“I know that you know that My Holy Spirit dwells in you because of your commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I know that you know that you have access to Me at any time because of what has been done for you on the cross at Calvary. I know that you understand that I have given you authority to overcome any hindrance in your life, that My Word promises overwhelming power to tread on the power of the enemy of your soul. Why, then, are you so far from the example of the life of Jesus to your world? Why do you feel the need to strive for My presence? It is because of your priorities.
"You say that you put Me first in all that you do. You claim to have only My interests as the desire of your heart. You are deceiving yourself. You need to stop and ask Me to reveal the truth to you. Ask Me what your real desire is in all that you do, and then take the time to allow Me to reveal an answer. To continue on the path that you are on will keep you relatively powerless to affect your world. You will also continue to have little peace.
"There is so much more for you to experience in Me. There is so much more for you to do as I embrace your motives when they are pure. Come to Me now. I desire that you be all that you can be in Jesus. I desire for you to fulfill all that I have planned for you and have joy doing it. I desire to be able to be with you in all that you do, wherever you go, because it is My path for you. I love you! I am for you!”
Haggai 1:7-10 AMP
7) Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways (your previous and present conduct) and how you have fared.
8) Go up to the hill country and bring lumber and rebuild [My] house, and I will take pleasure in it and I will be glorified, says the Lord [by accepting it as done for My glory and by displaying My glory in it].
9) You looked for much [harvest], and behold, it came to little; and even when you brought that home, I blew it away. Why? says the Lord of hosts. Because of My house, which lies waste while you yourselves run each man to his own house [eager to build and adorn it].
10) Therefore the heavens above you [for your sake] withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its produce.
Revival of any kind begins in the heart. Proper motives and true spiritual work can be initiated only when under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and directed by the Holy Spirit.
So often many of us find ourselves struggling, striving, and pushing to find the peace and presence of the Lord in our lives. Maybe we need to read the Word more? Maybe we need to do more spiritual things? Maybe another night in church would do it? Maybe if I gave more?
God is looking for our hearts to display His heart. He is calling each of us to reveal His truth in all that we do. That truth comes from an honest relationship with Him, the kind provided for us at the cross. When we go to our Abba, our Father God, desiring only truth, our true motives for all that we do will be revealed, and our hearts will find peace when we repent of them if they are out of line with His Word.
Only Your truth, Lord,