Twenty-Three

FOR UNLOOKED FOR THINGS

When Thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, Thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at Thy Presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him. Even so, the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. [Isa 64:3-4; 1 Cor 2:11-12]

My beloved child…I Myself am both the God Who Personally does the work, and the One Who brings about the results revealed by My Holy Spirit. It is My work, not yours; the results belong to Me, not to you. You may confidently proclaim, and know beyond the shadow of any doubt it is true: Doubtless Thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: Thou, O LORD, art our Father, our Redeemer; Thy Name is from everlasting. [Isa 63:16]  Yet, **        **: A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a Father, where is the honor due Me? If I am a Master, where is the respect due Me?” says the LORD Almighty. [Mal 1:6]  Unless God comes down “as the melting fire burneth, to make His Name known to His adversaries,” your labors are comparatively fruitless and of no avail. Unless the Lord build the house, you labor in vain who build it.

You must wait upon God, My beloved child; you must cry with a cry that never rests, “Oh that Thou wouldest rend the Heavens, that Thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at Thy Presence!” [Isa 64:1-2]  You must desire and believe, you must ask and expect, that God will do unlooked-for things! You must set your faith on a God of Whom men do not know what I have prepared for them that wait for Me. Your wonder-working God, Who can surpass all your expectations, must be the God of your confidence! You must enlarge your heart to wait upon your God as One Who can do exceedingly abundantly above what you could ever ask or even think! And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you; blessed are all they that wait for Him! [Isa 30:18]

Child of God!  Look at the ministries that are being carried out “in My Name;” how much it is in the wisdom of man and literary culture, and how little in demonstration of My Spirit and of Power. Look at the unity of the body; how little there is of the manifestation of the power of a Heavenly love binding My children into one. Look at holiness; how little the world sees of the holiness of My Divine Son Jesus reflected in My children. Look at Christ-like humility and crucifixion to the world; how little the world sees in My children, who are set apart to be mirrors of the Almighty, the life of Christ My Son in Heaven and in whom Christ My Son and Heaven live. Unless God comes down “As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Thy Presence!”…all your labors are fruitless and of no avail! Have you never yet understood, **        **?  In the power of your flesh…reliance upon your human capabilities and capacities, by your own efforts and in your own strength, according to your own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding…you are hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless, to do anything that is good or pleasing or acceptable to God.

Abba Father…I know that the Eternal Power and Eternal Worth of the Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus has guaranteed and secured that Your Holy Spirit was indeed given as Your eternal gift to dwell in me…never to leave me, never to forsake me, and that I am to live my everyday life out of the Power of Your Holy Spirit and not out of the power of my sin-enslaved human nature. I acknowledge I am to give Him free reign to place me where I am to be, lead me where I am to go, show me what I am to do to participate with Him in His work, give me the thoughts I am to think and present, the words I am to speak or write.

But Father, how do I know whether the service I am being prompted to engage in for You is the leading of Your Holy Spirit and not the leading of my human spirit? This is one of the greatest dangers that I am asking You to protect me from…the danger of embracing a thought to engage in service for You where the origin of the thought is my human spirit and not the prompting of Your Holy Spirit. The danger is that I would be inclined to make a decision according to the leading of my flesh to proceed with this work, asking You to stop me if it is not Your will for me. In other words…I haven’t heard from You, Father, but I have decided to proceed anyway…so, stop me if You don’t want me to do this.  Forbid it, Father, that I should ever have this attitude! Keep it ever clear before me: I am not to proceed…with anything…unless You lead me specifically to do so.  No matter how good the ministration I am thinking of doing is…I know I am NOT to proceed with doing it without Your Spirit showing me plainly, clearly, beyond the shadow of any doubt to do so.  Enable me by the Power of Your enabling grace to watch for You and wait before You, look off unto You and listen for Your voice…

Confirming to me that the origin of my thought is the prompting of Your Holy Spirit and not the prompting of my human spirit. Where did this thought come from? Is it a desire of my flesh, a longing of my flesh, to satisfy a selfish motive, a self-serving agenda, a desire to gain something for myself? Is the thought from Satan…a distraction, a deception, an attempt to draw my heart away from the work and Your will You have planned in advance for me? Your Divine Son Jesus said, “I only do what My Father shows Me to do; I only speak the words My Father gives Me to speak.”

