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Have you ever reached a desperation point in which you said, "I don't care what it takes, I'll do whatever is needed to get a breakthrough!" In Mark 2:1-5, four friends were looking for a breakthrough when they brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus. The house was so full that they couldn't get in. That's when they reached a desperation point. Rather than giving up and going home, these men had a divine moment of inspiration, "Let's blow the roof off the house!" So, they literally removed the ceiling and lowered their friend to Jesus.
There is a phenomenal story in the book of 2 Kings Chapter 4: 8- 36 of the prophet Elisha who went into a town called Shunem (Shunem means double resting place). There was a prominent woman there who prepared a meal for him and built a small upper room for him to stay each time he came to town. The room had a bed, a table, a chair and a lamp stand. She prepared this place for him because she perceived the anointing on his life. Elisha wanted to pay her back for her kindness so he told his servant Gehazi to ask her what he could do for her. He even asked her if she wanted him to speak on her behalf to the king or the commander of the army.
Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to who I am for I paid the price for your sins at Calvary. I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can go to the Father unless it is through Me. I see My work finished in you. I see that you are perfect. Consider yourself alive to Me walking in My victory. See yourself as I see you and that is sinless. Consider yourself dead to the ways of the world and walk in it. Whatever you see through the eyes of faith you can have. I promised you abundance of life and many walk in less than that. I promised you prosperity and many receive poverty.
There are moments where life in general is going extremely well. Everything appears to be falling into place; everyone's in good health; we have great jobs; the right doors are opening; and there is a roof over our heads to rest at night. It's during these times that we celebrate and reflect on the goodness of the Lord. For me personally, I have recently watched some things unfold that I have been waiting to come to pass for decades, right before my eyes. It is in these good times that we pause and remember those who are going through extremely bad times.
In Genesis 1:27, it says: So God created humankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Now, in the original Hebrew, the word "image" is translated from the word (tselem); which is literally a "shadow;" an outline or representation of the original. What most of us take from this is a literal "image" -- or that we look like God. However, I don't think that is what God meant at all. Consider for a moment that God put a piece of Himself in each of us. In the Hebrews vernacular, it is not the appearance of something that they concentrate on, but its function.
We are able to access the eternal spiritual realm through the Holy Spirit who connects us to Jesus. He is the living Word of God. Jesus Christ is the only God-given door that we enter into through prayer, meditation, praise and worship, dreams and vision. Jesus was raised from the slumber of death, becoming the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep or died. We know that death entered the world through the physical body of Adam when he sinned, so it took the spiritual body of the perfect man Jesus, to make the resurrection of the dead a reality for us.
I will not be dismayed. I will not be afraid, for the Lord my God is with me. No matter what the report says, no matter what manifests upon my body, I believe in the healing report of my Lord. And by His healing stripes, my body is healed and made whole. I pick up my shield of faith, and the fiery darts of the enemy will not harm me. I sharpen my sword of the Spirit, and I declare only the report of the Lord. I will no longer utter man's report that is full of death and suffering. My feet are firmly planted in the Word of God, and no storm of the enemy will wash me away from this earth.
"Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there" (Psalms 139:7-8, NKJV). He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (John 14:21). We know that God is an abiding presence everywhere at the same time. No matter where we are on Earth, He is there! We cannot hide from His presence. Whether we recognize Him or not, He is always there. It is comforting to know that He stands right beside us.
Have you ever wondered why you sometimes make the wrong decisions? How you can increase your emotional intelligence so you can make the right decisions? I discovered the shocking truth about how our brains make decisions recently. If you don't know this, you will always be at the mercy of your old, negative mental programming. However, once you practice this truth, you will increase your emotional intelligence every day. You can then declare your independence from destructive habits. Let me explain how this works from an example with which most of us are familiar.
I clearly heard the word, "BRACE!" It really got my attention. Initially, I thought it was for one particular apostle couple. But, I continue to repeatedly hear this word BRACE and am therefore sending this out for wider discernment. I do not understand the fullness of this, but it is the Lord, (and I do not say that lightly)! BRACE = MAKE A STRUCTURE STRONGER WITH SUPPORTS.