When you’ve been in ministry long enough, you start noticing pendulum shifts in the church’s teaching. Sometimes the emphasis is on one subject for a season. Then it swings in an opposite direction for a while.
Accepting Our High Calling to Share the Joy of the Lord
There are two elements of Jesus’ life that are meant to be part of our lives too. That is, we’re called to be holy and anointed. Some Christians might be intimidated when they hear this. “Sure, I live a moral life, and I do my best to be godly—but holy? And anointed? How could that happen with all my failures?”
Yet here it is, straight from Peter’s pen: “It is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:16, ESV).
Not long ago I was invited to a lavish lunch in a spacious New York City apartment. It was a beautiful home, 20 floors up with a wide balcony and a great view of the city. The woman who hosted the event put on a great feast, with luscious vegetables, salads, and pork loin.
I grew up in a Christian home with a father who believed the powers of darkness are not to be left alone; they’re to be confronted. When we see evil wreaking havoc, we’re not meant to run from it—we’re to run toward it. As Christians, we’re created to do warfare with the enemy of humankind.
Your Best Days Ahead Pursuing God’s Great Purposes
“Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands” (Daniel 10:10).
I made it a study of mine to learn why and how God lays his hand upon certain people. Why does the Lord anoint particular men and women with his touch? Why do certain ones have an incredible urge to pray and seek God, while others in the same spiritual environment go their own way, living a life of ease, complacency, or even compromise?
Right now, a generation is entering adulthood—and they’re desperately wounded. These are young men and women who’ve grown up with what I call orphan hearts. They feel they have no direction in life. They don’t sense the caring oversight that comes from a loving heavenly Father. And they’re turning away from the Christian message completely.
The prophet Ezekiel received a vision of a tiny stream trickling out of the Temple in Jerusalem. This trickle of water began at the throne and flowed past the altar, through the Temple court, under the east gate of the city, and finally into the desert. As the water flowed, it intensified, growing deeper, wider, and swifter.
Intimacy with him is the beginning of our empowerment to do his works on earth. We simply can’t move forward in those works without it. I urge you: Meet your Savior in prayer. Remind yourself of his amazing promises through his Word. He is faithful to guide you by his Spirit’s presence in you.
Right now, you may be in a spiritual wilderness, facing the powers of Satan. You can feel his army of demonic entities thundering down on you. Yet, as surely as God opened the Red Sea, allowing Israel to walk through on dry ground, he’s going to open up your sea supernaturally.
Everyone wants to be special. The world knows this, and businesses capitalize on it. It’s why we’re offered different levels of “specialness” for doing business with them. Hotels, airlines and others tout gold, silver and bronze levels for its participating members. The more you patronize their service, the higher you get bumped up in membership, with all kinds of favor for discounts and rewards. They make you feel special for choosing their business.