INTIMACY WITH GOD JOURNAL
WRITTEN BY LINDA SCHREURS
Mike and LInda Schreurs on a street in Italy last year
In this issue:
- Weary of the Predictable
- The Glorious Ones, by Guest Columnist, Mike Schreurs
WEARY OF THE PREDITCTABLE
I’m desperate for a fresh move of God. And as a result, I’m feeling a bit churched-out. Don’t’ get me wrong. I love my church. I love my pastor, who is one of the best teachers I’ve ever heard. I love the people at my church. It’s not about them, it’s about me! It’s all about where I am with the Lord right now. There’s an insatiable hunger arising in me to know, experience, and walk with my King and Lord of glory in ways we read of in scripture. There’s a greater longing in me for His Presence and power that surpasses anything I’ve ever known or have seen in these current, modern days of humanity. How about you?
My heart is being stirred with a longing to go beyond any previously known ‘norms of churchyness’ (if there is such a word?!)… and climb into the Lord’s heart as deep as I can. My heart is pounding within me to reach far above all the American church has ever come in contact with. Isn’t there more? Isn’t the Father, Son and Holy Spirit beyond what we can imagine or think? Is there a limitation? I think not! God’s Word astoundingly declares to us in Ephesians 3:20-21 that we can indeed encounter Him in ever ascending degrees saying: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (My emphasis) What a bold statement. And like a little child, I’m thinking and asking BIG for this generation! There is holy anticipation of God’s glory that awaits us day to day as we lock our hearts into His. It’s ‘other worldly’ as the late Jill Austin from Master Potter Ministries used to say, because there are continuing heights of glory to ascend. 2 Corinthians 3:18 assures us we are called to go from ‘glory to glory.’ Let’s go after it!
A Pentecost-like Rumble
Can we ever get to the end of knowing all about God? I think not! He’s eternal, therefore as we’ve given our lives to Him, we’re wonderfully granted eternity to begin to tap into all that He is and the vastness of His glory. That’s amazing! No wonder the Four Living Creatures in Revelation 4:8 declare “…day and night they do not cease to say,’ Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come,” as they no doubt see new revelations of His majesty, splendor and all-consuming power!
Like myself, I’m sure many of you are praying for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit. In Psalm 119, the word REVIVE is repeated over and over again. The people of God longed for revival then as we do now! God answers the cries of His people. So let’s begin to seek Him as never before. Let’s call upon the spiritual CPR of Christ Performing Resuscitation!
Can we again be found as they were on the glorious day of Penetcost with a mighty rumbling wind of the Holy Spirit ushering in the holy spectaculars of God’s transforming power?! Indeed, it can happen again as we cry out, seek, intercede, fast, pray, humble ourselves, walk in purity and forgiveness pursuing greater intimacy with God entering into His Presence, His Divine Breath with every fiber of our being. How would it look if those in our churches were not even able to stand because of the Lord’s glory filling the place?! It would certainly bring to life
2 Chronicle 5:11-14 which in part says: “…then the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.” Let’s seek for that! Let’s seek for what has not been seen for awhile in the Lord’s house.
Raising the bar
Revival awaits us! A new, profound awakening is coming! There is so much more than where we’ve been. But here’s the dilemma for me personally and perhaps you can relate. I’ve grown a bit weary in my spirit of the ‘same-o’, familiar, predictable things that are done every week in the same manner at almost the same time.
What if some believers were to begin dancing in worship as David did in 2 Samuel 6:14? If he did it, we ought to be able to it as well. After all, God is a God of joy and the ‘joy of the Lord is our strength.’ (Neh. 8:10) What if there were banners being waved in adoration and celebration of God Most High? Exodus 17:15, “…the Lord is my banner.” (See also Song of Songs 2:4; Isa. 11:10). It’s also quite wonderful to worship the Lord with uplifted hands because it also lifts our hearts according to scripture: “We lift up our heart and hands toward God in heaven.” (Lam. 3:41; 1 Tim. 2:8; Ps. 47:1) One could kneel instead of standing as Psalm 95:6 says: “Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” And how awesome will it be when God’s glory begins to fill the house (church/meeting place) in a profound way as it did in 2 Chronicles 7:3 and everyone begins falling on their knees because of the magnitude of God’s glory?! I’ve seen this happening in visions of revival and know it is coming again!
I’m just raising the bar in my own life. How about you?
We ought to allow something different as led by the Holy Spirit. Even the Our Father prayer presents revival saying: “Give us this day, our daily bread.” There ought to be fresh manna on the altar of our hearts every day. You and I need to go past the ol’ familiar things and press onward and upward in Christ Jesus where new heights of glory await us. 1 Samuel 21:6 is still key today: “So the priest gave him consecrated bread; for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence which was removed from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place when it was taken away.” (My emphasis) It was the law to have fresh, hot bread on the altar before the Lord continually. Isn’t this what we desire? Don’t we all love the aroma of fresh baked bread? Jesus is the Living Bread and we’re called to be the fragrance of Christ. (2 Cor. 2:15) Our encounters with the Lord are meant to be fresh, vibrant and fulfilling!
