Let’s take the lid off Expectancy through Variations on a Theme: I have seen artists do variations on a theme, like roses for example. With twenty artists painting roses, the colors and shapes and sizes and details vary to such extremes that the results are unique beyond imagination. I believe that it would help us clear some of the fog about our life calling and purpose if we expected a variation on a theme, if we expected our lives to produce a unique expression of obedience. For too long many of us have lived in EXPECTANCY that is limited in scope, especially regarding purpose, calling and fulfillment. Purpose often gets narrowed down to constricted categories as either religious, noble callings or secular, ignoble callings that are simply necessary functions in society. Experience and tradition narrow thinking even further by defining the most noble to be callings of God as those within the church structure or system. Even the gifts of the Spirit have been so narrowly confined that we don’t expect a word of knowledge outside a church service nor do we expect a working of miracles in secular corporations or classrooms. All these limited definitions have dictated our EXPECTANCY level and eventually our outcomes. The theme of all our lives should be to glorify God on the earth by accomplishing the work , (effort or occupation) He has given us to do, (John 17:4, NAU) There is no need to box that in, instead, let’s keep the theme of doing what you were born to do open to the Holy Spirit’s variations. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to direct our EXPECTANCY and determine how we paint a rose in our lifetime.
(This is the sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Expectancy.” SEEC Magazine Volume 17 Issue 5)
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Prophetic Gift Calls Us To Perseverance
When God gives a promise He gives a witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. He… put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (2Co 1:22). We allow pressures and delay to smother the witness, of the Holy Spirit, to promise. When we are on our way to the fulfillment of promise and the wind is not at our backs, the tendency is to turn around and go back so that we are not opposed by the wind. Rowing with the wind is much easier than rowing against the wind. But winds of opposition will come from the enemy because he does not want the promise of God to be fulfilled in us. If it is fulfilled in us it will not only revolutionize our lives but it will also bless those around us. It will advance the Kingdom of God.
We need the prophetic gift around regularly strengthening, encouraging and comforting (1Co 14:3) because the receiving of promise from God does not prevent waves from coming over the side of the boat. But the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it (Mt 14:24). The fact that we have received a prophecy does not guarantee that the wind will be at our backs. The waves coming over the side do not have to sink us. The wind does not have to destroy us. Believe it or not, those things do not even have to discourage us. They should actually build into us determination. They should make us more determined to focus on the goal. Those who strengthen and encourage the people of God out of a prophetic gift keep us grounded in the Word and looking toward the goal.
Marty will be speaking at Dreams Visions Prophecy on the relevance of prophecy for today * No Fee
January 25-26, 2013
Grace International Church just north of Houston,TX