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Day #65: Rending the Heavens
“God Fights for You, You only Need be Still”
And the Father himself, who has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form. And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, him you believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And you will not come to me, that you might have life.
I receive not honor from men. But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you … How can you believe, who receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only? (John 5:37-44 NKJV)
The precious gift held in one’s own hand; the ability to ‘seek the Honour that comes from God only’. And how in this one can come to truly believe (Matt. 17:17). Having the Love of God come rest upon you and here gaining capacity to hear His ‘Voice’ and see His ‘Form’. The Honour and Grace of God coming and resting upon your life and He bearing Witness in you.
One who abides in Christ Jesus is not of this world any more than He, but is of Heaven (John 17:14-16). Your spirit made Alive in Him and here the space between this world and Heaven becoming so very transparent, even nonexistent. Heaven made manifest and active and its members free to interact in, with, and through your life. In this there is no greater wealth, no greater pursuit, and there is no greater adventure.
Man does not need more knowledge, more wealth, nor more possessions. What man needs is Heaven in them active, alive, and freely moving. So in this renewed awareness come yourself and step into the Eternal realms of God that is yours today, and gain a more natural ease of interaction with the Kingdom of Heaven.
God is not calling you to simply believe in Him, but live and move as He.
A little while ago I made a statement referring to God’s desire to be as four. Whether or not this statement is numerically accurate is not the point, but the fundamental truth to be realised is the intimacy, closeness, and unity that is purposed you in God. This is the point. For no other created being made above, on, or below the earth has ever had this capacity or potential extended them … but man. It is man that is the centre of God’s affections and the centre of God’s own purposes. His children growing Eternally into His full Image and His full Likeness, becoming as He in every way (2 Cor. 3:18).
Do you realise that the word ‘Trinity’ is not found anywhere in Scripture? The concept may have been expressed when Jesus said, “baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19), but this is the only specific reference. So in this subject of the ‘Trinity’, what do you recall that is expressed in Scripture? The Father sits on His Throne, of which is Heaven itself (Is. 66:1), and Jesus is sitting next to Him. So ask yourself this question, in this setting, where is the Spirit of God?
The Scripture speaks, in both the book of Isaiah and the book of Revelation, of the seven Spirits of God. Can you recall their names? There are the Spirits of Wisdom, Understanding, and Counsel. The Spirits of Knowledge, Might, and Fear of the Lord. But what is the seventh? Can you recall His Name? It is the ‘Spirit of the Lord’.
So, there is the Father, the Son, with the Spirits of God standing in their midst (Rev. 5:6). OK, so let us continue: in this picture where then is the believer’s purposed and intended place? It is right in the midst of God, at His right hand with Jesus (Rev. 3:21, Eph. 2:6). Surrounded with the Spirits of God, standing in your midst, and the Angels of Heaven before you. So as you abide in the Love of God (1 John 4:16, John 15:9, John 15:5) and continue to ‘seek the Honour that comes from God only’, you enter into your place in God that was pre-Destined and Purposed you since before the forming of the earth.
If your heart is elsewhere, where is it then that you abide?
Let the Truth set you free (John 8:32): In this Place of Rest (Heb. 4:1, 10), in this Place of Repose (Is. 28:12-13), you abide in the Heart of the Father and He in you. There is no separation in Him but you are one. Those in the Vine; the Father, the Son, and the Spirits of God are at work bearing Witness of the Love and Goodness of God. The Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding of God present; the Counsel, the Might, and the Fear of the Lord liberally flowing. For the ‘Spirit of the Lord’ is upon you (Luke 4:18), and the Kingdom of Heaven is within you (Luke 17:21). As you gain this awareness you gain also greater ability to interact in the Heavenly realms. Therefore, love is key, for where your treasure is so too your heart abides (Matt. 6:21).
God is Love, and he who abides in Love abides in God. God is in him and he in God. God is Love, and he who loves is one in Him, such then have stepped out of death into Life. Sin has no hold over him and Law has no place, for such live according to the Spirit and no longer according to the limited nature of the flesh. They have stepped over into the realms of Life and Eternity in God, today and evermore.
