"Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion” Psalms 84:5-7
True strength is not of ourselves.
“Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24
Also, our Heavenly Father wants us to know the truth and use the authority we have in Him and not have low self esteem, saying such things as we are too young, too old, too weak, etc. We are not to despise the small things in our lives as they have their role and all is under God's control. Each of us, have a calling over our lives (even those who did not discover what is it yet; and we are all called to share the Gospel and make disciples) and it is up to us to accomplish it. Why? Because He cannot do it for us as He has created us with free will.
God wants us to love and trust Him, have faith in Him and to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Why? Because anything we place ahead of God, will cause us to miss the right path and keep Jesus from truly being Lord over our hearts and lives.
"Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble” 2 Peter 1:10
"But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death" Philippians 3:7-10
There are hundreds of verses that talk about the need of a Christian to know God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), deeper and deeper. One can not know the truth about THE TRUTH, and stay the same. The truth transforms, changes, brings life and passion, brings love and all that Jesus is.
The Lord told us: " And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" John 8:32
How? He tells us in the previous verse: “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed."
If His Word abides in our hearts, we will become free of all past lies, of all misconceptions and wrong ideas and we learn to recognize the lies of the devil, that he tries to sneak in with thoughts and impressions.
"that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." Ephesians 1:17-23
Wisdom, revelation and true light come only through the Holy Spirit. Without which, we cannot understand how huge the hope is that we have in Jesus Christ, how valuable is the inheritance that we have in salvation that has come through the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who has ALL authority over ALL THINGS. Everything that exists is inferior to and under the lordship of Jesus Christ. And this is the same Jesus Christ that is the Lord of our lives and dwells in our hearts through Holy Ghost!! Hallelujah! Glory to You Lord God!
Our Heavenly Father wants us to learn to let Him lead in all areas of our lives. He wants nothing to be left unsurrendered unto Him; in so doing He can transform us more into His image, keeping us filled with His presence and blessing our lives. We all have lost many blessings in times past, because of having not given Him our all.
Many times there have been things, people or situations that were way too important to us, that we did not want to fully surrender to the Lord and those things, people or situations became strongholds of the enemy in our lives. Jesus wants to unlock all the doors that we have in our hearts and lives. He wants us to give Him all our sorrows, our wounds, and even our pleasures that have become way too important to us. He wants us to step out from under the load of our wrong choices that given power to the enemy in so doing. He wants to be empowered as the true authority so He can help us get things right.
We need to repent of our hard-headedness and commit to spending time with the Lord and allowing Him to heal us. Father God has beautiful things for us and a place at Jesus' bosom for every single one of us; but we are not be able to receive if we are remain as we are, not willing lay it all down and unlock all the doors of our hearts and lives. If we are not willing to tear down the very walls we built ourselves over our past, then we will not be able to be closer to the Lord and have the abundant life that Father God longs for us to have and share with Him.
Let's open up our hearts, so Lord can fill them up with His presence, so we can be equipped for the ministry He has called us each to.
When the Holy Spirit is allowed to flow freely, then we will know our God more and wonderful changes and transformations will take place in our lives. It is the only way to have real life in Jesus. Father God will lead us in victory and we will receive and convey the fragrance of heaven, blessing us and those around us.
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?” 2 Corinthians 2:14-16
The Lord wants us to listen for and follow the leading of His voice. He is the good shepherd, so we need to be vigilant and pay attention to His guidance. He told us that from our hearts will flow rivers of living waters. This comes from His presence on the Thrones of our hearts and lives just as living water flows from the Throne in heaven. As He is “true Lord” in our lives and we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with His presence, then the overflow from the Lord will truly touch others as God moves and works through us.
The Holy Spirit is the One who fills us with righteousness, peace and joy.
"for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans14:17
Let's not quench the river of the Holy Spirit, when He flows in and through us; then we have the joy of the Lord and we know the joy of the Lord is our strength. In this strength there is also power. In Christ we have joy, light, victory, strength and fulfillment. We need to decrease so the Lord can increase!
If we say that Jesus is our Lord but we hold back and keep Him from having His way in certain areas that we refuse Him Lordship, then we are allowing something to come between He and us. In a sense, we are allowing the enemy to rob both the Lord and us of what is right. We must run this race to win and let the Lord transform us completely. To be half-hearted or even 90%-hearted is not “whole-hearted.”
We need to know God more, by spending more time in His presence, searching more in His Word, loving Him more and asking Him to reveal more of Himself to us! The more we know Him, the harder it will be for the devil to use his bag of tricks on us with his lies, deception and condemnation.
We need to remind ourselves that God has chosen us to be with Him now and also forever. There is much comfort and strength in this truth!
Our heavenly Father wants us to have pliable hearts so that we can become more and more like Jesus. We need to keep our spiritual ears tuned to the Lord's frequency. If we will hear and obey His voice, He will help us fight against sadness, fear and all the negativity of the devil and this world... Our heavenly Father wants us to be 100% in Christ and Christ 100% in us, because in Jesus Christ, there is all we need including victory and joy!