Saturday, August 20, 2016

Unlocking Your Destiny: The Key of Diligence - David Mitts

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, (2 Timothy 2:15-16 NASB).
God holds us accountable for our level of diligence with our lives.  We are instructed to correctly handle or implement the Word of Truth in our lives and so operate without shame. Shame both is the result of a lack of diligence and a factor influencing more lack of diligence.  Shame produces worldly and empty chatter.  This is a type of heart condition and speaking that is driven by the world and its influences and NOT the Word of God!
Diligence is a master key of equipping that brings us from the realm of mediocre into excellence.  We are in a spiritual battle with an enemy called average.  Average seeks to cause the unique contribution that our life is called to manifest to disappear into the crowd of non-being.  Average is the middle of the curve.  It is the place of non-significance.  We are all called to be the 1% percent, the extraordinary the achievers.  
Listen to Unlocking Your Destiny: The Key of Diligence

Solomon spoke about what it took to achieve that unique place that became his legacy to Israel that separated the Jewish people into the place that we hold today in the affairs of man.  As Craig Hill quoted from his accountant fried that Jewish people live out of the front of the book and Christians live out of the back and success info is in the front, especially in the writings of Solomon, which we call the book of Proverbs.
Solomon said this about diligence in Proverbs 10:4
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. (Proverbs 10:4 NASB)
Diligence, that quality that we will flesh out and apply is essential to financial success.  
Again Solomon said:
The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor. (Proverbs 12:24 NASB)
So diligence is essential to authority operating in our life.  Ruling is the area that is assigned by God for our specific stewardship over.  The Hebrew word is “mashal” which is the same word used in Genesis of the sun ruling over the day and the moon over the night.  Each is assigned to a particular time period and is the source of light for that time period.  In a similar fashion we have each been assigned a certain assignment which is our ruling, our “mashal”, which requires diligence.
Notice in both scriptures the opposite of diligence is the slack or negligent hand.  The hand is the place of power.  The negligent or slothful or slack person is not using their power in a diligent way,
Let’s look at another outcome of diligence:
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat. (Proverbs 13:4 NASB)
This isn’t speaking about being overweight but being full of blessing and satisfied.  This is also a picture of the fullness of the anointing.  God’s anointing is fully upon the diligent person and they prosper in all that they do.  
Are you getting the picture?  What I am trying to share is the impact that diligence is on our destiny. So far we have financial success, and soul prosperity.
One more:
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5 NASB)
Diligence affects the success of our plans and actually even the ability to plan.  The contrast is with hastiness.  The Hebrew word for hasty is UTZ, and it is the picture of a very narrow ravine pressing in on all sides.  There is a pressure that comes on those who exhibit this opposite quality to diligence.  I have felt it myself.  It is the power behind impulsiveness.  There is a kind of action that is driven by impulses which is poverty producing.  It not only affects where we end up but interferes with God’s actual plans for us which are to give us a good future full of hope.
OK. So now let’s look at what diligence actually is and how to activate it in our lives, because tat is what BEST Shabbat is all about.
Last week you learned about counsel and building a success team. This is a key part of diligence.

