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Searching for the Living Among the Dead

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? Luke 24:5

What our world often is seeing in our day is a devoted, committed Christian serving God.  But, they are not seeing God.  They comment on what we are doing, “Well, there’s a wonderful, dedicated, committed group of people serving God.”  They, however, do not see anything happening that can only be explained in terms of the activity of God.  Why?  Because, we are not attempting anything that only God can do. Henry Blackaby

“Spiritually Dead” is probably too strong an indictment for the church in America…”spiritually limping” or “spiritually challenged” may be closer descriptions.  But whatever the precise measure, few of us would deny that the church in America is hurting right now.  With the exception of some clear pockets of vibrancy, the church in our culture is simply not the bastian of enlightenment it once was for the world.  Moreover, our two youngest adult generations are running from the church, which does not bode well for our future.

If the Blackaby quote above is accurate, if this lost and broken world is truly looking for God-sized evidence that the church is a place to find truth, then we are in trouble…because they are looking for God-sized evidence in a culture of man-sized efforts.

The American church is blessed.  We have had over 200 years of absolute freedom to grow and to express ourselves and to figure out all the best ways to further our institution without fear of governmental interference (or any other real interference, for that matter).  As a result, we have gotten very, very good at doing church.  We build amazing buildings, produce amazing communicators, have …

An Assignment from God Coming Your Way

Tuesday Re-mix –

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4

What breaks your heart?  What hurting people, what injustice, what dire circumstance haunts your prayer life and moves you to tears just thinking about it?  What physical or emotional or Spiritual need in someone’s life has God placed before you and you just cannot stop thinking about it?  If there is a ready answer to these questions, then I strongly suspect there is an assignment from God coming your way.  I believe that, as you continue to take that “issue” before the Lord in your prayer life and when He continues to press it back into your lap, you have a clear directive from Him.  It challenges you, it stresses you, because you feel absolutely ill-equipped to do anything about it.  But as you pray, God just continues to keep it before you, and you come to what Henry Blackaby calls “a crisis of belief.”  He goes on to say, “What you do next will reveal what you believe about God.”

Nehemiah’s example is startlingly relevant.  He sat and listened to a report from his “brothers” about the goings-on in Jerusalem.  If 10 of us had sat with him and listened to that report, most of us would have felt the pain and perhaps some of us would have been moved by it.  But only Nehemiah was haunted by it for days or weeks, to the point it became an obsession for him.  Because only Nehemiah was being given this assignment from God.

That is the way it works.  God places a need before you and it truly moves you to action.  Nehemiah shows the right way to respond to