Understanding the Times: Part 7- Accepting His Invitations

The body of Christ is at a crossroads here in The United States.

Grow deeper in Him… or grow cold.

Dad has been dismantling me these days. Even as I have been praying for and encouraging those around me who are allowing Father-God to move His church deeper into Himself, so too have I been, shall we say…a “mess.”  This is more than fine with me. What else is there if there is no deep communion with my God? To whom shall I go to instead?

As odd as it may sound on the surface, the pain, angst and “dying” I am experiencing is due to primarily one thing: I recently accepted a beautiful invitation from my Lord.

Now, here is what I find even more humorous. When I opened the invitation it read like this:

“My dearest son, David, I want you to know the reality of my love for you in a much deeper way. I am desperately desiring to radically change your walk in Me. It’s time for much greater intimacy. I want you to walk with me amongst the fiery coals of my presence and holiness.  A bi-product of this is that I will flow through you in greater power and Love to those around you. I want others to be touched by Me through you. Would you like to do this with me?”

“Wooo-Ho!!!!!!!  Awesome, Father. Amazing! Thank you. Let’s do this.”

Hmmmmm. Really…?

We live in the generation where words such as pruning, grooming, disciplining, refining, purging, judgement, chastisement, or  holiness  ( to name a few) are stricken from the pulpit. I will take this reality a step forward and expose the true condition of our lopsided dogmas to say that those who dare to speak of the heart of God in regard to these areas of His nature are labeled as “fear mongering.”  This is simply a result of an exchange rate we have come to favor in the world economy of the church.

We prefer convenience to communion.

Rules in exchange for relationship.

Not surprisingly, two extremes result due to this American apathy toward seeking the heart of our Father.

  1. We avoid standing apart from the world  because we live in fear
  2. We attempt to stand out… but with no authority behind it… because we live in fear

Properly exercising authority comes as a result of knowing who our Lord is, and then who we are as His child. Authority comes as a result of intimacy. The closer we draw to our Dad’s heart the more we understand who we are and Who lives inside us. This distills down to knowing He loves you.

Here is the real urgency with this illness in the American Church for this hour: the time is upon us where those who do not know how to exercise His kingdom authority and His will on the earth will be in great danger of falling away.

The scriptures are warning us of this. The greatest manifestation of His authority is Love. If we are not connected intimately with His love in us, for us and through us… our love will grow cold.

Now, here is the crux.

Light exposes darkness. When we commune it will expose the areas we are not living in agreement to His nature and His nature expressed through His word. His presence exposes our fears, lies, insecurities and demonic pacts we have made (agreement with the world is a demonic pact brothers and sisters- see Rom 8:7, 2 Cor 10:5, Gal 6:8, 2 Cor 4:4 as a warm up exercise).

What will we do when that moment comes?

“Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.As the ark of the Lord  was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord , she despised him in her heart.

….When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord , who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord people Israel–I will celebrate before the Lord .

I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”  (2 Samuel 6)

David did not need to build up courage to toss aside his royal garments and while he was half naked, dance in joy, love and humility before the Lord. He couldn’t care less. David had, by this time already learned who he was as a child of the Living God. He learned this in the lonely pastures while guarding his sheep… alone.

Raising a knife high above a tied up son, lion dens, fiery furnaces, wet fleeces, bears, snowy pits… … The lives we live publicly can be traced back to the invitation we accepted (or rejected) privately from the Lord to enter into deeper communion with Him. Said another way, the life we live publicly will reveal the life we live In Him privately. I am not referring to how we “behave.” That is what christian masks are for. A great many church fellowships sell them at the pulpit, retail stores, and book-stands at the back of the building next to the tithe and offering plates. They even come with detailed instructions. These masks have no kingdom power. No, I am referring to the degree of  Kingdom life that emanates through us without any thought or intention, will be directly related to the depth of our communion in Him.

These invitations are often not recognized because we do not see past the trial. Said another way, we will not recognize the invitations, much less accept them, if our hearts are not properly aligned with Him during the difficulties we are walking through.

Please remember this: the revelation of His love and His nature is revealed in the secret places within your trials, disciplines and experiences. They are done most often (though not always) in solitude and seclusion.

What is secretly reaped during those lonely times of sowing are eventually revealed in public. Do you know of someone who openly displays the nature of Christ? Find out what his/her secret story is. I assure you… that person has many personal accounts to tell of interactions with his King.

The mind of Christ cannot be offended and knows no fear. Please hear me. This is not about us, … it’s about Him.. if we simply surrender and are willing to die. This can be gained or lost at any time. We must learn to live in Him every moment. His invitations are constantly being sent out to the darkest, most timid areas of our bruised and broken hearts. Fear manifests in His children in many, many different way. Timidity, boldness, apathy, constant movement, despair, self-reliance, insecurity, relationship dynamics… it’s endless…  The root is the same however. We are either doing what we do as an outflow of His life expressed in us… or we are living that area of our heart apart from Him.