The Hebrew word for diligence is: Charutz.  It means literally a sharp cutting.  It is where we get the colloquial expression about an individual that they are “sharp”.  It is an assessment that an individual is on their game.  It is the story of the woodsman who sharpens their ax.
But diligence is more than being sharp.  Many people can look sharp on the outside but diligence lives on the inside, in the heart.
So how do we develop a sharpness a cutting and what does that mean in a biblical sense for us to accomplish our destiny.
Well, what is sharp as a 2-edged sword?  We all know the answer to that.  
The Word of God is the sharp 2 edged sword.
Hebrews 4:12:  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NASB)
This is where true diligence lives.  When we live our lives out of the word of God then we become diligent and the rewards of diligence are ours.  How do we live the Word of God. 2 paths and both  require effort on our part.
First is the pathway of trials.  We will be refined by trials.  Trials reveal the Word that is in your heart.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 NASB)
True diligence with the word of God is developed in trials.  Trials are the refiner’s fire.  They reveal the true gold of the Word that is actually yours.
I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. (Revelation 3:18 NASB)
The other path is meditation.  Meditation is the eye salve that anoints our eyes so that we can see.  It is another way to access diligence.  It is called bringing our thoughts captive to Christ.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ's, so also are we. (2 Corinthians 10:3-7 NASB)
Through meditation, we actively use the weapons of bringing our thoughts and imaginations into obedience to the promises and instructions of God.  It takes diligence, sharpening of ourselves to destroy speculations and lofty prideful things that exalt themselves through defensiveness of our own ideas of what works.
What works is diligence. What works is focus and humility, what works is being teachable, part of a team accountable and in the company of those who call us to greatness.  What works is the Word of God applied consistently by the anointing of God with wisdom.
Activation:
Imagine yourself standing before Yeshua.  He is so excited to see you.  It is time for Him to receive the return on His investment in you. He has only made 1 of you, unique and specific in purpose and intent.  You alone have the gifts and talents that He has created you with.  These have been revealed in your trials, the fire of God the threshing floor.  I want you now to ask Him to show you your trials and what was developed in each trial. Let Him walk you back through your life to the places where you struggled.  What is valuable to him are the times that were hard.  Let Him show you what He developed in you as a living Epistle in those times of trials.  Write down what He shows you.

Now look ahead to your goals.  What of those trials do you need going forward?  This is a new day but it is built on a life that He is making, a song that He is singing.  Write down what He tells you and shows you.

Now make a daily plan to see yourself applying those lessons to your goals and succeeding.  You already have the finished work. Now enter into that place of rest.
This is the Shabbat of God. The diligence that inherits the promises.
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:9-11 NASB)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wisdom in Partnering - Charles D Harris

Without counsel plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed. – Proverbs 15:32

The last few weeks we have been establishing our vision, dreams, goals and plans. Now that we are equipped we are ready to take action and fulfill our dreams right? 

How many of you have had or have goals and plans and yet have not achieved them or are frustrated about your progress or journey thus far? All of us have. We struggle with our inner demons and limitations…we focus on the here and now and have a tough time breaking away from past failure and regret. We find ourselves stalled out, shipwrecked and in some cases eventually just give up.  Anyone been there with your goals or dreams?  Do you find yourself having a tendency to compare your worst with others’ best? 
Anyone want to change that cycle?


Having a partner or counselor for your goals could be the missing ingredient. Let's define counselor.  In the book “Richest Man Who Even lived by Steven K Scott, he describes it this was “A Partner or Counselor is anyone who can provide needed insight, advice, wisdom, or any practical help for the effective achievement of a specific project, goal or dream.”
It can be a legal partner or it can be a friend, spouse, coworker, adviser, mentor or an author. 
It’s seeking out guidance and assistant from other people’s experience. Think of it as a well of experience and refreshing you can draw from to accelerate in the pursuit of your dream versus trying to pump your own water and self motivate.

Does this sound great, a counselor according to this definition can be a book, set of teaching, person, coach, etc as long as it is someone else.  I heard a funny saying once, A person who counsels himself has a fool for a coach.  A lot of truth in that statement.

So what can a counselor provide?  Acceleration in achieving goals, dreams, vision

Every purpose is established by counsel – Proverbs 20:18

How many of you would like counseling as described in this fashion?  The why don’t we seek it out through mentorship, books, coaching, etc? This is not new….This is not rocket science

We all counsel however sometimes it's with nay sayers through gossip, people who don’t want to change, the media, romance novels, etc.  Our mediocrity vision board is loaded with pictures of failure hurt and pain of past which is projected into the future. There are lots of “counselors” available free of charge to fuel those old pictures of yourself aren't they?

