Leaping For Joy, Relationships, & Trusting Your Spiritual Instincts

February 26, 2014

An unborn child hasn’t been educated in the ways of the world.  It does not know human language, nor has the unborn child yet learned to judge the world according to the rules of knowing good and evil.  All the child knows is the heartbeat of its mother, the warmth and comfort of her womb, and the intimate sound of her voice.  So what can an unborn child really know?  

Apparently, more than the knowledgable religious apparatus that crucified our Lord.  

Leaping For Joy

The other day, a dear friend was speaking to me about a passage of scripture that has often perplexed me.  When Mary (the mother of Jesus) was pregnant, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was also expecting a child.  While it was common knowledge that Elizabeth was pregnant, it was not common knowledge that Mary (an unmarried virgin) was also pregnant.  As soon as Mary arrived, however, Elizabeth knew the mystery that Mary was carrying inside of her.  The Spirit of God revealed this secret to Elizabeth through the joy of her unborn baby!

“Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  “And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.  “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” (Luke 1:39-45, NASB)        

Wow, can you believe that?  Elizabeth’s unborn baby (John the Baptist) who’s sole purpose in life was to make much of Christ, innately recognized Him from the womb.  He was leaping in joy simply coming into the vicinity of Jesus before he could understand the reasons why. Elizabeth was experiencing an internal dance party, so to speak.  His recognition of love personified (Christ) was certainly not rational or logical as John the baptist was at his most uneducated point in life.  

Has this ever happened to you?  

Have you walked into a room and noticed someone because your spirit was leaping for joy inside of you even though you weren’t sure why ?

Like Elizabeth, did your awareness of this life inside of you leaping for joy lead you into a revelation of a mystery about your Lord?

Trusting Your Spiritual Instincts

When I read the gospels, I see something that is quite clear.  Those who knew and loved Jesus seemed to innately know Him in a way that transcended reason or logic.  They could see Him because their inner being was affected by their crossing paths with Him.  Because Christ has made His dwelling within us, we are reliving His life on the earth today.     

Some of the most life giving relationships that I presently have began this same way.   

The first time I interacted with them, I could see them.  It was as if I knew them and had insight about them even before I knew information about them. 

There was a look in their eye. 

My spirit leaped with joy within me. 

It was love at first insight.

Relationships that have begun this way for me have lasted the test of time thus far.  Make no mistake about it, however, these kinds of relationships are surrounded in spiritual warfare.  It’s not for the faint of heart.  

Brothers and sisters, who do you know in this manner?  These are the relationships that reveal Christ, shine light in the darkness, rise above accusation, and silence our adversary.  

These are the relationships that give Jesus Christ a dwelling place to rest His head.  

These are the relationships that bring accusation from the Sanhedrin.

These are the relationships that bring conviction and crucifixion from Pilot.  

But these are also the relationships that express the resurrection power of love to the powers and principalities in the heavenly realms.

Brothers and sisters, don’t let these relationships go.  They’re all we truly have in this life. Trust your spiritual instincts about them, even when the logic and accusation of this world comes against them. Remember them.  

“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” (John 1:47-48, NASB, emphasis mine)


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19 responses to Leaping For Joy, Relationships, & Trusting Your Spiritual Instincts

  1. Wow that is the most interesting insight..I cannot thank you enough for that revelation.

  2. To respond to your first question,

    “Has this ever happened to you?

    Have you walked into a room and noticed someone because your spirit was leaping for joy inside of you even though you weren’t sure why ?”

    Yes, yes it has, and from these crossings, or gathering I have experienced the beauty of ‘seeing’ and being ‘seen’. From this there are deep and true ‘friendships’, not the common type, but ‘friends’ that are knit into each others lives. It stems from treasuring the “Treasure” we ‘see’ in one on other.

    The seeing and being seen ‘in’ The Lord.

    “They could see Him because their inner being was affected by their crossing paths with Him. Because Christ has made His dwelling within us, we are reliving His life on the earth today.”

  3. Amen brother, you got me crying this morning. We truly are precious gems, and stones. The unseen is more real then the seen. I am thankful that he opens up our spiritual eyes, to see the eternal reality. We were all chosen before time, and with in him as he fellowshiped with his father, and the holy spirit before time. Also, are lives are written in a book, so we can already recongize someone because they are already apart of our story before we experienced it (read it, played out). Love you brother you are precious to our Lord.

  4. Sham wow! Gobbling this up this morning! So scrumptious! It’s incredibly easy to see Christ when I look at you Jamal. My spirit leaps within me. Haha Yeah…. It feels so good!

    It’s freeing to know each other in this way, spirit-to-spirit, because it transcends surface judgements or accusations and taps into a far deeper truth, that is Jesus Himself winking at us from within each person. Oh, daaaaammmn, if we only could fully believe that we’re new in Him, and trust the awakening process of that truth to HS it would be such a happy church! Haha

    What an exploration though! To extract the Jesus we know and understand from the bellies of each human. And to allow our spirits to leap with the joy of uncovering what we so treasure and value! Yay!

    Love you dudemanbro!

  5. “For if we are out of our minds (as perceived by the religious apparatus), it is for God; if we are of sound mind (as perceived by Spiritual fellowship), it is for you.” (2 Corinthians 5:13)

  6. Wow Jamal!! You have yet again captured me through your understanding of the Lord. This truly is transcendent relationship that defies all logic- to which we just say, it is Him who dwells in us. There need be no other explanation.

