As we desire to experience heavenly things, remember that the door is Jesus. Knowing Him is eternal life & as we pursue wholehearted intimate companionship with Him, we will experience more & more the things of that heavenly eternal life. But He wants our hearts in friendship first, that we seek Him & not just the things of Him.
The excellent beauty of it all is that this relationship (just like those He mirrored after it on the earth) always involve experience with the other person. It’s not so mysterious, thank You, Father!
As we go after Him, He will come right back after us! He will add all those other treasures of Heaven & Himself into our lives as He sees best in His perfect timing. Before we even understand how it happened, we will find ourselves walking under that “open heaven” & in tangible awareness of God’s presence as Himself so real & no longer at all seeming so “ethereal” or distant to us. It is such a glorious thing & this only increases as we deepen in closeness to the Lord day by day & glory to glory! Hallelujah! Thank You, Jesus!
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
“Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (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 much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:4-7 AMP
“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’” Revelation 4:1
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:9-10
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP
(Verses via NKJV unless noted.)
Plunge me into
the ocean of who You are -
Possess me fully, take over.
Consume me, devour me,
Lost in You so completely
to be one, forgetting me.
Plunge me into
the ocean of who You are -
Take all of me, take over.
Plunge me into You.
Often I find that we can make prayer a complex thing, or something we do at a set time for an hour or more each day and that’s it. Yet prayer is something that is so much more. It is a communion with God, it is conversation with Him, loving on Him, talking to Him and listening as well. It is something we can do throughout each day and even on our beds at night. It is more than just a quiet time each day with a part set aside to pray. Oh, it is so much more.
I’m not going to try to cover the entire subject of prayer right now, but I do want to share some things I have learned that can help us all to abide in God, essentially, to talk with Him throughout our days no matter what we are doing. You can also read more about this in a Bible teaching by Mike Bickle called How to Develop a Strong Prayer Life, and also Pray Daily: Connecting with God While Changing the World.
Three words and short phrases
Just saying “I love You“ to the Lord is prayer. Spending just a few seconds several times each day we can be praying and conversing with God far more than we do in just one set time each day. It is simply this: Ever so often throughout our daily activities, pause to speak to God in short phrases or 10 second prayers. You can do this even while you are simultaneously working with your hands, driving, or whatever else.
Praying throughout the day, we can build our connection with God by abiding in Him no matter where we are or what we’re doing.
What would it be like if all of Christ’s people sought to live out love and the Sermon on the Mount… if we sought His face about all else?
I got to thinking about this the other morning. Not that I’m perfectly living out love, (I’m learning and I fail in doing so just as much as anyone else who is truly seeking after God’s heart). But after seeing some fellow believers “jump ship” in certain areas, I really got to thinking about the response that Jesus would long for us to have. The below is an exhortation, a call to love like Jesus loves, and could also be used as a devotional. But remember this: We who belong to Christ are in this together.
I want to live as a lover of God in the midst of this world. I want to live the fasted lifestyle* with my focus firmly set on Him in passionate pursuit of knowing Him and His heart. But…
I don’t want to be religious or legalistic in my pursuit. I don’t want to do this for the approval of others, whether it is man’s, my own, or even God’s as if I had to earn what He’s already bought for me through His Son. And God’s Holy Spirit will help all who desire for the purifying of our hearts and the renewal of our minds in this. I don’t want to live out of the wrong motives or motivation. Not at all.
Chai latte in hand, I walked through our local bookstore, browsing the titles and beauty of books, journals and stationary. It’s rare for me to really do much looking in bookstores like I used to.
I remember the days when I was drawn to bookstores like a moth to the only lighted lamp nearby. As I strolled around with longing in my heart, I found that another book about Christ, though good, was not going to truly fulfill my desires. This longing was one for intimacy with the Lord and to see His beauty. Words and pictures can help lead us there, but they cannot fully satisfy. It took me a while to realize that this is what drew me to bookstores. I love to write and to read, but in the last year or more, I have found that yearning for more of God was the root of my soul’s longing.
Ready to dwell
in some fresh green pastures -
for a while I’ve needed this, God.
is beckoning me,
if only I could trust in who You are.
Just when I want
some change that is good
and normalcy to what is not,
more things come my way
that I cannot escape,
and all I want is to lie down…
and rest in You.
My heart needs warmth by the fires of Love,
yet I feel there’s a blockade keeping me from Your presence.
& so I write…
Come, renew my heart & make it warm again,
come transform this dullness into zeal & love & light;
in a time when it feels that nothing’s gonna change,
& no one seems to have the right words to say,
I’m left with a heart that is tender,
& a soul that seems to long for things other than You,
when what I need most is You & You alone.