Build up the Way…
Isaiah 62:10 (NIV): “Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations”.
Let us be determined this week to:
Understand who we are in and through Jesus. We are daily bombarded with information and demands. Everywhere we turn, we see images of what success, health, wealth, status, power and “happiness” look like in the eyes of the world. That is exactly what the enemy wants – his tactics are to let us believe the many LIES he so craftily disguise as TRUTHS. These lies (i.e. feelings of worry, fear, rejection, unworthiness, being forgotten, being unloved, not being good enough) keep us in bondage and away from our calling to live fruitful, free lives that shine Jesus’ glory and advance His Kingdom on earth.
May we put a stop to that this week!
There has never been a more urgent time… In and through Jesus, our Lord and Savior, we have a brand-new name – we are called sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 6:18). He calls us beloved, and He delights in us. We are far more valuable than any of earth’s wealth… so let’s stand up in our calling as God’s children.
Move out from our place of bondage; the desert or wilderness we’ve been wondering in for too long… and let’s start building the way… Jesus is the TRUTH. Jesus is our HOPE. He is our WAY to the Father. We can no longer afford to be outwardly or selfishly focused… We need to remove the obstacles – anything that may hinder us or others (the lies, the schemes, unforgiveness, bitterness, hate, fear, anxiety, complacency…) – and start our journey, out of bondage, the desert or wilderness. Our Savior is waiting on us – His redeemed, sought-out, not-forsaken, and loved people.
Be sign-posts along the way… There is a new awakening: more and more people are desperately thirsty for Jesus (more light; more hope), searching for the Truth. Let us be an encouragement to others. Let’s raise banners to help and guide others to see Jesus. Let us be landmarks for God – shining His light, glory, hope and love to a lost and broken world. Let us be the ones helping others on their journey towards VICTORY!
Father, we pray for a new awakening and a thirst in many to seek You first – and for a fresh revelation of Who You – our amazing Heavenly Father, are. May the people in our environments discover who they are in You – not in what the world or the enemy dictates about them! We pray for softness of hearts to be receptive to Your calling! We pray for people and nations all around the world to find salvation and their true identity in You, Jesus! We are ready to help You build the way for others to find You. We are ready to be banners, sign-posts, and landmarks that showcase Your glory, hope and joy! Holy Spirit, lead us as we seek God for revival and the renewing of our hearts with the hope of the gospel!