Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

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

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Unveiling Melchizedek

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Eph 1:17 Spirit of Revelation

Apostolic Prayers: the Spirit of Revelation (Eph. 1:15-23)

After I heard of your faith…and your love…16 I do not cease…making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Father), 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know (experience) what is the hope of His (Father’s) calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Eph. 1:15-23)

I use this video to pray this prayer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl6ulp8lsDw

I. CONTINUAL PRAYER TO THE FATHER OF GLORY FOR THE SAINTS (EPH. 1:15-17)

I do not cease…making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit… of revelation in the knowledge of Him… (Eph. 1:16-17)

A.        Paul was writing from his prison cell in Rome to a Church that he knew well since he established the church of Ephesus (Acts 19-20). Paul received reports that that they we filled with faith and love. This greatly encouraged Paul in his imprisonment.

B.        We see Paul’s revelation of the power of prayer. Paul did not cease to make mention of the Ephesian believers in prayer (Eph. 1:16). God will give the spirit of revelation to us to the degree that we ask Him to. We must not have “trust” God’s sovereignty in an unbiblical way by “trusting” Him to do what He requires us to do. We cannot do God’s part and He will not do our part. We must seek to obey Him as we fill our heart with His Word and ask Him for revelation.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened…(Mt. 7:7)

You do not have because you do not ask. (Jas 4:2)

C.        We see Paul’s revelation of the power of prayer as well as his highest focus in prayer (for the spirit of revelation). Paul did not cease to make mention of the Ephesian believers in prayer

D.        Paul appealed to God as the God of Jesus and the Father of glory (Eph. 1:17).

1. The God of our Lord Jesus Christ – what God did for Jesus in His humanity is the ideal

picture of what God is committed to doing for His people.

2. Father of glory – the glory that God possesses is the glory that He longs to impart to His people according to their hunger for it. This is the core reality behind this prayer.

E.         Paul had just outlined specific aspects of the Father’s willing to give His glory (spiritual blessings) to His people in Christ (Eph. 1:3-14). This is one of the clearest and most comprehensive statements in the Bible describing the grace and glory that God lavishes upon His people (Eph. 1:8).

F.         God, motivated by love, predestined (determined) that those who said yes to Jesus would be made holy and blameless before Him and would enjoy the exalted position of being His adopted children (Eph. 1:4-5). God established the final plan to glorify His people in His sight. Paul is revealing that God’s plan was predestined (determined) not the chose of the individuals. For this reason, Paul continued in prayer that that saints would experience more of this predetermined plan which reveals God’s longing and commitment to lavish His grace on us (Eph. 1:15, 17).

He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons… (Eph. 1:4-5)

You have crowned him (the redeemed) with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands… 10 For it was fitting for Him…in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Heb. 2:7, 10)

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Eph. 1:15-16)

G.        God’s plan was always to bring us into His glory. He planned to bring the heavenly realm together with the earthly realm that we might experience His glory in fullness forever.

            The mystery of His will…10 He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth… (Eph. 1:9-10)

H. Our spiritual foundation is in receiving from the Father who gives His glory in different ways:

1. He gives us His power, wisdom and love (tender mercy and affection).

2. He reveals His beauty in which He fascinates His people (Rev. 4-5).

3. He gives from His desire to share (impart) His glory to those He loves.

II. THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD (EPH. 1:17)

That the Father of glory may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know (experience) what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe (Eph. 1:17-19)

A.        Paul prayed that they might come to more fully experience the knowledge of God in active intimacy (Eph. 1:17-19) as the only way to walk in the glory of these spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3-14) in this life. This prayer for active intimacy with God has one general request with three specific requests that flow out the main one. Paul understood that intimacy with God was the essential foundation for us to experience the three specific requests (Eph. 1:18-19).

1. It is helpful to know that Paul’s primary prayer focus was that people know or encounter God by receiving the spirit of wisdom and revelation.

2. In other words, to receive living understanding (divine illumination) as God the Spirit r  eveals God the Father and Son to the human spirit.

B.        Our greatest need is to receive a greater measure of the spirit of wisdom and revelation. This is almost always the greatest need of your loved ones (saved and unsaved), ministries, cities, nations or governments that you pray for. Satan’s most common attack is the opposite of this by releasing accusation and deception to confuse our hearts.

C.        Our eyes being enlightened explains what it means to receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation. In other words, our minds are enabled to perceive God and God imparts grace to our affections to love God and feel His presence.

D.        God’s glory is helps us sustain a lifestyle of receiving His supernatural influence on our heart. This is the most neglected spiritual treasure on this planet.

E.         The unaided mind cannot receive revelation because it is living understanding from the Spirit.

We have received…the Spirit…that we might know the things…freely given to us by God…14 The natural man (unaided mind) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them… (1 Cor. 2:12-14)

Blessed are you…flesh and blood has not revealed this…but My Father in heaven. (Mt 16:17)

F.         The Spirit reveals God by enabling our human capacities to receive more. Thus, it takes a lifestyle that aggressively pursues the things of the Spirit to receive more of the Spirit. The strongest eyes are useless when a person is in total darkness. The natural man has no spiritual sight. His eyes do not perceive Jesus’ power and beauty.

G.        The Scripture is more than intellectual ideas, but it is a divine revelation, an unveiling of spiritual things which requires supernatural abilities and produces spiritual effects on the “eyes of our understanding being enlightened.” In other words, we must pray for this as the top priority in our life. This must not be reduced to “our minds receiving new ideas.”

H.        God as light imparts insight, holiness and happiness with anointed encounters.

I.          It takes God to know God, thus, we must earnestly pray for more of this. To Paul this was the primary need for the Ephesian saints. Revelation is the most powerful influence that equips our hearts for wholeheartedness. If we can see what Paul saw, then we can embrace what he embraced. Seeing determines the depth of our sustained choices for holiness.

J.         That you may know (experience) (Eph. 1:18) – to know is to encounter and experience God’s glory. Revelation is the unveiling of God Himself.

1. The Greek word “knowledge” (epignosis) refers to experiential knowledge which is much more than informational knowledge of true facts about God.

2. To know or encounter God is the essence of eternal salvation (John 17:3; Phil 3:10).

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only God and Jesus Christ. (Jn 17:3)

K.        Paul prayed a general prayer that they receive more revelation of God. Then Paul added three specific prayers that flow out of encounter. He wanted the people with enlightened eyes to know (Gr. eidenai) or experience three specific dimensions of God’s glory:

1. First, to have assurance (hope) related to their life calling (assignment) in God.

2. Second, to experience the wealth of being God’s inheritance (what He desires most).

3. Third, to experience God’s power in our mind, heart and ministry.

III. EXPERIENCING THE ASSURANCE OF GOD’S CALLING FOR OUR LIVES (EPH. 1:18)

That the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation…that you may know (experience) what is the hope (assurance) of His calling… (Eph. 1:17-18)

A.        The first specific request relates to what we are to do. Paul wanted them to have assurance or confidence in knowing God’s calling or divine assignment for their lives and how God evaluated their calling or lives work.

B.        God has a tailor made mandate or assignment for each person’s life that includes both the present and future. This brings us confidence in our dignity and greatness before God.

C.        God offers us a great future. He wants to impart confidence in us now, that is related to our present labors and struggles that are so small and weak and seemly insignificant in man’s eyes.

