WE NEED A LOT MORE
by Pam Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In this picture, where do your eyes go? Is this symbolic of the state of Christianity today? Rusty, weak, no longer elegant, uncared for, unnoticed because of the state of the world? Do we ignore it and try another way, another god? Do we compete or do we call meetings to lament and mourn?
The real solution is praying to God for Him and His ways! We ask Him to bless the works of our hands, but we need to pray for Him, His Presence, His Move, His Atmosphere, His Lordship, His Kingdom…
When enough of His people come together and pray for THAT – for HIM to manifest to us – then He will!
We are a woundrous creation and we do get impressed with ourselves and all our witty schemes and inventions, but His Presence and Lordship is really better. People won’t be putting on their junk in His Presence when it’s really there! But to see that, we need our unity and that can really only happen with Him and in Him.
I’m not saying this to hurt anyone, but when the world is doing better than the Church, the world is not impressed with our Christianity. I’d rather be content with a little and have His Presence.
But when I KNOW there is more, when I have SEEN more, when I have EXPERIENCED Him, then I contend for that! I can’t make it happen. I can only hope to open the eyes of some.
But some day the glory of THE LORD will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. It’s a promise, and it will happen when we want it to. It will happen by our prayers for it!
Violence won’t make it happen, although violent prayers are sometimes necessary. We do need to know how to defend ourselves and navigate in this world. Think about the world situation today – do we want a defense to preserve the good life we know? Or a destruction that will take decades to fix, if then?
Men can do a lot, but God can do MUCH more! Remember Jericho? God will protect that which gives honor to Him. We can defend our own works with our own strength, but when will we be jealous for GOD?
Experience with a Presence greater than you has value. You have to learn how to navigate it. Today, the great hope seems to be learning how to navigate in the dark world. But you aren’t navigating the Presence, you are navigating yourself IN the Presence. People can say all they want that you are just “missing something,” but it’s not you that is missing something; it’s HIM that you want!
It’s true that when He comes, some will run the other way. But if you know what the Kingdom is supposed to be all about, you will work to submit to it. Sometimes we have these great moments. But they can be fleeting and then you go back to the world and all its mess. I want His Presence sustained!
When the battle is the Lord’s, you have a great win. But saying it and having it is two different things! When will we be needy enough to want HIM?
At the very place of this picture, this happened:
I Chronicles 21: [NKJV]
18Therefore, the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to say to David that David should go and erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
19 So David went up at the word of Gad, which he had spoken in the name of the Lord.
20 Now Ornan turned and saw the angel; and his four sons who were with him hid themselves, but Ornan continued threshing wheat.
21 So David came to Ornan, and Ornan looked and saw David. And he went out from the threshing floor, and bowed before David with his face to the ground.
Ornan could handle the Presence, his sons could not. Now which God do we want? Do we want our own works, or the Presence of the Lord?
If your visitations don’t really affect me, then I don’t care so much, even if I find them interesting. And they may be very helpful, but whose Kingdom are you in? Yours, mine or His?
What Ornan faced was a Presence that changed a nation. His sons apparently had no experience with it, and sin can make you run, too. Don’t be too quick to judge! But he was ready to encounter it and submit to it.
God CAN meet your needs. The flesh most often cannot. Maybe for a moment here and there, but not sustained! If you train your children to know the Lord, you’ve done well. If you train them to know about the Lord, they stand a chance. And God help those who don’t know Him at all. The devil seeks whom he may devour. That’s what the Bible says!
It can be very popular to know about God, and sometimes less popular to know Him! The world the Apostle Paul knew was a rough world. Do you realize we have seen greater than that? And we need to see a lot more.