He goes before us

“But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

(John 10:2-6)

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To Seek God, not just His Hand

..for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God

(Exodus 34:14)

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

(Luke 4:8)

In digging the ancient wells to see the Holy Spirit move, or praying for rain to quench a thirsty land, do we truly seek God, or just the works of His hand? Christ is the well of the Spirit (John 4:14; 7:37,38) and in God’s presence rain falls (Psalm 68:8,9), and yet when we often seem more focussed on the gift rather than the Giver. It is not that seeking such things is necessarily wrong, it is more about our motivation for doing so.

Why is it that we seem more about our prayer needs, and not the One who answers them? Is it because we want control of the outcomes by really only wanting the thing that meets our need rather than the Provider? For surely if you seek God, the giver, we know we must submit to His authority, and plans. Maybe as leadership or church goers we prefer to be in control, and believe they can access the power of God, without acknowledging that the Lord Jesus is Head, and thus the One in control, and the true leader.

Perhaps we just get to focussed on the need, and forget our focus and trust should be on and in the One who knows all. If we want the rain, or the Spirit to flow, we need to first seek His kingdom, and the face of God. We cannot expect the flow or rain of the Holy Spirit unless we truly know God, and let Him reign. In the past God did bless us with gifts even knowing we were only satisfied with them, and not Him. But now, in this the Kingdom of God era, He expects His bride to be maturing, and so we are to be moving beyond a relationship with Him based on blessings to one founded in love.

One of the greatest sins in the church is it’s treatment of the Holy Spirit. In our arrogance we have forgotten He is God, it is He who reigns, and we have seen Him as one who empowers our plans, accepting His move only when it fits our structures or programs! Again, looking to the things He does for us, rather than seeking Him through Christ, and following His move. In sending the Holy Spirit to earth, being poured out on all flesh, God was enabling us and calling us to the knowledge of His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. In the Spirit of God He is on earth, and in us, and the Lord of all.

Our desire should not be to simply dig old wells of the Spirit, thinking this will recreate a past glory, rather it should be about pursuing Christ. In this journey to go deeper in to our Lord, to know Him more intimately, He will give the Living Water, but His flow may do a much different thing this time than before. He is after all a very creative God. When His Spirit does flow we feel more comfortable if it looks like something we know (e.g. an old revival, order of service, or previous ministry activities), rather than knowing and trusting the One who pours out His Spirit, and charting new territories with Him. Imperative is obeying the Holy Spirit, and going with the flow, for man’s traditions will block the well.

We have all made this mistake at sometime. So let us learn from that famous father of the faith, Jacob, who was not content with knowing the House of God, but pursued and wrestled for the very face of God (Genesis 28:10-16; 32:22-30; Ps. 24:6). In doing so, we know this means trusting the Lord, and in the fear of God, having a heart like King David, one of passion and obedience. We must wait on Him, seek His face, and only move when He moves, and go where the anointing flows.

He will answer our cries, and in doing so God hopes to get our attention. While in mercy He respond to our needs, in grace He offers so much more..an opportunity to go deep in to His heart, to truly know (Matt. 7:23; 25:12), in intimacy, Him, and to dwell within this place of love forever.

For the Lord God is love, and has given us love, that we may seek Him whole heartedly. For our passion for Him brings us abundant, and eternal life, and opens great springs of love to be shed abroad. Our jealous lover, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is like no other. He does not force love, but seeks our’s with a passion, and patiently pursues us and waits even when we desire another. His jealousy does seek our whole affection, and yet He so very much wants us to share His love with others. God knows we truly fulfil our eternal destiny as we become one with Him through Christ in love, and that our deepest peace and joy is in this place. For this reason He calls to us because He deeply loves to abide with us, as a parent with a child, and like a Bridegroom with His bride.

Our God is passionate for you, and desires your attention.

(Ex. 20:3-6; Deut. 6:13; John 3:16; 2 Cor. 11:2)

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Seen by angels

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,

Justified in the Spirit,

Seen by angels,

Preached among the Gentiles,

Believed on in the world,

Received up in glory.

(1 Timothy 3:16)

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Life and Judgement

The words of Jesus Christ

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”

(John 5:24-30)

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Until

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

(1 Timothy 6:12-16)

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Surrounded with love

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.

For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

(Psalms 5:11-12)

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Look up

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.

(Psalms 5:1-3)

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