Archive for December, 2011

the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

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“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Cor. 13:14

He is Holy and wholly one with God.

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him—
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”

Befriending the Holy Spirit means learning about God, His character, His vastness, His provision and power in addition to His love and tenderness. Paul says, “We have received… the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God (vs. 12). What has God prepared for us? I want to know! I may think I know, but I bet there’s more!

I admire those who have taken the adventurous road of deep intimacy with Holy Spirit. Paul and Samuel, Brother Lawrence, and Bill Johnson. They have cultivated this friendship. As we grow in our friendship, giving our mind, time, and obedience, we learn. We are comforted. We experience not only His peace, but also His power. Those depths of God that are not available when we keep zipping and zooming, or being critical. What will the Spirit reveal to us? I want to know!

Its an eternal friendship that we have the privilege of deepening and delighting in. I want to know Him!

I have grown to love adventure! I’m ready. I want to know… !

“The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” The Message

2012. It’s going to be a great year!

Sue
Only Believe.

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.”  Brother Lawrence

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the love of God

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the love of God … 2 Cor 13:14

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Cor. 13:14

I do not think we can have a revelation of Jesus without a deepening of knowing His love for us! The disciple John was the beloved of Jesus (in John’s own words)—and John receives the Revelation of Jesus. We receive a revelation of Jesus as we receive His love—for us.

Every revivalist (that I have read of) encounters the love of Jesus and becomes totally sold out after that revelation, if they weren’t before. I would suggest (my opinion) that each disciple, one of the 12 or one of the 72, or Smith Wigglesworth, Maria Woodworth-Etter, or Katherine Kuhlman, all encountered Love which opened a revelation of Jesus.

• Wigglesworth: “It was then that the fire fell, and Smith had a vision of the empty cross with Jesus exalted at the right hand of the Father. Smith opened his mouth to praise God and began instantly speaking in tongues.”*

• Woodworth-Etter: “Then Maria had a vision. Angels came into her room and took her to the West, over prairies, lakes, forests, and rivers where she saw a long, wide field of waving grain. As the view unfolded she began to preach and saw the grains begin to fall like sheaves. Then Jesus told her that, ‘just as the grain fell, so people would fall’ as she preached.”*

• Kuhlman: “One Sunday when Kathryn was fourteen, she attended church with her mother. As she stood singing, she began to shake all over and sob. A weight of conviction came over her, and she realized that she was a sinner in need of salvation and forgiveness. She slipped out from where she was standing, went to the corner of the front pew and sat weeping. At that moment Jesus lifted the weight from her shoulders and entered her heart.“*

• Roberts: “Because of his unique desire for the Lord, Evan gave himself to fervent prayer and intercession. So much so, that by the time he was twenty-one years old, he was known by some as a “mystical lunatic.” It was during this period that Evan would get so caught up in the Lord that he reported his bed shaking. He would awaken every night at 1:00 a.m. to be “taken up into divine fellowship” and would proceed to pray until 5:00 a.m. when he would fall back to sleep for four hours before waking again at 9:00 a.m. continuing in prayer until noon.”*

• Heidi Baker and Bill Johnson live for the presence and the love of Jesus. I believe it difficult for them to deliver a message without referring to this Love.

All could sense the anointing—Him. They could sense the love and it was that same love that caused them to drop everything. An encounter with the power of the love of God does that. One of Paul’s theme in his letters to the Corinthians is the power of the Love. Its the encounter with God, Himself, that transforms minds, hearts, and actions. Paul writes in Eph. 3, wants us to know, to understand “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ah yes, “to know this love…to be filled with all the fullness of God.” Oh – what a feeling!

This is really why I love to soak and become surrounded and filled with the love of God. Though the audible voice of God is (of course) so good, I am content in His presence. Daily. I need His presence, His love! Daily. Even last night, I could have sworn I heard, “in addition to what you see…” there is much, much more!

And so I wish you, my friends, in 2012 even more of the Love of God. A love and an experience that will catapult you into more and more.

“The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” The Message

2012. May it be a year of Love for you!

Sue
Only Believe.

* Quotes from GodsGenerals.com

the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ

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“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Cor. 13:14

What an amazing way to close a letter! I wish I had put that on my Christmas cards, for I believe that this short phrase contains prophetic and powerful words that bring the breakthrough and the “more” we are all looking for.

Today … “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ”

Eric Johnson (iBethel.org) expanded my grid recently when he spoke of grace. Johnson’s definition of grace is, “God’s unmerited favor.” Eric suggested that we explore where we have favor in our lives, and then expand the territory that God is currently blessing. Where’s our grace at, and what are we doing with it?

As I think about “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” and the favor I carry, my thoughts turn to authority—the “atmosphere” or “space” we have influence. Although we go in the power of Christ, we do not always have authority. For example, I have authority over my home and, to some extent, over my students. However, I do not have authority over the President, and if I tried, I would be overstepping my bounds, with no affect.

Jesus demonstrated this with the 72 as He sent them out. They went, knowing they had seen the power of Jesus Christ at work, and knowing they carried the same power, but not knowing if or where they had authority. Was it over sickness, or simply bugs they could stomp on? How did they know they had that authority? They tried it out. And they came back, surprised as anyone, that indeed sickness left and demons fled at the name of Jesus. Praise God! (Luke 10:17-20)

There are places I have authority. Perhaps not all the time, but definitely some. Colds, backs, shoulders, mechanical things such as coffee pots and ice makers, and reclaiming lost things. This authority often started with hearing a testimony of the goodness of God, and is always by the power of Jesus, but required the “doing” part. Quite an interesting bunch of things, isn’t it? God is a big, creative, and very good God!

I like the assuredness and confidence of Paul’s closing to the Corinthians. I believe it’s an impartation, and am taking it into 2012 with me. I expect people to get healed when I pray in Jesus’ name. I expect my coffee pot to last another year (long story), and I expect to find the lost – things and people! I expect my territory to expand and my authority to reflect His power as I try it out.

Where do you have power and authority? I challenge to you think about it, receive the impartation, and then do it! Find out where your boundaries are and expand them. Look at it as a grand adventure. I do!

Isn’t there an expression, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained?” Even our pre-Christian friends know that!

Give it your best shot and let me know! I’m excited. For you. And for me!

“The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.” The Message

sue
Only Believe

Tomorrow … the love of God
Shortly thereafter … the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Jesus shines

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from rising to setting

This painting was finished for a Children’s Palliative Care Community fundraiser last week. I emailed Mindy, the organizer, the day before because the Lord had put this verse in front of me:

“The Mighty One, God the LORD,
   speaks and summons the earth
   from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines forth.” Ps. 50:1-2

There are various thoughts that the Lord brings to mind as I read through this Psalm, but this morning, the last line is speaking. How many ways does Jesus shine, especially in this season?

Jesus shines love. Unconditional and steadfast. Eternal.

Jesus shines grace. Unmerited favor. Keep walking in it.

Jesus shines joy. Picture Him smiling on and at you today.

Jesus shines mercy. For us all, thank you, Jesus!

Jesus shines forgiveness. Keeping us from the enemy’s taunts and trials.

Jesus shines faith. Knowing the Father always answers prayer.

Jesus shines hope. For the better. For the best.

Jesus shines peace. Beyond understanding.

Jesus shines. There is always more.

The amazing thing is He shines through us! Yup – we are Zion. Zion not only applies to His land, but also to His people. He made us to be the “perfection of beauty.” Think on that for awhile. As you gaze at the lights this season, think of Him. Shining. Remember, to shine Him. And thank Him—for His wonderfulness!

He is Good News!

Sue
Only believe.