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Rivers of Living Water

John 7:38, “Rivers of living water will flow out of your innermost man” (Jn. 7:38).

Here’s the condition, though. He said, “This will only happen if you believe on Me in the way the Scripture says”.  Rivers will flow. You could call it a flowing river; you could call it a fiery heart or a fiery flame; it’s the same thing. Whether it’s a flowing river on the inside, as in John 7:38, or rivers flowing in the innermost man, or fire burning on the heart, it’s an identical concept.
•    Jesus said in John 7:38, “Rivers will flow.” I’m paraphrasing, but there’s a condition. People don’t read the condition, and the condition is this: “If you believe on Me in the way the Scriptures describe believing on Me.”
•    If you go through the New Testament looking for it, you find the biblical definition of believing is believing that incorporates a spirit of dedication, a spirit of devotion, and a spirit of grace.
•    I’ve found that many, many people approach the Word with two of the three. You have to believe on Him in the way the Scripture says. You can’t pick two out of three and then expect the rivers to flow. It’s three out of three. We have to feed our spirit on all three things. We need to have the vision to be wholehearted. There’s no substitute for the yes in your spirit, for the determination to have a hundredfold obedience. There’s absolutely no substitute for a big yes in your spirit. You may not walk it out, but it’s a fiery determination in your soul to get through those issues. The Lord says, “I see that. That’s real to me.”
•    It’s not enough to be a rule keeper who says, “I’ll stay out of all the bad mud holes.” You have to have a spirit of devotion, and an “I love You” in the journey.
•    That’s not enough either.  Some people who have devotion and dedication, but they aren’t established in the spirit of grace. They have an “I will obey You” and “I love You,” but they say, “Lord, I know that You don’t take me seriously yet and I know that I’m still on probation. I know that I still haven’t earned the right yet to enjoy Your presence.” They don’t have the spirit of grace operating yet. They end up giving up on the miraculous power of the written Word touching the inner man. They give up on it. They say, “Well, I read the Word and it just didn’t work.” No, you didn’t believe on Him in the way the Scripture says. You believed on Him in the way your denomination taught you. You believed on him in the way your fellowship taught you. You believed on Him in the way your Bible camp taught you. That’s not enough. We need to believe on Him in the way the Scripture teaches and then, like He said in John 7:38, it flows like a river on the inside, in time. I don’t mean that night, necessarily, but over time, it flows like a river on the inside.

THE HEART IS SET ON FIRE BY FAITH IN THE WORD
•    2 Thes 2:13—  It says this: the way that you enter into sanctification, the way that you enter is by faith in the Word and by the Holy Spirit. The way the heart is set on fire is when we have faith in the Word. We believe what the Word of God says, but particularly about the need for the spirit of dedication, the spirit of devotion, and the spirit of grace. You can call those three things different things if you want; you can use your own terms. You can call it a spirit of obedience instead of dedication; you can call it a spirit of “I love you” instead of devotion. You can call it what you want, but those realities need to be present in the heart.
•    Let me tell you, when those things are present, the Word of God has a miraculous dimension of releasing fire, or releasing the living waters. It has a miraculous dimension of changing your emotional chemistry. It changes you for real if you do this consistently. I’ve never seen it fail, ever. I’ve seen people give up on the process and I’ve seen them approach with two of the three or, more commonly, one of those three elements. They approach reading the Word with one of those three elements, or sometimes two. Sometimes they have all three of the elements, but they give up in a month or two. At least give it a good five-year run before you conclude that the Word of God doesn’t work. Don’t give it three months; give it five years. It won’t take five years, but when those five years come and go, you’ll look back over it and say, “Oh, my heart is flowing like a river; I don’t even know when it started.”
•    I absolutely assure you that there’s a miraculous dimension where the Word of God touches the human heart with these three components: the spirit of dedication, the spirit of devotion, and the spirit of grace. I find that the most difficult is the spirit of grace. I find that the easiest is the spirit of dedication. If you have 1,000 people out there at a conference, 800 will say yes to a spirit of dedication. Large numbers of people will say, “I will go all the way.” The vision to be wholehearted is a very important vision. It’s a life vision. It’s a personal vision in your heart, a determination, saying, “I will be wholehearted.” Continue reading

Experiencing the Holy Spirit in Prayer

Many are awakening to the love of prayer, and are seeking to connect with God in a deeper way.  Seeking to experience the Holy Spirit is a biblical, tangible reality.

