TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
Come into My presence and find out who you really are in Me. You are a reflection of Who I am. What you value will change as you stay in My presence.
YAWEH’S FAMILY VALUES
God said, “I’m going to establish a people and these commandments are going to be their culture.” It was pure genius because it took man a long time to figure out how to define a culture: you define its values.
Values are the things you make a big deal over. Do you value peace, kindness, generosity, hard work? As part of God’s family, you need to value what He values. If you don’t, the devil is waiting to step in and take your culture straight to the pit of hell.
If you turn the values of your house over to Facebook, Instagram or MTV and you expect good, godly children, you’re on crack. You need different values than the world. If you want different fruit in your house than the world, you’re going to set the culture according to God’s priorities. Let’s look at the first two as spoken by God Himself:
First and foremost, you’re going to value My presence. Second, you’re not going to worship idols. – Exodus 20:3-4 Pastor Troy Version
Seems easy, but while those words were being etched by God’s Holy Fire, the people below were already breaking His top two rules, and get this: God was well aware they had made a golden calf and were worshipping it.
He was also aware the people wanted to keep their distance. He had invited them all to come near His presence, but they had no value for it, so they sent Moses alone.
Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”…So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was. – Exodus 20:18-21
Would I have joined Moses? I’d like to think so, but I may be kidding myself. What I do know is this: I don’t want to be one of those people who stands far away from the presence of God and only listens to His words through a preacher, a book, Christian music or Bible scriptures on Facebook. I don’t want my knowledge of a loving, powerful, creative God from secondhand reports.
While He speaks through the Bible, God isn’t the Bible. While He speaks through me, I’m just a man. While He speaks through creation, rocks, rivers and trees cannot save you. They don’t love you back, but Yahweh does!
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 John 4:8
Want to set the culture? Love is the answer.
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO DRAW NEAR TO JESUS. LEARN TO COME INTO HIS PRESENCE AND VALUE WHAT HE VALUES – HAVE A CULTURE OF LOVE.
From my sermon series JESUS UNVEILED