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The Mountain of the Lord’s Temple

Isaiah 2:2-3
In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.  He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”  The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

When the temple was established in Jerusalem, no gentile could ever enter it, no matter how devout they were.  Temple worship was the exclusive right of the nation of Israel.

Things are different now.  Because of what Christ has done, all nations may now enter the invisible, holy temple of God.  We can now climb the heights to His very presence.  What was formerly impossible is now accessible by grace.

It is now possible to sit at the feet of the Lord and allow Him to teach you His ways.  Even when the temple was open to Israel, only the priests had that privilege.  Now, because of the cross, we can all experience the move of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Make that climb today, to the top, to the mountain of God’s temple.  Approach the majestic presence of the Creator of all things.  Worship at His feet, for He is worthy to receive it.  Wait on Him, for His Spirit to move upon your heart.  Lives are forever changed up on that mountain.  Let yours be one of them.

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Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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Running to Win

The Olympics are quickly approaching.  Are you going to watch it?  If so, what excites you about it?

1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

One of the biggest things about the Olympics, that draws us in, is that it only happens every 4 years.  For many athletes it is a once in a lifetime chance to show what they’re capable of accomplishing.  It is this all or nothing, “go for the gold” attitude that brings fans to their feet in applause for the victors.

I have never heard any competitor say, “I just wanted to run on the Olympic track.  That’s good enough for me.  I don’t need to give my best.”  That would be the craziest thing ever.  No one would want to watch that athlete.

Yet, in the Christian walk, how often do we see this attitude.

“I’m saved and going to Heaven.  That’s good enough for me.”

These believers will go to church on Sunday.  But they don’t want to inconvenience themselves for God or His work.  There is no passion in their walk.  There is no drive or vision for what the Lord can do in and through them.

We need to take inventory of ourselves.  What kind of a runner am I?  Am I content to just sit back and let others win the prize?  Or do I want to give it everything I have within me?

We need to pick up the “Olympic spirit” in our spiritual walk.  Go for the gold.  Let the Holy Spirit inspire you to accomplish great things for God.  Through Him, we can do above and beyond all we could ever imagine that we could do.  Be that victorious believer, who runs the race from a heart on fire for Christ.

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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Flee to the Mountains!

Mark 13:14
“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong – let the reader understand – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

Jesus was giving His disciples a prophetic word concerning what they would be facing in the years ahead.  He was explaining to them about the fall of Jerusalem and the desecration of the temple.  He told them that when they see these things occur it was time to head for the hills, as the city would not be safe any longer.

“Fee to the mountains” is still good advice today.  When sin and the “abominations” of life start to weaken you, you must find a refuge for rest and relief.  You have to find a place to be alone with God.  Your faith and strength need to be restored in His presence.

Throughout Scripture we are exhorted to enter the mountains of God.  We need to seek a mountaintop experience with the Lord.  This is quality time, not just rattling off a list of needs and wants.  It is spending a while just listening to Him.  That is probably the hardest thing for any Christian to accomplish – spending time in silence.  In some cases it may be just as hard as scaling a tall mountain.

It is in the quiet places that your spirit can be renewed and refreshed.  You can put the noise of society behind you and hear the voice of Christ calling you to a higher walk.  Spend that quality time before Him today.  In His presence is all you need for life and godliness.  If you will flee to His side, you will have all the strength you need to continue on and face your battles victoriously.

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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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A View of the Promise

God has given you many precious promises.  Some are in the Scripture, while others are more personal – between God and you.  How real are they to you?

Deuteronomy 34:1-2
Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho.  There the LORD showed him the whole land – from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea.

Sometimes, when you’re alone with God, He will take you for a mountaintop view of the promise.  Maybe it will deal with your calling, career, family, relationships, or some other area of your life.  At that point you will see clearly what He has in store for you, even if He doesn’t always show the path by which He will take you there.

It is always God’s will to share His plans with His people, the problem is, we are not always listening.  The Lord waits until He has our undivided attention so that He can speak to us clearly and without distraction.

He wants to show you a glimpse of His plan for you.  It will encourage you and strengthen you for the road ahead.  Always be ready for these moments of clarity.  Unfortunately, these times are few and far between in our lives.  Missing the chance that the Lord offers will hurt your progress, but responding to His call will affect the rest of your life.

Use your time wisely.  Spend quality time in His presence, listening for His voice.  Seek to know His will for your life.

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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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Called Back to Egypt

Exodus 4:19-20
Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill you are dead.”  So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt.  And he took the staff of God in his hand.

Moses had been away from his adopted home in Egypt for a long while.  But in this time of his life, God was calling him to go back.  He had a mission from God – to set his people free.  Even so, it still required a wilderness journey.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to leave a comfortable place.  Many people have had to move for various reasons.  I have had to make a move a few times.  It’s not that tough to pack up and fill boxes.  But when the moving truck is all loaded and you are looking into an empty house or apartment – a subtle transformation occurs.

Suddenly, without warning, the place that you’ve called home for this part of your life is no longer yours.  Now you’re on the road and headed for a new destination.

We may be very content where our life is right now.  Then, when God calls us to a higher level, we can never be satisfied this way again.  Remember that we need to be a people who are packed and ready to go.  This world is not our home and the things of this world will never truly fulfill us.

When you go before the Lord today reiterate to Him your total commitment to following His path for your life – no matter where it leads.  Thank Him for your destiny in Him.  Then be open and listening for any course changes He may speak to you this day.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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Mountains and Hills

Psalm 72:3
The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.

