Paradigm Spirituality

And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!

The most striking revelation of Moses’ prayer is his passionate relationship with our Almighty. It is a deeply personal communion where Moses interacts with God, the creator of the universe and his life. And as the prayer implies, Moses recognizes God’s call to participate as a catalyst.

Moses chose to have God define who he was, recognizing God as the difference-maker for his life. Moses in effect chose to replace the bush, enabling God to blaze His eternal glory through Moses’ life.

Do our definitions of ourselves have anything to do with who God is? Moses’ life in communion with the Father, actively engaging the Almighty for his people and for his own life, provides a template for our relationship with God: we are the candle that burns with the fire of the Almighty. As Eugene Peterson’s translation interprets, Moses calls on the Father to impart His loveliness, His glory, on His people, and to validate the activities—the lives—of His people. This prayer reflects Moses’ understanding of the transformation possible once the children of Israel chose to be the bush to God’s desire, to let the loveliness of our Lord rest on them. And, for the Lord to establish with certainty their work, as well as maintain it to be true.


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  • The Cleansing of the Temple by RC Sproul +

    http://www.ligonier.org/account/dashboard/sermon/151/download/ In this incident of Jesus cleansing the temple, Dr. Sproul points out that the activities being performed were legitimate, Read More
  • The Prodigals by Kevin DeYoung +

    During the Gospel Coalition conference in 2013, Kevin DeYoung gave a thoughtful, spirit-led sermon on Luke 15. He was able Read More
  • Centered on one or the other by Ray Ortlund +

    ". . . a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" Luke 7:34 What does it mean for a church to be gospel-centered? That's Read More
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  • Book of God, Walter Wangerin +

    I was in a leadership turbogroup during the spring of 2007. At Randy's suggestion, I listened to Walter Wangerin's audio Read More
  • Martin Luther’s Quiet Time, Walter Trobisch +

    Martin Luther had a barber named Peter Beskendorf who asked his world-famous customer and doctor of theology, "Dr. Luther, how Read More
  • Clay Enoch Devotional Sculpture +

    Clay Enoch, a sculptor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, creates powerful bronze sculptures with Biblical themes: Creation, Praise, Contrition, Still Water, Read More
  • Without Faith...Can I Survive? +

    Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ Read More
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