When you get there look for Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat...Go to him, get him from his companions and take him into an inner room. Then take the flask and pour the oil on his head and declare, "This is what the Lord says." 2 Kings 9 v.2
Samuel said to Saul, " Bid the servant pass on before us but you stand still, first, that I may cause you to hear the word of God." 1 Sam. 9 v.27
In both of our scripture readings today we see the picture of the separation necessary for the affirmation we long for, dream about and truly need in order to ascend and take our place. Sometimes God has to get us away from our companions to take us higher. The people who populate our "Present" can very lovingly keep us from our "Future." They like us the way we are, which is part of the reason we love them. Not many of our "Present" friends are edgy enough to love us while inspiring us to change. (I want to be that kind of friend!)
To hear God's affirmation there must be a separation and a re-location to the inner room. Back in the '80s in London, I attended a weekly Spirit-filled Anglican healing service. One week a woman on the team stood up - her hand fluttering like a bird caught and trying to fly away - and said that God had gifts for each of us He wanted taken out of the box. The minister asked us all to listen in silence as he prayed for God to speak to each of us.
To this day I vividly remember feeling the anointing and not knowing what it was when I spoke out what I had heard - "He wants to take us to the inner room. Where there are no windows, where there are no doors, where there is just Him." A visiting minister present said she believed God was giving me a gift of prophecy. I had no idea what she was talking about, but I knew something was up!
As the year draws to a close, will you stand still, first, to hear what the Lord would say to you? Take time to enter the inner room of intimacy and affirmation. Where there is just Him. Enter 2010 on higher ground!
December 16, 2009