This week I have the privilege of attending the evening meetings at the River, in Tampa Bay, Florida. From start to finish, each meeting has been so meaningful and precious to me. There is nothing that compares to the ministry of the Holy Spirit, as He takes the Word being preached and makes it alive in our hearts - causing it to become a REVELATION to us.
I suppose what sets these meetings apart for me, is the freedom given the Holy Spirit to move and minister to each individual, during the service. Wave upon wave of the weight of His glory washed over me as my spirit soaked in His Word and ministry. I suppose the best way for me to describe it, is having a personal encounter with the Lord, being VITALLY CONNECTED to Him, as He imparts the message being preached. I literally feel Him pouring His wisdom and life and peace straight into my heart and mind. And each download happens in a moment, in an instant of time. Oh my, there are moments of such freedom and joy, and moments of heart wrenching sobs; as I feel the weight of His presence grow heavier while His Spirit digs deeper into every crevice of my heart. And all of this while just sitting in my seat.
I have to believe that this is a significant part of what it means to experience days of heaven on earth. And my spirit longs for it. Not just for the refreshing, intimate experience, but for the transformation it produces in my life.
Sometime in the service, a truth hit its mark in my heart. I can't remember the exact wording, but it went something along these lines, "....did you not realise the Lord is in covenant with you, not your ministry? You serve Him because you love Him, but His covenant is with you ....".
So I'm going to throw this out to you today, how often do we find our value or self worth, from what we do for the Lord, instead of from Who He is in us? I absolutely agree that being productive in the kingdom is essential, but real fruitfulness comes from a natural outflow of what the Lord has done inside of us.
If we are going to stay fresh and relative and vital in His kingdom, we are going to have to pay attention to the Words of Jesus, when He said unless we are VITALLY CONNECTED to Him, we become dead wood. The only usefulness for dead wood is being thrown into a fire. (John 15:5-6)
Our intimate connection with the Spirit of Jesus doesn't just causes us to become productive, it's what gets every one of our needs met too. John 15:7, says, "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.". That's because our VITAL CONNECTION to Him means His thoughts and will become ours. And when we are in unity with the Word, there is nothing that will stand in its way from being produced in our lives.
Until next time, press in to the Spirit of the Lord and remain vitally connected. Days of heaven on earth are coming your way!