Tuesday, 22 December 2009

A foretaste of glory

Hebrews 12: 2
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.

What empowered Jesus to endure the cross and to despise the shame that goes with it was the foreknowledge he had regarding what the outcome would be. A little glimpse into the future is empowering.

You need to pray for God to show you a little into his plans for your life. You need to know the plan; you need a little journey into the future before it happens for you to be able to endure now. I pray God will take you to that place where you can see and touch destiny before it happens.

I agree that you cannot know all nor have a full picture of your life as it will be in the future. If you do, you will stop walking by faith. But a little picture of your future now will make you confident about life, will make you aware that you are heading somewhere and not just beating about the bush. An insight into destiny gives a meaning and purpose to life. Don’t live a life not knowing what it is about and where God wants to take you to or what is there, made available for you to.

If you don’t know what is available for you, you are going to accept anything that life throws on you, Peoples comment can stop you, you will throw in the towel because of a little failure, and the challenge of life will break your spirit. And believe me, challenges will always come. You will be tested and tried. Sometimes trials come to test your conviction or persuasion. It comes to check what you know or stand for. And the decisions you make not in good times but in challenging times are the ones that show your true convictions.

A good number of people, who have attempted or committed suicide, did that because they could not see into the future, nothing motivated them anymore. What they went through put a veil on the future and broke their spirit. Some people have moved out of some cities, changed jobs, ended relationships, walked away from people that matter and some have left churches for lack of foresight.

The ability to see a little of what lies ahead is power. It makes you a fighter. You are able to fight for a thing if you are confident of the outcome. And God wants you to see a little of the future - That kept Jesus Going.

Hebrews 12: 2-3
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds”.

That was what God wanted to achieve when he described to Moses the type of land he was going to give to Israel - He wanted the picture of a city that has milk and honey flowing in it, and a land with vineyards and pomegranate painted on Moses' mind so he can stir in Moses a desire for it and to create a warrior inside him.

Exodus 3: 17
“And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey”.

Wonder why God did not tell mosses exactly what kind of battle he was going to have with Pharaoh, he did not tell him about the red sea experience either nor the Jordan experience, the wilderness challenges and the battles with the enemies. Wondered why? God did not want Moses and Israel to be bothered with them, he did not want them to be the issue, he wanted the destiny to be the focus and motivation.

When you know what the end looks like, then you know that is not over, you know God is not done with you yet, despite what you are experiencing and what people are saying about it until it happens.

God gives a glimpse of the future in many ways, and one of the ways he does it is through a foretaste experience. You see, sometimes, or at some points in a man’s life, God brings him into his dream place for just a season and he takes him out. He brings him there before he is prepared or ready for it only to give him a foretaste experience. That was what God had in the mind when he instructed Moses to send out spies to Canaan land and to bring back some fruits.

Numbers 13: 1-3, 17-20-27

That short encounter is only to give a taste of what is to come. God wants him feel it, develop a deep desire and passion for it, and so he can start to walk his way towards it.

A foretaste experience can be a short trip abroad – to help you develop desire to live there in the future, One time preaching breakthrough - so you can start to see a preacher in you, a ride in a car of your dream - so you may want to pay the price for it, a visit to a company, hospital est. - may develop desire to work there, an invitation to somebody’s graduation - to renew the zeal for further studies. If God brings you to a place of your dream and he takes you out, it’s not your season yet, it is for a foretaste experience.

If you've enjoyed something in the past, you can walk into it. He that started this good work in you is able to complete it. If it stirs passion in you, if it is now a dream, if there is a witness inside you, you can achieve it.

If you’ve tasted it once, you can achieve it.
If you can think it, you can achieve it.
If you can dream it, you can achieve it.
If it is now a passion, you can achieve it.
If you are willing to pay the price, you can achieve it.
Yes you can. Go for it.

For God is able to do exceeding abundantly, above what you can ask for or imagine.

Hay! Don’t let the wilderness experience blur what God has shown you that is ahead.

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