We need to seek out counselors that stretch us higher past where we can see ourselves, providing us a hand up not a hand out.

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. – Proverbs 11:14
  
Why don’t we counsel?  Fear and shame which come from lack of trust.  Some where in our experience we have received failure as a destination instead of a step on the way to success.  We have been hurt by others which causes hardness of heart and let our hearing get dull.

while it is said,
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.” – Hebrews 3:14

There are many major aspects of counsel and partnership that we don't have time to get into today however 2 keys I feel are vital and are Big Rocks that can help accelerate and propel you toward your goals and they are .. Effective Listening and Accountability

Effective Listening
In Mark chapter, Yeshua explains in the parable of the sower that the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to us, but to others he speaks in parables…
To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.
11 “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. 12 Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. 16 “Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.” Luke 8: 10-18

Hearing and listening are 2 different things, hearing is noise vibrations on ears but listening is seeking to understand.  If I know it all already I have a tendency to prepare responses without seeking to understand. 

'Hearing' is the physical activity of sound falling on the ears and the biological processes involved in its perception. 'Listening' is the ability to pay attention to what the sounds means and understand it. We hear noise, but we listen to music. That is because noise falls on our ears without any effort at our end. Google quote 

Listening requires humility, remember humility is in the Hebrew picture language as a furrow brow focusing on an object

As Yeshua is saying if I am careful HOW I listen the mysteries of the kingdom of God can be revealed and I can receive 30, 60, 100 fold returns on the seed of the Word of God!

Accountability
Many of us fail to reach our goals, dreams, vision because we don’t want to allow any other authority providing input into our life.  We view authority as a negative perhaps because of someone in authority inappropriately influencing us. Let’s look at the story of a centurion who understood authority.

5 And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is]lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” 7 Jesus *said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. – Matthew 8:5-10

First of all this person recognized he was under authority and had accountability.  Yeshua recognizes this as faith.  

We are all accountable for every word and dead for which we must give an account. 

Why not partner with someone who can help us to overcome and become who we were meant to be! 
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:11-13 NKJV


1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. - Psalm 1:1-6 RSV

Activation:

Multitude of Counsel
In this activation you will partner up in teams of three people.  Two of the people will serve as counsel of the Lord and one will be the recipient or mentee.

The recipient will reveal one limitation that is heavy their your heart that is causing them to feel stuck. What is the counsel of this limitation saying to you?  Examples…You will always be in debt – you mom, dad, grandma, etc was in debt, You will always be sick with this disease….I am always going to struggle in relationships, I can’t keep a job

After receiving from the Lord the counselors will share what the Lord revealed to them.  Recipients please just relax and receive paying attention to HOW you are listening. Does this information align with your vision dreams, goals, etc.? Take a mental note of it.

Note: Counselors to elaborate or try to explain as you would try to provide your own interpretation.  Just say what you see, or feel, the Lord gave you.

Switch recipients. Repeat exercise for others on the team.

Homework
1.) Commit to gain wisdom everyday by reading Proverb of the day – God is a great counselor
2.) Identify one goal you will seek out someone to counsel with to achieve it – Name, date for goal achievement


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Vision Requires Planning - David Mitts

Week 14: Vision Requires Planning

A complete vision requires planning. Planning takes humility and courage.  Humility because what keeps us from planning in detail is perhaps uncertainty about the future and about our ability to succeed with our plans.
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." (Genesis 3:15 NKJV)
Here God lays out not only the vision for redemption but the plan.  He declares a war between the seed of man, which includes all humans but also Yeshua and the seed of the deceiver.  The deceiver’s seed will plan to bruise the heel of man and the Son of Man.  Yeshua will crush the head or authority of Satan.


