Community and connectivity are important in life. If you are like me, you like to “get her done” and mark things off of your “to do” list. Setting goals and then working to accomplish them can be very good. But, there have been times when I set my mind to do something and began to do it without seeking advice or help of any kind. Sometimes, that has worked out okay, but often I have encountered snags that could have been avoided or else realized the entire plan should have been scrapped after becoming weary and overwhelmed. If only I had taken time to consult with someone!
Proverbs 15:22 (NASB) “Without consultation, plans are frustrated. But with many counselors they succeed.”
Proverbs 19:20-21 (NLT) “Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.”
Obviously, connecting and consulting with others in our community is advisable. However, Warrior, connecting and communing with the Lord are key! You really should nurture a desire to know what His plans are for you. Trust me, the knowing (and waiting on Him to reveal His plans) will be well worth the effort and save you from much frustration and wasted energy.
In His “High Priestly Prayer”, Jesus asked the Father for the following:
John 17:20-21, 25-26 (NLT) “I am praying not only for these disciples, but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me… O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
Now, that is community and connectivity! Jesus, an exact representation of the Father, lives in us through the Holy Spirit. The love of the Father expressed through His gift to the world in His Son, Jesus Christ, resides in us. Why do we say “in Jesus name, we pray” when we are praying to the Father? Jesus opens for us the door of direct access to the Father when we believe, repent, and confess Jesus as Savior and Lord. We continue to receive revelation through the Holy Spirit from Jesus, knowing that both Jesus and the Holy Spirit say and do what the Father directs.
John 5:19 (NLT) “So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”
John 8:28 (NLT) “So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am he. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me.”
John 15:20 (NLT) “But I [Jesus] will send you the Advocate – the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.”
John 16:13 (NLT) “When the Spirit of truth [Holy Spirit] comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”
Warrior, that is the kind of community and connectivity you need to successfully fight the battles of life on earth!