Yes. Consumed totally. Not by enemy. But by the Most High. Consumed with His sweetness. I didn’t say goodness. I mean His sweetness in His presence. Far above any earthly experience.
In Judges 9:11, Jotham, the Son of Gideon, rose one day after all his seventy brothers had been killed by his step brother, Abimelech – the new king over Shechem, and spoke a parable to him and all the men of Shechem saying, “…the fig tree said to them, Should I leave my sweetness and my good fruit and go to wave over the trees?”
The underlined words are where I’m going. The fig tree understands what’s inside “him”. The Most High put sweetness inside it and it bears good fruit. It wasn’t ready to give up its sweetness and good fruit for rulership over the trees! He realized his purpose in life.
Just like the fig tree, there is sweetness from the Father on High which He has put inside us. His word mentioned the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit…in 2 Corinthians 13:14. Yes, it’s there. And by His Spirit He has also put the good fruit of the Holy Spirit in us. You need to know that.
Knowing that: so why do you want to be bitter or live in bitterness towards others? Why do you consciously or unconsciously give up His sweetness in you and good fruit for anything else in this world? Why do you?
Don’t you comprehend it? You don’t know what you are giving up! You don’t know what you are missing by not seeking a private moment to just lay down before Him. Before the King of kings. Just lay down there. Asking nothing but adoring Him. Not petitioning Him for anything, but just basking in His glory! Oh! Nothing in this world can compare to His sweetness! Nothing! I say nothing! I repeat nothing! Go in there and let Him purge you off the bitterness. Let His word wash over your soul.
If you think your pop stars drive you crazy, wait until you get caught up in His heavenly presence by His Spirit. You will not want anything less than that. You will also understand the greatest dimension of sweetness of the Lord. Don’t say, “I’m happy for you!” No! No!! No!!! It is a place that we all must aspire to be.
If you have not comprehended it, I adjure you to seek a quiet time with the Holy Spirit. Don’t leave His presence until He reveals it to you. It might not come day one, but continue to seek Him and you will find Him. He will reveal Himself to you by His words and perhaps experiences.
The sweetness of the Lord. In His presence is fullness of joy; and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. And He will show you the path of life. Psalms 16:11
He will clothe you with your habitation which is from His presence. Anytime you get in, He clothes you with your habitation before the foundation of the world. He clothes you with an ancient cloak! Oh glorious God!
In His presence, everything natural disappears. You gaze into the eternal realm; filled with dazzling great lights. A heavenly realm where the Father sits on His throne with His Son on the right hand surrounded by host of angelic beings. Oh what a glorious scene! The Son is back home from sojourn on the earth, having wrought redemption for all mankind through His blood.
“Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemy Your footstool,” the Father said to the Son in Psalms 110:11
You think the earth is more real. Then you haven’t seen the other side. Step up in His presence. Let Him help you. Desire more. Let the Lord open your eyes, you will know there is an incomparable glory on the other side. Rush to the Book of Revelations and you will see for yourself.
My emphasis is: will you give up His sweetness and good fruit of the Holy Spirit for anything on this earth? Will you extol anything above Him? Will you? Will you relegate Him to the background in anything you do?
Why is He your backup plan and not the first? Sit in front of Him and worship Him.
In Judges 9: 13, “The vine replied, Should I leave my new wine, which rejoices God and man, and go to wave over the trees?”
Ponder on that. Our Lord Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” So you have the vine nature in you. You have the wine in you. You have the joy of the Holy Spirit in you.
So why will you leave the new wine in you for any other thing? Why will you ignore the Holy Spirit in you? Why? Why will you not stir up the wine in you? And delight the Father on High?
He seeks true worshipers that will worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23). He seeks those that will pour out the new wine before Him; that will gladden His heart with worship. That will rejoice before Him in the spirit!
Put Him in front of you. Please! Put Him in front of you. He is all that matters far and above every and anything both on earth, beneath the earth and in heavens above.
Be blessed as you listen to the worship song below.