I really enjoyed reading through this article by Westley Roderick. It is full of HOPE for your future, no matter where you are at or what you are going through.
If you've sinned and need to repent, if you feel stuck or if circumstances haven't lined up yet...God is NOT done with you!
I am sure many can relate to that! Be encouraged even right now...turn to the Lord...He is NOT done with you yet! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
God is not done with you yet. He isn't finished, He hasn't given up, and He hasn't stopped! Where you are right now does not dictate where you will finish. Whatever situation you are in, in this very moment, does not determine your outcome and does not determine your end result.
Everyone makes New Year's resolutions from the couch. Eventually, you may end up in the gym. Sitting on the couch does not dictate whether or not you will lose ten pounds; it's dictated by whether or not you put action to what you said you would do.
If there is anything about you contrary to the divine identity within you, God will perfect it through love and compassion. He will bring whatever it is about you that is not the true divine identity of a son or daughter, and He will bring it into perfection. You have to trust that you are in a process right now, and it is a lifelong process.
"I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world." (Philippians 1:6 The Voice)
"God is not done with you yet. Where you are right now does not dictate or determine where you will finish."
You are on the Potter's wheel right now. God is not stopping on you midway through the process. He works through the impurities in the clay. He softens it, massages it, and smooths it out until it is supple like flesh once again. He takes the heart of stone and replaces it with a heart of flesh. He who has called you will walk through it with you.
"May God Himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together – spirit, soul, and body – and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He'll do it!" (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 MSG)
"The one who calls you by name is trustworthy and will thoroughly complete his work in you." (1 Thessalonians 5:24 Passion Translation)
God knows you by name. You are not just a number. You are more to Him. Something happens when you hear Him speak your name, like when He tells you that He loves you. He's got it under control.
I asked God once, "What does trust look like?" He said, "Trust is when you can take your hands off of the plow, and know that the work will still be done." Rest and trust are synonymous. The One who calls you by name is trustworthy. He won't forsake you, and He won't leave you. He abides with you. He will do whatever He said that He will do, because God is not a man that He should lie.
The Gifts of God Are Without Repentance
"And when God chooses someone and graciously imparts gifts to him, they are never rescinded." (Romans 11:29 Passion Translation)
"You see, when God gives a grace gift and issues a call to a people, He does not change His mind and take it back." (Romans 11:29 The Voice)
God is not apologizing for gifting you, and then wanting to taking it back. He's not going to change His mind. That's how faithful God is.
Waiting for the Future
King David was anointed as a boy and then what happened? He had to serve his brothers and he was returned back to the fields with the sheep. How many of you know that you are called to something, but you are trying to figure out where you are at? Where you are right now does not determine where you will finish. He who will start a process in you is faithful to continue that process in you. Where you are at doesn't determine where you will finish.
Look again at David. He became king and he messed up. He committed adultery and then murdered the husband of the woman he committed adultery with. Sitting there, Nathan confronted him. Where he stood with God at that moment (being confronted by the consequences of his sin) did not dictate where he finished. Even if you are in the worst of sin, it will not dictate where you finish. All you have to do is repent. Anytime that you are living outside of your calling, it is like being enslaved to the very thing that you are living according to at that moment. (Photo via Unsplash)
When Your Brothers Sell You Out
You may be like Joseph in the prison, who was favored by his father and had a big dream. In his dream, his brothers were going to bow to him. The brothers got together and said, "What are we going to do to him? Should we put him in a hole or kill him?" They decided to sell him. Like I said, Joseph was favored by His father, but then was given to the Egyptians. Say what? Have you ever said, "I have this amazing call on my life, I have an anointing, and my Father favors me. But why am I here in the world?"
Egypt represents the worldly system. Many people don't recognize that the calling and anointing on your life (the dream you've been having), and the reason that you have the favor from your Father – is so you can go speak to Pharaoh. He has a dream that needs to be interpreted. That's the breakthrough and that's the ministry that is on your life.
When Joseph was reunited with his brothers, he said, "What you intended for evil, God has turned to good" (see Genesis 50:20). We use this verse out of context a lot of times. His brothers sold him into slavery, not the devil. Listen to what God says to you when it comes to your identity. The voice of the Lord is over the sound of many waters and breaks the cedars of Lebanon. It is time to get out of where you are right now, and step into where you are supposed to be.
I had a dream a few weeks ago, and in this dream I was going on a trip with some of the Fresh Fire Ministry road team. We went to the airport, boarded the plane, and I knew it would be a long flight, so I took a nap. When I woke up, in my dream, I wasn't where I was supposed to be. I was in Australia. I didn't know where I was supposed to be, but I knew that it was not in Australia.
When I got off the plane, I spoke with the airport staff and asked how I had gotten to Australia. They apologized and said that somehow, while I was asleep, I had shifted planes and ended up on a plane landing in Australia. We were all perplexed. I wasn't mad or angry about the situation, but I didn't know what to do.