D.        What we are to do: our calling (destiny) speaks of our unique assignment that God has given us. This is a vast subject that encompasses time and eternity. In this age, our assignment changes through the seasons of our life. The revelation of our destiny, Divine mandate, unique purpose and design is essential to walking with our hearts fully alive.

E.         This specific part speaks of knowing God’s revealed will in our life.

Epaphras…always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Col. 4:12)

F.         This is one of the main emphases in Paul’s prayer for the Colossians.

We…do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will…10 that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God… (Col. 1:9-10)

G.        We have the glory of a significant function now and in 50 years, 500 years and 5,000 years, etc. We have a specific work in our life that we must faithfully carry out with meekness and a servant spirit. The significance of these labors is only clear to those with enlightened understanding.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Eph. 2:10)

H.        We do very small things that are great in God’s esteem. Wisdom is knowing what God esteems. We can live with certainty that our small labors will reap great rewards before God.

Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. (Mt. 25:21)

I.          To evaluate our lives and labors with living understanding. The very small things are evaluated by God as great. Every compared to God is very small. There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. However, God has created over 100 million galaxies in the known universe. We will never produce something that is big to Him. Our freedom is in seeking to establish something that is great in terms of love, meekness and understanding not in terms of seeking to impress God or men but the biggest of what we build with our hands.

J.         Our small and weak function now will dynamically impact our position and calling in the New Heavens and Earth. We must have assurance related to our present calling and labors to live fully alive. We must be anchored in eternity to walk steady in our assignment in this age.

K.        Our life is dynamically changed when we have assurance that what we are doing is valuable to God. In other words, we feel powerful when we know that God esteems the way that we spend our life (even if men do not sees its value). It is powerful to have confidence that what we do and the sacrifices we make matters greatly to God and that He will remember it forever.

L.         It includes the revelation that there is continuity of what we do in this age with the age to come. Much insecurity and fear is related to lacking this revelation of our greatness in God.

M.       This specific part speaks encompasses more than having assurance of salvation. It is vital to be assured we are partakers of God’s effectual or regenerative call. Paul was laboring in prayer that they have more than assurance of salvation since they were already fervent in love and faith (Eph. 1:15).

IV. EXPERIENCING THE GLORY OF BEING GOD’S INHERITANCE (EPH. 1:18)

That the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation…that you may know (experience)…what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints… (Eph. 1:17-18)

A.        The second specific request relates to who we are to God. This prayer is to realize that we are God’s inheritance. By making us His inheritance, God has revealed His passion for us. Paul spoke of both our inheritance in God (Eph. 1:14) and of God’s inheritance in us (Eph. 1:18).

B.        Paul is making a reference to Moses’ revelation from God in Deut. 32:9.

For the LORD’s portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance. (Deut. 32:9) “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “…I will make them My jewels.” (Mal. 3:17) Jesus…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross… (Heb. 12:2)

C.        We are God’s inheritance. We are what the Father has given to the Son as His reward. God’s valuation of his people is established by his valuation of Christ. To see the value that God places on us, Paul wants us to experience some of the “riches of the glory” of being God’s inheritance,

D.        Who we are to God: this touches the issue of our spiritual identity. This is very different than what we do before God in our calling or mandate. It is the revelation of who we are in God’s heart and affection. We see our greatness, value, dignity, honor and beauty that we have in Jesus’ eyes. We are the prize of all the ages that the Father gave the Son. We are the reward that He most longs for. In this revelation, we see the greatness that we possess before Jesus’ heart.

E.         Much of our insecurity and fear is related to lacking this revelation of our dignity.

F.         We confess that we are Jesus’ favorites in that He loves us as the Father loves Him.

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you… (Jn. 15:9)

G.        We confess that we are the Father’s favorites in that He loves us as that He loves Jesus.

That the world may know that You…have loved them as You have loved Me. (Jn. 17:23)

H.        There are infinite riches (wealth) in being the focus of God’s affection. The power of knowing this is without precedent in human experience. We confess that these truths as Satan’s attacks us.

My Beloved is mine, and I am His. (Song 2:16)

            You have ravished My heart, My sister, My Bride… (Song 4:9)

            I am my Beloved’s and His desire is toward me. (Song 7:10)

V. EXPERIENCING THE EXCEEDING GREATNESS OF GOD’S POWER (EPH. 1:19)

That the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation…that you may know (experience)…19 what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe… (Eph. 1:17-19)

A.        The third specific request relates to how we are empowered to live out our life in God. This prayer request is to experience the power of God. Power (Gr. dunamis) refers to a God’s strength and energetic grace that we need to overcome temptation. This is the power available to all believers (Phil. 3:10; Col. 1:11).

B.        How we are to live out our life in God: We must not be content with powerless Christianity. Rather, we contend for NT Christianity that experiences the power of the resurrection. Much of our insecurity and fear is related to lacking this revelation of our provision.

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

VI. THE WORKING OF GOD’S MIGHTY POWER IN JESUS (EPH. 1:19)

That you may know…19 what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Eph. 1:18-23)

A.        God manifested this power in Christ in three different instances. This is the same power that we experience when we say no to sin or pray for the sick or for God’s justice to break forth.

B.        The first manifestation of God’s power in Christ was manifest in Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to the Father’s right hand (Eph. 1:20-21).

1. Jesus was exalted far above all rule and levels of authority in the demonic, angelic and human realms (Col. 1:16; Phil. 2:8-11) in the present and future (1 Cor. 15:23-28).

2. Jesus as a Man was elevated to the Father’s right hand because of His obedience to death (Phil. 2:6-11).The destruction of death occurred when Jesus was raised as the firstfruits of our resurrection.

C.        The second manifestation of God’s power in Christ was the Father making all things subject to Christ (Eph. 1:22). God will show forth Jesus as a Man the head over all creation. God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything (1:22). All God’s sovereignty is mediated through Christ (1 Cor. 15:27; Ps. 110:1).

1. Adam lost his lordship over creation when he sinned. Jesus re-gained it by His obedience (Eph. 1:10; Rom. 5:12-21). Jesus’ lordship over creation will be obvious when He reigns over the earth in the Millennium (Ps. 8:6; 1 Cor. 15:27; Heb. 2:6-8).

2. Jesus will exercise authority over everything in creation including the land, seas and skies.

D.        The third manifestation of God’s power in Christ is when the Father placed all things under Jesus’ feet and appointed as Him as the Head over the Church which is His body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way (Eph. 1:22-23; 4:15; 5:23; Col. 1:18).

1. Part of this dimension of His lordship is evident now. We can claim the authority of Jesus our head as we resist sinful and satanic opposition against us. The church is both the body of Christ and the fullness of Him who fills everything in with God’s presence and blessing through Jesus (Eph. 4:10-11).

2. The Church could not come into being as a body filled with God’s Spirit until Jesus had ascended into heaven to become our head.

E. All God’s power works through and for the good of His Church. Jesus’ sovereignty is exercised for the benefit of His church.

F. Paul continues with these ideas in Eph. 2, where he describes that God made us alive with Christ and raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:4-6).

PART II>

Satan is called the god of this world, to blind our eyes, the eyes of our heart.  The number-one thing that Paul prayed was Eph 1:17 revelation, the increments of revelation would strike our heart.  We’ve got to go before the Lord. It takes time in the Word; it takes time in waiting. Our weak, mumbling, fumbling little prayers really matter. We have this vision that Paul the apostle prayed in the King James language. He did not; he was just a guy making his way through until power began to touch him. I covet in my life the spirit of revelation. I need more revelation. We must make the acquiring of revelation the number-one issue in our life.

