6/10/16 A Time to Come Forth
“When Jesus was dead in the tomb, it was just a matter of time before I said, ‘Come forth.’ My intervention was inevitable. Remember, it was absolutely necessary for Jesus to die. It was also mandatory that He overcame death.
"So it is with you. When you submit to the absolute Lordship of Jesus, your old form of living ceases to exist. You die to who you were. If any area of your life has not fully submitted to that death in Him, I must complete that work in you. I cannot leave you as you are.
"When the time is right, however, and the work that needs to be done is completed in you, I will say ‘come forth’ to you just as I said it to Jesus. I will raise you up to a renewed life in Him. One more step has been completed for you to serve Me fully. I will intervene in your life to complete what has been started at the cross. It is inevitable. It is because I love you.”
Psalm 106:12-15 AMP
12) Then [Israel] believed His words [trusting in, relying on them]; they sang His praise.
13) But they hastily forgot His works; they did not [earnestly] wait for His plans [to develop] regarding them.
14) But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted and tried to restrain God [with their insistent desires] in the desert.
15) And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls…
Galatians 2:20 AMP
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]: it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
The heart revival that is being implemented all across this land in those who are submitting to the will of the Lord is a renewal of the absolute Lordship of Jesus in our lives and absolute trust in God. That means an absolute death to our own lordship in every aspect of our lives and a death to doing anything in our own strength. It means a conscious submission of all that we are to the cross.
True crucifixion means that a death must happen. We are called to be dead in Christ so that His life can be lived through each of us. The hardest thing about being dead in Christ is lying on the slab as if dead until He calls us forth.
Most of us, instead of patiently waiting for the Lord to intervene in our lives, get up off the slab, pace around the tomb, kick at the stone; and yell at God to roll away the stone because we feel we’ve been there long enough. When our patience wears out, we take a pry bar, move the stone ourselves (doing whatever we can do in our own strength to get us out of our pressure situation,) and go forth in very much the same manner as we did before - powerless, fully alive to our own strength, and “lean of soul” in the work of the Lord. We have no real power to give others because we have not allowed Christ’s power to be formed in us.
There is a little ditty that goes like this: “I anticipate the inevitable, the supernatural intervention of God, I expect a miracle...” As the Lord completes the needed work in you, lie on the slab of your spiritual grave as if fully dead, anticipating the supernatural intervention of God in your life. Expect a miracle. Let Him remove the stone. He will call you forth! He will raise you up in His power! He will fully live His life through you after He has removed every trace of your old life completely! It is His way. It is inevitable.
Getting back on the slab and staying there this time by Your power, Lord,