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I Saw the Lord: A Wake-Up Call for Your Heart
     

I Saw the Lord: A Wake-Up Call for Your Heart

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by Anne Graham Lotz
 

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When we call ourselves Christians, we expect that our love for Jesus, our hunger for His presence, our urgent longing to see Him again will be a constant, motivating force in our lives, writes Anne Graham Lotz. Yet sometimes …in the busyness of our days or the duties of our jobs or the familiar habits of our worship or the everyday routine of our homes, the

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When we call ourselves Christians, we expect that our love for Jesus, our hunger for His presence, our urgent longing to see Him again will be a constant, motivating force in our lives, writes Anne Graham Lotz. Yet sometimes …in the busyness of our days or the duties of our jobs or the familiar habits of our worship or the everyday routine of our homes, the longing becomes complacency, and we sleep through opportunities to be with Him.

Anne knows from personal experience that it’s then, as we’re drifting in comfortable complacency, that we most need a wake-up call—a jolt that pushes us to seek out a revival of our passion for Jesus that began as a blazing fire but somehow has died down to an ineffective glow.

The revival we need now is not a tent meeting or a series of church services designed to save the lost. It’s something completely different: authentic, personal revival.

In I Saw the Lord, Anne shares the revival lessons she has carried to audiences throughout the world, showing you how you can experience an authentic, deeper, richer relationship with God in a life-changing, fire-blazing revival.

It begins here. Now. Open this book and hear the wake-up call. Then get ready for the fire of revival to fall … on you!

Editorial Reviews

Anne Graham Lotz, the second daughter of Reverend Billy Graham, knows that nobody can ride into the kingdom of God on their daddy or mommy's coattails. Raised in a prominent Christian family, she knew God in her head but longed to know Jesus on an intimate personal level. In I Saw the Lord, she relates the heartfelt story of her personal conversion in the midst of spiritual plenty.
Publishers Weekly
In this book, evangelist Lotz (Just Give Me Jesus) postulates that it's possible to do everything right-go to church, pray, read your Bible, be involved in ministry-and still lack a "fire of personal revival" in your relationship with God. Exactly what that fire is and how to find it are a bit unclear, although it appears to be a strong emotional pull combined with complete obedience to God. Lotz uses the experience of Isaiah when God appeared to him after King Uzziah's death as an example of revival (at times stretching that story to make it fit her points) and recounts the revival story of a friend who had a life-changing experience at one of Lotz's revival meetings. At times Lotz's reasoning is questionable, as when she assumes that any waning of spiritual emotion is evidence of sin, or suggests that every difficult circumstance is God's way of telling us to "wake up But there's some good basic information on living the Christian life, written with great enthusiasm. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310284703
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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I SAW THE LORD PARTICIPANT'S GUIDE

A WAKE-UP CALL FOR YOUR HEART
By ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ Henry Blackaby Crawford Loritts John Tolsma

Zondervan

Copyright © 2007 Anne Graham Lotz
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-27520-6


Chapter One

SESSION ONE

Bible study Workshop

This Bible study workshop has a single purpose: to present an approach that will help you know God in a personal relationship and communicate with Him through His Word as you learn to listen to His voice. The following information is introduced in detail in the video presentation. Use this section of the participant's guide as your viewing guide and workshop material. Underline key thoughts and take additional notes as you participate in the workshop. (The passage used as the example in the video workshop is on pages 12-13; a sample of a completed study is on pages 14-15.)

What You Need for Bible Study

Bible Pen or pencil Notebook Time Prayer, open attitude

* * *

Steps to Bible Study

Step 1: Read God's Word.

Begin by reading the designated passage of Scripture printed in eachsession which is divided into days (if your group meets less frequently than once a week, you may want to extend your study time for each passage). When you have finished reading the daily passage, move on to step 2.

Step 2: What does God's Word say? (List the facts.)

When you have finished reading the passage, make a verse-by-verse list of the outstanding facts. Don't get caught up in the details; just pinpoint the most obvious facts. Ask yourself: Who is speaking? What is the subject? Where is it taking place? When did it happen? As you make your list, do not paraphrase, but use actual words from the passage itself.

Step 3: What does God's Word mean? (Learn the lessons.)

After reading the passage and listing the facts, look for a lesson to learn from each fact. Ask yourself: What are the people in the passage doing that I should be doing? Is there a command I should obey? A promise I should claim? A warning I should heed? An example I should follow? Focus on spiritual lessons.

Step 4: What does God's Word mean to me? (Listen to His voice.)

Though step 4 is the most meaningful, you can't do it effectively until you complete the first three steps. In order to complete step 4, rephrase the lessons you found in step 3 and put them in the form of questions you could ask yourself, your spouse, your child, your friend, your neighbor, or your coworker. As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

There are some challenging passages in this study. Don't get hung up on what you don't understand. Look for the general principles and lessons that can be learned. The introduction prior to the passages in sessions 2-8 as well as the examples offered in steps 2, 3, and 4 of this session will help you get started.

Remember, don't rush. It may take you several moments of prayerful meditation to discover meaningful lessons and hear God speaking to you. The object is not to get through it, but to develop a vibrant personal relationship with God.

Step 5: How will I respond to God's Word? (Live it out!)

