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You Are Called to Be INTENSE!

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.” Genesis 1:21

NO WONDER THE OCEAN IS SO BIG

 

In Genesis, the Bible says that the Lord created great whales. This Word “great” in the Hebrew is the word “gadowl”. Looking at the word in the original Hebrew text, gadowl (english translation “great”) means: large in magnitude, large in number, in intensity, loud, older, great in importance, God Himself (of GOD).

Seeing a pod of humpback whales firsthand must be intense! No wonder the ocean is so BIG! The whales are not only large in magnitude, large in number, large in intensity, loud, old, great in importance to the kingdom, they are a reflection of God HIMSELF.

CALLED TO BE GREAT! CALLED TO BE … I N T E N S E

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3-4

What about us? Aren’t we called to be GREAT as well? The Bible says in Genesis 12:3-4 that the Lord will make of Abraham and the house of Israel “a GREAT nation”. He even went so far as to tell father Abraham that He would “make thy name GREAT”.

 

The question for myself today is, am I living GREAT? I know in the past I have run into people who consider being called “intense” a negative thing. Perhaps they have been told to “relax, or calm down- you’re being too intense”. But here in scripture God Himself is saying that it is His people, the people of God ARE supposed to be GREAT, they are supposed to be found intense! This intensity is by design!

INTENSITY COMES FROM INTENSE PASSION

Only the truly GREAT ones are considered intense, because being found “great” also means to be found intense! Wow! It’s time to turn up the heat! It’s time to begin walking out our GREATNESS in our intensity! The nest person who calls us “intense” is complementing us, they are establishing the fact that we are children of God!

God’s design for His creation was to be considered GREAT. This takes the statement, “I see GREATNESS in you” to a whole new level!”

When we are found “GREAT” in His sight, we are found:

  • Large
  • Intense
  • Loud
  • Long lasting
  • Important
  • Of God Himself

 

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, it is my desire that I be found as one of your “greats”, a person of INTENSE faith and of an INTENSE heart for You. Let my heart be ever mindful of You and YOUR greatness oh God! YOU are intense, YOU are large, YOU are loud, YOU are long lasting, YOU are important, YOU are GOD! Also Lord, let me be found humble in my greatness in You. Lord keep me mindful that no matter how LARGE and INTENSE the pressures of this world get, YOU are my source, my Rock and even GREATER still than any trial or tribulation! How GREAT is our God! It is only in YOUR greatness that I can be made into anything great, and it is only through YOUR power that the level of intensity for You that I choose to have, can overcome the intensities of this world. PRAISE JESUS! In Your Son Jesus’ name I pray… AMEN!

Understanding the Spirit of Lust and Adultery

“Sheol (the place of the dead) and Abaddon (the place of destruction) are never satisfied; so [the lust of] the eyes of man is never satisfied.” Proverbs 27:20

A GRUESOME AND SAD STORY 2 Samuel 13:1-15 (MSG)

Some time later, this happened: Absalom, David’s son, had a sister who was very attractive. Her name was Tamar. Amnon, also David’s son, was in love with her. Amnon was obsessed with his sister Tamar to the point of making himself sick over her. She was a virgin, so he couldn’t see how he could get his hands on her. Amnon had a good friend, Jonadab, the son of David’s brother Shimeah. Jonadab was exceptionally streetwise. He said to Amnon, “Why are you moping around like this, day after day—you, the son of the king! Tell me what’s eating at you.”

“In a word, Tamar,” said Amnon. “My brother Absalom’s sister. I’m in love with her.”

“Here’s what you do,” said Jonadab. “Go to bed and pretend you’re sick. When your father comes to visit you, say, ‘Have my sister Tamar come and prepare some supper for me here where I can watch her and she can feed me.'”

So Amnon took to his bed and acted sick. When the king came to visit, Amnon said, “Would you do me a favor? Have my sister Tamar come and make some nourishing dumplings here where I can watch her and be fed by her.”

David sent word to Tamar who was home at the time: “Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare a meal for him.”

So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house. She took dough, kneaded it, formed it into dumplings, and cooked them while he watched from his bed. But when she took the cooking pot and served him, he wouldn’t eat.

Amnon said, “Clear everyone out of the house,” and they all cleared out. Then he said to Tamar, “Bring the food into my bedroom, where we can eat in privacy.” She took the nourishing dumplings she had prepared and brought them to her brother Amnon in his bedroom. But when she got ready to feed him, he grabbed her and said, “Come to bed with me, sister!”

“No, brother!” she said, “Don’t hurt me! This kind of thing isn’t done in Israel! Don’t do this terrible thing! Where could I ever show my face? And you—you’ll be out on the street in disgrace. Oh, please! Speak to the king—he’ll let you marry me.”

But he wouldn’t listen. Being much stronger than she, he raped her.

No sooner had Amnon raped her than he hated her—an immense hatred. The hatred that he felt for her was greater than the love he’d had for her. “Get up,” he said, “and get out!”

HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

One Sunday at church I was pondering the spirit of lust and adultery, and why exactly it happens. After all- how could it happen? I mean aren’t we Christians ALL married to Christ? If as single men and women we have placed Jesus first in our hearts, having a wandering eye away from Him would likewise mean cheating on God. How on earth could a Christian begin to desire another man or woman sexually, when they are already married to someone of their own (Christ + their current spouse)? It seemed as if that particular day the spirit of lust and adultery was on the minds of the people- and I intended to try and understand it.

