While you’re still in the desert, it’s easy to claim the Promised Land and talk about what you’re going to do to the giant when you get there. However, once you’ve crossed over the barrier of the River Jordan, and you’ve come to the place where you can now lay claim to the territory, suddenly you realize there’s a giant over there saying, “No.” You cannot allow yourself to forget the promise God gave you!
God is saying to you, “I am leading you over. You are going to be the head and not the tail. As your days are, so will your strength be. You are going to be blessed in your going out and your coming in. Whatever you set your hands to do will prosper!”
When God speaks to you about these things and you hide them in your heart and believe them, the Holy Ghost begins to direct you into your realm of influence. Once you get “into the ring,” so to speak, the blows fly and you begin to experience the pressures of heated battle. You go to God and pray, “Lord, I don’t understand it. It’s so unfamiliar. I didn’t know it was going to be like this. Am I in your will? What in the world is going on?” If you pray this long enough, God will say the same thing He said to you before you started.
“ 2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”Matthew 11:2-6
God does not change His mind. Jesus told the disciples of John the Baptist, “Go show John again that these things are happening. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are preached to. And blessed is he who shall not be offended in me.” In our Western mind and the limited vocabulary we possess, we may think that the word “offended” means someone is saying, “I’m offended at that.”
The Bible says Abraham “...staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” 1 In other words, Abraham did not stagger. He did not fall. He did not become double-minded. He was not offended in the Word of God. By faith, he knew he had the promises of God! He believed God!
Remember, the Bible says about Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” 2 Here Jesus is saying, “Blessed is he who shall not be offended in me.”
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus said, “When persecution comes—you are thrown in jail, the pressure is heavy, things in the natural are pressing you—and you don’t seem to be capable of zeroing in on exactly what is happening in the realm of the Spirit, some people will be offended, and it’s because of the Word.”
In the initial stages when you begin to journey out, it seems like everything goes smoothly. It’s like when a jet takes off and leaves the runway, you can immediately feel the power of the thrust and the change in the smooth transition. When things start going like that for you, God begins to speak further to you, because you reach plateaus in your spiritual walk. You reach realms where you have to make a decision.
You can either become satisfied with what you have and where you are, or you can let go and go where God is taking you.
When faith comes and God moves you to that realm where you need to possess the promise given to you, that’s when you meet your most difficult challenge.
Lay hands on yourself. Say, “I have within me through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God every provision necessary to fulfill my destiny in God. I am not afraid of transitional times. They are necessary to lead me to my destiny. They are necessary to lead me to my miracle.”
When you begin the first stages of your spiritual journey, you are still not that far removed from familiar territory. You are not too far out and you can still lean on your own ability. It’s like standing in the ocean where the water is only six feet deep. You are in the ocean but you’re still in control. However, if you keep going farther into even deeper water, you will eventually get to the point where you can no longer see the shore or touch the bottom.
Eventually you get to a place in God where the “land” you could have become anchored to is no longer visible, where you can no longer reverse your steps, and where the “Plan B” you could have leaned on is no longer an option. There’s a realm in God where you might as well keep going, because there is no turning back. It is at this exact time that the adversary launches his hardest attack against your life.
These are the times you need to know how to put your mind in check, how to put your words in check, and how not to be moved by what you feel. It might feel in the natural like everything is shaking, rocking, and falling apart but on the inside of you, keep that Word that God has put there: “I am going to achieve. I am going to reach my destiny in God. I am going to receive my miracle!”
Stay tuned for the next part in this powerful series, “Prevailing in Times of Transition!”