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Recently I had a dream in which I heard the following, "We have had Purpose Driven Lives and now we have Presence Motivated People. But what we need for the days that are ahead are Values Anchored Believers." I can always tell when it is truly the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking. The content is way beyond what I could ever conceive or articulate on my own. God's word carries weight, grabs your attention and requires steps of action. I was alerted to the fact that the Holy Spirit was not putting down of any of the previous stages or emphases mentioned in the dream, as they were each birthed from Him.
When God has given a prophetic promise, how are we to respond? Are we to wait for Him to bring it about in His divine timing, or are we to war for that which He has promised to see it speedily brought forth? This is not really a trick question. Hopefully you will agree that the answer is - BOTH! Scripture gives clear direction that we are to wait for the Lord AND to war for His promises. But sometimes walking this out can be harder than it at first appears. So while both are important, today I want to emphasize the importance of contending for the promises of God and fighting the good fight of faith - both personally and corporately.
The gift of discerning of spirits is greatly needed for the times in which we live. Since not all supernatural activity comes from the Holy Spirit, sometimes it can be hard to tell where it originates. But someone who can penetrate deeply with the gift of discerning of spirits can tell the difference between supernatural activity from the Holy Spirit and that from another source. As evil continues to escalate on the earth, so does the need for a higher level of discernment. The gift of discerning of spirits ("distinguishing of spirits" in some translations; see 1 Corinthians 12:10 NASB, NIV) provides perception into the spirit world—which includes the Holy Spirit, both good and evil angelic spirits, and individual human spirits. It gives supernatural insight into the realm of spirits.