Two weeks ago the Lord asked me to call a dear friend, a watchman/intercessor I highly respect, to deliver a very simple challenge: "Just Jesus."
Those two words, the Lord said, were an invitation for my friend to close the doors temporarily on all external sources of "noise" or information-gathering in order to recalibrate the ears to just one sound: the voice of God.
I knew this would not be easy; turning off phones, news, YouTube, and even the Kingdom sounds of other prophetic voices is a daunting task today! Yet I saw the Lord sitting patiently and quietly nearby, waiting - as any good guest might - for His Brides' full attention.
Christ's invitation was not meant to be a punishment to my friend, but a challenge. In fact, I heard the Lord say that if this already-mighty prayer warrior would spend the following 30 days listening to Just Jesus, there would be a marked increase in the blessings He would pour out and the JOY that would be experienced!
I delivered the word to this seasoned watchman, who gladly received the challenge. And why not?! The King of Kings delights to speak to us - what a privilege to receive a special and very personal invitation into His Presence!
The following night, when I sat down with the Lord again, He invited me to do the same.
In fact, Jesus said that it was His desire for me to share these two words, "Just Jesus," with everyone connected to our His Inscriptions ministry; this was not a word for one, but a word for all!
A week later I received a surprising confirmation. Kim Potter shared a nearly identical invitation on IFA's website, writing: "As I sought the Lord, He impressed upon me to set apart 30 days to spend with Him and in His word. ...Though the enemy relentlessly attempts to weary God’s people, God has already given us the antidote for this poison: It is found in His word and in spending intimate time with Him; it comes through keeping our mind stayed upon God; it is the reward of listening to Him more than we do the world and its media." (You can read Kim's full article here.)
I don't think the timing of this invitation is an accident!
Many of us have just walked through an intense season of personal and corporate warfare. In an attempt to understand our rapidly-changing world, we have had to "tune in" to voices we perhaps didn't want to hear, as well as those we do. As some have noted, we are now fighting what is best described as an "information war," which has new and unique challenges of its own. Speaking of the end times, Jesus cautions: "See to it that you are not deceived." (Matthew 24:4)
I believe it's critical that the message we hear and convey is Just Jesus. Those of you who have separated yourselves from the world as believers wholly devoted to God already "soar" in the Spirit. Yet in times of turbulence or storm, the best antidote, as Kim writes, is to climb to a higher altitude by being with Just Jesus. In addition to the renewed hope and joy we experience in Him, our heightened position in the Spirit leads to a much better perspective and foolproof protection. (Ps. 91; Ecc. 7:12.)
As a result of their extended time with the Lord, the early apostles knew the value of preaching, teaching, and healing only through what they heard in that one Name. (Acts 4:20-31.) They trusted that their relationship with Jesus was enough as they navigated both deception and persecution. Paul wrote that he abandoned everything for Christ; all his prior knowledge was rubbish to him except the knowledge of the Son of God.
Is the powerful message of the cross the dominant message in your mouth today, or has it been preempted by other messages? Jesus was publicly humiliated for His faith; are you willing to publicly proclaim what the world is saying should be kept subjective and private?
When Spirit-saturated believers exalt the name of Jesus, ALL mankind will be drawn to His goodness! I believe this 30-day time period is meant to saturate and empower you to gather in your portion of the great harvest, just as the apostles did!
Will you allow the Lord to show you what Just Jesus means for you?
If you accept His invitation, Holy Spirit will give you wisdom to know how to "recalibrate;" combat "information stimulation" and overcome the weariness of deception. You'll have the joy and peace you need to continue on the next leg of this journey.
Will you gladly embrace, as my friend did, Just Jesus?
P.S. ~ For those who want to take the challenge, I'm including a PDF file with suggestions on how to create more time for the Lord. (Subscribers can also find this PDF stored in your Subscriber Resource Library.)
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.