If you begin to intentionally look for the Spirit of God, and for what He’s doing, you will awaken your spiritual awareness!
AWAKEN SPIRITUAL AWARENESS
by Robert Hotchkin
With the almost non-stop flow of information that is coming at us these days, it is more important than ever that we be intentional about what we focus on. Thanks to our TVs, radios, computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, there is a near-constant flow of updates, headlines, alerts, messages, e-mails and texts ringing, dinging, tweeting, and announcing to us what has just happened, what is happening, and what is about to happen. Amidst this swirl of 24-hour-a-day input it can be a battle to keep our eyes and hearts focused in faith on the good news of who our God is and His amazing ability to do the impossible in the midst of the difficult (Luke 18:27).
In Matthew 16 we see examples of just how important and powerful it is to focus on God and what He is highlighting in the midst of information overload.
In Matthew 16:13-19 Jesus and the disciples are discussing some of the many things the world has to say about who the Son of Man is. Some say He is a prophet. Some say He is John the Baptist. Some say He is Elijah. And others say He is Jeremiah. But when Jesus asks Simon, Simon is able to focus in on the reality of the good news, even when it seems the most amazing and impossible of all the reports. Simon answers that Jesus is the Son of Man, He is the Messiah, the long-awaited Promise of Immanuel, the Son of the Living God. Jesus erupts with praise for Simon, telling him that he is truly blessed because he was able to focus in on what his Father in Heaven was highlighting to him in the midst of the swirl of information. Simon’s ability, in that moment, to focus on what heaven was highlighting had a powerful and lasting impact – so much so, that Simon emerges from the moment transformed. He is given a new name, Peter, which means “rock.” Focusing in on the good news of who our God is and what He is capable of in any situation grounds us in the truth of heaven and works to transform us and our circumstances.
Compare that to what we see in Matthew 16:21-23. In this passage, Jesus tells the disciples that they are all going to go to Jerusalem. Then He shares what will happen once they get there. Jesus lets them know that He will suffer many things at the hands of the leading priests, elders and teachers; He will be killed and then on the third day He will be raised from the dead. That is quite a bit of information to take in all at once. Peter, who had done so well at focusing in on what heaven was highlighting just a moment before, now blows it. He takes Jesus aside and says, “No Lord! This will never happen to You!” Jesus then rebukes Peter and tells him that he is seeing things from a human point of view, not from God’s. The mistake Peter made was to be overwhelmed by the report of what was going to happen, as opposed to being overcome with confidence in God’s ability to miraculously turn it all to the good. See, Peter focused in on Jesus being arrested, then suffering, and being killed – the bad news, instead of focusing in on the good news – Jesus being raised from the dead!
The key for us in this hour is not to ignore the information coming at us, but to remember to always focus in on what God has to say, and what heaven is highlighting. We must never allow a bad report or alarming news to have a greater impact on us than the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the miraculous ability of our Heavenly Father to bring about all of His promises – no matter what.
So let’s pray this month for XP Ministries, each of us, and the Body of Christ as a whole by joining in agreement and declaring that:
Did you know that Praise really can Change an atmosphere!
What is Praise?
Here is a definition given from the dictionary: to glorify, exalt, honor. The act of expressing adoration or admiration toward…. In this case to God the Creator of the Heavens and Earth and mankind.
Every one of us as humans at some time in our lives have had days we feel overwhelmed, sad, or even oppressed.
In the bible it states God has given us a great exchange. Through Jesus we have been offered eternal life and in accepting this free gift we enjoy a life of forgiveness and healing and freedom. We have and can enjoy a life of freedom from sadness, freedom from oppression, freedom from depression, freedom from bondage. He has and does continue to give us a great exchange, where we once were covered in ash, He has given us Beauty, and He has given us the oil of joy instead of mourning, garments of praise instead of heaviness! But sometimes in our everyday lives we have circumstances that try to rob our joy or peace.
Praise is a beautiful key that brings us into an atmosphere of Peace.
Praise first acknowledges God for who He is, when we praise we are exalting Him over our lives, over our situations, over every area of service, over our region, over every situation in our lives and others. As we actively do this, we do see change and it is first in us and our thinking and mindset.
We then see the atmosphere in and around us change!
Even in dullness we can praise, in fact when we don’t feel like it we must give the sacrifice of Praise.
Psalm 103 is a good scripture for this it begins with the psalmist David commanding his soul to praise the Lord and remember all God has given to us.
As we read the Psalms we see times when David would have struggles, warfare, oppression…He would remember who God is and what God has given Him and began to release Praise.
