AS HE IS…


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1 John 4:17 – “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.”  NASU

The more I study the Scriptures and the more I examine the message and ministry of our Lord, the more convinced I am that we are missing something essential in today’s religious and church world.  I don’t mean that to be a railing indictment but a plea to determine in our hearts that we will not be satisfied with less than being “As He Is!”

Let me add the second part of that plea and make it “As He is, in this world.”  Simply, in the here and now not the sweet by and by.  If the Bible is true, and I believe it is the Inspired and Infallible Word of God, then we can examine “How Jesus Is” and chart our course to becoming “As He Is” and become that “In this World!”  I realize that sounds somewhat Utopian and might cause some to offer cautions and suggestions that we will only be like Jesus when we get to heaven.  In light of the many passages of the Bible about God, the Purposes of God, the Love of God, the Power of God, and the People of God I cannot accept that premise.  I believe there is more.

If we cannot manifest Him and be like Him in this present world we can eliminate numerous passages from the Bible.  Jesus instructed the disciples and everyone who would follow, you and I included, to pray an incredible prayer.  In Matthew 6:9-15 we find what is commonly called “The Lord’s Prayer” but it was not a prayer Jesus prayed for Himself it was a prayer for His followers to pray with expectation.  God never instructs us to say or do anything that is not a genuine possibility.  That would be contrary to everything inherent in His nature, character, and teaching.

In fact, it would be somewhat sadistic for Him to tell His followers to pray for the Kingdom of God to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven if we cannot expect it now.  If we can no longer expect miracles in this day it is somewhat confusing that the Bible tells us to seek the Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit which includes the miraculous.  Jesus defeated the devil and the powers of darkness at the Cross and in the Resurrection, so I go back to my title for this devotional and ask, “How Is He, Right Now?”

Can God do anything?  Virtually everyone would say, Yes, but some would counter that He could, but He no longer does some things.  I know that they have some passage of scripture they have been told validates that position, but I believe that All Scripture must be interpreted in light of All Scripture.  Simply, any individual passage must be consistent, in harmony with, and interpreted within the context of the Entire Bible.  I refer you to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  ALL Scripture, every jot and tittle, every line and verse, every adjective and phrase have value and must be used to shape our doctrinal views and our patterns of life.

How is He?  He is Victorious over the devil and 1 John 5:4 tells us that “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”  In John 16:33 Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that you may have peace.  In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  How is He?  He is Victorious!

Romans 8:34 declares that He is raised from the dead and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.  Colossians 3:1 instructs us that if and that is the key, “if” we have been born again and thereby raised from the death and bondage of sin then we are to “seek” the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  That sounds a lot like seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and expecting His miraculous presence and power to pervade our world.  That sounds a lot like expecting the Kingdom of God to come and the will of God to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  That sounds a lot like “As He Is, So Are We in This World.”

Romans 8:31-39 addresses questions that must be asked and answered in our Christian walk and in 8:37 we find the incredible declaration, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”  How much of a conqueror does it take to be more than a conqueror?  The New American Standard Bible translated that passage as “overwhelmingly conquer.”  Hallelujah!  That cocks my pistol and puts wind in my sails.

How is He?  He is victorious!  He has all authority!  He has opened the door to full restoration and invited us to come boldly before the throne of grace and ask whatever we will. He has instructed us that we have authority over the power of hell.  He never takes a back seat to the devil and is never overwhelmed by circumstances.  He is Victory and His declaration to us was that, if we believe in Him and receive Him into our hearts, then something incredible is available to us.  What is that something?

He said, in John 14:12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and…”  AND?  That statement needs no and but Jesus puts one in so what is the And?  “…And greater works than these he will do; because…”  BECAUSE?  “…because I go to the Father.”  Has He gone to the Father?  Is He seated at the right hand of the Father?  Then, everything He declared is available to us NOW!