“He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.” Psalm 40:2-3

Our Dad is extending invitations in this season that require us to stare down that fear until it gives way to the revelation of Jesus Christ revealed more deeply in our heart. Don’t focus on how you are performing. This leads to dead religion and worse still… a relationship based on trying to earn something that we already have, namely His love and acceptance.

Instead, look to Him. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Pull back the grave clothes from around our soul and let Him begin to write His words on the heart of His redeemed. His words, revealed through revelation of Him, bring forth eternal life within us in greater and greater measure… if we just… go to Him…

Ask Him to send you an invitation…. He will keep sending them.

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 

What will we do when that moment comes?

“Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68

Shalom

Thunderstorms & Love

(Introduction to : Understanding the Purpose Of Trials Part 2)

My breath is labored. The pit of my stomach a twisted knot. Straining to see the keyboard at work and straining to see His Love with the eyes of my heart. Brewing within my being, is a very familiar anvil-shaped cloud rising higher and higher.

I am dying…. yet not me,  only that which I have already died to is passing away. He is setting me free. In order to live fully in Him, I must die to that which is dead to Him. It is within these very still, quiet moments of our deepest agony that one feels most alone. I think on Calvary at these times. As the looming section of crossed boards were dropped in a clap of dust at Jesus’ feet… I cannot help but feel comforted at knowing He dealt with immeasurably more than I.

I can feel my eyes scanning the souls of those around me when I am like this. “Do you see me?” My heart meekly whispers; barely enough energy to take a breath. I have learned by now though, that in the end, it is only my Savior and I… and thus it must be. How often the message of “taking up our cross” has been perverted and misconveyed. We only die to one thing… that which is already dead.  Who else needs know my angst?  Some butchering is simply best performed on the backside of the shed.  Alone.

And so I have trained the windows of the soul to stop scanning the farthest  reaches of the crowds when I feel myself standing at the gallows… my heart I make be still. I don’t allow it to call out. Deep isn’t always meant to call to deep… and at times we are permitted only to call to Him.

“If you cannot trust Me when your house is in the balance, how will you trust me if My house is in the balance?”

This is what the Lord spoke to my spirit this morning as I asked Him for some kingdom insight in regard to a pretty serious situation the Lord has orchestrated. I am, even now, in the middle of a rather unexpected trial that has the potential for both some intense and unpleasant results. Our two-family home actually lies in the balance.

Pretty cool, huh?

This year is a year of testing, probing and refining within our Dad’s house. We are being refined and purified. This is a season where the Lord, in His intense jealousy for us to experience what the cross has given us access to, namely His heart, is wicking away all aspects of the carnal-minded man from His children.

I knew refining was coming…. and this is the toughest, most intense series of events I have yet to face in my walk with the Lord. This is good. This means I am going deeper if I allow it. This means the “lesser” trials have worked their purpose.

Surprised? Did some of you think David Murry would be exempt from this further refining? I can tell you this: if I was exempt- I would beg for His righteous judgments all the more. They are love, They are truth. They release the kingdom power and set ablaze my spirit more and more with every single event. I enter deeper into…. Him.

This is the light Jesus speaks of. It is Him within us.

Our hearts… must always be blowing the shofar within the deepest recesses of our being… “Maranatha, Lord.”  Make your abode in us fully. Have every single piece of us… that we may be one with you. Fully. Without reservation. Without fear. Perfect peace and perfect rest in Him alone.

And so the darkened areas of my heart.. those hidden caverns that I frequent from time to time long to be submitted to the Kingdom light and truth. Even from these hideous, decrepit corners of my mind.. from deep within these, I cry……. “Maranatha!”

None of His children can escape His love… it overtakes us with the ferocity of an oxygen starved backdraft. He is Fire. An all consuming one at that. That fire is love. I write this both as an opportunity to praise Him in the midst of my enemy, and more importantly, to me at least, to encourage all of you.  You cannot out pace the wind. You can’t outrun a thunderstorm. You simply cannot outrun His love for you.

Let that which is meant to die, die, and that which is meant to spring forth.. spring forth. My breath is calm. My stomach no longer in spasms. My sight returns to me. I see… only Him now. My heart is steadfast, oh Lord… my heart is steadfast…

You can do this, Beloved Church. He has already prepared the way. He has already prepared you. He is with you always. Never turn back… you can do this.  All you have to do…

…is die.

“Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not brought to life, unless it dies first;”  1 Cor 15:36

Click here For Related Study: Understanding the Purpose Of Trials Part 2

Humbly, and by His love alone, I remain,

David