A Heart Desperate for God

3/30/1988

Again, I hope I can impart to you what has been so much on my mind lately. I’m willing to pay my life to see it because when you consider the idea of fasting for 40 days, you are taking your life into your hands. You don’t do that on a whim. Something has got to be that important to you. It’s not a joke. We’re talking about life and death, and you begin to feel that after a while. It’s not even a matter of self-control. I mention it again for your benefit because I’m begging you to have that kind of heart. You’ve got to see God and not just have words about God. It’s got to be God manifest in His purposes. His heart and His will “on earth as it is in heaven.” “Come, Thy Kingdom. Be done, Thy will.” That has got to be the heart with which we pursue the things of the Kingdom of God.

We’re not talking about doing little optional good deeds for one another and having little optional meetings more often than we used to. It’s not about adding little optional relationships that are a little deeper than Sunday-morning-go-to-meeting. We’re talking about the very nature of the Godhead and the manifest wisdom of the glorious, eternal God being made known to the principalities and powers through the Church. We’re talking about the gates of hell not prevailing against the Church that Jesus is building. We’ve got to care very much for God’s Honor and His Words and His Name. It’s a heart of, “Show them, Father. I beg You for Your Name’s sake, that these things be done, not that I’d be glorified or that any attention would be brought to me.”

All that drama and production that Elijah did wasn’t for his own sake or benefit. It was so God’s Name would be glorified. As Jesus cried out in John 12, “Father, glorify Your name.” That’s got to be our heart too. Even years from now on our deathbed it would still be, “Father, glorify Your name.” And a voice from heaven comes back, “I have glorified it. And I will glorify it again.” That has to touch your heart. It can’t be just a maze or hypnosis of going through religious activities. We’ve got to care. We’ve got to command the rains to be shut up for three and a half years. We’ve got to have that kind of heart that’s desperate for God’s Name to be made great among the nations. That’s His heart too, so like David, we can pray in confidence because God has promised that the gates of hell wouldn’t prevail against His Church and that He would make His manifold wisdom known.

“As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,

I will show them marvelous things.

The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might;

They shall put their hand over their mouth;

Their ears shall be deaf.

They shall lick the dust like a serpent;

They shall crawl from their holes like snakes of the earth.

They shall be afraid of the LORD our God,

And shall fear because of You” (Micah 7:15-17).

“God, show Yourself strong in Your people. Let the nations quake and fear and tremble at the Name Jesus. Every knee shall bow at the Name of Jesus.”

What does that mean? Is that poetry? No! Let it be such that when someone hears the word “Jesus,” they don’t say, “Oh, you’re just a fanatic,” but they tremble and drop to their knees. All of His enemies will be made His footstool and we’ll wait patiently yet persistently for that. He’ll utilize the Church to do greater works than He did. That isn’t just a bunch of hocus-pocus doctrine. That has to do with the principalities and powers being humiliated. It’s not a magic formula of a right way to do something. It’s not a gimmick. It has one purpose only: that the sons of God be manifest and we grow into the full measure of the stature of Jesus Christ (Romans 8).

We’re not here to be entertained or made to feel better or to just be encouraged and motivated. We are here to grow into the full measure of the stature of Jesus Christ. Then the demons will know our names like they knew Paul or Jesus, but didn’t know the seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19). The demons will know our names. That’s God’s will for us, and that’s got to be our heart. I’m going to keep going back to these things because I hope it’s true that I’ll die for what God wants to do on the earth. I’ll live or I’ll die before I’ll put up with mediocrity and the statistically probable and predictable meetings and conversions and relationships. I’m tired of the mundane.

James 3 says that the wisdom of this world is unspiritual and of the devil. This world’s wisdom has to do with the predictable philosophies, activities and results of men. They are unspiritual and of the devil. What’s of the earth is clearly of the devil, according to the Scriptures. What’s of God is clearly of God.

So there is no place in my heart and I hope not in yours for what’s statistically probable. If we allow that mentality, we will go to our graves having never seen God and the Things that statistics couldn’t predict. It ought to break your hearts to go into meetings week after week and nothing ever happen that can’t be explained by what humans are able to do with a little motivation, imagination, raw ability, and a little knowledge. It can all be completely explained in the natural realm by natural means. You could set up 150 atheists and give them their lines, and they could do exactly the same thing that you did. That ought to make you sick. That ought to kill us inside.

Let it be God who shows up. Let it be God! Let it be a piece of the Deity, of the Creator of the universe rather than just events and words. The Kingdom of God does not consist of rhetoric. It doesn’t consist even of teaching but of dunamis, of power (1Cor. 4:20). Dynamite is unmistakable. Can you put it in your coat pocket and light it and try to pretend that it doesn’t exist? No way! It’s going to have an effect. There’s something real about God. Amen?

 

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