Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a
rescue mission within a yard of hell. — C.T. Studd

We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of
the first. — Oswald J. Smith

No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains
someone who has not heard it once. — Oswald J. Smith

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and
desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be
clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and
set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. — John Wesley

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go
hungry, as they do now I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out,
in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left,
while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains
one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight – I’ll fight to the very
end!  — William Booth

Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill:

“A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet
reaches your conscience.”

“The last words of Jesus to the church (in Revelation) were ‘Repent!’”

“I doubt that more than two percent of professing Christians in the
United States are truly born again.”

“What good does it do to speak in tongues on Sunday if you have
been using your tongue during the week to curse and gossip?”

“Why do we expect to be better treated in this world than Jesus was?”

“Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.”

“My main ambition in life is to be on the Devil’s most wanted list.”

“When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like,
they call it ‘legalism.’”

“There’s a difference between changing your opinion, and changing
your lifestyle.”

“Our seminaries today are turning out dead men.”

“How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even
have the strength to turn off your TV?”

“Everyone recognizes that Stephen was Spirit-filled when he was
performing wonders. Yet, he was just as Spirit-filled when he was
being stoned to death.”

“If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s
something wrong!”

“Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But
do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me,
saying, ‘Leonard, you took Me too seriously’?”

“If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach
today, He would never have been crucified.”  — Leonard Ravenhill.

“The fundamental difference between many of us and the rich
young ruler is this: He believed what Jesus said was required of
him to inherit eternal life and walked away sadly, while we don’t
believe what Jesus said was required of us to inherit life and walk
away rejoicing in our self deception.” — Brother David.

“Are you saying that there is a price to pay to follow Jesus?
I can’t just believe the right things? I have to actually do something
that may encroach upon my comfort zone?
Now I remember! I am to pick up my cross daily if I want to be His
disciple.”  — Dennis Curtis

“If you’re having trouble trying to figure out if you’re lukewarm, then
let me help you out: If you’re not on fire for God in this life, then
you’ll be on fire in hell during the next!”  — Unknown.

Jesse Morrell comments:
These are two Ravenhill quotes that I think have hit me harder then
anything else he has ever said:

“Finney never made an altar call within the first twenty eight nights
of preaching. Most of our evangelists don’t have twenty eight
sermons. Twenty eight nights in a row and he never made an altar
call. He didn’t preach the love of God. He didn’t say “you’re a
sinner, God loves you.” He said “God is angry with the wicked
every day” (Ps 7:11) which the Word of God says. He didn’t
preach grace, he preached Law. He didn’t preach love, he
preached judgment. He didn’t preach heaven, he preached hell. He
didn’t say “you’re a wonderful person” he said  “you’re a rebel”. But
he got results. 64% of D. L. Moody’s converts backslid, 72% of
the converts Finney got stood because he knew how to attack the
human will, not just the emotions.” — Leonard Ravenhill.

“I don’t believe there is a man on the whole TV that preaches
salvation. They preach forgiveness. Forgiveness is not salvation.
They point out “there’s a man in bed with some other man’s wife in
a Motel”. “Oh you know the Lord loves you just as you are.” Well
then why get changed? Commit adultery as much as you like. He
still loves you. Be a cheat, be a liar, be a thief, and be a failure.
He still loves you. But there’s a scripture. Isn’t it the Psalms 7….
where it says “God is angry with the wicked every day.” I heard
somebody quote today “God loves you but hates your sin” that’s
bunken. God hates you for committing the sin. Is God going to
take your sins and judge them at the Judgment and leave you
alone?” — Leonard Ravenhill.

-Found on the Forum at-  http://www.revivalschool.com

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“ACTS 6 in 2006”

May 23, 2006

Since we are nearly at the half-way point of 2006 I thought it was a good time to review this prophetic message from the beginning of the year. I believe we are seeing it come to pass this year. Let’s continue praying together to see it come to pass in it’s fullness in our lives!!
Joe & Shirley

“ACTS 6 in 2006”
-by Peter Christensen.

The Spirit of God spoke to me that the Body of Christ must be
positioned accurately in 2006. This will be a year of the greatest
shifts, alignments and repositioning the church has gone through
for decades. For those who will submit their lives to the call of God
this year will find themselves being set up for a major repositioning
from their present position. God will work quickly in the hearts and
lives of those who say yes and get positioned for the high call of God.

