I'm so glad we don't have to wait till we get to heaven to enjoy the company of Jesus, be refreshed in the presence of the Holy Spirit, and sit with the Father as He lovingly comforts us here on this earth, as we live in these bodies. Of course we learn to do this by faith. But by His goodness, He allows us to have these wonderful life changing experiences. Because He knows we need them in order to go through each day. He is our source of life. He is the one who fills our gas tank as it were. We run best on His love. And when we are lacking it, we desperately know it! We're grouchy, testy, there is a lack of peace, and we just know that something is missing. The flow of God's river of love is what is missing. This only comes by us spending time with the Lord.
In the same way you need quality time with your
spouse. When it's missing and you have your priorities off, you begin to know that something is off. But when you spend time together, talk, love, laugh or cry, there is a sweet nurturing that takes place, a filling up. You give some of you, and they give some of them. We feel taken care of and our love tank is good. It's the way God wired us. We need each other. Well, you start from the top. We need Him, and we need Him first. He has to be top priority. It's where we get our daily wisdom from, for all aspects of our life.
Sometimes I need a little help, and so I put some soft worship music in the background, even light a candle. I make sure I have some quiet time, and sometimes it's late at night, or early in the morning. I may read a bit out of the Bible to get my mind on Him, or just start talking and humbling myself, thanking God. Then I just talk to Him. But sometimes, much of the time, I just sit still, put my mind on Him. Imagine His presence all around the room, in me even. I imagine His arms out wide and I see myself hugging Jesus, or the Father, or the Holy Spirit who comes in as the breath and wind of God. I close my eyes and make myself focus all my attention on Him. He deserves all my attention, for He gives me all of his. I then drink of His peace. I breath Him in. The biggest thing I do is to enter into His rest, by faith.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (my note: many times we stop here, but it continues on...)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:9-13
Three things I would like to point to here. 1. There is a "rest" for us. 2. The Word is also a person, Jesus. 3. Jesus is the one who did the work, and who does the work in us.
We try and we do and we strive, for what? To try some more. Just throw your hands up in the air, get your white flag out and wave it high, and say "I give, I can't do it anymore." Cast your cares on Him, for He really does care for you. He is the teacher. We are the follower. We are His workmanship. And when we work, He stops. When we rest, He works.
I receive of His love and His wonderful wisdom. Why is it so hard for us to receive? We have to learn to receive. We are told so much to give, give, give. How can we give if we're empty? This is the time to get filled up. And this source, this life giving river of life, just keeps on flowing, unstoppable it is always gushing from the throne of God. Just as in our physical body, we need water to live. When we are thirsty, we must drink water. So the same spiritually. When we are thirsty, we only can get the true water from true source!