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Just Wait

Isaiah 64:4, Since ancient times no one has heard,  no ear has perceived,  no eye has seen any God besides you,  who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

Driving into church on Sunday, Loran Livingston, was just beginning his radio message. This is the scripture that he gave and I have been chewing on it ever since. 

We find it so difficult to wait.  To be still and know is not heard of.  But when we fail to do so, we deprive God of activity on our behalf. 

The Word says that God prepares something specifically for those who wait.  That’s the original language used and the NIV beautifully interprets it acts on behalf of.

I began looking at that word prepare and among many things, it means to accomplish.

Something far greater is accomplished when we wait, than if we busy ourselves trying to do it ourselves. 

Another definition for wait is appoint, ordain or institute.

Let’s first look at the word appoint.  When God appoints something to us, it’s

1.) official

2.) an arrangement for a meeting

3.) an equipping

4. ) power is vested to us by God to enjoy His estate.

When He ordains…

1. ) This is God’s opportunity to invest in us.

2. ) He establishes us.

And when He institutes…

1. ) Things are set in order.

2. ) Things move forward.

3.) Beginnings are birthed.

Waiting is to hope what works is to faith. 

James 2:20, But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Waiting keeps our hope healthy because to wait it to stay in a place of expectation.  Waiting is the action of hope!

I will wait on you Lord.

Habakkuk 2:3, For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Hope, Waiting on the Lord

 

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Kingdom Altars

My mother in grace…Diane, shared a teaching with me she had heard.  In fact, not even the whole teaching.  Just a part of it but it stirred her to investigate. 

Jentezen Franklin was ministering from 2 Kings 5…the healing of Naaman the Leper.  He made mention that Naaman asked permission of Elisha to carry away buckets of earth from that land, back to his. 

That’s all she heard and that’s all we had to go on. At first, we didn’t even see anything about buckets of earth or mud.  But then, Diane couldn’t leave it alone, so she went digging again and found it.

2 Kings 5:15-18

15Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Please accept now a gift from your servant.”

16The prophet answered, “As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.” And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.

17“If you will not,” said Naaman, “please let me, your servant, be given as much earth as a pair of mules can carry, for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the Lord. 18But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I bow there also—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord forgive your servant for this.”

After that, the subject didn’t come up for a while but then last night we got together and iron does sharpen iron.  We looked at it again.

In those days, there were territorial gods and when one would visit the land and begin to worship the god there, they would then take the earth from that place in order to build an altar in their land, to represent the worship of the god of another land.  It was to demonstrate their alliance to that god and the people.  To my understanding, Naaman was making a statement much like that of Ruth, “thy people [shall be] my people, and thy God my God…” 

Naaman was struck with the understanding that there was no other God than the God of Israel and he wanted to take earth to build an eternal place of worship.   He said, “for your servant will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the Lord.”

Beautiful isn’t it?

Good stuff there Jentezen.  Good stuff.

Even today as I was meditating on this though, I got to thinking.  The God we serve is both God of heaven and earth and is establishing a kingdom here in this earth. 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Luke 11:2

This is my prayer today…

Please let me, your servant, be given as much heaven as I can carry….

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Heaven, Kingdom Living

 

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Breaking the Cycle

Hope…

It’s an expectancy. 

It’s a bridge between what was and what will be.  Something more.  Something greater. 

It’s today. 

Having hope is in the Spirit is what being pregnant is in the natural

When we conceive the truth of God, something comes alive in us. 

Hope.

1 Peter 1:3, Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…

Hope breaks the cycle. 

Everyone knows that when a woman conceives, the first sign is that the cycle ceases.

It brings about a change that is simultaneously common and miraculous.

Hope is mysterious.  All the while there is growth and an expanding of our capacity…hope remains to be seen.

Romans 8:24, For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

It’s almost like, rather than the hope being the “baby”…it’s the umbilical cord, feeding the call of God upon our life, nurturing His purposes and plans until they are born. 

In prayer on Sunday, a revelation came and I thought, “Why have I  never realized this before?” 

Colossians 1:27, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Christ in me…this is hope!  The combination of the two of us together…is the hope of glory!  It’s the constant expectation of something far greater than I could ever accomplish myself

And as my friend Claudia was praying, she said these words, “Mary was great with child”.  Immediately I felt the swell of something much bigger than I had ever before.    

Mary was great with child but we are great with Christ, the man who died and was resurrected and lives!  We are carrying something full grown. We are carrying the end of the thing rather than the beginning.

Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Hope

 

One Gave All

I was passing by a truck the other day and on it, there was a statement honoring the men and women of our military that have given their lives for the sake of this nation but even more so…this nation under God. 

It read, Some Gave All. 

I agree and most definately am thankful.

But it provoked me to think of the One who gave all.  His name is Jesus.  He fulfilled every requirement and gave ALL for us.  He settled every matter.  Nothing excluded. 

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.~ 2 Corinthians 9:8

Just look at that.  Four times, God states that He is taking care of it ALL.

 He makes ALL grace abound toward us so that…

1. In ALL things

2. At ALL times

3. We have ALL that we need

  …to abound in every good work!

