Let’s ride

bull riding

At an outdoor fair in Colorado Springs, I rode a mechanical bull – or more accurately, a mechanical buffalo. Regardless, I didn’t just pose atop the beast. In spite of everything that could have kept me from it, I got on that bronco and rode.

For me, that ride illustrates living life, not as a religious Christian, but as a friend of God. It reminds me of the promise in Malachi 4:2, “You will go out and leap like calves [or mechanical-bull riders?] released from the stall.”

It’s alarmingly easy to become a “religious Christian,” imprisoned inside “stalls” Christ died to free us from. But you, be released to ride!

Read more on the page, Come out! Be free!

Jesus, white men and me

Three months ago, I came across a post by blogger Christena Cleveland that has triggered something stunning deep in my spirit. In a way, Christena said the obvious. At the same time, she exposed what I’d been blinded to, and desperately needed to see.

Every time I read the piece, I think, at once, “Of course!” – and “Ah ha!”

(FYI: The post came to my attention via the Twitter feed of another blog, By Their Strange Fruit, which I found via the Between Worlds post, “101 Culturally Diverse Christian Voices.” Thanks, everyone!)

Christena launches her post with an in-your-face title: “Dismantling the white male industrial complex.” Then she writes with a draw-you-in tone. Her article affirms:

WHITE MEN ARE NOT THE SECRET WEAPON (to dismantling racial injustice in the church and beyond) … BUT JESUS IS

Of course! I knew that. Long before seeing Christena’s post, I would have told you I knew that. But reading her words, I had a profoundly “Ah ha!” moment. Suddenly, I realized: I had looked to white men for what Jesus alone can give.

Running into brick walls

Brick wall

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In late 2011, I published We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church, an in-your-face, yet draw-you-in, exploration of white-church complicity in injustice – pursuing the reasons behind it, the fruits of it, the way out. I wrote in the first-person, acknowledging: I confess for what I and my ancestors have done.

For more than two years, I earnestly, persistently, sought:

All those months, I continually asked Jesus what to do and how to do it. Yet, again and again, I ran hard into solid brick walls. What stunned and perplexed me most was that, each time I tried to move forward, I did so thinking, “This time, the way will be open before me.” Thus, I was moving full-speed-ahead when I hit the wall.

Now I realize: Every time I believed the way forward was finally opening, it was because I had connected with a white male leader whom I thought would rally the troops, burst through the gates and lead the charge. Surely, this man would see the importance of this confession. This man would humble himself to acknowledge the truth. This man would courageously involve others in doing the same.

Time and again, I was wrong. Indeed, when presented with the message of We Confess, most of the men vanished – just as I charged ahead, believing they were charging too.

We Confess probes deep. It offers detailed, heartfelt confessions. While these confessions might be offered by other peoples in a variety of situations, the primary call to confess is to whites in the US church, both men and women. So it’s certainly not wrong for me to invite white leaders of both genders to participate. Yet, I confess my sin of pinning my hopes on white men, instead of Jesus, even when I believed I was trusting Jesus alone.

The light-bulb moment

By July of this year, I was battered and depleted from slamming into so many walls. My resources had dwindled. I had lost hope. Then, I read what Christena had written:

The truth is that the battle for justice won’t be won when white men finally join the fight. The battle was already won on the cross. Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is at hand. It’s here. It’s happening. It’s already been set in motion. We’re inevitably moving toward a world that reflects the prophetic reality of the resurrection. Justice will be done. All things will be made new. And Jesus graciously invites all of us to partner with him in that movement. We all can play a crucial role. But let’s never forget that Jesus is the secret weapon. Jesus has already determined the outcome of this battle and he will use whoever is willing to accomplish his plan. The Kingdom of God is at hand, whether white men participate or not.

Christena described “a different strategy” for seeking racial reconciliation and justice:

  • Turn toward the Holy Spirit – wait for, listen to and follow him.
  • Turn toward the oppressed – listen to, learn from and follow them.

“Of course!” I thought. “Ah ha!” Oh how much I have to learn.

A new way forward

Ever since We Confess! The Civil War, the South, and the Church was published, people from the white church culture rooted in the Bible Belt have told me, “The church just isn’t ready for this message.” They mean, “Even now, 150 years out, we still aren’t ready to face our stuff.” If so, what a dangerous place for us to be. Because God is ready. God is sounding the call for a confession and repentance that deal with injustice at its roots.

In spite of everyone and everything that says otherwise, I believe the Lord led me to write a book named We Confess because fellow confessors are out there, white people who know how desperately we need to make this confession, and who are ready to make it. I’ve already met a few of them.

