Terrorists aim to strike fear and cause chaos in those that they attack but the truth is whoever may be responsible for the terror attacks at the Boston Marathon today has only done the opposite. Tonight we are one with Boston. You are in our prayers and we pray for justice to be done swiftly! #prayforBoston
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Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).”
I don’t know about you but when I get overwhelmed in life I am usually the last one to know. It always seems to catch me off guard but the encouraging thing is that it never catches God by surprise. He knows every detail of our life, He knows when we rise, when we fall, when we cry and when we dream. He knows every hair on my head, or the lack thereof. He has a great plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11) and all of our days were written in His book before we ever lived them (Psalm 139:16).
God has a funny way of revealing the very things that have been weighing us down and as we bring it to Him in His Presence. It is by spending time in the Secret Place with Him that He releases His peace that washes over us giving us the opportunity to know true rest. It is in that divine exchange of our burdens for His, that we can enjoy His rest and experience true life. Jesus came to give us life and its an abundant life at that (John 10:10)!
So today, I encourage you to sit back in your time with God, let the worries and burdens be exposed. Be reminded that He knows the details of your life, that He is not taken by surprise. Then His love and peace will wash over you giving you rest in who He is.
While in prayer the other day the Lord made a startling statement that has not left me. In fact through what I have seen lately it is all proving this word to be true! The Lord spoke simply saying, “While 2013 is going to be a year of tremendous revelation and blessing within My Body [the Church] it will be a season of making clear the distinction between the world and the Church. True Believers will walk in my favor and power and those who I do not know will be powerless against the lures and advances of the enemy. The line is drawn NOW.”
Now I am not here to strike up debate or anything else then to pass this amazing truth on to you. If you walk with the Lord, are led by the Spirit, then you will most likely get excited about this. If you find that fear is gripping you then I encourage you to go spend some time in the Secret Place (Matthew 6:6). The fact that the distinction where many Christians, especially in America, has been faded and blurred on the claim of relevance is being restored is joyous news. We were never told to be relevant to the culture around us…we are told that that we are “not of this world” (see John 15:18-20, 1 John 2:3-6, 15-17) Our culture should one of the Kingdom of God, if we are citizens of the Kingdom, not of the culture around us that blindly ignores God and anything with Him.
To clarify: Relevance is defined in my eyes as churches that ignore the Spirit for the approval of man because of the fear of man! For example, when I speak of relevance I talk of churches that will never give an altar call because it confronts people in their sin, churches that never press in in worship to let God have His way in the place to heal the broken, set free the captive but only says no we have 20 minutes of worship then the pastor…etc. No longer can/should the church use “relevance” as an excuse. Relevance is the devil’s greatest tool in the Church today; relevance communicates that what we have is not as good as what’s in the world when we are carriers of the Holy Spirit of God (see Ezekiel 36:26-27, 1 Corinthians 3:16)!
It’s time we let God restore the fear of God for then we will see His goodness for what it really is! For Scripture tells us, ”that the goodness of God leads you to repentance (Romans 2:4).” He is drawing the line…on what side will you stand?