I love this song for so many reasons! Before any one of us ever even existed, we were God-planned for “such a time as this”. Each one of us represents God in a unique and irreplaceable way. The enemy knows this and he will do his best to steal, kill, and destroy in order to stop us from fulfilling our calling. When we give in to those lies we begin to live out of them and question our existence.
Quote: “I believe that the attacks on your life have much more to do with who you might be in the future than who you have been in the past.” -Lisa Bevere
For too long we have been answering to the wrong name. We have been listening to the voice of the enemy for so long that we have begun to answer to his names for us. It is time that we cry out to God and learn to respond. It is time for the church to awaken and it must start within our own hearts. We are all a part of the body, but each of us must have a personal encounter with our Creator and hear Him speak His truth into the very depth of our hearts. He alone fully and completely understands us and our needs and wants to call us by a new name and whisper His truths into our hearts until all the pain is gone and the lies are destroyed and replaced with truth. He sings over us and delights in us. Only when we have personally encountered this love can we walk in full freedom and confidence as the body of Christ.
I love the words of Isaiah 62:1-5. The whole chapter is really great and well worth a read. (Actually the entire book of Isaiah is!) This chapter is a picture of the yearning of the heart of God for His people.
Knowing and walking in identity is a game changer! Suddenly instead of walking in defeat and living our lives based on lies, we walk in identity as a child of God. If we believe we are worthless, we will begin to live out of that lie. Actions follow belief. We are not worthless and will never be worthless. But the enemy does not want us to know our true identity so that he can use us to do his work. When we believe and know our identity is in Christ, we will begin to live as a child of God. No power of hell can stop a child of God who knows his authority and identity!
Surrendering to the call of God in our lives is not a promise of a comfortable life, but most great things happen outside of our comfort zones! When we step out in total surrender to the call, in faith believing that His arms are around us and holding us up, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is Him doing the work and not us! When God says “Speak.” We can open our mouths in obedience and the words will be there. When God says “Move.” We can take the first step in obedience and know that the walls in the way will crumble. When God says “Give.” We can give knowing that we won’t run out. When God says “Go.” We can go knowing that the transportation will be provided and the destination will be shown to us at the right time. Oh, the enemy will try to stop it from working. But set your chin, do what you are called to do anyway because that liar knows just exactly who he is up against and that he holds no authority over a heart that has is sold out to Jesus Christ. This makes the enemy tremble. In great fear he cries out lies and threats to try to stop us. But just like Esther we can walk boldy into the throne room and make our request known.
I believe it is time for action. Maybe we have been holding our tongue and keeping our head down for a season, but the season of release has come. The things we have learned need to be spoken. The calling and gifting within us needs to be fanned into flame and awoken. Our tongues need to be loosened and fear needs to be slain by perfect love so that we can be unshakeable in our calling.
Women of God: for too long we have been silent or have misunderstood our role. Maybe we have believed the lie that our voices were robbed from us and as a result have kept it locked up inside. Maybe we have tried to fill a role we were not born for and as a result have cut down men in the false hope that we would feel better. We were gifted with voices for a reason, we were intended to be answers, to be voices that birth life in the hearts of others. Our voices were not made for death and destruction. We were created for unity and not division. The enemy has been robbing, stealing, and destroying and we have been listening to his lies for far too long. It is time for us to break past the sound barriers of the enemy and shout the voice of triumph. We represent the bride!
The fence is broken. We can not sit with one foot in the kingdom of God and the other in the kingdom of darkness. There is no middle ground. The middle ground is all a lie. Which side are we on? For too long we have attempted to sit between the two kingdoms bound by religion and held back by fear. We have attempted to look good on the outside and have resorted to dressing in filthy rags in an attempt to hide our nakedness and need. When our filthy rags have failed us we have wildly grabbed for fig leaves in an attempt to hide our nakedness and sin hoping that we will be acceptable to God. We need to be washed in the blood of Jesus and put on the wedding gown of righteousness that God has for us. We need to answer to His call and live under His righteousness knowing that He alone is our righteousness.
Many of us have felt the heat and the darkness of the battle weighing on our spirits. It is time to stand and declare that we are on the side that has already won instead of hiding our heads hoping that when we surface it will all be over. We have an entire armor and a sword for battle, and it is time to stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow soldiers and wield our swords in battle. We will be provided with all we need to fight, but we must always remember that the battle is not physical, but spiritual.
Recently I found myself in a situation I could not find a solution for. One day as I was praying and just weeping from the weariness of it all, I cried out to God and for a while I just told Him how frustrated and upset I was, then I asked Him why this just wasn’t working and that’s when I heard God say, “The problem is that you have been fighting this battle in the physical when it is a spiritual battle.” Suddenly all the pressure evaporated as I realized that the battle was not mine. God has already won the war. We lose time and valuable energy when we fight spiritual battles in the physical.
About a year ago, I got a phone call. It ended with something like this “Please pray! Can you come?” I could hear the despair dripping from the voice. I said “I’ll be there soon!” I got my things together and got into my car. I was praying all the way. I didn’t even know why I was supposed to go, what to pray or what to do, I just knew I needed to go and I needed to pray and that all I could do was trust God to handle it. As I was driving and praying, God gave me a picture of the situation. I saw a heavy curtain of darkness hovering over the area, then I saw two angels from heaven’s army pulling at the curtain, and as I prayed they suddenly gained a new strength and the curtain began to move. I was not the only one motivated to pray right then. The Spirit of God had laid it on the hearts of more than one person. We do not often see just how much impact our words, actions and prayers have in the kingdom, but they do have impact. When God says to do something, do it. If you don’t know what His voice sounds like, allow Him to teach You. There may be times that God asks us to do something that makes no sense to us. We may never even see the results on this side of eternity, and that’s okay. We are His hands and His feet. He lives and moves in us. We must only be surrendered and willing to do what He calls us to do. That calling and purpose, the story of our lives written by the hand of God– It is the most fulfilling thing we can ever do and be with our lives.