The fasted lifestyle of serving fasting praying and giving to the Father who sees and rewards is revealed in Matthew 5-7.
Matthew 5:19 has Jesus saying of this lifestyle “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does these commandments and teaches others (encourages) will be called great.”
All of the heart postures (mourning, hungering etc) of the beatitudes and virtues of the Sermon on the Mount (SotM), as well as our beholding of Jesus to transform us, can only be done by maintaining an inner dialogue with the Holy Spirit. It is His work to sanctify and lead us, but without communication and abiding our heart and nature are fallen. Most Christians have been taught to just be saved and live anyway we want, but this video reveals the fear of the Lord that 1)we will give account for every idle word unrepented of [Matt 12:36], and 2) He will judge not just what we did, but He will judge the heart, the inner motives (1Cor 4:5). -I need fresh encounters with the Spirit to live perfectly the way the SotM details.
- Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God (1 Cor 4:5).
The continuous inner dialogue of ‘John 15 Abiding in His love‘ is revealed in Galatians 5:16 as ‘walking in the Spirit.‘ Walking in the Spirit is not some ethereal idea that we can just claim to do, but is ‘talking with the Spirit in a dialogue.’ If we feed on the Word and Gal 6:8 ‘sow to the Spirit’ (singing, tongues, etc) He will talk back more often, and we will reap His love on our emotions. He will talk us into wisdom in time, money and energy, or lifestyle of Matt 13 “100fold obedience.” The best way to say it is, “We won’t walk in the Spirit more than we talk with the Spirit.” Let’s walk in the Spirit, it’s grace based, and we grow in it over time. He will help us relate to others in a right way, and work with what the Father is doing in their lives, so we can love them and treat them accordingly.
It’s also taught that stalling out in obedience can shut down His activity, but it has to all be fueled by His love, and the Spirit’s ministry centers around revealing the Love of the Father and Bridegroom. The uncreated Spirit of God dwells in us!! Dwells in us, yet He is dormant without our co-operation.
REWARD IN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM
- Our ministry in the age to come has nothing to do with how much we accomplished outwardly in this age, but rather how much we developed inwardly. The choices we make in our 70-year internship determine where and how we will function in our 1,000-year ministry assignment. (Mt. 19:30; 20:16, 26-27; 22:14;) THIS IS HUGE
HE WILL JUDGE OUR HEART SIZE?
- We must keep and teach a life vision that recognizes this truth: The measure that we develop in our hearts in love, meekness, and revelation (of His Word) related to our time and talents, determines our place and function in His eternal government. Marriages should be built on empowering each other in this. Without a clearly defined life vision, our time will be stolen by the tyranny of the urgent. Time is the essence of life, wasting time is wasting life. His Mercy sustains our reach for grace in this fueled by the Fear of the Lord as well as refusing a cheap grace message.
- Matthew 5: says ‘The Meek shall inherit the earth.’ They that advocate meekness will inherit the earth and be called great not least, because God has chosen voluntary weakness as the vehicle for Him to show Himself strong on our behalf. 1 Cor 1:27 says of the SotM lifestyle and weak things, “ God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.” Meekness is voluntarily (and involuntarily sometimes) giving up our strength, and it’s the way the Kingdom is released and that strongholds and ideologies that holds the culture of our city in bondage. We choose weakness in finances and call it giving, we choose weakness in food to pray and call it fasting, we choose weakness in our time and speech asking God about His word and praying God what He wants us to pray for and call it having a prayer life and intercession. 1 Cor 1 says in this we receive the perfected power of the Spirit. Joel 2 says that when there is big crisis in the land if we want perfect strength call a fast, pray and repent, and cry out for the land, Eze 9:4 reveals that those ppl that do could be protected from Judgment.
Here’s a full study of How to Walk in the Spirit
THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM JESUS WILL BRING
- But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (Mt. 19:30)
- Jesus gave His disciples the revelation of the great exchange that occurs at the harvest as some who are “last” in privilege and prominence in this age will be “first” in the Kingdom Age. Those who choose to be last by their lifestyle choices of humility will be first in age-to-come.
- For many are called (invited by God), but few are chosen (commissioned) (Mt. 22:14). Many people are called (invited to inherit great things) yet only a few are chosen or esteemed by God as faithful or worthy to be commissioned to rule with Jesus when He returns.
- The only ones chosen or commissioned are the faithful who are proven and consistent in meek obedience under the varied pressures of opportunity, temptation, and resistance. Jesus reveals that only a few will have a sufficient maturity in faithfulness to rule in the Millennium. Yet everyone has a ‘fair shot.’
- God invites “whosoever” or literally everyone to be great in His Kingdom. This is a primary teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7). We cannot repent of the desire for greatness because God designed our spirit with this longing. We must repent for seeking greatness in a wrong way. We must also repent for neglecting to seek greatness (simply because Jesus designed and called us to be great in His sight). Without the paradigm of being on a journey to greatness, the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle is much more difficult to sustain. 6 He who comes to God must believe…He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Heb. 11:6)
- The fear of the Lord is related to the truth that He sees all and will take us to account for every idle word unrepented of. To lose the fear of the Lord is to lose what the bible defines as wisdom. Most Christians will talk you out of the fear of the Lord.
Here’s a study of the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit