Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Media Fast: No T.V., Movies, or Internet

I'm doing a "full" media fast. That looks like no television, no movies, and no… Internet.
What fuels me to do this is not to bring condemnation on anyone or necessarily make a statement. (I LOVE media) I do however, have this real desire for the Presence of God abiding in my life. I know too much. I've experienced too much of Him to not pursue Him in such a way; yet, I continually compromise my fellowship with the Holy Spirit through escapism and false fountains. Media doesn't HAVE to be those things, but for me, it has. I have felt over the years a drawing by God to live this way, set apart for Him. A one year consecration is a start. I hope that my capacity for Him, my love for Him, my dependence on His Presence would so be expanded that I would continue in my consecration for the rest of my life.
A consecration is not a means of intrinsic holiness, but it may lead to holiness. Holiness is a true heart position before God that is set apart (Holy) unto Him. I want my heart to catch up with my actions, lest I just have an outward form of godliness as the Pharisees of Jesus' day. I'm not so much "fleeing" as I am "pursuing." (2 Tim 2:22 )
What about "Grace?"
I believe God will give me grace to take up this minor cross as the Holy Spirit gave Jesus grace to take up His.
What about "Relevance?"
Being well informed of the culture around me doesn't equate effective ministry. Jesus released the Holy Spirit for effective ministry, He's the one I'm after.
What will this look like?
Television?; Not that big a deal for me, I already don't watch it. My main T.V. pattern is occasional episodes of "The Office" and yearly Super Bowls.
Movies: A little more close to home. I watch 2 or more movies a month. I hope to spend more time learning to "escape" into the Holy Spirit. (Gal 6:8) Better yet, abide with Him.
Internet: This is where I felt the ouch. My intention is not to open up a browser window for anything except "business." A good portion of our ministry is through the Internet. So, I'll be updating podcasts, blogs, websites and communicating with ministry hosts. I'll be using email mostly. But this does mean no personal social networking sites, and daily news surfing. So I might just end up happier than everyone else, not reading the news!
Again, I'm not so much "fleeing" as I am "pursuing." If you have any questions, or would like to join me (gulp), let me know. I will be checking email. (and ministry blog posts) Consider some form of consecration. It is truly time to seek the Lord, "while He may be found." - Richy Clark

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Unstained Religion

Last night I was painfully reminded, my love has limitations. As I sat there listening to urgent need to take in foster children and particularly those children who have been rescued from the sex –slave industry in America, I found a hard place in my heart. A newborn adopted baby I can handle, but a child who has been severely sexually abused daily for years? What would this do to the “peace” I have fought so hard for to have in my home? This could greatly disrupt the stable home I’ve longed to have for my children. I myself did not grow up in a functional environment and have observed myself striving to create one for my children, what of this? I have a special needs son who has been a life and death battle for the last 9 years, haven’t I had enough pain? How will I pay for this? We are barely making it right now! Oh the horrid reality of restricted love in my heart. I am pained to find such a place. I don’t mean to sound overly dramatic, but I’m feeling this. I am cornered by God. Is my love real? Is my “religion” real?

James 1:27 Pure, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world.

Why would James call that “pure” religion? ..Because you can’t fake taking in children in to your home. You can’t fake willfully taking on the burdens of others as your own. Our Christianity in the purest form is “loving God and loving others.” It’s love folks. That’s what you signed up for! And we can only truly love, because He loves us. Real love is unhindered, has no demands, is not restricted in its affections. Oh how I want to love!

I may or may not ever take in the most difficult cases, but I know one thing, I’m pursuing a love with no limitations! I’m pursuing death to any worship of the God of convenience in my life. The cross was inconvenient.

God expand our hearts, break us out of western culture, me centered, self-help, false Christianity. We want the real thing Jesus. May we be Your friends God.

As for me and my house? We will serve the Lord.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Glimpse of The Father

It was almost 2 years ago now when I believe the Lord spoke to me (internally) “It’s time to stop looking for a father and start being one.” It’s been a difficult transition. It does however help, that I have the most wonderful natural children in the universe. My special needs son, Richy, has taught me to love unconditionally, and is a continual delight. My 2 year old son, Toby is a constant wonder and joy. My 1 year old daughter, Brynn, has captured my heart, and one day my pocketbook. Though God has done much healing in my heart over the years, I still occasionally get “hit” with a deep ache for personal fathering. This especially surfaces after some wonderful or terrible thing has happened to me. Of recent, I had a wonderful ministry tour this fall, full of so many exciting instances of seeing the power of God impact lives. Even still, at 31 years of age..I have no one to really report to about it in a personal way. This is a strange transition.

My parents divorced when I was 10 years old. My mother later married a man who was occasionally physically abusive and severely abusive.. verbally. It took me a few years of this to start believing that I might be worthless to the world. At 16 years old I had an encounter with God that began to unravel some of these lies. I also left home at 16. During this time I met a wonderful Christian family that seemed to good to be true. When they finally took me in to their home as a refugee, I found out it was indeed true! They had their difficulties, but somehow were always laughing and enjoying one another. The father, Calvin Stanley, was especially impacting in his gentleness toward his wife and children. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t see that same gentleness translated into how I treat my own children. In return for this families kindness, I married their daughter, ha! After just 6 years of watching this man be a father in real time, he suddenly died of a heart attack, at just 52 years old. 4 years is all I had. I think I miss him today.

I am thankful for the glimpse of the father heart of God through this man. All relationships that impact us with true love, stem from God.

So what am I left to do with this ache that has suddenly “hit” me again? How can I truly love my children, natural and spiritual, with out being consumed in love myself? Rom 8:15 says “…you received the spirit of adoption, by who we cry out ‘Abba Father’…” More than a bible verse, this “spirit of adoption” must be an abiding reality in my heart. I must strengthen myself in the love of God for me. I have to believe and receive His love.

Rom 8:37 in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Thanks for letting me counsel myself.. I need to go upstairs, it’s time to start being a father.

