“Then Jesus answered and said to them, Elijah truly is to come first and restore all things. But I say to you Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Like-wise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” (Matthew 17:10-12) “And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.” (Isaiah 61:4) As the Church, we are called to restore all things. This is the Elijah Task. Our task is to restore this dark world to the light of Jesus Christ. As we work to restore this world, God will restore our lives and the things that Satan has destroyed in our lives. We are the Army of God. Peter tells us “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9) The problem being, we don’t act like we are a special people, a chosen people. We live defeated lives. We allow Satan to tell us that we are no good, we are not a special people, and we have no power. This is a lie from Satan. He has been telling this lie to the church for generations. It has come to the time that we must accept this call from God and start doing the Elijah Task, restoring all things so that when Jesus returns, He will have the glorious church that He died for. We can have the victory over Satan. We need the fire of God in our spirit. Ask God today to give you that fire.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 Tonight in my prayer time, I just wanted to sit before God and listen to Him. I just wanted to hear the Holy Spirit leading me in the direction God wanted me to go. God told me that at times I get too busy. I don’t take time to listen. I worry more than I should. More than anything I want more of God. I want Him to fill my life. I want to feel His presence everywhere I go. Lord, what must I do? Absolute surrender. Absolute surrender is the condition for obtaining God’s fullness. God keeps bringing me back to the theme of giving everything to God. Being totally sold out to God, leaving everything to follow God and His will for my life. One day I am sold out to God and telling Him that no matter what I will follow Him anywhere. Then the next day I am back in the world again. I know that Jesus told us that we were to be in the world but not be part of the world. This is so difficult. I just sometimes don’t know how to do this. God expects our surrender. He is the fountain of life. He is the only way to peace and living the life that God has for us. The great thing about our surrendering to God is He does not ask us to have the strength for perfect surrender to Him. We can only surrender by the help of God’s power and His strength in our lives. When we allow God to be in control of our lives, He gives us all of the strength to walk with Him in […]
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 God did not tell Abram (Abraham) where he was going or what would happen when he got there. God spoke and Abram just went. This is the start of faith; a call to total abandonment of oneself to the will and calling of the Lord. God told Abram simply, “Go, I will show you the way.” He did not tell him the name of the country or his destination. He did not tell of all the trials and tribulations that he would face. God only told him to leave his comfort zone and go where I tell you. He told him to take a leap of faith and depend on me. Let me show you a whole new way of living. If you will just listen to me, I will show you step-by-step directions if you will just trust totally in me. This was no small thing for Abram. He had a family and responsibilities. How could he just leave when God told him to leave? He believed God and He had faith that God would care for him. Abram’s calling was not to a life of ease. It was to a life of peace. Abram did not continue to have the faith in God that he had at first. When things got rough, Abram tried to handle the problems himself, but this never works and he returned to his faith in God. I know this from experience that when we can have total abandonment to the will of God, life is full of peace. The peace that passes all understanding. “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him […]
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 If we are going to see Revolution God’s Way in our community and our churches, we need the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives. How are we to have the fire of the Holy Spirit and the power of God in our lives? Jesus gave us an outline in Matthew 21. “Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and over turned the tables of the money changer and the seats of those who sold doves.” (Matthew 21:12) We are to clean out of our lives everything that is not of God. We must let the power of God into our lives so that He can heal all the hurts that are in our lives. “And He said to them, it is written, my house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” (Matthew 21:13) The fire of the Holy Spirit only comes to us if we become a person of prayer. Praying always, praying in the morning, praying in the night, being in prayer in everything we are doing. “Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.” (Matthew 21:14) When we see the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we will see the revolution of God in our community and our churches. We will see signs and wonders. “But when the chief priest and scribes saw the wonderful things He did, and the children crying out in the temple and […]
“The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me out down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He causes me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” (Ezekiel 37:1-3) I have been concerned about our county and the direction it is taking. I have been just as much concerned about our churches. I see too many dead dry bones in our churches. The power of God has left our churches and we must get this power back if we are to save our county. I am just like Ezekiel when God asked him if these bones can live. Can our churches live again and can the power of God be back in our churches and our nation? His answer was, yes, but only by the power of God. To know that this can happen, all we have to do is look at the early church. “The early church was walled in on one side with the mightiest military machine in history, the power of Rome. It was walled in on the other side with the Greek intellectualism. It was blocked ahead by the monopoly the Jews thought they had on God. These men and women who turned the world upside down had no colossal intellectual capacity, no great financial backing, no social standing. They were about the most despised men in and around Jerusalem. And yet they broke out somehow.” (Leonard Ravenhill) How did this happen? How did this motley crew of men and women set […]
“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.” Exodus 19:4 Eagles love a storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm as winds to lift it higher. It locks it wings and uses the storm to reach high above the storm. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees. We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. This scripture was God talking to Moses telling Moses to go back and tell the people how He brought them through many storms. He did as the eagle does and had showed them that they had been above the storms. We have the same promise that God will bring us above the storms that we face every day. We do as the eagle does, we lock our wings on God and we allow Him to bring us not just through the storms but above the storms. All we need is the faith and trust in God. We can go through any storm and come out on the other side better than before. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) This faith is what it takes to start a revolution God’s way.
