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Rick Roeber
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Romans 11:29 - "For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."

What God gives, he does not take back. God's gifts and callings are beyond the possibility of revocation. Other versions say they are without repentance. God is never sorry for what He has given and will continue to watch over us until the things He has started come to a glorious conclusion (Philippians 1:6).

Our duty to God for what He has lavishly given us is to help others. The tragedy is when we take His gifts and talents and "re-gift" them on ourselves, wasting them from any use in the Kingdom of God. No matter how many years we have wasted on ourselves, He can turn these gifts and callings outwardly once again to bring Him glory. Never believe the lie of the enemy, telling us that God disqualifies us from His service. Often, the glory of latter house will be greater than that of the former if we will but only surrender to His will (Haggai 2:9).

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Isaiah 59:2 - But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.

Many of us who have been around Christian circles for any length of time have heard our share of sermons on prayer. A favorite saying that many preachers will interject into their message is "... God ALWAYS answers prayers. It may not be on our time-table, but God always answers prayers!" I believe this emphatically. However, I also see how this can be a cop out. It is easy to say that God always answers prayers when nothing demonstrably happens once a so-called man or woman of God pray. How often have we seen a television evangelist pray over someone and then when the miracle doesn't materialize, they simply tell the person being prayed for to keep believing in the miracle and that it will come in due time. They loose themselves from all responsibility of the miraculous occurring by putting the fault back on the one being prayed for if it doesn't happen. After all, the "pray-ee" just didn't have faith to receive the miracle, right? Hogwash! My soul feels revulsion for the lack of power in prayer by so-called healers and workers of miracles, telling those being prayed for that they must provide all the faith for the miracle to manifest. In only two instances in the Gospels were Jesus' healings contingent on the faith of those receiving prayer (Matthew 13:58; Mark 9:23-24). Preachers and healers love to quote these scriptures when there are no demonstrable results from their petitions. However, the vast majority of the time Jesus is chronicled as healing people indiscriminately, whether they had faith or not. Without a doubt, it pleased the Lord when those He prayed for possessed faith. The scriptures show several examples including the Centurion's son (Matthew 8:5-14) or the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:23-28) but it was not the determining factor in most instances. The Gospels are clear that Jesus went into areas and did "wholesale" healing, if you will, laying hands on all and healing them with His immediate touch (Matthew 4:24; Matthew 8:16; Mark 1:34; Luke 4:40; Luke 5:15).

Jesus stated in the Gospel of John: Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father (John 14:12). His promise to His beloved are works or manifestations of His power greater than what He did as a sojourner on this earth. So what is the problem? Why do we not see more immediate answers to prayer as Christ demonstrated in His ministry? Personally, I believe the answer is much simpler than most would feel comfortable believing. The scripture tells us point blank why God does not hear our prayers ... we STILL have a sin problem! I'm not talking about our position in Christ because clearly all who know the Risen Lord and have trusted in Him for salvation have died to sin, POSITIONALLY that is. Too many, I fear, have not taken Paul's admonition to heart when he instructed us to die to sin CONDITIONALLY, once and for all (Romans 6:11). As our opening scripture states, God has hidden His face from us because of sin (Isaiah 59:2). Most have not allowed God to truly sanctify them, to live lives of 100% obedience which would first mean a time of deep introspection and confession of sin. James the brother of Jesus is very clear on the progression of steps to command fervent, effectual prayer. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much (James 5:16). Beloved, first we must confess our SINS to one another. I'm not talking about SIN which was what we confessed to Jesus Christ when we acknowledged that we were sinners in need of His grace. But James is stating that we need to "clean house" and sweep away every thing that is not of Jesus. It must be destroyed. According to this scripture and many others like it, we can only find healing as we confess our sins to another human being. This will allow the Holy Spirit to come in and fill our hearts and lives as never before. Then, our prayers will begin to take on a power that we never dreamed. It is not by happenstance that James goes on in the following verses to compare effective prayer with that of Elijah. This prophet prayed for the sky to be shut up for three and half years and it happened according to his word (James 5:17-18). The apostle is not merely making a comparison here in the attempt to give a flourish to his writing, but he genuinely believed that those who live clean and obedient lives can invoke heaven in much the same way as the Old Testament prophet.

