Thursday, September 18, 2014

John Belt: A Time of Acceleration and The Rod of God

John BeltHebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Times of Acceleration

We are in a time of acceleration and moving forward in the purposes of God. Many times there are hindrances that must be removed to move with greater speed. Things are rapidly escalating now in the times that we are in. We see this in the natural world and it is also happening in the spirit. There is an evil acceleration as well as an escalation in the move of God in the earth. This is our time to accelerate removing the things that hinder and hold us back from running with strength, power and freedom.

Moving to A Juncture, Crossroads and Opening

For many there has been a congestion that has hindered them from moving forward at the speed that they know they can run in the Lord. In this race there is an intersection coming up that is an equivalent crossroads.At this juncture there will be an opening to take off at greater speed, accelerating into the purposes of God. There will be "openings" that will be seen for those who are in hot pursuit, running the race.

It will be as if you were running at a moderate pace knowing you could go faster, but couldn't seem to get around those hindering or things that were slowing you down (whether natural or purely spiritual); then suddenly, at a "kairos" moment, you will see the opening and jet for it – moving into a wider place of freedom and speed. Once you have broken out into this place it will be beautiful, wide and fresh, where you can run as if "on air".

Internal Hindrances

Joshua 7:2-11 (summarized) And they returned to Joshua and said to him, "Do not let all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not weary all the people there, for the people of Ai are few. So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai struck down about thirty six men..." Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until evening... what will You do for Your great name?

So the Lord said to Joshua: "Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff..."

Joshua's armies had been defeated before his enemies. He was on his face crying out to God, "Why?" God responds saying, "Get up! There is sin in the camp. That is why you are defeated."This represents another kind of hindrance that can only be removed by purifying our hearts before God. We cannot serve two masters. He is jealous for us. We will be defeated if our hearts are not pure before Him. When our hearts are pure then the authority of God will back us up. We can speak in His Name knowing He will give the victory to us.

Using the Rod of God to Divide the Waters

Exodus 14:11-16 Then they said to Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, 'Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians'? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.' And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."

And the Lord said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea."

Looking at the story of Moses where he had led the people of Israel to the Red Sea, it looked like they were going to be destroyed by the Egyptian armies. Moses starts talking about all the wonderful things God is going to do, then God stops Moses saying, "What are you doing? Take the rod and stretch it out over the waters!"

It is important for us to have prayers and petitions, but there is a time to "command" using the rod of God's authority that He has given to us. God told Moses to divide the waters. There are hindrances that we are going to need to command to be "removed". We cannot sit back complacent and apathetic.

Stretch out the rod of God's authority and part the waters, removing the hindrances that keep you back from running at full speed.

Let the Depths of Your Heart Call Out To God,

John and Brandi Belt
Overflow Global Ministries

Email: office@overflowglobal.com
Website: overflowglobal.com

Overflow Global Ministries is the ministry of John and Brandi Belt. The heart of their message is that God's greatest desire is to indwell His people with His presence. They believe that man was created to be inhabited by God through His Spirit. With a sincere devotion to God through the Holy Spirit, people can live in a place of overflow in His presence. This overflow translates into touching the lives of others through living encounters with God. When John and Brandi minister, the intimate presence of God is manifest – being accompanied with demonstrations of God's power to heal, revive, and restore.

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