The dance of the two camps is that delicate balance between God’s sovereignty and your responsibility. Because God is not insecure, He fully empowers you, giving you freedom to choose what you will think, what you will feel, what you will speak, what you will imagine, and what you will do. And the primary vehicle of that power is your will.
In this dance, too much emphasis on man’s responsibility leads to performance, striving, control and authoritarianism. Too much emphasis on God’s sovereignty leads to passivity, apathy, irresponsibility and a victim mindset. Both these imbalances can only exist within the illusion of separation. When you are operating out of true oneness with God, there is perfect balance. The process of becoming one with Him (as you already are in spirit) is a back and forth dance of learning to trust and yield to Him as well as accepting maturity-appropriate responsibility and learning to trust Him in you.
Remember, this is a dance. It’s not all up to you. You know that you can accomplish nothing apart from Him. You also know that He has chosen to work in the earth realm through you. God, even though He is sovereign and has the power to do whatever He wants, chooses not to act independently of you. He wants to dance with you, the dance of the two camps… Christ in you, the hope of glory!
I have mentioned before that every move of God, without exception, can be traced back to a person or group of people who pressed in and contended, with holy hunger, for Him. You may know somebody who was miraculously healed or was born again through a dramatic visitation of God, a Divine “suddenly.” If you look hard enough, though, you will find that someone was praying — someone who knew this person, someone who was burdened for this nation or group of people, someone in the bloodline. Someone was dancing with the passionate heart of God. Glorious movements of God are not cases of God moving arbitrarily or independently but are merely snapshots of His dance with humanity. He initiates according to His Divine, eternal plan, and we respond, ushering the reality of His heart into the dimension of time. Yeshua was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, (Revelation 13:8), but He came in the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4). Spiritual reality is eternal, but it manifests in earth-time through the gate of human will.
The will is one of the gateways of the human soul, and, like any gate, it opens and closes. It opens when we say yes and closes when we say no. The Bible describes a properly functioning will gate this way:
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. –James 4:7, NKJV
Here, we see spiritual victory being ushered in through the gate of the will, as it opens to God and closes to the adversary. We must be yielded enough to submit totally to God (saying yes) and must be strong enough to resist the enemy (saying no). If rebellion, self-will, self-protection or control occupies your will gate, you will struggle to submit to your Father, your King. If your will has been broken and your “no” taken through abuse or control, you will struggle to resist the enemy and the needs, wants, plans and agendas of others (well-meaning or otherwise). And this inability to say no will prevent you from proactively stewarding the life that has been entrusted to you. Most people lean toward the imbalance that is most familiar and comfortable, but the mature sons of God are like the Roman centurion – under authority and in authority. In full submission to the Creator of all things, we walk in dominion over all of creation.
But the Roman officer interjected, “Lord, who am I to have you come into my house? I understand your authority, for I too am a man who walks under authority and have authority over soldiers who serve under me. I can tell one to go and he’ll go, and another to come and he’ll come. I order my servants and they’ll do whatever I ask. So I know that all you need to do is to stand here and command healing over my son and he will be instantly healed.” Jesus was astonished when he heard this and said to those who were following him, “He has greater faith than anyone I’ve encountered in Israel!” –Matthew 8:8-10, TPT
This passage is of tremendous significance to us. As elohim and gatekeepers (first of our own lives and then of all creation), we are responsible to say yes and no according to the will of the Father. Ruling and reigning requires both submission and dominion, being both under authority and in authority. In order to do this, the will gate must be functioning at full capacity, with Yeshua enthroned there as King of Kings.
Years ago, when I first entered the school of spiritual warfare, there was “a demon behind every bush,” and everywhere I went, people manifested. It was an exciting classroom, to say the least. At that time, I worked in a ministry for troubled teens, and the teens were not the only ones manifesting. So were the staff. We were all going through our own personal deliverance, though thankfully, not at the same time. One day, as we prayed for a coworker we’ll call Heather, waves of God’s presence swept over her. Each time, she would sink into a state of “spiritual anesthesia,” while Holy Spirit brought to the surface a particular stronghold. We would discern what spirit it was and sometimes what it was connected to. We would tell it to go, she would come into agreement, and that thing would leave her. Then the Lord would give her a little time to rest before she began “sinking” again. This happened for almost 24 hours, as Holy Spirit, layer by layer, went deeper and deeper. Finally, a spirit of anger surfaced and made it quite clear that it wasn’t going anywhere. After quite some time, we were exasperated and finally insisted that Heather take authority over it herself. I’ll never forget the look on her face when she paused and said, in a little child’s voice, “It’s my friend.” Heather had used the spirit of anger to protect herself and wasn’t quite sure she was ready to let go of it. Things were hanging in the balance, and her will was the deciding factor. Heather did, after a little coaxing, finally decide to let go of her “friend,” exchanging it for a much better One. God has given our will near-ultimate power.
This is an excerpt from my book, Miracles Are Normal: Co-Creating Through Oneness With God. You can purchase paperback or digital copies from my website here: Miracles Are Normal. And you can purchase from Amazon here: Miracles Are Normal on Amazon
In the coming weeks, you’ll learn more about your “yes” and your “no,” you’ll learn about common misalignments of the will and you’ll learn how to bring your will fully under the government of God. And yes, you guessed it…. This is all so that you can rule and reign in the earth, co-creating with God and manifesting your miracle.
Until next week,