OK Lord, You told me three times to re-post this…. I think I’d better. Someone may need to hear this today!!
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
I heard the Lord say How badly do you want to see the vision that I have given you be fulfilled?? Do you have passion for the people that I am sending you to? Then I heard him say Press!! If your vision is not something worth laying your life down for then you will always allow the enemy to stop you…
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” Revelation 12:11.
The Greek word for Lives here is Psyche.which is our soulish life (MIND WILL AND EMOTIONS). Unless we have enough Passion to lay down our lives as Christ did for His vision then we will always give the enemy place to stop us!!
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2.
We were Jesus’ passion. Because of this, He loved not his own life to the death, but He could push past the pain, and agony of the cross that He knew was His destiny. He was tempted in every point such as we are, and yet did not give in to it’s seductive lure, because He knew his purpose was to “bring many Sons unto Glory.”
His life was an offering, for the passion that He had for us to come into His Father’s kingdom! He was focused on that purpose with passion every day yet on a daily basis took the steps that it took to get there. His entire life was a sacrifice for you and I. Daily, He pressed through the rejection, fear and torment, when His enemies came against Him. Why? Because he was determined with a passion to finish His course and complete His Mission.
When we allow the enemy to stop us, because of fear of man, rejection, shame. Then we are more focused on us and we lose our passion. Passion calls us forth to fulfill our calling and will cause us to ignore the things that so easily beset us.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3;13-14.
The Lord is saying this is the time to Press On. Do not be distracted by the world, the flesh, or the devil. Focus on your vision with passion. Passion will cause you to “Run through a troop and leap over a wall” passion will cause you to get up when you want to lay down and die, passion will cause you to stand and preach in the face of the Naysayers. Press through to the High Calling my people Press on!! Rise above your fears! Rise above your failures of the past. Rise above your insecurities and press forward. It is time to finish well. It is time to be all that I have called you to be. It is the time, Yes, it is the set time!!
– by Jo Ellen Stevens
First published on Facebook on Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Jo Ellen Stevens of TCIC Ministries is a Prophetic speaker, author, worshiper and intercessor. She has ministered with her husband for 23 years and was a worship leader at the Assembly of God for many years. She is an ordained minister (Restoration Ministries) and works with Restoration Ministries in their Ministry Rooms doing prophetic worship with her husband. She has taught many bible studies and have led many intercessory prayer groups.