PRAYER: God, for those fatherless, I pray you manifest your love as you have to me. May they know to perfect love of God that causes us to overcome any difficulty. May they be encouraged today in your perfect love!
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SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:
The ultimate resolve of the ache in all our hearts won’t take place until the “redemption of all things.” However, God does give us a tangible deposit or glimpse of that resolve to those who seek Him. His Holy Spirit.

We are all in the process of joining or rejecting the divine fellowship of the Trinity.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Church Under Construction - Loving the Church to Maturity

So the other day the Lord (while in prayer) asks me, “Can you love the church like you love your special needs son!?” This floored me. I had been feeling a little anxious about involving myself again in some ministry within the local church, when this question pops in my spirit!

You see my son, Richy (same name), was born in ‘99 while only 6 months in the womb. (4 months early) He was 1lb 8oz! I have pictures of him with my wedding ring around his arm. Most babies who are born this early don’t survive. (As I unfortunately found out later with our twin boys, in ’04) In Richy’s case, he pulled through by a miracle! When R2 (as we affectionately refer to him in writing) came home after 4 months in the NICU at 6lbs! He was totally blind and lifeless. For the first few years of his life, he showed no reciprocal affection. By the time R2 was 2 he had regained vision in one of his eyes, and now can see fairly well. (Legally blind) He had a shunt put in his skull, which helped drain fluid that was causing him to act lifeless. Once that operation was done, he began to show some personality. The first time R2 showed real affection and preference for me was after my twin boys died, and I had returned from the Hospital. We hadn’t seen him in a few weeks throughout the ordeal, and R2 refused to let go of me while trying to leave the house for an errand. He was crying and saying “daddy.” R2 is now 9 years old; he is still in diapers and is mentally about a 3yrs old. (Yet somehow has the sarcasm and memory of a 9year old!) He is a very happy guy, and VERY affectionate! He just had his first day of school last week!

I want Richy healed. But at the same time, I love him just the way he is. Early on, when he was showing no affection, I would just lay with him in his bed, sing him songs, and rub my hands his hair. I was fascinated with him as my first-born son. During that time I learned how the Father (God) loves me, even when I’m unresponsive. Yet, in God’s persistence He eventually won my affection, as I have my sons. The day will come when R2 is perfectly whole!

Now God is asking me (us) to love His church this way. To love her while seeing her weaknesses, unresponsiveness, inabilities, and imperfections; yet, being fascinated with WHO she is, as the bride in preparation for Christ. We are a church under construction. Let us be committed to love her through her failures, knowing that in our persistent love, she will return affection to her bridegroom. She will be holy. She will be pure. She will be Christ’s.

As the Holy Spirit is shaking up the church in this day, let us not be quick to throw out a word of premature accusation or rash judgment, as if that will accomplish anything. This is a day where the church needs real fathers and mothers who will labor for her in love as the Apostle Paul, who groaned in spiritual labor pains while in consistent prayer for her well being. Let’s seek to posses the love that covers, the love that conquers, and the love that abounds in “all knowledge and discernment;” drawing us all to maturity!
We will be holy! We will be His! We will be radiant! – Richy Clark Sr

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Real Jesus

My heart hurts today for this generation. I’m not going to try to “write” here, just bleed a bit. Every time I get quiet enough, I become aware of an ache in my soul… really. I believe It’s God’s ache for souls. ..for lost sons and daughters. While the church is figuring out who they are, multitudes are in the valley of decision. An entire generation is growing up in our backyard without the knowledge and experience of Jesus. We have an old stale religious (man centered) gospel that is powerless to transform them, or let alone get their attention. At most, church just causes a raised eyebrow or a cynical remark. I am grieved today for this generation. And truly… truly many of them long for the real thing. The real Jesus. The Jesus who heals. The Jesus who loves.

I’m thankful and aware that we as the church go through seasons, I just wonder and marvel at how introverted we (myself) can become in God. ( I have to believe that If I can just touch His heart, that I will explode with unconditional love for others. If I can just get a glimpse of Him, maybe I’ll become like Him. Selfless, unafraid. Bold in love. He is so humble. )

Oh God, please. Please raise up a church just like You. I pray Your prayer Jesus. Oh that we’d be one. Truly one. Oh that we’d reflect the Father, and not our own conception of God. Oh that those who ache for the reality would see it in us. Jesus, don’t let another generation die in the wilderness. OH GOD RAISE UP WARRIORS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, OH GOD NOW. GOD FOR THE HARDCORE KIDS, FOR THE EMO KIDS, FOR THE LOVELESS, FOR THE DESTITUE. OH JESUS, RAISE UP TRUE MISSIONARIES TO AMERICA!

We are not an evangelized nation. America needs the real Jesus.
- Richy Clark

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hello My Name Is ________.

When most people ask who we are, we naturally respond by telling them what we do. “I’m an architect, teacher, graphic designer etc..” Unless of course you work at McDonalds, then it’s, “Well I’m studying to be an IT professional,” or “I’m doing some things right now.. uh but I really want to go to film school.” Then you may be the guy who lives with his / her parents and burns most of the day with the playstation. “We’ll I’ve always wanted to pursue acting,” he says sheepishly. The point is, most of us get our identity by what we do or aspire to become. Did you know God wants to give you an identity apart from what you do? This may sound absurd, but it’s true!

After having the privilege of traveling the open highway for 4 years or so with our worship and preaching ministry, Radiant Worship, the Lord led me in 2007 to work for a telecom company. Some would call this, “getting a REAL job.” I will insert here that ministry in fact IS a real job, and much more so. However, there is something to be said about doing what you love, and I was no longer doing just that. I learned very quickly that this company didn’t care who I was,(per sey) or that I’ve ran my own business, or that I could probably run THEIR business. (At least in my estimation at the time) They just wanted me to do my job, as assigned, and do it well. The Lord greatly used this “opportunity” to re-arrange who I thought myself to be. I surely didn’t want to think of myself as a telecom guy. (not to say anything against telecom guys, I happen to know a few great people who love it!)

