I believe the Lord has more for you and for me.
More intimacy with Him
More vision and understanding of spiritual things
More influence and impact
More power to fulfill His purposes
More strength and endurance
More compassion and joy
More filling to the fullness of God
More advancement of His kingdom in our lives, communities, and world
Here’s the thing: When we seek God, we find Him. Can you just imagine for a quick second what that means?
As I’ve thought through this question with fresh eyes this week, I listed five key characteristics of the life God has for you and me:
1. Deep intimacy with Him, marked by the ability to hear His voice, sense His presence, abide in Him (remain in that place of intimacy throughout the day and night). This includes an ever-deepening love for God and the things of God as well as a growing understanding and sense of God’s passionate love for me.
2. Heightened spiritual awareness, as comes through the practice of one’s spiritual senses. This enables us to see beyond the tangible and recognize where God is at work, sense how He is leading and moving, understand the times/situation and know what to do, as well as discern good from evil.
3. More Spirit-filled power and enablement to act appropriately in boldness and confidence as the situation requires. This is the enablement to be a person of impact and influence as we advance the kingdom of God. It’s the Spirit of God on our lives to be salt, light, the aroma of Christ, a representative of God, a steward of the mysteries, an ambassador, servant, royal priest, and the mouthpiece of God. (These are all roles God has appointed us to fulfill. AMEN!)
4. A lasting fruitfulness that stems from a life consistently fulfilling the good works God ordained for us to do. It also includes evidence of the Spirit in our lives through the fruits He produces (love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) and a distinction of Christ-likeness in all that we do and say.
5. An ongoing, effective, productive prayer life (all terms used to describe the prayer life of God’s people in the Bible). This kind of prayer life is nothing short of powerful as it ushers in the divine will of heaven into daily life here on earth.
I believe this.
Friends, the older Israelites failed to enter into their Promised Land because of unbelief. Let’s not let the same be said of our lives.
Let’s ask Him for a fresh vision.