Don’t ask. Just do what God’s already told you to do…

Moments With Father

Father's HandImpressions received while listening to God in prayer
– Keith Yoder

June 2015Keith writes Moments with the Father for ConneXions Magazine–helping you align your heart and life to God in Trinity fellowship. Download your June 2014 copy.June 2015 ConneXions

My child, why do you ask Me to do what I have given you to do? I long for you to come to Me. I have made the way through My Son. His righteousness is yours as you come to My throne. He is your Way.

I delight to fellowship with you: to hear your heart cry, your desire, your joy in gratitude, your praise in worship. In your world, when you agree with My will in heaven, it is my joy to release provision, power, protection and purpose on earth.

Yet you do not need to ask permission to do what I have already shown you in My Word to do. There is no need to ask of Me, “May we bring justice to those who have been treated unfairly.” I have already instructed you to love others in this way. Instead, commit to bring justice and come to Me for wisdom in how to proceed.

You are My servants; it pleases Me to entrust responsibility to you. My Son has instructed you to pray to the Lord of harvest to send workers into the harvest. Pray that.

My Son said “You will be my witnesses, telling people about Me in all of the world…” Do that.

Scripture instructs you to put on humility like you would a garment. Do that rather than asking Me to make you humble. Where you are instructed to be thankful, there is no need to ask Me to make you thankful. When you pray, ask.

When you pray, ask of Me what I have promised and said I will do. When you know what I have called you to do, do it rather than asking Me to make you do it or do it for you. In agreement, I act. In obedience, you act.

Confirming Scriptures: Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 30:18; Matthew 18:19; 28:18-20; Luke 10:2; Acts 1:8; Romans 4:21; Colossians 3:12-15; Hebrews 4:14-16.

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Who can comprehend the richness of God’s Mercy? Scrip Pic

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Consider that, even if Adam and Eve lived as long as 10,000 years ago, not even 500 generations have yet passed…

Thousand Generations

 

And the LORD said to Moses,
“I will do the very thing you have asked,
because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

And the LORD said,
“I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you,
and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence.
I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

Then the LORD said,
“There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.
When my glory passes by,
I will put you in a cleft in the rock
and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.
Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back;
but my face must not be seen.”

– Exodus 33:17-23

Scrip Pic by Teaching the Word Ministries, 2015

Transforming Common into Sacred

Giving SpiralCindy Riker co-authored a new book with Kieth Yoder–coming out on July 9th:

Giving to Worship, a devotional to help you encounter the delight of The Giver through sacred expressions of giving.
Go to: www.GivingtoWorship.com

Enjoy this sample devotion from the book:

dreamstime_xs_24117239As our income decreased during Don’s illness, various friends felt God’s leading to offer us money. One friend, an older woman living alone with limited resources, sensed to give money monthly even before our need surfaced, offering it with joy. I set her gift apart, keeping it in an envelope on my desk, not wanting to use such a special treasure for ordinary things like groceries or gas. I reserved it to donate as it fit her role in my life, such as to a group of elderly widows overseas, or a mission trip for a single woman. These are worthy causes.

While in prayer one day, God impressed me to consider the gift as something “holy” (set apart) to sanctify what I considered “ordinary.” Instead of looking for a “holy cause,” I am called to intentionally declare its use as holy! Grace sees the worth in everything and brings it forth, even in those things I might not consider ‘worthy’ of such a gift. Setting it aside restrained me from forwarding the blessing to others.

Through prayerful declaration, any place the money rested became a place inhabited by God’s blessing. Its “holiness” existed not in its intrinsic value, but in declaring it as a generous blessing of grace to every receiver. Still seeking the Lord’s direction as to its use, my intentional offering propelled God’s grace and blessing toward people in my everyday world, thus expanding God’s reach into “ordinary” situations. Ordinary now transforms into extra-ordinary; natural into supernatural!

What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy… Acts 10:15b, NASB

– Cindy Riker

Book Signing AdKeith Yoder and Cindy Riker would love to meet you! Mark your calendars for their premier book signing, Thursday, July 9th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM in New Holland PA. Click here for more information.

 

How Yahweh’s Mercy Lives in His Leaders…

worship mercy seatGod speaks from the mercy seat.

Life in ancient Israel, before the human kings, centered on the mercy seat.

In their culture, “seat” alluded to “throne.” They considered the mercy seat as Yahweh’s throne; Yahweh established His throne on earth as the seat of mercy.

Beneath the mercy seat, in the Ark of the Covenant, lay the tablets of pure law, the tablets of truth.

Mercy and truth meet together. Yahweh rules from His throne with mercy and truth.

The whole structure of the tabernacle centered on the mercy seat.

All worship, prayer, sacrifice, offering and ritual, everything culminated in the mercy seat.

