"And in the morning, rising up
a great while before day, he
went out, and departed into a
solitary place, and there
prayed. And Simon and they
that were with him followed
after him." - Luke 4:42- 44
What is happening?
• Unplugging & shutting down
our tech for 24hrs of prayer
and seeking God's Face in 4
specific areas, 2 hrs each
•Short 10 minute presentations
on each topic by spec. guests
Worship, Presentation, Prayer of
Presentation, Prayer for
Families, Marriages, Children.
2p~Worship, Presentation, Prayer
for our Churches, Missions, &
Prayer for our Nation 9.30p~Conclusion & Fellowship WHERE? 100 Meetinghouse Rd, Manchester, PA 17345 Call: p. Chris Moore - 215.421.6445
These past 2 weeks we were in Budapest for our annual European Conference with our Greater Grace Churches in EurAsia. There had been at least 1200 people attending not including the children.
The theme has been that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind. The joy and the anointing of the Spirit has been undeniably present with many present including 21 from China!
After the conference I traveled to L'viv, Kyiv, and Odessa Ukraine with a group from Baltimore to visit and encourage our churches there. Thank you for the prayers and please see facebook.com/ggc.philly for the pics!
"And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name." Isaiah 45.3
Recently in a conversation with a sister in the Lord we discussed darkness and the Voice of God in that darkness. The opacity of thick darkness is impenetrable and seemingly unable to be known. What is in that darkness cannot be seen, discerned nor can we familiarize ourselves with what is there though it may be very close to us. For many in the world darkness is a curse, an enemy of their lives, a plaguing question that only has only deadened silence for an answer. Darkness is for them a place where horrible things happen, secretly, unjustly, and cannot nor ever be spoken about openly. Darkness has become the abode of fear, loneliness, and isolation for most people.
But this is not as it should be. In Psalm 18.11 God "...made darkness His secret hiding place; as His pavilion (His canopy) round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies". David also said in Psalm 139.12 that darkness cannot hide God from us." Darkness is a provision from God for us, a place where we face unseen things that God wants to quietly, confidentially define by the light of His Word. Thus darkness is no longer the habitation of evil but a place where God has shrouded Himself in Secret.
Instead of running from darkness in your life, escaping from the uncomfortable quietness of God in your circumstances, health, family, or personal life - tune your eyes and ears of faith to receive from God in your darkness. Moses drew near to God who was in thick darkness in Exodus 20.21 and did not flee. There he met his God and there the Lord lit Moses' candle in his darkness - Psalm 18.28. There in that darkness Moses saw the wonders of the treasures that were hidden by God in his darkness. The result was that Moses "knew the ways of God" whereas Israel "knew only the acts" of God. We are not to embrace our darkness, we are to embrace God in our darkness, and then it's no longer our darkness but the Habitation of God.
God gives secrets to His Own in darkness. Too many believers today live with no Divine Secret in their lives. Everything for them is open, exposed, familiar, and those nuggets that they may accidentally find are squandered on the social banter and clamor of their profane lives. There is no Secret with them. "The Secret of the Lord is with them that Fear Him". These Secrets or Words that God gives to His Own in darkness are the Light that enlighten their darkness Psalm 18.28. Then the child of God can walk like Job with the Lamp of God with and upon Job's head in Job 29.3. When God enlightens our darkness we have a new depth with God that matures us from the shallowness of an untested life.
God works His miracles in darkness as we see He did for the children of Israel with Pharaoh - Exodus 14.20. God spoke to Israel in darkness in Dt. 5.23. It is in darkness God sets people free from their bands and bondage - Psalm 107.14. God has to plunge people into darkness so as to do a deep work in the unconscious part of the human soul and to take the doctrine and the words heard and read from many messages and sermons and bring them deep into the spirit of the man.
It is most interesting to think of how many people received their calling in the deepest darkness of their lives. In the dark times of failure, unbelief, sin, discouragement, isolation, fear, and shame, we see God speak out of their darkness and call them with a mighty Divine Summons! Isaiah 9.2 is an example of this. It is a prophecy of the ministry of Christ by the sea of Galilee where Jesus called His disciples. Galilee was a dark place of ignorance and sin yet the Voice of God called out and summoned them to Himself. How about discouraged Moses in Exodus 3 in his desert so far away of the prestigious position to be the next Pharaoh of Egypt? God calls to him. Or how about Peter who failed miserably in unbelief and denial of the very One who saved him? Moments later Peter gets a call "feed my sheep". Let's look at Rahab the harlot, the whole town knew her yet she was selected and called by God in her dark lifestyle to hide the Hebrew spies and deliver the city. And Elijah? Who ran from Jezebel in his dark fears and found the still small voice of God in the wilderness. Can we not forget Saul the Pharisee who in the process of murdering Christians is called out of his blindness into a Holy Calling serving the very ones he persecuted?
Oh, the mystery of His Ways and the wisdom of His Plan! Flee not the scary darkness but draw near to God in it. It is there where you will find the treasures of a call that otherwise would have been missed!
I'll close with these words of the Prophet Isaiah: "Who is among you who [reverently] fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His Servant, yet who walks in darkness and deep trouble and has no shining splendor [in his heart]? Let him rely on, trust in, and be confident in the name of the Lord, and let him lean upon and be supported by his God." - Isaiah 50.10