A Prayer Seeking Personal Revival

Hosea 2:14-18

Most of us would agree our nation needs awakening and our church needs revival.  I believe the Holy Spirit is gazing upon each one of us.  He’s looking to see if we will allow Him to start that revival within us. Rather than looking for this revival to arrive from outside of ourselves, why don’t we start building the altar within our own heart?  If this is your desire, then pray this prayer with me.

Prayer

Lord, woo my heart. Draw me to You.  Speak to me. Return Your blessing to me. Resurrect my heart; like when I first fell in love with You. Restore my youthful zeal. I return to You my first love!  I don’t want to respond to You in positional duty, but in relational love. I commit my words to You. Cleanse my mouth of words dominated by sin and mental idols. Remove all demon-talk from my lips.  Thank You for Your covenant of peace.  Your grace removes striving, arguing, and strife from my life. I receive Your peace.  May this be done in the power of Your name!

Hosea 2:14-18

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards,and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.’ I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land,so that all may lie down in safety.

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Moving From Survival to Kingdom Living

Part 9 - To Live It on the Outside, Live It On the Inside

 

“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” ~Matthew 15:16-20

In a world cursed by an obsession with survival, this paradigm will have natural assumptions.  One of the most logical assumptions from this perspective is the concept of “survival of the fittest.”  This concept was not created out of a science of naturalism.  Darwin put words to the dominate thought imprinted upon the human psyche.  This evolving idea burns within human hearts ever since the curse of imminent death was given to our great grandparents in the garden.

If the fittest survive, then where one finds themselves in the pecking order is a pressing concern.  Yet one common denominator these groups have is that ones place in the pecking order “success” is determined by external factors. How one moves up the pecking order can be diverse and sophisticated or simple and crude, and can depend on culture, geographic need or new trends in an ever evolving society. This ladder climbing can result from sheer force, the guile of manipulation, the fear of witchcraft, political cunning, the weapons at ones command, or the possessions one owns.  Every culture defines what the top of the pecking order looks like.  This is the definition of success in that culture-external prominence.  This external prominence, or failure, becomes the label placed upon members of that culture, and when this label is conferred and accepted, it becomes ones identity.  Therefore the world’s view of identity and success is rooted in external realities.

Ones resources at hand determine their place in the pecking order.  Their location within the pecking order determines the label conferred on them, and if this label is accepted it becomes ones identity.  When this worldview is unchallenged within our psyche, then it is natural to come to the same conclusions that modern culture has about success. You are successful if you; drive a nice car, live in a big house, have good looking men or women by ones side, having lots of money in the bank. If you have these things, then you are thriving not surviving.  You are a success!  The more success you have, then the higher you sit on the totem pole.

The prevalence of such a view still does not protect it from John the Baptist and Jesus’ calls of repentance.  This call to live within another kingdom. A call to live in a Crazy Kingdom. This mind spinning, psyche uprooting repentance calls humanity from the “survival of the fittest” to true life.  Our identity and our success do not come from the outside in.  It comes from the inside out.

In the passage listed at the beginning of this chapter Jesus is saying the identity of “sinner” does not come from consumed food.  What comes from the outside does not determine ones identity or limit ones personal power.  The label of “sinner” and the behavior of sin comes from the inside out. The message of the gospel is that Jesus provides power to change our internal state, and that new internal state creates a new reality for us on the outside.  When one accepts the gospel they are taking upon themselves a new identity and a new heart.  This changes ones reality.

In light of this, the external indicators that determine ones place in cultures pecking order does not make one successful.  Much of the context of scripture deals with this reality within the context of dealing with sin. Nevertheless, this Kingdom principle still holds true across the spectrum of ideas and context, but the application is much larger.

The larger application is your internal reality determines your external reality not vice versa. One must experience it internally before they can experience it externally.  The wisdom of Proverbs states, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”   The kingdom does not come from the outside in.  The kingdom erupts from the inside out.  The atmosphere within you creates the atmosphere around you.  You will prosper as your soul prospers.  In a free society your internal state will create an external context that will recreate your internal state.  The applications are huge. If you are stressed on the inside, you will create circumstances that will create more stress for you.  The circumstances do not create stress.  They just reveal stress in our heart.  When trying circumstances come, they will be dealt with orderly thus recreating the internal state of peace or they will be amplified into greater stress creating a mirror image of your internal state.  The same is true for fear.  If you are fearful, you will create circumstances that reinforce fear in your life.  One of two reactions will occur when truly fearful circumstance arise, you will start defusing the fear from these circumstances or you will start amplifying the fear.  The same with lust, greed, pride, so on and so forth.

