"Yet a time is coming
and has now come when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the
kind of worshipers the Father seeks." - John 4:23

My Heavenly Daddy is healing
me from the inside out.

Transparency is Real.
Many times painful.

Daddy let me be secure in You only!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

KNOWING GOD BETTER


As I have been heading out on my new path in recovery, my Sonday Morning Deep Cleaning with the Lord has not only been a time of interceding for my church, the body of Christ, but a time the Lord is taking also to heal me.

The devotional shares below the two things that are needed to know God better which are wisdom and revelation.

During recovery, wisdom (internal) weeds out the distorted impurities of our soul. The lies that we believed and were taught about ourselves growing up. Revelation (external) reveals God showing Himself to us.

If we are open, the Spirit will reveal the truth to us. About ourselves. The stinkin' thinkin.' Our deepest pain. What makes us tick.

I find I have a pretty sensitive Spirit. At times my Spirit is very sensitive that I can sense many things that are going on within me and also around me from others. When things "do not sit well in my Spirit" it is like a heaviness I feel in my gut. At those times I know I need to pay attention. Look at what is happening at the moment. Something is being shown to me. Take heed. I do not always heed though. My humanness gets in the way many-a-time. And I miss or do something I should not have.

Still, I want to grow closer to God. To be filled beyond measure with His Spirit. To experience all that He has to offer me! To gain back what was rightfully mine but stolen so long ago. Especially my joy!

"In the name of Jesus Christ, I claim to regain my joy back this day! Amen!"


"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,
may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him
better."
Ephesians 1:17

Paul kept asking God that his friends would be able to know God better. He clearly did not think of the Christian life as a one-time event. This text assumes that to become a Christian is to enter a lifetime process of learning to see and know God better.

The two things needed for this process are wisdom and revelation. Wisdom is something internal. During recovery the Spirit works within us to make us wise. This involves weeding out all of the distorted ideas and distorted thinking processes which supported our denial system. The Spirit is capable of removing our 'stinking thinking' and making us wise. The second thing we need in the recovery process is revelation. Revelation is external to us - it is God's self-disclosure to us. Without an external frame of reference, we are perfectly capable of creating a reality of our own choosing. Our denial is capable of creating a comprehensive alternate reality with no external checks or balances. During recovery, the Spirit works to reveal to us what is true, what is real. As a result we gradually learn that there is a reality beyond our pretense and denial.

The purposes of the Spirit's work is to help us grow in our capacity to know God. The goal is not just knowing lots of facts about God. To know a person is to share life with that person. It is a quest of the heart. As our wounded hearts are changed, we will be empowered to know God better.

I need wisdom. Lord.
Help me to be wise.
I need revelation, Lord.
Show me.
Let me see.
Spirit of Wisdom
Spirit of Revelation
Fill my heart today
So that I may
know you better.
Amen

Copyright Dale and Juanita Ryan

.................................................................................................................................................... I Got The Joy!


6 comments:

  1. I like your nez outlook; Fire and flames are cleaning; warming; nourisking, mostly I see them as burning away what isnt necessary - interesting choice. Glad to see you posting again and being more aup and about again. Thinking of you. Love Paula

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  2. Thanks for sharing this devotional!

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  3. Hi JBR. I wanted to thank you for your supportive comments on my blog post about the sexual harassment (and beyond). Sometimes it's hard for me to tell whether I'm worth respecting, you know? But I believe you when you say that he had no right to do that to me. Thank you. Sincerely.

    Wishing you well,
    NOS

    PS- I think you're on your way to achieving your goal!

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  4. Such good words to share JBR... thanks!

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  5. AnonymousJune 26, 2010

    Good devotional JBR.

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