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“The Next Six Months Will Be A Season Of Increase”

poai9fey4o“And He said to them, ‘why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?’ But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them…” Luke 2:49

A few weeks ago while meditating for a scheduled teaching on our weekly FaceBookLIVE program, I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit whispering in my ear, “The next six months will be a season of increase.” 

We know, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). A prophetic utterance has to be embraced under an atmosphere of faith for it to have any lasting or effective value. So I invite you to carefully examine this Word and after doing that then decide whether you are to release your faith to appropriate this word or just ignore it. You decide.

There are always two elements during a season of increase: Wisdom and Favor. In the context of the verse at the top of the page, Jesus at twelve years of age was engaged in nothing but going about His Father’s business.

“And Jesus increased in Wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” -Luke. 2:52 

What is “favor“? Favor can be defined as, “The attraction of God to you; that which releases an influence through you so that you have every resource you need to in order to materialize and accomplish the assignment God gives you.” (Lance Wallnau).

In an exchange of questions and answers with the teachers, during this event at the synagogue, they were amazed at His wisdom. (verse 47-48). In order to increase, you need wisdom and favor to be present. This is how you will be able to accomplish your given assignment in life. But of course, there also has to be an attitude on your part to bring into manifestation these two elements from above. You are going to need three things:

  1. Delight yourself in the Lord, rejoice in the Lord always.
    “Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
  2. Seek His presence; in other words, like Jesus, you must be about your Father’s business.
    “As the deer pants for the water brooks. So pants my soul for you, oh God. My soul thirsts for God…For the living God”.  –Psalms 42
  3. You must make God the number one priority in your life. What is our greatest priority? The First Commandment says:  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.” -Exodus 20:2-3

If you follow this simple formula during the next six months and beyond, I can assure you things will no longer be the same in your life. You will increase in everything that you do. You will be able to carry out the assignment Father God has given you successfully.

For He is Worthy,
Apostle Carlos H. Lopez
Senior Leader of Paul and Silas Bible Church.
www.mentoringwinners.org

 
 

Reach Your Dreams and Fight-Off The Dream Thieves

Escolha de profissão“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’” –Luke 14:28-30

Taking the leap of faith from where you currently are to where God wants you to be mentally can look like an awesome task. When you lift your first foot up to move forward, every part of your soul will scream “What if you’re making a mistake” “what if it doesn’t work?” How would you respond?

These are natural and valid questions that will race through your mind, and you shouldn’t ignore or hide from them. What you need to do is answer them! Look at every question “eye to eye”, face every fear and examine every doubt with total honesty. Only then can you make strong decisions about them and about your life. There is nothing wrong with taking a good look at a situation before you step out in faith. On the other hand, this should not serve as an excuse for not pursuing the rightful place where God wants you to be. Jesus said, “Count the cost.”

The Beginning of Counting the Cost: Choice and Courage

Some when considering the possibilities to pursue their God-given destiny shy away from that call or dream. Gazing onto unknown territory, going into a place you have never gone before, brings into focus a reality that wasn’t there before. All of a sudden you begin to consider the cost. Is it worth it? Some may say, I don’t like what I’m doing, but I’m O.K. I don’t like my job, but I’m comfortable. They may have a sense that they are called and probably capable of doing greater things but the comfort zone they are in overpowers their resolve. If they have a family financial security comes to mind. The cost of a calling or dream is not something everyone is willing to pay. The Gospel of Mark narrates the incident when a rich young man approached Jesus wanting to obtain eternal life.

“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.  -Mark.10:21-22

Choices matter, you fall or rise on them. The first thing you should know when ready to pursue your call or dream is “making the right choice.” Not choosing to grow over staying where you are; preferring stagnation over courage. By embracing God’s given opportunities to propel you to your right place in life will always result in tragedy.

The first two lessons to learn in pursuing your call or dream are:

1. How and when to make choices.

2. How to be courageous enough when putting them to action, even before you begin to count the cost.

A. Carlos
Your Mentoring Coach