Flooded With GOD Himself!
“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]; and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].” Ephesians 3:17-19
What does it take to actually be flooded with GOD Himself?
HIS LOVE…dwelling in our minds, wills and emotions through our moral conviction/faith AND being deeply rooted and grounded IN love we are THEN capable of comprehending, fully experiencing through personal experience the LOVE OF CHRIST! (Not head knowledge that is w/o experience) but experiencing this love so deep then we are filled up to all the fullness of GOD why? So, we may have the richest experience of HIS presence in our lives completely flooded with GOD Himself!!
To put it bluntly….in order to have this anointing of Jesus so alive in us, means we cannot grieve Holy Spirit and this means our minds, wills and emotions must change in order to be deeply rooted in his amazing love! If your words are not in alignment with HIS plan and HIS will…then Holy Spirit is not only grieved but you cut yourself off from fully experiencing Gods amazing tangible presence in your life!
What is our problem then? The Tongue or mouth…they are the expression of our very hearts=mind, will and emotions. When we allow an emotion to rule our tongue will wag no doubt!
Jesus and Proverbs tell us what out of the overflow of our minds, wills and emotions the mouth speaks…. “the heart” speaks, same thing!
You will say what is actually in your heart even when you try and retract saying “well, I didn’t mean that”…really? Then why DID you say it? There must be something IN your mind, will or emotions that thought/believed it or you would NOT have spoken it according to what JESUS and Proverbs teaches.
That is what Paul got hold of in Romans 12 talking about both body and mind being transformed…our bodies/flesh craves things we have to subdue these earthen vessels and surrender them to Holy Spirit all the time, or they will try and rule. THEN what happens it your “mouth” or “tongue” gets involved speaking this and that which doesn’t line up with the Word and next thing….you are doing something you shouldn’t be doing or not doing something you should be doing!
NOT ONE CHRISTIAN can dare say “oh, but I can’t help myself” because GOD gave everyone who has received JESUS and Holy Spirit has sealed…the spirit of POWER (miraculous power) LOVE (agape supernatural ability to love) and SOUND MIND (self-control/self-discipline) but HE did NOT give a spirit of fear to cringe or run from or even bow out because it might be “too hard” yea, that is fear too!
SO while we are hearing the WORD to get it into our minds so HE can transform our “way” of thinking we have to practice self-control and that means…. the tongue! THE very thing that brings into existence either good or bad! YES…we have the same creative power our Father has because WE are made IN His image and after THEIR likeness…so what are you creating around your life or sphere of influence? OH, you didn’t think you had anything to do with your own circumstances? You do!
The devil can’t just “hang out” unless you invite him or allow him…it is really THAT simple!
I have many teachings and other viable anointed minsters do as well about how to get rid of things in your soul and how to do warfare and walk in the authority Jesus gave us as His children but this is not that lesson today, today, we need to focus on the “instrument” used for creating things, walking in authority or not. The mouth/tongue. Here is what the WORD says about it:
“6 And the tongue is [in a sense] a fire, the very world of injustice and unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our members as that which contaminates the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life [the cycle of man’s existence], and is itself set on fire by hell (Gehenna).” James 3:6
“9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. 10 Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts].” James 3:9
“For, “The one who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good—whether apparent or not], Must keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from speaking guile (treachery, deceit).” I Peter 3:10
“A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life, but a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4
“11 It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that defiles and dishonors him, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles and dishonors him.” Matthew 15:11 (Not food in other words, but words not aligned with the WORD and will of Heavenly Father)
“27 He who has knowledge restrains and is careful with his words,
And a man of understanding and wisdom has a cool spirit (self-control, an even temper). 28 Even a [callous, arrogant] fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips he is regarded as sensible (prudent, discreet) and a man of understanding.” Proverbs 17:27-28
“20 A man’s stomach will be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;
He will be satisfied with the consequence of his words.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.” Proverbs 18:20-21
“He who guards his mouth and his tongue guards himself from troubles.” Proverbs 21:23
“Do you see a [conceited] man who speaks quickly [offering his opinions or answering without thinking]? There is more hope for a [thickheaded] fool than for him.” Proverbs 29:20
We can be transformed by the WORD if only we believe and do!