During this season, Radiant would still go out to minister occasionally in the nation. While out with our ministry, I would THEN feel like I was walking in my identity. However, God did not want what I was DOING, however I esteemed it, to be my identity. Some days were especially tough, like when we produced another CD. I would work 9 to 10 hours a day, come home, put on a fresh pot of coffee, go jogging around my block, go into my home studio, and mix until after midnight. It did this straight for 2 months to complete that recording. During this time, the Presence of God became so sweet. That is, when I could just squeeze in an hour here or there to be with Him. I would regularly skip lunches just to pray, sit in His Presence and read my bible. It seemed as if He was just waiting for me some days. I would leave my work desk, and go sit outside and instantly be aware of His Presence. It was amazing to me to learn to encounter God with such a “busy” schedule, while seemingly not DOING what I was made to do.

In the middle of this intense season, my son by the same name, Richy, had a life threatening seizure and was flown by helicopter 40 miles away to Houston, TX. When the nurses called a “code blue,” which is medical language for, “dying person, everybody rush over here, including unnecessary people, and do what you can,” I, for 1 minute or so, believed he was dying. While sitting in my designated chair in the corner of the room, I encountered the same sweet Presence of God I had become increasingly familiar with under pressure. My son came through that ordeal, as did his parents. In the middle of what looked like tragedy, I wanted to be with Jesus. His Presence turned that situation around.

It took me one year at that job to become more concerned with being near God, than what I was DOING. He became (and is still becoming) what I want to be doing. And in this process, the “who I am” is being changed.

Hello my name is Richy. I am a son of God.


Great scriptures on our identity and sufficiency in Christ
Psa. 23:1 "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want."
1Pet. 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Col. 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Rev. 2:17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’

Thursday, May 15, 2008

We Are In An Oil Crisis!

I’m not talking about gas prices or OPEC. The Church is in an oil crisis. Some of you know the parable in Matthew.

Matt. 25:3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Oil here is likened to intimacy with Jesus, that which sustains the fire of God in our lives. We can be blessed by other peoples oil, we can benefit from their experience with God, but when Christ returns, what matters is us possessing our own oil! You cannot receive an impartation of oil! Only fire. Fire will burn out without sustained, deep communion with the spirit of God. This coming harvest will be carried out by those who not only have the fire of God (God upon them) but the Oil. (God within them)

We don’t burn out, if God’s fellowship (Presence) is our priority. The only way oil is being developed in my life, has been through extended times of prayer, bible reading and fasting on a regular basis. As we grow in our relationship with the Lord, we grow in our capacity for His fellowship. 5 min is no longer enough, 30 min daily bible, is no longer enough…this revelation doesn’t come through a renewed self determination to spend more time with God, but an increased hunger for His fellowship. We must get oil! YOU must get oil! Know Him well and know Him deep. May Christ dwell deep in your inward man, and burn strong for God! – Richy Clark

Monday, April 14, 2008

Free From Lust

I remember as a teenager, wanting to write a book called "Free From Lust." The problem was, the book kept getting delayed! I'm glad to say (by grace) that I could write that book now, but it's been many years of growing in my relationship with God. As much as I wanted God in my early twenties, it was always a terrible wake up call to the nearness of my carnality, when I'd have a lustful thought or desire. The truth I held on to, was believing that I could actually be free! Meaning, not just coming to grips with my carnality and believing that I would always struggle with lust...thus not pursuing real freedom; but believing I could walk in continual freedom! "who the son sets free ...is FREE." There is much I could say here to encourage you to freedom..(I could write a book about it..) but here are a few truths that God used to bring about my deliverance.

1. Ultimately, freedom comes in pursuing intimacy with God. In the wake of our pursuit of Him, His Holy Spirit guides us into freedom from all that hinders that intimacy.
2. Rather than focus on lust, let the Holy Spirit deal with the greater issue of all sensuality in Your life. That is, all addictions to stimulating the senses.
3. Prayer WITH fasting. Fasting is the Christians "secret" weapon! Fasting is not a means of gaining spiritual "brownie points," but is a self humbling that positions us to receive from God. Fasting is a New Testament practice as well as the old. My greatest victories over sensuality have come through extending seasons of prayer and fasting, where by the assistance of the Holy Spirit, I came into a deliverance of sensual addictions, and developed an INCREASED hunger for the things of God. (His pleasures)
4. A strong revelation of the Fathers love and mercy in receiving us every time we repent of moral failure. It's ultimately this amazing mercy that wins us over in love relationship with Him. When young Christians do not have this revelation of a merciful God, they many times lose faith, because they cannot meet the demands of that come from themselves. Remember, our righteousness comes from Him and through Him. Our voluntary pursuit of God opens the door for His supernatural involvement in transforming our hearts! You are not alone in this battle... there is victory!
5. As our hearts are transformed, pleasure comes to us in new ways. Godly pleasures.. Moses "forsook the passing pleasures of sin, for the greater riches in Christ Jesus." Pursue the greater riches!

I still have to practice self control, ask God to deliver me from temptation etc... but my desires are ever changing.. I find that I'm not abstaining from certain "pleasures" because they "are wrong," but rather seeking out greater pleasures. Pleasures only found in Jesus.

Father I ask that you strengthen the heart of those reading, that need strengthening in these areas. You are ever merciful and able to set a generation free. I thank you for a whole army of young people who have an appetite for the greater pleasures of loving God. Lord You are able. Give our culture a breakthrough, a revelation of Holiness that rocks the nations. Holiness based on intimacy with You. Who the Son sets free is free indeed! Amen

Our continual freedom comes because we do not want to hinder our beautiful communion with God.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Relieve Our Suffering

2Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

I watched a National Geographic video yesterday regarding the violence of the earth. I was gripped by the incredible suffering that people have gone through in mass numbers... such as the 2004 Tsunami! When we go through suffering, our human (fallen) response is a hardened heart... not trusting, not believing, not wanting to get hurt again. Jesus however is the healer and hope.

