I can relate and resonate with so much of this post, that I had to share it with you dear readers! I also welcome this meaning of the “narrow way” as it is my experience as well; it is in the travail that our new life, born of God, comes to fruition! “I am in travail until Christ be formed in you” Just as Jesus went through intense suffering for the Joy on the other side of the cross, we suffer with him, die with him, resurrect with him and share his Joy, complete Joy, Christ’s fullness of Joy when we receive all the fullness of God when we KNOW the Love of Christ as we are seated in heavenly places in Him! Be still and KNOW; go through the floods and fire and enter the promised land: a new heaven and a new earth (NHONE)!
“Beloved by God, he has chosen you; for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction…for you received the word in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit…you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God…waiting for your personal second coming from Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” 1 Thess 1:2-10
“When he comes to you, receive him…stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God…see that you fulfill the ministry which you have received in the Lord…Grace be with you” Colossians 4:10b-18
The ministry we have received is the Spirit of the living God written on our hearts to be ministers of a new covenant, not the law that kills, but the Spirit giving us new life. If we KNOW we abide in Christ as Christ abides in us, we can bear the same fruit as the tree of life we have been grafted on! Be fruitful and multiply Christ’s spiritual fruit! Root in Christ, in Love Itself, and bear fruit of pure Love of our Father and Son, by his Spirit, our new Life!
I have recently found myself in a bit of a predicament recently, I have struggled to pray in groups, with a heart full of prayer, but nothing coming to my mouth. It was worst last Tuesday, the 10th of May. It was getting towards the end of the prayer meeting and someone began to pray the words of a song that had come to mind “Open the eyes of our hearts, open the ears of hearts”, something like that. The general feeling was that we need our eyes and ears open to see and hear what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us. As soon as that prayer was finished and as I continued to wrestle, the Holy Spirit spoke to me immediately something like:
“Why would I speak when the ears of my people are closed to the Truth, and their mouths are closed from speaking it?”
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