Lamentations 3:21–23 This I recall to my mind; therefore have I hope. It is because of the LORD’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassion doesn’t fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
There was chaos, darkness, destruction, seeming hopelessness, just like it was in the beginning and darkness was upon the face of the deep. But because the Spirit of God was there He made a difference. How? Good question. When the word was spoken, the command and imperative was given: ‘”Let there be light!” and there was light.’
On this occasion in this scripture, Jeremiah was surrounded by darkness, depression, despair, even desperation. Then he reminded himself of the goodness of God, the grace of God, the compassion of God, the unfailing love of God and his heart warmed up; he was encouraged. Light came. Hope came. Release came. The circumstances may not have changed but there was a different perspective and it made a world of difference.
Similarly, you have to see beyond the outward appearance in your circumstance. See the goodness of God, His mercies in times past. Remind yourself that He has not changed. He remains good in all His ways. His love for you is boundless-as far as the heavens are above the earth, deeper than the deepest ocean, wider than the widest expanse you can imagine. He loves you with an everlasting love-no matter how dark it may seem.
Remember the darkness that pervaded the life of Joseph despite his excellence, integrity and Purity. Joseph remained resolute and the difficulties became stepping stones and ladder for him to climb up to the pinnacle of success. Yes, all things worked together for his good.
So take your eyes off your circumstances and the winds of adversities that blow around you and focus on Jesus-the Author and Finisher of your faith. Remember, when Peter took his eyes off Jesus because of the boisterous wind, he began to sink.
So my friend, recall God’s power in times past and remain steadfast, immovable, knowing whom you serve and whom you have believed. He never fails.
Recall the testimonies He had given you in times past like David did when he faced Goliath. Review the past mercies and affirm that He remains the same and that He is the Unchanging Changer. His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness. Press on with confidence for the mark of the prize of the high-calling in Christ Jesus and it will not elude you. You will come out with a great substance. You will garner a great harvest to the glory of God. This present darkness is an announcement of your coming glory, just like the lights-out in a theatre that announces the beginning of a movie. Relax and watch what God is about to do in your life. Rejoice and give glory, praise and thanks even before you see. That is an act of faith that will spur you on as you wait. 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles , They shall run and not be weary , They shall walk and not faint. Isa40
Recall and declare. Review and confess, proclaim, announce, share. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony , and they did not love their lives to the death. Rev12:11 Recall, Recount and Review and Rise
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isa61:1-3
There is a new anointing on you. That anointing is for the benefit of others, just like the gift you have is for others. Therefore open yourself to be used of the Lord. Let nothing clog your spirit. Be a vessel meet for the Master’s use. Be willing and obedient and you will maximise your gifting and the anointing and will eat the best of the land.
The anointing in you is strong and multifarious with a cutting edge and suited for your generation. Do not dilute it with the world around you. Rather, use it to transform the world around you. Use it to impact the world around you. Use the anointing in you to break and destroy yokes of bondage and set captives free. Use the anointing to lift burdens. Use the anointing in you to sing, teach, bring prophetic dimension to all you do. The anointing in you is your empowerment and enablement in all you lay your hands and set your mind to do to the glory of God. Nothing shall be impossible for you. Every wall that stands before you shall fall like the walls of Jericho. Every red sea that you face shall be parted for you to walk on dry ground. It shall neutralise any fire in the furnace that you’re thrown into by those who lust after the anointing and are driven with hatred, jealousy and opposition.
Know that every place that every place that the soles of your feet shall tread belongs to you. This means you must take steps of faith and advance and declare territories your own, despite resistance. Call those things which be not as though they were and they shall eventually be made manifest. Do not take ‘No’ for an answer. All things are yours. Greater is He that is you than he that’s in the world. You are more than a conqueror. You are an overcomer. No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. Every tongue that rise against you ion judgement you shall condemn.
Go for gold. Go for the best of God. Aim to give your very best to He who has called you with a holy calling. He created you fir good works that He had foreordained for you to walk in and maximise. Gather in the harvest and let nothing be missing. A great harvest awaits you. Go for it. Yearn for it as the deer pants after water. Long for it as a dry land is weary for water and you will not be denied. God said I will pour water on him who is thirsty. So do not say I have arrived because of the little you have seen. For eye has not seen, ear has not heard neither has any mind conceived, what God has in store for those who love Him and who desire to serve Him with all their mind , all their strength and their spirit. Empty yourself for Him and He will fill you again and again.
There are many who are poor around you. They are bankrupt in spirit even though they may rich outwardly- in worldly goods. Therefore look beyond their outward appearance and minister to them. Yes some will reject you or disdain you, but there are those who will accept you and hear the words that I will put I your mouth as you open it. Even those who reject your word today will hear it from others tomorrow and will accept it them. You may not see them again but one day you’re your paths would cross again and you will see them on fire for Christ. Why? Paul plants and Apolos waters, but it is God who gives the increase. Some of the harvest you do will be plantings and watering of others before you. So plant in faith knowing that what you do is not in vain.
Proclaim liberty to the captives. The prison of the mind and the spirit is more potent and destructive than physical prisons. So preach the good news of salvation, deliverance, healing, joy, peace, freedom, abundant life, sound mind. Break those mental manacles. Tell them,’ The time is now. Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. This is the day of salvation. This is the acceptable time. Tomorrow is not promised anyone.’
Comfort those who mourn with the joy of the Lord and they shall be strengthened with might in their inner being. Proclaim beauty for them who have ashes. Pour oil of joy over them and array them with the garment of praise in your hands and the well of praise in your mouth. Tell them they too can praise like Paul and Silas who were incarcerated in prison in Philippi and yet could give praise to God with reckless abandon and their chains were snapped
Know that you know that you know that God wants to raise a new generation of trees of righteousness- the planting of the Lord for one cardinal purpose- that He might be glorified. So do all you do to His glory and you will hear Him in the end saying to you,” Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter the joy of the Lord.”
Father, I thank you for the new anointing in me. It shall know no limits. It shall break barriers. It shall snap bonds. It shall open prison doors. The sick shall be healed. The lame will walk the deaf will hear. The blind will see and the dead shall be raised. Signs and wonders shall follow me.
It is a New Day and a new dispensation in my life. Just as Saul was turned into another man when the Holy Spirit came upon him, so I am turned into another man today. And I thank you for it. I am an unstoppable force from now on, in Jesus’ name.