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A Timely Word ~ Sunday, 2*1*2009~ “The Pressing In”

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The Word of God and the Anointing at RLFC was heavy today. I love when God is tangible at church.

What stuck out for me was the beginning scripture and the tone the sermon took.

John 17:17  Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

This is apart of the prayer that Jesus prayed. 

John 17:1 says:  “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father…”.

So Jesus was interceding for us long before His ascension. Cool!

This is where God has me…Seperating myself with the Word of God. It has been about four years now that I have seperated from the world.  There just is not anything out there for me. I written here about this on several occasions.

“Sanctify them” .

Sanctify means to set apart to a sacred or holy purpose.

Sacred means to set apart for the service or worship of  a deity.

So Jesus asked that we be set apart for the holy purpose of worshiping the Truth…and who is the Truth? Jesus!

Therefore:

We are to be set apart for the holy purpose of worshiping Jesus. And Jesus is the Word of God…the Word is alive in the form of the Holy Scriptures! The truth of God’s Word.

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A confirmation, a Word in season for me. I have felt, quite intensly of late that I am to turn my focus to God. That the work I need to focus on now, is not me, but rather my relationship with God.

I have felt a pressing sensation, a need to press forward, into God, into His presence. I have felt this shift before…amazingly, though, each shift is more intense, more permanent…and easier. I shared somewhere that the shift I am feeling of late feels slower, yet as if something is embedding itself within me.

I feel the amazing sensation of that thing Christians describe as a “knowing” or a “quickening”. Not in reference to something or someone seperate from me. Rather of something within me.

Pastor said this today;  

” If  we want to see what we have never seen, we must do what we have never done.”

We as a church, as a church family, as individual families and individuals, have been doing just that. In the midst of what looks like a very scary world outside of the sanctuary doors, we have, in all of the descriptions above, unified together and reached forward to God the Father.

We’ve reached for guidance, protection and for the Kingdom. We’ve looked to one another for support in our situations. We have prayed and stood in faith for our church, each other and ourselves. Essentially, for the most part, as a unified church family we have only sought God in all areas and the breakthrough has begun.

God’s blessings, favor and promises have begun to manifest among us. It is the most amazing thing to witness. My heart feels as if it has expanded…I feel each beat and, for lack of a better description, it is so very full it is almost painful. Yet it is so far from pain I cannot explain it in mere words.

So how does one “Sanctify oneself “?  With the Word of God, of course.

1. Pray with/for others – revelation is found when you pray with others. Be bold in prayer and pray as a team.

2. Search the Word – answers and revelation are always in the Word.

3. Don’t Panic – do not be moved by what is going on in the natural. Resist the enemy’s attempts to make your focus waiver.

4. Trust God! – speak God’s promises out loud to quiet your soul (mind). * Important: there is no room for selfishness in the anointing. Resist your flesh; quiet the soul!

5. Sow – sowing reaps harvest. When you pray, needs are met. When you give, you receive. When you tithe you prosper…you get the idea.

This season in the LORD is the “Pressing In”

In all areas, press into God. Seek His face, His counsel, His heart, His desires and on and on…

Sanctify yourself in Truth; Sanctify yourself in the Word; Sanctify yourself in the Word which is the Truth!

Sanctified by Truth

Sanctified by Truth

 

“…stepping into the Irresistible Future with God!”

 

Blessings

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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