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Day #36: Lasting Fruit
“Constructing His Home in Our Hearts”
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. (Mark 16:17-18 NKJV)
I am not the answer, Jesus is the Answer. I am not the answer even for my own life or that of which is in front of me, but Jesus is the Answer. The Presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit upon your life is a rich rich gift and you are far from ever being alone for the Kingdom of God is upon you. Faith, ie; ‘belief’, is connection with Jesus. So in faith we reach out for Him to build in us deepening ties in the Holy Spirit … this, then, is the answer.
Humbling yourself and coming to establish deep connection in Jesus is central to the believer’s life. Not our ministry, not our work, nor even our families; for Jesus is the Answer. Let us bring Him firmly into the scene, let us bring Him central so that His Presence, Counsel, Love, and Hand might be active upon our lives; for our families, our work, and our ministries. You and I are not the answer for we are simply earthen vessels that are purposed, by God, to be fashioned to carry the very Glory of God. Let this be real … living filled with the Glory of God. This is the greatest of honour that each and every believer shares, but still, of ourselves we are nothing but Jesus is the Answer.
The Word of God is equivalent to Christ Jesus’ Personal Being. Coming then to meditate upon the Word of God you are actually meeting with Him right now, for Jesus and the Word are One. As you ponder the Revelations of Heaven (the Kingdom) in your soul, it is not purposeless for you must realise that you are actually meeting with the King. As the Word that ‘proceeds from the mouth of God’ rises up in your soul, you are in His Presence being fed from the very Throne-room of God. Let us not discount the Word nor be ignorant of the things of the Spirit; religion and the influences of the world have a way of stealing from you, but it is the Spirit alone that brings you Life.
Meditation is key, and what is this word ‘meditation?’ It is your heart that abides in communion with the Heart of the Father, and in continual sharing one to another as you go about pondering and reflecting on the Word of God is very precious, for reflecting upon God is connecting and bonding in Him. It is your belief in Him and His Word that draws your heart towards Him; your belief joining with the Faith of God. So, in reality, a break in meditation is a break in God, and a break in communication with Him is a break in faith. So in this ‘break’ when you pray for a need, who then are you actually praying to?
Trust is your link: no we as believers delight to ponder the Word of God and meditate on what He gives you day by day. It is through your continual unbroken meditation and receiving from the Lord that establishes trust and faith. Trust and faith is the link that connects you with Jesus and the Power of that Name. Without trust, who then are you actually praying to? For the truth is that you not speaking to God but you are speaking to yourself. God does not respond to words and prayers alone, but He responds and acts upon words and prayers spoken in faith and trust. Be encouraged then in your going aside into the secret place; the seeking of His Face through praise, worship, and meditating on His written Word. And allow the Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, the fresh daily bread, the new daily Manna, to come and flood your soul; for in this the Lord is constructing His Home in your heart.
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Eph. 3:17-19 NLT)
Jesus has purposed to come and “make His Home” in you, as you a believer come to allow and give Him place – “as you trust in Him.” Therefore, it is clear to see that the connection point, the communication place with your Heavenly Father is in your own personal heart. It is not out there in what you see and hear, but it is in the depths of your heart as you live in “experience of the Love of Jesus.” It is within your spirit that you are raised and instructed by the Spirit of God; being ministered, taught and guided from within the depths of your soul, “your roots growing down into God’s Love” keeping “you strong.” Then being “made complete with all the fullness of Life and Power that comes from God.”
Come to understand this truth: that the medium of prayer is your spirit. ‘Prayer’ is heart-to-Heart communication with your Heavenly Father of whom abides right there within you – “as you trust in Him”, ie; Rest. This dialogue occurring even right in the middle of normal life; when you are speaking with someone, or when you are in the middle of a meeting, or busy at work. Prayer is communication that needs never cease, your heart continuously alive and in continual ‘chatter’ unto God. Be therefore anxious for nothing but for the deepest of ties in the Spirit of God. For it is the Spirit that has all the answers in every moment and in every step you take, others can help but only the Spirit is the Helper. To live in open dialogue in the Lord is available for all who believe. It is possible for your heart to be in continual dialogue and communion with God, without ceasing; this, in turn, is what it is meant to “believe” (opening Scripture).
