Ever since The Message was published, I have been intrigued by Eugene H. Peterson and his writings. He insightfully shares about Jeremiah in his book Run with the Horses. Among the dramatic dialogues between Jeremiah and Jehovah, the LORD revealed that the divine purpose of Jeremiah’s life was to be found in knowing that God “gave” him to the nations.
I rarely hear leaders talk about it these days, but I am convinced that nothing is more important to the health and success of the believer’s experience than making room for the “Secret Place.” I define the Secret Place in this way.
Politically Correct=Pleasing a standard that was developed by a society. People of the society voluntarily accept a standard that has been placed upon them. It is an unofficial declaration. It is not based on an official absolute, therefore, it is subject to change according to the convenience and pleasures of that particular society
In Mark chapter five, Jesus confronts a demon who makes the statement “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High.” This is another way of saying, “What do we have in common?” Similar expressions can be found in the Old Testament (e.g. 2 Samuel 16:10;19:22), where they mean’ “Mind your own business!” The demon goes on to say “I implore you before God, do not torment me! The demon sensed that he was to be punished and used the most substantial basis for an oath that he knew, though his appeal to God was strangely ironic.
Yesterday, I went out to meet some friends at Uno’s in Downtown Ft. Worth. I arrived early, so I decided to hang out in Starbucks for a while. As I sat, I saw several interesting things. I noticed a small group of people who appeared to be living on the street, and I saw a Muslim woman participating in her ritualistic prayer. I began to think about the passing of Billy Graham, and how his legacy was evangelism.
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Years ago, at Department store in St. Louis, MO. (I was about 8 years old) I found myself lost. My mom was gone. The big store engulfed me with its stuff, and I was all-alone. Somehow I had wandered into another area without anyone noticing. My thoughts went into panic mode. I just knew they had left the store, and I would be on my own forever. What I didn’t know was my mom and the rest of the family was looking for me too with the same tenacity. When we saw each other, peace and joy came back into my heart.
13For You FORMED my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139: 13-17 NKJV)
2 Chronicles 7:13,14 both use the words “My people” when God describes His relationship with those for whom He is responsible. In verse 13 He gives example of consequence when the people forget to whom they belong, and verse 14 describes the responsibility the people have when things are out of order. “My people” What a wonderful title He gives to those He chooses. “Those people” would alienate us, “The people” would be impersonal. His relationship is one of longsuffering…for better and for worse…Like a marriage is designed in vow and covenant. He implemented Plan A with no provision for a Plan B. Prayer is always God’s answer for readjustment, reordering, and renewal. When “His people” understand He chose us to orchestrate His will in the earth, then we will function with power. He said “My people” not My person…He can use one person if He must, but He prefers multiples.