Romans 12:1-2 as I mentioned, here is what it says, “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
SO often I hear people say to this; “OH, sister Lori I believe that” do you really? Just because you “say you do” doesn’t always actually mean you do… we say we “believe” many things in the Word but when we are challenged in our true belief… by a circumstance or situation, the reality will quickly come out…. how? Our tongue/mouth WILL give us away!
“26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious [scrupulously observant of the rituals of his faith], and does not control his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless (futile, barren).” James 1:26
If you are not controlling your words, you have deluded your mind, will and emotions and your “religion” is worthless! What you claim to “believe” in other words is worthless… what he is saying is you are self-deceived and there really is NOT faith in you or your words WOULD reflect it! You may have faith to move a mountain but the inability to see victory in your own life. One thing you won’t have is you continually grieve Holy Spirit is the presence of GOD flooding you even if you experience a measure of HIM, the overwhelming presence won’t be there when love is not present and LOVE won’t exist in an environment that is mixed, just go back and read it in the WORD. This is very important for people to really get hold of so they can walk IN victory the WAY Jesus wants us to walk! Not just for one thing but in our LIFE in the WAY we live ALL the time! Is it possible? If it were not then HE would NOT have said many things HE did to us!!! ONE major one…with GOD all things ARE possible! And we will do greater things than Jesus did…. You and I cannot do that if our hearts are out of whack and our tongues/mouths DO give us away when we speak one way one minute and another the next as our circumstances and situations change.
THIS is I have driven home the need to get our souls in order and the “house” cleaned. Take time to deal with your own hearts in areas that you struggle. How do you know? Check “what are you actually SAYING”? THAT is a great place to start.
These scriptures that was mentioned can help you pray for yourself and your tongue, only pray believing or choosing to believe as an act OF your will that Holy Spirit will work with you and Heavenly Father WILL change you!
“Heavenly Father I pray to you that might hurry to me and listen to my voice when I call to You. Let my prayer be counted as incense before You;
The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips [to keep me from speaking thoughtlessly]. Do not incline my heart to [consent to or tolerate] any evil thing, or to practice deeds of wickedness with men who plan and do evil; and let me not eat of their delicacies (be tempted by their gain). The unfolding of Your [glorious] words give light;
Their unfolding gives understanding to the simple (childlike). HELP me oh Lord to hear and receive and follow by obedience YOUR awesome word and revelation given by Spirit that I may taste and see that YOU truly are good. Help my heart to press into Your truth and love that I might be flooded with YOUR presence and living each day IN Your presence led by Your Holy Spirit. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to You oh Lord my God, Your will, Your way on earth as it is in Heaven in the mighty name of Jesus…AMEN!”
*many verses of scripture used in this prayer*
Confess to Father God where you HAVE sinned by not being in agreement with HIS will or way then ask His forgiveness in any area you have allowed your mouth and flesh to rule over you then repent. THEN choose as an act of your will to lose from your soul specific things like word curses, negative words you have spoken or have had spoken to you etc.
Ask HIM to download HIS great grace (His power to enable you to walk in self-control that is IN you and activated by Him with His grace) and ask him to download HIS LOVE, Wisdom, Joy, Peace etc. then bind them to your soul in Jesus mighty name!
THIS is a way to help you daily to walk out into the transformation spoken of in II Corinthians 5:17 as we ARE new creatures in Christ and our flesh must die out as our new spirit man comes forth and we are FLOODED WITH GOD HIMSELF…WOO HOO HALLELUJAH!!!
*All scripture taken from AMP or AMPC version of Bible*
*unknown artists but thank you whoever you are, great pictures!*