Well, gee I dunno. I feel that I should write a blogpost, and I’ve several topics lined up (Wigglesworth, church growth, best books ever) but today I just want to ‘scribble’ for a little bit.

I’m sitting here listening to Graham Kendrick, of all people, on my ipod: “oh how You bless us Lord, making us a blessing”.  Some friends of mine believe that the only songs that carry anointing are those that are pure Scripture.  I felt that I may have offended a dear brother the other day by saying that I tended to ‘steer clear’ of some of our old, much loved, Scripture choruses.

So if God is only in ‘pure, unadulterated Scripture’, does that mean that the other day, as I was walking up our high street and praying, when I saw one bloke ask another for a cigarette, and he gave him one, as well as a light…. does that mean that I wasn’t witnessing the kingdom of God in action there?  ‘Ask and you shall receive’.  We only need to be like children to ask, after all.  And the moment of beauty, that arrested my attention as I walked past, was the guy hesitating, and then handing a cigarette over.  Making a decision that he would do an act of kindness.

As a class teacher, some of the kindest, most caring, most understanding students I teach are those who don’t know how to behave in a classroom, who cannot sit still or put their hand up, or express themselves in an articulate way on paper.  Often, those are the people who are going to be the glue of society.  And this is the kind of stuff that Jesus came to turn upside down.

Yesterday as I got into work I just almost shouted: “I have had enough. I can’t go on like this.  God, change me and do something new!”  I want to be faithful to that, as well. Wigglesworth said that two days lived on the same spiritual plane is a tragedy. Let me see, where am I today that I was not yesterda?  I was feeling a seriously divine dissatisfaction yesterday… do I still feel that today, on a rainy, empty Saturday?

Just read a description of sanctification that cut right through me:

“Sanctification is a great work of God. It is the renewal of the whole man in the image of Jesus. It is the utter destruction of all hatred, envy, malice, impatience, covetousness, pride, lust, fear of man, love of ease, love of human admiration and applause, shame of the Cross, self-will, and the like. It makes its possessors ” meek and lowly in heart,” as Jesus was ; patient, kind, full of forbearance, pitiful, full of tender compassion and love ; full of faith, benevolent, and zealous in every good word and work.”  Alec Dunn.  Check out his website http://www.calltoprayer.org.uk/ for more like this, including a superb treatment of Robert Murray McCheyne’s life.

My shuffle has now moved on to Keith Green – he suddenly struck gold when he started reading Finney on revival (check out my first blogpost on him), and God started moving so powerfully that church leaders and college leaders asked him to go away.  Are we only going to go so far in revival before we start putting the brakes on?  Are we going to quench the Spirit?  For thirty or forty years we have been urging freedom, and yet we are telling people to go back to the past?  As Keith is singing now in my ear: “Don’t close your eyes and pretend the job’s done.”  http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/viewcat.php?cid=18

(By the way check out Robert Frost’s wonderful poem ‘After Apple Picking’ http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/after-apple-picking/– even the revivalist wearies of the harvest).  So we live in revival by pleading with God every day that He will do a new thing, that he will make the wilderness of Zion like Eden once more.  Do it God!  Come down.