Hello Friends! Happy Friday! 🙂
We are only four days away from our 40 days with the King (and 40 days to the New Year…eek)! I have a mix of emotions going on as I seriously ponder forty days of silence to the world (at least of that which I have control over). Above all, though, I have faith and hope and an excitement in my spirit that continually causes me to say, “Yes Lord.” Though my mind may battle, though my flesh may hate it, though people around me don’t get it…my answer is still “Yes Jesus.”
I also got another stepping stone Wednesday night at Bible study as I have been preparing my heart and mind to launch into this time of extended consecration. RADICAL FAITH! I could have leaped out of my seat when I heard it come from Pastor Carl’s mouth. The Lord gave me three “radicals” that have propelled me into this time: Radical Devotion –> Radical Encounter –> Radical Love. And now, Radical Faith. It’s not like we haven’t heard all these words before, but I just love that Jesus gives us little things like this to confirm the path He has set before us.
And what does this path have in store? That’s a two part answer. The first part relates to my natural world. So to my real world friends and family, please take note of the following that I will and will not be partaking of. I WILL continue any currently planned obligations, church, ministry, family affairs, work, and the like. I WILL NOT be accepting any new requests for photography, writing or design. I’ve debated on whether or not I will even post anything here during this time and I think the answer is No. I will be taking full advantage of my journal. I WILL NOT be adding anything to my schedule that isn’t absolutely necessary (or Spirit led, of course). As you are forewarned, please don’t be shocked or offended when I say no if you forget and ask me anyway. I WILL NOT be active on ANY social media platform. I will miss you all – especially over the holidays – but when the Lord calls His beloved to come near, how can we do anything else? ❤
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20
The second part is that spiritual part. I wanted to clarify as we enter these amazing 40 days that are set before us what exactly it’s about. We are not seeking God – I speak for myself, I am not seeking God – for a ministry plan, for a release from heaven for material needs or even intercession. Although those things may be a part of what comes out as we spend much more time in prayer and fasting, that’s not our purpose. That’s not our primary focus. Our focus is Him…Jesus. The One sitting on the throne, the One who is Majesty, the One who IS glory.
The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord Our God with ALL of our hearts, our minds, our souls and our strength. It’s not to intercede on behalf of the nations, as great as that call is. It’s not to manifest the kingdom in power and glory, as much as the Lord wills for that to happen. And it’s not even to go and preach the gospel, as absolutely necessary as that is. The first and greatest commandment is to love Him with everything we are. We’ve somehow substituted all of these other things for simply seeking Him. Our devotion (i.e. profound dedication; earnest attachment to) has become a “devotional.” It’s been diluted with seeking for ourselves, seeking on behalf of others, seeking for some THING. (Don’t get me wrong, all these have their proper space and time.)
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
However, this invitation into His presence – I know for myself in a big way – is to get back to simply being consumed by Him. Being fully engulfed in His presence. As I mentioned in my introduction post, being totally and completely possessed by the Holy Spirit through radical devotion that produces radical encounter. From that place God is going to bring everything else into alignment. He’s firstly going to realign our own selves with Him and His word. Can two walk together except they be agreed (Amos 3:3)? And if we think we are there already or have no need of the more, we need a big dose of humility cause this life hid in Christ is about ever growing in the grace and knowledge of Him (2 Peter 3:18).
Expect a time of exposure (roots that run deep, works of the flesh, works of darkness, sin cycles, etc.) so He can thoroughly purge what needs to go and replace it with Himself. He will begin to re-order things in our families that are out of order. He will measure our desires for Him, the church, the work of ministry and bring those things into agreement with His will and His motives for such. But all of this occurs from the FIRST place of abiding IN HIM. Not near Him, not with Him, not for Him, but IN HIM. As mama Heidi Baker says it so well, “All fruitfulness flows from intimacy.” And thus, this is our journey. 40 days with our Beloved; 40 days with our King.
If you would like ideas and/or resources as we near our kick-off date, you can find some on prayer, fasting, Bible study, reading plans, and more on this resources post.
Much love in Christ,