INTIMACY WITH GOD JOURNAL

 August 2012

Linda Schreurs at one of her recent conferences.

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

Main article: Spiritual Olympians

Next installment of Communion Prayers

Hermitage Announcement

 

 

SPIRITUAL OLYMPIANS

   I’m sure many you, as well as people around the world, had their eyes on the Summer Olympics 2012 from England this past month.  It’s always a fascinating thing to watch as brilliant victories are won and new records set.  There probably aren’t many of us who are aware of the hardships, dedication, and sacrifice many of these top-notch, global athletes make to even get to the Olympics, much less win medals!  During the telecasts, some of those stories are told and we’re all inspired to be sure. 

   In light of that, I was amazed that one night while the Olympics were still in progress, I was awakened in the middle of the night with the Holy Spirit asking, “Where are my spiritual Olympians?”   Certainly the Lord had a reason in asking that.  What could it be?  Let’s take a look.

   This is a fascinating question the Lord presented and I began to ponder it carefully.  I asked myself, first and foremost, if I were a ‘spiritual Olympian,’ not knowing fully what that meant.  But I immediately sensed I was not!  I confess, I fall far short of this lofty goal.

   However, my thoughts quickly turned to those whom I consider to be of this caliber, knowing their deep relationship with God and their dedication to advance His Kingdom at all costs.   What came to mind quickly were those I read about in a magazine I receive called, ‘Voice of the Martyrs.’   The title speaks for itself doesn’t it?  Month after month, I read of these spiritually solid, golden warriors who risk everything – home, jobs, families, their very lives for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Truly, if you want to be inspired, if you want to see how our own suffering seems so light in comparison, subscribe to this inspiring magazine at:  www.pesecution.com or email at:  thevoice@vom-usa.org.

What things should we do?

   I think we should answer the question, “Am I an Olympian spiritually?  What lengths am I willing to go to maintain my commitment and passion for the Lord?  Am I a person after God’s own heart, like King David was?  How dedicated am I to the Lord and His divine purposes?  How much am I willing to give to Him – a portion of me or all of me?  How far am I willing to go to maintain my ever-deepening relationship with Him?  Am I willing to fast, pray more, study God’s Word more, go to a mission field, give a sacrificial offering, extend forgiveness to someone or ask forgiveness of someone?  What things might I engage in to know more of the depths of God?  Spiritual Olympians go far beyond the norm!

   Let’s ask ourselves if we’re anywhere near the kind of deep relationship David had with the Lord where he was absolutely fearless!  How did he get that way?  Remember how this young man’s deep relationship with the Lord began on the silent hills of Israel?  I can just picture him under the stars in the middle of the night, smelling the freshness of night dew in deep communion with God as he kept watch over the sheep.  His heart, mind and soul was focused and fixed on His Creator.  An intimate relationship developed between God the Father and that young man and it made David fearless.  He knew wherein lie his strength.   I believe that his lonely hours of solitude and silence with the Lord as a shepherd boy prepared him for the battles he would face later in life – all through his life!  As a young boy he killed a lion, a bear, a giant, and then on to defeat the enemies of God’s people - the Philistines.  (1 Sam. 13:14; chtps.16 and 17)  Oh, the power of intimate communing with God!    

Just Getting By?

   It is imperative that we have an on-going, ever-deepening, revelatory fresh walk with God while continually falling in love with His Word.  Living with God in this manner captivates, compels, and catapults us beyond anything ordinary.   Anything less does not bring us anywhere near becoming a spiritual Olympian!  All we’re really doing then is just basic things by going to church, a Bible study or a prayer meeting and we think we’ve done enough.  It’s OK, but it’s not necessarily filled with a lot of passionate pursuit for the deeper things of God.  Alarmingly keep in mind Revelation 2:4 which brings a rebuke to those who’ve left their ‘First Love.’  They may be busy in Kingdom work, but perhaps they’ve shifted their focus on ‘works’ more than ‘relationship’ with God.

   We must have the anointing of fresh oil in our lives or we’ll soon wear out, lose our focus and passion for the Lover of our souls.  In Matthew 25 we’re made keenly aware of the ten virgins of whom only five made it into the Marriage Feast.  Why?  Those chosen five did not lose their oil, the others did.  These precious few had passion for the bridegroom which kept them alert and alive!  So which group are we in?  I’d say those five who had the oil were definitely spiritual Olympians as they waited hours for the sound of the bridegroom.  And that’s where I want to be! How about you?