There was some time before I could leave there. While in Australia, clothes and food were given to me, and people were giving me their cars, houses and money to spend! They gave me everything that I would need. There was so much grace and favor for the time that I was in Australia, even though I wasn't supposed to be there. I was dumbfounded by these people taking care of me.
Then I got a phone call from the airline. They had my flight ready to get me to where I was originally going and they had good news for me. I was going to be sitting in business class. They were going to upgrade my status! I was excited by the news and then woke up.
The Lord spoke to me after the dream and said, "You have to be open to an alternative destination. Here's what you do when you are stuck or in a holding pattern."
Getting "Unstuck" Out of a Holding Pattern
1. Stay in Your Assigned Seat
Staying in your assigned seat is for your protection. They are going to look for you there. So, don't panic and scramble.
2. Fasten or Secure Your Seat Belt
"You have to trust that you are in a process right now, and it is a lifelong process."
Make sure that you are secure where you are seated. This has more to do with your identity than feeling safe. Being okay and comfortable with where you are, with what you're doing, and with what is going on in your life is far more important than you can imagine or realize. It's really pertinent to your confidence. It's becoming secure with who God has called you to be.
3. Listen for the Pilot
It does no good to bicker, whine and complain if you can't hear the pilot. The pilot knows what is going on. The pilot symbolizes your spiritual leaders and Jesus. He is going to make announcements about where to go, who to be, and what's going on. Listen for the pilot.
4. Be Open to an Alternative Destination
Be willing to land in a different airport, land or city. In Habakkuk, it says to make the vision simple and plain. However, we often make it complicated and convoluted, with a lot of details that are probably from our own wants and desires. When you make it simple, you have a framework and it is adjustable. When it's simple and allows for an alternative destination, it doesn't feel like a violent shift. It's like changing the tail fin to go to a different place.
Let's look at Joseph again. He had a dream, but ended up at a completely different place than where he thought that he would be. But just like Joseph, in the alternative destination, you will find grace and favor. And when you do whatever is needed in that alternative destination, you will return upgraded in status.
Jesus was put into the earth to die on the Cross after being baptized, and then driven out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. Yet, Jesus returned upgraded in status. He returned in the power of the Holy Spirit. When you allow yourself to be put into that alternative destination, there is favor, provision, and safety and grace for where you are and where you are going.
Stuck in a Whale of a Place
Many of us are in an alternative destination right now. We are trying to figure out where it is we are supposed to be and where we are to go. But where you are looks different than where you know you're supposed to be, what you're supposed to be doing, and what you're supposed to be going towards. In Scripture, we know someone else who was like that—Jonah.
Jonah was supposed to go somewhere and deliver a message, but he didn't want to. He ended up in an alternative destination. He found himself in the belly of a whale (Jonah 2:1-10). Being delivered from where you are at is as simple as doing what you were originally asked to do.
If you are stuck right now and feel like you are going through Hell, the key to your breakthrough is repentance, living the life that you were meant to live, and doing unto the Lord what you are supposed to be doing.
God is not done with you yet. Where you are right now does not dictate or determine where you will finish. If there is anything about you that is contrary to the divine identity within you, God will bring it into perfection through and by His love. (Photo via Unsplash)
In this generation, there was a preparation time that has had to take place, growing in maturation in the things of the spirit and in the natural. They are like the young David, anointed to be king, but right back to the fields taking care of sheep. This generation was anointed and called to greatness before its time and we've been in the fields, tending sheep, and fighting off the bears and the lions. But God says, "If you cry out to Me and return to who it is that you are supposed to be and repent, you will find grace, favor, safety and provision for where you are right now and where you will be going."
The Lord spoke to Ezekiel saying, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And Ezekiel responded, "God, only You know." So God said again, "Son of man, can these bones live?" Ezekiel responded again and said, "Only You know, Lord." God spoke to Ezekiel, and said, "Son of man, prophesy to these ruins. Prophesy to these dry bones, that they shall have breath, and that they shall have life once again" (see Ezekiel 37:3-14)
I tell you on behalf of the Lord: it is time to speak to your ruins! It is time to speak to the dry bones that are in the valley of your soul and life. Prophesy that they shall live again and that the breath of the Lord shall be upon them. It is time to prophesy that muscle, sinew, tissue and organs shall be upon them again, and that they shall breathe, once again.
Live! Live the life that you were meant to live. Live to the high calling that's been placed upon you, and live according to the destiny that is on your life today. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Director of the School of Supernatural Ministry
Westley Roderick is the Director of the School of Supernatural Ministry and an Associate of Fresh Fire Ministries USA under Todd Bentley. Westley had a radical salvation that took place at the age of 19 after a prophetic experience. Immediately following his salvation Westley was placed into church leadership and was developed into a youth pastor, an assistant pastor, and itinerate minister. It was during that time that Westley had an encounter with the Lord Jesus commissioning him. In 2007 Westley left his position of Associate Pastor to become an intern for Todd Bentley in British Columbia, Canada and it was from that time on Westley began traveling and ministering alongside Todd. Since then Westley has become an associate traveling and ministering in his own meetings and crusades healing the sick through the ministry of Jesus and seeing lives being given to Jesus.
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