Article 45 : Thoughts from the cross trainer - INCREASE IN ME
Just recently, I saw some amazing footage of the Aurora Borealis where the predominant colour was green
and the waves of colour were sweeping majestically across the sky. It was truly magnificent!
It reminded me of the descriptions of God’s throne that we can read in Revelation, chapter 4: 2-3:
“At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow resembling an emerald encircled the throne.”
As well as this glorious picture of Father God on His throne, there follows an amazing description of heavenly beings surrounding the throne, of the flashes of lightening, peals of thunder, lamps representing the Holy Spirit, living creatures, thousands upon thousands of angels and the Lamb of God in the centre. What a truly amazing scene!
If a natural phenomenon like the Northern Lights can inspire such awe in the human soul, just think what dwelling on this description of His throne room will do for us.
When we were about to start our Monday morning ‘Depending on the Holy Spirit’, praying in tongues sessions, Pastor Tim gave us some very enlightening advice. He said that we could ask the Holy Spirit to take more of us – in other words we could make a fresh and total surrender to Him so that He could work more in us and through us. Also, that we could use our God-given imagination to envision the Lord on His heavenly throne, with all majesty and authority, and allow our sense of His ‘bigness’ to enlarge within us. He recommended that we read the scripture above to help us to ‘see Him’. The more we see how altogether awesome He is, the smaller our own challenges and problems will seem.
I’m part of our church’s Sozo team and the whole focus of this ministry is to enable the Sozo guest to connect more deeply with Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. One of the questions we ask right at the beginning of a session is “Who do you most easily and most often pray to and relate to? Is it Father God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit?” For me personally, I would have said that the Holy Spirit was the member of the Godhead that I least would address.
However, a lovely thing happened after just the first few weeks of these Monday morning prayer times. I found that I was much more likely throughout the day to just start speaking in tongues but, then, I definitely had a new and much closer relationship with the Holy Spirit and could ‘detect’ Him on the inside, communicating with me and it felt like He had a twinkle in His eye!
I felt like He said we were going on an adventure together and that spread such joy and anticipation within me!
One of my favourite scriptures to help me focus on the glory and majesty of God is Psalm 89:6-8:
“For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; He is more awesome than all who surround him. O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you.”
As I meditate on these scriptures, my prayer is like what John the Baptist said in John 3:30
“He must increase but I must decrease.”
While we give room for the Lord to be magnified in us, I am reminded that He warned in Isaiah 48:11:
“I will not yield My glory to another.”
So, the glory and honour are His alone. However, let me finish by encouraging us with some amazing verses where we read in I Chronicles 29:11-12:
“Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom, you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honour come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.”
“Lord, we bow low in Your glorious presence in reverence and humility and ask that You exalt us and give us strength, in that place of heavenly authority in You, to bless and influence every person and situation that You take us into, for Your glory. Amen