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Consider Him Who Endured

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12:1-3, emphasis added)

“Consider Him… lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” I love this verse. Perhaps it isn’t terrifically obvious at first glance how this works. After all, I don’t think anyone walked out of a showing of The Passion of the Christ pumping their fists, ready to take on the world. At least for me, thinking about blood, torture, and humiliation doesn’t generally fire me up for action. So how does considering Jesus’ endurance of suffering give our hearts strength?

There are lots of  potential answers to that question. In fact, there are lots of right answers to that question. But one in particular has been striking my heart lately — and here’s a hint: It’s not about inducing a guilt trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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Not Making Peace with Oppression

A while ago, Stuart Greaves addressed the NightWatch concerning praying for healing. It was in February, which is historically a time when a lot of us tend to get sick. Not only is February the beginning of flu season, it comes right after our most taxing, demanding, sleep-depriving conference of the year. Additionally, because it’s towards the end of winter, it means we haven’t seen much sun for quite a long time. All things considered, it makes sense that we would be a bit more susceptible to the seasonal bug.

However, Stuart reminded us that sickness is not something God is okay with (case in point, it won’t exist in the New Jerusalem). Part of the reason He crushed His Son was for our healing (Isa 53:5). It’s good that our faith is not devastated when we get sick, but it’s not good that we passively roll over and accept sickness just becuase it’s normal to our fallen existence and we’ll get over it in a few weeks anyway. We should resist it and pray to remove it from us.

I’ve been increasingly convinced lately that the same thing applies to emotional distress and oppression. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Well, It’s Better than Stagnation

I have been reminded a lot in the past two or three weeks that I don’t like change. Not one bit. I haven’t bumped into anything too terrifically life-altering, but there have been enough things shifting and jostling around in my life that I have been throwing somewhat of a fit about it. There was a prophetic vision about IHOP-KC some years ago where the person saw Jesus driving a bus uphill really, really slow — which is contrary to conventional wisdom — and then driving it downhill really, really fast, which is even more contrary to conventional wisdom. I feel a bit like we’re in that second stage right now, or at least that I personally am. And I’ve got my seatbelt on, but I’m still gripping the hand rail for dear life, having that funny freefalling pit-of-my-stomach feeling that makes me quite uncertain whether or not I like what’s going on. But I know it must be good. I know that the Lord knows what He’s doing with us. I know I like where we’re headed. But it still freaks me out. I’m kind of a wuss that way. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Harmless Entertainment… or not

I can’t quite place why, but this is weighing on me tonight and I thought it was worth sharing. In short, this is what’s on my heart: we have got to be vigilant about guarding what we let into our lives as entertainment.

My desire is not to create a list of do’s and don’ts as far as what one may or may not watch or listen to. Rather, I’m thinking of the words of the Apostle Paul: “…’Everything is permissible for me’—but I will not be mastered by anything” (1Cor 6:12, NIV). Within our systems of entertainment lie all sorts of subtle traps that try to master us. We let down our guard in order to be entertained, and don’t notice the strings attached to the things we allow inside our souls. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2008 in Heart Stuff, Intimacy with God

 

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