These three words keep ringing in my heart. I hear them echo in my ears as they sing from my lips. Lord we need your presence, we need your grace and power. Lord we need to seek your face, we need a fresh encounter…
Sometimes I think we get lost in a world of available teaching, good sermons, admonition on how we should be living to be a better, more successful Christian. We seek out inspirational messages on how to position ourselves for blessing. We love hearing lessons that spur us on to do the work of the ministry. We learn about giving, tithing, renewing the mind and spiritual warfare. These are all super, great, and necessary. Paul taught them as did the other books written by men of God.
Jesus taught these things himself. But everything He taught was for one purpose, to reveal the Father. Everything. It all revealed the heart of the Father. Jesus called Peter “blessed” when Peter declared Jesus to be the Son of the Living God. Why? Because he had his first encounter with the Father! He said man did not reveal this truth to you, but my Father in heaven! It could have read “Way to go Pete!! You just heard my Dad!! I’m going build my church on men who know how to encounter my Father, and nothing can take that away from you, the gates of hell will not prevail against the reality that My Father wants to reveal himself as YOUR Father too!
Do you realize that after Peter encountered Father intimately, and personally, the keys of the kingdom were given to him? Seriously, the power to bind and loose; understanding of God as Father is some serious stuff!
So in our sermons, in our studies, in our online teachings we are so devoted to, are we being drawn into the divine intimacy of God as Father, creator of our hearts, lover of our souls. Talk to me all day about how to live a Christian life, and I’ll take a book load of great notes. But tell me of the love of the Father, inspire me by letting me hear the hunger in your voice for his presence in your own life and I will desire it more for mine as well. Challenge me to get into the secret place of God’s heart. Rally me for the affection of God’s love as my Father.
This is what the body needs. To be taught to get alone, get quiet, and seek his face, FOR OURSELVES! Good teaching is good, but only infants should be getting all their food hand fed. A mature heart will not be satisfied until it learns from the Holy Spirit, not just from the latest most popular online video. Remember Peter was blessed when he had his own personal encounter with the Father….