For many months I’ve been struggling with spending QUALITY, personal time with the Lord, both in the morning and throughout the day. It’s been very frustrating. I’ve heard many messages on the importance of spending time with the Lord, and I know many verses that back up this matter, but the actual experience of it in my daily life has been a fight.
But this week the light came…..with the help of the book, Fellowshipping with the Lord for the Mingling of God with Man (One of the readings for our ‘Experience of Christ as Life’ class in the full-time training).
And I had to ask myself this question: When I spend time with the Lord, what is it exactly that I want out of my fellowship with Him? For example, maybe I’m going through a difficult situation in my day, and I became anxious, and so I go to the Lord, why? Because I want Him to take care of my anxiety.
Or maybe I have to make a big decision, and so I go to spend time with Him, why? Because I want an answer from Him. Why do I spend time with the Lord in the morning? Because I’m seeking to be revived. But…. As good as these things may be, they are not the Lord Himself!!!
How much time do I spend with the Lord simply for the sake of just spending time with HIM, and allowing HIM to fill and saturate me with Himself? Wow.
So I realized when I go to spend time with the Lord, I need to exercise to drop all other motives and intentions, and learn to be with Him simply because I need to be with Him. Because He is and I am not. So when I come to the Lord in the morning, it’s not about what verses I pray-read, or which hymns I sing, or how well composed and detailed my prayers are.
The main question is: Did I touch the Lord? And more importantly, did the Lord touch ME?
In addition to constant, spontaneous fellowship with the Lord, we must set aside an amount of time in order to focus on turning away from everything other than the Lord and contacting Him in the depths of our spirit….Such a deep and quiet fellowship enables the Lord to reach every part of our being so that we are subdued, broken, purified, occupied, and possessed by Him….The result of our being filled and saturated with God is that the river of water of life can freely flow out of us….Every believer who desires to be used by God should learn to pray in such a way – Fellowshipping with the Lord for the Mingling of God with Man, Pg. 8.
The Ministry Meeting this week was I N C R E D I B L E 🙂 :). The general subject of this term’s ministry meetings is “The Crucial Revelation of Life in the Scriptures”. The title for this week’s message was How the Bride of Christ Comes into Being. If you have the opportunity, please listen to it! Here’s a little foretaste:
Eph. 5:25-27 is the greatest cluster of verses in the New Testament, because it shows how the Bride comes forth:
Eph 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
Eph 5:26 – That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
Eph 5:27 – That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
The Hebrew word for word in v. 26 is rhema, which refers to the direct, instant, living, and personal word (As opposed to logos, which is the constant, written word). The church is washed in the in the water in the rhema. This means as we read the written words in the Bible, we need to pray that the Lord would speak a personal, direct word to us.
To read the Bible in our mind and acquire mere knowledge will not wash us. If there’s no rhema, then there’s no washing, and if there’s no washing, there’s no beautifying, and if there’s no beautifying, there’s no Bride presentation.
The washing in the instant, living word is directly related to the beautifying of the Bride. The Lord cares more for our beauty than our ability. The Christ shined out through us is our beauty. But we need to be washed in water of the rhema!
Every day we should seek the Lord for His up-to-date speaking. We need pray “Lord, speak to me today!”. Without the fresh speaking of the Lord through His word, the Bride CANNOT be prepared.
Sharing by bro. J. D. from his enjoyment in the full-time training.