“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying…’When either a man or woman consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the Lord, he shall separate himself from wine and similar drink…all the days of his separation no razor shall come upon his head…he shall not go near a dead body. All the days of his separation he shall be holy to the Lord. -Numbers 6:1-8
I believe God is giving the body of Christ extra grace in this season to live consecrated. This last month Loretta & I have talked to lots of couples and everyone seems to be on the same page. It almost seems like there’s an open window from heaven right now to go above and beyond the minimal requirements and live completely abandoned for God. There have always been people through the centuries who lived with an unusual level of dedication to the Lord. We usually only read of them or hear of them in sermons but we want to go beyond just hearing about them. We want to become them!
Back in Moses’ time God offered the people of Israel a way to go the extra mile if they wanted to. This offer came through the Nazirite calling in Numbers 6. Though it looks different in our day, I think God is offering the same invitation to New Testament believers who want to live “radical”. There were three components to the Nazirite calling. The first was abstaining from wine. Wine was a symbol of pleasure. By saying no to wine, the Nazirites denied themselves some of the legitimate pleasure in the world to fill that space with God. In our day, this doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t drink alcohol (though that’s a great commitment). It may be something more like not watching television or movies for a season. It could be staying away from Facebook. The point is to say no to other legitimate things to experience God at a greater level. The second component of the Nazirite calling was not cutting your hair. It was a public mark of consecration and a form of open accountability. For us, that could be telling others about our commitment and not being ashamed of it. The third thing was avoiding anything dead. For us, a dead body is as anything and everything that defiles us spiritually. Even aside from blatant sin, there are some things that keep us dull spiritually. I believe God is extending a special invitation for the Church to say no to some of these distractions in our lives. Loretta & I responded to the invitation this month by going on a 40 day movie fast. It’s amazing how much more we hear the Lord without the clutter of entertainment.
The main thing the Prayer Room has been focusing on lately is college campuses. As we know, college campuses are some of the devil’s favorite playgrounds. There is such a stronghold of humanism, atheism, and immorality. Many young people enter college as Christians and leave as atheists or muslims because of the strong spirit of deception that fills the air. Every Wednesday morning from 10am – Noon we’re praying for this deception to be broken. We’re praying for God to raise up bold witnesses for Jesus in some of hardest places in America. You can pray along with us on the web stream at http://www.ihopkc.org/prayerroom. One of the ministries we’re praying for is called the Luke 18 project. They’re committed to establishing worship and prayer to Jesus on campuses all throughout America. They’ve already seen some awesome fruit. Just last week, we heard a story about a muslim who encountered Jesus and gave his life to the Lord. He is now one of most dedicated intercessors in the prayer meetings. God is on the move!