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THERE IS A GARDEN PURE AND SWEET
WHERE ALL CAN SIT AT JESUS FEET
COME, ENCOUNTER AND EXPERIENCE
By Charlotte Bartlett
A SINGLE EYE FOR JESUS
A single eye for Jesus
‘Tis my only plea
No need to look to others,
Him alone, I seek to please.
A single eye for Jesus
Filled with love divine
Walking in His footsteps
Showing forth such love divine.
A single eye for Jesus
Being true to Him
No holds and snares of mortals
Freedom…God has set His children free.
A single eye for Jesus
To walk with Him alone
Filled with all His mercy
Awed with heavenly life divine.
A single eye for Jesus
Brings liberty and peace,
Walking with the Savior,
The safest place to be.
A single eye for Jesus
So many doubts pass by
His love alone before us,
His home ‘tis where to be
A single eye for Jesus
Till all have safely passed
On to be with my dear Jesus
Home...to dwell with Christ…forever be.
By Charlotte Bartlett
WHAT IS INNER HEALING?
Think about this for a moment. What does inner healing mean to you personally? What does inner healing mean to God as He foresees the future for individuals, for families for nations?
Webster’s Dictionary states the word INNER means: the mind/ the spirit and the emotions of the inner man.
The soul is the function of thinking that consequently determines the choices of ones will, thus determining ones behavior along with the moral or emotional nature of man. The soul is influenced by the presence of God, by evil round about us, or by our own inner motivations.
HEALING means: to be sound which can be a process that brings physical and mental well being, soundness along with normality of mental and physical functions. It involves having the power that heals, restores or purifies.
Wholeness involves spiritual healing that affects the spirit along with the emotions, the thought processes, and the will to subsequently make choices that thus affect the physical well being of an individual. Healing furthermore denotes being saved from the affects of disease. Healing is a result of an act that denotes soundness, being morally strong, honest, upright and virtuous causing us to be stable and secure.
Inner healing thus includes the soul which is the mind, the emotions and the will; which is ultimately relevant to our general well being. Christ is able to bring that inner healing to the soul because we have opened our spirit to allow Christ into our life. Thus with the indwelling Holy Spirit; God has given each of us the opportunity to access all that pertains to the reality of God.
Inner healing involves:
THE EYE……..OUR FOCUS
THE EAR……..WHAT ARE WE HEARING AND RESPONDING TO?
THE MIND…...WHAT AFFECTS OUR THOUGHT LIFE?
THE HEART….WHAT AFFECTS OUR DESIRES AND OUR MOTIVES?
THE FEET…….WHEREIN DO WE STAND AND SO WALK.
THE HANDS….REACTIONS IN VARIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES
Inner healing necessitates individuals having priorities. Jesus stated the need to take the time to take in that which God would impart to us. We must take the time as it were to sit at Jesus feet and to thus absorb all that He would impart into our life and our inner being.
There is a personal wholeness that we need to encounter. God watches over each individual, watering and guarding His word whereby each one can encounter the peace with God that is available. In so doing we need to take root, to be rooted in who Christ is and to be aware of that which He has done on our behalf. Rooted in the reality of God’s word and drinking in of His Spirit, which will bring forth the transformation that God, and only God can do in ones life. He gathers one by one according to Isaiah 27 whereby we come to worship the Lord, to give honor and praise for who He is. We become partakers of that which is available to those who choose to make Christ their Savior and also their Lord. The fruit of His presence will thus be manifest all in due season as we delight in His Word and meditate on His concepts. We then live, as God wants thereby applying the insight of His word into our daily decisions. God’s wisdom, when applied produces results, bringing forth good in ones actions as well as ones attitudes. This involves time to read His word, to think, to contemplate, to know, to meditate and to apply it in ones daily decisions. As we delight in His presence, the fruit of the Holy Spirit will be manifest in and through our life. The fruit of His presence is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, which is self- control. We are called to daily walk in accordance to the Spirit of God with His presence being manifest in all we say and do. It begins with the reality of Inner Healing, which is truly one of God’s most awesome gifts on our behalf.
The Holy Spirit fills our innermost being to do an inner cleansing. He plows, planting the seed of God’s word and then watering it whereby we can personally enter into the fullness God has intended for us. We encounter the spiritual rest of being in agreement with Christ. “It is not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit,” saith the Lord Zech. 4:6. The word becomes bread to the eater and as we are strengthened by His word, the Spirit of God allows the oil of His presence to well up and affect every area of our life. Then it will become a seed to be sown.
God’s desire is to deliver us from all that would hinder His plan and purpose in our life. God has the ability to thwart the enemies’ power, whereby we can experience that which only God can and will do in us, for us and subsequently through us. He gives life and healing, along with an inner well-being. We are able to discern, being enlightened and receptive, to encounter the reality of being one in Christ and we are able to know the Father’s love, thus we have the Spirit of God as a mainstay in our life and being.
Psalm 1 causes us to look at our walk, our stand and where we sit. This reveals conditions to encountering divine blessings.
As we focus on Christ we discover as a child of God, His Spirit resident in us and we are planted with the fruit of a continued relationship. We subsequently experience fulfillment in encountering God’s will and perspective. His blessing will prosper that which He has intended to do. The blessings of godly or righteous choices come as a result of fellowship and an encounter and relationship with God.
