I had an “altar’ed moment” last night.

I had a very special “altar’ed moment” last night. The Presence and Glory of God was so thick that I fully expected to visibly see the glory cloud of shekinah at any moment. For several hours I watched people of every race and color being saved, healed and delivered. On four different occasions a supernatural sound filled the auditorium. The only words I have are awesome, wonderful and glorious!  Where did this “altar’ed moment” take place?

My family and I experienced this tremendous move of the Holy Spirit during Tye Tribbett’s “Bloody Win” tour stop at Grant A.M.E. church here in Austin. The praise and worship was dynamic. The music was the best I have ever heard. In response to the glory of God that poured into the room hundreds of people celebrated the victorious and ascended Lord Jesus Christ. We literally stood in awe for hours.

It is evident that Tye Tribbett is an anointed young man and songwriter. He has considerable spiritual depth and insight. I first met him years ago. And, he continues to be a spirit-filled vocalist who knows how to get worshippers rejoicing. Tye has a  passion for the gospel that infuses everything he does. I like what he recently said, “things in the world can come against us so aggressively. Whether it’s bills or health or personal struggles, it can get harsh, but hold on! Hold on! We’ve got to sing louder for the God who is stronger!”

Several times this morning I have felt impressed to pray for Tye and the ministry God has given him. I truly believe that the Holy Spirit is giving him a “sound” that will reach this generation. The “sound” is more than his music, Tye spoke powerfully last night about the solutions that this generation must embrace to experience true spiritual revival.

His message reminded me of similar words given to me by the Holy Spirit. In my upcoming book, The Altar of His Presence, I wrote, “We often wonder why God has not done anything to change many of the issues in the world. We wonder why God hasn’t brought peace to war, overturned abortion laws, stopped the violence in our cities, or brought revival to our land. Many of us are waiting for God to take action when in fact God is waiting for us. God is waiting for His people to call upon Him. He is waiting for His followers to genuinely repent of lives that have become too busy, too focused on success, and too measured by how much money we make. He is waiting for us to humble ourselves and return to the altar of His Presence.”

We must remember that ALL the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Christ Jesus. Just as the Lord promised Jeremiah that He would answer his prayer and tell him of great and unsearchable things (see Jeremiah 29:12-13), He has declared the same to us. If we will ask, it will be given to us. If we will knock, the door will be opened. If we will seek, we will find.

The Lord wants to have a meeting with us. His will is not that we seek Him out only on Sundays or when we are having problems. He loves for us to be in His Presence. He loves to cover us with His wings. If we will draw near to Him, He has promised to honor us with His Presence, glory and power.  If we will come with a pure heart, call to Him and seek His face, He will listen to us and answer us in wonderful dimensions of goodness, grace and glory.

Pray for Tye. Pray for his ministry team. Pray that the Lord will use him to speak to and reach this generation with the gospel.

Pray for me. Pray for my new book. Pray that tens of thousands of copies will fill the earth with the message of meeting with the Lord. Pray that people all over the world will be inspired to experience intimate encounters with the glory of God…every day…and every hour.

TheAltarofHisPresence_Share-3

I love you!

Robert.

 

Advertisements

Stay Committed to Excellence

The Apostle Paul believed in excellence to the point of admonishing the Philippians to only think  about “virtuous or excellent things” (Philippians 4:8). I have no doubt that Paul would agree that when it comes to our lives, we either choose the pain of self-discipline, which comes from a commitment to personal sacrifice and growth, or we choose the pain of regret, which usually comes by taking the easy road and refusing to fully embrace the opportunities given to us.  

 

Excellence is seldom attained without wholehearted commitment. Many in this day do not fully understand the difference between interest and commitment. (Remember the Yale graduate students I mentioned a few weeks ago?) If we are only interested in something, we give it our full attention only when and if it is convenient. Convenience is the enemy of excellence. Why? Because, when we are really committed to something, we accept no excuses from ourselves or from those who have chosen to be involved in our endeavors.