Many know the verse Hosea 4:6 about how people ‘cast off restrain’ or live in the lust of the flesh, because of ‘lack of vision.’  Some translations have this verse as God’s people perish for lack of vision.  What we can take from this is that the people we tend to judge as being in sin are possibly only in sin because of the lack of ‘the Holy Spirit releasing spiritual revelation of Jesus to them, and enlightening their eyes to God.’  John 6:44 says No one can come to Christ unless the Father draw them.  If you want them to come to Christ, pray the Father to release a Spirit of Revelation, and enlighten their eyes.

Paul goes on to list 3 crucial things that happen when the Spirit of revelation is fully poured out in us.  These three prayers also define what our heart needs most.  The Holy Spirit gave Paul the apostle this prayer and the Spirit knows what man needs.  Now this introductory revelation is needed by every unsaved person.  But Paul is praying for the church here.  Even the Christian who walks the closest to Jesus needs more of this revelation at each stage of their life.

For the Church:

“We pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation, that God would release to us the revelation of the knowledge of God.” Now, what is that talking about? It’s talking about God’s beauty and His splendor and His power. It’s also talking about the revelation of how Jesus thought and how He lived His life in His humanity. Beloved, the spirit of revelation isn’t just about God in the heavens. It’s a revelation about how the God-Man, Jesus in His humanity carried His heart on the earth. We need the revelation of the knowledge of how He processed life.  For we are His disciples, called to walk as He did.

Isaiah gives an insight on how Jesus processed His life. Isaiah was prophesying about the Messiah. Look at Isaiah 49:4. This is Jesus speaking, Isaiah is having prophetic revelation of it. He says, “I have labored in vain, I have spent My strength for nothing and in vain” (Is. 49:4). He means according to man’s estimation. Here He is after thirty years of faithfully obeying God; then, after three and a half years of ministry, the nation rejects Him.

Many of His disciples turned away from Him; the multitudes denounced Him. One of His own betrayed Him; the others all fell away that night. The nation resisted Him. It says, “I said in My heart before men, ‘They say I labored in vain according to man’s estimation.”  Here’s Jesus: “I have spent My strength for nothing. I have not produced anything.” However, He’s only talking about it in the same way Paul talked about the weaknesses of the crucified life.  (They are so-called weaknesses, the world calls them weak, for God has chosen the seemingly weak things to shame the wise and strong.)  It’s important to note, He then says, “Yet surely My just reward is with the Lord, and My work with My God” (Is. 49:4). He meant ultimately His reward that will be openly manifest at the second coming in the Millennial kingdom, when all the nations come to Him at His return.

When we walk as Jesus walked we are sowing into the spirit.  Jesus said in Luke 19:17 ‘if you are faithful in small things, I will make you ruler over 10 cities.  (when He returns to establish His Kingdom).  Meaning that not everyone is called to preach in stadiums like Billy Graham.  We all have different works we are called to, the most important work is to grow in the Spirit of revelation by Psalm 1 meditating in the Word day and night (see also Jn 3:29).  And also to grow in the progression of Eph 3:16, which is to increase our capacity for the Holy Spirit, unto experiencing the love of Christ and being in His presense.

He will not judge us by how big our ministry is, but how big our heart is.  Did we do the first commandment, loving Him with all our heart.  I will say that what is implied their is the 1Jn 4:19 principle that we grow in love for Him, by feeding our hearts on His love for us (paraphrase).  This is the most important revelation.

But also we will be judge on the 2nd commandment, loving our neighbors as ourselves.  The issue with this is that most of us don’t love ourselves.  Insecurity and rejection must be broken by feeding our hearts on His love for us.  This is why I love the bridal paradigm of Song of Solomon, the affections of the Bridegroom are all holy agape and are so powerful.  We love those Jesus puts in our path.  We turn the other cheek and do not defend ourselves but embrace the cross, the fellowship of sufferings.

But making a daily prayer list and asking for revelation of Jesus, and of the Father, that we may walk closer.  Three powerful things happen because of this.  Eph 1:19-20: we see the hope of our calling in God, we see how we are cherished by Jesus because we are His portion from the Father and we see how much power He has to answer our prayers if we are those who have confidence in Him and keep asking, not stumbling over the time delay.

We need more revelation of Jesus, there is so much more available.  Each Scripture is a door to be knocked on in revelation of God by the Holy Spirit.

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit – Mike Bickle

Notes from Mike Bickles Series :Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit

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Fellowship of the Spirit

-A Way of Life The Only Means to Effective Intercession

God Created Man

            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 says belly (rivers flowing out)

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 percieve 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. 

Three Activities

The three activities of God’s Spirit in the soul of man.  Distinguish the old covenant from the new covenant.

  1. Wisdom:  From your Spirit you will find there will be a continual spontaneous flow of wisdom.
  2. Godly Desires:  From your Spirit will flow desires for holiness.  If God’s Spirit is not in you, you cannot desire holiness.
  3. Power:  The power that raised Jesus from the dead.   This power is the means to an effective ministry.

Your Soul

¨     Soul

¨     Heart

¨     Inner Man

see Ephesians 3:16 – Galatians 4:19

God dwells in your Spirit, but He needs to be formed in your heart.  How much of God is moving and active in your soul?  Many ask: “do you ask God for love, or do you thank God for love?  You do both!  You thank Him that love dwells in your Spirit(innermost man), but ask Him to cause that love to rise mightily in your soul(innerman/belly).  The burden of God is in your Spirit right now, but it isn’t doing any good until it’s in your soul.

The premium issue within the Church of God is to get our souls healthy: getting filled with the wisdom of God, rising up in Godly desires, and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 3:20

The area of your body in which you are sensitive to your Spirit is your belly.  The area of your body in which you are sensitive to your soul is your heart. 

2 Peter 1:19

Pay attention to the Word of God so that Jesus will be revealed in your heart.  Your soul will become one with the soul of God.

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 one Christian, he has all of God, but he has none of God.  It depends on what part of his makeup you are talking about.

Mathew 11:29

Jesus said that everything that we are called to do in the will of God is easy!  Praying is the most easy thing in the world, if you contact your Spirits.  If something is hard it’s only because of one of two reasons:  You’re new to something, or because you are looking to your own wisdom and your own natural desire, because we don’t know how to connect to the Spirit easily.  We must take our attention off ourselves and put our attention on the Spirit.  Prayer gets very, very easy if you persevere.  Actually, there is a third reason, you haven’t given your whole heart to it yet.  Until you make a decision that you are going to grow in something, it’s very difficult.

How Do You Get the Spirit of God To Rise Mightily in You?

see:            2 Corinthians 13:14           Philippians 2:2

Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit.  If you don’t fellowship with God’s Spirit, things are going to be very hard for you.  You don’t have a chance to make it in victorious living.  What’s victorious living?  The book of Acts.  That’s the only valid standard to compare living by.  Everything must be judged by the absolute  standard of the word. 

You will never be victorious until fellowshipping with the Spirit has become a way of life.  Paul dwelt with God’s Spirit all day, every day.  The development of Paul’s soul is a picture of God’s will for every hungry soul in the 21st century.

