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PRIORITY and PETITION

August 24, 2010
Jeremiah 24:7 “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.”
II Timothy 2:3-4 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
The past four weeks have been a time of incredible contrast. Complete chaos in the physical realm (that continues to spiral upward even at this moment) coinciding with an enhanced closeness to the Lord Jesus. So much has been on my heart that commenting on all of it is simply impossible. Two things, however, have been in the forefront of it all. The first was manifest on a crystal clear night about three weeks ago. While prayerfully considering a number of goings on in the physical realm, I began to inquire what I should presently be doing. “What are the saints supposed to be doing as the waning moments of this age play out before us?” The answer seems ever so simple, and yet it this single thing will directly influence the thrust of our campaigning. Oftentimes our choices would indicate that this single thing isn’t as real to us as it should be.
Simply put,“the bride is making herself ready.” The true saints; those who love the Lord Jesus, have abandoned all the passions for this present world. They are preparing for the moment when they shall see, and be forever in the presence of Jesus. In every aspect of their lives, they operate from an eternal perspective; looking beyond the elaborate facades of this temporal world and discerning the true dynamics of the drama. Such a one will not be rattled by the goings on here, nor will they allow the elements of this world to occupy a place in their heart.  They will be about the Fathers business in every facet of life; continually seeking to pull priceless souls from the fire. They will walk in true liberty; unshackled from the devices of the enemy and walking in the supernatural joy of the Lord. At the same time, they will know a godly sadness as they see multitudes heading into an eternity without Jesus. (this godly sadness can be physically painful) 
When we are truly operating from an eternal perspective, it will be reflected in our conversation and priorities. Whenever we encounter one of like faith, it usually doesn’t take long to discern whether or not they have reached such a place in the Lord. We must likewise continuially examine ourselves, so that we’ll instantly recognize the tell-tale signs of slippage)  
The second is equally simple, and yet equally profound. This one has launched so many trains of thought that I’m woefully unprepared to offer comment. however, the seriousness of it demands addressing. It involves standing in the gap for contemporaries. This is far more than just a routine praying for someone between distractions. This is a time of fellowship with the Lord Jesus during which we bring forth their name and situation; petitioning their case before the one who can change the dynamics of a situation in a moment. We know that effectual prayer can move mountains and alter the course of a life that was headed for shipwreck. There are souls in glory at this moment who are there as a result of someone continuously interceding on their behalf. The best way to address this is to visit the passages of focus, beginning with:
Genesis 20:7 “Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.”
The Creator of all that is, in whom is no shadow or variance or turning, instructs Abimelech to restore Sarah to Abraham, and that Abraham will pray for him. Without a doubt, the lord could have just instructed Abimelech to restore Sarah and that all would be well, however, he brings Abraham into the equasion. Time and again throughout scripture, we see the importance of intercession for another. The sovereign Creator, beside whom there is no other, responds to the effectual fervent prayers of those who love him. The next example is equally fascinating:
Job 42:7 “And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, my wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.”
This would be a most sobering situation; for a person to hear the Lord tell them that they had angered him by presenting an arguement that was not in line with what was transpiring. The Lord continues:
Job 42:8 “Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right like my servant Job.”
So many points of fascination here. Again, the Lord is intervening in the life of one who has been contrary. (And as was the case of Abimelech, they were unaware that they were being contrary) And as was the case with Abimelech, the Lord brings the prayer of his servant into the mix. Verse 10, reveals that it wasn’t until after Job prayed for those who had been “miserable comforters” that the Lord restores his health and abundance. Two times, while the Lord is speaking to Eliphaz, (at the beginning and at the conclusion) he mentions that he (Eliphaz) had not spoken that which was right. It’s dangerous to proclaim something that is contrary to what the Lord is doing or to misrepresent the Lords true nature. It’s imprative that we present an accurate picture of Jesus to those in the ambience and declare all the words of this life.  
The office of intercession is oftentimes not taken as seriously as it should be. (note to self on this) We know all of the verses that tell how the effectual fervent prayer of the saints avail much and that, in heaven, our prayers have a sweet aroma. (Revelation 5:8) And yet we too often allow distractions to get in the way. There are strongholds that will only come down after a time of prayer and fasting. There are deliverances that will not be made manifest without someone standing in the gap and pleading for that particular captive. There are priceless souls all around us who, unless they come to a place of true repentance, the Lord will have no choice but to deal with them after their folly. Over the past few weeks, while considering those in my ambience who have no heart for the things of God and no concern for their eternal destination, I’ve been inquiring as to whether or not I truly grasp ths scope of these unfolding calamities.
This conversation will have to be carried over into another post as there’s simply too much remaining and this has already exceeded 1200 words. Updats on this site should become more regular as the chaos in this venue seems to be reaching a conclusion. (sort of…I think…maybe…oh well; this is only for a season) Until then, blessings always in Jesus name.
Psalm 148:11 “The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”
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AUGUST SURPRISES

August 9, 2010
Good evening. I guess that the first surprise at the moment is that I was able to bring the computer back to a basic level of functionality. It totally crashed early this morning; necessitating the need for a complete reboot. (a computer geek I am not, and it became manifest in this endeavor) At the moment, it’s not functioning as it used to, however, it’s manageable until we can make a new purchase. This should be near the end of the month or in early September.
The other surprise consisted of the truck engine blowing up and in need of extensive work. This also will have to wait until the end of the month. This has seriously curtailed my ability to get into the streets, however, this isn’t exactly a bad thing. (Even though I sometimes feel completely stuck) Last weekend, I was made aware that the month of August is to be a time of fervent prayer and seeking the will of the Lord. A time of preparation as we head into the autumn and know not what surprises may await us. And yet we know that nothing catches the Lord off guard and he has a perfect plan that will be executed.
These are just two elements of what has been a very chaotic time in this venue. One thing is for certain; nothing in this world is permanent. In all honesty, our problems are actually little more than inconveniencies that have exposed a level of attachment to the physical world that’s not healthy. We will often proclaim “take the world but give me Jesus” however, when our favorite devices fail, we tend to become out of sorts. Perhaps we are all in need of a greater understanding of what the apostle Paul meant when he stated “for I have learned that whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Our time in this world is so very short in comparison to eterntiy.
Despite these, and other situations currently playing out, it’s been an awesome week and the joy of the Lord has been enhanced to a point that it cannot be contained. My affections are firmly in heavenly places and I long for the moment when we shall be in the presence of the Lord Jesus. I’ll strive to keep the blog current if it’s logistically possible. There is so much on my heart and this is one place where fragmented thoughts find continuity. I may well be the biggest beneficiary from this blog as posting allows for cogitations to be set in an order that’s understandable.
Well I’ll close for now. Thefollowing passages of scripture have been on my heart for a few days now. Both are widely familiar and yet both become increasingly fascinating with each visitation.
Genesis 15:1 “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding greatg reward.”
Psalm 73:25 “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon the earth that I desire beside thee.”
John 6:68-69 “And Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
“We believe and are sure.” When we consider the environment that this statement of faith was made in, it becomes even more fascinating. The folks who were considered “religious” and close to God rejected Jesus. As the great falling away reaches a cresendo, we must give all diligence to ensure that we “believe and are sure.”
Earlier this evening, CR and I were discussing how there will be no place to hide from that which is to come upon the earth and make war with the saints. We must overcome them by our testimony of Jesus and by loving not our lives in this world. This will not be possible for a person who doesn’t believe and is sure.
Blessings always in Jesus name.