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Being in Bible School at the International House of Prayer has got me really thinking about a specific topic. Since God’s whole story of redemption started with one man, one covenant, one event,

What does the Abrahamic Covenant tell us about God?

Now when I speak of “The Abrahamic Covenant,” I’m mainly talking about Genesis 12:1-3, though the covenant is expounded upon all the way through chapter 22.

Genesis 12:1-3 “Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

There are three main promises the Lord spoke to Abraham in this covenant:

  1. Promise of Land
  2. Promise of Descendants
  3. Promise of Blessing

Now, the first thing we see through this passage is that GOD IS A GOD OF COVENANT. The most amazing thing we see about this covenant is that God made the covenant with Himself, essentially. The only requirement on Abraham’s part was faith. The fulfillment of the promises was not contingent upon obedience or works. Abraham just had to believe and God would do all the rest. Abraham had nothing to add. It wasn’t about his works. We see this displayed in the events of Genesis 15 when God put Abraham to sleep and He alone walked through the middle of the dead animals as a burning torch. Wow! So many things are said through this act. We see that GOD IS FAITHFUL TO COVENANT, He does not break it! We also see that GOD LOOKS FOR  FAITH. Faith is what pleases Him (Heb. 11:6). Everyone who has faith in Him and His promises enters into the fulfillment of this covenant. All with faith are sons of Abraham and inheritors of the promises (Rom. 4:11-16)!  It tells us GOD IS SOVEREIGN. He got to choose one man through whom His plan of redemption for the entire human race would come through. He didn’t choose the firstborn, or the noblest, wisest, holiest. He chose Abraham because He wanted to. He sits on His throne and does as He pleases (Ps. 115:3). Everything goes according to His will and ultimately serves His plans and purposes. GOD IS ABLE TO BRING ABOUT REDEMPTION. He has a plan of redemption. He is able to fulfill all His promises. He sees the end from the beginning, as Rom. 4:17 puts, “He is the God who calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”

Our God is amazing. I stand in awe of Him!

Rom. 11:33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?” “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

Passage for this hour…

I’ve been dying to blog lately… just can’t seem to find time, cause in my mind it takes hours to write a post. Thought I would just try to write shorter ones, and maybe I will find myself being able to blog more :) Hope this encourages you.

A day after May 22, 2011- the Joplin Tornado- God gave me a chapter to hold onto, to make sense of things. It was Ps. 45. The day after Hurricane Sandy hit God spoke to me Ps. 33. It completely blew me away as I read it over and over and saw exactly what was in the chapter playing out in our nation. I want to note a few things, but encourage you to read this chapter and let the Living Word speak for himself through these words.

Psalm 33

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Sovereignty of the Lord in Creation and History

1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. 2 Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.4 For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. 5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;He lays up the deep in storehouses.8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. 11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.13 The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. 14 From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth; 15 He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. 17 A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, 19 To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.20 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. 22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.

So much can be said about each verse. I believe it is prophetic for our nation right now.

I beleive God’s heart in all of the devastating things happening in our nation is one of mercy- to awaken us and turn our eyes to the Sovereign One. He is saying “Hello, look over here, look at me. I am the Sovereign One. I will always have the last word. My plans are really the ones that play out at the end of the day, I am the only safe place. Don’t look to another to save you. I am the only one who remains. Life is but a vapor, I inhabit eternity. Your only hope is my mercy, and that is really good, because my mercy is unending, new every morning, triumphing.”

His eye is on the one who hopes in his mercy.

I can’t help but think of the night this summer that this became a reality. It was during the drought. I mean THE drought. You know.. the one that caused some cities in Texas to completely shut down and completely ruined many farmers’ crops, the one that we thought might be the end of it all (that’s kind of a joke, but seriously). I don’t even remember how many days went by without seeing a drop of rain, had to have been over a month. I was a counselor for Awakening Teen Camp at IHOP-KC. We were praying for rain at almost every session, almost every prayer meeting, almost every meal. One session we just took the couple hundred junior highers and went outside and cried out for rain (of course we had tons of water out their to drink). During free times there were always kids outside just looking at the sky and praying, or singing songs like “Let It Rain.” And one night, like at midnight, after all the kids were asleep and a few of us counselors were having a midnight snack… it happened……. IT RAINED…. and I don’t mean just rained, it POURED.

It’s like God was saying, “Yes I am God, and yes I am good. My eyes are on the one who hopes in My mercy. I am a God of mercy. Who is there besides Me? I SEND rain on the just and the unjust alike.”

