The God of Amazing
The Lord has been reminding me of a word He gave me on May 2, 2017 and allowing it to burn in my spirit since I recently joined a prayer group that has come together to end the year focused on spending that extra time with Him. I feel it is a word that is not just for me, but will speak to others as well. For those who have felt as if not much has been happening in their lives and for those who need a boost of hope.
As I prayed and asked for a word that morning, my eyes were drawn to my son’s tin Spiderman container which had the word “AMAZING” on it. It was the only word on it and it leaped off the box and into my spirit. According to Merriam Webster dictionary the word amazing means to cause great surprise or wonder and astonishing. The synonyms for amazing are stunning, breathtaking, awesome, phenomenal, and jaw-dropping. I thought it was interesting though that I came across an urban dictionary online. It mentioned how the word amazing had been used so frequently that it lost its true meaning and significance.
I heard the Lord say, “I will show people the real meaning of what amazing is- the reality that I can do the impossible.” There is nothing that is impossible for God. We sometimes may not understand why things happen or do not happen in our lives or others, but the Lord says that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). That does not mean that He is not capable of performing miracles. God is outside of time and the same God that parted the Red Sea for Moses and the people (Exodus 14), fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14:15-21), and allowed a raven to feed Elijah in the wilderness (1 Kings 17:2-6) is the same God who we serve today.
The God we serve loves us unconditionally and it is through the sacrifice of Jesus that we can be redeemed and forgiven for our sins. He loved us that much that He died for us and all we have to do is accept Him in our heart. He will not force us. He has given us the choice for everlasting life. But, the Lord is saying that if we honor Him and give our entire selves to Him, we give Him the right to do amazing things in our lives and for those we pray for. God wants us to trust and obey Him. He is always with us.
*Joshua 3:5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
* Joshua 7:13 “Go consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.”
As mentioned earlier, salvation is freely given if we choose to accept it, but God wants us to live a victorious life and experience all that He has to offer. To consecrate ourselves according to the dictionary means to “be set apart”. It is not about working hard for God, but to honor Him in our daily lives. Consecration involves refusing to partner with what God has deemed as unholy. It means that we make a choice to be different. It is easy to do what we see everyone else doing because it is the popular thing to do, but those things could lead us down a path of drawing us away from God. We cannot fight against an enemy that we are in agreement with. We live in a society that is flooded with things that influence our thoughts and behaviors – both positive and negative and sometimes the meaning of those are blurred. Those scriptures reflect a time right before God allowed the people of Israel under the direction of Joshua to cross over the Jordan into the promised land and take hold of all that it contained. To consecrate ourselves is to spend those extra moments thanking God and meditating on the power that He is. It may be forsaking things that feel good to us for the moment so that God can do His thing in His timing and give us something greater than our minds and hearts can ever dream of. To help us be able to cross over into our promises with His power operating in our weaknesses. To birth the dreams in us for ourselves and for the ones we pray to see set free. To allow Him to bless us with not only the abundance of blessings, but of joy, peace, and wisdom. God wants us to know that He is waiting on us.
If you desire to see the amazing works of God, I want to encourage you to seek Him. He is eagerly awaiting to surprise you. Here is a prayer that may help you get started if you don’t know where to start.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank you for all that You are. You are a wonderful God who loves me so much, that you gave your only son to die for me so that I may be forgiven. And I know that the same Spirit that rose Him from the dead resides inside of me. I ask you to allow my heart to be open to hear all that you have to say and eyes to see everything you have to show me. I may not have it all together, but You tell me to come as I am, and you will lead me. I ask for your grace to help me set myself apart for you and to live a life pleasing to You. I want to experience all that You desire to do in my life and the lives of those I love. I know there is nothing impossible for you God, and I thank you in advance for the amazing things You will do. In Jesus name, Amen.
Originally written December 2, 2017