Sunday, November 25

11/25/07 [Welcoming Your future] (By KIM CLEMENT)


"Welcoming Your Future--A Promise from God is the Future Waiting to Be Born"

"It's time to make an adjustment to your present and clear it of all the cluttering forces of unforgiveness, resentment, fear, that the future can have a place to feel welcome and appear."

Waiting is Part of the Deal

I was recently in my prayer closet, and God started telling me He wanted His people to understand that there is a sound being released. On the day of Pentecost, it was not their praying that brought in the masses, but the Bible said that there was a sound that was released and it was that sound which drew the masses (Acts 2:1-4). If we don't have a sound from Heaven, then we're not going to draw anybody. The sound terrifies the powers of darkness. It took unusual faith for the 120 people to wait in an upper room, in the hope that something unusual would take place--something that had never happened before. Waiting is part of the deal. WELCOMING THE PROMISE and making your surroundings pleasant so that the FUTURE FEELS WELCOME is also part of the deal.

Just before the sound came from Heaven into the upper room, they had prepared the atmosphere for the promise to be born and they were together in one accord. There is a specific moment when a sound from God is released, and what's amazing is, that divine "sound" has to enter a human being before it can affect humanity and the atmosphere that we are privileged to share with others. It takes an unusual kind of person to have unusual faith. I expect a miracle, not tomorrow, not next week, but today, at this very moment in time.

Guess what? I deserve it! You deserve it! Is it arrogant to say that I deserve a miracle? NO! Because my miracle was set-aside for me long before I was even born, in something called the ETERNAL COVENANT of God, the Ancient Covenant. Long before you were even born, there was a Covenant called the "Everlasting Covenant" that God set-aside just for you and me. You deserve it, not because you're good; you deserve it because God has made a Covenant with you. That Covenant is Christ Jesus.

What's in the Covenant? There's deliverance, restoration, redemption, healing, mercy, everlasting mercy and kindness from the heart of God, AND your destiny. If you really want to know what's in the Covenant, open up your Bible and whatever is written on those pages, you deserve!

God's Covenant with us is an unfailing source of consolation. During my early morning dedication, I felt instructed to look at Psalm 111:9, "He has sent redemption to His people; He has COMMANDED HIS COVENANT FOREVER...." You are the recipient of the Covenant God made long before Christ came to the earth, long before you were born. One of the greatest consolations for God's people is the fact that there is a Covenant, and not only is God determined to apply the blessings of the Covenant, but God says, "I COMMAND My Covenant forever." When you say yes to Christ, you belong in the field of blessing. We don't have to sit in some back seat somewhere. We've been given front row seats.

God said, "Tell My people there is a mountain to be taken and Caleb already paid the price. They don't have to pay the same price." If you read the grand story of Caleb in the Bible, you'll see that he was given a promise and because of the unbelief of the people, he held onto that promise for approximately forty years. THE FUTURE LIVED IN A MAN, WAITING TO BE BORN! The only thing that stopped the promise from appearing was the unbelief of the people of Israel. The promise did not feel welcome. When the time came for Joshua and the Israelites to take the land, Caleb made a bold statement which makes us realize that he had built up faith over this period to "take a mountain for his possession," and that he understood the power of a Covenant promise. When God makes a promise, He is commanding His Covenant upon you. Caleb did in fact take the mountain filled with giants.

Faith is Already Available to You--NOW

Something you need to understand is that once someone in history has used his or her faith to do something, then that faith becomes accessible to you and me. God said David already paid the price and built Zion. You belong on Zion because he paid the price for you. Abraham already paid the price and now you have unusual faith. All of these, who were before you, have paved the way for you, and Christ Himself in a Covenant has made it possible for you to be a victor. You cannot be a loser; you cannot lose with this Covenant on your side.

Where there is a Covenant, there is a resurrection. Resurrection means, "a rising again, as from decay, disuse, etc.; revival, the act of bringing back to practice, notice or use." Therefore, whatever has taken place in the past, whether through Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, Ruth, Esther, Mary, Paul, Peter and so on, it has the potential to be revived and commanded by God into our present time.