What’s more, I’ve met people who have suffered grave injustice at the hands of the white church culture and who have delighted in hearing this confession, as long as they see the accompanying changes that true repentance brings.

Eagerly seeking to see genuine confession and repentance happen on a larger scale, I’ve learned, up close and personally, just how high and thick are the walls that stand in the way.

Now recognizing how I’ve missed the mark, I’m deeply grateful the Lord is both correcting me and redeeming my sins and mistakes. Now regaining my breath, I want to get up and go forward again, but this time, by the Holy Spirit, to discern between the illusion of an open door and the truth.

Lord Jesus, you alone hold the keys to defeating injustice at its root. You alone open hearts that are closed to self-examination, out of pride or fear. You open, and no one can shut. With all my heart, I want to partner with you, and with others who are following you, in the forward movement you initiated through dying and rising again. By the Spirit, for the honor of the Father, show me where you are turning the key and throwing open the way.

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God who has wronged me

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Lightning storm

Sometimes, intimate conversations with God are passionate and fierce.

When someone mentions the man Job, you may think, patient in suffering. That’s certainly the description James 5:8-11 gives. But it may encourage and relieve you to know: Job’s patience in suffering did not look as you might expect.

Bombarded with huge, inexplicable losses, Job persevered in that he did not repudiate the Lord. He didn’t give up on his relationship with the Almighty. Ah, but he did question God. He did express deep anger with God. Indeed, Job cried,

It is God who has wronged me, capturing me in his net. (Job 19:6 NLT)

God … who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter. (Job 27:2)

If ever you’ve experienced hardships that seem anything but fair, you may have believed the same thing Job did. What’s more, you may have felt guilty for believing it. You may have even confessed it as wrong. However, if any part of you still feels God has wronged you, you may think your only options are:

  • Go with that belief, and walk away from God.
  • Deny that belief. Bury it as deeply as possible – and forever carry confusion, a sense of betrayal and a feeling of guilt for thinking it.

So what in the world did Job do?

Sorry comforters

In the first chapters of the book of Job, all kinds of calamity struck Job. In the big middle of his deep loss, three of his friends arrived. At first, the three sat silently before Job. When he spoke up to describe the depth of his pain, they began telling him what they knew of God.

If they intended to bring comfort, they failed. Indeed, Job said bluntly,

Sorry comforters are you all. (Job 16:2 NAS)

Can you identify? You’re suffering great loss. Well-meaning people show up and start saying things about God that may be true but just make you feel worse – about the situation and about yourself.

It’s important to know: Everything the three said about God is true in principle. Yet Job wasn’t the only one who found his friends’ counsel “sorry.” God himself later said to the leader of the three:

I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me. (Job 42:7)

How had Job’s friends spoken the truth, yet not spoken the truth? When they misapplied true principles, they misrepresented God.

The three saw the terrible things that had happened to Job. They knew for certain: God is just. Since it didn’t seem right for a just God to allow so much bad to happen to a righteous person, they decided: Job must have done something to bring all that adversity on himself. They told Job, “Just confess and turn from whatever terrible things you’ve done.”

Suffering compounded

We can and often do bring suffering on ourselves by persisting in wrong choices. Our sins do find us out. But Job’s sufferings had not happened because he had sinned. The Lord himself had said of Job:

There’s no one quite like him – honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil. (Job 1:8 MSG)

Job wasn’t perfect – not even close – but he sought to follow God with his whole heart. When all three of his friends said otherwise, Job did not decide: “They must be right. This is all my fault.” Job knew he had no undealt-with iniquity between him and his God. He steadfastly declared as much.

His friends did not believe him. The more he protested his innocence, the more the three assailed him for not admitting his guilt. In the process, Job cried out:

How long will you torment me and crush me with words? Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me. (Job 19:2-3)

Like I said, not how you might have expected Job’s patience to look. The man was nothing, if not frank.

Beleaguered and angry, Job agreed with his accusers in this: Surely, a just God would not allow so much bad to happen to a righteous person. Devastated by grief and now pummeled by his friends, Job proposed the only other solution that seemed possible: God had wronged him. God had denied him justice!

Even as he accused God of injustice, Job testified:

I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! (Job 19:25-26 NLT)

Sadly, Job’s friends did not notice or affirm his profound statement of persevering faith. The argument continued through chapter 31. When the four fell silent, deadlocked, a young man named Elihu spoke up to say (at length), “Whatever the answer is, it is not that God is unjust.”

