TRIALS BRING PROMOTION
Word from David Herzog
We are living in a time of extraordinary pressures and testing on personal, corporate and national levels. Its like the intense pressure being exerted on a diamond.
The end result if we endure the pressure is a beautiful diamond. Many of us are being formed under intense pressure. Because the times are speeding up it's like God is also accelerating the fires of pressure which force us to conform to His image. The good news is that our breakthrough will come that much quicker if we endure the season to the end.
1 Peter 4:12, 13
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
When the trial is over and you endured with joy there is a glory that will be revealed! There is a season of promotion, favor and glory that comes after each trial where you pass the test. Don’t waste your trials by freaking out during the entire time and then having to pass around the same mountain again and again. There is a glory that will be revealed, press in.
Many are surprised when they encounter trials and testing. These are actually seasons where God is about to promote us if we can discern that these are only tests. There is no victory without a battle that needs winning.
When you are in an intense season of testing the key is to press into more of the Lord. The enemy will try and get your mind to distract you with all the cares of the world and with urgent “needs” or anything that will keep you away from pressing in. Often you try to use your own human wisdom and intellect to solve the problem. After you have exhausted all your human options the tendency is to then seek the Lord with all your heart which should be our first response and will save you lots of time and stress.
When you are in a hurricane they say the calmest place to be is in the eye of the hurricane. Press in to the center of God’s glory and suddenly there is a supernatural calm and peace in the midst of the storm.
POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION
God is about to unleash a major increase in the power and authority of His resurrection. What most people don’t usually claim is the other part of this verse as the condition.
Philippians 3:10, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”
When you are going through trials the key thing is to press in to know Jesus more than you ever have before. Press into intimacy with God. As you press into knowing Him you start to know and receive an increased revelation and manifestation of the power of His resurrection!
Most people stop there, but there is another level and that’s the fellowship of His sufferings. When you are persecuted for the sake of the Gospel or under intense spiritual attack due to what you are doing for God, you can ask God for the power of His resurrection to increase.
In many “3rd world” nations where there is intense persecution there is also reports of many resurrections and greater harvest. The more the enemy attacks the more you press in for greater glory. When the Apostles were being threatened, they did not pray for the pressure to go away but that God would increase his power, authority, and harvest with greater boldness.
Acts 4:29-30 2 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
They used the pressure and suffering as a means to ask God for more power, healings, signs and wonders and souls saved.The apostles asked for boldness to do more of what was causing their persecution in the first place!
If you are doing God’s will and it is expanding God’s kingdom, don’t fall under the pressure of backing off but instead press in deeper to God and then ask God to increase His boldness and power.
I remember when I did a crusade 2 years ago in Sri Lanka. It was historic, as not only were thousands saved each night in the capitol, but even Buddhist priests were getting healed and saved. Suddenly the immigration department of the country was after me trying to get me out of the country. I was supposed to meet with the President of the nation but they managed to get the meeting with the President cancelled and came to the meetings to give me an official letter saying to come to immigration right away. I was able to meet with the secretary of the President to give him the prophetic word for the President anyway. The head Buddhist priest of the nation was behind the persecution as he was concerned they were losing their own priests to the Gospel of Jesus.
The law in Sri Lanka said that if I receive the letter personally to come in and appear then I must go to immigration legally. Funny thing was that they kept giving it to someone else for me and I never saw the letter so I never went according to the leading of the H.S. Everyone was talking about the priests getting saved including all the workers in our hotel. Buddhism is the main religion and stronghold in Sri Lanka. It is even the place where Buddha lived at the end of his life. So when the people saw Buddhist priests running to be saved they also came to be saved each night.
I could feel the heavy demonic attacks and the spirit of antichrist working with both the religious and political spirits against me. I kept pressing into the glory and it seems the stronger the attacks the greater the glory each day as we stayed in the peace of God. They could not find my hotel and God totally protected us causing an historic move of God and harvest of souls.
Having lived overseas on the mission field for 12 years straight, we have learned that when opposition comes the glory increases that much more leading to resurrections, miracles, huge harvest, sharing the gospel with presidents and prime ministers and promotion, favor and blessing always follow if we pass the test.
Maybe you are going through persecution, discouragement, financial lack, spiritual attacks or sickness as a result of your faith and ministry---press in until victory comes! Stay in the secret place of the Glory. “He prepares a table for you in the midst of your enemies!”
Paul admonished the believers to endure suffering because he knew the power that would be unleashed as a result.
2 Timothy 2:3, “Suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
I believe God is about to answer the prayers of millions of believers in North America to bring in the great harvest, raise the dead, fill stadiums with unsaved people etc, but we are first being tested to see who God can release this greater glory, power and authority to.
It seems God is allowing the refining fire to purge out the dross so that we can be containers that can handle carrying a greater glory!
Recently in our meetings in Pittsburgh many signs, wonders and miracles occurred. People even brought dead loved ones in a hearse in the parking lot believing for a resurrection. This is a sign that God is about to bring this level of glory where resurrections will be common place today in the church as the faith of God’s people is unleashed. Many are in a desperate place now and the trials are increasing but the power, authority and glory of God will be that much greater in the season ahead!
The level that you can endure trials and pressure will determine the level and scope of your influence and ministry.
We need to develop a stronger backbone against trials, slander, criticism, spiritual attacks and the pressures of stepping out into new realms that God has called us into. Some give in at the slightest criticism always wanting to please so as to not rock the boat. In the end frustration occurs because your spirit man knows you are called to greatness but the fear of pain and rejection and the fear of man holds many people back from the exploits they are called to do. Ask God for boldness and a higher “pain threshold” so He can trust you with greater influence for His Kingdom.
If we press into God and get filled with his love, joy, power and authority no matter what is occurring around us God will increase his power and authority and bring a season of promotion and greater glory!
Don’t waste your trials.
Blessings & Glory,
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