Tuesdays I attend a business networking group. Today I woke early and spent a few moments before heading out the door reading Andrew Murray's book on Prayer. He states,
The name of Jesus is illegal to even say out loud is some areas of the world. I wonder why that is…could it be because in those areas of oppression the ones who use His name have learned to wholly abide in Christ and so have full access to His name? Is it that when they utter His name, every knee within hearing distance is compelled to bow (Phil 2:10)? Does ever shroud of darkness fall away and every sickness heal? What is it about the name of Jesus?
Sunday I was reminded again of the power of thanksgiving and the name of Jesus, not in some form to use as a magic phrase or some word to get me what I want when I want it…but to become so in alignment with the Truth that no matter where I go or what I do, I am in complete awareness of who I am in Christ and, more importantly perhaps, who He is in me.
Or maybe they are both of tremendous importance because without recognizing my true identity in Christ, I can't fully see who He is in me which limits how He is expressed through me. So I have to be my most authentic self in order for Christ to be completely seen within me.
And then…and then…every atmosphere changes when I walk into the room.
Not long ago I was at the Upper Room singing "When you walk into the room" when suddenly I hear Jesus whisper to me, "You know, I sing this song about you." Full stop. I tried to wrap my mind around what He just said. His words resonated to the core of my being, and with full willingness, I said "yes." [Take a listen here]
Yes to abiding, yes to being His hands and feet, yes to being so immersed in His goodness and love and joy and peace that I carry His fragrance mingled with mine into EVERY situation.
Today at my meeting, I was talking with one of the members. She was explaining to me how she feels in a room full of negativity, pulling into herself in order to block out the draining influences. Suddenly, I could see the truth of abiding in Christ being put into action in her life and mine. What if, instead of needing to come into a place of self-protection, I walk in awareness of me in Christ and Christ in me and see every atmosphere of every situation shift when I walk in.
In this scenario, there's no fear, no dread, no need to put up walls and defenses because, after all, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive and active in me which means I am activated to be the hands and feet of Jesus in any and every situation. Light always pushes back darkness.
My AFT buddy Adrianne shared this quote with me, "There is no order of difficulty among miracles." In other words, "Is anything too hard for God?" Does one miraculous impossible act require more of God's power and energy than a seemingly less impossible miracle? A resounding NO! It takes the faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain. Every impossibility, then, bows at the name of Jesus. Every miracle is within reach. "Behold, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." (I know not every impossibility currently bows when I speak His name, but that would be because there's plenty of room for growth of understanding what abiding in Him looks like and not for any lack on His part.)
Truth is expanding inside of me with every day that passes in this AFT challenge. I am more fully aware today of the greatness and the goodness of God than I was at the beginning and in an exponential way than if I would have kept to my regular rhythm and routine of everyday life. With six days left in this challenge (and two days left in my original goal statement) I am primed and ready for every miracle that I receive.
What miracle are you waiting for? What beliefs or mindsets might be blocking your path? What truth do you need to come into alignment with to be ready to receive the overflowing blessings of the Lord?
I'm a work in progress, but I'm definitely more aligned with Truth today than I was yesterday. I'm a clearer vessel, a more willing participant, a more believing believer.
Tonight as I stand and declare my affirmation, I am full of faith and confidence in the abundant goodness of the Lord. I am excited and expectant to see it in the land of the living. Join me in your own big bodacious goal and have fun celebrating the goodness and extravagant gifts of the Lord with me!
"I joyfully and expectantly receive $100,000 monthly beginning November 30, 2017 pressed down, shaken together, and running over."