THE JOURNEY | Accepting The Invitation

THE JOURNEY | Accepting The Invitation

“After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like the calling of a war trumpet said, Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future. At once I came under the Holy Spirit’s power, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne!” (Revelation 4:1-2 AMP). There are many invitations in the Bible for Believers to arise in the Spirit to dimensions that they have not experienced. An invitation is a request for your presence for your attendance for an occasion or a place. What would you do if you received an invitation that did not have anything strings attached? What if the invitation would change your life in ways that you could not even imagine? An invitation is presented prior to the event so that you have time to make a decision. They can be written or verbal, but are only for a selected few. It all depends upon your spiritual point of view.

We are in a time when the Spirit is inviting, bidding, and beckoning those who have the hunger for Him and His presence like never before. There are many who are crying out that there is more to this walk and this journey than they have experienced. We want to see the signs, wonders, and miracles that we have read about and the few that have occurred in our lifetime.

There is an invitation to experience miracles in Luke, chapter 5:1-11. It is the account of the miracle catch of fish with Peter and the others prior to them becoming disciples. Their first encounter with Jesus was in the realm of miracles. They did not have to come up, because He came down. Jesus invited them to “launch out into the deep.” Even though reason tried to creep in from what they were accustomed to, the decision was made for obedience to the authority of the word of Jesus.

Peter probably heard reports about Jesus from all over the region. At the end of Luke chapter 4, it is written that they were astonished in Capernaum. “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.” (Luke 4:32 KJV). They were so amazed when He cast out devils to the point that “the people exclaimed, “What authority and power this man’s words possess!” (Luke 4:36 NLT). Having heard the power of Jesus’ words is probably why Peter responded “Master, we toiled all night exhaustingly and caught nothing in our nets. But on the ground of Your word, I will lower the nets again.” (Luke 5:5 AMP). Jesus spoke and said that they would now catch men. His word not only qualified them, but also astonished and amazed them to the point that they left everything.

Actually Jesus gave them a preview to the coming attractions, especially for Peter. Once more at the word of Jesus, he stepped into the miraculous dimension. The disciples saw someone walking on the water and only Peter spoke up. “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus.” (Matthew 14:28-29 AMP). Peter’s previous experience with the manifestation of the words of Jesus led one again to experience the miraculous. Each invitation that was accepted took him up and showed him the power and authority of Jesus in the earth realm.

Here we are over 2000 years later and many are still rejecting the invitation to salvation and reconciliation to the Father. Being blinded by the world system and its provisions, the shun of becoming a Christian and deceived into thinking that ‘it’s just not for me.”

The greatest invitation was the one that was extended to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Some may disagree and say that she was chosen. Indeed she was. But there was still the matter of choice. Even though God favored her, she accepted the invitation to the miraculous by answering “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38).

These examples have provided an insight of words of invitation to the realm of what we would call miraculous. Notice that these words were spoken in the earth realm. In order for us to experience signs, wonders, and miracles as a common occurrence, we have to accept the invitation to go up and see what is ordained to take place. (Revelation 4:1-2). What we desire to see requires the calling of those things that be not in existence in the earth but are in existence in the spirit, which will nullify those things that we see. The basic requirements before proceeding will be a change of thinking and a change of speech.

Seeing requires that we discern and understand the times of God and the move of God in the earth. Since God is a spirit, He needs vessels, bodies that are presented as living sacrifices for His plan and purpose in the earth. We are not called to be spectators, but watchman who will have the authentic view. “I will climb up to my watchtower
and stand at my guardpost.
There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. (Habakkuk 2:1 NLT). Even though we are seated in heavenly places, we must strive to go up and as we go recognize, assume and become active in identities as sons of God.

Becoming His vessel and vehicles, we should continually ask for His words to speak and release for the evidence. “You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light of God’s favor shall shine upon your ways.” (Job 22:28 AMP). Our God has always invited His people to another dimension of His presence. Is this the time that He wants to introduce certain unknown attributes about Himself to the Body of Christ that He has been waiting to reveal? What is it about God that you do not know but desire to be revealed? When the invitation comes, let your answer simply be yes. All is prepared and He is waiting for you to position yourself to enter into a new dimension in Him.

“For even the whole creation, all nature waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known, waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship.” (Romans 8:19 AMP).

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November 2012

Becky DeWitt