You will become who you see yourself as.  If you see yourself as a person who has little value, then you create circumstances that reinforce that belief.  An example is if a lady sees herself as cheep and dispensable, then she will never be able to say, “no” to “Mr. Wrong.”   She will never have enough will power to overcome her identity because it is impossible for her to act outside of her identity.  Mr. Wrong reinforces the belief she has little value.  She must hear Jesus say, “You’re valuable…You’re precious…You’re significant…You’re important… You’re so important that I died for you.” When she believes this her internal identity changes and her external reality can change, and she can then say, “no” to Mr. Wrong and then in converse say, “yes” to Mr. Right.  Her identity and her internal reality is everything.  Self-control has little relevance to the issue.  So when she believes this, and makes the next step integrating the teaching of Jesus into her identity, then it becomes easy to say “no” to Mr. “looser” Wrong.  Why?  He does not confirm the value of her significance.

This is a two edged sword that works for good as well as the bad.  If you have an excellent state internally, then you will create a context that reinforces excellence in your life. A life that now produces excellent products, services and results.  If you see yourself as successful internally, then you will create a context that lends itself toward success.  If we see ourselves as pure, then we will start to live a morally pure life.  This is why the Bible calls us saints before we act like saints.  If you can buy into that identity, then it will change your behavior. Our inner life becomes our reality.

This is true no matter what mistakes you have made, abuse that has been unjustly heaped upon you, a ridiculously long history of failure, or location in the pecking order of your society.  To live it on the outside, you must live it on the inside.  This is how the Crazy Kingdom works.

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A Prayer For Holiness

Hosea 2:3-13

In this toxic world, we need holiness like never before.  Join with me as we cry out to God for purity, holiness and godliness.

Prayer

Strip me before You. Strip me of my pride, self-reliance, self-rule, and sin seeking.  Make me thirsty for You. Just as a desert is thirsty for water, make my heart, mind, soul, spirit and will thirsty for Your Spirit.  Please don’t prosper the fruits of idolatry in my life.  The things born of sin. Block the pathways to sin and idolatry. Hedge me in with thorn bushes. Keep me close to You.  Though I chase after sin don’t allow me to catch it. May sin stay out of my reach.  Create in me the desire to always return to You.  Remind me of Your benefits. Your spiritual and physical nourishment that You continually lavish on me.  Any blessing from You I have leveraged for sin take it away, then please return it as I acknowledge you.

Hosea 2:3-13

Otherwise I will strip her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born; I will make her like a desert, turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst. I will not show my love to her children, because they are the children of adultery. Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’ Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them.
Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.’ She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,
who lavished on her the silver and gold—which they used for Baal. “Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens, and my new wine when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her naked body. So now I will expose her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers; no one will take her out of my hands.I will stop all her celebrations: her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days—all her appointed festivals. I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers;I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them.I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers,but me she forgot,” declares the Lord.

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A Prayer for Faithfulness

Hosea 2:2

 

This super short prayer of repentance has the ability to build faithfulness within us.  Why don’t we pray this together?

Prayer

Remove faithlessness from me. I don’t want to be your adulterous bride. I want to be faithful to You. Grace me with the ability to obey.

Hosea 2:2

“Rebuke your mother, rebuke her, for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband. Let her remove the adulterous look from her face and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.”

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A Prayer for Healthy Relationships in the Church

Hosea 2:1

If there has ever been a time for the church to demonstrate unity, then it’s now! We can set an example for our nation and the world in this opportune moment. Why don’t you pray this short prayer with me for unity in the church.

Prayer

Lord, help me to speak well of my brothers and sisters in the faith. May I always be willing to fellowship and connect with them.  Let my unity of mind and heart not be in words only but also in practice.  Let this unity manifest in healthy relationships among Your people. We pray this in Your name and for Your glory, amen.

Hosea 2:1

Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’

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Moving From Survival to Kingdom Living

Part 8-To be Seen Do It In Secret

 

 

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.                                  

 Matthew 5:14-16

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.                                    

