The other day I felt a bit “off”. I knew things weren’t right, but I wasn’t quite sure what was going on and how to fix it. The next morning I sat down with a mentor who spoke into my life. They said it seemed I was believing lies which I had actually chosen to believe because they had become a comfort to me. My mentor continued by saying that I had a choice that morning of whether I wanted to stay in the pit I was in or to get out of it. It wasn’t complicated, it was simply a choice I needed to make. The Light of God shone in my life, illuminated the truth, and brought revelation that I want to share with you.
John 7:37 says “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.’”
From this verse, I see that Jesus extends an invitation to all who want to come and taste of / experience Him. We get to say “yes” or “no” to that invitation; He doesn’t force us to come. Deuteronomy 30:15 says, “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.” God gives us two very different, contrasting choices to make. We can’t have both life and death, we choose one. Sometimes it might not look like you’re choosing “death”, but I realized that morning as I sat down with my mentor that I was in fact choosing “death”. Jesus welcomes us with open arms to come and partake of Him, the Bread of Life. Now we get to respond. Even if you don’t realize it, you’re making choices every day to partake of life or death. Choose Life.
By faith, partake.
Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” It takes humility and spiritual hunger to partake of what God has for us.
Hebrews 4:2, in talking about the Israelites, says “For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” The Israelites lacked faith and therefore missed seeing the promises of God manifest in their lives. Remember that God “has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). Jesus has already opened heaven to us and now we must partake by faith, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
Don’t miss out on the promises of God. Choose to believe them and access them by faith. Sow the promises and Word of God into your life and by faith expect them to bear much fruit!
When someone extends their hands to give you a Christmas present, you receive their gift by extending your hands in response. You must take action. The giver does not force you to receive the gift, but you must choose to receive. Part of seeing God’s gifts and His great and precious promises manifest in your life is by choosing to put out your hands and receive them. One way to do this is by rejoicing! Rejoice! Look at the gift God has lavished on you and thank Him for it! This will help to activate the faith in your life.
Isaiah 52:1 “Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean.”
I believe this is a Scripture God is breathing on in this hour. Notice the action words in this verse? Awake. Put on. It’s time for us as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, to awake, put on, and receive the beautiful garments and the precious promises He’s lavished on us. It’s a season to pick up our feet and take a step forward into all the goodness that Jesus has given us access to by His death and resurrection.
We are heirs to everything God has (Romans 8:17). Now it’s time to make your choice (regardless of circumstances or feelings) to, by faith, receive.
I pray this day you arise into all the great things God has in store for you, for He is able to do far more abundantly than all that you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
Written by: Jacqueline Bixler
Published on: 9/26/18