2 Corinthians 12:9 - "And he said unto me. "My GRACE is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
As we yield our wills and ways to the control of God's Holy Spirit, we begin to experience the walk of grace, as Jesus lives His life through us. The fire of passion burns brightly with this deposit of grace.
Luke 3:2 - "The word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness."
The word of God came to John the Baptist while he was alone in the wilderness, thus giving him clear direction for the days ahead. As a result of his being alone with the Lord, John came into a ONENESS with the Lord that could not have been accomplished in any other way.
John 1:23 - "John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, 'I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord'."
Each one of us should come to the place where we also could make this statement, "I am the voice of One." There is an urgent need for this voice to cry out in the midst of the frustrations and perils of our present day. We need to stand in the manifest presence of the Lord to be prepared as the voice of one crying in the wilderness of our day. May it be stated of us, as it was of the disciples of old, that it is apparent we have been with Jesus. This and only this will make the changes that must occur if we are to reach this hurting world with the message of God's redemptive, transforming grace.
AS I RECOGNIZE HIS PRESENCE AND TURN ASIDE TO STAND BEFORE HIM, I BECOME THE EXPRESSION OF HIS VOICE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS OF TODAY.
AS I EXPERIENCE SPIRITUAL HUNGER AND SEEK FOR SOMETHING MORE, I AM CALLED APART TO BE ALONE WITH THE LORD FOR A TIME OF PREPARATION.
AS I RECEIVE ANOINTING AND IMPARTATION OF GOD'S GRACE, I WALK A GRACE-FILLED LIFE IN ORDER TO SEE THE GLORY OF GOD FILL THE EARTH.
Luke 2:52 - "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."
Favor depends on abiding in Him (INTIMACY)
"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he bears much fruit...." - John 15:5 In friendship with Him, we are no longer servants. When we abide in Him we can ask anything we desire, and it shall be granted to us (see John 15:7). Favor depends on preparing ourselves and positioning ourselves to be pleasing before the King. It's time in the tabernacle, in the tent of meeting, meeting with God, worshiping, and spending intimate time with Him. It moves God when we prepare and delights Him to respond to our desires. Hosts of angels await the Lord's command in Heaven to release and manifest His blessings.
The fullness of the Spirit of God comes upon us when we receive Jesus into our hearts, and He gives us that initial measure of gifts and Holy Spirit power. However, these measures of gifts and blessings also increase as we seek to increase in favor with God. ".....He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." - Hebrews 11:6. To those who abide in Him -- receive greater measures of authority and favor.
This is a time to be fully aware and fully impassioned for the things of God. Do not let the noise and distraction of the things of the world steal your attention in this critical hour! Set your full affections completely on the things that are above and don't be swayed by anything this world has to offer.
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." - Colossians 3:2 KJV
LORD JESUS, YOU ARE THE ONE WHO WALKS SILENTLY IN THE INNERMOST SANCTUARY OF MY SOUL. SO CAREFULLY YOU WEAVE YOURSELF INTO THE FIBERS OF MY BEING. TOUCH ME WITH YOUR CLEANSING, RENEWING FIRE.