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The Revelation of Weakness: The Way to Greatness, Power and Liberty

THE REVELATION OF GODLY VOLUNTARY WEAKNESS

Paul received the revelation that “godly weakness” was the way to experience more of God’s power. Jesus promised Paul that he would experience “strength made perfect” if he embraced weakness. Paul was not referring to moral weakness, but weakness coming from godly choices, a lifestyle of embracing spiritual disciplines to experience more of God.

This is essential for the days we are in and the days to come!

7 Lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in (voluntary) weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my (voluntary) infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:7-9)

Paul describes two types of godly weaknesses. First, those which are voluntary, including prayer, fasting, living simply, serving and blessing those who offend us (Mt. 6:1-20). Second, those which are involuntary, including his thorn in the flesh, persecution and reproach. When Paul boasts of his weakness (2 Cor. 12:9), he is referring to both the involuntary weakness of various types of persecution and the voluntary weakness of what we call “the fasted lifestyle” (2 Cor. 11:23-28).

We seek to grow in our revelation and resolve to embrace godly weakness as the way to position ourselves to experience more of God’s power internally (in our hearts) and externally (in our personal ministry to family and friends). This is God’s way for us to confront the unperceived pride in our spirit.

FIVE EXPRESSIONS OF GODLY VOLUNTARY WEAKNESS (THE FASTED LIFESTYLE)

God chose godly voluntary weakness as the way to run His Kingdom. Jesus embraced it, thus providing us with our entry into the Kingdom. We embrace it as the lifestyle of the Kingdom.

27 God has chosen the (so-called) foolish things of the world to put to shame the (so-called) wise, and God has chosen the (so-called) weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are (so-called) mighty…29 that no flesh should glory in His presence… 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” (1 Cor. 1:27-31)

The fasted lifestyle is a call to embrace voluntary weakness to experience more of God’s power. What is the fasted lifestyle? There are 5 types of “fasting” described in Mt. 6:1-20.

We fast food, time, energy, money and words(restraining our speech) and by giving, serving, praying (with the Word), blessing those who offend us and fasting food as we develop the 8 beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12).

Each of these is a form of fasting, in that we are voluntarily embracing weakness by submitting our strengths into God’s hands and trusting Him to answer us His way and in His time.

In our regular giving, we fast our money (financial strength). In serving and prayer, we are fasting our time and energy, investing it in others and in prayer. In blessing those who offend us, we fast words and reputation. Fasting from food is not primarily a call to hunger but to physical weakness. We must embrace “the fasted lifestyle” long term. No one graduates from this lifestyle, it’s a posture of receiving we keep returning to.

 

WE NATURALLY DESIRE TO “FEEL STRONG” IN OUR DEVOTION AND SERVICE

Pride injures our relationship with God. Therefore, God has ordained voluntary godly weakness in this age as the way to protect the closeness of our relationship Jesus.

We naturally desire to feel strong in these two areas,  devotion and service. However, we often feel weak in these areas.

We want to “feel strong” about our devotion and service – we want to “feel strong” when we give our devotion to God and in the preparation and offering of our service to others. There is a vast difference in “feeling strong” in the process and the operation of our skills and in “feeling confident” that God values them.

We want to “look strong” in our service to others – we want to “look strong” when we offer our service to others. There is a vast difference in “looking strong” to the people that we minister to and in “feeling confident” that God was pleased with us.

Many agree to pursue the fasted lifestyle falsely assuming that they would usually feel strong while walking out the five types of fasting. It is common to not feel God’s power while in the act of our devotion, obedience or service.  We sometimes do not feel powerful when we seek or serve the Lord. Our prayers are often “offered in weakness” but they ascend before God in power because of Jesus’ work on the cross. God has strategic time delays and locations in answering our prayers.

We can feel strong in the sense of having faith or confidence (often without feeling) that the fasted lifestyle is God’s way forward. The fasted lifestyle is so weak that anyone can do it, but it is so weak that few choose to.

