I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. (Eph 3:16)
The chains of pride are strong and resist falling off of us unless we fight with Supernatural powers that are beyond us. If we don’t fight and allow it to hang around by giving ourselves pompous self-talk or by receiving flattery from others it will become a stronghold and keep us from experiencing God in BIG ways. Matthew 11 says, The Kingdom of God suffers harm and the violent take it by force. Do you fight for this and wrestle with God or do you just walk past it and dismiss the relevance because of your knowledge and the fact that you do not understand it? We are meant to not quit our hold without the blessing from God, just as Jacob wrestled with God in Genesis 32:26. My prayer this morning to the Lord is: ‘Bless me. Bless me indeed. Enlarge my territory.’
Jesus Himself spoke this of John the Baptist: “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!” (Matt 11:11)
John did not take thought to the transitory cares of this life because he was so consumed with WHO Jesus was that it became his purpose to point others to Him not himself. He wanted people to focus on Jesus not on himself. And because of that Jesus said there was no one greater than him; in the understanding that he lived under which was the baptism of repentance. Yet Jesus said the least person in the Kingdom is greater than John. If we can grasp the understanding of the baptism of the Holy Spirit how much more of God and His Presence do we have the ability to enter into? The Kingdom of Heaven is at our fingertips and all we have to do is humble ourselves, say and believe less of me and more of you Jesus, and reach in faith for it because the violent take it by force (Matt 11:12). Not such force as we might imagine but by pleading with our Heavenly Father to humble us and give us the grace we need to enter that place of satisfaction, to fulfill the deepest parts of our being. We cannot live in regret. We cannot compare ourselves. We may have been in 1 place at one time in our lives and have wandered but Godly sorrow leads to repentance. We have to allow ourselves to feel truly sorry for missing God or maybe turning our backs on things He once revealed to us, and just GET UP and strive to enter into the Kingdom; deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23). The Kingdom of God is not a matter of meat or drink, neither is it expressed in mere words, its one of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17, 1 Cor 4:20). It involves signs and wonders that can only be explained by pointing to Jesus. Involving faith, healing – spiritual and physical, release from bondage, a change of heart and of life – a transformation that comes only by the WORD and the Spirit which makes us free. These show a lost and dying world that we serve a GREAT GOD.
John spent much time alone just him and God and he had a right perspective of life. It’s not about us its about HIM. Less of me and more of Him. Take the focus off me and turn it to Him, point others to Him. Don’t look at me, look at HIM. Because HE IS THE ANSWER. I don’t have the answers. HE DOES. Look to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.
Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes on not what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal (2 Cor 4:17).