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Going Low

One of my favorite quotes by famous people is from John the Baptist: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). I think on it often.

Our natural human tendency is to grab as much recognition for ourselves as possible. Those of us who have a business or ministry are constantly being told how important it is to “brand” ourselves, so that everyone knows who we are and desires our services or products. While some of that may be necessary in a practical, functional sense, the whole “Look at me! See how special I am!” egotism that often goes with it is something that we who are believers must continually resist. Our focus should always be to point people to Jesus, rather than ourselves. John the Baptist understood this, and I am so glad that his response to the temptation to strive for personal honor is recorded for us in the Bible.

There is a special place in our relationship with Jesus, where we develop such an adoration for Him that we actually desire to “go low” — where we want to empty ourselves of the desire for personal recognition, to become nothing, so that He might be everything. To make Jesus famous in all the earth becomes our passion, our obsession, where He alone matters.

Surely this must be what is going on in Revelation 4:10, 11, where the twenty-four elders “fall down before Him Who sat on the throne, and worship Him Who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.'” They are totally fixated on the Lord.

I began to think a lot about “going low” a few years ago, inspired by a dream which Julie Meyer shared of seeing God’s throne room. I hope you will listen to her description and that it will stir your heart, as it did mine:

While we are yet in our mortal existence, I am not sure if we can continually stay in that place of going low, of being emptied of self in adoration of the Lord. I would like to stay there, but at present, it seems as though I can only visit for a time. The fallen nature includes a tendency to drift back into pride and self-exaltation, and I find that I must personally battle against that frequently. The apostle Paul said, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31), and we must learn to die daily to the old nature’s demands as well.

But my goal is to rest in that “going low” place increasingly, until it becomes more my dwelling place than a visiting place.

If you find yourself falling into the trap of looking for recognition, titles, and honor from people, how about meditating on what John the Baptist said? “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John found peace and rest there. I think we can, too.

Rules of Engagement — Derek Prince (Review)

untitledI could probably count on my fingers and toes (maybe just the fingers) the books I call “keepers.”  A keeper is one of those books to cherish, to read again, and to buy copies of for my children and very closest friends.  Derek Prince’s Rules of Engagement: Preparing for Your Role in the Spiritual Battle is one of those books.

Many of you may know that Derek Prince was a pioneer in deliverance ministry.  He was also well known for his scholarly, yet practical, down-to-earth Bible teaching.  He was a lover of Israel, and lived there for several decades.

I thought I was getting a book that would help me understand more clearly the detailed ins-and-outs of how intercessors take part in warfare in the heavenlies, but I got much more than that.  It is a book about character and integrity — the integrity of God and the integrity we must come into if we are to win the war.

Here are a few quotes to encourage you and whet your appetite:

“God brings us to the place of total dependence upon Himself to demonstrate that He is totally dependable.”

“God applies special tests to those for whom He has special purposes.”

“God is more concerned with our character than with our achievements.  Achievements have importance only in the realm of time.  Character is eternal.  It determines what we will be through eternity.”

“God reveals His hidden wisdom only to those who have truth in their inward parts.”

“Truth is not obtained cheaply.  It demands much time given to prayer and study of the Scriptures, followed by practical applications in our daily lives.  It must take priority over the many forms of cheap entertainment offered by our secular culture.  It is a lifetime commitment.”

I also learned that the obstacle to taking up God’s purposes is independence (wanting to be self-sufficient and independent from Him).  This manifests in the world around us through a thirst for knowledge (as an antidote to dependence on God), religious rules and systems which shut out a personal need for God, and the accumulating of wealth (so that depending on Him is not necessary for daily needs).

 There is an excellent discussion on Antichrist and the domain of various types of angelic beings.

 Derek Prince concludes with a call to endure and to finish our race well, thereby winning the ultimate battle.

