Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jesus: The Authority in His Name

The genuine desires of a believer’s heart are Spirit-inspired… the spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly (Prov 20:2) and the authority of Jesus’ name is perfectly capable of producing the thoughts and desires that the Holy Spirit inspires… For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil 2:13)… For surely there is an end and thine expectation shall not be cut off (Prov 23:18)
When we truly understand that Jesus occupies the greatest position in the universe, we will stop acting in fear. We will stop underestimating the abilities and capabilities in His name. The reason people are not receiving the manifestation of their requests is because they underestimate God’s abilities and as a result are making requests that fall short of their true desires.

When an individual decides to hold fast to his ideals (i.e. the real desires of his heart), there are bound to be naysayers in his environment who will try to discourage him. They will advise him to be realistic. These individuals hide under the guise of offering reality checks, however, what they are essentially communicating is that you should settle for less than your ideals. On the other hand, God demands that you stay true to those ideals. He expects you to hold fast to them in prayer even when you might not necessarily find explicit models of those ideals in your environment. He expects you to respect the originality of your desire, to appreciate that everyone’s spirit-inspired desires are as peculiar to him as his fingerprints. Even when there are similarities in the type of desires, each man’s desire will possess a bent that is unique to him. This is due to the manifold wisdom of God. God expects every child of His to respect, appreciate, honour and stay true to the desires that He inspires in them.

When you do not respect and honour your individuality in Christ, you will begin to compare yourself to what already exists. Ultimately, you will stop believing that the desires in your heart can be realised and not bring those dreams to God in prayer. Consequently, this robs you of the quality of manifestation that can be achieved when we maximise the authority of the name of Jesus. Just like the crippled man at the gate called ‘Beautiful’ (Acts 3:2-5) you will begin to settle for the mundane things of this world at the expense of the seed of the kingdom sown deep in your heart. You will start communicating requests to God that contradict your true essence, things that are a shadow of the substance placed within you. On the other hand by staying true to your heart and the inspiration that God gives, you will not activate the first law of failure and miss out on the unlimited potential of the authority found in the name of Jesus.

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