“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”
God reveals but also strategises solutions. Pressures are present but Jesus has the answer. We submit to God and He provides clarity. We resist the enemy and there is a response that provides a solution.
The amount of significant importance the local church must have is brought to out attention when we observe the enemy attack trying to keep it shut down, masked and denied voice and breathe!
We are soon to witness the divine reversal of enemy attacks.
The tangled knot of deceit, depravity and destruction will be reversed and the curse broken and the enemy will be forced to give back what he has removed.
When we are at the point of the greatest victory we will also be prone to the greatest attack.
God has simple solutions to complicated issues. One word from God can turn around, transform. Be the clue thread to pull and disentangle the entire knot struggled with for so long.
Our dream colliding with God’s becomes explosive in its effect and reformation of the power.
Sometimes God’s response to the prayers of those hurting and in need of healing is to give an instruction.
Obedience in responding to that instruction releases the reversing of a curse as was portrayed throughout the releasing of the Holy Spirit in Acts10 through the obedience in what happened to Cornelius and Peter.
“The Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.”
Jesus is always the answer to pressure. We don’t live lives for Him but with Him.
Being in tune with His heart is paramount to not following our human reaction but responding to the divine tune.
The church together that is not a headless body will act and sing as one.
We will hear words and tunes that don’t scare but which prepare.
Together we will not mishear the tone. There is accuracy in being connected.
We keep drawing each other in and those singing in tune will be corrective to those who are tone deaf. Those who hear words with their own filter will be sharpened in their interpretations by those with fairer bias.
Shackles will break off that trip and impede our progress from glory to glory. We will advance boldly sensing God’s hand moving strategically.
What appeared a tangled irretrievable knot loosens free and lies straight before us.
The illustration shows a tangled knot of world that with one word and tug from God can be straightened and redeemed. Light emanating from His hand pushing back the darkness.
Five Scriptures that come to mind:
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”2 Corinthians 4:8-10 ESV
“About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter.”Acts 10:3-5 ESV
“And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.”Acts 10:15-16 ESV
“And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.”
While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.”Acts 10:28-29, 44-45 ESV
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