 

Commitment is the first step beyond convenience. It prepares and enables a person to become effective. Effectiveness can only be maintained through excellence.

 

Commitment is the first price that must be paid. Why?

  • Everything worth having costs something.
  • The better the desired result, the higher the price.
  • Commitment then is determined by the price we are willing to pay.

 

People who are committed to excellence are willing to pay the “high price” because:

  • They have dedicated themselves to stay optimistic and enthusiastic.
  • They refuse to settle for average or mediocre.
  • They pay attention to the details.
  • They work hard to perform with consistency.

 

Finally, those who make excellence a part of who they are:

  • Stay committed to the long haul.
  • Are willing to travel the road alone, if attaining their goal requires it.
  • Able to keep their eyes focused on the prize.

 

We conquer our past by focusing on our future. Therefore, stop thinking about your past and start focusing on the possibilities only found in your future. For God never consults your past to determine your future. Therefore, don’t let people hang around you if they not believe in your future. Always move toward people who are as committed to excellence and away from those who only are committed when it is convenient.

 

Philippians 3:13-15 says,  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

 

And Titus 3:8 says, “This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”

Do You Have an Altar’ed Moment?

This past weekend was really special.  On Sunday morning I was ministering from God’s Word in a local church here in Texas. About halfway through my message I and everyone in the building experienced an “altar’ed” moment.

 

The Presence of the Holy Spirit poured into the auditorium. Without effort, the message I was preaching came flowing out from my heart and mouth like an unstoppable flood. The people began raising their hands and expressing themselves, each giving glory to God. The atmosphere changed in a matter of moments causing tears to flow and lives to be changed. For over an hour we embraced, enjoyed and experienced His glorious Presence.

 

A few hours later the Holy Spirit nudged me. Everyone had gone home and I was on my way home to Austin. That’s when the Spirit began reminding me of similar times and experiences. He reminded me of a time when I was a teenager. My family had moved because my dad had found a new job. Because of the move, I had to change school districts between my sophomore and junior year. Changing high schools can be hard. Making new friends, learning new teaching styles, adjusting to new teachers and new surroundings for some teens can be really difficult and the changes were taking their toll on me.

 

Then a few months into the school term I had an “altar’ed” moment. It happened during the praise and worship time of a Sunday night church service. We were not singing anything special or new. In fact, we were singing an old chorus, when all of a sudden the Presence of God began filling the room. Without invitation people began leaving their seats and moving toward the front and gathering at the altar.

 

A local ministry team/singing group called The King’s Witnesses (they were was based out of our church) went to the platform and began ministering in song. The pastor and the elders began praying for people. In a matter of minutes heaven filled the place. It was as though we were in the throne room of the Most High. You could almost hear angels singing. The Shekinah was so thick it felt awkward to breathe.

 

I was kneeling at the end of the altar when I looked up and saw my name written on the front of one of the guitars that belonged to a member of the King’s Witnesses. At that moment my life was altar’ed. I don’t know why me seeing my name on that guitar did anything. I just remember that at that moment…the Lord touched me and did the work. I don’t remember asking the Lord to act on my behalf, heal me or deliver me. I just know that at that moment, I was altar’ed and the struggle I had been experiencing was over.

 

Peace flooded my heart and soul like the storm surge that invades the coast when a hurricane comes onshore. I knew at that moment everything was going to be ok. I knew…that I knew…that I knew…the Lord would not leave or forsake me. I knew that He had the whole world AND ME in His hands! After that night the school seemed different. The teachers were not the same. The other students were changed. Even I was different. What had really happened? I can say with confidence, I had been altar’ed by being in the Presence of the Lord.

 

I have been reminded of that night many times since. It has become a “touch point” of faith for me. Whenever I face difficult circumstances or a situation to which I have no answer, I am reminded of that night. I am reminded that the Lord knows where I am, He knows who I am and He knows what I have need of before I even ask. The time spent that night at the altar…truly altered my life.