Paul’s Life

  • He never spoke an ungodly word in his life
  • His thoughts were always obedient
  • He always walked in the Holy Spirit
  • He prayed at all times

This is the standard in which God can bring a soul in the grace of God.  God put the life of Paul and He opened up his heart in the scriptures as a picture of what God could do in the life of a desperate saint.  God gave it as a picture.  He gave it as what He would give the soul of the diligent.

Romans 8:6

If you will be able to behold the Spirit of God and fellowship with the Spirit within you, it will rise up in you.  If your soul is weak, you are weak.  If you don’t get from the potential to the actual then it doesn’t matter.

When you set your mind, not on the things of the Spirit, but on your Spirit, or the Holy Spirit, it will result in life: living water out of your innermost being.  You have to set your mind on your Spirit.  You do it with an attitude of obedience.  You do it with an attitude of faith.

An Attitude of Obedience

You set your mind on your Spirit, and in your heart, in the physical aspect of your being there is no deliberate sin in your life.  If you have an area of deliberate sin in your life, you will never, never see the activity of God rise up mightily in your soul.  You don’t have a chance for reality.  God will only say one thing to you: stop.

Many of you have decided to obey, and it wasn’t until much later that you got the victory over whatever it was that you were battling with.  God’s only asking that you decide.  You make the wholehearted decision, and deliverance will come.  Do not ever confuse the decision of obedience with the obtainment of obedience.

An Attitude That Activates God’s Spirit in You

If you want the activity of God to be mighty in you, you must submit to His rules

Attitude of Faith

            You agree and thank God for what said in His word.

Approaching Your Spirit

It’s not enough to have an attitude of obedience.  You’ve got to approach the Spirit of God on a friendship basis, face to face.  You’ve got to turn your mind straight to your Spirit, and you’ve got to talk to Him like a real person with an attitude of obedience and an attitude of faith and that will activate the Spirit of God in you.

Roman 8:6

The mind set on the flesh is death.  The flesh is not just lustful things, or dirty pictures.  That’s a very, very small aspect of what the flesh is.  In its broadest sense of the word, in the way that Paul means it here, the flesh is the created part of your being.  The flesh is your mind, emotions, and will uninspired by God.  You could have noble thoughts, but it is still the flesh, resulting in death.  God said to set your mind on your uncreated part, your Spirit.  The flesh is that which does not have the supernatural breath of God on it.

John 6:63

It’s the Spirit that gives life, the flesh profits nothing (in terms of Spiritual reality).  We need wisdom, and if your mind is set on your mental powers instead of your Spirit, that’s when we make mistakes.

When you set your mind on the flesh, you’re setting in on the created man.  When you set your mind on the Spirit, you’re setting it on the uncreated man.  That’s the source of life, all wisdom, all power.

John 14: 16

Jesus did not leave us orphans, or helpless.  Even thought he world cannot behold Him or know Him, He is in us.  Beholding the Spirit of God is when you set your mind  on God’s Spirit or your Spirit and with an attitude of faith and obedience the Spirit  flourishes.

St. Augustine,  “I spent many years looking for God on the outside until I finally realized that He is found on the inside.”

There are two things that we cannot do without the Spirit:

  1. Worship
  2. Pray—Zachariah 12:10 The Spirit of supplication in the Last Days.

If you’re going to pray in the Sprit, it takes the activity of the Holy Spirit in you.  If effectiveness before the throne is to be your way of life, you’ve got to have deep fellowship with the Holy Spirit.  Most people go right to the Father in flesh, and that’s why they don’t have the results in the Book of Acts.  We need to spend a great amount of time today beholding our Spirit, waiting on God.

2 Corinthians 3:17

Liberty in your soul.  We only have a dim view of the glory because of our humanity.  When you behold God’s glory within you, although dimmer than He that sits on the throne, that is the source of being transformed in to the same image of Jesus, the same wisdom and power.  Even the word of God must lead us to Jesus.  In of themselves, they are nothing if the Spirit of God doesn’t move on you.  Communion with God is what changes the soul of man.

      The word without the Spirit dries up.

The Spirit without the word blows up.

      And the Spirit and the word grows up. 

The Spirit and Intersession

You’ll never be an intercessor until you learn to commune with the Spirit in a somewhat mature fashion.  An intercessor is a man or woman who contacts the Spirit and leans how to flow in the wisdom, the burden,  and power of prayer. All mighty intersession flows from the Spirit.  Intersession is the most supernaturally high thing you’ll ever put your hand to.  Jesus is always interceding for us.

Isaiah 62:6-7

Remind God night and day of His word.  You agree with God that His word is true, and you thank Him for it as it has already happened in the Spirit.  You agree with His promises, and offer prayer with thanksgiving.  Thank Him that it’s a reality before you see it.  Faith will begin to rise within your Spirit.

Two Burdens Necessary for an Intercessor

  1. Pray the Compassion for afflicted human beings will consume you = LOVE.
  2. Pray for a zeal for the glory of God.

Ezekiel 36:20

For His Name.  We’ve got to have a zeal for the glory of God.  We were created  to worship God, so that Jesus would receive the reward of His suffering through redeemed peoples.

Intercessory Prayers

□   Daniel 9

□   Isaiah

□   Ezekiel                       

□   Jeremiah

□   Psalm 120-135

□   Psalm 80-90

  1. Pray the scripture
  2. Agree that it’s true
  3. Thank Him that He’s released it to you

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit:   A Way of Life

The Only Means to Effective Intersession

Session 3

See: Philippians 2:2

2 Corinthians 13:14

Ephesians 3:16

1 Corinthians 6:17

I believe that we’ve failed in separating that which is ours in our spirit and that which is ours in our soul.  In confusing the two, we’ve stepped out in presumption in  a great deal of things.  And it causes a lot of problems for people.  They begin to try to be that which is resonate in their spirit.  They try to live up to all the power that dwells in them until they’ve matured into it and then they fall flat on their face saying, “What happened?  What happened?  I thought I was confessing the truth all the time.  I don’t understand.  Does God live in me, or doesn’t He?

We’ve seen a lot of sincere, even foolish things done because people have confused the power that dwells in their spirit and the power that is being manifested in their experience and is being strengthened in their inner man, the realm of the soul.

What We Really Need

So our big need is to get the Jesus that dwells in our spirit to dwell in our heart. To get the holiness, and the purity, and the power, and the wisdom that dwells in our spirit to be dwelling in the place where we are conscience of it so we can use it and walk in it.  Jesus will do no good in your spirit if you don’t experience Him in the realm of your heart.

Hebrews 13:9

The whole point of Christianity is God’s grace strengthening your heart.  Your heart needs to be strengthen by the prescience of God.  Important to know what you’re praying for.  Do you ask for power or do you thank Him for the power that is in you?  When God’s presence descends on you it fills you with the power of Himself.  Through the knowledge of God, you will increase in power.

Ephesians 1:17

            How do you begin to walk in greater power?

­ The eyes of your heart are opened, a surpassing revelation.

­ Then you might know the great power that is in you!   You receive the seed of the living God when you get saved, but that will do you no good until you receive the knowledge of Him.

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit:  A Way of Life

The Only Means to Effective Intersession  Session 4

The function or the place of the Lord Jesus in the life of a believer.

Jesus as the Source of Life

  • John 15  Jesus says that He is the true vine.  He is the source of life that you live on the earth. 
  • Colossians 3:4

Jesus is our life.  The Spirit of God that dwells in our Spirit is the source                                     of life.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:10

We live together to share life with God.

