The lady pulled away having paid. The arrows on the front of your bulletin today tell you that this kind of thing happens all the time. His is a watchman's prayer, giving God no rest. Her given name at birth is Pricscilla. If we blather on with our own impulsive notions -"babbling like pagans" Jesus called it in Matthew 6:7--we waste our effort, but let a thoughtful use of God's own declared commitments to us be woven into our prayers, and heaven will listen. This is in contrast to the rapture of the church, which is always presented in Scripture as an imminent event. Emboldened by that thrilling reminder, they lift their plea to Him for revival in 63:15-64:12. God comes down into our deepest pain, our most awful struggles, into our ugliest times. God our Father and Redeemer is the true measure of our future prospects, and we may seek Him with that confidence. With words that give life, that interrupt our lives, That disrupt our lives. In God’s new creation, every consequence of sin from the first creation – sorrow, pain and death will be no more. That God’s blessing was at work. Even heaven was blemished by Satan when he tried to exalt himself above God. God's persistent kindness, His great goodness, His tender compassion--all mentioned in Isaiah 63:7--stand in contrast to His people's miserable performance in response. When Messengers of God come, they live exemplary lives, suffer terribly, bring about social convulsions which they know they will but which are not their fault, and eventually (usually quite some time after their death or "ascension") are honored by large parts of society, which benefit from the new teachings and infusions of divine grace. To get God to love us or forgive us. He is able to come down to His people. The evil that we cannot budge has no power to resist God. Each lesson includes a key Scripture, a brief reflection, discussion/reflection questions, a brief prayer, and a focus for the coming week. And yes, she said her day was already better and to thank you.”, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!”. The Lord stoops. Where Are You, Father? When God Comes Down, There Is a Position of Repentance (vv. Contemporary English Version Moses came down from Mount Sinai, carrying the Ten Commandments. The last 2 years have been especially corrosive on her body and her relationships with her 4 children as she continues to try and go about her life as if she were completely healthy instead of quite vulnerable. When have you had an experience that caused you to say, Surely the Lord is in this place. Isn't it time to pray for God to again rend the heavens and come down? Scripture teaches us that we exist from conception until death, from death until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the General Resurrection from the dead, and then, the New Heavens and the New Earth. (Isa. Spiritual things, rather than material things, capture people's hearts. If we walk an aisle; if we say a prayer; if we simply adopt an attitude of prayer, then that is enough. The rapture happens first, before the tribulation begins (or possibly at the halfway mark). Until she said yes. God, who seems so far away up there, so removed from the cruel push-and-shove dominating our world, so careless about the fortunes of His own cause, suddenly rips through the sky to break in with His presence and power. He is able to come down in new, unanticipated ways here in this world so that people actually change their minds about Him. The temple had been violated and its ministries halted. And what happens when we get the fullness of the spirit? In 63:7-14 the people raise their eyes from the misery of the present to view their glorious history with God. Yes to life in a new way. "How can I let myself be defamed? This will be a joyful event when it happens. Ray Ortlund: When God rends the heavens and comes down on his people, a divine power achieves what human effort at its best fails to do. Born with a sense of humor and adventure, her life has been anything but dull. Our Father rules all things from His glorious throne in heaven, in full possession of His attributes and powers. and then had a weird dream? Isaiah's prayer divides into two main sections. But the Lord's presence changes everything. This kind of praying does not drone on in sleepy requests for what will likely happen anyway but rather looks back to God's unexpected breakthroughs in the past for inspiration to pray for new breakthroughs today. Babylon the Great is what everyone is worshipping at this point in prophecy. In this study, Harnish explores the meaning of the incarnation…God with us in human flesh. But we’re seeking God’s hand and not His face. There’s this famous ladder in the story today. However, this verse proclaims the utter necessity of the mercy of God on us, for our best efforts will crumble under the power of our sin. "Moses came down from Mount Sinai. Me? Keep on Reminding God! At that moment I noticed that puffy cumulus clouds were casting shadows randomly on the valley floor. There is no other--not the Boy Scouts, not the Rotary Club, not any political party. 5-7). . That transform our lives. That yes released potential. 48:11). 