Friday, February 25, 2011

Live for Him

Fasted Lifestyle Lesson #5
Live For Him

I have seen many slogans and phrases over the years that have something to do with 'dying to yourself' and 'living for Him', but something really hit me one day when I was meditating on fellowship ping with Him in suffering.

It was in the moment where your reading and the words come to an abrupt stop. Everything in the background fades to white noise, and three words stand out... but for Him.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

What Does this mean, "Live for Him"? It does not mean to fit Him in to your life. It does not mean to go to church regularly, pray regularly, and have some good Christian disciplines. Oh my gosh, overwhelmed with revelation of the knowledge of Him I live!

Take a look at this magnificent hidden mystery in the scriptures...

The Context is Moses has been spending a lot of time up on that mountain with God. So much so that when He came down He face was shining. He didn't want to freak the people out, he wanted to deliver the message of the Lord to them, so he covered his face to speak to them. Read this exchange:

"But Moses called out to them and asked Aaron and all the leaders of the community to come over, and he talked with them. 32 Then all the people of Israel approached him, and Moses gave them all the instructions the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. 33 When Moses finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil. 34 But whenever he went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the Lord, he would remove the veil until he came out again. Then he would give the people whatever instructions the Lord had given him, 35 and the people of Israel would see the radiant glow of his face. So he would put the veil over his face until he returned to speak with the Lord." Exodus 34:31-35 NLT

This Bible translation puts it in a way the others don't. take a look at verses 34 and 35 closely. Moses is with the Lord on the mountain. He goes down to the people until it is time to return to the Lord on the mountain. It is a heart posture. He is with the Lord, consumed by His presence, obviously, if he is up there forty days, I mean did he even eat? What went on up there?? People would die if they attempted to get past the cloud that settled at the base of the mountain, I mean, picture this! And he comes down with His face glowing! Seriously, how intense of encounter did Moses experience?

Here is the revelation of a life in God. Moses is with God, goes to do the business with the people, then returns back to God. Our Christian life looks more like this. We are with people all the time, family, work, etc. We take a little time with the Lord, then return back to the people. Do you see that?

Living for Him means everything. Everything. We say it, we sing it, but we don't know what is truly means to live for Him? Call it extreme, call it religious, but if you seriously took inventory of everything in your life- everything you own, everything you watch, every way you spend your time, every person you keep company with, everything- can you say Jesus would live the same even in this modern culture?

I want to live consumed, in thought, in deed, in motive, and in word. Father of Glory teach us how to live for You.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Fasted Lifestyle

The clearest picture we have of the what the fasted lifestyle looks like is the life of John the Baptist. John the Baptist presents a picture of a man with a single life vision and focus; preparing the way of the Lord. In fact, he is the picture of a "forerunner" living a "fascinated" life.

I really want to encourage you to study the life of John the Baptist. It is something I am going after this year, asking for deeper revelation on the fasted lifestyle.

If you want to listen to the message I spoke on the Fasted Lifestyle 1/30/11 click the link below- it will take you to the Convergence House of PRayer Media site. Just click on the date and message title "The Fasted Lifestyle".

Oh and hope you are doing good on Day Two of the Global Bridegroom Fast!
- Gina