Tuesday, November 26, 2019

WHY YOU CAN EXPECT UNEARNED BLESSINGS FROM GOD


During my time of prayer this morning, I was reminded of an encounter with the Lord from many years ago, and I felt that I was to share it with our friends and partners. I sensed that it is to be an encouragement for you to expect great blessings to come your way—blessings you have not earned.
The Story
It was a quiet Sunday morning in September of 1991 on the campus of Zion Bible Institute in Barrington, RI. Students and staff had gone off campus to attend various church services. The campus seemed especially calm and serene that morning, and I decided to take advantage of the tranquil situation by going to the chapel and spending time in prayer.
As I lay on the floor, I presented to God my concern about finances. Sue and I had accepted an offer to teach and write at Zion and had just made the move from Tulsa, OK the previous month. Being a missionary school, Zion paid us $62.50 each per week and provided housing on campus. We were expected to believe God for everything else we would need.
We had been there about a month and it had become obvious that $125.00 per week did not cover the car payment, car insurance, food, toiletries, clothes and all the necessities of a normal life. It was a stressful situation. But as I lay on the floor lifting my concern to the Lord, the words “8/9 and 9/8” were strongly impressed on my mind.
I reached for my Bible and noted that it was lying open at II Corinthians. I then turned and read 8:9, which says,
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (II Cor. 8:9).
I then turned to 9:8 and read,
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work (II Cor. 9:8).
The parallels in the two passages were immediately obvious. Both speak of God’s abundant financial provision for His people and both speak of His provision flowing from His grace. It is not something earned. It is blessing flowing from His marvelous grace.
I knew God was speaking to me and decided to write the date in the margin of my Bible. I was astounded as I wrote, “9-8-91.”
Present Application
This is the story—from 28 years ago--that came back clearly to me early this morning. Maybe it is for someone who thinks, “I don’t deserve God’s blessing.” You are right! None of us deserve His blessing. That fact, however, should not stop you from expecting His blessing since it flows from His amazing grace that Paul says He has lavished on us (Eph. 1:7-8; NIV).
It is the sort of blessing of which God spoke to the people of Israel as they were going in to possess the land of Canaan. God said that they would possess,
Flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant (Deut. 6:10-11).
Let’s all expect unearned blessings, flowing from God’s goodness and grace, coming our way today.


Sue and I greatly appreciate those friends and partners God has brought into our lives whose prayers, friendship, and financial gifts keep us going. If you would like to give a gift to this ministry, click the "Donate" icon above or go to www.eddiehyatt.com.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

NO FEAR OF WITCHES, HEXES, AND CURSES


In a.d. 732, Boniface, a native of England, was consecrated as a missionary to the people of what would be present-day Germany. Boniface arrived to find the people of that area steeped in spirit worship and magical practices. He found them very unreceptive to the Gospel message, with their minds held captive by a demonic belief system rooted in fear and intimidation.
Deciding that drastic measures were needed, Boniface decided to challenge the occultic practices of the people. He announced a special meeting in Geismar where the sacred oak of the Thundergod was located. The Thundergod was the most popular and feared deity of the region and Boniface decided it was time to challenge his control.
Hundreds gathered at the sacred oak wondering what the foreigner had in mind. The people gasped and looked on in horror as Boniface took an ax and began chopping away at their sacred oak. They expected Boniface to fall over dead at any moment, but he continued chopping away until the mighty oak came crashing to the ground. He then constructed a Christian chapel with planks hewn from the tree.
After this event, there was a mass movement to Christianity with thousands submitting themselves for baptism. They suddenly realized that the spirits they feared and worshipped had no real power. They had been held captive by lies, and Boniface’s bold act destroyed those lies. They realized that the Jesus whom Boniface worshipped and preached was superior to all other gods and spirits.
Our Encounter with a Witch
In the early days of our ministry, a well-known witch attended services in the church Sue and I were planting and leading in eastern Canada. Several people came to me concerned about the presence of this witch. They wondered if she was trying to work some spell or sorcery on our fledgling congregation.
Several of us met together to pray about the situation. While praying I saw a vision of smoke (representing the devil) and then a wind (representing the Spirit of God) that came along and blew the smoke away. The smoke had no substance or strength with which to resist the wind. It was suddenly gone.
At the very same time another person saw a similar vision and then a powerful, prophetic word came forth that gave me a new perspective on the devil. God said, “My power is so far surpassing any power possessed by the devil, he is not worthy of the attention you are giving him.” It seemed that God was not happy with the attention we were giving the devil.
Satan is a Defeated Foe
When it comes to spiritual warfare, we must realize that there was a tremendous shift that took place at the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Satan was not annihilated, but he was stripped of his authority. He is like a 5-star general who is court-martialed, stripped of his authority, and drummed out of the army.
The general still exists but no longer has any authority. If, however, the general puts on his uniform with all his military medals, he will be able to exercise authority over those who do know the truth of his court-martial. But for those who know the truth, even a private can tell the former general to “get lost.” So it is with even the newest babe in Christ.
The overwhelming victory of Christ over Satan is delineated by Paul in Ephesians 1:15-23. He speaks of Christ being raised from the dead by the mighty power of God and then being seated at His right hand in the heavenly places. The “right hand” in Scripture is symbolic of authority and power. Psalm 98:1, for example, says of God, His right hand and His holy arm have gotten Him the victory. When Paul says that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God, he is saying that Jesus is seated at the pinnacle of the universe, in the place of ultimate authority and power.
This place where Christ is seated is far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come (Eph. 1:21). It doesn’t matter what kind of principality or power it may be–even Satan himself–the place where Christ is seated is far above them all.
And here is what is incredible! Paul says that the same power that raised Jesus from dead and seated Him in that place of ultimate authority, far above any power possessed by the devil, is now at work in you and me. No wonder Satan trembles at the child of God who knows his/her position and authority in Christ.
T.L. Osborn Understood Satan’s Defeat
I heard the elder statesman of modern, miracle evangelism, the late Dr. T.L. Osborn, tell about a miracle crusade his ministry sponsored in Africa. Among the many thousands that had gathered in the open air were hundreds of witch doctors who had come there with their fetishes to cast curses and spells on the foreign preacher.
Before going on the platform, the supporting pastors wanted to lay hands on him and pray for his protection from the devil. T. L. emphatically refused their prayer. He said, “I would not insult my Lord in that way.” T. L. focused his attention on preaching the good news of Jesus that day and many came to Christ and many were miraculously set free from all kinds of illnesses and bondages. And some Christian pastors realized that they did not have to be afraid of the devil.
This New and Better Covenant
Even under the Old Covenant the enemies of God could not cast spells and curses on His people. Balak hired the prophet Balaam to curse Israel but after seven attempts he had to admit he could not do it. How shall I curse whom God has not cursed, Balaam asked (Numbers 23:8).
If this were true under the Old Covenant, how much more under this new and better covenant based in the shed blood of Jesus Christ! Listen to the words of Jesus in response to the Seventy who returned rejoicing because they had discovered, Even the demons are subject to us in your name (Luke 10:17). Jesus replied,
I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven. Behold I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:18-19).
We Must Know the Truth
With all the talk about witches, curses and hexes, it makes me wonder if the church in general knows the truth of Satan’s defeat. Too many Christians, it would seem, see God and Satan as almost equals, with God having a slight edge.
This, however, is a blatant lie that Satan, a created being, perpetrates on the unlearned and naïve. Satan was absolutely vanquished by the death and resurrection of Jesus. His defeat was absolute and final. He was not annihilated but stripped of all rights and authority.
This was clearly demonstrated by Jesus on resurrection morning when he walked out of the tomb and triumphantly declared, All authority is given unto Me in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28:19). If Jesus has all authority, how much does that leave the devil? Satan knows that he is whipped. God knows it. It is now time that the church discover this fact.
Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is an author, teacher and ordained minister and founder of the "1726 Project." He has a vision for another Great Awakening across America that will impact the nations of the world. His books on the topic can be found on Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

