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Verse and Message (Week of May 4-10, 2008) May 9, 2008

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2 Chronicles 16:9
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are FULLY committed to Him.
 Fish 2 
Jeremiah 29:13
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with ALL your heart.”

Last weekend, The Church of Brook Hills shared a six-hour message on “Who Is God?” at a powerful evening Bible Study that they coined “Secret Church.” Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but one of my dear brothers in Christ, Geoff Gottlieb, who is an active member at this worship home, shared a remarkable entry in his blog yesterday regarding the experience. 

Interestingly, Pastor Chris Hodges of Church of the Highlands shared some similar insights in his message for our mid-week service this past Wednesday.  Our entire church, along with hundreds of church homes across the United States, will be participating in a study called “One Prayer” to take place for eight weeks beginning in June.  Pastor Chris shared a taste of what is to come regarding this amazing topic, and his message will be included on DVD for one week of this study.  Pastor Chris desires that our “one prayer” is to “make us authentic.” 

Pastor Chris says that in order to make us AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANS…

1.  We must approach God wholeheartedly.                                    

We have to sell out to God and give Him 100% or it won’t work!

2.  We must exchange religion for relationship.

3.  We must put our faith on Him, not just in Him.

Now, check out some of what my friend Geoff wrote in his blog:
(I edited portions due to length of the message)

Posted by: Geoff Gottlieb in Secret Church

Blog Link:  http://geoffgottlieb.org/

‘We have but to want Him badly enough, and He will come and manifest Himself to us.’ – AW Tozer.
 
If we want God badly enough, He will come manifest Himself in us. This is the job of the Holy Spirit.
 
Only the Spirit of God knows the fullness of the Glory of God.
 
When we begin following Christ, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit….that is the Spirit of God living within us. The Spirit is the only One Who knows the fullness of Christ. The great thing is that we receive this Spirit and have it working within our lives to direct us and change us.
 
So if we want to know God, we need the Spirit to reveal Himself to us.
 
Therefore, a people who are desperate to know God will be desperate for His Spirit…..Are you desperate for the Spirit of God? Or have traffic jams and 40-hour work weeks and TV and whatever else is going on distracted you from being desperate?
 
If we are not desperate for His Spirit, it is a sure indicator that we have grown content with knowing little about God. And, it’s all too easy today. People will have you think that saying a couple of Godly things and going to a church gets the job done.
 
Do we REALLY want to know the glory of God?
 
If so, then we must be a people who are desperate for the Spirit of Christ. Desperate for the Spirit of Christ. Wanting nothing more in this life than a better understanding of God and following Christ’s life and wanting the Spirit to dwell in us and give us the mind of Christ. To be a vessel that God will use to shake the world, to shake the nations, to shake our neighborhood, our friends, and our families.
 
When we are desperate for the Spirit of Christ, our hearts will begin to understand God with the very perspective of Christ.
 
Are you hungry? Is your relationship with God in a holding pattern, or are you becoming more and more acquainted through the Spirit? Ponder this…..
 
When we know God:
 Place Of Worship 
Routine religion is no longer tolerable.
Casual worship is no longer possible.
 Woohoo 
Total surrender is no longer optional.
Global mission is no longer negotiable.
 Earth 
Thank you Geoff for that remarkable insight! I especially was moved by the last words of “when we know God.” Doesn’t that just get you all fired up! Pastor Chris clarified that authentic Christianity must be “internal” instead of “external.”  It’s not about knowing every facet of theology!  It’s about KNOWING the PERSON!
 
Let’s GET REAL!  Let’s LIVE LIFE on PURPOSE! 
 Sunshine 
HOLD NOTHING BACK…the REWARDS are ETERNAL!
SUSIE MC
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