Tragically, too much of the Christian world has enough faith to be saved but not enough faith to believe in and believe for the Kingdom of God to Come and the Will of God to be done on or in Earth as in Heaven.  We have not sought to develop our faith to believe for the miraculous and the demonstration of Him as He is.  We allow the enemy of our souls to put characterizations and definitions of who we are in our heads and hearts that are diametrically opposite of what God says.  We allow our failure to press in to formulate new doctrines that justify our lack rather than praying and fasting and investing ourselves in the pursuit of Him to find out where the blockage is.

As He Is!  That’s the objective, being like Him, manifesting Him, and embracing all the promises of God IN THIS WORLD!   We will reign with Him but if we don’t reign now, where is the training for reigning?  I pray that God will expand your faith and enlarge your borders.  I pray that He will stretch you and move you out of your comfort zone.  I pray that He will do that with me as well.

God bless you as you enjoy this new day walking in His Victory!

OUR GOD IS GOOD…


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Psalm 37:13 –I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” NASB

We say, “God is Good” and often the other person will respond, “All the time!”  We say it, but how much do we truly believe in the Goodness of God?  There are those that push His mercy and goodness beyond measure and declare that everyone will ultimately go to heaven.  They argue that hell was prepared for the devil and his angels and man will not go there.  That requires them to ignore many of the teachings of Jesus, teaching in both Testaments, and the inspired declarations of those men used to write the words we have in the Bible.  To press God’s Goodness and Mercy to that extent removes the need of the Cross, the requirement of repentance, and makes much of the Bible unnecessary.  Others make God an Angry Overload waiting for us to slip up so he can punish us.  If punishment was God’s desire, we would have been snuffed out long ago.

One of the things I have discovered about David was that he was a man who learned the value of Praise & Worship!  He praised God out of His Love for God!  He learned that early in his life and I am convinced and find sufficient indication in scripture to suggest that he praised God while tending his father’s flocks as a youth.  His attitude toward God was shaped by his adoration of God and developed through his praise of God.  Thus, this passage in Psalm 37 comes from his lips and from his pen.  It offers hope to everyone who has, is, or will struggle in life.  It offers encouragement to all who encounter forces that want to destroy them.  It focuses not on the problem but the Person of God and that aspect of His character that brings us Grace and Mercy – His Goodness!

I have people tell me from time to time that they are encountering some evil because God is trying to teach them a lesson.  That is disturbing to me.  Blaming God for the difficulties in your life is a dangerous position.  You are suggesting that God is so incapable of teaching us Life Lessons that He must rely on the devil to achieve His purposes.  The Bible says that the Promises of God are “Yes and Amen”.  The Bible tells us that it is our Heavenly Father’s Good Pleasure to give us the Kingdom.  The Bible tells us that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked but desires they turn from their wickedness.  (Ezekiel 18:23).

We tend to relegate something we cannot understand or that we fail to believe for or realize in our lives as an “act of God” to teach us something.  Some of God’s promises are so incredible we are unable to fully embrace them and rather than seeing our lack a cause to press into His presence we excuse ourselves by saying, “This is our Cross to bear.” 

God is our Father and He is a Father!  No earthly father, who has any sense of decency, compassion, and love for his children would break their arms to teach them a life lesson.  No earthly father would put snakes in the crib of their baby.  God is our Father!  In Psalm 103:13, we read, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” 

In 1 John 3:1 we find the incredible revelation, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!  And that is what we are!  The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.”  In Matthew 6:26 the amazing declaration that should be taken to heart daily is, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” In Luke 6:36 we find the mandate, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

God is Loving, Kind, Merciful, Gracious, Longsuffering, and GOOD!  I truly believe that He is more willing to show us His Goodness than we are to discover it.  We are somehow, it seems, terrified of discovering the Goodness of God and living in that Goodness daily.  That place, in His Presence, would require us to dismantle some of our flawed theology and kill some sacred cows of religion. That place, in His Presence, would require us to Live Supernaturally while living in the natural.  It would cause us to press into His Presence and not only pray but believe that He meant it to be a reality when He challenged us to pray in Matthew 6, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name.  Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” 

It is my prayer and desire to believe more in the Goodness of God and experience more of His Presence in my personal life and carry that Light and Life to the world around me.  I want to be more than a representative of Jesus, I want to manifest Him and through the power of the Holy Spirit, destroy the works of the devil.

