There is an appointed time and lifestyle of consecration that the Lord is bringing upon His people.
By Ben Lim
The Holy Spirit is bringing a life of deep separation from a number of things. There is a greater level of holiness that the Lord is bringing back to the Church. This isn’t just in terms and matters of dealing with immorality, which is a large part of it, but also treating the things of God as “holy” and getting back to the main thing.
Your Consecration Leads You to Great Promotion
Just like the Levites were separate from the rest of the tribes, this act was “qadosh” or it was holy. They were made holy unto Him. They were considered to be holy and not common. The Lord is consecrating your heart, your mind, your finances, your relationships, your family, and even within your church. The Holy Spirit is consecrating the things that you have had and held onto.
“But Daniel resolved (purposed) that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8 ESV)
Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself. It’s time for you to make a decision to not allow the lesser things to compromise you out of the great. It’s time to purpose yourself to not fall back into the same old patterns but to be renewed in your mind and spirit. It’s time for you to purpose yourself to say “no” to the world and to say “yes” to the Lord. Say “no” to the cheap mixture and say “yes” to the pricey perfume. Say “no” to cutting-corners and overlooking issues and say “yes” to excellence and whole-heartedness.
The 10X Better Anointing
“And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.” (Daniel 1:20 ESV)
There is an anointing like Daniel’s that is coming upon the people. You shall be ten times better than every other person around you! You shall be ten times better than all of the learned magicians, politicians, teachers, scholars, and masters. You shall become ten times better than the fathers and mothers that have gone ahead of you! And this isn’t arrogance, but this is the reality of what the Spirit of the Lord will do through a person who humbles themselves in purity and prayer.
But they shall pay the price for this great oil. They shall pay the price for this great blessing. For the greater the blessing the greater the burden. The greater the blessing, the greater the responsibility. (Photo via Unsplash)
The Holy Spirit is hand-picking and selecting His people from the army of the Lord and is raising them up. But who will rise and who will take leadership? Well, it’s those people who first take leadership in their prayer rooms. True leaders take matters to prayer rather than to people. True leaders take matters to the Court Rooms of Heaven rather than the board rooms of man. True leaders take matters to the face of God rather than the face of man. Because they’ve been bathed in the place of prayer and in the presence of God, they will release the manifold wisdom of God.
Prayer is the Earmark of Heaven on Earth
Daniel lived a constant life of prayer. Prayer was his source of secrets. Prayer was the source of his mysteries unveiled. Prayer was the place of his strength, boldness, wisdom, and leadership. It was his time in daily prayer that led him into national and international leadership.
The Holy Spirit is about to reveal some great secrets to the Body of Christ. Nothing shall be hidden from you! You will hear of the rumors, of the gossip, of the slander, of the coming attacks. You will hear of the plots and plans of the enemy and the Lord will give you the upper-hand. You will hear of any possible natural disasters and plots of terrorist attacks. You will have secret intel because of the voice of the Lord. You will no longer be behind but you will be the head and you will have the upper-hand!
The Discerner Shall Reign
“For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV)
The Word of the Lord is living and active and it is a discerner! The Lord shall gift you with the spirit of discernment. You shall no longer be fooled nor outwitted but you will walk in wisdom, inside and out. Nothing shall be hidden from you. You will have the mind of the Lord.
God is anointing the Church to be the Ekklesia of discernment – to know what to do and how to do it. To know who to work with and who to deny access to. The gift of discernment is necessary to move further into your calling. You must know if one is a true sheep, a stubborn goat, or a wolf hiding in sheep’s clothing.
In this season, the Lord is unveiling and revealing many false agendas and false people who have been covering themselves as an angel, masquerading in a form of light. “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-14)
Be aware of false brothers who try to use and manipulate you for the anointing and for your position. Be aware of false brothers who try to partner with you, only to destroy the work of the Lord which you’ve been building. Be aware of false covenants and alliances that are polluting your systems of wealth, health, wellness, and well-being. Many things are going to be uncovered in this time because of the discernment of these emerging Daniels.
You Shall Be Distinguished
You are coming into a season where your discernment, wisdom, and understanding is causing you to be distinguished from those who are on the left and right of you. Esther was highly favored by the king (Esther 2:17). David was highly favored by God. The least of these are become the best of men. The Lord is about to distinguish you because of the prices you have paid and the prayer life of purity that you keep.
People of high position, influence, and stature are going to favor you and look upon you. Get ready young people, for the Lord is about to call you up! Get ready hungry people, for the Lord is about to fill you! Get ready for divine upgrades, both personally and corporately! Get ready for upgrades in your ministry and in your callings.
“Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.” (Daniel 6:3 ESV)
But be warned for there will be people who will despise your favor. There will be jealous people who will try to take credit for where you are in life. People will come against you for the greater the distinguishing, the greater the persecution.
Blameless in His Sight
The Bible records that there was no fault nor error found in Daniel! Hallelujah! This is the way it will be with you! There will be nothing evil found inside of you! There will be no case and no ground for a charge to be set up against you. Because you’ve so prepared yourself and consecrated yourself in the place of prayer, the Holy Spirit will promote you to a place so high that no man, no entity, and no devil can bring you down. It will be by the very hand of the Lord that you will be distinguished. People will not like it and they will try to falsely accuse you and charge you, but the Lord will protect you as He highlights you from those around you.
You will increase in great wisdom and understanding and the Lord will make you ten times better than all of those around you! You will move in the Spirit of excellence and you shall be distinguished in your city and in your generation!
Ben Lim is a dynamic Millennial leader, who currently serves as the senior pastor of His Way Life, in Koreatown, Los Angeles. He is the director of Open Heaven Cry, a missions and revival network, and is a highly sought out international speaker. He is the CEO of Ben Lim TV and is the author of the book Men of Valor. He loves to live life in the fullness as a son of the Most High.
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