The best place to start today's teaching is where we stop at the last installment. It has been the common feature of this series to quote from the one before it, because just like this series of articles demonstrates, there is a progression in the unraveling and fulfilling of Gods plan and purpose for our lives!
For some people, this new year begins a new thing that God is doing and for some this year takes them into the middle of his plan, while others are at the tail end of a plan that was started years ago. Again God has plans for us and some of his plans for us are just starting, while some are in the middle while others are at the end. Simply put if you are a child of God, our daily walk on the earth is a progression of a sort of Gods planned agenda for our lives. Knowing what these plans are is an advantage for this discernment of what God is doing enhances our spiritual positioning which in turn helps to bring to fruition Gods desire for our lives, communities, and nations!
I will quote copiously from the last article and we will flow from there into today's thought. Here is how we ended last week body of thoughts.
"Daniel saw that the time of captivity for the Israelites was 70 years and it was about coming to pass! This understanding made him to positioned himself in INTERCESSIONS for God to fulfill his word at the time he said he would do!
Wait here and learn, prophetic declarations does not result in express manifestation. That is why Paul charged Timothy that according to the prophecies that went ahead of him he must war a good warfare!(1 Timothy 1:18). This was what Daniel was doing, in intercession he was enforcing the manifestation of every prophetic declaration! For we all know Israel was to spend 400 years in captivity but eventually end up spending 430 years. This is what happens when we don't understand Gods agenda for our lives and correctly position ourselves for its manifestation, we prolong that which belongs to us!"
Nothing that belongs to you will ever be prolonged again. This year 2018 there is a release of every help up blessings for you in the name of Jesus!
There is need to birth the fulfillment of every prophetic agenda in prayers. Daniel had the discernment of when Israel's captivity was to end and so he positioned himself in intercession. Read with me in Daniel 9:1-3.
"In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:"
Without our spiritual awareness, many spiritual blessings bypass our reach! Daniel will not allow God's word to pass without laying hold of its promises, so he set out in intercession and ask for Gods intervention to bring to pass Gods plan and purpose.
There is this popular scripture that we all love to quote: "for I know the thoughts that I have towards you, thought of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and an expected end"(Jeremiah 29:11). Often times we quote this scripture without referring to the verses before it or after it. However, when you look at this scripture in context, it was actually the passage of scripture that gave Daniel an understanding of what God wants to do concerning the children of Israel. This passage of scriptures actually talks about the 70-year captivity and what must be done to bring it to pass.
"For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive."(Jeremiah 29:10-14)
The visitation of God liberates the destinies of men. Here God promises to visit after 70 years because he has good plans for his people. He has a future for them. However, to experience this divine intervention there must be concerted intercession! So he told them, 'you shall go and pray unto me..' Thereafter I will turn your captivity!
Through intercession, we offer spiritual cooperation for heavens visitation on the earth. Our intercession gives God permission for divine intervention! Without that spiritual cooperation, all promises and plans of God remain what they are: plans and promises! All prophetic declarations remain what they are: just declarations! To see manifestations there must be intercession. Daniel practically followed Jeremiah 29:10-14 to the letter: he interceded as God demanded! And did God answer? In 536 BC exactly 70 years after the first contingent of exiles came to Babylon, Cyprus, a king who had been prophesied many years before by Isaiah as the one who would affect the release of the Israelites(Isaiah 44:28), issued a decree ordering their release, and a golden release it was.
"Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem". For many people reading this 2018 is your set year of release!
Spiritual discernment of the times helps Daniel to position himself in intercessions that facilitated the visitation that brought the release of the Israelites!
It's why early in the year Nigerian churches declare days of fasting and prayer to facilitate the fulfillment of Gods plan and purpose. There is the need for intercession in order to experience divine visitations!
2018 will be a year of divine visitations for you! There are things that God has set for you this year, however, their must be spiritual engagement if we must experience and enforced their delivery. This year there is nothing that belongs to you that will not be delivered to you!
On POWERTALK we will not just talk about this, we will do this as well peradventure your local assembly does not have such lengthy spiritual adventure and engagement program in place. And if your church has it, all the better for you. It will be a double spiritual engagement for you and consequently double blessings for you. We will have a 30x60 prayer challenge. Will tell you more about this in the coming days. But note this from our study so far, there is an agenda for every season, and your understanding of that agenda helps you to be properly positioned for its manifestation. And one way we position ourselves for divine intervention is through concerted intercessions!