 

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David Sliker – Responding to the Sermon on the Mount

This message references this Mike Bickle Series on the Sermon on the Mount:

http://mikebickle.org/resources/series/sermon-on-the-mount

Every phrase of the Sermon on the Mount is key to our sanctification and transformation, to walking in what we were made to experience. Bickle’s series is quite in depth, but to take Jesus in Matt 5:19 seriously is to be provoked to search out the sermon with diligence and slowly devour relevant resources.

There is such wisdom in taking in these passages regularly in long and loving meditation, asking for a tender heart and the spirit of revelation to see what we can’t see on our own, that which we need Holy Spirit to see by revelation. Then we must also ask for His power to desire it and do it, to express it to God in our value system and lifestyle of love.

Unveiling Melchizedek

http://youtu.be/_Ddu7CIzJvY

Daily P.R.A.Y.E.R.

What happens in our inner man is what determines the quality of our fellowship with God and is the only that thing we bring from this life after we die, and are Judged by Jesus.  Our inner man is our most important aspect of life, yet it usually is the most neglected prayer focus.  These prayers requests are based God’s promises that require the work of the Spirit on our heart.

I recommend all to schedule prayer times and to establish prayer lists to provide focus to their prayer time. Most will pray ten times more with a schedule that establishes when they pray and a prayer list that focuses them on what to pray.  Many who love Jesus never develop a prayer life because they lack the practical aspects of scheduling prayer time and having a prayer list.

I take liberty to leave my prayer list or omit parts of it as the “winds of inspiration” touch me.  This is my list for my current season:

Daily P.R.A.Y.E.R.   What Im asking for in this season.

I ask for:

Power to heal/deliver/anoint/setonfire in praying for others

Revelation of Your overflowing Father’s Heart more, and Your plans for me.

Affections of Jesus’ love on my Heart, love back to Him awakened (Sos 1:2, 1Jn4:19).

Your beauty to be unveiled to me (Isa 33:17, Rev 4).

Experiences in the Holy Spirit, might in my inner man for more(2 Cor 13:14,Eph 3:16)

Revelation on the End-times, open up the scriptures, heavens (Jer 23:20,24, Jn1:51)

Encountering God in the Song of Songs

A New Paradigm:

David, in Psalms,  introduces the paradigm, of view of God, then Solomon takes this new revelation a step further.  A paradigm centered on the beauty of God.  A paradigm related to the subject  of fragrance.  Fragrance is one of the images in which God’s beauty is spoken about in the Song of Solomon.  It changes your life.  God’s beauty, He shares it with His people who ask for it, and it is so powerful, its what we long for.  Most believers are stuck with a Moses paradigm of obedience, the very elementary, the very introductory revelation that God gave the human race, and they’ve not gone on to David and Solomon.  They’ve stopped. When we begin to move from Moses, it is unreal, and really, we need it to contend with what distraction and temptation the world throws at us.

Solomon who wrote the song of songs, and David who wrote in Psa 27:4 This one thing I seek, all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of God.

Beloved, when you begin to see a God that is beautiful, it’s not long until you see the next logical implication of a beautiful God when He beautifies His people, His redeemed.  A beautiful God with beautiful people changes your emotional chemistry when it connects with you.  This divine revelation changes the way you feel, it changes the way you think.  This understanding ruins you for secondary pleasures of this life.  Nothing compares.  The prophetic call of the Hour is seek the Bridegroom face of God, this is how the Holy Spirit is wooing the church off the world, and facinating them with Jesus!  More on this in my post; Bridal Paradigm.

In these last years, since really going after the Song of Solomon, I’ve begun to really press into it.  I know that I’m only at the tip of the iceberg, but this divine revelation of God’s beauty changes your emotional chemistry.  It’s changed mine.  It changes the way you feel.  It changes the way that you look at life.  It ruins you for every day normal life.  That is what it is supposed to do.

