Some reflections on waiting on God:

You're waiting on a person. It's personal. You need something, but you need God

Waiting is worship. The highest form of worship is the lament. Worship is not an event, but a way of life. Bring a sacrifice of praise. Get all your eggs in one basket. Bet the farm.

Waiting is active. A surfer on a wave or a ballplayer at their position, waiting.

Prayer is primarily about changing the one praying. As you wait, you are transformed.

(The picture above are people waiting for "old faithful" to go off!)

Revive your work

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet:

LORD, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD.
Renew them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.

Revive your church Lord. Revive me.

Trust God

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart and don't try to figure out everything on your own."

If we could figure life out, we wouldn't need God. Life is not about figuring, but trusting. It's not just about trusting, but who you trust. Not your self or your creed but God himself. The living God. Whatever I want to get figured out, God already knows backwards and forwards. Most believers would agree. What God wants is for us to put our faith in him. He wants to help and take care of us. You and I have problems that need solving, big ones and small ones. God is the expert problem solving. he can solve any problems and has everything figured out. Part of our job down here is to trust God. It's better to be in need that not. We're all in need, but we don't all know it.


I'm listening to Bill Johnson's sermon of the week and he's touching on this issue of getting or being offended at or with God and I think it's so profound or important that I've got to write something here.

Can you get your mind around how the people in Jesus lifetime were offended with him? It seems hard at first when you're thinking of the Jesus who is your personal favorite. I mean, you might have a caricature of him or a persona you project on him that you just love. But the real, authentic Jesus might offend you at times. This seems so paradoxical because Jesus is such a good person. God is love and Jesus is God, right? Then how in the world could you or I get offended with him?

I think the beginning of the answer is that the problem is on our end- sorry. We always have to be careful to get out of the "God seat" (throne). Being God means you know what's best, and you know the future and can see everything. Not being God means you don't have these abilities and if you believe in God, it's a good idea to let God be God and not try to be God your self. It's as simple as that, but we confuse things and complicate things when we start to (mentally) sit on the throne reserved only for God.

So, being in relationship with God, like in seeing God as your salvation and the almighty to be worshiped by you, for example. This means that you will serve him or her no matter what and see God as ultimately good and call out to God for justice and goodness, rether than being offended at God for stuff that happens that God, being God, allows (to happen).

Back to Bill's message, based on Matthew 13 and Mark 6: it's tragic that when people get offended with God that they themselves cut themselves off from the benefits of God's intervention in theirs lives.

Total forgiveness

I'm listening to a sermon this weekend by RT Kendall on forgiveness. Actually part one was on forgiveness and this is part two, which is on blessing our enemies. I was reminded that forgiveness does not equal reconciliation. You have to forgive, but you usually can not reconcile. So, you don't wait for reconciliation to forgive, nor repentance from the one who hurt you. Here's a note from a doctor who read RT's book on forgiveness:

As a medical doctor, one of the most important problems that I encounter among my patients is that of bitterness, resentment,and unforgiveness. It is a major reason why people don't heal. This book offers extremely practical information and refer many of my patients to it for reading. It is the best book that I have seen on the subject of forgiveness and I highly recommend it to everyone.

This has never happened before

"no eye has seen, no ear has heard; what God has planned"

God wants to do things that have never been done before. But sometimes (most or all of the time), if you want God to do something He's never done before or you've never seen; you have to do something different. I've been listening to Kim Clement talking about this.

When Jesus multiplied the food, the disciples had to take what they had and start giving it away.

No offense

I'm listening to Bill Johnson's sermon from Sunday and I am again impressed by this issue of avoiding offence towards God. I'm thinking about one of the most painful times in Jesus life, when John the Baptist was murdered. He got alone with God and processed it. Bill has this insight that if you want the peace of God, you have to give up the need to understand: "the peace that passes all understanding". A mentor of mine coached me to pray, "I don't understand, but I trust you."

Matt's seven-seven

Matthew 7:7, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

A good husband, who loves his bride, would give her anything in his power, would help her find whatever her heart seeks, and would open any doors for her that she needs his help at.

This presupposes that the bride has covenanted herself to him and he to her. This is what marriage is although it isn't often recognized or understood in our society.

A covenant says all I have is yours and all of you are mine. A marriage covenant also entails renouncing covenants or allegiances or ties to all others than the betrothed.

Matthew seven-seven is a promise written to those wholly committed to God in Christ. These are Christ's bride and God's children. Read Matthew six and seven to get the context on seven-seven. These words are written to Christ's intimates, people who are looking to him for everything and in turn are giving him all of themselves.

We ask covenanted in Christ, we seek covenanted in Christ, and we knock covenanted in Christ.

The year of liberty

But if he makes a gift out of his inheritance to one of his servants, it shall be his to the year of liberty. Then it shall revert to the prince; surely it is his inheritance--it shall belong to his sons.
-Ezekiel 46:17

The meaning of liberty is the idea of being freed to flow and the Hebrew word carries the picture of a bird free in flight. The idea of the year of freedom or liberty or jubilee is that of restoration. That which was lost from misfortune is restored. Isaiah wrote about a time of liberation that would happen through the Messiah and Jesus quotes the same passage. As D.A Carson wrote, "Jesus announced the inbreaking of the reign of God, in his own ministry. The 'Nazareth manifesto' (Lk. 4:16–30) is the clearest, programmatic statement of this, and quotes directly from Is. 61, which was strongly influenced by jubilee concepts."(D. A. Carson, New Bible Commentary)

Ezekiel 46:17 teaches that if the prince gives land to somebody that is not his child, that the land has to go back to the children of the prince at the jubilee (50th) year. We don't know the details of why people outside a family would be given stuff that normally would be the inheritance for the children, but as it happens now, it happened in ancient times as well.

Imagine that your earthly father gave away your inheritance. Or maybe your life feels like God has given what you thought was your destiny to other people and left you behind. We don't want to get into a sense of entitlement with God, but what if who you believe God is to his children and your experience of him just don't line up. You don't want to blame God or your self. Maybe you were ripped off and God allowed it? That's Biblical. Did you know that NT Wright says that the exodus, the liberation from Egypt is the central event that the whole OT is organized around and is the back drop for Jesus?

Many people have declared that 2007 would be a jubilee year, in a practical way of God moving in people's lives and I'm with them and believe it is a widespread issue that will be happening during the second half of the year.

Here are the best words I can find directly on Ezekiel 46:17, from John Gill (d. 1771):

Ezekiel 46:17

".. the allusion is to the year of jubilee, when liberty was proclaimed throughout the land, and every man returned to his possession, and to his family, (Leviticus 25:10) , and so the Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi, interpret it of the year of jubilee; a type of the heavenly glory, and of the joy of the Lord, which Christ's faithful servants enter into; and when there will be a manifest difference between them and slothful servants, and the gifts of the one and of the other, and of their use of them, as well as between sons and servants: after it shall return to the prince; signifying that such gifts are not durable; they are revertible to the donor of them; who will call these servants to an account for them at death or judgment, if not in time of life: but his inheritance shall be his sons' for them; the prince's inheritance shall be theirs; for being sons they are heirs, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ: or that which is given them for an inheritance shall always continue; it shall never be taken from them or returned; but it shall be their own, for themselves, and enjoy it for ever; which is a confirmation of what is said in the preceding verse."
(The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible.)

The point that John Gill makes that I see as well, is that just as in Jesus day and before Jesus and to today; there are people who say they are speaking for God and doing God's work, who are really not God's children. Yet, God allows these players to play. But God also deals with them sooner or later and promotes those that are truly his to places of spiritual care.

Sky Links, 9-27-17