I ran as fast as I could outside and the others followed behind. We just stood there laughing… and crying. We ran up and down the street, splashing, twirling, singing, screaming, and declaring the power and goodness (rather power, YET goodness) of the Lord, thanking Him for His mercy, overwhelmed with joy, but with the fear of the Lord. Soon, we found ourselved on our faces (in the puddles) crying out to God. And it hit me that night…. even the simplest thing as rain, that we take so for granted as a cycle of nature, is actually God’s doing… and undoing. I saw that, without rain… we would all die. Life on this planet would end. And God is the only -THE ONLY- source of rain. Without his Word- NO RAIN. That night God gave me something that I know will carry me through the times coming to the planet- revelation of our utter desperation and need for HIM, and revelation of His power and sovereignty. I can’t explain what was deposited in to me that night, but I know that without it, I would not make it through. I know that God granted me a measure of the pure, real fear of the Lord. I understood in a way that I never had before, that we are literally AT HIS MERCY. He is the one that woke me up this morning and that put that breath I just took in me. No other person or thing can save. He alone has the power and authority. Look to Him, until the end, and then for eternity.

 

 

 

We Were Made For Love

I’m finally back to the blogging world, after quite some time away. So much I could say, but I think I’ll share the latest thing that I’ve been pondering in my heart …

John 5:19b-20a “…for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all the things that He Himself is doing;…”

This passage shows me a lot about the Father, a lot about Jesus, and  a lot about their relationship; but it also shows me a lot about my relationship with them, because John 17 tells me that the Father loves me the same way He loves the Son. It also tells me that I can be invited into the relationship they have together. So when I speak of the way the Father is feeling about the Son, I am also speaking of what he is desiring in relation to me.

John 17:21-26 “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Love desires union, agreement.

Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”

Love desires agreement for the purpose of intimacy and partnership. For how can two partner together if they are not in agreement? And how can one be in agreement with another if the one doesn’t have something set before him to agree with. How can one partner with another if they don’t know what the other is doing? How can you love someone you don’t know? Cause surely one’s love is not truly love if one does not know or understand the heart and dreams of the one they are claiming to love. As you grow in knowledge, you grow in love. To know Him is to love Him. Love desires to be loved. So the lover shows the beloved what is in his heart, what he loves, what he’s like, what he feels, what motivates him, what he is doing, what his dreams are, etc. so that the beloved’s love for the him can grow in truth and genuineness.

Because of the Father’s love for the Son (for us), He desired the Son (us) to know what He was doing so that the Son (we) could do it alongside Him. So the Father shows the Son (shows us) what He is doing, SO THAT the Son (we) can agree and partner with Him, in love. The Father wants the Son (us) near Him.

 The revelation is the invitation.

The revelation of what He was doing was also the invitation to partner with Him in it. The verse could say…

“For the Father loves the Son, and SO HE shows Him all the things that He Himself is doing;…”

Verse 20a (the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all the things that He Himself is doing) is the cause and verse 19b (whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner) is the effect. Love beckoned the loved into partnership. These verses are showing the cause and effect of love.

I believe the Father and the Son,out of their love for us. are now desiring partnership with us, and are therefore always wanting to reveal to us what they are doing, so that we can do it alongside them. Are we willing to lay aside our own plans, agendas, ideas to partner with them? Cause surely we were made for love. We were made for God. We were made for friendship, partnership with God. Not to live out our little lives, doing whatever it is our little soul desires. And if He created our hearts, longings, desires and made us for his love, friendship,partnership then surely this is what will truly fill, satisfy us-UNION WITH GOD.

Oh to be fully given…

Wow… I haven’t written in forever. There is so so so so much stirring in me, and I’m not sure how to express it all; but I pray the Lord gives me language to share with you. Now, where to start…

When I look at the world, especially my generation, I’m convinced that we are pretty much confused about what we were made for, and hence what to live for. We are given to so many different things, and I mean as individuals. We give ourselves to so many worthless, pointless, aimless pursuits. We spread our passion so thin, even if it is among things that seem pretty legitimate. The human soul only has so much capacity for passion. Is it no wonder that we have so little passion for God?

We are searching for a pursuit that requires everything because deep down we know that we were made to be fully given to one thing. We are looking for something that can carry the weight of our passion. The most miserable way to live is being divided among different pursuits that are all crying out for our time, energy, attention, affection, emotion. Oh the joy of being fully given! This is true life.

