By Miki Maynard
Upping the Ante
Recently, in the morning I heard the Spirit say to me, “I’m upping the ante.” I’m thinking to myself initially, “Oh the Lord just spoke to me.” I just love it when He speaks to me. It’s life, isn’t it?! But then, I thought, “wait a minute, ante? Isn’t that the pot of chips or money in the middle of the table when people are playing poker?”
The term “upping the ante” is also used when investing money or selling a home.
Its network television division upped the ante by paying an estimated$2 million a year for an overall deal.
Note: You can also say that you raise the ante.
To up the ante: To increase the price or cost of something in order to achieve a better result.
(The Free Dictionary by Farlex)
Yahweh is Giving into His Treasure
The bible says you are His treasure. (Deuteronomy 26:18, Luke 15) He gave His life for you because you are of great worth to Him. He is giving more right now and it is very specific. He is giving to you and giving into you.
I keep getting a picture where He is sitting at a table with me. He keeps pointing to the pile in the middle of it and wants me to look at what He has done and beyond that to what He is currently doing.
The pressure on Evangelicals in the world is growing, He is wanting us to cultivate our zeal and lean into Him even more than ever. He knows the stakes are high, and they are going to get higher. He doesn’t want us to be unprepared and miss all that we can be. He wants us to be who we need to be in this hour.
He is Upping the Ante Which Means I Have to Respond
When someone ups the ante, it calls for those involved to come into agreement with the increase. The book of Romans in chapter 12 speaks of being a living sacrifice with each part of the body of Christ doing its part.
Not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
Romans 12:11 NASB
I also like the way the Mirror Study Bible says it.
Do not allow any hesitation to interrupt the rhythm of your zeal; capture the moment; maintain the boiling-point intensity of spirit devotion to the Lord. Romans 12:11 MSB