Category Archives: Prayer & Spiritual Insights

We are called to be faithful

I am currently touring the entire continent of Australia with Exodus Cry and the Australian Christian Lobby showing the film Nefarious: Merchant of Souls to the state parliaments and to the public.  I have been in some very intense situations over the past three weeks but God has been miraculously moving and I am constantly reminded of the fact that HE is doing this work and I am blessed enough to be able to go along for the ride.  Over the past few weeks I have come to understand more and more that God will put us in situations and pit us against problems that are overwhelming…I am constantly faced with the huge global injustice of sex trafficking, the resistance of lawmakers, the lies and deception surrounding the issue and the pervasiveness of the sex industry in our culture. The question many people ask me is “this is so huge, what can we do?” I have thought about that question many times and I believe we can do our part. God has been speaking these words to me lately, “I did not call you to be successful, I called you to be faithful.”  Revelation 17:14 says,  “for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”  What does it mean to be faithful? The Greek word for “faithful” is pistos and it speaks of someone who has shown themselves trustworthy in the execution of duties. It can also refer to one that is trusting rather than trustworthy. God has called us to trust Him and to carry out the assignments He has given us to the best of our ability and HE will do the rest….

Isaiah 42 says that Jesus will bring forth justice…we do our small part and He does His big part.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.

What is better than seeing Jesus face to face?

And Jesus said:

“…I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you.  But if I go, I will send him to you. ” John 16: 7 (ESV)

Hold on, what did he say??

What could possibly be better than seeing Jesus in person, with our eyes, face to face? What could be better than being able to speak to him one on one, to be able to ask him anything? What is better than being able to take the sick and the demonized to him directly, so that he could lay his hands on them and heal them?  What could be better than having Jesus himself in physical form sitting beside you right now?

Jesus said that it is to our advantage that he is not here…how could that be possible? How could this “Helper” that Jesus speaks of be better than Jesus himself?  Jesus says, that the Holy Spirit, who is the Helper is better for us than having him with us face to face.  Just stop for a minute and really think about that…

How would you feel today if Jesus were with you in person?  If he was actually in physical form sitting next to you this very moment?  It is mind blowing to think that Jesus said to his disciples who were with him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that it was better for them that he go away! How could that even be possible…they had him at their disposal at anytime…if they had a question they would ask him and he would answer…if they were sick he could heal them right then and there….if they needed food he could supernaturally produce it…they had him there to pray for them in person, to teach them anything and everything, and yet Jesus said it was better for them that he leave and send the “Helper”.

If we really believed what Jesus said, I think more of us would try to understand who this “Helper” is that is apparently available to us right now this very moment, the Helper is the Holy Spirit.  Yet most of us go about our days not giving much thought to the availability of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

We need to start living in the reality that the Holy Spirit is here right now and he is a force more valuable to us than if Jesus were here in the flesh standing by us this very moment.  This is a huge mystery and a glorious reality, and if we were to truly comprehend it this reality would change our lives completely.

“Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

While reading through the gospels this past week so many things struck me that I had never seen in the past.  In fact, something happened while reading that had never happened before, it was as if I was there.  I was there and I could hear the way Jesus was speaking, more than that, it was as if I could feel his heart’s emotions as he said the words.  One of the things that hit me was the meaning behind the words Jesus cried out while hanging on the cross. Mark 15:33-34 says “And when the sixth hour had come there was a darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  In the past I had always read this verse and felt a sense of remorse for Jesus…there he was suffering and at the brink of death and he felt forsaken.  He felt alone as if his father had forgotten him. But moments after reading this verse God led me to turn directly to Psalm 22 and what I read completely changed my perspective on Jesus’ mindset and emotions at that painful moment in time.

Jesus was not questioning the Father, He was not asking why he had been forsaken, he didn’t feel alone or in doubt about his Father’s intentions toward him. No, he was encouraging himself, he was strengthening his spirit by reminding himself of the promises of his Father. He was quoting Psalm 22 which was a prophetic picture of what was happening to him at that very moment. I can imagine how he may have been quoting that psalm over and over in his mind as he hung there…the prophecy was consoling him. The prophecy spoke of that exact moment and it strengthened his soul because the prophecy has a very powerful ending. An ending of triumph and glory…

Psalm 22 says, (and Jesus said as he hung on the cross…)

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?…  Yet you are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.  To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame… I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death…For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet–I can count all my bones–they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid! Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!  For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him. From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!  All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive,  Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.”

Jesus cried out “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” Hear the true cry of Jesus’ heart…the cry of faith in his Father, the shout of praise because he knew he had overcome the power of the enemy and his works would be remembered for all generations.