The Personal Wilderness 

“(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)” – Numbers‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭

Did you know that scripture records Moses as being the meekest man on earth, but he didn’t start out that way. In fact one of his first actions after stepping into the knowledge of his call was to kill a man in anger. He defended the beaten Israelite by striking down the Egyption that beat him, causing Moses to have to flee into a personal wilderness. In this personal wilderness Moses found his wife and spent 40 years tending his father in laws sheep while his self and pride was stripped away and he learned to be a humble selfless obedient servant of God.

Only once Moses himself had learned these lessons in his personal wilderness season, was he then qualified and commissioned by God to lead others through their’s, where they would have to learn the same lessons.

The Israelite’s spent 40 years in the wilderness learning the necessity of laying down self will for obedience to the will and wisdom of God, but Moses had to do it twice. Once for Himself to learn and then again to lead others in the learning of it. At times on this journey the Israelites would come to challenge Moses or the decisions that God had led him to make. They often proclaimed that they were just as holy as he or just as qualified to lead because they were all in this wilderness together, but what they failed to realize was that this was not Moses’s first wilderness, however it was there’s. Furthermore, they didn’t see the reality that Moses (having already gone through his own wilderness) did not have to be in this wilderness with them but was there in humble sacrificial obedience only to help lead them through their’s. In this did Moses have to endure two wildernesses while they only had to endure one.

This is a very real reason why scripture tells us not to envy spiritual leaders, teachers, and ministers. They can’t teach what they haven’t experienced for themselves, therefore must they endure great personal wildernesses that most don’t see in order to learn the lessons required to be able to lead others through their corporate wilderness that they do see. Not only are ministers held to a higher weight of accountability in eternity, but true called of God leaders also endure greater trial in this life for the sake of learning the deep lessons of God that they might transfer them to those that God entrust unto them. This wilderness college is God’s method of testing, training, and equipping those He desires to use. 

The wilderness is where you try everything your way and see how it doesn’t work, until you surrender to try it God’s way and see that it’s the only way that works. It’s where your independence is lost and dependence on God is gained. It’s where you learn to hear God’s voice, trust, and obey it. The first time Moses ever heard God speak was in his own personal wilderness, that by the time he had to lead others through their’s he was well versed in seeking, hearing, and obeying that he not act of his own will and lead them astray from God’s. 

Don’t try to get ahead of God and skip your wilderness or you’ll end up spiritually killing people instead of saving them. Before his personal wilderness Moses was rash, prideful, ambitious, arrogant, and he killed a man. After his wilderness he was the meekest man on earth and saved a nation. Don’t get ahead of God. Don’t forsake small beginnings. Don’t forsake the wilderness. 

“For who hath despised the day of small things? …” – Zechariah‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭

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How To Bare Good Fruit

Girl-reading-book-“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” – John‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭

Matthew chapter 7 tells us that not everyone who claims the Name of Jesus will inter heaven but only those who do the will of His Father. He says this in clarification of His previous statement that every tree which does not produce good fruit (that being the peaceable fruits of righteousness mentioned in Hebrews 12:11) will be cut down and cast into the fire. Then in Galatians chapter 5:22 we find out exactly what those good fruits are; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, and the crucifying of the lust of the flesh. It is not only God’s will that we walk in these basic Christian characters of Holy living for which He created us from the very beginning to do, but the Apostle Paul takes it a bit further by stating not only is it God’s will but it is, as Christians, our reasonable duty! That is to say, the least we should expect ourselves to do if we truly believe in who and what He is, and in what He has willingly done for us.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” – Romans‬ ‭1:17-20‬ ‭

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” – Hebrews‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭

“Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭

So in this we see that we must produce good fruit, fruits of righteousness, Holy fruits reflecting the Holy character of the Holy Spirit of the Holy God which we claim lives in us and thus should shine forth through us. Yet, we read in our opening passage that we cannot produce this good fruit by ourselves, but only by abiding in Christ can this fruit be produced through us. So how do we abide? Jesus told us that if we love Him we will keep His commandments. Loving Jesus, truly loving Him with a faithful committed selfless serving abiding love is the key to obedience and joyful submission to the will of God in the same way that truly loving someone will produce these same characteristics in them toward her spouse or spouse to be.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” – 1 John‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭

“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” – John‬ ‭15:9-14‬ ‭

You see if we truly love God, we will desire to abide, to be with Him, to hear from Him, to be pleasing to Him, and to obey Him. Love makes it a joy to do these things rather then a task or work in the same manner that if I cook and serve a meal to people that I do not love I am merely their servant and this is my work (like being a waiter for example), however if I cook and serve a meal to my husband and family whom I love, the task is not grievous to me but a joy because I love them and want to serve with love, in love, because of love. So you see, Love is the key.