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

 

 

YOU ARE A POSSIBILITY – Part Two…


 

Psalm 90:1Spiritual Blog - Possibilities2 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  NASU

Last time we talked about the requirement for Perception to become all that God has declared we are and can be.  Today I want to move to the next requirement.

PREPARATION. 

It is a natural requirement to prepare to get where you want to go.  Clearly, it is a requirement if you are going to do so with any semblance of efficiency and timeliness.  Spiritually it is vital that we learn and discover the Promises and Provisions of the Bible.  What does God say we can have?  How can we become what He has said we are to be?  How can we function in and enjoy the Promises and Provisions?

Once we understand what our inheritance is in Him it is important and even a requirement that we make preparations for the journey.  I call to your remembrance 2 Kings 3 where Elisha instructed the king of Israel to dig ditches in the valley before them.  That might have sounded ludicrous to the soldiers and even the king, but they realized that it was the word of the Lord and obeyed.  They prepared for the victory that God had promised.  Once they had dug the ditches, the next morning water filled those ditches.  Israel looked at them and saw water, but the enemy saw blood and assumed that Israel and their allies had turned on each other it rushed to their own destruction.  Preparation always precedes blessings!  There is preparation to be made mentally, physically, and spiritually!

PROCEED. 

Once we Perceive who we are, what we have been promised, and whose we are we must Prepare.  Once we have Prepared it is then time to take the next step and Proceed on the Planned and Prepared way.  Action is required.  We must believe what God says and in that understand our potential, the go!

Let me challenge you with a few questions.

Why Can’t You Be a Moses, Elijah, Paul, John, Peter, Daniel, etc.?

The major reason is your own perception. Another reason is the lack of preparation. A third reason is a failure to step out in faith and dare to do what God said we could do.  (Jesus said that the works He did we would do and greater works because He has gone to the Father.)   Who do we believe, what we see, what the enemy says, or what the Bible declares?

Why Can’t You Be an Overcomer?

God says we already are!  Those three reasons listed above apply here as well.

Why Can’t Miracles Be a Part of Your Life and the Church Today? 

I contend that if Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever there is nothing impossible with God or us in God.  I would ask that you consider that You are a Miracle through the New Birth.

What each of us needs to do is Stop and evaluate our own lives.  Are we allowing procrastination and failure to perceive, prepare, and proceed hinder our progress and enjoyment of God’s Victory in our lives?  Do we feel that there is no significant accomplishment in our lives?

It is my prayer that each of us will discover Who we are in Christ?  That we will realize Where we are going and Where we want to go spiritually.  That we will allow and ask for God’s help in getting there.  Dare to believe that you can be all that the Bible says a believer is in Christ!  Today is a wonderful opportunity to turn it all around and make every day count for the rest of our days on earth.

I don’t often ask people to repeat after me, but I will here:

“Father, I confess that I have wasted time.  I declare that I want to be the most effective I can be for your kingdom.  I believe that I am more than a conqueror through Jesus.  I believe that I am an untapped dynamo for God and I will refuse to be average.  The rest of my days will be invested in becoming and being all that You have declared I am, and I will participate with You in Enforcing the Victory You won at Calvary!”

Now that you confessed it and declared it – DO IT!  Begin to be Who God says You are, and Enjoy the Victory He declares you have.  You are a Possibility and it is time to become a Reality or Demonstration of God in this world!

God bless you richly as you enjoy this day in Him!

YOU ARE A POSSIBILITY…


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Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  NASU 

I am reminded of a country song, “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”  People want to live forever and have more than enough tomorrows to take care of the things we didn’t get done today.  Many live as if there is no reason to be concerned because there will be plenty of time to do all that we desire, later.  We know that philosophy is both flawed and dangerous but tragically many live as if there will always be another tomorrow here on earth.

