Posts Tagged ‘Sons and Daughters’

Wilderness Seasons

Throughout Biblical history, God has used the wilderness to test His servants in order to perfect His purposes within them. His goal is to speak to the independent heart that leans on its own understanding and call His Sons and Daughters into proper alignment with His Divine order (Hos 2:14).

The wilderness speaks of a barren and desolate area. It is a place where inner needs become intensified and there is no available resources to meet those needs. God seems to want to move us there at times to speak to us about the condition of our hearts.

Who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning upon her Beloved?” (Song of Solomon 8:5)

There is a heart quality about this “one” who is coming up from the wilderness that attracts the writers special attention. She is “leaning” upon her Beloved. This position of leaning demonstrates the fact that she has become completely dependent upon Him. Something has changed during her time of being in the wilderness which has resulted in her becoming submissively dependent upon the Lord.

This is the quality of Sonship that God is after in us and we must become aware that its the wilderness that produces this in our heart. How often have we murmured or complained about the wilderness experience only to find that there was increased glory as we emerged from this season.

We entered the wilderness season leaning on our own understanding and emerged leaning on our Beloved.

Shake off the fear of abandonment and draw near to the Father who speaks lovingly to His children. He wants to become the Promised Resource for our abundant life.

God Will Answer

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  (Jer. 33:3)

“Call to Me - I Will Answer You”:

The Lord promises to answer the prayers of Jeremiah. Why? Because it is God’s priority to show His sons and daughters great and mighty things, which they do not know. Of course, God can do His will without us, without our asking and without our involvement. But when we ask connections happen and partnership emerges. With God, all things are possible… and by including us, it does’nt make anything less possible. He is still God and He is still sufficient in all that He puts His hands to accomplish.

Why Miss the Opportunity?

God answers prayer in a variety of ways! He is under no obligation to say, “Yes” to everything we pray… which I think is probably a very good thing. He can say ”No” much more easily than we, because He sees the big picture. He can say “Wait” with something we know is in His will, but requires an element of patience on our part. He is fond of telling me “Grow”, because I tend to get my heart tangled up in difficult problems that overwhelm my sense of duty.

But, of all His answers I like the one where He becomes still… it pulls me in, captures my attention and helps me realize I need His Presence even more than just His revelation. I know that sounds odd, but really should we not listen more for His breath than His voice. I love His voice and tend to run passionately to the closest ears I can find to spout off the latest and greatest that God is speaking in my “quiet times”. But, His Presence is our life!

Notice: Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Mt. 6:6)

A Sacret Place - A Place of Secrets:

There is stillness waiting… in the secret place. There is Presence and abiding Glory that God has intended to be the most refreshing reality of “answered prayer”. The atmosphere gets permeated with the fragrance of fellowship… of worship (Jn. 12:3). Praise and worship arises and thankfulness offers a sense of peace that cannot be duplicated any other way. God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3).

The Mingling of Hearts:

I am reminded of how often God has responded to the desires of my heart without a word ever spoken (Lk. 12:30). Because He sees… He does not just hear our prayers, He sees us! He knows us and is consistently making Himself vulnerable to our need. It is so transforming, just to sit at His feet and look into His eyes (2 Cor. 4:6). You see, we need this fellowship (1 Jn. 1:1-4). We need this atmosphere more than we need a perfect answer or a powerful revelation. We need His heartbeat to register on the basic foundations of our character. We come to a God who is completely holy and often get the idea that the best thing He has to offer is “answers”. But the best thing He has to offer was proven at the cross. He offers Himself… His love and His embrace.

He Sees in Secret - But Rewards Openly:

Honestly, I pray to get my mind blown more than to get answers that fit the smallness of my asking. I have learned that God wants to do immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). The God who sees in secret is the same God who wants to reward me openly. His rewards however, are things I do not know, things I cannot wrap my mind around and things that bring me to my knees (Rev. 1:17). Like Jeremiah, I find myself feeling a fire in my bones that cannot be put into words (Jer. 20:9). And yet, that is precisely where He wants me… in a place that requires me to be still and know that He is God and I am not (Ps. 46:10).

God still answers from the secret place and when He does, it releases into greater Kingdom destiny!

At the Core, Love

Open and enjoy

Open with joy

There is a lot of confusion among people today, about the true essence of Christianity. Is Christianity a set of biblical teachings we are to follow? Is it just another world religion, that calls upon a god that cannot be known? Is it a philosophical view of the world that engages the weak and simple minded? Could it be more than just a set of beliefs, rituals and doctrines designed to get us into heaven someday after we die? Just what is the Christian faith and what key thoughts are at the core of a biblical worldview?

