Sentinels For Christ :: As We Go

As We Go

Posted by jimgrier on April 26, 2019

The Peregrine Hawk is here this morning, February 2nd, in the tree outside my window to catch the first sun. She comes as the sky lightens into a soft pink and the trees pop out of the darkness. These trees are leaned over a bit from the wind and one particular branch is twisted such that a small knob juts out and she always lands there. She sits and waits, her breast feathers catching the light of the sun and I thank the Lord that He has brought her, for He knows my love of the birds of prey and He speaks to me through them and this time is no exception.

I am a Missionary, and home after a 4.5-month deployment of disaster response with Christ in Action. My body is weary, my mind filled with mixed emotions and I am a bit weepy. After consistent movement day in and day out, serving an average of 16 hours each day as head of food services in the cook trailer I have come home and to the place where I can just be still, and I crash. The next eight days are spent sleeping 10-12 hours a night and at the feet of Jesus. I need to process, pray and be deeply in the Word. Not that I was not doing so on deployment but those of you who have been a missionary or on mission’s trip understand and know the amount of warfare encountered and the need to process when you come home, to be alone with the Lord.

Mid December, I received a word regarding the need to go counter culture, Kingdom culture vs worldly culture. It was a key Kingdom principal, and one that changed my view of my life, desires and needs as well as how I approach the throne room in prayer and release of that prayer. It is part of the process of processing where you come, as I did to the Lord and say, “Okay Lord, now what?” I await Your instructions Lord moving forward. He gave revelation in Matthew 10.

Matthew 10:7-8 have been my dedication verses. What I mean by that is when my husband John died all of a sudden in August of 2010 and I found myself adrift on an island of grief and sorrow, I told the Lord I wanted to get out of the boat and walk on the water. I took verses 7 and 8 of Matthew 10 and wrapped them around me; “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” So, I was comforted on this February day to find Him speaking to me once again from Chapter 10 of Matthew.

In verse 1: “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” Here Jesus bestows delegated power that He Himself possessed, that is, “authority” to advance the Kingdom through exorcised healing.

The Bible says, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We have power – exousia (Strong’s #1849) – the authority or right to act, ability, privilege, capacity and delegated authority - and that authority has never been rescinded (John 14:12). 

  • We can expect victory over the powers of darkness and their operations             (Luke 10:19).
  • We are assigned to “do business” as authorized representatives of our Lord until He returns (Luke 19:13).
  • We are promised the Father’s pleasure “to give” us the Kingdom, that is, to supply us with His peace and power (Luke 12:32). 

He gives full instructions in chapter 10, of that which is to be the ongoing mission of the church but verse 1 says, He called them to Him…I knew He was calling me further into the knowledge of advancing the Kingdom and my journey. He calls us to Himself. He gives us power as disciples. A disciple is a learner, one who follows both the teaching and the teacher. He clearly, in chapter 10 discloses what the disciples of Christ, the church outside of the walls of the church is to do. He lays out the mission, what the message is to be, the works to be performed, equipment to take and the procedure. 

These disciples, unencumbered by possessions, must trust in God’s provision through the hospitality of others.

It is now April 21st 2019, and the Lord has revealed that I am to go and speak, preach, decree and pray the revelation of the Fathers heart, in boldness wrapped in humility, in truth. To go higher into more of His Kingdom Culture. I am pairing down all possessions to move lightly, unencumbered.

I don’t know exactly where I will go, how I will get there, who or what I will encounter, but in that, I know my God is a God of order, always on time and when I go to the Word of God, He always instructs me.

If we, day by day put the interest of the Kingdom first and foremost in our lives, renouncing self-centered ambitions, we will experience the fullest Kingdom life. You speak Lord, You move and the mysteries of the Word, the Kingdom, come alive.

In Romans 4, Abraham glorified God for His complete sufficiency and was “fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” In the Greek translation: God is not merely able BUT abundantly able, bountifully and generously able, with an infinite surplus of resources, and eternally able “to do what He promised.”

As we study or hear God’s Word, we must cease from our thoughts, to put no trust in them, and to waken up our hearts to open - be wide open before God and seek living fellowship with Him. Our thoughts are only images and shadows of what He is doing in ours heart. God’s eye is upon us and Oh the blessedness of waiting on such a God who is always watching over us. He sees all, knows all and is already in our future.

May the Word of the Lord sound forth from us and may we be bold in You God, to speak the Gospel amidst conflict and not as pleasing to man, but to God who tests our hearts. 1 Thess. (1:8; 2:2; 2:4)

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