Higher, Wider, Deeper … Increased Capacity
One of the enduring comments from Destiny 2011 was a comment by Pastor Paul Brady that we were not to go up a level but to increase a whole dimension. In other words to expect things to grow in every area … higher, wider & deeper.
Since then a bible passage has been running round my heart and mind …
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God”
(Eph 3:17-19 NIV)
Every encounter with Jesus left people profoundly changed. Whether it was healing, forgiveness or just food he affected people. Jesus had a capacity to love people that was never limited by his human abilities.
That love is still flowing today … through us … by the same Holy Spirit.
“The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us”
(Rom 5:5 NIV)
Over the last couple of weeks there has been a strong sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit during the worship … of God encountering His people. The results have been that same liberty that was obvious wherever Jesus went.
One testimony of healing commented on a process where every time they were prayed for healing was released but a couple of days later the pain returned but at a lesser level. That level kept reducing until that full healing is now beginning to be realised.
Being touched by love and encountering God are the same. Every true encounter leaves us in a better place, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”
(2 Cor 3:17 NKJV)
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”
(John 10:10 NIV)
“We … are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory”
(2 Cor 3:18 NIV)
Liberty … love … increase …
All so normal with God … and now so normal with us … if we keep our eyes on just how much we have been forgiven.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness … so that we may participate in the divine nature. Make every effort to add to your faith goodness … knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love … these qualities will keep you from being ineffective
(2 Pet 1:3-8 NIV)
World Harvest Bible Church is a great place to encounter God’s love-filled life and discover purpose and vision for your life!! It is time to increase!!