Jesus has called you to be free and in Him you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).
Do you realise that whilst the people of Israel were whining and complaining all the time, their enemies were shaking in their boots, terrified of them? In the Exodus story, the heart of the people remained in Egypt, and their thoughts were to that of which was back there in spite of all that God did for them. This we know was their great underlying weakness. The subject of this chapter, however, is centered around a question: if the Israelites had retained God’s heart to meet with Him at Mount Sinai would they ever, ever have had to fight any battles at all?
Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines. (1 Samuel 7:13 NIV)
Because of you, the Lord will raise up mighty men and women. Look not to the generals but to the God who raises them.
The typical issues painted in the Exodus account is centered around these three points: 1. their heart’s remained back in Egypt, 2. they wandered in the wilderness for forty years, and 3. they had to fight to take possession of the Promised Land. I would like to suggest a forth main and most important point to consider, and if you truly are able to get this then the children of God would enter into, and walk liberally, in the Power of God as expressed in the book of Acts.
These people of Israel had the Law, they had the Word of God; they also had the prophet, testimonies, and even the opinions and views of others. But even though they had all these things, they failed to enter into the Purposed Promises of God, and why? They, themselves, never gained a heart that simply desired to meet with God; to sit with Him, to hear His Voice, and to see His Form. They never simply entered into Love nor sought to abide in His ministering Presence. Their heart’s were only ever set in the past, the future, or the issues of the present moment.
The first and primary calling and Purpose of God was always to the meeting at Mount Sinai. It was not the Promised Land (nor the Promises) but to meet the God of Heaven and earth in Person. I tell you a most powerful truth and reality, that if you can personally gain a heart that seeks the Presence of God, seeks His Person alive in you; to hear Him, see Him, and to be with Him (Mark 3:14-15) … you enter into Him. You will enter into Him and be surrounded by Him and all the Members of Heaven. You gain both Him and all His Promises. God is not a closed door, but His arms are fully opened wide, He responds to all who approach Him in firm honest intent.
Awareness is key: and in your own life you have now been made aware. And now, by your own choice, you can step into the Love of God and activate Heaven. My suggestion to you is this, if you truly want to move Eternally forward in God then simply open your heart to Him and seek Him manifest. Seek the Kingdom of Heaven manifest in your life; active, dynamic, and real. Settling for nothing less than this. Seek the Father, the Son, the Spirits, and the Angels, ie; the Kingdom of Heaven, as your singular root drive and cause.
Delight yourself in Him and He will fulfill the desires of your heart (Ps. 37:4), be strengthened in Him, seek His Person, and enter into Him; abiding and remaining in Him (John 15:4-7). Here, Counsel will flood your soul; Knowledge and Understanding; the Wisdom and the Spirit of Might will be with you; and the Fear of God will come upon you and go out before you. The Angels of God will surround you on every hill, and you will be like Elisha who sees them in their hundreds and thousands and they of whom respond to the words of your mouth (2 Kings 6:17-18). Where you abide, what your heart is full of, is what will come forth from your life … let the Treasure in you forever be the Lord and here you shall abide (Matt. 6:21).
When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die” … The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. (Exodus 20:18-21 NIV)
In this Scripture they requested that God not speak. They chose in their hearts only to be told what to do, and desired not to seek God themselves; neither to hear Him or see Him (Is. 28:12). They personally sought not the Presence nor the Person of God, but sought to follow rules and instruction only. Understand the power of your own words and that of your own will.
Dominion on this earth has been given man, so if you say ‘no’ to God then it will be no, but if your say to God ‘yes’ it will be yes. In this area, man’s choice denies the Spirit and His Divine activity or fully and totally welcomes Him. Remember how later they asked for a king, they rejected God as king though they were all still believers (1 Sam. 8:6-7). Becoming a people who only listened to the opinions, ways, and rules of man, and in this their hearts became calloused and unable to hear or see (Matt. 13:15).
