SO Far Away…YET…So Close!
SO Far Away YET So Close
Why is it that when you get a word of encouragement …a prophetic word for your future that everything that can go wrong with it seems to do just that?
It’s like you are told that you are going to be in one direction but everything in “life” takes you just the opposite of that direction…. not referring to heaven/hell direction but LIFE assignments that have to do with our skills, gifts and talents given to us to use and be used by God for HIS purposes and to help people!
I once heard a well known Prophet share a testimony about someone he knew who had been given a huge prophetic word over his life and assignment in life but then the guy got slammed physically. Everything seemed to be taking him a whole other direction due to his declining health. At some point the man learned that he was graciously given a “word of life” so that when he heard the “death word” from a Doctor…HE could stand against it! And that he did and fully recovered!
We have looked at what to do with a prophetic word and how you know it IS a word from the Lord but have we looked deeper into the “life” that a prophetic word gives us?
With so much death, destruction and chaos going on in the world at this time, I think NOW is the perfect time to get deeper into the LIFE words!
In fact, like a lake…. jump in over our heads!
People can study all the ways of swimming and even practice in shallow water but until they are “in over their heads” they won’t really know IF they can actually SWIM!
Thing is…when we sink…. HE will bring us up! HA…twice today I have heard “hope floats” like that movie…well…when HE brings us up…. we float! Why? Because HOPE took hold of us!
Just this past week I have seen how “fear” has held me back in certain things and how it stifles our spirit man from moving forward in to greater faith!
It takes courage to “jump in” water over your head…. but you will never know if you can swim if you just stand on the bank.
We were not given a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind (self-control/discipline). Fear attacks these areas and presence of “fear” in those areas affect our faith, HOPE and love!
I shared a message years ago about this and it is still the same revelation with a new deeper meaning to me personally and I pray for you as well.
Look, when you “lose hope” you basically stop believing which is losing faith in…
And love diminishes when we become self focused or self deceived because of the loss of faith and hope. When you lose faith and hope taking love levels with it, then the dunamis miraculous power is “unattached” so to speak. We have no hope OR faith to believe for miracles and that is often when we fall into our “own solutions” because they “seem right” and self-control/discipline” flies out the window!
How do I know this to be true? Well, I try to make it a practice to never teach something I haven’t already been through or going through and besides…the WORD says…
“25 There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.” Proverbs 16:25
When we go off halfcocked or in our own direction thinking we’ve “got this”, well, that is when we soon see the death of something that appeared to be “the right way” of doing it!
On the other hand, it is a learning curve too!
Think on the story of Job, it seemed as though he went in the total direction of who he was said to be… “a righteous man” in God’s eyes yet, he lost everything! THEN GOD stepped in and redeemed everything twice over!
What prophetic word over your life have you waited for years to see come to pass has not yet come to pass?
Did you give up on it? Have you prayed into it lately? Thanked GOD for that word? Asked Him to give you more revelation OF that word? Asked for strength to not lose hope in the word HE gave you because it IS His will FOR you?
These are questions I have asked myself and God in my own life and each time, I realize DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE!
Areas of your most attack I have discovered are often the very areas where you will see fruitfulness if you don’t “lose hope”!
Most often around your gift, call, skill and talents …is family the biggest challenge? Then perhaps they will be the very ones to “work WITH you” that can be the best help and use their gifts, skills and talents for their God given purpose. Many family businesses are like this and ministry as well!
Is money always your challenge? Well, keep giving…don’t give up and don’t allow what you “see” to throw you off! It may be you will BE wealthy to BE able to GIVE extravagantly FOR the Kingdom of Heaven….not so you can buy a big house, car or boat! Not that God doesn’t mind us enjoying and having things….it is never the end result or focus. IF you really “think like the Father” then you realize those things are also means to bring community together and help others have fun or rest or learn of Him through fellowship!
When you see repeated obstacles in the way of the very thing you have had a prophetic word about, don’t always think there is a “devil behind the rock” and even so…. does GOD not use the enemy FOR His purpose? Check Isaiah 54 out and you will see that to be true. Also, isn’t the Father working everything out FOR YOUR GOOD? FOR HIS purpose?
Did HE not say in Jeremiah 29:11 “11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.”
IF He has plans and thoughts that are for peace, well-being (good) for a future and hope for you….why would HE bring disaster upon you when HE said HE is NOT going to do that??
When you learn to play a guitar and first start out your fingers get really sore for a while until you develop callouses on the tips, is that bad? NO! It is to protect them so you can play more effectively!
Life has a way of toughening us up in a “good way” without leaving hardened hearts when we constantly run to the ONE Who has our best interest at heart…. BUT, life CAN “harden the heart” when the practice of running to Jesus becomes less and less because “hope” has been lost!
