We are now more than half-way through 2022, and what a year it has been thus far! We are witnessing some of the darkest times that we ever have, yet at the same time, we are seeing the hand of God move in behalf of His people in a greater way. If you have walked with the Lord for any length of time, you know very well that God is never caught off guard by what takes place in this earth realm. He sees the end from the beginning, and as long as we stay attentive to Him, His Word, and His voice, we will navigate right through these times with victory in every arena of life!
In Philippians 4, Paul addresses many things that we are all familiar with–prayer, peace, supply, etc. But there is one statement that he makes that we often overlook, and I want to bring it to your attention.
Philippians 4:11-12, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound.”
Paul knew how to abound, and the Holy Ghost through Paul is telling us that we ought to know how to abound. We can’t let our lifestyle of joy, rejoicing, and personal satisfaction be based on circumstances because we, as believers, are in contact with the One who created it all, the One who knows it all, and the One who can do it all.
I recently saw a story of a couple of passengers who were on a plane, headed to the Caribbean when due to a medical issue, the pilot was incapacitated and couldn’t fly the plane. While nobody else knew how to fly the plane, there was a passenger who knew how to operate a radio, so he contacted the controller letting him know what was happening. The controller then talked that passenger all the way back to a safe landing at Palm Beach International Airport. I feel sure that the passenger felt helpless in the moment, but because he had contact with the right person, he turned that potential catastrophe into a tremendous victory.
Our contact with God is no small thing. The wisdom that flows from Him has the ability to put us over in every single adverse circumstance we may find ourselves. Notice that the Bible does not say that we are immune to the curse; it says that we are redeemed from the curse. So how do we walk out this promise of being redeemed from the curse? We hold fast to our covenant with God.
Deuteronomy 8:18, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers as it is this day.”
Notice that God gives you power to prosper in order to establish His covenant. God’s entire interaction with man is based on covenant, and it is the most binding and unbreakable relationship that exists. The book of Hebrews magnifies this truth because it was written to the Jewish believers in the early church who understood covenant.
Hebrews 6:20 says, “Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest FOREVER after the order of Melchisedec.”
In this role as the High Priest, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, where He ever liveth to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). My friend, you have an advocate with the Father who is 24/7 making intercession for you. That does not mean that He is praying for you. He is standing in a place for you, interceding and working on your behalf with all of the resources He has at His disposal–the Father, the Holy Ghost, the Blood, the Blessing, and the Anointing. I am so thankful for all that Jesus did for me when He saved me and washed me clean, but that was just the beginning.
While Jesus’ work on the cross was fulfilled, His present day ministry of interceding is unfulfilled, and we find His “job description” in Hebrews 2:10, for it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory.
Know this–when Jesus looks at you, He is looking at someone with whom He has a mission–to bring you to glory. And, His mission is not just to bring you to glory, but to bring MANY sons to glory. What greater time in history could we see this fulfilled?
Friend, stay focused, remain faithful, and continue working with Jesus, your High Priest who is 24/7 interceding for you.