The following is what the Lord spoke to me from Acts chapter six
for the year 2006. When you read the chapter it is clear that it
was a time of God positioning and repositioning the church for
greater breakthrough and kingdom advancement.

Please take the time to read through Acts 6 – go on!

There are ten key elements to Acts chapter six that are going to
manifest in 2006

1. Verse 1: Now in those days, when the number of the disciples
was multiplying.
~ 2006 is going to be the start to ‘the days of the number of the
disciples being multiplied’.
~ The passive church-goer mentality is going to begin to break this
year as many cross over and become true disciples, followers of Christ.
~ I heard the Lord saying, “He is coming to the rich young rulers of
this day” – young professionals in places of authority within the
market place. Many will respond to the call to follow Christ in 2006.
~ Those who are yielded and have a seeking heart will grow quickly
in 2006.
~ Mtt 28:19- “Go and make disciples of all nations” will be a
primary mandate of the church in 2006.

2. Verse 1: .The daily distribution.
~ God is calling the church to consider the poor of the nations
more than ever in 2006. Those that do will find financial resources
multiplied dramatically this year.
~ God will realign the priorities of the church this year and those
who do not give to the poor will struggle financially in 2006.
~ Prov 19:17a “He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord.”

3. Verse 3: Seek out from you seven men of good reputation, full
of the Holy Spirit and wisdom that we may appoint.
~ This year is the start of the Lord seeking out from among His
church those who have been hidden away for such a time as this in 2006.
~ The Lord gave me three words in relation to verse 3, Discover,
Develop and Deploy.
~ The word discover means to, recognize, uncover, identify, used
to describe the breaking through and locating of something new.
~ The word develop means to bring to maturity, progress, used to
describe something evolving into its destined design.
~ The word deploy has roots as a military term, used to describe
the placement of equipment and troops in a battlefield.
~ 2006 to 2007 are two strategic years for people to be positioned
in their Call.
~ This will be a year of the faithful hidden ones being promoted.
~ A good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom are the key
characteristics the Lord is looking for in His church so that He can
release His power to prevail over darkness this year.
~ God is wanting to release team this year in a new way. There
will be a unique and strong anointing upon those who are teamed
up by the Holy Spirit. There is a warning for those in the church to
not go it on your own any more.
~ The Lord is going to team people up in a special way and restore
broken links in 2006.

4. Verse 4: .but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and
to the ministry of the word.
~ All leaders need to be praying more and working less in 2006.
~ Leaders who pray more than they manage their ministries will
be more fruitful and productive this year.
~ The Body of Christ must ‘watch their time’ this year. Don’t let
time slip away was the warning I heard in my spirit for the church.
Also their will be ‘times of opportunity’ this year. Strategic times to
move and act quickly as the Lord instructs or else the opportunity
will be missed as quick as it came. Therefore the church must be
deeper than ever in prayer and the Word.
~ I heard the Lord say, “the church must be vigilant, purposeful and
strategic this year in prayer.”

5. Verse 5: . And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and
the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas,
and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6 whom they set before the
apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
~ Apostolic leaders will be called upon this year to release and
appoint new ministries in 2006.
~ There is abundant grace to father new ministries this year.
~ Leaders’ mindsets will need to change this year from ‘how many
I can gather’ to how many I can Father, develop and release.
~ It is a year of apostolic grace for kingdom impartation and release

6. Verse 7: Then the word of God spread
~ 2006 is the year that the Word of the Lord will cross over into
places formerly closed. Hearts will soften as the Word goes forth
this year, so expect the ground you have been sowing into to
change this year.
~ The gospel of the kingdom will intensify and be the primary
message of those tuned to the voice of God .
~ A key word in this verse is, ‘then’, meaning as a result of
something happening. That something is the setting apart and
releasing of those chosen by the Lord.

7. Verse 8: And Stephen full of Faith and power did great wonders
and signs among the people
~ This is the year of the Holy Spirit empowering the Stephens of
the church. Those who are not five fold ministers.
~ Make ‘no room’ for unbelief this year. Act on what you believe
and signs that make you wonder will follow in 2006.
~ This is a year for many discovering their potential in Christ.
~ Faith and power are the spiritual muscles that need to be
exercised this year.
~ The Goliaths in our ministries must be confronted with faith and
power in 2006.