He would strengthen Himself in the Lord as He did this.
Read the Psalms and see how he would start off in one chapter in despair and overwhelmed and as you read the chapters that follow you see him gaining strength, to the place of fully being strengthened.
In one verse he even asks himself, “why so downcast oh my soul put your hope in God”.
As believers, God truly is our HOPE and He desires us to fully know Him and His goodness and blessings!
Lets exalt the Lord, and give Him Honor, He is worthy!
- Kim Hadaway with Patricia King and XP Ministries
In 2 Samuel 5:20 the word of God states:
So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.*
* Literally Master of Breakthroughs or God of Breakthrough!
Do you need a breakthrough in your life in any area? When we rely on God and submit to Him and His Kingship, He fights for us. As we submit to His name then everything has to bow to His name. Inside of the names of God we find the character, nature and substance of our God and all He possesses. It also states in the word, He is the name above ALL names (read Ephesians 1 especially verses 15-23). It states He is the name above all names and all things are under His feet, He is the Victorious warrior and has already won the battle for us. As we focus on Him we see this victory manifesting in our lives in every area. That doesn’t mean right off the bat that the battle is easy, submission isn’t always. It is a dying to our will and to our thoughts and our plans. But Gods plans are always perfect and bring us perfect peace and victory.
I do not state this lightly, I have faced many battles and there have been times that I have found how strong my will is, my mind and thoughts are…..
But I have learned through these processes that as I submit to King Jesus, He will be exactly what I need every time!
He is the God of Breakthrough and we all need breakthrough at different times in our lives. At times we see huge obstacles in our paths that stop us from moving forward or moving at all.
But God is cheering each of us on! He loves us all so much and desires for us to experience victory in every area of our lives, He paid for it on the Cross!
So the next time you are in a battle and feel as if the enemy of your soul or your very life is pressing in around you, or has come in like a raging flood, remember!
There is One who is greater than the enemy, or any adversary that comes against us and His name is Jesus!
1. a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe.
2. the Adversary, the devil; Satan.
The word of God states that the enemy, our adversary, goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but God is the Victor.
So now our prayer for each of you that may be facing difficulty in any area and feel as if there is a huge mountain in front of you, or and opposing force pressing in against you, that you ENCOUNTER The God of Breakthrough! And just as David states in 2 Samuel that you too will experience Victory in every area of your life!
Let me pray a prayer over you and with you.
Lord God, we thank You that You love each and every one of us! We thank you that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, that we are made in Your image and likeness and You created us to know You and have relationship with You. But we also thank You that You are our Victorious Warrior and You fight for us when we have no strength. We thank You that You are our strength and The Master of Breakthroughs! God we need You now in every area of our lives and we invite You to be Lord! We invite You to bring Your breakthrough for us, just as You did for David, we decree even now that our enemies (in the spirit realm) are defeated and You breakthrough before us, like a mighty breakthrough of water and we will remember these places in our lives, just as David did and sing the songs of thanksgiving and praise upon every remembrance of this victory. Look what God has done! Right now your words may be look what God is doing! But by faith we receive this promise and these blessings.
Blessings to you,
- Kim Hadaway with Patricia King and XP Ministries
Recently I have been meditating on 1 Corinthians 13. I even have a picture with this scripture on it on my bathroom wall right by where I get ready every morning. It is a constant reminder of the Love of God for us but also how we also are to be demonstrations of His love on the earth and how love behaves and acts, and what the fruit of Love is.
I heard a testimony years ago of a man of God who died and as he stood before the Lord he was asked one question, “While you were on the earth living your life, did you learn to love?” He obviously is still on the earth sharing this encounter, he died but came back to life on the earth to learn and share his encounters, but the main desires is to live a life of love to others. What a gift to be able to give someone love and share love in a deeper way than we have ever known before. We know that this love ultimately begins in Jesus and apart from Him we don’t know how to Love. In the Bible it even tells us that we didn’t love first, but we were and are loved first by God Himself and as we are constantly being made aware of His great love to us, we are impacted and changed and can’t help but pour out this love to others. This is fruit that we get to give out just by being love, and others area able to come and freely eat of this abundant fruit.
As we focus and meditate on the below scriptures we can turn this meditation into prayer to see the deep roots of love established in our lives and poured out to others.
I would like to encourage you to read the below scripture and meditate on it, and then pray it.
My prayer for you is that you are continually blessed and living in the fullness of the Love of Jesus!
- Kim Hadaway with Patricia King and XP Ministries
1 Corinthians 13
The Way of Love
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.