What made the prophets in the bible different to men today? What made them have an intense need to seek after God? What made them have the desire and burden and heart of God? They would mourn and grieve for the Word of God. They had passion. There was something in them that caused them to seek God. How did they understand the work of God? How did they lead nations into repentance? David Wilkerson talks about men in the Bible (Men being both men and women), those who had passion and zeal for God. The men that God has given to US as examples. They had the heart of God and they were able to give a message with such anointing that they led a whole nation to their knees in repentance.
There are so many prophets in the Bible but David Wilkerson concentrated on three men who were touched by the Word of God.
Ezra was a prophet and a man with the Hand of God on him. So, why did God choose him?
Ezra 7:10 - "For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the law of the Lord and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel." God took a man who prepared himself by STUDYING God's word. Ezra prepared his heart and sought after God. He studied and hungered after God. You do not need a Holy Ghost revival to be anointed by God. You don't need to have a preacher lay his hand on you for you to be touched by God. God prepared Ezra's heart because Ezra spent time before God. He studied God's word.
Study: this is the devotion of time and attention to gaining knowledge. It is a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation.
Ezra devoted his time and attention to gaining knowledge. He spent before the face of God and sought after God. God only lays His hands on those who hunger for his word. Those who seek His words.
This wasn't a man who God chose out of nowhere. It's not like God said, well, he is just amazing, I will use him. Ezra was diligent in searching the Scriptures. He allowed himself to be examined by the Word of God, to be washed by it, and be cleansed by it too. As a result of that, God saw Ezra. Ezra hungered for the scriptures. He allowed the Word of God to prepare his heart for any work that God had for him.
I spoke of David in a previous post. He was a man after God's own heart. He spent time with God. He followed God's decrees.
Psalm 119:9 and onwards: "How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I will seek You with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.
Praise be to you, Lord, teach me Your decrees. With my lips, I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider Your ways. I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your Word."
David was so consumed by the presence of God. He craved His presence. He lived according to the Word of God. He sought God with all his heart. He hid God's Word in his heart; and because of this, He craved for more of God's presence. He rejoiced in God's commands just like people rejoice in great riches. He meditated on God's words and considered the ways of God. He did not neglect the Word of God.
God touches those who spend time with Him. In a previous post, I talked about obedience and spending time with God, because how can you say you love God but do not spend time with Him? It's like saying you love your Father but you don't spend a week talking to him yet you live in the same household? David Wilkerson spoke about our desire to watch Television and spend time with friends but don't even think to step foot in the presence of God?
Esther, Jonah etc. they fasted and spent time with God, and if you read, God rescued them.
Isaiah 58 talks about "Fasting"
Jeremiah was another who was on fire for God. He engaged his heart to spend TIME with God.
Jeremiah 30:21 - "'Their leader will be one of their own, their ruler will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?' says the Lord".
Jeremiah 4:19 - "Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry."
God shared his own broken heart with Jeremiah. Because of idolatry, God said He will judge.
There are so many things happening in today's world. People are killing people, there are race wars going on, people are straying from their faith, people are religious (in the sense that they do the works and go to church but they don't PRAY or have a personal relationship with God). But the main thing is in order to be a Man of Another Sort, we have to seek the presence of God. It is important to spend time with God. To delight in His presence. To crave His presence.
Romans 13:14 - "Rather, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord, Jesus Christ. And do not let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires."
Psalm 119:9-10 - "How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray from your commands."
Psalm 119:11 -"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
Happy Sunday. x