In John 5 Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees; He says, “You do not have His word abiding in you, because [Him] whom He sent, Him you do not believe”   The Father sent Jesus, but they don’t believe Him. Why? Because they don’t have His word abiding in them.

  • Verse 39 is when it began to really become clear. He says, “You study the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but these are those which testify of Me. You are unwilling to come to Me that you might have life (Jn. 5:38).
  • Often we as believers confuse the value of bible understanding we get. We confuse its value, thinking, “It’s complete; it’s enough to have this.”  Yes, it’s valuable to understand the passage, but it’s incomplete, but often you end up with leaders who have head knowledge, but they don’t interact in a fresh way with the Living Son of God, by the Spirit.
  • I read that verse once and I was shocked, I said, “That’s what I do.  I’m searching”—you can also use the word ‘studying’—“the Scriptures. I’m engaging my mind. I thought that through Bible study I would experience life. That was the same problem the Pharisees were having; but here’s the key phrase, in verse 40: “But you are not willing to come to Me that you might have life” (Jn. 5:40).

    What came to my thinking the first time I saw this, changed me forever, it is that you can do Bible study all day long, but if you don’t take the Word to Jesus with a hungry heart, you don’t experience life. It hit me like a arrow, that I wasn’t coming to Him in this way. “You’re not dialoguing with Me. You’re not interacting with Me in your searching of the Scriptures.”  The written word must take us to the Living Word, this is the way to the life and food of the Word..

    So from that point on, I began to try and have a running dialogue with Jesus as I read the Scriptures.  Each passage is a door to knock on and ask Jesus for the Eph 1:17 spirit of Revelation.  The bible never says to read it in a year, but it says over and over to meditate on it.  A verse can be made a prayer quite easy.

  • The implanted Word delivers our soul from bondage to filthiness. 21 Lay aside all filthiness…and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save (supernaturally deliver) your souls. (Jas 1:21)   7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you…ask…and it shall done. (Jn. 15:7)

  • There are three components necessary for the power of the Word to live in us. First, we use our choice to pursue God with a spirit of obedience, faith (confidence He answers) and loving devotion. Second, we feed our heart continually on the Word (implant it in our heart) through mediation. Third, we need the activity of the Spirit to turn meditation into living revelation (turn water into wine, Jn. 2) to save or deliver us from sinful desires.  We must fellowship with the Holy Spirit by talking to Him.   Summary of the three components: we must obey God, feed on the Word and talk to the Spirit.

  • The bible highlights two ways to focus our mind in seeking God: God on His Throne (Rev. 4) and God in our innerman.  The Spirit flows from our “innermost man,” its where the Holy Spirit lives in us if we are born again.  We know from Scripture that He dwells in our innermost man (John 7:38), but we only experience Him in the innerman.  The innerman contains our mind will and emotions (Eph 3:16) We turn the attention of our soul to the Spirit in our spirit to grow in the deep things of God.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

  • Meditation must be made prayer to enter the heart.  Christianity is relationship with the Man Jesus, we are sanctified and transformed by beholding Him, via the Word and Spirit.  Paul reveals here, that Scripture verses aren’t too just be figured out by the mind, but require the Holy Spirit to impact the heart, we want living understanding.  It takes God to get God.

38 If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believes on me, the way the Scriptures say,  From his innermost being (belly, KJV) will flow rivers of living water.  (Jn. 7:38 NAS)

  • By believing the Scriptures with authentic faith, we will connect with God and experience the Holy Spirit.  This experience Jesus likens to drinking from rivers of living water.  I’m going to talk about some very powerful activities that have been highlighted as a focus in the prayer movement.   Its easy to slip from the discipline of pursuing God, we must resolve to go after loving Him with all of our heart.  Getting the Word alive in your heart takes time and focus, it must become your main priority, and you must resist activity and speech that hinders it.  If we will commit to agressively feed our heart on the Love of God, we will take spiritual ground and be anointed by the Spirit to love God in yet greater ways.  If we are not agressively taking new ground, we will lose the ground we have, in stagnation.
The Mind Mouth Heart Method
Reading Scriptures gets them in our mind, and we need to love God with all of our mind, but speaking them over ourselves and speaking them to God, gets them in our heart.  John 15:7 reveals that if His words abide in you, you will have greater authority in prayer and see more answers.
4 ways to go Deeper-

1) Pray-Read Scripture to God (thanking Him, asking for revelation or power to obey).

