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Faith is expressing confidence in God and in His Word. Freedom is found in forgiveness.


If you want to be like Jesus, you need to forgive others from the heart. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. When you forgive by faith, the chains of resentment and bitterness can no longer hold you. When you specifically renounce our enemies and their deceptions in the name of Jesus, you gain victory over them. Every child of God carries the authority of the Father in the name of Jesus. In the authority of Jesus, you can take our stand against them through repentance, forgiveness, and renunciation.

God wants to speak into our lives and reveal that He is our Father. He wants to affirm our identity, purpose and destiny.

You need to be blessed in order to succeed in life. Blessing is the bread we need for our life's journey.

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Blessing means speaking words that empower someone to prosper and thrive. This almost hidden spirit, unlike lust and other forms of obvious demonic spiritual activity, is often operating in us without our knowledge. Since, as the Bible states, satan is the subtlest beast in the field, we have been sold the bill of goods that self-appointed ambition is a good thing.

As an evidence of the subtly and acceptance of this spirit, most of us ignorantly impose some of these ambitious appetites upon those we love the most — our own children! Often our acceptance of our children is based on how well they perform to our expectations, and our rejection of them when they do not.

Self-rule is a dangerous thing to a man or woman of destiny. What caused the fall of man initially was the desire to exceed the boundaries established by God: Man wanting to be God in his own life Genesis 3: The temptation in Genesis had to do with limits. Man fell for the temptation because he saw the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as something that would give him power to supply his own needs food , give him power over himself and the environment by making him wise, and make him a god by knowing good and evil.

Remember this if nothing else you read; this continues to be our individual battle today!

Whispers of God…Echoes of Eternity

A place in which we completely trust that all things we will ever encounter are of, through, and to God Romans Of equal importance is the knowledge, that for a period of time you can walk in His rest in certain areas and be out of it in others. Eventually, however, restlessness will take its toll in those areas as well.

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As we become sensitive to factors that remove us from the rest we become more apt to stay in it. We will address this in more detail later. Our peace and joy are the first things to go, and joy is the source of our spiritual, mental, and physical strength. From here we begin to experience confusion and anxiety, and finally, we see that in giving up our rest, our physical bodies begin to suffer extraordinary fatigue and even sickness. Migraine headaches tormented me for years, but as I have yielded to the rest of God, they have become practically non-existent.

To reiterate, the progression is first a lack of peace and joy, which introduces confusion and anxiety, then fatigue and eventually sickness. Make no mistake about it; self-rule in the eyes of God is the highest form of selfish ambition. When we worry, when we doubt, when we fear, when we accept an evil report, we are accepting that God cannot be trusted. It is during these times that we are inclined to come up with something to help ourselves and form our own direction. It is during this hour of testing that we are revealed. Works of the flesh can no longer live comfortably with life in the Spirit.

Ishmael will always taunt Isaac. Upon recognizing that we have left the rest, we now have an incumbent responsibility to re-enter the rest. We must recognize that there will be no restoration without we first enter into the rest. There are times that we must labor, even fight to get back into the rest of God Hebrews 4: If we have recognized that we have left the rest, and that the aforementioned downward spiral is now taking place in our lives, what must we do to return to the rest? We must first identify the areas in which we left the rest ; areas that we have stepped back into depending upon self.

We must recognize who is sitting on the throne of our hearts — us or God? Release is the key to rest. Recognize and practice this key because it also is also the key to walking in true Sonship, without which there is no Kingdom walking, no Kingdom power, and no Kingdom inheritance in this earth Romans 8: What you cannot truly release to God, you cannot truly rest in.

There will never be rest without release. Let me risk redundancy by writing this again — There will never be rest without release. Release is as tantamount to rest as sun is to light. Release is often impossible with man, but what is impossible with man is possible with God.

When we humble ourselves before God, the grace will come to enable us to release our fears, cares, concerns, and ambitions to God. As we begin to press back into the rest by ceasing from our own efforts, we soon see the revelation of Hebrews 4: Rest is a prerequisite to restoration. Rest will initiate restoration as surely as restlessness will stop it!

God cannot and will not work through our anxiety, bitterness, backbiting, fear and complaining. When we violate the boundaries of the Spirit, we enter into doing our own thing, and it is here that we again face John 5: When we can honestly say that we have been removed as the source of our direction, then the Spirit of God is free to direct us with specifics. Because now our sole focus is obedience without interference from outside motives of self.

Obedience is strong within us because the desire to glorify God, through our obedience, is greater than the desire to please self. When we launch into this condition of heart, we launch into the rest of God, because now my sole purpose is to glorify God through my obedience. Why do we take into our own hands what God intends to give us anyway?