Confirming to me that the purpose for my doing this is obedience to Your clearly revealed will in this matter. Am I doing it to fulfill a responsibility of a ministry You have given me, Father, in accordance with Your plans, purposes, and will as revealed to me by Your Holy Spirit? Or is it a responsibility resulting from my own self-life, self-interests, self-will…according to the plans, purposes, and will of my flesh?  Then Jesus said, “Here I am, I have come…it is written about Me in the scroll. I desire to do Your will, O My God; Your Law is within My heart. Not My will, but Thy will be done.”

Confirming to me that the authority for my proceeding to do this is the leading of Your Holy Spirit to do so. Who gave me the go-ahead to proceed, to put this thought into action? Under whose authority am I going to proceed? Is the leading of Your Holy Spirit the authority behind my proceeding to do this, or is it the leading of my flesh? Your Divine Son Jesus said, “I only do what My Father shows Me to do; I only speak the words My Father gives Me to speak.”

Confirming to me that the power for this ministration is the Power of Your Holy Spirit, given to me for the purpose of fulfilling this responsibility. As I proceed in doing this, in carrying out this thought into action, in accomplishing what I have set out to do…whose power am I relying upon to do it…the Power of the Spirit, or the power of the flesh? Is what I am doing the ministration of the Spirit, in the Power of the Spirit? Or is it the ministration of the flesh, in the power of the flesh…relying upon my human capabilities and capacities, my own efforts and strength, my own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding?  Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? [Gal 3:3]

Working in me a godly motive for doing this…to bring glory, honor, and praise to Your Holy Name. What is my motive…the motivation behind my service? Is it my desire to bring glory, honor, and praise to Your Name, Father? Or is it to call attention to myself…to obtain glory and honor for myself…fishing for the praise of men?  He who speaks on his own authority seeks to win honor for himself. He whose teaching originates with himself seeks his own glory. But He Who seeks the glory and is eager for the honor of Him Who sent Him…He is true; and there is no unrighteousness or falsehood or deception in Him.”

Working in me a manner of going about fulfilling this responsibility that is well pleasing to You.  Am I doing it with a good, cheerful attitude and a sweet disposition? A bad, begrudging attitude and a sour disposition?  May the God of peace…Who through the Blood of the Eternal Covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep…equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in you what is well pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be Glory for ever and ever.

Abba Father…I know beyond the shadow of any doubt that if my proceeding with a ministration is the result of an unwavering child-like trust in Your will for me, an unreserved child-like dependence upon the Power of Your Holy Spirit, and an unquestioning child-like obedience to the leading of the Spirit…the confirmation of the truth that it is indeed Your work and not mine will be an unruffled child-like rest and an unclouded child-like carefree joy.  My soul will be peaceful and calm, tranquil and unruffled.

My beloved child…you will know in your spirit, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that I have indeed called you to a particular ministration as My messenger, My ministering spirit, My watchman by the confirmation of My Holy Spirit within you:

My Holy Spirit will open doors for you that no man can shut, and the waters will be parted before you to open the way through.

You will have the anointing of My Holy Spirit upon you, giving you capabilities and capacities beyond what you physically have. It will be so evident that you will exclaim in wonder, “Whoa, Lord; this is not me, this is You!”

You will hear the voice of the Lord, or sense My leading, “This is the way; walk ye in it.”

You will experience that what I call you to do, I will also enable you to do.  My Holy Spirit will give you Divine wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

You will become the target of Satan’s fury, as he endeavors to fill your mind and your thoughts with distractions so as to lead you away from focusing on the work I have given you to do. Satan will endeavor to fill your mind and your thoughts with deceptions, so as to mislead you with lies and counterfeit leadings of the Spirit. He will endeavor to draw your heart away from the Holy of Holies with attractions and affections that compete with your attraction to Me, and your affection for Me.

You will be filled with the Holy Spirit and experience an exuberant joy in the Lord, testifying to My Name and speaking the Word of God boldly. You will experience the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your life…singing songs, hymns, spiritual songs, and making melody in your heart to God. You will experience prayer, in accordance with God’s will, moving the hand of God, and you will experience the blessings of obedience and faithfulness that come from the leading of the Spirit in your life. I will show you My Glory; you will see it with your own eyes, and you will have occasion to testify to My great Name and mighty Power.

Abba Father…my soul glorifies You; my spirit rejoices in my Father and my God! I am Your child, now and forever; may it be unto me according to all You have planned for me! This is surely the 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. Blessed Holy Spirit…You are the Divine Nature dwelling in me, Whose Power in me continually guarantees and secures my capability to live my everyday life: faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and the unclouded Presence of my Father in our Sacred Covenant relationship.

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

 

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