Archive for November, 2014


What Evengelism will look like?

I’ve heard Neville mention Reinhard Bonnke before.  I believe it was in regard to a certain level of healing annointing that the Lord was telling him only a couple people currently walked in, and that Reinhard was one of them.  So I saw a post on facebook of this crusade that Neville Johnson’s facebook page posted, and went to look.

http://www.cfan.org/content/crusades/?id=10648&site=USA

A week long crusade.  They saw over a million people, with 500k+ making decisions to receive Christ.  Can’t help but think this is what the harvest will look like.  God sends people in, whole cities turn.  That’s the kind of thing that we heard from these guys that’s coming.  But this is now, and why do I not see it anywhere else?

There’s something about humility.  Just starting I have these verses that come immediately to mind:

Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. – James 4:6

That verse has stuck out more and more to me lately.  God resists the proud.  Can you imagine that?  It’s not a person, but God himself resisting you. If it’s God resisting you, who do you think is going to win?  Seriously, it’s a bit terrifying to think of God resisting me.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3

Humility is one of the base requirements for the kingdom  You want in, you need humility.

We can keep talking verses, or we can talk experience, of those you see with humility. Not the false humility of the Pharisee who proclaim their love of God for all to see and think highly of them. It’s not the humility of the “low self-esteem” who are scared to even do anything. This false humility is really an excess of pride, of not looking bad before me.

No, this is the humility you find in those who understand who they are.  The humility you find in yourself after you’ve fallen. The humility that I found in myself after a day in self-pity; when I finally brought myself low to come before the Lord the next day, knowing I’ve messed up. I didn’t make excuses, I just sat there in my filth and said “I’m sorry”. And guess what, suddenly I felt myself in His presence and I couldn’t imagine why.  Why after I’ve spent so much time looking at myself would I feel Him?  So I asked, and I felt like He told me that He draws near to the humble.

It was at this point that I realized something new.  I often shy away from coming to god when in sin, but I can rarely if ever come before him in purity, because I tend to mess up too much.  But that’s what Jesus blood is for. He covers my sin.  What I bring is humility to know that I am a sinner, that I am saved by grace and be completely open and honest about it. That’s what let’s me in the presence. This is not a freedom to sin, in fact, it’s a drive to cleanse myself from sin.  Because if I’m not humble and honest, then I’m not repentant of my sin and cannot be covered by grace to come before him.  The times that keep me away are not the small acts of sins, but the sins I don’t want to repent of, the ones I keep repeating and don’t come in true repentance.

We have no excuse , there is nothing in us which is worthy; we are who we are only because the Lord has chosen us. Only because he had mercy on us.

There’s another part to humility.  I tend to only look at it as freedom from sin, but that’s just a part.  Why do I say this, because Jesus was humble.  Not sure if you’ve ever read “The Final Quest”, if not, there’s a section that speaks of a mantle of humility that Jesus wore while He was on the earth.  Funny to think that Jesus was humble, He was God, so why be humble, but there it is.  So humility is not a by-product of sin, but of knowing who we are.  Look at this passage from the last supper.

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. – John 13:3-4

There’s a section from Final Quest that speaks of humility. It speaks of the covering of humility that Jesus wore. Obviously his humility was not the effect of sin, but of knowing who he is and where he came from

Humility comes from knowing where we came from and where we are going.  Knowing that gives us our place.  We came from God, we are going back to God.  We are His. This frees us to not worry about ourselves.

When I come in humility, I leave changed.  How many times have I come before the Lord, open my heart, to find that I’m holding a grudge and must let it go.  Forgiveness will keep us away.  Pride of course.  Selfishness.  We must be willing to be nothing before Him, to follow, to listen, to obey.  His way is better than ours.