By: Darrelyn L. TuttIt is not for man to direct his steps,And a man won't move ahead;'Til the Spirit moves and the Spirit leads,And the man be Spirit led.-Darrelyn L.-------"And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took He up in his arms and blessed God, and said ..."Luke 2:27-28And what have we here, but the Spirit's impartation upon the aged "Simeon" who has long waited for the coming Messiah.-It is the Spirit's great work to bring men into their divine calling and place.-It is the Spirit's work to empower and bring to pass.-It is the Spirit's work to usher in conciliatory good works and words as they are needed and prescribed by God the Father.And so this was done onto the aged Simeon.------Simeon's nature was to deal justly with man and devoutly with God; and see here, how this is exactly how God now deals with him.A man of spiritual distinction and lofty attainment, he set his sights on none other than a sighting of the Messiah in his lifetime ... and the Spirit cheerfully grants it:"And behold there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was upon him; And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ ..."Luke 2:25-26------When our desires are rightly aligned with the Father's, we ought to have every measure of assuredness, that the thing shall come to pass.When the delights of the heart are translated vertically, the eye shall see and behold its certain outcome:"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."Psalm 37:4How delighted the Father must have been to hear and grant such favorable request, dear seeker. Shall our hearts not want more of that thing which He desires to give to us as we are in close company with Him?------The joyful boldness of Simeon in holding and lifting up the Messiah was "his!"Think of the holy wonder of it all!The joyful proclamation and declaration of prophecy flowing from seasoned, aged lips poured forth in an exalted uninterrupted flow of gladness, joy, possibility, promise and wonder mixed and curiously blended together; and conferred upon both Savior and mother."Then took he Him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 'Lord, lettest now Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word. For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people. A light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel."And Joseph and His mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of Him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary His mother, 'Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against. (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thine own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."Luke 2:28-35-----We are wise to look to Simeon as a blueprint for delighting both the Father and ourselves in the making of a request.We are wise to recognize our shortcomings in the lists by which we provide God with, which serve nothing but the temporal and the flesh.Ultimately, nothing on earth can be asked for and supplied that truly satisfies down here.Simeon knew this secret and asked for "more" and he was granted it.It's the spirit of man which must be fed, led, and directed by the Spirit in order to find full and lasting satisfaction.Let's keep in constant step and union with the One who never deviates nor changes with our wants, whims, and desires, and who longs for us to look and ask for the "more" situated directly above us."If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth."Colossians 3:1-2------May our pilgrimage end with a desire for a glimpse of our coming Messiah.May we be imparted with wondering, waiting, wanting hearts and indwelt by the riches of our King.As He was in the beginning, so He shall be in the end.Let Thy servant depart in peace ...For mine eyes have seen.------STUDY FOR GROWTH:1) Read the cumulative effects of prophecy flowing from both Simeon and Anna in the Gospel of Luke. Compare their sacred responses, impartations, and prophesies.2) Reflect on the "desires" of your heart and whether they are aligned with your flesh or with the Spirit. There is a vast difference.3) Keep the sanctuary of your soul clean in order to rightly receive the effects and impartation of the Spirit. Repentance is key to cleansing.Then listen closely.
© 2020 El-Inkwell.