GOOD THINGS DO HAPPEN ON HALLOWEEN

3 Invaluable Treats We Have Received from Martin Luther's Bold Act on October 31

For the Christian, good things do happen on Halloween. 502 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg church door, an act comparable to a Facebook post today. In it he challenged the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and its selling of indulgences, which offered forgiveness of sins apart from repentance and faith, but for the right price.
This act ignited the Protestant Reformation which changed both church and world history. In fact, after the year 2000, the editors of Life magazine listed Luther’s act as the second most momentous event of the past millennia, after the invention of the printing press in 1440, and before the discovery of America by Columbus in 1492, which was listed at number three.
Luther, despite his weaknesses, was a man uniquely prepared for a very unique moment in time. I have listed below three treats that we inherit from his bold act of faith on that Halloween day.
Treat #1
Courage to Stand for Truth
We live in a time when Christian values are under attack. Christian morality is mocked in the media and Christian students are subjected to ridicule in the classrooms of America. It is a time for courage, and in this Luther has left us a living legacy and example.
If Luther was anything, he was bold and courageous, so much so that his friends sometimes thought he was too bold. In giving a report to Spalatin about Luther’s bold stand at the Diet of Worms, Frederick the Wise said, “How excellently did Father Martin speak before the Emperor and Estates. He was bold enough, if not too much so (Hyatt, TheCharismatic Luther, 67).
It was, however, no time for timidity or reticence. The church was in shambles. God’s people were enslaved to an oppressive religious system that was obsessed with power. The times called for a courageous voice that would not flinch in the face of the greatest powers on earth. Luther became that voice that God used to change the course of history.
Such bold voices are in great need in the church today. There is so much hedging, evading and ducking by Christian leaders today when it comes to making a clear sound for truth.
For example, this author was astounded to hear a well-known evangelical pastor and leader, dance in circles when asked by a popular TV icon if Jesus is the only way to God. Instead of giving a simple straightforward answer, he ducked, swerved and feinted, but never gave a clear answer to such a simple, straightforward question.
Contrast Luther, who in a letter to Pope Leo X, dated September 6, 1520, and while still a Catholic priest, spoke with such clearness and boldness. He spoke with respect, even addressing Leo as “Holy Father,” but he did not mince words. He wrote,
I have truly despised your see, the Roman curia, which, however, neither you nor anyone else can deny is more corrupt than any Babylon or Sodom ever was, and which, as far as I can see, is characterized by a completely depraved, hopeless, and notorious godlessness.
We can all be thankful that Luther did not duck, feint and dance around the issues of his day. He obviously made mistakes, but no one could ever complain of not knowing where he stood. He changed history by being clear, concise, courageous and bold.
May God raise up a generation to proclaim His truth with that same spirit of courage and boldness.
Treat #2
Individual Freedom and Religious Liberty
Luther struck an incredible blow for individual freedom of conscience and religious liberty when at his trial for heresy he boldly resisted demands that he retract his teachings, declaring that “it is unsafe and dangerous to do anything against one’s conscience.” He went on to say, “My conscience is bound in the word of God, and I cannot and will not recant anything” (Hyatt, The Charismatic Luther, 27).
Freedom of individual conscience was practically unheard of in the medieval world into which Luther was born. Individualism was suppressed. Conformity to the religious and social norms, determined by those in authority, was demanded and enforced.
Those who veered from the established religious norms were punished, imprisoned and even put to death. Individual freedom was sacrificed for what was considered the good of the whole by those in power. Most often, however, it was not for the good of the whole, but for the good of those in power that individualism was suppressed.
By his bold stand at Worms, Luther unleashed a powerful ideal of individual freedom. Others took that ideal and brought it to America—the land of the free--where it was further developed on American soil. Freedom of conscience and individual religious liberty then became hallmarks of freedom-loving people and nations throughout the Western world. We have Luther to thank for this.
Treat #3
The Power and Priority of God’s Word
When you hear a public figure quoting the Bible or hear how the Bible continues to be the perennial all-time best seller, you can thank Martin Luther. Luther directed the attention of the church back to the Bible as the ultimate guide and source of authority for morality, life and faith.
In Luther’s own life, the Bible was supreme. His boldness came from his conviction that Scripture is the highest authority to which one can appeal. When, therefore, he stood before the tribunal at Worms, his appeal was to Scripture. “My conscience is captive to the word of God,” he declared (Hyatt, The Charismatic Luther, 27).
Luther’s high esteem for the Scriptures is expressed again and again in his writings. In his book, To the German Nobility of the Christian Nation, he wrote,
I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution that does not unceasingly pursue the study of God’s word becomes corrupt (Hyatt, TheCharismatic Luther, 70).
The popularity of Bible studies within Protestantism, and now also within Catholicism, can be traced to Luther and his emphasis on sola Scriptura. When modern evangelists, like Billy Graham, hold their Bible aloft and preface their statements with, “The Bible says,” that is a direct legacy of Luther. Christians who are seen carrying their Bibles to church are acting in the legacy Luther.
In later life, when asked how he, a simple monk and teacher, had been able to have such an impact when opposed by both the pope and the emperor, Luther replied,
I simply taught, preached, wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. The Word so weakened the papacy that never a prince or emperor did such damage to it. I did nothing. The Word did it all (Hyatt, The Charismatic Luther, 29).
Luther’s priority of Scripture for the individual believer, was something new and radical to the world of medieval Europe, which placed ultimate authority with the pope and church tradition. Luther’s placement of Scripture as the final authority above church tradition and hierarchy was momentous for the history of the church and Western society.
Conclusion
Yes, good things do happen on Halloween. The above treats, or blessings, have come down to us because one man chose to stand against the corrupt cultural and religious tide of his day with God’s truth. Luther’s faith and courage were deeply rooted in his belief that God’s truth would ultimately prevail. This is clearly expressed in the following excerpt from his great hymn, “A Might Fortress is Our God.”
And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us.
We will not fear, for God hath willed,
His truth to triumph through us.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, The Charismatic Luther, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7 IMPORTANT LESSONS FROM THE AZUSA STREET REVIVAL