 Matthew 6:1-4

Lets start off by reconciling these two scriptures.  One scripture boldly proclaims, “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  To summarize this scripture it could be paraphrased as “when people see you doing good works, then they glorify God.  The logical conclusion is that the more good works people see done, the more they glorify God.  This scripture certainly encourages public ministry.  Your good works serve as public relations for God.  The terminology of a “Town built on a hill” could easily be paraphrased as a ministry with a platform and influence. A ministry that cannot be hidden.

The second scripture tells us plainly, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.”  This scripture appears to discourage public ministry opting for secret service.  Actually, Jesus is building on the same point in the same sermon.  One could summarize this passage as saying, “Make sure your motivation for good works is not your own public relations.”  Love for God and love for others still needs to be the primary motivation not self promotion.

Notice Jesus assumed his followers were going to do good works. Therefore he instructs His followers that when they do good works there is no need to announce it.  There’s no need to attempt to get credit from others for ones good works.  God knows and the person served knows and that is all that really need to know.  Jesus was clear. Good works are not the currency for recognition.  If you want to be seen by God, then do it in secret.  The more secret, the purer the motive, and the more God takes note and the more the He rewards.

Yet because of the previous passage we know that God wants his followers to have a platform.  If there is no platform visible or a light on a stand in the dark, then larger groups of people will not see the hand of God at work through his people.

These two scriptures lay out a spiritual process that occurs in Spiritual formation, but also cuts across the survivalist mindset.  First, a person starts serving privately and/or secretly.  As they work privately in service to God a few things occur: 1) God uses service of people to purify their heart for service.  2) Their skills in serving and ministry are developed and refined. Everyone starts at the level of incompetence and grows from that point. 3) God allows their motives and skills to be tested.  When this process is complete the Father pulls away the veil that has hidden this secret servant.  He gives them a platform.  Now everyone in the secret servant’s new exalted platform sees a picture of a right person, doing rights things, the right way, for the right reasons.  The observers get to see a testimony of the heart of the Father.

There are two things about this process we humans don’t like, especially if we are still in survival mode.  One, this process takes time.  Most humans want to shoot to the top as fast as possible.  That might include rising to the top of a corporation, making all-stars in recreation baseball, being first chair in high school band, or growing that ministry super big super fast.  There is a race to the top, however most of the people who get to the top the fastest usually don’t stay there.  I heard one preacher say it like this, “There are no microwaves in heaven, just crockpots.” The time of secret service appears to transform us and that’s the point. The survivalist instinct desires to rise to leader of the pack as fast as possible.  Being the top dog ensures our survival.

Secondly, is God built this process into all of humanity.  Humans didn’t feel the pressure of this before the fall into survivalism.  Humanity was going to live forever.  You know, “What’s the rush?”  Yet because humanity fell under the curse of death and the curse of survival, everyone instinctively races against the clock.  God is not in a hurry and there is no panic in heaven.  No survival instinct there.  God takes his time.  He is excruciatingly patient.  This process has been build into all of creation so you might as well embrace it.

You might as well understand the practical ramifications of this painful process.  God graciously allows you to practice in secret.  This saves us a lot of embarrassment and pain.  God is gracious to us; this process is a gift.  This process can be summarized in the word “preparation.”

No one sees preparation. A movie might take 2 hours to watch, but the production of that movie took three years.  The reward of secret preparation is the movie itself, much less the success of it. People observe the results of high achievers, and they say, “Boy, they’re lucky.”  They did not see the valedictorian studying for some exam on some lonely Friday night when everyone else was out playing.  The Olympian receives the gold on the platform to the cheers of the crowd, but the crowd doesn’t see the hours of training, coaching and practice.

The crowd sees a happy functional family, while they don’t understand the effort it took to create that family dynamic.  The crowd was not there before this couple was married, when they were single and they refused to date any loser that came along; when the selection process looked hopeless, and when the lonely weekends had no end in sight.  They don’t see all the effort put into communication, working out problems, dealing with differences.  Many people say, “They are so lucky to find a spouse like that.”  Luck had nothing to do with it.  If it is seen as a success in public, then it has been practiced long and hard in secret.

If you want to be seen… If you want to have influence… If you want a platform… then you must do it in secret.  People are not going to see the light of success and be able to keep it until God says they are ready.

God is not going to pull back the curtain until you are the right person, doing the right things, the right way, with the right motive.