    This is so encouraging, and timely. The Lord is so good. Thank you, brother.

    • Jennifer,

      This is a timely post for me too. I’m so glad that you found this post to be encouraging. I think of you often sister. See you soon.

  7. Yes Jamal I have. I certainly wish it would happen more than it has, but it has happened to me. About 35 years ago, as a late teen, I sat in a room full of other teens, and listened to a man, in his early twenties, share about Christ, and his personal testimony. During this meeting I had one of these moments, and he did as well. Our relationship has traversed many landscapes and seasons, from living with him and his wife in a discipleship relationship, to being the one who performed my marriage ceremony. To working in different ministry opportunities to long term friendship/brotherhood.My love and respect for him continues to grow to this day. I have had a few others (could count on one or two hands for sure) but this first one is special.
    I recently read a chapter 11 from TAS, The risen Lord and the things that cannot be shaken.
    Toward the end it talked about much of what I believe you are referring to here. I know it is a bit lengthy but I am going to paste the last part of that chapter here. I understand if you don’t publish this port, but I hope it speaks to you as well.-

    The Growth of the Church

    We have already touched upon this, but let us repeat and re-emphasise that the growth of the Church is on the principle of life. We can never go about this world gathering people together, asking them to accept certain things which we say about Christ, and then forming them into churches. The Lord has not called upon us to form churches. That is not our business. Would to God men had recognised the fact. A very different situation would obtain today from what exists, if that had been recognised. It is the Lord Who expands His Church, Who governs its growth. What we have to do is to live in the place of His appointment in the power of His resurrection. If, in the midst of others, the Lord can get but two of His children, in whom His life is full and free, to live on the basis of that life, and not to seek to gather others to themselves or to get them to congregate together on the basis of their acceptance of certain truths or teaching, but simply to witness to what Christ means and is to them, then He has an open way. As witness is simply and livingly borne in this way, one and another will be provoked at length to say: I do wish I had what they have! And another will say: I covet that one’s experience. It is just what I have been seeking for! Such as these will either come to inquire the way of salvation, or opportunity will be found to lead them to the Lord. It is in this way that the Church grows. Its growth may be furthered at a street corner as you preach Christ and someone responds, and believing on Christ with the heart and confessing Him as Lord with the mouth, life is given by the Spirit, and that one becomes the Lord’s. The Church is not increased by your going and taking a building and trying to get people to come to it, and to your meetings, and then forming them, by a church roll, into a local church. That is not the way. Growth is by life, and this, to begin with, may be by the entering into life of but one soul, and then after a long waiting time of another; or it may be more rapid. But the point is that it is increase because of life. That is the growth of the Church. For the growth of His Church, the Lord must have life channels, life centres. I believe that, given a life centre, sooner or later one of two things will happen, that it will be abundantly manifest that Christ is fully and finally rejected there, or else there will be an adding, a growth. There is tremendous power in life, and the life of the Lord either kills or quickens. It depends on the attitude taken toward it. He is a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. Things can never remain neutral. What the Lord needs is life centres.
    The irreducible minimum, and yet the adequate means, to begin with, is two; two who are one in His life, two in whom there is co-operation in that life. He sent them forth two by two. That is the nucleus of the Church. It is such as these that the enemy will endeavour to kill, to quench, or to separate, and thus to ruin them spiritually, so far as their value to the Lord is concerned for propagation. Remember that! The Lord’s advantage is bound up with a fellowship of two in the one life.

    We can see now why in the main issue it is so important that all the resources of the risen Lord should be tapped by us, should be lived upon, drawn upon, why these spiritual, secret, heavenly resources of His life, His fulness, should thus become the basis of our lives. Their purpose does not end with ourselves, nor is it something for ourselves, and if we turn them to that end we shall die. That provision is for the Lord’s end, which is reproduction, the reproduction of His own risen life.

    • John,

      Your comment leaves me speechless. So rich and life giving. Thank you for sharing your personal story, and this beautiful writing with all of us. You’re a gem in the kingdom of our Christ!

  8. Hi there Jamal!

    Loved reading your post today! My heart leaped for joy just reading your post and the comments that followed. I was thinking of this song and how it seems to capture the amazing way the Lord speaks to our hearts!


    “When You Say Nothing At All”

    It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart
    Without saying a word you can light up the dark
    Try as I may I could never explain
    What I hear when you don’t say a thing

    The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
    There’s a truth in your eyes sayin’ you’ll never leave me
    The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
    You say it best when you say nothing at all

    All day long I can hear people talking out loud
    But when you hold me near, you drown out the crowd
    Old Mr. Webster could never define
    What’s being said between your heart and mine

    The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
    There’s a truth in your eyes sayin’ you’ll never leave me
    The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
    You say it best when you say nothing at all

    The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
    There’s a truth in your eyes sayin’ you’ll never leave me
    The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
    You say it best when you say nothing at all

  9. Seeing and being seen. It’s the longing of our hearts. So precious when it happens. I agree, Jamal, that when it happens it is the Lord giving us to one another with the hope that we will delve deeper into learning how to Love one another the way the Father, Son and Holy Spirit Love one another… “so that the world will know We are real”.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.

  10. I think I had this experience with someone, I’m just not sure if we truly are matched up by God.

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