For many years, the newsletters for Open Air Outreach were only published through email. Those newsletters were not posted online. We are now in the process of archiving these old newsletters online so that they are available to the body of Christ at large to read and be encouraged and edified by them.
The contents from this post was an email newsletter sent out on 1/19/2006
Check Your Heart
Jan 19, 2006
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Check Your Heart
These short articles are from the first newsletters I ever sent out, back when it was a physical newsletter. I really wanted to revive these short articles. Though I feel I have grown in writing and see how imperfect these articles are, I wanted to republish them because the messages of these articles are still a very important message for the Church.
Feel free to share with me your thoughts on them. I understand that the bible doesn’t say Jesus wept in EVERY sermon. There is a time for a deep, compassionate pleading and also a time for a strong, sharp rebuke. Both are completely biblical and very desperately needed.
Hearts of Love and Eyes with Tears
In the day and age in which we live we have a great deal of things. Many of us have nice jobs which provide for our nice homes and our nice cars. We have lovely little churches on every corner that work tirelessly to accommodate our weekly social needs. Yet in a day of such physical prosperity, there is much spiritual bankruptcy. How many of those who go to church on Sunday are also at the club on Fridays? Let us get honest. We have hearts of sin and eyes of lust but I am telling you that the Lord is calling us to have hearts of love and eyes with tears!
Jesus wept over that which He loved and He weeps for us today because we are not weeping for ourselves. How can it be that our hearts are not in torments living in this mad world where the single greatest threat to an unborn child is its own parents? How do our hearts not ache over the thousands of souls who have yet come to even an understanding of the gospel? May our hearts fill with the love of God and may our eyes flow with the tears of God! May we be the open channel in which God can transform the world!
Have you soaked yourself in many tears in public or in private? Have you ever cried or wept like a baby in front of those perishing souls who are heading for the wrath of a Holy God. It is going to take more tears if we are going to reach this rebellious and adulterous world! Forgive me for being the one who says it but whatever we have been doing hasn’t been working.
In the early days of the Salvation Army certain women tried everything they could and labored every way they knew how to until they finally were on the verge of quitting their work all together. Then William Booth sent them two words: “Try tears.” They did and they saw revival. Church lets try the one thing we haven’t yet tried. Let’s finally do the one thing we’ve been avoiding. Let’s try tears. Wake up! Is it possible that the only reason your own neighbor hood is going to hell is because you’ve been sleeping when you should have been weeping? Come on, let us answer the question.
If anyone should have secrets it’s Christians. Let the hypocritical showmen do as they please parading themselves all around. They have their reward. But let us live secret lives of prayer which is known only to God. It is the private prayers of the Saints and not the public ministries of the showmen that deliver souls from death. I don’t believe in making promises that I can not keep and neither does God. You have God’s promise that if you sow in tears, you will reap in joy. Let’s take God up on the deal.
The Burden of the Lord
“We want people that God can share His burdens with. ‘ O, roll your burden on the Lord.’ Who does He roll His burdens on?….Get to the place where you say ‘God what’s your burden for me in life?” Leonard Ravenhill. If any disciple does not ask our Lord this question then his discipleship is in question. I asked the Lord this question numerous times and I continually received the same answer. “Preach the gospel.”
Do you know what the Lords burden is for you in your life? What are you going to work for? Like the scripture says “what is your life?” The fire is going to try every believer’s works. I had a thought once while I was on a plane looking out on all the houses. How many of us only work for money, for a nice home, for a nice car, for nice things? When the fire comes to these things I guarantee they are going to burn and many will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the life they have wasted. Maybe the one thing the church has forgotten is eternity. In the site of eternity is what you’re laboring for going to matter? Do the angels get excited about what you’re doing?
Can the Lord give you His burdens or do you just shove them back at Him? The Lord was able to share them with His prophets. It says “The burden of the Lord came to….(Nahum 1:1, Habakkuk 1:1, Malachi 1:1, Zechariah 9:1,KJV) Has the burden of the Lord come to you? Have you tossed and turned and sweated at night because the multitudes are going to hell? Do you cry and get angry at the fact that Satan is playing monopoly with the souls of men? What will you do? How will your life matter? Let us all live with eternities values in view. May the Lords priorities be our priorities and His burdens be ours.
THERE IS A LOVE
There is a love comes from on high
That fills God’s people below
It brings them joy as well as sighs
And fills until it flows
There is a love that counts no cost
In reaching the dying masses
Through eyes compassionate it sees the lost
And labors while time passes
There is a love, the heart it breaks
For this world quickly dying
Internal pains and lasting aches
It sets the soul to crying
There is a love that hates all sin
And delights in holy living
It speaks the Word, the lost to win
For the One who is forgiving
When was the last time you moaned and groaned in prayer over the lost? Check your heart.
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