Worship... God is Not Cheap!
Dineen and I had an amazing time in Little Rock. We will share more about that when we find out the broadcast dates. Here we are in front.
I want you to see this:
Cheryl sent it to me. She said, “There was a feather on my bedroom floor!!! It was small (I thought a leaf or something else) It is blue without a blemish and in my bedroom !!!!” ~She is saving it in her Bible.
Another reader described rain …. INSIDE. I have to say that I have heard others experiencing this as well. In fact, a few months back, I was in church during worship and felt a single water drop kiss my face, falling on my right cheek. In my blonde brainedness, I stopped singing and looked around for the idiot with the squirt gun in church…. Geeeze…. Wish I had grasped what was happening then.
Oh my friends, I think God has been delighting me and sending His tiny gifts of love in very tangible ways for years. I just didn’t know how to see Him or hear Him. But, no longer. I am opening up my heart and pleading for His anointing. I will bring my entire life into complete obedience to just experience the presence of our Holy King. I am willing to surrender my body, which remains my last really big stronghold. I offer my service, my money, my possessions, my dignity pleading for my Lord to only increase in my life.
For months now I’ve been hearing God to help you to learn to experience His presence. And more than anything I want you to know you can. You can feel the rain on your face and receive gifts of love and find yourself shaking from the sheer experience of God’s love washing over you.
There is a cost however.
Our Lord is not cheap. He will demand much but what He gives in return I’ve decided far outweighs any petty little thing this earth could offer me.
So today I want to begin to tell you about my story of worship. As I share this story, I ask you to pray about it. Ask God if He is calling you into some of these practices? If you feel a deep conviction, follow through. If you feel a hunger to experience feathers and rain, follow through. If you KNOW you have a sin in your life that God has asked you to repent, follow through.
As I said at the beginning of this series, at the end of this summer you could be in an entirely different place in your life with Jesus.
I worship in several different ways. So today, I’m going to share with you what I share often and every time I speak to a live audience. It’s my Daily Bible. This is only one aspect of my worship and I will share more in the days ahead.
Over 13 years ago my mother purchased a Daily Bible for me. This Bible is organized by date with a portion of the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm and Proverb to be read each day. I made a commitment to rise early to read this Bible every day. And 13 years ago I was working full-time and raising a family so I would rise as early as 5 a.m. to keep this appointment. And it changed my life. Finally the lies of the enemy were silenced and truth filled my thoughts and ruled in my life.
I will pray about what I’m reading, asking God to show me, teach me. I will tell Him that I don’t understand certain passages and ask for clarity. I will discover a passage that so astonishes me I whisper, Whoa, God. That Rocked! God likes it when I tell Him He rocks *grin.*
Still today, I sit with this Bible every morning. It’s my first priority. Every year I read through it, God brings different passages alive to me. I write notes in the margin about my experiences in life. And about events in the lives of my family and friends. There are many notes about trips, opening nights of my daughter’s plays, notes about finding feathers and such. These are the monuments in my life with Christ.
I love reading my notes a year later or five years later and celebrating the miracles in my life all over again. I worship Him for His faithfulness to this ordinary woman.
This Bible is my most treasured earthly possession. In fact, my daughter has asked for it as part of her inheritance.
So I ask you? Do you have a daily appointment with the King? Where do you read? Do you read anything in addition to your Bible? If you don’t, can you be courageous enough to declare that you don’t in the comments and then commit to starting. I want all of us to pray for you by name in the comments.
Monday, I will share with you what I do immediately following my Bible reading. And it may seem that these next few posts are boring or inconsequential but I promise you that there are many who need some examples of how to get started on this amazing love relationship with Jesus.
Earlier I said that God is not cheap or easily obtained. A commitment to spend 30 minutes every day with Him may seem impossible in your current schedule, but are you willing to sacrifice intimacy and answers to your prayers for 30 minutes of television, reading or some other insignificant task?
Tough questions I know but they truly demand an answer. Oh my friends, these posts are going to wreck your life.
Oh how I hope they do.
With great love and hope, Lynn