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He's My "One Thing"

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     It’s hard to put my finger on the “one thing” that led me to the place of utter brokenness. It happened over a period of time. I had come to the place where my allegiance was divided and I knew it. Although I had been raised in the church, other things took over my passions. I began to want things of the world more than I wanted Jesus. I was distracted, living sinfully, and headed down a dead-end road. It was like my life was spinning out of control, but I was doing nothing to stop the spiral. While I was aware of it for months if not years, I kept feeding the frenzy with rotten decisions and bad relationships. While I can’t be sure what the “one thing” was that led me to my place of utter brokenness, I am quite sure of the day it changed.

     The morning that my dad died was my day of reckoning. I knew I was in a mess, and I knew that particular day that it was time to let Him do something about it. Even though I was internally fearful that I had gone too far in the wrong direction, that day I decided to at least ask my Father if I could come home. I thought, “The risk of the rejection can’t be worse than the lie I’ve been living in.” I wondered inside what God’s response would be to a guy like me who knew better yet kept living wrong for so many years. Even so, I went for it.

     My particular place of rescue ended up being a field behind my mom and dad’s house. I ran into that field that morning and cried out to God for mercy. To my surprise, He didn’t reject my begging heart. Instead, I felt a warmth of His love and a hand reaching for my heart. He let me come back home. I felt like the prodigal son of scripture who once came running home with the stench of pig all over him.

     That day God let me come back. He gladly and mercifully named me among His own. That day He became my ONE THING. I was shocked, grateful, and overwhelmed with emotion. That day changed everything. From that day until this one, I can boldly say, “There is ONE THING that I desire and that is to dwell in the house of my God forever.” If you’ve not made the journey to that kind of brokenness, someday you will. And when you do, know this; He will let you come home too!

Psalm 27:4 (NKJV) One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.
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Catch The Wave!

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God gave Ezekiel a prophetic peek into one of the most amazing things of scripture; He allowed him to see the “River of God” that flows from His Temple. We all know from studying the Word of God that when God references water He is speaking of the Holy Spirit. We know also that when He references the “Temple” that He is talking about the PLACE of His Presence.

In the Old Testament, the Temple represented a certain place they could go to find God intimately. As we move into the New Testament world after the death and resurrection of Jesus, we understand through Paul that we are now the Temple of God. In other words, we are now the place where the river of God can flow; we are the place of His Intimate Presence.

In this particular prophetic look at scripture, God is allowing Ezekiel to envision a day when the river of God (Spirit) will flow from the Temple of God (Us) in magnitude like the world has never seen before. What is He saying? In short, He is speaking of a future day when we (the current temple of the Holy Spirit) will walk in a level of His presence like we once didn’t know was possible. When this prophetic peak was given to Ezekiel, the day of the river flowing seemed like an impossible pipe dream. As we live in our current state, I actually see this day being now. In my humble opinion, the day prophesied in Ezekiel is here. I see an opportunity for us like no other generation has ever enjoyed.

I sense a season where the river is rising. I also sense that we are the people He wants to pour that river through. The very thought of this excites me to the core of my being. This river will flow like no river ever has and I think it’s time for us to “Catch the Wave!”

Ezekiel 47:1 (NKJV) Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.
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