Rom.13:12-14,Msg—“The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. 13 We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. 14 Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
It is God’s will for us to walk in the commandments of the LORD GOD and keep His Word so that our days may be increased. God increases our days so that we, and our children, might walk in the realization of promise fulfilled. (Deut.11:21-22, Amp) “That your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. 22 For if you diligently keep all this commandment which I command you to do, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him—“ We are praying you discover daily that you are cleaving to God and keeping His life-giving Word.
(Melissa Gabler) — We can ask the right kind of questions that lead down a path of deliverance, healing, and action. When we ask the right questions we are able to hear the answers we need. When we ask fear-based questions we have already come to the wrong, statistic-based, society-experienced conclusions. These soulish conclusions make it really hard to hear a Spirit answer. So, a good place to start asking the right question is to ask the Holy Spirit, “What questions should I be asking about this situation?” He will tell you, and most of the time these questions carry the answer in them. The right questions are a key to unlock doors and chains. The right questions give you the right perspective.
Kathy Gabler–If we just talk about what we sense or what is going on, that is like laying a ticking bomb in the laps of others instead of diffusing it! Anything that is contradictory to God’s will should be confronted with God’s Truth. The Truth is Jesus. The truth is His Word and character and purpose in earth as in heaven, and we can speak it and release it as a counterforce to contradictions, and it will make a difference. As believers and sons of God we cannot be more focused on conditions than the Truth. If we intend to pray in faith, we must think according to His Word and principles and character, instead of falling into upset over circumstances.
David was not comforted in the valley of the shadow of death because he was surrounded by people patting him on the back and voting for him to be man of the year. At one point, his own son turned on him and tried to usurp the throne. David didn’t receive comfort in the bottom of the valley of the shadow of death because all of his wonderful elite friends and family were showering kudos and compliments on him, nor was it because all his bills were paid. He was comforted because the rod and staff (both used for guiding and defending) of the Shepherd was with him. That meant that David knew correction and he knew God‘s order. “Come on Shepherd, bring your rod and your staff. Just bring your presence, just bring your person, bring anything you need to bring with you for correction, for instruction, for edification.”
Melissa—God has been preparing us, adding to us, delivering us, and training us for this moment. We start by being aware of that so that we don’t skip ahead unarmed. That awareness I’m talking about is a state to live in for the last half of this year. Simply put, we can’t allow ourselves to shut down and just get focused on getting past this middle section of the year so we can finish the year on autopilot. This awareness is something we can remind ourselves of when we get out of bed in the morning, “God is working something in me today that is propelling me victoriously into this decade I was born to affect.” Something along these lines would be a good verbal reminder each day.
Kathy—We pray, declare, decree and take action with the keys (authority) God gives us, and in that moment the Ekklesia and The Kingdom intersect. That is when God’s will and order and government manifest in the earth. That intersection can be as personal as your prayer over breakfast manifesting healing for your headache or as public as a Supreme Court decision that came because your prayers are answered. And before you think that’s impossible that you could ever affect the Supreme Court, remember you are the Ekklesia which means you are part of something bigger than yourself. So when the Holy Spirit directs your prayer, you can be confident that prayer carries all the corporate weight needed to succeed because we can trust the Lord to generate any and all necessary agreement.
As the people of God assemble today may they hear the life-giving, powerful Word of God preached and may they rehearse it to one another as testimony and encouragement for strength for the battle and hope for tomorrow. May they approach the coming week and coming challenges of life with assurance that God Almighty is with them and will not forsake them. Deut.31:8,Amp—“It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].”
At the very moment that you find yourself stepping into the valley of the shadow of death, just start repeating the Word of God that does not fail, that does not change. “I will not fear any evil because THOU art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Now that may be just plain weird by most people’s standard: I am in the valley of the shadow of death but right in the middle of it I have comfort (Ps.23:4).
Melissa—What I keep seeing is the last stretch of earning our stripes for, dare I say it, the battle ahead. There is battle coming, but our training and equipping is gearing us up to take it head on. I just have such a sense that even though the battle will be hot we will experience it like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, “… saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who had sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him,” (Daniel 3:27-28). In order to be like these fire-walkers we need to stay in our lane so the finishing touches can be put in place.