Inner Healing releases God’s Blessings.
Psalm 84:11 reveals the Lord God is a sun and a shield…the Lord will give grace and glory…no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly. How does God view our walk? Blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. What is our response today to Christ? Trust is a prerequisite to find our walk fulfilling.
Blessings involve dwelling in His presence, gaining strength through encountering the Lord in prayer with His revelations and His word influencing the core of our being. According to Isaiah 58 this involves seeking the Lord daily and the desire to be enlightened to know His way along with the delight to be able to approach God and know His words of life.
This means being honest before God and caring for those round about us. God desires to bring deliverance from various burdens and oppressions, which will result in us showing the same love to others that God reveals to us.
We will thus gain yet a greater encounter with Christ, with His light and His righteousness affecting our experience, whereby we experience and taste of His glory. He calls us to come and enter. He bids us open our hearts to His love.
We are to call in prayer, having an attitude of forgiveness, reaching out to others with divine light guiding us continually and satisfying the soul. The Holy Spirit brings forth the rivers of living waters to affect our soul and experience, thereby seeing God rebuild and restore.
There comes a light in the Lord according to Col. 1:23 that involves being steadfast, having been grounded and settled in faith with hope maintaining us in light of eternal life. God releases hope in us as we put faith in Him with His love being the key motivator!
The Lord bids us to come with a desire to be taught by Christ and the Holy Spirit consequently working in us, so we walk according to our relationship with God.
It is imperative to be aware that the Father loves us. His love involves agape love, which is unconditional with Him accepting us and biding us to come, to encounter and experience all the benefits Christ has provided. There is also phileo love. This involves one who comes along side of you, one who cares. One who takes our hand being understanding, while interjecting divine love and acceptance in the midst of whatever we are experiencing.
God calls us to experience divine righteousness, to awaken, and to be receptive. We are to come seeking the Lord, calling upon Him while being willing to turn to the Lord and encounter His mercy. This encounter brings a joy as we are gathered by the Lord God to enter into a peace, which revives the spirit and heart bringing healing and restoration.
Blessings come in many forms, but are due to our relationship and interaction with God as our heavenly Father, His son as our Savior and Lord and the Holy Spirit our indwelling guide and comforter.
Blessed is the individual that walks in God’s ways and in accordance to the spirit of God.
Blessed is the individual that stands on the authority of God’s word.
Blessed is the individual that sits with Christ, delighting in His word.
His blessings ultimately affect our experiences.
What does it mean to be blessed? Matthew 5 reveals that state of those with godly characteristics and the subsequent results.
This involves living godly, doing righteous acts whereby desiring a relationship which God wishes to impart to us. This will involve our choices in our daily life with the desire to please and encounter God and take hold of His covenant. We are to abide in Christ, to remain steadfast and confident in His love and care along with having His word resident in our life, with the daily influence of the word of God working in us and through us.
This is possible through the gift God has given to all who will believe. We choose to take hold of that which God in love has given.
Whom do we actually put our trust and our confidence in?
Whom do we submit to and consider our friend?
Whose touch do we ultimately desire?
What characteristics should we desire to reflect in our daily life?
Psalm 15:2 states: We should walk uprightly and work righteousness speaking the truth in our heart.
This involves being free from backbiting and lashing out at others, desiring instead to respond to Christ and His word. We allow the Holy Spirit to bring forth in our actions and reactions, the manifestations that originate with God.
He works in and through those who believe and are responsive to the quality of life involved in knowing Him.
Jesus calls those who respond to His provision and choose to follow Him…friends. As a friend, Christ reveals to us the treasures and secrets of His Father. He has chosen us to bring forth fruit in keeping with His Kingdom and the results of knowing Him. The more intimate the relationship the greater the fruit.
Another blessing is the realization and the assurance of forgiveness with the blood of Christ covering us, whereby bringing us forth to experience the cleansing aspect He has promised. In accordance to our
confessing our sins and state of being, and being willing to turn and respond to His ways, we ask for divine mercy that brings healing to the soul. God’s desire is to bring a freedom from the power of sin and consequently have us experience in our spirit, the life and peace there is in knowing and following Him.
We are either in Christ or we are not. It is an ongoing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Glory. Christ desires to bring a sense of well being in our spirit, which affects our whole being as we maintain a trust and a confidence in Him.
One of His blessings is to set us free from imputed sin, which is an act of God. He accounts the believer righteous in Christ. Christ bore our sins and because we have properly repented of our sins and met God’s terms of being reconciled, willing to turn and respond to the ways of God and the call of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives; we experience the blessings of God’s presence and the sufficiency of His grace.
Matthew 5 states “Blessed” are the poor in spirit…to realize ones need and to so desire to encounter that which only God can do. A broken spirit involves being repentant in light of God’s awesome being thus becoming calm and still with a hunger and a spiritual thirst for His righteousness. Characteristics involve compassion, which comes from a pure heart and spirit along with divine wisdom that results from our interaction with Christ.
Psalm 41 reveals the blessings, which comes from showing divine compassion. The Lord declares deliverance is available and He will preserve and strengthen us.
God has the power and the ability to help and the Holy Spirit is our constant companion.
We are to be a temple of the Holy Spirit and His presence is an ever-present help being with us in and through all circumstances.