The specifics and dynamics may not be the same, but the faith to accomplish a similar act is within the Covenant and available for you. The reason so many modern day revivals are redundant is because most people in the revival have no clue what is being revived. We are left with numerous church people enjoying months and possibly years of continual spiritual moments and certain miracles, but very seldom can we pinpoint exactly what happened. I am not belittling the tremendous revivals of the past, but we need a prophetic voice to specify what is being resurrected and for what reason.

The future is NOW, inside of you. The present is NOW, outside of you. The future wants to become the present. However, in many instances, our present is so full of unbelief, fear, anger, resentment and lack of anticipation, the future does not feel welcome. I know this sounds crazy, but if you think about the future being inside of you wanting to become the present and wanting to be born, you will realize that you and I actually control what happens to a promise from God. A PROMISE FROM GOD IS THE FUTURE WAITING TO BE BORN.

Adjust Your Present for Your Future

Is our "present" welcoming the future? It's time to make an adjustment to your present and clear it of all the cluttering forces of unforgiveness, resentment, fear, anger, etc., so that the future can have a place to feel welcome and appear. Christ was the future for thousands of years. He had been a promise through Moses and the law, and through the prophets. At the time of His appearing, Rome was controlling the Jewish people, and Israel was in disarray. Fear and corrupt religion were blinding the eyes of the majority of the Jews. Christ was not welcomed by the present. He was born in a stable with animals around him. Very few believed that this was actually the future (God's promise) that had been born. A jealous, religious dictator who ruled as "king" and Roman leaders all threatened because of His RIGHTFUL claim as King of Kings, and they threatened the few who welcomed Him. He had that rightful claim through the Covenant.

You have to make an adjustment in your present by taking the future, your promise and destiny, and applying it to your present by proclaiming it, commanding it and adoring it. Treat it well and it will treat you well. Whatever is not in line with your destiny needs to be adjusted or removed. If something is standing in your way in terms of your future, get it out of your life!

Something is emerging on the earth today because of what was established long before the earth came into existence. You must constantly remind yourself of the antiquity of that Covenant. (Antiquity means the ancientness of it). It is not something new that was thought up two years ago by some glamorous pulpiteer. Abraham or Moses didn't think it up. This was thought up long before the earth was even designed. I want you to appreciate the antiquity of your Covenant, the ancientness of it. You have eternity in your DNA. In Ecclesiastes 3:11, it says that God has placed eternity in the heart of men. Eternity means past, present and future all in one. As a living being, you have eternity in your DNA, which is your information structure. It is not only your genetic information, but also your spiritual destination.

Your DNA drives you to the place that you know has been set-aside for you. I'm not talking about golden streets or some beautiful place where you sit on a cloud and pluck on a harp; I'm talking about a destiny on this earth--a destiny that does not belong to some ungodly man who's going to spend it on bad ways of living. I'm talking about a righteous and upright man or woman who is going to take something for the Kingdom and influence society and their world with God's wisdom, life and love.

There is no doubt in my mind that our offering is as ancient as the Covenant itself. Long before man was created, the offering was around. Before you and I were born, God gave His son for us. He sowed into our future and He has reaped many sons and daughters--and that is His reward. We also have a reward. Recently, God has been challenging Jane and I to sow as we have never done before and we willingly submitted to His requests. Before we knew it, we had made two huge offerings, but had we not understood the principle and the power of giving, we would never have acted. God revealed to us that once we had taken the step and multiplied our giving, He would raise the standard and we would never turn back. In other words, now that we had raised the level of our giving, we would never go back to the level we were before, PLUS, the reaping would rise to that level. It's very exciting.

According to Matthew 10:41-42, Jesus said, "He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever gives to one of these little ones (in rank or influence) even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward."

Apparently, according to our Lord, the reward is not just a one-time thing but an ongoing, weekly experience of favor, grace, provision, and everything that God has placed in your reward. Jesus also suggests that the reward can be lost. "Whoever gives to these little (humble) ones...shall not lose his reward." According to this specific verse, our giving keeps our reward secure. I encourage you to sow and enjoy obeying God in the amount that you should give. He may challenge you as He did us, and now we are watching favorable things unfold before our eyes.

Welcome your future by adjusting your present.

Kim Clement

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