BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 740. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.”

God is always unfolding more revelation to each of us. Sharpening our wisdom helps us to keep apace with ease. 

He brings us to His table to eat. To spend time listening to Him and for us to take from the table greater provision than food but also to weaponise us and anoint us.  

The table we sit at with Him has so many aspects. It is personal, one to one communication and presence.  Exclusive and intimate and yet corporate at one and the same time. 

A place where He pours out and our cup overflows. Where He prepares His bride to be sent out. 

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

 In the past the rod and staff of the shepherd. Now the sceptre and orb of power and rule and the symbolism of a King Reigning. 

Redefining a new day and who we are in authority. 

God speaks and expects us to listen. To understand how we operate and flow one between the other and aligning with Him. 

We have been in times of maturing and developing new teeth for a more sustaining diet. 

We eat like weaned children

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

He weaponises us.

Our teeth now have the ferocious ability to tear the enemy apart.

“Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff;”

What may have become established as good once may require ripping apart to be transformed. 

The illustration shows the provision on the spiritual table as more than food. The sharpened iron, the sceptre and orb carried by royalty. The light emanating to push back the darkness.

Four Scriptures that come to mind :

“If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭10‬:‭10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm‬ ‭23‬:‭5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭131‬:‭2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge, new, sharp, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff;” Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song              Psalm 63.                            Jeremy Riddle

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 739. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”

Our revelation right now is to not compromise in any area and to embrace the new.

Therefore blow away the old. 

To be provoked to be radical as the new is birthed  and to not allow the old season to eat this new season.

There is a wrestling with some not trusting the Spirit to find space and move freely.

 For there to be revelation not tethered by sensationalism, politics, tradition or religion which need dismantling. 

We have acquired the habit in our technological era to be happier to live with glitches in our devises rather than the losses we might insure by going back to factory, manufacturers setting and starting afresh but problem superior. 

It is painful in our churches to restore and incure losses so we have a preference to continue with a glitch.

Lukewarm, passive will not suffice.  Never has it been especially when God is preparing to pour out His Spirit immeasurably, from glory to glory. 

“For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.”

We have known God as Father, as friend we have to move into the relationship of the majesty of knowing our King.  His reign and rule. His throne amidst us. 

Self serving completely in the past as we serve Him. 

Christians becoming as they were in the early church.  From powerless to power filled.  

“so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”

It is as divine to end some things as to birth. 

We end what causes confusion and chaos and man self made power and control. 

We birth testimonies of miracles and wonders and bring clarity and signposts pointing to Christ. 

Making self great de-weaponises us as it did those constructing the tower of Babel and creates more confusion. Christ made King tips the scales for a tidal wave of the best and perfect. 

The Antichrist dethroned, toppled by the tue Christ. 

When we are not in the right place at the right time Christ has to wait for us. 

“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”

Now more than any is time for us to get ourselves ready and in the right place with Him. To liberate ourselves and the next generation. 

Knowing Him and fearing Him is key to being upgraded in revelation and having authority. 

“The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.”

it is His wisdom not our own thoughts and ideologies that enable our survival in this season. Lies, deceptions or any other pollutants defile a sacred place where Christ is amidst us.  The example has to be set by pure role modelling and testimony. 

No more living in yesterday’s revelation and testimony.

We do not want revival of the past nature but  a reformation. 

The illustration shows us blowing the old away and embracing eating of the new and ferociously protecting the new from being eaten by the old. The light emanating to push back the darkness.

Four Scriptures that come to mind:

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.” ‭‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭34‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”Galatians‬ ‭3‬:‭14‬ ‭ESV

“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30‬:‭18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.” Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song             Revelation.                                    Jeremy Riddle

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 738. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Make way.

Time is now here where new is being birthed. 

We are all different people now made ready to count the victories from the crushing and to be encouraged. 

We have new resilience and fullness, more able and to withstand Him pushing us out of the way to respond to being led by His Holy Spirit. 

The waiting over and the time to demonstrate His power for transformation from self serving to coming to God first. 

His power is made perfect 

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Our humility is our strongest weapon. We do not exalt our opinions over God in our arrogance or pride. 

“He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”

By humbling ourselves He can exalt us in the kingdom as we are under His mighty hand. His atmosphere is one of joy when we are within His grace it is with gladness and joy that is everlasting regardless of conditions 

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.””

There is promise in God’s word that wrong will be turned around to right and our sorrows to joys. 

““Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”

The Lord’s heart is for everyone to come into His kingdom and that His word will come alive in us all. The wicked will perish; the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish—like smoke they vanish away. 

What may seem in the world to be unjust has to be brought to justice. 

“The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever;”

We are Holy and blameless in His sight. 

“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”

The illustration shows rivers in the desert, the rainbow hope of new things. Darkness pushed back as the light emanates.

Eight Scriptures that come to mind:

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” ‭‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.”Psalm‬ ‭2‬:‭4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.” Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever;”. Psalm‬ ‭37‬:‭18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”

The song            Now To Jesus.                         Philippa Hanna

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 737. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts! Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an untroubled habitation, an immovable tent, whose stakes will never be plucked up, nor will any of its cords be broken. But there the Lord in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor majestic ship can pass.”

In the Spirit the kingdom heaven are nearer to hand and the table spread before us there to feed us and provide everything for our warfare. 

It will not be reached by any man made striving in the river of living water but only upon the wind of the Holy Spirit having freedom to take us where He will. 

The rivers flowing from God are without boundaries, unharnessed and unconfined unlike canal waterways prescribed a route.  Rivers will go round or through what resist them. Unleashed they are not tamed but energised by both speed and fluidity. 

To be in this river of life is now destined to be out of our depth, not safe and shallow.   

We are maturing into the time of not being pacified with wanting to know answers first as we ask why. It is the depth of time to do just because He says so. To be instantaneously obedient. 

If He says so we do it. 

We live by the Spirit.  

Out of our depth is a joyous place of true trust. 

We must not grieve loss of previous words or anointing going by the way now. Many of the words may now be redundant just because we are in receipt of an upgrade. 

God upgrades our covenant changes some responsibilities relative to what His new revelation holds. 

Adam was his most fruitful when he was asleep and his rib was removed to create Eve. He rested and God moved. Our greatest fruitfulness will be in having found our rest in God. Submitting to Him working through us. 

God’s gift of love is sleep; why the enemy attempts to rob us of it. In sleep the Spirit has His way in our hearts and minds.

Every good and perfect gift comes from this not from our reward for striving.

We rob God when we don’t rest to daydream His inspired thoughts to enlarge our vision, when we prefer business.

God is delaying within the conflicts and chaos the world is stirred by. 

Instead we are lured to talk and exhibit kingdom and bring new testimonies to life instead of siting ones of old. It is space to occupy and not squander and waste. 

Our obedience is to God irrespective of if it seems the opposite to our preference. In some things he exposes our prejudices. We can discover follies in getting our own preferences. We may have to grow our capacity to do His bidding. 

Noah and John the Baptist may have been ridiculed for their extreme determination to prepare what God had them do out of season but when the season came it was revealed as perfect. 

We are here for the sake of a King coming into His season.  

One we have previously recognised as Father, then friend is in the wings now as King. 

A King we grow in capacity to hold. 

‭‭The illustration shows us deep in the river of life emanating light that pushes back the darkness.

One Scriptures that come to mind:

“Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts! Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an untroubled habitation, an immovable tent, whose stakes will never be plucked up, nor will any of its cords be broken. But there the Lord in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor majestic ship can pass.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭33‬:‭20‬-‭21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song            Highlands.             Benjamin William Hastings 

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 736. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord.”

There is the sense of many nations and systems in the world being in need of metaphorically being soaped and scrubbed clean and hung out to be bleached white in the fire of the sun’s rays. 

Jesus came to wash us clean and make us beautiful. For us to be refined and polished pure enough to see a reflection in.

Judgement starts within the house of the Lord not for punishment but in readiness to move on mature and prepared in motives to serve Him. Be stripped of all that would weigh us down. 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”

Those who are prepared and sensitive to what the Spirit is doing will be equipped to withstand and be the testimony for others to find their hope.  

“This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.”

He will clothe us in garments washed in crimson blood to come out white and pure as snow. We bring all to the Lord to deal with as we cannot hide it from Him. He alone rids us of our rubbish.  

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be like wool.”

We are called to live lives of joy not be stuck in mud mires. To be brought from death to life. Our salvation is revelatory that Jesus is real.

He is our strength and way. His Spirit testifies from within us. 

“the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.”

Our peace does not come from the removal of the hazardousness of what surrounds us but from being made steadfast and able to remain upright and at peace within the circumstances that the world fear. 

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

Christ is the prince of peace.  

The illustration shows us washed in blood to come out as white and pure in Christ. Emanating light that pushes back the darkness.

