SEEK GREATER REVELATION
John 18:20 “Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.”
The truths of God are hidden for His children, not from them. The Holy Spirit has been instructed to teach us all things (Jn. 14:26) and has given us an unction so that we will know all things (1 Jn. 2:20). We only have to appropriate what is ours.
What God desires His New Testament saints to know, that the Old Testament saints could not know, is “Christ in you the hope of glory.” The coming of the Messiah was predicted in the Old Testament, but the idea that He would actually dwell in us was beyond anyone’s imagination. However, the New Testament is clear that Christ, by the Holy Spirit, takes up permanent residence in all believers. This is a wonderful truth that some fail to fully appreciate. Solomon said at the dedication of the temple, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” We could say, “How much less this physical body?” This is truly amazing!
The Lord’s commitment to dwell in us and never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5), must be taken as an indication of His great love for us. If we continually thought upon this, with all its implications, how could we ever be lonely or discouraged? We couldn’t! Depression and self-pity would cease!
Why would it matter what others thought of us if we truly understood how much Jesus thought of us?
Our attitudes and fears reveal that this revelation of “Christ in us” is not a well established revelation in most Christians. However, this verse makes it clear that our Father wants to make “the riches of the glory of this mystery” known unto us. We should all be seeking a greater revelation of this truth
DON’T LET WORRY GET U STUCK … LET PRAISE GET U THROUGH !!!
Oftentimes, heaviness starts out as a little care or concern. What begins as a small burden grows and grows. Then, you start taking on responsibilities that aren’t yours. You start thinking that you have to keep everyone around you happy, or you start worrying about things in the future. All of this piled on becomes very heavy on your heart and mind.
The Bible says that heaviness is actually a spirit. The goal of heaviness is to distract you and get you off track. Heaviness tries to keep your head down so that you can’t even look up to the heavens—the place from where your help comes. Heaviness tries to wear you out and take the place of God’s spirit, but do you know what chases that spirit of heaviness away? Praise and thanksgiving. Scripture says that God inhabits the praises of His people. He literally comes into our praise and works! When you start praising, God shows up in your midst and every negative spirit has to flee!
If you have heaviness on you today, if you feel trapped, overwhelmed, discouraged, frustrated or anxious, there is only one thing you need to do, and that is to open your mouth and praise Almighty God! Even if it’s difficult, even if you don’t feel like it, just open your mouth and begin to declare His goodness. Sometimes we have to stir ourselves up in the things of God. Sometimes we have to get our flesh to obey the Word of God so we can see the breakthrough in the supernatural realm.
Today, put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Set your heart and mind on the Father. Instead of focusing on your problems, focus on your God. Don’t let worry get you stuck, but let praise get you through! Enter His gates with thanksgiving, shake off heaviness and embrace the peace, joy and victory God has prepared for you!
MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH JESUS’ LOVE
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. – Romans 8:35, 37
Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20). I find this statement so beautiful. Let me tell you why.
In the original Greek text, the word for “lay” is a very unique word, klino. The only other place it is used in terms of Jesus resting His head is at the cross. When Jesus hung on the cross and cried, “It is finished!” the Bible says, “And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). The word “bowing” here is the same Greek word, klino.
Beloved, it was only at the cross that the Son of Man finally found a place to rest His head. Jesus found His rest in redeeming us, in loving us. We, in turn, find rest in feeding on His sacrificial love for us. Whatever the challenge or need you are facing today, He has made you more than a conqueror through His love, so meditate on His love for you today!
RESTING IN GOD
He did not waver . . . through unbelief . . . being fully convinced that what [God] had promised He was also able to perform. —Romans 4:20-21
It was our last holiday together as a family before our eldest son went off to college. As we filled the back pew in the little seaside church, my heart filled with love as I glanced along the row of my five reasonably tidy children. “Please protect them spiritually and keep them close to You, Lord.” I prayed silently, thinking of the pressures and challenges each of them faced.
The final hymn had a rousing chorus based on the words of 2 Timothy 1:12. “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him.” It brought a sense of peace as I was assured that God would keep their souls.
Years have passed since then. There have been times of wandering for some of my children, and outright rebellion for others. Sometimes I’ve wondered about God’s faithfulness. Then I remember Abraham. He stumbled but never failed in his trust in the promise he’d received (Gen. 15:5-6; Rom. 4:20-21). Through years of waiting and mistaken attempts to help things along, Abraham hung on to God’s promise until Isaac was born.
I find this reminder to trust encouraging. We tell God our request. We remember that He cares. We know He is powerful. We thank Him for His faithfulness.
Lord, my patience is often lacking and my timetable often does not match Yours. Forgive me for my times of doubt, and help me to trust You more. Thank You for Your faithfulness.
Some lessons of patience take a long time to learn.
YOU ARE A ‘PRIEST’ AT WORK (3)
‘His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.’ Isaiah 28:26 NIV
Lottery winners often make the same comment: ‘Winning all that money isn’t going to change my life.’ But it seldom works out that way. Six months later they have left their job and bought a new house. A survey of lottery winners confirmed these two things:
(1) The majority were more unhappy after than before winning. Why? Unfulfilled demands and unmet expectations on the part of family and friends led to disappointment and resentment.
(2) None of them would give up the money they’d won. When you’ve had more money, you tend to be miserable with less. But having more money doesn’t give you more self–worth. It’s notable that the song Take This Job and Shove It was recorded by a man named Johnny Paycheck!
Isaiah wrote: ‘When a farmer ploughs for planting, does he plough continually?…Does he not plant wheat in its place?…God instructs him and teaches him the right way…All this…comes from the Lord.’ (Isaiah 28:24–29 NIV) That means whether you’re a farmer or a fireman—God gave you your job! It’s your ‘calling’, and it was designed to do more than simply provide financial security. It was designed to give you dignity and worth, and to fulfil God’s purposes on earth. It’s been said: ‘All human work, however complicated or simple, is made possible by the operation of the Spirit of God in the working person; and all work whose nature and results reflect the values of the new creation is accomplished under the instruction and inspiration of the Spirit of God.’ So, ‘Whatever you do, work…with all your heart…for the Lord.’ (Colossians 3:23NIV)
NEED HEALING AND MIRACLES FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS