1. Before He delivers, He calls.
Well deserving of the title for last Sunday’s sermon, this concept is the key element to walking in a life of constant breakthrough and deliverance. Throughout scripture, deliverance was always preceded by a call.
When the world needed a cleansing, God called Noah.
When a famine needed to be avoided, God called Joseph.
When it was time to leave Egypt, God called Moses.
When Israel needed to enter the promised land, God called Joshua.
When Israel needed deliverance from the Philistines, God called David.
When the message needed to be spread that there is only one God over all, God called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
When prayer was needed for a nation, God called Daniel.
When the people needed to be fed by a miracle, God called a boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish.
When the gentiles needed a gospel, God called Paul.
When a revelation was needed, God called John.
When the world needed a savior, God called His only son, Jesus, to bring salvation.
2. Recognize the situations around you that are requiring you to step into your call.
What needs in your city are going unmet because of people not stepping into their callings? Our refusal to step into our callings cause acts of God to lay dormant. In other words, our obedience is an open door to miracles, signs, and wonders.
John 5:19 puts it this way: “So Jesus explained, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.'”
Ask God to show you what He is doing before it happens. Prayers like this will lead us into revelation and miracles like never before!
3. You are equipped to help someone else.
The gospel was never meant to be kept just for personal use, but also for missional use. YOU, church, have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to affect change in someone else’s life. This can be through a word of encouragement, a word of knowledge, a prophecy, or a simple “hello” to a stranger at the grocery store. How are you going to affect change in someone’s life today?
4. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
This may be a statement we hear often, but do we really believe what it’s saying?
Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossip, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Abraham was old, and Lazarus was dead.
God works through our greatest weaknesses to show His immeasurable strength, and He is more than capable of equipping us to do what He has called us to do!
5. Say “Amen” to your promises.
2 Corinthians 1:20 says this: “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
All of God’s promises are “Yes”, but are we saying the “Amen” to take these promises and make them our reality? Find the promises of God and ACT upon them. The “Yes” has already been provided by God, now our “Amen” is needed to accept these promises and act upon them. Don’t allow anymore promises to lay dormant! Step up and take the promise that God has already said “Yes” to.
6. Abiding faith attracts promise.
The spirit behind everything you do will be the driving force behind the promises you attract. Giving in a spirit of faith will attract the promises that come with generosity (Luke 6:38, Malachi 3:10). On the other hand, giving in a reluctant spirit will rob us of what God has promised to the generous giver because of the faith with which the tithe/offering was given (Acts 5).
John 15 says it perfectly: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”
7. Can a promise from God grow in you?
Imagine that a promise from God is a seed, and your heart is the soil that’s going to determine if the seed flourishes or dies. Which soil does your heart most accurately represent from this parable in Matthew 13?:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! 9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
8. Do you carry a fragrance of death, or a fragrance of life?
Beelzebub, another name for the devil in the bible, can be translated as “Lord of the flies”. When we usually find a group of flies, we know that something dead cannot be far behind. Are we attracting flies into our lives? And if we are, what does that say about us but that we are wreaking of death?
Having a fragrance of life can only come from spending time in the presence of God. Bringing Heaven to Earth, as Jesus prayed, releases the aroma of Christ over and through our lives.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 says: “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,”
9. Take things in, but also release things out.
It is important for the believer to take care of self. But having a mindset that’s focused on our calling, our needs, our whims, and our ways is how we fall into a dangerous state of constantly taking in, but never giving out.
The Dead Sea is dead for this very reason: there is water constantly moving in, but no water moving out.
In the same way that life cannot flourish in the Dead Sea because of the lack of an outlet, life cannot flourish in the believer when there is nothing being released out. Going back to #3, YOU are equipped to help someone else. Start focusing your energy on releasing out and not just taking in.
10. Our view of God determines who we become.
The enemy’s main goal is to cripple our view of who God is so that it ultimately cripples our view of who we are supposed to become. Reading the bible, staying in a place of constant communication with God, and fasting are key weapons when it comes to battling this type of warfare. The enemy is terrified of the believer who knows WHO they are and WHOSE they are.