The Bare Soul - June 10, 2012
Enabling God

Isaiah 45:11 - Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: "Ask Me about the things to come concerning My sons, and you shall commit to Me the work of My hands."

Ask most fathers or mothers about their children and they will gladly tell you their hopes and dreams. God is no different. He is committed to our success through the Lord Jesus Christ. When the Lord proclaimed those eternal words from the cross, "It is finished," nothing more could ever be done concerning our salvation. The riches of Christ's redemption, as told by Paul the Apostle, are seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 1:3). However, this treasure chest of divine richness is worthless to us unless we appropriate it by faith. That is why God wants us to come to Him, beseeching Him for those things which will allow His church on earth to be overcomers. By doing so, we enable God to shower down those things that allow the body of Christ to prosper in the earth. To do otherwise is to disable God's goodness, kindness, and mercy to be poured out in its full measure.

The church's greatest disability in these end times is a lack of faith and desire to see God's glory revealed. As Hebrews 11:6 states, it is impossible to please God without faith. His great pleasure, to build up His Son's church on earth, is what He yearns and desires to demonstrate through us. For when we allow Him, we permit God to move and to act as He desires on our behalf. The lie of the devil and his minions is that the church is unworthy to do so. Even now, the church in America is coming to a place of much needed repentance in regard to our excesses. We know we are fat from the world and its sinful delicacies, yet so many of us are bound to these from years of practice. However, God is telling us continually, "Come to me and I will give you rest," (Matthew 11:28). The enemy would lie to us and say that if we do not obtain rest right away, then God's promise is a lie. However, when we have created a stronghold as colossal as the Titanic, it often takes time to change direction. The important thing is to keep turning toward God. Then, we allow our faith to commit God to the work of His hands in completing the church of Jesus Christ upon this earth.

Deliverance from a besetting sin may take a season of continual coming to Christ to realize the victory. However, just as often, particular epiphanies or revelations can redirect our church or our individual lives in an instant. These moments of clarity often enable us to turn from a deception quickly and to set our course straight for God. Clear vision of this sort comes through the spirit of wisdom and revelation in which Paul speaks of in his letters to the churches (Ephesians 1:17-19). The apostle understood the importance of invoking God's wisdom and insight both individually and collectively. In so doing, God then allows faith to grow in the hearts of believers, enabling Him to move on their behalf. If we do not seek God and His wisdom, we severely limit the Lord to move in demonstrative ways. However, when we allow Him to function according to His nature of love and mercy through our prayers, then we move closer to time's conclusion and the embrace of Jesus Christ and His bride.

The greatest tool or weapon of Satan is to make us believe our unbelief. If he can make the church of God see themselves as "content" with their powerless existence, then he has won the day. We should never succumb to this lie that we will not or cannot attain to righteousness and holiness while we live in mortal flesh. In doing so, we create in our God a disability of gigantic proportion. We must never allow the enemy tell us that God is ashamed of us for failing in this or that. As long as we are continually coming to Christ, then we are His to brag about. It is our commission, as the church, to seek out God's wisdom regarding His purposes. When we do so we commit Him to the work He longs and desires to complete in us.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge the finished work of Jesus Christ. We understand how He has given us all things to live godly. Now, we come to You in faith to acquire Your great purpose for His church. We enable You, Lord, by our faith to have Your way with Your bride upon planet earth. Move with full enablement to do as You desire. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Your Barefoot Servant,

Rick

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