I believe we are at a point in time where we will see (John 14:12)
Come alive in our lives.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. KJV.
It is exciting, and at the same time the anticipation of this carries a considerable responsibility. The same power that brought Jesus out of the tomb will be available to us. Are we ready for it? Is it going to be for everyone? That thought is mind boggling to me.
If you believe that we are to model Jesus, and the bible is a blueprint for our lives, then I believe that the road to the resurrection power, with signs and wonders following, will require from us that which Christ modeled for us.
All through the Word are laid out for us the road map for us to follow, that we may become prepared vessels to be used for this great outpouring. I believe that we are at a point in time; I will call a “Trumpet Call to Holiness”, preparation for end times and His second coming and eternity.
We are being given the choice as to whether we will choose to go to the next level with Him, lay down our own agendas and plans, for His purposes which I believe is our destiny.
I believe that there is grace to us to sustain us where we are, but I believe unless we allow Him to make us HOLY (set apart for Him), and purify us, we will not get to the stage of empowerment that He has for us.
Again the choice is ours. For me, I am no longer satisfied with business as usual, and truly the things of this world do not do for me what His touch does, or having His anointing flow through me. I feel that what I have experienced is but a micro drip of what is actually available.
I believe GOD is not just looking for servants, HE is looking for friends. Please note the following passage.
John 15:13-16 New International Version (NIV)
13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
The disciples were examples of His friends. They were not perfect, but they surrendered all to follow Him, and I believe are a classic example of the equation the Lord gave me. There are many examples of biblical figures that followed this equation. Abraham, Enoch, Elijah, and on and on.
I believe God is calling us into radical obedience and surrendering of our wills and agendas to Him, for the greater Glory He wants for us. Again, the choice is ours.
He is looking for those He can trust with His Resurrection power. Think about it, would we want that kind of power to get into the hands of our enemies? No!
So I sense it is the same with Him. I believe He is looking for those who know His voice and would move on a dime. He is looking for those who would respond when He says, “jump”, “how high LORD?” I might add not and with a lot or questioning or arguing with Him. He is looking for those He TRUST!
A number of years ago, while ministering in a California Women’s Prison Facility, the Lord started to lay this out for me. He often works in my own life first the things He wants to show me, and share with others.
It was at a time in my life, that I was perplexed at the lack of response to many prayers I had for much needed breakthroughs.
He spoke to my heart one day, this equation: Faith + Obedience + Humility = Resurrection Power.
He began to show me what some of the obstacles are to us seeing answers to prayer, and moving in the power gifts are.
Those greater things than these, we would do for His name sake, as well as experience miracles in our own lives. He reminded me that especially those that are incarcerated don’t need to be reminded they are sinners.
This population not only knows they have sinned, but are laden with self-condemnation, and unworthiness.
I felt the Lord ask me that day as I was preparing this message, ask me a question? It was, “How come I can believe for someone else's miracle, and see it, but not for my own?
That revelation hit me square in the face?! It was true! He said the women at the prison feel the same. The enemy has managed to convince many of us that we are beyond receiving all that He has for us, because of our past sin, and condemnation, and the lie of unworthiness.
The enemy has done his job well, and rendered a good portion of the Body of Christ, impotent. The body is not operating in the authority that the LORD gave us, and for the most part has been stuck.
Fortunately, the Spirit of truth and revelation has come upon us, that, that which was prophesied will indeed come to pass, and that indeed we will ‘Gal 5:1
5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. KJV
He wants to take the grave clothes off of us, so we can move forward.
He directed me that at this particular trip to the prison that He wanted to minister to the inmates and that He wanted to free them from the unworthiness, and condemnation. These hindrances were interfering with this equation being operational in their lives, and from them moving into the liberty and destiny that He wanted for us all. In addition, this revelation would shatter the yokes that were preventing breakthroughs and answers to prayer.
I will never forget that night, it was so powerful, and many were set free, including myself, as I when I got the revelation to share this message.
In the weeks following praise reports starting pouring in. There were many healings, and answered prayers. Halleluiah, the prisoners were being set free! Destinies were being released, hope and vision restored and many were ministering to each other and experiencing the anointing of God through them. They became aware of who they were in Christ and the authority that He gave them! The favor of God was released when one prisoner was allowed to leave for her father’s funeral and I was allowed to go with her. That does not happen folks! It was contagious!!!
But that was just the beginning.
After we are freed we need to allow God to continue get rid of the rubbish in our lives, (that which separates us from Him, and allow Him to impregnate us with Faith, as we move in radical obedience, in an attitude of worship and humility. He is making us Holy unto Himself. Remember He is coming for a bride without spot or wrinkle.
God has a purpose and destiny for all of us. Human kind has the propensity towards what is before us in the way of survival, and also what we think His plan for us, or what we would like His plans to be for us, I believe.
Time is short and I believe He is calling us into those original plans and purposes He had designed for us before we left heaven for earth. It is way past time to connect with those. We must fix our eyes on Kingdom Plans.
When all these elements are present we now have the necessary components for Him to ignite the Resurrection Power of Jesus Christ in our lives, with signs and wonders following.
He has given us authority with having the fullness of Christ in us, and He wants us to operate in it!
I also believe that we position ourselves are in a place of incredible favor, and blessing. Being His ‘friend’ in this way, does brings incredible favor!
May these pearls release you, the way it has done to me, moving from the goodness of God in our lives. to His greatness!
TO GOD THE GLORY. TBC
1 Peter 5:6
Josephine Marie Ayers/Flames of Fire Ministries
Excerpt from the book God ‘s Equation for Resurrection Power, in process