Posts Tagged ‘Desire’

The Stubborn Heart

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” (Mk. 9:23-25)

It has been my experience, that literally thousands of people struggle with unbelief. Real barriers stand between their desire and the reality of God’s Will! Like this father they hear the words that Jesus would love to heal, deliver or bring hope; but they are stuck. They know the truth that if they could just believe, nothing would be impossible… but there is no believing, no receiving and no “heart” at all. There is just the nagging reality of hopeless effort, tears and shameful discouragement. And worse yet for many, they construct a new theological platform of resolve… “I will choose to not believe any longer, because it just leaves me hopeless!”

The Spirit of Unbelief:

The inability to obey the instructions of Jesus and trust in the Promises of God, often leads to this frustration. We want to please the Lord and experience all that God has said, but something in us resists faith. We find we “cannot” believe even when we want to. This can be due to a “spirit of unbelief”. Lies, deception, fears or offenses can find their dwelling in the heart and be controlled by a demonic spirit that paralyzes the heart in unbelief. This spirit is real and dangerous, it is pervasive and advancing across the landscape of Christianity and it lives in the midst of the “Church culture”… where all is not fine in paradise!

Authenticity:

I receive many emails and calls about this issue and I find it a bit shocking that the problem is so wide spread and growing. Yet in my opinion there is a root cause that we must uncover and shine the light of truth upon… people are living superficial lifestyles. They rarely stop and contemplate the meaning of their existence. To ask the simple question, “WHY!” is not blasphemy, nor is it going to lead us into deception. Perhaps it would even offer a lot more authenticity to our journey!

Jesus said in Matthew 7:7… “Ask, seek and knock… and the door will be opened!”

Authentic communication with God – opens the door of relational truth. Things that are difficult for us to understand, come into the light of His wisdom and love. God is a “father”, He knows how to take care of His children and He is faithful. He is anticipating our needs to be vocalized and to come streaming into His Presence (Heb. 4:16). The Apostle Peter, who seemed a lot like us; said you and I need to be “casting all our care upon Him, because He cares for us” (1 Pet. 5:7). He cares for us… and He knows all about our issues of faith. This idea that we can avoid our problems and they will just go away… well – that is the greatest deception of all! They do not go away, in fact they produce the fruit of disappointment, which I spoke of earlier. We tend to create and believe a false perception of God’s heart toward our reality.

So – here’s the point…

  • Stop living without meaningful communication with God!

Spend time telling God of the frailty of your faith, the brokenness of your heart and the weakness in your perceptions… ask Him “why?!” and then wait… wait… wait… for the doors to open! They will, my friend they will… they will open wide and the King of Glory will come in. Who is this King of Glory… He is the Lord Strong and Mighty! (Psa. 24:7-10)

Value Your Anointing!

“Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us – Eternal Life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 Jn. 2:24-27)

Allowing the knowledge of God to abide in you, is more than just theology or Church Doctrine being understood. Our minds are incredible in so many ways. God has given us the capacity to process facts, but spiritual truth requires spiritual discernment… an anointing of the Holy Spirit. The anointing is an abiding Presence of the Holy Spirit that offers influence (Exousia or authority) and power (dunamis or dynamic impact). Those benefits go beyond the natural realities of our five senses. We have by way of the anointing, a supernatural ability to see, hear and move in the spiritual realm. The Apostle John is trying to help us understand the value of this anointing, as we process Eternal Life.

1st) We need to Experience Eternal Life…

The Anointing within us is designed to turn spiritual knowledge into fellowship with the Father and the Son. This is fellowship in the Glory of God at its best! When we are saved, we are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light; whereby our lives are no longer held by the power of sin, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is a process, recognizing the influence of our new abiding “Helper” (Holy Spirit); but it is also, an awesome and powerful freedom that allows Eternal Life to be released into all of our decisions. Its by the anointing that we know spiritual truth and have power to overcome the enemies of our soul (Isa. 10:27)(1 Jn. 2:20 & 27). If you desire to see deliverance and breakthrough in your life, then you must value the anointing! Even Jesus was aware of the impact the anointing carried upon His life and ministry. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for He has anointed Me…” (Lk. 4:18).

2nd) We must Hold On to Eternal Life…

The Apostle John warns us that many are trying to deceive and lie about the truth of God. They are jealous or intimidated by the life they see in the Believer and aim to discredit the Child of God, because they walk in rebellion to a Biblical world view. There are so many hostile environments in our world, that it requires us to value the anointing above any other influence in life. We must have a fresh anointing abiding within us to build ourselves up and carry a bold testimony of God’s goodness and power in our lives. Without question, trouble is always knocking at our door and we cannot give in or make room for the enemy’s lies or perversions. We give no place to the Devil… by standing firm against his schemes (Eph. 6:11-13), his approaches (Jms. 4:7) and his accusations (Rev. 12:10-11). It is the anointing that destroys the demonic strongholds and offers freedom in the midst of spiritual battles (2 Cor 10:3-6)(Acts 10:38). We must value the anointing if we want to continue to receive the blessings of Eternal Life… in ourselves and for those within our reach.

