Thursday, January 31, 2019

Show me the money

John 2:13-22…

Jesus is not against commerce, He is against manipulation. His face is always set against those who would use the people, in the name of ministry, but for the sake of money. If you are to follow Jesus, be sure that He will be driven to drive out those who defile the house of God.

It is with the same furor He will fight against the love of money within your own soul. He will not hold back, but will fashion whatever means necessary and available to overturn the tables of trade you wish to do business with. You don’t bargain with God, you bow to Him. Would you attempt to manipulate God or His people, or yourself, by placing filthy lucre above the faithful Lord? You must see with spiritual eyes and let Jesus drive the evil from you, His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19).

If you think with your old ways you will not understand why Jesus is so adamant and fierce against the tyranny and treason in your heart. If this be the case, Jesus will seem like a wild warrior, upsetting the whole balance of your mindset. You will question whether this is truly God’s will, and miss the spiritual message in His movements.

If you are truly saved, if you are truly His temple, you may destroy the work in your life for a moment, but He will resurrect once again to dominate. The false idols and ideas in your heart, no matter how long they have lingered, no matter how calcified the conscience, they can be shattered in a near instant by the mighty power of Christ. Let Him have full reign.

Jesus is coming for your treasure, so that He may be your treasure (Matthew 6:21). Do you trust Him in your house; is it now become His house? If He is to be master, you must answer this question. Is your soul a place of prayer, or is it a den of thieves?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Moments without motion

John 2:12…

Just because we are supposed to run hard after Jesus doesn’t mean we don’t need to rest in Jesus. We want to “get after it”, whatever the “it” is, instead of resting right there with Jesus and His people. Sometimes your responsibilities for God can keep you from God.

Our moments of the miraculous movement seem to be so fulfilling, and we may have trouble resting and refueling when we are in our stops and silences along the way. Not much seems to be going on, but where Jesus is, that is where you need to be. Jesus takes time alone, but He is never alone, others are always near Him. Still, Christ looked for times of relative quiet.

Now, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is in us, and sometimes we are following along with others as Jesus is headed somewhere, and sometimes we are following along with others as Jesus stays awhile somewhere. The move of God isn’t always moving like you think. The dream in you may linger at times and places. Sometimes going, moving, doing, sometimes finding, resting, and waiting. The most important part of any of this is that we pay attention to what Jesus is about, and follow along.

Capernaum served the Savior as a sort of headquarters. Do you have a resting place of solace? Being called to be a pilgrim and a pioneer doesn’t mean called to be a vagabond or nomad. We are all called to “full time” ministry, but we are also called to enjoy the times with Jesus and His people where we are moved into the moments without motion.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The best for last

John 2:1-11…

Situations come into our lives, or we enter into them, and these situations provide an opportunity for Jesus to demonstrate who He is. Usually the situation is some event or emergency that, without the grace of God, the cause is lost. Those that know Jesus will ask Him to intervene, but do not be surprised when He examines your motives for asking. Your sense of spiritual timing must be attuned to His if He is to act. He may indeed act, but He wants you to know that His overall purposes must be kept in focus by the faithful.

Obedience is a key at this point. We may not understand all of the orchestration of the music, but we must direct all the singers in the song to the sound of the Maestro’s voice. Jesus will transform our old, watered down ways into the new wine of the messianic age (John 15:5). God’s purpose is to take man in his brokenness, his emptiness and his lifelessness, and give to him life; this is what He does with us (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Be sure to travel beyond the joy of having Jesus enter into the situation, and beyond the celebration at just how wonderful He does things. We must look to the One who does these things more fully because of these things. Are you enjoying the good graces of God without giving proper glory to God? He only does what He does because He is who He is. The celebration of victory will fade, but the celebration of the Victor must live on.

Our Lord takes His time and saves the best for last. Be aware that Jesus is like this. You may marvel at His presence and power in your life and situation, but He will enlighten you further and embolden you faster as you faithfully travel with Him through the unfolding drama of the dream in your life. Run hard after Jesus; the best is yet to come.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Are you going somewhere?

John 1:35-51…

As we truly seek God, those who are leaders in our midst will acknowledge the move of God, and we will find ourselves in the place where we now are called to move forward. We must make sure that we are truly following Christ and not simply following men, and Jesus will ask us to examine ourselves to see if this is so. We took a step of faith to get to where we are now, but now we must follow further, we must continue to come along the path.

God will gather others along those journeys that are also being called to follow Christ in an ever deepening way. We may be the first to branch out on the Vine, and when we proclaim what we have found, and as we are faithful to bring others in, Jesus will confirm His presence. God is orchestrating the move in others as well, and unbeknownst to you, Jesus will call pilgrims on the Way who will meet you for a shared destiny.

Some may question the new movement, but this is because they are of a discerning maturity, and this will provide the opportunity for Jesus to prove Himself once again. Then those who look with true eyes will revel in it, not rebel against it. Jesus will cause them to see even greater things as the movement manifests.

The old way paves the way of the pioneer path. Are you settled on the side of the road, or are you following along with Jesus?