The need of the hour

The need of the hour is not in our own ingenuity. We need to be smart, to be sure, but it is not necessarily “being smarter” that is the need of the hour.

The need of the hour is not more labor. Hard work is necessary, but hard labor only gets us so far.

The need of the hour is prayer. Bold, audacious prayer. Prayer that won’t give up. Prayer that won’t stop even if it gets to the point of embarrassing. This is the need of the hour. God, save me from my own laziness.

I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. (Luke 11:8, NIV)

 

Words that are capturing my heart

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3: 7-14, NIV)

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The beauty of the fear of the Lord

Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing. (Ps. 34:9)

We don’t like that word “fear.” We’ve let it be stolen by our weak definitions. We can try “revere” the Lord… but what does THAT mean?

The concept of truly bowing to the One who is “wholly other” and acknowledge that HE is God… and WE are not… has become a foreign thought. We are so into ourselves and how we think, then God must be more… well… like us. 

We have made God into our own images. Small, tiny images… and then called it “great.”

Don’t understand the “atonement” or the “wrath of God?” Turn it into “cosmic child abuse” and feel better!

Think that word “sin” is just a bit to harsh? Then try the word “issues” and move on.

We have moved away from an understanding of “fear of the Lord,” where we fall to our knees in worship because he is GOD. He is supreme. He is majestic. He is great and worthy of all our attention… and obedience. We willingly submit to his call and his way. We long to follow his way because following him doesn’t diminish us, it fulfills us.

We have diminished God, made him into our image and jettisoned the “fear” of the Lord. And as a result, we move from “lacking nothing” to having nothing. 

The tragedy is when we get to that place, we most likely don’t even recognize it. We’ve become our own little god… and that feels pretty good.

Lord, we lack. Without you, without your rule and reign in our lives, we are so diminished. With you, we have ALL we need. But that must come with sacrifice and surrender on our part. You are a GOOD God! You provide all we need and it is abundant. Move us away from our tiny little desires and bring us into the abundance of your Kingdom and presence. We need you. Let us take you as YOU are, and not as the tiny image we have in our minds. Heal us and bring us into Kingdom power. Amen. 

 

Falling into formulas

Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? (Gal. 3:3)

We can mechanize the system to grow churches these days. And we’re good at it. Let us be more humble to realize we still need the power of the Spirit to continue what is really Kingdom.

Let us surrender our pragmatics and practics to the leading of the Spirit. Let us fall to our knees and ask for the wind of the Spirit to blow again. Let us ask for fresh wind not because things are going bad… but because things are going well and we don’t want it to be US. 

It’s hard to be desperate for God in times of “success.” Break us, O God.

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The One Who Calls Us

(God) has shaped us, formed us, and with a special destiny in mind. — Emilie Griffin

God is the One who can tell us the reason for our existence. We search in vain every where else. The call is to yield.

This isn’t about submitting to some propositional truth and being able to spew it back for a test. This is about living truth. This is about the place where we have yielded… we are no longer our own little gods… and we then hear his voice.

 You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory. (Ps. 63:1-2)