This is the one worthy calling- to love Jesus with everything. We were created by him, through him, and FOR him; and we will never be satisfied until we throw everything into running after Him. There is one thing worth everything. It’s a man. Jesus. It’s wholehearted abandonment to him. The Lamb is worthy. Have you caught a glimpse of his beauty? Have you stared into the eyes of that man on the cross? That man who humbled himself and took on the form of his creation and became obedient even to the point of death. I mean, THIS IS GOD WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. He was worthy of servants, of all the riches of the world, yet he took up the position of a slave and died the death of a criminal. I could go on and on, I just want us to catch a glimpse of the beauty of his humility, of his giving heart. This is why He is so worthy. The Lamb is worthy to receive the reward of his suffering. I can’t speak for you, but I know I want Him to receive his reward in my heart, my life. How could I withhold anything from the one who gave everything for me. He gave everything to me. He showed me the fullest extent of his love. He loved me to the very end, even unto death. He showed me that love gives everything.

Blessed Are The Hungry

For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:9

He has filled the hungry with good thing, and the rich He has sent away epmty. Luke 1:53

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst… for THEY WILL BE satisfied (Mat. 5:6), They are the ones that get filled up. You can’t fill something that is already full. God knows that He can only satisfy those who are hungry. He can only fill those who are empty and in need. And, Oh, how he longs to fill us up. So he runs away and hides to produce hunger and longing inside of us, SO THAT he can come and satisfy (Song of Solomon). If we were always satisied and full, he wouldn’t be able to come pour himself into us. If we weren’t thirsty and in need, we would become stagnant and complacent and wouldn’t chase after Him. We have got to stop filling ourselves with things that only fill us for a time, that only dampen our thirst. They keep us from the ultimate satisfaction of the the glory of God filling our hungry souls after the season of letting ourselves feel the ache of desire. Legitimate pleasures… they can fill us for a time. But God is the one who can truly satisfy. But as in a dream I had last night, the Lord keeps speaking “You are not hungry enough. You are not desperate enough.” As if to say “I want to fill you, but you’re not hungry enough yet; so I’m drawing this desire, this desperation out of you.”

Take food for an example. Your stomach may growl, but all you have to do is go drink a glass of something and focus your attention on something else, and you can go on. But if you go long enough, you will begin to starve. And when you get that hungry, it will cause you to do things differently. You will do what ever it takes to find something to fill the hunger. You will be driven to some extreme measures.

The sick are those who need a doctor, not those who are well (Mat. 9:12). So you make us lovesick so that you, the doctor, can come heal us with your touch, your presence. It’s good news that you came for the sick, because we are sick. You resist the proud but you embrace the humble. You draw near to those who draw near to you (James 4:8) Blessed are the poor in spirit (Mat. 5:3), those who recognize their need, because you don’t turn away from them (Ps. 51:17). If you never drew us to the wildnerness, we couldn’t come up leaning on you (SOS 8:5). And you want to be near to us, you want us to cling to you. You’re like the shepherd that breaks the lamb’s legs and carries it on his neck to form a bond that can’t be broken… so that that lamb won’t run away when it is well. You break us so that we will cling to you.

So no longer will I run away from the pain of hunger, lovesickness. I will embrace the wilderness. Because I know you will fill me. I know I’m going to come up leaning- closer to you and more in love and more satisfied than I ever have been (but at the same time more hungry and in need of you). You wound me with your love, you ruin me with your touch again and again. And oh the joy of being lovesick…

Ruin me

Exodus 33:11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he
would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man,
did not depart from the tabernacle.

1 Samuel 3:3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of
the LORD, where the ark of God was.

Luke 2:36-37 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of
Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from
when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She
did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and
day.

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his
teaching.

John 11:2 This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped
them with her hair.

Ps. 27:4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in
the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple.

Ps. 119:147-148 I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.

SOS 5:6-10 I opened for my beloved, But my beloved had turned away and was gone. My heart
leaped up when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him,
but he gave me no answer. The watchmen who went about the city found me. They struck me, they wounded me;
The keepers of the walls Took my veil away from me. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, If you find my beloved, That you tell
him I am lovesick! [The Daughters of Jerusalem] What is your beloved More than another beloved,
O fairest among women? What is your beloved More than another beloved, That
you so charge us? [The Shulamite] My beloved is radiant and ruddy, Chief among ten thousand.