One day each year–the Day of Atonement–one priest entered the Holy of Holies, the place behind the veil, to the mercy seat, to intercede for the entire nation, with mercy and truth.

To confirm the covenant, the marriage between Yahweh and Israel, that exchanged everything that Yahweh was and had for what His children were and had.

To exchange omnipotence, infinite compassion, bottomless mercy and truth for… shortcoming.

God speaks His word, throughout Scripture and through the Holy Spirit to our hearts, from His seat of mercy.

Yahweh describes His own glory as “goodness, mercy, and compassion.” 

Every word of God comes from the seat of mercy–His compassion, anger, peace, grief, joy, sorrow, judgment, forgiveness, truth, love–all from His heart of mercy and truth.

But none of this was enough to pay the full price for shortcoming–for missing the mark of purity and holiness.

Mercy and truth came together once again–this time for eternity–in the Truth become flesh. Once and for all, the Son of God paid in His blood the price we owe for missing the mark.

Jesus offered His own blood in the true tabernacle in heaven, before the throne of His Father.

Fire of God's Presence“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands,
which are copies of the true,
but into heaven itself,
now to appear in the presence of God for us…
He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
– Hebrews 9:24, 26

  • First God established His presence in the tabernacle, a place built with human hands.
  • Then the human flesh of the Son of God because the temple for God’s presence.
  • Third, revealing the mystery of all time and space, Christ’s sacrifice made the way for God’s presence to dwell in us–our bodies, temples for His presence.

In other words, Yahweh’s mercy seat, the throne of God, now rules by His Holy Spirit in the temple of our bodies.

We are the seat of God’s mercy and truth in the world. We can live His presence, compassion, goodness, His truth, His mercy, His government. We can extend the mercy seat to any person we meet, because God through Christ with the Holy Spirit extended His mercy to us.

Exodus 25:16-18; 33:19; 37:6-9; Deuteronomy 10:5; Psalm 85:10; John 2:18-21; 20:23; I Corinthians 6:19; Hebrews 9:24-26

– Patricia Tillman
Based on Keith Yoder’s audio series: Mercy: Foundation for Prayer (first session)
Click here to hear excerpt
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How God’s Glory Can Flow Through Your Leadership

Consuming FireHave you ever asked God to show you His glory?

Remember that Moses did–he asked the Lord, simply and plainly: “Show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18).

Most of us, in one sense or another, have asked God to “glorify His name,” or to “manifest His glory,” either in a stressful situation, or simply because we want more of the fellowship of His presence.

So what are we really asking when we ask to see God’s glory?

The Hebrew definition of the word “glory” includes splendor, light, copiousness (great vocabulary word!) or honor.

What is it about this “splendor, light, copiousness, or honor” that makes it God’s glory?

God Himself defined the nature of His glory… “When my glory passes by….” He responded to Moses:

“…I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you,
and I will proclaim My name, the LORD, in your presence.
I will have mercy
on whom I will have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (Exodus 33:19, NIV)

God reveals His glory in:

  • His Goodness
  • His Name: Yahweh–“I Am that I Am” or “I Will Be what I Will Be” –His own presence
  • His Mercy
  • His Compassion

Think about that. Not judgmentalism or anger or legalism, but compassion and mercy.

Moses wasn’t the only one who saw the glory of the Lord.

“…and WE beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” 

We beheld the Father’s glory in the Word made flesh. And we can add “grace” and “truth” to the list of what God’s glory reveals.

And the Word sent His glory–His goodness, presence, mercy, compassion, grace and truth–the Spirit of TruthHis Spirit–to indwell us.

The Lord’s glory that Moses saw on the mountain–the glory that shone so bright that Moses had to veil his face because the others couldn’t bear it–THAT glory now dwells within us through the Spirit of God. “But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses…how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?” (II Corinthians 3:7-8).

We–you and I!– are the temple of His glory–the Holy Spirit–His own presence dwelling in us. The glory of the Three-in-One God–goodness, presence, mercy, compassion, grace and truth–ever moving toward us, reaching out to us.

God come in the flesh invites us to partake.

Merciful Everlasting Father, Lord Jesus, we praise You for sacrificing Your life so Your own glorious Holy Spirit can live within us. Show us Your glory, Lord! Show us what it means to exist as Your temple, the dwelling place of Your goodness, presence, mercy, compassion, grace and truth. In each situation and conversation we’re in, give us strength and wisdom to allow Your glory to flow through our words and actions. We choose to glorify You by allowing Your glory to touch others through us.

Exodus 33:18-23; 34:29-35; John 1:14; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 3:7-13

– Patricia Tillman, based on Keith Yoder’s audio: Mercy:Foundation of Prayer
(click here for excerpt)