Have You Seen God Move?

31 07 2013

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God.

God is moving today. He is moving powerfully and wonderfully. He is moving in the most unlikely of vessels. He is moving to make bold leaders from the fearful. He is moving to make bright lights from those hidden in the shadows. He is moving to make pillars of strength from the weak in character. He is moving to make vessels of honor for His use from the stained and dirty. He is moving to make victorious warriors from those who were bound and imprisoned. He is moving to make trumpets of joy from the depressed and grieving. He is making teachers of truth from the foolish. He is moving to make prophetic visionaries from the blind and myopic.

Luke 18:27 But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

Have you seen Him move lately? Are you looking for Him to move? Are you looking for Him to move in the right places?

He is moving to take the things that are not and make them so, because He can. It is those that are, and know it, that become unyielding vessels in which He cannot work.

Our God specializes in the impossible so I will stop praying for the mundane. I will stop waiting for the ordinary. I am going to pray for the AMAZING and wait for the MIRACULOUS. Why wouldn’t I? Nothing is too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:17).

Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the [crushed] and [depressed] of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the [depressed] And to revive the heart of the [crushed].”

When I see or experience a great deficit than I will know it is the perfect opportunity for His filling.

When I see or experience an overwhelming burden than I will know it is the perfect opportunity for Him to carry it.

When I see or experience incapacitating weakness than I will know it is the perfect opportunity for His strength to be perfected.

When I see or experience the sorrow of something dead or missing than I will know it is the perfect opportunity for Him resurrection to bring new life.

When I see or experience a complete and utter lack of love than I will know it is the perfect opportunity for His unfailing love to ignite a flame of passion that cannot be extinguished.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

The Lord is giving us a vision for our future and it is good, because it is ALL Him. We don’t have to understand it or try to figure out what it looks like in an ever disheartening view of our circumstances and culture, because faith is the principle by which we live. And that small window that He is giving us to Him moving in the weak, the foolish, the grieving, the fearful, and the despised is His Light reminding us that He isn’t done being a God of Miracles yet.

Numbers 11:23 The LORD said to Moses, “Is the LORD’S power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.”

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I Cried!

14 09 2012

Psalm 119:144-148  Qoph. I cried with all my heart; answer me, O LORD! I will observe Your statutes.  I cried to You; save me And I shall keep Your testimonies.  I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.  My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.

  •  Cried (verse 145, 146):  to call out loud to; to address by name
  • Answer:  to eye; to heed; to respond
  • Statutes:  refers to definite prescribed or written laws; including the moral law written on our hearts in our consciences
  • Save:  properly, to be open, wide or free; implies being safe
  • Keep:  to guard; to protect, maintain or obey
  • Testimonies:  witness, like in a trial; refers to God’s revealed law
  • Rise before (verse 147); anticipate (verse 148):  to come before, to meet, to confront; to proceed, to go before
  • Cry for help (verse 147):  indicates a cry for help or of despair
  • Wait:  to patiently wait in hope
  • Night watches:  the night hours were divided into three (Old Testament) or four (New Testament) divisions, by which guards were assigned specific duty; middle watch was typically centered at midnight
  • Meditate:  to ponder; implies conversing aloud with oneself

These verses show us how the psalmist prayed, what he prayed for, when he prayed, and how long he prayed: The psalmist cried out loud to God with his whole heart.  He was a man who did all things with passion.  Whether he was rejoicing, praying, grieving, or worshipping, it was done with his whole heart.  While strong emotions may embarrass us or cause us to fear, I believe that whole hearted passion is divinely inspired.  Nowhere are the saints encouraged to be passive or middle of the road.  In fact, the Laodicean Church in Revelation is condemned for its lukewarmness (Revelation 3:16).

The psalmist calls out for (1) a response from the Lord, (2) salvation, (3) help.  This is deep seated desperate plea of a man in sore need of something that he cannot find or do on his own.  It is not a casual request or a half-hearted prayer sent hurriedly without much thought. His prayer begins before the dawn and his wait continues even into the night.  How often, how long and how fervently we pray is often determined by both the intensity of our need and the intimacy of our relationship with God.  It is normal to see a spike in the number, length, and passion of our prayers during times of great suffering or fear.  The difference that intimacy adds to that equation is the peace, patience and confidence expectation that goes with the prayers.  When we have a long-established communication with our Lord, then the desperate circumstances in which we find ourselves drives us to our knees in faith, trusting that the same God who has met all our needs according to His riches in glory will continue to do so, for He never changes.  (Philippians 4:19; Hebrews 6:18-19)  In times of great need, how much better to pour out our hearts to the Lord every day and at all times, to establish that one-on-One intimacy that builds our faith so that He is always the One to which we turn for everything.

Oh Lord, make me fervent, passionate and committed to You today and always, so that when circumstances are dire, I will already have the habit of spending time with the One who loves and cares for me, who is willing to respond, and who can actually do something about my troubles!