“As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led him,…” (Deuteronomy 32:11, 12) The eagle builds its nest high up on a cliff, not at the top, but about midway up. It is constructed of branches and sticks. The eagle makes it soft with its feathers. Once the eggs have been laid and hatched, it becomes the mother’s seemingly endless task of getting food and bringing it back to the nest. Then one day the eagle hovers over the nest, then descends into the nest, snuggles up next to her little ones and pushes them out of the nest. As they go falling down the cliff, they try to fly. Then just as they are about to hit the bottom, mother swoops them up on her wing and takes them back to the nest. She does this on a regular basis until they learn to fly. Then while the little ones are relaxing in the nest, mother starts to take the nest apart. These birds were made to fly, but they don’t know it yet. And they never will as long as they stay where it’s safe and secure in their comfort zone. Do you enjoy your comfort zone? I do. I love being in my comfort zone. In our comfort zone, we have security. None of us enjoy getting out of our comfort zone. I have found in my life that God will not allow me to stay long in my comfort zone. God is always pushing me out of the nest in order to teach me to fly. No matter what, if God pushes us out of our comfort zone, He is there to catch us before we hit […]
“Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” Exodus 17:6 There is so much we can learn from the stories of Moses and his desert experiences. In the desert water is very important. The people of Israel had traveled for days and was in need of water. God told Moses to strike the rock and water would flow. Moses obeyed and God provided the water that the people needed. Some forty years later the people were in need of water. God spoke to Moses again, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” Numbers 20:8 Then the problems started. Moses had grown old and set in his ways. Forty years earlier he was a young daring man of faith. As we become so often, he had tradition not faith. Moses knew that he had struck the rock before and water came out so he refused to listen to God’s instruction and he struck the rock instead of doing what God had instructed. Yes, the results was the same, but the problem was with obedience. God does not want results as much as He wants absolute obedience. This means no matter what worked before does not really matter. What matters is what God commands. What worked yesterday is not sufficient for today. God’s word yesterday must be adjusted by God’s word today. “God’s word to His pilgrims is fresh every morning. It is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Even though it may run counter to our traditions, or seem foolish at […]
“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 The more we walk by faith, not by sight; the less we need to understand God. God takes over and directs our path. If we will only walk by faith and give God control of our lives, God will give us the direction that we need in life. Sometimes we have to wait on God’s direction for our lives. This is the hard part of listen for God’s direction. I know in my life when I feel that God is leading in a direction, I must go. God may have spoken to you about this direction and you may be listening wanting to move forward. Many times for His plans to work others may need to be listening and obeying God’s direction. This may take time. God needs to prepare the way for His plan for your life. I have so many times jumped into what I just knew was what God wanted, to find out that it was a complete failure. It was a failure because I did not wait on God. Remember that God will lead you in the right direction if you will have faith and trust in Him. “It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7) Noah listened to God and waited until the right time. Because He waited, he saved his family.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2) “The dissatisfaction with my condition is sometimes sharpened by a sudden awareness of my contingency, that I am living a life of no great moment and on borrowed time. The pride that I had taken in earthly accomplishments suddenly seems foolish and I begin to look elsewhere for fulfillment. There is a sudden and unexpected development of humility when I recognize that, indeed, I am not in charge of the universe, that I do not have all the answers to life and death. It is only then that I may begin to turn away from what was to what might be.” (Augustine) The process of searching for satisfaction must begin with dissatisfaction. If you never sensed the hollowness of your life, you would never feel the need to be filled. If you were not dissatisfied with what you have and who you are, you would never reach out for something more. You would never start your search for God. Everyone has that point in their lives when they find that nothing we have done or can do will fill that place in our lives that feel so empty. This is our bottom. This is the point that we start our search for God. God is the only thing that can fill that empty spot in our life. God is the only place that can give you the satisfaction of life. My soul was panting for God when I did not even know what I was looking for. Today if you are feeling empty and you don’t know what you need, maybe you need to look […]