TODAY’S PROPHETIC NUMBER – 7/16/2023
Matthew 7:16 – You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
The Lord doesn’t call us to be successful in all things, but He does call us to be fruitful in all things. He doesn’t measure success the way the world does. You must be able to see your wins through the lens of the Kingdom. Kingdom measurements are big deal because if you only measure by the world’s standards, you will quit. Fruitfulness in the Kingdom is about growth and harvest. It is not about perfect performance. Can you see the wins in your life?
Declaration: I’m fruitful in the places the Lord brings me into. I trust the Lord with harvest in and through my life.
Sometimes, all you can do is stand. You stand with God not knowing how to advance. You can’t move forward and God’s certainly not going to let you turn tail and run.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God – Ephesians 6:14-17
That’s the full armor of God, but it doesn’t include any butt armor. Retreat is not an option. It’s forward or nothing. You can’t turn around because you’ll die.
You ever been in a place where you can’t move forward, but if you go back you’ll die? I’ve been there many times in different parts of my life and I can tell you what you do in that place. You stand.
What does it mean to stand? It literally means “to be righteous” or have “right standing.” Some deeper research will give you this little-known definition of righteousness: “one with legs.” Hallelujah.
This means when all hell is breaking loose and you have nowhere to go, you can stand in the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. God is Holy. God has His act together. God is good and I won’t budge on that. I won’t!
I will stand on that fact and I will stand on the truth that God is with me. I will not turn tail. I will not run. I may not be able to explain it or see His hand, but I can stand in that place and say, “God is good. He’ll never leave me or forsake me.” You can too.
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