You are invited to join us for the Celebrate to Accelerate fast! Please review Celebrate to Accelerate and other words for the reasons behind the fast as well as daily encouragement.
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 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 the 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 of 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 growing witnesses 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! Thank 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!!!