Read the assigned Scripture passages prayerfully, objectively, thoughtfully, and attentively as you listen for God to speak. He may not speak to you through every verse, but He will speak. When He does, record in the step 5 column the verse number (if applicable), what it is He seems to be saying to you, and your response to Him. You might like to date it as a means not only of keeping a spiritual journal, but also of holding yourself accountable to following through in obedience. God bless you as you seek to learn this simple yet effective method of reading His Word, that you might hear His voice speaking to you personally through it.

STEP 1

Read God's Word Mark 9:2-8.

v.2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.

v.3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.

v.4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

v.5 Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."

v. (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

v.7 Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"

v.8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

STEP 2

What does God's Word say? List the facts.

STEP 3

What does God's Word mean? Learn the lessons.

STEP 4

What does God's Word mean to me? Listen to His voice.

STEP 5

How will I respond to God's Word? Live it out!

STEP 1

Read God's Word Mark 9:2-8.

v.2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.

v.3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.

v.4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

v.5 Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters - one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."

v. (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

v.7 Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"

v.8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

STEP 2

What does God's Word say? List the facts.

v.2 Jesus led Peter, James, and John alone up a mountain where he was transfigured.

v.3 His clothes became dazzling white.

v.4 Moses and Elijah appeared.

v.5 Peter said, "Let us put up 3 shelters."

v.6 He didn't know what to say.

v.7 A voice spoke from the cloud saying to listen to My Son.

v.8 Suddenly they no longer saw anyone but Jesus.

STEP 3

What does God's Word mean? Learn the lessons.

v.2 We need to get away with Jesus-He wants to be alone with us.

v.3 When we are alone, He reveals Himself to us in fresh ways-we have a fresh vision of who He is-His glory.

v.4 Jesus is the focus of history-and eternity.

v.5 Sometimes we want to stay on the mountain.

v.6 If we don't know what to say, it's best to say nothing.

v.7 God speaks to us-commands us to listen to Jesus.

v.8 When everything passes away, there will still be Jesus.

STEP 4

What does God's Word mean to me? Listen to His voice.

v.2 When do I make time to get alone with Jesus?

v.3 What fresh revelation of Jesus do I have because I make time for Him?

v.4 What is my attitude toward the Old Testament? Where is my focus?

v.5 Why am I reluctant to go back to the valley?

v.6 When have I spoken when I should have been silent?

v.7 Will I be obedient to God's command and make the time to listen to His voice?

v.8 How am I investing in that which will last?

STEP 5

How will I respond to God's Word? Live it out!

As I begin this study, I need to commit to regular time alone with the Lord, listening for His voice to speak to me through His Word.

Wrapping Up

Have you had an aversion to reading the Bible? Have you thought it was boring or irrelevant or confusing? Then I want to invite you to climb up into the Lord's lap and let Him "read" it to you. Hearing His voice within its pages will transform your aversion into a lifetime of joyful discovery and keep you seeing Him ... always. I Saw The LORD, p. 194

Now that you've had a chance to practice this method, use it! Pick your favorite passage from the Bible and try doing the three questions (Steps 2-4) to unlock new meaning from the Scripture for your life. Enjoy the thrill of hearing God speak to you! Personally!

Preparing for the Next Session

First, read 2 Chronicles 34 in one sitting for the overview of the Scripture to be discussed in session 2. Then, in the time prior to your meeting, complete the four daily Bible study portions on pages 18-25. As you do, be prepared for what God will do as He reminds you and me that many of us are sleeping! It's time to begin the process of personal revival!

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Anne Graham Lotz, hija de Billy y Ruth Graham, es la presidenta y directora ejecutiva de An Gel Ministries, una organizacion sin fines de lucro que apoya sus esfuerzos por llevar a las personas a una relacion con Dios por medio de su Palabra. Inauguro su ministerio de avivamiento en el ano 2000 y ya ha hablado en los siete continentes y en veinte paises extranjeros, proclamando la Palabra de Dios en estadios, iglesias, seminarios y prisiones. Tambien es la galardonada autora de trece libros, entre ellos Magnifica obsesion.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I WAS VERY TOUCHED AND BLESSED WHEAN I READ ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ BOOK 'I SAW THE LORD' IN THIS FASINATING PUBLICATION SHE GOES INTO GREAT DETAIL WITH THE BOOK OF ISAIAH AND SHOWS HOW YOU CAN FIND COURAGE AND HOPE FROM THIS WONDERFUL BOOK IN THE BIBLE AND THE OTHER HALF OF THE BOOK HAS MINI BIOS OF SOME SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE APPLIED THE PRINCIPLES OF ISAIAH AND HOW THERE LIFES AND FAITHS HAVE BEEN CHANGED AS A RESULT OF FINDING GODS PRINCIPLES IN THIS LIFE CHANGING BOOK. PLEASE CONSIDER GETTING 'I SAW THE LORD' BY ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ FOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER OR SOLDIER SERVING OVER SEAS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book. Anne g. Lotts is wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would not reccomend for new believers. Having issues with several statements she has made. Struggling to get thru it. I was hoping to gain something from reading this with our ladies bible study group however this is not happening. I do not plan on reading another book by this author
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