Phil. 3:8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else,
counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.

 

I want so badly to be like Joshua- the one who, even after the man that was considered God’s actual friend had left, stayed behind and didn’t depart from the tabernacle. I want to be like Samuel- the boy who loved the presence of God so much that he even slept right beside the ark; he wanted to be as close as he could be to God all of the time. I want to be like Anna- the old lady who spent her whole entire life in secret place, fasting and praying. I want to be like Mary- the one who chose to spend her time at the feet of Jesus, intently listening to every word pouring forth from his heart. The one who wasted everything she had upon his feet. I mean how many other things could she have given herself to? Yet she gave everything, her time, energy, money, dignity, affection- everything within her. I want to be like David- the one who stayed awake through the night crying out to God. I mean he couldn’t even eat he was so consumed. The only thing he wanted in life was to see Jesus and be with him. I want to be like the Shulamite- who endured all of the dissapointment and persecution because her heart was convinced of his infinite worth. I want to be like Paul- who saw everything else as trash in comparison to knowing Jesus and being one with him.

What did they see, what did they feel, what did they hear that they would never leave?

That’s my question. What was it that they saw? What did they feel when they were with God? What was it that they were hearing? What did they encounter? What did they experience? I mean what was it that absolutely wrecked their lives and left them utterly ruined for any other thing but to sit at the feet of Jesus all of the time? They were completely ruined, consumed, captivated, fascinated. I have got to experience what they experienced that left them so radically changed forever. There has got to be more to God, more in God than what most people think and say. I mean, these men and women proved it. There has got to be so much more than what we have tapped into. Because I know I am not completely consumed like they were. I mean I still sometimes would rather get on facebook or go hang with a friend or go get something to eat then be in the presence of God. DID YOU HEAR WHAT I JUST SAID? …FACEBOOK, FRIENDS, FOOD… what comparison do they even have to the living God, the uncreated, everlasting, radiant God. The creater and perfecter of pleasure and beauty. The one who fashioned and formed every longing in my heart and knows what will fill them. I have no idea who this God is and what he has for me. If I did, I would never want to leave his presence either. Oh God, open my eyes and my ears and my heart. Awaken love. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things.

All across this land, all across the earth, the Lord is raising up the lovesick ones, witnesses of his worth. He is awakening love. He is awakening passion. Passion is not just a season, not just for the young in the faith, it’s not just hipe. We were made to live radically. We were made to love passionately.  We were made to burn. We were made to be consumed. We wer made by God for God. We were made for love. We were made to be filled. We were made to know the God who dwells in inapproachable light. We were made to know his heart. He has invited us into freindship, union with him. Why do we give ourselves to such lesser pleasures, such vain pursuits when we were made for so much more? He is raising up a generation who will go deeper, farther in God than any other generation. He is raising up a generation of lovesick ones whose hearts are alive and burning with passion. He raising up a generation of those who are totally addicted to the presence of God and just can’t get enough.

 

I don’t know what this blog is going to look like but my heart is burning and I have just got to blog about what the Lord is doing in the realms of abortion and adoption, in relation to my life.

I’ll start at the beginning, which I think would be 3 summers ago (2009) when the Lord started burdening my heart about abortion and speaking to me about my place in the issue. He spoke to me that Citywide Christian Fellowship (The ministry my Dad pastors) would one day be known as a ministry that stands for LIFE and justice in a very open and expressed way. That the issue of abortion would not always be put on the back-burner of our ministry but would rather be on the forefront of it. Up until a few months ago, abortion really had no place in our ministry in an open way, but I carried that word in my heart.

Well, about a month or two before the Joplin tornado my Dad and I both dreamed some pretty profound dreams around the same few days. In my dad’s dream, he was golfing on the same golf course as President Obama and First Lady Michelle. He was about to get to the hole they were on and all of a sudden started belting out the line “America, America, God shed his grace on thee,” from “America the Beautiful.” When he reached Mr. President, he was overwhelmed with the heart of the Lord and spoke to him about the importance of using his office to end abortion, even in relation to the judgement of God on our nation. Well I had a dream around the same time in which I found a picture of Abraham Lincoln and hidden with the picture was a code 5-29-11. This code was incredibly important, like a secret document. And when I found it and we had entered it into a computer, it started profoundly shifting things in the nations. As I thought and prayed about this odd dream, I kept feeling it was about abortion, because when I think of President Lincoln I think of abortion. He ended the slavery of the blacks, the oppressed people who had no voice, giving them a voice and rights. And when I think of that, I think about the slavery of our day, abortion. Those in our nation with no voice and no rights. I felt like the dream was speaking about something being shifted in the realm of abortion.

