In David’s seasons of distress, he had learned the importance of running to God. No matter what his enemies tried to do, he knew there was one place he could never be harmed. His safety was assured, and his future was certain, as long as he continually hid himself in the secret place of the most high. The truth is, that place is there for us as well. We can run there no matter what the world, the flesh or the devil throw at us. This is exactly why David wrote Psalms 57:1. It says; “Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by.”
We have an impenetrable Rock, a fortress and high tower waiting for us. When trouble comes our way, and discouragement sets in, He is our refuge and safe harbor. Never let the lies of the enemy rob you of the peace of God that passes all understanding. Troubles and difficulties will come and then they will be gone, but our God stands for us, and with us, forever. We are always safe and secure under the shadow of His wings.
Today’s Prophetic Word: You can’t avoid troubles, but when they come, remember that you have a place of safety to run.
As our society sinks lower and lower morally, it becomes entangled in the darkness of sin. We who know the truth are commanded by God to declare it, and bring the light. To not do so speaks volumes on what you believe about God, and the truth of His Word. He is either right, and His word is truth, or not. There are no other options available, and we must take a stand, because we will be responsible for what we know.
So what is your excuse for not standing, and speaking the truth to those living a lie? I would presume it’s because you fear being rejected by man more than you fear offending God. If so, then man has become your god, and God has become lower than the people around you. You, my friend, are in trouble. It’s time to surrender your all back to God, and return to the bold, uncompromising faith you once had. Ask yourself; do you really want the blood of all those people on your hands? You knew the Truth and refused to speak it so others could be saved. What does God think about that?
Today’s Prophetic Word: The truth can be hard to hear. but people still must be confronted with it.
What destroyed the children of Israel, and drove them out of the promised land, was their willingness to compromise. To avoid conflict, and to prevent being in an uncomfortable situation, they caved in and disobeyed the Lord. In Exodus 34:13 we read, “…you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim…” They were called to be anti-cultural, in order to purge the sin from their midst. When they weakened in their convictions, and failed to obey God, the culture quickly infected them.
Do you think you can live silently in this sin sick culture, and not take a stand, but still stay true to your faith and to God? It’s simply not possible. If you “live below the radar” to avoid conflict with the culture, you are living in a compromised state, and God will call your on it. No Christian in this day can afford to be silent, while sin abounds. By refusing to confront the culture, you are an affront to God. Repent, open your mouth, and let the truth be heard!
Today’s Prophetic Word: If you are causing no conflict in this culture of sin, then you have already become a part of it!
If we want the blessing and presence of God in our life, we are responsible for some things. Blessings of the Kingdom are not automatic just because we are saved. In Exodus 34:11 we read what the requirement is. It says, “Be sure to observe what I am commanding you this day:” In other words, we are responsible for hearing and obeying His voice. If you hear and don’t obey it’s rebellion. However, if you try to obey without hearing, you are wasting precious time.
The question is, how can you tune your ears daily to hear what He is saying so you can obey? The answer is, you set time aside to get in His presence. Then you wait, feast on His word and pray in the Spirit. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. In that relationship all of heaven has access to you, and you have access to all of heaven. This is what unleashes the power of God and your purpose foe serving Him. Without this you will accomplish very little.
Today’s Prophetic Word: If you want God’s blessing on all you do, Hear His voice and follow His command.
Exodus 34:9 unlocks an important key into the nature of God, and His favor in our life. It says; “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate,…”. In other words, having God’s favor upon you, means you can bring that favor to bare in the lives of everyone around you. When they see that blessing, it will open their eyes and draw them to love of God. This is why we must rise above and not get focused on the complaints and negativity of this world. We must walk in love, and let His favor shine through us, so others will know there is something better.
Favor is a powerful influence in the life of every believer. The word means “to be looked at with grace, beauty, pleasantness, well-favored or to look kindly upon”. It allows us to receive a blessing for no apparent reason, and to be granted access where we normally could not go. It gives us a position that others are more qualified for, and causes us to be elevated in the eyes of another. Daniel, Joseph and Paul all had God’s favor upon them, and they used it to release the influence of the Kingdom. It’s time for you walk in that same favor!
