You're Alive For A Reason

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Your future is better than your past.  No matter how good or bad your past may have been you have the scriptural assurance that your future is brighter.

You’ve got to know the God who is bigger than any problem you face. . .or any adversity of the enemy. . .He isn’t through with you yet.  Not only that. . .BUT GOD has great plans for you.

Two years ago, I read a great book by Pastor Stan Toler entitled “The Buzzards Are Circling But God Is Not Through With Me Yet.”

Remember this!  Enemy attacks against you may have been relentless BUT GOD is not through with you yet.

The enemy can try to take you out. . .but He can’t because, you win.

Breast cancer tried to take me out. . .but it didn’t.  Over the years, other attacks of the enemy have failed. . .and you know what. . .they always will.

Romans 8:37 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].”

God has given us an overwhelming victory.

And yes, He has kept each of us alive...for a purpose. . .and yes, for the better days ahead!

Declare this over your own life...right now.

“God has given me an overwhelming victory in life and my best days are ahead.”

1)  Keep The Prophetic Promises Of God Alive In Your Spirit.

Joshua 14:6 in the New King James Version says:

“Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the LORD said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea.”

Joshua and Caleb had a close relationship as young men.

They probably had countless discussions about the things that happened during their incursion into the Promised Land.

At a time inspired by The Holy Spirit, Caleb called upon Joshua to remember what had been spoken over his life.

It is clear to me Caleb had kept the faith promise of God alive in his heart.

What do you think Caleb thought about every day of his life?

Joshua 14:11 says:

"Here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war.”

Caleb thought about the day when he would be able to say: “Give me my mountain” (Joshua 14:12).

He was given a promise and he held onto it with every ounce of his strength and ability.

2)  Give Specific Testimony Of The Word.

Joshua 14:7 in the New King James Version says:

I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart.”

I’m sure each of us have a number of testimonies about how God has been so good to us over the years.

When sharing your testimony. . .share enough details to stir your faith as well as that of the listener.

One of the great things about sharing your testimony is that it drives the devil crazy.  Plus and this is a big one. . .it is the absolute key to your victory.

Revelation 12:11 says:

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

The New Living Translation says we “defeat him” by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony.

You and I have the greatest devil repellant ever devised. . .the thing that ensures his defeat and sends him packing.   It’s our testimony that God’s Word works. . .but if we don’t share it. . . then it won’t work.

3)  Recognize That Others Will Not Always See What You See.

Joshua 14:8 in the New King James Version says:

Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the LORD my God.”

As a supervisor. . .as a business leader. . .even as a pastor. . .not all those around you will see things as you see them.

If you’re surrounded by those who can see what remains unseen then you are a blessed leader.  But, if they can’t. . .don’t be discouraged. . .view it as a challenge to expand their horizons.

4)  Verbalize Your Qualifications To Receive.

Joshua 14:9 in the New King James Version says:

“So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’” 

It’s important that you speak your qualifications.

Heavenly Father, I thank you that I have the mind of Christ which will fully function and flourish in me today.  I thank you that the fruit of the spirit flows in me so that I may respond as you would respond in every situation and adversity I face. I praise you that the resurrection power of Jesus is my source of strength and victory.  I thank you that I’m more than able and fully equipped to solve every problem today.  In the name of Jesus, Hallelujah and Amen.”

5)  Declare Yourself Strong And Capable.

Joshua 14:10-11 in the New King James Version says:

And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.”

One of the joys of my life was being able to spend private time with Dr. Lester Sumrall, a mighty man of God who followed in signs and wonders.

My conversations with Dr. Sumrall came when he was 80 years old.

Dr. Sumrall refused to allow his age to hinder his service to the Lord.  Each morning he would wrap his arms around himself and say, "I am strong in the Lord and the power of His might.'

That’s a great daily confession as well.  Caleb knew his time should have passed but he refused to think it.

6)  Claim Your Blessing.

Joshua 14:12 in the New King James Version says:

“Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.”

Caleb not only claimed his blessing. . .but he recognized his dependence upon God.

We must be focused on the goal set before us.  Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him.

The manifestation of God’s promises in our lives. . .comes with us recognizing our reliance upon Him and His Word.

7)  Your Assignment Will Likely Draw Opposition.

Joshua 14:13 in the New King James Version says:

And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. 14Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel. 15 And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim).  Then the land had rest from war.”

As you engage in fulfilling your assignment. . .building the Kingdom of God. . .you will be opposed.  Simply said, Satan does not want your God-given dreams to come true.

The greater the attack. . .the greater the reward.

We still celebrate VE Day and VJ Day. . .victories over Europe and Japan in World War II because of the size of the enemy and the cost for victory.

We don’t celebrate and even seldom remember our victory in Grenada.

Your daily victories will be unforgettable and something to celebrate. 

The Lord has kept me alive for a purpose.

The Lord has kept you alive for a purpose as well.

Do you know why?  If so, celebrate.  If you don't know, ask.

Our Lord does not withhold information to those who ask in faith.

Your best season is a single decision away.