For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways…
Our prayer and fasting focus for today is Isaiah 55:8.
As one crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of The Lord,” there is a WAY, a path, a highway, it’s the high-WAY of Holiness. Isaiah 35:8
There is a “higher dimension” we are called to live from. A path less trodden. Matthew 7:14 We can feel trapped in a world of dos and don’ts. In Colossians 2:20-23 Paul was talking to the church when he said, “Since you have died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why do you keep following the commandments and doctrines of men? Such as Do no touch, do not taste, do not handle. These things have an appearance of holiness but have no help or value in overcoming the fleshly and soulish desires…paraphrased. They are to no avail, leaving one feeling hopeless and burdened, tapped in a cycle that they cant’ break free from.
There is a resurrection power that comes from the spirit of holiness Romans 1:4, that will RAISE us up to a higher dimension IN Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:10 says, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection..” knowing Christ Jesus is the way into holiness. It doesn’t refer to just knowing about, but to intimately know through relationship. And if you have been RAISED with Christ according to Colossians 3:1, then seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Where we are seated with Him Ephesians 2:6. Set our minds on things above, not on things that pertain to the earth, Colossians 3:2.
It is having our hearts and minds, set on heavenly principles and not earthly, choosing the High-Way.
- Set your heart: on that higher realm, to desire it, long for it, to be captivated by it, and to turn your heart towards it…Repent.
- Look back at Day 2’s post on Repentance. John the Baptist was crying out prepare the way by means of repentance. The Greek word which we translate as repentance is metanoia, meaning to change our mind.
- Set your mind: on the higher realm; on purpose think about it; another meaning of, to know is cognizant, to be consciously aware of…the Kingdom of heaven is at hand, it surrounds us and envelops us, a mystical union of oneness. Mystical means relating to something mysterious. Ephesians 1:9 says the Father has made KNOWN to us the mystery of His will…that is Christ IN us the hope of Glory. Colossians 1:27
Pursue and seek His face, you will find yourself walking on this highway of holiness…where the Glory of The Lord will rise upon you. To a place of having clean hands and a pure heart. It’s not our earthly thoughts or ways that will light the path but His WORD, Jesus is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105
I am sharing a word from Catherine Brown called Highway to Holiness.
THE HIGHWAY TO HOLINESS
While worshiping at a recent prayer breakfast, we were seeking the Lord and repenting of disunity within the Body of Christ. The Lord showed me the following in a vision :
I saw that the Lord’s army had assembled and many people had gathered, each with a sponge or flannel in one hand and water to wash with in the other, but the water was cloudy and looked impure. I saw the Lord’s army walk out to meet the lost, offering to wash their feet. But their words were falling on deaf ears – it was as if they were mouthing words that had no actual sound to them – such was the insignificance of their impact on the hearers, who turned away, totally ignoring all efforts of the believer to wash their feet.
Perplexed, I asked the Lord what was wrong and He directed me to look at the feet of the believers. I looked down and was horrified to see that every single person’s feet were completely filthy. Each believer was bare foot – not one of them had a pair of shoes to wear. This was not just surface dirt, but dirt that was engrained in! It was a dirt that had obviously taken many years to accumulate. The Lord’s army was oblivious to the unclean state of its own feet, but was trying to offer to wash those of unbelievers, who were clearly able to see the filthy condition of the feet of the Lord’s army. The Lord was weeping great rolling tears at the condition of His children’s feet, and their blindness to it.
I saw a road appear before the Lord’s army, and I recognized this as the highway to Holiness. It was stony, uneven ground and badly lit. I saw those who were walking on it were able to see one step at a time, by the glow from their hearts – this glow was the holy Presence of Jesus that lit their way as they walked along. Those who walked upon this road were shod with shoes, their gospel peace.
The Lord spoke and said “My children, I have shown you by example how to love one another and how to serve one another. You must come to a place of genuine and heartfelt humility, where you will offer to wash each others feet. You must be clean before Me, before you can minister to the lost, for they are able to see the worldliness and unforgiveness within My Body, far easier than My Bride is able to. They see disunity and discord, they see unforgiveness and petty jealousy and in seeing these things they want no part of Me. Repent and release forgiveness and blessing before your Father and unto one another, and as you reflect the unity of the Godhead, My Spirit will bring cleansing and a fresh wave of revival. Seek after the way of Holiness, you who will pay the price, and great will be the glory of the Son. Prisoners will be delivered from darkness if you will put aside your differences, and obey My great commandments, put on the meekness of Christ and clothed in Him, hidden in Him, as bond-servants of Christ, go and release the captives. When your hearts and hands are clean before me, then you will be shod to reach a dying world.” Amen
He who has clean hands, and a pure heart…who walk this high-WAY of Holiness…will be ascending and descending upon the Son of Man…IN HIm.