I met with God this morning

January 20, 2010

It sounds quite presumptuous but it is true – the Lord Jesus has made a way for us to come directly into the throne room of God and meet with Him.  I planned to spend time with the Lord but it actually was a deeper and richer time because I was planning on meeting someone else and they didn’t come.  I was thinking and praying about ministry in the lives of others, and reviewing some verses when I saw this passage in a new way:

25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
   And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
   but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
 27For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
   you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28But for me it is good to be near God;
   I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
   that I may tell of all your works.
                                   Psalm 73:25-28 ESV

All of our ministry – and we are all ministers by the way – is empowered by our relationship with our Redeemer.  All I want is God; I just need the Lord to show up!  I don’t ever want to lose sight of that fact.  Consider also:

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
    My hope is in you.
                                   Psalm 39:7 ESV

 My hope is not in ministry success or the praise of men (John 12:43) – Lord deliver me from that! – but rather my hope is in the Lord who will faithfully complete His work in me and fulfill my desire to serve Him and His church for His glory.

11To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
                                   1 Thessalonians 1:11, 12 ESV



It is good to be weak

January 16, 2010

God is amazing!  He works with weak, inperfect vessels to accomplish His will.  He gets more glory by using weak and broken people.

I have been preparing for a class I’m teaching at Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin, IL.   I love teaching the Bible, but sometimes I feel that I get too emotional and am unable to communicate effectively.   I was praying about that yesterday and thinking about being weak.  The Lord brought on 2 Corinthians 12:9 to mind:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (ESV)

Then it clicked – we are weak on purpose!  God doesn’t want “winners”; He uses “losers”.  In fact:

26For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.   (1 Corinthians 1:26 ESV)

I am happy to be weak that God may be shown strong!