(Philippians 2:6, 1 Peter 5:5, 1 Timothy 2:8, Philippians 2:12-13, Hebrews 5:7-9,
Matthew 5:16, Luke13:6-9)
Sustaining our relationship with the Lord does not have a “cure-all-tablet” instead it is a continuing consciousness till we see Him face-to-face. We are going to consider this few points as led by the Holy Spirit. May our eyes of understanding be opened by God, in Jesus name.
1) Do not assume that every task the Lord gives you is the same with previous ones. Do not assume that they have the same familiar method. Every task has its peculiar mode of execution. Every new instructions has a specific way to go about it. If you handle the Lord’s assignments with this reverence, you will be in continued dependence on Him; hence sustaining your relationship with Him.
2) Do not claim to have had (acquired) the full knowledge of God. He regards this as pride. We will keep learning from Him and will continue to grow in Him until we see Him face to face. He forsakes whoever exalts himself because He ” resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5).
3) Keep seeking more of His presence and remain in it. Jesus Christ showed us clearly how to remain in God’s presence always. He keenly began His earthly ministry in the Father’s presence with 40 days and 40 nights retreat. He continued in the Father’s presence and sustained it till the end at Gethsemane. “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting (1 Timothy 2:8). The best way to sustain a status is to continue to grow. Stagnancy is a dangerous way to sustain anything.
4) Re-evaluate yourself always. Be conscious of your spiritual status as this will let you be sensitive and responsive to spiritual alert and cautions. It is very important for a sustained relationship with the Lord. “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13)
5) Resist every sense of overfamiliarity with God. Hear what the word of God says “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him (Hebrews 5:7-9). Our Lord Jesus Christ showed us an example of continued dependence on the Father BUT not with any show of being over-familiar with Him. The nuance between the meanings of these two attributes calls for careful consideration. He “…being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God” (Philippians 2:6)
6) Ensure His talents and provisions in you are fruitful to His glory. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”(Matthew 5:16). “Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? (Luke 13:7).
1) I receive grace to seek Your face for the execution of Your instructions as it is needed per task, in Jesus name.
2) Lord, remove a proud heart from me in Jesus name (Psalms 131:1-3)
3) Stagnancy is a dangerous way to sustain anything, I receive grace to keep seeking for more of Your presence till I see You face-to-face, in Jesus name.
4) Lord Jesus, I refuse to be comfortable with sins and I refuse to abuse the liberty You bought for me with Your blood.
5) Abundant grace and mercy for fruitfulness that glorify God always, enter into me in Jesus name.