The heel is the place of destiny as Jacob was named Jacob because he grabbed Esau’s heel.  Why? You ask? Good question: We have to look at the Hebrew.
Jacob in Hebrew is Ya-Acov.  Yah is God’s name. Acov or ekev means heel.  So Jacob’s anointing is to bring God’s plan and purpose to the bruising of the heel by satan.  What is the bruising of Satan?  Well it is the thorn in the flesh of the Apostle Paul.
You see satan has a strategy to bruise the plan of God for our lives.  What is bruising?  It is bleeding from injury under the skin or under the surface.  Bruises are internal injuries which cause a tenderness and sensitivity in an area.
In spiritual terms, bruises are where satan has lied to us about who we are and who God is in our lives.  They are the marks of the deceiver under the skin.
We have the expression, “you let him get under your skin” to describe, what? A person triggering us in a way to where it pulls us off center.  These are from the bruising.  
How do we heal from bruises?  Well, in the natural, our immune system absorbs the blood and heals the blood vessels that are damaged.  In order for that to happen, there is a plan, a blueprint that the immune system follows.  It always follows the plan and heals us.  In our spiritual life and into our soul life God has a plan for our healing of our emotional bruises.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV)
Our bruises are the sore spots in our character that keep us in reaction in life, and off our destiny.  Yeshua was bruised for our bruises, or what is called iniquity.  Iniquity is generational sin.  It is the patterns we learn from those who have gone before.  Iniquities are deeper than habits.  Yeshua was crushed, bruised for healing those patterns.  He wants us to plan for a new future that is NOT predictable from the past.
God tells us in Jeremiah that there is a new plan for our lives.  When we yield our lives to Him it is for a new plan,
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
The word in Hebrew translated “plans” or in some versions, “thoughts” is the root “machshev” from where we get the modern root of computer.  A computer has 2 components, hardware and software.  Software the possibilities of the computer.  The thoughts and plans of the computer.
God has designed for us a life of possibilities that are full of prosperity and hope, plans for a good future.
God has also blessed us with His image.  This means we are planners.
We have to take our dreams and plan them into reality.  Many Believers have taken a hands-off approach to their lives.  They resort to “if it’s God’s will then this or that will happen”.  Yet that flies in the face of the parable of the talents.  God has called us to a life of accomplishment and He has placed in reality and in His Word processes for that reality to be experienced.
One scriptural example among many is the classic proverb about the ant:
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8 NIV)
There is an admonishment to plan our work and work our plan with wisdom.
So, if we want to live successful fruitful lives, we need to convert our dreams into plans.
Borrowing from Steven Scott, this is called dream conversion.  We take the dream that God has put into our hearts and we convert it into reality through Dream Conversion which is a blueprint or a plan.
Four step process:
1. Break each dream into specific goals
2. List the specific steps needed to accomplish each goal
3. List the specific tasks needed to accomplish each step
4. Assign a target date for each task.

So, the tasks lead to steps along the way, which lead to goals, which turn into your dreams.
We can dream great dreams, which we are called to do by activating the Holy Spirit in us that has been poured out by the Lord.  But to turn them into reality we need to be bold enough to set goals, define action steps, generate appropriate tasks and set dates.

Activation:
First let’s pray and ask the Lord for the dream He wants us to work on today.. Then let’s visualize it complete with us in it. How does it feel?
Ok. Now we are going to break the dream into benchmarks or goals.
Write a series of goals.
OK< now what steps do we need to take for each goal?
Finally, what tasks do we need to do.
Set target dates for each task.

This is the process of the top 1-2% people. Why not you? Why not now?




Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Eyes of Our Heart - Prophesying - David Mitts

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. (Acts 2:17-18 NIV)


We are in the days of prophesying.  What is prophesying?  The Hebrew word root is “Nava”.  It is composed to a “nun” and a “bet”.  Nun is the word picture for a seed and bet is the word picture for a house of dwelling.  So prophesying is the seed or deposit that is in the house or the inner man.  We are the houses or dwelling place of the seed which is the Word of God.  So what is in our hearts or our inner man is our prophetic declaration.  We are always prophesying; we are always declaring what is in us.