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers: The Story of Success he studies people who are hugely successful in life.  People who are bigger than life due to their unprecedented success.  Naturally, there are countless variables that lead to huge success.  Yet one of the biggest variables is what Gladwell calls the 10,000 hour rule.  Research confirms that people at this level of success are very rare. So rare they are tabulated as outliers.  To personalize his research Gladwell presents the examples of professional athletes and musicians, the Beatles, Bill Gates and many other interesting things and people.   Yet one common denominator among them all is they have practiced a minimum of 10,000 hours.  When a person has prepared and practiced for 10,000 hours, then odds are they are prepared for their once in a lifetime opportunity.

To be seen, you must do it in secret.  There are no short cuts.  Short cuts become long detours. Embrace the process.  Practice it with patience.  Purify your motives.  Develop your skills. Make the pain of the process worth it. This is how you embrace the Crazy Kingdom.  This is how you will inherit a crazy reward.

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“God Still Loves His Backslidden Children” Praying Through the Book of Hosea

Hosea 1:1-2:1

We desperately need revival in America and around the world. According to the scriptures, before revival comes we must humble ourselves, pray, seek his face and repent (2 Chronicles 7:14). Before corporate revival comes to the church and then spreads to the nations, there must first be massive numbers of people experiencing individual revival. Personal revival must spread exponentially.

This means intentional cultivation of humility, intercession, intimacy and repentance in our lives and church must become the focal point if we expect real revival to visit us and our land. If repentance that brings revival is our goal, then there is no better place to start than the book of Hosea. Hosea calls God’s backslidden people to return to the Lord. Why don’t you join me on a prayer journey through God’s book written to his backslidden children.  Let’s start with this prayer of confession and repentance.

Prayer

Father, forgive me for being an adulterous wife to You.  Forgive my unfaithfulness.  Make me faithful to You.  Lord redeem my legacy and my offspring.  Lord, don’t discipline me for my sin and don’t punish my nation for it’s sin.  We are bloody with violence and aggression.  Forgive us and show us love.  Save us not by our strength, but by Your strength.  I want to be a part of Your people.  Bind me in close to You.  Draw my family, friends, neighborhoods, communities, states, provinces and nations close to You.  You deserve a people.  Make us Your people. Make us like the sand on the sea shore.  Make us Your great nation. Let us act like what we are – Your children.  Unite us!  Heal our divides!  May we rise up in the land and may we love one another. May it be done in Jesus name!

Hosea 1:1-2:1

The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoas king of Israel:Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’ When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”

Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”

After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lordsaid, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.

10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.

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Moving From Survival to Kingdom Living

Part 7-To Fill-up Empty Out

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.                                     Matthew 5:6

If there is any area that the survival thinking robs humanity of the most, it could be in the area of emptiness, hunger and desire.  The end game of the survival instinct is continued existence – survival.  The natural outgrow of this principle is apathy.  When all the thresholds have been met for survival, then the goal becomes to maintain.  The maintenance-mentality soon becomes mindless apathy.  Life has now kicked over into autopilot.  We have our rations, and we can now power down.  Apathy and maintenance are not the pathway to true life.  We must embrace the path of hunger if we are truly going to live.

Emptiness and hunger do not lead to starvation.  Hunger leads to motivation.  You are not motivated to eat until you are hungry.  If a person is not hungry for excellence, then there is no motivation to improve. If they are not hungry for success, then they will not succeed.  If they are not hungry to create, then other things will become a priority. If they are not hungry to solve problems, then they will not solve problems.  If a church is not hungry to grow, or meet needs, or have a community impact, then they will not.

We all know the natural order to this.  The cycle goes like this: hunger leads to eating, eatings leads to being filled.  The sensation of being full wanes which leads to hunger, and the cycles starts again. There are a few variations to this process. When a person eats good things, then their metabolism speeds up, giving them more energy, and making them hungry sooner.  When a person eats bad things, then their metabolism slows down, giving them less energy and making them fat.  The fatter a person gets, the more hungry they become.  The brain tells their stomach that they need to consume enough food to provide energy for the body, but also enough calories to maintain their fat. Ironically, no matter which path a person chooses, they are going to have an increased appetite. Our bodies illustrate this truth to us everyday.   To get full, you must be empty.