Jesus said that we were called to bear fruit.  As you bear fruit He will cause a deeper fill of the Spirit to move away darkness in you.  That’s the character and the power of God in your life.

v.4 The one that abides in Him and He in them will bear much fruit.

The Joy of the Lord: Fellowship With the Radiance  of God’s Life In Us

Nehemiah 8:10  When the Spirit of God’s joy rises up in your heart, nothing can conquer you.

Isaiah 40:10  An old testament way to abide in Christ.  They that wait upon Him.

            see: Romans 5:17 , Revelation 1:5-6

This is Eternal Life

The problem is that the Gospel isn’t presented as a chance to live with God.  Instead of invite sinners to live in this Earth possessed by eternal life, we only tell people they will live forever in eternal life one day.  God’s life comes to live in our Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:16-17: We are a new species, a new creation on the earth, joined together with Christ on this earth, in this lifetime.  The Spirit of God lives in us.

Divine Love

The highest expression of God in the soul of man is divine love.  God’s desired that love would not just be an act of your will, but that love will completely consume your emotions that divine love would be you.  A Christian characteristic will first start in your will, then it will be in your mind, then when Godly virtue has a hold of you, your emotions become filled with love.

Galatians 4:19

Labors in prayer so that Jesus would abide in the soul of man.  As long as Jesus just abides in your Spirit, you are not going to enjoy God, and you are not going to be a blessing on the earth.  Revelation—the Laodician Church, He’s talking about those who are saved.  Jesus is already in your Spirit, He wants to reform your emotions in your soul.  The condition of your heart has much to do with the amount of conditioning the Spirit of God has done to you.

Bearing Fruit

To the degree that we abide in Him, He will abide in me.  To that degree we will bear much fruit.  St your mind on your Spirit.  You look to your Spirit and grow.  It takes time.  Apart from drawing life from Him we can do nothing.

vs. 7: Fellowshipping with the Spirit of God in you.  If you’ll fellowship with God, you’ll abide in Him, God’s voice will be presently in you, speaking to you direction.  Then anything you ask, is done for you.  The voice of God cultivated in the soul of man is done by fellowshipping with the Spirit.

vs. 16: He chose us to go and bear fruit.  We did not choose Him.

John 6:52           

            Unless you abide in Him, you have no life in yourself–Zoe life.

John 5:19

            Jesus looks to His Spirit, and until the voice of God is in Him, He does nothing.  When God’s voice speaks to Him, He does it.

John 5:30

Jesus abides with the One in Him.  He does nothing on His own. He sought the will of the One in Him.  Jesus abides in the Father.

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit:  A Way of Life

The Only Means to Effective Intersession  Session 5

A Sober Mind

1 Peter 4:7 Be of sound judgment and of sober spirit  for the purpose of prayer.  If we don not learn how to cultivate a sober mind, we will not learn how to pray.  If you want to walk in communion with God you must cultivate a sober mind.  A sober mind is the mentality that allows you to dwell with the Spirit of God that dwells with you.

Sobriety is the ability to see reality, or the ability to gain a real perspective on life.  The only real true perspective on life is how God sees it.  You’ll never have a sober mind just by showing up one day, it must be defined and cultivated.

2 Essential Aspects of  Sobriety

  1. The fear of God: Acts 9:31
  2. 2.     The joy of the Lord: Acts 13:52

The early church was a church that was rooted in the fear of the Lord and the joy of the Holy Sprit.

The fear of the Lord is not being afraid of Him.  It is coming into a comprehension of God’s majesty and His awesomeness.  You give Him the respect of His name.  The joy of the Lord is that sense of well being that is rooted in the sense that God loves you.

We are not just sons, but we are servant.  He’s not just a father, but He’s a master.  We don’t just understand His love, but also His majesty and His holiness.  It’s not just a relationship, but it’s walking out the responsibility as His mouthpiece on this Earth.  There’s the fear of God, there’s the love of God.  Those two threads regard man’s relationship to God.

Losing a Sober Mind

There are several different ways that we lose a sober mind.

Ephesians 5:4—Silly talk, when your mouth is filled with silliness you cannot stay in the concept of the joy of the Lord or the fear of the Lord.

Mark 7:21-23—Foolishness will defile you, like adultery will.  It cuts out your ability to enjoy God.  No sober spirit, no ability to pray.

A trifling mind, a mind that pursues many things of this world.  Living in this age as though God’s perspective was wrong.  They don’t see the privilege of living in God in His fullness.

Luke 10—Mary of Bethany.  Only one thing is necessary.  Martha was bothered by so many things.  Mary chose the one thing.  Martha was the picture of a “practical, balanced Charismatic”.  She wasn’t a backslider.  It’s hard for us to imagine ourselves being compared to Martha.  She loved Jesus.  When you begin to see things as God sees them, your whole value system will change.  You will be labeled as a radical, a fanatic.  Martha couldn’t comprehend Mary’s single-mindedness.

Jesus rebuked Martha for worry that distracted her.  Sobriety and anxiety are complete opposites.  Anxiety cannot exist in a sober mind.  If you don’t have sobriety, you cannot pray.  Worry is another word for fear.  As long as you do not attack fear, you will never attain sobriety.

Martha also was so bothered.  When was that last time that you linked being bothered to being distracted?  Some of you cannot pray because you are bothered so easily.  Bothered is having an opinion that is not necessary.  The essence of being bothered is being opinionated.  Another way to describe it is: majoring on minors, and minoring on majors.  Their energy, opinions, time, and speech is centered on minor things in life.  What Martha viewed as major, was really minor.  Being opinionated is step one for keeping a revival from coming to your city.  If you are opinionated, you will be distracted, if you are distracted, you will never have a sober mind, if you don’t have a sober mind, you will never know how to pray. As long as you continue in anxiety without refusing it and as long as you continue your opinions and your human right to hold onto them, you will never have communion with God.  Irritations and opinions are exactly the same things, because 99% of them are born of man, and not in heaven.

What Do You Do

It is my idea more important than the work of the Lord going out in the Earth?  You  refuse the arrogance that puts value on your opinion more than the word of God  going from you.

Fellowshipping With the Holy Spirit: A Way of Life

The Only Means to Effective Intersession Session 6

The Design of Life

Ephesians 3—Jesus came so that He might bring life. 

1 Corinthians 2:10—The Spirit of God searches even the very depth of God’s vein so that He might reveal it to His people.  The Spirit strengthens us with the revelation of God.  We were created to live in this fellowship with God continually.  Man was created to live in the communion of the life within them, communing with the one that is in our Spirit.  That is the beauty of the Gospel, that is the beauty of the new covenant.

John 14:17—Believers will behold the Spirit of God.  You behold Him by setting your mind on the Spirit.  Sit with your mind on your Spirit focusing on the living Spirit within you.

Zachariah 12:8

In the day of visitation, the last day, the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, He will defend the people of God against the powers of darkness.  They will be like David, and the House of David will be like God.  We will have the grace of God strengthening our Spirit.

Strengthening of God’s Grace in the Inward Man

Acts 9:22—Paul continually was strengthened in God.  Praying that the Spirit of God would dwell in their heart.

I Timothy 1: 12—Until the one that lives in you strengthens your soul, you will not do the will of God.

2 Timothy 4:17—The Lord stood with me and strengthened me in order that through me the proclamation would be fully processed, so that the Gentiles would hear.

