Blog Archive - September 2008
The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.
One of my best friends here at IHOP and a prophetic musician with me here on Justin Rizzo's worship team, Jordan Vanderplate, finally has an awesome looking website.
Check it out at jordanvanderplate.com
He is committed to being a watchman on the wall just like I am here at IHOP for many years to come. The Lord has anointed him with dreams and desires to prophesy with his music, and he has set his heart to learn from the Holy Spirit as he grows as a musician. Plus he is one of the funniest guys you will ever meet. Send him your love, prayers, and support!
Isaiah didn't mean he was a "sad" Man walking around day by day depressed by the condition of humanity or by the pain of the cross He would have to endure, but rather a Man who felt the pain of being misunderstood, rejected, and despised to its fullest. Jesus did not use pride and self-exaltation as a "defense mechanism" against all of the accusations against Him. Dana puts it so well - she said:
Perhaps the most potent part of this deep rejection lies in the fact that this most discarded Man did nothing to shield Himself from such profuse rejection. He did nothing to protect His heart from the hate, nothing to guard His person from the rage. In His sinlessness—free from pride and arrogance—He lacked the “self-centered” means found in the proud heart that so readily protects itself. The nature of compassion, that quality most attributed to Jesus, stands in direct opposition to the nature of pride. Only arrogance can forge walls and instigate “safe distances” from fellow human hearts. Only pride knows how to offer indifference and coldness to another. But Love knows no such response. Love bears all things and embraces every person in its path. Love so cherishes the individual heart that it always hears every word spoken without covering its ears, always sees every deed done without uncaringly looking away and always opens to every response offered without closing its heart.
Knowing Jesus bore every emotional pain, hurt, and rejection to its fullest for the sake of love gives me courage to approach Him as my Brother in my worst moments. He truly showed us what His Father is like as One full of compassion. He is not so far off, but is closer to us than we can possibly imagine. God came so low and so near so as to bring me close to Himself!
This is what makes me love Him!
This week I'm visiting my old home state of New Hampshire to see old friends, visit family, and meet new friends as I raise prayer and financial support to keep me set as a watchman on the wall in Kansas City. I usually come back here at least once per year to stay connected to what the Lord is doing in my old home church and what He's stirring among the young adults in the region.
Last night, I had the opportunity to speak in Rindge, NH at Monadnock Full Gospel Church for their evening Sunday service and prayer meeting. It was such an encouraging time for me and for the folks who attended. What the Lord is stirring in this hour related to prayer and worship all across the globe is unprecedented - apart from any organization or franchise, the Holy Spirit is stirring hearts to pray and worship like never before. I spoke on this topic and how it relates to the coming global exaltation of God, and how the earth will come to know that He alone is the living God through the open display of Jesus Christ to the nations.
About a week and a half ago, I was in Scottsdale, Arizona for a wedding. Weddings have taken on an entirely different meaning for me since moving to IHOP 5 years ago. They are such a dim but beautiful snapshot into the heart of the Father to prepare a bride for His Son. I was so honored to be a groomsman for such a good friend and brother in the Lord, Shawn Zajas. Shawn was married to Kellie Hubbell, his best friend for the past several years, on August 23, 2008 in the presence of God, family, and so many loving friends. It was truly a special moment!
During the ceremony as they were giving their vows to one another, it struck me once again that Jesus has wholly vowed Himself to us. As Shawn said “I promise to love you with all my heart”, the Holy Spirit was thundering in my heart, reminding me that Jesus, God in the flesh, loves me with all His heart. What does it look like for God to love us with all His heart? Every single emotion, affection, and desire is set upon me. What about all His mind? He created the whole universe – trillions of galaxies and trillions of stars, and holds them all in the palm of His Hand. His mind is so vast. Yet He loves me with His entire mind. I simply cannot fathom that. And we won’t even get to “strength”. Thinking about how God loves me with all His strength would just make my brain explode!