BELIZE JOURNAL, PT. 1. Our Belize Prayer Network connects many intercessors and prayer groups throughout Belize and beyond. I keep in contact with them personally, mostly by phone. We share our prayer requests and praise reports. (See Seven Mountain Prayer Campaigns and Testimonies at our BPN website.) We share timely Revelations that God is showing us for Belize. As we share more, God shows us more. I’d like to highlight recent revelations that we believe are for this year 2015. If we keep knocking we will see open doors in heaven and on earth. We will have growing favor with God and men.
Neri Wade prays weekly with the Cyrus prayer group that meets at noon on Wednesdays in downtown Belize City. She texted me recently about a key word she had received. I met her downtown on Albert Street at Creations Bookstore where she works.
Neri said God has been showing her that 2015 is a year when we will learn better both the benefits and the responsibilities of the firstborn. The firstborn is the eldest son. When Neri’s own son was old enough, he came to her for explanations of things that were mysteries to him. Once he learned the answers, he could explain them to his brothers and friends. They would listen because he is older and more mature.
In the same way, at age twelve the time came for Jesus to learn directly from the Father, and to pass on what He learned to those who were not firstborn sons of God. This happened after the feast of the Passover when Mary and Joseph could not find Him.
“And He said to them, ‘Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?‘ But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:49-50).
Mary and Joseph should have discerned that it was time for Jesus “to be in My Father’s house” or literally “in the things of My Father.” It was time for Him to commune directly with His Father. And it was time to share what He learned with others. “And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers” (verse 47). And after that, “Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (verse 52).
The firstborn are the mature, who have a history of getting wisdom and answers from God. However, many of the mature also have a history of unfulfilled answers. Many leaders and intercessors are used to waiting long for God to do what He said He will do. We are used to rejection from those God calls us to serve. We are used to waiting at closed doors. We are used to favor with God, but not to favor with men.
But Jesus grew “in favor with God and men.” We can expect that a winter of waiting with God will end. We can expect it to turn into a spring of new growth in favor with men. But we can get so used to winter that we don’t recognize the signs of spring. Especially if they are supernatural signs. We will tend to sit back and rest on our laurels instead of watch for those signs. Younger believers will come to us for answers and we will caution them to wait as we have done. But their hunger for answers is one of the signs of spring!
In fact, we are entering a season and a year of favor with men right now. On the other side of doors that have been closed to us, people are now looking for answers. We are afraid to knock, because we have been rejected so many times. But the Scripture says, “Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7). This is a season of open doors, so knock! This is a season of falling Jericho walls, so shout! Every house built on sand is falling. The world’s answers to people’s problems are failing. The mature, the firstborn, have houses built on His word. It’s time to knock on the open doors of falling houses. It’s time to invite people into God’s house.
Jesus Himself keeps knocking. “I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Rev 3:20-21).
It’s the right of the firstborn to sit with the Father on His throne. But it’s the responsibility of the firstborn to look out for His younger children. We are our brothers’ keepers. We don’t want to be elder sons who complain when prodigals come home (Luke 15). We need to get up out of our comfort zone. We need to seek and save the lost. We need to be knocking on doors with Jesus. When we speak His words, they will hear His voice. They will open doors to us. For this is “the favorable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:19)…
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