I don’t perceive my call as one to protest the culture, but simply to proclaim the Savior ….
God gives grace to sinners and glory to saints. The inevitable fruit of vital worship will be a transformed people who become transforming instruments of God’s grace and deliverance to the world ….. Worship, in a very real sense of the word, opens a doorway to the power of His presence, confounding dark powers and overthrowing sin’s destructive operations ….
Worship is about encounter ~ coming into God’s presence ….
Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped ….
God will crush the obstacles in your life if you will follow in His way, attend your ear to His wisdom, and worship Him. Revival is going to come because somebody in your generation is willing to pay the price. As leaders today, we must be warned of our common vulnerability to being distracted by the abundance of the many “enhancements” available to ministry today. We can become mesmerized by the array of church cosmetics for helping our church look better …. “Makeup” isn’t evil, but it’s no substitute for leading believers to “take up” the disciple’s cross and be shaped as His true followers. We’re within frightening reach of being able to grow bigger churches while failing to grow bigger people. Many are falling away now to join the ranks of the new modernized contemporary churches: bigger instruments, bigger sound, bigger programs to keep them “busy” ~ often at the cost of the true calling of repentence, service, tithing, fasting, true worship, ministry to the poor, and the vital importance of the Holy Ghost as scriptures teach in Acts …..
The greatest tool of evangelism when it comes to loved ones is to be genuinely loving and friendly to them without the taint of spiritual manipulation … Winning people to Christ is not conquering them or verifying yourself. It isn’t about validation for you in who you are as a Christian. It is about showing so much of Jesus that they cannot resist Him, and speaking loudly and boldly without a word needing to be spoken: by your fruits. Jesus said, “wherefore by their fruits shall you know them” … And it is often more by our actions rather than by our words that souls will be won …..
(Isaiah 58:3-11) speaks about the fast. The power of the fast is found in the abject humility of people who desire the Lord’s way in their lives more than the bread or the breath that sustains their physical bodies …. Fasting is an announcement the soul makes that the body will not rule over it, and it declares there will be no relief until the issues set before God are resolved in spirit ….
The issue of faith is never founded on our ability to “move the mountain,” but faith in the “mountain maker” who has created the mountains that we must move. Visualizing a victory or working up a “feeling” of faith is a pathetic human attempt to get something to happen. Real faith lays hold of the Faith-giver (Ephesians 2:8), who holds ALL power for EVERY need, and trusts Him to answer our prayer as He promised He would do ….
The Greek word for boldness, parhesia, means “outspoken, unreserved utterance, freedom of speech, frankness, candor, cheerful courage, the opposite of cowardice.” Here, is wisdom ~ it is divine enablement that comes to ordinary people exhibiting spiritual power and authority. Parhesia is not a human quality, but a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit ….
Just one person has made the difference! Jesus Christ. One person today can make a difference. God is seeking that person. How many situations are there today, in our world, where the Lord is looking for just one person to stem the tide of sin’s hideous destruction? He is not looking for a perfect person, just one who will stand before Him on behalf of the people who cannot stand for themselves … You cannot be everything to the entire world ~ but to one person you may be the world …. He left the 99 to find and save the 1 ….
Our greatest victories are rarely won in an instant, but in the morning-by-morning application of His truth and power which overthrows the strongholds of darkness in our world and secures His purpose in us ….
All successful, spiritual enterprise is based upon clear understanding of the forces which oppose us and direction for dealing with these influences. The carnal mind is unfit for spiritual warfare. Our natural human perception can at best only lead us to the doorway of understanding and never through it …. We must have the Holy Ghost to survive ….
We know that if we call on the Lord He will answer. Often, however, our expectations are too small, and we ask based on what we know is possible. But He is the God of the impossible! The Lord sees the situation from every side and has a bigger plan than any of us dream. He did not choose us to do small things ~ Jesus said, “he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do” (John 14:12) ….
The Bible is as necessary to spiritual life as breath is to natural life. There is nothing more essential to our lives than the Word of God … All the answers we will ever need are in it.
Many will have an opinion and be eager to share however, I prefer the truth. Seek the 1 this week …. Share the living Word …. Share the love of Christ …..