CONSTRAINING THE MASTER

Mar 8, 2023

The two disciples constrained (pleaded with) Jesus to spend an evening with them. There is a side of God we will never know until we constrain, plead, and cry to Him with all our hearts.

Luke 24:28-29 [28] Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. [29] But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us,…” And He went in to stay with them.

Matthew 9:14-15 [14] Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?”

 [15] And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Why would Jesus’ disciples fast? -to constrain and experience Christ. Jesus is a ‘world’ that needs to be explored; however, this ‘world’ has no beginning nor end because you can never arrive in Him as there is always something fresh, new, or unique. 

Believers find fasting boring because they’ve not entered the dimension of revelation. But as you begin to constrain Him through prayer, worship, praise, and meditation, something will begin to change about your experience with Him.

Luke 24:30-31 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; …

When the two disciples constrained Jesus, He went in with them, and when He broke bread, their eyes were opened and they saw Him.

Our biggest challenge is blindness; the lack of light (illumination). We are illuminated by the revealed Word; and when you see, you’ll have seen and the struggles of faith and fears of the heart cease; you stop walking like other people because you know. (Daniel 11:32)

This is how we rise and become a dominant force wherever God has put us. (Zachariah 4:6)

1 Corinthians 13:9-10 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

No man has it all together as we only have a fraction of that knowledge of who Jesus is (the ‘world’ called Jesus), but the more we know Him, the greater the influence/authority we can have over this world and the greater will be our confidence and trust.

This takes constraining (heartfelt demand placed on God). Half-hearted demands will not take us to realms where the Master reveals Himself; you will be okay but at a level where your relevance is questionable.

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

There is more to what you know now, what you’ve experienced, heard, read, etc.; that is why you have to press in. God is too rich; we have to explore Him. Don’t allow the ‘yesterday’ to bring you to a place of contentment and satisfaction to think you have arrived yet there is more in Him to explore.

Every level the Lord takes you affords you a blessing or an anointing of increase.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

When you seek and experience Him, there is a force that will cause things to be attracted to you; you don’t have to go after things but seek Him. (Colossians 1:17) There is always more in God. If you stay within the threshold of His presence, everything in this life will locate you. (Psalm 37:4)

Ask God to help you to fully give yourself to Him, not just in words but in practice. That there is nothing anymore inside of you that is a hindrance; that your thoughts, desires, feelings, etc. are of Him.

There are many people God needs to touch through you; that is why our yieldedness is key so that His substance may find fulfilment in your life. (Psalms 37:25)

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA