April 18, 2012

Spirit Wind ~Casting Crowns

I have been so struggling with the laid back, apathetic, unconcerned attitude of most Christians.  Not long ago, I asked a friend of mine how she was doing.  She said, "Busy."  And that seems to be the standard answer I get.  But really, what kind of answer is that?

For one thing, we are supposed to be BUSY!  That is what we are here for.  If we aren't busy we might as well be dead.  And really, we are so busy God's people are at a stand still.  What exactly are we busy doing?   Because mostly what I hear is, "I am too busy to find time for Bible study... I am too busy to properly train my children... I am too busy to spend time with my family... I am too busy to be the wife God wants me to be... I am too busy for outreach...I am too busy to minister to others...I am too busy to come to church once in a while...I am too busy to disciple someone...And the list goes on and on.  

But somehow we find time for all our own needs, wants and desires.  Just look at food.  I look around and see a bunch of overweight people.  So one can assume we manage to find plenty of time to shop, cook and eat. Job said, "Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." (Job 23:12).  Listening to conversations around me we obviously find time to surf the web, watch television/videos, read novels and play video games.  We find time to tend to our cars, pets and houses.  We find time for shopping and acquiring stuff.  We find time to socialize and criticize.  Again, the list could go on and on.

But when do we find time for the things of the Lord?  I've got news, dear reader.  That's what we are here for.

I for one am frustrated.  I am frustrated at those who come for advice.  The first thing I always ask is how is your time with the Lord.  And more often than not the response is something along the lines of not having time to read the Bible... not having time to pray... not having time to come to Bible study... not having time to come to church.... Well, duh!  Why do you think your life is constantly derailed?  As a professed Christian, do you really think you will get anywhere if you are not getting God's fuel on a regular basis?  How far would your car go without gas?  How long can your body go without food?  Yet, we go day in and day out without fueling our soul.

If you are too busy for the Word and worship than you have no business doing anything.  It's that simple.  I don't want to hear about your job, house, kids or other responsibilities.  Because for one thing, the rest of us have them, too.  And guess what, if you are doing what the Lord wants you to do, He will give you the time to do it.  I don't want to play up what I do.  But guess what... I have a few responsibilities and yet I manage to find time to work on my relationship with the Lord, actively reach out to the lost and the brethren, show up for worship once in a while and minister in whatever capacity the Lord gives me.  You could, too.  If you wanted to.  If you put aside the things that aren't in His will.  And guess what.  You will be happier.  You will be less tired.  You will be more satisfied.  You will be less frustrated.  You will grow.  You will flourish.  Your family will grow and flourish.  It's really that simple.

I, for one, am sick of Christians who spend an exorbitant amount of time going on about what we should wear, read and watch.  We go on about where we should go, what we should do and who we should do it with.  We go on and on about our ideals, but never get around to doing anything for the Lord.  Just stop talking and get up and do something.  So you may be dressed just right and you may be listening to just the right music.  You may even show up for every church service and volunteer for every church function.  And suppose you even study your Bible daily and squeeze in some prayer.  But when was the last time you shared the Gospel message with someone?  When was the last time you sat down with a sister and opened the Bible and helped her learn something?  When was the last time you baked some cookies and reached out to a lost neighbor?  Guess what.  This business of learning and taking it in is for the purpose of sending it back out.  If you are doing all that and keeping it to yourself, you are as bad as the busy people.  You might as well be dead.  I for one will take anyone ready to get busy and wearing blue jeans over most of the Christians I see sitting in our churches these days.  What good are all our ideals if all we do with them is sit around edifying ourselves?

Last week I had a talk with a woman I have been working with for two years.  We discussed how for two years she has told me she doesn't have time for Bible study or prayer.  She wants a better relationship with the Lord but isn't willing to put the time into it.  And when I pointed out all the things she allows to distract her she was not willing to give any of them up.  I have known this lady since she was a teenager, when she gave her life to the Lord.  Ten years later she ought to be discipling other young ladies, like my daughters.  But she can't.  Because she has not grown any in her relationship with the Lord.  And guess what.  She has young daughters.  If she is not teaching the young ladies of today, who is going to teach her young ladies tomorrow?  Oh, that frustrates me!

