Monthly Archives: January 2015

OBSCURITY

“And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;”  (Isaiah 49:2)

In the book, “Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life”, Charles Swindoll made the following statement that impacted my life: 

“Learn your lesson well in the schoolroom of obscurity.  God is preparing you as His chosen arrow.  As yet, your shaft is hidden in his quiver; but at the precise moment, at which it will tell with the greatest effect, he will reach for you and launch you to that place of his appointment.” 

Have you ever felt time racing by you at the speed of light?  Have you wondered what legacy or impression you will leave with those around you?  If we trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding, he will surely direct our paths.  With that confidence, we can leave the results in HIS hands.  Some will plant, some will water, but God gives the increase!  Hallelujah!

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SACRIFICIAL LOVE

"Many of my people love me, but they are not IN love with me.  Ask them if their love is artificial, superficial or sacrificial; for I desire AND require ones love to be sacrificial," saith the Lord.

1 Corinthians 13:2 states, "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing."

The word "love" can be expounded upon in many ways.  People have written thousands of books on love.  However, I have meditated on the Lord’s statement to me, and the scriptures can be my only resource.  If it were not for John 3:16, where God told us how much he loved us by GIVING his only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life; I wouldn’t be writing this and you wouldn’t be reading it.

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A Sword of the Lord

"Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.  And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people?  And the things that are coming, and shall come, let them show unto them.  Fear ye not, neither be afraid:  have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it?  Ye are even my witnesses.  Is there a God beside me?  Yea, there is no God; I know not any.  They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.  Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?  Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed:  and the workmen, they are of men:  let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together."  (Isaiah 44:6-11) 

VISION:  I was preparing to speak at a small church one night.  During the praise and worship music, the Lord showed me, in the spirit, his hands wielding a HUGE sword.  He took me closer to an object I had observed in the distance.  It was a very large table, covered with what appeared to be thousands upon thousands of idols and graven images.  In my mind, I thought of what Peter saw when the great sheet descended from Heaven. Suddenly, the Lord took his sword and with one swing, cleared every idol off of the table.

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TIRED OF THE BATTLE?

Isaiah 40:29 "He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak."     

As I asked the Lord what He wanted to say today, the above scripture stood out to me from the board beside my computer.  I need to read it often.  At this particular moment in time, I don’t know a single soul who isn’t stretched beyond what they think they are capable of handling; including myself. 

I am conversing with brothers and sisters who recognize a tug-of-war going on for their personal time with God.  That’s the biggest issue.  Ministry is intensifying and compounding, for lack of any other description.  Matthew 9:37-38 comes to my mind, where Jesus said to his disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."  Yes, we need to pray this prayer fervently!  I see many Christians sitting idly by, watching a FEW do the work.  This is not a new concept; but one that needs brought in remembrance to the masses.

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