Here are a couple of my observations:
“I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. If I alone testify about Myself, My testimony is not true." — John 5:30-31
Jesus states clearly here that nothing He does is outside the Father's will because He only seeks the Father's will. In fact, much of John is Jesus saying He is there to do the Father’s will and that all He does is what the Father has shown Him. Jesus shows us how crucial it is to be completely dependent upon Abba.
Yet we so often try to carry our situations on our own because we want to be strong in our faith and not waver. It’s a vicious circle though because when we attempt to do that we are essentially standing alone and separating ourselves from God’s supply of strength. Even Paul sought to do this and God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you because for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
I emphasized “for you,” because that statement would stand alone fine without it. Yet God directed it at Paul, I believe, because that’s how personal Abba is with us. When we are weak, God’s power is perfected. So let’s be weak! Lord, perfect Your mighty power in our weakness!
Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. — John 13:1
Did you catch those two phrases? “Having loved His own” and “He loved them to the end”? I believe that we are part of this, my friends. We are part of Jesus’ own and I make that argument from two places. One, Jesus IS the resurrection (as He tells Martha after Lazarus died), meaning He did it once and did it for all of us. When He was on that cross it wasn’t just His disciples He was seeing. It was all of mankind.
And two, take a look at how Jesus prayed for us in John 17:20-23:
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”
It's absolutely astonishing to read those words and begin to understand that Jesus is in us and we are in Him, Who is in the Father. Yesterday as I continued to study in John, the Holy Spirit put the pieces together for me. This is what I shared on Facebook:
"As Christians we spend so much time trying to be like Jesus that we forget the work is done. Christ saved us and dwells in us. We walk in Abba's favor and His love in us is a mighty force waiting to be released on the world. Let's walk like we believe this. Let's be Believers!"
Lord Jesus, help us to truly take this truth in and live in it every day! Everything that truly matters in this life is our place in You, Jesus, and that You are in us. Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing such an amazing work in each and everyone of us. We love You so much! Let our lives bring You glory, Jesus! Amen!
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!
Love you all so much!
Lynn, I couldn't stop reading this book! It is the best you have written! It's a "self-help-bible-based-do-it-yourself-demon-slaying-victory-winning book" like no other I've ever read. I learned some new prayer points as well as clarification on what exactly does my situation mean. Everyone who reads this will want their bible, notebook and the Holy Spirit sitting next to them as they strategize with the tools you've given! -Barb