Lesson 14

To Rejoice in Him

We can rise up into the thermals of His presence and experience silent glory, lifting higher, weightless on wings of worship, connecting with Him in the beauty of His radiance, His calm, His peace.

Like a garment, His presence covers your being. In Him you are surrendered to do His will. His radiance electrifies your being into life, health, vision and boldness – His life transcending your own, changing, transforming, perfecting, beautifying, new life – it’s supernatural.

You walk this new life in Him, His presence radiating within, giving courage, conviction, faith in Him for His works, watching Jesus do His work. He is, He does, He changes things, He is, everlastingly is.

‘I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,

my soul shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.’

(Isaiah 61:10)

How can this be? Only by coming to Jesus, receiving His forgiveness and new life, can free us to become in Him what He originally created us to become.

‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.’

(1 Peter 1:3–9)

Also in Romans we read:

‘For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation.’

(Romans 5:10–11)

When we receive what Jesus has done for us and live this life out for Him, so God will rejoice over us.

‘For as a young man marries a virgin,

so shall your sons marry you,

and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,

so shall your God rejoice over you.’

(Isaiah 62:5)

Is this not the highest rejoicing we can ever know, God and man rejoicing over each other, rejoicing out of pure love? He has done such great and mighty works for us.

‘As he was drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen.’

(Luke 19:37)

Let us rejoice in Him, let us praise His name.

‘This is the day which the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.’

(Psalm 118:24)

‘Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord,

exulting in his deliverance.’

(Psalm 35:9)

‘But let all who take refuge in thee rejoice,

let them ever sing for joy;

and do thou defend them,

that those who love thy name may exult in thee.

For thou dost bless the righteous, O Lord,

thou dost cover him with favour as with a shield.’

(Psalm 5:11–12)

These are wonderful, wonderful promises to rejoice over. Nothing on this earth can compare with the glorious exalted joy that we find in Jesus through what He has done for us.

It is His presence within that becomes the source of our life and being. It is the heart connection we find in Him. We can get so close into the presence of God that His presence becomes almost thick on us, that it stays with us during the whole day. Maybe seeking this presence may take hours, but it is so worth it. Then the Lord may speak to you as He did to me:

‘Yes, My child, seek My presence continually for truly this is the essence of life, for surely this is the essence of your faith. This is where your life can become a sweet aroma pleasing in My sight. This is where your life and ministry takes on a new dimension in Me. This is when My Holy Spirit can operate through your life. This is when you shall see Me move through you in ways that will make you marvel, for it shall be I, your Holy God, that shall do it.’

He then showed me a scripture that made me have to read what He showed me a second time at a deeper level.

‘Sing to him, sing praises to him,

tell of all his wonderful works!

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Seek the Lord and his strength,

seek his presence continually!’

(1 Chronicles 16:9–11)

To live in the presence of God continually is to seek Him continually, not just the time set aside for Him, but throughout the day, during the daily chores and activities. This will help us to dwell in Jesus moment by moment. This will cause us to test each action before we do it, to hopefully stay away from sin.

This constant living for Him is a powerful new dimension, to be fully surrendered to Him. I know I need the Lord every second of my life, that His will may be done in and through my life, to be clothed in His presence continually. As Isaiah 61:10 says: ‘he has clothed me with the garments of salvation.’ Is this continual clothing of His presence, along with the spiritual armour of Ephesians 6:13–18, the garment of salvation?

‘Therefore take the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.’

If we put on then the armour of God complete with the garment of salvation that gives us the covering or garment of His glorious presence and the robe of righteousness, what else can we ever need to live this glorious life in Him, to become pleasing in His sight and to do His will on earth while we are still alive? This is the way of rejoicing, for all that we have to give up, in order to follow Him, is as rubbish, compared to the riches of our life and inheritance in Him.

Whether we worship Him in silence or out loud, in whispers or in singing, in tears or in joy, in groans or in dancing, all is worship. Whether you worship in prayer or intercession for others, in waiting on Him, or in service toward others in kindness or witnessing, all is worship unto God. All is valued in the same way. Sometimes putting your own words or prayers to music that you hear, or praying Scripture is of value, until your whole life becomes a song of worship into His ear, a sweet aroma of incense that joins with all the prayers of all the saints throughout history, in anticipation of a very historic half hour which is to come:

‘When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer; and he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar before the throne; and the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God.’

(Revelation 8:1–4)

This scripture can be life-changing in itself, knowing that God values our prayers so much as to silence heaven for half an hour. It is awesome. Please know you are special to Jesus. If you have not responded yet, do pray the prayer of salvation, or to receive the Holy Spirit, or the prayer of dedication to serve Him. I challenge you not to wait, for Jesus is a ‘now’ God and now is the time to respond for later may be too late.

All who have responded in some way, or have been challenged to go deeper with the Lord shall rejoice with all the saints:

‘Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!

Praise befits the upright.

Praise the Lord with the lyre,

make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to him a new song,

play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.’

(Psalm 33:1–3)

‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.’

(Philippians 4:4)

To rejoice in Him, to know Him, is the most incredible exulted joy one can ever know, to feel His joy bubble up within, connected to Him with such strong cords of love that nothing can separate. There is no greater joy, there is no greater truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, the life, such abundant life, the greatest abundance of love, joy and peace. Only in Jesus can we find it, only in Jesus can we live it, this joyful love connection with the King of kings and Lord of lords. This we can live for.

There was I time when I asked, ‘How can I spend more time with God? How can I ever keep it up?’ But once I did try the Lord gave me the grace to keep it up and it has become my greatest joy.

To end this book – which I don’t want to do, for it has been such a privilege and joy to write – let’s use this as a beginning with the Lord, a foundation to build on in prayer, in coming to know our wonderful Lord so much more.

‘For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’

(Ephesians 3:14–19)

The more we come to know our God, the greater our joy.

A prayer for salvation or recommitment

Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You as I am. Please forgive me, when I have sinned in thought, in word, in deed, in things left undone, and please come into my life as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

A prayer for baptism in the Holy Spirit

Please baptise me in Your Holy Spirit that I can be more effective for You. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Now just receive Him. He will also enable you to pray more effectively daily, and read your Bible with more understanding. Join a church or Christian fellowship and tell someone of your new commitment to the Lord.

If you should require further prayer, you are welcome to contact me (see page 127 for details).

May God bless you, may His hand be upon your life as you live out your Christian life day by day, allowing the Lord to guide you and help you live it out. May He strengthen you and fill you with His perfect love, joy, and peace. Amen.

A thought on serving the Lord effectively

It’s not how many hours we spend in prayer

but the degree that we know Him.

It’s not how much we can do for the Lord

but the amount of love that we serve Him with.

It’s not the size of the anointing we have

but the degree we die to self to release Him.

It’s not what we can do for the Lord

but what He can do through us.

 

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