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I have morphed my old Light Amp News Blog into a “new” blog providing updates of significant kingdom events in my local region (the greater Seattle, Washington state area). My tagline for the blog is “encountering Jesus in WA and beyond.” So, if you are living or traveling in Northwest US, be sure to drop by heaven invading washington and see what’s going on!
By Samuel Liu
This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19), and God longs to rest in each one of us. We are His dwelling place and He lives in us!
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
It is God’s desire to make His home in us. Many of us want God to “use” us in kingdom ministry, and we long for the power of the Holy Spirit to flow through us, in preaching, teaching, praying, healing, and miracles. It is right that we seek for God to “move” through us, and it is the intention of the Holy Spirit to do these things through us, as we are His vessels (2 Tim 2:21). But, we need to realize that God’s foremost intention is to rest in us, for the purpose of establishing intimate fellowship and relationship with us, and not to move through us.
Furthermore, the more God is able to rest in us, the more His manifest glory will be seen upon us. And when others see His glory resting upon the sons and daughters of God, they will come and receive salvation in Christ without us striving to flow in the gifts of the Spirit! We need to allow God to rest in us first, before we seek Him to move through us.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;
but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
By Sylvia Gunter. (This is really good stuff!)
Once again… and often… come before God praying and praising your way through the Lord’s prayer, so that you don’t miss anything of our infinite God. He meets our seeking in the utter simplicity of 60-plus words that allow us to spend more time knowing His perfections.
Jesus prayed a third of the prayer before He got to “what’s in it for me.” The first 23 words are directed to God, His holiness, and worthiness to be worshiped. This beginning focuses us on the Person of God and keeps us there until we begin to understand His greatness and humble ourselves before Him. It points us toward God-consciousness, putting God on the throne, and dethroning our self-centered desire to control and get things done by God. The next 30-plus words are petitions, and the next 13 return to the throne of God to gaze on His glory.
The pattern is gaze at Him and glance at our legitimate life needs, our problems, heart desires, difficulties, and impossibilities, and then bring them to His throne and leave them there, gazing steadfastly at Him.
We will be worshiping more each day and experiencing more sense of His presence with us. We will live by a higher agenda when we ask for the Kingdom agenda, not our own. We will more often do the Kingdom thing and submit to His plan, purposes, and perspectives. We will experience cleanness of soul that only forgiveness brings and see more answers as the hindrance of an unforgiving heart is removed.
Through the Lord’s prayer, we ask for victory and confidence in Jesus’ protective shield against the adversary. We will hunger to see more of the kingdom, power, and glory of God revealed in reality, not just as theology.
Meditate on the relationships that God pictures here. Present yourself to Him in all of these roles. Let God expand this outline for you and your individual concerns.
Our Father: Reflect on His person, intimacy with Him in our family relationship.
Who is in heaven: Consider His omnipresence.
Hallowed be Your name: Bow before Him in reverence for Him and His name.
Your kingdom come: Stand in awe of His kingdom authority, His purpose.
Your will be done: Submit to His plans, obeying His will.
Give us this day: Trust His provision, in total dependence on Him for even your next breath.
Forgive us our debts: Receive His pardon and cleansing from sin, as you forgive others.
Lead us not into temptation: Claim His protection and strength over temptation and sin.
Deliver us from the evil one: Take your stand in His ultimate victory in spiritual warfare.
Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory: Be amazed at His power and sovereign, glorious rule.
With a full heart, thank God for ministering to you deeply in your inner being and inviting you deeper into the wonder of knowing Him better and loving Him more thru this classic prayer.
Heaven is smiling over me
The trees are clapping their hands
Stars are shining over me
Flowers are blossoming in the land
All of creation is waiting
For the rising of His sons
Daughters waking, prophesying
Manifesting kingdom come
The mountains quake
The mighty winds blow
The earth shakes
Are you ready, do you know?
Ushering in the king
Let the trumpet sound
Will you be rejoicing
Or hiding beneath the mound?
In heaven above
And earth below
Receive the love
And soak in the flow
Acknowledge the divine
The weak shall have might
Drink in the new wine
Farewell to the night