Are you hungry for God?

 
Imagine a deer who is out in the scorching sun, wandering looking for a shade and a drip of water in the summer.

Now, feel the palpitation and throbbing heart of that same doe in her all consuming thirst for the water brooks. 

Imagine the soldier and his wife who have been apart during his deployment. Their souls longing to be united and their thoughts occupied with each other.

Now, picture the glorious homecoming and the elated lover fainting at the sight of her knight in shining armor. Heart and flesh crying out with overwhelming love and passion.

Imagine your 8 year old self on Christmas Eve. Your tiny frame possessed by excitement and anticipation for the opening of your gift the next day. Your bed is no longer a place of rest and solace, but rather a temporary holding ground to contain your restless energy. Sleep is impossible and improbable.

Apart from the contemporary references that I added, thats how David described his all consuming, passionate obsession and fixture with his creator, lover, King & God!

Psalms 42:1-3, Psalms 84:1-2, Psalms 132:3-5

Are you hungry for God? 

Have you tasted enough of his goodness to want to have more? “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” 

Do you desire to fellowship with the Holy Spirit? “Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.”

Are your waking up and laying down marked with praising Him?  “From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised.

“Come, all you who are thirsty,   

 come to the waters;

and you who have no money,

    come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

    without money and without cost.

Why spend money on what is not bread,

    and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

    and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

Come and drink from the living water. Come all you who are weary and heavy laden, he will give you rest. Come and let the Holy Spirit take residence in you.Come and let him fill you with divine peace, joy and light. Come to Jesus. 

Are you hungry for God?

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Set a Fire

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Have you ever touched a hot pan or a stove accidentally? Or maybe you were ironing a shirt and your fingers unintentionally touched it. What was your reaction? You reacted by immediately removing your hand and maybe letting out a terrified shriek as well. Hello? It’s hot and it burns! That’s the same way our God is! When we are in His presence, His Fire melts away our coldness. Unless part of your body is paralyzed and you have lost your senses in that part of your body, an interaction with fire always warrants a reaction!

Look at how Scripture describes God and his fiery nature!

“14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.” – Revelation 1:14 -17(NKJV)

“28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[j] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.” – Hebrews 12:28-29(NKJV)

“3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:3-4(NKJV)

“38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!” – 1 kings 18:38-39(NKJV)

God is Fire! Fire gives light, warmth, burns, ignites, melts away coldness, is contagious, sets other things ablaze, purifies, and describes passion, fervor, intimacy. Fire also consumes what it touches; it gets your attention, it’s explosive and dynamite! Beloved, that’s the God we serve! He who has eyes like flames of fire (Revelation 1:14) and who makes his servants a flame of Fire (Hebrews 1:7). John the Baptist said, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire” (Luke 3:16). Jesus himself said, “I came to bring fire on earth” (Luke 12:49). Jeremiah said that” His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.” (Jeremiah 20:9). When Jesus walked with the downcast believers on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection, they said afterwards “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”(Luke 24:32).

What the Church (Ecclesia) desperately needs today is the Fire of God! When the Fire of God is not present in our meetings we try to fill the void with potlucks and coffee and snacks. But when the Holy Spirit and His Fire come in our lives, it becomes so simple. It’s no longer about programs or church activity or religious rituals. But we become empty vessels who are hungry for God. We marvel at His beauty and radiance and brilliance every moment. We are hungry for His Fire to burn inside of us! It takes humility to know that this walk of faith is too hard on our own, we need His Fire! May He ignite us even today!

Abba, Father, Father of Lights, you who answers by Fire and have eyes like fire! Lord Jesus, you who are enthroned in light! Whose face shines like the sun and all of its brilliance! God I need your fire today! Lord we need your Holy Spirit and Fire to fill me up and ignite me! I am tired of religion and church as usual. I want to burn for you! Lord, do the necessary work in me to purify me and consecrate me so I can be a vessel of righteousness and light! May you give me grace to endure the discomfort that comes with going through fire! Lord, give me a renewed awe and fear of you today! Father, take me deeper and higher into your glory and heart! I need you more today Jesus. Baptize me in your Holy Spirit and Fire again. In Jesus’ name!

Amen!

Sing your own song to Him!

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We are made to worship, sing, adore, dance, praise, exalt and rave! We will either worship things, other people, our careers, money, even church or worship the true and living God. Worship is an expression and an overflow of what has filled our hearts. That is why the first commandment out of the 10 commandment deals with worshiping God above anything else. (Exodus 20:3) and Jesus said in Matthew 22: 37 – 38 that the entire law and the demands of the prophets can be summarized with “Love your God with all your heart, all your soul, and your entire mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment.” The greatest commandment is to worship God and adore God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind. The second one is an extension of the first. When you can love God with all your might and all your strength and all you soul, he enables you to be able to love your neighbor as yourself.

“1 I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever!
Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
Your unfailing love will last forever.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.

The Lord said, “I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant.
I have sworn this oath to him:
‘I will establish your descendants as kings forever;
they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.’” Interlude
All heaven will praise your great wonders, Lord;
myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.
For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord?
What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord?
The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God.
He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies!
Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord?
You are entirely faithful”. – Psalms 89: 1- 8 ( NLT)

This past weekend I was able to attend awaken the dawn which was hosted by Fredericksburg House of Prayer! You can watch the recorded streams here. It was an amazing time of worship and singing and dancing and just being in the presence of Abba, Father, Papa, and Daddy! The atmosphere was electric and charged with dancing and worship and laughter and Joy and resembled an EDM concert more than your typical “church” service. However as peter said in Acts 2:15, “These men are not drunk, as you suppose…..” and if we were drunk, we were drunk with love and filled with the Spirit of the Lord!

