do not become sluggish [lazy], but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
In this chapter the writer of Hebrews reveals that the great fathers of the faith, such as Abraham, inherited the promises of God by faith and patience. The promises that God gives are not received by a one time prayer and here you go. The greatest promises took years of enduring faith for the people of God to see take place.
Vs. 15 “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
Abraham being the example here, had to wait until he was well past the normal point of having children to receive the first fruit of his promise Isaac. God promised to give him more than the stars in the sky multitude of descendants and he had to patiently endure just to see Isaac. Through faith and patience, he obtained and inherited the first part of an amazing promises that is still being fulfilled today!
Over in Hebrews 11 is the other half of the story:
Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
Sarah also had to have a persevering faith to believe that what God said he would bring forth through her would take place. The good thing that we see here is that her unbelief, she laughed at the word of The Lord, is not recorded. Only the faith and patience that inherits the promise is recorded in the history of heaven.
Even after Abraham and Sarah received the primary fulfillment of their promise Isaac, God tested them to see if they would still have faith that would be supernaturally obedient and endurant to give God glory through the seed. This is what is recorded about Abraham’s faith:
Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
Abraham had such an assurance in the faithfulness of God to bring about the promise that He had spoken Abraham believed God would raise Isaac from the dead to complete it. This faith was that much more incredible, because no one had ever been raised from the dead yet. This is just one of the fathers of our faith who is a great example of inheriting the promises of God by faith and persevering patience.
My encouragement for us today is to never give up and never lose heart. Maybe you have seen some fruit already from The 40, maybe not. Look to the faithfulness of God to bring forth the seeds that have been sown and grown during this season to bring them forth at exactly the right time. I got news last night that my unborn nephew that was supposed to come early because of complications is doing better and being allowed to go full term. My family has been fasting and praying for him since we found out. His full healing may not be there yet, but praise the Lord for a good testimony. Look for the fulfillment of your prayers, big or small, and let them spur you on to faith and patience in obtaining the promises of God and never giving up on what God has spoken!
Jesus, I desire to truly be one of Your children of faith. No matter what I may see with my eyes, I will look to You to fulfill Your promises. Help me to have continually increasing faith and patience in You that You may bring forth all that You have for me and want to do through me. May I never give up on You because You are faithful!!!
- Read through Hebrews over the next week
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal promises that God has spoken to you
- Ask for an increase in faith, patience, and obedience
- Walk out all God has called you to do
Be blessed today to stand strong and be the person of faith you were created to be! May you stand strong in faith and persevere through every obstacle to lay hold of the promises of God as you are propelled into the next level with Him!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
One week from now, we will have completed The 40. Praise The Lord for His grace and mercy. Whatever God has called you to fast, you must be very careful in breaking the fast. A total fast must be broken with small amounts of juice every 4-6 hours. A juice fast should be broken with small amount of light fruit gradually adding in more complexity and quantity of food. After fasting for so long, our bodies stop producing certain enzymes and it can have disastrous effects if we lack self-control at the end of the fast. May God give us all the strength not just to pray and fast for His glory, but to break the fast and eat in a way that glorifies Him.
A few days back, we started talking about being God’s witnesses. This starts from a place of knowing and growing in Him. As we grow in Him, we will gain his heart and desires and begin to pray and ask for what is most valuable to Him. Souls and nations would be at the top of this list. In our asking specifically for the lost in our family, neighborhood, sphere of influence, and nations, we must begin to speak out the wonderful works of God. This is how all people will come to know who our Great God is.
Today, we move on to the next phase in being a witness: Act. When we know God deeper, are praying along with His desire for souls, and speaking out our testimony and witness for His glory, we must begin to act on what Holy Spirit has called us to do. Words without action are hypocrisy and will never lead to the next level with Him. Let’s look at what The Word has to say about this.
Joshua 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses..
Here, Moses has just died and Joshua has become the new leader over all of Israel. I am sure Joshua is a little bit apprehensive in trying to follow in the footsteps of such a great man of God. In the first chapter of Joshua, both God and the people tell Him not to fear multiple times. In the middle of God’s encouragement to Joshua, He reveals this promise to him. God has given Joshua and the people all of The Promised Land, but they have to go and take it. They had to act in obedience with the word of God for this promise to take effect. Let’s dig a little deeper into this.
