Soul Food Revival Series

Encouraging Spiritual Intimacy Unto Christ-Like Fruitfulness

Enter His Rest – The Pursuit of Intimacy

The purpose of this blog is to bring personal revival to the lives of those who would take the time to view the material presented.  I mainly share the lessons or experiences in my communion with God, through Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit.  In these years, what I have become and come to know about the nature of God, has resulted in being weaned from living by the law.  Those early years were filled with the same exhortation from the Lord.  He would say, “Jimmy, you’re trying too hard.  How are you to finish in the flesh, what I started in the Spirit?”  Then, He would direct me to the book of Galatians to study so He could instruct me on my error.  I would repent and do well for awhile, but i would inevitably turn my course back to trying harder to live the Christian life on my own.  That would lead to more frustration and confusion.  Before I could give up, He would come back, “Jimmy, you’re trying too hard…”

One encounter that was a stepping stone on the road to freedom happened while I was using the “Experiencing God” workbook by Henry Blackaby.  Back then, I used study guides as my devotionals.  God used those tools to teach me to pray and listen for His voice.  However, He weaned me from those resources, when He felt I was mature enough to get it straight from the Bible with total dependence upon the Holy Spirit.  Somewhere in that workbook, the Holy Spirit pulled out a scripture that became my “eye-opening” encounter that would lead me on a journey to breakthrough.  The scripture is Philippians 2:13.

for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. – Philippians 2:13

When i realized that God was giving me the desire to please Him and that, He even gives me the ability to get it done, I stopped striving in the flesh and relied more on the Spirit.  From there, over time, He began to teach me about entering into His rest.

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.- Hebrews 4:1,9,10

Abba was saying to me, “Jimmy, what keeps my people out of the promises of the fellowship and provisions of my loving-kindness? Hear what the Spirit is saying”.

It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. – Hebrews 4:6

So, i read and reread and reread.  I meditated and kept going back and forth to Hebrews 4 along with other scriptures the Lord gave.  This took several months maybe a year and several months.  I was so law-driven. Then, by the Spirit it came;

For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. – Hebrews 4:2,3

That’s why He kept pushing me to stop striving in the flesh.  Striving in the flesh is works without faith.  But, faith is a gift from God which will produce ability that works.  More than that, striving in the flesh never produced intimacy with God.  That is the Cain-syndrome.  That offering will never get recognized.  Hear a new testament interpretation and get understanding.

but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the “stumbling stone.” – Romans 9:31,32

According to the Spirit, do you hear what the Spirit is saying?  Friends, our righteousness is a gift as much as our faith is a gift.  Our worship is our gift to the Father, with the assistance and ability of the Holy Spirit, when we recognize the gift we received through Jesus Christ, our Righteousness.

Our faith, not works, is our love gift back to the One who loved us first.

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.- Galatians 5:6

Now, my life is characterized by intimacy with Him.  I have found the secret and I am determined to let others know the Truth that sets us all free.  What has begun in the Spirit cannot be perfected in the flesh.  And what God wants is a relationship not your payments.

For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him (Jesus), and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.- Colossians 1:19-23

This is the revelation that will bring the next wave of revival.  Of course, there will be a lot of cleaning, but that will be out of a heart of love and gratefulness on our part.  We will willingly lay it down because of our faith working through love. It will be in response to the revelation that we receive and not because of fleshly effort to live holy.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16

I want to add this awesome word from Kim Walker-Smith that will encourage you in the pursuit of intimacy.

May the Lord richly bless you with the knowledge of His will.

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