Fellowship involves God’s awesome love, which chooses us and draws us into His presence, to encounter the satisfaction that only He can create in our moral being. Fellowship includes communion and participation with Christ in His sufferings, along with the gifts and grace of the Holy Spirit in this life and in the glory of God’s Kingdom, which is to come.
The blessed dwell in His presence, being a vessel of praise. Our soul finds rest and peace as we walk with Him and we draw strength through prayer.
We draw strength as we respond to God’s word with His ways motivating us from the core of our being.
Worship involves knowing His voice and walking in light of His countenance. Worship involves the heart being open and responsive to God’s love and receptive to Christ’s provision, while being willing to interact with the indwelling Spirit of God.
Blessings include chastisement whereby He can lead and teach us so we can experience rest from the enemy and have the protection and care of God’s faithfulness. He is ever present to defend and help us.
Blessings come in light of our fear or reverence of God. We have priorities, delighting in His word and the ways of God for our lives. Divine blessings bring a sense of well-being and the fruit of the Holy Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance being manifest. God desires us to experience the reality of His presence.
Divine blessings give each of us the power and the ability to live undefiled lives.
Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
:2 Blessed are they that keep… that seek Him with their whole heart
doing no iniquity but walking in His way.
What is our response? What are our motives and our desires? What turns you on? What makes you happy?
To be blessed involves obedience.
If ye be willing and obedient ye shall possess continued blessings as we learn to do well, seek and come to encounter Christ and respond to His leading and to His wisdom.
Obedience comes from a heart responsive to the cleansing benefits, which are available through Christ, the Son of God.
Blessings abound in accordance to our walk with Christ. Our walk is affected by what we hear and how we respond to divine wisdom. We wait; we find and obtain in light of our focus and desires. Prayer incorporates God’s word into our thinking, which ultimately affects our daily walk.
We are to hear His voice and be sensitive to His Spirit. We are to be responsive to divine wisdom, encountering the grace of Christ. We are to have a hearing ear and a desire to be an over comer. The promise to all who hear His voice and overcome; to be a partaker of the tree of life, having victory over the 2nd death with our name written in God’s book of life. The Holy Spirit causes us to taste of the authority God originally intended along with intimate fellowship with Christ.
We are to wait on God’s wisdom being sensitive to His timing, desiring to hear what He would impart into our heart and life. In response to what we hear and to how receptive we are to His words, this will ultimately determine our walk. Waiting involves trust, and being in anticipation expecting the promise of God to transpire. Waiting involves faith in Christ along with an indwelling hope of expectancy that causes us to be affected by His love and His mercy.
Waiting also involves the reality of God’s Kingdom, which is righteousness, peace and joy; being a result of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The results will be an intimate encounter with Christ.
Jesus bids us to come apart and rest awhile, to sit with Him coming into agreement with Him, thereby standing on the authority of Gods word. This involves spending time communicating and encountering that heavenly fragrance and the aroma of His presence, which affects every aspect of our being. It is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, which will ultimately affect our daily walk in all we encounter and all the circumstances, which we are apart of or involved in.
Psalm 1:3 states “He is like a tree, planted by the streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither”. Whatever He does prospers.
God is to be our source of nourishment and sustenance. When we apply God’s wisdom, desiring His approval we soak up His word, applying it to our attitudes and our actions. The Holy Spirit will quicken the word of God that is in us, and resident in our heart and soul.
The result of our choice to respond to Christ as Savior and our Lord causes us to be planted by the rivers of living water. We take root becoming grounded in God’s word and rooted in the reality of His love. We are to come and experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Cares and temptations thwart growth when we give in to them, but we are to seek Him with our whole heart and being. We shall find and encounter Him. For
every individual who reads this, the cares of your life can and will be different to mine. For every individual the temptations you encounter will also be different and it is relevant we face our own personal weaknesses and encounter the provision Christ has made available through His crucifixion and death and subsequent resurrection from the dead. He is at the top of the ladder reaching out in love, bidding you to take hold of His hand. Nothing this life has to offer can compare to that which Christ offers you. In the midst of the deepest valley, He is there. Trust accompanied by prayer brings opportunity to hear and make the choices that brings the blessings He intended.
The power of the Holy Spirit brings the fruit, the qualities and the characteristics of walking in agreement with the Lord.
What do we choose to think and dwell on?
The fruits of the flesh according to scripture are:
The result of being carnal minded comes as we focus on things only relevant to today and that which is in our personal scope in regards to the things of this world here and now
The fruit or by product of living for God is:
The results of focusing on Christ and who He is and the provision He provides and makes accessible results in the Holy Spirit releasing the fruit or characteristics of Christ in our life and subsequent reactions.
We need to 1st Face reality
2nd Bind evil
3rd Be willing to change
4th Turn…respond to Jesus Christ and absorb His word
5th Claim the covering of the Holy Spirit
6th Interact with the word of God gives spiritual insight.
The Holy Spirit will strengthen us within with the qualities of Christ dwelling in our hearts, whereby we are rooted and grounded in His love.
Love is the soil in which we must grow and the foundation on which we build.
It is the reality of Christ’s love that transforms us.
As we abide in Christ with His word resident in our lives, the Holy Spirit desires to prosper all we do, as we are willing to walk in His path and respond to His ways.
