Real intimacy and power with Jesus


How many of us want to see this next verse become real in our lives?

And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe:

in My name they will drive out demons;
they will speak in new languages;
they will pick up serpents;
and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them;
they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well
Mark 16:17-18

How many have quietly and unofficially given up, assuming that if the pastor doesn’t have it, if no one we know has had it… then I guess it’s simply not available?

I haven’t given up… and last week I laid hands on a person who had been suffering with pain in his chest for several days… and he was 95% healed. By the morning he was 100% healed. PRAISE GOD! (This has been happening more and more in the last year or so and I’m really excited about it. hehehehe.)

Looking everywhere for the answer

Over 5 years ago God sent a word through a prophetess to me. The word said (basically):

 

I have placed a great spiritual hunger in Mark.
Mark will find me when He seeks me with all his heart and all his soul and all his mind.

Well… that “spiritual hunger” had been driving me for decades! I had enquired for God everywhere in over 20 countries. I read everything that came across my path. I talked to everyone who I bumped into. I watched all the Christian DVDs and videos. I listened to all the church teachings, even got the CDs!

I did all this and stayed bound and remained without joy and peace in my life during all that time.

Only when I had exhausted all the hype and razmatazz did I eventually go back to the bible to see for myself what it ACTUALLY says. Then I began to see that hidden IN *HIM* are all the truths, riches and secrets.

The whole bible (OT and NT) points to Him like this:
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*He* is the Kingdom which He mentioned in all His parables. He is the treasure which is buried in a field and we then we sell everything to buy that hidden treasure.

Sometimes we have to go seeking everywhere in order to find this central truth. The sooner we find it and change our focus, the better. This post is an encouragement to those of you seeing Him to the exclusion of seeking anything else.

I missed the simplicity of Jesus’ Kingdom teaching and the simplicity of the message of the bible. Here it is in a nutshell:

  1. Relationship and intimacy with God comes through relationally seeking Him (needing Him, wanting Him, enquiring of Him) on an ongoing basis (abiding)
    1. Once we know WHO He is, the power becomes available to Christians, because it comes from the knowledge of Him, the meaning of His blood and the meaning of His perfect holiness which is given to us
    2. The freedom is related to the power. My freedom comes by entering (through faith in Him) into His death and resurrection (His blood) and into His perfect holiness (wearing His holiness as a covering, by faith in Him). This is called being justified by faith.

I can have the faith, the freedom and some power – and still miss all that He has for us by not doing what He has wanted from the beginning of this world… to seek Him as a vital necessity for our lives. To make time to dwell with Him. To be devoted to Him to the exclusion of everything else.

Jesus sums all of this up in simple words: to know Him and believe in Him. It’s a lifestyle thing. It’s not just one or two changes, a few modifications. It’s a whole-of-life choice.

We devote ourselves to Him. He then devotes Himself to us. 🙂

Paul’s words

And there, in those sentences is his secret. It’s the same secret that Paul confessed.

[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him,

perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly],

and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers] . – Phil 3:10

This is profound stuff to me.

It explains why I get the feeling that setting time aside to seek Him as a vital and necessary part of my life each day, morning and night – pressing on to lay hold of Him… that is what appears to make the biggest difference in my life. Far bigger more important than anything else I can do. It’s what I’ve been feeling… to adjust the rest of my day and my life around this one thing… to seek Him, to require Him, to need Him, to find Him and be found by Him. Everything else is secondary because He can provide all those things.

(NOTE: I still need routine, friendship, health and hygiene of course… but they can adjust around what I want… which is to be in communion with Him)

If you will seek Him, understand Him, follow Him, devote yourself, receive what He has done for you… then you will be permitted to use His name in great power and overcome sickness and more.

Entering into what He has for you

Until I read in the bible about what His death had achieved for me, I couldn’t enter into it by faith. When I read it and believed it, I could enter into it.

He *is* the Kingdom of God. No one can talk you into it. You won’t buy it unless you truly want it.

Perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand about Him

And this is eternal life:

[it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God,

and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent. – John 17:3

He *is* the Christ. He *is* the one who makes us pure and holy, just as the bible says! It’s an amazing thing… the more I “get” Him… the more I get of Him.

Lay hold of it!

Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect,

but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. – Phil 3:12

Yes Lord.

4 responses to “Real intimacy and power with Jesus

  1. I am a missionary Pastor In Togo, West Africa. I would love to partner with your ministry, for your kind of ministry is in high demand in this nation. Hope to read from you soon.

    In His Love
    Pastor Daniel S.Tochi
    Bible Life Church
    BP 214, TSEVIE,
    TOGO,
    TEL 00228 922 79 23

    Hi Pastor Daniel. Thank you for visiting. I’m sorry I didn’t reply earlier, I’ve been quite sick. Send me an email (markrobertwilson at gmail.com) and we can chat. Bless you! – Mark.

  2. Yes, to know Christ at the heart level is the greatest treasure a person can have. That is why the Bible says, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, nor let the mighty man glory in his strength, nor the rich in his riches, but let him who glories glory in this, that he knows and understands ME, that I am the Lord…”

    If we have anything to boast of, its not how much wealth we accumulated or did not accumulate, education and sporting prowess likewise do not compare with the value of knowing Christ.

    If you abide in Christ, and His Words abide in you, you can have anything you want. Because you will want what Christ wants, and God wants to do great things – including miracles of healing.

    I’ve witnessed the truth of this in my life, and I’m wanting to go further and deeper into Christ so I may be caught up all the more in the wonder of it. May God deliver us all from the distractions in our lives.

  3. The most important thing for me is the #1 thing you mentioned under Knowing Christ-it’s realtionship. God is really focusing me on our realtionship with Him. If we want Him with all our hearts, minds, and souls we will find Him.
    I love that word the Lord gave you through the prophetess.

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