Day 21 Jan 27, 2018
In one moment we find ourselves rejoicing in the dance, arms raised with heads lifted high. In the next we are bowed low, not because someone suggested it would be an appropriate response, but because the fear of God has filled the room.
WHEN HIS PRESENCE comes, everything changes. We know that God is already with us. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us because of Christ’s work on the Cross. This is a given for all believers. But as we have been discovering more and more, the One Who lives within His people also moves among them. Remember, the Presence is not a force or a thing—the anointing is a Person. The Holy Spirit is a Person with feeling, emotions, and yes, an agenda. He is not static and His ways are not stagnant. He may move one way one day, but then move differently the next. The key word is differently, not contrarily. This does not mean God is ever-changing; it simply means that this glorious God Whose character and nature is boundless in every way has decided to let you and I in on how He is feeling and what He is doing—in this moment of time. There are times during a gathering where everything appears to be going in one direction, but then He comes. Even though He was already there because God is omnipresent, He draws close to the point where the atmosphere noticeably changes. Something obvious takes place in that unique space. This same shift can take place wherever you are, from being in a church gathering to talking with friends at a restaurant. Everything appears to go one way, and then He shows up. His movements are different and His methods can vary, but in the end the same Glorious One has given us the awesome privilege to respond to His movement in that moment. May our hearts always be postured to receive and welcome how He is moving.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
REVELATION 1: 9-18, REVELATION 4
21 DAYS PRAYER & FASTING CONCLUSION
Normal people became heroes of the faith, not because of their giftedness, their intelligence, or their pedigree. They are heroes because they learned the value of their greatest gift—the Holy Spirit.
I HOPE YOU NOTICED that the stories of deep personal encounters resulted in outpourings, movements, societal transformation, and ultimately an increased awareness of His Presence, sometimes over a city, region, or nation. Those experiences affected everything about their lives and eventually impacted their surroundings. The historic transformations of culture didn’t happen merely because people got into political office and made changes according to their convictions. While that can be good, there’s something much better. Presence.
Important Question: How can I experience more of God’s Presence when I have already received the Holy Spirit?
SIMPLE. YOU HAVE received the fullness of God in the Holy Spirit. The question is, how much of the fullness are you experiencing and releasing in your life today? The Holy Spirit is willing to give you the measure you will jealously guard. There is no lesser or downgraded Holy Spirit. When you receive the Spirit, you receive God. Period. The pursuit of more involves you becoming further awakened to the reality that the Presence of God lives inside of you. The Presence that dwelt in the tabernacle—that was always meant to be carried and transported by God’s priests—is the Presence that you have received. I pray that you have become more aware of the Presence of the Holy Spirit resting upon your life and that a relentless pursuit has been birthed within you to go after Him.
CHALLENGE FROM BILL JOHNSON
The courts of Heaven have concluded once and for all that the kind of life represented in the lives of these heroes of the faith is available for all.
TESTIMONIES OF DIVINE encounters make me feel like I’ve just entered that dust cloud on Interstate 5 again. But this time it’s not the danger of an accident that has my eyes fixed on the road ahead. It’s the chance I could miss the purpose for which I was apprehended by God by being preoccupied with other things. Lesser things. Stories of God encounters are testimonies that prophesy of what God has made available for us in our lifetime. As such, they set a legal precedent. We are the ones upon whom the promises of the ages have come to rest. And they are contingent upon our being a people who have discovered our eternal purpose. We have been chosen to be His eternal dwelling place. We have been chosen to host His Presence.
Holy Spirit, help me to be attuned to how You are showing up, so I can follow Your lead. You take normal people and transform them into history makers. I am so grateful that You don’t look at my giftedness or ability. These do not determine whether or not I will be used by You. I pray that my greatest value, even above being used by You, would be honoring the Holy Spirit—the greatest gift You have given to humanity. Holy Spirit, I ask for more. I know I have received Your fullness—but I know there is more of You to be released through me. Thank You for making me Your eternal dwelling place. Empower me to surrender more of my life to You so that I can see every area of my life under the influence of Your Presence.
Father, thank You that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Every single encounter that I read about in Scripture and throughout history is a prophecy, revealing what is available for me. Stir my hunger to keep pressing in for everything that Your Spirit has made available to me.
WHAT IS FATHER SAYING TO ME TODAY?