“Seeing pictures or visions from God is one of the most incredible ways you will ever encounter your Father God or Jesus. In a visual form He can show you His feelings for you, or give you a picture of your relationship with Him, in a way words simply cannot do. These encounters are always life-changing. Each picture will define your relationship with Him at that given time and season of your life. ” Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons: developing the intimacy with God you already have.
Did you know that one of the most difficult challenges you, as a child of God face, is being free from the self imposed burden of comparing yourself to others? Sometimes your comparison may have to do with maturity, ministry or service. Other times you’ll find yourself watching the way someone else worships, prays or even soaks thinking, “I need to be more like so and so.”
So you go home and start praying more, worshipping more, reading Scripture more, even soaking more. There is something in you that says if you just did more… You fill in the blank with whatever it is that makes you think, that to really please the Father and receive His blessing you need to do more.
But just as we talked about the divergent ways the Father demonstrates His love and affection, so it is with the journey of your life with Him. When Jesus was preparing the disciples for His crucifixion He told them that the Father would be sending Holy Spirit to them, whose job it was to lead them into all truth – not just some truth or partial truth. He also said, “I still have a lot of things to tell you, but you’re not ready to hear them just yet.” (Jn. 16:12)
“I have so much more to say, but you cannot absorb it right now. The Spirit of truth will come and guide you in all truth. He will not speak His own words to you; He will speak what He hears, revealing to you the things to come and bringing glory to Me. The Spirit has unlimited access to Me, to all that I possess and know, just as everything the Father has is Mine. That is the reason I am confident He will care for My own and reveal the path to you.” John 16:12-15 (VOICE)
The same is true today as it was in Jesus’ time. There are many things He still wants to tell and show everyone of us, but Holy Spirit can only teach us what it is we are able to understand and live out of in the moment we are in. Not yesterday – which is gone. Not tomorrow – which has yet to come. Just now. Right here, in this moment, which is as unique to each of us as is the hair on our head and the DNA in our cells.
Which also means that what Peter said about each of us having already received everything we need for life and godliness by Their virtue and power, means that in this very moment, the Father has given you everything you need to totally please Him. To put a smile on His face in this very moment…and the next….and the next.
So instead of looking at others and thinking or entertaining the idea that you need to do more, be more or get something else from God to really please Him, remember what Scripture says – you already have everything and Holy Spirit loves helping you discover the truth of exactly what it is you’ve been given.
Are there areas of your life that you’re struggling in, thinking if only….? During your intimate times with Abba start asking Holy Spirit to show you not only where you struggle, but of the fullness of Jesus you already possess. (Jn. 1:16) Then ask Holy Spirit to renew your mind and show you how to live and rest in this moment and the next and the next.