Friday, May 27, 2016

Enclosed is the Power Promise

“Thank you for your communication and support of our products.  Enclosed you will find what was promised.” 

While sorting through the mail (May 16th) I found a letter from a company that my husband contacted concerning a product that wasn’t what it should have been.  As a matter of fact, part of the product was missing. 

This was the first time I saw the letter and for some reason it didn’t make it to the recycle bin.  There were only a few sentences, but the word “promised” really stood out in my mind.  That phrase is what I drew on later in the week. 

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3:30 PM 5/23/16 

All week long I’ve had trouble getting online due to electrical storms.  On Monday Hubby was out in all this (trying to get a clip for his BiPap machine that had broken) when he called to tell me to turn off the computer.   In my spirit I had already heard “shut it down.”   

The skies grew dark as if it were night; the wind whipped the branches back and forth pushing them to their limits.  All of a sudden the heavens opened as if a floodgate from a river had been unlatched. 
 
Walking past the window I couldn’t see outside because the water was like a sheet of frosted Plexiglas blurring my sight.   

In the middle of one of the thunderstorms I watched the birds and squirrels as they continued their fine dining in one of our “elegant” backyard feeding stations … this particular feeder is an upside down metal garbage can underneath a makeshift roof.  Not the prettiest thing to look at but it’s really functional and keeps the seed dry during wet weather.  

I noticed that the squirrel remained in the same spot all that time.  At first I wasn’t even sure if it were alive. The cardinals were chasing one another, and the squirrel continued to eat as I watched a thick bolt of lightning strike the ground across the street from our house.  We were in the middle of the storm and they weren’t afraid! 

What Exactly Did Jesus Do? 

I know it may seem strange but thoughts about how Jesus handled weather conditions began to direct my actions.  While walking with Jesus on a daily basis the disciples saw some pretty heavy stuff, and a bit of it took place in unusual locations.   

During those life lessons Jesus expected them to carry out what they had seen and learned.  One of those teachings took place in the midst of a terrible storm that many believe was a hurricane.   

The day had already been filled with “how to” classes and Jesus had retired to bed when his fearful students fell smack into another test.  Only this time they failed it. 

“On the same day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them: Let us cross over to the other side.  Now when they had left the multitude, they took Jesus along in the boat as He was, and other little boats were also with Him. 

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.  But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a pillow.  And they awoke Him and said to Him: Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 

Can’t you picture the look on Jesus’ face about then?  He had been teaching all day and went to bed like normal (for His life). 
 
Why in the world would His followers need to wake Him for anything after they had been in class getting directions for these kinds of situations? 

“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Here comes the reprimand …)  But He said to them: Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? (Have you still no faith?) 

And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another: Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” (Mark 4:35-41 NKJV emphasis mine) 

Supernatural Life Lessons  

Something continually on my heart is that I don’t want to disappoint my journey leader, especially when it comes to my faith falling short just when He expects it to be strong. 

I’ve been talking to storms of all sorts by faith for about twenty years now.  One of the first times was during a fire that surrounded our house.  My pups and I were trapped inside, but God showed me what to do and say by taking authority over it in the name of Jesus.  I haven’t forgotten that lesson. 

Faith Walk in Power 

Two hours later my husband called again to warn me of the latest weather reports about tornados in the surrounding areas.  I heard the sirens blowing and remembered the commands Jesus gave while the disciples looked on in amazement. 

If we truly walk with Jesus we are to do as and command as He did.  Jesus spoke to the storm and commanded it to be calmed, but even after all they witnessed the disciples faith wasn’t where it should have been.  Their teacher was with them and they were still afraid.  What does that say about us if we do the same on our faith walk with Jesus? 

As children of the KING we have authority to act and command as Jesus did.  Do you recall how He was disappointed that they disciples didn’t speak to the storm? 

Before Jesus went to the cross He openly told the disciples that they had authority and power to destroy the hand of satan over a situation.  The power was given through the Holy Spirit and He is the one who acts when we give voice to the authority we’ve been given. 

The Holy Spirit power was given to Christians at the time of salvation as part of the promise package of favor to God’s children.  I merely acted on that promise.  Think of it as if Jesus spoke to you and said, “I give you power over the works of the enemy, now use it correctly.” 

