Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Power of His Might

Recently the Lord has been speaking to me about the power of His might. It is, as men & women of God, part of our being.

The definition of might is simply and I should say, complexly this: The power, authority or resources of an individual.

And this is what has been given us. Below, I just want to share a few scriptures with this definition replacing the word might.

Deuteronomy 6:5
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy power, authority, and resources.

So then to love God will all of our might, would mean to love Him in the use of the power & authority he has entrusted us with and with all of our resources as well. All we have, all he has given us, we love him in return with it! We use it in a way that demonstrates our love for Him, amen?

2 Samuel 6:14
And David danced before the LORD with all his power, authority and resources.

When David danced, he did it before the Lord, demonstrating power, authority and with everything he had! He invested everything he had in every movement! What I think is beautiful, is that David would never had been able to do something that God himself did not do. How then does God dance?

2 Chronicles 29:12
Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and power, authority and resources; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

I love how this passage refers to what is in God’s hand….power and might, and in His hand is to make great and to give strength to all. Do you know what else is in God’s hand? You and I....John 10:28 says that no one will snatch them out of His hand. That’s talking about you and me. We are in the same hands, with all of God’s power, authority and resources today. We are in that place where He makes great and gives strength to all who are in His hands! How beautiful is that?

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy power, authority and resources.

Isaiah 33:13
Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my power, authority and resources.

Jeremiah 10:6
Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in power, authority and resources.

Isaiah 62 says that God has given us a new name…one that is righteous and that’s the name of Jesus. And in giving us that name, He has given us what is in that name as well. That alone has caused a resolve on me to consider how I say the name of my Lord. That when I say His name…I say it differently. Knowing that when I say it, a treasury of power, authority and resources is opened up. Jesus is limitless.

Ephesians 6:10
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his power, authority and resources.You know to “be” by definition is "to have a specific relationship to" For example: the leaves are green or the fish is a trout. Did that leaf make itself green? No but God said, to be green and it was. Did the fish make itself a trout? No but God said, fish be a trout and it was. So if God says BE in his word…it’s not something we have to try to do, it’s something we are. He will never tell us to be something we are not but will reinforce what we already are in Him.

Colossians 1:11
Strengthened with all power, authority and resources, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A time to keep silence....

Ecclesiastes 3:7 says that there is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

Recently, I have found myself just wanting to be silent. I've been desiring the quiet of my home, the solitude that it offers me...even when my family is around making all the noise that two children and their Daddy can make. But what I have come to realize is that silence isn't subject to circumstance or atmosphere. It's an attitude, a position of the heart and especially the order to hear God.

I read a beautiful quote and I believe this is what has fed the hunger for silence in my life. "Silence is the place...just before the voice of God."

Beautiful, isn't it? And as I was reading the word & making a study of silence, I found that a synonym for silence is "secrecy" or "secret". My spirit man just leaps inside me every time I even think about that.

Immediately my mind made reference to Psalm 91:1, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." and then Psalm 25:14 that says, "The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant."

Allow me to just convey to you what God has spoken to me in my times of silence.

-Silence is the address to where you live. (Psalm 91)

-Silence is a mark of understanding My presence and acknowledging it.

-Silence is the character trait of someone who dwells in the secret place and a witness to the desire to know more of My secrets.

-Silence is the prelude to prophecy, where words are concieved and things come forth. Silence is where I will equip you for what I am about to do, a place of preparation for what is to come.

-Silence is the true mark of reverence and is the atmosphere where I can deposit my secret.

-Silence is characteristic of those who hunger for my secret and recognize my presence.

-A secret is something in which a man has thought me to be silent but in truth, I have made you to know all things...but it's man's unwillingness to be silent that hinders that knowing.

I'm going to step out here for a moment but just bear with me. Revelations 8:1 has always intrigued me and now...even more. It says, "When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour."

I love what the Adam Clarke Commentary has to say about this:

This must be a mere metaphor, silence being put here for the deep and solemn expectation of the stupendous things about to take place, which the opening of this seal had produced. When any thing prodigious or surprising is expected, all is silence, and even the breath is scarcely heard to be drawn.

If silence speaks of that kind of expectation...what a wonderful attitude to hold.

Just recently, Ps. Margaret Vis, a powerful intercessor and very wise woman shared that this year is to be the year of birthing. That means that many of us are expecting. Selah.

Friday, January 9, 2009

He's Better Than Life!

The other day in prayer, the Lord spoke to my heart from the passage in Revelations 12 verse 11…”they loved not their lives unto death.” And I began to wonder what that truly meant. What does it mean to love not my life unto death and am I doing that? Can that be said of me?

Well…I have to ask this question then…
Do I love what I think, how I feel, and my desires for me more than I love God’s thoughts. Do I put His feelings first and are His desires mine? Because that’s what the word life in that passage means and we can love what we think, our knowledge, our understanding to such an extent that is can spiritually kill us. I read a stop me in my tracks quote the other day from Bill Johnson. He said this, “I cannot afford to have a thought in my head about me that is not His.” That quote is now written in my journals that I write in every day and my bible, right next to this passage. Wrong thoughts can cost me everything and I am not willing to spend that much! How about you?

Let me just take it a step further…the word “their” in this passage, when I referenced it, refers to a lower and denser air as distinguished from the higher, rarer air. Think me silly but when I read this, I thought of what being dense means if someone were to call me that. It means stupid or lacking in sensibility or intellect. many of my thoughts crowded together and none with the ability to move or take me anywhere. But the opposite end of the spectrum…to be rare is to be choice or to be the best part. And that’s what I want…to deliberately love God’s choices for me…what He considers to be the best part for me. And the truth of the matter doesen't matter how many thoughts I have crowded in this head of mine, only God's thought holds the possibility.

Psalm 63:1 & 3 says ” O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is… Because thy lovingkindness is better than life” Do you know what He is saying here? My interpretation is this, “God…you are Lord over me, my mind, my will and my emotions. Early will I seek you because my soul is naturally thirsty for you and I want your thoughts to be my first thoughts. I want them to come before mine. My flesh longs for you but this world is dry and thirsty as well and only the waters of your word will do! Your lovingkindness, your goodness, the thoughts and the plans that you have for me that you will carry out are better than I could ever think of on my own!” What a wonderful God he is! HE'S BETTER THAN LIFE!!