In 2005 I was asked to edit the Azusa Street Papers, published between 1906-08, for publication and write an introductory chapter. The book was subsequently published by Charisma House under the title Fire on the Earth: Eyewitness Reports from the Azusa Street Revival, and used as the official book for the Azusa Centennial held in Los Angeles in 2006.
In doing the research, which required reading through those papers again and again, certain emphases and themes stood out—emphases and themes that need to be revisited by those seeking revival in our day. 
I have, therefore, categorized below quotes from those old Azusa Street Papers, known as The Apostolic Faith, that will guide us in our quest for revival in the twenty-first century.
Eddie Hyatt

# 1 Stay focused on Jesus

“We do not have time to preach anything else but Christ. The Holy Spirit has not time to magnify anything but the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are simply a voice shouting, “Behold the Lamb of God!” When we commence shouting something else, then Christ will die in us. If Christ be lifted up, he will draw all men unto Himself.” (January 1907)

#2 Measure Everything by the Word

“We are measuring everything by the Word, every experience must measure up with the Bible. Some say that is going too far, but if we have lived too close to the Word, we will settle that with the Lord when we meet Him in the air.” (September 1907)
“Do we need to study the Bible as much after receiving the Holy Ghost? Yes, if not we become fanatical or many times will be led by deceptive spirits and begin to have revelations and dreams contrary to the Word, and begin to prophesy and think ourselves some great one, bigger than some other Christians. But by reading the Bible prayerfully, waiting before God, we become just humble little children, and we never feel that we have got more than the least of God’s children.”
(October 1907- January 1908)
“The Corinthian church was one of Paul’s most gifted churches, and just as it is today, where a church is very gifted, the only safeguard from deceptive spirits is by rightly dividing the Word of God, to keep out of fanaticism. We must rightly divide the Scriptures and compare scripture with scripture so that there is no confusion, and no deceptive spirit or wrong teaching may creep in.” (January 1908)