Joshua 1 reveals the need to arise and encounter Him and the super natural victory He desires to bring in your soul and life.
He is ever with you to bring forth the results of that which we choose to dwell and meditate on.
Many are the benefits in submitting to God and responding in obedience to His ways. He chooses us and draws us whereby we can dwell in the realization and reality of His presence and be satisfied. There is the fruit from an ongoing relationship with Christ as revealed in John 15:1-8.
There is the prosperity that result from our choice to walk in the reality of His truth.
The Father knows our heart, our desires and that which we truly delight in. He reaches forth to irrigate and cultivate whereby we can and will encounter Him in all His glory and the reality of His Kingdom working in our life and being.
There is wisdom and value in contemplating God’s word whereby the mind is renewed with God’s truth. This being the foundation wherein wisdom is established.
He bids us to walk in response to His Word and His Spirit and to stand firm in awe of God and His authority, which He bestows on those who believe. He bids us to believe with all our heart that Christ has risen from the dead and to so confess that He is Lord.
He wants to be our Savior and our Lord in a personal way.
We encounter that which we delight in. In light of Eternal perspectives He bids us to personally choose to turn, to encounter and receive the eternal benefits thereof.
What does it mean to be one in Christ?
Is. 27:12 reveals that He gathers one by one. There is an awareness of the reality of God but what is our choice? What is our response?
Do the cares of this world have preeminence in our life? Do the desires and temptations we encounter have more meaning than the reality that is available through an encounter with Christ and His resurrection power? Christ releases into our life the power of the Holy Spirit to protect us whereby we can experience the reality of knowing Him and being at oneness with God. We can thus receive all He has willed and intended. This involves a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, as we turn to experience His love. We can have that intimate contact with Christ and personally experience His love, His care and His guidance.
Joshua 1 reveals we are called to meditate on God’s word and thus follow it to find the success God has intended. Faith lays hold of God’s promises and trusts Christ and responds in obedience, walking in victory.
Blessings result from faithful service to God.
We are thus called to enter and encounter the reality of God.
We are given the authority of the Holy Spirit to conquer the attitudes of self willed, determined reactions. God’s goal is to draw us into the relationship of being His vessel and fulfilling the revelation He has given.
Galatians enlightens us on the reality that faith in Jesus Christ alone justifies us bringing us the acceptance God has willed and decreed. The evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in ones life comes through application in practical ways with the reality of truth integrated in positive ways reflecting God’s love.
We need to take stock of the reality of inner healing becoming effective while retaining the full measure of God’s love.
There is a progress from: 1….personal enlightenment
John 17 reveals God’s desire to make us pure, uniting us with His truth whereby we do enter that relationship in Christ. He can restore us as we respond to believe and obey His word with daily interaction of God’s word in our heart and minds. Christ reveals the nature of God but we must believe, having faith in who Christ is, and in that which He has accomplished by dying on the cross for our sin. We need to also believe and acknowledge that He arose from the dead to bring victory to all whom put their faith in Him. He has provided the opportunity to encounter that which God originally intended for mankind.
Christ is the foundation on which we build and we become the dwelling place of His Spirit. This ultimately strengthens us whereby we grow to become partakers of His power. He strengthens our inner being with Christ dwelling in our heart due to our faith. We are rooted and established in the reality of His love and the power of the Holy Spirit to grasp and comprehend the extent of His love and of His kingdom. The Holy Spirit activates each one so that we can grow and become imitators of God’s plan and purpose. As we walk in agreement with God and the plan Christ has revealed through His life and His death, there is power available to each and every believer, due to His resurrection from the dead.
REVELATION OF INNER HEALING
God revealed the work of Inner Healing at a crisis time in my life. It was a time of unbearable pain from numerous bouts of pneumonia one after the other along with emphysema. This affected me physically, emotionally and mentally. I wrote a poem at this time during a horrendous amount of pain, which explains more than I can possibly say at this time.
A PLEA TO JESUS
A SOUL IN SEARCH OF LOVE
During a lot of pain
How frail and faulty err we be,
Stumble here and yon,
Only love and mercy,
Will cause us to see the dawn.
No hope within ones being,
Broken hurts unknown to men,
Love is shattered into pieces,
Heartbreak is all one feels.
Walls of fear and heartache,
Break freedom of the soul,
O the binds and heartbreaks,
To be with Jesus…my only goal.
All I have is Jesus,
Only Him I still uphold,
He alone intact before me,
Heartbreak leaves me cold.
All the ones I loved and cared for,
Hope is shattered in my soul,
Just to know the love of Jesus,
The hope of every soul.
I wish I was with Jesus,
Away from all I know,
Love has broken in me,
Hope that you would with me go.
Why must I dwell within this frame?
Of pain and constant storm,
The glories of your Spirit,
Release…bring hope to all who mourn.
Take me home dear Lord today,
There’s nothing here for me,
Your care has always kept me,
Keep me safe and strong in thee.
The Holy Spirit had become an integral part of my life due to the fullness of the Holy Spirit. I had ask the Lord Jesus how does a parent lay up for their children?
The Holy Spirit quickened to me to
PRAY in the Spirit
THINK in the Spirit
And you’ll WALK in the Spirit
Our prayer life affects our thought life, which ultimately affects our walk in life.
