The God of Miracles, by Michael H. Brown, focusing on how God works in our lives, the miracles that are possible, the way we prepare ourselves to receive them, the route to holiness, with stunning examples of the miraculous and a deep sense of encouragement. Does God really heal? Does He really watch over your life? Does He really cause all those fateful happenings and triumphant moments and coincidences that mystify us? A book that will inspire you and bring you up from the "downs" of life and give you hope no matter how hopeless life can seem! This is one of our most popular ever. (below for paper, here Kindle or Nook click here 



Wait for the higher anointing. Then, go for it. When God suddenly arrives, and paves a path for you, make sure you aren't locked behind bars.

A "higher anointing" is when the Lord decides it's time for you to change, to move, to operate at a higher level, in a higher place, in a more potent role, with more opportunities (to progress, to do good), and with a bit more ease (even a lot more ease). It means you are in His power, His favor (instead of that of the world). Things start falling into place. Suddenly, there are favorable conditions.

You're not in His favor when you design your own path and especially when He has no role in your life, when the course of your existence has been dictated by the search for wealth, power, control, or fame, impressing others, or when you are simply afraid to go to a better place.

Think back to times in your life when God has suddenly elevated you. It could have been at work; at school; it is often when looking for a job. Frequently, it's in your personal life. You were operating at a higher level when after years of frustration you met the right spouse.

If you look at Scripture, you'll find countless examples of God bequeathing special Grace -- from King David and his elevation to victory over the enemies of Israel to the Apostles and their fantastic ability to evangelize with the Word. Doors fly open when we are in His favor while obstacles (ones that long held you back) disappear.

It happens to us all.

You miss such opportunities, however, when you have fear, when you won't allow God to change you, when you won't step out of your box, when you have created a cage around your life (or allowed others to). We build that box by "clinging" to others, which goes back to fear: we cling to jobs, to parents, to siblings, to friends. (This is where we pray to the Holy Spirit for balance and strength and perspective!)

We're not talking about your "comfort zone." People say you need to leave your comfort zone. That's a bad phrase. You shouldn't leave a place of comfort. One searches for His place of blessing or comfort and discerns by that. Comfort -- when authentic (and not borne of insecurity) -- is a good sign. A better way of thinking of it is a cage, for when you're incarcerated, when you're confined to a small space, a cell, you can't fly; you can't even stretch out both wings; you can't see all of your plumage; thus, you have no full idea of who you really are (and can be).

Satisfaction -- fulfillment -- is a marker of your mission. Look at David -- suddenly able to dominate the enemies of Israel. Look at Moses: when he obeyed, when he shook off fear, when he broke free, God gave him the power to part a sea (as he headed for the place God had set for him).

There is contentment (a feeling of well-being) when we arrive at whatever place and at the pace that He has designed for us. Milk and honey!

Perhaps it was an opportunity to move. Perhaps an opportunity to try a whole new line of work -- one that would have been more rewarding. Perhaps it is a relationship.

If you're in a cage, if you feel closed in, if life isn't rewarding enough, if you are constantly frustrated, if you can't see the beauty of life (yes, even its challenges), open the door of the cage. Bust it open. Stretch your wings. Take flight. Don't let people "pigeon-hole" you -- place you in a category that they define, cutting off vistas, dashing your dreams. Pigeons spend most of their time on the ground. Certainly, don't pigeon-hole yourself! Have the passion to overcome the pain or fear that may come with initial "failures" as you set out for a climb that can be arduous. Failures fade when we see them as experiences of growth.

Go to the higher anointing -- when He sends it. Wait until He does. Then, go for it. The Bible is your guide.

Get there on the wings of the Dove.

[resources: A Life of Blessings and Michael Brown retreat: Orlando]

[see also: When God has a different idea]

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