8. Verse 10: And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the
Spirit by which he spoke.
~ The spirit of wisdom is crucial to overcoming assignments and
opposition in 2006.
~ The Spirit of wisdom will be one of the keys to the release of
God’s power and authority in 2006.
~ The Word of the Lord is going to have a ‘breaking grace’ this year
to penetrate and open up for the kingdom to come.
~ I heard the Lord saying, “Wisdom is the principle thing in 2006” –
get hold of it and don’t let it go!

9. Verse 13: They also set up false witnesses who said, “This
man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this
holy place and the law.”
~ There will come more resistance towards the new from those not
prepared to transition out of the old order and into the new in 2006.
~ I saw the Lord whispering in the ear of many leaders of large
denominations, He was inviting them to follow Him into new ground.
However many refused to change because of the fear of losing their
reputation.
~ In 2006 the Lord will use ones like Stephen to be prophetic
forecasters and demonstrators of a new message and mandate from heaven.

10. Verse 15: And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly
at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.
~ The face we see in 2006 is the face we are going to reflect. To
the degree and depth of what we see and encounter of the nature
of God will be reflected in our day to day life.
~ The seals are open and much more will be revealed in 2006, is
what the Lord impressed in my spirit.
~ Many will break into a new dimension of truth and encounter
this year and become ‘heavenly reflectors’.
——————————

Encouraging the Next Generation of Revivalists To Stay on Course!
by David Smithers.

Young pioneer, be encouraged!These feelings of loneliness and holy dissatisfaction are all part of God’s process within you.

Pioneers have always gone out in small waves in order to prepare the way for the masses. Nevertheless, beware of letting the uniqueness of your calling be an excuse for fleshly strife and division with other believers. Remember that we will NEVER build the house of revival with Satan’s tools of anger and strife! Don’t waste your time constantly striving and wrangling with those who don’t share your vision and passion for revival. Get in the prayer closet and unburden your broken heart to the Father. Give yourself to fervent prayer and don’t stop until the glory comes. Ask the Lord to send people into your life with a similar gift and vision. Read the classic works on the great moves of God. The Father wants you to nurture this passion and vision for something MORE, but you will have to make sacrifices in order to keep it. The larger the vision,the lonelier the path you will have to walk.

A Generation on Fire!The greatest revivalists of the past were young men and women who dared to believe God for something more for their own generation! George Whitfield, Howell Harris, Count Zinzendorf, Charles G. Finney, Charles Spurgeon, Evan Roberts, Robert Murray M’Cheyne, William C. Burns, Hudson Taylor, C. T. Studd, David Brainerd and countless others were all mightily used of God while still in their twenties. Why then are so many of us still looking to the fruitless institutions of decaying Christendom for the steps to our revival dreams? We will never realize our spiritual potential by imitating the unrevived methods of status quo Christianity. God has not called us to mimic the weak and half-reformed religion around us. Like Abram, we have been called out of the land of barrenness to inherit the harvest-fields of revival fruitfulness for this generation and generations to come. -(Josh 24:2-3)

True spiritual pioneers are the embodiment of URGENCY and ZEAL. They recognize their eternal responsibility for their own generation. The apostle of faith, George Muller once said, “My business is with all my might to serve my own generation. In doing so I shall best serve the next generation, should the Lord tarry…I have but one life to live on Earth and this one life is but a brief life for sowing in comparison with eternity for reaping.” General Booth conveyed the same thought with the following lines: “Your days at the most cannot be very long, so use them to the best of your ability for the glory of God and the benefit of your generation.”Catherine Booth, the mother of the Salvation Army, daily charged her nine children with something similar, “You are not here in the world for yourself. You have been sent here for others. The world is waiting for you!” More than once, I heard the late Leonard Ravenhill predict that God was going to raise up a new generationto bring the fires of revival to this sin-sick world. The late Keith Green, echoed these same urgent sentiments. In his final days, he repeatedly unsettled many of us with the following words. “This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the Earth!” Have you been awakened to your eternal and personal responsibility for this generation?

A good pioneer is always eager to learn from the insight and experiences of others, but stand still – NEVER! Not while the promises of revival are still unknown in this generation. Not whileChrist is still a stranger to countless lost and dying souls aroundthe world. Not while there is still one blind and stubborn heart that refuses to give praise and honor to our King Jesus! Are you willing to break new ground and rediscover some of the forgotten treasures of Jesus Christ?
Are you ready to take His manifest presence to the ends of the Earth? Young pioneer, NOW is the time to look to Jesus Christ and dare to dream for something MORE! “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force”. – (Matt 11:12)

“The NEW PIONEERS of REVIVAL” Part IIEncouraging the Next Generation of Revivalists To Stay on Course!
by David Smithers.

The High Peaks of PrayerThe American pioneers moving west were always looking for some high vantage point from which they could catch a glimpse of the path just ahead of them. The pioneers of revival are no different.

From the towering heights of bent knees they scan the spiritual horizon for some small token of a coming move of God. These Holy Ghost trailblazers are consistently scaling the mountain peaks of prayer in hopes of spotting even the smallest sign of revival. Revival pioneers cannot afford to live on second hand reports and experimental theories borrowed from books. The divine immensityof the pioneer’s vision and calling demands that they hear fromGod for themselves! They need Heaven’s insight and perspective ifthey are to stay on course and avoid falling short of their eternal destination. Only through regular and extended times in prayer can they maintain their bearings and spiritual compass.

Every true pioneer of revival is well acquainted with the taste of hot tears and heartache. Prayer for the revival pioneer is not only a means of fresh direction, but also a supernatural out let for the burden of a broken heart. The pioneer is repeatedly tormented by the growing crisis of a powerless Church in the midst of a lost and sin-sick world. Religious wastelands and deep valleys filled with sun bleached bones mock and challenge his hopes and dreams.

Yet, strangely enough it is these same bleak and threatening spiritual conditions that keep the pioneers of revival praying and pressing deeper into new frontiers of the Holy Spirit. For them to stay and settle in such places would mean the death of their ministry and vision.

For those truly called to be a pioneer, revival is not merely another church growth trend or some spiritual luxury. Revival is a reason for being, a created purpose and divine destiny. Though at different times many young pioneers try to deny the vision and hope for revival, they can’t escape it! The tears and intense longings forrevival always return. This passion and burden was part of their spiritual inception and new birth. They have become RUINED for anything less than genuine revival. The pioneer can’t rest or give up until God’s revival glory is released in the Earth. They would rather die than miss or abort the coming visitation of God. These young pioneers are driven to continue to pray, weep and believe for revival.

Though at times, they grow fainthearted and discouraged in their heavenly pursuit, they always finds themselves rising again to cry out for God to rend the heavens and come down.-(Isa 64:1-4)

You’re NOT Crazy!Has this divine heartache ever made you wonder if you were goingcrazy? Many of the early pioneers that pulled up roots and moved west often experienced similar emotions before leaving the safety and comfort of their established homes. In spite of the fact that they enjoyed and valued their property and neighbors around them, they still somehow felt as if they didn’t quite fit in and belong. Ashard as they tried, they couldn’t seem to shake a growing hunger and burden for something more. The pioneer spirit deep within them as driving them to keep moving and looking west. In much the same way, today there are thousands of young revival pioneers who share these same intense and sometimes bewildering feelings.

I am talking about something born of the Holy Spirit, a divine discontentment that will not let you settle for anything less than the manifest presence of Jesus Christ.

Unfamiliar with God’s revival process, some young pioneers seek to escape the touch of God upon their hearts. Over and over again, they struggle to fit in with the Church’s most recent “cutting edge”agenda. Yet, lasting relief seems to never come. Even in the midst of renewed and vibrant fellowships, the young pioneer often times still feels like a spiritual misfit and outsider. While others in the Church seem completely satisfied, the revival pioneer in the exact same setting fights to hold back the tears and hunger for something more. Do these disjointed feelings and uncomfortable emotions sound familiar? Is your hungry heart confused and puzzled over where you fit in the house of God? Perhaps God has not allowed you to “FIT” in!

Often there is not a hearing for the pioneer’s prophetic message until after a fresh work of God has begun to be realized. Therefore, young pioneers should not be surprised when they are accused of being idealistic and impractical in their message and methodology.

Such criticism and misunderstandings are often a part of God’s training process in becoming a spiritual forerunner. These trials help to deepen the work of endurance and humility in the pioneer’s heart. Though at times they are slighted and even harshly rejected, the true pioneer learns by trial and error, how to bear it all in meekness, patience and love. Nevertheless, let each pastor and spiritual leader take care that they don’t too quickly dismiss a young pioneer’s sincere passion and zeal as simply the critical spirit of an immature rebel.

To Be Continued with Part III

“The NEW PIONEERS of REVIVAL” Part I

Encouraging the Next Generation of Revivalists To Stay on Course!
by David Smithers.