In the opening Scripture, and this of which is expressed in the Exodus account, understand the principles expressed and come gain greater capacity to walk just as Jesus. Open yourself to the Mystery of God being revealed and free to be most evident in your midst; walking in the fullness of Life and the Immortality that is yours today. Do you remember that when Jesus was surrounded by the crowd that purposed themselves to stone Him, He just ‘disappeared’ and they could not find Him (John 8:59). And when the multitudes surrounded Jesus and were about to push Him off the cliff; He just walked through them (Luke 4:29-30)? Do you realise that they could not kill Jesus, but it was He who “laid down His life” (John 10:18), it was He who “gave up His spirit” (Matt. 27:50)? He speaks of drinking deadly poison and it not harming you, He speaks of laying your hands on the dead and they getting up (Mark 16:18). You have the same Resurrected Power abiding in you today, and the same capacity of Immortality, even the fruits of death being made fully null and void.
I offer this suggestion, come love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength; and in this open yourself unto Him with the same firm purposed intent (Ex. 20:1). And here God will transform you, He will transfigure you into His very Image and Likeness. God is a trans and multi-dimensional being, you therefore have capacity to operate in the Heavenly realms, and in distant places, at the same time that you live and function here.
Leave the limited vision of ‘Egypt’ behind and be not so caught up with your daily issues; but give welcomed place for the Spirits of God and the Angels He has assigned to be active. Leave the Promises of God to His fulfillment in you, for it was His Dream first before it became yours. Set your heart continually open to His Person and retain His Song in your heart (Ps. 40:3). The answer is not to fight yourself, but allow the Lord to come fight on your behalf (Ps. 8:2, John 15:7-8). For you are not called to labour in your own strength and vision, but to enter the Rest that is the Lord.
No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:62 NIV)
Angels are ministering spirits that are sent to serve you. They are assigned to serve, minister, and instruct all who are to inherit Eternal Life (Heb. 1:14). If you can truly learn to turn your heart unto the Lord, continually opening yourself unto Heaven, then you have given the Lord full rights to minister and be active in your heart, your soul, your mind, and your flesh. And this regardless of what you are facing. I tell you that your walk in God is purposed to be a most joyous walk, a life of great adventure and great exploits. Learn then to shift your heart unto visitations and meetings with the Lord of Glory, opening your heart unto Him. Allow the Angels of God to minister unto you, the Spirits of God to surround you, and a greater manifestation of Heaven to come upon your life. In this then, you have been transformed out of the carnal mind and into the Mind of Christ.
Awareness leads to belief, and through belief you are able to start to step in and participate in Heaven according to your own heart’s desire. Open your heart unto the Lord. The Message that came through Christ Jesus is so far and beyond comprehension; you truly are Children of the Light (1 Thes. 5:5, Eph. 5:8). Jesus is the perfect image of the New Created being, and in Him you have gained capacity to become just like Him in every way.
Christ Jesus walked with great interaction in the Kingdom of Heaven that He came to bring. The truth of the matter is that those who follow Him, become as He, do as He, and live as He. This is our singular and most elementary calling that Christ Jesus, the ‘Door’, has freely availed all who might honestly come to Him. His yolk is purposed to be easy and His burden is purposed to be light … never let yourself be ladened by a yolk of slavery ever again, but abide in the Light of Life.
Truly faith is not a matter of size, but is a matter of how big God is in your eyes. It is the faith of God that forms and shifts reality.
What can God do for you? More than you can ever think or imagine. God never comes to place a weight on your shoulders, but to take weights off. As you truly open your heart unto the Spirit you are actually releasing the Angels in your life, and the Spirits of God are made most active (Matt. 13:22).
The Father loves His Son and shows him all he does. (John 5:20 NIV)
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Lord I open my heart, I choose to firmly open my soul. I open my house unto the Angels of God to be free to minister into my life and that of my family. I pray the Spirits of God surround me and be free to operate according to the full Heart and Purpose of the Father. I keep an attentive heart, a welcoming heart unto the Lord, please come, please move, please feel free and welcome to interact in my life all the more. I seek the Face of the Lord, this day. I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen’.