3rd) We are called to Advance Eternal Life…

Believer’s are called to become Ambassadors for the Message of Eternal Life. We are like the mouthpiece of God, flesh and bone, but anointed with the Word of Hope. Our declaration is that God has set His love upon the world and lifted up His own Son in the place of the sinful. We cry out with trembling voices, “Be reconciled to God!” Because He made Him, who knew no sin; to become sin for us, so that we might become His righteousness, by the pure blood shed at the cross (2 Cor 5:19-21). We must value the anointing of the Holy Spirit, because it is not about the eloquence of our preaching or the depth of our experience. It’s all about the One who abides in us, speaks through us and empowers the message… so that it is “good news”. As Kingdom Agents we advance Eternal Life with the anointing, through the anointing and by the anointing. Jesus said, “All authority, and all power has been given unto Me, therefore go… preach, teach and disciple the nations of the Earth… and I will be with you!” (Mt. 28:18-20 -my paraphrase).

That is the anointing defined… “I will be with you – I will be upon you – I will abide in you and live through you!” Why would you have no need of a teacher? “For He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world.” (1 Jn. 4:4)

He is the Life!

I AM …the bread of life. (John 6:35)

…the light of the world. (John 8:12)

…the good shepherd. (John 10:11)

…the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)

…the true vine. (John 15:5)

Just in case you find yourself hungry, lost or confused…

Remind yourself of who Jesus really is! The Bible is clear, He is the Christ – the Son of the Living God (Mt. 16:13-17). He is the life… to know Him is to have a quality of life that nothing else offers (Jn. 17:3). No matter who or what is standing in your way, simply believing… creates breakthrough into the promise of who He is – as the “Great I Am” (1 Jn. 5:12-13). He is Healer, Deliverer, Provider and Restorer… because He knows, He hears, He cares and He loves. Make no mistake, you are not forgotten, forsaken or abandon…

You are His Prize… You are His Desire… You are His Delight!

What Worship Is

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:1-7)

If you ask people what “worship” is, you would probably receive many answers related to music, church services, and singing. While worship certainly includes the songs we sing and the services we attend; this common definition limits worship to a time frame or specific activity. Instead, I believe the Bible teaches that worship is a lifestyle… an ongoing response to God in every circumstance and every moment.

Jesus made this statement to the woman at the well outside of Sychar: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”. (Jn 4:24)

The Worship Paradigm:

I have come to understand that worship takes on many forms and expressions, but it always communicates from the heart. Worship comes out of the human spirit as a declaration of truth… to say, “I value God!” Loving Him for who He is and for how He has changed your life. It becomes the compelling desire of “lovers”… to worship God from the heart. The passionate lover of God becomes undivided in their allegience… like a reservoir of love and appreciation for the King.

No Sacrifice is too Much!

While I often bring a sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise for entry into His Presence… when I get there I become the sacrifice poured out for His purpose. To set my life upon the altar is no loss; but a yielded embrace to His voice, that encourages true usefulness.

Like the Prophet Isaiah, my heart is captured and I am undone. I welcome the call to go wherever He leads me.

…I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Lord, send me.” (Isa 6:8)

Getting Past Hungry

Scripture: “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. (Psalm 63:1-3)

Thought for Today: “Getting Rid of Kinda Hungry”

These are the times I find myself craving things like steak and baked potato, or chicken burritos. We’ve been in our fast long enough now that my stomach has resolved its issues, but my mind is beginning to feel a bit neglected. That’s when I know I’m getting to the heart of the prayer and fasting goal. I want to awaken my spiritual hungers for God and my deepest thirsts for the passion of His heart. What I want to see happen in me is that “my comforts” and “my passions” line up with the will of God. Its my desire that when I say I believe in Christ, I am not found betraying Him in my behavior.

The Psalmist says, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God” (Ps 42:1).

Hungering and thirsting after God is a practical reality that results in an unhindered chase. In other words, if I hunger and thirst after God and train my mind to find its comfort in His purposes, then my flesh will begin to find its delight in His passions. The question I must resolve is, “Do I crave the nourishment of a spiritual feast in His Presence more than the local smorgasbord?” I can proudly boast of a full belly, while I waste away with an empty heart… but today I am kinda hungry.

And God says, “Its about time!”

Fasting and prayer should be a time of discovery… exploring, and enjoying intimacy with God. It should be feasting in His Presence, identifying with His purpose, and denying the natural food in order to delight in the supernatural food that comes from the mouth of God.

Fast or Feast:

Jesus assumed His disciples would fast (Mt 6:16-17), but not until He was gone from them (Mk 2:19-20). While He was close, while He was with the disciples… it was the season of feasting and celebration in His abundance. This time in His Presence was the time for the dance and the joyful embrace of His Provision. He was their water brook, as the Psalmist has said.

Lead us to the Feast:

The time has come when fasting is to lead us to the feast. When our hunger and thirst for the food that truly satisfies, becomes our deepest search, then we can celebrate. His Words, His Presence, His voice in the morning, fills the heart with light (Isa 58:8-9). God help us to pray and fast until we uncover the feast. I want to be found running to Him… for Him.

Please Holy Spirit, become my water brook… abundant and refreshing.

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