Archive for September, 2012

Just remember:  With His victory on the cross, His glorious resurrection, and the magnificent indwelling of His Holy Spirit in us, we are more than just sinners saved by grace.  Yes, we are nothing without Him.  BUT WE ARE NOT WITHOUT HIM ANYMORE!!!  He did much more than just wipe the slate clean and “get us back to zero”.  We are His Children! (1 John 3:1) We share in His Divine nature! (2 Peter 1:4).  And we are more than conquerors! (Romans 8:37)  To quote Bill Johnson:

“At some point we must rise up to the high call of God and stop saying things about ourselves that are no longer true.  If we are going to fully come in to what God has for us in this last days’ revival, we will have to come to grips with the issue of being more than sinners saved by grace.  Maturity comes from faith in the sufficiency of God’s redemptive work that establishes us as sons and daughters of the Most High.”


(check out this VERY SHORT little vid i made!)

Don’t trade your calling from God for ANYTHING!

Don’t allow the vision He has given you to be hijacked by the busy-ness and trivia of the world and the path of least resistance!

Return to your First Love — and to the adventure of Love He has called you to!

Don’t let the Flame go out! Rage, rage, against the dying of the Light!

Spiritually speaking, whatever we are most hungry for
is what we will most often consume.
Hunger is as hunger does.
The words we use to describe our hunger
can sometimes reveal our heart,
but what regularly ends up in our spiritual stomachs never lies.

And how we use our time and energy is a clear indication of our spiritual hunger as well.  How much time do you spend watching TV, hanging around online, etc.?  And how much time do you spend with God (in Bible study, in prayer and worship, and in serving Him)?  If we spend a lot more time doing “other stuff”, rather than with God, then it is a clear indication of what our priorities really are (and perhaps it is also a clear indication of who our god really is).

But the GOOD NEWS is that we can, at anytime, repent (admit we have been wrong), and start eating right!

“Blessed are the hungry — You said it, I believe it.
Hunger is an escort into the deeper things of You.
You satisfy, you satisfy.”
(M. Edwards)

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:14-21)

We are on the verge of a great revolution — the greatest revolution the human race will ever see. As we near the physical return of Jesus Christ to the planet, the Holy Spirit will more and more reveal the depths of the mystery of Christ in us, the hope and reality of Glory. And as He does this, those things which are “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine” will begin to invade every aspect and moment of our lives, as we prepare for our ultimate union with God — the wedding of the Lamb and His Bride!

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:6-7)

Years ago, I went to a prayer meeting at a little Methodist church on the outskirts of Atlanta.  While there, I asked people to pray for me, that I would know what was God’s will as far as whether I would marry or not. (I had already made peace with God and knew I would be happy, whether married or single, as long as Jesus was with me.)  At the prayer meeting, a woman prophesied this to me: “You must sing your song to Jesus and only to Jesus.  And if it is His will that you be married, then He will send a woman to you who is singing her song to Jesus and only to Jesus.  And if she is the one for you, your two songs will harmonize perfectly and uniquely — and you will be united in Him and not just in yourselves.”

Recently, my wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary.  Our marriage has been infused with the joy and glory of God, and has, in some ways, seemed like a month rather than 25 years.  And when I look in her beautiful, green eyes, I know that Jesus is her ultimate Lord and Lover — and I am filled with unmeasurable peace and unspeakable joy — because I know that she is the ONE God has chosen for me.

Here’s a short, insightful, somewhat wacky video I created based on
the parable of the sower of the seed

FOOL from LoonWatchman on Vimeo.

Yes…among other things, the Church is a hospital — a place of healing.  But it’s not a civilian hospital — it’s a military hospital.  Some people think God wants to heal them so they can go hang out at the mall and just “be happy.”  But His plan is to heal us so that we can be better, more effective soldiers — soldiers in an ongoing spiritual war of liberation.  And only by entering into this war — as dutiful, loving soldiers of the Cross — will we find true happiness.

Here’s a short video I created about the amazing, miraculous,
transforming blood of Jesus…

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  (Acts 13:2)

Salvation is not the end of our journey, but rather it is the door into an eternal adventure with God that begins as soon as we walk through it. (YEEEHAAAAA!!!)  And along with amazing intimacy with Jesus, it also means that we have lives filled with Divine purpose — purpose that includes amazing assignments that we are called to do with and for God and His kingdom.

There are two simple steps that we must take in order to accomplish our purpose:
(1) Find out what our calling is.
(2) Walk in obedience to that calling. (It’s not rocket science, is it?)

If you don’t know what that calling is, then finding out is your next step.  Next to knowing God personally, there is nothing more important (or fulfilling) than walking in God’s calling on our life.  He really does have an amazing, intricate plan for your life.  Personally, God clearly led me to my wife, my ministry and work, and where I presently live.  (I am not bragging about this — merely showing you that this is very do-able — if I can do it, anyone can.)  And He wants to lead you intimately as well, just like He led the saints in the Book of Acts.  You are not called to live a “generic Christian life” based on general principles.  You are called to an intimate, interactive adventure and dance with the eternal Lover of your soul!

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a Voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  (John 10:27)

And if you presently do not know what your calling is, I encourage you to spend a season praying and seeking after that call.  And included in that season, you might want to include some times of fasting, just like Paul and Barnabas did (as mentioned above in Acts 13).  Also, if you are interested in some helpful, extra-curricular reading, check out the book IS THAT REALLY YOU, GOD? by Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM.  It has excellent, biblical insights into how to hear God’s voice — and it is a true story that is anything but boring.

But many of you already have some idea of what God has called you to — and some of you are walking in this call…and some of you are not.  Some of you have allowed the busy-ness and distractions and cares of life to bury your call.  You have taken the path of least resistance and allowed the flow of life to take you wherever it has taken you.  And this is a great tragedy — one that has significant, eternal consequences.  (And we all want to hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant!” when we face God at the end of our earthly lives.)

It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when He returns.  (Luke 12:43)

But the good news is that this tragedy is not an un-doable one.  Yes, there is an undo button in life!  And it is called repentance.  If you have allowed anything to divert you from God’s amazing, fulfilling call on your life, all you have to do is admit it, and tell Him you are sorry — and then put your life back on the altar of love and begin to take steps that will lead you in the right direction.

I am not saying that this will not be a painful process.  You may have invested a lot in your “alternative, disobedient scenario.”  But this is God and His Call we are talking about — the same God who created you and redeemed you with His own blood.  If there is anything worthy of sacrifice, He is.

If we really love Jesus and are really grateful for His amazing sacrifice, then we will prove it by action and not mere words or weekly religious observances.  Dare to re-examine your life and launch out on the one, true, eternally-rewarding adventure!