There is reason to shout, when you obey the Lord. You have completed each and every assignment, you have prayed and stayed on a straight path. You kept your eyes on Jesus, even when the darts came at you, people started to move away from you, especially those whom you thought would stay. You worshipped the Lord because of who He is, you kept a relationship with Him, your vessel is being used by Him. You have a clean vessel, you are not seated in the counsel of the ungodly, you praise God!
You have accepted His Son Jesus, and you have continued to walk in your ministry. He has given you ideas and you use them for the Kingdom. Your gifts are dedicated for His purpose. You have accepted Christ as your Savior, you love the Lord! And still the enemy comes in as a flood and more enemies arise against you. The ones who were supposed to stick with you, all of a sudden disappeard, formulated excuses, and you wonder what happened. HE IS TAKING YOU TO ANOTHER LEVEL, and they can’t come. Hoorah!
Who does the Lord take to the next level? One who reads His Word, one who obeys His Word, one who lives by His Word. The Lord has a future plan for His ministers. God has to take you to the next level, you cannot take yourself there. God has other ministries for us to attend to. God will fight your battles as He takes you there.
How do we move to the next level spiritually? PRAYER. The Lord wants us to draw to Him, to call on Him and to depend on Him. Humans cannot satisfy us, nor will they ever be there for us through thick and thin, through each level. The mere fact that you are raised to another level as you depend on God to take you there, and not others is because you have graduated from the former level, and from those friendships.
Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” You are facing circumstances that are difficult to handle, overwhelming issues. You get discouraged, have people problems, they change on you. You can push through this by praying and calling out to God. The Holy Spirit will come to our rescue, He is our helper.
Pray To God, Praise Him, Worship Him, Give It All To Him, Ask For A Miracle, Fast, Ask The Lord To Increase Your Faith, “Pray Through”. God moves you higher as you cry to Him and pray through it all.
When the Lord is taking you to a new level the situation is always more than you can handle alone. The Lord wants to know how far you will go, how serious you are. He sees our heart and He answers prayers. HE TAKES US TO ANOTHER LEVEL!
Isaiah 28:1 says, “Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!” The Word of the Lord says that we are fading flowers. Ladies, we know that we all grow older day by day. We know that flowers are beautiful, but do not last forever. We also know that it is the Lord who gives us our beauty.
I am here to say; ladies, you are beautiful. You are beautiful; when you put God 1st. You are beautiful when you walk in the fruits of the Spirit in love showing love and compassion. Ladies you are beautiful when; you acknowledge your Creator and when you confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth. You are beautiful when you stand for what is right, and ladies you are beautiful when you fellowship with your sisters in Christ and encourage non-believers to draw them into fellowship. So stand, you are beautiful!
Your beauty will not wither, but will last forever in the glory of God. Besides, people remember inner love that extends itself and acts of kind deeds. Amen.
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Ladies, do you ever feel like you are running a race? Get ready, get set, go! You hear the sound of the mark go off and off you go. The Word of God says in Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Now bear in mind that Philippians 3:16 says, “Nevertheless whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.” Ladies if we are to walk as if we have already attained the prize or in the prize that we have already attained, why are we racing?
The Word of God says that Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith. The bottom line is that we should always press toward the goal that God has called us to. Since God has called every one of us to a different ministry, there should be no competition, no race. We are to press toward the prize in a humble manner, in obedience to the Father, obeying every assignment that God has given us. God does not give anyone the same assignment; because we all have unique gifts, unique ministries.
Two people might have a gift of singing but the assignment from God is different for each person or ministry on how it should be achieved. When we press to win the prize in which God has called us to, we should be reaching for Him to give us the prize; God’s hand to our hand. God will not give anyone else what He is handing over or giving us. He is the hand that is not shortened. Isaiah 59:1 says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear.” The Word says that we should live up to what we have already attained. The Lord will lead us to the rest; He gives us a little at a time. So there should be no race; only our own.
The Bible says, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2Timothy 4:7). In 2Tim.4:8, the Bible says, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”
He is calling us to a heavenly calling to take part in spreading the Great Commission. There are pricipalities and powers in the air ruling in certain places, Ephesians 6:12. So God speaks to His ministers or the called according to His purpose. No one knows what God has told us except us and the Father, and we should walk in that manner for what we have attained through Christ’s power and wait for our next assignment.
One of the really good traits on running a race is to be still, take a rest, a break, a breather. Get a drink of water. John 7:38 says, “He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Amen.
Annette Journet Jaco