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November 18, 2003

I know that You know...

Ezekiel 37: 5-10,14
Thus says the Lord God to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord."7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live." ' " 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived...

14 "...I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live..." says the Lord.' "

"Can these dry bones live?" That's the question I feel like I'm asking as I plan for NH for 2004. I also feel like I already know the answer, much like Ezekiel - "Oh Lord God, You know." It's that "You know, that I know, that You know..." But it doesn't appear likely. Down deep though, I know...

This miracle has two parts. The first is the noise that is created when the bones come together. It draws attention to the fact that something is happening. But it;s not finished even after the skin has covered them. In our church, we need to ask God what will make the "noise" that will draw attention to the fact of something miraculous that is happening. Next, those bones will be covered with flesh. The Lord seems to be saying to me that this is the people who will be gathered to be a part of the miracle of life ("like a mighty army").

But most the most important part of the miracle is the life that comes from the breath of God. There is the promise of the HS that comes into the lives of men to make them come alive!

Lord, that's what we're needing. We need both the gathering of an army and the life of the Spirit. Let this be the year where the Saddleback Valley comes to spiritual life. And our church is full of the breath of the Spirit.

May 25, 2004

When a house is not a house

2 Samuel 7:11
...the LORD tells you that He will make you a house.

The Hebrew word for "house" (bayit) has a couple of different meanings. It does refer to an actual building or structure (even the temple). But it also describes a family, a heritage. The Lord promises that He is going to make David into a house. God is going to initiate and estabish a heritage before He is going to build a palace and a kingdom.

The theme for our church this year is "Built Together" (1 Peter 2:4-5). My desire was that we would build our church together and see it grow. I tended to focus on structure and programs (because that's what I can control). I'm feeling now like God is wanting to build make us a develop a foundation and a spiritual heritage.

I've got some thoughts on what He might be up to in this season that I'm processing. I want there to be a spiritual DNA in our family of God's presence. David wanted to build a "house" for God. Instead, God wanted to make a "house" of David.

Lord, make a house of us.

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