Listen to The Eyes of Our Heart - Prophesying

"The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. (Luke 6:45 NASB)

Our lives then are the manifestation of our prophecy.  We are as the Scripture says a living epistle to be read by all men.  The Apostle Paul speaking to the Corinthians said:
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:2-3 NASB)

So when the Spirit of God was poured out on all flesh ALL prophesy.  What is the implication of that?
Well let’s look at God’s intent:

Turn to 1 Corinthians 13:
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NASB)

We can see from this that love transforms all spiritual gifts including prophecy. Speaking with tongues, prophesy, mysteries, faith, giving, even physical sacrifice means very little without the focal point of love.

Then Paul describes the qualities that are present when we have love:
Patience
Kindness
No jealousy
No Bragging
No Arrogance
No acting unbecomingly, or rudely
Is not self-seeking
Is not provoked
Doesn’t even take into account a wrong suffered
Does not rejoice in unrighteousness
Rejoices with the truth
Bears all things
Believes all things
Hopes for all things
Endures all things.

Wow! What a reality! How many of us feel convicted in the light of Love??

OK one more verse, the next one:

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. (1 Corinthians 13:8-10 NKJV)

There is a “part-ial” knowing that we all have.  It is what determines our prophesying.  But there is a perfect ONE who can transform our prophecy.  When we have an encounter with Him our prophecy changes or is done away with.  This is what the living Word who is Yeshua can do in us and through us.

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Rebecca Mitts speaks of her recent trip to Nicaragua and the impact it had on her life.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Vision and Our Words - John Barksdale

The Vision and Our Words
Last Week pastor David talked about having a dream and visions in terms of getting the breakthrough. We were challenged and encouraged to create a “vision map”, writing down various steps it takes to see the culmination of the vision…

After having an encounter and experiencing the out pour of God’s Spirit, we are to make sure we don’t forget what God revealed and what He has said….

Hab 2:2   And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.


Here’s the scripture David read to us last week.  
      Acts 2:17 – 18"And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 
      And in those days I will pour out My Spirit upon My menservants and My maidservants and they shall prophesy.

So what we have in this passage is “dreams and visions” and then we have “prophesying”. What we notice again from last week’s lesson is that God’s Spirit is poured out on “all” flesh. And it was emphasized that this meant “all”flesh. Where ever there was flesh then that is where God’s spirit was poured out (saved or unsaved, bond or free, Gentile or Jew, Barbarian or Scythian, Baptist oMormom, Jehovah Witness, New Ager, all faith no faith etc…..) 
It was mentioned that, just because His Spirit is pouredout on all flesh does not necessarily mean that everyone knows what to do with it. Even entertainers, media people, those who influence many people have “an” anointing to sway the masses. We must have the proper image on the inside for vision developed from the dreams, to know who He is, what He’s doing with us, and where we are going. Amen. This is why we must have the dream and vision from the Holy Spirit to develop and live within us. The Development of vision from God requires then, that we cooperate with Him. So another key to breakthrough along with vision is prophesying

Prophesying = speaking, saying, declaring……I like to call it the releasing in your life environment the declaring of God’s word……” 
When we take a look a couple of verses later we see anyone calling on the Lord having the ability to be saved. Why? Because God’s Spirit is released, Vision is seen and the prophesying begins. A voice is given to what is being seen, words are spoken over the vision, and breakthroughs begin to happen…… 

The thing is; your breakthrough is not just for you. The implications of your breakthrough is bigger than you. It’s imperative that we keep a focus on the light of God’s word concerning our identity, who God says we are, and what he has shown concerning the vision.