Because we have left the rest, because we have again become our own source and resource! There are measures that can and will quickly tell us when and where we have left the rest of God. The following little phrase has been around for years, but honestly pegs the question of rest. If Jesus is made to truly be Lord over a situation, we will not stress over that situation. Testing is the time that determines whether or not we have truly entered the rest. The battle has two fronts: True rest will produce victory on the inside and is the best way to insure victory on the outside.

The time of testing is the time of revealing what is really in us. A test will reveal one of two things — rest or restlessness! What will remove or prevent you from the rest of God quicker than any other factor? When we exalt and put ourselves above anything or anybody else, it is guaranteed that the rest and restoration of God will be lost.

What will get you back into the rest the quickest?

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Putting God and others first; putting others ahead of self I Corinthians A willingness to do this is a sure sign of release, which spontaneously puts you back into the rest, which ultimately produces restoration. From personal experience, the lesser is abundantly beyond what you can even imagine. I have seen a number of financial miracles that spawned as a result of putting others ahead of self.

What started as a selfless acts ended in financial miracles. This continues in my life today. Self-interest is a peace robber; selflessness is a peace giver. Selfishness will eradicate rest and deny restoration very quickly. Let him show it by the good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Another major revelation in staying in the rest can be found in I Corinthians 4: Living transparent is a key to rest. Cover up is key to restlessness. God honors transparency; in fact, he rewards it with anointing and favor.

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  • What will we do with it? Will we acknowledge it? Will we make it right with our brothers and sisters? What do you do when opposition comes? Do you bow to it or do you fight it? If most of us were honest our answer would be that we rise, and yet nothing will rob our peace quicker than rising against that which God sends to oppose us. It is here that we must remember Romans Is the broad statement being made here stating that the opposition I face in life could be from God?


    Which shall it be? Opposition is designed and ordained of God to reveal to us areas in which our heart is not submitted to God. By refusing to see the opposition as from God, we consequently lose what God is trying to reveal as ugliness within, and consequently we lose our peace and place of rest. It is such a foreign thought to those of us who naturally fight and contend for what we perceive to be ours, or what we perceive to be right or wrong. We feel instinctively that we must rise up and position ourselves against the wrong we perceive. More damnable than any sin, more vile than any injury a man can inflict on his brother, is this refusal to bow to God, this rebellion of the heart in its uprising as it seeks to unseat God from His throne — to become a god instead of having a God!

    When we judge from our limited perspective, we become god, and as inevitable as darkness befalling night, we lose our peace and rest. I recently saw one of the most powerful examples of what can happen when we choose to rest in God, even in the direst of circumstances. A local Christian family experienced the horror of losing their 24 year old eldest son to drugs. His death shook the core of many young people in this community as evidenced by the vast numbers who attended his funeral. Well in advance of the funeral the family began to sense a divine purpose and began to rest in that purpose and yield to God instead of allowing the normal feelings of anger and guilt.

    They soon found out that their son had attended church recently, and that the pastor had called him out and prophesied that his life would be used to turn many young people to the Lord. There is a reason for everything that happens and this is your wakeup call.

    Many accepted the Lord. Through rest comes restoration. Through rest comes restoration, and by bowing to the Father instead of fighting and contending with Him, a community will never be the same. We must learn how to work while resting in the Lord Hebrews 4: How much strife striving is in us?

    What once came easy now comes with a great price. God wishes us to return to the pre fall state, where there is a flow in our lives. Strife striving causes difficult circumstances in both relationships and inefficiencies in accomplishing our task. We easily escape into toil and presumption and soon begin creating Ishmaels. The ramification of this generally affects others, because we will always produce fruit that looks like us. Our ultimate rest, which is the antidote to strife, is in finding out what God is doing in us, through us, with someone or some situation, and joining in that work Jeremiah 6: Jesus said in John 5: He did not initiate the process Himself.

    He found out what God was doing in the situation and joined Him. Rest is found in discovering where God is already working and simply joining in. A sure way to know where God is in any situation is to understand that God pays for what He orders. First and foremost, if He orders us to do something, He will provide us with the grace to do it, the finances to do it, and the people to do it.

    Ask yourself the question, what is He providing me in the way of relational resources, those individuals that are assigned to work with us on God appointed projects? What is He providing me in terms of financial resources, the monetary means through which to accomplish the task? Often God may be telling us that step one to accomplishing anything for Him is in appropriating the faith for the resources.

    My experience has been that the people will always precede the money. Those that come as result of direction from the Holy Spirit are spiritual sons; those that come as a result of the money are hirelings — know the difference! When the cloud is moving, we must move with it, never nailing our tent pegs so deep in the ground that we are busy trying to get them out of the ground when the cloud and the crowd have left. We must be sensitive at all times when the cloud has moved Exodus We cannot stay where the cloud was yesterday — we must go where it is for us today.

    The cloud is always, always out in front of us, never behind.