“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:1-6.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God says:
You declare the destination and then you plan the trip. You do not plan the trip first and then discover the destination. The purpose of the trip is to reach the desired destination. That is why I speak the end from the beginning. And so should you because that is the only way you can successfully get there.
If you do not know the destination, how can you know the way to go? And many people, in fact a majority of people, live their lives that way. They are wandering wondering. And it ends up they just keep changing direction at every crossroad and corner in their lives. Whatever catches their attention and looks good to them at the moment they head towards. And often the decision is made based on what is glorified by the world so that they may have prestige in other’s eyes.
There is much instruction on the way you should go and where you should be headed in My Word. Wisdom calls out at the crossroads and corners of your life, but many are deaf to the call. But even the disciples after three years with Jesus had the question. The night before He gave His life on the Cross to reconcile you eternally with Me, Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Here is the question of destination. And the disciples were not sure of where He was headed. So Thomas voiced the doubt and said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:1-6. The ultimate destination is kingdom living in My presence in My house forever and the way to get there is Jesus. “Only goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (for length of days).” Psalm 23:6.
So your Way is mapped out for you and prepared in advance (I planned the trip for you before the foundation of the world) to your desired destination of eternal life with Me, and walking the Way gives you access to My Kingdom and My presence even now by My Holy Spirit in you and on you, whom Jesus promised to send to you from Me. And He kept His promise. Acts 2:33. And I have clothed you in Christ, given you the mind of Christ, and poured My Spirit into your heart. And I raised Jesus from the dead as your good Shepherd, who leads you in righteous paths, and as your great High Priest of your confession who ever lives to make intercession for you. And His Blood speaks eternal redemption continually upon the altar in the heavenly Holy of Holies. I have equipped you already with everything you need for life and godliness and more. I have equipped you for battle and for every good work.
Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. At the close of the Book of Revelation He tells you “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:3. And, “I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:16. So the way to go is sure and will never change. The Way is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is the bright morning star that will bring you to perfect day, which is your destination. You have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19. Keep your eyes on Jesus and never quit the Highway of Holiness on which the redeemed walk. Hebrews 12:2; Isaiah 35:8-11.
And in saying I am your desired haven and destination, you are saying that about Jesus too, for we are One and He is the one who shares your humanity. He is the One who loved you and gave His life for you. He is the divine Bridegroom. He is the reason for all creation for all things were made for Him and through Him. He is your inheritance. He is your peace. He is the reason you were made—a bride for My Son, the church. You were made for, in and by Him. He gave you His life—eternal life is in Him. You were made for each other and in Him you are complete. He is your destination for seated with Him and in Him in Heaven you join Him on My throne with Me. Revelation 3:21; Ephesians 2:6. Everything is summed up in Him, everything began and culminates in Him, He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last. The first born from the dead. The firstborn of many brethren. He is the first fruits and you follow.
But in this life there are forces that will try to pull you out of and off the Way. And I equip you for battle. I have given you My Word, and it is sharper than a two-edged (two mouthed is literally what it says) sword, and today you may want to include that it is more intense light and power than a laser and a laser pointed at the moon can reach it from the earth.
So when the devil and his demons, who are still roaming the earth looking for someone to devour, try to launch an attack against you, what do you do? You take out the Sword of the Spirit and you pierce them and take them down. You can also give a good swing of it and take down a whole legion of demons in one fell blow. You counter whatever they are doing with the Word that takes that down. And it is all based on what Jesus has already obtained for you. So to win, you must KNOW what you have. Jesus redeemed you from the curse of the law, which is primarily summed up as sickness, poverty, and eternal death. By His stripes you are and were healed and I am the LORD your healer who heals all your ills (there is healing in His body for My Words are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh). Jesus is My Word made flesh and in His flesh there is healing. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:54. Jesus died so that you are forgiven, healed, and have eternal life. In Jesus you have wisdom, sanctification, redemption, and righteousness. Jesus gave you His peace and His joy so they could be in you. You have these things, they are bought and paid for, you have only to enforce them in your life.