The normal question that most people would ask would be..."If God is so loving, as you say, then how become there is so much suffering." Yes there is great suffering, and there is a loving God who will end all suffering.

1. God IS going to end all suffering... but for Him to do that, He has to wipe out sin, which brought the entrance to suffering in the world. For God to wipe out sin, He has to judge / destroy / renew the earth. God is currently holding back His final judgements because He desires all men to come to repentance.

2. For those in suffering, there must be the light of the revelation that this life is temporal. God IS going to restore all things. And there is hope in the age to come. That must be a tangible reality in their (our) hearts.

Father I thank You that You are faithful, and a VERY present help in time of trouble. I ask for those grieving in some way, that You would be of great comfort to them. Release revelation of the true reality of Your eternity! Be alive in their hearts. Heal, save and deliver. You are perfect God. Amen - Richy Clark

Monday, March 24, 2008

God's Hiding of Us

Is. 49:2 And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword;
In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me a polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.”


Those truly passionate to be used of God in a mighty way, may find themselves in a place of public obscurity for extended seasons. These are times where God is hiding us. Not because of our "greatness," but because of the work He is doing in our lives, preparing us for kingdom influence. Many a zealous new christian, receives a "word" from someone, "Your going to be great and win multitudes," IMMEDIATELY, they buy a website and start trying to make this "word" happen. I actually know of a ministry (no longer exists) that went into thousands and thousands of dollars of debt, purchasing a giant sound system, lighting system...you name it, all to have it fall out from under them in a few years. God wants to prepare us to bring forth fruit that remains! To do that, we must embrace the seasons of the Lord, and recognize HIS timing.

He's not just keeping us "in the shadow of His hand," He is sharpening and polishing us, placing us in His quiver! ...One day to be shot out like an arrow that hits the mark! The Apostle Paul started off strong after his conversion, then went into a place of obscurity for 13 years, before re-emerging to have the most powerful and influential ministry of the new covenant to date! Don't short circuit the dealings of the Lord. The world doesn't need YOUR compassion or ministry! They need broken people who are moving in the power and authority of heaven! Trust God is working a beautiful thing in you! Embrace it! Amen

- Richy Clark

Friday, March 21, 2008

What If You Gave Up Your Ministry?

What if you gave up your ministry to give all your time to making others successful? No more conferences, books, building projects, CD's, and promotional teams. No more surrounding yourself only with those who can make you more successful. No more constant concern over the next big step. No more seeking alignment with those who can further your agenda. What if you gave up your ministry to give all your time to making others successful? Well, then you'd be doing ministry.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Pleasures Forevermore

Psa. 16:11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


I have sought after so many things that have left me empty. I have many blessings in my life, a beautiful family, friends, possessions,...but they all pale in comparison to Him. He is the only fountain that quenches this thirst. He is the only refuge that brings my heart to peace. He is the only one worthy of revolving my life around. I can never have enough of Him. Other pleasures get old in access, but the more I have of Him, the more I want... He is the fountain that makes other fountains undesirable. He is the "greater riches" worth forsaking passing pleasures. He is Jesus, the sum of all my desires. I love You Jesus, today. I am ruined on Your goodness.

Father may we Your people know the pleasures at Your right hand. May our true "Holiness" come because of who we hang out with. Oh thank You for Your grace and mercy in leading us into these true pleasures. Amen.

- Richy Clark

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Do You Have Bread Today?

I feel empty If I don't have some word from scripture bouncing around in my heart. Every morning I try to grasp some phrase or scripture verse to become my meditation. This is not because of religious duty, but because He is good and better than breakfast. ...the best part of waking up. Every morning I feel the renewed need for His presence. ...a developed appetite for the goodness of God. I want to encourage you today, to begin a habit of taking a psalm or another scripture verse and meditating on it thru out the day. Don't leave home with out some truth bouncing around in your heart! It will change your life, and can serve as a starting place in developing a hunger for God! Here is some encouraging truths regarding this....

Psa. 119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.

Psa. 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.

Psa. 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

Josh. 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Perfect Unity


I was blow away yesterday, while studying John 16 and 17, at the unity of the Godhead. Before you check out from this blog... attempt to read on...

THE PERFECT UNITY OF THE TRINITY as seen in the Gospel of John:

Jesus sent to the world by the Fathers command (17:3)
Jesus said He does nothing without the Father, (8:54,17:8)
Jesus speaks nothing but what the Father speaks, (17:8)
Jesus is in the Father and the Father in Him. (17:21)
Jesus glorifies the Father (16:4)

The Spirit sent to the world from the Father and the command of Jesus, (16:7)
The Spirit speaking only what He receives from Jesus who receives from the Father (16:13-15)
The Spirit taking truth from Jesus and speaking it to us. (16:14)
The Spirit glorifies Jesus. (16:15)

The Father creating the world through the words of Jesus (1:1 ,17:24)
The Father giving all things to Jesus, including us. (17:6,17:24)
The Father gives the Holy Spirit, from Himself to the world, to testify of Jesus. (15:26)
The Father glorifies Jesus (16:5)

So you can see the selfless love of the Trinity, honoring one another, and continually giving to one another...
-Then Jesus drives it home in verse 11 "that they (us) may be one as We (the Trinity) are." That we would have horizontal unity with each other as the Trinity has unity...

-AND EVEN FURTHER... in vs. 22. Jesus says He give US the glory that the Father gave Him, that we might join in perfect fellowship with the Trinity. Our perfect, or true unity comes in our unbroken fellowship with the Trinity.

Father may our love for one another be as Your love. May we be one as You oh God are one! Let us join into the glory of Your fellowship so that....(- and FINALLY) .. THE WORLD MAY KNOW THAT JESUS IS GOD! (17:23)

Take some time to absorb this yourself in John 16 and 17... you could spend years on it! Amen - Richy Clark

Friday, March 14, 2008

Washing of the Water

God knows how to perfectly deal with the fallen man, He made us. I've had to take great comfort in this fact, while growing up in the Lord. I've come out of so much darkness...and needed the confidence of His perfect leading. Jesus doesn't just forgive us...He sanctifies us... meaning we actually change! Many powerless christians live just like the lost, yet claim forgiveness. Praise God for mercy! It's His kindness in continually forgiving us that ULTIMATELY changes us into HIS image. I love this scripture...