Power over the enemy … 

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 NKJV) 

Power Promise from Heaven … 

“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on High.” (Luke 24:49 NKJV) 

Power for a Purpose … 

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you (when you ask Christ into your heart to forgive you of your sins); and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth (basically anywhere).” (Acts 1:8 NKJV emphasis mine) 

Power to Increase our Faith … 

“… that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (to have faith in God’s power, not faith in what man can do) (1 Corinthians 2:5 NKJV) 

Power to Keep Calm in Difficult Situations … 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NJV) 

This is where most of us fail.  We don’t really understand the promises of God that we receive through the Holy Spirit.  What Timothy was trying to tell us is that we have been given a spirit of power, along with the spirit of love and discernment to know how to respond when the spirit of fear from the enemy arises.  

So why aren’t we using this favor power promise from God in all situations?  Shouldn’t it be the first thing that pops into our thinking during storms, or do we need Jesus to arise again (go back to the cross for a do over)? 

Peace Be Still 

Holding Jewel in my arms to take her to the “potty” I heard the storm roaring louder, and commanded it to go declaring it had no right to come near our property.  I shouted, “Get out … Go!  Go!  You cannot come here.  Peace, be still!” 

By 3:45 PM the winds calmed and there was a slow rain still falling.   

It was 3:50 PM when the traffic picked up again in the bordering streets as I heard the thunder rolling off in the distance.  Storms of this kind (along with others) kept trying to come back, over and over.  With each one I remembered that letter I found at the beginning of the week … “Enclosed you will find what was promised.” 

God has given us the power to trample over the enemy, but the only way we’ll learn how to use what we’ve been given is to open the Word of God and read it. Enclosed in the Bible are all the promises we’ll need for any situation.  It’s where we learn about the favor shield, the blessings gifts, the surrounding of mercy on our lives and the steps to take for every circumstance. 

We Have Authority 

The letter was addressed to my husband, but because I fall under the authority given to me through marriage the promised gift was also meant for me.  As children of God, we also have authority to use given to us by Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.  It’s our choice to use what is “enclosed” in the Promise Book.  When we don’t use all of what was promised, something is missing in our battle over the enemy. 

 
The multiplication of God’s divine grace, favor and power is given to believers for use in this lifetime for godliness, wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do exactly as Jesus did on this earth.  Peter refers to is as “precious promises” so that we can partake of the Divine nature to escape the evil of this world. (2 Peter 1:2-4)  In terms we can understand … as Jesus is, so are we to be in this world. 

“We are meeting the needs of God's people and reviving them spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially with the Word of God! For ...as [Jesus] is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17)."
 – Pastors Tony and Cynthia Brazelton. 

The power of the Holy Spirit is essential in every believer’s life if we are to carry out the works of Christ and win souls to the Lord. It’s something we should cry out for daily so we can be used as vessels for Him. 

It’s not only the first disciples, apostles, pastors and Christian leaders like the Brazeltons that can call on the power of God in the name of Jesus to combat evil …so can we.  It’s time to let the devil know that we are a POWERful force and that no weapon formed against us will prosper. 

This Week’s Challenge:
Use the Promise of God’s Power 

When I was preparing this for publication once more I called on the power of God over a situation. 
 
The devil really didn’t want me getting this message out on Daily Favor Blog and was trying to get me frustrated.  No it wasn’t over a physical storm or anything like that.  

As I was checking for an item in the cupboard I dropped my phone and it broke.  Picking it up to reassemble the pieces I couldn’t get it to work.  All I could think of was the topic I was trying to convey in my post this week. 

When I sat down at the computer to continue working, out loud I asked the Lord, “Does this principle apply to phones as well?  Of course you know what I heard …”Yep!”  (Does God really say yep?) 

Applying the same promise principle against the enemy I commanded my phone in the name of Jesus to work and guess what?  It did.  Why would God care about my phone? He knows that it is used for communication in spreading good news of the gospel. 

Our challenge this week is to search out the endued power promises of God through the Holy Spirit and use them as Jesus did.  We have the power in Jesus’ name to bring about a change.  We need to let Him speak through us. 

What enemy is coming against you?  It doesn’t have to be as big as a storm or tornado watch like I was experiencing, but can be those small things that just aggravate the stuffing out of you. 

By faith Jesus is right there watching the same thing as you are (like He did with the first disciples). How would Jesus command the situation?  Learn to speak as He did by staying in continual communication with the Lord and His promises will manifest.  They have to because the power of God is “endued”, already enclosed in our gift pack of salvation!  Read it for yourself, it’s in His letter.
  
Speak to the Storm by Brenda Lewis 

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Until next time, God’s favor is enclosed in His promises!
 
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Stormy Weather

Experiencing stormy weather so I’m offline for now, but hopefully will be over soon.  If not enjoy your weekend. 

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