Cooperating with him means agreeing with him, saying what he says, doing what he says. 
I think that this happens much easier when we can find ourselves before Him often. Look at what King David’s experience was concerning the vision he had, and the declaration of what had been seen: 
      Acts 2:25-28, 30 - 31     For David speaks concerning Him, "I foresaw the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand, that I should not be moved. 
     Act 2:26  Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue was glad; and also My flesh shall rest in hope, 
     Act 2:27  because You will not leave My soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your holy One to see corruption. 
     Act 2:28  You revealed to Me the ways of life. You will fill Me with joy with Your countenance." 
     Act 2:29  Men, brothers, it is permitted to say to you with plainness as to the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 
      Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, He would raise up Christ to sit upon his throne, seeing this beforehand, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor would His flesh see corruption, 

We also must be careful of the word’s we release when it doesn’t look like nothing is happening after we have embraced the vision. Habakuk said “though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come….”

It is so easy to speak of the adverse circumstances thatstare us in the face. And the thing is, is that these circumstances (cultural, personal, relational etc….) often can cause our focus on God’s promise and faithfulness to be broken. If that happens, then the pathway to the fulfillment of vision is disrupted, blocked, or hindered…..There was a clear vision & promise given to Israel coming out of Egypt and up to the land of Caanan. The maturity of the vision or the “breakthrough” depended much on the disposition of the people to whom the visionwas given as it pertained to God’s word to them.

Numbers 13:3-28, 30-31; 14         Num 13:3  And Moses by the command of Jehovah sent them from the wilderness of Paran. All those men were heads of the sons of Israel. 
      Num 13:17  And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, Go up this way, southward, and go up into the mountain. 
     Num 13:18  And see the land, what it is, and the people that live in it, whether it is strong or weak, few or many. 
    Num 13:19  And see what the land is that they live in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities they dwell in, whether in tents or in strongholds; 
      Num 13:20  and what the land is, whether fat or lean, whether there is wood in it or not. And be of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of first ripe grapes. 
    Num 13:21  So they went up and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, as men come to Hamath
    Num 13:22  And they went up by the south and came to Hebron, where AhimanSheshai, and Talmai, the sons of Anak were(Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
      Num 13:23  And they came to the valley of Eshcol and cut from there a branch with one cluster of grapes. And they carried it between two men upon a staff, and some of the pomegranates and of the figs. 
      Num 13:24  The place was called the valley of Eshcolbecause of the cluster of grapes which the sons of Israel cut down from there. 
      Num 13:25  And they returned from spying out the land after forty days. 
      Num 13:26  And they left and came to Moses and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, to the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh. And they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 
      Num 13:27  And they told him and said, We came to the land where you sent us, and surely it flows with milk and honey. And this is the fruit of it. 
      Num 13:28  However, the people that dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are walled, very great. And also we saw the children of Anak there. 
      and the Amorites dwell in the mountains. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea and by the coast of Jordan. 
      Num 13:29  The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south, and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea and by the coast of Jordan. 
      Num 13:30  And Caleb stilled the people before Moses and said, Let us go up at once and possess it. For we are well able to overcome it.
      Num 13:31  But the men that went up with him said, We are not able to go up  against the people, for they are stronger than we. Num 13:31  But the men that went up with him said, We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we. 
      Num 13:32  And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched to the sons of Israel, saying, The land through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eats up those who live in it. And all the people whom we saw in it were men of stature. 
      Num 13:33  And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, of the giants. And we were in our own sight like grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.             
      Num 14:1  And all the congregation lifted up their voice and cried. And the people wept that night. 
      Num 14:2  And all the sons of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron. And the whole congregation said to them, Oh that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or, Oh that we had died in the wilderness! 
      Num 14:3  And why has Jehovah brought us into this land to fall by the sword, so that our wives and our sons should be a prey? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt? 
      Num 14:4  And they said to one another, Let us make a leader, and let us return to Egypt.       