When hope goes….so does faith! So does power and love…we lose self-control and end up “doing our own thing” and feeling bad most of the time physically and mentally not to mention emotionally! Our lives suffer and so does our relationships. The most important relationship with God suffers a great loss because we fail to “turn to Him” in our greatest our of need because we don’t “SEE” what is going on in the midst of a circumstance or situation that seems to be taking us farther away from our Prophetic destiny!
Remember, prophetic words are to build up and bring life…NOT death!
Remember what Hebrews 4:12 said about a Word from God?
“12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts, intents and purposes of the heart.”
When the “word” is a prophetic word it is alive, full of power, active AND operative in our minds, wills and emotions because it is energizing and effective. It is so precision sharp it can literally “cut through” and expose, and sift analyzing, judging our thoughts and intents and purposes for things. It is why many prophets can “know” what you are thinking because that very revelation (Holy Spirit bringing) discernment with truth to divide what is not of God and what is from Him!
If they operate in love then the word of life will bring healing and restoration even if it is a corrective/directive word!
Sometimes those “words” are to get us back on course! Often in answer to our own prayers of “help me LORD!!!”
Often the more difficult it is or seems like our prophetic word is SO far away…it is actually MUCH closer than we may know!!
The challenge is sticking it out and not losing hope!
So now what?
A passage I have shared many times but bears witness to this message…
“32 But remember the earlier days, when, after being [spiritually] enlightened, you [patiently] endured a great conflict of sufferings, 33 sometimes by being made a spectacle, publicly exposed to insults and distress, and sometimes by becoming companions with those who were so treated. 34 For you showed sympathy and deep concern for those who were imprisoned, and you joyfully accepted the [unjust] seizure of your belongings and the confiscation of your property, conscious of the fact that you have a better possession and a lasting one [prepared for you in heaven].35 Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. 36 For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.” Hebrews 10:32-36
Sounds like these folks went through some stuff and Paul is admonishing and encouraging them to hang in there and not lose hope! Check out verses 37-39…
“37 For still a little while (a very little while), and the Coming One will come and He will not delay. 38 But the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him. 39 But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul.”
Paul encourages them that the Lord is on the way to help them and if they will just stick to it, they will soon see it. Faith is what they and we all must learn to live by because it means we do NOT fear! Remember faith is believing it IS so even when it is not yet so, in order for it to BE so! See Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”
Christ in us the hope of glory…. what does it mean?
After I looked in Colossians 1:27b where that verse is found and did a study in the Greek meaning of that verse this is what I gleaned…
The power of GOD is inside of us activated AND demonstrated through faith to reveal …reveal what? GOD, HIS KINGDOM, HIS WAYS, HIS PUROSE, HIS PLANS…. get the picture?
I am reminded as I write this that it is one of the reasons we were given POWER, LOVE and SOUND MIND and NOT a “spirit of fear”!
It IS impossible to be pleasing to Father God without faith because like a “key” faith which is active, is what demonstrates HIM and His realm of operation!
When we begin to “doubt” what GOD has spoken to us (a prophetic word over our lives) we are moving into fear and doubt even unbelief and according to Hebrews 11:6 we cannot please God when we do not have faith. Having faith in the Word He has spoken to us is saying we believe HE is Who He says and will DO what He says!
Here is the verse… “6 But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.”
When we doubt and lack faith, it is as if we are actually saying we do not believe HE exists! OR is Who He says He is and will DO what He says He will do!!! Can you see it?
If not, ask Holy Spirit for revelation of it because HE desires for you to comprehend how critically important it is to “understand” what is being said in that verse in Hebrews 11:1 and 6!
TO grow IN faith…. then we need something to “struggle against”! If you ever lifted weights or worked out you know that resistance training is very effective because it causes the muscles to work harder than normal and while it is difficult and there is struggle and soreness for several days, the results are awesome! You get stronger and look leaner!
A butterfly will never fly if it doesn’t struggle in the cocoon (a place of safety in which to wrestle). The wings are built and strengthened by the struggle and when strong enough, they burst out of that “womb” of the cocoon and fly!
If we don’t go through struggle, and leap from the bank or rock into the lake…we won’t know if we can fly or swim!
When you fly and swim…. there are no limitations to what GOD can do WITH you or where HE can take you too!
You may feel SO far away from the prophetic word once given you, but most likely it is VERY close, especially if you are in a hard struggle!
SO far away…. YET so close…don’t give up, hang in there and keep running the race set before you…as the word says~
“31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 40:31
“Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, 2 looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Blessings, love and shalom to each of you!
*All verses taken from AMPC and AMP Bibles*