Summary: If we are going to step into all that God has for us we must be willing to change and comply with what God is saying now.
Live in a time of great transition- in the world/Church.
God has said …
2006 will be a year of opportunity
filled with great possibilities
that will be realized (only)
through faith and obedience.
To step into our opportunities/possibilities, we must be compliant to what God is saying now.
Movie- Flight of the Navigator- compliant)
Comply- to adapt one’s life to the wishes of another.
A Compliant heart is one ready to adapt.
Change is important if we are going to stay up w/God.
We must learn to hear what God is saying in this hour.
If we act on yesterday’s word- might miss God.
As John Eckhardt says …
God is a progressive God.
We know …
Heb13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. NASU
God Himself does not change, the principles by which He interacts with man do not change, but …
the work that God is doing in our lives and in the world around us is progressive.
Consider Elijah the prophet …
The nature of God did not change, His promise to take care of Elijah did not change, but …
the way He provided for Elijah and
what Elijah had to do to receive that provision-
We must be able to respond to change in order to move w/what God is doing in us/church/world.
If we are going to be able to comply to the NOW Word of God, we must prepare our lives daily.
If we are going to transition with God in this time of change we must know who we are in Christ.
One thing that hinders us from obedience to God and fulfilling our purpose, is not knowing who we are.
A person who knows their identity in Christ becomes a threat to the Kingdom of darkness/asset to God.
Look at Gideon …
Judges 6:12, 15
12 The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior." NASU
15 He said to Him, "O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house." NASU
Gideon did not know he was a valiant warrior.
He had to come into his identity to fulfill his purposes in the Kingdom of God.
Consider Moses …
10 "Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt."
11 But Moses said to God, " Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?" NASU
Moses did not know he was the deliverer of Israel, he had to step into his identity.
Both of them had to believe in the testimony of God concerning who they were and the great opportunities and possibilities God was placing before them.
It would take great faith, courage, and obedience to step into their eternal calling.
John Eckhardt says this about identity …
Identity is defined as the condition of being oneself, and not another.
When you know your identity-you can be yourself.
You do not have to be something you are not.
Consider- shepherd boy David- destined to be a King-
David was not comfortable being something he was not- he was not a trained warrior- shepherd boy.
He felt comfortable w/the tools of a shepherd.