PART 3 ~ ABIDE IN ME

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7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

If you successfully resist all the temptations to the thousands of other distractions that remove you from meditating in the Word of God and spending time in prayer, then you will be abiding in Christ. If His Words, as distinct from all the other words that can abide in you, then your prayers, your declarations, your commands will be done.

8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

No farmer is honoured by a poor crop. Our father’s honour is in our hands to ensure he is glorified by much fruitfulness. By what? By answered prayer. How is prayer answered? By abiding in Jesus and His Word abiding in us. This is how we prove to be His disciples, because we bear much fruit because of answered prayer, which in turn glorifies the Vine-dresser, the Father.

9    “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love

The Father loved Jesus by:
1. Publicly endorsing him at Jordan,
2. Equipping him with power and authority so he could heal, deliver and rule over circumstances.
3. Being close to Him,
4. Protecting Him,
5. Speaking with him every day.

Regularly Jesus revealed to His disciples that the way the Father dealt with him was the way he dealt with the disciples. Everything the Father does for us is not just for us, but for us to bring to those we are called to lead, Jesus loved his disciples as he had been loved. He invites them to ‘be with him’, ‘to come to where he lived’, ‘involving them in his deepest agonies’, telling them what the Father had told him.

As parents we begin a legacy of family culture. How we treat our children will be transferred into the next generation. How we love is a result of how we were loved and how those we love will love others. This is easily seen in the negative in so many situations. We must draw a line in the sand if we have been on the receiving end of a lineage of abuse or violence. We declare it ends here and we begin an entirely new heritage  for those who will come after us. We love as we have been loved. Someone has to take the first step. ŒWe love Him, because He first loved us!

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Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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1 Samuel 16:1

1 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided myself a king among his sons.”

How long will you mourn for something God has moved on from. The Lord is far more ruthless than we are about moving on from what we have been attached to, and those things we are sentimental about.

When we mourn over things that God has moved on from we are not honoring Him. Jesus identified our condition of resistance to change;

Lk 5:39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’”

The quicker we can change gears and move on from the past the quicker we will be able to possess our future.

As long as we are pining for what was, we will not be able to celebrate what is, and be paralyzed from entering into what is to be. How long are we going to take to get over something that we have lost? How long to leave the past and move into a new future? Saul was old anointing. How long will we mourn for the old anointing, the old revival, how it used to be? This prevents us from possessing the new oil, the fresh anointing.

The prophet was to fill his horn with fresh oil, new oil, for a new leader, a new day.

God is never taken by surprise. He always has someone he has prepared, waiting in the wings.

Before David was born, God formed the future King in the womb for the destiny of ruling a nation and carrying the presence of God to His generation.

God provides for Himself. Our role is to simply recognize what he has prepared. Even though Saul was rejected he still reigned for many years to come, resisting the new move of God that was emerging.

The interesting thing is that although the Lord agreed to the people’s request for a king, albeit with warnings and reproaches that they had rejected Him, nevertheless here he now continues the new form of kingly government with a choice of his own rather than having enough proof He would now revert the nation back to the way it was, a theocracy. There is a definite warp and woof in the will of God, where our human desires, purposes, plans, failures and successes are woven into the divine and sovereign will.

This transfer of power to the new king, was not because the previous leader had died, as with Moses and Joshua, but because Saul had failed to do the will of God. Disobedience has a higher price than we can imagine. God’s choice of David was because he ‘would do all the will of God’

Acts 13:22 …‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.

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Meditations on the Holy Spirit

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Eph 4:18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;

 Blindness; Greek, “hardness,” literally, the hardening of the skin so as not to be sensible of touch. Hence a soul’s callousness to feeling (Mk 3:5). Where there is spiritual “life” (“the life of God”) there is feeling; where there is not, there is “hardness.”

Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Eph 4:18). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

 A negative mind darkens understanding, so we misunderstand and simply don’t understand or have any insight into even obvious truth, because we are cut off from connection with God and the inevitable ‘life’ that flows through that connection from Him to us. Ignorance is a refusal to receive knowledge, in this instance because of the lack of ‘sight’ in the heart. We ‘see’ with the heart which is the seat of our trust, love and desires. When we sin we separate ourselves from God. We cannot connect with Him. In this state we look at the Bible and it fails to live for us, whereas when we are clean and close to God, every page of the Bible lives. Prayer provides easy access into the presence of God so we feel the anointing and a fountain of joy springing up within. But when we are guilty, our spirit is divorced from our mind and emotions. We are divided within, isolated from ourselves and God. As I said, we know we are in a state of divided-ness from God because we feel distant from the Bible. It doesn’t live for us. The division we experience within bleeds into our relationships so we find ourselves at variance with others. When we are at peace within ourselves, we find it easy to be at peace with others and to be peacemakers.

