I Saw the Lord: A Wake-Up Call for Your Heart [NOOK Book]

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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.

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Overview

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!
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310321736
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 222,838
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the president and CEO of AnGeL Ministries, a nonprofit organization that undergirds her efforts to draw people into a life-changing relationship with God through his Word. Anne launched her revival ministry in 2000 and has spoken on seven continents, in more than twenty foreign countries, proclaiming the Word of God in arenas, churches, seminaries, and prisons. She is also the award-winning author of ten books, including her most recent, The Magnificent Obsession.

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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...)



Excerpted from I SAW THE LORD PARTICIPANT'S GUIDE by ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ Henry Blackaby Crawford Loritts John Tolsma Copyright © 2007 by Anne Graham Lotz. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Contents
With My Gratitude Forever to the Wake-up Callers 11
A Wake-up Call 13
A Longing to See Jesus . . . Again 25
1. You’re Sleeping! Isaiah 1 – 5 31
You can know the right stuff in your head
but still be missing something.
2. Wake Up! Isaiah 6:1 57
Storms can be God ’s messengers.
3. Open Your Eyes! Isaiah 6:1 – 4 73
The Lord is much more than you know.
4. Rend Your Heart! Isaiah 6:5 103
He is so big . . . and we are so nothing.
5. Bend Your Knees! Isaiah 6:6 – 7 123
The way up . . . is down.
6. Just Say Yes! Isaiah 6:8 137
Reject low living, sight walking, small planning,
casual praying, and limited giving ---
God has chosen you for greatness.
7. Move Your Feet! Isaiah 6:9 – 13 151
Now your life has purpose and eternal significance.
8. Stay Awake! 165
Don’t lose that lovin’ feelin’.
Epilogue 197
Appendix:
Scripture-Study Worksheets to Help You Keep
the Revival Fire Burning 201
Notes 231
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First Chapter

I Saw the Lord

A Wake-up Call
I had been speaking in back-to-back sessions for three days, and that night I collapsed into bed, dead to the world before my head even hit the pillow . . .
Eventually the brilliant rays of the not-so-early morning sunlight coming through the blinds pried my sleeping eyes open. As I lay in bed, enjoying the warmth under the down comforter, my mind began to stir before my body did. My first thought was, Why is the sun up so early? Then my body stirred, and I rolled over to look at the clock. It said 7:30! For a moment I lay in a stunned stupor --- then I hit the floor with a muffled, 'Oh no!'
I was scheduled to lead the final morning sessions of my intensive seminar at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove at 8:00! And the final sessions involved not only my giving a sixty-minute message followed by a commitment service,
but it also involved my leading communion for the first time!
Grabbing the clock, I violently shook it and silently demanded, Why didn't you go off? Now there's no time to prepare for all I have to do this morning! There's not even time to get dressed! I shouldn't have relied on you, you stupid clock! I should have asked for a wake-up call instead!
Have you ever slept through your alarm? Or found out too late that it didn't go off because you had mistakenly set it for p.m. instead of a.m.?
I will never forget the sick feeling I had that morning at The Cove when my alarm, for whatever reason, did not function. I had peacefully slept on and on and on, oblivious to what time it was.
I have learned the hard way that I need wake-up calls when I'm on the road in ministry so I don't miss something important. But from time to time, I also need them in my own life. The daily routine of responsibilities, the never-ending challenge of deadlines, the persistent pressure of problems, and the hectic pace of everyday life tend to preoccupy my thoughts and time with the urgency of the moment. If I'm not careful, I may miss something vital that God has for me --- something
He may want me to see or do, some blessing He wants to give me or someone else.
I believe this kind of vital message was delivered during the week of August 29, 2005. Two days before it made landfall, a category 1
hurricane suddenly exploded into a category 5 over the exceptionally warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Her name was Katrina, and she came ashore that Monday morning just east of New Orleans, effectively eradicating anything and everything for hundreds of miles. The
On more than one occasion, I have heard Coach Landry state that during his career he came across many good athletes --- but very few great ones. He said the difference between a good athlete and a great one is eighteen inches --- the distance from the head to the heart.
From his observation based on a lifetime of involvement in sports, he explained that good athletes have exceptional ability and a thorough
36 I Saw the Lord understanding of the game, but great athletes have heart --- a passion to play that drives them to selfless sacrifice, brutally long hours of practice, undivided focus, and ultimately, to achieve extraordinary accomplishments.
In almost thirty years of ministry, I have observed many good Christians,
like Coach Landry's athletes, but very few great ones. And the difference is the same eighteen inches --- the distance from the head to the heart. While there are many good Christians who have a head knowledge of Scripture, attend church regularly, are familiar with church traditions and rituals, and are comfortable with prayer, group
Bible study, and outreach ministries, there are very few who are great.
There are relatively few Christians who are in love with Jesus, who put Him first in their lives when doing so demands that they sacrifice their own time, money, and desires. There are very few Christians who want what He wants more than what they want --- and are willing to lay everything on the line to pursue it. There are very few Christians who are willing to risk their job, reputation, status, friendships, financial security, and even their life for the sake of sharing the gospel and pleasing
God. We just seem to lack a clear knowledge of God and a passionate heart for God that, combined, are the hub around which everything in our life should revolve.
Not only do some of us who call ourselves Christians lack heart knowledge of God, we don't even seem to have much head knowledge either. We know God's name and job description --- isn't He the One who lives in heaven and sends people to hell? We know Jesus died on the Cross to save us, but we're really not sure from what, although we have prayed and asked Him to come into our heart. And we know going to church is the right thing to do and makes us feel good. Besides, we can make nice friends and develop strategic business contacts there.
And spiritual gifts? Aren't they what we exchange at Christmas?
If we're honest, even though we're authentic Christians,
we would say that although we don't know much, the little we do know is more about God then actually knowing God Himself.
Others of us have exceptional gifts that we exercise in an endless variety of church activities. We seem to have a working knowledge of
God in our heads ---
we can quote Scripture . . .
we can pray out loud . . .
we can sing many hymns from memory . . .
we can list some of God's names with their meanings . . .
we can give a vague account of creation . . .
we can give a thumbnail sketch of the history of Israel . . .
we can define names like Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah . . .
we can dramatize the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus . . .
we can trace the three journeys of Paul
(with help from the maps) . . .
we avoid the Holy Spirit and the book of Revelation . . .
--- and we seem to be satisfied that that's that!
Why is it that we, and so many others who call themselves by God's name, seem to lack heart . . .
for His Word?
for prayer?
for the gospel of Jesus Christ?
for a lost and dying world?
for each other?
for Him?
Our selfish attitudes and ambitions demand to know what's in it for us . . .
before we sacrifice anything,
before we give time (if it's convenient),
before we give money (if there's some left over),
before we tear away our all-consuming focus from ourselves,
our families and our friends,
our concerns and our careers,
our struggles and our status,
our pleasures and our possessions,
our bank accounts and our stock portfolios,
our exercise and our entertainment,
our debts and our diets,
and from just about anything else other than the kingdom of God.
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  • Anonymous

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    GREAT BOOK OF HOPE AND COURAGE

    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.

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    Inspiring and educational book

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