Eighteen

TO REVEAL HIMSELF

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. [Isa 25:9]

My beloved child…My children coming together, ceasing from all human hope and help, with one heart setting themselves to wait upon their God…is not this just what you need in your churches and conventions and prayer meetings? Is not a more definite waiting upon God for the outpouring of My Holy Spirit the needed blessing, the great need of each individual child of God? My godly minister has no more difficult, no more solemn, no more blessed task, than to lead My people out to meet God, and before ever he preaches, to bring each one into contact with Me.

**        **, the greatest need in every praying and worshiping community is to bring My children under a deep sense of God’s Presence: “We are now here in the Presence of God.” These words of Cornelius show the way in which Peter’s audience was prepared for the coming of My Holy Spirit. What is so desperately needed in your times of worship and prayer and waiting upon God is that My people become so conscious of My Presence that in holy awe souls feel, “Lo, this is our God; this is the Lord!” What is so desperately needed is that when you part there will be the consciousness of having met Me, the One true Living God…of having left every request with Me, and of now waiting in stillness while I work out the fullness of My salvation. There is nothing more needed, nothing you need more desperately to learn, than united waiting upon God in prayer, with a holy expectation and an excited anticipation, for the Power and the blessing of My Holy Spirit…for apart from Me, you can do nothing. Then when I do indeed reveal Myself in Power, you will be able to say in truth: “I have waited for Him, and He has saved me; this is my Lord…I have waited for Him; I am glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

Beloved child…it would mean a deeper conviction that God must, God will, DO ALL; a more humble and abiding entrance into your deep helplessness, and the need of your entire, unceasing, child-like dependence upon Me. My child, there needs to be a more living consciousness that the essential thing is for you to give Me My place of honour and Power; a confident expectation that as you wait upon Me, I will, by My Holy Spirit, give you the secret of My acceptance and Presence, and then, in due time, the revelation of My saving power. Waiting before God, and waiting for God, and waiting upon God, are the one condition of your God manifesting My Presence.

**        **, you are to have no confidence in the power of your flesh, since in your sin-enslaved human nature you are hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless to do anything, or say anything, that is good or pleasing or acceptable to God. The power of your flesh encompasses all of your human capabilities and capacities… anything by your own efforts or in your own strength; anything according to your own wisdom or knowledge or understanding. My Holy Spirit, through Whom you have been joined together in a living union of oneness with Christ Jesus My Son…the Spirit of God, Who dwells in you and has promised never to leave you, never to forsake you…He must BE ALL in you and DO ALL in you.  You must live your everyday life in the Power of My Spirit.

Abba Father…I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sin-enslaved human nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot always carry it out. For what I end up doing is not the good deeds I want to do; no, the evil deeds I do not want to do…this I all too often keep on doing! Now if I so often end up doing what I do not want to do, it is no longer I myself who does it, but it is the enslaving power of sin living in my human nature that asserts itself and does it. So I find this law at work in me: when I want to do what is right and good, evil is right there with me, subjecting me to its insistent demands. For in my inner being I delight in God’s Law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law embraced by my regenerated mind, and making me a prisoner of the indwelling principle of sin at work within the members of my body. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God…You have delivered me, Father, and set me free through my living union of oneness with Your Divine Son Jesus! So then, to sum up this whole matter, such is the unchanging conflict of these two principles within me as Your child: I myself in my regenerated mind am a willing bondslave to God’s Law, but in my sin-enslaved human nature that still remains a part of me, a wretched slave to the rule and reign of the indwelling principle of sin.  Blessed Holy Spirit…I need You continually and unceasingly to guide my life! Then I won’t be doing what my sinful nature craves. My sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what Your Holy Spirit wants, Father. And Your Spirit gives me desires that are the opposite of what my sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so I am not able to freely carry out my good intentions. But when I am directed by Your Spirit, Father, I am not under obligation to the Law. I who belong to Christ Jesus Your Son have nailed the passions and desires of my sin-enslaved human nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since I am now living by Your Spirit, I will indeed seek to follow Your Spirit’s leading in every part of my life. [Rom 7:18-25; Gal 5:16-18, 24-25]

