I love this section of Scripture: ” Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying: ‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing? Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’”
Haggai 2:2-5 NKJV
At a quick glance several prominent things leap off the page….. Things like “Be Strong” it says it no less than 3 times!!!! And “Work”….
Concepts the modern church and believer needs to fervently lay hold of once again in our day… For sure!
It says “Do Not Fear..”…. We have a mission and that must take first place!!
When Angie and I were at friend Fest sitting in a tent with Peter Furler and Phil Joel and a hundred other people; I was reminded by the Lord how far we had been carried by His Spirit! Today, I have been thinking all day about something Peter Furler said at his breakout session. Roughly quoting he said, I would rather see 1 Christian man who knows how to talk to his wife than 5 red hot, popular evangelists….. You know thats right…. We can preach real loud but if we do not know how to live right, love well, and be holy; separated from the wickedness of the age then we are miserable failures as Christians……
Christians who play with Pornography, Booze, dope, and half a thousand other devilish things are being robbed of their destiny by their own Lusts. We need to drive it out by the Grace of God!
I began to think of the fact that God has had me in the ministry for the past 30 years and the Lord showed me how few people who start, finish…. I only have a small handful of folks with me now that I saw at the beginning of my ministry…. Most do not have the staying power… Running with a vision is never easy so Count The Cost! Many started with it, left, and have returned and new folks catch the vision each day and I am so burdened in prayer that they “stick it out”. Usually when people leave its exactly when you need them the most! Love is so cheaply and causally spoken but the actions are not matching up. Thats why we look solely to the Lord and to His Word and believe Him to send the right ones!
The most important thing to Jesus is souls…… Men may say whatever they wish about methods, policies, and procedures but God says that They who win souls are wise in His sight…… (Proverbs 11:30)
I enjoy hanging out with those who by their Godly Lives and examples challenge me to be a better person; a better Christian; and to let the Holy Spirit take control. No one is perfect; we all have issues; but we are told to strive to enter in… I love running with those who chase His presence!!!
AND NOW….. AS I LOOK BACK at all the trials, tests and valleys, HOW DO I SEE IT? Ladies and gentlemen, I am still as charged as I ever was in the things of God: Red Hot and moving forward as He leads… Never looking back and my goal is to win souls EVERYDAY… Keep my life Pure…. Treat my wife right…. Preach my heart, guts, and lungs out, and RUN WITH THIS VISION….. The latter will be greater than the former…
Thanks for takin the journey with me!