1Th. 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

GOD HIMSELF will sanctify us! He is intimately involved in the sanctification process!

Phil. 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

GOD is the one who is going to complete His perfect work in us! TAKE CONFIDENCE!

Eph. 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word

HE will sanctify and cleanse us.... How? By THE word. Let the scripture wash your mind and heart... be renewed as your soul becomes confirmed to HIS word. We are born in the image of God in a fallen state. Christ died and now LIVES for our total healing!

Father You will perfect that which concerns us. Release HOPE today for those struggling... Hope that YOU are the one working in our lives for our joy and Your glory! Let us fix our eyes upon Him who sanctifies! May Your sons and daughters take confidence today in Your perfect work. AMEN

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Perfect Place

All of us seek significance. For most humans on earth, our self value comes from what we do, or who we know. I remember the strange responses I received from good friends and family when I chose (twice, now) to leave my vocation (aka. paycheck) to pursue the calling of God on my life. (aka no guaranteed paycheck) I actually had one friend say "oh I'm sorry you have to do that." Ha. What I am slowly learning is the perfect place or vocation is the will of God. There is no salary I would accept to move me from the plans and purposes of God. I told one friend, "I would rather live in a grass hut in the will of God, than in a mansion out of His will." So I'll drive my mini van and eat at cici's yet live like a king in a pure concience before my God.
Matt 5:6 "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you."
He is the perfect place.

Father I pray grace to those needing to break ties of temporary fullfillment or "security." May they, like Peter, step out of the boat of self comfort and walk on water! God for moms who've not had enough faith to quit their jobs and raise their children, for buisness men whom You are calling to fund kingdom advance, to pastors who've not spoken the truth... God break out. Amen.

Monday, March 10, 2008

How Excellent is Your Name

Psa. 8:1 O LORD, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

Greater than the scholars, the pundits, the talking heads, the late night talk show hosts, the news anchors... How EXCELLENT is YOUR name oh Lord. Your wisdom far exceeds the wisdom of this age. Your ways oh God are higher...so much higher than ours. Blessed is the man who puts their trust in You. You knew us from the beginning and You have a perfect plan to redeem all things back to Yourself. How excellent is Your name today our God. How perfect is Your matchless love. You make all things beautiful in Your time.


May we put our hope and trust today in the excellent one! The perfect Son. May we draw upon His excellencies and perfect strength! Amen.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Open the Floodgates

Yesterday the Arizona state government decided to open the floodgates and flood the grand canyon! ( if I weren't blogging from my iPhone I'd put a link) Their main reason for flooding the grand canyon is to mimic the natural life of the river. Floods clean out the mess and make way for new life! Joel 2 says "in the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh" I'll take the flooding of the grand canyon as a "tidbit" prophetic sign post of the coming spiritual flood to the desert of the American church!

Let's pray that way today!

Father open the floodgates of heaven! Wash the American church. Baptize her afreash. Clean away all the dirt and bring forth new life. In Jesus name. Amen

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Do You Have Bread to Give?

In Luke 11, Jesus tells the story of the traveler (lost people) who comes at midnight asking for some bread.. The person of the house (us the church) has no bread to give him and goes to his friend (God) asking to borrow some bread...at midnight! Because of his persistence, the friend (God) gives him some bread.

Most of us christians will try to answer the cry of the lost for bread with stale old bread, or no bread at all. But, the bread that they need only comes from God. This bread is received through persistent, consistent prayer! Jesus has us pray... "Give us today our daily bread." This bread is not just for You, but for others!

The lost do not always come at a convenient time.

Seek the Lord today for His bread. Develop a deeper appetite for His fellowship! Be ready to give out the bread you receive!

Here is the context for those interested. Many Blessings today! - Richy

Luke 11:5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, “Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Greater Riches

Hebrews speaks of Moses...
Heb 11:25 ...choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

Moses forsook the passing pleasures of this word for the GREATER RICHES in Christ!
Much attention is given in the church of all the things we must forsake, but most christians live without knowing the "greater riches" "Just grit your teeth until the Lord returns... then I won't sin anymore." ... is much of the thinking. We're not made to just take up our cross in self denial, but to exchange pleasure for pleasure. For greater pleasure of being in love covenant with God.. of having all your needs met in a person, Christ. The greater pleasure of communion with God. The pleasure of a pure conscience! The pleasure of His love moving through You. Oh having God live strong inside You! Of living with an eternal understanding! ...of having a word change your person!

Don't live in the desert! We were called into the promised land of His fellowship!

God lead us into the greater riches of fellowship with You. Deepen our hunger for You.. Let us live to partake of YOUR pleasures! Amen

Thursday, February 21, 2008

House of Prayer

Is. 56:7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices, Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

The prayer meeting is usually the least popular meeting in our American churches. Mainly because the prayer meeting has little (on the surface) to do with us! We're not getting spoon fed, pre chewed truth. Were not getting a "pick me up" for the week. The prayer meeting has everything to do with giving ourselves for God and others. If God were more popular with His people, the prayer meetings would be packed. ...But instead we are drunk with entertainment and self pleasure. How will a church like this survive in the end times? Most think we won't have to.. we just get whisked a way before anything bad happens. I'm telling you, God's coming back for a people that know Him... for a people who know His voice. For a "pure and spotless bride..." not the brides little sister.

God break us through our self serving mentalities... may we be given over in love for Your service Jesus. May we learn to wait for you.. As you say that we would "Watch and Pray" Oh God make us Your house of prayer! Amen

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What About the Burdens of His Heart?