Beloved child of God…you are hopelessly helpless to worship Me in any manner that is good or pleasing or acceptable to Me.  But the time is coming and is already here, when by the Power of God’s Spirit people will worship the Father as He really is, offering Him the true worship that He wants…worship that is good and pleasing and acceptable to Him. God is Spirit, and only by the Power of His Spirit can people worship Him as He really is. [John 4:22-24]

**        **, you are helpless to pray effectively, as you do not know what God’s will is for souls whom you are interceding for, nor even how to offer your prayer in a worthy manner as you ought. In your utter human weakness, you must wait before the Spirit of God for His help.  So too the Holy Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads on our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes and pleads before God on behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will. So, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit…pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. [Rom 8:26-27; Jude 20-21; Eph 6:18]

My child, you are helpless to produce fruit…the abundant, abiding fruit produced by My Holy Spirit. You are merely a branch; branches do not produce fruit. Branches are meant to bear the fruit which My Spirit produces.  Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without being vitally united to the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me, and I in him, bears abundant fruit. However, apart from a living union of oneness with Me…you can do nothing. [John 15:4-5]

**        **, in your own wisdom, knowledge or understanding you are helpless to know God’s plans, purposes, and will for you. It is the Spirit of God Who places you where you are to be, leads you where you are to go, shows you what you are to do to participate in His work, gives you the thoughts you are to think and present, the words you are to speak or write. The Holy Spirit searches all things…even the Divine counsels and the limitless depths of God…things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny. For just as no one among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s own spirit within him, even so no one knows the mind and thoughts of God…only the Spirit of God. Now, we have not received the spirit that belongs to the world, but the Holy Spirit Who is from God, given to us that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts of Divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly bestowed upon us by God. But the natural human spirit of man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are meaningless nonsense to him; and he is incapable of knowing and understanding them because they can only be spiritually discerned and appreciated. [1 Cor 2:10-12, 14]

Beloved…you are helpless to acquire spiritual wisdom, knowledge or understanding by means of the human capabilities and capacities of your mind. Your deepest need when you have studied or heard God’s Word, is to cease from your thoughts, put no trust in them, awaken your heart to open itself before God, and seek living fellowship with Me. It is the Spirit of God Who illuminates your mind to spiritual things. But as for you, Christ has poured out His Spirit on you. As long as His Spirit remains in you, you do not need anyone to teach you. For His Spirit teaches you about everything, and what He teaches is true, not false. Obey the Spirit’s teaching, then, and remain in union with Christ. [1 John 2:27]

**        **, in the power of your flesh you are helpless to do anything, or say anything, that is good or pleasing or acceptable to God.  Those who live according to their sin-enslaved human nature have their minds set on and pursue what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Those whose manner of life is controlled by their sin-enslaved human nature cannot please God, or be acceptable to Him. [Rom 8:5, 8]

Child of God! Do you now realize; do you now understand? You are hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless in the power of your sin-enslaved human nature to live your life in any manner that is good and pleasing and acceptable to Me! Therefore I, your God and Father, have assured you that I am infinitely willing, through the Power of My Holy Spirit I have graciously given to dwell in you, to: BE ALL in you… all I created you to be, all I saved you to be; DO ALL in you…all that I have planned in advance for you to do.  I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you of all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; yes…I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit in you and move you…to follow My decrees and to be careful to keep My laws. And this is My covenant with you, “My Spirit will not leave you, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children from this time on and forever! I, the Lord, have spoken! You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God.” [Ezek 36:25-28; Isa 59:21]

Abba Father…this is indeed my blessed assurance!  Is not my house right with God? Have You not made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part? Will You not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire? For I am God’s Own workmanship, born anew in Christ Jesus Your Son, that I may do those good works which God Himself has prepared in advance for me to do. And not in my own strength…for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in me, energizing and creating in me the power and desire, both to will and to do for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight! [2 Sam 23:5; Eph 2:10; Phil 2:13]  Therefore, Father, the deepest desire of my heart is that You enable me by the Power of Your enabling grace to embrace this blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with You: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto You and listening for Your voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation…for You to reveal Yourself to me ever more deeply and intimately, and Your plans, Your purposes, Your will for me…SO I MAY THEN RESPOND, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of Your Holy Spirit, cooperating with the Power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do.

My soul, wait thou only upon God! [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/05/10/waiting-upon-god/]

 

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