IT IS THE SPIRIT WHO GIVES LIFE

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Seeking the Lord last night while reading and meditation on the scripture in Matthew 11:28-29

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls…”

Immediately I realized I needed to bring any burdens, I was carrying, to Him. Then I saw myself coming to Jesus and receiving and learning from His humble and gentle heart. After that I realized Jesus was riding on a donkey in his long robe and I was seated right behind Him; holding unto Him with both my arms embracing Him.  I could feel the softness of His robe and I leaned into Him and literally clung to Him.  It was an intense feeling of trust and security coupled with radiating warmth flooding my entire body and heart.  This experience concretes once again, how much I can trust Jesus and how He will sweep me off my feet, even swooping and hovering over me to take me out on eagle’s wings.

Meditating on His Word

Throughout my day, I may hear a scripture in my heart.  Sometimes it is to warn me from imminent danger, while other times it is for my encouragement or for guidance.  But it is always God-breathed and brings the above scripture to live.  I have hidden and laid up God’s word in my heart throughout decades.  It is never in vain to read the word and meditate on it.  To mediate on scriptures means to reflect upon and to contemplate or think about it.  Meditating will cause scripture to “dwell in us” and to come alive, because they are living words (See Hebrews 4:12).

Personally, I like to hold scriptures in my heart as I linger in His presence. Considering God’s word stirs a hunger in me for the Lord and all He has said and done.  Jesus taught in John 6:63: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”

Therefore, we can believe for an impartation of His abundant life and spirit to burn deep within us as we are absorbing the revelation of His Word in our hearts.

Seeking Him with my whole heart causes me to get closer to Jesus and sometimes I find myself being a part of the parables, He spoke of.  It all becomes real to me and I receive fresh revelation.  It is true that we prosper and are successful when we follow His promptings through His living word.

Allow me to explain, in a vision I saw a very long hallway with pictures on either side.  When I started to walk along this hallway and turned to one of those pictures, looking intently at it, the picture would suddenly come alive.  The scene out of the Bible started to turn into a movie, for instance Jesus feeding the 5,000 or Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist.  Not only was I able to watch the movie, but I also became part of it, much like a spectator, who was able to smell and sense everything going on around including the culture of the time.  Such an experience is what we can have by visualizing scripture, because it can help make your Bible reading more real and personal.  It involves reading a passage, asking the Holy Spirit to help you picturing the details in your mind, and picturing how you personally fit into the scene.

How alive is the Word of God to you and in you?  Have you pictured how, by faith; you can turn to God in the middle of such a scene receiving His help and strength?

(Excerpt from the book: “Delight in the Father of Glory”)

http://www.amazon.com/Gabriele-Gilpin/e/B00UCBAPLQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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