Robert D. Pace
I find myself torn between labeling this post as a Point of Inspiration devotional or a Prophetic Insight. Regardless of how it appears, I ask that you open your heart to the Holy Spirit and discern its application for you. Ultimately, only God can confirm whether this “word” has right-of-passage into your life. As you apply this, do so in terms of God’s impartation of privilege for you now! Why now? Because, according to Jesus, it’s always the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:19).
Awhile back, I heard the Lord speak the word, “privilege” into my heart. As I researched its definition, I discovered it meant, “a right or benefit granted to a select people. Privilege grants a person permission to enjoy something un-afforded to others. It offers immunity, advantage, and favor to accomplish something noble.” In essence, privilege can be summarized in three words: Advantage, Exemption, and Opportunity. I want to examine each:
1. The Privilege of Advantage: Jesus wants you to excel because He has summoned “advantage” into your life. Your Savior has placed His Signet Ring upon your finger, given you the “key of David,” and kissed you with privilege. And as Christ embraces you, He also releases you with His promise from Revelation 3:7 that says, “[These are] the words of the Holy One, the True One.” (Re-read those words of Christ) Do you see what Christ is saying? He’s saying that as the “holy… [and] true One,” he goes before you with the keys to open doors and make your assignment successful. Your advantage is sure!
2. The Privilege of Exemption: The assignment God has for your life is important to God. So much so, that your faithful obedience to Him enables you to be exempt from defeat! In fact, your assignment is of such magnitude that God says, ‘No one can shut the door in your face and prevent you from moving forward’ (Revelation 3:8). I want to elaborate on this privilege of exemption:
First, as you pursue your assignment and walk with God, He will exempt you from the sentence belonging to the world. I am not suggesting that God will eliminate tests or peril. I am inferring what Revelation 3:10 says: “Because you have kept my Word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.” God says, “You are exempt; you have been granted immunity; you are not numbered with the world and, like Noah, you will rise above its curse.”
Second, the Lord’s Exemption for you says, “The defeats of your past have not disqualified you from your assignment. The pardon from Christ’s Blood exempts you from being sidelined.”
Third, God extends the privilege of being exempt from the slander of others repressing and constraining you. Revelation 3:9 says, “Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that I have loved you.” God’s promise to the Philadelphian Christians is yours: you are exempt from suppression and God will publicly affirm you!
3. The Privilege of Opportunity: Advantage coupled with Exemption makes way for Opportunity. And Opportunity is the assignment itself. Recall those to whom God extended privilege: Mary, privileged to birth the Messiah says, “Be it unto me according to your Word.” Noah, privileged to spare the human race from the Flood proceeds to build an Ark. Moses, privileged to secure the 10 Commandments, walks up Mount Sinai and returns with the Stone Tablets. Whatever your opportunity is, you have the backing of Heaven to make it successful. Jesus said, “I have set before you an open door” (Revelation 3:8). That’s opportunity; that’s privilege; so go forth in faith!
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