The Heart Of
By Andy Zoppelt
Word given 7:30 pm, June 9, 2000
What fills the space between defeat and victory?
How is Christ the answer? What can be taught that man can hear and
henceforth walk in victory? What force is moving the hungry and broken
forward to become more violent in their quest for more of Him? What
drive is in those who want to see Christ exalted and His word
re-established? What discontent drives those who cannot be satisfied
with anything less than God Himself? What is in those that will not
let them stop, not let them quit? Why do they take the abuses of men,
their faultfinding, their criticism and their betrayal. Why can't they
live like others who live in this vapor of a life span as though "this
is all there is?" Why do they weep over injustice and cry over the
wounded and the downcast? What is it that will not let them go?
Oh they see others go, they see others take the
path of pride and least resistance, but why can't they? They feel the
desire to quit and run just as much as the others…. Why do they stand?
They look the fool, the crowd is not on their side, even God seems to
be against them at times, but there is something higher than the
powers of sin and suffering that try to hold them. there is something
greater than their weakness and emptiness that drives them forward.
What is it? Can it be taught, can it be claimed by faith?. I am
convinced the mystery is hidden somewhere in His presence and with
those who will settle for nothing less than Himself.
It is birthed in brokenness and flourishes in
humility. God looks down and says, "Yes! Yes! Yes! I can wound Him,
and he will draw near to me. He will drink the cup that my Father has
prepared for him."
Oh, their eyes are on restoration, reformation, the
outpouring, the standard, the knowledge of the of the Lord covering
the earth as the water covers the sea, the spirit of Elijah, the
awakening of the five wise virgins, the return….. only the Glory, yes,
only the Glory will satisfy them. Moses cried out after every
experience that a man of God could experience, "Show me Your Glory."
They are not going to make it because they are
special, because they are successful, because they are anointed or
brilliant. No! In fact, it is because they are nothing… only one thing
separates them from the others…. they paid the price and drank the cup
that the Father has given them. All the pain, the rejection, the
failure has only driven them deeper in their desperation to behold
The shaking we are seeing from the hand of God. He
is separating the few from the many, the wheat from the tares and the
sheep from the goats. Those who remain will be the remnant. They will
endure affliction, they will endure conflict in relationships, they
will endure God's word and they will follow the Lamb wherever He goes.
They will be open to the truth at all cost. They will be peacemakers,
they will bring his body into unity where God will bless them. They
will not seek knowledge, but life. They will not be offended in their
brother, God will grant them grace in times of trouble. They will be
driven by simplicity, unity and love. They will endure hardship as a
faithful soldier. They will be faithful at all times. They will be
responsible and dependable. They will be led by God and His word. They
will make up the church in the last days. They will come out of the
false church of easy-believism, indifference and lethargy. They will
be separate and holy. Their love for one another will be a testimony
of God's love to the world. There will be no blood on their hands from
wounding their brothers. They will do to others what they would want
others to do to them. Love and compassion will separate them from the
THEY WANT HIM!!!!
The pathway of the righteous is like the morning
sun, that grows brighter and brighter until it reaches the high of the
day. It is the DAY of the Lord.
"Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given
me?" John 18:11, NIV
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