Now that you are beginning to see the process you might ask, how do I fall in love with Jesus? The same way you truly fall in love with anyone, you spend time with them. Which brings us full circle back to “abiding”, which simply means “to be with”. How will you know what God’s will is if you don’t spend time with Him to get to know Him? How will you know how wonderful and loving and worthy of love He is unless you spend time with Him to get to know Him? How will you learn His character and faithfulness that you might fall in love with it unless you spend time with Him? How will you know what His commandments and desires for you are unless you spend time talking with Him and hearing from Him that you might joyfully obey when He does speak, knowing of whom you have been spoken to. This is why when Martha rebuked Marry for not helping her work, Jesus rebuked Martha saying that Marry was “doing what was needful”. The key word there was “needful”. Martha’s work was fruitless because she was never told to do it, while Mary was abiding waiting on a word from The Word that she might obey and bare fruit, not her fruit, the labor of her own will, ability, and logic, but His. Take time today to put everything away and pray. Get to know Jesus and you will fall in love with Him and His commands will no longer be grievous to you but a joy making it easy to bare those good fruits. Talk to Him, listen to Him, praise Him, abide with Him. Get a word from The Word and stand on that word in faith and it will be your greatest joy to not only obey it, but also to see Him move mountains to see it through stirring both your faith in Him and love for Him all the more. By this, my friend, do you grow in grace.

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” – John‬ ‭15:7-8‬ ‭

“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” – 2 Peter‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭
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Waiting On The Word!

Woman Relaxing On Mountain Top“And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them. And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.” – Exodus‬ ‭24:13-18

As Moses waited on God, the people waited on Moses. Though the glory of God was known to reside on this particular mountain, God did not reveal Himself to Moses immediately upon his arrival. Six days, Moses waited on God there in that place of reverence, worship, and prayer; and on the seventh day, God spoke and Moses entered in.

Many would have simply seen or experienced the existence of the presence of the cloud then spent the rest of their lives talking about it. “Oh, the glory of God fell like a cloud on that mountain that day, you should have been there. I was there, it was something to behold“….. But not Moses, he was less concerned with beholding the cloud and more concerned about meeting with (and hearing from) the God of the cloud face to face. He was not so impressed with the prestige of claiming to have experienced the presence of the glory of God and was more impressed with God Himself. He was less in love with God’s power then He was with God Himself. He wasn’t seeking a show, He was seeking to be shown and therefore, did he wait patiently for 6 days for God to show up and speak to Him. Not just the glory cloud, not just the presence, but God Himself, The Word, because in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, therefore Moses waited for that Word, and when he finally heard the Word, He went knowing that God had shown up.

How many times have we come to that place where we know the presence of God abides? That place of personal worship and prayer? We sit there and behold the glory, we know that God inhabits the praises of His people, so we sit and wait for Him there… Well for a few minutes anyway, then our mind wonders, we get distracted, we pull back into the thoughts, things, and chores of this world and wonder why God never showed up for us (the many) like He does for the few. We sing the songs “we wait for You” but we will rarely wait longer then it takes to sing the words. Moses waited 6 days. Let that sink in. Moses, one of the closest men to God in all of human history, waited 6 days, who do you think you are that you would expect God to serve you with less? We can rarely wait 60 minutes in desperation and hunger for God, much less 6 days.

If you want a real encounter with God, find your mountain top, get alone in the presence of His glory, and wait for Him. He may not come immediately, but if you desire Him enough to wait, He will surely come. Pray, praise, worship, and wait, in this we minister to God that He might show up and minister to us. You see, even as the people waited on Moses, so Moses waited on God because no man (not even Moses) is worthy to minister to others until God has first ministered to Him. So stop talking about the cloud, the glory, the thing you saw afar off but was never truly called into because you would not wait on God and start seeking Him who created the cloud and manifest the glory.

All of the Israelite’s were called into promise but they would not even wait for Moses to come down off the Mountain with the Word of God before they started creating their own services, feast, and god. Moses was chosen because He chose to wait on God until he heard a Word from The Word, and then obeyed that Word. In this we see why many are called but few are chosen. So choose to stop and wait on the Word, because when He Himself becomes more important to you then either His power or even His glory, then will He come and truly invite you into it where there is more then goosebumps and manifestations, there is conversation and revelation. So be faithful in the waiting or you’ll never get past the point of talking about “what you’ve seen“, to the point of talking about “who you’ve seen“.

And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.” – Exodus‬ ‭24:16-18

“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” – Matthew‬ ‭25:23‬ ‭

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭

“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – Galatians‬ ‭1:11-12‬ ‭

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” – Acts‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