, that what they used to be able to do, they cannot do anymore.

Revelation 12:11 (MEV)
11 They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb

keep this blood over your life, children, business, future; if you’ll do this, God promises He will protect you, cause things to pass over you. because the blood is still speaking, every generational curse is being broken, strongholds are coming down, what’s held you back in the past will hold you back no more. victory, breakthroughs, health, restoration, the fullness of your destiny.

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High Time

from JO’s sermon tonight:

when we’ve been believing for our dreams to come to pass for a long time, or problems to turn around, and we don’t see anything happening, we’re not making progress, getting good breaks, it’s easy to lose our passion, and not expect things to change. it’s been that way for so long, that we start accepting it; “I’ll never get well, break this addiction, accomplish my goals. I tried, prayed, believed, but it didn’t work out.“ that may have been true in the past, but you are entering into a new season:

Romans 13:11 (NKJV)
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

when God first put the promises in your heart, you were excited, but now it’s been months, maybe years, it hasn’t turned out the way you planned, you don’t think it’s ever going to happen; God is saying, “you are closer now to seeing it come to pass than you’ve ever been.” you’re coming into a high time; that’s when things suddenly change in your favor, blessings chase you down, healing shows up, you meet the right person, break the addiction, God makes things happen that you couldn’t make it happen. to see this high time, you have to wake up out of your sleep; get your passion back, start believing again, expecting things to change, talking like it’s going to happen. you can’t be complacent and step into the fullness of what God has in store.

Romans 13:11 (AMP)
11 … this is a critical time.

this stresses the importance of the season. if you don’t stir your faith up, you can miss the new things that God wants to do. what you’re believing for is not way off in the distance, it’s close, it could happen today. live with this expectancy; there has to be an anticipation in your spirit that today could be your day. the problem with an “it will happen one day” mentality is that you will miss what God wants to do today. God wants to give you favor right here, right now.

Joel 3:9 (NKJV)
9 Wake up the mighty men

you are closer to seeing new levels and explosive blessings than you’ve ever been.

the opposite of high time is low time. some people live with a low time mentality; “I never get any good breaks, my boss doesn’t like me, I’ll never get back in shape.” as long as you have a low time mentality, it will keep you from rising higher. turn it around, get in agreement with God; “Father, thank You that this is my high time; I believe that I’m close to my victory.” you can talk yourself into defeat; instead, “I know that I’m close to my healing, the turnaround, meeting the right person, favor, promotion, stepping up to a new level of my destiny.”

what you’ve been believing for, dreaming about, may not have happened for a long time, now you’re tempted to settle there, and think that it wasn’t meant to be; God is saying that you’re close to your victory. this is not the time to get discouraged; this is the time to stir your faith up. you may not see any sign of it yet. the enemy would love to convince you to go to sleep, quit believing, praying, it’s never going to work out; don’t believe those lies, you are entering into a new season. in this high time, it’s not going to happen the way you thought; God’s not going to do it a traditional way. He’s going to do something unusual; you won’t see it coming. suddenly, your health turns around, you meet the right person, you get the promotion. God is full of surprises. He loves to do things not on a normal timetable, a normal way, but when we don’t expect it, it seems the least likely.

sometimes, when we’re dysfunctional, we like to be around other dysfunctional people so that we feel normal; don’t make the mistake of surrounding yourself with people who feed your dysfunction. as long as you accept your dysfunction, you’re giving it permission to stay. you may have been fighting depression, illnesses, addictions your whole life, but that is not your destiny; don’t be complacent and learn to live with it. get around happy people that lift your spirit, people that have what you want, where being free and victorious is the norm.

John 5:2-6 (NIV)
2 … a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda… 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

that seems like an odd question, but Jesus could see that he had been there for so long that he wasn’t expecting anything to change.

John 5:8 (NIV)
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

was the man going to let what he was expecting, the way it happened in the past, talk him out of it, or was he going to say, “if you say that I can get up, I’m going to get up?” he recognized that this was his high time:

John 5:9 (NIV)
9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

Jesus didn’t come at the normal time or do it the normal way; the man didn’t see anything different, but suddenly he came into his high time.

no matter how many years you’ve been waiting, it’s not too late. Sarah had a baby when she was 90 years old:

Genesis 17:17 (NIV)
17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”

Genesis 21:1-5 (NLT)
21 The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. 2 She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would… 5 Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.

what God put in your heart, don’t talk yourself out of it; you are coming into your high time. you weren’t the most qualified, but they skipped over others and chose you; God showed up in the “wrong season.” the doctors said you aren’t going to get better, just live with it, but God healed you. God is going to surprise you and make happen what you couldn’t make happen, out of season, out of time, not the traditional way; it’s going to happen sooner than you think.

in the scripture, there was a famine in Samaria:

2 Kings 6:24-25 (NIV)
24 … Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. 25 There was a great famine in the city

the prophet Elisha showed up and said:

2 Kings 7:1 (NIV)
7 Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”

there was no reason in the natural for the people to believe what Elisha said; it may be the same for you right now. but just because you don’t see a way, doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have a way. it’s easy to be discouraged, negative, let circumstances talk you out of it; that doesn’t take any faith. but when it seems impossible, that’s when you have to dig your heels in, and say, “all the odds may be against me, but God, I know that You are for me. I believe that things are changing in my favor.”

2 Kings 7:3-16 (NIV)
3 Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other… let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans… the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” 7 So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives. 8 The men who had leprosy… 9 Then they said to each other… Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”… 16 Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. So a seah of the finest flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley sold for a shekel, as the Lord had said.

it happened 24 hours after Elisha said it; it had seemed impossible, no way in the natural, but we serve a supernatural God. He has some “by this time tomorrows” for you. when it looks the most unlikely, get ready for the most high God to show up and surprise you. yes, there are seasons of waiting, being faithful, doing the right thing when it’s hard, but at some point, that season of testing is going to come to an end. like the Israelites, you may feel like you’re in a famine, surrounded by difficulties; if you ever wanted to doubt, be discouraged, talk yourself out of it, it would be now. stay awake; God has some suddenlies in store for you. you are closer to your freedom, abundance, breakthrough, than you realize. keep expectancy in your spirit. those things that have held you back in the past, that is not your destiny, that is not how your story ends. don’t let negative circumstances convince you to settle where you are.

Jesus said:

John 4:35 (NIRV)
35 You say, ‘It’s still four months until harvest time.’ But I tell you, open your eyes! Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest right now.

notice the principle; now is the time to believe, to release your faith. what you’re hoping for is closer than you think. you’re in your high time.

many times, we know that there’s more in us, we’re supposed to rise higher, we can feel seeds of greatness, but we’re not making progress; as you keep honoring God, being your best, thanking God for the victory, suddenly, you’re going to take off, and go further than you ever imagined. don’t get discouraged because it hasn’t happened yet; keep honoring God, being faithful, hoping, praying, believing.

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles

God has some wings for you. when this says to wait, that doesn’t mean to be passive, sit back, “God, why aren’t You doing anything? nothing’s working out.”

Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]

wait knowing that it’s on the way; “I’m close to my healing, breakthrough, promotion.” don’t drag around disappointed, focusing on how long it’s taking, how it’s never going to work out; that’s a low time mentality. you have to come over into high time. quit believing those lies that it’s way off in the distance; you’re closer than you think. because you’re honoring God, you’re about to see what you’re believing for; it’s going to be better than you thought, and it’s going to happen sooner than you expected.

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