#5833 – A Prophetic Picture

Good morning people who allow the Father to remove that which hinders us.

I saw a picture of a glass of water that was 2/3 full. It looked clean. Then it was stirred with a spoon, and sediment that was not previously visible because it was lying dormant on the bottom, was stirred up. I tried to reach in and grab each of the individual pieces of sediment with my fingers, but it was impossible. Then I saw a large jug of pure clean water being poured into the glass continuously. Over time, the sediment all disappeared as it was flushed out, and what was left was a pure cup of clean water.

I believe that the end of this picture is Father’s desire for our lives. It is my desire too, for my life, and for the body of Christ.

I have learnt that not everything that looks clean is clean. In the world in which we live, greater discernment is needed. God has not changed, and nor have His standards and His truth. Pure is pure and impure is impure.

I notice in this picture, that when things are stirred up, impurities rise to the surface. It’s important to understand that the sediment didn’t come into the glass as a result of the stirring. I have personally experienced this many times in my life. I have even uttered the words, “Oh, where did that come from?!” when my response was ungodly. The stirring – as well as the fire of God applied – reveals what is in us. Sometimes, this is ugly.

But the most beautiful part of Father’s master plan is this: God only reveals in order to remove. He doesn’t want us removed from His presence, in fact, He wants the opposite! Father loves us so much that He allows the pressure to bring to the surface anything that is impure so that He can remove that which is keeping us from entering more deeply into Him. He is such a loving Father.

We will lean further into this picture tomorrow, but let me highlight one more insight today.

I noticed that I tried to grab each of the individual pieces of sediment. This was futile. If you’ve ever tried to grab one piece of something floating in water, more often than not, as you get near it, it seems to move out of your grasp. How much more many little pieces.

My best is insufficient, but that’s ok, because I have a loving God and Father who is radically and unashamedly for me. He is absolutely for you too. Now, that’s good news!

 

#5832 – Most Important

Good morning people who keep the main thing the main thing.

As I continue to ponder the truth of remaining in the Spirit, I am drawn towards the two parts of the word remain. The prefix re means again and again, denoting repetition, and the word main means most important.  

Simply put, remaining in the Spirit is about continually keeping the main thing the main thing and doing so over and over again.

I am realising that this really is a master key for godly living. I am also realising how easy it is to go through the day with a gravitational drift away from this life-giving way of living.

Connected to remaining in the Spirit is the wonderful supernatural gift of speaking in tongues that God Himself gave us as a way of connecting spirit to Spirit with Him. There is a hidden and understated power in speaking in tongues more and more. It truly does put self and natural understanding into the back seat. This gift is a powerful way of remaining in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:4-5 NIV Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.

The word edifies literally means a house-builder. As children of God, we are the dwelling place of God; the house of God. It is true that Jesus is building us, but it is also true that as we pray in tongues, something spiritual is happening in the construction of our lives. As I’ve already mentioned, part of this is placing spiritual over natural and revelation over understanding.

Some may point out that Paul said he would rather have people prophesy than speak in tongues. Context is important here. Paul is highlighting that the greater importance when we gather together is to edify others. He is promoting selfless serving and loving in the body of Christ (we must read 1 Corinthians 14 in context of 1 Corinthians 12 and 13).

That said, Paul makes it clear that he personally speaks in tongues more than anyone (1 Corinthians 14:18). There is a reason for this, and that reason was (and is) that it edifies us, and it empowers us to remain in the Spirit in a world that is so consumed with natural understanding, logic and reasoning.

My prayer is that we all develop in the Spirit by diving deeply into the gift of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. Remember, this is from God, and it is for our relationship with and connection to Him. It’s time to embrace this special gift.

 

#5831 – Holy And Blameless

Good morning people who allow God and His Word to pull your life upwards.

Upon the foundation of what I have been saying over the last few days, let me share an insight that I have shared many times. My prayer is that this truth will result in a moment of divine revelation that will shape our lives more and more into the image of Christ. I ask and pray this for the glory of God.

Peter loved Jesus very much. Peter was the disciple who rightly declared that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16). Peter received this revelation because He was listening to the Father. Peter was a godly man and Jesus commended him for being in the Spirit (Matthew 16:17).

And it is this very same Peter who is now being rebuked by Jesus in Matthew 16:23 because he was now not in the Spirit. It can happen this quickly, and it can even happen when we are in the presence of Jesus, just as Peter was.

I want to interject something important at this point. None of us are going to always remain in the Spirit. I don’t want to contradict all that I have been saying, but it is imperative that we are not set up for failure. We will miss the mark at times.

But here’s something that I heard from the Father recently that I believe is really helpful:

We must not lower God’s standards because of our struggles.

These are days to pursue God and His kingdom. These are days to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit. These are days to remain in and keep in step with the Holy Spirit. These are days to be saturated in the logos Word of God and to walk in rhema words from God. These are days to live denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Jesus.

These are significant days for the people of God; days to be set apart, to be holy, to be righteous, and blameless and pure. These are those days, and we are those people. 

 

#5830 – As Christ Remains

Good morning people who don’t step in and then step out of the Spirit.

I have written on John 15:5 many times – Jesus being the vine and us being the branches. Today, I want to back it up one verse as we are looking at keeping in step with the Spirit. Let’s dive in.

John 15:4 NIV Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Take us deep Father.

Jesus doesn’t take up residence in us by His Spirit, then leave, then come back, then leave again. When Jesus comes, He comes to stay. And this is how we are called to remain in Him.

We cannot be fruitful if we are stepping into the Spirit then stepping out of the Spirit. Note the language here by Jesus: Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Is it possible that a lack of fruit in our lives is a result of a lack of remaining in God?

I want to remind us that baptism is being fully immersed into something. When we are baptised in water, we are fully immersed in the water – the water is not in us. When we are baptised in the Holy Spirit, we are fully immersed in the Spirit – it’s not just about the Spirit being in us.

I believe we have too often reduced keeping in step with and remaining in the Spirit to “spiritual moments” (although we can step in and step out of the Spirit in these moments just as much). In Christ, all is spiritual because we are spiritual. Everything we do is to be for the glory of God (Colossians 3:23-24).

I recently wrote the following in my journal:

If I can’t do something in the Spirit, I won’t do it.

If I can’t do emails and admin in the Spirit, I won’t do it. If I can’t make decisions in the Spirit, I won’t do it. If I can’t listen to a conversation in the Spirit, I won’t do it. If I can’t look at social media in the Spirit, I won’t do it.

It’s time for us to remain in Christ as Christ remains in us.

 

#5829 – Let God Be God

Good morning people who keep in step with God’s present commands and instructions.

I know that you heard the word of the Lord from the couple of verses from Numbers 9 yesterday, but I feel compelled to share the next few verses with you. Please note how important this truth is that God directed Moses to write it repeatedly. It will change our lives if this can drop deep into our hearts.

Numbers 9:19-23 NIV When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.

I pray you are seeing this clearly: If God moved, they moved. If God didn’t move, they didn’t move.

Too often we try to formulate how God will do things. We think we know when He will move, and we think we can anticipate His next steps. Or maybe it’s more about us wanting God to work and move according to our plans and our timetable. He doesn’t.

It’s time to let God be God. He’s very good at being God! We are not.