Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:28)
She introduced herself, and in the same breath, in the same sentence conveyed to me the medical condition that she was suffering from. At this point both my arms were already wrapped around her as i came very close to her, positioning my ear near to her lips so that i can clearly hear her every word. i have learned that ministering is very much about embracing the person we pray with, about extending care and attention to them. It is about being sensitive, to handle delicately what they share. What we do by our actions often speaks louder than the beautifully crafted prayers that we pray over them. Believe it or that, most people can tell if we truly love them. i have also learned that we will never go wrong when the first thing we say is that God loves them.
And that was the first thing He did. He embraced her. He told her how much He loves her, and esteems her; the plans and purposes He has for her still very much intact. The new season that is coming will come. i have learned and continue to learn that most times, He surprises us; what we find most important and pressing, He finds minor. And if we lean in to hear Him, and seek out what He is currently interested in, what His attention is focused on, we will be astounded that He targets a whole different area in our lives. He sees differently to us. He speaks to the plans He has for us. He lifts our eyes to where He is, joyfully anticipating all that He has prepared for us; excitedly enthusiastic about what we get to do with Him. He speaks to what He is doing, not what we would like Him to do for us. After all, He is God, not us.
Later after the service while we were standing next to the coffee counter, she confirmed others had said what i said. At that point, i truly did not remember what words came out of my mouth. But i remember the strength that came from my belly. i remember the confidence and the authority that held me up. i remember it was warfare. And i remember her prayer at the end; she came in agreement, and in acceptance of what God did for her.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (1 Corinthians 4:7-10)
This is what an upgrade looks like. This is promotion in the Kingdom of God: We get to go lower; we get to follow His footsteps to see what death looks like; we get to learn true intercession with He who lives to intercede for us. We get to bear His name; to see and experience first hand the depth of a life with Jesus. And we are privileged to experience the height of a life with Him. We become forever changed; never turning back. The definition of Abundant Life changes; our priorities, our pursuits, our focus forever different. We become completely His.