FIRE BY NIGHT
By Glenn H. Jackson
Upon Reflections" [of The Father's Heart]
...."You, in Your great compassion, did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, to guide them
on their way, or the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go".... Nehemiah 9:19 NASB
THE GREAT DANGER OF "SELF-FOCUS" AND THE GREAT REWARD
OF A DILIGENT [GODLY] FOCUS
Words of prophecy:
*____"Self-focus" is rooted and grounded in selfishness, fear and pride - and, when held to, continually
fuels self-desire. Whereas, a focus on My Word/Will is rooted and grounded in, first a love for Me and, then, for all those in their sphere of existence. One's diligent focus on spiritual reality [My Word - and His "finished" Work] continually fuels "godly
desire" in the depths of one's heart [spirit, inner man] - godly desires that rise up and flood [influence] their soul [mind, will and emotions] on a continual basis.
____ ...."let us run with endurance
the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith".... Hebrews 12:1-2 NASB
____...."If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish [desire],
and it will be done for you".... John 15:7 NASB
____ It is "self" - and an adherence to it [self-focus] - that opens the door wide in one's life to the fear-filled, lying schemes of the Enemy. It is a
perfect focus on the Word of God [Jesus - and ALL that He is and ever will be] that will catapult one into a deep revelation of spiritual reality - and the constant and enduring Eternal perspective that is its spontaneous fruit.
____...."Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his [self] life will lose it; but whoever loses [denies] his [self] life for My
sake will find it ["zoe"- divine life]'"..... Matthew 16:24-25 NASB
...."I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in
me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me".... Galatians 2:20 NASB
Prayer of Proclamation:
____ Father, we thank You and praise You that You - through the power of the Holy Spirit Who indwells us - have made the provision for us to "abide" in the place of a perfect [godly] focus. We thank You that through this perfect focus we are
constantly being changed from faith to faith, obedience to obedience, and glory to glory, into the image of the Lord Jesus to Your greatest Glory - and we declare all of these things DONE, in Jesus' Name. Amen.