Song of Solomon 5:2-8
Sometimes Jesus visits us when it is inconvenient.
Focusing on ourselves instead of our Lord will cause us to miss the day of His visitation.
Jesus was speaking to the Church (3:14,22) not unbelievers.
John saw a door opened in Heaven; the closed door is on our end of the ladder.
Jesus congratulated the sheep and condemned the goats regarding how they received and served Him.
The sheep and the goats both had the same response to His judgements:
“When did we see You?”
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Paul chastised the Corinthian congregation for eating their own meal instead of the Lord’s. He warned them that if they continued to eat the meal in an unworthy manner (without discerning the Lord’s Body) that they would continue to get sick and die from it.
Paul is the man to whom Jesus said regarding his persecution of the Church, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Paul understands that the Lord considers the Church to be Himself in some mystery. As Saul attacked the Church, he was attacking Jesus. As the Corinthians rejected and cursed each other, they were rejecting and cursing Jesus. What killed them was eating His body after cursing it.
He wants us to discern Him in each other when we gather, whether it is at Taco Bell, K-mart, or some meeting of the Church.
Stop and think about the Believers you know that you feel would be least likely to have any ministry to offer you. If Jesus, Who is being formed in each Believer as allowed, were to try to reveal Himself to you through them, could He? Could you discern Him?
Most of your body is water.
If you get dehydrated, your brain doesn’t work at full force. Each cell struggles to draw nutrition in and wash spent nutrients out. Your eyes get dry. Your throat gets dry. Your head hurts.
If you are working or playing hard, and don’t have enough water in your blood to turn into sweat, you can overheat. When you do sweat while dehydrated, you get more dehydrated.
If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Sometimes you are so dehydrated that your stomach is asking for water, not just your mouth and throat. It feels like hunger.
The time to do something about dehydration is before it happens. Drinking water before you are thirsty is called hydration. Just like breathing deeply before you run up stairs so that you are not out of breath when you get to the top.
Your spirit needs breath from Yahweh’s Spirit. You need it ahead of time all the time. You need to have a mind set on peace before you need peace. You need to have a mind filled with how awesome your God is before you hear how bad your circumstances just became.
You need to drink from the fountain of Living Water before you get thirsty. Read something or listen to something or someone that speaks of faith or agape or joy before you need those to be in your spirit for a quick response to a bad situation.
On purpose, ahead of time, make habits of pouring truth about Who your God is, and about who He says you are into your mind. Take responsibility for making Spiritual hydration available to yourself.
Drink often. Drink deeply.
Offer a drink of Life to your neighbor at every opportunity.
Here are some things you can’t do:
Love someone too much.
Forgive someone too many times.
Waste anything by giving too much of it to Jesus.
Grasp how much Jesus loves you.
Memorize too much Scripture.
Agree with a demon without losing something for having done it.
Get sick in Heaven.
Hide from Yahweh.
Prosper by cheating.
Fail to improve something by cheering up.
Imagine yet how valuable unity with other Believers is.
Yahweh responded to the building project at Babel with a word and a deed (Genesis 11). The word was a declaration that the people were united, and could, therefore, do ANYthing. The deed was to divide them into groups, separating them by the varied languages that He caused them to suddenly be able to speak.
From the perspective of the people, Yahweh had cursed them. He ruined their project, and He created division between them. This division is the root of racism, nationalism, even the contempt and competitive attitudes that arise between rival universities, generally related to their sports departments.
The division did not cause the “isms,” however. It simply exposed them. It was actually a blessing, not a curse. It was the voluntary empowerment from Yahweh that He gave to humans to make them able to proceed with His instructions to Noah – fill the earth.
Much of the discomfort that happens in our lives, seeming to be a hindrance, is really the King exercising His power to influence our futures by opening and closing doors. You cannot see His Kingdom until you are born of the Spirit.
Even then, you must be willing. Even better is to desire it.
Ask Him to show you how much of what you have been rebuking the devils over is really your Dad giving you a rebuke. Or maybe giving you an invitation.