By Janet Weaver Smith – 1-8-2012 – ©gardenministries.org
(Authors note: I wrote this article on 1-8-2012 and find it as relevant now as then and am posting it to encourage us in our process of becoming one with Jesus)
How does the world know that we are in complete union with God?
Answer: John 17:21-23, they see and experience the glory of God in and through us.
Does Jesus receive glory through our complete union with Him?
Answer: Yes. John 17:10, “…and the glory has come to me through them.”
OUR NUMBER ONE PURSUIT AND PASSION IS COMPLETE UNION
The prayer of Jesus in John 17 for complete union with us will be fully answered.
For those of us who want to be called the Bride of Jesus Christ, our life goal is to have the witness of the Holy Spirit in and through us that bears the fruit of complete union with Jesus— The fruit of complete union with God is: dwelling in and delivering the GLORY of the Living God.
Are we in complete union with God yet?
Answer: “more than I was but I know there is more “entering in” available to me.” Philippians 3:10-16
Galatians 6:7-9 Keep going. Don’t let weariness dull your believing edge.
“Get Ready” means that we are asking God to pinpoint everything in us that is apart from him and to deal with everything in us that is independent of our full surrender to him as Lord of our life, not just Savior.
THE PATH TO ENTERING INTO THE GLORY IS VIA HUMILITY: Brokenness Precedes Revelation
The yielding process between God and us occurs in our daily circumstances. God deliberately engages us through daily opportunities that lead us into a state of brokenness—or not. In his faithfulness to our hearts and to his promises, and within the context of the assignments we have accepted from him, God brings us opportunities to grow—or not. These “opportunities” purposely exert greater pressure than our self-will can withstand (usually incubated within a “too-much-with-too-little” environment). This pressure creates a continual need to choose greater dependence on OR greater independence from God. I will continually get to the point where the end of me hits and a series of choices will be presented to continue my assignment and grow—or not.
THE PATH TO COMPLETE UNION WITH GOD AND THE FIRE OF HIS GLORY
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THE GLORY COMES TO THE HUMBLE OF HEART (Titus 2:12-14) THE PROCESS OF BREAKING IS THE PATH OF HUMILITY HOLINESS IS THE FRUIT OF COMPLETE UNION WITH GOD COMPLETE UNION WITH GOD MEANS THAT WE ARE COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON HIM HUMILITY IS COMPLETE DEPENDENCE ON GOD (Andrew Murray, “Humility”)
END OF ME SYMPTOMS –Symptoms Usually Hit Circumstances Surrounding our Assignment
Note: Be Encouraged when “End of Me Symptoms” occur. Breaking point is near.
Phase 1: Venting stage: self-discovery: “self” feels emotional explosions and/or implosions (not wrong) “I can’t do this anymore!” – “I’ve had it!” – “I’m so sick of this!” – “That’s it!” – “I can’t take it anymore!” – “Fill in your own words here _____!”
Phase 2: Venting stage: self-discovery: emotional explosion causes “self” to seek self-solution to problem (still not wrong) “I can’t take it anymore, so I won’t. I quit!” – “I’m not understood and never will be, I’m leaving!” “What’s the use, I don’t seem to fit in here anyway, I’m going to find someplace where I do.” “What’s wrong with me?” – “What’s wrong with these people?” – “Fill in your own words here___”
Phase 3: Decision-making stage (no neutral here, it is time to choose one way or the other):
GREATER DEPENDENCE (humility) OR GREATER INDEPENDENCE (self-will)
Self-Will (resisting God): Incomplete Assignment / Impatient with the Process
BREAKING FAITH—PATH TO SEPARATION: GREATER INDEPENDENCE: Apart from God Prolongs my time in the wilderness. Perpetuates immaturity and denies the glory of complete union.
• Self-will: doesn’t want to ask God and others for help, stops believing God about the assignment, stops or significantly reduces personal resources (time, emotions, money, energy) that engage me with the assignment: examples: showing up at the place, giving to and receiving from others. “Don’t tell me what to do.” “I can handle this. I can do it myself.” “I’m fine.”
• Self-will seeks to “go it alone.” Creates greater independence from God and the body he has called us to and lengthens our endurance process—we stay immature and do not enter into greater union with God as long as we are refusing God’s help to overcome self-will.
• Self-will withdraws by ignoring or rejecting others and by rejecting God’s grace.
• Self-will ultimately says, “I am closing my heart. I don’t trust you God. I will not be vulnerable.”
Humility (embracing the cross-Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23) Tips to Help us Grow Patient in the Process of Preparation
• Remember the anchor points of your faith. Through humility, we GROW INTO THE GLORY
• Love for God: Obedience, “those who love me will obey me.” (I John 2:5) Love is patient. (I Cor. 13)
• The fire is when the truth of my call to love God and love others hits my self-centeredness
• Religion gets turned into the REAL in the fire of love
• Assignment not over because he hasn’t said that it is.
• Talk to the people who you know God has joined you to in the assignment. Beware of isolation.
• See the opportunity to grow closer to God by turning to him for help in our brokenness and by refusing to act out any self-willed options.
• Engage the language of the garden: “Lord, not my will but your will be done.”
• Dependence/Humility: I acknowledge my powerlessness, my inability to go on this way, I need your help to keep going.
• Ask for the greater grace.
• Ask for the desire to ask for the greater grace to continue in this assignment.
• Recall and review the promises and prophecies over your life: Choose to believe them • Say out loud: Decreeing the promises and prophecies over your life
• Saying yes to Jesus because of who he is sets me free from self.