Obedience Strategy: Confidence in God – Part 2
By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of October 25, 2020
Proverbs 29:25 TPT tells us, "Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds you back. But when you place your confidence in the Lord, you will be seated in the high place."
God has been unclogging pipes and straightening out kinks in us as He continues to bring us into the clear flow of His Spirit, rising from within as a fountain of life.
He doesn’t want us to miss our best season yet.
Just as apostle Peter’s story didn’t end in foolishness and false pride, ours doesn’t have to either.
Like Peter, we have the option to choose the multiplicity of extraordinary covenant blessings.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 MSG tells us, "You’re sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand."
It’s time to cast our life-line into the river.
And it’s just the beginning.
How do I know this?
Early in the morning of October 7, 2020, The Lord gave me a dream:
In the dream, I stood across from my husband near a river’s edge. The expression on his face was one of delightful anticipation, as he held a fishing pole up on its base with one hand. His other hand held out the end of the line, which was tied to a freshly-baited hook. We stood ready to cast the line into the river.
The revelation-understanding The Lord gave to me about this dream was this, which applies to my husband and I, as well as others:
What used to adversely bait us, doesn’t anymore.
God has flipped the script on the enemy: He has gloriously baited the hook of His gospel with His light and placed it our hearts and hands to share.
It’s now time to cast this life-line into the river to reel in treasure.
The fishermen who have honored God as first and center will receive His first-rate opportunities for first-fruit blessings.
When the harvest is reeled in, it will come with the added benefit of God’s finest salvation-provision to further build His Kingdom.
Having been delivered into more of His light of truth, are you ready to trust God to stretch forth the light and life He gave you to build His Kingdom in new ways?
God’s Glory-Presence is available, and He has an anointing just for you and your assignment (Ep 2:10).
Ephesians 2:10 TPT tells us, "We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!"
Do you know God as your Treasure?
Have you learned to honor Him in confident obedience (Matt 17:4-5)?
If you seek God with all your heart and obey Him, you have received revelation that opened your eyes of understanding to sow and receive Heaven’s best.
If you dwell with God, you have been transformed by the same Glorious Gospel with which you can more deeply and authentically reach others.
Like Peter, who initially lacked faith to cast out a demon from a boy, later walked in such faith and power that people were healed as his shadow fell upon them when he passed by (Matt 17:15-20, Ac 5:15-16).
If you submit to God, you have been brought into obedience to go wherever God sends you and do whatever He reveals to you—depending upon Him, even if it’s unusual—to fulfill your divine destiny.
Like Peter, who once led a fishing trip without Jesus, later cast his net into the sea upon Jesus’ instruction to receive an overwhelming first-time, first-rate harvest that he was stretched to contain (Jn 21:3, 6, 11).
Friends, if God has carried you through a season of 1 Peter training, and you have passed your tests, it’s your time and your turn to receive more of God’s finest blessings.
Where you remained with Glorious God in the midst of Egypt and the wilderness and passed the humility and wisdom tests, you are being lifted by Him now in new, tangible ways. God delivered you and reversed your direction more toward His promises. Now, it’s time for His greatness in you to advance through you with greater impact to fulfill His promises.
It’s time to cast your life-line to others.
It’s time to put it out there.
Pray with me, if you will…
Lord, Thank You for Your goodness. Thank you for delivering us from captivity and adorning us with Your beauty. Thank You for carrying us through the last season so that You can now carry out Your instructions through and with us with greater impact (Matt 17:27). Thank You for open doors of opportunity. May our thoughts continue to be Your thoughts (Pr 16:3). As we cast our lines into Your waters, may Your harvest come in miraculously as we continue to honor You. Thank You, Lord, for giving us a loving heart made ready, like Peter, and a loving heart made determined, like King David in Psalm 119:65-68, 111-112 TPT, which say:
Your extravagant kindness to me makes me want to follow your words even more! Teach me how to make good decisions, and give me revelation-light, for I believe in your commands. Before I was humbled I used to always wander astray, but now I see the wisdom of your words. Everything you do is beautiful, flowing from your goodness; teach me the power of your wonderful words! Everything you speak to me is like joyous treasure, filling my life with gladness. I have determined in my heart to obey whatever you say, fully and forever!
To Your Glory, Lord.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.