1 Thessalonians 1:5—The full proclamation of the gospel.  We will never be satisfied until we fully proclaim the Gospel of God: in power, in the Holy Spirit (revelation of God’s Sprit, supernatural revelation of the Spirit of God, visions, dreams, and revelation), full conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment from the Holy Spirit.

The Power That is in You

1 Peter 4:11—Being strengthened by the power in you.

            2 Thessalonians 2:16—May He now come in comfort and strengthen your heart.

2 Thessalonians 3:3—He will strengthen your heart.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Philippians 1:21—For me to live is Him.  To live as Jesus did.  There should be no difference.  The glory of the new covenant makes us sons as God, ruling and reigning in His power.  Ephesians 5:1—Imitate God by the grace that dwells in you, adore him, behold him.

James 5:8—The day that we are living in is a day of glory.  Be patient, strengthen your heart for the coming of the Lord is at hand, in the clouds and in you today.

1 John 4:17—As He is, so also are you in this world.  Gen. 1:26.—We are made to be like God.

How Do You Do It?

You do it in prayer and by the word.

Luke 21–Jesus  warned us not to let our hearts be weighed down with dissipations, indulgences, drunkenness, and the worries of this life.  It will come upon everyone like a trap, unless you are on your guard.  Pray that you would have strength in the inward man.

1 Corinthians 14:4—Pray in tongues and build yourself up.

Jude 20

Receiving the Strength of God

The warning of Jesus: Luke 22:31—Satan wants to sift you like wheat.

So you must be strengthened through:

  • Personal prayer and getting in the word
  • Praying with and for your brothers and sisters.  Ephesians 14:21
  • Calling on the angels of God to strengthen you, asking God for the ministering of angels.

It is deeply crucial for this age and the Body of Christ to be strengthened in our innermost being.

Walk in the Spirit – Mike Bickle

I. 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)

A. The “flesh” in Paul’s theology includes sinful physical pleasures (sensuality, gluttony, alcoholism, etc.) as well as sinful emotions (pride, bitterness, anger, defensiveness, etc).

B. In Gal. 5:17, Paul described the violent war inside every believer. The flesh wars against the Spirit and the Spirit wars against the flesh (to the degree that we are actively engaged with Him).

C. In Gal. 5:16, Paul exhorts us to “walk in the Spirit,” and then follows it with one of the great promises in Scripture, “You shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Walking in the Spirit is within the reach of every weak believer. We are not promised that all fleshly desire would be gone, nor that the war would be over, but that we would have power to not fulfill or walk out sinful desires.

D. We will walk in the Spirit to the degree that we “fellowship with Him.” One of the great benefits of the New Covenant is that at our new birth, the Holy Spirit begins to live inside us to empower our hearts (Jn. 3:3-5). We experience His power most in our heart as we fellowship with Him.

14 …The love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14, NAS)

 

II. THE NEW BIRTH: THE UNCREATED GOD LIVING IN THE HUMAN SPIRIT

A. God created us in three parts, spirit, soul and body. Our inner man or the hidden person of the heart is comprised of spirit and soul (mind, emotions, will). The outer man is our physical body.

23 May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless… (1 Thes. 5:23)

16 Our outward man is perishing…the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Cor. 4:16)

3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward…4 let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit… (1 Pet. 3:3-4)

38 Out of his heart (belly, KJV, inner most being, NAS) will flow rivers of living water. (Jn. 7:38)

B. At the new birth, the Spirit came to live in our spirit. The uncreated life of God dwells in us.

17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (1 Cor 6:17)

C. God deposited into our spirit the seed of His very being. The eternal uncreated life of God came to live in us. One purpose for this was to destroy to works of darkness in us.

8 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him. (1 Jn. 3:8-9)

D. Jesus is a high priest according to the power of the Spirit who is described as an “indestructible life.” In other words, the Spirit has power to destroy all the lust and darkness that opposes Him. At the new birth, we received the Holy Spirit or the power of God’s indestructible life.

15 if another priest (Jesus) arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become

such…according to the power of an indestructible life. (Heb 7:15-16, NAS)

E. We focus our mind on God in two ways: on the Father who sits on His Throne (Rev. 4) and God who lives in our spirit. He dwells within as the One who is a consuming fire and the living water.

9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven… (Mt. 6:9)

38 Out of his heart (belly, KJV, inner most being, NAS) will flow rivers of living water. (Jn. 7:38)

F. The Scripture describes God as light, fire and living water.

5 The message which we have heard from Him and declare…that God is light. (1 Jn. 1:5)

29 For our God is a consuming fire. (Heb. 12:29)

5 Seven lamps of fire were burning before the Throne, which are the seven Spirits of God (Holy Spirit). (Rev. 4:5; 1:4)

G. Principle: we walk in the Spirit by talking with the Spirit. The fundamental and introductory way to walk in the Spirit is by maintaining an active dialogue with the indwelling Spirit. This is key to our transformation and renewal. It is so simple that is causes many to miss it.

H. If we just talk to Him, He will talk back. He will speak to us once He gets us in the conversation. He speaks to us by giving us impressions that release power on our mind and heart if we respond to them. He will talk us out of sinning and quitting.

I. We will not walk in the Spirit more than we talk to the Spirit. He will help us to the degree that we talk to Him. We will not obey Him more than we talk to Him. The moments that we dialogue with Him are the moments in which we are most aware of His power in our inner man.

J. We talk to the Holy Spirit as the way to experience the release of His power in our inner man. He releases small measures of power on our mind and heart, but the power is real. We experience the Spirit’s power in small incremental ways like we do with food and water.

K. The emotional resource of the Spirit or the power of God on our emotions has 9 different facets of the one “diamond” of our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

18 But if you are led by the Spirit…22 the fruit (result) of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. (Gal. 5:18, 22-23)

L. We need to focus on the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit in our war against sin. Many put their primary focus on the necessity of denying sinful desires. Walking in the Spirit is an essential condition in overcoming lust. We remove darkness by turning on the light.

5 Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend (overpower) it. (Jn. 1:5)

M. We recognize His presence in us by thanking Him for it. We thank the indwelling Spirit for His presence, power and leadership inside us. We pray, “Thank you Holy Spirit, for Your presence in me that is mighty in love, peace, patience, self-control, etc. I love and honor Your leadership over me in this moment.”

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge (experience) of God…3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to…godliness, through the knowledge (experience) of Him 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great…promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature (character)… (2 Pet. 1:2-4)

N. We are to behold and know the Spirit. We do this as we focus on His presence inside our spirit. When beholding (gazing) on the Spirit in your inner man, say, “Thank you Holy Spirit for Your indwelling power and leadership. Oh! Living Flame of Love, I honor Your leadership in me.”

17 The Spirit…whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him (it does not behold Him, NAS) nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He…will be in you. (Jn. 14:17)

O. Walking in the Spirit is within the reach of all believers by beholding the Spirit in our inner man.

18 We all beholding…the glory of the Lord, are being transformed…by the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18)

 

III. PAUL DESCRIBED A FIERCE WAR IN HIS MEMBERS

21 I find then a law (principle), that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God…23 But I see another law (principle) in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God–through (ongoing encounter with) Jesus Christ our Lord! 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin… (Rom. 7:21-8:2)

A. Paul described a fierce war in his members (mind, emotions and body). He spoke having a body of death that was expressed in his members. The law of sin wars against our mind and members.

