Feb 20, 2014

The Holy and High Way!

I am meeting covenant friends for prayer and strategic conversations on a short visit in Dallas Texas a few days... I will compile some reflections from my own prayer life these last weeks. Maybe it could boost your prayer life as well.

“We will travel along the King’s Highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”
Num 20:17b

I am praying that the Holy Spirit will lead me so that I will always travel on the “Kings Highway.”

And a highway will be there;
    it will be called the Way of Holiness;
    it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
    wicked fools will not go about on it.
Is 35:8

A Christian can travel on different roads in his way to heaven. Isaiah speaks of the “the Way of Holiness” and Jesus teaches us about “the Narrow Way” (Matt 7:14). We make choices all the time in life. We choose between the higher or lower road. None of the roads are sinful, but the higher one though is better than the lower. Those who choose to travel the higher road will be used by God in a totally different way than those who do not choose it.

If God tells us to bless someone financially, we can do it sparsely or generously. When God tells us to reconcile with someone we can choose to blurt out “I apologize” or we can cry and from the bottom of our hearts ask for forgiveness. The one who drinks alcohol is not sinning as long as he does not become drunk, but the higher way is to not drink at all in love and respect for those who are weak.The one who smokes is not less Christian than the one who doesn't. But the higher life is to not smoke both to be healthy but also to take care of the temple of the Spirit. To swear must not necessarily be a sin, but the higher way is to speak pure and guarded. If you choose excellence and the higher way then you will also serve the excellent and exalted. If you choose to honor, you will be honored. If you choose purity and honor you will reap the same. Some disciples are more salt than others. Someone chooses a tougher and more disciplined way to receive the honor-missions from heaven.

Do you see someone skilled in their work?
    They will serve before kings;
    they will not serve before officials of low rank.
Prov 22:29

Of course you want to serve before kings?! Of course you want to be used by God and influence on a high level? Sure you want to speak to and shake nations?! Yes! Lord! Yes! Some of us respond with tears flowing down our cheeks...

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
2 Tim 2:20-21

Do you want to be a potty or vessel of gold in the house of God?! If you purify yourself and choose ”the holy and higher way” you will become a silver or gold vessel! If you choose the ”Kings Highway” you will be transformed from wood and clay to precious metal! Choose “the Way of Holiness”!

I don’t feel condemnation, or that I am better than anybody else. I just have a deep longing for holiness, more than ever before. This is what I pray when I am before the throne; “Lord, I want to make you proud, and not sad! Lord, use me in holy service!” Sanctification, fear of God and a new devotedness for ministry fills the hotel room…

I am praying that SOS and all our allies will continue to walk on “the Kings Highway”… Lord, help us!

See ya!