   The first few chapters of Revelation regarding the Seven Churches are also eye opening especially chapter 3, verses 1, 2 and 3 which in part say:  “…I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.  Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die...Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it and repent.  If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.”   

Profoundly tough

   In watching the Olympics 2012 from London, I watched as time and time again many of the Olympians would get back up after being knocked down in various ways.  They’re tough.  They don’t give up!  But I’ve also observed how spiritual Olympians are the same way.  However, they’re a lot more than the Energizer Bunny - they have lift, and power from the Holy Spirit! 

   There are so many examples in scripture of heroes of the faith.  Most of us are familiar with Hebrews 11.  It’s truly a remarkable Hall of Fame where spiritual giants are concerned.  Have we weathered what they did?

   I thought of Paul when I watched the Olympics.   He colorfully writes in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, what is key for these times where so many of God’s people are falling by the wayside because of sin in their lives.  Listen to what Paul says:  “Do you not know that those who run a race all run, but only one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may win.  And everyone who competes in the games, exercises self-control in all things.  They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.  Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.” 

   We don’t even come close to what the Apostle Paul suffered in his lifetime with many imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death, five times he received 39 lashes, three times beaten with rods, stoned once, three times shipwrecked and floated in the darkness of the sea…dangers from rivers, robbers, even his own countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers among false brethren, sleepless nights, in hunger, thirst, without food, in cold and exposure…not to mention the daily pressure of all the churches he’d planted.  (2 Cor. 11)  We may have certainly suffered a few problems, but this guy – he took it on the chin, looked up to where his help came from, and lived a victorious life in spite of all these things.

   I guess I’ve had a good day after all!  How about you?   Isn’t it interesting that Paul begins this 11th chapter of Corinthians with these words, “But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”  Certainly, it all goes back to the child-like simplicity of our intimate relationship with God, just like King David had all those years ago!

Dread Champions  

   So where are you right now, today, this moment?  What trials are you going through?  What things have wrecked you?  Please don’t’ waste your trials!  I felt the Lord was showing me in that night time hour, that many Christians today have become whiners instead of winners.  As the crucial hour of the End Times continues to encroach upon us, I truly believe the Lord is looking for spiritual Olympians.  Will we be among them?  I know of many today who I’d certainly categorize in this arena of heroes of the faith, but I sense the Lord is saying that there are far too few of them!

   Isn’t it time we become the ‘dread champions’ we’re called to be?  Can we truly make the enemy fearful that he even came near our door?!  Yes!  Let’s begin to make the enemy tremble in our presence because of the dread champion that we are in Christ Jesus. “There shall no man be able to stand before you; the Lord your God shall lay the dread of you and the fear of you on all the land on which you set foot, as He has spoken to you.” (Deut.11:25)  Deuteronomy 2:25 closely resembles this saying: “This day {now!}I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the peoples everywhere under the heavens, who, when they hear the report of you, shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.”  Sounds like victory to me!

Embrace your status

   Move forward and embrace your status as a dread champion through the Word of God taking to heart your call from Jeremiah 20:1, “But the Lord is with me like a dread champion; therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.  They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, with an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.”  Process those words for awhile!

   We have been given an everlasting victory crown through Calvary’s sacrifice.  Let’s wear it in humility, purity and honor, because we’ll cast them before the Throne of God according to Revelation 4:10 knowing it wasn’t because of anything we’d done on our own, but having come by the way of the Cross.  Therein lies the power and authority to be that dread champion, that spiritual Olympian!

   We need to remember our inheritance from Psalm 103.  Verse four tells us how we’ve been redeemed from the pit and given a crown filled with lovingkindness and compassion.   James 1:12 is encouraging - “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial.”  Is that you and I?  Are we preserving under our trials?  If not, why not?   Aren’t we to be dreaded, spiritual Olympic champions through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ?!  This same verse goes on to say, “For once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”  I say, go for the gold!  Go for the crown!   

In closing

   In closing, let’s take a look at King David again, this man, whom we often refer to as a ‘man after God’s own heart.’  There’s another reason he’s called that.  When David suffered the worst heartache one can experience, the loss of his child, what did he do?  He did not curse God, but got up, washed and anointed his face, changed his clothes, and went to the house of the Lord to worship Him who is worthy of all praise, glory and honor.  (2 Sam. 12:15-23) 

   With all his faults, David was a true, spiritual Olympian.  As followers of the Lord Jesus, shouldn’t we all aspire to this?

