Friday, March 09, 2012

Thus Saith the Lord?

I read the book Thus Saith the Lord? for the first time well over 10 years ago. Recently, I read it again and found it just as relevant now as it was then. For those of you outside the Charismatic/Pentecostal/Third Wave world, the next 2-3 weeks of snippets might seem irrelevant, but stay tuned anyway—I'm sure you will be able to take something with you from them :)

Anyway, here's the first of several...

These prophets will call for change; their primary mission will be turning the hearts of God's people back to their Father. Their messages will be accompanied by strong conviction. Often the words might not seem "nice." Their preaching will hit the hardened areas of our hearts as a hammer smashing upon a rock. They will command, rebuke, correct, and exhort with all authority, yet it will all flow from a heart filled with love for God and His people...These prophets will not seek the accolades or rewards of man. They will only desire to handle faithfully the truth that sets men free. They will not be bought for they already know their rewarder. Power, popularity, or money will not influence their words.”— Thus Saith the Lord?, page 34

<idle musing>
The church can definitely use people like that—and I'm not excluding myself, either! We need people whose hearts are attuned to God and won't deviate to the left or right for anyone else. Of course they won't be popular. No prophet ever is!
</idle musing>

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