Terry Casales - February 20, 2020
The Lord Jesus is looking for those who will follow Him in this new era to step into their Kingdom assignments.
I feel like the Lord is calling all hands on deck in this hour! The term “all hands on deck” means, “everybody engaged in the same pursuit.” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all%20hands)
We, as believers and followers of Jesus, can no longer allow ourselves to be bound by the distractions of the things of this world, religion and the status quo - church as usual. God is calling us higher — to have Kingdom, radical faith - the same radical faith that the disciples and the followers of Jesus had that broke the back of the spirit of religion and invaded culture and every mountain of society.
I believe that the time for God pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh is here. As He does this, many are waking up to the revelation of who they really are created to be in Christ - to the eternal reality that they are created to be sons and daughters of God — as part of God’s Family.
The chains of man-made religion, culture and tradition are coming off and the reality of the Kingdom of God is being made manifest throughout the earth. This is the great awakening we are seeing unfold. The Lord has drawn a line in the sand and He is breaking up the structures that the enemy has had in place that were hidden for so long on the earth. The Lord is paving the way and giving us a window of opportunity to advance His Kingdom like never before.
The paradigm shift that is taking place comes from followers of Jesus who have been intentionally seeking the presence of God and encountering Him — in that place of intimacy — through fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It is through this intimate relationship with God that many are receiving and waking up to their true identity in Christ, as new creations, and are being empowered by the Holy Spirit to operate out of that reality in His love.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. - 2 Corinthians 5:17 - NKJV
God is giving us an invitation to go back to our first Love, Jesus. He is calling us and drawing us to seek Him in the secret place - to go deeper with Him in prayer, worship, receiving revelation from Him in the Word of God about who He is, about who we are in Jesus and about what He is doing on the earth.
It is crucial that we be intentional to be still in God's Presence long enough to listen for His still, small Voice so we may receive what He wants to reveal and to teach us. The importance of cultivating a personal relationship with God with intentionality (from a position of rest) cannot be emphasized enough in light of the times we are currently living in to have God's Kingdom perspective. Everything begins and ends from this relationship.
We cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed and blinded by our circumstances and things that are going on around us in the world which are beyond our control. God is calling us to come up higher so that we can see the big picture and have the grace and the power to operate out that place of abiding in Him. We must live out of the reality that Jesus has restored to us our dominion over the earth and has given us His Kingdom authority.
2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. - Colossians 3:2 NKJV
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 - NKJV
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. - John 15:4 - NKJV
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. - John 15:7 - NKJV
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. - John 14:23 - NKJV
Our Abba wants to reveal His love for us like never before. Just like Abba is well-pleased with Jesus, He is well-pleased with us. This love is not conditional - there is nothing we can do to earn it - He just loves us because of who we are. God wants His sons and daughters to know how much He loves them! It is through receiving the revelation of the love of our Heavenly Father toward us and His goodness that the reality of our identity in Christ begins to manifest in and through us.
The Truth is that, in Christ, we are no longer orphans but we are part of the Family of God! We do not have to strive to gain God’s acceptance through self effort because He has already accepted us and has loved us from forever!
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” - Jeremiah 1:5 - NKJV
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. - Ephesians 3:16-19 - NKJV
Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price, through His death on the Cross, His burial and resurrection to reconcile us to God the Father and graft us back into the Family of God. The reality is that we are the righteousness of God in Christ and we are seated in Heavenly places with Jesus. We possess the authority of Jesus to do even greater works than He did while on earth. Jesus left us a blueprint for us to follow through His life on earth. God has left us what that actually looks like in His Word - as we study and meditate on the Gospels with the Holy Spirit as our Guide and Teacher.
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. - Ephesians 5:1-2 - NKJV
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. - Matthew 10:7-8 - NKJV
We are each called to live as Jesus lived here on earth and to operate as He did, with the fulness of God living inside of us, manifesting the Kingdom of God through signs and wonders pointing others to Jesus. We are to continue to follow the Great Commission of knowing God and making Him known. This can only be accomplished from intentionally investing in our personal relationship with Jesus, Abba and Holy Spirit in the secret place daily. And as we do so, the reality of who we are in Christ and what we carry will begin to manifest. Remember that we are carriers of the glory of God. This is how we are to prepare for the greatest movement of God that the world has ever seen that He is inviting us to be a part of.
The Kingdom culture is about to invade the earth and become the new normal for the followers of Jesus in this new decade and new era.
What an exciting time to be alive! Glory be to God!!