Day 16—Jan 22, 2018
Jesus’ ultimate priority in life was doing the Father’s business.
FROM A YOUNG age, Jesus was faithful to fulfill His commission to do the works of the Father. He had eyes fixed on another world, where He saw the Father’s works and heard the Father’s voice. Time after time, Jesus revealed the ultimate priority of every believer: To be one who sees and hears from Heaven. While doing the Father’s business, Jesus was faithfully representing the heart, nature, and will of God to an onlooking world. He is rightly named the Faithful and True Witness (see Rev. 3: 14), meaning that Jesus has the final, ultimate say on Who the Father is. While walking the earth, Jesus was on a mission to show the world Who God truly was. This same world is looking at you, desperate to catch a glimpse of the Father. Because of the Presence dwelling in you, the Father’s business is also your business. When, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, you do the works of Jesus, those works faithfully reveal the Father to the world.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
JOHN 5: 19
John G. Lake: Experiencing Currents of Power
AS RECOUNTED BY John G. Lake: One afternoon a brother minister called and invited me to accompany him to visit a lady who was sick. Arriving at the home we found the lady in a wheelchair. All her joints were set with inflammatory rheumatism. She had been in the condition for ten years. While my friend was conversing with her, preparing her to be prayed with, that she might be healed, I sat in a deep chair on the opposite side of a large room. My soul was crying out to God in a yearning too deep for words, when suddenly it seemed to me that I had passed under a shower of warm tropical rain, which was not falling upon me but through me. My spirit and soul and body, under this influence, was soothed into such a deep still calm as I had never known. My brain, which had always been so active, became perfectly still. An awe of the presence of God settled over me. I knew it was God. Some moments passed; I do not know how many. The Spirit said, “I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears. You are now baptized in the Holy Spirit.” Then currents of power began to rush through my being from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. The shocks of power increased in rapidity and voltage. As these currents of power would pass through me, they seemed to come upon my head, rush through my body and through my feet into the floor. The power was so great that my body began to vibrate intensely so that I believe if I had not been sitting in such a deep low chair I might have fallen upon the floor.
Father, give me eyes to see what You are doing. Thank You for the empowering of the Holy Spirit to follow the model of Jesus and, in doing so, to show the world Who you are and what You are like. Your power gives me the ability to serve others better. Show me those in my sphere of influence who need a touch of Your Presence to bring healing, wholeness, and freedom!
WHAT IS FATHER SAYING TO ME TODAY?