Thursday, October 6

Jesus the Servant of All

He made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:7-8

What was it like for Him to go from having angels, the elders, the four living creatures falling at His feet in awe and adoration? To go from that high place of majesty, authority and governance only to end up, washing the dirty feet of your disciples?

What was it like to have crowns of gold laid before His feet, only to go to the place where there is a woman washing them and drying them with her hair?

What was it like to have a perfect frame in heaven, a heavenly body full of perfection, uncreated and then to take on weakness for the first time. To be bruised and crushed.

To go from speaking words and having creation come into being only to come to earth and feel the pain of a hammer smashing His thumb or the splinters of the wood as this carpenter built with His hands?

Did He subject himself to sickness? Did he eat some bad food and have it turn His stomach?
What exactly was it like to dine with the father at the heavenly table to then come to earth and taste the food here? Was it bland in comparison?

What was it like to go from a city full of light, to subject yourself to darkness and night?

What was it like to create His own parents and then make Himself subject to them? What restraint and humbleness did it take?

He is the creator of the universe and He chose to put Himself in the midst of His creation. What a beautiful, humble example He is. There is NO other God like Him.

Wednesday, June 15

Exciting season coming in September. We are still looking to add a few more interns for September. If you know of someone that wants to grow in worship leading, prayer and leadership development; let them know about Consecrate Internship!

Monday, March 21

Awakening the Dawn Part 5/5

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV
This verse in Lamentations is a constant encouragement to start my day in the House of Prayer singing to Him about His mercy. I meditated on this verse and came to the conclusion that if His mercy is new every morning, it would require singing of His mercy every morning.
For instance, sometimes my wife does the cooking, and sometimes she does it several days in a row. When she cooks a meal I say, “Thank you,” but tomorrow she may cook a new meal and I will once again say, “Thank you.” Showing gratitude for a future occurrence is not as impacting as looking at the immediacy of a situation and responding in thankfulness. I don’t say thank you extra times today so I don’t have to do it tomorrow. And if I were to heat up leftovers from the meal she made the previous day, I wouldn’t normally say thank you for the meal (although I could).

When it comes to the Lord’s mercy, He doesn’t give us leftovers from the previous day; it’s new mercies every single day. This requires a daily response of thankfulness and gratefulness.

This is why David talks about singing of the mercies of the Lord forever—because His mercies are forever new. Yet, David remembers the previous mercies and wants future generations to know all the stories and times God has proven His mercy new every day. Going back to my analogy, it would be like telling my friends and family about what an amazing meal my wife made a few days ago and going on to tell them what was in it, how it made me feel, what made it delicious, how they should try it, and how much I look forward to the next time I get to taste it.
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 89:1a NKJV
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm 59:16 NIV
There is a chorus that is often sung in the House of Prayer, “You’ve got to sing your way into the truth.” This has proven to be a reality in my own life, especially looking back on these past ten years in the House of Prayer. So, David charges us to sing about His love in the morning. He did not know what his day ahead would hold, so he sang about God being his fortress and refuge.

When we sing to the Lord it suppresses unbelief that is in our hearts and reinforces truth.

There is nothing we need more in the mornings than to sing about His love and how He feels about us, how He is protecting and keeping us in times of trouble (before they come), and to sing about His goodness, His kindness. Also, we lay our requests before Him and just sing, knowing that we don’t have to carry the daily burden of what we asked of the Lord. It will give us confidence in who we are and how He feels toward us before we go about our day.
The Kingdom needs people who go to their place of work or about their day after spending time in the presence of the Lord. We talk about being Jesus to those in our workplace or wherever we walk and spend our day, but the only way to be like Jesus is to actually get before Him and behold Him. Beholding is becoming. Behold His beauty, His emotions, His attributes, His love, and His mercy toward us. Let Him transform us into His likeness by awakening the dawn and singing of who He is and singing of His mercy, that we may proclaim His mercy to those we encounter daily. Prayer is not something we just tag onto our day; it is where we find our identity and where we are transformed and changed into His likeness. Without exaggeration, there is no better way to start our day: before the Lord, singing and bringing delight to His heart!