When we desire to seek His face everyday, it is because we are created to be that way. We are designed to long for the One Who breathed life into our lives. God is a Spirit and we are spirits with deep yearnings to divinely connect in intimacy with our living God.
“God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).” John 4:24 AMPC
The greatest breakthrough one could ever experience is when the revelation of Who Jesus is and what He has done because of His GREAT love has broken through our stony and calloused heart that awakened us into the identity of who we are, His beloveds.
Some are easy to reach and teach as the Holy Spirit leads us to whom we are to stop and demonstrate what love looks like. Some require diligence in prayer and declaration of His word. It is the compassion in our hearts for the lost that adds stamina into our pursuit of knowing Jesus more and making Him known to more.
I happened to witness someone who I believe needs a touch of heaven. I know deep inside my heart that only the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through faith can take him out from such bondage and raise him up into the glorious life that He planned and prepared for Him. The Lord powerfully impressed in my heart to declare Jeremiah 29:11 upon this person. “For I KNOW the thoughts and plans THAT I HAVE for him, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give him hope in his final outcome.”
The Lord KNOWS His plans for him and all that He has for him, but the strong force of darkness that blinds a person to see the truth of the saving grace of Jesus Christ is pride. Human knowledge and sheer will cannot come against such powerful resistance for message of the cross is FOOLISHNESS to those who think they know it all, but to those who are being saved it is the POWER OF GOD.
What are we prepared to do when a hardened heart continues to remain stubborn? We continue to believe that there is nothing impossible with our God. We press on in prayer confidently knowing that the prayer of the righteous has tremendous power and dynamic in its working (James 5:16 AMPC). We never stop and never give up! Then, I remembered the parable of the persistent widow.
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ”
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)
Will He find us still steadfast in our faith if things do not conform to what we are expecting to see? Will He find patience in us while waiting, with an attitude of expectancy expressed through thanksgiving, praise and worship?
Imagine a hard rock positioned under a constant drop of water. As the water continuously falls upon the rock drop by drop, initially we may not notice any effect on it. But given some time, the shape of the rock will start to change. As we persistently and constantly speak the word of God over a person’s life in prayer of faith, eventually and SURELY it shall be established. We never undermine the power of prayer for the light of God’s favor surely will shine on it.
“Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?” (Jeremiah 23:29 AMPC)
Abraham waited for so many years before Isaac came. Because he held on to the promise of God that he will become a father of many nations, he continued to believe knowing that He Who promised is faithful.
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:18-21 NIV)
Our Father’s utmost desire is for us to know Him and the power of His love. He powerfully demonstrated it when He sent Jesus as THE WAY for us to be reconciled and restored back to walk intimately with Him. He longs for all His children to come home to His loving embrace. “He is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)
When the Lord allows us to see what He sees, hears what He speaks and touches us for us to touch others, we yield in submission, for we owe the world a divine encounter with Him through our yielded lives. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit and it is He Who brings freedom and gives life in and through us.
It is He Who intercedes for us that our faith will not fail. “His grace is always sufficient and His strength is always made perfect for our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9)”. It is in our quietness and trust in Him that we are strengthened to pursue what He called us to do and we shall see the goodness of God in the land of the living.
One of the powerful promises that we are to stand on while believing for those whom God has called us to reach is that … it is our Father’s good pleasure to have given us the kingdom, therefore we are not to fear. As the kingdom of God invaded our own lives with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit that brought a glorious change in oir livee, we are to overflow and flood out what He has deposited in us to others. It is not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of God. All He need are vessels who say “YES” to His desires and mature enough to be led by His Spirit without question and hesitation, KNOWING that every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord.
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11 NIV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing us to be Your vessels whom You have entrusted Yourself to dwell in. Open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to catch even Your slightest movement to touch those whom You called us to stop and touch. Thank You, Jesus, for being The Way, The Truth and The Life. All things are indeed possible not by might nor by power, but by Your Spirit. Amen!