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Mike Bickle Gazing on the Beauty of God – Session 1

Gazing on the Beauty of God

Psalm 27:4:

    • Gives a unique insight into the heart of David
    • God declared that David was a man after His own heart
    • The secret to his power and consistency, his highest goal, the one thing that he is seeking
    • This psalm is so important because David tells us the most important thing in his heart:

To Behold the Beauty of the Lord

  • The thing he returned to regularly throughout his life.  In all of the seasons of his life, through seasons of victory or season of testing.
  • Unique drawing in his life by the grace of God to discovering God’s beauty.  Unique grace upon him even in the old covenant.
  • Beheld God’s beauty in creation, understanding, forgiveness, and redemption, and through the written word of God as he had it in that day.
  • David would never say that he did not lose sight of this focus, but he always went back to it, whether the season of victory or the season of testing.
  • The center of his life. 
  • The thing that God drew him back to.  The core of truth that David lived his whole life through. 
  • Desired and Sought—endeavored to exert energy to go after it.  It was his lifelong treasure hunt to discover the beauty of God.

The reason we have to seek his beauty:

  1. God is delighted in hiding His beauty from us.  The most powerful force of God is His composite beauty.  It conquers all of creation.  It conquers all of the hosts, of the angels and all of the redeemed.
  2. When He progressively unveils His beauty, it entirely subdues us and changes our emotional chemistry, and makes us wholehearted lovers of God.
  3. The fact of God’s beauty that is fully unveiled at the very end of time, this beauty He has possessed from before eternity, He’s hidden it, and little by little, He unfolds it throughout redemptive history.  He’s so secure in his beauty, although His beauty is so obscure He holds it back for reasons that as we seek for it, He reveals it to the very hungriest of heart.
  4. In the very process of unveiling it, He creates ownership in us of these things.  He can just make divine proclamations of His beauty, but He wants us to discover it systematically.  In ownership and transformation, our own chemistry changes when not only we desire it but also we go beyond to seek it, we go on a secret journey to discover it.

David’s Secret Weapon: Focus

Although he had many things that occupied his heart and mind on a secondary level, there was one primary preoccupation.  Not only did he have one primary focus, but also it was the right one.  God’s beauty was David’s one primary focus.     Jesus talks about the power of Continue reading

Drunkeness and Pornography

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate/homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.  Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor 6:9-11)

Unrepentant Drunkeness and Pornography/Lust/Adultery/Fornication/Homosexuality can cause you to lose your salvation, however if you repent, the blood of Jesus covers your sin and removes you from all guilt.  We must run to God, not from Him, if we stumble.  David slept with Bathsheba, but then he repented and God forgave him.  Each time you stumble, your resolve to never stumble again must get stronger.  Get some friends to keep you accountable, and remove temptation from your life.  You must be militant and vigilant about this!

The bible tells you to deal with your sin as an issue of life and death

“If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the hell” (Matthew 18:9)

Do warfare against the enemy:  It make take a few tries or minutes, but it works!

I cancel all demonic assignments formed against me now in the name of Jesus.  I command all demons to leave my mind soul and body now in the name of Jesus.

Demons hate the Scriptures, keep your mind filled with the Word and be free!

If you walk in the Spirit, you will not fulfill the lust(desire) of the flesh (Gal 5)

We walk in the Spirit by talking to the indwelling Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ.  He reveals the heart of Jesus and the Father.

We must not feed the flesh at all, do not watch listen be around expose yourself to things which will feed your flesh.  Ask God to make your joy in the Scriptures, and ask for more experience of the Holy Spirit and love of God (Eph 3:16-19), that is better than anything life has to offer, it’s what you were made for!   God made man to find fulfillment in communing with God.  The devil exploits our need for fellowship with the Holy Spirit, by addicting us to other things, that ultimately leave us empty.

In everything you are either feeding the flesh or feeding your spirit.  Feed your Spirit.  There is Joy in the Spirit, lust leads to depression and never satisfies, it only makes your more dependant on it.  With the Spirit we have the victory over sin, we must keep asking the Spirit for help and doing everything we can to fight until we have the full victory!

 

*see post at top “Prophetic Prayers” Eph 1;17 Wisdom and Revelation and Eph 3:16 Strengthen me with Might, by the Spirit, are so crucial.

*the posts in the Catagory Beauty of God, help in freedom from pronography, man was created to be facinated with God, and the devil exploits this desire with the poison of lust.

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