holding on

When we journey through life with Jesus He starts to show us things in the realms of heaven; we begin to have supernatural things revealed to us; God’s will and purpose and His Word open up to us, and what is written in our book in heaven.

But if we don’t take hold of and stand on what God says and reveals to us then none will change or impact our lives longterm. If we don’t choose to hold onto the revelation that God downloads to us then the cares and worries of life, the desire for other things and the deceitfulness of riches and wealth will choke the word of God out of us. Our doubts and fears will override any revelation, belief or trust in God and more often than not what He wants to do in and through our lives.

Holding onto what God has said whilst living in a world that struggles to believe in anything that they can’t touch, see, or taste is a daily battle. Even when God shows up with signs and wonders from heaven people can brush these things aside or forget because their hearts and minds are so consumed with other things. I’ve been in gatherings where the power of God has been so evident that myself and others have witnessed limbs growing, miraculous healings, gold dust appearing and numerous other signs and wonders that should have impacted everyone’s lives forever, and yet a few months or years later many have gone back to how they were before these God encounters.

Jesus said to watch the condition of our hearts because when he speaks and reveals it’s like a seed being sown. “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart…the seed failing among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13)

To protect ourselves from being someone who goes backwards or fails to hold onto what God has revealed and “sown” into our lives we can choose to:

Be a person who values and honours above all else God’s presence and power. Make a decision to stand on what He has said in His word more than anybody else’s opinion. To keep your eyes focused on what He says rather than be moved by circumstances or the pressure and temptations of the world.

Keep short accounts and our heart uncluttered – Deal with issues when they arise and forgive and let go of offense quickly. It’ll only hurt us if we don’t.

Prioritise time with Jesus – Spend time with Jesus, In His word and just being with Him. It’s a relationship and if we don’t spend time building into relationships they just don’t work and our love and sensitivity to one another grows cold, and the same is true for our relationship with Jesus.

Spent time with others who know Him – there is a reason God’s Word says to “not neglect meeting together”. No matter how on fire we may feel, if you take a hot coal out of the fire it will eventually grow cold all by itself.

“Do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another” (Hebrews 10:25)

Write down what God has said and revealed to you and keep it before your eyes, in your mouth and in the forefront of your heart and mind. What we think about is what we head towards, so be mindful of what you are looking at and thinking about. God is faithful to His promises; so don’t let go of them.

Keep your emotions under control. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit working in our lives is self-control. The more time we spend with Jesus and being open to His presence in our lives the less we are governed by our emotions and the more God leads us. If our emotions are getting the better of us it pays to examine why? Do we have undealt with hurts or issues? Are we stressed, overtired, or need to readjust some things in our life? Unchecked emotions will cause our lives to run amok if we are not careful so do what you need to do to keep yourself in the balance.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Today don’t allow the cares of the world and desire for the temporary cheat you out of your inheritance and purpose. Choose instead to not be moved by what you only see in the natural, but by what God reveals and says to you, because that’s the path to living the life for which you Jesus died to give you. (John 10:10)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that you speak to me and reveal things to me Please help me to firmly hold onto what you say more than anything else today. In Jesus name Amen.