R.T. Kendall: God Uses the Yuck Factor to Promote His Glory

by | Feb 9, 2018 | SpiritLed Living

God offends the mind to reveal the heart. I have a hypothesis—that God loves to come up with things that will offend the sophisticated. That might include me.

So my hypothesis is this—I call it the “yuck” factor: I reckon that God looks high and low over the earth to come up with what will make sophisticated people say, “Yuck.” He does this to see if they will be willing to be humbled by what the world regards as offensive. In Britain particularly, “yuck” is a word to express disgust or repugnance. If people say yuck when they see something that appears to make no sense or looks silly, outrageous or disgusting, God says, “That will do nicely.” He continues to choose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise (1 Cor. 1:27). His “ways” are higher than our ways (Isa. 55:9). What God often wants to do makes absolutely no sense at the time—whether His requiring Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (Gen. 22), His commanding King Saul to kill all the Amalekites (1 Sam. 15:3), or Jesus’ choosing tax collectors to be His disciples (Matt. 9:9-12). We may or may not like this, but a part of God’s “ways” is to do things that make no sense at all—at first.

God uses the yuck factor to promote His glory. He uses it often for lukewarm Christians. Jesus said of the church of Laodicea that they were neither hot or cold but lukewarm. He wishes either be one or the other. Lukewarm Christians are the hardest to reach and hardest to teach. One way to teach them is to offend the mind to reveal the heart. Jesus promises that He will spit them out of His mouth (Rev. 3:16). Lukewarm Christians make Him sick. One of the characteristics of lukewarm Christians is that they are smug, and God hates smugness. They are self-satisfied, and they have excessive pride in their achievements. They are pleased with themselves and take themselves very seriously. They would pass a lie-detector test in believing they are absolutely in good shape spiritually before God. They see themselves as having need of nothing. The opposite is true, says Jesus. They are “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” (Rev. 3:17b).

God sometimes uses people or manifestations that make us quickly say, “That cannot be God.” The “experts” would say the Welsh Revival would not be of God because there was virtually no preaching and all spontaneous singing. John Wesley was offended with George Whitefield leaving the pulpit and going to the fields to preach to ordinary people. And when the hearers of Whitefield jerked or barked like dogs as he preached, that—to Wesley—was not God. But eventually Wesley followed Whitefield to the fields and saw the same manifestations.

“They did not know My ways,” God said of ancient Israel (Heb. 3:10). Those of us who see God’s “ways” only in terms of His sovereignty, transcendence, majesty and glory are often the first to be critical of manifestations that seem to be utterly disgraceful—laughing, shouting, jumping, running and rolling on the floor. There is a reason some were called “holy rollers”; people literally rolled on the floor, carpet or ground. Yes, it is indeed one of God’s ways to bring people to reverence, submission and fear. And amusingly enough, I have had people say, “Yuck” over my teaching of the sovereignty of God! But it is also one of God’s ways to challenge our dignity through strange manifestations. I can tell you, God has humbled me.

I have managed to endure the criticisms of those sincere—and sometimes godly—people who doubt my wisdom when it comes to endorsing strange manifestations. I ask myself one question: What would I do if I knew that I would stand before Jesus at the judgment seat in the next 24 hours? That makes the challenge dissolve to nothing. When I know in my heart I am not afraid to face Him, I know I am on safe ground in endorsing the weird manifestations that are going to come with every authentic move of the Spirit. But I would certainly hate to stand before Him if I had capitulated to the fear of people. What is more, the fear of man is a snare (Prov. 29:25). Not all who oppose weird manifestations are afraid of people, but some of them are. I refuse to be among them.

We live in a generation in which people want to destigmatize the gospel. They would rob it of its glory—denying that the God-man satisfied God’s justice by His most precious blood. There are also those who would destigmatize the Holy Spirit—only affirming what keeps them in their comfort zone.

I close this with a reminder that one of God’s ways is to do things that are initially misunderstood and make no sense at first. The greatest example of this? Good Friday. Who would have thought at that time and on that day that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (2 Cor. 5:19)? But God Himself was at work. The way God chose to save us was the best kept secret in human history—until the early church made it known.

This should give each of us pause. We must lower our voices and wai

t and see whether God is actually the instigator of the very things that offend us. Until we know for sure that God is not in certain manifestations and movements, let us be wary of fighting against them lest we fight against God!

presence of god rt kendallAdapted from The Presence of God by R. T. Kendall, copyright 2017, published by Charisma House. Through this book, you will learn how to develop a sensitivity to God’s presence so your love for Him and relationship with Him will deepen and grow. To order your copy, click on this link.