There are many Promises of God revealed in the Bible that are seldom claimed and stood on.  In verse 10, we read that our days are to be 70 -80 years. No, I do not consider that a definitive set time for everybody.  Obviously, experience tells us that some live much longer and some much shorter, but it is a target minimum.  The Ten Commandments tell us to “honor our father and mother” and the result is length of days on this earth.  If we took the 80 years literally and broke it down in 5-year segments we would discover we have 16 in which to do what we desire.  I believe that we can live much longer but if that were the time allotted to us, “How many 5-year segments do you have left?”   That alone should motivate us to stop procrastinating.

Time is either the greatest asset or the greatest enemy we have.  Paul instructs us in Ephesians 5:16 to “Redeem the time.”  We should be time conscious due to the assignment set before us and the condition of the world.  Time is one thing we desperately need to learn to use effectively if we are to attain our fullest expression in God and achieve our fullest effectiveness in this life.  How much time do we waste?

In order to tap into the resources, ability, and power available there are three things that must take place or come into focus for each of us.

PERCEPTION

  • It is imperative that we truly perceive who and whose we are.

We need to go to God’s Word and rehearse in our consciousness, what God says about us and who He deems us to be.

Genesis 1:26 – We are created in the Image and Likeness of God.

John 1:12 – We are the sons and daughters of God.

Romans 8:17 – We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus.

Galatians 3:29 – We are heirs according to the Promise or the Covenant of God.

Considering those passages, we need to remind ourselves of the Promises of Deuteronomy 28 and remember that we are informed in Galatians that the Blessings of Abraham are ours.  In Hebrews 8:6 we discover that the New Covenant is a better covenant based on better promises.  I suggest that the Promises of the Old Covenant were not shabby but incredible!

  • It is imperative that we recognize and acknowledge where we are spiritually.
  • It is imperative that we identify where we are going spiritually. 

Perception is required for us to know both Who we are and Whose we are.  If we do not know who we are in Christ, we will never venture into the uncharted waters of life and reach for the Prize of the High Calling of God and dare to dream beyond our own abilities.

If we reflections of God, sons, and daughters of God, and heirs of God then why not seek to become all that God says we can be!

I want to address this more but will pause here and pick this up in the next devotional and consider the Preparation needed.  It is my prayer and desire that God bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him.  

Have a fantastic day and remember God is Good and Good all the Time!

WHAT A PROMISE…


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ISAIAH 49:8-9 – “Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; 9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.”  KJV

Sometimes, passages just leap off the page when we read them, and this is one of those occasions.  As I read these two verses my heart exploded with anticipation, appreciation, and awareness of God!  There are three things said in this passage that ignite something inside of me that makes me want to launch into the Deep in God and pursue His Purposes with Passion and Abandon.

I HEARD YOU… 

The words of Isaiah’s prophecy, “In an acceptable time have I heard thee” stir deep cords in my heart.  As I read those words I called to mind the many trials of the nation of Israel.  I remembered their bondage in Egypt, them being captives in Babylon, and many other events. Each time, they called upon the Lord, and He heard them and answered them.

In 1 Peter 3:12, the apostle reminds us that the eyes of the LORD are always toward His children and His ears are listening for our prayers.  He cares!  In Proverbs 15:29 we are reminded that God is far from the wicked but is listening to and for the prayers of the righteous.  God desires to bless us and provide for us more than we want Him to.  I know that sounds strange, but I believe it is His desire as Jesus said, “to give us the kingdom.”

The prophet Micah prayed in 7:7, “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation.”  That is confidence and determination and needed today!  Romans 10:13 encourages us saying, “Whosoever will call upon the name of the LORD will be saved.”  Jesus said in John 6:37 that whoever comes to Him would not be rejected.  That is incredible!

It is important that we keep in the forefront of our minds and in our hearts that God Sees our situation and hears our cries.  He also has a plan to deliver us!  The cries for mercy always reach the Throne of God and the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous will prevail.  Take the Promise to heart that “God Hears Us.”

