The following list is what our weekly pastor’s prayer group felt the Lord was saying to us and our churches. We wonder if He’s saying anything like this for any other pastors or leadership groups.
For me, the Lord confirmed several words he had given me years ago. I was greatly encouraged to see that we were hearing similar things. I thought, this is the list I read and will reflect on this week. It wouldn’t hurt to make it a point to discuss some of these points with others a get confirmation. After all, we come from very different theological backgrounds, and can hear what we want to hear if we’re not careful.
True, but, we also might be stretched and learn from one another–iron sharpens iron. Discussing what specifically the Father might mean by the separate words of “Freedom” and “Simplicity” that MANY leaders are hearing could be helpful and give direction to the body as a whole.
Below find the summary points from all that I heard as we prayed and spoke together at the pastors meeting:
- The words “Freedom” and “Simplicity” or “Basics” came from several. What comes to mind is Galatians 5.1ff.
- Don’t lose compassion in the crush of ministry.
- Renew Joy! Body language means something to God. [Hands raised, bowing in prayer as led by the Spirit. Various texts talk about posture in worship and praise.]
- Some people just won’t “get it.” They won’t follow where God is leading [of course, I have to make sure it's God's journey, not MINE we're on].
- Revelation trumps scholarship.
- “Stand in the authority of your calling” (Rom. 11.29; 2 Cor. 15.58).
- We’ve also all agreed that there seems to be a strong sense of something very bad approaching, but also something wonderful. Maranatha!
- With Jesus in Vermont (mcacc.net)
I found this post by Beth Moore to be an example of the best kind of sharing a blog can be capable of for encouraging us on our spiritual journey. Intimacy with God is essential to that walk. Beth does so well in honestly, from the heart sharing her own experience with us.
As a follow up to reading Beth’s post, you may like to check out Solitude, Silence, and Simplicity.
“Come close to God and God will come close to you.”
Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful.
–2 Chronicles 31:21
Intimacy with God begins with God. He desires our closeness. He wants to be with us. So he made the way clear for us to draw near. Then he placed a similar desire in our hearts. Desire calling us and our desire either ignoring or responding. Hezekiah responded by seeking that closeness “wholeheartedly.” In other words, he intentionally and with great longing aimed at finding a place close to God. we are not told the exact results but the text tells us that as a result he was “very successful.”
I don’t think the Holy Spirit meant that everything Hezekiah touched turned to gold or that all he undertook succeeded. What I think the text is saying is that his seeking was successful.
Jesus said, “Seek and you shall find.” Seek wholeheartedly like Hezekiah, and you will be successful at finding that One your heart seeks.
Father, show me the “thin-place.” The place between this realm and yours that is the thinnest between your heart and mine. I choose today, now, to come close. Thank you for coming close to me this morning. Thank you for my success at finding you so near. Bless all who seek you “wholeheartedly”–with nothing else to distract their hearts.
© 2011 David C Alves