     What we see is how the vision for this group perished in the wilderness. The land of Caanan represented a new home land for then. It also represented up until this time God’s Promised “rest” for them. But even though they had seen God’s mighty works before, they could not get the enormity of what looked like “impossible”circumstances out of their heads
      Believing the lies will shut down any God given promise when the lie is embraced. God’s word was, I will give you this land. Their word after believing the bad report was ‘we can’t take them, for they are stronger than we are.’
      There is noise going on in the minds and souls of people, that even though we hear the word of the Lord, and are aware of his promises, the “din” of the culture surrounding us causes many of us to break our focus. The roar of the societal problems coming through the media seems to interrupt the experience of Eternal Life deposited in us. So then the vision and promise fades and is replaced with turmoil and unrest. This is not God’s vision or plan for your life
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief
I think laboring to enter into His rest requires effort on the part of the believer. Pastor David mentioned before that the “rest” part is easy. But getting to the “rest” takes a little work. We can plainly see that they (Israel) could not enter into the visionary breakthrough because of unbelief. They became emotional destabilized when they fixed their thoughts on lies. And the lie was that God is not able to deliver the land into our possession. 
If you have to watch what you say, then it stands to reason that you must be careful of what you think…..Pro 23:7  For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he……

We must be a people who think on the things decribed in Philippians 4:8 
      Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
      Php 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things arejust, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 


     We have the promise and example of God’s unfailing care and support for his people:
     When you are surrounded by impossible situations, a focus upon the Lord and listening to His voice command is the prescription for the breakthrough to the manifestation of the  vision.

      2Ch 20:1-23  And it happened after this the sons of Moab, and the sons of Ammon came in, and with them others besides the Ammonites, to battle against Jehoshaphat. 
      And they came in and spoke to Jehoshaphat, saying, Agreat multitude has come against you from beyond the sea on this side of Syria. And behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi
      And Jehoshaphat feared and set himself to seek Jehovah, and called for a fast throughout all Judah. 
      And Judah gathered themselves to ask of Jehovah. Even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek Jehovah. 
      And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of Jehovah, before the new court, 
      and said, O Jehovah, the God of our Fathers, are You not God in Heaven? And do You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? And is there power and might in Your hand, so that none is able to withstand You? 
      Are You not our God? Did You not drive out the people of this land before Israel, and give it to the seed of Your friend Abraham forever? 
       And they lived in it. And they have built You a temple in it for Your name, saying, 
     If evil comes on us, whether the sword, judgment, or plague, or famine, and we stand before this house and in Your presence (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our affliction, then You will hear and help. 
    And now, behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them,  
      behold, they reward us by coming to cast us out of Your possession, which You have given us to inherit. 
     O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no might against this great company which comes against us. Nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You
     And all Judah stood before Jehovah with their little ones, their wives, and their sons. 
      And the Spirit of Jehovah came on Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the congregation. 
      And he said, Listen, all Judah, and you people of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat! So says Jehovah to you, Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude. For the battle is not yours, but God's.
      Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz. And you shall find them at the end of the valley, before the wilderness of Jeruel
      You shall not fight in this battle. Set yourselves and stand, and see the salvation of Jehovah with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for Jehovah will bewith you. 
      And Jehoshaphat bowed his face to the ground. And all Judah and the people of Jerusalem fell before Jehovah, worshiping Jehovah. 
      And the Levites, of the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise Jehovah, the God of Israel with a loud voice on high. 
      And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and you people of Jerusalem. Believe in Jehovah your God, and so you shall be established. Believe His prophets, and so you shall be blessed. 
      And he consulted with the people, and he appointed singers to Jehovah and praisers to praise the beauty of holiness as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise Jehovah, for His mercy endures forever. 
      And when they began to sing and to praise, Jehovah set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, who had come against Judah. And they were beaten. 
      For the sons of Ammon and Moab stood up against the people of mount Seir to completely kill and destroy. And when they had made an end of the people of Seir, everyone helped to destroy another. 

     The path to the vision is protected………….PROPHESY………