Each of us encounters the risen Lord. One primary way we encounter Him is through personal encounters unique for every person — intimate and private.
We grow in our awareness that God knows and understands us with love and compassion. What we find in the process is that God draws us to know and understand Him. He does so personally: to a gardener, He reveals Himself and speaks through the gardening process; to the fisherman, through fishing; to the shepherd through sheep; to a parent, through a child. He meets us where we are and ministers to us through personal experiences and situations so we can know Him for ourselves. Mary recognized Jesus after He had risen when He called her by name. This showed His knowledge, love and care for her like only He could. When we seek the Lord, amid our tears, we will find Him closer than we ever expected.
The personal relationship we have with the Lord is such an individual experience we cannot compare it with others. We can never think that one is experiencing the Lord more than another, because it’s not the more or less, it’s the one on one. It can never be the same, because God’s ways are new every day. Familiarity can hinder our hearing from God through a fresh approach. We are taught not to take things personally, but that doesn’t apply to what comes from the Lord: it is personal, from glory to glory!
John 20:15-16 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
When we believe in the Lord’s presence and power, we seek after Him with desperation in every situation.
As the woman with the issue of blood pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of the Lord’s garment, she knew she would be healed when she reached that point. She believed she would be healed if only she could touch Him. That day there were many others around the Lord crowding and pressing against Him; but they were not believing and seeking Him the way this woman was. She was reaching to submit to His authority, His Word, His Lordship. There was a throng of people around Him; only one touched Him. At the very moment that she touched Him, Jesus perceived power going out from Him.
We believe in who He is with all our hearts. We seek after the cloud, not the crowd. We believe His Word is true and trust the manifestation of His glory. We touch Him as we worship and commune with Him, in spirit and in truth, from glory to glory!
Luke 8:45-46 “And Jesus said, ‘Who touched Me?’ When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, ‘Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, Who touched Me?’ But Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.’ ”
The Lord told the disciples that when they go into a city to heal the sick, and are rejected, to shake the dust off their feet. He said the Kingdom would come near them anyway. In other words, rejection cannot hinder the release of what comes from God. It is manifested, whether it is received or not. When it’s not received, it hinders people from walking in what God brings to them, but it never diminishes the reality of God.
When the spirit of rejection moves through others to us, we feel inadequate, inferior and insecure. It’s our adversary, satan, who is the author of such lies. Through his lies, fueled with fear, he tempts us to believe we are rejected by God and other people. The spirit of antichrist comes against the truth. The truth is: we are accepted in the beloved, Jesus the Christ. All that pertains to the Lord is released through us, everywhere we go and in whatever we do. God loves us, is for us, and through Christ, we can do all things.
In and through Christ, we are secure and able. Others might refuse to accept who Christ is, but we submit to who He is. We accept who we are in Him. We do not hesitate to allow the Holy Spirit to move through us. We shake the dust off our feet because our feet carry His glory with every step. We do not let rejection shake us; we shake it off, from glory to glory!
Luke 10:8-11 “Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ ”
God is with us in our daily activities and as we are aware of His presence–we welcome Him in everything we do. We fellowship with Him moment by moment and don’t meet with others without Him. There are also times when we purposely focus on spending time alone with Him. It’s in these times of intimacy that we are transformed by His glory.
Hanging out with Jesus enables us to become like Him. The same is true with other relationships. We become like those we hang out with and without realizing it pick up habits or expressions from those companions. We must guard against anything that conflicts with the Christ-like character we are developing day-by-day. We are able to discern and break free from wrong associations as we increase our time with the Lord. Our holy boldness, surety in our steps, and ability to withstand opposition increases as we grab hold of who we are in Christ.
It is not our training or our education that makes us effective for the Kingdom. We are effective because we receive His knowledge and wisdom as the Holy Spirit coaches us in the things of the Kingdom. The boldness birthed from the confidence we have in Him is visible and tangible. As we fellowship with Jesus and have communion with Him, His characteristics become ours from glory to glory.
Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
Every member of the body of Christ has a very important part in the plans and purposes of God. Just as the joints of our physical bodies work together in an amazing fashion, each one of us contributes an effective share to the whole. We personally obey the leading of the Lord with the grace our God supplies and we know we are linked to other’s walk of obedience as well.
This is seen so clearly in couples. One may be willing to work on the relationship, but if the other is not, the unity and victory pursued is hindered. It is difficult for the one who is giving their all to stand when the other is only making a very little effort, if any. One gives their best, and then they need to trust God to intervene and lead the others to do their part. In all relationships and for all that pertains to the growth of the Body–prayer and unity are the most effective weapons.
Prayer and agreement help uphold the other parts, and bring forth obedience to the Lord. As the Lord unites us together so we may conform to Him, let us pray together for one another with the understanding that in Him, we are members of the same body. As we walk in love, and with love–every joint is being strengthened. The Holy Spirit is leading everyone to fulfill their call, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 4:15-16 … but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.