   Get up, go, run, win!  And remember Isaiah 61!

 

 HOLY COMMUNION PRAYER

    Everything is changing and shifting into the greatest revival the world has ever known.  Many things as we’ve known it will change dramatically into a higher realm of God’s glory.  One of those is an access we’ve not tapped into very deeply in times past, and that is Holy Communion.  We’re about to discover that this sacred act will takes deeper into the Holy of Holies than we ever thought possible!  There truly is a way into deeper spiritual intimacy with God!  There is a way into residing within the divine Savior’s holy heart where nothing can shake us – ever!  There is a healing, deliverance and power that goes beyond anything of this world!  Do you want this?  How are you going to get these things in your life? 

   Encountering the Lamb of God in Holy Communion, seeing His face, feeling His divine and holy breath is utterly life changing.  Communion catapults you into the glories of God! O Taste and see that the Lord is good!

   Below is the next installment of my sharing with you during 2012, my intimate encounters with the Lord during Holy Communion.   My book on this topic will be published this year, and the CD with other intimate Communion prayers are now available.  My prayer is that you will begin to take in this divine and extravagant encounter with the Lamb of God to a whole new degree than you ever thought possible!  Believe me, there is a coming revival in this personal time with the Lord Jesus.  It is equipping us for the End Times!  If you’re able, please share your experiences with us as you use these prayers in each month’s issue of the IWG Journal.  It encourages all of us! 

   Now – go somewhere privately (your bedroom or office, or garden area…wherever) and experience the Lord’s Presence in your private prayer closet with the bread and wine.  You can’t help but be changed when you experience this divine encounter with the Lamb of God!  It’s heavenly bliss on earth’s soil.  Amen!

Holy Communion Prayer

“The Glory of God” (Given on 7/29/12 at 12:01 AM during a thunderstorm)

The Bread

   My heart aligns with Yours, O Lamb of God, as I take in this holy bread from on High – Your body given for me that I may always know victory!

   I look to You, O Lord, in all the storms of life.  Your bloody purchase for all my triumphs soothes my soul because I am secure in Your everlasting love for me.

   The holy Bread of Your Presence comforts me.  What a true and holy wonder You are, O Lamb of God.

   I have been born to do Your will, O beloved Redeemer, and I shall!  I will always abide in this glorious Bread of Your Presence and be consumed by Your love.  Your love has captivated me forever.  Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of this victory bread.  I eat of it with great delight and joy!

The Cup

   O Lord, You said to Mary and Martha, “Did I not tell you, if you will believe, you will see the glory of God?”  Then, O Lamb of God, the authority and power of Your Voice raised their brother Lazarus, from the grave!  O what manner of spiritually intimate communing they had with You!  You brought them to a place of resurrection and victory!  The place of their darkest hour became the place of their greatest miracle!  Hallelujah to the power of the Lamb of God!

   Your Blood, O blessed Savior, always shows us Your glory – again and again and again.  No other Name, but the Name of Jesus, is worthy of glory, honor and all praise.

   This cup of wine-blood is full of Your glory – majestic, saving grace glory!

   As I listen to the thunder and rain outside and see the lightning bolts shoot across the sky, I know I am always safe in the power of Your Blood.  All the storms of life cannot defeat me because I abide in You, O Lamb of God.

   I could sing of Your love forever! And I will!  In the storms of life, Your Blood is my deep anchor and I shall not be moved.  O Jesus, Jesus, You are my stronghold.

   There is a beauty in this sorrowful blood-cup; the beauty and smell of fresh victories day after day.  Your holy Blood, O Lamb of God, gives me rest on all sides, all fronts – for You’ve got me covered!  Hallelujah!  Glory to the Lamb of God!

   O Lord, rain/reign down on us and revive us again! Bring the downpour of Your Holy Spirit upon us once again in far greater measure then we’ve ever known before!  As with Martha and Mary, show us Your glory!  Amen.

Scripture references

Ex. 25:30; Jer. 15:16; John 6:35; Ps. 25; 60:12; John 11; Heb. 6:19

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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CD’s by Linda

 

Holy Communion!  Holy Invasion!  This is as much a ‘soaking’ CD as it is to be used for taking private or corporate Communion.  The prayers are personal and intimate with soft music in the background.                                                                                             

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Books by Linda:

Armageddon Bride - This is about the morality of our times.

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Words Aptly Spoken - This is the documentation (with photographs) of our ministry’s Prophetic Prayer Journey to Iowa’s Country Courthouses.

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