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Secret of the Glory

“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him, He turned around to the crowd and asked; “Who touched my clothes?”. “You see the people crowding around you – and yet You can ask ‘Who touched Me?’” His disciples asked. But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. The woman came and fell at His feet trembling with fear and told Him the whole truth. He said to her; “Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”. (Mk 5:30-34)

This is an amazing story, because Jesus did not walk through the crowd looking for His next victim. There was no deep revelation in His mind that somewhere in the crowd was a woman with an issue of blood. Not at all! Yet that is often how people think of healing. “If only He would get a word for me?” We have seen so much showmanship and we have little understanding of the Glory of God.

Jesus healed all who came to Him, because He carried an anointing that released the perfect will of God (Lk 4:18-21).

Jesus said that He only did what He saw His Father do. Notice: She had heard about Him! She heard that Jesus was healing everyone and that power was going out of Him at the very touch of His garment. Her thought… “If I can just touch the hem of His garment.” What was the secret she understood? It was the secret of the Glory of God. She knew in her heart that God was good and that doctors had failed to cure her.

  • He didn’t pray for this woman.
  • He didn’t give her a healing!
  • He didn’t lay His hands on her.
  • She touched His garment and her faith placed a demand on His anointing… the Glory of God!

You see, the real secret we must uncover in our day is the secret of the Glory of God! The Apostle Paul said, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). There are riches in the Glory that are yet untapped, because we have not pressed in to touch, or put a demand upon the anointing that rested on Jesus.

Worship:

When you and I enter His Presence, awaken our senses to the voice of the Holy Spirit and wade into His atmosphere in worship; we are touching spiritual substance. Let me repeat that… “we are touching spiritual substance!” Its unseen with human eyes, but through faith we can navigate through the realms of Glory and fellowship with God. That is the time to put a demand upon the resources made available by the heavenly Promises of God.

Our Inheritance:

Touch the hem of His garment… go ahead and pull upon the rich inheritance He has purchased for you. Don’t wait to get to heaven or hope for a preacher to get a word for you. Your inheritance is for you… even now (Eph 1:13-14) and you can access it by faith today. Tell Jesus the whole story, but then look for His goodness to show up in your need.

He is still asking “Who touched Me?”

Waiting in Silence

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Ps. 46:10).

As individuals, families and nations – this Word applies to all Christians standing before God. As leaders, this applies to elders and spiritual mentors… but also to parents. Sometimes deliverance, healing and growth require silence. Let us become Believers that wait in silence for God to reveal His heart. We must give in… when it is needed. For who can truly honor God without knowledge of His exalted state, His enthronement or His authority among us?

Silence does not mean sitting to gaze at our circumstances. Silence means putting a muzzle on our voice in order to listen to God, as well as the voice of our culture. Silence means refocusing priorities. Setting the heart to receive what the mind of Christ would conceive. Such a refocus will effect our action and reaction… often stirring new action. Time and reflection is required for the fruits of repentance to emerge. But out of the soil of hearts that are waiting comes a fresh sprout of faith… and revelation!

Break Free in Your Waiting:

One practical outworking of this is to turn off the TV, cell phone and social media streams. It’s the source of so much noise and clutter, compromised values and politics. Many prefer the noise because they’re secretly afraid of sitting silently and hearing the plain truth of God’s Voice. They know what changes it will require when they understand it, and they don’t want to change. The noise is a distraction and a justification for remaining in a life of compromise and sin. If we seek a biblical worldview, we have to tear away from this world’s distractions and seek solitude in God’s Word, no matter how uncomfortable the challenges may seem.

The Discipline of Patience: (Jms. 1:2-4)

The discipline of this kind of silence is the fruit of patience, and patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, we are called to watch, listen and abide quietly in the Glory of God. This Christian walk is not a sprint. Raising children is not a sprint. Building godly families, churches and societies is the work of perseverance. Its difficult work and it takes time. Just the preliminary steps of repentance and refocusing our hearts may take half a generation in itself. This means patience on the part of those who believe in a revival that is within reach.

While the rest of the world busies themselves in darkness, we who have felt the value of waiting in silence, will rejoice at the exaltation of the Living God!

Living with Urgency

Scripture: Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:29-30)

Thought for Today: “Spiritual Urgency”

One of the most powerful stories of the New Testament is when we see the Evangelist Philip leave a city moving in great revival, to minister to an Ethiopian on his way out of Jerusalem. His ability to respond to the Angel of the Lord shows great sensitivity to the Will of God Acts 8:26-40. Its a wonderful example of living life with spiritual urgency, because history tells us that through this encounter a Nation was turned toward God.

Discernment:

We were made to do the works of God and manifest God’s Glory in the Earth. While we all recognize that God’s Will must come first in our life, few have developed the ability to recognize the opportunities the Holy Spirit sets in front of us. Discernment is a vital key to walking in sync with God and manifesting His Glory.

The Christian who develops a lifestyle of prayer and fasting will tend to respond with spiritual urgency when they feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge. This is because they have trained their hearts to move in faith, rather than routine or human reason. What the Bible calls discernment, Jesus calls being sensitive to the Spirit’s “quickening”.

