Category: Holy Spirit

Do not settle at the foot of the mountain, climb to the top

Robert Rajamani

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD… (Micah 4:2)

Our journey with the Lord begins in the dust in the outside world. He found us in the wild. This journey takes us to the foot of the mountain – the mountain of the Lord. There is a big settlement around the mountain. There are numerous tents and people settled under the tents. There is a huge herd at the foot of the mountain.

The one who found us in the dust in the wild is the Spirit of God and our journey is with Him. He struggles to navigate us through the herd settled at the foot of the mountain and guide us to climb the mountain. Often, we get lost in the herd at the bottom of the mountain and lose focus of our journey and take our eyes off the Holy Spirit our Guide and get mingled with the crowd. We get comfortable with the herd at the foot of the mountain and settle in one of the tents.

But if we realize that the destination of our journey is not the foot of the mountain but the top of the mountain and the only one who can take us there is the Spirit of God. If we keep our focus on Him, He will take us through the crowd beyond the foothill of the mountain and help us to climb the mountain.

Often when we climb the mountain, we might not have the herd with us, we might have to climb it alone. But we are not alone, His Spirit is with us every step, guiding us, instructing us, enabling us, and helping us when we slip. It’s when we are climbing the mountain with Him that we are with Him alone and away from the crowd and able to hear Him clearly.

His goal is to take us to the top of the mountain where we can see the Father Face to Face. Do not settle at the foot of the mountain with the herd but keep climbing with Him until you see Him Face to Face and enter His Rest into the inner most sanctuary at the top of the mountain of God.

Scripture Reference:

  • Micah 4:2

The Veil has to be Pierced

Robert Rajamani

But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. (2 Corinthians 3:14)

In the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge, they got separated from God. Ever since there has been a veil separating God from mankind. The veil later showed up in the tabernacle of God. Man was not allowed to enter the Holy of Holies because of the veil. God was not happy with this separation and He was willing to do whatever it takes to remove the veil. When Jesus was sacrificed on the cross this veil was destroyed. Now there is no veil to stop man from entering the Holy of Holies and have fellowship with God.

Even though the veil of the Holy of Holies is removed, there still remains a veil on each one of us which keeps us from entering the Holy of Holies. We have acquired this veil from our environment and use it as a protective covering to hide behind it. We do not want to come out of this veil. But we will not be able to enter His inner sanctuary without this veil on us being pierced.

As we pursue Him to enter the Holy of Holies for a close fellowship with Him, the veil on us will be pierced and torn. The experience of our veil being torn can be painful.  But it is only as painful as you are attached to it. The more you are attached to your veil and unwilling to let it go, the more painful it can be when He draws you closer to Him. But, If you willingly let it go, it does not seem painful as you begin to see Him face to face.

The veil is not a part of us, it’s an external layer over us. The real us is very different from the appearance that the veil gives us. God cannot have a relationship with our veil on. He needs to expose the veil and see us face to face to be able to develop a close relationship with us.

We have remained in our veil for a very long time and have become very comfortable in it. We do not want it to be pierced. We prefer to have a relationship with God only to the extent that our veil is not torn. We like to keep a relationship with Him at a distance. We spend our life, just going around in the outer court of the temple and never pursuing to enter into the inner sanctuary. As long as we are in the outer court, we can keep our veil intact and have a superficial relationship with God. We busy ourselves with all the activities of the outer court of the temple, but do not pursue to know Him more in the inner most sanctuary.

The moment, we express our willingness to enter into the Most Holy and see Him face to face, the Spirit of God begins to work in us to direct us into the inner core of His inner sanctuary. In this process, our veil gets pierced and torn. It can be a painful experience and even be bloody, but it is inevitable and essential to be able to fellowship with Him face to face.

The veil over your face, is your carnal part, it’s not the real you. The real you is a treasure unto Him. You are gold. The more you get closer to the fire of His glory, the more you shine and the veil over you is destroyed and you behold Him face to face, and He beholds you face to face. You enter into an intimate relationship with Him.

Holy Spirit is the one who begins this process in you and directs and guides you to the inner sanctuary, but He is able to do that only when you show willingness to go deeper into the inner sanctuary.

So, do not be satisfied with all the activities you do for God in the outer court of the temple and just know Him from a distance. He desires that you make a journey towards the inner sanctuary and be willing to have your veil pierced and torn and get into a close relationship with the Father and walk in union with Him.