The word tread in this verse comes from the Hebrew “Darak” which means to tread, lead, guide, wield, shoot, aim, march. If we study this out, we find that God is giving us every place we have aimed our hearts in line with His will to seek. He is giving us every place we have followed Him in obedience to lay hold of. It takes our action added on to our speaking, praying, and knowing that will allow us to be the witness that God has called us to be. You have to walk the walk not just talk the talk.
That is what God says in the Old Testament, but let’s see what Jesus has to say on the same subject:
Luke 17:5-10 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ”
The apostles come to Jesus and ask for Him to increase their faith, as we probably have done ourselves. Jesus reveals that it is not the size of their faith that is most important. The smallest mustard seed of faith is enough to do seemingly impossible things. Jesus then gives an illustration of masters and servants. There is a reason these verses say “The Lord said”. The issue is not about increasing and gaining faith, it is about increasing obedience. Contained in the promises and revelation of Truth we have been given, are conditions according to our obedience. Noah was instructed to build and ark. Abraham was called to go out. Moses was to go and speak to the Pharaoh. We could go through the scriptures proving what Jesus reveals here. Actions and obedience are what take us to the next level.
My encouragement for us today is to take our witness to the next level. We must continue on with knowing God, asking for his heart of compassion for the lost, and even past speaking out His wonderful works. We must begin to act in obedience to whatever He calls us to do. We do not need to be rewarded for being obedient to God, but we He is the rewarder! We will be rewarded whether we see it now or not. However, we must not be obedient to Him because of the reward we will get, but because He is worth it, and we love Him! Practical action combined with speaking the word and asking for what God desires, because we are growing in knowing Him, will lead us to be propelled into the next level with Him.
Jesus, I want to be obedient to everything You have called me to do. You are my Lord and Master and what You say help me to always obey. I know that Your power and promise depend upon my obedience to You. Help me never to limit what You are wanting to do in or through me because of my disobedience. I want to love You with my “YES” and with my obedience!
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you to know Him more
- Seek to know The Father’s heart
- Speak out what God has done for you, your testimony
- Act in obedience to everything He tells you to do
Be blessed with knowing and growing in God, receiving His heart, speaking The Truth of your testimony, and becoming increasingly obedient to everything you are called to. As this happens may you be propelled into the next level with Him!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Romans 10:9-10 …that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…
Yes, Paul is speaking to the Romans how they can be “saved” but this moves past our first act of coming into the Kingdom into the everyday task of “working out our salvation with fear and trembling“. The Greek word translated save in this verse actually implies continuous salvation, healing, and deliverance. In this sense, each one of us should be getting a little bit more “saved” every day.
How does this happen?
We must move past believing in our hearts to confession, to speaking it out of our mouths. Words have power to bring us to salvation, healing, and deliverance. “Life and death are in the power of the tongue…” (Proverbs 18:21). Paul moves from salvation for self by speaking it out into what we are talking about today.
V. 14-15 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
News flash – You have been sent! Jesus Himself has sent you. “Go therefore…” Jesus is sending you in The Great Commission to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). You are an apostle in the literal meaning of the Greek. You are a sent one. What are you sent to do? You are sent to bring good news of peace, joy, and life in The Kingdom. When you begin speaking the wonderful works of God from your mouth, salvation will come forth all around you. You are preaching or declaring the testimony of Who God is and what He has done for you. This speaking and preaching causes others to hear, and because of this, people can hear, believe and call on Jesus.
My encouragement for us today is to speak out the wonderful works of God. He has been doing amazing things in all of our lives especially as we have pressed in to Him during The 40. However, these things cannot touch, change, or transform anyone if we do not open our mouths and tell others what has been happening or a Who Jesus is. It should be as natural as speaking about any other interest in our lives. In fact, it should be more natural to talk about the one who has supernaturally saved, transformed, and made us new than football or shopping or anything other fading thing of this world. It is time to speak out the wonderful works of God that we have come to know more and more as we know Him more and are gaining His heart in new ways!
Jesus, help me to know and grow in You. Help me to ask and pray for those around me who do not know You. Give me the joy, peace, and boldness to speak out who You are. I love you and desire everyone around to experience the increasing freedom, salvation, and healing that I have gained only from knowing You. I want to continually speak forth the amazing life you have placed in me! I have been sent to carry Your good news! May I proclaim it with power for Your glory!
- Ask Holy Spirit to draw you deep
- Ask for the lost around you and to be God’s witness
- Speak the wonderful works of God
- Declare His goodness and good news
- Ask for greater boldness to speak, declare and do what He has sent you to do
Be blessed today with a BIG mouth to declare the BIG blessings of a BIG God who has done BIG things in your life! May you know Him and His heart and begin to declare the good news and great things He has done like you never have before as you are propelled into the next level with Him!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Somehow in seeking The Lord, David comes into a place where he hears a heavenly conversation taking place. This conversation takes place in Psalms 2. God The Father is speaking to His son and this is what He says:
Psalm 2:7-8 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
The Father says to The Son because You are My Son, I will give you an inheritance. What is this inheritance? The nations and the ends of the earth. These are God’s to give and He says ask me, and I will give them to you. If God is our Father in heaven and holy is His Name, His kingdom must come and a His will must be done on earth as it is done in heaven. You and I are his children, begotten in the gospel.
How much more should we ask Him for the nations and ends of the earth for our possession?
Have you asked Him for souls, cities, or nations?
Knowing this, let’s jump forward to when Jesus came to the earth. He was surrounded and submersed in all the things we are today. Poverty, sickness, darkness, sin, and death surrounded his every day life. One day these things overwhelm Jesus’s heart of compassion gained by spending time seeking The Father. He sees the hopeless scattered sheep, but He sees a great harvest for the Kingdom. There was more work than any one man could ever do just bringing them into the Kingdom.
What was Jesus’ solution?
Matthew 9:36-38 But when He [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Jesus said pray and ask The Lord of the harvest to call, equip, and send forth laborers. We are not just supposed to spend our days in prayer and seeking God, but we are to pray that we may become witnesses, laborers, vessels of righteousness used by God. When we know God’s heart, we will ask that His desires be made manifest in the earth.
My encouragement for today is to begin to ask for souls, pray for an inheritance of nations. Together we have been seeking to know The Father and growing in Him. Now, let’s begin to pray and ask to be His witnesses, and that He would give us souls, cities, regions, and nations. This is the inheritance of the saints, the saving and discipling of all nations, tribes, and tongues. Over 3 billion people still have not heard, it is time to pray for the Lord of The Harvest to send forth laborers into the field and be willing to go ourselves!
Jesus, I love you! I desire to grow in knowing You and developing Your heart and Your desires. I ask for the nations as my inheritance and the ends of the earth for my possessions. Use me to reach the unreached. May those in darkness see Your light shining brightly out of me and been drawn to You. I am willing to go. Send out Your workers to bring in the harvest that I may not be alone in bringing in this great harvest of souls!!!
- Ask Holy Spirit to draw you deeper in to knowing Him and give you a heart of compassion
- Ask for the nations as your inheritance
- Ask for souls of specific people in your family, workplace, school, and sphere.
- Pray The Lord of The Harvest to send forth laborers into the field
Be blessed today with knowing God in a greater way than ever before and gaining a true heart of compassion! May you receive an amazing inheritance of souls coming into The Kingdom as you are propelled into the next level with the King!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
As we move into the last 10 days of The 40, do not forget to focus your eyes on The King of The Kingdom. He rewards us as we diligently seek Him. If you are able to give more to The Lord, let’s do it together. He is worth so much more than we could ever give. Let us worship Him in a special way the last 10 days of this fast.
Yesterday’s encouragement was a shift in what God has been speaking and revealing. God is speaking about seeking Him and growing into the powerful witness, He has created us to be. Over the next several days, we will see how we can become Holy Spirit filled witnesses of the good news!!!
Today, we will start at a place that we are familiar with, but it can never be neglected, forgotten or emphasized enough. We must come to know God more and more and grow in our relationship with Him. When I speak of knowing God, I am not just talking about a head knowledge that we are accustomed with. I am speaking of the old Biblical sense of know. “Adam knew his wife and conceived a son” (Genesis 4:1). This kind of intimate relationship goes far beyond a mental aspect of knowing. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).
What is the key to bearing fruit? Abiding, remaining, knowing Him!
This is not a new concept that Jesus brings us during his time on earth. Let’s move back to the prophet Isaiah long before Jesus and see the constant, faithful, unchanging heart of God for us to know Him.
Isaiah 43:1-3 “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
God is our creator and redeemer. He has a plan and purpose for designing us and creating us. He has called each one is us by name to come to Him. We are His. We may not live walk or act like it, but we have been called and chosen by the Creator of the universe. He did not make us and leave us on our own as some believe, but He is always with us. Even in the darkest, most difficult times in our lives He is with us! The flames of the enemy will not destroy us when we are near to Him. When we are near to The Lord we will not be overcome.
