I’m reading a book by Erwin McManus called Seizing Your Divine Moment: Dare to Live a Life of Adventure … and it’s messing me up.
It’s an older book, written in 2002. But sometimes a book is so prophetic that it’s for NOW, whenever God brings it to your attention. This book is one of those.
Seizing Your Divine Moment uses the story about how Jonathan (King Saul’s son) and his armorbearer slipped out of the camp one day and attacked the Philistines, all by themselves. They routed the Philistines; God sent an earthquake; and the mood of the whole nation of Israel was changed.
But more than that, it’s a story about how God sends you moments that impact your life, others’ lives, and even the world–and you don’t want to miss them.
The book address the topics of boldness, uncertainty, risk-taking, impact, legacy, and so much more.
I first heard about this book when I heard Lou Engle mention it in a sermon. I purchased it right away, but I didn’t read it at that time.
But just recently, the Lord told me to pick it up and read.
And it’s cleaning my clock.
It’s cleaning my clock because, sometimes, we let the enemy intimidate us or make us fearful … but fear and intimidation are not God’s will for us.
It’s cleaning my clock because, sometimes, it’s so HARD to go against the flow when culture (even Christian culture) wants you to sit down, shut up, and wait for your ship to come in. But sitting down and shutting up have NEVER been God’s will for us.
And it’s cleaning my clock because, if you’re going to go against the flow and DO SOMETHING for God with your life, you’ve got to stay motivated. You’ve got to keep yourself inspired. You’ve got to sit at the feet of Jesus for regular doses of power, courage, creativity, and inspiration.
And this book is a HUGE dose of that power, courage, creativity, and inspiration from the Holy Spirit.
Do you need to take a drink of Holy-Spirit-crafted jet fuel for your soul and spirit? If so, I wanted to let you know about this book, as you might want to read it too.
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Every day of this series has four parts: Read, Know, Pray, and Listen. As you walk through this series, I pray that you would be powerfully impacted and that Holy Spirit would take you to a new level of intimacy with Jesus!
Today, on Day 4, we’re talking about a foundational skill that you will need as we talk more about supernatural encounters this month. It’s how to test the spirits! Be sure to learn this skill well!
Read: 1 John 4:1-6
Second Corinthians 11:14 tells us that Satan can appear looking like an angel of light. And of course, you already know that his demons pretend to be telling the truth–even though they are only lying. As Jesus said to the unbelieving Jews:
Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it'” (John 8:42-44).
The devil is a liar. His minions–the sinful, fallen angels, which we call “demons”–are liars too.
Related: How To Win In Spiritual Warfare
Therefore, it is very important that you know how to test the spirits, to know whether they are from God or not.
Spiritual roots are an often-overlooked part of our walk with Christ.
If we have deep spiritual roots, then both God and people will be able to trust us. We can go far and make a major impact on the Kingdom if we have roots deep enough to sustain us.
However, if we don’t grow spiritual roots–or don’t grow very deep ones–then we will not be able to carry weight in the Kingdom. We may be able to walk in power, but we won’t be able to sustain the responsibility and influence that go with that power.
Without roots, we will simply topple and fall when the first big storm arises–even if we look really pretty on the outside.
Growing deep spiritual roots is simply a crucial part of our growth.
So how do you grow those deep spiritual roots? Here are seven ways that you can put down those roots. This list is not all-inclusive, but it’s a pretty good picture of how to begin–and of the seriousness of the root-growing process. 🙂
1. Hide God’s Word in your heart.
I put this first because it and #2 are the easiest–and they will save you a lot of trouble if you do them!
Hiding God’s Word in your heart will keep you from sinning against God. Psalm 119:11 says:
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
Hiding God’s Word in your heart is important because God wants to build character in us, and knowledge of His Word will help us grow. He wants to give us those spiritual roots even more than we want them. His goal is to transform us into the image of Christ!
His Word even says that we do not have to sin at all. Did you know that? It is absolutely possible, in Christ, to live a sinless life.
But we will never get there without hiding God’s Word in our heart. In reality, we will never grow at all–and never put down any kind of spiritual roots–without God’s Word in our heart.
So how do you hide God’s Word in your heart?
You read it. Every day.
More than that, you read slowly. You digest it. You memorize it–first phrases, then sentences, then verses.
And most importantly of all, you pray-read through it, which means:
- asking God for all the good stuff as you read about good stuff;
- asking for His help with all the commands;
- thanking Him continually; and
- asking for His conviction, forgiveness, and power to change when He shows us sin in our lives.
If you will hide God’s Word in your heart, you will begin to put down spiritual roots. Even if you start at slowly, it will work!
So begin today. Start where you are, with tiny portions at a time if that’s what you can do. Just start, and you will grow!
2. Pray. Pray a lot.
Oh, beloved. Other than God’s Word and, of course, His Spirit, prayer is the most powerful force we have available to us on the earth.
Prayer is two-way communication. It is communion with God. It is the sweet savoring of intimate conversation with our Heavenly Father, the Lover of our souls.
When you pray, you encounter God personally. In prayer, you are very literally right before His throne. That’s why Hebrews 4:16 says:
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
People of much character are people of much prayer. If you want to grow and put down spiritual roots, prayer is absolutely essential.
Beloved, you can save yourself from a lot of agony and trouble if you invest your time in a whole lot of prayer.
I can’t even tell you how many times I went to the Lord, intending to do a particular thing later–and God showed me as I prayed not to do it … thus saving me a ton of trouble.
Have you ever been alone with the Lord, when all of a sudden you feel a deep-down, gut-level connection with God that feels different than ordinary prayer?
- It’s that feeling you get when you know you’re speaking deeply to His heart, and He is listening hard and speaking deeply right back.
- That feeling of knowing the Holy Spirit is right there with you, and you’re in the most intimate communion with the Father.
- It’s when your heart is laid bare before Him, but you’re safe there and you know it.
Yeah. That feeling.
There’s really nothing like it. Just being with Him, opening your soul, and knowing that He’s receiving it all and that He’ll take care of you.
How would you like to experience that kind of connection with Him every time you pray?
How do I know? Because I love to spend time with the Lord in prayer, but some prayers draw me closer to Him than others. Sometimes I feel His presence and His heart more than I do at other times, and I’ve noticed a pattern.
I’ve noticed that certain, specific prayers seem to spur that connection with Him where all the deep parts of my heart are laid open, and it’s all right.
For me anyway, there are 10 prayers that draw me into this level of intimate closeness with the Lord during my quiet time. Well, actually, 11 prayers, because the first prayer is always asking the Lord to fill me with the Holy Spirit anew and afresh today. That’s THE most important prayer of all.
But after that, there are 10 specific prayers that draw me closer to God than any other prayers. I thought I’d share them with you today, in case you’d like to pray them yourself.
What’s special about these prayers? Well … [Read more…]