Well, on 5-29-11 President Obama came to Joplin, Missouri to speak. The first eyes he met when he entered the auditorium were my dad’s. And, miraculously, my dad got the chance to speak to him about abortion. Right before Obama got to my dad, the song “America the Beautiful” started being played/sung. My dad introduced himself as the pastor of Citywide Christian Fellowship then, overwhelmed with the heart of God, told him, “Mr. President, I have to ask you, please, Remember the unborn.” Since then, that prophetic word has been resounding from the voice of God into hearts as we keep proclaiming it in the heavenlies, “Remember the Unborn, Remember the Unborn.” I believe that the Lord is speaking this into Obama’s heart. I believe that the Lord’s intention is to use a black man who was freed and given a voice and rights by a President to free the oppressed people group in our nation who have no voice and no rights- the Unborn.

Now, that specific word about Citywide the Lord spoke 3 years ago is coming to pass. We now have focused prayer meetings on the issue, and people’s hearts are being burdened. Awareness is arising. The word is getting out about what the Lord is doing in the realm of abortion in my family and church. Lou Engle, and other leaders know my dad as the pastor who prophesied to Obama about abortion. I mean, the president knows my dad, the pastor of Citywide, as the man who spoke to him about abortion. How much more “known as a ministry that stands for Life” can you get? This issue is coming to the forefront of our ministry, because this is the issue on the Lord’s heart.

I know there is so much more to this, I’m just scratching the surface, but I ask you, whoever reads this, to ask the Lord to give you his heart for the unborn and grant you revelation to be able to pray his heart and play a part in releasing his plan for Obama and for the Unborn and for our nation. We have no idea the significance of this issue. We have no idea the implications that abortion has on our nation. The judgement of God is being held back right now, but it will not forever. The blood of 54 million babies in our nation alone is crying out for justice. Unless we lift up our voice and cry out in repentance for mercy and turn from our ways and end abortion in our nation, this nation is going to intensely experience the wrath of God.

Over the past 3 years since the Lord burdened my heart, abortion has been a focus in my prayer life and in my art and writing. A few months ago I was talking to the Lord, asking “What’s the use in all this if it just stays in my room and in the secret place? I wonder if you’ll ever give me an outlet to release this art and writing to use it in a way that will actually affect things.” Just a couple days later my parents connected with the leader of Life Choices (a Christian crisis pregnancy center here in Joplin) and told her about my artwork and she asked them to ask me if I would consider donating my artwork there! So that is just a very small part of things. The Lord is raising up an adoption agency here in Joplin that I know I am to partner with that will give me an outlet to actually play a part in saving babies and bring healing to mothers. One of the things we have vision for is to even go into schools, bringing the truths about abortion and the joys of adoption. The years of getting the Lord’s heart in the secret place against abortion and for adoption have not been spent in vain. The Lord is turning the hearts of the fathers to the children in this city and in our nation.

Several scriptures have been burning on my heart since May 22 when the whirlwind came. This might be a long post :) I won’t write out all the passages, but feel free to read them. They’re all amazing.

When I think of what has happened in this city, I think of John 11- the story of Lazarus. Mary and Martha said to Jesus, “Lord if you would have been here, our brother wouldn’t have died.” Though many in this city might be saying, “Lord, if you would have been here, our city wouldn’t have been destroyed.” Jesus’s response, as it was to Mary and Martha, is “It is for my glory.” Yet when he looks on our city, he still weeps. Even though Jesus knew Lazarus would rise again, He still wept. He showed us that he is the God full of emotion and compassion. When He looked out on the multitudes, He had compassion, cause He saw that they were like sheep, scattered without a shepherd (Mat. 9). His heart was moved.  He feels deeply. He cares deeply. He looks upon our city, scattered abroad, and his heart is torn within him, his compassion overflows (Hos. 8). He longs to gather this city under his wing, like a hen would gather her chicks (Mat. 23). 

He remembers that we are but dust. He’ll have mercy on us. He knows that we are nothing without his touch. He’ll have mercy on us.