64:1) Revival is meeting with Almighty God. Churches and Christian organizations reform their policies and procedures. We are grateful for God's reviving mercies in the past, but we cannot afford to be content with past blessings. That’s the movement of blessing – what happens to you after a blessing from God. Isaiah portrays the descent of God as something to be longed for. In other words, "I am a hedge and wall about you on all sides - you have nothing to fear from any enemy." So there’s the arrow that points down. But she is so a Pilla. That God comes down. We can cry out to God from the prison we've created by our sins, and He will hear us even from there. Christ Image International Church is a fun, creative, and Spirit-Filled church! 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they … God loves to be worship. is it even a correct understanding of whats going to happen?! 15 Answers. A blessing of the word “yes” that only God could have worked out of Pilla’s heart. As long as God is there, unchanged and unchanging, He can renew our experience of Him here. That God comes down. In one place all was green and bright. I was standing atop a hill overlooking the valley where my family and I lived while I was doing my doctoral work at the University of Aberdeen. When God Comes, What Happens? So God comes down and blesses us. A secret to prayer that our generation seems largely to have forgotten is the use of argument with God. The prophet now subjects our spiritual malaise to a profoundly searching analysis. Part of this discernment involves three considerations. The magic is that he came down, and did all that, to rescue us. With words that give life, that interrupt our lives, That disrupt our lives. God explained what happens when we die when he spoke to the first man, Adam. Their awesome inspiration. Then there’s the arrows that point to the side. We cannot pray this way unless we believe that, no matter how barren our experience has become, our Father is still there for us. Another meeting with the siblings. This is how we intercessors are to keep on praying until God's people are "the praise of the earth" (Isa. 63:17, NIV). WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOD COMES DOWN? These things spoken of in this message have been hanging heavy on my heart for quite some time. (Revelation 14:7) a second one comes and loudly proclaim that the Babylonish system that has governed the world since Adam has fallen for its final time (Revelation 14:8)! In times of revival a defensive, timid church is transformed into a confident army. Yes. It was a down payment for the fullness of the spirit that we'll get later. The Second Coming of Christ is preceded by a number of world-shaking events that must occur before Christ can return. When have you had an experience that would have called for a giant arrow to appear, to point out God to you? They know that their past, present, and future all have one fixed constant--God Himself--and so they cling passionately to His past mercies in a spirit of courageous faith for the present. When God comes down. Most Christians believe God will do this before a big war—bigger than any war that has ever been—begins on the earth. For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you" (Isa. When it comes to God’s plan for our life, we must look to see what doors God opens and what doors He closes. Oh, that you [Almighty God] would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might shake at Your presence. While I do not have the eloquence of words of our dear brother, I did wake up with this on my mind once again this morning. The last 10 years have been hard on her health. A whole range of emotions went through this lady with the dog, but what won out was empathy. No to financial plans. It is not a self-contained blessing but one that simply cannot stay in one person or place but expands to impact countless others, into the lives of all kinds of people and places that God loves. God comes down. . Tears of relief. God was Job's shield, a covering or canopy under which he was untouchable by any enemy. Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. When God comes down you can be sure there is a prayer that is calling Him. At bottom, we do not need formulas for successful Christian living or techniques for successful church growth. God Comes Down to Us ~Other Speakers M-R: Ray Ortlund Jr.: It was a gorgeous September day in the northeast of Scotland, 1984. Another care conference. It had never occurred to me to thank God for His existence, but what a meaningful prayer that was. When God makes everything new, that includes even a new heaven and a new earth, because both the old heaven and the old earth have been tainted by sin. ). Isn't it time to pray for God to again rend the heavens and come down? A few ladies were traveling through the Scottish countryside near Shotts when their carriage broke down. