The Year of the Lord’s Favor

So what if this was it? The year where all debts were cancelled? A clean slate? Well, we are to preach the message as if it is the last hour. He has poured His Spirit out with this command.

It is His gift to mankind. In 2 Timothy4:2, we are told to, “Proclaim the message, in season and out. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach them.”

As I said in my last post, some do not accept teaching. But I wanted to point out, not from a place of pride, teaching is only from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. And it is with the genuine love for people and the concern for their soul, not for selfish ambition.

When I see people, striving to sell something as it relates to ministry, or self-promotion, I can only be a little bit suspicious. The enemy loves to get a foothold in this part of our soul. We are all very susceptible to this sin. I can see how many times he tripped me up with this. I almost smelled the smoke of my own burning flesh.

The other day I was thinking back to my rebellious youth. I had come into a department store and had started working with a girl who was very sweet and pretty naive. Another girl was a bit older than us and she was more worldly. She was a hard rocker, with a boyfriend in a rock band. So, I kind of fit right in the middle. She told us all about her escapades, as she went on the road with him and his band. Helen, shocked by all her stories, and me, just laughing at everything, as if I knew it all. I thought I was so cool. I saw Helen doing things she wouldn’t normally do, like smoke cigarettes.  Helen and I would go out after work to the place across the street. This is when I realized what it was to influence a persons behavior. Never thinking about the negative aspect. I just thought it was humorous.  I found this out at my performance interview.

My manager sat me down, and spoke. “Listen. You have tremendous leadership potential. You just need to channel this in the right direction.” There was another guy in a department who I would talk to when I would walk through the store. “You need to slow down.” He would tell me. “Hmm, whatever, that’s supposed to mean.” I thought. The guy was about in his 30’s and I thought he was older than dirt.

I was about 18, and I thought I had the world by the tail, and no one could tell me what to do. I sure had no idea what they were talking about. And no one could teach me anything about anything. Isn’t it funny how I can still remember their words now?

The Lord tells us, that the Holy Spirit calls all things into remembrance. He is our, “Paraklete,” or Counselor. So He had actually placed so many in my life all along my path, to guide me, to warn me, to encourage me. As my stubborn feet, kicked, and dug in. As I shook my own fist and questioned. He knew, I would one day bow my knee in repentance. But how much suffering came first. Yea, I had fun, but at what cost? Believe me, there’s a lot of very small print at the bottom of that bill of goods. There’s nothing in the end. With the Lord, there’s a much better deal. I’ll take the clean slate…Thank you! His blood, for my sins??? Why hesitate? Oh, and did I mention? It’s a FREE gift!

Now the Lord said to Peter that, “Satan had requested to sift him as wheat.” But he reminded him that He would pray his faith remain strong, and when he was finished, he turn and encourage his brothers.”

So we are all allowed the same opportunities. Our Heavenly Father, does not play favorites. And there is no sin too great to be forgiven. However, there is only one way up, and that is by bowing down. Repentance.

“Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord!

The Lord is Ready To Rock the House!

We are precious in His sight!

We are precious in His sight!

Yes, I recently heard that song from the children to Obama and the lyrics are eerily sung to Mr. President, however, this is a scripture and it is not about man, but about our Lord!

Sadly, man being sinful and lacking faith, must always try to find an object, albeit another human, to worship.

Sorry folks…if you do that, you will be sadly disappointed. Even President Obama isn’t living up to all of his miraculous promises. We human beings are just getting deeper and deeper into the mess.

I have lived with a lack of trust in humans since a young girl and the abuse of that trust has just continued even on the largest scale by people who are supposed to be in leadership. I realized that the culmination of this trauma taught me a valuable lesson. “In God We Trust,” and Him only!

Read it on your money that you so longingly pursue to the point of lying, stealing and cheating everyone to get it. Do you ever think about that? The Lord has Himself, appointed the leaders. That’s right, corrupt or not, the word of the Lord tells us, “the heart of a king is in the hand of the Lord and He turns it any way He desires.”

Why would He allow corruption? Well, didn’t God “harden Pharoah’s heart as well? Didn’t he do this over and over again? It seems obvious that the Lord is not impotent. So you may want to ponder this. What could be His reasons? Well, “His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts, however, He does say that He doesn’t want His people to perish.” He gives every opportunity to turn away from corruption. He also allowed Judas to betray Christ. But didn’t God, being “omnipotent and omniscient,” know that He had a plan and Judas was going to steal and betray His son. He also knew that being a layered and mult-purpose plan of redemption meant, that every heart, whether good or evil, would be used in this drama. Not one thing shall ever be wasted in God’s economy.

All of us are allowed the same chance. We have free will. The Lord knows in advance, however, what our choice is going to be. So, assess your lives and ask yourself, am I going to be part of His plan for the good of my fellow man, or for evil? Is my desire for the things of this world and selfishness, hastening my own demise? Have I really lived by the “Golden Rule?”

Oh, yes, we all have “sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” But don’t forget the rest, when Paul states that if it weren’t for Jesus Christ, we wouldn’t stand a chance. When we have made that choice, we now have the power to turn away from evil. “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” Our desires will change and our purpose for living has been radically transformed. Not for the status and power of this world, but for something much greater.

Well, the days are evil and the Lord is ‘closing in,’ on those who would do evil and try to bring harm to His servants. I have been abused to the point of extreme grief and the Lord pulls me close to Himself and reminds me that those who seek to do evil cannot continue in their ways forever. He also reminds me that I need to pray for them just as Abraham did for Sodom and Gomorrah. Even though they have hurt me. This is only temporary.

Yesterday I walked into my closet as I was getting ready to go to a group meeting. Feeling very sad and depressed at how weary this battle has been, I looked down. There, on my floor was a button. It was turned upside down so that it couldn’t be read. I wondered at it and where it came from. As I looked at it, I felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit. “Pick it up.” As I bent down to retrieve it, I thought of the many ways the Lord speaks. I turned it over and I read, “One Day Longer.” I heard that ‘still, small voice. “This is my word to you to hold on to. When you feel like this, remember, just as Joseph was persecuted by his very own brother’s, thrown into the pit and left for dead, because of jealousy Falsely accused of trying to seduce the kings wife and thrown into prison. Being a help to those in prison, only to be forgotten by them after their release. I raised him up after all of his trials, to be second in command, to the king himself.”

I listened to the Lord speak to my spirit and left with a renewed strength. I remembered a small note that someone had sent to me just the day before. He is only an acquaintance, yet I share small things with him as he comes into my life. The note simply said, “Hang in there.” Yet here again, I was reminded by the Lord of His promises and how he speaks to us, if we have the spiritual ears to hear Him.

Now, the Lord is always showing me that I have not been abandoned. He has a plan. I get a feeling as the days go by, that He is getting ready to unfold the plan and purpose soon. Not just for me, but those that He has placed in my life, whether to bless me or to hurt me. My only responsibility is to feel the compassion that He has for them and pray for them.

He keeps telling me that after I am finished suffering, the deliverance and testimony will be most incredible, because it is He who has brought me out of the pit. I am thankful that He does use the foolish things of this world to confuse the plans of the wise. A thing like the color of my hair for example. To think that this could be the ‘red herring,’ of the whole scheme, is amazing and quite humorous.

In the end, the Lord will glorify Himself and show the world that it is He the rules and reigns and no one can do anything without Him. He will prove that it is by His own design that all of these threads come together to form the most radiant “coat of many colors,’ that will match any hair color for any given day! For this “I will see the goodness of the Lord, in the land of the living, and give Him praise!”