What if you wanted to show God your zeal by doing a little more? Great reformations are always born from a people that are willing to go the extra miles.. Smith Wigglesworth, David Braynard, John the Baptist to name a few.
There were those already doing it in the early society of Moses and writing down the three characteristics of the Nazarite vow sanctioned it. The spirit of the Nazarite vow was to wear an outward sign (not cut their hair), abstain from society’s permissible pleasures (not drink wine) and avoid defilement from sin (not touch dead things)…on other words, they were – Squeaky-Clean Hairy Tee-Totalers.
It has been said, we are living in the Days of Elijah. What did Elijah do?
- He confronted Jezebel and Ahab. (Ooops…how dare he judge them?)
- He walked in great power doing lots of miracles.
- He prayed.. a lot.
- He heard the voice of God.
To be a forerunner, to prepare the way of the Lord’s second coming, just like John the Baptist did in the first century, what will be required of us?
To be a trumpet in the Joel 2 army that sounds the alarm, what must we do that the sound is clear?
What level of consecration will be required to carry the glory of God?
The Bible says “To whom much is given, much is required.” He will not put His glory in a vessel that is not been made ready. Putting His glory in a compromised vessel will break the vessel. He loves the vessel too much to allow that to happen.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God… and God shall be seen in them.
Lost people are looking for the light. They are looking for hope. And as the days foretold of by the prophets of old approach, there will be more looking for the answer.
Will we be ready? Will our lamps be shining brightly or will the globes be smudged with compromise?
Let the cry of our hearts be – sign me up God. Tell me what is required of me. I will choose “voluntary weakness.” I will live a fasted lifestyle. Just tell me how to love You. Let the fire of my heart burn with such unrestricted zeal that no price is too much to pay – even if it means being a – Squeaky-Clean Hairy Tee-Totaler (which let’s face it – makes us a little unique in our culture.)