As we entered into another year, many are seeking the Lord for guidance and direction in their lives. New Year’s resolutions are made, all in an effort to change an old way of living to a new and better way. A new found burst of energy is sparked to set goals and to change bad habits. For some it’s losing weight or eating healthy. For others it’s stepping out and fulfilling a dream, like opening a restaurant or writing a book. Whatever the goal, endeavors are set to go where they have never gone before or have successfully accomplished!
But somewhere along the way, the sparks dim and the enthusiasm fades. The excitement to conqueror is displaced by fear, discouragement and weariness. The old ways begin to creep back in and before you know it, their back in that same rut. Some, hit that brick wall of inadequacy, realizing that they are missing some key ingredients needed to succeed.
Nonetheless, God desires for us to succeed in life; at whatever we put our hearts and minds to do within His plan, which is in His Kingdom. The word “kingdom” means the reign of a king and the king taking possession and territory, where he reigns. He has set us up to rule and reign with Him. His Word proclaims, “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:10)
He has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings” and raised us up to sit with Him “in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph 1:3, 2:6). Based on His Word, there should be no doubt that God wants us to rule and reign in the Kingdom. However, in order for us to step into this position to reign with Him, we must condition ourselves to think and be like our God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9 AMP)
For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. (1 Corinthians 2:16 AMP)
We have been trained and conditioned to think like the world thinks. Our life experiences have patterned our thoughts into mindsets that are diabolical to God’s thoughts and ways. Even if we have had what we call ‘good experiences’; they can still be opposed to God’s thoughts if they don’t align to His plans for our lives. God wants to retrain us by changing the way we think. He wants our thoughts to become His thoughts and our ways to become His ways. We must become one with the Father in our thoughts and ways.
Jesus was able to flow in God’s plan for his life because He was one with the Father (John 8:23-29, John 14:9-12 and John 17:11-23). He thought the thoughts of the Father and therefore was able to operate in the Father’s ways. Jesus abiding in the Father enabled him to rule and reign in the world.
In order for us to flow like Jesus and accomplish the “greater works” that he said we would do; we must receive the knowledge of God ways and plans in His Word. And accept them into our lives as the final authority; we must abide in His Word. By abiding in His Word we become free to be kings and priest. (John 8:31-32 AMP) It is especially important for the Word to abide in us; meaning “to stay”, “to remain” or “continue” in us. Because, depending on the measure (degree or quantity), as well as the consistency, of how we receive the Word of God, it will determine our measure of freedom that we are able to flow in the kingdom.
And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.
(Mark 4:24 AMP)
Hoses 4:6 states, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me…”
His Word is the ultimate knowledge that we must condition ourselves to abide in and receive on a daily basis, without hesitation. We must be trained in the Word. The discipline and commitment of training in His Word day and night is one of His greatest desires for us (Ps. 1:1, Josh. 1:8). Then we can truly “live, move, and have our being in Him” (Acts 17:28).
“If you want to reign, you’ve got to be trained!” Bishop Daniel Robertson declares! We can’t step into our rightful place if we don’t position ourselves to learn and do what God has purposed for us in this earth realm. (Isaiah 1:17). It is a Kingdom mandate!
What must you do to position yourself to abide in the Word like never before? You can abide in His Word through setting up a daily bible reading plan and personally meditating on the Word that you read seeking revelation knowledge to operate in your life; focused not to read it as a newspaper or a “to-do list”. You can also purpose to not only hear the preached or taught Word during worship services but to take notes with the intent to meditate on what your heard during your daily personal devotional time (quiet time) throughout the week; seeking to be a doer of the Word (Jam 1:23-25). Books, CDs, and DVDs are also an awesome way to equip yourself to abide in the Word. As well as, attending conferences and special training, such as a Bible study/training class or Bible college.
2016 is the year for reigning! It’s the year to reign over our finances, and reign in our households with our marriages and with our children. It’s the year to reign; over sickness, diseases, depression, stagnation, fear, doubt, unbelief … It’s our year to reign, over the kingdom of darkness and the oppression of the nations by the enemy! Let’s rule and reign together as kings and priests as we train to reign!
My “Training for Reigning” recommendations:
- Subscribe to Apostle Daily Meditation, Text “MEDITATE” to 41-411 to Subscribe or visit https://apostlesdailymeditation.wordpress.com
- Follow in the Apostolic bible reading plan that my family abides in under our Apostle Leroy Thompson, Sr.
Daily Dose of the Word Plan
January 1, Read Matthew 3
January 2, Read Matthew 4
January 3, Read Matthew 5
January 4, Read Matthew 6
January 5, Read Matthew 7
Continue reading a chapter a day through the New Testament until notified.
For notification of The Daily Dose of the Word Plan join the WOW-GILEAD texting group – text “WOWGILEAD” to 55000
- Download the Holy Bible App by YouVersion on your smart devices to set up a reading plan to follow the Daily Dose of the Word Plan. You can also set notification reminders to keep up with your reading, as well as friend other WOW women who have the app and are in your contact list for encouragement and accountability.
The @YouVersion Bible App has a permanent spot on my home screen. Read, watch, listen, and share…all in a free app:
- Ever-increasing Word Training Center under Apostle Leroy Thompson, Sr. – http://my.eiwm.org/eiwtc
- Word on Demand – Apostle Leroy Thompson, Sr. – http://leroythompson.tv
- Word 24/7 – Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr. & CoPastor Elena Robertson – thebalmingilead.tv
- Transformation Institute, Mt. Gilead FGIM, held quarterly – http://www.thebalmingilead.org/tiregistration.htm
- Subscribe to e-WOW to read previous issues as well as stay update to date with the latest issues – elenarobertson.com
- Attend the WOW conference, February 25-27th “Living in the Spirit from the Inside Out” register @ thebalmingilead.org
- Attend the July Camp Meeting with Apostle Thompson, a conference for the whole family; July 11-15th– eiwm.org