Sons of Thunder…or Not So Much?

James and John were called the “Sons of Thunder.” When they discovered a Samaritan village that would not receive Jesus, they were fully prepared to call down fire to consume the entire community! Perhaps they felt that through such a show of power, their gospel message might be enhanced… – Henry Blackaby

A lot of Christians seem to be ready to “call down fire” when it comes to the morality of their neighbors, friends, relatives…and even this country. However, from what perspective are they coming from…their own or God’s?

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Failure is Part of the Deal

Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written…” – Mark 14:27

Sometimes, I cry out for God’s plan for me. I do OK with the short term stuff…like I know He wants me to show up to work today and do my best. But, it’s the long term stuff I wish I had a “heads up” on.

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Your Next Encounter With God

Experiencing God – Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Blackaby: Day by Day

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.” (Exodus 19:10-11)

Meeting with God requires preparation. God is awesome and perfectly holy. Barging into His presence unprepared is an affront. When the children of Israel were to meet with Him, God commanded them first to take two full days to prepare. Once the people were ready, however, God spoke to them with thunder and lightning, with fire and smoke and the sound of loud trumpets (Exod. 19:16–25). It was through this encounter that God revealed such marvelous truths as the Ten Commandments, establishing the standard by which God expected His people to live.

You cannot spend day after day in the world without its affecting your mind and will and heart. It doesn’t take long to become disoriented to the ways of God. The world has a dulling effect on your spiritual sensibilities. God established the Sabbath so His people could take an entire day to refocus on Him and His will for them after spending six days in the world.

How do you prepare for your times of worship? What fills your mind the night before? Often the last thing you put into your mind at night is still on your mind the next morning. Genuine worship requires spiritual preparation. Your experiences of worship reflect your spiritual preparation. Prepare yourself now for your next encounter with God.

Much of the ministry of Dr. Henry T. Blackaby flourished with the publication of Experiencing God. Go to Blackaby Ministries International to learn more.

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God