How Much Of God Do You Have?

John 17:11, 21-23: And I am no longer in the world; yet they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy father, keep them in Your name, which You have given to Me, that they may be one even as We are…That they all may be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us that the world may believe that You have sent Me. And the glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, even as We are one; I in them, and You in Me, that they may be perfected into one, that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.

This chapter of the gospel of John is the Lord’s prayer to the Father not long before His death. Here we see His desire to have a group of people who are truly one. This type of oneness cannot be in the natural man. Just look at the world around us. There is only hatred, enmity, division. And it’s not because man is all bad. There are many people with genuinely good hearts and good intentions. However, God is not looking for a group of people that have figured out a way to “bear one another” and “get along.” Actually, if we look at the tabernacle, it is a wonderful picture of the only way that Christians may truly be one. The tabernacle consisted of standing wooden boards made of Acacia wood. This Acacia wood was overlaid with gold. According to biblical scholars gold typifies the divine nature of God. It is only when we (as the standing boards) are overlaid with God (gold) that we are able to come together in oneness and be the habitation of God.

So, I ask you: How much of God do you have?

Today, our real need is for us to “sink into God.” Here are five crucial ways to gain the gold!

  1. Love the Lord. It is not a small matter to open our mouth and tell Him, “Lord, I love You. I really love You.”
  2. Contact the Lord. Contacting God is a moment by moment matter. Don’t wait to be in a “holy” place. Don’t wait to be the right person. Don’t wait! Just reach out and talk to Him!
  3. Listen to the Lord’s word. God is a speaking God. He speaks not only through the Word, but also gives us His instant speaking through our human spirit. We must take heed to the Lord’s speaking within us. When He says, “No.” We should simply respond, “amen.”
  4. Pray to the Lord. We need to take time to enter into a deeper fellowship with the Lord through our daily prayer to Him in and with the Word of God.
  5. Walk according to the spirit. Just like heeding the Lord’s word, we need to walk according to the spirit and not live simply according to our good intention and natural human concepts.

May we be those who are overlaid with gold to be the proper materials for the building of God’s house.

 

Jehovah’s Commanded Blessing

There were fifteen steps leading up to Mt Zion. It was while ascending these fifteen steps that the children of Israel sang the songs of ascent. One step, one Psalm, all the way up to the top. From this beautiful picture we can see four things that need to become our experience as believers.

  1. Our experience is always a corporate experience.
  2. Our experience is an ascending, advancing experience; always going up, up, up.
  3. Our experience is an experience of love, desire, longing, and yearning for Zion. It is a love affair with God’s habitation.
  4. Our experience is a singing experience. (The Church life is a musical!)

Keeping in mind these four matters, we come to the last two songs of ascent, Psalm 133 and 134. In the first, we see a practical, visible  expression of what it is to live the Church life. In the second, we see the blessing, not just the blessing conferred upon Zion, but the blessing from Zion upon all the children of God.

As the saints are living together in oneness in the practical, day-to-day church life, there are two marvelous matters that become their practical experience. The first is the blessing of the all-inclusive, life-giving Spirit typified by the compound ointment running down upon Aaron’s head and flowing to the skirts of his garments. This Spirit is the anointing Spirit, the sealing Spirit, the pledging Spirit, the inscribing Spirit, the ministering Spirit, the liberating Spirit, the transforming Spirit, the renewing Spirit, and the fellowshipping Spirit. It is through and in and by this Spirit that we are one and are in the oneness. This compound Spirit is not for those who are individualistic; He is in and for the Body and for the priestly service that builds up the Body. The second thing is the dew of Hermon descending upon the mountains of Zion. This is the descending, refreshing, watering, and saturating grace of life, which is just the Triune God for our enjoyment. It is because of the all, super-abounding, multiplying, greater, sufficient, varied grace of God that is dispensed into us throughout the New Testament age that the consummates the New Jerusalem. When we see the Lord face to face we will be able to declare: “It was all because of grace.”

In the Church life we are daily anointed and graced; and it is through the anointing Spirit and the supply of grace that it is possible for us to live in oneness in the Church life. Eventually, we are perfected into one.

It is from this peak, from the overcomers upon Mt. Zion that the blessing proceeds to all of God’s people. This is Psalm 134.

Oh Lord. Have mercy on us, dear Lord, that we would be those living in the practical Church life all the days of our life until we reach the peak of Zion!