Preparing your mind for miracles
by Joseph Jagde
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Today the land itself speaks of nearing economic danger of cataclysmic proportion. It may not get that far but the breaks don't seem to be stopping. And as the runaway train of bad news continues, fear is mounting all over the globe. But from the place of fear, there is a doorway back to the presence of the supernatural and the miraculous not only for you but for many about you maybe through you and your intercessions as well as those of others who can get to and then past the doorway into the realm of the miraculous. From the second book of Chronicles, Chapter 20 from the Kings James version of the Bible, we have verses to ponder;  It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.  Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi.  And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.  And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,  And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?  Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?  And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,  If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.  And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;  Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.  O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.  And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.  Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;  And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.  To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.  Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
Fear is a natural reaction to external circumstances you have no control over.
Fear will grip your heart.
And then you canít fathom a miracle because of deepening fear.
People feel inescapably in the churning waters of seeming failure, and become filled with fears of continuous failure and that the horizons of these failures will extend and deepen in the far reaching future.
In the struggle you may punish yourself with stress and relief becomes something that is even more distant from closely held hopes and possibilities.
This situation describes what did happen to Jehoshaphat as the news of the approach of a great army from distant lands began to creep upon him in becoming a forming storm and a forming reality.
Out of the blues, troubles come.
You canít put a white picket fence around you.
The situation facing Jehoshaphat was something that he could never have overcome in the flesh,
It might have been expected that Jehoshaphat would need the modern day equivalent of high tech warfare devices to even have a chance in these dire circumstances and he would have to come back against this mighty onslaught with his own version.
People may have lived under a cloud of desperation, difficulty and despair for so long and so far, that if and when they get that actual miracle, it could become a messed up miracle. They have not properly prepared their minds to receive and acclimate to the miracle.
And part of what hinders is the approach to the door knocking with preconceived notions. This results in trying to get into the door of the supernatural with the natural, and the preconceived notions brought forth by the natural. Then you would like a miracle and even if it comes, you donít prepare for the truths of the miracle.
There needs to be mentality of strength, a mentality of positive ness that I shall succeed.
It is neither by might, nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord. Deal with it in the Spirit.
What did Jehoshaphat do here, and what lessons can be drawn in this passage about a fearful person in the grips of a fearful reality seeking a miracle from the Lord?
Within these passages there are there are the symbols of the sword, representing force, judgment representing the power of the tongue which is also not the final say, pestilence which represents the lack of health which is not the final say and famine which represents utter lack for the land and that is not the final say.
The final say is the miracle found at the doorway into the supernatural. The final say can never be about the messed up thoughts of the flesh that still encompass you from your past troubles clouding into the future.
The miracle comes when the spirit of God connects with your spirit. The glow of the Spirit is over you.
There is a permission to intertwine with you. God will take care of you. You need to mesh with the Spirit, and there needs to be an intertwining with the Spirit for the miracle.
Fasting and prayer will take you to the door; will get you there but the door still needs to be opened. The opening to the throne, gets your new truth. There are to be no preconceived notions, at the throne of grace and then only follow the instructionís God gives you as you pass through the door of grace and the supernatural.
One key to the miracle is to remind God who he is.
And Jehoshaphat does just that as he begins to speak to the Lord on this basis, reminding the Lord of his awesomeness to the father Abraham snd the miracles on behalf of the forefathers.
Moses met the Lord at the burning bush, he might have felt after spending years upon years banished to the hidden lands that he had nothing to offer and it was too late. But he did meet the Lord at the burning bush and received his miracle and what he did have to offer God did want. This is where the miracle started, in the manner of the Spirit and he brushed against the presence of the miracle.
Where is your burning bush? There is your miracle.
Hold your struggle; he will stop your trouble.
The reason why a miracle can be messed up is that the struggle continues into the miracle, where there is the need to stop. Let go on the prior struggles and their continuing after affects and let the miracle begin. And this involves letting go on the preconceptions from the natural and going to the supernatural realm of the Spirit and allowing the Spirit who will not force you in the miracle to mesh with your spirit When you reach into the supernatural in prayer and fasting and let yourself to the close presence of the doorway of the Lord, let go of all the preconceptions on what your miracle must be.
But know this, know God who has control of the circumstances, someone who can control it all and let this belief surpass your prior thoughts, notions and ideas that this is a miracle that couldnít be, couldnít hold, couldnít be lived in and sustained but realize that this miracle comes from a doorway to the supernatural and it blots out all that goes against it and you must prepare for the truth and let the fear which is a reality fade under the presence of the Living Spirit of God and the supernatural presence to you in the miracle.
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