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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Reposting: What is a Prophet



What is a Prophet?

The prophet is one who has faced the unchangeable realities of the spiritual world and who has lost his earthly values.
He sees himself, like John, as a voice in a desert world.
He is one who has caught a heavenly vision 
which renders everything of earth opaque.

His vision of God makes him acutely aware of that which is not of God -
and so he hurts and burns for the state of an apostate church which presents itself as needing nothing.
As he sees man seeking a glory which is God's alone - he burns.
As he sees man hewing a way where God's demands have been removed - he burns.
He sees a church built on the principles of secular business, numbers and influence - and he burns. 

A prophet is not self-appointed, or appointed by man.
A prophet is not self-anointed to the task - rather he is called from on High.
The prophet is not clueless regarding the true state of things around him.  -
rather he sees them from Another Perspective. 
The true prophet knows nothing of a way of easy attainment.
His ministry has been found at the cost of a total surrender of every area of his life to the Almighty.

A prophet will not lower the standard of a Holy God,
nor will he make the Way easier.

He has no need of an "echo chamber" of praise from his fellows.
He dangles no fairy-tale promises before his hearers.
He does not confuse a man made way of unending gifts and blessings,
with the high demands of the way of God's dealings.

He does not fish for "support" for his person or his ministry.
His "gift" is not for sale.
He has no need of "followers" nor of "partners."
He seeks no praise of man, nor any recognition of earth.

He has felt the Wonder, and the Beauty, and the Burning, of Reality.
He has seen Realms beyond the earthly, 
and things of earth now hold no value to him.
He walks through this world as through a foreign country -
as one who can never be satisfied with that which surrounds him.

As Moses said ... would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them! (Num. 11.29)

As children of Light we can all share a degree of prophetic vision.

"Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." (Jn. 16.24)

Friday, January 29, 2021

Let Thy Work Appear

 "Let Thy work appear."

These are the words of Moses at the end of Psalm 90  
 -the only psalm he wrote.

This is the last great cry in the psalm of the man
    who was emptied of all human abilities in the desert for forty years,
        who confronted Pharoah and the Red Sea,
            who saw the power of God outpoured,        
                who led Israel for forty more years in the desert.
This was the man who, before he died, viewed the dimension of the land of promise.

Maybe Moses learned to pray this prayer in his desert years,
    maybe it was repeated time after time throughout the years.
        "Let Thy work appear" as he stood before Pharoah,
            as he stood before the waters of the unyielding sea,
                as he faced the hunger and thirst in the desert,
                    as he carried the burden of Israel upon him.

    For us, in our day, in our lives,
    it is a cry for the things we have hoped and yearned for,
    the things we have dreamed of and dimly seen as we look Godward.
        
It is a prayer to be prayed again and again -
    until we see the meaning of the words,
        until we feel that meaning,
            until it becomes a flame within,
                a driving passion to see the Kingdom come.
            
            This is the battle of Life -
            not just to believe in the unseen
            but to see it manifest in our lives, our times, our world.

                        "Let Thy work appear."

Monday, January 18, 2021

THE BEGINNINGS OF THE STORM ... AND REACHING THE SHORE


We are surrounded by so many voices,
    everybody seems to be voicing their opinion.
        and yet there is so little substance.
How we need a true view of our present state.

On the other end of everything written are the readers.
    Everything we read, hear and experience is interpreted instantly,
        in the light of our feelings, culture, experience and education
            - the biases of our lives.
It takes a conscious effort to rid ourselves of these things,
    and to see with fresh eyes and a free spirit what lies before us.
        It takes a conscious effort to free ourselves from the world of our existence,
            to shut out the voices around us
                and hear the voice of God fresh from heaven.

Let us go to the book of Acts, chapter 27
    Here is the story of Paul,
        and here is  the world,
            and here the rapidly unfolding record of our day.
                It is a journey to destruction.
                   
The central and sublime moment of the record
    is when Paul declares,
        "I believe God."

What must it have been to be there that day in that ship,
    helpless in the grip of the winds,
        the darkness of days without sun or moon,
            the throwing overboard of everything superfluous.

Overboard also was hope,
    "all hope...was taken.away."
Forget the destination - they had no hope for life.
    THE SHIP WAS HEADED FOR DESTRUCTION.

