Tag: Move of God

God’s Move (a prophetic plea)

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A move of God is the only thing that can save America. And it will have to be a move of God, not unlike the demonstration and visitation seen on the day of Pentecost many, many years ago.

Back in “the day”, the first thing the believers did was join and pray, expectantly. What were they expecting? They didn’t know. Jesus said something about being filled with power, clothed with power, and also something about being a martyr.

They weren’t sure how long to pray. They probably didn’t know what to pray. They did a little bit of church business, but other than that they prayed. And stayed in one accord. In unity.

Once God showed up, the people worked at keeping it a move of God. At least for a number of years. Oh, it wasn’t easy, as there were a number of people tossing in their two drachmas worth of nonsense.

There were a few cages rattled, and a few feelings hurt; but the world was changed by the move of God.

Today, there are a number of people praying and expecting a move of God. I see a difference, though, between today’s “upper room crowd” and our kinfolk back in Jerusalem.

The difference? Our kinfolk didn’t have the disadvantage of years and years of church history to mess them up. They just prayed expectantly, knowing God would do something great. Not like today. We have 2000 years of church history, with fussing and fighting and defending OUR beliefs by declaring everyone else’s wrong.

Today’s group, if not careful, will pray expectantly until something happens they don’t agree with. Until someone tries to move the hand of God in a way others haven’t witnessed before. Or until the wrong person gets the nod from God to preach to the gathering multitude.

There is needed a move of God. God. And we need to let him pick the orator. We need to allow him to set the stage, call the cues, and pick the players. It’s his show.

I fear, yes, fear is the correct word; I fear the church settles for a tiny move of God in a church over there somewhere. And a little move and excitement in a church on the other side of the tracks. Settling for a revival meeting here, a revival meeting there. Little smatterings of God. Little bits of God’s pocket change dumped in an area with trillion dollar needs.

Because that’s all God wants to do? No! Because that’s all we will allow him to do.

Already I sense there are people placing their name on what God’s trying to do. “Come to MY prayer meeting. It’s the one God’s using to give birth to his last great move.” Really?

GOD is up to something bigger, MUCH bigger, than what my little bitty mind can define. Yours also. As on the day of Pentecost when everything was new to them, that’s what’s coming our way. GOD, in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, WILL do something redemptive and restorative one more time. Many are sensing it. Many are believing for it, expecting it.

Great. Let’s not cause a miscarriage of God’s move with our selfishness, a desire for followers, and a lack of true love for God; as demonstrated by our love for the brethren.

Egos, be nailed to the cross, in Jesus’ Name!

May God move and may we allow him the freedom to move.

Because He WILL do good.

Who’s Turn Is It To Move?

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Almost any time a group of people sit down to play a game, regardless of the game, there’s one phrase that is probably repeated more than any other. “Who’s turn is it to move?”

Years ago when my wife’s granddad was alive, the three of us got together a number of times to play Dominos. Not the game where you place them on their edge, line them up and knock them down. No, we actually played the version that entails adding the spots, trying to place a domino that would make the count on the table a multiple of 5, and continue playing until someone reached 500 points.

Sometimes my mind works faster than other times. But it seemed like it was a “slow mind day” every time we’d play Granddad. I’d sit at the table, dominos in front of me, trying to figure out my next move. Pretty soon I’d hear him say, “Play one, look at the rest.” Of course that really meant, “It’s your turn to move, so hurry up.” This was funny to my wife and I, because Granddad always took longer than anyone else when it was his turn.

I got to thinking about this today when my mind wandered over to thoughts about the Kingdom of God, and then the Move of God. I realize neither the Kingdom or the Move is a game, but, sorry, my mind sometimes works this way.

In my mind, I began remembering the different ways God has “moved” throughout history. I’ll share, briefly, a few “for instances” to help explain my point.

The first “move” to discuss was when the children of Israel were in the desert, on their way to the promised land. Remember the story? God’s people were led by the Pillar of Cloud by day, and the Pillar of Cloud by night. The Pillar moved, then the congregation, under Moses’ leadership, moved.

Another time, in Numbers 13 and 14, the Lord moved when the 12 spies returned. The movement began when Joshua and Caleb said, “the land is just like God said; so let’s rise up and take it because we are well able.” It then became the congregation’s turn to move. However, they forfeited their move through doubt and unbelief. Later, they decided to “try it” anyway, not realizing it wasn’t their move any longer. That move cost them about 30 lives…

God “moved” upon David’s heart, after he was installed as the new king, to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. It was David’s turn to move, but, according to 2 Samuel 6, David didn’t move according to God’s plan and it cost the life of Uzzah. Later, though, God moved again upon David and, this time, David followed God’s instruction. As a result, a greater move took place as the Lord watched over Jerusalem from His place between the cherubim.

Fast forward several hundred years to another “move” planned by the Lord. The Angel appeared to Mary, giving her news from the very Throne of God. I can’t imagine what went through her head as she listened. The Lord was preparing another “move”, a move that would change the world and the universe! So, God took His turn to move as the Angel spoke His plans.

Now it was Mary’s turn. And move she did. She said, “Be it unto me according to Thy Word.” Her move was to believe and receive the Word of the Lord.

Down through the centuries, in various ways, places, and times, God has “moved” upon a group of people to begin to carry out His plans and purposes for His Kingdom. I believe we’re fast approaching another “move”, maybe the final “move” for this age as we know it.

But who’s turn is it to move? What if we’re all sitting around the table, dominos in front of us, waiting for the Lord to take His turn, when, in fact, it’s really our turn to move? What if we’re waiting for a huge cosmic sign from Heaven, a lightning bolt, a prophetic word, an itch on the bottom of our foot; whatever else someone might take as a sign, to declare to us it’s now our turn?

I will simply say, “play one, look at the rest.” It’s our turn to move! We have His Word telling us to go. He’s even told us where to go, “into all the world”, and how to go, “in My Name”. If we wait, we could end up forfeiting our turn, which, as we have seen, can be very costly!

Yes, God has times and seasons in which He does specific things. But the specific thing He is really focused on right now, today, 2013, is reaching someone else with Life. He’s taken His turn by sending His Son and raising Him from the dead. He then sent the Spirit of God to lead us and empower us.

IT IS OUR TURN TO MOVE!!!

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