“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
Last week, we had an explosive time of teaching and ministry here in Atlanta as we immersed ourselves in the message of the Kingdom at the Trimm Institute for Global Leadership.
If you’ve ever joined me for one of these intensive weeks of training, you’ll know how transformational being in an anointed environment can be—drinking from the firehouses of heaven!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT
I want to encourage you today to lean into the Spirit of God—to press upward toward that higher calling—and prayerfully seek Him for what more He has in store for your life, your family, your ministry, and your destiny.
Wherever you are today, you can receive a personal download from heaven that can change the trajectory of your life. But you must position and posture yourself to receive and appropriate it.
I want to help you expand your capacity to hear from heaven and receive all God has for you in this season.
Our God is a God of increase; He wants to increase you spiritually, intellectually, influentially, financially, and in every way supernaturally as you increase in the knowledge of Him…
The apostle Peter opens his second letter with the proclamation:
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God.”
2 Peter 1:2
In other words, “as you grow in your knowledge of God” He will give you “more and more grace and peace”(NLT).
But it doesn’t stop there. It is through the knowledge of God that we are given all things—among them “exceedingly great and precious promises”…
“His divine power has given to us all things…through the knowledge of Him…by which we have been given…exceedingly great and precious promises.”
2 Peter 1:3-4
Peter, upon whom Jesus said He would build His Church, thought that growing in the knowledge of God was so important, he also concluded his letter with the directive to “grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18 AMP).
The extent to which you are able to mature spiritually will determine the degree to which you are able to prosper in every area of your life.
The height of your success is only limited by the depth of your knowledge of God.
The more you know about the nature and character of God, the more you are able to comprehend what is possible…the bigger you are able to dream and the more you are able to ask God to help you achieve.
You are only limited by your own understanding of what God is willing to do on behalf of those who know and trust Him.
“Do not be afraid…only believe and trust [in Me and have faith in My ability to do this].”
Luke 8:50 AMP
To what extent do you trust God with your life…with your dreams?
Today I want to challenge you to level up your trust! Press into His Word and stretch your faith by trusting God for more—more capacity, more influence, more ideas, more territory, more and greater achievements and victories.
“The people who know their God shall be strong and do great exploits.”
What are the great exploits you are currently pursuing? What are you doing with the great strength, authority, and grace that knowing God has endowed you with?
If you feel you are lacking in any area, grow in the knowledge of God. If you’re not seeing the fruit of God’s promises maturing in your life, perhaps you are simply in need of maturing!
Let’s look at the Amplified translation of that same verse from the book of Daniel:
“The people who [are spiritually mature and] know their God will display strength and take action.”
If you are spiritually mature, you are displaying strength and taking action!
If you are growing in the knowledge of God, you are increasing—you are expanding your influence, your reputation, your brand, your expertise, your market share, your giving, your good works, and your ability to glorify God.
God wants you to increase more and more!
“We urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more.”
1 Thessalonians 4:10
Pursue increase…don’t get complacent by compromising or holding back…boldly ask God to stretch you and expand your territory as Jabez did:
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep mefrom evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested” (1 Chronicles 4:10).
How big is your ask?
Whatever you can dream of, make the request of God! Level up your trust by asking for more.
Have you not heard it said, “You have not because you ask not”?
Make the ask!
If you love the Lord your God, you know He has a great plan and a bright future prepared for you (see Jeremiah 29:11)—you can be assured your steps are ordered by Him (Psalm 37:23)—you can be confident that “no weapon turned against you will succeed” (Isaiah 54:17 NLT).
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Simply put, you walk in the realm of increase by faith.