Second Chronicles 16:9 says, "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him..." (NKJV). The Moffatt translation says it this way: "...he exerts his power on behalf of those who are devoted to him."
God will move for us if we will, with an honest and devoted heart, reach out to Him through our prayers and giving. We can begin to build our own memorial before God as we respond from our hearts. The hunger for God that stirs in our hearts will do for us what it did for Cornelius: set in motion a visitation of the Holy Spirit.
It is not merely our intention to give and pray that causes God to move in our lives. The devoted person will move from intention only to action.
Today, as the Holy Spirit works through His people, He is infusing a renewed inner strength, a fresh vision for His plan, and an enhanced revelation of His Word. When He speaks to our spirits, we must hear and adhere to what He imparts.
The prophet Habakkuk said, "I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected" (Habakkuk 2:1 NKJV). Notice he was watching and listening for the Word of the Lord.
"Then the Lord answered me and said: 'Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry'" (vv. 2,3).
We must describe clearly the vision or revelation we have from God. Then seek Him to understand what we must do to walk in what He is revealing to us.
Now notice verse 3 again from Moffatt's: "The vision has its own appointed hour, it ripens, it will flower; if it be long, then wait, for it is sure and it will not be late."
In the time of personal visitation, the Holy Spirit speaks and breathes into us fresh vision and revelation. Those divine impartations will come to pass if we will cling to them and not cave in.
To wait means "to adhere to." We must stick to what we know God has said. He goes on to say, "...because it will surely come, it will not tarry." The word tarry is used twice, though not translated from the same word. The second time it means "to be late." The message in this: What He speaks to us may seem to be delayed, but continue to adhere and walk in it because it will come and not be late.
The Holy Spirit wants to strengthen our position in Him — strengthening our grip on the things we have known and drawing us into things we have not yet understood. Paul prayed for the Ephesian church, "That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp..." (Ephesians 3:18 AMP). Receive the strength and power to grasp the things the Lord is leading in right now!
- Excerpt from the
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