I was praying about what to speak to this body for the month of October. This month is usually associated with halloween and spirits and ghosts. It is seen as a month about spiritual activities but they are of the dark and negative side.
God began to share with me about His Awesome Power, His Amazing Holy Spirit, His Supreme Existence, His Tremendous Supernatural Authority.
The big difference between religion and relationship is one is mainly external. Religion is mostly about works, and relationship is about intimacy, heart, real inside and out. When we are in relationship with God It is an inside job and the works come but it is out of love, faith, and obedience.
Many are dissatisfied with religion, is a struggle, it is empty, it is hopeless, it is lonely.
Remember the scripture from a few weeks ago. Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
The fruit of the Spirit and it described it this way, “The Result of His Presence within us” The results of His Presence within us is the fruit like love, patience, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
Many attend church every Sunday across our world but the real question is are we producing fruit. Are we living the RESULTS OF HIS PRESENCE WITHIN US??????
God must get so frustrated with humans whom He wants so bad to have an intimate relationship with but instead they choose religion. It is like trying to have a relationship with no love or joy or peace or goodness.
Religion does not satisfy the longing of the soul that deeply longs for Gods Relationship thru the Holy Spirit. God calls us His bride. We are called His beloved. This is what God has been stirring in my heart to speak to you. He is calling His people who are called by His name to come closer. He is calling for a heart to heart relationship.
Remember the fig tree that produced no figs, it did not reproduce any fruit. It was like the tree is like people who do produce the fruit of the spirit, they do not have or see the results of His Presence within them.
We can be just like that tree and have no fruit, no real love, no real peace, no real joy, no real kindness, no real goodness, no real faithfulness.
I remember years ago when we first moved hear. I started a job as a welder and metal fabricator. It was lunch time and we really did not have any money so i remember that day i would have oranges for my lunch. Behind the shop were a line of orange trees. I was so excited and super hungry. I picked about 4 oranges and pealed them and began to eat them. Oh my gosh, they were so nasty and bitter. I was so hungry. The guys i worked with knew about them and just let me. They were all laughing at me. I was disgusted. They told me they were, “Ornamental Orange trees.” They looked like real orange trees, but they were nasty and they were not eatable.
The Theme for this month is, “Enlighten.” I was praying and i seen the word like this, In Light In. The light comes in and now it is inside of me and it shines bright from within me to everything outside of me. It is like we become spiritual flashlights.
Bring both my flashlights, white light and black light for illustration.
The word Enlighten means to give someone greater spiritual knowledge, insight or understanding. Some synonyms are make aware, open someone’s eyes, notify, illuminate, set straight, put wise or wisdom, open the eyes of our understanding.
Someone said one time, there is no such thing as darkness, only the absence of light. When you walk into a dark room once you turn on the light there is no existence of darkness, only the absence of light.
When we are struggling, going thru the hardships and dark times of life we just need to turn on the light.
“And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people),”
EPHESIANS 1:18 AMP
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”
Ephesians 1:18 KJV
Prayer: the eyes: in the Greek mean vision, with wide open eyes as at something remarkable.
The word eyes is like how we would look upon our baby just born when they expected him not to make it. The eyes mean like they way you looked at your new bride or groom just before they announce you man and wife and you may kiss the bride.
I pray that the eyes, the vision so seeing the remarkable, miraculous of your understanding, means a Deep thought, exercise of, or to shine or to brighten up. In the Amplified they use the word HEART, the very center and core of your being.
This is a place from the inside out. The core of our being, The deep thought of our understanding seeing and shining form within to without.
The prayer is that our vision or inside our heart the core of our being and understanding be ENLIGHTENED.
The word Enlightened means, “illuminate, make manifest, MAKE TO SEE.
The regular flashlight allows me to see what is overshadowed by darkness. This black light allows me to see what even the flashlight can not see. It illuminates things like scorpions.
God is saying He wants us to ignite the vision of our core being and understanding. He wants to start a fire within us for Him and His ways, His power, His purpose, His Kingdom. Not a Sunday meeting, but a revival of the hearts. A revival that will burn on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, That will ignite for souls and people, that will fire up our hearts to help and serve Him and our community.
“‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.”
MATTHEW 15:8 AMP
God is saying I don’t want the religious Sunday meeting, i want your heart. I want your life. I want the results of my presence within us to produce to real fruit of the spirit. Not when you are trying to love, trying to be patience, trying to serve God. Trying, to do the right thing, not trying.
Trying is religion. Relationship is letting Him in and letting Him have control.
“The servant of the man of God got up early and went out, and behold, there was an army with horses and chariots encircling the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, “Oh no, my master! What are we to do?”” 2 KINGS 6:15 AMP
He sees the problem or challenge, and he speaks it. All he sees is the problem. He has not been enlightened.
“Elisha answered, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.””
2 KINGS 6:16 AMP
“Then Elisha prayed and said, “LORD, please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servants eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.”
2 KINGS 6:17 AMP