Just been reading ‘The God Chasers’ by Tommy Tenney. Many parts of the book have struck me even though I am only a couple of chapters in. One thing in particular that I have felt for a long time but been unable to articulate very well is this :
We box God in so much. Church is so structured and constricted by time schedules and expectations.
From reading the book and meditating on it I have really been inspired. How much do we trust God ? How much do we let Him do what HE wants to do ?
We prepare and arrange and set everything up to build the ‘right’ sort of atmosphere. We guide and coax people to a religious experiences.
I recall the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal ( 1Kings 18: 22-40 )
Elijah challenged 450 of Baal’s prophets to call on the name of their God and ask him to set fire to a stack of wood with a sacrificial bull on it.
” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “O Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”
34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.
“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.
36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD -he is God! The LORD -he is God!”
40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.
Elijah trusted that God was God all powerful. He let God prove Himself.
How much do we trust God ?
Do you trust God enough to say the mountain move and KNOW that it will move ? Do you claim His promises ? Do you stand and preach His will ? If He doesn’t give you the words to speak what are they worth ?
How much do we let Him do what HE wants to do ?
I have determined next time I go to my devotion time with my students that I am not going to prepare anything. I will call on the name of the Lord and I fully trust ad believe that He will be there and The Holy Spirit will accomplish the desire of His heart.
Lord, forgive us for being so mediocre ! Your will be done. Shake us up Lord ! Let children and teens proclaim your word ! Let parents pray into the lives of their children and see miracle after miracle, victory after victory. May your spirit flow through our churches and set your people on fire with the anointing you have prepared for us. Let your light flow from corner to corner, from street to street, from home to home. Push the darkness out of our cities, free the people from the grasp of drugs and prostitution, crime and hopelessness. May your love and your light bring salvation to all. Hallelujah !
I BELIEVE YOU CAN, I BELIEVE YOU WILL, I FEEL YOUR SPIRIT IN MY ACHING TO BURST FORTH AND DO MIRACULOUS THINGS TO BRING YOUR WILL TO THE EARTH !! ALL GLORY AND HONOR TO JESUS CHRIST ! AMEN, AMEN, AMEN