Hiddenness is one of the most exciting disciplines that we can learn in the realm of the Spirit. When you learn how to access it and live in it, suddenly everything makes sense forever. Everything falls to you. All the things which come against you only enable you to go deeper into God, because you have learned the discipline of living in His presence.
A man involved in hiddenness, looking for meaning, is a delight to the Lord.
Isaiah understood God’s ways and all his attention was upon God and what He would do. Therefore, understanding hiddenness will train us how to determine the “windows of the soul”—those moments when we perceive what is happening in the spiritual realm. Continue reading
There are key areas of our lives that are under constant attack. In each area God is developing us to respond to Him joyfully in the pressures of life and warfare.
What if peace is actually the biggest pressure you can ever have? What if God wants you to feel the joyful, wonderful pressure of being the Beloved? What if faith is about the joy and the peace in believing? Peace is an equalizing pressure on the inside. You may have 1000 pounds per square inch of pressure from the outside, but peace is 1001 pounds of pressure on the inside to be still.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2
People living in the world usually get entirely the wrong idea about how we, as Christians, live as Christians. The first mistake they make is to imagine that we have trapped ourselves in an austere system of rules, moral laws from on high that we absolutely will not and cannot break: that life in Christ is like being in prison, or a particularly strict military school. They believe that we live regulated lives, and that our lives are defined by that regulation, by that discipline. Visions of tightly-wound and fiercely buttoned up men and women float before their eyes, the stern countenances of the pilgrim fathers (and mothers) who first settled in America, long before there was a US in the A.
Those assumptions are generally acted upon based on the particular prejudices of the person involved: we’re weak, or we’re rigid, we’re inflexible or we’re in desperate need of a crutch to make our way through life. They see what they want to see, and make judgments accordingly—and then comes the other major mistake that people living in the world make about us. They decide that we must be having absolutely the worst possible time in the world. We must be such miserable, joyless creatures! What could we possibly have to be thankful for? Continue reading
Being conscious of what God wants to do aligns us with Him and builds our resistance to the schemes of the enemy. As we resist what the devil wants to do, a desire forms to utterly defeat him. A passionate love for Jesus, combined with an intense hatred of the enemy, pushes us into alignment with the Holy Spirit. In the busyness of everyday life, we can sometimes drift into spiritual unconsciousness, sleeping through everything God is doing around us. But the Holy Spirit can bring us back in a split second; we just have to ask Him.
When the Holy Spirit is active within us, the fruit of self-control will always neutralize our flesh. We follow the Holy Spirit — He doesn’t follow us. We are learning to be led by Him, especially in character issues. God wants us to live in an internal calm that produces harmony that flows to other people. Continue reading