Six Scriptures that come to mind:

““Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord.” ‭‭Malachi‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.” Luke‬ ‭21‬:‭13‬-‭15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be like wool.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭1‬:‭18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

‭ “the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.” Psalm‬ ‭18‬:‭32‬-‭36‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭15‬ ‭ESV

Communion.              Bayside Worship 

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 735. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

““Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

The kingdom of God increases as the kingdom of the world decreases.

Though the road and access is through the narrow gate at the side of the five bar gate however flung wide and attractive it may appear. 

The kissing gate of intimacy leads to life and being kept in the right place. 

The enemy hates the kissing gate. He will seduce us through the wide gate. 

Jesus is the way, He brings life in its fullness. 

“I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”

Righteousness, joy and peace come accessed by the narrow way. 

This gate will find us always looking at our blessings with gratitude and praise. 

“Let us come before His presence with a song of thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with songs. For the Lord is a great God And a great King above all gods,”

The wide finds us never satisfied, seeing our deficit and lack above all else. 

We do not look at what we don’t have but instead in humility lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus and give ourselves to Him. 

We only find favour at the feet of Jesus where we can pour out all that He has poured over us 

He is the bridge to the higher place.  

“Therefore you are no longer a slave (bond-servant), but a son; and if a son, then also an heir through [the gracious act of] God [through Christ].”

We are unique and have only to be ourselves to step into our purpose and identity. 

No one else can be positioned or represent that special place but us. 

We to are commissioned therefore as Christ to bring life into the big picture. 

The Holy Spirit introduces us to know who we are, our strengths and weaknesses. Our wholeness becomes complete by walking with and fitting into those we have been put alongside. United, together we value and are our fullness. 

We are who Jesus says we are. We are defined by Him. He is at our centre. 

The illustration shows us each as uniquely purposed to be ourselves and be formed to fit the big picture authored by Christ as only we can bringing His light to push back the darkness.

Four Scriptures that come to mind:

““Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭13‬-‭14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” ‭‭John‬ ‭10‬:‭9‬-‭10 AMP

“Let us come before His presence with a song of thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with songs. For the Lord is a great God And a great King above all gods,”. ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭95‬:‭2‬-‭3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Therefore you are no longer a slave (bond-servant), but a son; and if a son, then also an heir through [the gracious act of] God [through Christ].” Galatians‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

The song          Cornerstone.                   Hillsong

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 734 . ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“People will no longer need to teach their neighbours and relatives to know me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”

God’s new covenant and desire is to know us more intimately and for us to know Him and this He fulfilled in Jesus. 

His Word and His residence in our heart are our place of encounter and hearing His voice. 

He shapes how we live. Our refusal to come to Him denies life.

Jesus reveals Himself intimately to those who keep His word. We do have to know His word to be enabled to make that choice of Will. 

Vulnerability, openness and sharing hearts changes the dynamics of how closely we know and come to love a person. How we build up trust, confidence and belief in our relationship and dispel any misconceptions. 

Sharing words is how we communicate whether in person or in written form. Through them their presence is manifest.

At present we sense seeing dimly as through a mirror. Shadows perhaps instead of clear 20/20 vision whilst we are in this world. 

“For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known.”

We must not grow weary in the wait as if the engagement is too long and the joy of consummating the marriage too distant. 

There is always more. More of Christ to know, to love, to trust and to experience of His word.  The knowledge that there is more means the heart can respond with hope. Each splash of joy being a sign of a tsunami and ocean to come. 

The Holy Spirit stirs up that expectation, hope and desire in us. 

Waiting is less than we first thought and the blessings greater than we anticipated. 

This is how we get over ourselves and our own seeking for glory and gain a certainty, a knowing that only His glory is sufficient. 

His glory becomes visible as more than a mysterious golden sheen. It emanates from a person.

The God we know is the God we show. He is much more than a figment of our imagination. 

He Is. 

He is who we finally make room for at last. The stable of the Christmas Carols is in our hearts.

The illustration shows us making room in our hearts for an incarnate God as Jesus and the Holy Spirit born in reality in us to emanate light and push back the darkness.

Two Scriptures that come to mind:

“People will no longer need to teach their neighbours and relatives to know me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31‬:‭34‬ ‭NET‬‬

“For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭12‬ ‭NET‬‬

The song      Prince of Peace.           Celtic Worship

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 733 . ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Power rests in love. 

Love is the truth of who Jesus is emanating from God. 

