September 27, 2010

i run.

I run.

I run barbarically.

I run.

I run headfirst.

I run.

For a battle waits.

I run.

For my soul shouts.

I run.

For my King’s heart I hold.

I run.

For my King’s heart I war.

I run.

For I am called.

I run.

Not in my strength.

But in His.

I run.

As I am lifted above the puddle.

I run.

As my heart screams, “I LOVE YOU, JESUS!”

I run.

As my soul dances.

Dances before my King.

I run.

I run rejoicing.

I run.

I run declaring.

Declaring His name.

I run.

For the battle is won.

I run.

For the enemy is defeated.

I run.

For He is King.


September 16, 2010

When God Weeps

A precious friend of mine shared this with me, and I just had to share it with all of you as well... It is the crucifixion defined like never before... (taken out of When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada)-

The torches arrived. The sheep fled. The shepherd stood. The hurricane struck.

Who can describe the whirlwind of the succeeding hours? Could so many lies really be told at a single trial? Could so much sin be poured into one court room? The drowning ones he had come to rescue screamed that he be thrown from the lifeboat. God had claimed to be God—what could be worse! God had kept his sworn promise to send a Messiah—how ridiculous! In the wee hours of that morning, Sodom and Gomorrah came to look virginal next to Jerusalem. Later, in the brighter light of day and to the background of a pressing crowd screaming insanities, Pilate washed away centuries of Roman justice in his finger bowl.

The Savior was now thrown to men quite different from the eleven. The face that Moses had begged to see—was forbidden to see—was slapped bloody. The thorns that God had sent to curse the earth’s rebellion now twisted around his own brow. His back, buttocks, and the rear of his legs felt the whip—soon they looked like the plowed Judean fields outside the city. “On with the blindfold!” someone shouts. “That’s it—now spin him. Who hit you? Heh, heh.” By the time the spitting is through, more saliva is on him then in him. No longer can he be recognized. “Cut him down from the post! Send him toting his crossbar to the playground.” Up Skull Hill to the welcome of other poorly paid legionnaires enjoying themselves. “On you back with you!” One raises a mallet to sink the spike. But the soldier’s heart must continue pumping as he readies the prisoner’s wrist. Someone must sustain the soldier’s life minute by minute, for no man had this power on his own. Who supplies breath to his lungs? Who gives energy to his cells? Who holds his molecules together? Only by the Son do “all things hold together”. The victim wills that the soldier live on—he grants the warrior’s continued existence. The man swings. As the man swings, the Son recalls how he and the Father first designed the medial nerve of the human forearm—the sensations it would be capable of. The design proves flawless—the nerve performs exquisitely. “Up you go!” They lift the cross. God is on display in his underwear, and can scarcely breathe.

But these pains are a mere warm-up to his other and growing dread. He begins to feel a foreign sensation. Somewhere during this day an unearthly foul odor began to waft, not around his nose, but his heart. He feels dirty. Human wickedness starts to crawl upon his spotless being—the living excrement from our souls. The apple of his Father’s eye turns brown with rot.

His Father! He must face his Father like this!

From heaven the Father now rouses himself like a lion disturbed, shakes his mane, and roars against the shriveling remnant of a man hanging on a cross. Never has the Son seen the Father look at him so, never felt even the least of his hot breath. But the roar shakes the unseen world and darkens the visible sky. The Son does not recognize these eyes.

“Son of Man! Why have you behaved so? You have cheated, lusted, stolen, gossiped—murdered, envied, hated, lied. You have cursed, robbed, overspent, overeaten—fornicated, disobeyed, embezzled, and blasphemed. Oh, the duties you have shirked, the children you have abandoned! Who has ever so ignored the poor, so played the coward, so belittled my name? Have you ever held your razor tongue? What a self-righteous, pitiful drunk—you, who molest young boys, peddle killer drugs, travel in cliques, and mock you parents. Who gave you the boldness to rig elections, foment revolutions, torture animals, and worship demons? Does the list never end! Splitting families, raping virgins, acting smugly, playing the pimp—buying politicians, practicing extortion, filming pornography, accepting bribes. You have burned down buildings, perfected terrorist tactics, founded false religions, traded slaves—relishing each morsel and bragging about it all. I hate, I loathe these things in you! Disgust for everything about you consumes me! Can you not feel my wrath?”

Of course the Son is innocent. He is blamelessness itself. The Father knows this. But the divine pair have an agreement, and the unthinkable must now take place. Jesus will be treated as if personally responsible for every sin ever committed.

The Father watches as his heart’s treasure, the mirror-image of himself, sinks drowning into raw, liquid sin. Jehovah’s stored rage against humankind from every century explodes in a single direction.

“Father! Father! Why have you forsaken me?!”

But heaven stops its ears. The Son endures it. The Spirit enabled him. The Father rejected the Son whom he loved. Jesus, the God-man from Nazareth, perished. The Father accepted his sacrifice for sin and was satisfied. The Rescue was accomplished.

September 15, 2010

Do you long to see His GLORY?!

“One day Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have told me, ‘I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.’ If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.” The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.” The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.” Moses responded, "Then show me your glorious presence." The Lord replied, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may look at me and live." The Lord continued, "Look, stand near me on this rock as my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. Bur my face will not be seen." -Exodus 33:12-23

Moses was highly favored and looked upon with great esteem. Moses was so close to God that he was seen face to face by Him, and his name was personally known. When Moses asked God whom He would send with Him, He said that He would personally go with him. Not an administrative assistant, but God Himself would personally go with Moses. It doesn’t stop there though. Moses is audacious enough to just flat out ask God to show him His glory. God looked so favorably upon Moses that he didn’t just show Moses his glory, but He allowed Moses to see His back once He passed by. I’m not sure about you, but I would L0VE to be able to see the back of our King. Can you imagine?! Notice though, Moses was only able to see the back of God after He had passed by, and as God passed by He had to cover Moses’ face with His hand. If that doesn’t shout HOLY I don’t know what does!?

"When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the Lord. So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called out to them and asked Aaron and all the leaders of the community to come over, and he talked with them. Then all the people of Israel approached him, and Moses gave them all the instructions the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. When Moses finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil. But whenever he went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the Lord, he would remove the veil until he came out again. Then he would give the people whatever instructions the Lord had given him, and the people of Israel would see the radiant glow of his face. So he would put the veil over his face until he returned to speak with the Lord.” -Exodus 34:29-35

When Moses returned from the mountain His face radiated like crazy. It was so radiant that it was blinding to others. Can you imagine your face being so radiant that you blind others because you had just seen the back of God? Moses was a man that knew God and God knew him. Moses wasn’t just an every now and then acquaintance to God. Moses had an intensely close relationship with his King.

Are you so close to God that He sees you face to face and knows you by name? Are you looked upon so favorably that whatever you ask He’ll do? Are you audacious enough to ask God to show you His glory? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to see/experience it? Do you long to be intensely close to your King just as Moses was?

I pray that you would begin digging deep within and that your King would totally take over and totally rock you. I pray that you would soak yourself in His Word, and would daily seek after Him. I pray that you would begin to long after the heart of your Jesus and that you would press onward regardless of the situation. I pray that you would run barbarically after the heart of your King. I pray that you would no longer be just an every now and then acquaintance, but that you would have an intensely close relationship with your King. I pray that your God would look upon you with favor and would allow you the opportunity to see the back of your King.