God is harnessing the POWER within YOU! (America’s Bible Harness) by Andy Sanders
What is a harness? A harness is a strap or fitting fastened around an animal, designed to control it. In this case, we often think of a horse harness. It is also the ability to control or make use of something, like tapping into natural resources.
Years ago I used to ride horses from time to time. My family would go to a horse ranch for a day to ride around. On this particular occasion, we got to the ranch and were then fitted with a horse. The horse I received was very large—unusually big compared to the other horses my family members had gotten. Me being the youngest and smallest, I assumed and preferred a smaller horse. The owner assured us that this horse was great with children. We saddled up and off we went—still a bit timid. We had a blast that entire day! We went through rivers, up hills, down valleys, over small rocky cliffs, and along breathtaking trails with refreshing streams and all sorts of wildlife.
The moment couldn’t have been better. That is, until the horse got tired of me or I got tired of him—or a mix of both. It went from awesome to good to “OH GOD!” in less than a minute flat. That “great horse with kids” completely ignored anything I tried to do to control it. From jerking its head back, going in circles, all the way to rearing up and trying to buck me off! Nothing had changed on my end—the saddle was still on correct, stirrups were set, the reins and harness were both fine. The horse simply decided that it was ready to go back to the barn, which was roughly a mile away.
Wham! Down the hill, directly into thick, low-hanging tree limbs and coarse brush the horse and I went. That horse ran as fast as it could down the side of a steep hill! Holding on for dear life and totally out of control, I was forced to go down the hill with him—whether I wanted to or not. The harder I pulled, the harder he ran. Every attempt to get this horse back under control failed. Remember, I wasn’t an expert; just a casual rider on someone’s giant horse. Once past the trees, I could see the red barn in the distance, and between us and the stable lay a wide open, low cut field. Now the horse decided to run. He surged forward, faster by the minute—scarier by the second. If you have never been on an out-of-control horse,not knowing what to do, it can be frightening to say the least. That four-legged giant ran so hard I nearly fell off several times. I remember the rest of our family and friends following behind me at a good distance. None of the other horses were anywhere near us—I was all alone. I thought, If I don’t figure out how to keep myself on this horse, I am big trouble, perhaps dead. Instantly, I went back to the basics—head down, feet out, low to the horse, eyes forward. I told the horse calmly, “You got it. Let’s go. Let’s beat them. Let’s get to the barn first. You can do this.” Everything shifted—uncontrolled movement was transformed into harnessed power.
We arrived at the barn and the horse skidded to a stop, nearly flipping me over his head. Eventually, the others from my group showed up and the ordeal was over.
Same horse, same me. So what changed from when the horse started running to the end at the barn? Simple—harnessed power! At the end of the ride, I was heading the same direction as the horse was, and we were both working together rather than fighting each other. Some Christians are heading in the same direction as the Lord but not completely working together. That is called unharnessed power and is where friction comes in. The person who is rubbing you wrong today can very well be the individual God uses to establish your destiny tomorrow. The Lord is attempting to properly harness the kingdom power within us, releasing us to move better than at any other time in our lives. We sometimes fight that which is struggling to adjust us! Unharnessed kingdom power in our lives is like a loaded shotgun in the hands of a toddler—deadly!
When something is harnessed properly, it will stand the challenges and tests of time through adverse circumstances. Being harnessed and then channeled the right direction results in power, speed, and the ability to walk unafraid.
The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13 NIV).
America’s Harness: California to the Northeast
The Bible Belt historically consists of ten main states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Utah, Tennessee. Typically, it is a group of states running from mid/lower California across Mississippi and into the Carolinas. The exact states can be debatable, but it is like a paint belt wrapping across America. In a recent vision, I was looking over America, seeing it as an aerial map. On the map sat a harness from the bottom/middle area of California running into the Northeast regions around the United States. This harness was originally in two parts: One from the southwest and the other from the Northeast. Eventually it connected right in the central areas ofthe mid-western parts of the US. At first I assumed the Bible Belt was moving north, up the east coast, but then I realized that this wasn’t a shift at all in the Bible Belt, but an addition—a harness was being attached to the Bible Belt.