  • Jesus said “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)   Scriptures will impact us when we pray them directly, not just thinking about them or studying them.  We when meet with Jesus, the Scriptures are our anointed conversation material.  “We let the written word take us to the Living Word, Jesus.”
  • So depending on the verse, we can thank God for the truth in it, and then ask for revelation on the verse, or ask for power to obey them.  The Scriptures are living and active (Heb 4:2) and are so powerful to transform us and renew our mind as we pray them.  They rewrite the code of our inner man enabling us to abide in God/Christ to dwells within us (Eph 3;16-19).  We renew our mind (Col 3:10) and walk as a new creation.
  • So with a verse like 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26) We would pray, Thank you Holy Spirit that you teach me, I ask for revelation on what it truly means for you to teach me, and help me to understand you leadings.  Or John 15:9 As the Father has loved Me, I love you.  We would pray, Jesus thank you for this love, strengthen me with might (Eph 3:16) to experience this love.  I ask for greater revelation of this love.  And we would worship and journal revelation.
  • Continually asking for revelation is so powerful, we grow in revelation.  Each Scripture is like a door we knock on, as God is inviting us into encounter, in the Knowledge of God.
  • The Holy Spirit is with us to teach us, like Jesus taught His disciples.  We must lean not on our own understanding, but seek God.  It helps to ask for the Eph 1:17 Spirit of wisdom and revelation and enlightening of the spiritual eyes.
  • 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26)
  • 13 The Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth; He will tell you things to come. (Jn. 16:13)
  • 27 The anointing…abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things… (1 Jn. 2:27)

2) Sing the Scriptures to Him

  • Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. (Eph 5:18-19 Niv)
  • I believe Eph 5:18-19 is being emphasized by many Spirit-led ministries, as the way to be filled with the Spirit.  The verse says we should not answer the longing of our hearts with drunkenness, but rather be filled with the Spirit, by Singing to Jesus the Scriptures. I believe this is one of the most important verses in the bible about prayer.   This message of singing the Word is being spread all over the world through the prayer movement, and it needs to be a part of our prayer life.  God created the human heart so that singing opens the heart in a way that nothing else does.  Singing the Word is the main biblical prescription, the premier way, to be filled with the Spirit and set on fire for God.  Jesus was the Living Word before He became a man, and now we encounter Him by singing and praying/dialoguing the written word.  So we let the written word take us to the Living Word.  But we must grow our hearts in praying the Word.
  • “Biblical ideas that you sing are ideas that you own.” They become yours.
    Premiere means to get the scripture deep in us: sing it, pray it, and not to the air, but to Him. Often.
    Is there anything as satisfying and powerful as singing about the details of Jesus, and declaring to Him that He is beautiful?
  • To pray consistently, pray the scriptures. The word of God is the “chariot” the Holy Spirit rides on best in our lives and heart.
    To pray consistently, sing the scriptures. Singing unlocks the heart, causes truth to go deeper, and makes prayer enjoyable.
    Sing the word of God until you feel something on the inside move. Then sing more.
    To study the word and comprehend it is transforming; to then pray it and sing it – consuming.
    Prayer & the corresponding power of the Holy Spirit makes the heart fertile soil for the seed of the word to flourish.
  • Click on the picture on the top right to see an archived worship with the Word set, with us at Ihop-kc, a 24-7 worship and intercession ministry.
  • When we stand before God on Judgment Day, He is not going to ask us how big of house did we get, or how big did we make our bank account, but how big did our heart get by experiencing His love and revelation (1st commandment.)

