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Will You Miss the Move of God?

crossI truly believe that there is a move of God coming to this nation. So many have prayed and poured their hearts into seeing just such a movement, but there are big things that stand in the way of us being a part.

It’s not the economy. It’s not the government. It’s not the culture. None of those will keep God from doing what He purposes to do. No, in reality, there is a movement taking place that will continue to grow, but we get the choice to be a part of it or not.

Many miss it because it’s not what they thought or had experienced in the past. History records many churches and Christians who experienced something great and a revelation of God only to persecute and ostracize the people who came into a new move of God after them. They feel completely justified in their anger and rejection of it, but they also miss what God wanted to do.

Don’t believe me? Just think about the Pharisees and teachers of the Law in Jesus’ day. They prayed for the Messiah to come. They were devout and knew more than anyone around them, yet when the day came for them to embrace God’s plan and move, they couldn’t get past their own learning and thoughts of how God “should” or “would” do things.

As I prayed about this last week, I wanted to know how to guard against this and almost immediately a verse came to mind.

For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified. –1 Corinthians 2:2

I recently talked about living simplicity and its importance. I feel like this is what is on display here. Paul says when he came to Corinth, he took a step back. He obviously wanted a movement, but that wasn’t easy. Some of the highlights of the city at the time,

  • a crossroads city and commercial center, opportunity for lots of people going in and out
  • city dedicated to the gods, temple prostitution, immorality, and all kinds of idolatry
  • Intellectualism from its close proximity to Athens impeded spiritual progress

In the midst of all that, God still moved and it was because Paul chose and resolved to know nothing but Jesus and Him crucified. It wasn’t that he hadn’t had other experiences with God or no other knowledge or revelation. It was an understanding that humility and simplicity of truth would win over the persuasions of everything else.

Interesting too that Paul says he resolved toΒ know nothing. He didn’t say “I resolved to preach nothing but Jesus and Him crucified.” It was a willful and conscious decision that anything that might confuse, convolute, or distract from the central message would be let go of for that time.

For you to be a part of the movement or lead a movement, you can’t do it by your vast experiences or intellectual prowess. Heathens, beggars, and demoniacs flocked to Jesus while the educated mostly stayed away. Paul’s vast knowledge and understanding were very valuable and would certainly be an asset, but not in the beginning of a move of God. It was just Jesus, and you have to come back to that reality over and over to enter into the next move He has.

As we know a movement did start in Corinth as a church emerged with great spiritual gifts and wonderful manifestations of God’s Spirit. There were many problems too, but just because God moves doesn’t mean there won’t still be issues to work through. That’s a whole other subject…

So I’m captivated by this thought right now of knowing nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I want to experience and participate in the awakening God has promised so I’m pressing into this truth.

How about you? Does this make sense? What would you add?

8 Comments

  1. I am reminded of Paul’s words: May I never boast except in the cross of Christ. Been listening recently to Scandinavian Metal Praise and the song Worthy is the Lamb. I don’t want to miss that or the move when it happens. Thanks Jason.
    Bill (cycelguy) recently posted..ConvictingMy Profile

    • Scandinavian Metal Praise?! Wow, you have some diverse musical taste, my friend! That’s awesome. And amen, I don’t want to miss anything either. He’s up to great things! Thanks so much.

  2. It does come back to Him. Nothing else. His power, His sovereignty. I feel it too and am praying for it.

    • As Jesus said, “will I find faith when I come?” I don’t believe that’s only talking about His ultimate second coming. He walks among the lampstands and looks for faith for what he wants to do! Thank you, Floyd.

  3. Love this post!

    So many thoughts came to my mind-
    Caleb’s post about not worrying about politics (http://sukofamily.org/why-you-should-stop-worry-about-politics-video-update/

    My morning Bible study on James chapter 3 regarding heavenly verses demonic wisdom.

    The recent debate between Bill Nye and ken Ham on evolution verses creationism.

    Finally, we need to stick to the gospel and our testimonies. THEN move on to the next step. We can’t start with step 5 when the foundation isn’t laid. We can’t worry about denominations, music style, drinking, politics, and so many other things Christians like to debate about. First, we must preach the gospel. Share what God is doing in our lives. And let God manifest these other things to each believer. This is oversimplified, but I hope you get the jest.

    I’ll send you an email about something else this post sparked to mind.

    • It definitely makes sense. So much going on in the world, but His move and awakening aren’t going to come by persuasive arguments (even though we need those for other reasons). The change we desire begins and ends with Him. Thank you, TC! Look forward to receiving your email too. πŸ™‚

  4. Reading 1 Corinthians 2:2 in the context of simplicity is interesting. It speaks to having a driving focus for our lives. If Jesus is our single focus, then He gets glory too. I’m going to study this verse more with the idea of simplicity in mind, and I think my view of a simple life will change. You’re right too in that just because He’s the focus doesn’t mean there won’t be struggle. But, our struggle does take on a vastly different meaning when He is the focus of our lives. I think this is the key to struggle and victory happening at the same time in our lives.
    Kari Scare recently posted..New Nature RelationshipsMy Profile

    • Gave me a different perspective on it too, and how that simplicity and focus gives us access to what God is doing currently. We never move on from the cross and he centrality of Jesus. Good point that the struggle takes on different meaning as He is the focus. Thank you, Kari!

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