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Friday, January 27, 2017

From the Pastor...

The Bible is not just written for our inspiration and comfort. It is given to model for us what we are to do and be, to instruct us in effective living and ministry.
It tells us about the prophet Daniel, who found himself in a culture and season that parallels ours in many respects. The example in Daniel 9 gives us the only medical protocol that will heal our land.

READ GOD’S WORD

I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years (Daniel 9:2 NASB).
Daniel’s powerful and effective response to the national need was driven by his reading of Scripture. It informed him, corrected him, and equipped him to accurately assess and react to what was happening around him.
This is exactly what the Bible is designed to do. It is God-breathed and “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In other words, if you don’t voraciously and prayerfully read your Bible, you will not find the path of life or be adequate to assess what is happening around you. You will not understand the times, and you will make costly mistakes in your judgments.
Are you reading your Bible daily, carefully and deeply listening to God’s Word to you and those around you?

GIVE SOLEMN ATTENTION TO THE LORD

So I gave attention the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes (9:3).
We give much attention to the news, to the world’s opinion about our situation. But our greatest concern should be to get in a posture to hear what God says regarding the world. We must seek Him.
And we must not seek quick answers, but Him alone. The answer is not mere plans, but a robust, real-time relationship with the One-Who-Is-Everything.
It is hard for us to grasp how much the Father loves His children, the Groom loves His bride, the Spirit loves His body. God longs for us to come back to Him in passionate intimacy. When was the last time you fasted and prayed for nothing but Him? To return to your first love?
Are you seeking Him?

PRAY FERVENTLY

prayed to the LORD my God (9:4).
God desires us to cry out to Him. Prayer is an admission of need and the foundational expression of humility. Proud people don’t pray, because they foolishly believe they can handle life by themselves. Why turn to the Creator?
God has designed prayer and His Word as His means of connection and communion with Him. If you are not using these means, you are not connected. If you are not connected to Him, you will not only be of no help to others, but you may be in danger of working at cross purposes with God Himself.
Are you praying fervently, without ceasing?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

From the Pastor...





God needs men who will believe Him for the impossible … who operate with confidence in God’s ability to do the miraculous … who will pray and proclaim like this … who understand that bringing spiritual awakening to a city is just as possible in our day as it was in Ezekiel’s. He is the same resurrecting God.

Bodies with No Breath

But there was one final part of the physics lesson that Ezekiel needed to see.
So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.
Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come forth from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army (vv. 7-10).
Every man of God has seen this equation before—seemingly healthy bodies, but no breath. No life.
We know people like this. We call them “lost” people. Paul said they are “dead in [their] trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). This, of course, was all of us until the Breath came.
There are also churches like this. Mechanically functioning, programs and bells and whistles in every direction, but no life. They self-proclaim that there is life, but discerning believers know something is lacking.
The greatest heartache of such churches is that they have zeal but no power. They give a false impression to a desperately thirsty world that they are flowing with living water, but lives are not being changed. People are being sanitized on the outside but not sanctified on the inside.
Jesus was even harsher. He called such religion “whitewashed tombs … full of dead men’s bones” (Matthew 23:27).

What About Us?

Do we see this reality? Do we recognize the difference?
Or do we go on, propping up lifeless corpses, hoping our church can get just a little bigger and look just a little better than the one down the street, so we can feel good about our activity?
Do you long for the Breath?
Are you that singular prophet, in the middle of a valley of dry bones, who has the spiritual tenacity to finish the job? To pray and proclaim and believe until the Breath of God comes? Slowly at first, but then sweeping like a north wind into your family, your church, your community, and our nation? Until God comes and brings spiritual awakening to the land, and raises from the graves an “exceedingly great army”?
Then all the world will know that only One could do such a thing—no man, no church, no human machinery. “‘Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,’ declares the LORD” (v. 14), and He will be adored.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

From the Pastor...


The following is John Wesley's Covenant Prayer, a prayer of surrender used by British Methodists in a covenant service on the first weekend of the New Year.


I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering,
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.
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