At that moment,
    greater than the ship,
        greater than the darkness,
            greater than the storm,
God spoke to Paul - and Paul spoke to the travelers.

There may have been other ships, other travelers, caught up in the storm,
    but the word was to those who traveled with Paul,
        to those who were able to hear the Word of the Lord.

Four times the bible states,
    "To day if ye will hear His voice." (Ps. 95.7, Heb. 3.7, 3.15, 4.7)
If there is one thing needed in our day, and in our midst,
    it is to hear the true voice of God,
        utterly beyond, infinitely beyond, all other voices that we have ever known.
       
"The Lord ALONE shall be exalted in that day" declares Isaiah (2.11, 2.17)
in a preface to the following 64 amazing chapters.

Today our civilization wallows midst the waves, headed for destruction.
    But God abides and controls all.
When man's pride and glory is abased "God alone" will speak and bring His own to a safe place.

Whatever revival we envision will be in the context of a judgement
    which will leave us naked of the Babel towers of sufficiency and pride which we have built.
    
                When "God alone" is exalted He will be known as He is.
                and the tempest and destruction will be our portion no more.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

That which Endures

 


"Thou art God."


With these words the disciples commenced their prayer in Acts 4.
This was their affirmation when the authorities of Israel rose up against the gospel message,
    and began to persecute the new born church.
All the disciples prayer was built upon this fact,
    until at the end of their prayer "the place was shaken." (Acts 4.31)

It is a declaration of faith.
...It is a rejection of the authority of the earthly.
    - which has rejected the authority of the heavenly.
 It is a declaration of that which is Unshakeable.

Now, while we are living in broken nations in a broken world,
    is time to have something to hold onto when the visible is no more to be counted on.

                   Life is not defined by that which is of earth.
                   Life is about the triumph of the Unseen.
 

Friday, December 18, 2020

The KIngdom

 
"Thy Kingdom come."

It is a Displacing of the Earthly with the Heavenly.
    "It is a coming "out of" and a coming "into."

It is a looking at everything with the eyes of the spirit alone.
    It is a freedom from earth's fetters,
        from man's mental programming and society's norms.

It is the life of the eagle in the pathless realms of open, unbounded space.

    It is to "go up to the mountain of the Lord." (Is. 2.3)
        It is to view all things from the top of that mountain.
            
            It is to find Freedom - to be "Free Indeed."

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Another World

 There is a World of God -
     and a World of Mankind.

In between stands:
    The Distance
        The Separation:
            Irreconcilable
                Unbridgeable,
                    Unalterable.

How much man can confuse the things he sees,
    experiences, and perceives,
        with the Reality of the Kingdom
            which man's abilities can never approach.
And we add to that the fact that we,
    "like sheep have gone astray ... turned every one to his own way."
    
There is a Hurt in the separation between God's Life
    and man's comprehension of that Life.
    
Even in the best of cases - as Job says,
    "how little a portion is heard of Him." (Job 26.14)
Those who have heard "a little portion" feel that hurt,
    and a stirring of pain in the depths within
        as their eyes are open to see what IS and what COULD BE.
        
        We start to have a picture of the world around us,
            and to see that without God
                all is twisted and destroyed without hope of remedy.

And through it all there comes a call,
a desire to know God as He is.
    God asks nothing else of us.
        There is nothing else necessary.
        
To be with God is to leave the world behind,
    to soar above all that pollutes and destroys.
It is to know the meaning of Freedom from the Fear which walks the world of men.

It is Freedom to Live and move in a sphere "beyond" -
    beyond the restrictions of man's society, and all man's dreams.
    
We tend to see ourselves as unaffected by the world around.
But as an old spiritual declared "It's me Oh Lord."
    and it is me who needs day by day the Presence of God
        to deliver from the power of the darkness which works throughout this world.
            and to make me truly live.
            
                      Jer 33:3 says:
                      "Call unto me, and I will answer thee,
                           and shew thee great and mighty things,
                               which thou knowest not."

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Finding

Busy days...just a couple of thoughts to share:

Repentance...takes me beyond the reach of sin,
    and brings me before God.


Maybe there at last, I see.
    Maybe there at last, I am humbled.

Maybe in the place of my emptiness
 I find that God is the Answer to all my need.