Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
Have you read this verse and thought you understood what Jesus was saying? I honestly thought I did. I memorized this verse from my teens. Quoting it is easy. I just never meditated on it. Since last month it has been resonating in my spirit. Until finally I stood still long enough to realize the Lord was saying, “dummy pay attention. I am trying to tell you something.”
As I pondered on the verse revelation came. I woke up The door was shut on the voice of theologians saying the beatitudes was unattainable. I realize this was for me! The Holy Spirit illuminated what the Lord Jesus was doing. He was extending an invitation. An invitation to a fantastic journey filled with awe and wonder. A walk with Him in His Kingdom. I just love what Mike Parsons calls it ‘A walking relationship‘.
This is an essential part of our walk with Christ. Something that we unknowingly overlook. Most assemblies do not teach the necessity of this part of our life journey. When it does, oftentimes it is paraded as something reserved for a select few. The ‘special people’. Those specially chosen by God. The truth is we are all called by Him. All chosen. We are all chosen for a different assignment. All anointed for what we were placed on this world to accomplish. We are all God’s children. He has no favorites. No step children. No orphans. No Bastards. Just children. He is near and dear to those who draw near to Him.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
The scripture above echoes the words of Matthew 5 verse 8. Purifying our hearts is an essential part of walking with God. Jesus was saying “this is the doorway through which you may enter into intimacy with Me“.
He’s not satisfied with an impersonal relationship. He is not like other gods that is seated high above just waiting for you to mess up so He will smite you. He’s not contented with setting lofty goals that you can never attain. God has always been about relationship. At the very start of creation he walked daily with Adam. Both the man and woman (Genesis 5:2).
Imagine my shock when I discovered that I had no relationship with Him. Me of all people. I who sacrificed so much for Him.
I did churchianity for a long time. It left me dry and empty. My life was a wreck. I was broken inside. Attending church and participating in every event did nothing to mend the brokenness. My soul longed for more. Worship only filled me with momentary happiness. It was as fleeting as the wind. My greatest joy was interacting with my friends after the services. This was my early years attending church. Eventually I walked away.
Shortly after having an encounter with the Living Savior I returned to church. He was now real. Every day He spoke to me and showed me several things. My spiritual eyes were slowly opened. A whole new world was revealed. My days were filled with dreams, visions, reading the Bible, listening to sermons and hearing His voice. These experiences mostly happened at home. Church taught me foundational doctrines and the importance of tithing. All part of the package of bing a good Christian.
I regularly felt the Presence of God and flowed in the gifts of the Spirit. I saw several prophesies come to past. I saw angels and demons. Whatever I asked God He showed me. By faith I stepped into trances and did not know I was having these experiences. I would ask God to show me something and instantly it happened. Sometimes during prayer He took me on supernatural travels to countries. I would be shown what was happening in the spirit realm over that nation. I was privilege to be taken back in time and shown things as they occurred in the Bible. I met redeemed saints such as Peter, Paul and Daniel. These experiences left me feeling secure in my walk with Christ. In my mind the encounters meant we had a good relationship. Imagine my shock and horror when God told me I had no relationship with Him. I wept bitterly. For several days I was deeply saddened.
“How could He say that?”
My mind struggled to comprehend His statement. Little did I realise that my approach to His statement was the very revelation that there was no relationship. I should have asked Him why He said that. And what could be done to better our relationship.
I did not understand the state of my heart. I wanted the spiritual experiences. I loved the spiritual gifts. They made me feel special. Yet I was not pursuing God simply for who He is. At the root of my approach was the lack of relationship with my natural father. I was rejected and abandoned by him. Not having that natural relationship made me unaware of the necessity to relate to God as Father. Every thing I did was about trying to please Him. Trying to be acceptable to Him.
Lucky for me He cared. He revealed the reason I struggled to attain a relationship with Him. The journey begun with forgiving my father. Making peace with his mistakes. Then over a period of time I experienced the love of my heavenly Father. Now my spirit cries freely Abba Father!”
For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!
God’s Burning Heart
Burning in the heart of God is a desire for intimacy with you. He’s a loving Father. Beloved you are his son. You are his daughter. What good Father does not want to enjoy time with His child? If good earthly Fathers sacrifice to fellowship with their children would not your heavenly Father do the same?
The heart of God burns with a desire for you. He wants to relate to you as Father.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.
Now more than ever God is calling us into a deeper walk with Him. A continuous daily fellowship between friends. He wants us to see Him with all our heart. To talk with Him. To walk with Him. He has so much more available for you. He wants you to rest in Him. To cease from striving. ABBA has his arms wide open. He is waiting to meet with you every day.
Beginning today I am taking the relationship to another level. I have been blessed with many spiritual encounters. Seen God do miraculous things. But I want to walk with Him daily. I want to see Him consistently. I desire to be filled with the revelation of Jesus Christ and to enter into the full experience of the mysteries of heaven.
I believe you desire that too. Walk with me on this 40 days journey as I pursue the very heart of God. Every day I will share my journey on this blog.
17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,
As you walk with us may you be filled with the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.