“9 For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. 10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple [pupil] of his eye. 11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 12 So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.” - Deuteronomy 32:9-12 KJV
Look at the kind of God we serve! I’m so convinced that God (by Himself) is able to KEEP us, LEAD us, instruct us, stir us, wake us, care for us, protect us, carry us, and meet us right where we’re at! He cares! Always faithful, always good.
I don’t believe He brought you this far to leave you. :)
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The more we depend on God the more dependable we find He is. — Cliff Richard
“7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” - Galatians 6:7-9 KJV
How are you investing? To the flesh or to the spirit? To what you want now or what you want most?
“The current of revival is sweeping by our door. Will we cast ourselves on its mighty bosom and ride to glorious victory? A year of life at this time, with its wonderful possibilities for God, is worth a hundred years of ordinary life. ‘Pentecost’ is knocking at our doors. The revival for our country is no longer a question. Slowly but surely the tide has been rising until in the very near future we believe for a deluge of salvation that will sweep all before it. Wales will not long stand alone in this glorious triumph for our Christ. The spirit of reviving is coming upon us, driven by the breath of God, the Holy Ghost. The clouds are gathering rapidly, big with a mighty rain, whose precipitation lingers but a little.
Heroes will arise from the dust of obscure and despised circumstances, whose names will be emblazoned on Heaven’s eternal page of fame. The Spirit is brooding over our land again as at creation’s dawn, and the fiat of God goes forth. ‘Let there be light.’ Brother, sister, if we all believed God can you realize what would happen? Many of us here are living for nothing else. A volume of believing prayer is ascending to the throne night and day. Los Angeles, Southern California, and the whole continent shall surely find itself ere long in the throes of a mighty revival, by the Spirit and power of God.”
—Frank Bartleman in the “Way of Faith,” Nov. 16, 1905 (five months before the start of the Azusa Street Revival)
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…The olive has to literally die, becoming deformed to give its greatest gift to fulfill a greater need in a diversity of magnificence. Remaining in its original form makes the olive limited. It can be prepared to be eaten whole and devoured. But think of the many purposes that the olive has hidden in it. It is not just an olive it is ‘golden liquid oil.’ …When we look at it, it is just a berry. It is just like us. We have many purposes hidden on the inside of us that have been spoken into us and predestined residing inside of us. To look at us we don’t look like much… — Dr. Mary Giangreco
“[A Psalm of David.] Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.”
-Psalms 61:1-5 KJV
Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing You praise
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
My heart and my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out…
Hillsong, “From the Inside Out”
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Worship Means Sacrifice -
Americans love convenience. From microwaves to pizza delivery, from cell phones to high-speed Internet, from drive-through funeral viewings to drive-in
Americans love convenience. From microwaves to pizza delivery, from cell phones to high-speed Internet, from drive-through funeral viewings to drive-in churches, Americans make no bones about their love of convenience. And convenience is certainly nice (in its place). After all, who isn’t glad to be free from the time-consuming, back-breaking drudgery of doing things the old-fashioned way? (The good old days weren’t necessarily the good old days. Just ask those who lived during them!) Who doesn’t enjoy having more free time in each day? Who doesn’t like to be able to get information when and where he wants it? Convenience is nice.
But some things just aren’t convenient. And to make them so is to make them into something they’re not.
Jeroboam is a case study in convenience misapplied. After receiving headship of the northern ten tribes, Scripture tells us that he grew concerned that his new subjects might not remain loyal to him. Knowing that they would be returning to Jerusalem multiple times a year to worship, he feared that their frequent visits might foster a renewed affection for their former master. This, in turn, could result in his execution. Something had to be done (or so he thought). Jeroboam’s actions are instructive. He adopted a pernicious plan that unashamedly played on the people’s love of convenience:
Therefore the king…made two calves of gold, and said to the people, ‘It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel…’ (1 Kings 12:28)
“It is too much for you.” “Here are your gods.” Calls to a more convenient worship, for sure.
One would have had to admit, a trip to Jerusalem WAS inconvenient. At 2,500 feet, Jerusalem sat higher than many places in the Promised Land, and a journey there could include significant uphill travel. Many a devout traveler very literally went “up to Jerusalem”. Furthermore, the journey would have required significant time, money, and the possible trouble of taking your sacrificial animals with you. Yes, a trip to Jerusalem was inconvenient. In fact, you could say, it was a sacrifice.
To their shame, the people of the Northern Kingdom turned out to be all too accepting of Jeroboam’s scheme. Willing to sacrifice all that sacrifice on the altar of personal convenience, they forsook the faith of their fathers. And so began the kingdom’s downward spiral into spiritual bankruptcy.
How different the attitudes and actions of these Israelites from that of their father! Abraham was called to sacrifice his son. Nothing convenient about that. And what did he do when he received the command? He got up earlythe next morning to obey it (Genesis 22:3). Later, when he and his company neared the location where the sacrifice was to take place, he said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder to worship…” (Genesis 22:5). To worship. If anyone could have said of worship, “It is too much for [me]”, it was Abraham. And yet we see only a spirit of humble submission. No worship was too much if it was the worship God commanded… Abraham acknowledged what his descendants denied (at least, in action)–worship is about sacrifice.
So now it comes down to us. Is our worship about sacrifice? “Present your bodies a living sacrifice”, Paul said (Romans 12:1). Peter added: “[Y]ou also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices” (1 Peter 2:5). There is no true worship without sacrifice. And sacrifice is often inconvenient. That’s its nature.
Whatever the Lord calls us to do, we must do it. Whatever worship the Lord commands, we must offer it. There is no other way. So let us all lay it all on the altar. Only by so doing, can we be sure to be counted among the “true worshipers” God is seeking (John 4:23).
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“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” -Isaiah 55:6-7
Your time to seek Him, know Him, love Him, walk with Him, serve Him is NOT infinite. There is an appointed time (with an end date) in which you can do what is required. Do it, now, while you have a chance. Seek Him TODAY! Call on Him TODAY! What a privilege to seek and find, to know and serve the God of glory! He is waiting for you but He will not wait forever.
MAKE TIME TO PRAY. “The great freight and passenger trains are never too busy to stop for fuel. No matter how congested the yards may be, no matter how crowded the schedules are, no matter how many things demand the attention of the trainmen, those trains always stop for fuel. — M.E. Andross