Intimate conversation

Why did God allow that whole excruciating confrontation? We can’t begin to know all the reasons. But we do know: Job could not examine beliefs that remained hidden. He needed to hear himself say what he was thinking deep within. He needed to acknowledge what he had come to feel, but would never admit without strong provocation: “There is no other explanation here except that God has done the unthinkable. The Redeemer in whom I still believe has done me great wrong.”

Did the younger Elihu and the three older men leave before God spoke? It seems so. This we know: A tempest formed, and God spoke to Job from the midst of it (Job 38:1).

Imagine the scene. Stop for a moment, and put yourself there. Imagine how it looked, felt, sounded. Imagine what you might think and feel, after everything else that had happened, as a storm suddenly rages and God speaks aloud.

Enigmatically, God “answered” Job by asking him questions. For four chapters, the Lord queried Job – about daylight and darkness, the sea and the stars, stormy weather conditions and assorted animals. If the Lord’s tactics seem random, his tone was stern:

Who is this that makes my purpose unclear by saying things that are not true? (Job 38:2 NCV).

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? (Job 38:4)

Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? (Job 38:35)

You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers? (Job 40:2 NLT)

Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself? (Job 40:8)

Reading the conversation between Job and God – in which God does most of the speaking and Job, most of the listening – we may see only a scolding. We may think such a conversation something to avoid. But no, the opposite is true.

Intimacy isn’t always warm and fuzzy. Sometimes it’s passionate and fierce. And honest, intimate conversation with the Lord of all the earth is always something to embrace.

Here, we see:

God heard Job. While Job and his friends talked, God remained silent. Yet he was present, and he heard every word. When Job accused him of wrongdoing, God did not leave in a huff. At the right time, he made his Presence known.

God spoke to Job, directly and at length. Job heard the Lord – he heard God himself – knew it was God and understood what God said.

God rebuked and corrected Job, but he didn’t “make Job pay” for calling him unjust. He didn’t threaten or punish Job for verbalizing what he felt. If Job had had other issues – unrepented sins that had contributed to his sufferings – the Lord would have brought those to Job’s attention, as well.

God did not explain himself. He did not tell Job why a just God could allow a wholehearted follower to suffer so deeply. Rather, God asked questions designed to show Job that his frame of reference was way too small. To Job and friends in their finite wisdom, it appeared an either-or proposition: Either Job had messed up bigtime, or God had acted unjustly. God said, in essence: “Neither of the above is correct. You cannot begin to fathom why all this has happened or what it’s accomplishing. So quit trying to place blame and let me lead from here.”

Job received what God said. Standing in the Presence, Job listened as God asked question after question as to who, in fact, created, nurtured and ruled all the earth. The encounter changed Job’s heart and mind. He did not knuckle under a God who said, “How dare you not believe me!” Rather, Spirit-to-spirit, Job saw himself and his Lord in a new light. In his inmost being, he realized: Deeply hurting, desperate for answers, he had misjudged his God.

Humbly, he confessed and repented:

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. (Job 42:3)

Seeing God

whirlwind

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When God began to speak from a windstorm, everything in Job might have wanted to turn and run away. Yet Job stayed, and the encounter set his life on a new trajectory. It initiated a new level of relationship that Job had thought would only happen well after his death. Remember Job’s powerful statement of faith?

I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!

Encountering the Lord in the whirlwind, Job said in awe:

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. (Job 42:5)

A suffering man, misjudged by his friends, Job did not agree with their false allegations. He didn’t con himself either, thinking all was well between him and God when, indeed, it was not. Rather, Job recognized God’s assessment of him and clung to that.

Job did not disown his Lord. However, he did blurt out what he had come to believe about God’s ways: “It is God who has wronged me.” It is “God … who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter.”

When God spoke from a windstorm to challenge Job’s beliefs, Job did not exit out of anger or fear. He stayed. He listened. He faced his Lord.

Ah, then, in his body, Job saw God. He saw his Redeemer come.

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The God Who series

Again and again, the “God who …” phrases in Scripture reveal God’s works. As we respond to our Lord deep within, receiving what he communicates Spirit-to-spirit, those phrases also reveal his ways.

“God Who” article – introducing the series
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Living by the Spirit

Living by the Spirit equals moving in intimate oneness with God. 

You can be a Christian, yet not live by the Spirit. You might even think it preferable that way. But saying yes to Jesus Christ – and then saying no to the Holy Spirit – is as tragic as being born but never maturing past infancy.

The New Testament says:

“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly – mere infants in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1).

“Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit” (Gal. 5:16 MSG).

“Live by the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16 NET).

If you want to live by the Spirit – or you’re at least interested in considering it – you may wonder how it works and how it looks. Some of you want to write from the Spirit, and you wonder how that works, too. And you who have already experienced living by the Spirit know: There’s always more to learn.

