Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Message from Donn Start, Principal West Valley Campus

It's probably the most powerful office in the world - the Oval Office of the President of the United States. You see, the one who occupies that room is empowered to make world-changing decisions. Those who assist the President with information and advice are considered by many to be some of the most privileged and powerful people in the land.

Power has to do with who has regular access to the place where things are decided. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have day or night access to the Throne Room of Almighty God. In fact, Scripture invites us to "approach the throne of God with confidence" (Hebrews 4:16). The Bible tells us that "we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus" (Hebrews 10:19).

At any given moment in our lives, we may face some things that are beyond our ability to figure out, or to fix, or to change. It can be something medical, or financial, or emotional, or a challenge that you can’t meet. Who will decide the outcome of your concern? Will that medical condition decide it, or the economy, or the people who seem against you? No! For as children of God, it will be decided in the Throne Room of the One who rules a hundred billion galaxies and who is your Heavenly Father! Which means that our primary method of getting anything done must be big-time praying!

The Bible is filled with examples of the decisive difference that desperate and dependent prayer makes. In Isaiah 37, King Hezekiah is facing an ultimatum to surrender to the powerful Assyrian army that has rolled across the Middle East, crushing every kingdom in its path. The Bible tells us that: "King Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: 'O Lord Almighty... You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth'." And he went on to plead with God for deliverance. And the angel of the Lord came and slew 185,000 Assyrians that night.

That divine throne room where the outcome of Hezekiah's battle was decided is the same place that our battles will be decided. It is truly an amazing thing that we have 24/7 access to the place where matters are decided and access to the King of the Universe who decides it.

Let’s go there often, go there in awe, go there clean, and go there expecting something so big, only God could do it!

Blessings to each of you on a wonderful Christ-filled day.

I welcome your thoughts and comments.

1 comment:

  1. Donn,

    And what makes all of this even more interesting and incredible is that Jesus moved, served, and lead more from authority than with power. He served and lived among the people in such a way that they trusted and submitted themselves to His authority. I picture Mother Teresa who held incredible authority when she spoke because of the life she lived in her submission to Jesus.

    Thanks for this powerful :) reminder,

    Jeff Blake


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