I’ve learned so far that grace is the revealed will of the Father appropriated by our faith which is evident by our acting according to what we have heard and believed. Faith can only appropriate that which grace has provided. If God has not said it; don’t expect Him to be responsible to bring it to pass. This then brings me to the question; how do we then know what Gods plans are for us? How do we come in contact with the will of God for our lives to know what He has by His grace already provided for our lives?
In response to my asking the question, the Holy Spirit brought to mind the passage of scripture found in Deuteronomy 8:3 which says “ And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did they fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (KJV), He then reminded me of the Lord’s prayer found in Matthew 6: 9-13 in which the Lord prays gives us example of how to pray saying “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Fathers which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (KJV) These scriptures are important to anyone who would seek to know the will of the Father and see it come to pass in his or her own life.
Looking at Deuteronomy 8:3 I see how God gave the children of Israel a life example of how to not depend on what you think you already know or have known of Him in their daily walk. How not to live based on what has been known by their ancestors or what they presumed to know concerning the will of the Father. He taught then how to seek Him daily for provision and sustenance. He gave them manna which was not manmade bread or something prepared beforehand. It was the “whatness” of God for that day. The interesting facts about manna was that one could not take more than they needed or try to store up enough for a future time; God gave enough for the day ahead or if the Sabbath; enough to make it through the ordained time of rest, but beyond that they had to come daily before the Father. He was teaching them, and is teaching us through their experience how to get to the place where there is a proceeding word; to get to the face of the Father and hear from the mouth of God Himself what is needed for us on the particular day. It is important to see daily communication with the Father as what we will need to be able to live the good life God has prepared for us. Until we know what His will is we will not know how to walk in it; When we know what His will is we can then appropriate it in the earth.
Jesus gives us an example of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. What I’d not noticed until today is the fact that before Jesus even asks the Father anything; he first recognizes that necessity of the Kingdom of God and the will of God being manifested on the earth as it is in the heavens. He goes on to ask God for the daily bread or in other words the proceeding word in order that God’s will be accomplished. I’d never connected this bread with the proceeding word until this very morning. Jesus asks the Father for the “whatness” to be revealed before even asking for forgivness, guidance, or protection. Wow. This really just hammers in the point for me. Apporaching the Father to know the “whatness” He has provided each and every day is vital to our very lives. We can ask for nothing until we know what it is He has provided. Once we know what it is; we can then ask through prayerand see it manifested in our lives. Let’s take time out every day to get our daily fill of the “whatness” of God for our lives.
I’ve been in prayer meetings declaring that we will see the Glory (dust) of the Lord and to experience the Anointing (oil) of the Holy Spirit by standing boldly before the throne of God decreeing these things to come to pass. However, I now believe that is not the correct position when seeking His Glory or the Anointing of the Lord. During these times we should rather come with a worshipful spirit; one of praise and adoration.
The word for worship in scripture is actually to lick the feet as a dog. It is a place of sincere humility of reverence and adoration for the Lord who cares for and attends to your every need. When the Lord began to speak to me about this He posed the question “How can one experience the dust if they are not at the feet? And how can they experience the oil if not at the hem of the garment of the High Priest? Although we are kings and priest in the earth, we must recognize Him as King of kings and Lord of lords. Our dominion and reign in the earth is only given by His hand.
This brings to my imagination the woman in Matthew 26 who poured the ointment upon the head of the Lord. This in my mind is similar to how the priest is anointed. The oil is poured out so that it flows down the head, to the beard, and even to the hem of the garment. This woman by her one act of worship prepared Jesus for his burial. Without even knowing why she was doing by pouring out all she had she helped to user in the Kingdom of God on the earth.
Another image brought to mind is the woman in Luke 7. She is found washing the feet of the Lord with her tears, wiping, them with her hair, and anointing them with very prescious ointment. She poured out all she had, thereby lavishing the Lord with praise. It is beautiful how she counted her own glory only as a rag when given opportunity to experience worship at His feet. She kisses His feet with tears flowing from her eyes. She experienced the the glory of God through true worship of the Lord. In that position of faith she found not only forgiveness; she found peace or in other words she left whole wherein she had no want or need of anything. Nothing was missing or lacking from her life because of the one act of worship.
I believe that if we are going to truly experience the Glory of God we must properly position ourselves in our worship… Then and only then will we see the fullness of God made manifest.
I believe that if we are going to truly experience the Glory of God we must properly position ourselves in our worship. We must pour out the most valuable part of ourselves on Him with total abandon We must consider our own righteousness to be nearly rags. We must lavish our praise upon Him. Then and only then will we see the fullness of God made manifest.
Be Strengthened – Be Encouraged – Be Blessed! ~ Dawn
I’ve got some older post that I feel it would be beneficial to share over the next few postings. They were good growing points for me in my walk. I hope you’ll find them as helpful as I have.
Be Strengthened – Be Encouraged – Be Blessed! ~ Dawn
In the Charismatic Church I’ve seen a great pull between knowing the Word of God and being led by the Spirit of God. Many feel it is more important to know the Word; allowing God to fill your head-space in order to be effective in your witness. They spend a lot of time memorizing scriptures in preparation to be able to preach the Gospel using it as in 2 Timothy 3:16 – 17 states “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”. Others, however believe it is more important to be led by the Spirit of God in order to allow God to fill your heart-space in order to be able to walk out your witness before others. They spend a lot of time in prayer, praise and worship in order to experience the presence of God so as to receive instruction from Holy Spirit because according to John 16:13 “he will guide you into all truth”. I believe both aspects are equally important.
I believe we believers should invest as much time getting to know God by spending time in his presence as we do getting to know about him through His Word.
I believe we believers should invest as much time getting to know God by spending time in his presence as we do getting to know about him through His Word. Knowing about him by His word introduces Him to the our head-space. As we meditate on the Word we learn about his nature and character. It also builds a desire in our hearts to come to know him on a more intimate level thereby filling you’re heart space. That desire leads us to spend more time in prayer, praise, and worship which then opens us up to being led by the Spirit of God, and creates the passion necessary to share the Word of God you’ve learned with others.
God occupying the head-space and heart-space of the believer are equally valuable. Consider the scripture in Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” when pondering how the mind and heart work together to develop us in our walk with God. There is no need to pit one approach against the other because they work together to develop not only our witness, but our character. One can not be effective without the other!
Be strengthened * Be Encouraged * Be Blessed ~ Dawn
I try to share with you what I know as I’m learning to walk with God. I’m not really a regimented writer. I write based on inspiration of the Holy Spirit as well as my personal experiences. If nothing is inspired there will be no post. I may be in a phase of learning or experiencing and it’s hard for me to share what I don’t know. I hope this blog will help to strengthen you in faith, encourage you to keep on walking with God, and bless you with knowledge and understanding as I receive it.
Much Love, Dawn