I Do Nothing on My Own Initiative…

So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him. (John 8:28-30 NASB – “I am” capitalized and “He” removed by author)

This is going to be a very short post…

I am overwhelmed with the truth of this scripture…

Jesus, I AM, God in human flesh, did nothing of His own initiative…

He made no decisions for Himself…

He was completely surrendered to whatever His Father told Him to do…

Even in the Garden – another Garden – another Adam – when the Lord showed Him what He must go through for our sin – an eternity of hell experiencing the wrath of God for those three hours of darkness on the cross where He carried every single persons eternity of hell in His own Body and all the righteous punishment of their sins from an Almighty God – what did He say?

“Not My will but Yours be done”…

He was completely submissive to His Father’s will…

He had a will of His own…

But he relinquished it to His Fathers…

He could have called down legions of angels but He did not…

No one took His Life away from Him but He laid It down of His own accord…

“What a Wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord, What a Wonderful Saviour to me” as the song says…

Absolute Surrender is that place where He takes us to where our lives are no longer our own – we have no say in the decisions which are made in our lives and we have no say in whatever the Father says to do…

“Yes Lord”…

We meekly follow Him like a lamb to the slaughter knowing that our lives are over…

He is in control of our lives and we are no longer our own…

Our lives are over…

About andrew james horton

Hi, my name is Andrew James Horton... I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), born in Christchurch (05 September 1971), now in my mid-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Principal Structural Engineer, Director working in Christchurch, New Zealand... I am passionate about prophetic intercession and about revival both in New Zealand and throughout the world... I am passionate to pray that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, will be all that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - desires her to be in our generation... I felt that the Lord gave me the name of this blog site, "a house of prayer for the nations - prophetic intercession for worldwide revival" and wanted me to "put it out there" and start recording the prayers which are on my heart to pray in the hope that others would also be encouraged to share the prayers which are on their hearts to pray and that in the unity of the Spirit we could participate together in this activity in different locations around the world as He leads us... If the Lord leads you, let's join in prayer for the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven in our generation... Love in the Lord, Andrew
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2 Responses to I Do Nothing on My Own Initiative…

  1. Trust…

    Jesus trusted the Father…

    There was no deep root of disappointment in Jesus which “reered it’s ugly head” when the Father told Him what He had to endure – and it got worse…

    The Father didn’t tell Him that during those three hours of darkness He would actually forsake Him as Jesus “became sin for us” and His wrath was poured out on Him without measure…

    How did Jesus respond to having God’s wrath poured out on Him without measure and being forsaken by the Father?

    “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?”…

    Did He “curse God and die”?

    No, He did not…

    He did not understand what the Father was doing with Him – He did not enjoy what the Father was doing to Him – “for the joy set before Him He endured the cross” – He endured, not enjoyed, the cross – He did not enjoy the separation from His Father – He did not understand – but He still trusted…

    The first Adam lost his trust in God but the Second Adam kept His Faith even when He was being punished unmercifully by His Own Father…

    His Co-Equal with the Holy Spirit in the Godhead…

    Oh the Mystery, the Divine Mystery of the Cross…

    The Blood that was shed…

    The Remission of sins…

    The Death that was Died…

    The Adoption as sons…

    As sons and daughters of the Living God…

    He did not understand what the Father had asked Him to do, He did not know that He would be forsaken by His Father but He was willing to be “put to grief”, to be “bruised”, to be “crushed” by His Father…

    I am in awe of You Jesus – I am in awe of You…

    Your Trust in Your Father is so Beautiful…

    You were willing to be the Lamb that taketh away the sin of the world…

    You were willing to be the fulfilment of the prophetic picture of Isaac – the Son of Promise – who lay on the altar so many years before, trusting his father Abraham with his life when he was of age to resist him – the submission, the trust – I feel it as I type…

    Incredible…

    O God, I want to have that kind of trust and submission towards You…

    That is how I want my life to be lived…

    In total trust and submission towards You…

    Not a wimper to be heard from me when You take away from me the things I love, when You remove from me the dreams I’ve had, the desires I’ve held on to so tightly…

    So tightly that I won’t let go…

    Let me experience the power of the trust of Jesus Christ which He had towards His Father as He went to the cross…

    A trust which is beyond all human understanding a trust which was willing to sacrifice all for the sake of a perfect submission to His Father’s will…

