Your Privilege in Christ is a License to Get Unstuck

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Feeling Stuck? But what if you’re not?

What if it’s actually a brilliant opportunity to encounter God’s favor instead?

You can completely trust the God who adores you and adores the Christ in you. You already have full access to His favor.

So the question often becomes, “How do you connect with this favor? Quick answer: Ask a good question.

 My starting point in discovering God’s favor is always asking:

Father, what is your highest good for me in this situation?

This question elevates me to a place of looking for how Heaven is going to be attracted to me because Jesus is in me. Not to mention, it reminds me of the favor I have in every situation.

Favor is a growing focus on our privilege in Christ.

It is concentrating on the fact that God wants us to grow up in Christ in all things. This means there is going to be a continuous promotion in the Spirit, from the level where you’re at now to the level where God really sees you.

Favor is God’s divine advantage to provide everything we need for our development and a demonstration of His intentional bias towards us. Each of us is His favorite!

It is where we are esteemed, approved, and accepted by God Himself and we revel in it.

Favor overwhelms us with who God is for us. We feel magnificent, wonderful and a hundred feet tall.

Beloved, in the kindest possible way, many of us could stand to have an upgrade in understanding our Divine advantage.

Perhaps the enemy or life has blurred your focus and you don’t see yourself as God sees you. We can reconnect at any time to the level of favor that God has focused on the Christ in you. That connection brings acceleration, redeeming the time—so nothing is lost.

It’s time for us to move and to run, for us to stand and stake a claim for our own significance and to no longer feel irrelevant. It’s time to stop allowing the negative to stop us and to prosper in our circumstances even if they are against us.

It is our time to upgrade our focus in how we see, think and talk about our circumstances. Whether they are for us or against us, FAVOR is always present.

I’ll always be looking for where God’s favor is present and I invite you to do the same. No matter what your circumstances say, expect God’s favor to be present.

And remember, the real evidence of your favor is that in every situation, you are becoming more like Jesus.

Prophecy: Prophets are God’s Pearled Arrows

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 – A Word by Ashley Cortes

The Lord showed me an image in my mind of an arrow and at the tip of the arrow was a pearl. I heard the Lord say, “This is for My prophets. Tell them they are my PEARLED ARROWS.”

The Lord highlighted two scriptures to me: Matthew 13:45 and 2 Kings 13:14-19.  Both scriptures unveil vital roles of The Lord’s prophets.

Matthew 13:45 says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” There are many parables that describe the Kingdom of Heaven before and after this particular verse, but I believe this one is significant to prophets.

Prophets are often the first ones to take God’s Kingdom, the one pearl of great price, into unchartered territories.  They are the arrows propelling the Kingdom forward.  Because of this, prophets need to have a revelation of God’s Kingdom in order to demonstrate it effectively.  The actions of a prophet need to follow a Kingdom mindset.  Prophets are intense seekers.  They search out the mysteries of Heaven and heart of the Father to reveal God’s plans and purposes. Prophets must be willing to follow the Lord into unknown grounds to uncover fresh downloads from the Father.  The Lord honors seekers, but I believe this is especially true for His prophets.

2 Kings 13:15-19, the second verse the Lord gave me says this: ‘And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and some arrows.”  So he took himself a bow and some arrows.  Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” So he put his hand on it, and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it.  Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot.  And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.”  Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them.  And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”, so he struck three times and stopped.  And the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it!  But, now you will only strike Syria three times.”

Elisha was angry with the king because he did not have the vigor to strike the arrows more than three times.  Prophets must have endurance.  They are often the ones carrying the mantle of deliverance and with this, comes heightened warfare. The Kingdom of Heaven certainly does suffer violence, but it is the violent that take it by force and overcome.  Prophets are called to the kings and called to press in for complete deliverance for the people.  Prophets of God must RUN the race, not walk it and be fully equipped with the knowledge of Christ and His Kingdom. Even for today, I feel this is urgent to keep pressing in!  Whatever it is you may be contending for this day, this month, or this year- don’t stop, don’t give in, and don’t back away.  Keep striking the arrows and you will see God’s victory!

Ashley Cortes