Prayer Power for the Week of Feb. 11, 2018

This week, open yourself to the presence of God so He can lead you into authenticity. Ask Him to expand your vision and remove preconceived notions about Him, His ways and His manifestations. Continue to pray for worldwide revival, beginning with our own churches and nation. Lift up our leaders and ask that they would receive and be open to godly counsel. Remember our allies and all those working to ensure peace in the world. Read: Isaiah 55:8-9; 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Why There is Power in Your Song

Why There is Power in Your Song

Do you have a great voice? If so, then sing! Do you have a horrible voice? If so, then sing! There is power in the song. God gave you your vocal cords, voice and ability to sing. There has never been a culture in which music was not part of society. We see music...

How Would an Encounter in Heaven Transform Your Life?

How Would an Encounter in Heaven Transform Your Life?

Have you ever wondered what heaven was like? What does a person see and experience when they are in heaven? Is the arrival in immediate when a believer dies? These are great questions and ones that Rabbi Felix Halpern can answer. A mix-up in medicine brought about a...

Prophet: Learning to Listen With Discernment

Prophet: Learning to Listen With Discernment

Learning to listen with discernment means that you begin to recognize the voice of God so well that other voices sound unfamiliar. In John 10:5a, Jesus told his followers, "Yet they will never follow a stranger." This statement needs to become a reality in your life....

5 Stages of Building a Successful Team

5 Stages of Building a Successful Team

The definition and purpose of leadership are directly tied to organizational models and the five stages of building an organizational model. Let’s talk about those five stages. What we say here may sound somewhat like what you may have heard before about building a...

Mario Murillo Compares America Now to Israel on Mount Carmel

Mario Murillo Compares America Now to Israel on Mount Carmel

America stands in a crucial moment, much like the moment where Elijah made Israel choose between Baal and Jehovah. Elijah said to the people, "How long do you halt between two opinions? If Baal is God..." That's according to Evangelist Mario Murillo, whose ministry...

Spirit-Filled Pastor: Can I Ask God for Confirmation?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: Can I Ask God for Confirmation?

There are many incidents of God giving people a sign throughout the Bible. Although I believe God still does this, I also believe that we must be careful. Asking for a sign can be misleading if other factors are not taken into consideration. In Genesis, we find an...

RECENT ARTICLES

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: Are You Ready To Meet Jesus?

The last words Jesus spoke to me in my 23 Minutes In Hell vision were, “Tell them I am coming very, very soon.” Then He repeated Himself and said again, “Tell them I am coming very, very soon.” The...
Prophecy: The Breach in Our Nation Will Be Repaired

Prophecy: The Breach in Our Nation Will Be Repaired

Praise be to Almighty God, righteous judge, holy of holies, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. The earth is His footstool, and to His kingdom there is no end! Breached Births The Spirit of the Lord says this day: “There has been a breach—breached births, My...

10 Reasons the Apostolic Movement Is Essential to Gospel Expansion

10 Reasons the Apostolic Movement Is Essential to Gospel Expansion

The global apostolic movement is the most significant expression of Christianity today. This is the view expressed by historian Philip Jenkins. He talks about the rapid expansion of the church in the global south, much of which is reminiscent of the first-century...

Experience a Better Kind of Love in Your Relationships

Experience a Better Kind of Love in Your Relationships

Do you have any relationship struggles? Perhaps you want to learn how to love, for real. Too often today, people search for a fairytale love and are disappointed when the fairytale fizzles, which it will. Michael Gibson, author of Real Life Love, challenges folks to...

The Power of Godly Words Over Another Life—and Yours

The Power of Godly Words Over Another Life—and Yours

Have the words that others have spoken over you ever significantly impacted you? Words can birth destinies on the inside of us and bring hope to our hearts for the future. They have the power to ignite our dreams and give life to our souls. At the same time, negative...

How You Can Foil the Plot Against Your Life

How You Can Foil the Plot Against Your Life

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Jesus warned us that we have an enemy, and he is a thief. He steals our joy, purpose, peace and, if he can, our future. Jesus knew it was important to warn us...

How You Can Foil the Plot Against Your Life

How You Can Foil the Plot Against Your Life

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Jesus warned us that we have an enemy, and he is a thief. He steals our joy, purpose, peace and, if he can, our future. Jesus knew it was important to warn us...

Pin It on Pinterest

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]