GOING HIGHER WITH HIM
BY: AUDREY DRUMMONDS
SEPTEMBER 20, 2004
“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:16-18 NIV)
Those of us in Florida have had to deal with seeking wisdom from the Lord in connection to the bombardment of storms we have encountered these past few months. The Lord has taken me to Matthew chapters 3 and 4 with this revelation I would like to share.
After Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, He was recognized as the Son of God, and filled with the Holy Spirit. It was the Holy Spirit who led Him into the wilderness. Many that call themselves spirit-filled believers, or seek the power of the Holy Spirit for their lives, don’t realize the fullness of what they are seeking. We want the “high”, but don’t understand why trials come instead. Jesus shows us in Matthew 4 that those of us who believe we are sons of God, and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, should expect to be taken by the Spirit into the wilderness. We should also expect to find ourselves alone with little or no earthly provisions. Then, while we are in the midst of this wilderness, we should anticipate doors of temptation and testing from the false accuser in our head to begin to open.
Being in a wilderness experience is never easy and isn’t something any of us are eager to jump into. We shouldn’t expect anyone to be there holding our hand. Multitudes like to take the path of least resistance, so we can’t think we will hear voices of approval to encourage us. This path the Holy Spirit takes the sons of God on will be for those individuals that have hungered and thirsted for His righteousness to be manifested in their lives so that the rest of the body of Christ will see the Father when they see them. Not for personal gain of becoming more “holy”. It will require a willingness of exposing “the self” that conflicts with the mind of Christ. An immature Christian will not last even though they may profess to be “spirit-filled.”
No one in the natural looks for problems, and most people’s immediate response is to flock to a “safe haven” and do as others do for acceptance. Jesus shows us that a son does not take the path of least resistance. A mature one in Christ comes face-to-face with each trial, each storm, and each tribulation dealing with it head-on, releasing the fullness of the power of being the vessel the word of God can flow out of. We cannot run from our problems, crying on others shoulders as children looking for comfort. Nor is it wise for us to use the power of speaking the “word” for our own gain while others in the body suffer. Sons of God are required to follow Jesus taking on the troubled circumstances. We are to be the intercessors for the children of God as we stand in the gap so that no harm comes to them. As sons of God, it is not about us and overcoming our needs, but being mature in Christ to intercede in unconditional love for others even though they may not be seeking it.
We are all created in His image. Just as in the natural the unconditional love of parents would use their resources to protect their children, so should sons of God see the same responsibility for the children of God. Sons of God have been blessed with the opportunity to release Truth to set the captives free, not to know Truth to build our own self up. If one part of the Lord’s body is hurt or weak, the whole body suffers.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit upon sons of God allows us to have power and authority to get rid of the garbage in our lives so that we can go to Galilee (heathens) and release unconditional love, mercy, and forgiveness to others in bondage declaring the Kingdom of God is at hand for all.
God bless your today!
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