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The Barometer Of Our Church

August 29, 2012

Yesterday, I shared the first of three quotes that have challenged me in a huge way as I read through Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire.

It was called God Is Attracted To Weakness.

The second quote has more to do with the direction of our church and the desire more than anything to be praying people. I have always prayed for our church, but I am talking about an absolute shift in the way we view prayer. I’m talking about a Holy Spirit empowered, flip the switch, sound the alarm kind of prayer.

Here is the second quote:

“From this day on, our prayer times will be the barometer of our church. What happens in our prayer meetings will be the gauge by which we will judge success or failure because THAT will be the measure by which God blesses us!”

We pray this is the new normal. We pray this becomes the barometer by which everything else flows from this point forward. Don’t get me wrong, we have always prayed at Elevate Church. I am talking about a whole other level of desperation that nothing of eternal significance can happen apart from Him!

Psalm 116:1-2 says, “I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will PRAY as long as I have breath!”

We have a God who will bend down to listen, if you will simply stop and pour out your heart to Him!

Read these words:

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:3

“You do not have, because you do not ask God.” – James 4:2

Do we really believe these Scripture verses?

If so, let it show up in how we pray! When we pray, God promises to intervene!

Let’s don’t insult God will small prayers and small minded thinking. Let’s pray huge. Let’s pray boldly. When we do, God will bend down and listen.

What you pray will ultimately determine what you do. That is why it must be the barometer in your life.

STOP right now. Pour out your heart to God. He is waiting to bend down and listen.

 

Disturb Us, Lord

July 6, 2012

I heard the first part of this “Disturb Us, Lord” quote a few years ago, but I recently stumbled upon the full quote.  It is so good I wanted to share it with you: 

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, 

when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, 

when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore. 


Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the waters of life, 
having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity, 
and in our efforts to build a new earth, 

we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim. 


Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, 
where storms will show your mastery, 
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. 
We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, 
and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love. 
This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.” – Sir Francis Drake

 Read that again! Post it on your wall at work or home. I have Scripture references and inspiring quotes all over my office. 

Why? It fires me up when I read something like this quote!  It makes me want to charge hell with a water pistol! 

I hope it inspires you not to settle in this life.  I don’t want to see any of us settle for anything less than God’s best. 

May we take hold of life that is “truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:19)

Disturb us Lord, on what really matters in this life, so we will be ready for the next life!

I saw this quote on Pastor J.R.’s blog. It is an incredible quote and a great challenge:

“It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Don’t fear failure. Fear never trying!

Give it all you have for the One (Jesus) who gave it all He had for you!

Live With Purpose

November 18, 2009

I had a meeting the other day at Saddleback Church. It is simply amazing what God has done there over the last 30 years. It was my first visit to Saddleback and I was blown away.

The thing that stood out the most was actually a framed picture in their main office with the “purpose driven covenant” on it. Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to read this. It is an awesome challenge!

Purpose Driven Covenant:

Today I am stepping across the line. I’m tired of waffling, and I’m finished with wavering. I’ve made my choice; the verdict is in; and my decision is irrevocable. I’m going God’s way. There’s no turning back now!

I will live the rest of my life serving God’s purposes with God’s people on God’s planet for God’s glory. I will use my life to celebrate his presence, cultivate his character, participate in his family, demonstrate his love, and communicate his Word.

Since my past has been forgiven, and I have a purpose for living and a home awaiting in heaven, I refuse to waste any more time or energy on shallow living, petty thinking, trivial talking, thoughtless doing, useless regretting, hurtful resenting, or faithless worrying. Instead I will magnify God, grow to maturity, serve in ministry, and fulfill my mission in the membership of his family.

Because this life is preparation for the next, I will value worship over wealth, “we” over “me,” character over comfort, service over status, and people over possessions, position, and pleasures. I know what matters most, and I’ll give it all I’ve got. I’ll do the best I can with what I have for Jesus Christ today.

I won’t be captivated by culture, manipulated by critics, motivated by praise, frustrated by problems, debilitated by temptation, or intimidated by the devil. I’ll keep running my race with my eyes on the goal, not the sidelines or those running by me. When times get tough, and I get tired, I won’t back up, back off, back down, back out, or backslide. I’ll just keep moving forward by God’s grace. I’m Spirit-led, purpose-driven and mission-focused, so I cannot be bought, I will not be compromised, and I shall not quit until I finish the race.

I’m a trophy of God’s amazing grace, so I will be gracious to everyone, grateful for everyday, and generous with everything that God entrusts to me.

To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I say: However, whenever, wherever, and whatever you ask me to do, my answer in advance is yes! Wherever you lead and whatever the cost, I’m ready. Anytime. Anywhere. Anyway. Whatever it takes Lord; whatever it takes! I want to be used by you in such a way, that on that final day I’ll hear you say, “Well done, thou good and faithful one. Come on in, and let the eternal party begin!”

Disturb Us Lord

October 1, 2009

I heard Craig Groeschel preach a message and quote the following prayer from Sir Francis Drake:

“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.”

Too often we settle for the “American Dream.” Get married, buy a house, have kids, buy cars, and then continue to accumulate more and more. I read that 1 out of 11 Americans have a storage unit! We have so much stuff we have to rent a storage unit because we don’t have enough room at our house.

My prayer is that we would be disturbed by dreaming so small to think that this is what life is all about.

Think about it: you have never seen a hearse pulling a u-haul trailer behind it. Why? We came into this world with nothing and we aren’t taking any of our possessions with us when we leave!

May God constantly remind us to lay up a treasure in Heaven that is a sure foundation. “So that they may take hold of life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Disturb us Lord to focus on what really matters in this life as we prepare for the next life.