What does God want from me?

What does God want from me?

Eph. 1:16-23

Intro: Have you ever wondered what exactly does God want from you? His answer is, He wants you. He chose you for His bride. He wants you to know Him.

Paul’s prayer that we should pray for ourselves.

K. Hagin prayed this 6 months and life totally changed. I’ve been praying this for the past 3 weeks for you and me.

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of ____. By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light that you may know what is the hope of ___ calling, and what the riches of the glory of ____ inheritance in the saints, . . .”  Eph. 1:16-17

What are the 3 missing words?

Him, His, His

The goal of life is all about knowing Him intimately and deeply, as He really is. I remember when I first loved Jesus because I had a revelation of His love for me. He put a hunger in me for Him, so that only He can satisfy it. It was like a love affair began. After a while I got busy with duties and noticed the love affair had faded. Not because of lack of love, but because I became too busy with duties.

          Some of the busyness came from Xn duties. What’s wrong with being busy for the Lord’s service? (See I Cor. 13:2-3. Doing all these sacrificial things profits me nothing!)

          Service separated from relationship = zero

The enemy tries to get us to focus on living the Christian life more than on Christ Himself!

You tube video clip of Lucy in the candy factory

Salvation is not just a matter of Jesus coming into our lives. This idea keeps man the center with Jesus as an addition or enhancement. To become a Christian means we enter into HIS LIFE.

-        John 14:6, John 15, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:3-4, Acts, 17:28

God’s glory is manifested when Christ is manifested in and through us.

PIC of vase and flowers

We are the vase that is to display His life. For this to happen we must follow the words of John the Baptist. “He must increase and I must decrease.” (The decrease only happens as we hand over control, ownership, including our trials and suffering to Him.)

          Ill. Married to Pam 42 years this 9-11. Do I know all there is to know about her after 42 married years? No. Every year I am amazed that our love grows deeper every year. It’s the same way in knowing God. I’ve known God for 42 years also and I can tell you there is no bottom to this well. He is calling us into a deeper love, “rooted and grounded in love.”

What does “knowing Him deeper” look like?

          Example: After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus two discouraged disciples walked the road to Emmaus. A stranger joined them on their walk. They did not recognize it was the resurrected Jesus. He asked why they were so depressed.

          They said haven’t you heard the news. Jesus of Nazareth, Who was a mighty prophet of God was just crucified by the Romans because of the chief priests and our rulers who condemned Him to death. We had hoped that He would free Israel from Roman rule but they killed Him.

-        To them, Jesus was simply a means to an end to make their lives more comfortable – better, an enhancement.

-        Because of their wrong beliefs they were depressed/defeated.

-        If they had believed the prophets, then they would have understood that God orchestrated all this and be rejoicing!

We need fresh eyes to see what God wants us to see.

 It’s been 3 days and now some ladies who went to the tomb said they found His body missing, and they also said they saw a vision of angels which said He was alive. Others who heard this went to tomb themselves and saw the body was gone but did not see Him alive. Then Jesus said to them,

“O fools and slow to believe and trust in all the prophets have spoken: Wasn’t it necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things before entering into His glory and majesty?”  Luke 24:25-26

We still face the same challenge as they:

1.   Not having spiritual revelation of HIM in His Word.

2.   Slow in believing His Word.

God does not want us to read the Word just to find out what we need to do and go away with a bunch of laws to do. He wants to open the scriptures to see Him.

How can we see Jesus in the Word?

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets He explained to them all the scriptures about how they were referring to Him.”

-        Story tell verses 28-30. Drawing closer to Emmaus (which means warm springs). Reading Word washes, uncovers what is covering your spiritual eyes from seeing Jesus.

-        He ate with them and broke bread giving thanks to God and suddenly

“Their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight.”   Luke 24:31

Why did He vanish? It is more important for us to see Him by faith in His Word than in the flesh. If the disciples’ faith in Jesus was based only on seeing Jesus in the flesh, then what hope would we have?