Scripture Reference

  • 2 Corinthians 3:14

Unite your will to His and become like Him

Robert Rajamani

…not My will, but Yours, be done (Luke 22:42)

The serpent told Adam that if he rebelled against God’s will and does his own, he will be like God, but the Truth is that if you unite your will with His, you will become like Him and truly say like Jesus said, I and my Father are one.

The universe exists because He wills. Everything came into being because He willed. Nothing has its existence without His will. He created the world and every living thing in it and said, “It is good”, because everything was as He willed. Then He created man and gave him a will of his own. Every creation is aligned to His will by default, except man; he is given a free will and God expects him to voluntarily choose to yield to the will of God. With the freedom of choice man has the option to rebel against the will of God or willingly choose to unite with God’s will and experience the joy of an intimate relationship.

God is not after man’s will to unite with His so that He can control and keep him under bondage, but He wants it because that’s the only state in which man is at rest. The design of God’s world is such that everything that is aligned to His will is at rest, everything that is dis-aligned is at a state of unrest. Just like inert atoms or molecules which have already attained a stable electronic configuration are at rest but others are very reactive and restless. It’s by design and for our good. He desires that we enjoy His rest and be at peace and function with Him. This alignment of man’s will to the will of God does not happen by force, it happens by yielding to it by one’s own will. Love relationship is not forced, but happens willingly!

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve chose to rebel against the will of God and follow their own to explore the other option. The enemy deceived them into believing that if they follow their own will and not unite with God’s they can become like God (Genesis 3:5), they can create their own world where their will is implemented and not God’s. They got what they desired, they fell from union with God, and got dis-aligned to His will. They got into a state of unrest and turmoil, they lost their rest and peace. As they willed, they became god of the world they were going to create which was full of restlessness and fear, but what they did not realize was that by going against the will of God, they had aligned themselves to the will of Satan and enthroned him to be the god of the world that they were creating.

Seeking His will in everything in our life is a transforming process which makes us into His likeness. Jesus the second Adam, yielded His will to His Father’s in the garden of Gethsemane and submitted to the cross and was glorified (Luke 22:42). We are called to follow Christ and let His will be done in our life. As Jesus taught us to pray, “Let thy Kingdom Come, let thy will be done…” (Matthew 6:10) it should be our deepest desire to let His will be done in our life. Let Him rule and implement the rule of His Kingdom in our life. We are an extension of Him and let Him flow freely through us and influence this world by His nature. His will and His Kingdom should prevail in our life and the world around us.

So, let us yield our will to His and say, “Not my will, but Yours be done” and be transformed into the likeness of His Son and to which the Father will say, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased”.

Scripture Reference:
• Luke 22:42
• Genesis 3:5
• Matthew 6:10

Resurrecting us to Life from death

Robert Rajamani

Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you! – Romans 8:11 (TPT)

God lost His son Adam to death in the Garden of Eden. The day when Adam and Eve chose to part away from God by choosing death over Life, death entered and God saw His children slowly losing to death. God lost his family. He lost His children to death. God could not bear this loss, He was too deeply connected with them, because they came out of Him, they were His offspring. He gave them Life, but they were being taken over by death. It’s the same feeling one has when you lose a dear one to death. God felt the loss, but He was determined to do something about it. He was resolute to gain back His children. He wanted Adam and the whole of humanity back.

Even though He is the Lord Almighty, the creator of the vast universe, He cannot just magically regain His family back by His might. It was a matter of the heart and will; Adam and Eve had chosen willingly to go their own way. So to win their heart back, He had to take a different path. God had to enter the realm of death and destroy it. He willingly did that in Christ. He endured death and destroyed it utterly. He not only destroyed death, but He resurrected to Life. He made Eternal Life accessible to His children who were until then under the grip of death. Now God regains His children back to Life from death, through the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrected Spirit of Christ which dwells in His children who put their trust in Him, resurrects them back to Life.

His son Adam whom He lost to death in the Garden of Eden, He received Him back to life in Jesus and also multitudes more with Him. God resurrects His children back to life by His Spirit which dwells in them. Romans 8:11 says, Just like God raised Jesus to life, the Spirit of resurrection dwells in us and He will raise us to Life.

This resurrection that God is accomplishing in us through His Spirit is a process and depends on how we yield to it, the more we yield the faster it is. It’s a transforming process, which makes us lose our old carnal identity and put on the armor of Light (Romans 13:12) It’s a process to give us eternal Life and make us able to live in His realm of Life. With our carnal self, we can only survive in this realm of death, we cannot in His realm of Life. So to enable us to live in His realm of Life, He transforms us and resurrects us to His Life through the Spirit of His Resurrection.

