A common theme in my walk with God is how He uses clothing to symbolize our state of mind, character, and conduct. Ultimately, God wants to clothe us with Himself so that we will reflect His character and nature. One night, I had a dream where He used the clothing I was wearing in it to symbolize a challenging truth.
Beloved, when I open the door into a new day and new season in your life, know with certainty that I have prepared you and empowered you for all that is ahead. You’ve taken many steps to get to where you are today, and you have learned many lessons along the way. Trust Me, for I am a good Father and Teacher; I always equip you to succeed wherever I call you to go.
As you take steps into this new terrain, be circumspect. Guard your heart against the fears that arise and attempt to keep you from moving forward. For stepping into new beginnings requires that you leave your comfort zone. And while the old territory you have taken is familiar and may feel safe, you have outgrown this space. The time has come to leave the old behind and expand into new territory and dominion.
The thought of exploring and conquering the new may seem overwhelming at first. But remember, I have poured out grace for you to walk through this opened door. For now, I only call you to be responsible for the spiritual skills you have mastered to this point. I have opened this new door because you have been tested and found faithful in the lessons I have taught you.
Therefore, resist the urge to get overwhelmed and fearful over the things that you don’t yet know. For why would I hold you accountable for that which I have yet to instruct you in? Yes, I have prepared new lessons, a new level of anointing, and new mysteries in the journey ahead. But fear not, beloved child, for you are on a continuing adventure. As with every open door, I always present you with a new opportunity to explore the Kingdom and the depths of My Word. What I have set before you is good, and I will empower you to master the new, if your heart is willing.
I will never leave you or forsake you on this journey, beloved. Have I not promised to keep you in all things? Therefore, cast your anxieties upon Me. Release the cloak of fear, and, instead, be bold and courageous, clothing yourself with a heart for adventure for the new journey ahead.
Joshua 1:7, 9 (AMP) Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go…. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 43:19 (VOICE) Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none.
Exodus 12:41 (NKJV) And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.
There comes a point in our spiritual journey where God calls us to shift how we see our relationship with Him and how we see ourselves. So often we may find ourselves focusing on God as our refuge and our deliverer. And indeed, He is all that and more to us; He has delivered us out of bondage with a mighty hand. And yet, an amazing truth is that God delivered so that we might join forces with Him. We are no longer slaves, instead, we have been called to stand by the side of our King as a mighty army.
When the children of Israel were leaving the bondage of Egypt, Scripture refers to them as “the armies of the LORD.” With the Heavenly King mounting such an elaborate rescue, it’s difficult to think of this band of slaves as an army. And yet, if we follow their wilderness sojourns, we can see that the Israelites were definitely struggling to accept that they were God’s mighty warriors. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because they refused the call to join their King and battle for the land of Israel.
Yet it was Joshua and his generation who were able to grab ahold of God’s vision and walk in it. When they considered the battles for the Promised Land that were ahead, they understood that the Presence of the King—along with His heavenly hosts—would be going with them, to fight for them. This is also the shift in perspective that we must make. We too must cross over from a mindset of oppression and weakness and rise up as the army we were created to be. However, our “military might” isn’t found in the strength of our flesh. For the just live—and fight—by faith and faith alone.
Joshua 6,9 (VOICE) So be strong and courageous, for you will lead this people as they acquire and then divide the land I promised to their ancestors…. This is My command: be strong and courageous. Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go.
Philippians 4:13 (AMP) I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
True self-confidence isn’t a matter of full reliance in our own strength and abilities. We find confidence when our identities are properly rooted in Christ. We become like trees that are planted by rivers of water. While we are called to stand, we are not expected to do so completely in own strength; we must draw from the Sustaining Source of all life. Seasons of heat force us to stretch our roots deep to find the Word and promises of God when they seem hardest to find. We are strengthened by God’s faithfulness and upheld by His flawless character.
Bold believers may not always feel brave when they look toward seemingly insurmountable odds. It may seem like the whole world is against them. It may seem like they are outgunned and outnumbered, so to speak. Weariness in their bones and hearts may tempt them to say, “I can’t do this!” But then, they remember. They look to heaven and remember Who is for them and with them.
Bold believers draw strength from what God has spoken and done for saints of the past, and they remember how God has been faithful to His personal promises to them. Instead of bowing in defeat, bold ones learn to dig deep and call upon God to be their “very present help” again and again. And God faithfully responds to their cries by empowering them through His Spirit. God is fully able to transform our “I can’t” into “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Psalm 46:1-3 (VOICE) God is our shelter and our strength. When troubles seem near, God is nearer, and He’s ready to help. So why run and hide? No fear, no pacing, no biting fingernails. When the earth spins out of control, we are sure and fearless. When mountains crumble and the waters run wild, we are sure and fearless. Even in heavy winds and huge waves, or as mountains shake, we are sure and fearless.