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. You see, sometimes we open the Bible and we think, “what? Isn't it time to pray for God to again rend the heavens and come down? One of the major ways we can do this is through worship. From the moment of conception, you became a human being, that is, a “soul.” Your soul is eternal. Those two words are 'Soul' and 'Spirit'. In another place it was shadowy, gray, and subdued. The color has faded. And then, because of God’s work, God’s blessing comes out of our own mouths. No more children dying young, every person filling out his or her days. Because Adam was disobedient, God said to him: “Dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19) Before God created Adam “out of dust from the ground,” Adam did not exist. But, right now, we have a down payment of the glory of God living in us constantly. No to plans outside of her own total control. She suddenly was able to see herself in that same position 10 years before, young children, sleep deprived, hair pulled back, yelling on the phone. We can fall before Him and plead His mercies in Christ our Savior, but we will never outsmart Him. And please tell her that I hope her day gets better.” There was a delay. Isaiah 63:7-64:12 teaches us how to pray when we find ourselves living in the shadows. And when Moses went down from the mountain, there were the two tables in the hands of Moses, - as then he went down from the mountain, Moses knew not that the appearance of the skin of his face was glorified, when God spoke to him. . And this time, yes. God comes down, taps us on the shoulder, and says, “hey, this is for you.” We never deserve it. Surely the Lord is in this place. This is a joyful event. Some Christians think that the Rapture will happen during the war, or at the end of it. "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down..." Isaiah 64:1. There lived in a retired part of the town an aged man, a blacksmith by trade, and of so stammering a tongue that it was painful to hear him speak. That is what happens when God comes down, and that is how we should pray for the church today. This way of praying expresses true faith struggling to find God afresh. And since God has promised to warn you before it happens-- this is your warning! The walls were broken down that initially kept the enemy out, allowing him to bring compromise and then destruction. He comes down. A woman spewing hate and frustration is blessed by kindness and empathy. The grip of enslaving sin is broken. From our earthly point of view, death looks somewhat like sleep—but not from God’s point of view. 2 So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. A blessing of a woman not returning anger for anger but instead seeing herself, offering the smallest of gestures to the other, with ripple effects she’ll never know. I will not yield my glory to another" (Isa. Sunday River of Hope Event Center Hours from 8am-1pm, Open to the public Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Office Hours are Thursdays, 9:15-12:15 pm, Copyright © 2021 River of Hope Lutheran Church • All Rights Reserved • Designed by Vivid Image • Log in. This biblical prayer challenges us to get rid of our routinized expectations of God and seek Him boldly for a fresh visitation from on high. God's people thirst for the ministry of the Word and receive it with tender meltings of soul. However, our attempts to seek the Lord can be neutralized by our own sinfulness, counteracting our higher aspirations. God's people are not being kidnapped nor are they being carried away by force. This is none other than the house of God. Her answer is always no to more care. He may withdraw from us, but He is still there. That being so, what could be more important for the world than the condition of the church? It was spring in 1630. Every person enjoying the fruit of the vine, the shade of the fig tree. A woman who has spent the last 10 years saying no suddenly says yes. Faith is what happens when God opens our eyes and we begin to see as God sees. Posted by appolus on August 13, 2017. She had her dog along with her and was a bit distracted and so when she looked up, she wasn’t sure if it was her turn to nose her way into the line or another person’s turn. Our only hope is that God is there. Because blessing from God comes into our lives and changes us, transforms us, and awes us. and then works on us. Huh.” The woman in the other vehicle, however, had no question whose turn it was and gunned her vehicle to get in that line before this woman. The grip of the enslaving sin is broken. Even he, running in fear, knew when God had changed things. Jesus comes down and the dead in Christ rise first than God's people who are yet living will be caught up in the air to be with them in the clouds. Choice is one of our favorite words today, but we must never forget that God's choices underlie our own. 62:7). and then got a blessing? Paul declared, “We are confident (of eternal life), I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). We can’t wrench it away from God. But it’s not true. And you remember how the Bible describes what God sees, don't you? Part of the confusion about death and what happens when we die is down to two words in the Bible that are misinterpreted. And all the people around them are awash in the blessing too. These arrows show both God’s work through Jesus Christ in coming down to us. She could tell the Starbucks employee was talking to the woman. The Rapture. God condescends to us. This cheating cheater. He sets before us the glorious prospect of a surprising visitation from Almighty God Himself. People who had always been indifferent to the