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Maker and Caretaker of Hearts

“O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me… thou understandest my thought afar off… and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether… Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. It is high. I cannot comprehend it!!”  Psalm 139:1-4, 6

Wait on Me; or, “Fit for a King!!!”

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

We’ve got to change our concept of “waiting” on God. We normally think about it as being an idle person, sitting around, twiddling our thumbs, and anxiously waiting time to pass. But in actuality, the Biblical concept of waiting on God is like that of a fine establishment maitre de, or head butler– those we generically refer to as a “server.” Nehemiah was the chief server in the court of King Artaxerxes (Nehemiah 1:11). He later became the Governor of all restored Jerusalem and Judah.

Servers are anything but idle. They are charged with greeting and seating the customers, making them feel welcome, taking their orders, bringing them their prepared dishes, and making sure that they are pleased with what they have been served. And, in the finer establishments, they then smartly and alertly stand by to do further for their guests whatever is their pleasure.
This should be our concept of waiting on God. Did not Jesus admonish us to “Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13)??  In other words, “Keep busy.” “Be productive.” “Stay engaged in service.” 

That’s why the promise is to renew the strength of those who wait upon God. For, it is those who labor who need to be refreshed, not those who are idle. So, if you are among those who have diligently served God, enduring to the point of weariness, then the promise of Isaiah 40:31 is for you. A wave of spiritual renewal is coming to you now. Lift up your head. The Master is going to “flip the script” and serve you now, with redemption, invigoration, fresh anointing, rejuvenation, prosperity, peace, and made to order rewards from the throne of heaven. 

The word tells us that our Lord Jesus in heaven has already received “power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” (Rev 5:12). Well, the word says concerning God’s servants, like a big tip given to a worthy server, “If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself” (John 13:32). So, get ready my faithful brothers and sisters. God is ready to lay it on you!!!

He’s Worthy, Sandra Crouch

I Can See Clearly Now; or, Journey of a Thousand Miles!!!

When we become Christians, and are born-again of the Spirit of God, then like an onion, we find that our hearts have so very many layers of irritating “junk” to work through that can bring tears to our eyes. Even after forty (40) years of ministry, I am often shocked and amazed at what fundamental truths I am experiencing at new depths of heart and soul, that it is almost as if I had never really known them before. Like the newly converted apostle Paul, I myself often feel as if, “instantly there fell from his eyes something like scales: and he immediately regained sight” (Acts 9:18). 

This is the sure and profound effect of ongoing spiritual growth and development. This is a phenomenon of the mighty operation of the Holy Spirit working inside of us. As the word says,

Therefore we all, beholding as in a glass [i.e., the ‘lens’ of the spirit of our minds] the glory of the Lord with uncovered face, are transformed from glory to glory into the Same likeness, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2Corinthians 3:18 JUB, brackets mine)  

Another apt translation puts it this way,

But all of us who are Christians have no veils on our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord. We are transfigured by the Spirit of the Lord in ever-increasing splendour into His own [very] image.  (2Corinthians 3:18 Phillips, brackets mine)

Which ever translation you take, one thing is abundantly clear: THERE’S A WHOLE LOTTA WORK GOIN’ ON inside of us. From the original specs and blueprint in Genesis, we were created “in the image and likeness of God” (Gen 1:26-27) for His glory. And, there seems to be an infinite distance between our fallen sinful and depraved state of mind, and His eternal glory. This is indeed a journey of “a thousand miles,” and we’ve got a long, long way to go. So beloved, we are going to have to be patient– patient with God, and with ourselves, and with each other. Keep mindful of this, beloved. And, let this be our watchword:

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love… and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye  (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13).  Amen.

In His Likeness

Precept of the Day

Blessed are the “POOR IN SPIRIT,” for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

A man who is poor in material goods has little or nothing. A man who is poor in spirit sees himself as BEING little or nothing in his own eyes. He is authentically humble and lowly in heart. That’s just the way God loves men to be.

For God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 1Peter 5:5; James 4:6