All I want is the Lord. All I want is Him! All I want is His Presence. All I want is His Breath. All I want is to know Him deeper. All I want is to know Him more intimately. I want to know Him more! I want His Breath to be all over me. I want to know the look in His eyes. I want to know the thunderous sound of His voice from near and afar. I want His countenance to be all over me. I want to know His love in a deeper way. I want Him! I want to be cognizant of Him – always. I want to feel His Presence, know His Presence so much so, that I have to stop what I’m doing and ‘just soak Him in,’ as has happened to me on many occasions. I call it ‘the holy pause’ and it can happen anywhere…as I’m doing my hair in the morning or in my car, on the street, in church too! I want to feel Him standing next to me. I want to hear His holy footsteps as Adam knew Him saying in Genesis 3:10, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid.” (My emphasis) Indeed, let us press in for the holy reverential fear of the Lord to fall upon the multitudes everywhere. Much to our chagrin, there is more fear of man than of God. There is more fear of losing control, than letting the Holy Spirit flow and surprise us with His astounding glory! Let go, and let God!
Just give me Jesus
I want my Lord. I want so much more of Him. ‘Just give me Jesus,’ as Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter) would say! Do you have a ravenous hunger for Him and Him alone? Raising the bar means it begins first and foremost in our own hearts. It begins with insatiable hunger for God that catapults us into greater encounters of glory with Him. Therefore, it might behoove us to begin changing some of our churchy ways into vibrant discoveries of fresh expressions of our love for our magnificent Lord. Can we pursue Him in fiery, passionate ways that shock not only the world, but church people as well?! My God is capable of shock and awe because His Word is filled with it! Can we get out of our comfort zones of regular, predictable things and press in to know Him in profound ways that take us reeling into the 3rd heavens? Where do you want to be?
THE GLORIOUS ONES
By Mike Schreurs, Guest Columnist
Mike in Washington D.C.
Obviously the guest columnist for this month is my husband. I waited till this particular month for his article because our wedding anniversary is this month. He and I are the proud parents of three grown daughters and seven, soon to be eight grandchildren. He’s an entrepreneur who has started two companies, one in television production, the other Strategic America, a nationally recognized marketing/advertising firm, of which he serves as CEO. Mike is active in the 4A’s Government Relations Council, has served as chair of Friends of Iowa Public Television, is a founding member of Iowans Supporting Israel, and has served on many civic and charitable boards over the years. Mike teaches a weekly Bible study that is very anointed and very powerful.
Several years ago, a television commercial became famous for celebrating those who see and do things differently. Its script reads: “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” The spot was pivotal at a strategic time …. for a company known as Apple.
Today, the church is at a pivotal time as well. It is accused of many things by the world, but unfortunately not often of those things that truly highlight who we are. We are called to be the saints, the glorious ones who bring the Father’s light, His love manifest in Jesus, and the presence of Holy Spirit into our world…to radically impact and change it.
Here’s to the glorious ones! In Psalm 16:3, David celebrates the ones who are in the land, the ones in whom the Lord delights - the saints, who in the face of temptation, fix their eyes on the Lord. He’s talking about us! David’s genius was to tap into the heart of God and release the wonder of his discovery and revelation for us today.
The glorious ones are those, who regardless of the circumstances, praise the Lord, look to Him in their daily journey, and those who in the face of temptation, align their eyes and their hearts to God. Their character is formed from the character of Jesus. Such are the glorious ones!
So much of our world attempts to convince us, or waylay us, of the power of our Christian walk … that it is not meaningful, that we are not meant to be significant, and that we might as well settle for the way it is. That is so wrong.
The Lord has created us for significance, especially in our relationship with Him. He has called us, equips us, and enlightens us with His wisdom and revelation. He desires that we pursue a life wholly aligned to Him, a life that carries forth the character of Christ, a saintly life glowing with the light of His love.
Our Father calls us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions, to be alert and keep praying for all the saints. (Eph 6:18) He reminds us that our prayers, the prayers of the saints, are held in the highest esteem at the very throne room of heaven, in golden bowls of incense. (Rev 5:8-10)
He encourages us to believe and reach for that which is not yet seen, to exercise the power of prayer, to be strong, and praise His holy name. He is looking for the saints of the land to shine his face upon us, be gracious unto us, and to give us His peace. (Number 6:24-27) Glorious ones, let’s join and celebrate the One we love!
Women of Fire Fellowship – Updates coming in January.
Watch for upcoming dates for the Women’s Winter Solitude Retreat (different location this year!) and the Women’s Spring Hermitage
Linda’s Books: These can be viewed/purchased on the website or ordered directly from the address below:
- Armageddon Bride
- Word’s Aptly Spoken
- Holy Communion! Holy Invasion!
- Linda’s CD: Holy Communion! Holy Invasion! (Spiritually intimate prayers set to music)
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