“So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!” Luke 21:28
Recently I was in an awesome Church service, where the worship was so sweet and moving that I found myself absorbed in His presence. Standing there with my eyes closed, and my head bowed, I heard His still small voice in me say “Look up.” It wasn’t a call to look up at any particular thing or person, but it was a sense to lift up my head and soak Him in.
As I thought about it later I realized that when I would bow my head in my mind I would invariably begin to reflect on me, my shortcomings, my need, my desire, etc. But, when I lifted my head, my focus would immediately shift to Him and His goodness, His awesomeness, and that’s when I would begin to really worship again.
In Acts 3:1-10 we see the incredible story of the first miracle after the birth of the Church. Peter and John were walking together to the Temple when they encountered a lame man who was asking for money. Peter, the rock and power, and John, love. Peter was known as the “Power Disciple” while John was known as the “Love Disciple.” When power and love walk together BIG things happen.
Here’s what happened in the story: 4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Because the man was lame it’s obvious that he was at ground level, so when Peter said “Look at us,” the man had to look up.
You see our adversary doesn’t want us to look up; he wants us looking at our circumstances, our need, and ourselves. But, to get the breakthrough, the healing, the miracle we need, we have to get our eyes off ourselves and on to something much Bigger, and the Bigger is Him.
You may feel like you’ve been waiting forever for that situation to turn around, or that breakthrough to come, but I believe God wants you to know, “Your salvation is near!”
That word “Salvation” in the Greek is the word Sótéria, and the Greek word for “Saved” is Sozo. And when combined together it means; to be saved, healed, delivered, preserved, protected, to be made prosperous and to be made whole. Paul said in Romans 10:8-9, “But what does it say? The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Sozo).”
So let me encourage you today, look up, and start speaking. Start declaring Sozo over your situation, circumstance or mountain. Your breakthrough is almost here!