B. Paul spoke of a law of sin operating in Him. For example, one day maybe our mind is confused, the next day it is our emotions that maybe enraged, the next day, our body is either tired, sick or stirred up with sinful desire (immorality, alcohol, drugs, food) and so on. The Holy Spirit release energy, healing and righteousness in our mortal bodies.

10 If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He…will give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Rom. 8:10-11)

C. A law is an activity that happens in a consistent way with the same results. It is a principle that has been proven to hold true. It functions in the same way each time. For example, the law of gravity works 100% of the time unless a greater law is introduced. When the engine of an airplane has fuel and is turned on then it overpowers the law of gravity by activating the law of aerodynamics. It is a law because it functions consistently.

D. The law of the Spirit of life speaks of the consistent principle of the Spirit’s power in us that is stronger than the law of sin (Rom. 8:2). The law of sin has dominion in us unless we engage in a more powerful law (law of the Spirit of life). God provided this more powerful law, but we must talk with the Spirit to experience its power.

E. Our deliverance only comes as we encounter Jesus in an on-going way by the Spirit (Rom. 7:25).  We must have a present tense vibrant relationship with the Holy Spirit not our past experiences.

F. Christ lives in us by the indwelling Spirit. This is the hope (reason we have confidence) that we will experience God’s glory. There is nothing comparable to the life the Spirit gives our heart.

27 The riches of the glory of this mystery…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Col. 1:27)

G. For example, a pilot must keep the engines running at all times to overpower the law of gravity.  The plane’s track record of successful flights will not keep the plane in the air if the engines are not running in the present tense. Our authority is found in our current inner life with the Spirit.

H. We live according to the Spirit by setting our mind on the Spirit. This is what it means to be spiritually minded (Rom. 8:6) or to be “mindful of the Spirit” or “mind-filled with the Spirit.”

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, (set their minds on) the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded (but the mind set on the Spirit NAS) is life and peace (Rom. 8:5-6).

I. The mind set on the flesh has two expressions. First, it is overtly sinful. Second, it is the mind on that is preoccupied with the natural processes of our struggle and conflict, rather than the Spirit.

J. The moments that we dialogue with Him are the moments in which we are most aware of His power and presence in our inner man. Talking to the Spirit re-directs our focus from fantasy (of anger, pride, pleasure, etc.) to Him. This fantasy is called the mind of the flesh.

K. Before Adam sinned he was more conscious of His fellowship with God than of his outer man. When we sin, we quench the Spirit, resulting in a diminished awareness of His presence in us.

L. The Spirit in us is greater than the devil and the flesh, but His power works in us only as we actively engage with Him by speaking to Him. When in temptation, speak to Him.

4 He (Holy Spirit) who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 Jn. 4:4)

M. The main theme of Rom. 8, is the outworking of fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit. This chapter focuses on our relational experience in the Holy Spirit that is the result our legal position in Christ. (Some limit their interpretation of Rom. 8 to facts about our legal position).

 

IV. RECEIVING A FRESH SUPPLY OF THE SPIRIT

16 That He would grant you…to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell (manifest His presence) in your hearts (emotions)…that you…18 may be able to comprehend…19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge… (Eph. 3:16-19)

A. Paul prayed for the Holy Spirit to revive a believer’s heart with divine strength so that they would progressively discern and feel God’s presence. It takes supernatural power for the human heart to feel the presence of God. Every time we receive insight into God’s heart or feel His presence, it is by the miracle working power of the Spirit. It takes God’s strength to remove the darkness, dullness, oppression and lethargy of our spirit.

B. We receive a “fresh supply” of Holy Spirit as we dialogue with the Spirit. He responds by releasing “impulses of life that surge” through our inner man. Receiving the supply of the Spirit refers to discernibly experiencing what is always present from God’s point of view.

19 Will turn out for my deliverance through…prayer and the supply of the Spirit… (Phil. 1:19)

C. We only have the first fruits of the release of the Spirit in this age (Rom. 8:23). We need an ongoing release of God’s life in our inner man (mind/emotions).

 

V. CALLED TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT

16 I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts (wars) against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh… 18 if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law…25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Gal. 5:16–18, 25)

A. In Gal. 5:16-25, Paul used three verbs to describe our relationship with the Spirit. He called us to walk in the Spirit (v. 16), which requires us to be led by the Spirit (v. 18) and to live in or by the Spirit (v. 25). Paul emphasized two issues in walking in the Spirit. First, being led by the Spirit (Gal. 5:24; Rom. 8:14) and second, living in the Spirit or being alive by the Spirit (Gal. 5:25).

B. In Gal. 5:16, Paul gives us a foundational command, “Walk in the Spirit,” with one of the great promises in Scripture, “You shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” To “walk” in the Spirit means to engage with the Spirit or to maintain an active dialogue with Him throughout our daily life or to maintain a vibrant relationship with Him. This is the only way to overcome the power of lust.

C. To be “led” by the Spirit (Gal. 5:18; Rom. 8:14) is to follow His leadership by being watchful of the Spirit’s promptings, especially in our spiritual life (thoughts, words and deeds). We honor (instead of ignore) the Spirit’s leadership in the small decisions of our spiritual life. We walk out the Spirit’s values in our daily life choices (v. 19-22). We cultivate an awareness of the Spirit’s leadership in what we say (speech), what we look at (eyes), how much time we give to feed our spirit (schedule) and how we spend our finances (money). We must refuse the lie that the Holy Spirit is not Lord, and thus, viewing His promptings as optional.

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Cor. 3:17)

D. To “live” in or by the Spirit (Gal. 5:25) is to be empowered with the Spirit’s life as we are fed by the Spirit’s food which is the Word of God. One with an under-nourished spirit will walk in lust.

E. Our dialogue with the Spirit is greatly enriched by pray-reading the Word. We will fill our heart with God’s Word because the “voice of the Spirit and the Word” is much stronger than the “voice of sinful lust.” Bible study must create an active dialogue in our heart with God.

F. The Lord is our portion. If we lack natural blessings, we still have Him in our spirit to behold.

Prophetic Prayers

I recommend you print these out and keep near your devotional material, they are very powerful and crucial for more of the Holy Spirit in your life and also powerful to be prayed for others and for churches and cities.  They are what we pray at IHOP-KC.  Paul’s prayers were inspired by the Holy Spirit for churches, i.e. they are what the Holy Spirit make happen in every church, and every believer.. so they are guaranteed to be answered.  All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (Eph 1:3).  These blessings are our inheritance, and neccessary for the fullness of life in God, in our journey to becoming more Christlike.

Remember, In prayer, we focus our mind on God in two ways: on the Father sitting on His Throne (Rev. 4) and on the Spirit who lives in our spirit. We walk in the Spirit to the degree we talk to the Him (Gal 5:16).

I’ll start this post with two that are are so key, so critical:

Prayer to receive the Spirit’s power that Jesus’ Presence be manifest in us so we experience God’s love.

According to the riches of Your glory, strengthen me with might through Your Spirit in my inner man, That Christ may dwell (manifest His presence) in my heart through faith; root me and ground me in Your love for me, that I may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; so I can be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:16-19).

