Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Pillar of Fire by Night and Cloud by Day

This is part two of Wisdom for a Fresh Move of God by His Spirit Today. The Pillar of Fire (preparation and readiness) ready to wait and ready to go. Ex 13:19-22; Neh 9:11-12; Neh 9:19-21; Ex 16:10

When we look into this example of God's Supernatural intervention into the events of human history we are tempted to only see these obvious or stated truths.
1. The people were to make themselves clean before they left Egypt.
2. They had to be ready to go at all times.
3. The people were protected and comforted by the power of God demonstrated in the Pillars majesty and by the visible demonstration of God presence of with them.
4. The people were organized by tribes but it was the priest-levities who watched for any changes in the status of the pillar and blew the Shofar to announce that God was on the move or that He was stopping.

The facts that might escape us are.
1. Moving approximately 3.5 million people took time and patience. Once the first tribe arrived at the new destination it would be a while before the last of the last tribe arrived. This is true of any new work that God does among His people. Their are people who are aware of God move and respond quickly and while there are others who get there at a latter time. God's people must allow other people to go through the same processes that have given us awareness that God is on the move. We must also be aware that people no matter how dedicated and committed move at different speeds in following the Lord. There are also some who will refuse to move at all and while we may be concerned for them we cannot disobey God and refuse to move at all.

2. Waiting at the appointed place may take more effort and strength than moving ahead to the next big or little thing God is doing for many people. It is the our responsibility as His people to and train and mend one another when they have reached that next stopping place or plateau and help each other to grow in God and be ready to go or stay as called on by God.

3. Miracles, Signs and Wonders are given as God directs and not as we might desire in the flesh. They are also not to be denied as a part of God's provision and direction either. Since He is a supernatural being we should expect Him to be and act supernaturally.

4. There is a purpose to the Supernatural manifestations of God and while they are not for entertainment or fleshly fulfillment of His people we must seek God who is supernatural and expect Him to work supernaturally. If we fail to remind each other of the whole counsel of God to His people we will never attain the full level of maturity he desires. Eph 4:12-14.

5. Proclaiming that He is and works supernaturally must continue. We must not shrink back from declaring the wondrous and glorious ways in which God has and does work when we are waiting for a long season for the pillar of Glory to move again. Or for a fresh outpouring to be given. As we shall see in the book of Acts, there were many fresh fillings or outpourings of God's Spirit among His people then and latter throughout Church History.
We may not hear about them because their impact may have been limited geographically. We also may not have heard about them because those who wrote the history may have not understood or have been threatened by them. There are many times when God has poured out His Spirit on people only to have that outpouring of fresh fire hindered by the church, the ineffectiveness or corruption of the people involved or the lack of favor a particular movement had during a certain historic period. History after all is written by the victors.

6. There is a danger in wanting to camp out or constantly be in the glory or experiencing a fresh outpouring of God's presence at a certain level. There is work to be done. These times of God's manifest presence are meant to change and motivate us as we shall see when we examine the mount of transfigured experience.

Questions for Believers _________________
1. Are you seeking the majesty and wonder of God? Read Job 38-42 and Rev 1-4.
2. Is your walk with God blessed with fresh manna or stale bread?
3. Have you tried to store up manna or hoard it so that you do not have to seek it daily only to find it rotten?
4. Do you tell others about a supernatural God without having a fresh and supernatural relationship with Him?
5. Are you seeking the signs and wonders or the giver of the wonder?
6. Has the pillar been stationary in your life and church for a while?
7. When the Pillar is in one location are you getting mended and mending other people?
8. Are you getting trained and training others to bring in and mend other people so that when the pillar moves, His work in you and them will be done?
9. Have you lost your zeal for the fresh and living waters? We can wait for others to lead us or we can be growing in God as mature followers of Jesus Christ.

For a leadership article on this subject with questions for leaders click below

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