Posts Tagged ‘Scripture’

Do we really know Jesus?

I don’t share other’s posts often, but this one I couldn’t resist. You want to read this:

Int http://www.joshuahawkins.com/blog/2010/01/intimacy-god-do-we-really-know-jesus

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)

Being a Disciple

We are called to follow Him. We are called to be His, for to be saved is to be His.
2Co 5:15 He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

I love the bridal paradigm for so many reasons.  It is so helpful to be freed from the mentality that we have to do everything in our own strength for Him, at a distance.  But being close to Him, with Him where He is, is so powerful.  We are no longer our own, but we are His!  We live for Him.  And we rely on Him and ask Him for strength through the Spirit to obey and walk in the Spirit and not the flesh.

This is a good Mike Bickle quote: God can not do our part, we cannot do His.

He is very tender in mercy in His dealing with us and His thoughts about us each day are as many as the sands of the beach. He has plans, we connect with Him and get revelation of Him and what He wants to do.  And then we do our part in obeying it, surrendering to it, or walking it out.

He has authority over us, and yet we have authority over our lives. Our choices are very significant. Sometimes destiny falls in our lap, but not often. We have to seek Him and seek His ways. His ways are greater and different than our ways. We can make good choices on our own and for some things, He leaves the choices up to us, for others we must seek His will. Learning to follow His leadership and stay on the path of life is harder than it sounds, but is just focusing and keeping our eyes on Him. He is a really good leader, if we stay following.

Though His mercy is great, He does not hold ignorance as excuse (Hos 4:6). There are many issues in everyone’s life where we do need His counsel, instruction. We must come to Him, say I am serious, I will keep pursuing you on this. He says ‘good, I will lead you each step of the way.’ Even the prophetic words we may have in our lives, we must take them to Him and if they are confirmed, we must pray the release of them and follow His leadership and timing.

Also keeping a journal of what He is showing you is so wise. Just like a quarterback throws the ball to one he knows will catch it, He will give more revelation when He knows we won’t forget it, and that He can add to it as well. There are things we are fighting against in our lives and we have the authority to war against it, in prayer and in tongues.

Joel 2:25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten ..

He can restore the time we have wasted the time the “locust has eaten” but we have to repent of giving time to the ‘locusts’ first and embrace diligence. If this is new to you start off with a praying in the car in the morning and then try a half hour of reading Scripture and asking Him for understanding on it, and worshiping Him. When one is a new believer the word is often hidden to you and dull. But it takes prayer to open it up, to get understanding and spiritual revelation, that things begin to click and for Him to speak to your heart. It is so wise to pray for your delight to be in the word of God, for your joy in be in His presence and for the Holy Spirit who lives in you to be your teacher and guide. This was my experience, I kept praying and crying out for my joy to be in the word and not the world and He answered it. Sometimes it takes baby steps, to wean yourself off of the world on onto the Word. But it is so worth it! See my post on How to Encounter God.

Learning to hear Him and see His leadership in our lives takes effort. And in some places it is obvious. But keeping obedience in how we spend our time (time is the most precious thing, it is the essence of life) is key. Scheduling time to grow in the places we are called to adds up over the years. We usually don’t pray or study near as much as we would like to without planned scheduling. For more on scheduling I highly recommend Mike Bickle’s teaching audio on The Power of a Focused Life.

Bible Study

Interesting points from the last fcf service at ihop-kc.

  1. I must read the Bible as if it were God’s personal letter to me, because it is.
  2. It’s important that we come to the Bible expecting to learn and grow in our relationship with God. In the same way we grow stronger in our relationship with our spouse or a friend after a meaningful conversation, so it can be with God. Expect to encounter God.
  3. Bible study must create an active dialogue with the Person of God. Scripture gives us the “conversational material” in our talks with God. Using the Word makes prayer easier and more enjoyable.   (John 5:39-40).
  4. We may not always “feel” the encounter or sense the relationship strengthening immediately. This is normal. In due time the fruit of God’s Word will be seen and felt. We must stay the course, with faith that our inner man is being renewed. (Eph 3:16).
  5. Each time we say what God says, it marks our mind and spirit and changes us.  (Heb 4:16).

2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… (Rom. 12:2)  

Abiding in the Lord is Crucial

WE MUST live our lives each day being connected to our Father in Heaven. Our hearts have to connect to His on the Throne. Man was never created to function without connectedness to God. Adam wasn’t created to go a day without receiving from the Lord. I believe he was created to commune with God and then relate to Eve and work in the garden from a place of Holy connectedness.

John 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven (to pray)

When Jesus is lifting His eyes here, He is connecting with the Father in Heaven in the throne room. What a powerful reality.

We have heard ‘we should seek first the kingdom and all will be added to us (Mat 6:33.)’ Now is the time to start living it for real. Seeking His kingdom is seeking the release of His will being done on earth, just as it is in heaven. Through our lives, relationships and intercession. And God will show us what to do each day: “Jesus only did that which He saw His Father do (Joh 5:19).” That verse is the ultimate spiritual maturity.

Mikebickle.org has a whole series of teaching and study on what the bible says about the throne room of God and the beauty of Jesus. He talks about how mediation and prayer on these verses transforms us as the Father ‘enlightens our spiritual eyes’ (Eph 1:16), to see Jesus.

This is one of the first things new Christians need to fix, relating to others with our fallen state being renewed by encounter with God. Eph 3:18 if we are in Christ we are now spiritually ‘seated in heavenly places.’ Places meaning the throne of Heaven where Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father.

This is not something we can fake. Authentic Christianity ministers to people. I feel like the Lord is highlighting morning prayer in this hour. For many that is a cross, for they would have to get up earlier, but it is worth it.

Joy in Prayer 3

So many Christians have a lacking prayer life, simply because the find the Bible boring.  There are real spiritual veils keeping them from connecting with God.  It is the Holy Spirit who will lead us into truth and open us the Word to us, and remove those veils.

God is glorified when we choose to take everyday moments and redeem them with our pursuit of Him.  There is so much distraction and lesser pursuits at our fingertips, but to lay it all down and go after God time after time, is so much more rewarding.  Satan would love to have a Christian keep his/her heart weak and fully occupied with the things of this world.

In Psalm 119 we see David’s love for the Word.  My Prayer life was radically changed when I began to pray, inspired by the Psalm, for God to change my desires to make my delight in the law, in the Scriptures.  This really changed everything for me.  The bible was no longer boring and things began to click and make sense.

There is a transition where we are weened off satisfying ourselves with the world, as is was nature, to finding supreme Joy in being connected with God.  It’s that experience of Holy Spirit revelation and love that ruins us for the lesser things.

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