God wants us to take dominion. He is no longer creating!! How do I know this? Because Genesis 2:1-2 says, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made;” He already created the tree, he already created the bird, he already created the ocean and all of it’s contents. So God created everything in six days and then His work was complete. So God is not creating anything else! He is already done. He has spoken it all, created it all, given us all, even within ourselves, to go and do great things in the place He has put us. Take dominion, use your gift, become great, build my kingdom. This is why we are able to declare, “I can do all things through Christ…”
What’s the problem? Why are there not many trailblazers? We are out of alignment. We as a people of God are out of the position of agreement with God’s initial dream. Our thoughts, actions, and plans have taken a costly detour, delaying the prosperity God promised. There is no shortage of resources for the people of God.
THOUGHTS: You really are the master of your thoughts and you can control what you allow to disturb your thought process. The Bible tells us to prepare our minds for action. Meaning stay focused, stay alert, stay prayerful. Be intentional about the things you set your mind on. Are they heavenly or earthly things? Thoughts that are out of alignment with the will of God are set according to the flesh. Thoughts that are set according to the Spirit, come from those of us who are ourselves set according to the Spirit of God. What you spend your days thinking on will find its way to you.
ACTIONS: We are the sons of God. But when we behave like the sons of Satan we forfeit God’s greatness for our lives. How we act and how we carry ourselves sends messages to the universe to deliver. God has already given us all we need for the victory, our job is to act in a manner that pleases him and brings fulfillment. He said to work with a spirit of excellence and to work as unto the Lord. “Look to the ant” suggest the Bible, “consider it’s ways and be wise.”
PLANS: The enemy can not change the plans of the Lord. But he wants you to believe that the Lord has changed His mind concerning you. However Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul…” The enemy cannot override the laws that God has set forth in the universe. You sow much, your reap much; you work hard, your reward will be great. When you arise every morning before daybreak and spend time hearing God’s voice, you align your plans up with his plans. Doors will open for those of us who walk in the plans of God and closely follow the universal laws.
We all want to appear strong, established, even perfect. But the Bible says there is none good except God himself. Jesus said to the ruler in Luke 18:19, “Why callest thou me good? None is good…” What’s the benefit anyway of making people think your life is all together while you’re dying on the inside? God never intended to completely shield us from life’s lessons. Neither did He ever intend for any of us to walk this journey alone. He has strategically placed certain people around you to pull you through and keep your eyes focused on His love. Jesus should always be your measuring rod, not the life of the person you think you want to imitate. Let’s look at the road Jesus took in the wilderness because it is on this road that you will discover the “you” God created for His glory.
First, Jesus endured His wilderness experience and so can you. These times are predicted and necessary because without an experience in which you have to depend on God to save your life, you can’t tell anyone else of His power to keep you. After 40 days of experiencing God as the bread of life, Jesus was ready for the ministry of saving the world. If He had tried to fight or survive in His own power, the enemy would have devoured Him, but Jesus went into His wilderness totally depending on and trusting the very One who created the wilderness itself. Aside from this experience, his purpose in the earth would never have been accomplished.
Second, the Father never deserted Jesus. While no one can go through another’s wilderness, God will always provide what you need. The wilderness is not a place of comfort but a place of testing. Will you pray there? Will your call on your heavenly Father to help you? God allowed temptations, but He also sent ministering angels to help. In this dark place comes the preparation to deal with feelings of desertion and loneliness. And once your come out and begin living your assignment, the very people you thought you could count on, will disappear. Remember the Garden of Gethsemane?
Third, Jesus did not enter His wilderness empty. His relationship with God did not begin when He entered the wilderness. His preparation actually began as a child submissive to His mother and earthly father. As a matter of fact, in your weakest times, you must already have strength from within in order to survive the enemy’s hit on your life. Immediately following Jesus’ baptism, He was filled with the Holy Spirit and led into the wilderness to be tempted 40 days by Satan. So even without physical food to sustain Him, His inner voice spoke louder than the deceptive voice of the devil. So don’t think it’s a strange thing that you’re dealing with great opposition, but just believe in the power of a Father’s love because on the other side darkness, the light shines ever so bright
Where do you go for times of refreshing? What does that mean to you? What do you take along with you? Because we all live in a fallen world, there must be regular times in our lives when we must get away from the pressure. When the attacks of the enemy intensifies, we must retreat to a solitary place for strength. We oftentimes go through periods of continuous attacks from the enemy, so much so that we become tired and unable to function properly. These times can even make us feel like giving up because of the constant, unending mental workload. But the answer is not to relinquish our authority or control; the answer is to refresh!
When your computer has been performing several tasks and programs, it gets tired and slows down. So to make it active again, you must refresh it to clear the programs it has been running. As we mature in Christ, we get a better understanding of the importance of these times of refreshing and how it helps to revive us to stay in the race and finish strong.
So where do you go for times of refreshing? The best place to retreat is a place void of life’s luxuries. No cell phones, no computers, and no television. Jesus practiced this on a daily basis. The Bible states in Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Not only did Jesus go to a quiet place, but He also went during a time when most people are still asleep. Before the sunrise of a new day Jesus knew He needed refreshing.
What does this mean to you? Well times of refreshing guarantees you that you’ll be able to handle each day’s problems as they appear. It energizes you for the assignments of the day ahead. Hearing God’s voice before you hear anyone else’s voice gives you direction and instruction for the journey. It frees you from yesterday’s troubles and prepares you to walk in victory because your confidence is in God.
What do you take along with you? Nothing and no one. There’s an old hymn that says, “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses…” So these are times that you spend alone with God sharing and listening. Walking alone with Him in the cool of the morning is what God intended for us. When you’re alone with God, you don’t have to divide your attention, but you’re able to allow His love to wash over you and forgive you of yesterday’s faults. Times of refreshing are vital for every believer and there’s no substitute for spending time alone with the Creator of the universe. He awaits our coming every single day.