Due to the pain from the pneumonia and emphysema, I had one desire, and that was to go home, which I felt was Heaven ward. I am always amazed how God works things out and ultimately His plan is better in areas we cannot even fathom. I was emotionally and mentally exhausted from the pneumonia and the medication I was on. At times when the Holy Spirit would teach me in regards to Inner Healing, I would be free of pain. Subsequently my husband was determined not to hinder God’s presence in any way.
There is a vertical and a horizontal balance. God’s power works in us and through us if we are willing and yielded. 1 Corinthians 12: 12-26 reveals we are part of a body, part of His body. It is a relationship, which is contingent on our connection with Christ and the indwelling Spirit of God along with the Word of God being our focal point.
There is that personal experience whereby we must:
1…Believe the word and the revelations He gives.
2…Deliverance power is available.
3…Authority comes through the resurrection power of Christ, which gives life.
4…Sensitivity to His Spirit.
5…Discern the mind of Christ…to understand.
6…Compassion…true love…standard Jesus Christ lived by.
7…Vessel of His anointing, in prayer and in speech, being satisfied with His word.
Ephesians 2: 15-22 states His purpose was to create in himself one new man, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile through the cross.
For through Him we have access to the Father by one Spirit.
In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
In Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.
What is He attempting to get across to us. He has a purpose and His plan is worth encountering. In accordance to our belief in Jesus Christ, we have the promise of the holy Spirit.
1 John 4 states He has given us of His Spirit. If anyone acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God, and we know we can rely on the love God has for us. His perfect love drives out fear.
God has given a promise but ultimately what is our focus on? In the depth of our being, what is our ultimate desire? What is in the computer of our mind, what do we contemplate and what do our thoughts dwell on?
God has created us with attributes involving:
EYES TO SEE
EARS TO HEAR
A MIND TO THINK, TO CONTEMPLATE
A HEART TO LOVE, TO FORGIVE, TO FEEL COMPASSION
FEET TO STAND AND TO WALK
HANDS TO CREATE, TO DO, TO HELP, TO PROTECT.
A MOUTH TO COMMUNICATE
What do we truly see or comprehend? We hear, we consider in our thinking and so respond thereby reacting in accordance to what we have heard and so responded to. We likewise communicate and do that which we desire thus frequently encountering circumstances, which to our horror we have not anticipated.
God has chosen us and predestined that we have the opportunity to be partakers and experience the reality of Salvation and all its benefits.
WHAT IS YOUR FOCUS?
Webster's Dictionary states focus involves fixing the eye on one object of purpose; to concentrate in order to have a clear image.
To see eye to eye is to be in full agreement; to hold the same view.
To shut ones eyes reflects being unwilling to see or think about what is relevant.
Ephesians 1:18 reveals that there is a completion in Christ whereby we are enlightened to know the hope to which He so calls each one and the riches of His glorious inheritance. Scripture further states there is a power for all who believe, a power of the working of His mighty strength which desires to fill everyone to thereby transform us so we taste and experience in part that which we will ultimately encounter in eternity. The Holy Spirit can and will work in the heart and life of every believer but what are we focused on! We need an open eye fixed on who Christ actually is. At some point we need to come into agreement with Jesus Christ and that which is ultimately relevant.
Luke 11: 33-36 teaches us about the light which is within us. This scripture became the main focus which the Holy Spirit continually guided me to.
"No one lights lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden,
or under a bowl. Instead he puts if on its stand,
so that those who come in may see the light.
Your eye is the lamp of your body.
When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light.
But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.
See to it then, that the light within you is not darkness.
Therefore, if your whole body is full of light,
and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted,
as when the light of a lamp shines on you."
The eye represents Spiritual understanding and insight. Evil desires make us less sensitive and receptive to Christ thus hindering our vision. We all encounter numerous circumstances in our life and at every turn we must choose what we will focus on. Are we receptive to the light that comes from Christ? God's Spirit must work in us before it can work through us. Christ is that Eternal light which can and will enlighten our pathway, bringing hope and new life to our soul. To often though, we have kept that Holy Spirit stifled in our experience. What is your focus on? To focus on Christ and to accept all He would do in your life will cause each one to be responsive and open whereby the Holy Spirit can minister to every area of your soul, your inner being, your desires, hopes, dreams, memories, and ultimate choices.
In the beginning God created and saw that it was good. God is still in the creating business desiring to bring good in the life of every individual who believes and responds to His call of love. There is nothing this life has to offer which can match what Christ can and will do on your behalf.
Proverbs 20:27 states:
The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of man
it searches out his inner most being.
God, in His awesome mercy, reaches into the core of our being to impart the light of His presence, to thereby bring about the good He originally intended.
Christ is the light to lighten one's whole being, but we choose what we focus on. God's will is to restore insight whereby His love brings forth that purity and gentleness along with a sincerity which reflects a clear sharp focus of faith that is reliant on Christ.
We need to comprehend who Christ is, in a personal aspect and be open to the Spring of Living Water, the Well of Water which He causes us to encounter. The eye of faith must be on Jesus to be able to absorb and reflect the reality of His love in a meaningful way.
Inner healing involves us 1st having priorities which include Christ in our life. It means focusing on Christ, the light of His presence and the power of His word along with the essence of His glory.
