It’s All In Your “Yes!”
September 13, 2017
Over the past few months I’ve talked a lot about fasting and prayer. Those two keys are essential to our life if we are to succeed and walk in authority and in power.
While there may be a specific event that sets us into pursuit of God, such as difficult situations we find ourselves in or just a deep personal hunger for more, when we start praying and fasting, things begin to unlock and unfold. Things you wouldn’t necessarily expect to happen, like a sharpening of your spiritual hearing or vision begins to occur. Words begin to flow. Discernment kicks in on a whole ‘nother level. Suddenly, things that were hidden, things that escaped your attention before, now become revealed. You see what you did not see before. You hear what you did not hear before. The Holy Spirit will reveal hearts and motives, operations, intentions, insights, plans, purposes, and many other things that you come face to face with.
Through fasting and prayer, you become bold! Faith begins to stir. Acceleration begins to happen in your walk with the Lord. Where there used to be a flicker or small flame inside of you, now there is a roaring fire, stoked by the Holy Spirit. The more this becomes your way of life, setting aside your wants to go after God, the more these things are activated and the more they increase. Not only will God show you what is going on around you by the Spirit but He will show you what is going on inside of YOU. Fasting and prayer purges out of us the things that hinder us and helps purify and strengthen us. As we are faithful in our pursuit of Him and in times when our metal is tested, we grow stronger and more resilient as we go from “glory to glory.”
When we decide to go full on after God and begin developing a lifestyle of prayer and fasting, a faith walk also begins to emerge, because we want to please the Lord. For others of us, crisis may happen that catapults us into a faith walk and as a result, we begin to fast and pray seeking answers from God. Whichever way it happens, the end result is the same.
If you want the fullness of what God has for your life, fasting and prayer must become a way of life. You must also learn to live and walk by faith.
The Bible says in Romans 1:17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
In Hebrews 10:38 the Bible says, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
God wants to be a Father to us. Through Jesus Christ, we have each been given the right and ability to become sons and daughters. We must be willing to surrender our lives, our wants, our plans, into His hands. Every major figure that God used throughout the Word of God and in more recent history, surrendered themselves fully and God used them mightily.
Are you living by faith? Are you trusting God from one need to the next in your life? Are you faithfully praying and leaning on His promises? Many times we try to be self reliant, trusting in our ability to find an answer than to trust the Lord and wait on His answer.
I believe God is drawing His people right now, calling for each one of us to come up higher, to press in like never before, to come to Him for our needs and to believe He will come through. He wants us to be willing to let go of all of the things that we have come between us and Him, to clear off the altar of our hearts and say “Yes” to a journey of faith, a journey of walking with Him, of learning to hear His voice and to become the sons and daughters He intended us to be. If your heart is saying, “I can’t” or “I don’t know how” or maybe even saying, “I don’t want to,” then ask the Lord, “God, help me to want to. Forgive me where I’ve failed and help me learn to trust You. Help me to walk by faith. Help me to surrender my life to You.”
Are you willing to take that next step? You’re not waiting on Him, He’s waiting on you. The life you’ve been waiting for is in your “Yes!”
Be blessed today and let your thoughts be ever on Him. May He fill you today, fresh and overflowing.