By yielding to this process of Resurrection in Christ of transforming us into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18), we gain Eternal Life which we lost in the Garden of Eden and God gains back His son Adam (and us) whom He lost in the same Garden and is delighted just like the Father of the prodigal son who said, “My son was dead, and is alive again”.

Scripture Reference:
• Romans 8:11
• Romans 13:12
• 2 Corinthians 3:18

 

What are you revolving around?

Robert Rajamani

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith – Colossians 2:6,7

Revolution – is turning around a central point of axis. It is a pattern seen everywhere in the creation of God. Planets revolve around the Sun. Electrons revolves around the nucleus. We are all attached to something and we go in circles around them. We revolve around anything that we consider important.

Problems in life seek to become the center of our focus, and keep us entangled in worry and fear to make us revolve around them. We as humans have the tendency to revolve around anything other than God. We gravitate towards revolving around fear and worry. We easily tend to attach our self to any situation in life which threatens us and keep revolving around it in worry and fear. When we revolve around our problems, we will get disoriented and lose our focus and direction. The more we think on them and meditate on our fear, the more we get stuck in its orbit. The longer we remain in its orbit, stronger the problem gets and more difficult it is for us to get out of it. What you revolve around gains control over you, when you revolve around your problems, it has a control over you.

God desires that we revolve around Him and let Him be the center of our life. When you revolve around God by spending time in the throne room of grace and in the Holy of Holies, your life is ruled from the throne of God. His Kingdom dominates your life. When He rules, you will see His Life manifested in your life. But if you allow fear to rule, you will see the results of fear manifested in your life. Walk with Him and let His rule increase in your life. He is the King and let His Kingdom come in our life.

The Israelites could not possess the Promised Land because instead of revolving around God in Faith, they revolved around the mountain of fear and unbelief for forty years and perished in the desert (Hebrews 3:19). What you anchor yourself to and revolve around is what you worship. Our mountain of fear and unbelief does not deserve our worship, only the King does. Be anchored in Him and revolve around Him, let His Spirit guide you.

Stop thinking and worrying about situations and things happening in your life. In everything fix your mind and heart on the Lord and meditate on what He is telling you. Revolve around God. Meditate on what He has been revealing to you. Even when you are in the midst of a storm, when the temptation is strong to fear the storm and keep revolving around it, make sure to focus on the Lord and His promises and be anchored in Him and you will not be disoriented by the storm but will head in the right direction. The moment you realize that you are revolving around something other than the Spirit of God which is Joy, Peace, Hope, Faith, Love; immediately switch over and make Him the center of your revolution and abide in Him and let the orbit of your circle around Him get stronger.

Above everything it is so amazing how the Bible reveals Him as a Father who will do anything to redeem His children even to the extent of dying for them. He is our Abba Father who Himself revolves around us, His children, so let’s have our life centered on Him and Him alone.

Scripture Reference:
• Colossians 2:6,7
• Hebrews 3:19

The Spirit of God Rests on Us

Robert Rajamani

And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. – (Acts 2:3 ESV)

The Spirit of God which was hovering over the waters before the creation of the world (Genesis 1:2) found rest on the seventh day when the creation was complete and Adam and Eve were created and were in complete fellowship with God (Genesis 2:2). This rest of the Spirit of God did not last long. Soon Adam rebelled and went his own way. The relationship was broken. Ever since the Spirit of God has been striving with men (Genesis 6:3) to restore them back to Himself so that they can be at complete rest in fellowship.

God has been restlessly striving to be in fellowship with man. Without Faith there is no relationship, God was looking for a relationship which centered around Faith and Trust in Him. He found that relationship and rest in Noah. He made a covenant with Noah and brought forth a generation out of him. Not surprising that the name Noah means Rest. God finds a restful relationship in Noah. The generation that follows, again rebel against God and choose their own way, unlike Noah who chose Faith in God.

God is again restless and striving to find a man who will relate with Him in Faith. He finds Abraham and makes a covenant with Him. He makes a covenant to birth a nation out of Him. Even though Abraham rested in his relationship with God and also God rested in His relationship with Abraham, the generation which came forth out of Abraham did not. They again rebelled against God and went into slavery. God’s Spirit finds Moses and Joshua to deliver the people and take them to His rest. More than the physical Canaan land of rest, God was wanting to develop a relationship with them in which they will Trust and depend on Him completely and rest in that relationship, but they did not and God was still restless and striving with mankind.

