The word I was first given in my walk with the Lord was “secret place”. Jesus gave us this term in Matthew 6:6 as He described the secret life of prayer for His disciples. Now ten years later whether it’s called “secret place” or just “intimacy with God” it can be summed up in one word, DEVOTION.
This has become more than a word to me, it has become my pursuit. Devotion to Jesus is my new frontier. Even though I have practiced a life of prayer in secret, this word has become more meaningful this past year. Devotion is a word that has been used by the greatest Christian writers and thinkers for hundreds of years. It can mean religious observance or worship; or even a form of prayer. But I have found a truer definition to be “profound dedication; consecration; an earnest attachment to Jesus.”
This is no longer about me bringing my prayer list in private hoping for public displays of answered prayer, although I believe and celebrate that! This is about a desire to be ONE with Jesus in thought, word, deed, and experience. I call it my new frontier because I feel that I have reached the boundaries of all that I know intellectually, which is not a lot. But now I feel the call to the great unknown. Beyond the borders of principles and earthly examples. I love the stories of other men, but I desperately want to be caught up into the third heaven myself.
Do I have fears about this new frontier? Maybe…what if I get into something weird? (Thankfully, I have an apostle and kingdom family to make sure I don’t get too weird.) Where do I even begin? Jesus, the Father, the blood, grace, sanctification…throne room scene of Revelation chapter four? The path of devotion to Jesus has many roads, avenues, alley ways, highways, and airways. I could spend the rest of my life going deep in just the Song of Solomon, but I need the fruit of the Spirit. But I want the gifts of the Holy Ghost and His power flowing in and through my life. But I could do miracles and prophesy in His name and still be cast into hell because I didn’t know Him intimately. (Welcome to my world of thoughts.)
So I stand on the boundaries of what I know and now I’m looking into the unsearchable depths of devotion to Jesus. Beyond my personal experiences, intellect, and religious background. I am being asked to go beyond the stories I have read of my heroes for centuries even though I still desire to experience just a glimpse of the power Wigglesworth carried. He prayed one day until unplugged lightbulbs in the floor began to shine. And the Lord says…”Go further than these men and women have gone.”
It doesn’t make sense, how can I go further when I don’t even have their caliber of fruit in my own life. I can go further when their experience is not my goal but being ONE with Jesus has become my ONE desire. So through all the whirlwind of thoughts that swirl in my mind I admit I don’t have answers or a clue to what’s next, but this morning in prayer I heard a whisper I want to share with you.
[easy-tweet tweet=”The Holy Spirit is our personal tour guide in the place of devotion.” user=”ridersrising” usehashtags=”no”] The Holy Spirit has been assigned to my life by the command of Jesus and the promise of the Father. He is assigned to my life forever! For better or for worse He is there to be my personal guide when I just don’t know what to do. Because of this great promise I want to give you three things the Holy Spirit will do for you as we journey into the unknown.
- The Holy Spirit hears and speaks.
“When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future.” (John 16:13, NLT)
The Holy Spirit is my guide. He is not a silent guide, but He really does hear and speak. He knows the situations I’m dealing with and the people who are making things difficult. He knows where I am in Christlikeness and what fruit of the Spirit I need more of. He also knows what gift of the Spirit is necessary when I find myself in need of His power. But even more than that…He pours the love of God into my heart when I feel I have royally screwed up.
The early church put utter dependence upon the Holy Spirit to speak. The power of the early church came from their ability to hear and obey His voice. Even when what they heard did not make sense they trusted that the Holy Spirit had seen and heard all that was necessary to be guided correctly.
We must take time to not only read the word, but listen the voice that inspired it. Devotion is not about a 15 minute coffee time with your favorite Christian book in the morning. This is about walking with the Holy Spirit who hears and speaks continually. Don’t just have a talk with the Lord in the morning and leave Him in your chair as you go about your day. Take Him on the job and practice awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence and ability to hear all things and guide you into the truth.
2. The Holy Spirit reveals the future.
“He will tell you about the future.” (John 16:13, NLT)
This can happen many different ways, by prayer or even prophecy, the Holy Spirit will show you things to come. The prophets of the Bible would have very little to write if God had not shown them the future by means of the Holy Spirit. He is the hearing and speaking agent where the prophets received their divine inspiration.
The Holy Spirit gave Joseph the ability to interpret a dream that saved all of Egypt from seven years of famine. He showed Daniel how to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream which revealed the fate of the King’s life in the coming year. The Holy Spirit showed Isaiah that the Messiah would be born through a virgin. We could go on, but you get the point. If the Holy Spirit could guide the people of the Bible, He will be faithful to guide us into our future today.
I can write from a place of humility and thankfulness that the Holy Spirit has always revealed the future to me, either in prayer, visions, dreams, or His prophets. Because of His faithfulness in revealing the future I believe I have not missed one single transition that was vital for my destiny. He has warned me not to go to certain places to preach because of exposure that was coming to that ministry or a person I would be sharing a platform with. He has also told me where to go that would lead to a special encounter or even connect me with people I am called to run with.
This is not common but occasionally I will even dream of entire messages to preach at certain places. This is just the Lord showing us again that He knows things from the end to the beginning. He lives outside of time and when He sees fit the Holy Spirit will reveal the future to us in order for God’s purposes to be accomplished.
3. The Holy Spirit teaches us.
“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative-that is, the Holy Spirit-He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 14:26, NLT)
What a promise! He will teach you everything. That doesn’t mean just spiritual things. I know people that were taught business skills supernaturally. I met a man in one of our Circuit Riders Rising regional gatherings who was taught how to work and write computer software for a particular company in 24 hours with no training or education prior. I know another gentleman who was told by a preacher to set behind the organ at 13 years old and begin playing. In just a moment, the Holy Spirit gave the young man the gift to play the organ like a professional without a single lesson.
Our personal Tour Guide, the Holy Spirit, not only hears, speaks, and reveals the future, but He can teach you anything and everything. Whether it’s something simple like teaching you how to pray for someone or Him revealing the mysteries of the Bible He is well able. He knows where we lack maturity and when we are forgetting the way Jesus has taught us to live, He will quicken our memory and help us recover from a mistake.
I love listening to the preaching and teaching of the word of God. But there is nothing like being taught something by the greatest Teacher of all, the Holy Spirit. Many generations have placed a high priority on other men teaching them, but how do we venture into this new frontier especially when man has yet to go there?
We must rely on the Holy Spirit’s abilities to lead us into this new territory. He must be our utter dependence if we expect to go beyond normal into the land of impossibility. I believe we are the generation that will have God-encounters like no other. The wisdom God gives to those who fully trust Him will out think a Harvard-grad and invent things that will cause Apple to wonder. Who needs Google when you have God-possessed people? This is where we are headed.
We can stand here and just accept things the way they are, or we can press into what eye has not seen and ear has not heard. But there is only one pathway that leads to that world. Utter dependence upon the supreme Tour Guide in the unsearchable riches of devotion…THE HOLY GHOST!