gospel now inquire anxiously. Paul also wrote that “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. but did you tell her I hoped her day got better?” The employee said, “She wouldn’t let you pay for her after all the horrible things she said to you. The bible and history show that God will destroy the sinful nations that forget him. Shield is a covenant word. We are grateful for God's reviving mercies in the past, but we cannot afford to be content with past blessings. The stragglers left behind had to ask, "Where is God now? The people of God to whom Isaiah's prayer was originally given urgently needed to rediscover God in this way. The silence between us was filled with new life, with something that had changed. And so this is why we turn to the cross. What this means is that when you starts to praise God he comes down in your midst and inhabits your praises. Sometimes people even think they can buy their way to heaven, one step at a time. My friend Naomi’s mom is called Pilla. He draws us up with him into fervency with God. Our sinful condition is not within our easy control, but it is entirely within God's sovereign control. He is able to make His name known to His enemies. We're just like God! As Naomi told me of this new yes, the air crackled with promise. The lion and the lamb lying down together. All this is so they can ever be with the Lord! If it is His to harden us, then it is also His to make us tender once more. God's people thirst for the ministry of the Word and receive it with tender meltings of soul. 63:15, NIV). He launches into an extended argument with God. We should reason with Him, grounding our requests solidly in His own nature and His promises to us. I mean, come on, despite Jacob’s shifty lifestyle, God worked through him to bring blessing to other people. Why Do You Harden Us, Lord? . In our stubbornness. In the grief. It is a fearful thing to blessed by God, and I am glad it was not lost on Jacob. And as she gunned it and got into line, she leaned out her window and yelled a sentence of expletives I won’t repeat here. Where are your zeal and your might? “Caught up” comes from the Greek word harpazo which means “to snatch away or carry off.” For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will … Mark 2:1-12 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So God comes down and blesses us. After we have gone beyond the point of no return, God is able to return to us, softening His sin-coarsened people. These little, huge moments are straight from God, coursing through our lives. Psalm 9:17 says, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Every nation will be judged in its proper time and America’s time has come. Oh, That You Would Come Down! She has been near death so many times, I have lost count. Isaiah does this very thing. I read this blog post earlier this week. God said to Abraham, "Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you" (Genesis 15:1). But where should our praying begin? There is a bad idea out there about passivity in Christianity. We are a non-denominational church located at 2111 Sam Bass Rd, Suite A300 in … Blessing from God that then is not stopped at you but God works through you, with you, around you, despite you even, to bless other people. Ushering in the Presence of God - How to Bring Down the Presence of God. Isaiah calls us to defy despair and pray for renewed enjoyment of God's love. Isaiah's prayer is intended to search our hearts, shape our aspirations, enlarge our faith, and draw us nearer to God. Tears that acknowledged this new reality. We are grateful for God's reviving mercies in the past, but we cannot afford to be content with past blessings. What will Happen when Jesus Comes Again? God's people are living in the shadows. While the first angel has come out proclaiming, "Fear God . . what is it called when God comes down to Earth and takes all the believers back to heaven with him and the non? We don’t have to ask God to be there – God already is. Reconciliation between believers is sought and granted. It is the hand of God using the circumstances of life to get our full and undivided attention. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. ... Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. believers stay on Earth because then the devil takes over. The second coming of Christ comes at the end of the seven-year tribulation, before God creates a … Will You Hold Yourself Back? The way Isaiah asks these questions shows that it is inconceivable for God to completely abandon His people. No power in hell or on earth can hinder the Holy Spirit’s moving when he comes. His glory is not diminished when it lies beyond the range of our vision. Their politics shall be all blasted, and turned into foolishness. God has indeed done great things for us. "Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! The present state is where you are now. But we see a second result of … Its as if God isn’t paying attention at all. Believers joyfully suffer for their Lord. It is a great comfort to know that our present experience is not the full measure of God. He is proposing something more profound. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 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