- Can you feel it?
The new year is approaching and there has been a shift that has taken place in the spirit. We are about to experience the NEW thing that God is doing in the natural. I have been away for quite some time going through my own personal journey and awakening and it has been exactly that… an awakening. As I prepare for the new year, Year 5783, God has called me into a place of deeper intimacy and rest.
They both sound so serene, but when you are a person who struggled with control, this was actually very difficult for me. I tried to define what I felt rest looked like to God, continue business as usual, and boy, was I wrong. Making my own way only made things harder for me. You see, God has a different meaning to rest. Resting in God means I trust Him and relinquish control unto Him because my life is not my own. Trusting God is worship to Him and calls for deeper intimacy which is REST. They are the SAME.
REST is DEEPER INTIMACY.
Wow! I mean, even as I write this, there are still sweet revelations that God is showing me. I said to God the other day, “God show me how to go deeper with you.” I mean, I know of the ways that I connect with God through His word, spending time with Him, and worshiping. I mean, I was doing all those things, but I still felt that He was calling me to do something more profound than that & He was. It was a call to rise from milk to meat.
Two words: “REST & WRITE.”
Immediately, I felt this anxiety come upon me because I had this love/hate relationship with writing, but then Holy Spirit said, how can you hate the very gift that I gave to you when you say that you want to love what I love and hate what I hate. This is the gift that I have given to you. That day, I agreed with my will and perspective on writing. I realized that I had a hard time writing through my feelings toward writing because I didn’t feel like I was good enough to write. I second-guessed my gift and measured its value based on others’ opinions when the only person’s opinion that mattered was God’s. I also carried this feeling of being rejected so heavily throughout my life that I used it in every area of my life, including even being pregnant.
When you carry around rejection with you in your life and began to include in everything that you do, it begins to grow with you because it’s a seed. That seed is being cultivated with tears and thoughts of fear that is feeding it. It begins to grow strong enough to the point where now it doesn’t even need you to feed it anymore and now it’s acting independently in your life. That even when you don’t want to feel rejected, now it just shows up because it has found a place to call home. Maybe it started as something small in your life. Maybe it was something big, either way it has to go.
9-12 Jesus told another story to the people: “A man planted a vineyard. He handed it over to farmhands and went off on a trip. He was gone a long time. In time he sent a servant back to the farmhands to collect the profits, but they beat him up and sent him off empty-handed. He decided to try again and sent another servant. That one they beat black-and-blue, and sent him off empty-handed. He tried a third time. They worked that servant over from head to foot and dumped him in the street.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘I know what I’ll do: I’ll send my beloved son. They’re bound to respect my son.’ 14-15 “But when the farmhands saw him coming, they quickly put their heads together. ‘This is our chance—this is the heir! Let’s kill him and have it all to ourselves.’ They killed him and threw him over the fence. 15-16 “What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do? Right. He’ll come and get rid of everyone. Then he’ll assign the care of the vineyard to others.” Those who were listening said, “Oh, no! He’d never do that!” 17-18 But Jesus didn’t back down. “Why, then, do you think this was written:
That stone the masons threw out—
It’s now the cornerstone!?
“Anyone falling over that stone will break every bone in his body; if the stone falls on anyone, he’ll be smashed to smithereens.”19 The religion scholars and high priests wanted to lynch him on the spot, but they were intimidated by public opinion. They knew the story was about them.The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson
This morning, God had me reading Luke 20:9-19, where Jesus was telling a parable of a man who planted a vineyard and handed it over to farmhands to handle while he was away on a trip. The man sent over three servants, his son being the last, and the farmhands killed the heir of the owner in greed to have the vineyard for themselves. Jesus goes on to say, “The stone the masons threw out, is now the cornerstone.” Jesus is the cornerstone who was rejected by his own people.
All this time, I’ve been asking God to show me how to go deeper with him, when He has been showing me over and over again, that I am right in the deep with Him. To go deeper with God, I had to be strip of the things that were keeping me away from God. That way was causing me to reject God and His promises over my life. It was causing me to doubt the only constant and faithful person in my life. I came out of agreement with rejection, and I affirmed acceptance, declaration, testimony, validation into my life.
It is God’s desire that we be free from bondage of our minds so we can free in Him. I pray that you are free from rejection and the mental anguish that tries to keep you in torment.
If you are coming out of agreement with rejection today, say this declaration over your life:
“I dust off my feet from all rejection in my life, and i come into agreement with every promise that God has attached to my destiny. I acknowledge and agree with God’s will for my life. I will be a witness to God’s faithfulness in my life.
May we all be witnesses to God’s faithfulness. Get ready, because it’s coming!
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