Buy from Amazon — Rules of Engagement: Preparing for Your Role in the Spiritual Battle

More Favorite Quotes

A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man.
             Leonard Ravenhill

When human reason has exhausted every possibility, the children can go to their Father and receive all they need. … For only when you have become utterly dependent upon prayer and faith, only when all human possibilities have been exhausted, can you begin to reckon that God will intervene and work His miracles.
             M. Basilea Schlink–Realities

Spiritual vision requires that what we see with the eyes of our hearts will be more real to us than what we see with our natural eyes. We must see what is invisible to others.
             Rick Joyner–Shadows of Things to Come

Some of the folks say Jesus Christ did miracles to prove His divinity. I do not say He did not, but I say that Jesus Christ did miracles because He could not help Himself …. It was His very nature to do so. When He was in the presence of the sick ones He healed them all. He did not do it to establish His divinity, but because it was just like Him to do it. It would not have been like Him if He had not. Well, if He healed folks in those days it is logical that He does it now, because His nature has not changed …. He cannot help Himself.
             Dr. Herman B. Betten (a medical doctor and associate of John G. Lake)

Crucified preaching only can give life. Crucified preaching can come only from a crucified man.
             E. M. Bounds

I believe the place of prayer is not only a place where I lose my burdens, but also a place where I get a burden. He shares my burden and I share His burden. … To know that burden, we must hear the voice of the Spirit. To hear that voice, we must be still and know that He is God.
             Leonard Ravenhill

God’s Word does not say, “Call unto me, and you will thereby be trained into the happy art of knowing how to be denied. Ask, and you will learn sweet patience by getting nothing.” Far from it. But it is definite, clear and positive: “Ask, and it shall be given unto you.”
             E. M. Bounds

He [Jesus] has a right to interrupt your life. He is Lord. When you accepted Him as Lord, you gave Him the right to help Himself to your life anytime He wants.
             Henry T. Blackaby–Experiencing God

A Few Favorite Quotes

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

Forgiveness is the ability to go on in a life-giving relationship without the last bad experience holding you back.
Pastor Steve Driessen

Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.
Smith Wigglesworth

I would rather pay the price to hear God’s voice personally, regardless of how difficult the circumstances may be, than to have to settle for always hearing from Him secondhand.
Joy Dawson–Forever Ruined for the Ordinary

The Gospel without power is not good news at all.
Richard Crisco

Nothing is more pathetic than having a small character in a big assignment. Many of us don’t want to give attention to our character; we just want the big assignment from God.
Henry T. Blackaby–Experiencing God

Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of God’s willingness.
Martin Luther

Prayers prayed in the Spirit never die until they accomplish God’s intended purpose. His answer may not be what we expected, or when we expected it, but God often provides much more abundantly than we could think or ask. He interprets our intent and either answers or stores up our prayers. Sincere prayers are never lost. Energy, time, love, and longing can be endowments that will never be wasted or go unrewarded.
Wesley L. Duewel–Touch the World through Prayer

Some say, “Ah, those Christians, they’re just brainwashed.” Well, if the thing needs washing, let’s wash it!
Pastor Steve Driessen

Quotes from Joy Dawson

A couple of months back, I reviewed Joy Dawson’s book, Forever Ruined for the OrdinaryI wanted to leave behind some quotes from the book, but just got busy with other things.  So today I’m picking up where I left off back then.  Here are the quotes:

I would rather pay the price to hear God’s voice personally, regardless of how difficult the circumstances may be, than to have to settle for always hearing from Him secondhand.

When we see Him face-to-face in all His awesome holiness and blazing glory, it will seem incredible to us that we ever had a casual thought in relation to Him.

The more time we spend studying God’s character and ways, the easier we will recognize His precious voice.

We’re never enlightened or surprised by what comes from our own thoughts.  But when God speaks, there’s always an element of wonderment and awe.

Disobeying Him is the same as telling Him to hold back all of the blessings that come with obedience, and bring on all the punishments that come with disobedience.  That is not only stupidity, it’s insanity.

Only when we choose to be nothing can God be everything in any situation.  Only when we truly fear God will we be released from the fear of people.

We never need to announce to others the ministry function God has given us nor the supernatural gifts with which He has graced us.  As we make it a way of life to walk in obedience to revealed truth and the promptings of the Holy Spirit, others will be used of God to recognize our ministries and giftings.  If we feel the need for self-promotion at any time, from God’s perspective, we are not ready to function in the area in which we’re trying to operate.

If God doesn’t open the door of opportunity in which I’m to minister, I don’t want to go through that door.

The fear of the Lord means being more impressed with God’s reactions to our actions than with other people’s reactions.

One of the most prevalent forms of pride is manifest in the sin of presumption — through the lack of seeking God in detail.

Purchase from Amazon: Forever Ruined for the Ordinary

My review of Forever Ruined for the Ordinary