This blog is a message of affirmation and invitation! I’ve communicated recently that God is calling me to pray more intently, as a full-time job, for the Body of Christ. The purpose? I believe it is for clearing a way for the Lord to be revealed through YOU… for a time such as this. This is not a rash choice or statement; it’s a belief He has been preparing me to accept.
Many in the Body of Christ are hurting. Many are confused. Many are frustrated with the process of discerning His voice and shut-down in spirit. Many are weary and overwhelmed by life. For too many in the Body, prayer closets are more like wrestling bouts where we are down for the count in less than 5 minutes, than they are places of renewal and intimacy with God.
Like Jacob, we have to learn the nature of the One who comes to wrestle with us (see Genesis 32:22-32). We have to realize that He does not start a grappling session to take our life. Like Jacob, there needs to be a shift in our mindset. Somewhere in the wrestling match, Jacob’s fear of dying was transformed into a holy revelation. He realized the One he wrestled with had not come to take his life; but had true authority to bless him. So, Jacob refused to let go. In the process, He wearied God (if it’s possible). Jacob was insistent with God that he would not let go until God blessed him.
In this “showdown” of being alone with God, God indeed blessed Jacob. He gave him a new name that transcended Jacob’s earthly existence. Renamed Israel, God blessed him to be a progenitor of a people God would claim for himself and ultimately fight to the death to save. Israel means “God prevails”!
Now many thousands of years later, we are blessed to see God’s strategy. The Father sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to fight for, die for, and win… you and me. Christ is the God-man who left Heaven to prevail over ALL who will believe, wrestling sin and death to its ultimate defeat. For Him to win in you and me, we can’t stand afar off. Our holy revelations are only possible with face-to-face encounters and by taking on His name, wrestling with Him through all of life… even when the twists and turns bring pain. Though we walk away humbled, we rejoice in intimate fellowship and eternal victory.
Genesis 32: 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
Creating opportunity for face-to-face encounters is the basis of the new full-time call. I’m to offer prayer resources and set up prayer environments that invite fellowship between you and Him. He wants to heal and comfort. He wants you to own your identity in Him, walking in fellowship, in His authority by the power of the Holy Spirit.
By faith, I have rented a lodge at Ellison Park on Friday, February 19th. Might there be a sacrifice for some willing to knock off work early to meet with God? I am taking a chance on it. The plan is to hold 3 meditative prayer sessions (1pm, 4pm, 7pm). Pick one time to attend. If you plan for it, enjoying time with God in the park would be a great set up for a personal retreat before or after your session, weather dependent of course.
The interactive session will be based upon a psalm divinely penned by King David, i.e. Psalm 23. Whether man or woman, you are meant to be blessed in attendance. Please go to the CALENDAR page to download the flyer and sign up. I am praying that you are open to attend, that you yourself battle in prayer to negate all arguments against attendance.
Like Jacob, get alone with Him in a face-to-face interaction and refuse to let go! Come be blessed, come be renewed, come experience His love for you!
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Into the Waters Ministry is a 501(C)3 public charity. Our mission is to inspire you to linger longer with God, to draw near and know Christ. For those willing, it is a place of supernatural hope and healing. I know this first hand. My name is Gina; and I'm the founder of the ministry. My 20+ year journey with God has been centered on immersing myself in the safe relationship God offers, learning about the power of surrender, and receiving His life in greater measure! I've experienced radical healing in mind, body, and spirit and believe God for more! I long for others to position themselves for the same! Into the Waters' resources help you spend quality time with God to enter His rest and receive His divine provision. Let us help you experience more of God! Read the blogs, try the exercises, participate in online sessions! His promises for life and wholeness are offered to all! But you have to say "Yes!"