So let’s explore a wonderful passage in 1 Corinthians 2 that often gets lost in translation, but is crucial to see.

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

writing from the Spirit

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Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one (vv. 9-15 ESV).

What do you see in Paul’s contrast of the “natural person” and the “spiritual person”? Our minds, guided by English translations, typically see a contrast between the Christian and the non-Christian. Unlike them, we (spiritual persons) freely accept and readily understand the things of God.

Those who have received Jesus Christ as Lord do have a spiritual capacity others do not. But we do not have any room for pride. Indeed, far too often we do not act on the access we have. We do not accept and understand what the Spirit says. So let’s look again.

In the original language, this passage not only distinguishes between the “natural person” and the “spiritual person.” It also distinguishes between the soul and spirit within each of us.

Spirit-to-spirit communing

One phrase in verse 14 is translated “natural person” (ESV); “natural man” (NASU); and “the man [or person] without the Spirit” (other translations). Ah, but the Greek, psuchikós ánthroopos, can be literally translated the “soul person” or “human soul.”

The human soul does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they seem foolish, and the soul is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The human spirit judges all things …

The Message rendering of verses 14-16 amplifies the term “human soul” this way: “the unspiritual self, just as it is by nature.”

The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit — God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit.

Ah, yes. A second picture is emerging. Christ’s Spirit within us communes with our human spirit. Spirit-to-spirit, we access stunning things we haven’t seen, heard or dreamed, things our Lord wants to show those he loves. To receive what the Lord is releasing, we have to humble our souls. Otherwise, we quench and grieve the Spirit. We shut the communion down.

Sometimes when the soul mutinies against the spirit, we recognize the disconnect, but don’t know what’s wrong or why. That’s a good thing if it propels us to the Lord, to seek the answer.

All too often, though, we don’t recognize soul mutiny at all. We seek spiritual truth via the “unspiritual self,” latch onto what sounds religious but does not breathe with God’s life – and believe, because we’re Christians, that we have spiritually discerned.

The tragedy multiplies when we write or teach this soul logic to others seeking spiritual truth.

Spirit-to-spirit imparting

Living by the Spirit equals living Spirit-to-spirit: God’s Spirit and your spirit in open communion, you breathe out what he breathes in. You move in intimate oneness with God.

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

Living by the Spirit, you speak from your human spirit by the Holy Spirit into the spirits of others – and they into yours. Similarly, when we write from the Spirit, we write to the spirits of others. They receive in their inmost being what God has poured out and we have passed along.

Ah, but even when revelation or understanding comes through a person, no one is settling for a second-hand word. Rather, as each of us relates to God Spirit-to-spirit, the breath of God in the words of the one speaking or writing sparks direct communion between the hearer and the Lord.

Spirit-to-spirit blessings

You who love the Lord, who want to live by the Spirit (and perhaps to write from the Spirit):

Be blessed to receive the Spirit of God, fully, continually, in the same way you receive breath.

Be blessed to recognize when your “unspiritual self” is usurping the place of your spirit and trying to figure out the truth. Renounce such a foolish and self-defeating mutiny. Cooperate with your Lord in humbling your soul, so Spirit-to-spirit communion can thrive.

Be blessed to see the extent to which you have been taught to believe and act on, to speak and write, what did not come from the Spirit, but from the soul. Refuse the deception that insists, “Not you! You’ve avoided this error, and so has your branch of the Body of Christ.”

We all live with the soul-spirit struggle. All of us, at times, speak or write from our own imaginations, and mistakenly believe it has come from God. Sadly, our US church culture – evangelical and charismatic – has colluded in reinforcing this pattern, instead of helping us recognize and reject it.

In the name of the living Spirit, called in Hebrew Ruach HaKodesh, I bless you with eyes to see:

  • how thoroughly we’re trained to believe and impart religious stuff based on human wisdom;
  • how loudly we’re applauded and how highly rewarded for suppressing the spirit and speaking from the unspiritual soul.

As you see the true picture emerging:

I bless you with courage to stop, turn around and go a different way.

I bless you with unhindered Spirit-to-spirit communion – wide-open access to the incredible things God freely gives you because he loves you; grace to move in intimate oneness with him.

I bless you with breath to impart what he reveals, in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit of God.

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psuchikós ánthroopos, 1 Corinthians 2:14, Interlinear Transliterated Bible.

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God who lifts up my head

Funny. But not. You hang your head when your heart is heavy. You express outwardly the heaviness you feel inwardly – whether it results from sorrow, self-reproach, intimidation, discouragement or despair.