God wishes to cause our eyes to be open whereby we truly know Him. As we focus on Christ He imparts that which we ultimately need.
Are we receptive for His power to touch our attitudes?
Are we receptive to His wisdom to affect our personal walk
in life, to encounter the relationship with God and with
others, we were originally meant to encounter?
We can find that acceptance on a personal basis as we choose to abide in Christ Jesus and walk in agreement with our Creator. In the stillness of the hour, the Holy Spirit still whispers in every listening ear. He who hears, believes and chooses can so encounter the power of His Spirit to overcome evil, as well as tendencies which offend, and become a living witness to the reality of His Kingdom, which does ultimately start in the life of believers.
Many people believe in what they hear about Christ but we must personally believe, taking to heart all His word reveals and respond to His call of love.
He can and will impart the hope and confidence we need in truly knowing we are accepted in God's plan and purpose. We have the realization we are children of the King, and members of His eternal family.
God calls us to come apart...enter into that relationship wherein God can and will restore. This awareness includes a spiritual interaction as well as a natural application. In being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, Jesus affects our whole being. His word can and will lead and guide us, motivating our decisions and choices, whereby we walk in agreement with Him. Christ Jesus is Creator, Savior, and Lord of those who are one with Him and our soon coming King when He shall return to bring His Kingdom into reality as originally intended.
We need to fill our vessel with life giving water which is available to whosoever believes and calls upon Him.
There are 2 areas of our life the Holy Spirit will touch as we are filled with the Spirit which Christ promised to all who so desired it. These areas are the mind and the heart and His promise is to the whosoever, who so chooses and desires to encounter and enter into that which He has promised and provided.
WHAT IS THE CONDITION OF YOUR MIND AND YOUR HEART?
Webster's Dictionary reveals the mind involves memory, recollection, ones intents, purpose, wishes and opinions. It is the seat of ones intelligence and reasoning ability.
The heart is the seat of emotions, personality and moral tendencies. The heart is the inner most being from which love, devotion, moods and ones true intentions originate.
According to W.E.Vine's Expository Dictionary, he states that the mind is the faculty of knowing, of understanding the counsel and purpose of God, which involves the new nature which belongs to the believer as a result of the new birth. The mind is renewed by the Holy Spirit according to Scripture.
The heart is used figuratively for the hidden springs of a person's moral and emotional life, according to Vine. The heart is the sphere of Divine influence revealing our true character. It is the sphere of our moral and spiritual life as well as grief, joy, desires, affections, perceptions, thoughts, understanding, reasoning power, imagination and intentions. Vine further states the heart, in it's moral significance in the Old Testament, includes the emotions, the reason and the will. The soul is rendered as the heart of man, whereby we do the will of God from the heart.
With our mind we comprehend the word of God with our thoughts being renewed and reflect a willingness to grasp the realities of God. The heart is to be motivated by the compassion which so motivated Christ, a forgiving love, that Agape love. This is reflected in our being pliable with our desires fixed on Christ.
The mind involves the mind of Christ with our thoughts in harmony with His word. The heart is to reflect pure motives and acceptable desires relevant to divine forgiveness.
On the day of Pentecost the book of Acts reveals the power of the Holy Spirit and the cloven tongues: cloven meaning dual: that cleansing purifying fire of the Holy Spirit to touch both the heart and the thoughts.
The heart responds in being considerate and understanding according to the authority of God's word that which is utilized in one's thinking.
Romans 12:1-2 states that we are to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God...being transformed by the renewing of our mind, that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable and the perfect will of God. Whom do we follow and thereby comprehend? Would we choose to focus on Jesus and have His word guiding our thoughts and intents of our hearts?
The mind of Christ involves being willing to serve being sensitive to others. The mind is as a computer with output being in accordance to input. Our character is transformed and we are restored as we choose to sit at Jesus feet, whereby absorbing His word and so responding to it.
His word and His Spirit enlighten our understanding, which affect our desire to retain the word, so we can walk in response to His guidance. He transforms us whereby we grow and put on the qualities of knowing and following Christ thus abiding therein.
His Spirit and His word renews us morally so that we encounter, having access to all which He alone can and will do in us and through us. As we respond to God with our whole heart and soul and well as our mind and strength, we have the creative power of the Holy Spirit working in our life. We consequently have the authority of Christ within us to thereby defeat the works of the enemy and utilize the ongoing power of His presence.
Psalm 1 reveals the wisdom and value of meditating on the Word of God. Those who renew their minds with God's truth encounter the true reality of God; discovering the foundation upon which wisdom is built.
Do we delight in His word? Do we meditate on His revelations? His purpose is that we will be like a tree, yielding the fruit of the Holy Spirit in due season with God bringing the results.
The mind is tuned into God's word and the heart is responsive to His Spirit whereby we hear and are receptive to the inner testimony of His Spirit. He can and will bring forth the fruit He has so willed and decreed in our lives. In acknowledging our weaknesses it is God's grace and His power, which rests on us, whereby we are empowered, guided and controlled by the presence of God's Spirit.
WHAT DO YOU HEAR? WHOM DO YOU HEAR?
He calls us to hear, to understand and to bear fruit which is a result of abiding in Christ. His word abides in us with the inner working of His Holy Spirit working in our daily life to accomplishes this.
