Dec 25, 2012
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VISION, VALOR, AND VICTORY
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VISION, VALOR, AND VICTORY
King Hezekiah was a man who did what was good, right, and truthful. Everything he was involved in was carried out with all his heart; and he prospered.
"This Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered." [2 Chronicles 31:20-21]
All people should live a life that is right before God, but leaders especially have a greater responsibility to do so. With that responsibility comes an attendant blessing. When you are in the arena, you will be shot at. If you want to be used greatly by God, then make your mind up ahead of time that you are NOT going to quit, and you are NOT going to run away!
If you quit, you can't win. But if you don't quit, you'll win!
This doesn't mean that you will have the strength or wisdom in your self; but you are determined to stand in faith, believing and drawing upon the resources of God.
The Assyrians were a cruel and treacherous military force. They resorted to terrible means of torture and were also a formidable foe. After Hezekiah's deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah. He encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them over to himself.
When Hezekiah saw this, and realized that Sennacherib's purpose was to make war against Jerusalem, he gathered his leaders and commanders together and encouraged them.
"Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is before him: for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles." And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. [2 Chronicles 32:7-8]
Because of the impending danger, King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah prayed and cried out to heaven. Then the Lord sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, every leader, and every captain in the army of Assyria. So the King of Assyria returned shamefaced to his own land, and was killed by his own family.
"And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians 185,000 men; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses - all dead." [2 Kings 19:35; 2 Chronicles 32:9-23]
God still uses angels today. Psalm 34:7 tells us "The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them." Surely there are many times the angels deliver and protect us and we don't even know about it. But, in addition - like many of the promises of God - we need to KNOW God's Word so we can ACCESS God's resources. We need to appropriate them by faith. We need to BELIEVE and PRAY as Hezekiah did. Vision begins with a purpose ... and that purpose is to SEE the dream become a reality! There are five (5) basic steps in this process:
4. Logistics; and,
In action - and sometimes in the first four steps above - we engage the adversary as Hezekiah did. We implement our plans and put in place those things and people we have prepared, and that the Lord has assigned to us. Then we utilize the resources within our command to take action. Gideon had some clay vessels and candles. Moses had a rod. What is it that God has placed in your hand? What are those things you will BELIEVE God to bring into your access? It is your duty to use your faith. Faith is your servant. Read Luke 17:5-10.
Many times it is the thing that is in our hand or our heart that is our greatest resource. Are we turning the gifts of God away through unbelief? Are we afraid to leave our comfort zone? Use your faith - it is your DUTY to use it! I am reminded of a man and his wife who won $1,000,000 USD. When the authorized bearers of the prize tried to contact the couple, they were repeatedly turned away. The man and his wife would not answer their phone calls, or respond to their letters. They thought it was a joke. Finally, the man and his wife decided that they would at least see what the communication was about. The bearers of the prize were authorized one more time to attempt delivery to the man and his wife. They responded at the last minute.
How many times do we NOT receive God's MIRACLES because of unbelief, or because of taking things for granted? We have the ability to DREAM and IMAGINE. We can establish a VISION and believe God for its fulfillment. When was the last time you dreamed for God? Imagine what your life and ministry would be like if the present hindrances were removed. One of the great promises in the Holy Bible is found in Jeremiah 33:3. "Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know."
In his book The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis said "Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak." What can you IMAGINE or THINK? For what can you ASK God? "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." [Ephesians 3:20]
Once your dream is starting to take form - that is, when it becomes a reality - your VALOR will be tested: by God ... and by the enemy of your soul: the devil. You will have to make up your mind ahead of time to be a champion, to be valiant. God is looking for champions like the people of faith who went before us, who "Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens." [Hebrews 11:34]
As you move out with the VISION, know that God has designed your VICTORY, but you have to have VALOR and stand in faith, calling upon Him for strength, wisdom, and MIRACLES. One thing that will help you is when you realize that God will use your enemy to help promote you: just like He did Pharaoh. God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that the Lord would be SET APART in the eyes of the Egyptians. And so God will use the reality of your vision so that He might be set apart in the eyes of people in every nation, tribe, family, and language of the earth. [Exodus 9:13-16; Romans 9:17] Just as God used angelic ministry to help King Hezekiah and his people, so God will use the angels to help you, if you will PRAY and CRY OUT to Heaven like Hezekiah and Isaiah.
The magicians could not stand before Moses [Exodus 9:11], and neither will the enemy's people stand before you. There will be a severance - a setting apart - for God's servants. There is a difference for those anointed for ministry: not "haphazard" ministry, but ministry anointed through prayer, fasting, listening, and obedience! The Lord makes a difference between His people and the people of the enemy. Read prayerfully the following verses; they are God's Word for you at this time:
The two most important things you can do to enlarge your VISION and engage the enemy with VALOR are:
1. Sit at the feet of Mashiach Jesus; and,
2. Live holy.
Then your VICTORY will be assured!
Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.
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