Sold Out To God

May 7, 2009 by Lisa Krempasky  
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Galations 3:3 “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

Sold out is the only way to live. It is how we live when something is new and fresh. When you first fall in love, you set aside everything to be with the object of your affection. It’s hurts to be away from them. It is like that when we first find God. But as with human relationships we tend to grow comfortable, to think we knew who the other is and what they think. We assume much because of the relationship we have built and that very process of assuming starts a breakdown in the relationship.

What we must remember is that God has his own plans for his kingdom, the world and our specific circumstances. He organizes the campaign and gives us information on a need to know basis. Just as the architect is really the only one that fully grasps the big picture of a buildings construction, so God is the One with the big picture of enternity in view. Just as the mason, carpenter and plumber know and accept their roles in the construction project and submit to the will of the architect, we play a defined role in eternity that is pieced together by God for the completion of His master plan. Our job is not to understand the master plan but to get with the Architect to find out our job for today.

But alas! we too often make our plan, and we think that we know what ought to be done.We ask God first to bless our feeble efforts, instead of absolutely refusing to go unless God go before us.

Though we know better, our fear of submission makes us act like we know better for our lives than God does. But God is willing and able to reveal His Will to us. It the big picture of life it is far easier to wait until we have specific directions from the Lord than to spin off on our own plan and purposes only to find we have wasted years on something that might have been okay, but took entirely too much human effort. God wants to reveal His plans to us for in that revealing His plans in us and through us are more fully accomplished. And He can easily reveal His plans to the prayerful heart that is humble, tender and empty of its own agenda.

Oh that God would give us the intensity of desire for Him alone. It is in this desire that we refuse to accept anything else, anything less than God’s absolute revealed will for our lives. Oh that God would give us intensity in prayer to not let go of Him until we have His answer and His direction. Lord have mercy!

But where does this intensity spring from? It is in being sold out to God that the longing grows. When we seek the Holy Spirit’s working in our life it will come. When we surrender to God, when we conquer self and cast out sin then there is room for the Holy Spirit and the power of the Spirit in our lives.

Father, let the Holy Ghost have full dominion over me, in my home, in my temper, in every word of my tongue, in every thought of my heart, in every feeling toward my fellow men; let the Holy Spirit have entire possession.

Prayer is the key to unlocking the power of God. Prayer is the key to our submission to God. We cannot control our submission or surrender. We can only plead with God in His great mercy to allow it to happen in our lives. Making it happen on our own is proof that it has not happened. We need to believe less in speaking to men or thinking of our own solutions and more of speaking with God.

God forgive me that I have not honored the Holy Spirit as I should have done, that I have grieved Him, that I have allowed self and the flesh and my own will to work where the Holy Ghost should have been honored! May God forgive me that I have allowed self and the flesh and the will actually to have the place that God wanted the Holy Ghost to have.

Oh, the sin is greater than we know! No wonder there is so much feebleness and failure in the Church of Christ!

This synopsis and quotes are taken from Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray.

You Won’t Relent by Kim Walker

March 10, 2009 by Lisa Krempasky  
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God will not relent until He has 100% of our body, mind and spirit. He wants to bless us, yes He does. But more than that, He wants us to be sold out to Him and He will orchestrate our circumstances to make that happen. He will not relent. He is on a quest for you. He loves you and gave Himself up for you.

Remember when you first fell in love? Remember how the person was always on your mind? How you could hardly function when you were apart from them? That is how God feels about you. He is absolutely in love with you. You are always on His mind. And He aches when anything separates the two of you.

In the same way that this song is a cry from God not relenting until He has all of us, it is also a cry of our hearts. Lord, I will not relent until I have all of you. I am not satisfied knowing just parts and pieces of You. I am not satisfied creating You or imagining You in my finite imagination. I want to have all of You! I MUST have all of You! I will not relent until you show Yourself to me. I am desperate to know you Lord!

That is the kind of bold and hungry prayer that God answers. He is not some sicko that needs to be adored, but He is a Lover that deserves to be loved. Just as a husband responds to the adoration of his wife and loves her more and she then respects him more, the circle is complete in our relationship with God. The more we eagerly pursue Him, the more He will be found and the more we find of Him, the more we desire to eagerly pursue Him.

I won’t relent until you have it all. My heart is yours. My heart is yours. My heart is yours. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened. Ask to be sold out to the Lover of Your Soul and you may not have a perfect or easy life. You may face hardship and persecution. But you will experience the best life you could have ever imagined. For your heart is His.

Crying Out For the Mercy of God

March 8, 2009 by Lisa Krempasky  
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As a nation we are in a scary place. Our economy is in shambles. Our morals are in shambles. Our security is in shambles. We twist and turn chasing every glint of hope looking for an answer.

We have leaders telling us what they think we want to hear instead of telling us what we need to hear. They tickle our ears with sweet sounding platitudes. They woo us with hollow reassurances. They lull us asleep with promises there is no way they can keep.

On the other hand our enemies are very determined, very disciplined and very focused. They march on day by day chipping away at the freedoms we hold dear and true. They mock our ways. They mock our goodness. They mock our God.

So far this post is very depressing. But its not. It’s depressing if we are looking for answers only in the political realm. But the political realm holds very few true answers. The true answer for what ails us is in the mercy of God.

It is God who instituted this nation. It is the principles of God that were our founding principles. It is God alone who can save this nation. A democracy cannot long remain without a moral people. For freedom is but license unless people have a modicum of restraint. It is time for us to fall on our face before God Almighty and ask Him to restrain the hand of judgment and to instead pour out mercy in abuncdance. Just as President Lincoln declared many years ago:

“And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

Lord have mercy on this great nation and the souls of its citizens!