We are to have ears that hear, hearing what His Spirit would say. Scripture reveals the hearing ear which overcomes lusts, temptations and natural weaknesses. Revelations 2 & 3 speaks of hearing what the Spirit says and thereby overcoming to inherit His promise.
Jesus said in John 10:27
"My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no; one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all and no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
People in Jesus day looked at Jesus only from a human perspective. Those who choose to accept Jesus for who He is and for all that He can and will do in ones life and through our circumstances, can and will encounter His protection. We choose to listen to His voice and to be responsive.
Jesus promised to them who choose to receive all which is available through His provision, they can and will encounter the power of His Spirit, which will enable those who follow Him.
The power of the Holy Spirit involves a relationship through the indwelling Spirit of God, which transforms us from our inner most being. This relationship is based on God's grace, which frees us from the feeling of being powerless and useless.
The Comforter which Christ promised to all believers, teaches and encourages each one in the ways of God. Christ has given us the promise that His Spirit will be with us to guide us.
We are to have a hearing ear, a responsiveness which hears understands and bears subsequent fruit.
1 Kings 19:12 states we are to separate ourselves whereby we can and will encounter Christ. He reaches out in many ways. There is the wind of His Spirit, that is realized in an atmosphere of worship. There is the earthquake, whereby He deals with the hindrances, which keep us from encountering all He wills and decrees to do in our life. There is the fire of the Holy Spirit which comes as we have chosen to make Him Lord, and so choose to follow Him with our priorities in accordance to His word, and that which He is and all He represents, in light of His Eternal Kingdom.
Galatians 5:1 states that Christ sets us free and we are to stand firm not being encompassed by carnal ways nor entangled again in the yoke of bondage. It is Christ who sets us free. He who has begun a good work in each one has promised to complete it.
Being free in Christ involves His love and His compassion being the guiding point of our existence. It is imperative to listen, whereby He develops our character, with His Spirit being the wellspring that brings forth the promises of God in our life.
Again I would ask: What is our focus on?
What guides our thoughts?
Who stirs our desires and hopes?
To whom do we listen and so respond?
The Holy Spirit repeatedly states He that hath an ear, let Him hear what the Spirit says. He that overcomes shall inherit that which Christ has promised according to Revelations 2 and 3
...Access to the Tree of life
...The crown of Life
...Escape the 2nd death and the lake of fire
...The Hidden Manna (fed and nurtured daily)
...A white stone and a new name (acceptance)
...To be taken from the wrath of God; which shall come on the whole world;
experiencing the rapture prior to the time of tribulation.
...Power of the Holy Spirit
...Authority originally intended which we shall experience fully in Christ's
...Walk with Christ
...Name eternally written in the book of life
...Accepted before God's throne.
...To be a pillar in His temple.
...Eternal relationship with God and with Christ
...Accepted by the Father
...Access to the New Jerusalem (God's heavenly city)
...Accepted and one with Christ
...See and encounter Jesus in a personal way.
Christ gives spiritual insight and understanding, whereby we hear being receptive and pliable to experience deliverance and have victory over sin and carnal ways. We can walk in the Spirit and reach out in love due to daily interaction with God. Daily communication, being responsive to the Holy Spirit affects our daily relationship. He bids us to believe and to behold His glory being sensitive to the inner light of the Holy Spirit.
We focus on Christ, we hear the Spirit of God...that still small voice, that those who choose to follow Christ recognize. We utilize His word in our thoughts and the pure love of Christ in our hearts to thereby walk in the Spirit, based on the authority of Christ, utilizing the power of the Holy Spirit to direct our path.
Believers find personal deliverance. With deliverance comes authority and strength.
Only by your Spirit Lord,
Are blind eyes made to see,
Only by your Spirit Lord,
Are we led to Thee.
Only by your Spirit Lord,
Is there hope eternally,
For only by your Spirit can we encounter,
All Christ can truly be.
RISE UP and WALK!
Where is your treasure? We are to be alert and to keep our spirit open and in tune with God. Communication with God keeps us alert and watchful as we respond to His word. Our focus affects our thoughts and our desires whereby He can and will replenish, restore and build us up. The river of the Holy Spirit comes from our inner most being as we abide in stillness. Zech.4 states it is not by might nor by our power but by the Spirit of God.
Jesus bids us to awaken, to rise up, to walk with Him. We are to stand on the authority of God's word and walk in agreement with the Holy Spirit.
There is a call to encounter Christ in the garden. It is a place of fellowship. There is the fragrance of honeysuckles there. The flowers yield honey. Scripture reveals that we are to:
BRING FORTH FRUIT
The honey and its sweetness comes after we are rooted in Christ and His word. The blossoms of maturity bring forth a fragrance of His presence with resulting fruit. Is. 27:6
God's desire is to restore, to build and encourage whereby we are planted, rooted and established in His ways. We ultimately experience a heart relationship to truly know Him with all our heart. Jeremiah 24:6
The POWER of PRAYER releases RESTORATION.
Encouragement and hope are the result of repentance and seeking His forgiveness. Amos 9: 14-15
There is an encounter in the garden. Is. 58:11 reveals that:
He guides us in our daily life and satisfies our needs, strengthening us
that we are as a well watered garden with the spring of water that
never fails. Thus we experience the benefits of salvation.
