The Cry of the Lord

THE CHURCH TODAY, FINDS HER HIGHEST FULFILLMENT IN THE EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE “LOVE OF GOD.”
ROMANS 8:31-39 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
COLOSSIANS 1:19-2219 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight
1 PETER 2:9, 10 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy
1. To know and Hear The Deep Cry of the Lord & the process of finding a place with Him
Psalm 42:7 (NKJV) Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
Our God is a seeking God – who desires a satisfaction that can only be found in us – through our worship and our times of fellowship with Him.
We were created for this purpose and His pleasure.
Our initial response to praise & worship may seem to us as being just noise, but as we continue and persist to worship and spend time in fellowship with the Lord, it will become as a “song.”
Exodus 15:2The Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare Him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
If we will be patient and not become discouraged, we will be immersed in His presence – “all Your waves are gone over me.”
Now, we are no longer in control, but we have “given over” our control to Him.
It begins with our response to the cry that comes from within the heart of God, “Deep calls.”
In order to rightly respond, we must be spiritually hungry.
Whatever “voice” has your “ear” will determine your progress forward (words are seeds) limitations, negativity, gossip, idle conversations, accusations or “THE WORDOF THE LORD!!!!”
2. Let Our Prayer Be “Draw Me”
“Draw me,” relates to our spiritual hunger. It is the most important request that we could ever set before the Lord.
If we do not have spiritual hunger, our interests will settle upon earthly pursuits, and we will seek satisfaction in them alone.
Ministry can feed hunger, but only the Lord can create spiritual hunger.
This prayer for us to become spiritually hungry will be effective only after we commit ourselves to rightly respond to the Lord – “We will run after You.”
The written Word is to become a present reality, present truth, and it must be “experienced.”
We must determine that we will steadfastly seek a closer relationship to the Lord.
When He responds to our prayer and begins to draw us to Himself, all of our other needs will fall into their proper place and order.
Psalm 37:4 (NKJV) Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The greatest privilege and blessing that we can have is for the Lord to become active in our spiritual pursuit and begin to progressively guide and draw us toward our “prayer closet,” (that special meeting place) where we can experience times of personal communion with Him.
3. Preparing a Habitation For the Lord
It is only within the set apart place and time of communion with Him, that we will be able to give expression to our desire to know and experience the Lord Himself.
It is here that we will come to personally know Jesus (experientially), and find the satisfaction that we have longed for.
It is here that He will share with us His secrets, and deposit within us the understanding of His ways.
It will not happen in a moment of time, or in a single step.
Our first response to the Lord is usually “self-centered.” (spiritual infancy)
We tend to seek the Lord for what He can do for us.
The Lord knows this, but patiently works within us so He will be able to take us further.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
He begins by revealing to us our present condition and our spiritual need.
After He has accomplished the needed deliverance and correction within us, we will begin to seek the Lord for Himself.
Now we start putting the Lord first, we wait on Him, to know what is on HIS heart (though much of our self-seeking may still be intact.)
Now we begin telling the Lord that we love Him because of all that He gives to us. We are saying, “I love You because I enjoy Your blessings and favor”
But again, the Lord looks beyond our self-centeredness and continues His work within us, until we see our need and confess it to the Lord.
We recognize that we have worked hard “for” the Lord, even in the heat of the day, so that we have become “burned out and tired.”
But still we have ignored the “deep” cry of the Lord, and have neglected our relationship and times of fellowship “with” Him.
The Lord patiently works in us to cause us to realize that this cannot produce what we are seeking.
He allows our circumstances to become a problem to us, which may result in those we are close to becoming angry with us.
All of the things that we have depended on have suddenly become an enemy.
Now we realize that we must have the Lord Himself, and we cry out for satisfaction.
Finally, we discover that we can no longer be satisfied to drink from the overflow of another’s blessing, or to feed upon the testimony or experience of another, and we begin to look for the Lord Himself.
Immediately, He responds:
It’s good to connect with someone who has an active, personal relationship with Him, so they can lead us to the Lord Himself. (MENTORS)
It is very important that we sit under an anointed, Christ-centered ministry.
Our expression of fellowship changes, as the Lord Himself becomes the goal that we seek.
Now, as we commune together in the inner place, we will find all that we have longed for, as we respond to the “deep” cry of the Lord – He says “There I will give you My love and you will know Me.”