#3 Flow with the Spirit Without Becoming Fanatical

“Many times when we were receiving this blessed Pentecost, we all used to break out in tongues; but we have learned to be quieter with the gift. Often when God sends a blessed wave upon us, we all may speak in tongues for awhile, but we will not keep it up while preaching service is going on, for we want to be obedient to the Word, that everything may be done decently and in order and without confusion.”
(January 1907)
“The demonstrations are not the shouting, clapping, or jumping so often seen in the campmeetings. There is a shaking such as the early Quakers had and which the old Methodists called the “jerks.” It is while under the power of the Spirit you see the hands raised and hear speaking in tongues. While one sings a song learned from heaven with a shining face, the tears will trickle down other faces.” (October 1906)
#4 Avoid Pride · Stay Humble
“We humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and constantly search the Scriptures to know His whole will and plan.”  (October 1906)
“There is no pope, Doweism, or Sanfordism, but we are all little children knowing only Jesus and Him crucified. This work is carried on by the people of Los Angeles that God has united by the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.” (December 1906)
(Note from E. Hyatt: The references to “Doweism” and “Sanfordism” pertain to John Alexander Dowie and Frank Sanford, two of the most famous, charismatic ministers of the day who projected themselves as special end-time apostles and prophets) 

#5 Avoid Exaggerations

“Correction: We want to correct some errors that were in the last published report from Portland. It was stated that one hundred were baptized at the evening campmeeting. The saints believe there were not so many. The insane persons that were brought for healing were not fully healed, or else through lack in our faith and through weakness lost their healing. The saints want the simple truth stated about the work. Amen! May no one from any place send in a report that is overstated but rather let it be understated.” (January 1908)

#6 Realize that You Can Receive Directly from God

“Is it necessary to have hands laid on in order to receive the Holy Ghost? No, you can receive Him in your private closet. The gift of the Holy Ghost comes by faith in the Word of God. You may receive the Holy Ghost right now, that is, if you are sanctified. Take your Bible, turn to Acts 1:5, “For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Read this verse of Scripture and cry out to the Father, “Lord Jesus, baptize me with the Holy Ghost,” and believe the Lord with all your heart and the power will fall.” (October 1907- January 1908)

#7 Equality of Women with Men in the New Era of the Spirit

“Before Pentecost, the woman could only go into the ‘court of the women’ and not into the inner court. But when our Lord poured out Pentecost He brought all those faithful women with the other disciples into the upper room and God baptized them all in the same room and made no difference. All the women received the anointed oil of the Holy Ghost and were able to preach the same as men. They both were co-workers in Eden and both fell into sin; so they both have to come together and work in the Gospel.” (January 1908).
If you would like to learn more about the Azusa Street Revival, and revival throughout Christian history, check out my book, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity. To learn more about how revival impacted the founding of America, check out my book, Pilgrims and Patriots. Both books are available from Amazon and my website at www.eddiehyatt.com. To inquire about scheduling me to speak on the subject of revival/Spiritual awakening, send an email to dreddiehyatt@gmail.com.