3) Fast

  • Fasting does not ‘earn’ us more of God.  It does increase our capacity to experience the Holy Spirit, and accelerate the process of communing prayer.  I have found fasting on water, 1 day a week, to be unparallelled in terms of its impact on my experiencing of God.  I am calling fiery believers to fast at least one day a week.  The benefits are tremendous in fasting two days a week, but let desire for God drive your fasting, not commands or religious spirit.
  • This depth of fasting is well within the reach of most people.  But we desperately need more revelation of Jesus as our Bridegroom who has burning desire for us and fiery affections toward us.  As we live in the truth of the bridal paradigm, we fast because we long for Jesus.  Jesus told the Pharisees the day would come when the Bridegroom would be taken away from the disciples, and then they would fast out of longing for Him (Matt. 9:15).  When Jesus ascended to Heaven after His death and resurrection, He was taken away in the sense indicated in this Scripture.  The Bride of Christ is meant to long for His return, His Second Coming, and fasting is one way we express this longing.
  • By knowing Jesus as our Bridegroom and seeing ourselves as His Bride, we will become energized with a spirit of prayer and filled with courage to live lives abandoned to God in holiness. Only then will fasting seem appropriate, reasonable or Continue reading

He will Judge the heart

The fasted lifestyle of serving fasting praying and giving to the Father who sees and rewards is revealed in Matthew 5-7.

Matthew 5:19 has Jesus saying of this lifestyle “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does these commandments and teaches others (encourages) will be called great.”

All of the heart postures (mourning, hungering etc) of the beatitudes and virtues of the Sermon on the Mount (SotM), as well as our beholding of Jesus to transform us, can only be done by maintaining an inner dialogue with the Holy Spirit.  It is His work to sanctify and lead us, but without communication and abiding our heart and nature are fallen.  Most Christians have been taught to just be saved and live anyway we want, but this video reveals the fear of the Lord that 1)we will give account for every idle word unrepented of [Matt 12:36], and 2) He will judge not just what we did, but He will judge the heart, the inner motives (1Cor 4:5).  -I need fresh encounters with the Spirit to live perfectly the way the SotM details.

  • Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.  He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.  At that time each will receive their praise from God (1 Cor 4:5).

The continuous inner dialogue of ‘John 15 Abiding in His love‘ is revealed in Galatians 5:16 as ‘walking in the Spirit.‘  Walking in the Spirit is not some ethereal idea that we can just claim to do, but is ‘talking with the Spirit in a dialogue.’  If we feed on the Word and Gal 6:8 ‘sow to the Spirit’ (singing, tongues, etc) He will talk back more often, and we will reap His love on our emotions.  He will talk us into wisdom in time, money and energy, or lifestyle of Matt 13 “100fold obedience.”  The best way to say it is, “We won’t walk in the Spirit more than we talk with the Spirit.”  Let’s walk in the Spirit, it’s grace based, and we grow in it over time.  He will help us relate to others in a right way, and work with what the Father is doing in their lives, so we can love them and treat them accordingly.

It’s also taught that stalling out in obedience can shut down His activity, but it has to all be fueled by His love, and the Spirit’s ministry centers around revealing the Love of the Father and Bridegroom.  The uncreated Spirit of God dwells in us!!  Dwells in us, yet He is dormant without our co-operation.

REWARD IN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM

  1. Our ministry in the age to come has nothing to do with how much we accomplished outwardly in this age, but rather how much we developed inwardly. The choices we make in our 70-year internship determine where and how we will function in our 1,000-year ministry assignment.  (Mt. 19:30; 20:16, 26-27; 22:14;)  THIS IS HUGE

HE WILL JUDGE OUR HEART SIZE?

  1. We must keep and teach a life vision that recognizes this truth: The measure that we develop in our hearts in love, meekness, and revelation (of His Word) related to our time and talents, determines our place and function in His eternal government. Marriages should be built on empowering each other in this. Without a clearly defined life vision, our time will be stolen by the tyranny of the urgent.  Time is the essence of life, wasting time is wasting life.  His Mercy sustains our reach for grace in this fueled by the Fear of the Lord as well as refusing a cheap grace message.
  2. Matthew 5: says ‘The Meek shall inherit the earth.’  They that advocate meekness will inherit the earth and be called great not least, because God has chosen voluntary weakness as the vehicle for Him to show Himself strong on our behalf.  1 Cor 1:27 says of the SotM lifestyle and weak things, “ God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.”  Meekness is voluntarily (and involuntarily sometimes) giving up our strength, and it’s the way the Kingdom is released and that strongholds and ideologies that holds the culture of our city in bondage. We choose weakness in finances and call it giving, we choose weakness in food to pray and call it fasting, we choose weakness in our time and speech asking God about His word and praying God what He wants us to pray for and call it having a prayer life and intercession.  1 Cor 1 says in this we receive the perfected power of the Spirit.  Joel 2 says that when there is big crisis in the land if we want perfect strength call a fast, pray and repent, and cry out for the land, Eze 9:4 reveals that those ppl that do could be protected from Judgment.