When I was a young Christian I was blessed with a friend who discipled me and help me get started on a journey to a rich relationship with the Lord.  I felt like I knew nothing and would always be ignorant compared to my big brothers and sisters.  And, if you think about it, that's how it should be.  We should all be constantly learning and growing and getting stronger so that our "little" brothers and sisters can not catch up to us.  But, sadly, I look around and find that 13 years later, the people I looked up to are in the same place they were when we met.  They are spinning their wheels and going no where.   So, who do I go to for advice?  Who can I have a heart to heart discussion with?  With whom can I discuss what the Lord has been doing in my life?  That frustrates me.  

Allen shared this song with me Monday night.  It really spoke to my heart.  It sums up exactly where I am at this time.  But the beauty is, there is hope.  Are you the Christian I have described?  Then remember Ezekiel's valley.  Get up.  Ask the Lord for forgiveness and strength and guidance.  Then get busy!

Ezekiel stared down into the valley
Filled with dry bones baking in the sun
Remains that used to be a mighty army
To him it looked like their fighting days were done

But driven by a calling on his life
He spoke Gods words the bones began to shake
He stared wide-eyed as the flesh began to form
And as he prophesied to the wind
The soldiers began to wake

And the Lord sent His wind into the valley
And breathed the breath of life into their souls
And raised them again a mighty army
For soon these arisen warriors will battle again
For they have been filled with the Spirit Wind
Woah woah woah...

A pastor stands before his congregation
Once a mighty army for the Lord
But now he stares into the lifeless eyes
Believers leading carnal lives
He wonders what theyre fighting for
But driven by a calling on his life
He spoke Gods word like hed done a hundred times before
But this time he comes broken and weeping
With tears of a broken heart
And he cries out to the Lord

Oh Lord send Your wind into this valley
And breathe the breath of life into their souls
And raise them again a mighty army
For soon these arisen warriors will battle again
For they have been filled with the Spirit Wind
Woah woah woah...

Holy Spirit breathe on me
Breathe Your life in me

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Oh Lord send Your wind into this valley
And breathe the breath of life into our souls
And raise us again a mighty army
For soon these arisen warriors will battle again
For we have been filled with the Spirit Wind
Woah woah woah...

Oh Lord we need You now
Breathe Your life into us
Lord we need You now
Our churches and our families
Oh Lord we need You now
Breathe life into this dry and weary land
Raise us up again
I included the lyrics because not everyone will appreciate the music to this song.  But if you enjoy more contemporary Christian music take a listen to the bluesy ballad from Casting Crowns.



9 comments :

  1. Amen! Beautiful post Kat and SO (unfortunately) true.

    Hugs,

    Julianne

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    1. Pray for revival in our churches my sweet friend!

      Hugs,

      Kat

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    2. I've been thinking about this post since I commented the other day...I am so tired of busyness being used as an excuse and the lack of discipleship I seem among Christians! Revival is prayer I pray everyday.

      Hugs,

      Julianne

      *Just linked up to this post from my blog too

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  2. I love Casting Crowns! Kat, you are such an example of being a wonderful Christian. Again, I thank you for your honesty.

    Your friend from Ohio.

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    1. Jenny,

      It is so wonderful to see you here in my comments.

      Hugs,

      Kat

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  3. Perfect timing on this post. From little on I've always been reminded, at home and in our worship, we always have time for what is important to us. or maybe more appropriately, we always MAKE time.
    I know when I keep(give) my Father first place, eveything else falls neatly and properly into place. It never fails, when things get rough, hectic, crazy and unsettling, it always is when I've failed to get alone with HIM and when HE no longer has first priority within my heart/life.

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    1. Couldn't say it better! Good to see you, Heather.

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  4. I think one thing that I always remember when it comes to "our" time, is that GOd wants and deserves our precious time...not our spare time. God is as big as we make Him in our lives. He desires(and deserves) so much more then to be squeezed in when we have a spare moment..he desires first place in our hearts, and in our life.

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    1. Darcie,

      I am glad to see you and hope John is on the path to healing and all are well in your coffee pot. ☺ Yes, I love the way you said this, "not our spare time". After all, how happy would we be if hubby decided to give us the leftover bit at 11:00 on Tuesday night as our only together time for the week?

      Blessings,

      Kat

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