The same principle is true on multiple levels mentally and spiritually.  The nature of what you feed yourself, whether good or bad, is going to increase your longing for it.  If you have been feeding on the bad, then you will desire more of the bad.  If you have been eating the good stuff, then your appetite for the good will increase.  This is true, but it is not my main point.

The reality is when you eat mentally and spiritually the more hungry you get.  This cannot happen naturally due to the limitation of our stomach to hold food, but it is true physically over the long term.  Yet mentally and spiritually we do not face these limits.

Due to there being no limits the more one eats the more hungry they become instantaneously. This leads to the bizarre state of being hungry and filled at the same time. The more hungry you are for God, the more filled with God you are.  Being filled with God makes us even more hungry for God.  The more hungry you are for knowledge, the more filled with knowledge you will be, which intensifies the hunger for knowledge.

Hunger leads you to what you are hungry for.  When you are hungry for answers, then you find answers.  Hunger blesses us because it forces us to ask the correct questions.  If you are not hungry, there is no reason to seek.  If you are not seeking, you will not ask the right questions.  The right questions lead you to the right answers.  When you are naturally hungry, you ask, “Where can I get food?”  It is your emptiness that leads you to fullness.  If you are satisfied, then there is no motivation, and without motivation there is no satisfaction.

You never get full until you get empty.  You could paraphrase what Jesus said like this, If one hungers for righteousness, then they are going to ask, “How can I get righteousness?”  When you ask the correct question you will find the correct answer.  Jesus was so confident in this truth and in the hardwiring of humanity; if one asks the right questions, then they will find the right answers.  And in this particular case, Jesus knew that if one asked how they can be righteous, then they would find him. They would find his grace.

Hunger leads to the right questions.  What are the right questions? How do I find what I am looking for? How do I feed my hunger? The right questions improve our life.  Outside of random, but positive accidents, nothing can be improved in life without us asking how each area can be improved.  How can I improve my business?  How can I get a promotion?  How can I increase the quality of my life?  How can I feed all of these kids?  How can I afford to take a vacation? You never get there without hunger.

You pair this with the mind and the spirits ability to never reach capacity, then this leads to a state of being starved and filled simultaneously.  When you think about this you know it to be true.  The most knowledgeable people you know are still the most hungry for learning.  The most spiritual people you know are still the most hungry spiritually.  In the Crazy Kingdom, when you’re full you’re starving and when you’re starving you are full.

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A Prayer Against Hurricane Irma and Other Storms in the Atlantic

 

I don’t know about you, but I serve a God that parts seas, calms storms and walks on water. This hurricane is nothing for my God. Why don’t you join with me in prayer and faith as we pray and speak against this hurricane. Nothing is impossible if we believe! Believe and agree with me and let’s stand and watch God move!  Let’s pray this prayer together!

Father, Your the God that parts seas and stills storms. You’re the creator of all things and nothing is too hard for You.  You’ve given authority and dominion to us, and we stand in that authority. (Matthew 28:18-19).  Through the name of Jesus, from whom our authority is derived, we tell Hurricane Irma to go back out into the sea. We declare this hurricane is losing its power. It’s heat and energy are being scattered. In the name of Jesus we strike down every demonic and natural force that’s driving this storm towards us.  She’ll not make war against our nation, economy or homes.  She will not kill, steal or destroy (John 10:10). I pray this will be the most underwhelming news story in media history. I declare nothing will come of this. No lives will be lost.  No homes will be destroyed.  Your kindness is bringing our nation to repentance (Romans 2:4). Everyone will make the connection between the death of this hurricane and Your miraculous hand. Your obvious intervention will be recognized, and Your fame will spread from coast to coast. Your name is being glorified as Your church is rising up in her authority.  We tell the storm to be still and settle in peace. We not only pray this for Hurricane Irma, but also Hurricane Kaita and Jose.  We speak this in the name of Jesus and for the glory of Jesus.

 

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Moving From Survival to Kingdom Living

Part 6-To Be Happy Mourn First

 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5:4

Most of human behavior revolves around this survival curse.  Yet most people want to escape from this reality.  This is the root of our cultures idolatry of fun. This survival curse must be covered, medicated and escaped from in our lives. In light of this the world says, “Be happy at all costs.” If alcohol makes you happy, then drink to your hearts content.  If illicit sex makes you happy, then you should not restrain yourself.  There is no need for restraint in anything that makes us happy, and rescues us from the rut of survival.  So popular culture says jump in with two feet, and if it be drugs…hanging out with friends…partying…medication…porn…another bad relationship…TV…entertainment…busyness…work…achieving, then so be it.  Whatever brings you delight is to be pursued.