“Prepare your shields, both large and small, and march out for battle! Harness the horses, mount the steeds! Take your positions with helmets on! Polish your spears, put on your armor! What do I see? They (the Egyptians) are terrified, they are retreating, and their warriors are defeated. They flee in haste without looking back, and there is terror on every side,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 46:3-5 NIV).
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God’s harnessing America to steer it back in the right direction (a moral path). A good foundation will always remain when a house topples over. Likewise, the good foundation of America remains. The moral decline of our nation not only has your attention (I hope), but it also has God’s.
God is harnessing America’s power. From ethanol plants to fertilizer all the way to gas, oil, and chemical refineries, we have everything needed in America to survive. Regardless of who uses it, the resources are here for the taking. We have walked with the kingdom-minded, the kingdom business leaders, but I see a new group of people emerging in the land, and they are the kingdom geniuses. Those called with a divine brilliance to help the kingdom-minded and kingdom business leaders harness the power of intelligent design at a greater caliber of understanding. These are the kingdom-brilliant, the mastermind Christian geniuses of our future.
Like natural resources, they are there already; they have been there, whether we knew about them or not. There are many hidden resources tucked away both within America and the body of Christ that have not been released or discovered yet. The talent hasn’t found the talent-connector yet, and now it’s time. Like newly-discovered gold within a cave, so is the Lord releasing the authority of His people this year. Untapped talent will surface. Hidden talent will suddenly be discovered. Some of the power within America has been shifted and in some ways lost, and the Lord is harnessing the power of the United States to function again, particularly the Christians of this nation, making us more influential within the earth than ever before.
God is harnessing us because He loves us enough to steer us properly. If you have felt lately like you’re being “strapped for time,” “strapped for cash,” or whatever, remember God’s harness is there to reveal the kingdom ability within you. The book of Proverbs summed up is this: If you are Spirit-led, you still must learn to use your head. We can become so accustomed to trying to walk by the Spirit that we fail to walk daily by cultivating what He has already given us. Let’s face it, some of the problems that we face right now are not because Satan threw a monkey wrench into our system of life;it is because we never took the time to properly develop that which God told us to nurture in our lives. Satan doesn’t have to throw a monkey wrench to mess something up that is already messed up. Sometimes we blame God for our financial problems when it is our own spending problem. If we can learn to fix our spending problem, then the problem is solved! This can be applied to anything in life.
A harness is also used in faster cars to add additional safety to the standard lap belt/shoulder harness systems we are accustomed to in standard vehicles. If a vehicle is faster or more powerful than the average vehicle, it will require a harness. I once raced a funny car (drag car) on a short track, and I will never forget the moment the attendant strapped me in the five-point harness. The roaring sound of the engine was right behind my head. Once the harness was strapped and the vehicle cleared, I was instantly launched down the track, shifting gears as fast as I could while the force of the power and speed from that car thrust my head back so fast that I could barely see where I was going. In a blink of a moment, I was across the finish line and the race was over. Five minutes later, my heart was still pounding out of my chest, and my mind was wondering, What on earth just happened? This is harnessed power and speed both channeled in the same direction all working together. So why the Bible Belt harness? He is in the process of upgrading the power, presence, and swiftness of the works of His hand through the lives of kingdom-minded believers. Get your seat belts and harnesses on; it’s about to move quickly!
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Before Andy’s graduation, he had an encounter with God that altered his life. He has since devoted his time to preaching the gospel, writing, and developing authors. He co-authored the Capturing the Supernatural series. Andy has a BA from Central Bible College and carries a masters and doctorate in Christian education from Freedom Seminary, graduating withhonors. His family resides in Syracuse, NY. www.5foldmedia.com
A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..
A word by Dana Jarvis
I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.
Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!
You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.
However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”
I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!
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