At the core of Christianity is a relationship.

Jesus said, ”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt 22:37-39)

Jesus was saying; Christianity is about who you are and how you relate to God… its about love!

According to the Bible, living in relationship with God defines all other relationships. Our most significant Christian Truth is that God designed us from the beginning for relationship with Him. We were created in His image and for His purpose. We have been made to become carriers of both His love and His promise, as His dear children.

Therefore, it is crucial that we know how God intends for us to see Him… as a loving Father.

Loving Him is where it all begins for the Christian. At the core of this relationship is the awareness that He first has loved us and revealed that love in tangible ways. Like a hug feels warm and embracing to the person receiving it; so also there are things God has revealed to us that we can see and receive as signs of His love for us.

God wants us to see and feel His love for us (Jn 14:21).

The most important sign is that God sent His only Son into the Earth to die upon a cross, in order to forgive us of all of our sin. His desire was to remove any barrier to the clear revelation that God, as a Father loves and delights in humanity. There would be no question of His heart toward us, if man could just see the gift offered freely and receive it with joyful appreciation.

God did not send Jesus to condemn us! (Jn 3:17)

His love is not revealed to us in this way to condemn or punish, but to communicate a willingness to receive us as sons and daughters no matter how far away from ”home” we have strayed (Lk 15:21-24)(Jn 1:12). God’s embrace is given with a promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5); that He wants to give us life abundant and restore what has been stolen by brokenness and confusion. He stays with us and walks it out within our hearts through the person of the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5).

Beholding love, stirs us to love (1 Jn 3:1).

These are the amazing truths that enable us to respond to God as a Father and live with Him as sons and daughters. They compel us to embrace His heart and love Him back, in responsive relationship. Christianity is a life worth living, because at its core.. is love.

Stirred Up

“So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God…” (Haggai 1:14)

The phrase “stirred up” in this verse carries the meaning: “to rouse, awaken, excite, raise up; to incite; to arouse to action; to open one’s eyes.” This same Hebrew word is used 81 times in the Old Testament. It is used to describe how an eagle stirs up its nest (Deut. 32:11) and also how a musical instrument is awakened or warmed up before it is played (Ps. 108:2). It’s used twice as the Lord awakens the prophet each morning… He awakens his ear to hear God’s message (Isa. 50:4).

Stirring in the Spirit:

The Lord is arousing many in the Body of Christ these days! I hear it all around me, that “God is up to something”… He is moving in power and stirring the hearts of His people. I believe He is specifically calling out to His Sons and Daughters.

The greatest gift the Father wants to give us is a responsive relationship with Him. Yet this requires spiritual communication and hearing His voice. Remember, as believers, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. Scripture tells us that the Spirit searches all things (1 Cor. 2:9-16), even the deep things of God… He searches in order to awaken the “mind of Christ” inside our spirit. Consequently, because of the Holy Spirit in me, anywhere I am, at any moment, I have access to the thoughts and the stirrings of God’s heart and emotions. I can access the deep things of God through the spirit in me receiving revelation… its the bubbling up of the Holy Spirit searching out all things.

These inner stirrings are wonderful expressions of the Father’s heart toward His children. They represent love, faithfulness and protection in the midst of any storm or battle. They represent more than feelings… and more than pleasure. They are often compelling motivation for obedience, intercession or ministry. In the above verse we see clearly that the stirring of the spirit can motivate the servant of God to co-labor in the building of something that God has on His heart… to work on the House of the Lord.

Stop for a moment and ask yourself… “Are you becoming more sensitive to the stirrings in your spirit?”

Experience His Triumph

Like the Champion of Peace there is just no challenger to Christ’s authority and power. He has won the victory… He has overcome the grave and reigns for all to see.

Our declaration is for more… “Release the Kingdom – power in our day.”

This can be the generation of reconciliation where a sharp contrast is displayed between the meaningless rituals of idolatry and the glorious substance of life in the Kingdom of God.

We are hungry for more!

The enormous chasm that once stood between God and man has been eliminated and the cross has established a bridge to freedom. All the world must know, they must be told of all that has been accomplished through the blood of the Perfect Man.

Jesus is our Peace!

It’s the “life experience”… the breaking of Satan’s grip. The Prince of Righteousness who rides upon the wind is alive and calling forth the nations… “Come ride with Me; Come live in victorious triumph where all things have become new!” The joy of life… the life of joy. This is our destiny because He is our Champion of Peace who has won the victory.

So let His Glory be revealed – let the wind blow and let the fire rest upon this generation.

We shall see in our day the drawing forth of the Sons and Daughters… those who will ride upon His power and experience triumph like never seen before.