Most of us believers consider ourselves friends and servants of God, but how much time do we spend seeking the things that are on HIS heart? Did you know Jesus has burdens? Most of my prayer life has been asking for help etc... This is good. Better than self sufficiency. However, I want to take on the things that are on His heart. I want my heart to be like His. This requires me to wait upon Him, to seek Him out, to spend time asking for His burdens etc...

This is what Jesus meant when He said, "Matt. 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

Imagine giving all your efforts and energies and attention to seeking first God's Kingdom. I'm not talking about just giving to missions etc.. but truly pursuing His heart. Seek first, and God takes care of the rest. It's much more difficult to seek all kinds of things and add "the Kingdom" to that list. But just seek one thing, and everything else will be added!

What about the burdens of His heart today? Have you asked Him? Have you sought Him? Doing what's on His heart is all thats going to matter in the end.

Father forgive us where we have been so self absorbed. Lord, what about Your desire to save lives? What about Your heart for freedom and justice? God let there be a divine exchange, our desires for Yours, our hearts for Your, our dreams for Yours. Oh lead us into this way of everlasting. Amen

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Where is the Fascination with God?

I have personally been going through a re-fascination with God, in glimpses of Him that I've not had before. This is coming through His word, and meditation upon it / HIM. Last night I spent some time checking out interesting movie trailers on the internet..seeing if there is anything out there, I'd be interested in taking my wife to. After two hours of checking out the industry, I opened a book I had been reading by Mike Bickle. One of the first lines I read stated something to the effect of... "our over entertaining of ourselves can dull our senses to fascination with God." I don't want to lose my fascination with Him, I want it to increase.

We become like that, with which we behold! I want my face to always be seeking Him.

Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Father Draw us into a greater fascination of the person Jesus Christ. Lead us into this realm of beholding Your Glory and being changed.


Grace today! - Richy

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Speechless

Not sure what to write today. I'm in awe of His goodness. I'm in awe how God can restore the wasted years. I'm in awe of how His promises do not fall to the ground. I'm in awe of His faithfulness.. oh His perfection in His dealings with us. He truly does remember His promises. Plus, My daughter had her 1 year old birthday yesterday. I'm so thankful for His goodness to us! The rains have come! The rain is here! He washes and makes all things new!

Be encouraged today! - Richy

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Becoming Like Christ Through Prayer

In case you haven't figured it out... we are not basically good! That is, apart from Christ. Even when we come to Christ, we have a ways to go in becoming like Christ. We are saved, and we are being saved! I have found in my early walk with God, that I would have these huge breakthroughs of experiencing God's heart, and then run with that for a season. However, God desires that we daily walk with His heart! When I drift from an intimate relationship with Jesus, my heart begins to regress back to that cold, self-centered soul I was before Christ. This is why Jesus has us pray in Matt. 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread. We need to get our spiritual sustenance from a continual abiding with Him.

...THIS LIFE IS DEVELOPED THROUGH CONTINUAL, INTENTIONAL PRAYER! The flesh hates prayer! The spirit life grows in prayer!

Make a decision today to begin the prayer life you've dreamed of! Get to know the vastness of our God! Become a friend of God!

"God, tonight I'm not going to go out with my friends, I'm going to spend 4 hours in my closet." "Kids, tonight we are not going to watch T.V. were going to pray and worship together as a family."

God increase our hunger for You! Let us know the greatness we are called to in You! Lord bring us in!

Grace today! - Richy

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Knowing THE Word

Our minds are not just renewed by reading His word but receiving His word in our spirits! I can read and memorize scripture, and it not make me more "spiritual." Satan new the scriptures... The Pharisee’s knew the scriptures, and they didn't recognize the living scriptures when He was standing right in front of them... In fact they crucified that very word they allegedly knew so well!

So how do we avoid just becoming more knowledgeable and religious!? We read to encounter Him... To let the words change our spirit. We read to be changed into His likeness. ...to be with Jesus. This means I may not always get make certain number of chapters in a day... because the Holy Spirit may be on one verse! There is a treasure there to be found! Our walk with God...its just that... a RELATIONSHIP! Jesus said many people will do a lot of things "for Me," but the father will have never known them... The result of not being known by God is eternal separation. My prayer is that I would be clothed with the feelings of His heart. ..That I would know Him intimately and be doing what He is doing... because I'm His friend, and He is mine!

Father, I ask for renewed hunger in us Your people to not just know about You, but to know You. Oh Lord You are merciful and kind.. Let that kindness lead us into an intimate fellowship with You. Lord break every religious barrier that keeps us from the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. Let grace flood the heart of the reader today...

Joy and blessings - Richy

Friday, February 8, 2008

"...In the Way You Should Go"

I'd like to think that many of my major life directional..changes were a result of my keen discernment of the will of the Lord... but in reality, I was like a horse that was bridled... God led me here. I was actually meditating on this, and thanking God this morning, and opened to Psalms 32 and discovered here was the context!

Ps 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.


I don't want to always obey God because of the bridle. But thank God that He will be persistent with us at times. (Yet somehow gentle and not demanding!)

Father, I pray for those who are being prompted by the Holy Spirit to make a sacrifice in their lives... God give them grace, You lead well oh God! You lead perfect beloved Jesus. Let us move from servants to friends...were we press out ahead in seeking Your will and purposes. May we be friends because we "know what the Master is doing."

Thursday, February 7, 2008

"Will You Join In My Sufferings?

The Lord asked me this the other day, while worshipping on the piano. (see title...) I must say at first, I felt disturbed, somewhat fearful of what that meant. I continued worshipping again, and that heaviness lifted. The next day (yesterday) I was spending some time in extended prayer and that feeling / question came upon me again "Will you join in my sufferings?" This time, I wasn't going to attempt to get out of that... I prayed into it. What the Lord brought me through was a renewed willingness to do whatever He was asking of me, and a renewed desire to carry the burdens of His heart.

Paul the Apostle prayed in Phil. 3:10, "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death..."