Jesus takes us deeper in to our greater capacity of walking in unity with Him. 

There is no coincidence that we are in such a time as this and that in this time our partnering with Him is intentional. 

“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

To walk by faith is not to walk by sight. The reality of the temporal reality would have a different walk that would be hinged on the same perspective as the world instead of that seen by the shared heart’s knowledge and wisdom that is spiritual. 

Moses was a friend of God who met Him face to face as we are a friend of Christ and meet Him face to face. 

Moses, because of His walk with God, brought down a powerful empire under the governance of a Pharaoh spirit.

Those under the slavery  of its regime striving to make bricks, without straw, were liberated as the Red Sea parted. 

The script being unauthorised by God but by corrupt rulership. 

The demonic realm that has the world bound in corruption now is being exposed ready to be brought to its collapse too.  

Christ invites us to a face to face relationship and to an authority of co-reigning.

He indwells and girds us with His power to not be intimidated or fearful as the world is but to be strengthened in truth and resourced by God. 

Given a restored internal provision in the fullness of the Holy Spirit that overflows from us in our lives of supernatural confidence that every need will be met. 

Christ is our core, solid rock and root that we are grounded upon and established by. This supernatural provision will be released and become our testimony.

We are in the world but not of the world. 

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

Christ’s magnetic pull draws us along the aisle of history bearing our sceptre of authority.  

It is His intention to bring forth His bride in a display of purity and truth. 

All that He has not authored has to be dismantled. 

He has already accomplished a victory in the cross that we might live and co rule with Jesus and overpower.  

Jesus at our core shines, restores and transforms. 

The illustration shows Jesus at the core of our being as love and truth emanating light that pushes back the darkness.

Three Scriptures that come to mind:

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬-‭18‬ ‭NET‬‬

“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭6‬-‭7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John‬ ‭17‬:‭16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song       King Jesus. /Worthy.            Brooke Ligertwood /John Wilds

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 732 . ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“At that time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, got up and predicted by the Spirit that a severe famine was about to come over the whole inhabited world. (This took place during the reign of Claudius.) So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, decided to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.”

Some prophesy that God gives to His people is sovereign and is intended to be. 

Some prophesy He gives is conditional and as both a warning and an opportunity for His people to heed their ways and amend or to make provision for and avert or take control of. 

In the case of the prophesies that Joseph had there were opportunities within seven year windows for him to prepare and make provision for his family and the the Israelites to survive years of famine. 

God is prepared to hold up His hands and halt and relent in a disaster if His people repent and turn. 

“There are times, Jeremiah, when I threaten to uproot, tear down, and destroy a nation or kingdom. But if that nation I threatened stops doing wrong, I will cancel the destruction I intended to do to it.”

There is much in the world atmosphere that appears to be heading for a collision point of a perfect storm or disaster such as the famine was in Joseph’s day. 

It is probable that such a storm is unstoppable and it is therefore more relevant than ever for its prediction to be used as a preparation time for the church to be mindful in preparing to be ready and those equipped to be the resource to be called upon both spiritually and in good stewardship of resources. 

It is crucial to store up for what is potentially coming. 

To be the Goshen place.  

“Jacob sent Judah before him to Joseph to accompany him to Goshen. So they came to the land of Goshen.”

There is prophesy and wisdom in the one generation that partnered with the new generation brings righteous alignment, companionship, strength and success similar to the relationship between the knowledge of Naomi and the righteous purity and energy of Ruth. Symbiotic and mutually of benefiting to survive because they have cleaved together in partnership. 

The Holy Spirit will uniquely lead those who are disciples of Jesus and position us to be providers. Just as the churches sprung into action in the pandemic to be part of the solution for those in need and who are still at the forefront of making a difference in present needs. 

Just as Joseph was seated at the right table to have authority and power to meet the needs of all. The body of Christ is being positioned in places of influence to be similarly ready to turn the tables for out pouring and overflow provision and harvest together. 

The illustration shows the hand that stops the storm, that holds the time, that has the provision, that rules and controls all things.

Four Scriptures that come to mind. 