Here’s a full study of How to Walk in the Spirit

THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM JESUS WILL BRING

  1. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (Mt. 19:30)                                
  2. Jesus gave His disciples the revelation of the great exchange that occurs at the harvest as some who are “last” in privilege and prominence in this age will be “first” in the Kingdom Age. Those who choose to be last by their lifestyle choices of humility will be first in age-to-come.
  3. For many are called (invited by God), but few are chosen (commissioned) (Mt. 22:14). Many people are called (invited to inherit great things) yet only a few are chosen or esteemed by God as faithful or worthy to be commissioned to rule with Jesus when He returns.
  4. The only ones chosen or commissioned are the faithful who are proven and consistent in meek obedience under the varied pressures of opportunity, temptation, and resistance. Jesus reveals that only a few will have a sufficient maturity in faithfulness to rule in the Millennium.  Yet everyone has a ‘fair shot.’
  5. God invites “whosoever” or literally everyone to be great in His Kingdom. This is a primary teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7). We cannot repent of the desire for greatness because God designed our spirit with this longing. We must repent for seeking greatness in a wrong way. We must also repent for neglecting to seek greatness (simply because Jesus designed and called us to be great in His sight). Without the paradigm of being on a journey to greatness, the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle is much more difficult to sustain. 
6 He who comes to God must believe…He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Heb. 11:6)
  6. The fear of the Lord is related to the truth that He sees all and will take us to account for every idle word unrepented of.  To lose the fear of the Lord is to lose what the bible defines as wisdom.  Most Christians will talk you out of the fear of the Lord.

Here’s a study of the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Abiding in Christ: Cultivating Union with God

Mike Bickle just taught a stunning message on John 15. // Its up here: http://youtu.be/vYsjhMKeo_g

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Experiencing His Love

SEEKING TO KNOW THE HEIGHT AND DEPTH OF THIS LOVE

  • We can ask for revelation and understanding, of the Deep Love of God’s Heart… But God has revealed -the deep things- unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God..Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (1 Cor 2:10-12)
  • Personal meditation on the Word of God, made reality by the Spirit in our inner-man, is primarily His way to communicate His spiritual affections, His love touches our heart this way (Sos 1:2).
  • Meditation is most effective by turning the Word into personal conversation with Jesus. As we do this we are giving our heart to Him and receiving His heart through the Word of God.
  • And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little scroll. And he said, take it, and eat it up (Rev 10:9). To eat the scroll (bible) we take a verse and meditate, make it personal and pray it. Anointed loving meditation.  A few related verses can have an hour’s worth of revelation.
  • The sweetness of the Holy Spirit tenderizes our hearts through meditation on the Word. It is powerful as the Word of God kisses our hearts in this way.
  • Isa 56:7 I will make them joyful in my house of prayer.  For many in the church, prayer is not joyful until we see how Paul tied singing our Scriptural revelations to being filled with the Spirit in Eph 5:18.  -What a revelation that music makes sustaining prayer easier!  The Ihop model of singing passages of Scripture in Worship with the Word sets, facilitates encounter with the Holy Spirit, by unlocking the heart.  See fire link on the right ->
MEDITATION
  • Meditation rewrites the “code” of our heart like a computer program writes data on a disk.  When we have His words abiding in us, then John 14;23 can happen in greater measure.  If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  

The Mind Mouth Heart Method

Reading Scriptures gets them in our mind, and we need to love God with all of our mind, but speaking them over ourselves and speaking them to God, gets them in our heart.  John 15:7 If my words abide in you..