As I was seeking God on the subject, the story that came to my mind from the Bible was the story of Amnon and Tamar. King David’s son and daughter. While there was no adultery that occurred as Ammon had yet to be married, Amnon lusted after his sister Tamar until he raped her, therefore cheating on his covenant. This disgraced her- and it infuriated him and his family.


Noah’s Ark, The First Family in a New World

WE ARE ALL RELATED

 

The Holy Spirit revealed to me through the story of Amnon and Tamar that these things don’t just happen. That through the power of our imaginations and thought, we can do anything we set our minds to, even going against God’s Word and His plan for our lives. He also showed me that fornication, incest, lust and adultery (sexual sins), come rooted in our misunderstanding of the family unit. He said to me, “Until people in the Body of Christ fully understand that they are intertwined and spiritually related, lust and perversion will always be possible for them.” How true! Not just for sexual lusts alone, but the lust to kill, murder, and destroy will ALWAYS be considered acceptable, as long as men and women continue to see themselves as just “strangers” and not siblings!

Why is it not acceptable in society for people to marry their immediate brothers and sisters? The family unit is not set up that way! Science has proven genetically speaking, that when brothers and sisters (or others closely related) begin having children, the children tend toward genetic abnormalities. Falling in love with your sibling isn’t just socially taboo, it is scientifically unhealthy, and in many courts of law forbidden. Even the thought makes most people SICK!

So if it makes you (a mentally healthy and well balanced man or woman of God) sick to think of marrying, laying with and starting a family with your own flesh and blood… why wouldn’t it make you SICK thinking of laying with a brother or sister in the Body of Christ? Why not? Because chances are, you don’t see them as a sibling, you see them as a friend! God has ONE spouse in store for you, a man or woman of God who IS NOT already married, who has been MADE for you, and following after God and not after the flesh, is the only way to meet them! How will you  know you have met “the one”, God WILL make it clear to you!

JONADAB, was just a friend

The Bible says, Jonadab was a “friend” of Amnon, and not a member of King David’s immediate family. The Bible says Amnon lusted for his sister with great restraint (to the point of making himself SICK), until Jonadab began subtly influencing him to take advantage of Tamar. He crafted a way for Amnon to easily entrap Tamar his sister, and Amnon unfortunately listened to him. The harm that Jonadab did wasn’t just in suggesting that Amnon do this terrible thing, the main harm he was doing was changing Amnon’s point of view on family. Until Jonadab’s suggestions, Amnon saw himself as King David’s son and BROTHER to Tamar incapable of abusing her physically. After Jonadab’s (a non-relations) suggestion however, Amnon had mentally extricated himself from the family, and accepted that having sex with Tamar was a necessary thing to do, in order to pacify his lusts. He allowed his lust to superceded his own biological relationship, and in this superceding of thought, not only did he commit a crime against his sister, he lost his family status.*

ARE YOU WOUND IN A KNOT… ARE YOU SICK FOR ANOTHER?

If fornicating, sexual lust, or even hatred to another human being has you all wound up in a knot causing you to take your eyes of God our your spouse, understand that it is in your lack of understanding God’s family is what is causing this. You, upon receiving Christ are not just “friends” with other Christians any more. That person who you visualize being with (other than your spouse) IS YOUR SISTER! Is YOUR BROTHER! Why be jealous of them, why hate them, why lust after them in any way? Unless you do not see yourself as family, in that case… it is time to recommit yourself to the Body of Christ! It’s time to come back to the family! Jesus said,

Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:34-35

 

Would you lust after or threaten to harm your mother, your sister or brother? Heaven forbid! The challenge today is to begin to accept and receive your place in the Kingdom of God as son or daughter to the Lord, and then to recognize that all men and women in the Body ARE YOUR SIBLINGS and are NOT to be lusted after in any way. After all, this type of misunderstanding in regards to your family ONLY leads to extrication and sin. UNLESS you can begin to see yourself as sons and daughters of God, you will always be able to excuse hating and hurting your brother. At that point they are just “neighbors” and not family. Today is the day to cease from all ungodliness and a day to begin getting right again in the family. WE ARE ALL RELATED!

THOSE WHO CHOSE TO NOT BE FOR YOU… ARE AGAINST YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

In the case of the non-believer, the man and woman of God should hate the sin of those that hate against them, to the point of disgust. Would you desire to be married to someone who hated you and threatened to kill you? It is as absurd as desiring after your own flesh. A person who is against God, and hates God, is against you and your entire family!

The person that you are to desire is the Lord. He as a loving Father, as a Friend and as a Spiritual Spouse He knows everything about you and has chosen for you the man or woman of your dreams. When the time is right, this man or woman will become your spouse, and as your spouse, the two of you may enter into a Godly relationship of love, peace and marriage. Even your CHILDREN will call you blessed! All other relationships outside of marriage become family relationships, and those relationships are to be looked at as such. NOT as anything other than family. If you desire to permanently diffuse the spirit of lust or adultery, begin to see your “neighbor” as your SISTER, and STOP listening to whatever voice it is that is telling you that it’s ok to sleep with your sister!

Christ and His blood that was shed on the cross has absolved us from the spirit sin of lust- and it is in this blood that we Christians share the same spiritual DNA and we can confidently see ALL our brothers and sisters in Christ… AS FAMILY!