“At that time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, got up and predicted by the Spirit that a severe famine was about to come over the whole inhabited world. (This took place during the reign of Claudius.) So the disciples, each in accordance with his financial ability, decided to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.” Acts‬ ‭11‬:‭27‬-‭29‬ ‭NET‬‬

“I put this charge before you, Timothy my child, in keeping with the prophecies once spoken about you, in order that with such encouragement you may fight the good fight.” ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭18‬ ‭NET‬‬

“There are times, Jeremiah, when I threaten to uproot, tear down, and destroy a nation or kingdom. But if that nation I threatened stops doing wrong, I will cancel the destruction I intended to do to it.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭18‬:‭7‬-‭8‬ ‭NET‬‬

“Jacob sent Judah before him to Joseph to accompany him to Goshen. So they came to the land of Goshen.” Genesis‬ ‭46‬:‭28‬ ‭NET‬‬

The song            The In Between.                    Matt Mayer

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 731 . ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.”

When God gives us a sense of a time to shift in mindset it is time to draw close and align our hearts to His because the currency and measuring rod will have changed and the new cannot be measured in the same way. 

It would be akin to using a yard stick after metric when the mindset was all in metres to cut our cloth by.  

New landscapes call for updates on our sat nav devises; the terrain and the access has changed.

Our minds have need to be washed and cleared and reset. 

To become places that will not contain, entrap, confine and imprison the Holy Spirit but instead be a vessel that holds and releases Him.

It is like coming to the end of the wilderness provision when Joshua foresaw the complete shift and new requisite in going into the promised land.

“Joshua told the people, “Ritually consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will perform miraculous deeds among you.””

Fluidity is required and freedom left for God to reframe the new landscape of church. To remove capping and ceilings from our expectations from the last season. To liberate us into a new move. 

Our foundation is based upon well established truths which will never change but in turn some come out to be played as a dominant suite in a game and for that season have a weight and priority upon them. 

“Therefore, I intend to remind you constantly of these things even though you know them and are well established in the truth that you now have.”

Jesus speaks about the same things at different times and were it not for their context they might seem contradictory. 

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword.”

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage.”

Justice and judgement seem top of the pack right now. A heightened awareness of consequences.

This comes at a time when there seems to be in the natural and in the spiritual conflict and war between nations, politics, industry, economies etc, on every front. 

There is more requirement to know our true enemy as we battle on so many fronts where we are becoming battle weary. 

Battles against the wrong foe wear us down. Our fight is not with flesh and blood but principalities and powers. We must be aware of satan’s schemes.

“so that we may not be exploited by Satan (for we are not ignorant of his schemes).”

The Lord said He was on neither side and that is our posture too when we know our authority and it comes from God and manifesting His kingdom on earth.

God doesn’t come off His throne to deal with Satan. He deploys an angel it is spiritual warfare. Our power is in Jesus’ name. 

Our prayer might be to have opened eyes to see how we align with God, to see our true enemy and to focus on Jesus. 

‭‭The illustration shows us spiritually unlocking the mindset of Christ to be in the bubble of knowing God’s heart to emanate light to push back the darkness.

Six Scriptures that come to mind:

“Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭NET‬‬

“Joshua told the people, “Ritually consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will perform miraculous deeds among you.” Joshua‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ ‭NET‬‬

“Therefore, I intend to remind you constantly of these things even though you know them and are well established in the truth that you now have.” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭12‬ ‭NET‬‬

““Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭34‬ ‭NET‬‬

““Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage.” John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ ‭NET‬‬

“so that we may not be exploited by Satan (for we are not ignorant of his schemes).” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭11‬ ‭NET‬‬

The song         Peace In The Storm.             Ore Clarke

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 730 . ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“Your new life began when the Holy Spirit gave you a new birth. Why then would you so foolishly turn from living in the Spirit by trying to finish by your own works?” 

The Holy Spirit is our best friend, a gift to each of us as the church. We cannot minister effectively without Him. 

“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].”

He is the oil that we must be filled with and maintain being filled with to remain awake and ready 

“but the wise took flasks of oil along with their lamps.”

Scripture likens us to earthen jars filled with power which is the Holy Spirit within us.  God’s Glory in our lives. 

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”

The eyes in our hearts are awakened to His resurrection power and ready to be that on earth now and to be ready to become the spotless bride at His return.

Those who He recognises as His. 

We cannot conjure up our own Holy Spirit oil but it is a gift and one that our revival will carry as God pours it out.  

The Spirit arrived with water baptism with John the Baptist. He arrived in tongues of fire at Pentecost. God is awaiting to overflow His oil upon us to fill our lamps.

““And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”

The illustration shows God in heaven tipping and pouring out the golden balls of the oil of the Holy Spirit to fall upon all flesh that sons and daughters shall emanate light and push back the darkness.

