MELISSA—Awakening is two sided: God’s glory manifesting and evil being exposed and annihilated. While each of us walk in discovery of abundant life, we also should expect some shocking moments ahead. For there is evil to be confronted and it won’t simply be exposed and then just left alone. No, it has to be dealt with by the Awakened. The term “shock and awe” comes to mind. This revitalization that is happening to us is arming us with weapons and authority that, I dare say, we’ve never walked in. We have been progressing through levels of awakening for a while now, but it’s about to get real in each of us, maybe for the first time.
When studying the intriguing story of Samson, we must look closer to get the truth of Samson’s “call to the Lord” in Jud.16:28. Basically, the word “called” means “cry out;” “utter loud sound.” But Strong says that it is the idea of “accosting a person met”. Others have said that it is the idea of encounter. Accost means “to approach and speak to often in a challenging and aggressive way.” Encounter can mean “to engage in conflict with; a sudden often violent clash.” When you accost a person that you meet as you are going along, you might tend to grab hold of them to make sure you have their attention. You could possibly even shake them a bit or go so far as to wrestle about with them if necessary in order to get their attention or get your point across. With all of this evidence it appears that Samson’s agreement with grinding ceased and desisted and he sought out the face of God with much vigor and determination, ready for a resurrection experience. It was no slight moment-of-inspiration speech or action. It was desire, nay, desperation in action! Samson began to call upon God to finish what he had started in him — no halfway job, no stone left unturned, not even a reasonable facsimile thereof but the full promise fulfilled.
MELISSA—A friend of mine dreamed this year that her Pastor walked up to her and said, “Acts 1:7” – It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. Well, hello! It’s not for us to understand every move He is making. It is our job to stand and believe He is, in fact, making the moves He said He would make. Are the prophets wrong or can we admit that we don’t understand because we are walking into an unprecedented awakening?
As the people of God assemble today I pray our eyes will be opened to opportunities and possibilities we have been hindered in seeing because of the plethora of present circumstances that are demanding so much attention in our dreaming and decision processing. May Father find His attempts successful in making His wisdom and designs available to those who, having stood, continue to stand and ask and seek and knock. Eph.6:11-13,Msg—“So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. 12 This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. 13 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.”
The month of December is for hearing the noise, the sounds of heaven. (“Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”) When the angels announced the birth of the Son of God to the shepherds in Luke there were heavenly sounds that caused great joy and praising (Lk.2:19-20). The shepherds praised God for all that they had heard and seen. In Revelation angels are making the sound of “holy, holy, holy!” ceaselessly day and night. In Isaiah 6:3-4 angels cry out to one another “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts” and it causes the posts of the doors to shake. There are sounds of music and singing in heaven, and it appears that God Almighty is the one making the most noise! “The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph 3.17). The disconsonant sounds of earth that generate troubled hearts should be drowned out by the redemptive, healing, joyful, hopeful sounds of heaven all through December. Joy has a sound—joy is a sound. Those sounds can be released into the earth by those who pray, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.” Let us prepare our hearts to hear sounds of heaven this month. Perhaps we should praise as the angels and the shepherds until our very souls (and those around us) are shaken like the posts of the doors in heaven! Peace on earth, good will toward men.
Kathy — We must understand the power of what Jesus told us to pray, because people don’t plug into the power of praying, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven,” if they do not understand it or don’t know they can! Bear in mind also that God’s will being done in earth does not hinge on our significance. It hinges on our obedience. Like Jeremiah 11:4 said, “Obedience seals the deal.” Whatever Father is doing that you see or perceive, then doing just your part seals the deal to usher in some degree of the God-results. So if we simplify a Kingdom lifestyle down to an A-B-C format, A) is staying aware of God at all times, B) is simple obedience, and C) is trusting God. That adds up to participation in what Father is doing whether it is through sudden miracles or incremental God-changes over time.
Kathy — “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matt.6:13. . . At first glance, this sounds like this is asking God not to tempt us when James 1:13, tells us that God tempts no man to evil. So a son wouldn’t suspect his Father of doing that. One of the meanings of temptation here is adversity. Neither would sons ask Father to keep us from adversity, because a mature son knows better than to expect not having to grow in character through overcoming. I think The Message may have captured the heart of this phrase: Matt 6:13 Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. One of the meanings of the Greek word translated here as “not” is “lest,” which means “for fear that.” That would lend this phrase to say, “Father lead us and deliver us from evil for fear that we will fall to temptation if You don’t.” And as a son/daughter with that understanding, my prayer would be in agreement, “May I live my life today showing that I am not under the dictates and influence of temptation because I am delivered from the evil one”. I can pray that with confident expectation because THINE is the Kingdom, the power and the glory. Therefore, we pray as sons/daughters, knowing our Father has, and always will have, the prevailing governmental order and the authoritative power and the ultimate manifestation of His every intent . . . forever.
Kathy — To pray, “Your Kingdom come and Your will be done, on earth as in heaven,” is not asking God to do what He does and just take care of everything while I go grocery shopping. Praying His Kingdom come is an action of agreement. To pray that as Jesus meant it, we must be willing to align with His answer as it processes into the earth. We cannot effectually pray “Your Kingdom come and will be done on earth” without being committed to participation that may involve action on our part.