Jesus tells us, “It is the Spirit which quickens, the flesh profits nothing: the words which I have spoken unto you are spirit and are life.” (Jn 6:63)

A Quickening:

Feeling the quickening of the Holy Spirit is a powerful faith activity, a strong sense of “NOW” or being present in a Divine Opportunity. Its the heart’s response to supernatural life becoming activated by a Word from the Mouth of God. We can become engaged in God’s timing, simply by believing; not tomorrow or when we have time available, but right now! We are called to live in the moment, to move with an unction of Holy Spirit activity. In God’s timing we need spiritual urgency.

Spiritual Urgency comes from three levels of awareness:

  1. Our Identity: The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are a Child of God (Rom 8:16). Jesus modeled this for us, to value and respond from the identity of a Son or Daughter makes us more sensitive to the heart of God. Jesus said “The Son only does what He sees the Father doing” (Jn 5:19).
  2. Our Compassion: The Holy Spirit’s love compels us to move according to the will of God with great urgency (Mt 9:36). The Apostle Paul spoke of being “bound in the spirit” to go to Jerusalem, even though the Holy Spirit had told him he would find tribulations there (Acts 20:22-23). Yet, Paul felt compelled on the inside toward others.
  3. Our Convictions: The belief that God would desire all men to be saved births an urgency in the person who aims to please God (1 Tim. 2:4). To know that Jesus said that we will do even greater works that these, stirs the believer to go after signs and wonders (Jn. 14:12). To trust in the power of prayer creates an urgent response when someone we love is struggling (Jms. 5:16). When we know and abide in the Truth, the Truth will set you free (Jn. 8:32)… free to walk the walk with urgency.

Remind yourself what Jesus said “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). …With Passion, Purpose and Power!

Hearing the Sound

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” (Jn. 3:8)

Recently it occurred to me that I had become a little dull in my pursuit of the supernatural acts of God. I was not hearing the sound of the wind. I recall David hearing the sound of the wind in the tops of the mulberry trees – as a sign of God’s angelic activity (2 Sam. 5:24). It’s not that I didn’t believe in God’s power, I truly did. I have watched the Holy Spirit shape my sense of expectation since 1980 and seen God do what I could have never imagined.

Sometimes I just become driven to succeed and dry in my spirit. Having the right doctrine or the most effective answer… is not enough. I need the experience of hearing the sound of the wind! I think that part of my problem is that I inadvertently set limits on what God will do. Oh, I might have verbalized it a little differently if you ask me, but sometimes I want God to fit into my agenda. Constraints and boxes are easy to embrace when things are based on my limitations, rather than experience with the Holy Spirit. In the midst of ongoing ministry, I somehow loose that sense of awe and wonder.

What I’ve Discovered:

If you’re going to really flow in the power of the Holy Spirit, you’re going to have to think differently. You… actually – I must relinquish my rights and give God the freedom to do whatever He wants. I know that might sound crazy, but there is nothing to fear in Christ. God will never contradict His character or His Word. At times He might stretch our perceptions, but He will speak with clarity so we have a place to land in His heart. And that’s where I want to be… in His heart!

How He Moves – Me:

When thinking about how God operates, I often turn to this familiar passage from the Gospel of John. In it Jesus declares, “the wind blows wherever it pleases”. In that little phrase I find a key that I allow to settle in my mind… “wherever it pleases”! And I will let it shape the way I pray… “Father let me hear the wind of Your Spirit, so that I am moving in sync with what pleases Your heart”.

This reality of God’s pleasure is something I am learning to value above everything else. I am just beginning to become a student of God’s emotions. It’s something I want to invite you to experience as well.

Find out what pleases the Lord… and make it your ultimate pursuit!

See that Open Door

“These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens:”

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My Word, and have not denied My name.” (Rev. 3:7-8)

This is the reality of what Jesus Christ has done for each of us. Before us, He has set an open door. To each of us is given that ultimate opportunity – a choice, if you will. When there has been placed this kind of open door before us, we must choose to run through it! It is our hope of increased strength. It is our hope of greater impact and reaching our highest goal… a destiny of Kingdom significance. And no one can close the door that God has opened for us. No one except ourselves… when we choose not to see it.

Stating the Obvious:

We must see the opportunity. It is there, before our very eyes more often than we acknowledge. And if we put that “little strength” we have into action… there is no telling what God will do. If we use our strength to live for Him, to keep His Word and refuse to deny Him; no matter how much the world obstructs our view, we will see breakthrough! We can go through it to a brighter future.

Do Not Stand in Unbelief!

Nazareth embraced a spiritual blindness that caused them to become offended when they saw the open door. Do you doubt that Jesus has set before you the open door? If so, then read Luke 4:16-22 very carefully. What do you hear inside your heart when you read this? It reveals what you can see!

“So He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And, as his custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Then He closed the book and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. So all bore witness of Him and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?”

No – this is our Open Door!

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