Six Scriptures that come to mind:

“Your new life began when the Holy Spirit gave you a new birth. Why then would you so foolishly turn from living in the Spirit by trying to finish by your own works?” Galatians‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ ‭TPT‬‬  

“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].” ‭‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“but the wise took flasks of oil along with their lamps.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25‬:‭4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,”. Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Matthew‬ ‭25‬:‭10‬-‭13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” ‭‭Joel‬ ‭2‬:‭28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song.        Born Again.                 Cory Asbury

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 729 . ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Real love costs, challenges, honours and sacrifices. His love is possessive and jealous and consuming.

 “Zeal for your house will consume me.””

Were words that followed Jesus driving out those from the temple not involved in worshipping God. and therefore diminishing God’s love.

We are now His house and temple and He still drives out from our hearts all that does not worship His presence and love. 

His jealous love sees us find freedom. Jesus manifests His jealous love on the cross.

““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus love makes us confront our mindset of fear and anxiety. 

Jesus takes us to a place of pain but then gently sits with us there. Connected to us and ready to heal us. 

We have to trust Him enough to go with Him and not disconnect.

Love is being in the consuming fire and refining. Love is submitting, sacrifice and obedience. Love is defending, being powerfully aggressive and active for the other.

The world’s definition of love hangs only on what makes me happy. 

God chose us as we are sitting in sin and jealously He transforms us on our journey with Him. 

Jesus endured dying on a cross, sitting in a tomb to release the power of resurrection. 

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Love is bringing our real selves to Jesus. Our vulnerability and weakness.  Not our rights and entitlements.

His jealous love sets us free. 

It is only in the storms and wilderness that we can harvest certain fruits. 

The place where we feel trapped but we choose to stand strong in His love. 

The Israelites reached the Red Sea and felt trapped between the enemy and the barrier but God parted the sea and made the way. 

We may have fear but we are delivered.  God’s jealous love is so great that He will not give up on us. 

The perfect will of Jesus is to take us deeper. 

Where knowing our identity we battle for each other our love for the other is equally jealous.

Love is God’s redemptive plan. 

The illustration shows God’s loving hand giving the world His only son that we might be saved. The light emanating to push back the darkness.

Three Scriptures that come to mind:

“His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” John‬ ‭2‬:‭17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” ‭‭John 3: 16 ESV

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song           Jealous Grace.                 Brandon Swanner

BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 728 . ( Less is Greater, Greater is less )

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;”

We each have a responsibility to keep in our own lane and get on with what God has called us to do. There is freedom birthed in gratitude of knowing what we have been entrusted with and then stewarding that well and being busy like an ant with our own particular delegation. 

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”

The emerging church has the requirement that we stop abdicating, grow up, mature and act in our assignment that God has given us. 

God is our provider and we lack nothing for His perfect will to be performed. 

We are not lacking if we are rooted in Him and have the mindset of trusting Him to be in control and we can draw from His source without feeling any dissatisfaction. 

To be dissatisfied or covetous of others is to exhibit a mindset of lack. 

God is generous and abundant in His perfect provision for each of us according to our need. 

To be judgemental, competitive or dissatisfied belies the trust and belief we have in His wisdom and knowledge and the false entitlement that we think is denied us.

Having said that it appears we are in a season where he is expanding and increasing our capacity.

 Casting His eyes to and fro to see who has stewarded well and be trusted with more and who can carry the weight of His glory.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.””

Many of us may feel or have felt that we have been under attack from the enemy and that would be a positive indicator that he is in fear of our success in the kingdom and God is giving us opportunity to overcome and to hold more of Him who is already victorious.

The battle is not evenly stacked because Jesus has already defeated satan at the resurrection.

‭‭ “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Our challenges take us to the next level and transform us more into Jesus’ image. The power is increasingly removed from the enemy.  

God is raising us to  be able to deal with principalities, providing us with the knowledge of what we have to expect, empowering us at exactly the right time and resourcing our provision to have dominion. 

We are equipped to occupy and establish and push back and take dominion.

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.””

The illustration shows us rooted in Christ, the source of all we require to carry our anointing, gifting, capacity to carry His glory into the world so that all might know of Him and in that revelation and light the darkness is pushed back.

Five Scriptures that come to mind:

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;”. Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭14‬-‭15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs‬ ‭6‬:‭6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.”” 2 Chronicles‬ ‭16‬:‭9‬ ‭ESV

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song         All Is For Your Glory.                     Jeremy Riddle