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prayer room that we are currently in! It is also an art gallery! Look at all those awesome paintings!! David Rickman’s grandfather painted ALL of these!

 

Tonight as I sit in the prayer room I’ve been thinking about choices.

God has given us the ability to choose.

To choose Him or something else.

To choose the things of His kingdom or to choose the things of the world.

Every moment, of every day, we make choices.

There are many times when I don’t choose Him or His ways.

Today I prayed: “Lord, I wish I didn’t have a freewill! I wish you would force me to choose You!” This prayed as I was battling with my own desires.

But oh it moves my heart when I voluntarily choose Him over other things.

Oh how it ravishes His heart when I voluntarily choose Him over lesser pleasures.

Do you know the passage where Jesus says “but only one thing is necessary, for she has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”?

What did she choose?

Mary of Bethany chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to His word. (Luke 10:38-42)

She chose God over everything else. And Jesus said it will not be taken away. And that she had chosen the one thing necesary.

God is the one thing necesary that we need to chose. Over every other choice we will ever make. We need to choose God.

Have you chosen God? Have you made the decision to live for Him? Or to continue to chose Him every day?

Remember: It is the ONE THING NECESSARY above every other thing.

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Getting back

Its hard to get back into the swing of blogging every day or almost every day when you haven’t been doing it for a while. Well at least its that way with me. So bare with me as I try to get back on a regular posting schedule. 🙂

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Here are some more pictures from my trip home and one from One Thing. After I make this post with the pictures, then I will start blogging about my thoughts on One Thing 2008 in Kansas City, as well as what the Lord has been doing in my heart in the prayer room. Thanks for being patient with me! Keep checking back for more posts!

The cutest boys ever in their *Florida* Christmas outfits!I love these two boys! They are so handsome and precious!

They love each other!Brotherly love

Caitlynn, me, meagan and Josie!Me and my sister with my nieces, Caitlynn and Josie!

Me with my parents!Picture with my parents!

friends worshiping at One ThingThese are some of the folks that I went with to One Thing. Here they are worshiping the Lord!

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A while ago I made a post about IHOP-AC profiles. Well, finally they are here! I am going to introduce you all to the staff at IHOP-AC. Give you a glimpse into their lives as intercessory missionaries.

David Gordon: Director of IHOP-AC

David, Tina, Mary Graceyn and Eli

David Gordon has a wife, Tina, and two children, Eli and Mary Graceyn.

He has been living this lifestyle for almost 2 years now. Previously he was a co-pastor of a church called Life Fellowship. But the Lord called him to “Build an ark and preserve My people”. He has been giving himself to building a 24/7 dwelling place for the Lord ever since.

I spent some time with him today asking him a few questions. Here they are:

Why are you giving your life to direct a house of prayer?

It is out of a call of God. First it was an issue of desire and obedience. Now it has become a consuming passion of my heart. Jesus is worthy, and because of the neediness in my heart. This is why I do what I do. When I see the call of mine, and the connection to biblical scripture and what God is doing, I see how we are connected to what is on God’s heart.

How has this changed your life?

I have begun to live a life beyond a good external reputation of a “good” Christian, to having daily encounters with internal reality and encounter with the Lord. I feel like I am becoming authentic. The mask is being stripped off and I’m living fully alive before God and man. I have come to understand the significance of knowing my identity and my destiny, and this has brought me into wholeheartedness. I felt like, in the past, I was only touching a little of my destiny. It was a lack of knowing my identity. Now God has put them together in the prayer room.

What is your favorite aspect of this lifestyle?

Encountering God by way of the embers of a burning heart. Through the Word, worship, prayer, fasting and giving. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one. So I’d say encountering God and having a burning heart.

Hardest aspect?

Living exposed before a holy God on a daily basis. Having my motives exposed, my insecurities and fears. Being confronted and exposed. It’s just hard. But I do it because I want to be authentic and holy in His presence. Being exposed leads me to encounter. That makes it worth it all.

How has this impacted your family?

I feel as a husband and father that God has called me to be the point man in my home. My lifestyle by way of example and by way of education to my family. We have begun to live a life of simplicity. It has not been easy to turn from the comforts of this age, but this lifestyle has really helped get in link with the heart and purpose of God. Because of prayer and crying out to God, the Lord began shifting the heart of Tina to home school our children 3 years ago and that has been tremendous to help develop us as a family together. It is an honor to see my family in the prayer room from time to time, knowing they are in the place of encounter.

What would you say to a family who was considering living this lifestyle?

Number one thing would be to know that God is calling you to this. Also, begin to come along side of a family that is living this lifestyle and start spending regular time in the prayer room. Being exposed to the prayer movement will prepare you for what is ahead.

And now a fun question…what is your favorite verse?

Psalm 27:4- “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple.”

Because everything I see in David’s heart is understood in this one verse. He asks, he sought and he was able to apprehend it. A one thing lifestyle. Ultimately, it is the revelation of the beauty of God in the place of encounter that sustains us. We cannot separate revelation and encounter.