The spring of water that never fails represents the Holy Spirit which Christ said would never leave us nor forsake us.
Jeremiah 31:12 reveals that a well watered Garden represents the joy of the Spirit's presence.
Communicate with Christ daily,
Be sensitive to His leading,
Seek His guidance,
Hear and respond to His voice.
The fragrance of the flowers of the honeysuckle is symbolic of the aroma of His Spirit and the fulfillment of His promise, resulting from an encounter with Christ in the garden.
With our focus on Christ, being receptive to His Spirit, our thoughts and motives come into harmony with God's plan. We are perceptive in accordance to the working of the Holy Spirit in our life, and through the daily experiences we encounter.
We are to walk in the Spirit, based on the authority of Christ. The Holy Spirit working within us affects our walk, due to our choice to stand on the authority of the word of God.
God intended us to have dominion over the works of His hands.
Ps. 8:6 states:
Thou hast put all things under His feet.
Deliverance brings authority and inner strength into our experience.
Ephesians 1 states that Spiritual blessings are in heavenly places with Christ.
We are called to be holy, without blame being motivated by His love.
Faith in the Lord Jesus releases a love, affecting every aspect of the relationships we encounter. All things are under Christ's authority and we are members of His body with the fullness of Christ filling each individual.
Each member of His body is to function as part of His being.
Luke 10:19 states:
Behold I give unto you power, to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
John 13: 1-17 reveals to us how Jesus washed His disciples feet, bidding that His followers should do likewise one to another, forgiving as He so forgives us.
We are to stand on the authority of God's word and walk in agreement with the Holy Spirit.
Scripture reveals we are to abide in Christ and be receptive to His word. In His presence is spiritual insight to absorb and encounter the support and the protection He wishes to restore, along with an inner peace, assurance and insight into His wisdom Ps. 20/ 65/ 125/126/ 128/149.
We meet with God to encounter His guidance, to receive His promise, to hear that which He would say to us. We then choose to follow His guidance as to how we should live. Ex. 19: 2-3
Meeting with God brings hope and encouragement. We are renewed to encounter His plan and purpose. Deut. 1: 6-7/ 1 Kings 19:8/ Isaiah 40: 28-31.
The Holy Spirit brings the relationship that God originally intended Heb. 12:22
Having a single eye for Jesus we hear the word and are receptive to His revelations. Our desires are in tune with divine standards and we are willing to turn and walk with our behavior reflecting our commitment and a relationship with Christ. We stand on the authority of His word relating to divine wisdom.
WHOM DO YOU MOST DESIRE TO COMMUNICATE WITH?
We are called to have a dialogue, a daily communication with God, having a listening ear and being sensitive to His leading and being a willing channel of His Spirit.
Inner healing is a priority with each one experiencing that which a relationship with Christ involves. As we enter, encounter and experience, we become saturated and infused with His dynamic power and presence. Communication with God and with others involves listening. Do we listen to His voice and to His guidance?
Matthew 16:19 reveals the communication in prayer:
I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and
whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Acts 4:31 reveals prayer and being filled with His presence brings an inner confidence to speak that which He reveals.
Jeremiah 15:19 states:
If thou return then will I bring thee again and thou shalt stand before me and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth.
Everyone of us needs that which only Christ can impart. He is with us to save us; to deliver us and to redeem us.
Pray daily, holding up the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to fortify your inner being. He will strengthen you in all areas of weakness. Stand firm on God's promises. Dare to believe and see that which God can and will do in your life and subsequently through your experience.
COME....ENTER IN....and PARTAKE
Psalm 27 Contemplate the reality of God, who He is and the provision in Christ along with the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Lord is my light and my salvation...whom will I fear.
IS HE TRULY OUR LIGHT
OUR ULTIMATE SOURCE OF ALL WHICH ONLY HE CAN DO
Would we truly desire to possess that which only God can do?
Jesus hands were hands of compassion which reached out to give hope, to restore, to help, to meet crushing needs. Christ's hands were hands of authority which reached out to restore, to strengthen, to uphold and to protect.
We need to encounter that personal wholeness, be sensitive to His Spirit, discern His will and the compassion of Christ. His power and His word brings forth that Inner Healing, which Christ has made available through His death on the Cross. God's power was released due to His resurrection, which subsequently released that power to the whosoever.
Jesus bids us come and encounter Him in the garden. The garden is our heart. There is a fragrance which only the Holy Spirit can bring. Absorb it's awesome aroma and let is saturate your being. Spread your roots deep into the reality of His love and the depth of His word. Drink in of that which only He can give. He does care. Talk with Him. Listen to His words. Seek His guidance. There is honey in the cleft of the rock, whereby you can rise up above the circumstances of life, and soar like the eagle high above that which would hinder.
The heavenly fragrance that brings forth the aroma of His love and His presence results from an encounter with Christ in the garden.
We spread our roots into the heartbeat of God's love and absorb the treasures of God's word, becoming saturated with the aroma of the presence of the Holy Spirit, which ultimately spreads through every area of our life and our being.
THERE IS A GARDEN PURE and SWEET
WHERE ALL CAN SIT AT JESUS FEET
COME, ENCOUNTER and EXPERIENCE