A remarkable instance of God coming in an extraordinary way through confession happened on February 3, 1970 at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. What was supposed to be a 50 minute chapel service on a Tuesday morning turned into a 185 hour manifestation of God's revival power -- a 24 hour prayer and praise meeting that would be the spark for the Jesus Movement of the early '70s. And, it all started from a deep sense of conviction (John 16:8) and then a confession of sin(s). Before long, students and faculty were lined up to come to the microphone, confessing their sins and testifying of the Lord's goodness through their repentance. (An account of the Asbury Revival is available on video here.) Asbury is just one example. Every revival or manifestation of God's power was predicated by a deep conviction of both SIN for the unsaved and SINS for those who knew the Savior. No matter if it was during the Great Awakening in John Wesley's day, or Charles Finney during the Second Great Awakening of pre-Civil War America, or the more recent Azusa Street Revival of Los Angeles in 1906, these all characteristically began with the Spirit of Conviction regarding sin resting on those God both moved on and through during these momentous manifestations.

Beloved, many of us who desire to see God move in our time as He has done so faithfully in the past can only concur with God's desire to move in like fashion. I say this with an assurance given to me by the inner witness of the Holy Spirit and by His holy scriptures that God will move once again on our darkened world when we cry out from hearts that are completely His. What we see in many parts of the world with the Global Prayer Movement is an awesome thing! Many of these prayer meetings have been going strong for years, covenanting with God on a 24/7 basis. God is going to move in a powerful way through prayer as it births world-wide revival. However, there must come a holy conviction first that we have yet to see in order for God's Spirit to be poured forth. Once God grants us the Spirit of Conviction that convinces of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8), THEN we will begin to see and hear the fervent and effectual prayers of righteous men and women as they invoke the fire of God upon this dying world. No longer will He be hiding His face from His beloved, but He will be rapturous with expectation along with His Bride regarding the workings of His Spirit within our midst.

Come Lord ... come and bring to us conviction of sin both to the sinner and to the saint. We confess our sins to you, O Lord, and to one another. May You move with a power and an unction we have never imagined. In Jesus' Precious Holy Name, Amen!

Your Barefoot Servant,

Rick

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Sin's Separation - February 19, 2017
Isaiah 59:2 -  But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Many of us who have been around Christian circles for any length of time have heard our share of sermon...

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God's Glorious Gifts!
Romans 11:29 - "For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable." What God gives, he does not take back. God's gifts and callings are beyond the possibility of revocation. Other versions say they are without repentance. God is never sorry for what He h...

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Exodus 20:20 - "Moses said to the people, 'Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.'”

The carnal or fleshly mind might read this and see blatant contradiction regarding our fear factor. The fear of man devours faith. However, the fear and reverence of the Lord is possibly the greatest gift given to mankind outside of Christ's redemption. We are told in Proverbs the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Moses likewise understood this fundamental truth as he tells us from this verse in Exodus that it keeps us from sin.

Do we welcome the testing of the Lord? Tests will always be part of the believer's heritage. However, Jesus also told us to pray that we would not be lead into temptation which is also understanding the fear of the Lord for not sinning against Him (Matthew 6:13).

May we pray daily for the fear of the Lord, for from it we will be able to gain all of Jesus' redemption which cost Him dearly.

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Desirable Fear
Exodus 20:20 - "Moses said to the people, 'Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.'” The carnal or fleshly mind might read this and see blatant contradiction re...

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Romans 7:4 - "Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God."

The angst of youth is often misunderstanding our purpose on earth. This is often carried over into adulthood with many living futile, nihilistic existences until the day of their death. If we are not living for a greater purpose, life is absurd at best without any meaning. Therefore, the logic of Paul's simple statement regarding bearing fruit for God as the main premise of life is simple yet profound.

Bearing fruit – not for ourselves but for God and others is the only thing that will truly satisfy the vacuum in our hearts. Giving is fundamental to man's nature because it is fundamental to God's. Once we understand that living for the Lord is the key to peace and happiness, then we will be finally able to let go of anger and embrace the peace of Christ.

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Fruit With Purpose
Romans 7:4 - "Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God." The angst of youth is often misun...

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Isaiah 66:2 - “'For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,' declares the Lord. 'But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.'"

One might say, "I obey the Ten Commandments and am a good citizen." But is this all God wants? Does He not desire those who obeys not only His written word but also His voice as He speaks throughout the day? If we are not hearing God, then we have grieved Him so often that we no longer recognize His voice.

When God says, "Go" we must go. When He says "Stop," we must immediately cease and desist whatever we are doing. A good rule of thumb is if there is any doubt, don't do it! Wait and listen. God will make it clear if we do not grieve Him away. This is what is meant by trembling at His word.

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Trembling With Love
Isaiah 66:2 - “'For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,' declares the Lord. 'But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.'" One might say, "I obey the Ten Commandmen...
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