Today marks the end of this series. I really hope that there are at least a couple people that are reading and DOING what these messages and notes say. I have been inspired greatly by these teaching and can only imagine what life would like today if I had heard them before or soon after arriving at the International House of Prayer in KC. May your day be all it was created to be, and may God meet you in the quiet places of your heart. Remember, God’s Word is alive and he wants to speak to you.
John 7:37-39 “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (NIV)
This scripture is literal, for real and for you. Something dynamic happens in your heart when you determine this is your inheritance and your destiny. Why not you, why not now, why not here? There needs to be a time in your heart that you say, “I’m going for it”. Our spiritual inheritance is more than living barely saved and mostly depressed. God has more for us than being spiritually bored and burnt out. Don’t settle for anything less than a flowing heart of Living Water.
Ezekiel 36:26 Ezekiel was speaking of a tender heart that feels the presence of God on our heart. The anchor to our faith is the Word, but we can feel His presence regularly. We don’t have to settle for a life without feeling in the Sprit, the presence of God. It is the Will of God for the majority of your life to feel His presence. It will not be 100% of the time because He will require us to seek Him out. The point however is that God has so much more for us than we settle for.
Not only is the heart tender, it is receptive. As the Holy Spirit touches us through the Word, we acquire new capacities to receive divine information (revelation) in many forms such as words of knowledge, dreams and visions, prophetic revelation, the Word coming alive to you, or even just the Lord speaking to your heart. We were made to receive this as part of a flowing heart of Living Water and our destiny!
A flowing heart is empowered with Godly desires. We will find ourselves loving what we used to hate and to hate the things you used to love. The Lord will give us opportunities to awaken our spirit to Him through subtle ways. It could be while listening to a worship song and our heart is stirred to press into God more, yet more often than not we push the impulse aside. God gives us this desire so that we will feed it! We have to make a conscience decision to cooperate, to obey the Holy Spirit’s leading us into a closer relationship with Christ. Don’t be content with the moment of inspiration sprinkled throughout the year. Build the thirst into a raging thirst and God will answer it! The Lord gives us the initial spark; it is up to us to make a bonfire out of it.
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart with all diligence. Guard the flicker of fire that God gave you as a free gift and it will become a bonfire, a raging thirst, which the Lord will answer.
The more we experience God the more raging thirst you have for more.
Song of Solomon 5:2-8 One of the best descriptions of a lovesick heart.
God wants us to have an awakened heart. This is the phrase John the Baptist quotes in John 3:29 “…heard the voice of the bridegroom”; it is the same concept as SOS 5:2. The heart is awakened when we meditate on the Word of God and it brings us into the reality that it is the lovesick God that is speaking to us in weakness.
God wants us to have a yearning and leaping heart. Imagine having a heart that was awakened, leapt, and yearned (thirst and hunger) for more when the Word of God touched it. More times than not, the way the Lord speaks to you is through the Word.
Pray/read the scripture. When you write, more comes more often than not.
Fasting doesn’t move God, it moves you. It tenderizes your heart at a faster pace. A great line that I read once about fasting is that fasting is not something you choose, but that chooses you when you can’t find an answer to your problems. Some friends of mine recently finished reading The Fasted Lifestyle by Mike Bickle, and said it was great book. I would suggest that you pick it up if you are curious about fasting.
A lot of people don’t read the Bible because they don’t know where to start and don’t have a time set for it. Don’t let this happen to you. Get Focused! Set a plan in motion and never look back. There is no reason to let another day go by. You don’t know how many tomorrows you have, so don’t waste any more!