 

Would you like to share one of your “altar’ed” moments? If so, email me today at info@altarofhispresence.com. I will read your story and rejoice with you concerning the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ. The bible says that we are to rejoice with those who rejoice and I want to rejoice with you. Let me know if I have your permission to share it with our readers. I know that there are many who are reading today that would love to hear the story of your life being altar’ed.

 

One more thing, if you are carrying a heavy burden or if you are ill, hurting or need an answer from the Lord, email me. Susan and I will pray for you. We will ask and agree with you for the Holy Spirit to provide an answer to your prayer. We will pray that He will give you an altar’ed moment! Soon you will be healed, delivered and rejoicing over what the Lord has done for you! Either way, write to me today and share your heart!

 

I look forward to hearing from you…Robert.

Taker or Giver? Which One Are You?

The Holy Spirit has been making me aware of some of the distinct differences that are being created within today’s society and church. An example is the so called “hunger strike” by some Yale University Grad Students who said they were going without food until they were hungry! Now that’s commitment! 🙂

 

Another distinction I am becoming more and more aware of is how there are people who declare they are serving–until it is time to serve or that they are giving–until it is time to give.

 

Let’s take a deep dive into the following definitions. Hopefully, this will help us examine and embrace what it truly means to be a “giver.”

 

“Takers are people seeking to own, retain and control all of their possessions, in the sphere of contentious self-interest.”

 

Own, Retain and Control: To keep for one’s future pleasure or use.

 

Their: That which pertains to them as a person; or to their existence on the earth; can also be seen by them as either earthly, heavenly, material meta-physical or spiritual.

 

Possessions: The holding of property in one’s power or command.

 

Sphere: The influence; compass; province; employment; and place of existence.

 

Contentious Self-Interest: Without regard for others to the point of causing strife.

 

“Givers, on the other hand, are people who distribute their earthly and heavenly assets, in the sphere of an unostentatious simplicity.”

 

Distribute: To divide among several or many.

 

Earthly and Heavenly: That which pertains to earth and/or heaven; or to God’s existence on earth as it is in heaven; always seen as being given to them from above and definitely given to them by God.

 

Assets: Something valued for its ability to be useful.

 

Sphere: The influence; compass; province; employment; and place of existence.

 

Unostentatious: Never intended to attract notice and impress others.

 

Simplicity: The freedom from guile, cunning or duplicity.

 

Givers have the ability to possess and give away their natural, spiritual, financial and emotional resources to the sacrificing of his or her own personal, business, or even family needs. The person who is a true Giver loves, finds joy and is fully motivated to be open handed with the resources that are needed for the enlargement of the people in their lives. This includes family members, friends, the Church as well as the endowment of its ministry for the sake of blessing of others.

 

A biblical example is found in the parable of the Good Samaritan.

 

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:30-37

 

In the story, the Good Samaritan…

 

  1. Correctly perceived the condition of a man others had walked by.
  2. Saw his empathy, bandages and finances as assets to manage.
  3. Poured out medicinal oil and wine for the purpose of blessing and healing.
  4. Moved the broken man from a dangerous place to a place of safety.
  5. Provided his time, friendship and love to care for one he did not know.
  6. Gave more than enough paying what was owed and making a deposit for future care.
  7. Was willing to make a reimbursement for anything spent above his own expense.

 

 

In this story the Lord Jesus Christ was speaking about Himself and the life we who follow Him should seek to embrace. Like the Good Samaritan, we should:

 

  1. Seek to rightly observe and identify the needs of others.
  2. Realize we have the riches of heaven at our disposal.
  3. Freely give because we have freely received.
  4. Help others take the steps needed to live in a place of wellness, safety and security.
  5. Offer our very lives for the sake of adding value to everyone we meet.
  6. Bless others beyond the current moment and extend the blessing into the future.
  7. Fully appreciate that whatever we give will be given to us; pressed down, shaken together and running over by the Lord when He returns.

