Archive for January, 2011

Glory and Majesty

I was reading tonight in 2 Chronicles 5:13-14, “…in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify (to throw, shoot, cast praises) the LORD, when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD [saying] [He] indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting, then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.”

It is difficult for us to comprehend what that moment was like. Maybe some of you have been under that cloud of God’s glory. Whatever happens during such a display, no one is left standing.

The more we discover and recognize the glory of God, the lower to the ground we get. Flat on our face is a good place to be.


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America, Bless God

Wouldn’t that be something, if America blessed God with her praise and adoration and worship? May we.

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The Spectacular Trap

When we take our eyes off the Lord, we can easily become ensnared in activities and methods that are born out of our appetite for signs and wonders.  We end up searching for opportunities where we will encounter the spiritually spectacular.  This is counterfeit Christianity and it is idolatry. It is also incredibly dangerous because we run headlong into the realm of false spirits and the work of Satan, which can ultimately infect the Church.  We need to run away from such unclean things!

This morning in the wee hours, I began thinking about revival again.  So often when you hear about revival, we attach it to signs and wonders.  No doubt there are miraculous things that take place during times of revival, but that’s not revival.  Revival is an awakening to the holiness of God.  In awakening to God and His Glory, we become deeply aware of our idolatrous heart.  Conviction comes, and repentance follows.  He begins to do surgery on our appetite for fleshly things; those things our flesh loves to fancy upon.

You cannot have revival with idolatry in the house.  True revival will deal with every form of idolatry. – David Ravenhill

We must go there with the Lord, because we have exalted ourselves so excessively in the American Christian church and the stripping away must occur.  It’s necessary housecleaning for true revival and awakening….a revival that is not focused on signs and wonders, but on CHRIST JESUS our LORD.

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Our Ambition

It’s early here…  It’s the middle of the night really, but I had to share something with you.

As believers, our ambition or the quality and substance of our ambition is to be pleasing to the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:9).  But the other bookend verse, if you will, is 1 Corinthians 6:20, “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”  I much prefer the King James version however, which says, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  And the Weymouth translation expands this truth even further, “And you are not your own, for you have been redeemed at infinite cost. Therefore glorify God in your bodies.

Paris Reidhead in his message, Ten Shekels and a Shirt, said “Is God an end or is He a means?  You have to decide very early in your Christian life whether you are viewing God as a end or a means.”  It seems that if we are viewing God as a means (a means to our peace, a means to our happiness and fulfillment, the means to a problem-free life, full of our personal pursuits), then we have forgotten the fact that we “…are no longer our own…”  We belong to God; our body quite literally, His body; our life, quite literally, His life.

Our ambition is to live at His disposal, to be joyfully available as His servant.  It’s not just that we are willing to be “interrupted” by God, but that we our ambition is to be interrupted by Him…we are anticipating and eagerly waiting for His call to serve Him in any capacity He chooses.  That’s a far cry from the theology of our day.

According to the Collins dictionary, to live at the disposal of another means, “…you are able to use it whenever you want, and for whatever purpose you want; you mean that you are willing to help them in any way you can.”  That was Mary’s attitude toward God when she offered up her body to be used for His purposes.  And this was our Lord’s attitude during His entire lifespan, “He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” Mark 10:45.  And He did so out of His infinite love for us.

So out of our love for Him, we will live with the attitude of Ruth 1:16, “For where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge…”  Our ambition is availability.  Our ambition in this life is to be pleasing to God.  Our ambition is a life of servitude and devotion.  Our ambition is to live surrendered to God.  Our career path, is His path.  “Thy will be done…”

Joyfully disturbing, isn’t it?

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Blessed New Year

It’s 11:36 pm in Idaho.  Just a few more minutes left of 2010.

Lord, thank You for faithfulness and grace and mercy demonstrated to us this last year.  I pray we will awaken even more to Your Presence and leadership in 2011.  Quicken us, I pray.  And Lord, if it be Your will, please bring revival.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

My family and I went to an early evening movie tonight and watched the Voyage of Dawn Treader.  I loved Reepicheep’s line, “There’s nothing noble about turning away from adventure, Lad!” May we be more noble in 2011!

Blessed New Year, dear friend!

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