DID YOU ‘GRASP’
the vision in 2012 ?
Each year for some time now, the Lord has given me a ‘word’ about the coming new year. Last year the word was ‘grasp’ and as an acrostic, I felt the Lord was saying ‘five’ more words to prepare and give expectation of what He wanted to do in that year.
Shortly, I will share what the Lord is speaking to me concerning 2013, but first, I would like to review what the Lord said about 2012. We are currently entering the last month of this year, soon we will be to ‘New Year’s Eve’ and the world will shout, throw confetti, and some will enter it too drunk to remember their party after they sober up. We, as Christians, do not need alcohol to forget the sins of 2012, or be stoned mentally to get us to enter another year, not knowing what it holds. We have a Lord Who is wanting us to bless our current days, and give us hope for our future with Him.
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
11 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.
God has thoughts and plans for us. He is thinking of all He wants to do for us, of His concern for us to have hope, peace and trust in His plan. What is that plan for us now? That is what I think the Lord gave me general guidelines concerning about 2012, and the acrostic of the word ‘grasp’ explained it to me. He wants us to have ‘an expected end’. He wants for us to know what is His general plan for us, and wants us to allow Him to lead us through the year, with all its events unfolding, and for us to see His plan in it all.
We have been through many events so far in 2012, and the nation right now is ‘holding its breath’ watching some final events unfold in this year. We, as Christians, are not to be affrighted, or scared, as we see events of the world transpire, for we have an ‘expected end’ that gives peace. We do not fear the ‘evil’ of the world, for we know that God is working mightily in our lives, and despite what transpires in this world, God is working out a plan in our lives.
As we grasp-ed and fed upon this truth, as we yielded to God seeking God’s will for our lives, we have found things that God wanted us to ‘GRASP’.
The previous year, 2011, God illustrated His plan for us to EMERGE into and out of many things. We all experienced many ‘emergings’ in 2011. Yet, this current year, we saw, and continue to see God set things before us to GRASP.
The measureless love of our Lord Jesus, brought us to a place, wherein He had blessings and benefits for us to GRASP. He gave us ‘expectation’ and He still plans to continue the work He has started in us.
Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
6 Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ
Grasp that truth, and acknowledge that the Lord is working in your life. If we do not realize that, much of God’s effort to aid you are lost. He is performing, trying to let you know what is going on in your walk with Him. He is not wanting a blind-folded, prisoner on this walk. God wants an informed, aware, and participating companion on the walk of this life.
The fruit of the Spirit in our lives has needed grasping. The promises He wants for you to claim need grasping. The work He wants done on our lives needs to be grasped.
We have had a choice of "in Whose GRASP to Be".
The devils have tried to grasp us, have tried to have us grasp wrong things. The devils and sin want to grasp us. Yet, God wants to ‘grasp’ us and wants us to grasp the gifts He has for us in our daily walk.
There is a danger in the acrostic word, of reading into it what we ‘want’ to see, instead of letting God work throughout the year reveal to us what He means with that word. The word EMERGE for 2011 had me hoping we would all ‘emerge’ in the rapture of the church, LOL. Yet, I knew that God was not wanting to just promise us a year to know that, but we were to emerge into many things, as part of preparing us for that rapture, of which we do not know the date.
The word ‘GRASP’ probably made some hope it would be the ‘lottery winnings’ we would grasp, or a ‘new car’, or whatever. God has His thoughts on more valuable things than those kinds of things. The Holy Spirit had much for each of us to grasp. They were often spiritual, and always far more valuable than the carnal things of life. If there were earthly things to grasp, they were to be used in the spiritual development of our walk with Jesus. His plans are far higher than our plans, and His aim is to ready us for heaven, to bless our ministry for our time here, to develop us for our work here and in heaven.
At times, we all fail to grasp what the Lord is saying. In the gospels, many times, Jesus made it clear, but the hearers did not have ears to hear.
Luke 18:34 (KJV)
34 And they understood none of these things:
and this saying was hid from them,
neither knew they the things which were spoken.
It is vital we GRASP His message, and to ‘GRASP’ the things we need to grasp. If this is the only truth this year that you have ‘grasped’, grasp this, that God has a plan, He wants you to understand more of it, He wants you to know He is ‘performing’ it in your life. Grasp that truth.
Hebrews 6:18-19 (KJV)
...we might have a strong consolation,
who have fled for refuge
to lay hold upon
the hope set before us:
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
both sure and stedfast...
We were to be taught to ‘lay hold upon’ the ‘hope set before us’.
The word ‘to lay hold upon’ is the Greek word ‘krat-eh-o’ meaning "to GRASP, to lay hand on, to take, to hold."
God instructed us to ‘GRASP THE VISION’,
even though we may need to fight for this vision.
We needed this year to ‘take’, i.e. ‘Grasp’ the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit...
Ephesians 6:17 (KJV)
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The Greek word for ‘take’ is dek-o-mai’ meaning ‘to receive into one’s hand, to grasp.’ The ‘sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God’ needed to be grasped for this year
WE WERE TO GRASP
We think and aspire in God in visual ways. God gives us ‘vision’, a mental picture, of things He wants to do for us, to us, and through us. We get visions of ourselves doing ministries, of being representatives of God in this wicked world. We ‘GRASP’ the things that God wants for us to bring into our lives, to learn from Him, to inspire us. Our visions are not limited to spiritual matters. We have visions of what we want to accomplish career wise. Family and home life may requires some grasping of what we desire to see them to be. Our finances may need some grasping that would be pleasing to our Lord. Our life needs much grasping. God has plans for us, we need to see the vision of what God wants, and grasp those things.
Philippians 3:12-14 (KJV)
12 Not as though I had already attained,
either were already perfect:
but I follow after, if that I may apprehend
that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
God wants us to reach forth to grasp, and to press toward that we want to grasp. The prize, the vision, we should grasp is the ‘high calling’ of God.
2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV)
9 Who hath saved us,
and called us with an holy calling,
not according to our works,
but according to his own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
In the coming days of December, I want to review the GRASP Acrostic, and the words it shows us concerning what God has wanted us to GRASP in 2012. It is time for a little examination of the year, before we look forward to 2013. I am currently working on 2013 in talks with the Lord, letting Him share some with me, which I will share with you, to evaluate, test, and try it with the Word of God.
Each letter of the word ‘GRASP’ has.
"That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish."
We must, in these last days, grow into the ministry, grasp what God wants us to claim in Him.
Revival is not a permanent blessing. It can be lost. It does not happen in a vacuum, but it occurs in an atmosphere of faith and eagerness.
"...they continued steadfastly..."
We should continue to grasp the revival that the Lord has for us.
God has a plan and an agenda for us, and we must hear from Him what it is and aspire to reach the goal He has for us. Grasp God’s vision for you.
I Peter 2:5,9
"...to offer up spiritual sacrifices... that ye should shew forth the praises of Him..."
God meant for us to learn to worship, then learn to work. Worship delights in the sheer glory of God. Worship revels in His Person, His Nature, and His being. Worship recognizes what He has done.
"...ye shall be witnesses unto Me..."
We cannot be "witness" without having witnessed a personal encounter with the One Whom we witness.
We will delve into some aspects again of these words, and get ourselves ready for what God has to say for 2013.