Just to encourage you today, all means

  •  the whole amount, quantity, or extent of  
  • as much as possible
  • every member or individual component of 
  • the whole number or sum of 
  • any and every
  • nothing but  or only
  • completely taken up with, given to, or absorbed by 
  •  having or seeming to have (some physical feature) in conspicuous excess or prominence 
  • paying full attention with 
  • used up : entirely consumed 

God pays full attention to us with His grace. It’s prominent in our lives and is entirely used up in all things at all times.  Every component of our life is addressed by the grace of God.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in grace, Provision

 

The Grace of Giving

But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us–see that you also excel in this grace of giving.~ 2 Corinthians 8:7

How is that the subject of giving can draw such a negative response?  Especially when you mention the word…brace yourself…tithe.  

Gasp. 

Why is tithing such a touchy subject?  This must grieve Father’s heart.  He who has held nothing back from us…NO GOOD THING (Psalm 84:11).

Yet we withhold.  If it’s not money, it’s something else. 

Truth.

But there is a grace of giving.  And Paul says, excel in this.  He was describing a people who were going through something.  Sound familiar?

Yet the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberty.   

It was in their ability and beyond their ability, that they were freely willing to give. With such urgency even (Selah) that they implored…begged…of Paul to receive from them.  (Vs. 2-4)

Isn’t that what grace is?  What’s beyond our ability.  God’s ability.

I love what I read next. 

Vs. 5…They first gave themselves to the Lord and then to us by the will of God. 

We see here both tithe and offering.   

We can argue all we want that this is not about money.  Of course we can.  But when it says they gave of themselves, what would that entail? 

It cannot exclude money because personally, I give time each and every day to work that at the end of the week, puts a paycheck in my hand.  I lay down my life (and every working person can attest to this) which is time at home my husband and my children, time doing my own agenda and carrying out my own motives, to complete a task that will benefit another and yet increase me. 

This is how it is with God!  This is how I can give of myself to Him.  

Giving the tithe from that increase, again points to my Provider. 

Take into consideration, that without God, there would be no job and certainly not a paycheck.

It’s astounding to me.  Amazing! God is the greatest giver!  In being our Source,  Our Provider, and Our Exceeding Great Reward…He gives.  Every time increase comes to me, God has given it.  He is still operating on His principles.  Give and it shall be given unto you… Luke 6:38

And we can argue about who should get the tithe but let that argument die with this. 

Matthew 25:34-40,  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

What is the churches position on these things? It should be that the hungry are fed.  (Meat in His house. Malachi 3:10) The thirsty given a drink.  The stranger brought in.  The naked clothed.  Going to the sick and to the imprisoned. 

How does this happen?  

Apostles.  Prophets. Pastors.  Teachers.  Evangelists. Ministers. Leaders.  Sheep begetting sheep.  (That is, only sheep birth sheep.)

What’s more is the assignment is not simply to a man. It’s to Jesus. He is the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned.   

Man, when he gives is  never simply giving to a man…no matter.  Our giving is always to God.

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Giving, grace

 

Just a thought on tithing…

With so much emphasis on finances and the economy…the question might be raised, why tithe?

I have just a quick thought on tithing.  Recently a friend of mine, Robbin Arnold, posted a blog called Turn on a Dime.

http://kingdomcompass.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/turn-on-a-dime/

And then another friend shared during prayer, that in her research, the French definition for dime is tithe.

(The tithe is 10% of all of our increase.  It’s Holy and it belongs to God.)

As soon as I heard her words, a bomb went off in my Spirit. 

TURN ON A TITHE! 

The word of God says this of tithing…

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it].  Malachi 3:10

When we tithe…it is proof! Proof that God has provided for us! It’s proof that we cannot provide for ourselves.  It’s proof that God is faithful, over and over again to open up the windows of heaven and pour into our lives.

When we tithe, we are counting our blessings.

In counting our blessings…there is sure to be a turn around!

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2011 in Money, Tithing

 

Look On Us

In prayer last Thursday, Brother Tim shared a passage from Acts 3, verses 1-5.

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer–at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
I know he reads here from time to time, so I’m going to invite him to please…please…add what God was showing him in this word.  It struck my heart as he read from it, especially since it came on the heels of a Tuesday night mentoring from Pastor Sharon that was nothing less than strong meat.  Amazing Word of God!

She briefly touched on a ministerial experience she has had, that when she travels to other locations and to congregations not familiar with her as “pastor”, she will feel a great pull on other offices in her life, such as the prophetic and apostolic.   It stirred a hunger in us (me) to do the same. 

When Tim shared this passage, the words ” Then Peter said, “Look at us!”   So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.”  just leaped in my spirit.   This is exactly what is required, if we are to draw from her. 

The Shepherd feeds the sheep and this in essense was what this man was asking of them.  A few coins and perhaps another meal to sustain him.  But Peter and John challenged him in that there was something more.   When they said, Look on us!, they were saying, look deeperLook beyond what you know of me.     

I’m certain they had passed by him before.  Maybe even given to this man before.

But there was MORE.  So much more. 

As I was meditating on this, yet another perspective began to be cultivated. 

God asked me a question.  A hard question. 

When was the last time you told anyone to look at you with expectancy?

You see, the world measures us by silver and gold. 

If we’ll admit it, it’s not just the world.  I measure myself by it.  I wish I wasn’t stating this in present tense but the question remains and has to be asked….

What if I don’t have the house, the car, the clothes, the job….the money.  Then what?  Is there anything to offer?

If I were stripped of all of those things, would I still have the confidence that there was something of great worth in me? 

Or rather, Someone of great worth that could bring about an even greater result than anything money can buy.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2011 in Uncategorized