The fellowship of His suffering is not (necessarily) physical suffering only, (though many christians have and will go through that, for the gospel) but also the joining in the Lords burdens. To take up my cross, is to deny my carnal self preservation, and give myself over to the Lord in friendship. ...That I would seek out diligently and carry His heart. That my prayers would not be filled with request revolving around ...myself, but that which is on His heart. ...Trusting that if I "seek first His kingdom," then all things would be added unto me.

Father give us Your heart today. May we be those who will wait with you 1 hour... May we be those who will bring comfort to Your heart in contending with that which You contend. Transform us, may we go through this death, burial and.... resurrection. Thank You Jesus for grace and love that brings us through the cross. Amen

- Richy

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

My Expectation is From Him...Waiting

Ps 62:5 5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.

I don't like waiting for a 2 minute microwave burrito! So waiting for God was not something I easily grasped ...until all my efforts came to nothing. My prayer has become to be doing what the Father is doing. This requires me (us) to "wait" upon Him. "Waiting" is not an idle, passive approach to God, but having our hearts / expectations upon Him.

I heard a story recently of a man who was waiting for his wife at the airport to return from a long trip. The flight was delayed a few hours, then a day, then 4 days. After 4 days his wife finally arrived and they enjoyed a long awaited embrace. The question was presented, was it love when they embraced or during his waiting? The answer is both. Our waiting upon God is love.

We look not to man to satisfy the longing of our hearts, but our "expectation" is from Him. God meets every longing of the human heart. Our capacity to love increases as we become secure in the love of God for us. Look to Him today, Let your expectation be of Him!

Father, for those who are longing inside for a breakthrough, give them grace to wait. May our eyes look to You alone for deliverance, favor, purpose... and not to man. You are our strength and our hope. I wait upon You God. I hope because You live.

Blessings - Richy

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Prayers of God's Heart / Righteousness and Justice

A few months ago, I was praying out on my porch looking at the trees. I had just spent some time crying out to the Lord, and felt a very tangible presence of God all over me. Sometimes, in these moments I like to ask God a question. While looking and enjoying the trees around me I asked God, "Are You an environmentalist?" I felt a clear answer that came as a foreign thought in my heart / mind, "I'm an environmentalist and a philantropist, but righteousness and justice are the foundation of my throne." (ps 89:14)

Woah. I set back and had to meditate on that a while. I'm still in the process of grasping God's heart for justice and righteousness, but I'm willing to let my heart began to be formed into His. Righteousness and Justice are "trump" issues on God's heart, there are the very foundation of His reign. Powerful prayers are those that are on God's heart. We need a renewal of the mind to truly declare what is on God's heart. ("agenda" as well)

Rom. 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Father Give us your heart today. Let our minds be conformed to yours. You have a cry to bring justice to our land. You desire all men to be saved. Oh God let my heart reflect Yours. Conform me into Your image! I am Yours, save me!


Blessings today - Richy

Friday, February 1, 2008

Removing Mixture

Months ago I opened to the scripture in Jeremiah 15:19 "If you take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth.." This awakened a renewed desire in my life for Holiness. Not the "holiness" that is filled with do's and don'ts that give "saints" a greater sense of self righteousness above others, but a Holiness birthed with passion to be close to God. The fruit of this holiness is love and gentleness... really... simply Christ likeness.

Ps 24:3 3 "Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?, Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart,Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol..."

Holiness is about access to God, who is Holy. By the cross, we have access to the Holy Spirit who makes us Holy. There is an initial "Holiness" that takes place when we accept Jesus. (this is called justification) ..And there is the process where the Holy Spirit is making us holy. (Sanctification) The reason God wants us holy is so that we might have unhindered fellowship with Him. He is Holy, and only that which is Holy abides in His presence.

Father make us Holy. We agree with Your work in our lives. We want to be Holy because we want You! Thank You for Your grace that leads us to You.

Blessings - Richy

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Heart that God Revives

Revival... or spiritual resuscitation ... comes not to those with unforgiving, bitter, or proud hearts... but those who take the knowledge of their unforgiving, bitter, or proud heart and turn it into humility. My need for God is every growing. However, I (we) don't have to live in a state of despair, by all means.. we are dead... or dying to this old ugly self. We are not to just die...but LIVE. The cross is for the old man...not for the new man in Christ. That being said, God revives the heart of the humble. If I am not aware of God's complete perfection working through me, then I usually have to become aware of my total need of Him, turn (repent) and step into that knowledge. We minister from the confidence of Christ. ("with the ability with which He supplies..")

It's such sweet realization to step into His mercy every day. To know that I am not able, but He in me, is able. To live because I possess the favor of God. Feeling overwhelmed?...cross over today... Step into his grace through the Jordan (death / humility ) into Resurrection.

Is. 57:15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Father You revive the hearts of the humble. You hear us God when we cry. You are every present, ever helpful... ever merciful beloved. I hope because You live today Jesus. Lead us into Your humility that resides in perfect confidence in the Father.


Blessings - Richy

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Breakthrough

Sometimes seeking God can be the hardest part of our christian life... especially if our souls have become calloused to His Spirit. Our hearts can become hard through disappointments, loses, or misplaced affections. Many Christians enter in to what they call a "wilderness experience" NOT by divine orchestration. Though the Lord may bring someone through a time of testing, He has not called His church to a wilderness, but a promised land! This promise land is where we abide in our all sufficient God, and join with Him in love for His purposes and kingdom advancement. We live not to gain the favor of God, but FROM the favor of God.

When the weight of our sin or disappointments pile up, it can seem impossible to have a breakthrough with God. But it's not! God dwells just behind the veil. Some of my most wonderful God encounters where when I experienced a breakthrough from a self induced "wilderness." Some quick pointers for breakthrough.

1. Faith. We must believe that God wants us to come through and that He loves us, even in our weakness.
2. Repentance. We must be willing to see ourselves in the true condition of our hearts.
3. Press In. This can seem like the last thing we want to do, when we are overwhelmed... "Pressing in" has to do with setting our hearts / faces to seek God. This can practically look like prayer and fasting...
When we go to God in prayer and find a huge wall... know God wants you through that! Expect the Holy Spirit to show you what that wall is. As soon as He does, allow Him to bring you through. There are spiritual realities of iniquity, unbelief, bitterness, unforgiveness etc... that actually hinder us from experiencing God. The Holy Spirit will always be merciful in allowing us to deal with these issues because He longs for unhindered fellowship.