Today’s Prophetic Word: You are favored! Let it shine through you, and by this you can draw others to Christ.
The crisis of identity is rampant today. In this broken world, people are looking to everything but the truth, to discover who they really are. There are some who believe the lie that gender is fluid, and it’s determined by emotional state or personal decision. This confusion has come because biology and the DNA blueprint of God’s master plan, no longer has the final word. Some look to education, or fame, work or even athletic ability to bring definition to who they really are. The point is, none of these things were ever designed to define who we are. Our true definition is, and has always been found in our salvation, and in relationship with God. That clarifying truth is found in His Word.
Romans 8:16 says it so beautifully; “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,” When we embrace our salvation through the incredible love of God, we are immediately brought into His family. He receives us as His own, and we are His beloved. As we walk with him in this amazing relationship, who He made us to be becomes crystal clear. We have vision, focus, clarity and acceptance. There is no need to strive, or to redefine ourselves. Our fellowship with Him resolves all of it. We are loved by our Heavenly Father, and we are secure in the knowledge that He is watching over us.
Today’s Prophetic Word: Who are you? If you are saved, you are a child of God, and dearly loved. Nothing can take that away from you.
Going through distress and difficulty is part of life on this earth. It is unavoidable, even in the best of lives. We may be the Lord’s son or daughter, but we are not exempt from the dictates of the world, the flesh and the devil. Those things will come after us on a regular basis. How we respond in those moments says a lot about who we are, and what we believe about the Lord.
Psalms 18:6 says: “In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.” How strongly we believe in His ability to hear our cry and answer us, determines a lot. If we are convinced of His faithfulness and care for us, we will cry to Him and be at rest in the most difficult situation. If we are not convinced, everything that happens will bring stress, rob us of our peace, and demonstrate our doubt. The cry of doubt, fear and frustration produces nothing of any value.
Today’s Prophetic Word: You can live in stress or rest. It’s all based in the faith you have in the faithfulness of God,?and the cry you release to Him.
What sets you and I apart from every other people, church or religion on the face of the earth? Is it our passion and zeal for what we believe? Is it our doctrine and teaching? Perhaps it is our charismatic leaders and grand gatherings that set us apart. Well, many groups, cults and false religions have all of the above so these can’t be it. Scripture is very clear about what sets the true believers apart, and it’s vital in this day for us to know what that is.
Exodus 33:16 explains exactly what makes us different. It says in part: “…..Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?” It’s the manifest presence of God, and nothing else, that defines the true believer from every other person on the earth. If you don’t sense the presence of God in your church, in your daily activities and in your prayers, then it’s time to wonder why. If you are one of His, He will be there, and that is the only thing that sets you apart from all the world! Do you feel His Presence?
Today’s Prophetic Word: His Presence in your life is the only thing that makes you different from all the world. Without Him you are nothing and have nothing to offer!
Exodus 33:2 says; “I will send an angel before you…” . That declaration came right after God had told Moses it was time to head out. Once he chose to obey the Lord, the way was prepared in the realm of the Spirit. In turn, that set the stage for great victories to manifest every place God led him.
What has God been telling you to do lately, and what has been stopping you from doing it? If you want Devine intervention to go before you, you must first say YES to what He has already told you. Peter had to step out of the boat, and the disciples had to hand over the few fish and loaves they had. Once they obeyed, the miracles of God followed!
Today’s Prophetic Word: God’s provision for your miracle is just one act of obedience away!
Exodus 33:9 says “Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the LORD would speak with Moses.” Others would stand at a distance and watch Moses, but when he entered the tent of meeting, God responded by coming down to speak with him. There is a huge lesson to be learned here. If you want to hear from God, if you want to encounter His Presence and Glory, you have to enter the tent of meeting.
In those days the tent of meeting was a physical structure. God gave Moses the instructions on how to make it, and He came when Moses went into it. For us, the tent of meeting is our consecrated time of Spirit led prayer and worship. Our Father’s house is a house of prayer, and that is what we are. He seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and truth. 1 Corinthians 3:16 puts it this way; “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Soak yourself in Spirit led prayer and worship, and you too will hear the voice of the Living God.
Today’s Prophetic Word: Build a prayer and worship tent of meeting, and you will encounter His amazing Presence.