The eyes of our heart must see Him. An unseen Christ is unexperienced, untasted to see how good He really is.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart be enlightened . . .” 

Eph. 1:18 NAS

ill. Lady (Victoria) –  witnessed to her she asked me if I ever seen Jesus myself, in person – I said YES – I had to explain not in physical like you think but I have seen Him. I don’t think she believed me. My first revelation of Jesus is what began a chain reaction of changes still being made in my life today for the better.

Ill. One time I asked God where do You want me to read in Your Bible today? HS said to me – Pick any place and I’ll meet you there! I’ve read the Bible through many times. But there are things there you have already read but you did not see until HS reveals it to you.

It is the ministry of HS to bring us revelation of Jesus. Jesus said of HS

“HE (Holy Spirit) shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” John 16:14

How do we see Jesus in the Word?

It is not education you need, but revelation.

Start praying Ephesians 1:17-ff pray for yourself daily.

Lord, I ask You to give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the deep intimate knowledge of You. I ask you to flood the eyes of my understanding with light, so that I may know what is Your hope in calling me to Yourself. . .

Watch what will happen in the next few weeks:

“HE (Holy Spirit) shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” John 16:14

ill. I believe when Jesus walked these 2 disciples through Genesis He took time in Genesis 22 where Abraham offered up his son Isaac. Hidden in this is a beautiful picture of what Jesus came to do.

     Maybe he said it like this. What Abraham and Isaac arrived at the place of sacrifice, Isaac looked directly at his father and said. “Papa, I see the fire, and the wood, but where is the lamb?” That question must have ripped Abrahams heart down the middle. He calmly replied, “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb.” He was speaking more prophetically than he knew!

     When he was about to slay his son, God said, “Don’t slay him but look.” He saw a male lamb caught in the thicket of thorns by it’s horns.

“Abraham lifted up his eyes and LOOKED (perceived, considered). .”

Gen. 22:13

     He saw something that he could only see by revelation from God.

He saw a prophetic vision of the true Lamb of God, that God would provide Himself as the sacrificial Lamb. How do I know this?

Ill. In Jesus’s day the Pharisees mocked Him after He said these words. Jesus said, “Abraham rejoiced to see My day. He saw it and was glad. ” You are not fifty years old, and you claim to have seen Abraham? He replied, “Before Abraham was, I AM.”  John 8:56-58

What did Abraham rejoice at? Revelation from God. That day on Mount Moriah Abraham saw a prophetic picture of Jesus (God Himself) would become His Sacrificial Lamb. So from this revelation he called the place Yehovah Yireh – God will see to it, or the Lord will provide.

Concl: Why is this important for us? God told Abraham, “Now I know that You love ME because you have not withheld your only son, the son you love from Me.

Do you know why God said that and it is recorded for us to read those same words?

It is so we today can believe and say with confidence,

“Dear God, now I know that You love me because You have not withheld Your Only Son, the Son Whom You love dearly, but You gave Him us to die on the cross for me, as my Sacrificial Lamb.

Did you know this – I mean really see this today. It is what the HS has received from Jesus to reveal it intimately to you.

     Don’t forget in Abraham’s case God stopped him from sacrificing Isaac. In Jesus’s case, no one stopped the sacrifice. No one spared God’s heart the grief. The entire story reveals the Father’s heart for you.

God does not treat sin lightly. It must be judged to the fullest extent of God’s law. The wages of sin is death with no appeal. When you see Jesus unveiled in the scriptures like this you will occupied with Him. I pray you have your own Emmaus walk with Jesus. Let Him bathe you in His Word and open the eyes of your heart.

Life is all about Him and His calling to you.

     We need fresh eyes – HS to flood our hearts with His light to see Jesus in everything we are involved in.

Like a GPS when you fail to follow the instructions to your route.

It will say, Recalculating route

Maybe you hear the HS whispering this idea to you today. Get back to the love affair you once had with Jesus. I have been praying for all of us Eph. 1:17 prayer.