King David hung his head the day his son Absalom tried to kill him and to usurp the throne. David had remained blind to the betrayal while his son plotted a coup, manipulated the people and won their hearts. Even close friends whom David trusted were wooed into Absalom’s camp.

As David fled for his life – his heart, broken; his world, shattered – he cried out:

Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, God will not deliver him.”

Ah, but then, in the same breath, David sang:

“You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high” (Ps. 3:3).

“… my wonderful God who gives me courage” (NCV).

“… the one who restores me” (NET).

“… the One who lifts up my head” (NKJV).

Even in his darkest hour, King David knew God’s ways.

It is God’s way to see what our bodies are saying, to know what inner turmoil we’re expressing – and to act. It is his way to give comfort, honor, courage and good hope to those who are his own.

You too be blessed to experience this facet of God’s goodness. Be blessed to declare it, and so to see it: “You are the One who lifts my head high.”

lifts my head

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The God Who series

Again and again, the “God who …” phrases in Scripture reveal God’s works. As we respond to our Lord deep within, receiving what he communicates Spirit-to-spirit, those phrases also reveal his ways.

“God Who” article – introducing the series
Posts in the “God Who” series

Throw away the copy key

Adapted from The Elijah Blessing: An Undivided Heart

fiery heartThe moment the courageous prophet Elijah appeared on the scene, standing before wicked king Ahab, announcing drought on the land, God affirmed what Elijah testified: this one stood before the face of the Lord. From that place of holy intimacy, everything else in Elijah’s life flowed.

Time and again, whatever Elijah touched literally burned with holy love: God’s love for a person who stood before him with an undivided heart. Elijah’s love for his incredible God. The love God had, and imparted to Elijah, for people who could not receive it, because they wouldn’t let go of everything else they were trying to embrace.

You, too, be blessed to “love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5). It’s the key to everything else.

Did you ever try to use a key that should work, but didn’t? That often happens with a copy of the original. To the eye, it seems a match. But the copy key is off just enough that it doesn’t open what it should fling wide.

Did you ever try to love the Lord with all your heart – but it didn’t seem to work? Try as you might, you couldn’t make it click.

That often happens when we unwittingly use a copy key. We make an honest effort, but come up empty, because we’ve put our own spin on the words love and heart.

To our thinking, we feel with our heart, and think with our mind – and, together, heart and mind comprise the sum total of the “inner person,” the soul. Scripture paints a different picture, one much more complex. Together, the Word and the Spirit reveal us as three-part beings, not just body and soul.

For example, 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says that holiness involves our entire “spirit, soul and body.” Deuteronomy 6:5 commands us to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength. The two lists seem to correlate. The third item in each list – body, strength – speaks of our physical nature. Soul, in both lists, does seem to encompass the mind and emotions. But what about the first item on each list – spirit and heart?

I’d suggest: They’re parallel too. When God calls us to love him with all our heart, he’s talking about a singleness in yearning toward him that springs from the depths of our innermost being, the part that is one with him. We read those words and think they’re commanding a feeling.

And so, we try to love the Lord from our souls. Mentally, we try to figure out how to do it. Emotionally, we try to summon up an “all our heart” feeling, an over-the-top fireworks kind of love.

But we cannot do it. We cannot conjure up such a feeling. We certainly can’t sustain it. The key will not turn in the lock.

So let’s throw away the copy key.

Instead of trying to conjure up an emotion, ask God to teach you to respond to him from the deepest essence of who you are. Day after day, stand before his face, and open yourself to him, as fully as you know how. Pray to know him and to honor him – and ask for grace to walk whatever path he takes you in order to accomplish both.

As your spirit learns to respond freely to Christ’s Spirit, you’ll find yourself impelled by something stronger than emotion and more certain than intellect. The asking will become yearning – a hunger deep in your spirit to know him, a thirst for his name to be hallowed and his kingdom to come.

Then, to your amazement, your soul will join in. It will echo your spirit-yearnings. Your mind and emotions will participate joyfully in what they could not start. And even when God takes you places that make no sense and where your emotions scream not to go, your spirit will recognize God’s voice, your soul will surrender – and all of you will go with God.

Be blessed to burn as Elijah did with the Lord’s holy love.

Adapted from The Elijah Blessing: An Undivided Heart. © 2012 by Deborah P. Brunt. All rights reserved.

In the place where Ahab and Jezebel ruled, Elijah loved fiercely and lived fully. As you peek into lives lived long ago, learn how spiritual schizophrenia opens the way for Ahab and Jezebel to rule today. Receive the Elijah Blessing – the blessing of an undivided heart.