Heart Meditations 3 - Whatever is Honorable - David Mitts
As we press in to establish our heart in the storms of life, we touch heaven to change the earth. God’s will is more than a set of actions. God’s will is also very much about the spirit in which we live and move and have our being.
"for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'" Acts 17:28
God doesn’t only inhabit us, He transforms us into spiritual beings that live in Him. Heaven comes to earth through our spirit man. Like Jerusalem, the city of God, we are bi-located. Our physical body exists on earth but our spirit exists in the heavens.
"and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus," Ephesians 2:6
The bridge between in Christ. By activating the anointing in our lives we bring heaven to earth.
The anointing accesses the wisdom of heaven to establish our hearts in the earth. The anointing guides us into all truth.
"But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him." 1 John 2:27
Through our meditation, we activate the indwelling, the abiding Presence of God and commune through the anointing.
By meditating on honor, the second of our spiritual attainments, we enter into the secret place and live in the secret counsel of the Most High.
"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." Matthew 6:6
This is a picture of entering the dwelling place of God who then by revelation brings us His power into our lives.
Honor as we have mentioned before is a power key. Through honor, we make real the One whom we honor. What do I mean by make “real”? Isn’t God already real? Certainly in the BIG picture, God is real. But God’s ultimate reality in our lives is based on our faith.
"that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory," 1 Peter 1:7-8
Our faith, which is really an expression of trust, reveals who is real to us. Honor reveals reality. We trust in those whom we believe to be capable of providing what we are trusting them for. In this way, our faith is our honor. Many trust only in themselves and what they feel they can control. In this way, they say in their heart that there is no God.
"The fool has said in his heart,"There is no God." They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none who does good." Psalms 53:1
The fool has said in his heart…. This is the conversation of the heart. Because we live in a culture where words have lost much of their honor, we forget that it isn’t just what we say outwardly but also what we say inwardly to ourselves. What we say in our hearts reveals what we trust in.
We have all had the experience of our thoughts taking us hostage with projections of disaster. Our inner conversation grips us with fear and we are terrified by our inner conversation. This is the source of anxiety. When the Apostle Paul tells us to be anxious for nothing….he is speaking about the conversation of the heart which has hijacked us into fear.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;" Philippians 4:6
Anxiety is an inner conversation that grips us. Paul is telling us to “let” our requests be made known to God. It isn’t that God is unaware of what we need to have happen. No, it is a spiritual technique to shift the inner conversation of the heart.
By investing our inner conversation with God versus the voice of fear, we say in our heart that our trust or our faith is in God. The walls of our faith, what we trust in, become anchored in that relationship. Many people go around quoting bible verses about their situations and while there is nothing inherently wrong with giving yourself a scriptural pep talk, it is the still, quiet voice of the heart that determines what we actually do.
The real key is listening. Faith comes by hearing. Listening with an open heart is the sign of who is valued in our lives, who we honor. Honor is revealed by listening. This is why Yeshua stated the foremost commandment is:
"Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'HEAR, O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE. AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."" Mark 12:29-31
As we have stated before, the word “hear” in Hebrew, is sh’ma. Sh’ma means to incline our hear fully towards the one who is speaking with such totality of trust that we become one with the speaker. This is the eagerness of a child who is listening with complete attention to the loving voice of their parent. When the verse states that the Lord is one, or Echad, Yeshua is saying that in truly listening with our heart the Lord manifests as “One”.
Many theologians have represented this as the uniqueness of God, that He alone is God. While this is certainly true and there is a tremendous value from worshipping Him alone as God, I believe there is another more profound reality that is available in the sh’ma. In the sh’ma, the attending of one’s whole being in a childlike openness to the Voice of the Lord, there is a merging of identity into oneness.
Paralleled and shadowed by physical “yada” intimacy, the seed of God, His voice which is creative and reality-altering becomes one in our heart and our listening and His voice become echad, one. This is experienced through the indwelling Holy Spirit which resonates with the Voice of God.
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." John 16:13
What a powerful verse! The authority referenced in the power of God’s voice. The Spirit sh’ma’s and leads us in the sh’ma. This opens us up to the truth and even the future, the prophetic reality of God. The next verse tells us:
"He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you." John 16:14-15
This is the place of honor. By listening to the Spirit as He speaks to our heart the word of God, it glorifies Him. Glory is a biblical way of speaking of honor. In Hebrew, it is the word “kavod” which is the weightiness of God. The bible tells us:
"so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God." 2 Chronicles 5:14
Ministering is an intentional act of worshipping God and serving His people. When the Glory of the Lord manifests, there no longer any place for human worship or service. Think of it like water displacing all of the air in a glass. The weight of the water replaces the air. God’s Glory came into the Temple and the human spirit was replaced by the weighty Holy Spirit.
This is what happens when we meditate on His honor. Honor is a total attentiveness in our hearts to His voice with anticipation for miracles to happen. In this place, we can experience oneness with Him. His Glory then manifests in our heart displacing any worldliness in our heart. We are filled by Him.
"And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit," Ephesians 5:18
The Honor or Glory of God fills us to overflowing and His voice becomes the walls and foundation of our indwelling temple of the Holy Spirit.
"Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" 1 Corinthians 3:16
Meditating on honor is the gateway to activation of the Glory of God.
Activation: The doorway to honor is listening with a whole heart. To do this we have to become patient and attentive. There is a place for tarrying in the spirit that the old-time Pentecostals understood. We wait on Him and endure the temptation of our flesh to want to be in control.
Enter into a state of quiet. Turn your heart and your mind to Yeshua. Listen and tune into the spontaneity and flow of His voice. Meditate on what you hear.