"Dig Deeper"/ "Contraception"

“Dig Deeper”
September, 2013

Early in September, 2013, I sat in the presence of the Lord and He spoke these words to me, “Dig Deeper”.  The Holy Spirit is the One who unveils to us the will of Jesus and the Father in our lives.  I received these words and did not take any offence at the Lover of my soul admonishing me to have yet a closer intimacy with Him.  I began to pray and confess, “Lord I am digging deeper” knowing that He would unfold to me His perfection for my walk with Him now and continually.

In our study of God’s word, my husband and I were in the book of Ezekiel which depicts a vision-journey of Ezekiel to Jerusalem.  In chapter 47, there is the symbolic viewing of a life-giving stream   (“river of water of life”).  In these passages (47:3-5), Ezekiel is taken to ankle deep waters, knee deep waters, waist deep waters, and finally waters that could only be navigated by swimming. When I came upon these scripture passages, they began to unfold within me an understanding of the command to “Dig Deeper”.  I’m sure that the understanding of “digging deeper” will continue to unfold throughout my life.

The life giving flow that God desires for each of us does not reside in measures where we are assured of our spiritual standing with things we have learned and practiced.  There is a depth that God is calling us to where we cannot depend on our past or present knowledge of Him.  We must get to the place where we begin “swimming under the power of the guidance of the Holy Spirit” totally and completely.  In this state, we will realize that it is God and God alone who is bringing forth His will in our lives.  We are not leaning to our own understanding because it does not work in this arena where Jesus is Lord of “All”.  Self interest, self-absorption, self-will, pride, subtle pride, and all that the Holy Spirit reveals and illumines must be abandoned by us to “swim” in the waters of His presence.  It is when we “swim” that His perfect will is unfolding for our lives.

I am challenged by my Savior to “Dig Deeper”.  I invite you as Believer to ask the Holy Spirit how this challenge can unfold in your life.
 “Dig Deeper”
Marsha Deveaux Johnson, http://hepzibah40.blogspot.com

A device or chemical used to prevent pregnancy.
Spiritual Contraception:
Any device or practice allowed in the life of the Believer to prevent the conception, growth, development, and production of God’s will.

As I sat in the presence of the Lord, He spoke the word “contraception” to me.  I immediately knew what the word meant and awaited His explanation of this release.  He began to elaborate in my spirit that His people are allowing hindrances (i.e., contraception) to abide in their lives that shut down the natural spiritual pregnancies that are supposed to happen, come to term and  bring forth the fruit of His will in their lives.

When pregnancy is prevented, it disorders the flow of nature and reroutes hormones in the physical body.  This is also true in the body of Christ.  When the will of God is shut down in our individual lives, we do not prosper spiritually.  We become stagnant, self-absorbed, self-directed, self-willed, and generally running our own show.  This brings us to the point where we cannot get pregnant and produce the fruit that is to bless the body of Christ.  Christ blesses us to be a blessing.  When we shut down the blessing of proper fruit production, we cannot bless others.

I prayed a prayer that God would first reveal to me the contraceptive measures I am allowing in my life that would hinder the spiritual pregnancies that should come forth in me.  I want to produce all that God has ordained from before the foundation of the world for my life.

Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to impregnate you with God’s will and purpose?
Are you taking/allowing contraceptives (spiritual hindrances) to shut down the God ordained spiritual pregnancies?
What are you allowing that is preventing the spiritual pregnancy ordained by God?
Name the contraceptives and begin to ask the Holy Spirit to help you obey God.

Marsha Deveaux Johnson, http://hepzibah40.blogspot.com

Why "Hepzibah in Training?"

More than twenty five years ago I stood in a powerful praise and worship service. As I entered into worship weeping in the presence of the King, I heard the voice of Jesus in my spirit. He called me two names. The first name was Hephzibah and the second was Beulah. I was stunned and immediately sat down on the bench to ponder these two names. Neither of these names appeared flattering to me.

I left church and called my sister, a mighty warrior of God, and told her that God had called me two names. Her reply was “If God called me names; I needed to find out what they meant.” I searched scripture and found that the name Hephzibah means, “The Lord delights in her” and that Beulah meant, “Thy land is married (committed, spoken for, etc). Needless to say, I was delighted in the significance of these two names that my Savior has bestowed upon me. My goal and treasure in life is to fulfill the plan for my life on this side of Eternity and to train for the other side of Eternity.

I offer you the revelations, thoughts, and meditations that God imparts to me in this blog “Hepzibah In Training”.

I thank you for your comments.