Dear Church, Experience God’s Glory

I just have to believe that God’s desire is for you to be filled with the glory of the Lord to be revealed in you.

And we all, with unveiled face,

beholding the glory of the Lord,

are being transformed into the same image

from one degree of glory to another.

For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

(2 Cor. 3:18, ESV)

Moses seems to give us a great example of this in story of the Tabernacle revealed in Exodus 40:16

 This Moses did;

 according to all that the Lord commanded him,

so he did.

The tabernacle is one of the most precise constructions that has ever been built. It is not its size but the details. The building plan does not indicate tolerances (+/-). The finishes (acacia wood, overlays of gold, etc) were very precise. We learn four things from Moses concerning the building of the Tabernacle.

  1. He listened to what God said.
  2. He paid attention to detail.
  3. He did it.
  4. The Glory of the Lord shows up.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting,

and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

Exodus 40:34

Dear Church, Prepare!

Daily preparation is critical to experience and live a Spirit filled life. All believer receive the Holy Spirit, but all believers are not living Spirit filled lives. There is a battle going on for your decision making and the will of God. Prepare for fullness. When we read Exodus and especially chapter 40 we see Moses making sure they prepare the tabernacle for God’s presence.

But I say, walk by the Spirit,

and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit,

and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh,

for these are opposed to each other,

to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

(Gal. 5:16-17)

Tomorrow many of you will go to church or better stated spend time with your faith family. Prepare before you go. Walk in the room in the fullness of the Spirit. You do not have to have music or preaching to be Spirit filled. Walk in ready.

Dear Church,

Quit trying so hard to produce fruit! The branches never focusing on the fruit, they focus on the vine. As believers we abide in Jesus. We believers need to sink into Jesus. Invest into our relationship and understanding in Him. John 15 is very clear in what comes first.

I am the vine; you are the branches.

Whoever abides in me and I in him,

he it is that bears much fruit,

for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5

Here is just one reason why:

If we are fruit focused, we will go tired and weary if we don’t see what we define as fruit. We define fruit as what is visible most of the time. We define seasons. We define people. Jesus is in charge of fruit production and we are called to abide in Him, so let us abide.

Dear Church,

You can’t give anything to the Lord that He does not already have. He already has praise, worship, cattle, people, money, leadership, and whatever it is you think you might give Him.

For every beast of the forest is mine,

the cattle on a thousand hills.

 I know all the birds of the hills,

and all that moves in the field is mine.

Psalm 50:10-11

Keith Green has a line in his song To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice (a must listen) that says, “I don’t want your money. I want your life.” Obedience is a good thing and a necessary thing but you are not giving God something He does not already have.

In obedience you are giving yourself something you don’t already have. You are receiving from the Lord wisdom, words, provision, fullness, closeness, peace, mercy, grace, and so much more. God has plenty and He is a giving God, so today just do what He says when He says it. Be faithful.

P.S. Keith receive that song from the Lord.

And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

and to listen than the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:22

With Love,

Dan

Dear Church,

It is the crucible (you should look at that definition and the next) of affliction where our faith, love and hope in Jesus is revealed. It is easier to abandon than commit, leave than stay, judge than love when the crucible of affliction is present in your heart, mind, body and soul. God is a redeemer of people and He often has to take us to the furnace before He takes us through refining.

Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; 

I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.

Isaiah 48:10

So today, for the love of Jesus, commit, stay, love because of your faith, love and hope in Jesus. I know it is hard on some of you right now, but know that God is at work even when you cannot see Him. Trust His heart when you cannot see His hand. Be encourage God ain’t finished!

With Love,

Dan

Cold Water

Dear Church,

This morning was one of those morning that I could not sleep. When the mind starts, the sleep ends. So, I do as always by making coffee, going to the toilet and wondering how to being the day. I needed something to challenge me in my Bible Study and I usually use some kind of book that has a specific focus. So, looking through my books that are not still packed up, I saw The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places1 by Nik Ripken. First sentence  in the book:

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.”

Matthew 10: 16

The first paragraph in the Forward by Brother Andrew:

“Warning: this is a difficult book.

Not because it is hard to read,

but because it make me uncomfortable.

Radically uncomfortable!”

The cold water wake up call was this sentence in the second page of the Prologue:

“Am I simply a member of the church or am I a true follower of Jesus Christ?”

We all must answer that question!

With Love,

Dan

P.S. Always read the Forward and the Prologue

Am I a follower of Jesus

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1 Ripken, Nik, and Barry Stricker. The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places. Nashville, Tenn.: B & H Group, 2014. Print.