keyboard-390625_1920One evening as I sat at my desk at home, I happened to glance down at the keyboard.

Suddenly my eyes focused on the Shift key. The word Shift seemed to jump out at me beckoning me to do

just that. I looked up the formal meaning of shift. There were several definitions but one in particular stood out. It said shift means to “exchange (one thing) for another.”

The Holy Spirit was impressing upon me that I needed to shift in a number of areas of my life.  First, I need to shift in my thinking and belief system. A while back the Lord said, “I’ve blessed you greater than you’re believing me for.” My prayers and thinking are too small. My belief system needs to shift so God can expand my faith because it’s the magnet that attracts His blessings from the spiritual into the natural realm.

Next, I need to shift into all that God has for me. This demands I no longer allow the fear of success to rule my life. Like Joshua, God is calling me to be strong and courageous. Courage doesn’t mean the absence of fear. Rather, it means I exercise courage in the face of fear.

God wants me to shift into greater revelation because there’s more of Him and His plans that He wants to reveal to me. I also need to shift into greater purpose because all that God has done up until now has been a preview for the greater that is to come.

The word shift not only implies I need to shift into some things, it dictates there are things I need to shift out of such as complacency, procrastination, laziness and self-focus.

We’re in the midst of 2017, the year of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s power is flowing like a flood. The flood brings healing, deliverance, liberty, restoration and wholeness. With God we must be ready to shift at a moment’s notice. I always say God takes His time suddenly. Sometimes it seems like God takes His good old time. But then, when He finally moves, He does so swiftly. We must be sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit so we don’t miss what God has for us.

Luke 12:32 says, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” God has many great things in store for you that demand you shift. What is God calling you to shift into or out of?

Until next time…

Reverend Cynthia Jackson

Rev. Cynthia Jackson is the administrator of the Rhema4U Blog and Innovations Ministries Director. Rev. Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Bishop David G. Evans. She is an associate minister at Bethany Baptist Church located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Rev. Jackson founded Innovations Ministries in 2001. Innovations Ministries provides dynamic and innovative programs and services for individuals and families dealing with various health-related issues. She is a gifted teacher, preacher, conference speaker and writer. God has anointed Rev. Jackson to be a spiritual midwife with a passion to empower others to birth God's vision for their lives. Rev. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University.

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