Live ~ Live ~ Live!

As I was sitting with the Lord this morning,  considering  2016 and what my  ‘First Fruits’ to the Lord would be in honor of putting Him first in my life,  there were several key concepts that came to me.  I sensed that these may not be exclusively for me alone and therefore, I want to pass my impressions along to you, my fellow co-laborers with Christ for prayerful consideration. 

The resounding word for 2016 is ‘Live’

 Psalm. 29 (The Message) - A David Psalm

Bravo, God, bravo!  Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!” In awe before the glory, in awe before God’s visible power. Stand at attention!  Dress your best to honor him!  God thunders across the waters, Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming brightness— God, across the flood waters.  God’s thunder tympanic, God’s thunder symphonic.  God’s thunder smashes cedars, God topples the northern cedars.  The mountain ranges skip like spring colts, The high ridges jump like wild kid goats. God’s thunder spits fire. God thunders, the wilderness quakes; He makes the desert of Kadesh shake.  God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches. We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”   Above the floodwaters is God’s throne from which his power flows, from which he rules the world.  God makes his people strong. God gives his people peace.

  1. Welcome the rain:  Those who welcome it will have sprinkling showers that become flowing rivers that will lift up the hidden debris and bring life overflowing.
  2. Expect Kadesh to shake: In Strong's concordance (#6946), Kadesh means "the wilderness of wandering or the desert of the fugitive".  Don't we all have these places in our own lives where this is true of our heart?  Don't we all know someone dear to us that may be stranded in such a place?
  3. Fall to our knees:  The good news is we are not left without ...  through the process of the cross and thereby salvation is come to us by it and the resurrection.  However, we cannot bear good fruit unless we learn to abide in the resurrection.  Both the cross and the resurrection are needed in order to receive all of the healing process.  (Romans 5:10,  1 Peter 3:21, 1 Peter 1:3b)

Why is this important and what's the caution to us?

"If you're focused on the cross, you see the problem that needs to be brought to death.  If you focus on the resurrection you see the person who is going to be called to life.  If you focus on one and not the other, you end up treating people as problems to be solved and focusing so much on guilt that shame begins to build."  ~Mark Sandford, Spiritual Director, Elijah House Inc.

Here’s a challenge to each of us in 2016   

Pray about what your ‘first fruit’ offering to God is for this year.  Read and study I & II Thessalonians during January.