I have always thought this was an interesting verse.  It tells us that the mountains will bring God’s people prosperity, the fruit of righteousness.

How can a mountain “bring” anything?  It can’t unless we do something first.  If it is to be an abundant harvest of crops, then the mountainside or hillside must be cultivated, planted, and harvested.  If it is to be a spiritual harvest, then we must climb the mountain by prayer and intimacy with the Lord.  Either way it will require an effort on our part.

The mountain cannot do it alone.  We are expected to initiate the blessing.  People talk about “mountaintop experiences”, but I don’t think they fully understand them.  They think it’s just a happy time in their life.  That’s not quite it. A spiritual mountaintop is a place of clarity in your walk with God.  It is a time when you see that way ahead and have a renewed vision for your destiny.  This is the basis of true prosperity.

Seek out these mountaintop times with the Lord.  Find a quiet time and place to prepare your soul to hear from the Lord.  You can be changed in His life-giving presence.  You can receive a new abundance in your life that you have never known before.

Spend time with the Lord today.  Have a “mountaintop” experience.  Come down from that place refreshed and renewed in your inner man.

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Posted by on June 3, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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Lost Donkeys

1 Samuel 9:3-4
Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.”  So he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and through the area around Shalisha, but they did not find them. They went on into the district of Shaalim, but the donkeys were not there. Then he passed through the territory of Benjamin, but they did not find them.

This sounds like a pretty boring passage of Scripture.  All we see is Saul, wandering in the wilderness, looking for some lost donkeys.  Did you ever have a day like that?  It just seemed like you spent the day spinning your wheels and nothing was accomplished.

I’m glad that’s not all there is to the story.  As Saul worked at this seemingly mundane task, God worked out His plan.  The Lord used this boring day to orchestrate a meeting between Saul and the prophet Samuel.  Little did Saul know that Samuel was looking for a king for the nation of Israel.  It was through the searching for lost donkeys that Saul met Samuel and was soon anointed king.

You may think you are only working in an office, or keeping a house clean, or attending a class.  God, on the other hand, may have more in mind for you than you think.  Keep your heart and your eyes open.  Maybe He has a meeting planned for you during the day that will change the direction of your life.  To prepare for this “divine appointment”, all you can do is stay focused on Him, and let the Holy Spirit guide you.

Allow the Lord to prepare you for the day ahead.  You must seek His wisdom for the days that are before you.  Only the Lord has access to the map that will lead to your destiny in His will.  Only when you seek His guidance will you be ready for whatever He has in store for you.

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Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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A Shout from the Mountaintop

Isaiah 42:10-11
Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.  Let the desert and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops.

Being on a mountaintop always gives me an exhilarating feeling.  It is hard thing to describe all the sensations that accompany it.  I cannot fully express them to someone who has never seen the clouds blowing by beneath their feet, or felt the wind whipping over the peak, or stood in awe to see the breathtaking landscape spread out before them.  Just being there evokes such a feeling on the inside that I want to burst out in praise to my God.

Sometimes, when I am alone on a peak, I will sing or pray out loud to the Lord.  At those times, the presence of the Spirit of God is undeniable.  I challenge you to look for those opportunities.  We must seek out the times when God makes His presence especially real to us.

Maybe you have never heard yourself pray, praise God, or sing out loud before.  Don’t let timidity stop you from experiencing a breakthrough in your Christian walk.  Try it out the next time you find yourself alone in God’s presence, even if it feels a little uncomfortable at first.  You will find that there is an awesome revelation of God when you praise Him audibly.  Experience it for yourself.  See the joy and freedom that fills your heart as you open up in His amazing presence.

If this has helped you, write me a comment about what you experienced.

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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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Climb that Hill

Psalm 24:3-6
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?  Who may stand in his holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.  He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior.  Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

These are the real mountain-climbers.  Those who desire to ascend to the hill of the Lord and to stand in His holy place.  Are you one of those who want to stand in this place of power where few have ever been?

To climb a daunting hill requires persistence.  Step by step, sometimes just plodding along, you get to the top.  This “hill” of the Lord’s presence requires the same kind of consistency.

It is good to know that the access we need has already been granted through the blood of Jesus Christ.  That is all the permission we need to enter His holy presence.  The daily walk, however, is up to us.  We can choose to spend time in His presence – a choice that will reap eternal benefits – or we can ignore it and live for ourselves.

Make that choice today.  Spend the extra time that is necessary in the presence of the Lord.  Ascend His holy hill in the power of His Spirit.  Allow His holiness to draw you further upward than you have ever gone before.

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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Running with Horses

Jeremiah 12:5
“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?  If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”

God calls us to do greater things with Him than we could have ever done without Him.  We can go above and beyond our abilities, because of His strength working in us.  In this section of Scripture, Jeremiah is complaining about why the wicked prosper.  It was upsetting him to the point that it was affecting his work for God.

Sometimes we get distracted by the lack of commitment that we see in others.  What God tells him applies to us as well.  God’s reply to Jeremiah is that if you are turned aside that easily – just by looking at what others are doing (or not doing) – then you will really be thrown off when you see how high I’ve actually called you to go.

It’s like the person who says that their dream is to walk the Appalachian Trail, yet all the while they complain about the number of stairs leading to their front door.  Take some time to refocus your sights on the high calling God has for you.  And remember, if you let the small stuff get you down, you will never move on to the great things.

Take the time to refocus your thoughts in the presence of the Lord.  Let His plan for you fill your vision.  In this way you will not be distracted from completing the assignment God has for you.

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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Daily Thoughts


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