”Call to Me and I will answer you” (Jer.33:3). This is a covenant God speaking. I can look back at these Old Testament scriptures and I can stand on them today, right here, right now today I can cry out, “Restore God!” Restore my finances, restore my health, restore my relationships, restore my hope because I also am a covenant man. The book of Hebrews says I have a better covenant than Old Testament Israel had (Heb.8:6). That is what you and I are standing in today, right now and I am urging you to cry out today, to cry restore! Don’t just cry out for your finances but your mental health, your physical health, your family’s relationship. Cry out for your hope for the nation, your hope for the body of Christ. Ps.34:17,Amp—”When the righteous cry [for help], the Lord hears And rescues them from all their distress and troubles.”
The Lord God Almighty is the One who actually commands us to call upon Him. Jer.33:3,Amp—”Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’” That “call to me” is in, what linguists actually call, the command voice. The Hebrew word for “cry out”, tsa’aq, means to cry out or call out for help unto God under great distress. It also means to cry out in great desperation to Jehovah while in great need. It is the cry that calls out to Jehovah to display His power to glorify His name.
Recently I was engaged in a heavy spiritual war. Historically, such wars would easily be handled by binding and loosing in the authority that God provides all believers. That said, this particular engagement was not responding to the normal warfare tactics that have served me well for many years. I soon realized I was in a spiritual conflict that was well above my pay grade to eradicate.
Because of this, I engaged in a fast-and-prayer season that lasted for months as I sought to determine what had engaged me so heavily. Finally, one early morning the Holy Spirit awakened me with a download of the spiritual situation I was experiencing. I am so thankful that when we call upon the Lord, He answers and reveals spiritual matters that are perplexing us (Jeremiah 33:3). After I wrote down each word I heard, I asked the logical question, “So, what do I do to turn this situation?” The answer followed, “Posture yourself in the Triumph that I Am.”
Once again, I hear the instruction regarding posture. However, this posturing was not physical but spiritual in nature. It was a clear directive to set my spirit and mindset in an attitude and unwavering faith of the triumph that Jesus IS! It speaks of strategic positioning much like a military tactic for the purpose of overtaking an enemy force. This was a word of God’s faith to me to rise above the conflict and be liberated from its intent to steal, kill, and destroy. The simple directive was to change my posture. —Larry Burden (Larry will be speaking at Kingdom Congress Mar.6 at 11:00am.)
God is not without purpose, not without a plan. But there are times God has been without someone to stand in the gap calling upon Him to move power and authority from heaven into the earth. (Eze.22:30) Calling unto God in alignment with His plan and purpose brings restoration (Jer.33:6-34).
In a voice of command God said, “Call unto me.” God is not without purpose, not without a plan; but there are times when He has been without someone to stand in the gap calling upon Him to move power and authority from heaven into earth. (Eze.22:30) Calling unto God in alignment with His plan and purpose brings restoration (Jer.33:6-14)
You, O Mighty God, are not subject to political schemes, monetary declines or medical limitations. You are above all those limited strictures. Holy Father, by your awesome Spirit, speak into our lives where we have forgotten your desires and purposes and have concluded, like Abraham in Gen.15:3, that we will not have an heir, and certain things will be and other things will not be. Holy Spirit, come and breathe upon the Word of God in our hearts that we may call upon Him so that He may show us great and mighty things. Come and witness to us today what shall be and what you shall grant by your power from your throne. We must know what we do not now know that the glory may be to Your Name. “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).” (Jer.33:3, Amp)
Going into the new year or new season or new opportunities requires adjustments, decisions and determination on our part. When Israel left old Egypt for the new promised land, they increased the difficulty of the transition by taking old issues, and resultant attitudes, with them. It is OK to take a wilderness experience into promise. We all have some kind of wilderness experience at some point in life, if not several of them. Having gone through the not-so-fun wilderness events, we tend to come out on the other end with negative residue on us. Not “washing off” the residue of the past will taint the tomorrow of promise. It is OK to go into promise with a wilderness experience. But is destructive to go into promise with a wilderness heart. What we don’t leave in the wilderness, trips us up in the promised land. Achan’s family, as well as himself, suffered the consequences of a wilderness heart in the promised land (Josh. 7). What we don’t get over today, overcomes us tomorrow.
Even as God promised Jeremiah that He would reverse the disastrous effect upon Jerusalem, He will reverse the disastrous events befalling our nation and our families. “Call upon Me and I will” (Jer.33:3) is proof positive that our prayers can affect and turn around a city, a nation, a church and a family and descendants. We must move away from other influences in order to call upon God in heaven for His Kingdom to come into earth (Matt.6:10).