This race to escape from our human dilemma is futile. We want a deep seated happiness that radiates from within, not a superficial bandaid that only distracts us from reality. Yet the only way to find this deep seated happiness is to stop and face the condition we are in. This is the call of repentance that we hear from John the Baptist and Jesus.  The call to face our sin.  The call to mourn our condition, and then turn from that condition. Humans instinctively run from mourning and repentance.  We know we are flawed.  The transformation from superficial happiness to a deep joy within must go through the door of mourning. We must stop and face who we really are.  Alcoholics Anonymous says it is the point when you realize you are an alcoholic. You are not just having fun…you’re a drunk.

True happiness comes when you face the truth, mourn the truth and deal with the truth.  Until you look in the mirror and face the pain, and mourn the truth you will never change.  Some need to look in the mirror and say,  “I am a bad parent.”  They need to mourn it, and then say, “I am not going to bounce from relationship to relationship any more trying to fill the void in my life.  I am going to focus on my kids.”  A person needs to go through that same process of facing all hindering behavior.  I have made bad decisions, but no more excuses.  Face who you are.  Do you need to say: I am a liar; I am a slave to the opinions of others.  The truth is the most painful thing you will ever face.  But the truth is the only thing that will set you free.  It is not until you realize that you are a bad parent or an average parent that you can become a great parent, and that brings great joy.  It is not until you own your hypocrisy that you can make adjustments, and that coherence of life and thought brings real joy.  It is not until you realize that you are not doing well at your job because you are lazy, that you can make a real change.  The truth hurts.  Feel the un-cushioned force of the truth.  Mourning is the key to change.

The call to mourn also beckons you to dig deeper than just your behavior. You also have to face the injustice inflicted upon you in the past.   Many times our actions are rooted in the pain of injustice.  There might be more to the problem of overeating. The problem could be that you are medicating the pain of rejection from a parent that walked out on you.  The reason you are looking at porn maybe because you are afraid of intimacy, because the last person you shared your heart with rejected you or used that information against you.  I am not saying that all bad behavior is rooted in a dysfunctional past, but the call to mourn says, “If it is, then you need to deal with it.”  If you want to be free then you have to face the fact that: my parents never loved me; the abuse is affecting my behavior; I was taken advantage of.  The list could go on and on.  Facing the past leads to freedom from the past.  So how does one cure the pain of injustice afflicted upon them?  You can’t fix the past, but you can stop running from it.  You can face it, then mourn it, and then healing comes.  The survival instinct says to run from the pain.  It says to run from the darkness of pain.  Yet Jesus calls for us to face it, to mourn it, and let the healing process take root.  To mourn your lose is the only way to find freedom from the past, and this leads to genuine happiness. Happy are those who mourn.

Mourning is the pathway that helps us to step into a larger world.  Mourning things outside of our control places us on a path to greater joy than we can ever imagine.  It is paradox again.  We force ourself in a direction that is counterintuitive.  There are all kinds of injustices that you can mourn: sex slavery; children with parents in prison; teen pregnancy; etc.

When you mourn issues larger than yourself, then the blessings that come into your life are manifold.  This mourning releases compassion.  This compassion stirs up love in our hearts.  This love and compassion connects us to God, motivates us to act positively.  God connection and positive action releases the anointing of God’s Spirit into our life.  This brings a supernatural dimension into our life.  We have a supernatural flow of energy, purpose and miracle working power. This provides a high to life that can only be understood when one has experienced the connection to a larger purpose.

When one takes this mourning to God through prayer this is what the Bible calls intercession.  The issue that one is mourning becomes catalytic in connecting to God.  This connection to God  awakens people to the life they were created for.

We were created to glorify God, know God, and relate with God. When we mourn larger injustices we step into a combination of joy, peace and purpose that brings an inward satisfaction that awakens us to why we were created.  The Bible calls this, “Joy unspeakable and full of glory.” This holds true until God brings us another cause to mourn.  Mourning starts the process that leads to love, compassion, connecting with God, and the anointing.  These make us happy. Thus, blessed are those who mourn!

 

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