(Proverbs 1-2, 1 Corinthians 12)
“yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:3-5)
We aren’t meant to box the air. We weren’t designed to wander. God designed us in and for a purpose, namely to be conformed to the image of His Son. Jesus wasn’t aimless. He came to destroy the works of the devil. He came to reveal the Father. He came that we would have life and life in abundance.
We know all this, and yet so many of us feel out of sync. We are not sure what to do or where to go. We’ve spent decades circling the same mountain, trying to discover our true north. There must be something better than this!
True seeking is true north. There is nothing passive about really seeking. Searching for God takes effort and focus. It means saying no to lesser pursuits. There is an obsessive quality presented in the picture of this Proverb, a man searching for hidden treasure. There is nothing aimless about this kind of pursuit. Stop wandering around the mountain. Seek the Lord! Search Him out. Your real destiny can only be found in Him.
(Psalms 148-150, 1 Corinthians 11:16-34)
Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written! This is honor for all his godly ones. Praise the Lord! (Psalms 149:5-9)
There is something truly powerful about real rest. The people of God are called to wage war, but it can only be accomplished from a place of real rest. Don’t you know that you are called to pull down principalities and strongholds and overthrow demonic kingdoms and schemes? This is our calling. However, it is not by the sweat of our brow. It is not through our planning strategies. It is by the Spirit of the Lord.
From the place of rest, we enter into the Kingdom of the Lord. He has finished the work. We are His witnesses. We behold Him in His glory. This psalmist says that he saw the Lord while still in bed. Talk about rest! Even before we get up in the morning to start our day, this invitation is waiting for us.
Let’s go in! In rest, in full dependence on the Holy Spirit, let us go in to see the Lord as He is. Let us lift up our song to Him and bless Him. And then! And then, let us tear down everything that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. Let us declare the Word of the Lord over peoples and nations, believing for the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven to manifest in the earth. All from our beds. Why not? Real rest is a weapon.
(Psalms 145-147, 1 Corinthians 11:1-15)
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. (Psalms 145:3,4)
The baptism of the Holy Spirit makes us eyewitnesses to the greatness and glory of Jesus. We are not heralding another generation’s stories only. No! We testify about what we have seen, what we have heard and what we have felt God do in our days.
The accounts of God’s dealings with men in the scriptures are not an end in and of themselves. Instead, they are an invitation to step into that dimension with God for ourselves. The prophecies are still unfolding. We need to find ourselves within the scroll (Luke 4:18) and step into the promises, not just settle for quoting them. All of God’s promises are invitations!
Faith begets faith. Do you know you can stir yourself up by remembering your history in God? Commend His works. Declare what You have seen Him do in your life to the next generation. This is just the beginning, but what a good beginning it is.
(Psalms 142-144, 1 Corinthians 10:14-33)
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle. (Psalm 144:1)
The Lord is Savior, Rescuer, Redeemer and also the Great Warrior King. He is worthy of all of our worship, our full devotion and also our abandoned loyalty to His cause. Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil (1 John 3:8). He did not come to cohabitate with evil. He came to destroy bondage. He came to obliterate sickness and disease. He came to deal with the root of sin, that separation that leads to death.
In our devotion to Christ, in our fellowship with Him, He will lead us into His continued ministry. He trains our hands for war and our fingers for battle. We will be fully equipped to address all that hinders love. He will enable us to pull down the strongholds still operating over our lives. We will gain authority to tear down generational curses and even deal with regional principalities that set themselves up against the knowledge of Christ.
Today, press into His Person and His purpose. They cannot be separated. They will not be separated. Give yourself to the Lord’s equipping. That this will be said of us, “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death (Revelation 12:11).”
(Psalms 139-141, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13)
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:16)
Before we took our first breath, we were known and known completely. All of our days were written, recorded in heaven before we were even conceived in our mother’s womb. Think of that! Think of that.
Indeed, revelation is like remembering something. Real spirituality is about tapping into the dimension (heaven) where everything is already finished, already perfected. The scriptures tell us quite plainly that we have already been given every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3). We have whatever we need ALREADY. We don’t need a creative miracle. We need to take what has ALREADY been provided… albeit miraculously.
God has written a book about your life. Before the foundation of the world, today, your today was recorded. O, for a glimpse of those heavenly pages! To have eyes to see our true destiny and come into the fullest sense of partnership with Christ! This is the true meaning of life and life in abundance.
(Psalms 136-138, 1 Corinthians 9)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
There are many accounts in the scriptures where the Holy Spirit would overshadow a man or woman, or angels would suddenly appear and speak some heavenly message from the throne of God. There are also many accounts of a man or woman setting their attention on heavenly things, and being caught up into the things of the Spirit.
Many Christians are waiting, passively, aimlessly, waiting for some spiritual encounter to “happen” to them. You don’t have to wait! There is a door standing open in heaven. You are NOW seated in Chris in heavenly places. Run the race! Press into your faith!!
Complacency, especially spiritual complacency, will get you nowhere. Pursue the Lord, love Him actively, with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Spiritual communion requires focus. Giving and receiving love requires focus. Run in such a way that you obtain the prize: Fellowship with Jesus.