HOLINESS LEADS TO INTIMACY

By Ronnie Floyd

When we begin to experience the holy presence of God that comes through fasting and prayer, intimacy begins like nothing we have ever experienced before. Intimacy with God is a lifestyle. If it is to do its work, it must change us from within and cause us to review and alter our behavior in the heat and torment of our days.

Intimacy with God changed Moses on Mount Sinai when he prepared to give God’s Commandments to His people.  Intimacy becomes a reality when you and I say, “That’s me, Lord,” to the question posed by the singer of the Psalm: “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessings from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior.” (Ps. 24:3-5) Intimacy with the Creator means baring our hearts to the Farther, allowing Him to see if there be any wickedness in us. And how quickly the verdict will read. But it will be read with love, with encouragement, and a prodding for us to return to our families, our work, our schools, and our churches as different people because we’ve been in the presence of God.

Intimacy with God begins with periods of long quiet listening, only later to become a conversation where we ask Him, in His timing, to repair the terrible breaches in our relationships, to reveal our improper motives, to bring healing to our lives, to remove our spiteful spirits, to help us speak words of kindness, and to learn to express unutterable joy for the flash of flame that now blazes in our hearts from having been in His presence.

Prayer and fasting move us into moments of self-examination spiritually, resulting in encountering our holy God personally. When we will begin to see lifestyle change occur in us due to this, we move to the kind of spiritual breakthroughs where intimacy with God occurs. Please know, standing in awe of the holiness of God will lead to an intimacy with God so special that your passion becomes living in obedience to God.

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“I MYSELF WILL HELP YOU,” DECLARES THE LORD

Isaiah 41:1-20

This morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: “I myself will help you.” Imagine Him saying, directly to you, “It is but a small thing for me, your God, to help you. Consider what I have already done. What? Not help you? Why, I bought you with my blood. What? Not help you? I have died for you-and if I have done the larger thing, won’t I do the smaller? Help you? That is the least I will ever do for you; I have done more, and will do more. Before the world began, I chose you. I made my covenant for you. I laid aside my glory and became a man for you; I gave up my life for you. And if I did all this, I will surely help you now. 

In helping you, I am giving you what I have already bought for you. If you had need of a thousand times as much help, I would give it; you need little compared to what I am ready to give. It’s much for you to need, but nothing for me to bestow. Help you?  Don’t be afraid! If there were and ant at the door of your barn asking for help, it would not ruin you to give him a handful of your wheat – and you are nothing but a tiny insect at the door of my all – sufficiency. I will help you.”

Oh, my soul is this not enough? Do you need more strength than the omnipotent one?  Do you want more wisdom than the Father possesses, more love than He is able to display, or more power than His spirit gives? Bring your empty pitcher here! Surely this well will fill it. Hurry! Gather up your shortcomings, and bring them here – your emptiness, your afflictions, your needs. This river of God is full for your supply; what else can you desire?

My soul go out in this strength for the eternal God is your helper!


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ENTERING THE HEAVENLY DIMENSION

By Jonathan Cahn

The teacher led me into the Chamber of Vessels and to a section within it in which was a large reproduction of the Temple veil, that which marked the entrance to the holies. “What do you see,” he asked, “on the veil?” “The cherubim.” “An image of the cherubim embroidered on the veil…a two-dimensional representation of the cherubim…with height and width, but with a missing dimension-depth. The reality represented by the image has, of course, more than two dimensions. But on a veil, one is limited to representing three-dimensional realities on a two-dimensional plane. Now let’s go behind the veil.”

So we passed through the veil and into the reproduction of the holy of holies. “Now, what do you see?” “The ark of the covenant,” I replied. “And what do you see on top of the ark of the covenant?” “Figures…of the cherubim…in gold.” “And how many dimensions do they have?” “Three.” “So from outside the veil, one sees the cherubim in two-dimensions. But from inside the veil, another dimension was added. And where are you when you pass through the veil?” “In the holy of holies?” “Which represents the dwelling place of God, the heavenlies, and the secret place, the place you dwell in prayer and worship before God’s presence. Outside of that place you see the cherubim in two-dimensions, but inside, you find another dimension. There are realities,” said the teacher, “that you can never know until you go beyond the veil and dwell in the presence of God, realities waiting in the depth of God’s presence, the depth of prayer, and depth of faith and worship. Compared to that which lies in the presence of God, everything the you’ve known in the world is like a two-dimensional drawing on a piece of parchment, and all your ideas of God are like two-dimensional images embroidered on a veil. Make it your aim to go beyond the veil, into the secret place of the holy of holies and dwelling of His presence…beyond the woven images of cherubim and into the reality of the Most High.”

The Mission: Enter this day beyond the veil, into the deep and deeper and deeper of His presence, to dwell in the dimension of the heavenlies.


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THE WAY TO THE MOUNTAINTOP

By Jonathan Cahn

It was almost sundown. We were standing at the bottom of a high mountain. But the ascent was very gradual as the mountain was spread out over a vast area and connected to other mountains, part of a chain. At its base were the beginnings of several mountain paths, each diverging from the others. “At the top of this mountain,” said the teacher, “is a flat, white, circular stone. Find it. When you get there, you’ll be standing on the summit. Find that stone and then return to me.” “But which of the paths do I take?” I asked. “That’s the challenge,” he said. “I’ll be waiting here until you return.” So I chose one on the many paths and began following it. It wasn’t long before the sky grew dark, and it became apparent that I was on the wrong path. I chose another, and another, until finally I realized I was heading downward. At that point I began shouting in the dark for the teacher. He shouted back. Following his voice, I made my way back to him at the base. “So,” said the teacher, “I image you didn’t get there.” “How could I have?” I replied. “I didn’t know which path to take.”  “You didn’t have to know,” he said. “You didn’t have to know anything…except one thing. You were too focused on which path to take, but that wasn’t the key. Remember when I shared with you about the Hebrew word Aliyah? Had you applied that here, you would have succeeded.  The key was the direction…up. The white stone was at the pinnacle. All you had to do was to chose the higher path, continuously.  And if that path stopped ascending, then you choose the higher ground. And it would make no difference where you started from or on which side of the mountain you were. If you just followed this simple law, it would have led to the exact place at the pinnacle. Don’t forget this. It’s one of the most important secrets in your walk with God. The pinnacle of the mountain represents God’s calling on your life, His specific will and exact purpose and plan for your life. How do you get there? You don’t have to know where it is. All you have to do is continually ascend, continually choose the higher path, the higher ground, the higher footstep. And no matter where you started from and no matter where you are now, you will end up in the exact, specific, appointed, and perfect will of God, at the summit, the pinnacle of God’s purpose for your life.” The Mission: Today, focus only on one course, on path, one journey, one destination, and one direction – up. Aim to go higher with every step.


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