September 23, 2019

Your Life Isn't Tough for God

Great word form Graham Cooke. Its so easy to get burdened down with circumstances that take our eyes away from Jesus. Our relationship with him and our daily focus on his promises are what sustain us and brings us through every situation.

May 16, 2018

Isn't He

I love this song song by Natalie Grant. Do you ever feel like everything in you wants to just release worship and adoration to our King, our Savior, the Name above all names - this Jesus? Sometimes I wonder how we go on for so long without worship, without time in God's presence. We need to immerse ourselves in his presence and let ourselves feel the weight of his glory. We need to lift our whole self up as an offering to our Lord. We need to stand in awe and wonder bowed before him. It saddens me that so often in our churches we gather for so many other reasons and we try hard to maintain the proper composure and stick to the scheduled agenda. I'm all for structure and planning and order, but I'd like to see us schedule more time to be undone before the King. If we surrender ourselves to the working of the Holy Spirit would he be out of order? Would he be reckless with the living sacrifice of our lives? We might think so according to our own limited understanding, but we need to learn to trust the Holy Spirit. We need his life and his power. When we receive more of him everything will change.

I feel like God is calling us to a deeper place. Growth has come to some of our churches because we've been obedient to step into the river, to step into our communities and do our best to live for Christ. I feel like God is pleased with that, but we cannot stop there. He has so much more for us. The next step will be into deeper waters and a stronger current. The next step will move us deeper in heart and in Spirit. Church is certainly not about numbers, but we want to see many souls come to experience Jesus. I keep envisioning multitudes of faces standing before the throne of God. Tens of thousands worshiping and singing praises to our God. I see the same for some of our churches when the body of Christ spread out throughout our communities doing kingdom work, come together to worship with one voice. If one step into the water brought hundreds more people, then the next step will bring ten times more, and the step after that will bring one hundred times more. The steps come through worship, through the Word, and through prayer. We need to continue to seek the Lord and trust his Spirit.

February 6, 2018

The House of Jeroboam

In 1 Kings 11 the prophet Ahijah forells the dividing of the Kingdom of Israel and God speaks promising that Jeroboam the son of Nebat will be given the ten tribes of Israel. What a sad and interesting story this is. The Bible says "the man Jeroboam was a valiant warrior" (1 Kings 11:28). Then as God did with many others He declares his covenant with Jeroboam saying "If you listen to all I command you and walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight by observing My statutes and My commandments, as My son David did, then I will be with you and build you an enduring house as I build for David, and I will give Israel to you" (1 Kings 11:38). Think of the immense opportunity God is offering this man. I can't help but consider that God has given us, given me, this same promise. He has filled me with His Spirit and seated me with Jesus Christ in heavenly places. He has declared me to be his son and continually covers my life with his immense love and lavish grace.

Jeroboam had God's promise and had every opportunity to see a great house like David's rise up before the Lord. He even had a heart to see the people return to the Lord (1 Kings 12:27), but he compromised and leads Israel into idolatry making for them two golden calves. Its sad that subsequent kings over Israel followed in Jeroboam's wickedness and idolatry. 1 Kings 16:25-26 says Omri, king Ahab's father "acted more wickedly than all who were before him. For he walked in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and in his sin which he made Israel sin." I don't want this said about my life. I pray God will raise up through me an enduring house and let it be said that my descendants listened to all God's commandments walked in His ways. Let them be valiant warriors who finish strong never departing from the presence of the Lord, never ceasing to follow Jesus Christ the One who has delivered us and redeemed us for His glory.

January 21, 2018

Unceasing Prayer

The Apostle Paul encourages us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thes. 5:15) and to "be constant in prayer" (Rom. 12:12), to "pray in the Spirit at all times: (Eph. 6:18). How do we go about doing this? Foster calls this prayerful place in God's presence "the best, the finest, the fullest way of living." God doesn't expect us to, as Foster says "dive immediately into the ocean of constant communion and swim from one continent to the other." This habit of prayer is a process, a developing and growing relationship with requires commitment and practice. Every morning, give God your day, give him your thoughts. Check in with him throughout the day. Develop an awareness that he is there with you. Foster says "we develop intimacy by regular association." Learn to look for God in your life. Watch how the Holy Spirit is at work in you and in the world around you. Its though these associations that we begin to develop continual relationship and communication with the Lord. Foster says in this way "praying becomes the easy thing, the natural thing, the spontaneous thing - the hard thing would be to refrain from prayer."

I pray we can all develop this awareness and constant state of prayerfulness as we walk with the Lord.