Here are some notes from Ihop on this prayer that I have edited and added to:

  1. This is a description of the heights of glory that God invites us to experience in this life. This life vision requires a lifestyle that is most demanding but most rewarding. It is a lifestyle that has prioritized God as life’s highest reward, and sees that being heavenly minded will accomplish the most earthly good (Col 3:2, Rom 8:6).  The higher a mountain climber ascends the more difficult it becomes yet it becomes more rewarding at each new height. We need all that God will give us spiritually.
  2. Paul presents a 4-fold progression of how we grow in the Spirit. Each time he uses the word ‘that’  highlights a different stages of growth. This prayer provides us with a biblical pattern for pursuing the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10-12). It is in itself a theological statement of how to cultivate intimacy with God.
There are four stages though we will always need to pray to continually to experience each of the four stages to sustain them in all seasons.

Stage #1: Praying regularly with expectancy for the Father to strengthen you with might in the innerman.  We use God’s strength to sustain righteous choices in our pursuit of 100-fold obedience (in all areas including finances, time, speech, eyes) which is required for all who desire to experience more.

Stage #2: Jesus’ initial activity in our hearts (mind/emotions) to prepares us to experience more.  Being rooted and grounded in His love is sweet and powerful, experiencing His manifest presence sustains us through life’s trials, so we can count it all joy.

Stage #3: New ability to comprehend (experience) Jesus, roots us and grounds us in Him, more.  When exhilarated in God’s love, we feel no need to seek our greatness in being successful in man’s eyes. We find success, identity and satisfaction in the ocean of God’s love.

Stage #4: fulfilling God’s purpose in each season of our life in this age and the age-to-come.

  1. This prayer is based on Jesus’ promise to visit those who seek 100-fold obedience (Matt 13 1-12). 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. He who loves Me will be loved by My Father (experience God’s love), and I will love him and manifest Myself to him…23 If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. (Jn. 14:21-23) 

STAGE ONE  We pray to be strengthened with might in our innerman.  That is where we experience God.  He lives in our innermost man, but we experience Him in the inner man.  (Some bibles translate the greek to be innerman or belly everytime)  We will receive the Holy Spirit’s strength to the measure that we ask for it (Mt. 7:7).

  1. Strengthen our mind with understanding of God’s love
  2. Strengthen our heart with  feelings of love (from God, for God, self, others)
  3. Strengthen our will with inspiration to be resolved to voluntarily choose obedience. Paul prayed that the saints be strengthened with perseverance to follow through in obedience…strengthened with all might…for all patience (perseverance)… (Col. 1:11) Jesus urged His disciples to pray to receive strength to overcome temptation (Luk 22:40).
STAGE TWO: Experiencing God’s manifest presence in our heart. 
17 THAT Christ may dwell in your hearts (mind, emotions, will) through faith (confidence); that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend… the love of Christ. (Eph. 3:17-19)

  1. Jesus dwelling in our hearts speaks of Him being active in us our heart (mind, emotions and will). Jesus is formed in us as He manifests His presence in us as we grow in the Holy Spirit. My children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you… (Gal. 4:19)  We (the Father and Son) will come to him and make Our home with him. (Jn. 14:23) Abide in Me, and I in you…5 He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears fruit… (Jn. 15:4-5)  I stand at the door…If anyone…opens the door, I will come in to him… (Rev. 3:20) 

STAGE THREE

That you…18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints (available to all) what is the width and length and depth and height (inexhaustible ocean) — 19 to know (experiential intimacy) the love (affection) of Christ which passes knowledge (requires supernatural help)… (Eph. 3:17-19)

To comprehend God’s love or emotions requires that our spiritual capacity be supernaturally enlarged to enable us to experience more of God. It takes God to experience God’s depths of love. Paul is echoing David’s prayer that the saints be exhilarated by God’s affections. The river of God’s pleasure is the river of God’s affection which brings pleasure to the human spirit.
 You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. (Ps. 36:8) 

  1. This unusual measure of God’s love “passes knowledge”. In other words, it requires supernatural aid to experience it. Thus, we must be prepared by the Holy Spirit who escorts us up this glorious mountain of God’s pleasure. The Holy Spirit will pour out God’s love in our hearts (Rom. 5:5).
  2. The width speaks of His manifold provision for any person (Jew and Gentile) or situation in this life. The length speaks of reaching far beyond our sin and continuing forever. The depth of love points to the depths that Jesus descended to pay the price that we might be His Bride (Phil. 2:6-9). The heights of love speak of the measure of exaltation that we receive in His grace.

We do not base our experience on feeling, but they do enhance our experience of Jesus. God is glorified in us when we are exhilarated with Him (His emotions, wisdom and power).

  1. The experience of God’s affection makes us ravenously hungry for more. We go hard after God’s heart to experience more of His affection. Holy diligence is not an attempt to earn us God’s love, but positions us to experience more of it.

STAGE FOUR: the fullness of God’s blessing in each season of life.

19 THAT you may be filled with all the fullness of God (our earthly destiny). (Eph. 3:19)

  1. God’s full destiny for our life can only be released in those who receive strength (v.16) to sustain their voluntarily choices to obey God in follow through. This prepares us to experience more of Jesus’ presence in our hearts because we are rooted and grounded in confidence in God’s love.
  2. Experiencing God’s fullness requires a radical pursuit of God
  3. The paradox in the Church is that many talk about the love of God while being content to not press into it to actually experience its power. In a spiritual culture of compromise, some are falsely comforted by references to God’s love without understanding the glorious reality of it.
  4. We were created to delight in the feeling of being loved by God. Our spirit craves this. God desires to release this to us. We are too often content with a Christianity that is devoid of feeling, or a Christianity that is mostly an intellectual exercise and not a heart experience. He wants our hearts ravished because His heart is ravished. He feels such intense feelings towards us and desires that we have intense feelings for Him.
  5. Christianity is an invitation to relationship with supernatural strength touching our inner man (heart). Many Christians are content to live without experiencing God’s power at the heart level. This passage builds confidence in the process to have a heart alive with power and is within reach for all. Eph. 3 is a theological statement of how to cultivate passion for Jesus and intimacy with God.
  6. People are only too busy until we are persuaded that the high vision in God is real. Believers in college, the marketplace, serving children at home or in ministry are too busy to seek Christ in this way until they have confidence that is for them and is attainable. Then we find time.
  7. We were created to love not just receive it. We were created to be passionate. In other words, to give ourselves away in love. We will never come to the full pleasure of our human experience without receiving the power to fully give ourselves to God and others in love.  It actually requires the power of God.  I love to pray prayers like “annoint my heart to love you.”  He answers them.

Prayer for revelation of Jesus’ beauty that we might walk in our calling and destiny by God’s power:

Father of glory, I ask for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 enlighten the eyes of my understanding; that I may receive revelation of the hope of His calling (assurance/clarity of God’s call for my life) and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (our destiny as Jesus’ inheritance), and the exceeding greatness of His power (Eph. 1:17-19)

(Separate post:)

https://thekeyofdavid.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/eph-117-spirit-of-revelation/

Judging Others?

The Text in Isaiah 58 implies that  the primary reason for the darkness, lack of healing, unanswered prayer, and lack of the glory of God, is our own critical spirit, which is called, “the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness.”  Of the many people I have met with exceptional mantles of spiritual authority, but were lacking in spiritual fruit, this characteristic always seemed to prevail in their lives:  They had judged and criticized the ministries of others who were gaining influence, and had thereby disqualified themselves from the grace of God in that area.  Our criticisms will bring us to poverty.  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue (pro 18:21.). -from Rick Joyner’s Overcoming Evil in the Last Days

 

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