"In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old."
The Summer and Fall of 2007 have been a precious season where we sensed the very presence of this Angel spoken of in Isaiah 63.9; leading and ministering through us; Jesus Christ. The "Angel of the Face of His Presence did 5 things for ther Jews and continues to do them today for His Church: Gen 24:7,40 = To prosper your way. Ex 23:20 = To keep you in the way & bring you to the place which God prepared. Ex 32:34 = To help lead Moses lead the people to the place of which God spoke to him of. Ex 33:2 = To drive out the inhabitants of the land that God gave them. Num 20:16; Ex 12 = To deliver Israel in one night from the bondage of Eygpt.
Psalm 15: LORD, WHO shall dwell [temporarily] in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell [permanently] on our holy hill? He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart, He who does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he who honors those who fear the Lord (who revere and worship Him); who swears to his own hurt and does not change; [He who] does not put out his money for interest [to one of his own people] and who will not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
There is a place - in the human being that cannot be touched by any hand or malicious tool, it is the Altar - the secret place in the depth of man. It is sacred - it is our spirit, the place where Christs dwells, the call, the Holy of holiest. Here we worship either the Almighty or self that perishes hourly. God wants to be God of this room, worshiped at this altar. This human spirit must be purged by the one and pure Holy Spirit, the spirit of burning, by the eternal blood of Christ and the water of the Word. Here in this temple that was purged we hear the call of God unto sanctification, & holiness. This room, this altar, this holy place is reserved for communion with not angels or some glorious creature but the Creator Himself. The throne in this enclave is made only for One yet ego strains to stay on it. But until God is the One God of the Throne and the Altar of the human spirit, there can only be anarchy, chaos, restlessness and sin. God must be the God of the secret place or we must become rebels.
Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Poland, Hungary, Moldova.
"Cause me to know the Way I should walk - teach me to do thy will, thy Spirit is good - Show me thy ways - Teach me thy paths - Lead me in thy Truth." Ps 134:8,10; Ps 25.4,5.
The "Man of the East" in Isaiah 41 is the persecuted church in Central Asia: "Who has roused up one from the east, whom He calls in righteousness to His service and whom victory meets at very step? He [the Lord] subdues nations before him and makes him ruler over kings. He turns them to dust with the sword, and to driven straw and chaff with his bow. He pursues them and passes safely and unhindered, even by a way his feet had not trod and so swiftly that his feet do not touch the ground. Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord--the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God]--I am He."
Can we love God, be anyway thankful for the work, sacrifice of his Son? Can we in the smallest way attempt the execution of his will? Can we love the unlovely, help the destitute, walk a mile in the shoes of an alchoholic? Can we be with the lonely, hold the hand of a widow in her hour of sorrow? Can we love the one who betrays us not once but seventy times seven? Can we hate this world - all it's beauty, fashion and riches? Can we fervantly hate sin, iniquity, and our own life unto death? I THINK NOT. WE CANNOT. Christ can and does. Let Him take your hand and lead you the Way you would not...
We are broken by Him like bread and broken bread feeds. When He breaks us He distributes life and substance to the Body of Christ making it possible for others to commune with Christ in us. We are not broken for ourselves but others. "This is my body - broken for you"
During this trip God has placed in my spirit such a burden for these people of the 10/40 window, the Muslims that do not know the name of their father "Ishmael" means "God that hears the cry" - the cry of their heart. Many of us christians are standing on a boat as Peter did fishing, when the Lord suddenly appears walking on our water...may our response be..."Lord! if it is you...call me to come..."
In Acts 27 we see a theme, "Don't underestimate the value of trips with unexpected events". This summer was a flash of fellowship and outreach in 10 cities, 8 different countries. Cherkassy, Ukraine; Sevastopol, Crimea; L'viv, Ukraine; Kaposvar, Hungary; Tyumen, Siberia; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Zagreb, Croatia; Banja Luka, Bosnia; Sarajevo, Bosnia; Krakow Poland.
The secret of God is in His people, it is so easily missed. To see this secret we must be made very small by the Cross. We do not make ourselves small; God does that by the greatness of His gentle mercy.
The tasks of the King must be accomplished by steps: 1. Take a step - don't withdraw like a victim 2. Take another step - don't condemn the man that doesn't take it with you 3. Keep taking steps - never get satisfied with your last step. Every step we take is onto holy ground God has given us - Joshua 1.6,9