You Have Changed
You are going to see that you do not see things the way you saw them back then. You are not going to have those same insecurities now. It is a strange feeling when that happens. You stand up waiting for the problems to be there, or those feelings to come back, but to your surprise, they are not there.
Suddenly, you realize that you can do this. That is why you needed to walk down those old roads. You needed to see that you have changed and that you can handle this now. You needed to get the conviction for yourself.
The first time you faced this, you pretended to be able to handle it, but you really can handle these things because now you are a different person. The key is to not look at the past as an example. You will walk down old roads, but do not look at the failures of the past.
You are not the failure now that you were back then. The best part is that you do not have to face this alone anymore. Jesus may have ascended to heaven, but He said, "Go and wait for me in Jerusalem. I am sending you the promise. I am sending you fire. I am going to enable you and charge you."
He Will Empower You
The vision that died so long ago is going to open up before you now. The Lord is going to open those doors, but now, He is going to empower you to accomplish the vision as He foresaw it all along.
Did God miss it? Did God fail? No. The vision was true and real, but you were not. The vision was of God. You just needed to change. You will stand before this door expecting the same things to happen, like a rerun of a T.V. show, but this time Lord has rewritten this rerun with a happy ending.
It has a different ending because you will be viewing this with different eyes. You will approach this thing with a greater confidence. You will not be limited by your archetype or your weaknesses because you have gone through that process of death and change.
It does not take much intelligence to see the circumstances opening up in front of you. Watch for the signs. You will see that the doors will begin to open and it is for you to decide whether or not to walk in them.
2nd Milestone: A New Anointing
God will arrange it. When Jesus walked the earth, He sent His disciples out two by two. They went and shared, and He gave them authority to heal the sick, raise the dead and to do everything that He did, right?
Look what happened on the day of Pentecost. Peter was empowered with the Holy Spirit and he stood there and people came to Christ by the masses. We did not see two little disciples dragging along a dusty road anymore.
Peter stood up endued with power from on high and three thousand were saved in one day. He had a greater ability because he was not the man that he was before. Peter had a new maturity, fire, and understanding.
He was not the same Peter that said, "Jesus, you cannot die." He was not the same Peter saying, "I want to sit on your left or right side," or wondering what would happen to John. He changed and his views changed.
How do we know that? Later in the Scriptures it says that, "The men that turned Jerusalem around have come here also."
It says of the disciples that people could tell that they had been with Jesus. They had matured and changed.
Now, they were ready to fulfill the vision that God had given them all along. God has had this vision since Genesis. The Lord told Eve that the serpent would try to strike the heel of her seed, but that her seed would crush his head.
Since the very beginning, He has had a vision for you, too. He has a goal, a picture in His mind, that He wants you to fulfill.
Do not think that God has left you, or forgotten about you. He has a vision for you, even if it seems that it has died, it will not be like that forever.
Resurrection is the Priority
The greatest part of the process is the resurrection of the vision. We are so busy concentrating on the death of the vision and on the travail that we forget the dynamic power of the resurrection that comes with it.
This is where the real change and work comes. When did the disciples do the greatest work, when Jesus walked the earth? Or after He had ascended? It was after Jesus had ascended.
Day by day, they were adding numbers to the Church, and they were being empowered and filled with the Holy Spirit. They saw signs and wonders. Where was the greatest power? The greatest power was in resurrection.
Sure there are some hurdles that you will have to jump, but when you realize what the goal is ahead, does that not make it worth jumping? Instead of complaining about John only having to jump three hurdles and you five hurdles, you just need to focus on getting to the goal.
Let's press on. The Lord is not withholding the resurrection nor the desire, fire and passion from you. It is there. Can you not see it in the spirit? It is right within your grasp, if you can just press forward.
In conclusion to this chapter, remember that you are not the same person anymore. Embrace your resurrection and press forward toward the mark. Do not give up, or let up. Do not let the enemy lie to you and tell you that God has forgotten you.
If you want to stay in that hole forever, you are welcome to do so. However, God has a resurrection for you if you would just press on toward the mark.
Jesus came to this earth to resurrect, not just to die. Resurrecting was His main job. We are called to walk in dynamic and resurrection power, not to die. The death should be something that is quick.
The resurrection is what we walk out, walk in, live and breathe. Let's walk forward in resurrection power. Let's throw off the grave clothes and realize that God has a greater vision and plan, and with it, dynamic power.