Jer. 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Father, You are the God of breakthrough. Your love causes us to conquer. Lord triumph over the work of Your hands today. Grant grace love and breakthrough for your sons and daughters. Let FAITH rise up in their hearts to take hold of You. Let your love lead us your people to abide in the Promised land of your love.


Blessings - Richy

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"Make Your Way Straight"

Psa. 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face.

I was again burdened this morning to be DOING what the father is doing. This has been a prayer of my life, to be the most effective for His kingdom purposes. It is true, that we must "be" before we can accurately judge what we are to be...doing. The tension here, is that I (we) must abide with the Lord in such friendship that we do what He is doing.

The Psalms pray "Establish the work of our hands." (ps 90:17) I'd like to pray in agreement with that this morning.

God of Gods. You know all things. You know our very makeup...our hearts, our desires. God You hear us today. Establish the work of our hands. May we be doing that which brings You Glory. Lord, for those who are stuck today because of bitterness or unbelief, I pray Grace to release them into Your purposes. Father for those who are currently in an ineffective place, God I'm asking that you divinely reposition them for greater effectiveness. You are God. You See all things. Oh bring Your name Glory today. Amen

Blessings - Richy

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

All Access

The cross was not only for our salvation and redemption, but our reconciliation... that is, being re-united with the Father. Scriptures say when Jesus gave up His spirit upon the cross, the veil in the temple was torn in two. God was saying, "NO LONGER shall I be separated from my people." Much of the church, including myself sometimes, doesn't take advantage of this open access to the Father. Jesus died, so we could have continual fellowship with God. HE is our intercessor...our advocate before the Father.

Some of you may be reading this thinking, this is a bore... "I know this..I grew up in church etc.." But do we take advantage of our access? Imagine if Israel crossed the river Jordan and then set up camp on the other side...and never moved another mile? Many Christians are like this, they have an experience with God that "crosses them over..." and then they sit down.

Lets use our access privileges today and enjoy the Father!

Jer. 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Father draw us after you. Lead us into your holy place. Let faith arise in Your church that You WILL be found by us when we seek You. Release grace and renewed desire to go deep with You. To set aside all the self serving distractions and partake of the promised land of Your Presence. Amen


Blessings today - Richy

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Daily Bread of His Presence

Not just a nice thought, inspiring word or addition to our knowledge base.... We need HIM daily. When we read the scriptures...if we are not reading to draw closer to Him, we are just becoming more religious. The pharisees knew the scripture, but didn't know God when He was standing right in front of Him. We must become familiar with the Presence of God...the still small voice....HIM. I don't want to just learn about Him, I want to be with Him. In John 15 the Lord promotes His disciples from servants to friends!

"John 15:14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."

Friends know what God is saying and doing. Our sanctification is a life of becoming ever more aware of His Presence, thoughts and desires. May we be conformed to His image!

Father, I thank You that "He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it." God may we be called Your friends. May out lives be lived to know You and make You known. We don't want to become like the Pharisee's God, who knew about You, but didn't know You. Oh God teach us You. Your Spirit is gentle and willing to yield. Oh let it be in us.

Be filled with Joy today! - Richy

Friday, January 18, 2008

What Are You Thinking?

I recently heard a testimony of a minister who went to Heaven. (take it or leave it...) In Heaven, he moved around by his thoughts. If he wanted to be somewhere, his thoughts lead him there.

This impacted me as profound. Especially in the area of our thought lives.

Prov. 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Matt. 5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Psa. 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, Be acceptable in Your sight...

My prayer has always been that the Lord would dwell strong in the center of my thought life. I've prayed to be like David in the field, who was worshipping when only God was watching. I've understood that victory in the private life will translate in the public. (as well as failure)... But I don't think I've fully grasped how powerful my (our) thoughts are....

Oh Father, I pray today that our thoughts would come into agreement with Yours. Oh that You would be our meditation and continual hope. That we would abide in the place of Your peace. May we dwell upon what is lovely...pure...praiseworthy. Oh God be what I'm thinking about, when my mind stops thinking.... Dwell in us strong oh God. Be our joy today Jesus.

Blessings - Richy

Thursday, January 17, 2008

"The Will of My Father"

Matt. 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Yikes. That should be of concern to me (us). We can be "doing" all sorts of things "for God." Yet, not be doing the will of the Father. I remember several times, where I had this great ministry venture idea...but didn't have the peace of God to carry it out... I'm thankful He led me away from those "opportunities." Other times, I've actually pursued things that were not in His timing and suffered for it. (that is, not having much grace...or fruit) Those times began to teach me (still learning) how to seek out the will of the Father, and be assured of His leading before pursuing anything "for the Kingdom."

Knowing and doing the "will of the father" requires us to have an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus said, "John 15:14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. "

The friends of God know what He is doing.

Father may we truly know You. May our hands be doing what You are doing. Father re-arrange our lives that we might be called friends of God. Root out, pull down, take away that which will not remain. Let my daily labor be as sweet devotion to You for Your kingdom purposes. Amen

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Treasures

Better than Apple, INC, Oil, or your 401k plan... put all your investments into the Kingdom. His Kingdom will always increase and will have no end! "Investments" would include our heart, time, money and energy's... A prayer I've made with my life is, "God I want to labor for that which remains." "I don't want to work for money God, I want to serve your kingdom." We can actually have a non-direct ministry occupation and be living to build the kingdom! "A lover outworks a worker." What if you worked for love? "Because I love God...I'm going to do my job with excellence...as unto Him.. etc."

Matt. 6:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Father, Give us your heart today... may we live and give our soul and love to that which remains. Transform our hearts into your heart...that we might feel what You feel. That we might share in your perfect burdens Christ.

Blessings today - Richy