This city is in utter desperation for God. We could rebuild this city bigger and better than ever and life could go on as normal, but where would that leave us? We would still be a city in desperate need of God. We are in need of an awakening. The Lord desires to use this to bring a city to it’s knees and turn a city to Jesus. It’s his mercy that He would teach us to not be standing on the shakeable things. For one day, soon and very soon, EVERYTHING that can be shaken will be. It’s His mercy that He would capture the attention of the whole world to show them His glory. It’s His mercy that those walking around 2 weeks ago with no thought of God or the purpose of their lives are now awakened to reality that they are alive for a reason. It’s His mercy that 99% of the people in the pathway of the tornado were spared. It’s His mercy that a whole city would be in a season of tenderness and that thousands of heart are open to the gospel. His word is running swiftly!

He is looking for ones who are not offended. Friends that will partner with his heart. He’s looking for those who will worship and love him for all that he is and all that he does.

Is. 45:7 I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the LORD, am the one who does these things. Is. 45:11 This is what the LORD says— the Holy One of Israel and your Creator: “Do you question what I do for my children? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands? 

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet.

Is. 62:3-4 You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God. You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the LORD delights in you, And your land shall be married.

Isaiah 62:8-12 The Message

God has taken a solemn oath,
   an oath he means to keep:
“Never again will I open your grain-filled barns
   to your enemies to loot and eat.
Never again will foreigners drink the wine
   that you worked so hard to produce.
No. The farmers who grow the food will eat the food
   and praise God for it.
And those who make the wine will drink the wine
   in my holy courtyards.”

 10-12Walk out of the gates. Get going!
   Get the road ready for the people.
Build the highway. Get at it!
   Clear the debris,
   hoist high a flag, a signal to all peoples!
Yes! God has broadcast to all the world:
   “Tell daughter Zion, ‘Look! Your Savior comes,
Ready to do what he said he’d do,
   prepared to complete what he promised.'”
Zion will be called new names: Holy People, God-Redeemed,
   Sought-Out, City-Not-Forsaken.

My heart is crying out

As the earth in the middle of drought.

When will you come to me

And satisfy this longing?

As the deer pants for the waterbrook,

So my soul aches for even just one look

For a glance from your eyes

Can satisfy a thousand desires.

Where else can I run to? Who else can fill me?

I’ve never found another whose water flowed so deeply

Filling the deepest crevice, the driest crack,

And I’m left satisfied- with no lack.

Remember and Return

Just wanted to basically share some verses that have been so striking my heart lately and burdening me with intercession for the church. There will be lots of text, so bear with me. I invite you to read it and meditate on it on your own and turn it into prayer for your own life and for those God lays on your heart. As you read them, recognize the deep emotions pouring forth from the heart of God. Allow yourself to feel the weight of his emotions.

Jer. 2:1-3,4,8 “…’I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness. In those days Israel was holy to the Lord, the first of his children…What did your ancestors find wrong with me that led them to stray so far from me? They worshiped worthless idols, only to become worthless themselves…The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’ Those who taught my word ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on worthless idols.”

Micah 6:1-8 “…Oh my people, what have I done to you? What have I done to make you tired of me?… Don’t you remember, my people,… when I, the Lord, did everything I could to teach you about my faithfulness… O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”

Rev. 2:1-7 “…But I have this complaint against you. You have forsaken your first love. Remember how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches…”

Remember– that word is pregnant with meaning, with emotion, with feeling. “Do you remember? Cause I remember.” What does this say about our God? The ever-living God who is in need of nothing is the nostalgic God who yearns for the time when you first said yes to Him. When your life was just about living to love him, living before his eyes alone. When everything was about walking with Him, fellowshipping with him. What happened to the simplicity of adoration, purity of devotion? When all of life was centered around his feet. Like Mary of Bethany, simply living to love him and be with him and know him. Oh that we would return to simple devotion.

Mat. 25:1-13 “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five of them were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drawsy and fell asleep. At midnight they were roused by the shout. ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming! Go out to meet him!’ All the virgins got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five virgins returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ But he called back, ‘Believe me, I do not know you!’ ”

Oil is intimacy with Holy Spirit. It is the only thing that sustains. It’s the only thing that will save us from Jesus saying “I don’t know you.” We have no idea how in need we are of oil. Oil is the most precious commodity in the earth, both naturally and spiritually. We must buy oil. We must obtain the knowledge of God. We have to have intimacy with Jesus. Holy Spirit has to be our best friend. It’s the only thing that will sustain us through the night.