In 2014 we need to keep on doing what God is calling us to do …

2014 is a new and exciting year.  For us in this New Year, we need to keep on doing what God is calling us to do.  Keep the main thing the main thing! 

Joel 3:14 – “Multitudes, multitudes are in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.   

Micah 6:8 - “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy – and to walk humbly with your God.

In Joel, Chapter 1, at a time of devastation there came a call for repentance.

At the worst of time Joel was told to:

  • Blow the trumpet
  • Sound the alarm 
  • For the Lord is coming
  • It is close at hand

Charles Dickens’ opening line from A Tale of Two Cities is, ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.May our hearts ever be drawn to the lost, may we walk humbly before God, even in the worst of our situation may it be the best of time.

 

 

 

 

A deeper longing after God

Misty Edwards, a songwriter, has these lyrics in her song Soul Cry, ‘Hunger is an escort to the deeper things of You, and You satisfy’.

Dudley Daniel said, “A leader who has a heart after God will always deal with those things that will hinder the work of God.”

If there is a hunger after God, living in the miraculous will be an everyday experience.

But that would mean a crossing over (our Jordan) from the things that would be offensive to the Holy Spirit.

And the Lord came and said: Get yourself ready, in three days you are moving into the promised land.”

  1. The time of crossing over will come when we least expect it, like it happened to the people of Israel.
  2.  It may well come at an inconvenient time. For the people of Israel it certainly was!
  • It was harvest time and the farmers had planted their crops on the Jordan Valley. 
  • It was rainy season, and
  • The Jordan River was in flood.

Know that a deeper longing after God comes with a price.