The Song of Solomon is His love in concentrated allegory form (See notes at mikebickle.org)
Even Rabbi’s teach God-based, non-marriage application of song of solomon.
Sos 1:2 Father, Let Him touch my heart with love by the Spirit and Word, for Your revelations and affections are better than the permissible pleasure of the world.
  • Sos 1:4 The King has brought me into His chambers (take me to the secret place of Your Presence, Encounter – Your affections, help me to press in and connect with you, so I can feel your love and you can declare your Name to me.)
  • The Revelation of Sos 1:3  “His name poured forth” speaks of the unique exaltation of His Name. It also speaks of His attributes being openly revealed to us, His beautiful personality, virtuous character, holiness, love, power, terrifying glory… and we fall in love. Oh the beauty of this Man!
  • Jesus is not our ‘lover’ like some misinterpret, we don’t go on date-night with Jesus.  Our relationship to the Bridegroom is sacred and holy.  Our culture hardens our heart to the purity of love.  This will change when Jesus returns, and in the church of Rev 22:17.

Contemplative Prayer

But we all, with open face beholding (dimly) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD. (2Cor 3:18).

A.            The “beholding and becoming” principle – whatever we behold (meditation unto revelation) in God’s heart towards us becomes awakened in our heart back to God (transformation).

  1. Bible study is crucial, but so is beholding.  Renewing our minds happens by agreement with the Word.  But transformation happens by beholding prayer.  By beholding we will change our emotional chemistry.  Long and loving mediation on the Word and Dialouge with the Spirit, are values being emphasized with the new wine/wineskin.  As in the wedding of Cana, so in the generation the Lord returns, He has saved the best wine for last, the revelation of intimate prayer and communion.
  2. Men who have done greater revival works such as David Brainerd and Bernard of Claireveau, have testified to the transformative power of beholding prayer.
  3. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all (2 Cor 13:14). (communion of the Spirit -nkjv)

ESTABLISHING A VISION FOR DEEP PRAYER ACCORDING TO Eph 3:19 FULLNESS OF GOD

That he would grant you… to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man… that all of you might be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph 3:16-19).

Key to the ‘new wineskin’ of bridegroom fasting(Mat 9:14-17) is the value of Contemplative Prayer, or ‘Long and loving Meditation/Dialouge with the Holy Spirit).  And secondly ‘key’ to contemplative prayer is establishing and sustaining a corporate vision to go after the ‘fullness of God’ (Eph 3:19).  We set a vision to be filled with the Spirit in greater capacities.  Faith arises as we increase expectation.

  1. I’ve never seen a church sustain a fire for prayer, without prophetic preaching of a vision for going after the fullness of God in the innermanWe need the regular, clear proclamation of what God has in His heart for the heart of the people.” –Mike Bickle
  2. The absolute definition of fullness is that we will progressively pursue it continually, but the relative definition of fullness relates to overwhelming experiences of God’s presence and revelation filling our capacity and understanding.  Some define ‘going after the fullness,’ as being hungry for God.  Illustrating the ‘fullness’ highlights the difference between what we are walking in naturally, and the ‘fullness’ He is offering.
  3. Eph 3 is one of the highest points of revelation of what God will give the human heart.  Paul starts the prayer ‘for this reason,.. I labor in prayer; that you experience the love of God and are filled with all the fullness of God.  Many say ‘I don’t feel loved.’  As they shouldn’t, it is the supernatural divine power of the Holy Spirit moving on us to experience this.  You don’t have because you don’t ask, knock on the door and it shall be opened to you.  Each Scripture relating to the love of God is a door to be knocked on.
  4. God has invited each of us to experience the deep things of His heart. He has opened Himself up for us to understand and feel His emotions, desires and affections. This is foundational to what Paul prayed for the Church when he asked that we would be able to comprehend the depth of God’s love (Eph. 3:18-19). But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God..Now we have received.. the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (1 Cor 2:10-12)