I HAVE HELPED YOU… 

love this, it is not future tense but past tense with present tense reality.  Remember that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  That means what He did, He is doing.  What He was, He is and will continue to be.  He does not change!  He is the Eternal God the Creator of All Things!  He has heard us and is helping us!  What a Promise!

With regard to the Nation of Israel, God never let them down.  He always sent His word to help and bring them to deliverance and victory.  He is no respecter of persons and what He did for them, He will do for you and me.  What a Promise!

Sadly, too many are not lost enough for Him to rescue them.  They are still trusting their own strength and ability, but once we get lost enough for Him to save us, in an acceptable time He shows up and delivers!

I WILL PRESERVE YOU… 

He has heard us, helped us, and now we have the promise of preservation!  The repeated promise of God is that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  The Promise of Jesus is that He will go with us to the end of the age.  The declaration of the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 1 is that God is able to keep us to the end!

We have the promise of preservation in the now and for eternity.  We are God’s people, the sheep of His pasture, His sons and daughters through the new birth.  Our heritage and assignment are to establish the earth for God and inherit the desolate heritages.  We are transformers, in Him and through Him.  We are to pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I was told once, “You should not take small things to God, only take the big stuff to Him.”  That is not the God of my Bible for He tells me to “cast ALL my care on Him because He cares.”

We have great and precious promises in God and if we can realize that He Hears, He Helps, and is Preserving us we can become more than conquerors and be those that ‘fear not.’  We have two choices in our walk through this world. We can be those who are fearful and fret or those who are fearless and faithful.  David told Goliath, “You come against me with the strength of man, but I come against you in the name of the Lord.” 

May the Lord fill your day with joy and victory!  God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

LORD, I AM THIRSTY – Part Two…


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Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.”  NASU

We considered the first condition or requirement for being filled with the fullness of God last time and I want to consider condition number two today.

CONDITION NUMBER TWO – Come to Jesus. 

That involves and means the total surrender of our lives to our LORD.  That means to seek the will of God in all things and walk in the light you have received.  That is Total Surrender!  Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 11;28-29, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 

He followed that up in 1 John 1:7 saying, “but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  If we are to have all of Him, He must have all of us.  He must have control. He must increase, and we must decrease.  He must be Lord as well as Savior.  He must find us a yielded vessel.  We cannot have His fullness without coming to Him in full surrender.

CONDITION NUMBER THREE – We Must Drink.

You will never quench thirst, in the natural, by looking at a photograph of water or reading about the water. You have to Drink!  This means that we must have a whole-hearted reception of His water and Him into our lives.  We must receive His gifts, His fruit, and His Spirit.  His Word must live in us.  I urge you to read 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 regarding the gifts of the Spirit and our connection to Christ.

In Galatians 5:22-23 we discover a powerful truth.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  That is like a magnet to a hungry heart!  In Revelation 22:17 we are invited to Come.  The thirst can come.  The hungry can come.  The willing can come.  You and I will never be filled and satisfied until we come to His River and Drink!

CONDITION NUMBER FOUR – We Must Believe on Jesus as the Bible Teaches. 

Biblical believing implies obedience and if we are to receive His fullness we must walk in complete obedience.  There are no shortcuts in God!  Jesus told His followers in Matthew 28:20, to go into all the world and share the message of Grace and the teach the new converts to Obey God’s Commandments.  He told them to also tell the new converts that He would personally be there to guide and comfort us.  In Mark 16, this is repeated and in verses 15-20 He gives a more detailed directive.

In John 14:15, Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”  After His resurrection and ascension in Acts 1:4 we find the followers of Christ assembled just like He had instructed, and they were WAITING for the Promise of the Father.  They were awaiting that River that would spring up inside them through the Holy Spirit.  In Acts 5:32 they testified that they were His witnesses and so is the Holy Spirit that God gives to the obedient.

The truth is that if we want more of God we can have more of God!  The problem is not on His end it is on ours.  If we want more of His Holy Spirit, we can receive.  If we want to see the Power of God manifest in our lives, we can have that Power.  Every time I talk to God about Power, He talks to me about Purity!

