The Apostle Paul's ministry, and that of Christ Jesus, was to offer more in the realm of the SUPER-natural than with the natural. This world, and the cares of it, is passing away. I realize that it is more appealing to some people that you tell them how they are promised earthly riches. But "carnal Christianity" is not Christianity at all. Our concern as followers of Jesus is with the Heavenly Kingdom and the riches therein. Our lives do not merely consist of what we earn or buy. We are in a struggle with the principalities of darkness. We are engaged in a spiritual warfare, and our enemy is sly, cunning and devious. However, “...the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds...” (2Corinthians 10:4)
The Elevator: Elevated in the Holy Spirit
What can YOU do?
Revival is happening when a person casts off the cares of this world for a higher purpose. Revival could be something you "visit" or even may be visited upon you. But, it is better that REVIVAL become the place you live - the everyday way of life for you. You can LIVE in revival.
Look at John Wesley. He probably could have become Prime Minister of England had he applied all his intelligence to politics. He might have become one of the wealthiest of men had he applied all his focus and skill to making money. Yet he determined in his mind to apply his energies to the higher calling and "saddled his mare and with eager pity sought the erring children, lost and lone. (Ravenhill)" Wesley was a highly educated man. He was diligent and persistent. When he was taken from this earth in the 18th century he left little of worldly wealth behind. Yet, his legacy includes and entire Church denomination which exists to this day.
What will you do for the King? What could you do if you allow the Holy Ghost to lead your life COMPLETELY? Imagine the Power in your life if you made God's calling on your life the real priority. Will you?
“Yes most assuredly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ." Philippians 3:8
Prayer that Works
Jesus said “I only do what I see the Father doing.” He said and did as He
saw His Father doing and saying. He lived a life of submission to God. He didn't just run around willy nilly doing and saying whatever He felt like. He wasn't driven by the emotions that filled Him. He was led by the Holy Spirit of God.
Many people today want a short cut; a microwave version of faith. But there is no such thing. It is the life submitted to God that brings Him honor. It is the heart that seeks after Him that knows what moves the hand of God on their behalf.
Daniel wasn't hanging out with the king, getting drunk and watching naked women dance around and feeding his eyes and body with the lusts of this world. He was faithful to God in the life that he lived and prayers he prayed. He desired to honor God. He was a man who put his body in submission to God.
Look at John. He followed Jesus ALL THE WAY TO THE CROSS. And Joseph in Potiphar's house; he was tested and passed. He desired to honor God more than feeding his flesh. He might have gotten away with having a tussle with the bosses' wife. But instead, he would suffer to honor God...all the way to prison. And what did he get for it? God revealed the plan for the nation, eventually delivered Joseph from prison...and gave him a high office in Egypt.
The Bible gives the prescription for prayer: "seek FIRST His kingdom and righteousness...”
In Matthew 5:4 Jesus says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” There's no doubt that we will have times of sorrow and mourning in this life...and Jesus promises something that I hope will give you peace. He says He will bring comfort to you. There's an old song that says, “leaning on the everlasting arms.” In our darkest hour we can know the blessing and comfort of knowing that we are not alone. Isaiah 53:3 “He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:” In your hour of deep mourning..you can know the blessing of God...and the peace of His comfort – because Jesus died and rose again.
The Struggle in Blood
"I'm thankful that God sent His Son to buy me out of hell. I'm really thankful that He has taken my reproach (my shame) because sin really does bring shame as it's closest companion. While I still feel ashamed of my past sins (as I'm sure I'll be ashamed of any I may commit in my future) I am fighting my grip to let it go. I am assured that I am set free from it In the Blood of Jesus. So, no matter what anyone else may say or think, I won't give in to it."
What we need
"Oh, we might have a series of meetings that give goose bumps or stir some emotion...but where is the fire? John said that Jesus would baptize us with fire and the Holy Ghost. And many of us who fancy ourselves as charismatics or Pentecostals will look toward a few signs and say, “That's it.” But the real, mind blowing fire power of God is not there. If it were, there would be undeniable physical healings, the dead would be raised and people would be throwing their sin to the ground like filthy rags, never returning to pick them up...despising even the dirt that their past sins lay on.
This baptism of fire that John the baptizer spoke of will do that to you. It will burn, white hot until it brings every rotten thing out of you...to be dipped off by the master Refiner. Then He will throw it into the sea of forgetfulness...and you will never feel the fires of eternal damnation. He wants to refine His bride (the church) – purify her and make her ready for His return. Then He will take her to His banqueting table for the great wedding feast of the Lamb. He will not marry a dirty bride.
I'm not saying this to bring condemnation, but to stir in you a hunger for more of God than you've ever known or seen...because there is indoubtedly more. This should stir a holy discontentment in you like that of Jacob as he wrestled the angel."
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