Ancient Promise...Present Reality
PROPHECY IS HISTORY WRITTEN IN ADVANCE
Some prophetic words are so big it is hard to live with them. They overwhelm us. The implications are massive. They open up such a huge space around us that we feel small and insignificant inside it. God has spoken and we must grow to fit what He has seen in us.
Prophecy unlocks the intentionality of God. It declares to the world: “This is the way it will be” – and we get to be involved in the process!
PROCESS IS IMPORTANT
After prophecy is received the process of development comes. Before prophecy can be fulfilled in its entirety, it must live in our hearts. We need to abide in the word, think deeply, meditate over it, and make it an occasion for praise and worship.
IDENTITY AND DESTINY REVEALED
When God speaks a prophetic word, the announced word of prophecy must be compatible in spirit and character with the revealed word of Scripture. They both concern identity and destiny, which are found only in Christ. We need to interact with the promise in our inner man. We need to learn how to live with it.
One such prophetic promise, which God revealed to my own heart many years ago, and which has grown and expanded over the decades, is one you have heard me speak on often. This prophetic promise is as alive in me today as it was when He gave the revelation years ago. I have pondered it, meditated on it, studied it, and lived with it until now, it is as much a part of my DNA as any of my physical characteristics.
Spoken at the dawn of creation, this ancient promise, given in Genesis 3, will ultimately deal with the curse against Satan and will fully bring forth His prophetic purpose, fulfilling it through us. I believe we are in a process of development that is moving us towards living in the space He originally designed for His sons and His daughters. We are living in exciting times, in times when progressive truth is key to our journey towards the fulfillment of God’s plan.
Let me share with you some fresh insights a student of AIM (Aglow Institute of Ministry), shared in an essay she wrote for class. (Italics are mine for emphasis.)
MALE AND FEMALE: DOMINION AND THE KINGDOM
This pivotal book, Master Plan, opened my thinking and will affect how I engage with society at large and within my own sphere of influence.
Jane Hansen-Hoyt unfolds ancient truths; that God has made us, Male and Female, in the image of God and only together will we bear His complete image on earth. This brings to the forefront a greater inclusion to the intrinsic value of not only Male, but also Female, revealing our need for mutual expression to reflect God fully. This compels me to include men in my life, whether father, husband, son, or colleague, to have greater avenues of influence in formation of ideas, discussions and even decisions I engage in. Frequently in life I’ve excluded male perspective believing it was lacking toward women’s issues. This I believe has left a gap in the fullness of God in my experience.
The Blessing of God to humanity is larger than life. “…Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it…” is a tall order. Knowing we are blessed as Male and Female to fulfill this brings a certain rest to my soul. As women are emerging in this hour and coming out of bondage around the world, we are emerging with the Man as well. The mandate given in the garden we will achieve together, no longer are we alone and in Christ as we work to fulfill God’s dream.
Emphasizing “No purpose of God can be withheld from Him,” brings freedom and peace of mind. It replaces the heaviness of obligation to build God’s Kingdom, and instead releases joyful destiny to co-create with God in His eminent plan.
Being recreated in Christ, together Male and Female will certainly flourish and God will receive in us the fulfillment of His Original Design establishing His benevolent Kingdom on earth.
One of Aglow’s mandates is to see the restoration of God’s original design and intent regarding male and female, that of reflecting His image in the earth, exposing the works of darkness, taking dominion, and exalting the sovereignty, the majesty and the supremacy of Jesus…together.
We are arising!
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