Thursday, November 21, 2013

send him running

I’m sure I will return to forgiveness, but I wanted to take a week to talk about this book I’m reading. It’s called “Face to Face with God” by Bill Johnson. I just started the book, and it’s pretty radical. He talks about what it means to serve God truly and completely. He said when Moses was trying to get Pharoah to release his people to worship God, Pharoah tried to compromise by saying, Go, but leave your flocks and herds behind (Exodus 10:24). Flocks and herds were financial resources.  So Pharoah was saying, sure, you can worship God as long as it doesn’t cost anything. Johnson said (I’d provide the page number but it’s on my phone. So, for those of you with a smartphone, 26%.) “Satan knows that if he can keep us attached to his fear-oriented economy, he can still influence our emotions and will and poison our thinking… Such a last-ditch effort on the part of Pharaoh reveals what Satan fears most- families who worship together with reckless abandon, using all their assets for the glory of God. This absolutely terrifies the devil, because nothing will be withheld from this kind of people.”

What could we accomplish if we were not bound by fear? I’m not talking about recklessly emptying bank accounts, but really being willing to serve God in a way that costs us. How much would Satan be quaking in his boots if our church was able to finance a building and become a cornerstone in the community? If we are willing to be completely sold out to God and earnestly seek Him, He will withhold nothing. I don’t want to miss any blessings from God because I was too selfish or too scared. Let’s send Satan running.

Elizabeth Kropf