He introduced the blood sacrifice and the law to be able to be with them and dwell in their midst. Though His real rest was to dwell in them; He could not dwell in them because they had nothing of the nature of God in them, getting closer to them will only consume them, like Fire will consume the chaff (Exodus 33:20). So instead of dwelling in them, He dwelt among them in the tabernacle (Exodus 25:8) and in the pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21).

Then the Spirit of God finds Jesus, His own Son who agrees to resolve this struggle by becoming a blood sacrifice Himself and dies on the cross declaring, “It is finished” (John 19:30). The relationship between the Son and the Father is one of complete oneness. The Father completely rests in His relationship with Jesus and so does Jesus rests in His Father (John 10:30). In Jesus the Spirit of God finds Rest. Because of what Jesus has accomplished, the Spirit of God was able on the day of Pentecost to come and rest on His disciples (Acts 2:3). Finally, The Spirit Rested. He is able to rest and dwell in us, not just among us; because of Jesus who submitted to His will even unto death.

The Spirit rests when we allow His Son to shine forth His image in us. As we yield to the mind and the nature of Christ and are transformed into His glory, we resemble Him and the Spirit of God rests in Christ who is in us. The more we yield to Him we find our rest in Him and more we take on His righteousness the more we allow the Spirit of God to rest in us. Because of His righteousness the Spirit of God when it comes to dwell and rest in us, it does not consume and destroy us, because fire does not destroy fire. We have the nature of His Son in us, and we are no longer consumed by Him, we rest in Him just as much as the Spirit of God rests in us.

Scripture Reference:
• Acts 2:3
• Genesis 1:2
• Genesis 2:2
• Genesis 6:3
• Exodus 33:20
• Exodus 25:8
• Exodus 13:21
• John 19:30
• John 10:30

Knowing God Personally

Robert Rajamani

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. – (John 17:3)

God has always wanted a relationship with His children. Since the day He created Adam and Eve He desired that they know Him and grow in their relationship with Him. God came down to the Garden every day to have fellowship with Adam and Eve. God knew Adam, but He also desired Adam to know Him as a good Father. Knowing is a union. The more you know the person and yield, the more you unite with that person. The Bible calls the union of Adam and Eve as Adam knew Eve.

God is Life and He is Eternal. He is Love and when you know Him as Abba Father, you unite with Him and acquire His nature and Life and you become Eternal with Him. That is His desire.

God wanted Adam and Eve to know Him and grow, but they preferred to know the “knowledge of good and evil”. They chose to unite with the knowledge to live their life rather than Life Himself. That choice defined their reality and they were cast out from the realm of God to a self-sustained reality of life in which we still struggle to survive.

What you seek to know and unite with; becomes your reality. If you seek to know Him as a good Father, His nature and His Kingdom becomes your reality. His will and rulership in your life becomes more real and it defines and dominates your physical reality. On the contrary, if you seek to know and unite with the knowledge of the world on how to live life, that becomes your reality.

Knowing God is union with Him and it takes us into the reality of Zion. When we prefer to know the world and how it functions rather than to know Him and how He functions; we get united with the world and get stuck in its reality. He wants us to unwind from the reality of the world and seek to know Him and function in the reality of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus said I know my Father and He knows me (John 10:15). He said to Pharisees, “You don’t know the Father”, (John 8:19). They just knew the knowledge of the Law. Paul says grow in your knowledge of Christ and know Him better. (Ephesians 1:17)

You cannot know Him just by studying about Him or doing all religious deeds. You know Him only when He reveals Himself by His Spirit of Wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17). Unless He opens up, you cannot know Him, no matter how hard you use your brain to study Him. But the good news is, He reveals to everyone who walks with Him.

Seek to know Him, not the knowledge about Him. He reveals Himself to one who seeks Him instead of about Him. Relationship with Him is the key to know Him.

Scripture Reference
• John 17:3
• John 10:15
• Ephesians 1:17
• John 8:19

Hearing from God personally is the Key

by Robert Rajamani

Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. — Rev 2:29
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God – Romans 8:14

Hearing from God personally and being led by His Spirit in a personal relationship with Him is the key to our Spiritual Life and how it can impact the world around us.

Living and preaching somebody else’s revelation is good but hearing personally from Him is even better. God wants us to live by hearing from Him and not by living by certain principles alone. Living by just the revealed principles can lead to legalism. It has its role just like the Law has its place but then it has to be superseded by something better and that is a personal relationship with Him and hearing personally from Him all the time.

As examples in the Bible, Noah heard from God personally, Abraham heard from God personally, Moses heard from God personally, Paul heard from God personally, None of them lived off of someone else’s revelation and they went on to change the world.