    A perfect submission to the One which He had known since before the creation of the world…

    The One who was in Him and He in Him…

    A Divine Mystery…

    I give myself to You Jesus to develop that trust in me…

    Develop that trust in me…

    In the Mighty Name of Jesus I pray…

    Develop that trust in us all who know You and who Name Your Name…

    Cover us in the Blood, the Blood of Your Presence the Very Presence of God – the covering Presence of God – that the demon of unbelief, every demon of unbelief, may be removed from us and every aspect of our old selves which are incapable of faith be destroyed in us so that we do not remain…

    Raise up a Mighty Army Lord who will go anywhere, do anything, at Your Bidding Alone, who will follow You wherever You go and go and do whatever You tell them to do…

    From this city Lord – the city of Christchurch – and from this nation Lord – the nation of New Zealand – let a fearless band of warriors arise who will take this world for Your Glory in the faith which You provide through their surrender to Your Name – to Your Image – to Your Character – to the Imitation of Jesus, as the Apostle Paul said, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ”…

    So let it be from this nation and from this city to the uttermost parts of the earth – let the cry go forth…

    I see the blood of the martyrs on the snow of the Arctic I do not know if that is symbolic but I see it as an evidence that the Faith of Jesus will spread from this island to the furtherst island of the sea and that the Testimony of Jesus will be heard before the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord…

    And whosoever will put their trust in the Name of the Lord shall be saved…

    I will be one of those who goes…

    My fate is in Your Hands O God…

    Who will go with me?

    Who will go with me?

    Who will go with me?

    Forsaking all I follow Him…

    He may call me to stay, He may call me to “recluse” into the background, He may call me to love my family and serve them and lay down the call which He has on my life – this would not be surprising – I will follow Him until death – His will be done, His Kindgom come in every heart on earth as it is in heaven…

    Are we ready to follow Him?

    Lord make us ready…

    I see a group of Intercessors in the spirit (the spiritual realm) – I see them standing over New Zealand, it is as if they are about to unleash something on this nation – I see them around the nation kind of in an oblong circle – kind of around the centre portion of the nation (maybe from central North to central South just above Christchurch) – ready to unleash something on this nation – its like they’re in unity in the Holy Spirit – maybe not knowing each other maybe not knowing exactly what they’re doing but I see them – they’re standing, over the nation – I feel a sense of authority – there are older ones – mainly older ones and they sense the time drawing near – they are our fathers in the faith – they have stood in the gap for this nation – some of them for years – they are faithful, they are tried, they are true…

    I see them standing, waiting, wanting to be sure before they commit to the path which they see coming clearer before them…

    The Lord is with them, He is standing too over this nation, they are looking at something – I don’t know what but I sense it is occuring in Wellington – they are looking at something – and waiting…

    I don’t understand what I am seeing but I know that it is important…

    They are waiting but I sense the authority is there to act once they see whatever it is that they need to see…

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

  2. I wrote above,

    I see a group of Intercessors in the spirit (the spiritual realm) – I see them standing over New Zealand, it is as if they are about to unleash something on this nation – I see them around the nation kind of in an oblong circle – kind of around the centre portion of the nation (maybe from central North to central South just above Christchurch) – ready to unleash something on this nation – its like they’re in unity in the Holy Spirit – maybe not knowing each other maybe not knowing exactly what they’re doing but I see them – they’re standing, over the nation – I feel a sense of authority – there are older ones – mainly older ones and they sense the time drawing near – they are our fathers in the faith – they have stood in the gap for this nation – some of them for years – they are faithful, they are tried, they are true…

    I see them standing, waiting, wanting to be sure before they commit to the path which they see coming clearer before them…

    The Lord is with them, He is standing too over this nation, they are looking at something – I don’t know what but I sense it is occuring in Wellington – they are looking at something – and waiting…

    I don’t understand what I am seeing but I know that it is important…

    They are waiting but I sense the authority is there to act once they see whatever it is that they need to see…

    I received today an email from a friend with the following link:

    http://www.trumpetcall.org.nz/Trumpet_Call_Christian_Ministries/Warnings_files/Waves-over-NZ.pdf

    I believe this article links to what I posted above…

    There is more I feel to say about that but I sense that it will “come out” in another post, I am beginning to feel the sadness…

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

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