My People, The Daughter Of My People, and Not My People

Oh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people! Jeremiah 9:1

Leading Up to this Era

This is my third posting on the Old Testament.  First I wrote on the observation that majority of the Old Testament is made up of five multigenerational stories which I’ve called Grasping the Old Testament. First, God promises Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that through them both a nation and also a blessing to all the nations would come.  After a 400 gap the story picks up with Moses and Joshua leading the nation out of bondage, setting up a new society, and entering into the land of promise. The next 400 years is told in Judges when the nation seams stuck in cycles of oppression, repentance, deliverance, and peace, until backsliding into sin started the cycle over again. This cycle was disrupted by three generations of advance with Samuel, David and Solomon, which I entitled The Very First Great Awakening. Following Solomon a stable society continues until Jerusalem is destroyed and Judah is taken captive to Babylon.  God speaking through His prophets usually speaks to His people, He also often references the present younger generation as the daughter of My people and when judgment comes it falls upon a group God calls not My people. Continue reading

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Revive Us According to Your Word

My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your WORD.  Psalm 119: 25

The Christian life is not always a constant and consistent life of holiness, glory, grace, and power.  There is so much that can distract, pull, and entice us so that the once vibrant river of life flowing through us dries up and we come to the place of the psalmist crying out “My soul clings to the dust”.  Continue reading

The Very First Great Awakening?

Grasping the Old Testament Series

Leading Up to this Era

The majority of the Old Testament is made up of five multigenerational stories which can be read here.  First, God promises Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that through them both a nation and also a blessing to all the nations would come.  After a 400 gap the story picks up with Moses and Joshua leading the nation out of bondage and into the land of promise.  Another 400 plus years are accounted for in the Book of Judges as the tribes seamed stuck in a cycle of sin, oppression from an enemy, repentance, deliverance, and a period of peace.  Judges ends with a statement of the spiritual condition at the time.  “Everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes.”  Looking at the way things were, no one would have guessed that the next three generations would powerfully transform Jewish society.  Do these three generations provide us a path for us to see transformations today?

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:14 Continue reading

Prayer for the Youth

Father, we pray for the teenagers and young adults.  Captivate their hearts, press Yourself in upon their consciences.  We cry out for them that they would have such an encounter with the word of truth and Spirit of God that they are forever changed.  We pray that their hearts would become steadfast, all other passions fade and they would live their lives for that one holy passion. Continue reading

Twelve Stones of Remembrance

When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’  then you shall let your children know, saying, ‘Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land’; for the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over, that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”  Joshua 4:21-24

On November 11, 2009 an outpouring of the Holy Spirit began in a classroom of the International House of Prayer University in Kansas City, Missouri.  After watching the meeting over the internet for a few nights, I decided it was time to go and attend the outpouring in person.  I was greatly encouraged that God was truly pouring out His Spirit on a young generation.  The next day I sensed the Lord asking me to count all the waves of the Holy Spirit that I’ve had some part in, or has been instrumental in my spiritual life. Thinking there would be a small handful, I was amazed when the number reached 12.  It’s easy to forget what God has done and slip into discouragement. So my hope is that this would be an encouragement to a few that they “may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty” still today.  In going over each of these waves there was a purpose for them and a title of what God did in my life in each of these seasons of outpouring.  Warning this post is LONG and tells a bit of my history, feel free to skim over my 12 stories if you want, but please read the conclusion at the end.  Continue reading

Grasping the Old Testament – Introduction

For a long time I kind of knew the Old Testament but in a disjointed way, it was mostly stories of the saints, the history of Israel, the Psalms and Proverbs, and the Prophets.  Recently some keys have opened up and the Old Testament as a whole has come together and become more relevant.  One of these keys is a grasp on the larger structure of the Old Testament. Continue reading