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Thank you DG for sharing your heart with us!

The Lord has used this man to impact my life in a tremendous way. If he had not obeyed the call to build this house of prayer, I would not be a part of it! He has helped shape all of us into the men and women, intercessors, bride that the Lord wants us to be. It is an honor and a privilege to follow such a humble man who desires God more then anything else in this world. He has given up everything to love God with all of his heart, soul, strength and mind. I love him and am so thankful for all that he does and continues to do! He has humbled himself from being a pastor of a nice size congregation to being a director a few twenty-something year olds, who are mostly dropouts from college! (Just a note–none of us are ashamed of this, and are so thankful to be in the center of God’s will). But God is doing something huge with all of us, and He is doing something huge with the house of prayer in Alamance County. Praise the Lord!

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Words describing my life right now…

Simply about One Thing.

On the edge of life-changing.

Dramatically passionate.

Dying in order to live.

Overwhelming with Love.

Adventurously fun.

Longing and aching for more.

Purposed and determined.

Unwavering faith and trust.

Living day by day.

Standing in wonder and awe.

Interceding night and day.

Practicing the Presence.

My life is more than I could have ever dreamed.

I am living my dreams.

All praise and glory to Him!

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Today was an AWESOME day in the prayer room! I am not a singer but for an entire hour I was able to sing in the prayer room on the stage and SING to HIM! It was so amazing! I just poured out my heart in song and prayer. Just being able to MINISTER to HIM was so freeing! I was so full of the Holy Spirit! I was speaking truth, and it was destroying lies! I was able to abide in His love (John 15:9).  I can’t even explain it.

Misty Edwards has a song that is so amazing and describes how I feel. It says “I will take my passion and put it in a bottle just to break it at Your feet! I will take my affections and put them in a bottle just to waste them at Your feet!” Like Mary of Bethany in Luke 10:42. She wasted everything at His feet. And He said that it was the ONE THING necessary and He would not take it away from her! Wow! He is saying WASTE YOUR LIFE ON ME! He is so worth it!

Don’t you see, Beloved, the Father said “Ask and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance!” (Psalm 2:8) In John 17:24, Jesus ASKED! He said “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given me, be with Me where I am, so that hey may see My glory which You have given me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” He is asking for His inheritance! He wants us to be with Him where He is. I want to come into the fullness of all that Jesus asked for. I will waste my life on Him! He deserves it! His delight is in His inheritance! Oh my goodness! That we would understand His love for us! We would live our lives completely different! I know I will never be the same. I cannot live life normally. I have to give everything to this Man. My heart is stolen! He has captured it! I am His only! Forever! My heart is a locked garden! No one else can have it! There will be no other lovers, for I have come to understand that try as I may to chase other lovers, I find there is no other but Jesus Christ. I am undone, forever lost in His love. I will do whatever it takes to love Him and live out His will for my life! There is nothing else I can do, and no where else I can go. He has the words of ETERNAL LIFE. He is the only way, truth and life. This Man who willingly drank the cup of death, so that we could have life. Jesus IS the Son of God. Who else but God would do something that is such a wonderful mystery?

I could go on forever, but you would stop reading the post. I think you get the point. Jesus Christ is the most amazing person in the whole world and I give my life to Him!

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Not only am I learning about meekness/humility, but I am learning how LOVE is the root of it ALL!

I used to think that I had it down, loving people. But it was with all the wrong motives. I loved to be loved in return, to have the approval of man etc…But now the Lord is breaking these things off of me and I am finding that I have no idea how to love people! It is one of my daily prayers…let me love others like You do, Jesus. And let me love You like the Father loves You! This is the first and second, greatest commandments. Out of Jesus’ own mouth. Matt. 22:36-40.

I am also finding that if we do not live out of love, we are living out of duty or out of legalism. What is the purpose of what we are doing then? Just to do it? Love should be the motivation of our hearts! The one whose heart is aflame with love will ENJOY and DESIRE to obey the Word.

If we truly understood the love that Jesus has for us, our lives would be COMPLETELY different. We would no longer live for the approval of man. But only the approval of God. We would no longer worry, we would trust God, that He loves us and knows what He is doing with our lives (Jer. 29:11). We would be freed from wounds in our hearts. We would live for OneThing. Our eyes would be focused only on Jesus Christ. We would give up the chase for other lovers, and truly be satisfied with the only One who can satisfy us. As David said in Psalm 27:4 “One thing I have asked fom the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in his temple.”

Humility would also be a lot easier if we lived our lives in love. We would LOVE everyone and DESIRE to put them before ourselves. We would value what people have to say. Love covers a multitude of sins! We wouldn’t have anger, bitterness, jealousy or unforgiveness in our hearts towards others.

Man, if I could only walk like Jesus walked! Oh how this is the desire of my heart!

My prayer is Eph. 3:17, that we all would be rooted and grounded in His love! That we would understand the length, width, depth and height! To know the love that surpasses ALL understanding!

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