Ray Hughes during one of the sermons explained it to us this way. Hallelujah is two Hebrew words that are put together. “Hallal” means to shout, shine forth, radiate, rave, boast, praise. “Jah” is a shortened form of “Jehovah”, which means the Self-existent and eternal one. So Hallelujah basically means Praise God and go crazy in worship doing it!

Our worship and praise has the power to shift the spiritual atmosphere. When Saul was being tormented by evil spirits, David would play the harp; Saul would feel better and the tormenting spirit would go away (1 Samuel 16: 23). In Joshua 6 the Lord said to Joshua that He had given the Israelites Jericho. They were commanded to carry the ark and march around the town once a day for six days with the soldiers and seven priests walking ahead of the ark. On the seventh day they marched the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. Joshua 6: 20, “when the people heard the sounds of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it.” They worshiped God for 6 days, and on the 7th day they shouted at the top of their lungs bringing the town to nothing but rubble. Worship and Praise is this powerful!

There is something about a soul which has been freed and delivered by Jesus that makes it wants to sing and praise all the time. When the spirit of the Lord touches you, you can no longer sit idle or indifferent but you will be ignited and on fire in worship and break out in singing! Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5:19 exhort us to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs and make music to the Lord in our hearts with thankful hearts.

“16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” – Colossians 3: 16-17(NLT)

May the Lord put a new song in your hearts today! May He fill you with such joy that you won’t be able to contain it! May He fill your hearts with melodies from heaven! May you dance and sing and worship your Lord freely and without inhibition as David did! May the spirit of the living God fall upon you like fire and ignite you burning away the coldness and sparking a flame of worship and praise in you!!!

Sing to the Lord today! Sing to Him a new song! Sing to Him your own song! It’s all beautiful and he hears it. Daddy is proud of you and is smiling down on you from heaven 🙂

Where are the workers?

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The Harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few- Matthew 9:37

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2(NIV)

These are the words of King Solomon from the book of Ecclesiastes. Guess what time it is now?

“For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”- 2 Corinthians 6:2(NIV)

If we are not careful and attentive to the word of God and the leading of His Holy Spirit, we might waste time and energy in the vain attempt of sowing seeds in the season of Harvest. In the United States, Corn crops are planted around April and harvested by the time October rolls around. Wouldn’t it be foolish if someone was trying to sow seeds and plant corn crops in October when the season and time is more suitable for harvesting what has already been planted?

Today is October and not April in the Season for Harvest of Souls into the kingdom of God!

I believe that we are in a season and a time where we are to usher in people into the kingdom of God! We are to reap the harvest that Jesus has sown (Matthew 13:37). We are to believe and by faith claim our families, schools, workplaces for the kingdom of God! “Because without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”(Hebrews 11:6)

My earnest prayer and desire is to see His children abandoning phrases such as “I’m praying for you brother” or “I’ll be praying for you sister”. Nonsense! They are empty words that reveal our lack of faith and hope in the situation. How about you pray right there and then with that person? How about you trust the Holy Spirit to give you a word of knowledge as you become obedient and stand in faith? What if you are an answer to that person’s prayer, and God wanted to speak through you? Didn’t God use a donkey, yes a donkey, to rebuke God’s prophet and bring him to his senses? (Numbers 22:28-35). How much more can God use you and me, who are made in His image and are temples of His Holy Spirit?

Today is the day to trust Jesus and take him at his word!

Today is the day to stand in faith and bring in the harvest that is ripe and ready for the barn!

Today is the day to love people into the kingdom of God and get off our high horses of self-righteousness!

My friend mentioned this once in a bible study and it has so much wisdom in it. The measure of your Holiness or how close you are to Jesus is not the number of scripture verses you can quote verbatim, or the number of bible studies you attend or your position in the church but it is the extent you can show God’s love to those who hate you. It’s the degree to which you can show God’s grace to those who afford you none. It is the amount you can be spat on and persecuted for the sake of the Gospel and still respond with love like Jesus as in Luke 23 or like Stephen in Acts 7:57-60. Even when Jesus was on the cross and being crucified He still reeked of divine Love. Right after He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”(Luke 23:33), He ushered a criminal who was on his last breath to the kingdom of Heaven (Luke 23:43). And I believe Stephen’s prayer must have had an impact on the apostle Paul, because Saul before he becomes Paul was a participant and a spectator in Stephen’s stoning.

What am I really saying?

Jesus read in Luke 4:17-19, 21 a paraphrase of Isaiah 61:1, 2 which said: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor….. And he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”. Let us seek to see Heaven come down on earth and people on earth come into God’s kingdom! Stop uttering faithless prayers, but instead trust God in the here and the now for the Salvation and healing of his children. Let us seek His kingdom first and trust that all else this world has to offer will surely follow, because the Man and the Son of God said so! Let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4). Stop being drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit of God (Ephesians 5:15-18). See wine doesn’t always have to be red and come in a bottle from somewhere fancy in France. Wine can be anything that has intoxicated you and anything that doesn’t not progressively lead to holiness but leads to sinful indulgences. Turn off the TV and instead be in tune with what God wants to broadcast to you and through you! Love more, have more grace, and above all Seek God’s Kingdom first! See for yourself if God doesn’t shower you with many blessings, the greatest of which is His very presence!