May 17th [tomorrow] is the launch date of our 45 Day Journey of Faith. What is it that you are asking the Lord to do for you? What is the specific blessing you are praying for?
Seeking to live my everyday life continually and unceasingly in the Power of the Divine Nature of the Holy Spirit, and no longer in the power of my sin-enslaved human nature. I desire the Holy Spirit to determine the course and direction of my life, according to His plans, His purposes, His will. I fully understand this is my privilege as a child of the Most High God: “The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them.” [Rom 8:14 NCV]
My beloved child, these are My prerequisites necessary for you to enjoy this privilege:
- Absolute surrender: Not my will, but Thy will be done…in everything. The initial act of worship on your part that is acceptable to Me, that is pleasing to Me…which must be first of all before any other worship or sacrificial offering…is to take the free will I have given you, and freely, of your own free will, lay it on the altar of sacrifice in absolute surrender to Me. Apart from that, you cannot worship Me in Spirit and in Truth. Giving your free will back to Me is the only thing you can give Me that I don’t already have… because I had freely given it to you in the first place in Creation. You need to have the same mind that was in My Divine Son Jesus: “I only do what My Father shows Me to do; I only speak the words My Father gives me to speak.“
- Personal Holiness in your heart: Hunger and thirst for purity, holiness, and righteousness, manifested in living out your everyday life…in your visible physical life, your unseen physical life, and especially in your hidden life in your heart…in your mind, your thoughts, your imagination. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God; without holiness, no one will see the Lord.
- Longing for God…an ever deeper, ever more intimate, personal relationship with Me. You need to come away with Me to our trysting place faithfully every day to commune with Me, where we can just be alone to spend some time together. It is there in our secret place that I reveal to you the rich eternal treasures from above, in the spiritual realm.
- Waiting upon God…seeking to keep on being continually filled with the Holy Spirit. The habit of your life needs to be continually watching before Me and waiting upon Me, looking off unto Me and listening for My voice, with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence…for Me to reveal to you My plans, purposes, will, and a deeper revelation of Who I am…so you may then respond, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of My Holy Spirit, cooperating with the Power of His enabling grace Who works in you both to will and to do.
Brothers and sisters…this is the entire focus of the 45 day Journey of Faith into the Holy of Holies. It is intensely personal in nature…a heart-cry to God to touch my life by His Spirit and work a deep change in me, whereby I will experience an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon my life, according to the Lord’s command, “Keep on continually being filled with the Spirit.” I look forward to experiencing the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in my life… singing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs and making melody in my heart to God. I look forward to experiencing prayer, in accordance with God’s will, moving the hand of God, and experiencing the blessings that come from obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life. God will indeed show me His Glory; I will see it with my own eyes, and I will have occasion to testify to His great Name and mighty Power! Hallelujah!
The hour in worship and prayer each day is not a time of intercession for family members, friends, co-workers, or church family. Do that at another time, and/or come to the prayer meeting on Tuesday nights for that purpose. If you get lost in intercession for others during this hour of prayer, you will have lost the reason for, and purpose of, this Journey of Faith. My heart longs to be inflamed with yearning for God alone…to pour out my soul, my life, my all for Him!
I plan to send out 31 reflections addressing different aspects of waiting upon God over the next 45 days, one on each weekday, excluding weekends [5 per week]. I trust in the Lord they will be a blessing to you!