John 4:19-26

"Sir," the woman said, "you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?"

Jesus replied, "Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on the tis mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming-indeed it's here now- when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth."

The woman said, "I know the Messiah is coming-the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

Then Jesus told her, "I AM the Messiah!"

Thursday, April 17, 2008

intercession III

I had lunch with a friend of mine today, Sawn Allen. Great guy, for a cop! just kiddin' Shawn. Anyway, we talked a lot about the Ignite Conference and what God was doing with it. He's going to be our MC, our "Ryan Seacrest" (is that how you spell Seacrest?). Towards the end of our time we began to talk about all the awesome things that are going on, and about to be going on, at The Journey. We kinda got into this discussion of intercession. When I mentioned to him that Satan was THE angel of worship, he looked at me and said, "Where'd you hear that?!". In the book of Ezekiel, particularly verse 18, you see him giving a judgement, basically, that the LORD has given him for the king of Tyre. In this judgement, he is comparing the king to Satan; describing Satan. In this particular verse he mentions the "unrighteousness of your trade". And this is where we get our first glimpse of what I'm talking about.

Now, I've heard many people talk about it, the book, Dante's Inferno, mentions it, and many scholars and authors have written about the fact that Satan, or Lucifer as he was called before his exile from the kingdom of God, was the Worship Leader of Heaven. Both the books of Ezekiel, and Isaiah, talk about Lucifer and what he looked like. Depending on which translation you use, you will see that his wings (remember he is an angel) were as pipes from an organ, long and shiny, reflecting like gold (I'm paraphrasing here!). And I'm currently on a hunt through the Bible to find the piece of scripture where it actually talks about Lucifer's role as the rockstar. I know I've seen other scripture where it says his entire body was a musical instrument. I just need to find it! And I will!

Until then, we need to keep in mind that Jesus talks about worship in Heaven and the type of worshipers that the Father seeks to worship him. John 4:23 tells us that Jesus says true worshipers, those who worship in spirit and in truth, will be the ones that God listens to. WOW! Don't you want to be that guy? I do! Can you immagine the power that you have bestowed upon you when you worship God with truth and in spirit? You have the power to interceed on behalf of those, your brothers and sisters, who may not even know him yet. And if Lucifer was the worhsip leader, can you immagine how infuriated he is when he sees those of us who worship in truth and spirit? You have to understand, scripture says (Ezekiel again) he was THE MOST annionted cherub in Heaven. He had access to the mountain of GOD. He had God's ear. And now, we do.

The scriptures say that Lucifer was the most spectacular created being in the world; God's most annointed. But the scriptures also say that he is only an angel, worship leader or not, and I have authority over the angels. You do too. Read the scritpures. So, if God made Lucifer his most beautiful, spectacular, most annointed creation... and then scripture says I'm more revered than even the angels, and He makes everything glorious, and I am His, then in the fantastic words of David Crowder, "What does that make me!"

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