Back when I was in corporate sales, we had this understanding that the sell didn’t begin until you got your first “NO” from the perspective buyer. That is when the bell started to ring, cha-ching, and the light went off in your mind that you were on the path to blowing away your quota. We were trained to properly qualify the buyer before attempting to close the sale, but we were prepared to show our stuff once the buyer said NO. We did not hear the word NO, and interpret that to mean game over: we took that to mean game just starting! I can recall the excitement that I felt when a trainee, who failed on a sales call would call for the cavalry to save the day. There was no doubt in my mind that I would reverse the temporary decision just made by a non-fully informed buyer. Now, I’m not going to lead you to think that I was able to reverse every NO decision: many of them changed their minds,but many also for that day stayed with their NO decision. What I want you to not only think, but to know is this, there was never any doubt in my mind before the final decision was made that it wouldn’t be made in my favor. I never went into a sales call not knowing that I would make the sell. I didn’t always make the sell, but I always went into the sales call knowing that I would.
This is how it is when you get to phase three of the Godhead to finish the sell with Father. You have already properly walked through the first two phases with the “Word,” and the “Holy Ghost” that you are now ready to close the deal with Father. When you get to this phase of the process, you can not enter into a oneness with Father if you are not sure that victory belongs to you before you get it. If you are not of the mindset that Father will raise you from your dead situation, you better not give up the ghost yet. Jesus couldn’t wait to give up the ghost because He knew that Father would raise Him from the dead. If you don’t feel that rush when stepping toward Father to finish bringing a word to pass, you need to stay with the Holy Ghost phase a little longer until He has comforted you enough to come back around. You don’t want to have to keep circling around, and lose a whole generation of blessings that lay in wait for you, but don’t ever step to Father in doubt, and disbelief. And remember, without faith, you can’t please the Father anyway.
Stepping into Father-time always means that you believe that you have properly processed phases one and two, and now stand ready to finish bringing to pass your word. The time and season for your word is now at hand, and you are just ready to step right on in it: not so fast. Are you really ready to step to Father? Let me ask you in the form of a shot story: a true short story. I was in a meeting with these two pastors a few years back. I felt blessed to be there to hear them talk about God, and scripture. One pastor had graduated from Oral Roberts University with all its history, and deserving fame. The other pastor was from Chicago, and had ties with one of the top female leaders in the country. These ministers contained a wealth of knowledge, and experience that I couldn’t wait to take in. Somehow, or should I say Godhow, the talk went on experiences where God was needed to get the victory. Well, I’m sitting there thinking, my little experiences up to this point can’t touch anything that these guys have done, but I’ll say it anyway.
I go, well I faced an eviction onetime, and God gave me the victory. It got quiet, and they said for me to go on. So I continued to tell them how it came about, and how it went down. I didn’t know that both of them had faced evictions before, and they were curious to hear about my victory. When I told them that God had told me in prayer that He would not let me be evicted, they wanted to know what that meant to my understanding. I told them that the only understanding it could mean was that He would stop it somehow. Then it hit me, and this why I always ask the person if they are really ready to step to Father. Most people that I meet seem to think that God’s word has a different understanding when it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. Most people seem to think that God means what they mean as long as the time for battle is still off a few days, but when the time for battle is drawing near, most people seem to think that it is time to get the other understanding of what God really meant.
Both of these pastors took the other understanding when it came time for battle. Since God had not stopped it before the date served on the notice, they changed the understanding to a different meaning. Like most faith people, they determined that God had did His part, and now they had to do their part. So they packed up, and moved all of their stuff a couple days before the day of battle. My question to them was, how is God going to fight your battle, if you run before the battle begins? It reminded me of why sales people fail at making their quota while having a great product: they are afraid to do battle with the NO people. If you don’t do battle with the people that just say NO, you will never be successful in sales. The NO people are the reason you were hired to be a Salesperson. A secretary, customer service rep., or the janitor can sell to a person that is already processed, and ready to say yes.
People of faith, adopted sons, you are here to prove God. Anyone can talk a good talk, and receive a blessing that does not require a battle. We that are members of the body of Christ must take up our talks, and walk into the day of battle so that Father can raise us up in victory. I do admit, to really walk in faith you must really be willing to go to the death. You most likely will not have to die for 95% of the words from God that you need to bring to pass, but you must indeed sincerely be willing to die for it. If you are not ready to step to that level, don’t step to Father because he doesn’t play. That’s why He sent Jesus to stand in for us: otherwise, Father can’t feel your pain. Jesus is the one that knows your pain. So, stay on the other side of the Jordan until you are willing to cross over. Many children receive many blessings from phases one, and two only, and never cross over the Jordan(BC)/Father(AD).
Anyway, my understanding about the eviction that I faced was that He would do what was needed to stop it. I didn’t ever think that I was suppose to help God. Now, I know that He would use me to do what He needed to stop the eviction, but not to run from the eviction. If He is God, the time to put up was now knocking on my door. I open the door to four big deputies, and they said that they were here to evict me. This is when my faith just took over: just like in sales when you are told NO by the customer, it’s time to battle. I ask the deputies who could stop the eviction? They said that people don’t stop evictions. I ask, if they were to stop one, who would stop it? He said that the property manager would be the one to stop it. Oh, the battle is on: I say to them, before you start moving things out, can I run down to the office first to speak with the property manager? Here is when you know that Father is already on the job: the deputies went back to their cars, and waited for me to run down to the office. Instead of me changing my understanding, Father changed the property manager’s understanding, and the eviction was canceled. The battle had been won, but I had to stay on the battle field so Father would be represented in bodily form. That’s how He gets His Glory: now I can’t stop glorifying Him for what He done.
To this day, the children of faith are still changing to the other understanding when Father doesn’t show up early. Father will always show up on time, but you must be ready to stay on the Battle Field while Father BATTLES.
Oh by the way, two weeks after this victory, I was offered a job that had a benefit package that included free housing, utilities, medical, and a nice salary. I guess this is why I don’t back down when it’s Father-time: you just can’t beat God’s blessing no matter how hard you understand.