The past three days the Lord has had me in Ezra 7. I love Ezra 7, because Ezra has so much favor from the King. It took me a couple of days, but I finally realized that God was speaking about that very thing: WE HAVE FAVOR FROM THE KING! Lots of it, in massive quantities! I believe that this chapter holds the key to the season into which many may be walking.
God, the voice of many waters, is speaking through Ezra to us! The king has given Ezra absolutely EVERYTHING that he needs to accomplish the task for which he was given permission – for which he has gained approval – from the king. Not only did the king deem him worthy of the project and purpose, but he supplied his every need to accomplish it, with lots left over (Ezra 7:15-16, 18).
Provision for the Vision!
In the exact same way, you have been given absolutely EVERYTHING that you need to accomplish your God-given task! God has hand-selected you for the task He personally has given you! So, since God has assigned it to you, He will provide for you. In other words, He will give you what you need: PROVISION FOR THE VISION.
Ezra has a letter stating he is entitled to steward all the silver and all the gold given by his earthly king to our Heavenly King. Additionally, he has been given permission to acquire all the gold and silver that he finds in Babylon, along with all the freewill offerings, to use for God’s Kingdom purposes.
That same letter now belongs to us! Although it was written long ago by a Persian king for a scribe of the God of Heaven (Ezra 7:11), that same letter entitles us to steward all the silver and all the gold in Babylon! That includes all the wealth of the seven mountains and all of the cattle on them (Ps. 50:10)! It includes all the wealth that has started to be, and is still in the process of being, transferred to the righteous (Prov. 13:22). It includes wisdom, revelation knowledge, power and authority – all wrapped up into one letter written to us thousands of years ago!
Get ready to have an AFTER THIS experience!
There was a sixty-year gap between chapters Six and Seven in the book of Ezra. The book of Esther happened during this “silence”. Saints, sometimes God is silent about what you want him to talk about, because He is busy working on other areas of your life. These are Esther areas: areas of preparation for becoming the Queen – His Bride! He wants a bride without spot or wrinkle, so He has been silently working on you. He has been preparing you for the AFTER all along!
Ezra 7:1 reads, “Now, after THIS...” What is your THIS? Is your THIS economic famine? Have finances been incredibly tight? Is your THIS health challenges? Have you been facing health obstacles that up until now have been impossible to overcome? Has your THIS had somebody’s name? Have relationships been your THIS? Has hurt been your THIS? Have you had THIS attitude, or THIS thought process? Has pride been your THIS, or depression?
If so, that’s GREAT! By God overcoming the THIS in your life, it will give Him the glory and the honor that He deserves! After all, if you could do it yourself, you wouldn’t need God. He moves in the miraculous!
Take your eyes off the THIS and put them on the AFTER!
Even though THIS was important for a season, what is even more important about Ezra 7:1 is the AFTER! It says, “Now AFTER this…”! What is most important is what is about to happen – your AFTER! You had to go through the THIS. You had to endure the THIS. Your THIS, although it may have been painful, and helped shape and prepare you, is not as important as the AFTER! God has been preparing you for the AFTER. Everything else has been boot camp.
Not everyone will go up with you, only those that “offer freely” (Ezra 7:13). This means that you cannot drag anyone along, kicking and screaming, into your AFTER. They may have been with you in the “THIS”, but they are now part of the “THAT”! Some people will choose to stay in the “THIS”, while you move on into your AFTER. Your job now is to complete your assignment: your AFTER. Theirs is between them and God.
When does this happen? NOW! This same verse says, “NOW after this…” The time is NOW. God is a NOW God and this is a NOW word! It’s a NOW time and a NOW season.
Arise, family of God! Be prostrate no more, because we are NOW in a new time! Take your eyes off of the THIS and put them on the AFTER!
WRITE THE VISION!
Do you have a vision? If not, you better get one! Habbukuk 2:2 says, “Write the Vision.” Proverbs 29:18 says, “Without a vision, the people perish.” How can God give you provision for the vision if you don’t have a vision? Write the Vision, so you can operate in the PROVISION!
The king told Ezra exactly what to buy with his kingdom money in verse 17. This gave him a vision, or rather, something to envision. What is God saying to you? What is our King saying for you to envision, for you to “buy into”? Write it down!
Lastly, the king told Ezra in verse 18, “And whatever shall seem good to you and to your brethren to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your God.”
The bottom line is this: Write the Vision that God gives you. Once you have this Godly game plan, a strategy, you can trust God to fulfill it. He will give you more than you ask for, over and above anything you can ask, think or imagine (Eph. 3:20). There will be so much, in fact, that God has a contingency plan! This is for you to do what you know to be in alignment with God’s will with the extra that He gives you, above and beyond your budget, even exceeding your vision! God trusts you to do what is right. Because he has trusted you with the little, he can trust you with the big! You have proven you are trust-worthy! He knows He can trust you with the PROVISION! He will give you what you NEED to SUCCEED in the “After”! Our God will make sure you have it.
Blessings in the Abundance!
Saturday, Sept. 30th, 6:30PM
Clarion Call Conference
Pastor Sue Kopczyk and Darren Canning
311 West Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, Oct. 1st, 10:30 AM
Dwelling Place Church
Pastor Dale Hiebert
5140 Kalar Rd., Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, Oct. 1st, 6:00 PM
Growing in the Prophetic
St. Catharines Christian Centre,
Pastor Jeeva Sam
60 Facer St., St. Catharines, Ontario
Friday Oct. 13th and Saturday Oct. 14th
The Real You Conference, with Victoria Boyson, Edie Bayer, Grace Cruz, Teresa Comparin and Michelle Bollom
The Glory Hub,
22628 Kuykendahl Rd.,
Spring TX 77387