While driving to town the other day I unexpectedly came upon a busy stretch of highway that was under construction. Bumper to bumper, the line of cars ahead of me waited their turn to follow the directions of the brightly colored detour signs. Seemingly, without any thought or hesitation they all quickly sped away from their original course in pursuit of smoother traveling. The road ahead was unquestionably rough and unpaved, but it was still open to traffic and definitely the most direct route to town.

Suddenly I found myself thinking about the state of the modern Church. Many Christians today are being enticed into the well-paved highways of convenient Christianity at the expense of their personal calling and original destination. No doubt just the sight of that rough, unpaved road communicated “RISK” to manyof the drivers that day. It threatened all of us with the risk ofuncertainty, inconvenience and even the risk of physical danger or loss. As I sat there waiting for my turn to move, something else hit me. “All the well-paved roads in the Church today are only going places that most of us have already been.” Those big, flashing church signs too often lead us away from where God’s pioneer work is being done. By the time the concrete sets up and the paint is dry, most of the heaven and earth moving is all over!

How long will we continue to travel down the same old, predictable, powerless highways while the promises of God beckon us to enterinto a fresh move of the Holy Spirit? There is still so much of the presence and power of Jesus Christ that is readily available and yet untouched. Be assured God is not standing still! He is even now seeking out and raising up a NEW generation in the Church who is willing to take extreme risks to REDISCOVER the highway of holiness and revival power. God is raising up a new generationof revival pioneers!

Go West Young Man!

The call to pursue revival is a call to be a pioneer! A revival pioneer courageously and even sometimes naively seeks to rediscover new and forgotten places in the Spirit. Pioneers instinctively challenge the modern Church to go places she has never been before, places long forgotten and overgrown by decades of man-made traditions and spiritual decline. Pioneers dare others to dream and trust God to do ALL that the Bible plainly promises.

Pioneers are not satisfied with superficial reform. They hunger andthirst for spiritual REALITY. Their calling demands that they defy the laws and limitations of man-centered religion. In their pursuit of more of Jesus, they unknowingly challenge the foundations of so-called “NORMAL CHURCH”. Like young Joseph in the company of his older brothers, the pioneer’s dream of revival often provokes strong reactions from within the established Church. -(Gen 37:5)

The young pioneer is sure to be confronted by giants of intimidation and mountains of unbelief and religious control. At other times they are simply spurned and dismissed as immature extremists and idealists.

All the great pioneers of revival have had to face these same obstacles and hindrances in their zeal to bring Heaven down toEarth! Most of the early American pioneers that moved westward between 1760 and 1850 encountered countless dangers and extreme hardship, because they were not content with what they already seen. The knowledge that there was still something better beyond the horizon drove them to take extreme risks to improve the quality of their lives. A true pioneer is relentless. He refuses to compromise or substitute the barren plains of lifeless orthodoxy for the living presence of Jesus! No amount of religious rhetoric or decorum will ever satisfy his God-hungry heart. The God-breathed promises of Scripture hound his soul, reminding him over and over again of his destiny and calling. Promise of green forests, fruitful harvests and rushing streams compel him to continue to seek and pray for something MORE. -(Isa 35:7, Isa 41:18-19, Isa 44:3-4, Isa 51:3)

Forerunners & Mountain Movers

Revival pioneers are ordained of God to violently move Heaven andEarth. The English term “pioneer” was originally derived from a French word meaning PICKAX. Later it was also used to convey the idea of a foot soldier. The Germans use the term “trench digger”to convey the idea of a pioneer. A pioneer during wartime was one who marched before an invading army to prepare and repair theroad. They did everything from clearing away barricades to setting mines for destroying the works of the enemy. Pioneers are pathfinders and scouts. Like Jeremiah, a pioneer is one who goes before to remove obstructions for the purpose of preparing the way for others that must soon follow. “See, I have this day set you overthe nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, todestroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.” -(Jer 1:10)

These prophetic people do not set mines and level mountains of ungodliness just for the thrill of watching things blow up. No, the revival pioneer understands that it is his job to prepare the way and make it easier for others to enter into the manifest presence of Jesus Christ.