Only if every believer today will be passionate about hearing from God personally and live by being led by the Spirit of God, we can revolutionize our life and in turn change the world upside down.

Even Jesus said, I do only the things that I see my Father do (John 5:19). He was in constant relationship with His Father and did what the Father said or did.

So we need to spend time alone with Him in Prayer and in His Word and discipline our self to pursue to hear from Him. The Holy Spirit is there to help us personally. He doesn’t always speak in an audible voice, but he does speak and you can hear if we just be with Him long enough. We will know his voice in our spirit. Jesus said, my sheep hears my voice. (John 10:27)

Let us be aware of His presence all the time and develop that personal relationship with Him.

Scripture Reference:

  • Rev 2:29
  • Romans 8:14
  • John 5:19
  • John 10:27

Why Sabbath Rest is so Important to God?

Robert Rajamani

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;  ..Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.  — Hebrews 4:9,11

In the beginning after completing the creation, God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and rested on the seventh day. God did not rest because He was tired of work. He rested because He was at Peace. He had created His children and provided a perfect garden for them to live in. They were safe and in perfect union with Him. He had a perfect family. He was at Rest – the Sabbath Rest.

God desired that Adam and Eve will remain in this state of unbroken relationship with Him and enjoy the Sabbath Rest with Him. He wanted them to be in this loving relationship with the Father as a family of God. As long as they were in fellowship with God, they had access to His provision and Life and were at Rest. Their heart was designed to find rest only in Him and so had He chosen to find His rest in His children.

But, Man decided to get out of this relationship and find his own rest outside God, which he soon realized does not exist. Since that day man has only experienced turmoil and fear. Along with man even God has been restless since. He could not be at Peace when His children were lost. Since that day, God has been striving continuously to restore His family and bring them back to His Sabbath Rest. Jesus referred to this and said, “My Father is always at His work to this very day” when He was questioned about healing on Sabbath. (John 5:16-17)

To emphasize the importance of finding Rest in their relationship with God, He commanded the Israelites to honor the Sabbath day. He asked them to rest from their work of the flesh and focus on fellowshipping with the Lord in Worship and Thanksgiving. Experiencing one day of Sabbath in a week was just a shadow and foretaste of the Eternal Sabbath they were going to enter into in Jesus. God made every effort through Joshua to lead the Israelites to the Canaan land to enter His rest, but they could not because of their unbelief (Hebrews 3:19)

Ultimately, God paid a huge price in Christ to restore this Sabbath Rest for his family. He desires that we enter His Sabbath rest in Christ. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28). As we come to Christ and abide in Him and are led by His Spirit, we enter His Rest and experience His Peace.

The Father’s Heart cannot rest until we enter His Rest. He wants His family back, the family He lost in the Garden of Eden. . He is at Peace only after our relationship with Him is restored and we have entered His Sabbath Rest and are secure in Christ. So, let us make every effort today to Enter His Rest. (Hebrews 4:11)

Scripture Reference:

  • Hebrews 4:9,11
  • John 5:16
  • Hebrews 3:19
  • Matthew 11:28

Do not be driven by your Passion for God, but be led by Him

Robert Rajamani

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. – Zechariah 4:6

It is very much possible to be driven by a passion. For a believer, it will mostly be a passion which is godly. Some may have a passion to do the work of the Lord, become a missionary etc. It is very easy and convenient to be driven by the passion and convince oneself what we are doing is the will of the Lord, because passion for something gives purpose to life and can be a great motivation.

Christian life is not to be lived by clinging on to certain apparent godly things which gives a purpose to life and run with it. Christian life is meant to be led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14), in continuous relationship with Him and continuously hearing from Him.

It is very much possible to be driven by a Passion for the things of God and miss God. Paul was passionate for God, but he missed God when he persecuted the church. He was not in personal relationship with God, but with his religion of God. But once he got into a relationship with God, he was led by the Spirit of God.

God wants us to have a Father-child relationship in which we are in constant communication with Him in every step of our way. He is not looking for someone who hears from God and gets passionate about it and runs with it leaving God behind. Rather learn to be with Him, talk to Him all the time. Make it a lifestyle to just hang out with Him and let Him reveal you things and speak to you and guide you every step of the way. (Psalm 32:8)

Let the Holy Spirit be your guide. Talk to Him and develop an intimate relationship with Him. One Word that you hear from Him personally, can change your life upside down. Just as Jesus said, “ Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”. (Matthew 4:4)

Scripture Reference:

  • Zechariah 4:6
  • Romans 8:14
  • Psalm 32:8
  • Matthew 4:4