So a spirit of infirmity, such as coughing and chills, comes upon you, what do you do? See that spirit for what it is, a demon straight from hell, and take out your Sword in the spirit and tell that lying spirit that you are redeemed from the curse, you are healed by Jesus’ stripes, and it has to go. Remember? Jesus rebuked the fever in Peter’s mother in law and it went. Do that with the Sword of My Words of healing and who you are and what you have in Christ. Declare you have healing and divine health no one will take it from you and stand your ground with a good swing and pick that demon up with the end of the sword and throw him back into hell. And you hit him with the intense laser light of My Word and the Name of Jesus, who is the Light of the world, and watch him disintegrate into a thousand pieces that fall into the abyss as you direct. And you will find your cough is gone. And you must do the same for any illness or disease that is attacking you. And you can do the same with accusations of shame, guilt, unrighteousness, and condemnation. Wake up to righteousness, that I accounted all your sins to Jesus and He was severely punished for them and I accounted His righteousness to you. Do not ignore so great a gift, receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness and you will reign in life through Christ Jesus. Established in righteousness you are far from oppression. Do not let go of what Christ died to give you. Also you can go after depression, for Jesus gave you His joy and you must not let what He died to give you be in vain in your life. I have anointed you with the oil of joy, for that is what I anointed Jesus with and you have the mind of Christ. The anointing of the head flows down onto the body. And those thoughts of strife and anxiety you can go after by taking the victory of My peace which I gave you in Jesus.
And you may be thinking that you are not capable of taking down so many demons with one swing of the Sword of the Spirit, which is My Word, but let Me remind you of a battle fought by just one single man with one weapon. The Philistines came up to Judah to capture Samson. The men of Judah feared the Philistines who ruled over them and they handed Samson over to them. Samson was bound fast with two new strong ropes. The Philistines, his enemies, shouted with victory but that was not the end. “And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds melted from his hands.” Yes, where My Spirit is there is liberty! Jesus was anointed by My Spirit upon Him to set captives free and so are you. Then loosed from his ropes, Samson found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he stretched out his hand and took it and smote a thousand men with it. Then Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey I have smitten a thousand men.” Judges 15:9-16.
A jawbone of a donkey. Do you remember anything about a donkey? Balaam’s donkey spoke My Words to him when the angel appeared to block his passage. Jawbones. It is time to start moving your jawbones and speaking My Word to take the victory over the demons that are attacking. One can put a thousand to flight. And if you join with another believer to speak over the attacks of the enemy and his strongholds in your state and nation, two can put ten thousand demons to flight. What about a whole army of the Body of Christ, of the Church, taking up the Sword of the Spirit and boldly declaring My Word instead of sitting around grumbling, complaining, and begging Me to do something about it. I already did and it is all yours in Christ Jesus. Stop complaining and blaming and start declaring and proclaiming. It is yours already inside in your spirit, you only have to work it out. Samson had to stretch out his hand and take up the jawbone. Death and life are in the hand of your tongue, which one are you going to reach out and take up?
Keep your eyes on Jesus and watch Him use the Sword. Remember in the Book of Revelation? When Jesus comes back to fight the battle with the devil and his followers, He only has one weapon and it takes them all down. Yes, you know, a sharp sword is coming out of His mouth. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:11-16. And finally, “the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse.” Revelation 19:21. The Word is the Judge, Jesus told you that, “If anyone hears My Words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not receive My Words, has one who judges him; the Word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” John 12:47-48.
You will have tribulation in this world but keep your eyes on Jesus (My Word) who is the Way through it all for He has overcome the world and so do you in Him. Stand your ground and claim the victory and refuse to budge off all the benefits given you in My Word. Read Psalm 103 with joy, It is all yours, so take them and defend them. It is redemption land wherever you stand. Say so. Use the Sword and the Name, and you will watch the demons fall and disintegrate before you. Kind of like a video game, though I do not recommend them.
I love you. Plan your course each day by the destination– to be just like your Teacher, Jesus. He is your way and your destination for He is the way directly to Me. You come in Him though it is still uniquely you, but in Him you are complete, filled with My fullness.