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SPIRIT EMPOWERED – THINK BIGGER
You have often heard me say that you need to look at the BIG picture of God. You usually contain your thinking and even your dreaming to what it looks like to you in your small, limited circle of influence.
As you have learned already, it is vitally important for you to affect the people in your sphere of influence. This is the year of being SPIRIT EMPOWERED to be ALL OUT. So does that sound contained?
God is always looking at His people through the end result of them arising in every way, in every area, to become like Him and to impact the world until He comes.
That may seem exciting to some of you, and overwhelming to others. But either way you look at it, you must recognize that you are sitting with Christ in heavenly places. The overall view can be seen clearly from that vantage point.
God told me that I needed a “SPIRIT PLAN.” At first I didn’t know what that meant. But clearly, ALL your plans are just that, plans that can go nowhere unless you are driven by the very SPIRIT of God who lives within you.
You can be an influencer by bringing the needed change in your:
- Educational System
- Medical Arena
That, in reality, is what God wants you to do. No wonder you must lean into the SPIRIT. Liberty’s Mission Statement is:
“Loving God passionately, serving people significantly,
EMBRACING, DISPLAYING and SHARING God’s love”
That is a SPIRIT PLAN, not just something you put on the wall. The problem is that you need to plug it into the bigger picture of God. I will always seek first what you can do to go DEEP into God’s presence, because I know everything comes from relationship with Him.
That is why you seek to worship deeply, pray deeply, rejoice deeply, and love deeply. That is EMBRACING GOD. And that IS my FAVORITE thing of ALL! In Him you live, and move, and have your being. That means you recognize that HE is the source of everything you are, everything you do, and everything you can do. I love Him so. Just saying these words causes emotion to arise in my heart because He is so wonderful and kind and loving. That, for me, is the easy part.
Next is DISPLAYING GOD. Let’s look at what He thinks you should do once you know HIM. He wants you to live in the knowledge of the Kingdom of God and represent Him.
Acts 17:30 THE MESSAGE
God overlooks it as long as you don't know any better — but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and He's calling for a radical life-change.
Before you even knew Him, He was reaching for every soul to come to know Him. Once you recognize God as the Creator and Jesus as the Sacrifice given to reconcile you to God, it is time for a RADICAL life change.
- Very different from the usual or traditional
- Extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions or institutions
- Restoring to excellence
Do you see that this is possible ONLY through SPIRIT EMPOWERMENT? You can’t accomplish this in the kingdom of this world, but only through the Kingdom of God.
However, the Kingdom of God IS WITHIN YOU. Therefore, when you focus on the purposes of God, the EMPOWERMENT OF GOD will show you how to invade ALL the places in society.
I know some of this sounds familiar. The truth is, this is the time that you need to listen to the instructions as the Holy SPIRIT gives you HIS plan. You need to begin to invade the enemy’s territories with the pursuit that ends in God’s Name being glorified. That means you must share God’s love!
This I know: We must be equipped inside the Church and be able to allow the SPIRIT of God to move within each one of us in the house of God, AND we need to GO ALL OUT, OUTSIDE of these four walls.
Mark 16:15 NKJV
And He said to them, "Go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
- Into the place, the time, and the purpose
- With emotion and the intent of ONE MIND
- Throughout … until the END
Go OUT everywhere you are with the intention of sharing the POWER of the Gospel that flows through you as you love God passionately and serve others significantly.
I think I need to stop here. And I think it is time for me to not try to explain it to you. It is time for YOU to let the SPIRIT of God tell you exactly what that means for you, personally. Expect to change. Please be willing to change, and to take action. How will you embrace, display, and share God’s love in 2020?
Lord, I pray You are bringing us ALL into another place of understanding how to love You on purpose, and love You so much that it affects our families, our brothers and sisters, and those that need to know You.
This year we trust You and we invite Holy SPIRIT to bring change and to always think bigger with Your heart and Your intentions. LET IT BE SO, ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL, LORD!
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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