The definition of the word “LORD” means supreme master, ruler, leader, chief, superior, monarch, sovereign, king, emperor, prince, governor, commander. Jesus is the Lord of lords and that denotes One who possesses absolute control by the power of His love, the LORD over all.
His LORDSHIP can never be fully expressed in the limitations of our words but it can surely be personally experienced with one’s spirit that is open for Him to invade and possess, a heart that is fully yielded revering Him to make His home in it.
The vast expanse of His Lordship in our lives vary and He opens an invitation for us to explore and experience daily. One can never live with past encounters alone but we can make them as memorials layered one after another like bricks piled on top of each other forming and unveiling us as the temple of His Spirit.
He daily offers us to partake of Himself as the Bread of Life that brings strength and sustenance, builds faith muscles, shoots adrenaline into our passions to pursue the dreams and visions that are birthed from our intimate relationship with Him. Jesus is the Word that we feast on as He daily prepares a table for us. I love what the TLB version of Psalm 23:5 says, “You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow!” Truly, He is inviting and welcoming us daily to walk with Him, talk to Him, dream with Him, explore with Him what He laid and paid for, make life with Him and ENJOY it to its fullness.
After all these years I still am inquiring of Him to reveal to me His Lordship in my life. I know that it will take eternity to even scratch the surface of this revelation but to have a daily dose of it allows me to travel in and through His Lordship, into the expedition and exploration through His close and intimate navigation.
Yes, daily we experience Him. We hear and see Him in ways He chooses to. We involve ourselves into His manner of doing things and participate in His plans. We expose ourselves into His presence where we get to be joyful along the way. We are privileged to be aware of where He’s leading us and we obediently flow and follow. We converse and interact with Him in a very personal and private way. It is an exploration of the knowledge of Who He is for He longs to be known and trusted. That’s a beatific picture of our relationship with Him as our Lord.
One Sunday morning, I got an invitation to have breakfast at a friend’s house. I woke up that day feeling a little lethargic and thought I just needed to go and receive from the conversations that will come up in the course of fellowship. I had no inclinations to share but simply be there and be present. But God had a different agenda. The moment I entered their house, I have noticed one person whom I never met before. They have a new house help. I said hello to her and acknowledged her.
When everything was set at the buffet table, our host gave thanks to the Lord for His faithfulness. Another friend prayed for our food. And I wasn’t able to help myself but took notice again of their house help. I turned around and gestured to pray for her. Suddenly our host said, “she’s has goiter”. I started praying for healing with all of those present agreeing with me, but all of a sudden a tug in my heart led and shifted my prayer for her to invite Jesus to come and live in her. It was a graceful transition of words that I never knew was coming. Suddenly the Lord showed me in my spirit that His presence filling and flooding her is more than enough to either burn or push out anything that doesn’t bring Him pleasure. He made me see that when He becomes LORD in one’s life, everything else that is not of Him has to leave. Him being HOLY cannot live with unholy things in ONE TEMPLE which is our body, therefore anything you can think of that doesn’t please Him like sickness and disease, lack and poverty, pride, anger, etc. had to bow down to His Lordship. They all have to leave, not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of God! He is the Lord of Righteousness Who makes things right in our lives and all we need to do is believe Him, receive Him and be constantly and consistently aware of His presence. He fights the battles for us (Exodus 14:14) and rebukes the enemy for us.
“And the LORD said to Satan, “I, the LORD, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you.” Zechariah 3:2 NLT
I was caught unaware of the Lord’s leading that day but when He is LORD, He calls the shots. I may have started with words of healing but Him being my LORD, transcended and upgraded my words that made me REST and TRUST in His ability and willingness to do what only He can do. I may not know what happened in the spirit realm but what made me joyful is the thought that He graced me to be sensitive enough for Him to maneuver my tongue and revealed in my spirit what His thoughts and ways were. It was a powerful encounter for me that when I was done, I saw their house help wiped a tear from her eyes.
Surely when we ask Him, He answers and shows us great and mighty things that He alone knows. When we ask Him to be our LORD, surely He will lead us to experience and explore His Lordship in our lives. He desires His name to be number one in the list in our hearts, with no rival nor equal. I love the TLB version of Exodus 20:5 that says, “You must never bow or worship it in any way; for I, the LORD your God, am very possessive. I WILL NOT SHARE YOUR AFFECTION WITH ANY OTHER GOD!” Many people call Him God but only those who have an intimate relationship with Him call Him LORD. Mind the difference.
I used to wonder about these two verses that talk about calling Jesus “Lord”. But now, I’m beginning to realize why it is of great importance to know what it means for us to call Him “LORD”. He leads, we follow. He commands, we obey.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the ONE WHO DOES THE WILL of My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21 ESV)
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ WHEN YOU DON’T DO WHAT I SAY? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” (Luke 6:46-49 NLT)
The secret is in the secret place. How we hear Him speak and see Him do things is revealed in the secret place and it is not just enough for us to hear and see Him but to take it farther and further and do what we heard and saw. It is not obedience by law but it is obedience by grace. It is not obedience out of compulsion but it is obedience empowered by His loving invitation. After all He said He will put His law in our minds and write them in the tablet of our hearts. It is He Who puts and writes and it is He Who gives us the desire to obey.
“If you love me, keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:15-16 NIV) It is not a lone ranger obedience but an obedience because of love and graced with the HELPER, Holy Spirit.
“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make Our home with them.” (John 14:23 NIV) The love of God empowers us to obey for it is He Who is all the while effectually at work in us, creating in us the power and desire TO WILL and TO DO for His own pleasure, delight and satisfaction.
Our conversations with Him in the secret place impacts and affects our thoughts, words, declarations and expectations. Our intimate encounters take us to a deeper relationship with Him until we get honed to His leading, that to step out of the boat and take on to the adventures and escapades of the unknown would excitingly and confidently compel us to say “YES” at all times all because we have grown in faith to trust His Lordship in our lives.