I'd planned to sit down and write a one-paragraph Facebook post and all this came out.
REMINDER: Job 22:28 has a condition attached to it right before. Don't ignore that condition and deceive yourself into thinking you have power behind your decrees. You might actually start at verse 21 if you really wanna get real.
27: You will pray to him, and he will hear you,
and you will fulfill your vows.
THINK: There are several instructions (principles) given to us between verses 21 and 27 that all LEAD UP TO us having the ability to decree with power and authority. One of those instructions is to make peace with God. There are many of us who are not at peace with God because we've been judging Him in our hearts about something in our lives we don't like.
We can have peace with Him in some areas of life, but not in others. In those areas, we probably have earned authority behind those decrees and that's why they manifest. However, we also have areas where we try to make decrees and they fall to the ground because we have NO AUTHORITY there. This applies heavily to people's mass prophetic words and why they don't manifest for big numbers of hearers.
I could keep going, but I believe you're beginning to think. Or getting angry because your demons don't want you receiving this revelation. I say to your demons blocking this: Y'all can go now.
28: What you decide on will be done,
and light will shine on your ways.
THINK: Your mind is powerful. Thoughts are energy that can be measured with machines and quantified via quantum physics. They can also be discerned in the unseen realm by various parties - good, bad and ugly. This is why making peace with God and maturing your spirit matters. Just because a decree you make comes to pass doesn't mean GOD has given you authority there.
This verse tells us God's light will shine on our ways ... getting God's light instead of the demonic masquerade is dependent upon us obeying the preceding principles ... and KEEPING OUR VOWS.
There's a lotta deception out there, folks. And the bottom line is: we don't know what don't know until we're forced into situations where what we DO know doesn't work and we have to seek more truth from God to overcome.
So I ask you: What new things have you learned from The Lord recently?
I went to a deliverance practitioners' training Saturday and an angel came to work on the frontal lobe of my right hemisphere. He came the week before and I was flooded with memories I didn't really want to remember. When he came during the training Saturday, he was correcting my view (opinion and understanding) of those past events based on what I was learning. That's a form of inner healing (deliverance). I had a part of my brain brought into alignment with God's truth of some situations.
It is written: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways," declares The Lord. ~ Isaiah 55:8
Another portion of healing went back to the Three Planes dream I had last month. The Lord helped me to see that I have this non-realistic dream of settling down and getting comfortable when that's not the plan He has for my life. I don't know His complete plan, yet, but when I get comfortable in a job or role, He likes to snatch me out of it and turn my world upside down. If you haven't read the dream post, do that and then come back.
I was comfortable - for the most part - as a public school teacher, and was set to work in that career the rest of my life and then retire. I got promoted every year of my eight years in public ed, and so I knew I could do that work with success and excellence. Then the bottom dropped out and I got laid off. Who gets laid off from teaching? Me. Why? Because God intended for that to be formal training and a stepping off point only, not a 30-year career for me. He needs something else from me. Well, He didn't tell me that for a long time and so I got mad at Him for allowing my life to be disrupted AND blamed the devil. Both of those were wrong.
Next, I was getting comfortable sitting at home writing books, mentoring, teaching courses online and leaving the house every once in a while to speak at conference. Then God snatched me outta that, too. Why? For some reason, He wants and needs more from me than that.
Now in my work I'm meeting, serving and connecting with politicians, celebrities and big-money folks and I have no cushion other than faith in Him. I keep looking for something permanent that I can settle into for at least 10 years and it keeps falling apart. I don't know what exactly God has for me to do over the next few years, but I finally recognize that if I don't wanna get snatched out of something else - and I don't because it's emotionally taxing to have The Lord pull the rug out from under me - I have to just be loose and flexible. That's totally uncomfortable.
Most people aren't living their lives that way. But for some reason, that's my reality. The discovery is fun, though. The limbo portions, not so much.
I chose the pics above because I want you think about the following. Clouds seem like nothing, right? Just air. That is ... until you're flying through them in a little-bitty plane. Then you see just how something they really are. Clouds occupy space, obviously, and they don't move for small planes. When the littles are flying through them, it's like walking through a crowd of people - you get bumped around and can feel the space they occupy. I'm an experienced flyer now and can testify to this and now have a different view of and respect for clouds.
That's what the angel did in my brain Saturday. He took me through several situations from my past with the experience and maturity of now, and gave me a godly view of and respect for how those times played out in my life back then. So what does this look like for me now? I know cloudy flying days require different action from me than clear days. I also know that planning anything in my life is subject to change at the drop of a hat because of God's need that I be loose and flexible. I know that I need more grace than other people may need because of that same reality. You know, some folks have meltdowns when plans change. And regarding vows - we've come full circle with Job 22 finally - I have to watch what I promise to do/provide because The Lord changes my plans regularly. And I'm learning to bless Him when He does instead of going beserko.
That reminds me of two labels I was given as a kid. Someone used to call me Varia instead of Zaria. They were Mexican and spoke Spanish. In Spanish variar means to vary, oscillate. And my mom told me my name means free-flowing force in some language, I forget. I know they were both speaking God's design over me whether they realized it or not. And who am I to argue with God?
I bless you in Yeshua's Name. He's worthy of all honor, praise and glory. Give Him what He deserves.
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Zari Banks, M.Ed
Zari is an author, teacher, mentor, speaker and entrepreneur.