 

I pray these words motivate you toward a life of giving. Having a giving mindset causes us to understand that all things come from God, belong to God and should be used to bring glory to Him. True stewards (givers) are the managers of the riches of heaven. They seek to have the spiritual, emotional, mental and financial resources that are needed at any time and find their greatest joy in the sharing of these resources as the Holy Spirit directs. Ask the Lord to help you change. Ask Him to speak to your heart and soul from His Word and Spirit. Seek to be saturated with His Presence so that you can see yourself giving and becoming a giver.

 

 

I also encourage you to read Romans 12 in the Wuest Translation of the New Testament.

Choose to Be a Blessing, Not a Burden

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do. Isaiah 46:9-11 NIV

 

These words are very comforting to me. The God of the Universe chose to bless me. His choice was declared long ago. These verses say that His plans will not be thwarted by anyone or anything. He is resolute, diligent and trustworthy concerning that which He has chosen. If He promised it, He will perform it. Hebrews tells us that the man sent to fulfill the Father’s plan and purpose was and is the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

All of the Gospels tell of Jesus living out God’s plan of redemption and reconciliation. Everywhere Jesus traveled they watched Him beckon, bless, minister, teach, heal and guide. Even when they speak of Him chastising or disciplining His disciples, it was done with an eye on His divine purpose.

Everyone coming in contact with Him is called to embrace to the working of His redemptive purpose. That purpose is to see the blessing of God rest in, on and through every man, woman, boy and girl on the planet. The very essence of that purpose was declared and was perhaps best described by the Apostle Peter in a sermon to the household of Cornelius.

 

You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached– how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. Acts 10:37-38

 

Peter declared the purpose of the Lord’s ministry was to break the power of darkness, to invoke the power of light and to bring all people, both Jew and Gentile, into complete union with the Son. This purpose was accomplished as Jesus was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and power.

 

After the resurrection and ascension, the union of believer with the Lord Jesus is described by the Apostle Paul as the believer being “in Christ” and at the same time having, “Christ in us.” Sadly, many in the Church today seen to miss the focus of or fully embrace the richness of this statement. While many may say that their true loyalty is to Christ Jesus, in the lives of most modern believers, it is the traditions they have grown up with or the theologies they have learned that have become more important than the purposes of Christ Himself.

 

His purpose is to transform us into the image of God’s dear Son, by and through the same anointing He was anointed with. He wants to reconcile us to our original purpose, which is, to embrace and enjoy union and fellowship with the  Heavenly Father, Him and with each other. Only then can we really know Him. When we embrace and enjoy “Christ in others” a revelation occurs. The Holy Spirit opens our spiritual understanding and we begin to see the opportunity that has been afforded each of us. That opportunity is to “become the blessing.” Such can only occur as we choose to give that which we have been given. We must open ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to flow from us as a stream or channel. Then, as other do the same, we will be joined to other streams (believers) for the purpose of eventually flowing together with all believers into the great river of God, which is the Holy Spirit, and purposed to bless all humanity.

 

The manifest Presence of the Holy Spirit was upon Jesus to heal the sick and set the captive free. The same should be expected by us all as we worship together, pray together and be together in His Name. It is in that place that all who are under the power of the devil are healed and delivered. In that place is fullness of joy, even life evermore. In His Presence the blind see, the deaf hear and the cripple walk. Let us lay aside any weight that besets us, keeping us from embracing and enjoying Christ in us—the Hope of Glory.

 

I encourage you to pray concerning this with me today. I believe we are standing in front of an awesome opportunity. But, we will have to choose. We will need to choose to be like the Lord Jesus. We will need to pray for His ultimate purpose to fill our thoughts and to become a blessing to Him and to all we meet. It is His desire that we come together in one accord and purpose. It is His will for the Holy Spirit to fill us to overflowing and flow from each of us. The flow of His Manifest Presence will “water the earth” where we live and minister. This water of life will bring forth the purposes of blessing and bud into the fruit of the Spirit. Let us ask for the Holy Spirit to help us learn to pour out the glorious life He has blessed us with so that others may be healed and blessed. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.