There is a dialogue that occurs in the Presence of God that as you go about daily life ministers, instructs, and opens Heaven to you. What is another word for communication, or dialogue with God? It is prayer (ie; two-way communication with God). We are called to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:16-18), now you know what this means and how it is possible. The continual flow and interchange between you and the Trinity abiding within, that brings the richness of Heaven upon your life and all the more through your life. Now when you come to pray specifically for a need, He hears and responds for there is no break in communion at all between you and God, and He swiftly comes. Just as it was in the life of Jesus, for He lived life without separation but remaining deeply connected to our Heavenly Father; under His Counsel, His Word of Knowledge, and His Might. It is not about having to become ready when a need is presented, but living always ready – fully alive unto God. It comes natural then, that out of your heart flows Treasures from Heaven: the Good News, the Love, the Glory, and the Power of God. Your mouth and your actions speaking the “overflow of your heart”, which is God (Matt. 6:21); birthing His Goodness into your world.
A prayerful heart unto the Lord: “more of you Lord, less of me. More of your Faithfulness, more of your Goodness, more of your Love, more of your Kindness. Lord, more of your Presence upon my life, more awareness of you Lord, a greater consciousness of you abiding in me. I welcome you, Lord, I invite you. I lay my life down this day so that your Life may rise up in me. I thank you Lord for everything but I long for you to rise up in me. Lord, more of you and less of me …” As you come to the Lord in this attitude of heart, a heart seeking Him ‘in spirit’ (John 4:24), you will find that at a time when Jesus is ready that His ministering Presence will come upon you; the connection being made. The Presence of God upon your life is not supposed to be a highlight but a lifestyle, your daily norm; the Abiding Place. In this Place is the continual filling and overflowing of the Holy Ghost and Power.
A break in faith is a break in God, a break in meditation and communication with the Father is a break in Him. God does not sing or dance to requests spoken from a heart that is distant and set on other things, but He swiftly responds to a prayer of faith spoken from within His very Presence. As Jesus, our Example, abided in Him, so it is to be our soul (and sole) purpose. What are we talking about here? Signs and Wonders (Heb. 2:4). What are we talking about? The consistent answer to prayer and the Hand of God being moved. What is this about? Breakthrough.
I can’t tell you how little your flesh helps you when it comes to breakthroughs. I can’t tell you how your bank account and education is insignificant when it comes to needing a breakthrough for your family, for a health matter, for a child, and even for your own situation. What is the answer … the Spirit! God is actively seeking out those who worship in spirit and in truth, but the modern materialistic church only worships God in truth, just like in school: that is, study the Word and now go to work. Instead of: be filled with the Spirit of God and allow His Love and Power to move you in all that you say and do; and God will do His Work through you, just as in the life of His own very Son.
Let us not be ignorant of the Spirit; it is love that draws God for He is Love. Sing this in your heart: “I love you Lord, more than my broken state. I love you more than my very life.” If you desire breakthrough, love God, this is a prayer of the heart, and where does God dwell? In your heart! The Thief cannot stand in the Presence of Jesus … so come draw your heart unto the Lord. As a believer, you can proclaim and profess as much as you like, but it is your heart unto the Lord that is the Key. Jesus’ Presence manifest in you is the answer, for in His Presence, all knees must bow! Including the breakthrough that you seek. Now, allow the Lord your God to continually raise you up so that you can be one who breaks-through on behalf of others and the place of which you live.
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Lord, please forgive me, I am a wretched man. How far I have fallen from the Glory and Purposes of God. But I know that you have purposed in yourself to raise and lift me up, I, therefore, give you full rights and lay my life into your hands; fully laying my life down as though I am dead but only finding myself increasingly alive in you. Lord, I trust in you please continue to build your Home in me. Here is my love, I place it all in you. In Jesus Name. Amen’.
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