Recently during prayer, we began seeing “tents” like circus tents and God has expounded much on this. However, one thing I heard while another intercessor was praying last night was this…
She was saying, “We are in tents” but I heard “intense”. I began to ask God about this and He said that what will be experienced, shall be “intense” and we shall be known as “intense”.
Now, to think of someone as “intense”, I’m not sure that it portrays something very attractive but I decided to get together with my good friend, Merriam Webster and supplicate before the Lord.
Here’s what I found.
1 a : existing in an extreme degree
All of us exist but do we exist extremely? Do I exceed the ordinary, usual or expected? To be extreme is to go to great or exaggerated lengths.
Here’s a passage that comes to mind when I think extreme and not surprisingly, it’s been a passage ringing in my heart for quite a while now as well.
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Talk about comprehensive testing. Father said that He’s stretching us…. I would say it would be extreme to comprehend just how wide, how long, how deep, how high…whoa!
b : having or showing a characteristic in extreme degree
Our character is being tested…Philippians 3:15-16
Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
We have His character and it’s about to be seen in and through us, as long as we are mindful of it! The word perfect can be translated, “purpose”. Our character is tested in accordance with what He has purposed us for. Read Philippians 3:15-16 this way for a moment.
Let us therefore, as many have purpose, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
It’s good to know that when we are tested, if we are otherwise minded in regard to our God given purpose, he will reveal it to us!
2 marked by or expressive of great zeal, energy, determination, or concentration
Does my zeal provoke others?
2 Corinthians 9:2
… and your zeal hath provoked very many.
Does my zeal call forth or incite a response to Jesus Christ? Is it contagious?
3 a : exhibiting strong feeling or earnestness of purpose
Last year, at the beginning of the year, God spoke to me about Psalm 37:37 as I was reading my personalized bible.
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
The personalized bible inserts my name and it grabbed my attention because it called me, of all people, perfect. I knew that there had to be something more.
The word perfect actually translates, knowing purpose or fulfilled purpose.
Just as Hebrew 5:9 talks about Jesus being “made” perfect, it’s not in reference to His “sinless” nature. It speaks of His purpose being fulfilled in being sent to take away the sins of the world. He was at that moment the author of eternal salvation.
We are about to exhibit an earnestness in our purpose. This speaks of the mind. We are about to exhibit a serious and “in tent” mental state. No distractions. No comparisons. No other intention. No other motive. No other care. A blatant disregard for anything other than Him and His purpose!
Lord, put me “in tents”. Put me in your tense. Not past tense. Not future tense. Just “in tense”. It’s going to be “intense” I know. But there’s nothing else. None other than you Jesus. None other than you! Amen.