The revival pioneer labors to restore the highway of holiness, removing stumbling blocks, so it will be straight and level again. This work is done not only for the sake of a coming army, but also for the spiritually lame and crippled. The prophet Isaiah repeatedly reminds us of this important truth. He declares, “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of jackals, where each lay, there shall be grass with reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness…” -( Isa 35:3-8) “And one shall say, ‘Heap it up! Heap it up! Prepare the way, take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.’ For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:”I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”. -(Isa 57:14-15)

To Be Continued with Part II

Francis Frangipane: “At An Inconvenient Time”

The Lord has multitudes who believe in Him, but only a minority who truly worship Him. True worshipers find their fulfillment in adoring God. The fragrance of their worship rises, not only during the scheduled times of church services, but also during inconvenient times.

A true worshiper will rise early before work or school; they’re up before the household is, so they can be alone with God. Instead of being frustrated by delays, they transform difficulties and setbacks into opportunities to magnify God. You might see one of these worshipers sitting in the car next to you during a traffic jam, singing along with Christian music in their car.

A True Worshiper has Learned the Secret of Worshiping God At Inconvenient Times

I, too, find the Lord leading me to worship Him during inconvenient times. I might be alone writing or working on some important project, when something awakens in my spirit. I become aware that the presence of the Lord is near. Yet, He isn’t commanding me to worship, He’s inviting me. The time of worship may be as little as 10 or 15 minutes, or it might be much longer. Regardless, I turn from what I am doing, pick up my guitar, and begin to worship Him.

Frankly, I am not a good musician; I only know a few chords. Yet as I worship, I know the King of Heaven is actually pleased with my offering. He has granted me an audience, and in some mysterious way, He causes me to feel that the sound of my worship is the only thing He hears as I’m singing.

The Invitation

I, for one, desire my worship to become all-consuming. Yet, I confess that a primary obstacle I must overcome, is the inconvenient timing of His invitation. It seems like He actually waits until I am focused on some important project–something He actually wants me to complete. Sometimes it might be late at night as I am almost asleep, when the opportunity to worship draws near.

Yet, the very fact that I have responded, in spite of the “inconvenience,” actually refines and sweetens my worship. Indeed, when I worship in our Sunday service, I admit I can be carried by the sound of the music and the participation of others around me. I am in an atmosphere of worship, so my praise may actually be something imparted to me by others and not purely my own. However, when He comes at an inconvenient time, my response reaffirms that my worship is real, and that God truly is first in my life.

What is also a great pleasure to me (given such short notice), is that He does not expect a large production from me. As wonderful as Sunday worship services are, He is not looking for a professional song service, just something real from my heart.

Another blessing is that my wife will often hear me worshiping and without fail, she will join me. As I worship, I’ll soon notice a voice singing alongside me in the background. She’s as absorbed as I am in the presence of God. It doesn’t matter what she was doing, she loves to bow before God and that, too, sweetens our worship.

Prayer and Worship

There is a difference between prayer and worship. Prayer is an appeal to God based on our needs and the needs of our world. The world is filled with people, each with heartfelt and urgent requests that are welcomed by our Father in Heaven, and they are each heard in the throne room of light. However, worship is not the articulation of our need; it is the consummation of our love. It is what we offer to God regardless of the status of our needs.

Recall the Gospel account of the ten leprous men who cried to Jesus for healing. After the Lord answered their prayers and healed them, they all went their way. One, however, stopped and turned “back, glorifying God with a loud voice. . . he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him” (Luke 17:11-19). Full of gratitude to Christ, this man returned to bow in worship before God. You see, many people will pray, multitudes will find answers, but few will return to Him in worship.

Beloved, if worship flows genuinely from our hearts, the Lord will repeatedly invite us into His presence. His invitation will approach the doorstep of our souls quietly. It will come disguised as a simple desire to love Him. If we follow this desire, it will lead into the presence of God.

As we worship Him, He will grant us inner strength and peace. As we come with thanksgiving, He will refresh us with His love and joy. Let us delight in the privilege of becoming true worshipers of God, even when the opportunity comes at an inconvenient time.

Francis Frangipane

“The 23RD CHANNEL”
(-author unknown).

The TV is my shepherd, I shall want.
It makes me lie down on the sofa.
It leads me away from the scriptures.
It destroys my soul.
It leads me in the path of sex and violence,
for the sponsor’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in the shadow of my Christian responsibilities,
there will be no interruption,
For the TV is with me.
It’s cable and remote, they control me.
It prepares a commercial before me in the presence of worldliness;
It anoints my head with Humanism,
My coveting runneth over…..

(I couldn’t resist it — definetly some truth in the humor!)