Wednesday, August 21, 2019

WORSHIP THAT PLEASES GOD

The confession of Marty Sampson, the Hillsong worship leader, that he is disillusioned with Christianity and considering renouncing his faith, should be a wake-up call to the charismatic church. What has happened to worship? At least in some sectors, the quality of worship is gauged by the expertise of the musicians, and a necessary qualification for a worship leader is being a talented musician with a good singing voice.
Now, I have nothing judgmental to say to Marty himself. I believe our response should be that of Jesus to Simon Peter just before Peter’s public denial of Him. Jesus said to him, Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail . . ..
I pray that Marty Sampson’s faith will not fail, but I also want to look critically at the concept of worship in today's charismatic church.
Who is it For?
I was alerted some years ago that there was a problem as I sat in a meeting and noted a troubling in my spirit during the praise and worship. Outwardly, everything seemed great. The musicians and singers were superb. The congregation was enthusiastic, and some danced in the aisles while others waved banners. 
As I prayerfully pondered the troubling in my spirit, the question was posed to my mind, Who is this for? As I looked around, the answer became clear. This was for them. They were having fun. They were reveling in their own excellence and feeling good about their expertise in “worship.” They were more enamored with their act of worship than with the object of worship. 
This experience reminded me of God’s rebuke to Israel for their self-centered worship. Through the prophet Zechariah, God said,
During those seventy years of exile when you fasted and mourned, was it really for Me? And even now in your holy festivals, you don’t think about Me but only of pleasing yourselves (Zech. 7:5-6, NLT). 
True Worship Encompasses All of Life
The English word “worship” comes from the old Saxon word weorthscipe meaning “worthship” and referred to any activity utilized to recognize or describe the “worth” of a person or thing to which homage was being paid. Worship is thus synonymous with the whole of a reverent and devoted life.
Most Christians have segmented their lives into the sacred and the secular. When we go to church and lift our hands and sing, that is sacred. But when we are sitting around the dinner table or when we are working at our job, that is secular. This dichotomized approach to life has hindered us from becoming true worshippers of God. 
To the contrary, we must see all of life as sacred, lived for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom. As 1 Cor. 10:31 says, Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Listening to God's word can be an act of worship, or even hoeing one's garden.
Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden one hot afternoon when a friend passing by stopped and posed a question. “Francis,” he asked, “What would you do if you knew that at sunset you would be standing in the presence of Jesus Christ?” Francis replied, “I would finish hoeing my garden.” 
Francis’ answer revealed that, for him, every act was a sacred act done for the glory of God. Even the hoeing of his garden was an act of worship. We must get beyond the idea that worship is something we do for a half hour on Sunday morning.
One mistake we have made as Spirit-filled believers is equating music and singing with worship. Did you know that some of the great revivals in history did not have “worship teams” and “praise bands?” Frank Bartleman, a participant in the Azusa Street Revival, wrote,
In the beginning in Azusa, we had no musical instruments. In fact, we felt no need for them. There was no place for them in our worship--all was spontaneous.”
Don’t get me wrong! I am a musician and I love good music. Anointed music can be a wonderful means through which we express our hearts in worship to God. True worship, however, is a lifestyle and encompasses all of life.
It’s About Jesus
Several years ago, Matt Redman wrote a song entitled, “I’m Coming Back to the Heart of Worship.” For Redman, the heart of worship was Jesus Himself, expressed in the repeated phrase, It’s all about you Jesus.
The third line of the song says, I’m sorry for the thing I’ve made it. What have we made it? We have made it a performance. We have made it a show. We have made it a religious exercise limited to restricted time frame on Sunday morning or some other designated time.
We have shifted the emphasis from the condition of the heart of the worshipper to the expertise of the musicians, singers and dancers. My heart trembles when I think of it, but I am afraid that what we call “worship” is more about us than it is about Him.
Here’s What Impresses God
In Exodus 20:24-25, God instructed Moses that when the children of Israel made an altar on which to offer their sacrifices to Him, it was to be a very, plain altar of earth.
If they built an altar of stone, they were not to cut or hew the stones but to merely pile the stones, for if you use your tool on it, you have profaned it. The altars--the means of their worship--were to be plain and simple. Why?
God was giving guidelines to protect Israel from the human tendency to become enamored with that which is outward and sensory. The means of worship must never eclipse or obscure the object of worship. This does not mean that God puts any premium on ignorance or crudeness in worship. It does mean that He looks on the heart and is not impressed with our pomp and circumstance. 
What impresses God? Isaiah 66:2 says, This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. Many churches today would do well to dispense, at least for a time, with their elaborate means of worship and emphasize, instead, the inward condition of the heart in worship. 
Simplify the means of worship and emphasize how all of life should be lived as an act of worship. Focus the attention, not on our act of worship, but on the majestic splendor of the Object of our worship. The fire of God will fall. His Presence and Glory will come. After all, worship is not about us, but about Him.
He is the only ground for our faith and the only One worthy of our worship!

Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is an author, revivalist and Bible teacher. His latest book, Complete in Christ, is a devotional commentary on Paul's letter to the Colossians and is available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com



Thursday, August 8, 2019

GOD'S MASTER KEY TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY

Complete in Christ, Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s new devotional commentary on Paul’s letter to Colosse offers stunning insight into the believer’s position in Christ, and unveils God’s master key to attaining spiritual maturity.
As in no other letter, Paul, in this letter, portrays Christ in all His risen, majestic glory. All creation came forth in Him, through Him and for Him. He is before all things and through Him all things—including the cosmos--are held together.
In Colossians we learn of Satan’s defeat and of Christ’s exaltation. In Colossians we learn what it means for the believer to be “in Christ.” In Colossians we are given the master key for living a victorious life and attaining spiritual maturity.
Written to a congregation that was seeking spiritual maturity in all the wrong ways, Paul shows them Christ in all his magnificent, splendor and glory. He presents Christ as their Source of wisdom and the answer for every need they will ever have.
They do not need to look elsewhere for knowledge of God, For in Him [Christ] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (2:9). There is no need to look elsewhere for a path to maturity for, You are complete in Him who is the Head of all principality and power (2:10). They do not need to rely on mystical visions for obtaining special wisdom and knowledge, for in Christ, Are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (2:3).
The message of Colossians was never more relative for the church than it is today, and Complete in Christ, with its 45 daily devotions, will enable the reader to access and understand this vital and timely message.
The book is available from Amazon in both paperback and kindle and on Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s website at www.eddiehyatt.com.





Thursday, August 1, 2019

THE FALL OF JOSHUA HARRIS: THE CAUSE IS NOT THE CALL

I did not know Joshua Harris and never read any of his books. I only knew his name and had friends who promoted his book, I Kissed Dating Goodby.
Nonetheless, as I have read articles about his apostasy, it seems clear that at a relatively young age he took on a noble “cause” for sexual purity in the church. He became very successful in this "cause" with the above book selling almost a million copies; but herein lies the potential danger.
His story reminded me of how God spoke to my wife, Dr. Susan Hyatt, at the time of the publication of her groundbreaking book, In the Spirit We’re Equal. He said to her, “The cause is not the call.”
It happened on a weekend in December 1998 while we were ministering at Resurrection Church in Trafford, PA, pastored by Bill and Melinda Fish. It was a powerful and lively service and toward the end Sue was sitting on the floor with her back leaning against the wall, quietly enjoying God’s presence.
Her new book, that challenges the church’s traditional views about women, was at the printer. It was an assignment she knew God had given her, and a very noble “cause.”
But as she sat on the floor in that peaceful atmosphere, she heard the Holy Spirit say, “The cause is not the call!” She intuitively knew that God was telling her that she must never become so absorbed with her assignment as to allow it to take the place of Himself in her life.
She was reminded that our call as Christians is to know Him as Paul declared in Philippians 3:8-10. Jesus Himself said the same thing in his high priestly prayer recorded in John 17. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (John 17:3).
This same truth is conveyed in the story of God calling Abraham to offer up his son Isaac as a burnt offering. Isaac was a gift from God, but Isaac must never become the primary object of Abraham’s love and affection—that place reserved for God alone.
Our Isaacs—those God-given blessings and assignments—must never become idols. A just “cause” must never become the primary object of our attention and affection. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, Jesus said in Matthew 22:37.
Have you made an idol out of your Isaac? Have you fallen into the trap of allowing a God-given assignment to become the central, consuming obsession of your life? Has a noble “cause” replaced God in your life?
It is probably time for all of us to bring our Isaacs to the altar. It is probably time to offer our ministries, our building projects, and our causes back to Him. The beautiful poem by A.B. Simpson entitled “Himself” can be helpful in this regard. The first stanza reads,
Once it was the blessing, now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, now it is His Word.
Once His gifts I wanted, now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, now Himself alone.
Is this what happened to Joshua Harris? Did he become so consumed with the “cause” that he neglected the “call” to know Christ Himself. Only God knows, but his sad situation should be a reminder to us all that “THE CAUSE IS NOT THE CALL.”

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, revivalist, Bible teacher and ordained minister. His books on Spiritual awakening, church history and Biblical themes are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.