The solution is simple – Thirst, Come to Jesus, Drink, Believe, and Obey.  So, my question to each of us today is, “Are You Thirsty?”  Do you long for more of God!  He is willing and waiting for us to Come and Drink!  Let your thirst draw you to His River!

God bless you in your new adventures in Him!

LORD, I AM THIRSTY…


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Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God.”  NASU

My heart and the hearts of many are crying out for more of God!  I talk to people all the time who express their dissatisfaction with the status quo spiritually and are troubled by what they see in this world.  They and I realize that the only hope for this world and even this country is God!

While I am encouraged that many are expressing a desire for more of God and expressing a thirst for God, sometimes it amounts to nothing more than words.  There is no action accompanying the declarations.  Sometimes, there is a lack of sincerity in the declaration and sometimes, it is a lack of instruction.  Both are problematic but having more of God and getting closer to Him is a condition and position available to every believer.  It is not something that only the select of the elect can attain.  It is God’s desire that everyone come to the water and drink.  Everybody can have as much of God and His Spirit as they desire and will avail themselves to.  We can all come to the River and Drink.

Isaiah 55:1 – “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat.  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” 

Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.”

I believe, and the Bible teaches that there is a river flowing.  It is a river that never runs dry.  It is a river of plenteous supply.  It is a river that completely satisfies the longing soul.  In the natural a river at flood state purifies that river.  When the river of God begins to overflow in our hearts and lives it purifies and washes away the dross.

There is a truth that we need to remember concerning spiritual things.  Our appetites determine our spiritual condition.  We eat and drink what we want because we want it.  If we want something bad enough we will struggle to obtain it, sacrifice to get it and go to incredible lengths to achieve it.  That’s true in the natural and true in the spiritual.  Therefore, if we want more of God and become hungry and thirsty enough we will press in and “seek Him and find Him.”  God is always willing to give us of His Spirit and His Person.  Having the Presence of God is available as is revealed in the Prayer Jesus instructed us to pray in Matthew 6:9.

Fearing that I am making things seems overly easy, there are some conditions to receiving the Spirit and Power of God in our lives to the fullest.  It takes more than just wishful thinking or saying we want it.

John 7:37-39 – “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ” If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”  39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified.” 

I ask that you join me in gives some thought to the conditions required to receive that fullness of God that our hearts crave.

CONDITION NUMBER ONE – “We Must Become Thirsty.” 

This means that we must develop the ardent, eager, famishing, keep, and all-consuming craving and passion in our souls for complete union with God and with the fullness of His Spirit.  In verse 2 of our text we find, the Psalmist crying out, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…”  In Psalm 63:1 the writer is desperately seeking and says, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirst for you, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”  That’s thirst!  In Psalm 143:6 we read, “I stretch out my hands to You; my soul longs for You, as in a parched land.”  The picture is incredibly clear, to find God and have our spiritual thirst quenched we must become desperately and earnestly thirsty!  He must become the most important pursuit of our lives.

In Isaiah 41:17 the prophet speaks of the afflicted and needy seeking water but there is no water to be found.  Their tongues are parched from lack of water.  God promises in the next verse that He would open rivers on the bare heights and send springs in the midst of the valley.  No matter where they were, there would be that desired spiritual water!  Then, in Isaiah 44:3-4, “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants; 4 And they will spring up among the grass Like poplars by streams of water.”   What a picture!  If we seek Him, we will find Him.  If we develop this kind of thirst, we will be satisfied.

Elisha had that kind of thirsts in 2 Kings 2 seeking a double portion anointing.  He followed Elijah to Gilgal, to Bethel, then to the Jordan.  He refused to be denied.  He refused to accept delay.   He refused to accept denial.  He pressed into the double portion because He was thirsty!  Joel said that God would pour out His spirit upon ALL FLESH and that includes you and me if we are thirsty!

I will pause here and look at the next condition in the next devotional.  May the LORD increase your thirst and help you become determined to press in and drink!

I pray you will have a fantastic day today!