Monday, January 5, 2015

These Hallelujahs Be Multiplied (100th Post)

On New Year's eve, 1738-9, seven of the Oxford Methodists and some sixty others held a watch-night service and love feast in a religious society whose rooms were in Fetter Lane, London. John Wesley wrote:
"About three in the morning, as we were continuing instant in prayer, the power of God came mightily upon us, insomuch that many cried out for exceeding joy, and many fell to the ground. As soon as we were recovered a little from that awe and amazement at the presence of his majesty we broke out with one voice, 'We praise thee, 0 God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.'" Whitefield pronounced this to be "the happiest New Year's Day he had ever seen."--

Happy new year!  Alleluia!  Thank you, God, for 2015!  Again, alleluia!

New year's day morning was wonderful!  April ran across a song by Need To Breathe on Pandora, Multiplied.  I had never heard it before.  It just seemed to be an anthem for this year. "And these hallelujahs be multiplied."  Hallelujah, which is a version of Alleluia, is translated from Hebrew to be "Praise the Lord."  May the expressions of praise to God be multiplied this year.

Later that morning, Faith Blatchford, a friend on Facebook, posted, "Year of 2015 - Worship, presence, increase."  Sounded like to me a reason for multiplied hallelujahs.  I commented, "Yeah, baby!"

A couple days later, I was sent a prophetic word given by preacher & teacher, Patricia King.  "This coming year is a year to remember My (the Lord's) promises, no matter what you see happening around you -- My promises are sure, and they will prevail for those who believe. . . . Tumult, shakings and turmoil will fill the earth, but those who stand on My word and live by My promises will be blessed beyond measure. . . . I am inviting you to make a quality decision to live ONLY by My word and promises.  If you choose this direction, I will bring you into an abundant place and you will stand secure and blessed in the midst of an evil day."

Kris Vallotton, from Bethel Church in Redding, CA, spoke on the first weekend of the new year at the Toronto Airport Fellowship at their Heavy Rain Conference.  In his second message, he shared some essential keys for success as a Kingdom person.  First, he said, be present in every moment.  Secondly, be thankful for the life you live.  In the last two points, he quoted two scriptures formational for me.

Kris said it's important to have a Big Yes in your life, a reason to get up in the morning, why you're alive.  A vision from God to empower our lives restrains our options and keeps us focused.  Keeping and defending the Big Yes, there are battles to wage to defend what we've been told and given.

I am giving you these instructions, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies made earlier about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight -- 1 Timothy 1: 18.

I was given this scripture by a friend years ago who told me the Lord gave her this verse when she was praying for me.  Kris said fights and battles and struggles should be expected by any follower of Christ. The prophecies and visions given to us position us to face opposition and resistance.  

The other scripture Kris quoted formational for my life the last few years was Luke 18: 7 - And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night?  Will he delay long in helping them?  He went on to speak about the importance of never giving up in the affairs of the Kingdom, and what God has conveyed to us.  The widow in the story refused to quit petitioning the judge for justice in her case.  Resistance and combat are bound to come for those who've devoted themselves to following what they've been told.  Again, don't give up!

There will be the multiplication of expressions of praise this year.  There'll be moments, periods, prolonged times of worship and experiences of the Lord's presence.  Many manifestations of the Father's compassion for this world will increase.  We will be challenged to focus on what's been promised and declared and to never forget the vision conveyed to us individually and corporately.  There will be combat and resistance, but those who stay devoted to the end will receive the prize.  Alleluia to the Lamb that was slain!

April reminds me occasionally of a dream she had months ago.  She was a bird.  She was overcome with fear she would die if she flew over the nearby waterfall.  She was then caught in a current of wind that carried her over the waterfall and, simultaneously, caught in a current emanating from the falls that joined in the wind and forced her to gain speed and descend.  She knew if she resisted the currents, she would surely die.

We know what it has been to work for our own ends and persist in trying to accomplish what is not in our means to achieve.  We haven't thrived in the things of this world.  We are left with promises, dreams and a vision.  Virtually, everything else, with the exception of our family and love for one another, has vanished or been taken from us.  

Yet, I declare in faith, like the Oxford Methodists with John Wesley and Geroge Whitefield, as the hallelujahs multiply, we will encounter and experience the overwhelming glory and majesty of the Lord, and this country, like theirs in the 18th century, will not be the same!

God of mercy, sweet love of mine
I have surrendered to Your design
May this offering stretch across the skies
And these Halleluiahs be multiplied

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