PRACTICAL HOW-TO

John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

  1. We want to let the written word take us to the Living Word.  –Jeanne Guyon.  Communion with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14) is our goal in this model.  We see here the principle of ‘coming to Him’ using the Scriptures that testify of Him.  Each verse we can: 1. Thank Him for and 2. Ask for either revelation or power to obey.
  2. So with a verse like 26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26) We would pray, Thank you Holy Spirit that you teach me, I ask for revelation on what it truly means for you to teach me, and help me to understand you leadings.  Or John 15:9 As the Father has loved Me, I love you.  We would pray, Jesus thank you for this love, strengthen me with might (Eph 3:16) to experience this love.  I ask for greater revelation of this love.  And we would worship and journal revelation.
That is the model. There are more examples at the end of this document.
  1. Scriptures will impact us most when we pray them directly, not just thinking about them or studying them.  We when meet with Jesus, the Scriptures are our anointed conversation material.   So depending on the verse, we can thank God for the truth in it, and then ask for revelation on the verse, or ask for power to obey them.  The Scriptures are living and active (Heb 4:2) and are so powerful to transform us and renew our mind as we pray them.  They rewrite the code of our inner man enabling us to abide in God so that Christ can more fully manifest within us (Eph 3;16-19).
  2. The Gen 1 principle is that the Holy Spirit hovers and waits to move in power wherever the Word is spoken by those in covenant with the Father.  Therefore we value the Scripture in prayer, though He speaks many ways and hears all our words.  The Spirit lives to reveal Jesus, and impart His love to us.
  3. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good… (Gen. 1:2-4)
  1. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (Rev 3:20).  We are seeking to behold and experience, we want to not just ‘read the menu, but eat the meal’.  If a man love me, he will keep my words(written on our heart): and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (Jon 14).
  2. Continually asking for revelation is so powerful, we grow in revelation.  Each Scripture is like a door we knock on, as God is inviting us into encounter, in the Knowledge of God. The Holy Spirit is with us to teach us, like Jesus taught His disciples.  We must lean not on our own understanding, but seek God.  It helps to ask for the Eph 1:17 Spirit of wisdom and revelation and enlightening of the spiritual eyes.

26 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26) 13 The Spirit of truth…will guide you into all truth; He will tell you things to come. (Jn. 16:13) 27 The anointing…abides in you, ..as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things… (1 Jn. 2:27)

  1. David calmed and quieted his soul (ps 131:2). We need to dial down or just take our foot off the gas pedal and listen (without stirring our souls up to fervor). An over-active soul keeps us out of sync with the subtle movements of the Spirit. We quiet our soul to connect with the Spirit’s whisper in our heart (the still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-13)). We quiet the turbulent activity of our soul in our clamoring for attention, pleasure, a restless anxious spirit that naturally active.
  2. To fellowship with the Holy Spirit means we talk often to Him as we give our heart to Him. It means we hear back from Him in a two way dialogue. The Holy Spirit honors our part in the relationship by not forcing us to dialogue with Him, if we do not want it. He does not force conversation or friendship with anyone who is not desperate——click to > Continue reading

What is Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit?

1 Thessalonians 5:23—God created man in three parts:

  1. Spirit or innermost man
  2. Soul or innerman
  3. Body

In man’s innermost man dwelt the uncreated God.  In the innermost man is where God lives, but in the innerman is where God is experienced.  The Holy Spirit lives in us, in our innermost man.  Eph 3:16 uses the term innerman, John 7:38 is translated innermost man or belly (rivers flowing out).  -(Depending on your translation)

When God created man, He made him to walk in the consciousness of his Spirit.  Until man walks in that consciousness again, no man or woman will ever live as God intended them to live.

The Design

You were designed to walk by your Spirit.  When you don’t walk by your Spirit, you cannot do what God has called you to do.  We ‘walk by the Spirit by talking with the Spirit, and the Spirit is most engaged when we talk about the anointed Word of God, the Scriptures.  This also strengthens our ability to perceive and experience the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:17 : He that joins himself with the Lord, becomes one Spirit with the living God again. 

Hebrews 7:16 : The power of an indestructible life living in you. 

Christian Maturity

How do we get the activity of God’s Spirit to rise up mightily in our souls?  If God will arise and do might things in us, we could do great things.  It’s true that on one hand, you could never receive more God than you have right now in your Spirit, but on the other hand, you have much of God to receive in your soul.  So it is true to say of non-praying Christian, he has all of God, and yet he has none of God.

1. WALKING IN THE SPIRIT

16 I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust (sinful desires) of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts (wars) against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh… (Gal. 5:16–17) Continue reading

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