If you are feeling a divide between yourself & God, my book ‘Moving in The Spirit’ can help you reconnect and move forward into His presence.

Anointed

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Gen 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Gen 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

We are not told why the Earth was created empty, formless void and dark, but sufficient to say this is the first step in the creation of the Earth. The raw elements were created, yet unformed, the designs of God yet to be imprinted on the basic materials. The Holy Spirit was hovering over the dark, formless Earth. Today, the same is true. The Holy Spirit is hovering over all forms of formlessness and emptiness. He hovers over all darkness, waiting for the Word of God to be spoken, in grace and power, pronouncing the answer, not teaching about the problem, or trying to pave a path for people, but rather a creative transforming miracle of creation. Wherever there is chaos, confusion, darkness, the Holy Spirit is hovering over it, waiting for us to speak the Word of God to bring light and life.
People who are barren and in a wasteland life, empty in themselves, have the Holy Spirit hovering over them. This is an ultimate purpose of prayer – to declare the Words that harmonize with what the Spirit is wanting to bring and then He acts to materialize the Word. It becomes flesh, the Word incarnate.
We must look to the Lord to speak what He tells us to speak.
God does not hover over darkness to condemn it, but to bring light and life.
The word hover is used of a bird brooding over her eggs to hatch them.

‘The special form of this Divine agent’s activity is described as that of “brooding” (merachepheth, from rachaph, to be tremulous, as with love; hence, in Piel, to cherish young
Genesis. 1909 (H. D. M. Spence-Jones, Ed.). The Pulpit Commentary (4). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

We must hover in prayer with the Spirit without judgment but with vision and faith and proclaiming the Word of God over those situations of darkness, chaos and confusion He has called us to. We must continue to hover until the breakthrough. We hover in prayer with our imagination, seeing the finished result through prayer and faith.
We hover in prayer with our words, speaking of the situation  we desire as a completed reality.
The word hover is used of a bird brooding over her eggs to hatch them.
We incubate the situation until it hatches like the eggs of a bird. It takes time until they are fully formed. The warmth of our hovering is the very thing that brings the eggs to hatch.
The Spirit does not bring chaos but order, not confusion but clarity, not darkness but light, not emptiness but fullness, not wasteland but fruitfulness, not lack but abundance.
We live in the age of the Holy Spirit. The New Testament does not exist without the work of the Spirit. He is core and essential to the working of the New Covenant. It is the covenant of the Holy Spirit enacting in us all the reality of what the Word has declared.

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Anointed

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Lk 4:18
“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 proclaim liberty to the captives

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Lk 4:19
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

God’s fundamental attitude in our world is to bring good news to people who are not having a great experience in life and to heal, deliver, enlighten, resurrect, to bring joy to those who will hear.
We must know why the Holy Spirit  is upon us,  who we are to peach to, and what we are to minister to them.  When we do what the anointing is upon us for, preach what we are meant to preach, to the people we are meant to be preaching to, the full power of the Spirirt will move with us. This means we should not do what we are not anointed to do, not preach what we are not anointed to preach and not go to people we are not called to. Jesus told the disciples to not go the way of the Samaritans. Paul knew when he was to not go into Asia, and that he was not called to the Jews but the Gentiles. We must remain in the sphere of our calling because that is what we have been empowered for.
We are anointed to peach the gospel to the poor because people who are in a needy situation will hear. Those who are rich in life feel too proud to hear the gospel.
If we send someone to do a job and equip them for that, then we expect that job to be what they apply themselves to. Same with God. He sent Jesus for a specific purpose. Jesus understood what that purpose was and gave Himself fully to that purpose. What’s your purpose? What are you anointed for? It’s not that hard to know. What is your heart burdened about? What works and what doesn’t for you?
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to…..

This is work!

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This is work! - blogJohn 6:29 ‘Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

The hardest work on Earth is to have faith when you’re afraid, to believe when you want to doubt, to speak faith & be positive when you feel negative.  Hard work is to switch your emotions from joyless unbelief to joyful believing, speaking the promises straight into your giant problem.  Hard work is not to feel sorry for yourself & accuse other & even God & not caring when everything goes wrong, but rather believing that everything will work out for good.  Hard work is making your mind meditate on the promises of God instead of the problem.  But as we make this effort, His power empowers us and we enter into rest (Heb 4:11) and walk effortlessly into victory.  His grace works in us by faith! (Eph 2:8)

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