I meet with God here, there, and everywhere. Throughout the day I seek to stay in His presence and obey the inner promptings of the Spirit. I want to let the risen Jesus be my interior decorator and continually rearrange my heart to be like His.
If you will quit running and let Jesus get a firm hold on your heart, you’ll finally find your happy place! When your interior is morally inferior to your exterior, it’s time to listen to your conscience, confess what you’re hiding, and humbly repent.
Where the battles inside of us are being won, spiritual warfare is victorious because inner violence is driving out deceptive desires, feelings, and demons! First, we need to let the living Jesus help us defeat our inner enemies and establish His absolute Lordship and reign within us and among us. Then wherever we go we’ll be contagious carriers of His victory and His presence, and we’ll spread and revive His kingdom authority everywhere.
Many Christians have ears to hear the Spirit, but we have been trained to listen to a weekly sermon together instead of hearing and obeying God’s inner promptings as the body of Christ. As Christ-followers we need to frequently gather to hear the Spirit and to act on His inner promptings together. “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Where the King rules, there is His kingdom! Let His reign be demonstrated through our ongoing surrender and obedience everywhere we go.
In the inner wilderness where we are alone in our own heart without outward distractions, the devil sends his thoughts to tempt and torment us. It is there, deep within us, that we can learn spiritual warfare: to resist the demons, to cast them out and to make them flee. It is also in our inner wilderness that angels come to minister to us, and we can learn to recognize and obey the voice of our Shepherd leading us to life, spiritual authority, and unspeakable joy. To avoid the inner wilderness is to avoid spiritual growth. “Be still and know that I am God.”
A church service should make it easier for Christians to be led by the Spirit, not control them and make it more difficult. Revival introduces us to heart proximity to the risen Jesus and the people who passionately love Him.