Why does He do all these things for us?
He is The Lord our God, our Savior!!! Before we move on, know this, you are never alone when you are seeking The Lord. It may seem like your prayers are going unanswered. Situations are difficult, the storms, floods, and fire may be coming against you, but you will stand firm as you stand with God in His strength for you are His!
As we walk through the fires, floods, and storms of this life, we have come to know God our Strength, our Sustainer, our Provider, our Savior. From this place of real life revelation and testimony of what God has done for us, we are called to be His witnesses.
Vs 10-12 “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,” Says the Lord, “that I am God.
There is nothing wrong with Christian apologetics and logical historical evidence that gives witness to the reality of a historical Jesus, but your very life and the testimony of what He has brought you through is an undeniable witness on display that brings glory to God. The more each of us come to know God, trust in Him, and are transformed into His image, the greater testimony we have. As we come to know Him and our testimony increases, we become a growing witness to God’s goodness, faithfulness, and are able to give Him greater glory from our lives. Nothing and no one else can cause such a transformation as has taken place in the lives of those who are daily coming to know Jesus more.
This is the first step of being a Holy Spirit empowered martyr-level witness and my encouragement for you today. Come to know The Savior, Redeemer, and Sustainer more than ever before. Come to know Him, and recognize what He has taken you through and out of. This has caused your very life to be a witness of who God is. You are God’s undeniable witness right where you are today. Never be afraid to share who He is that has done such a mighty work in your life!
Jesus, help me come to know You more than ever before! Than, you for touching, changing, and transforming me from a rebellious, selfish sinner into a faithful, righteous saint. Use my life as a witness and testimony of You for Your glory. Even in the middle of the storms of life, I want my life to radiate Your glory because You are with me keeping me from harm. I want to be Your witness and testimony in every aspect of my life!
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you come to know Him in a greater way today
- Remember where you have come from, and what He has brought you out of
- Thank God for His mighty work in Your life
- Ask to be used as a greater witness and testimony for His glory
Be blessed today with revelation of the life-changing power of knowing Jesus more. May you see clearly where you have come from and how He has been with you through the journey. May you be a living testimony and witness that continually gives glory to God!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We can see here that this power comes from, with, and through Holy Spirit. This power comes as we wait and seek him. However, this power comes for a purpose. The power of Holy Spirit that comes as we wait and seek Him is the power to be a witness. If you study out this word “witness“in Greek, it is where we get the English word martyr. The Holy Spirit revival power that we have been pressing in to receive is the power to be a martyr. Now, when we say martyr we are literally talking about someone who has died for the gospel. However, the original meaning of witness is one who believes, speaks, and lives with the genuine, strength, faith, and conviction that what they have seen and know is true and will stand by it even unto death. This is next level stuff. This is the step up that we are seeking! This is where the rubber meets the road!
Some may not have realized that as we press deeper into knowing Jesus and walking with Him, we are gaining His heart and being empowered to walk as martyr-level witnesses. This is the stepping up and stepping out. Some may have for years sought to know God, in the secret place, in the quiet place, and grown holy and in knowing The Father’s heart. Feel free to review Holiness Leads to Harvest from day 7. The secret place of knowing God’s heart will always lead to the next step up of stepping out and sharing who He is!
Some of you may not know me personally, but I have always been an introvert that in the past was bound up by fear and insecurity. As God has led me through years of coming to know Him and getting free of the baggage and bondage, that we all carry, and coming to know Him more and more in the secret place, He is releasing a gift of evangelism to me. I do not understand it, and honestly am extremely uncomfortable in everything He is continuing to ask me to do and walk in. However, I am no longer saying I am an unwilling evangelist, because it is my delight to do His will. In this process, especially more recently, God is continuing to develop in me His heart for souls. He is constantly reminding me that the fields are ripe for the harvest. Both the field outside our door and around the world are ready to receive the wonderful works of God from Holy Spirit power-filled martyr-level witnesses.
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal God’s heart in the secret place
- Ask for power to be a Witness
- Walk in obedience into the harvest today
Be blessed with the peace and power from Holy Spirit today. May you receive a heart for the harvest and the boldness to walk in the power you have received as you are propelled into the next level with The Lord!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!