The Decade to Speak
The Decade of Roaring Twenties
It's Time to Speak His Word and let it ROAR!!!
The Decade to Speak
The Decade of Roaring Twenties
It's Time to Speak His Word and let it ROAR!!!
Do you feel like you are in a strange place in your spiritual life?
Nothing is familiar and you wonder how you got there.
Settle your mind and heart because God knows exactly where you are. In fact, he has you in a safehouse under protective custody because he has given you protective custody over a most precious thing--his new beginning for you.
Like a child under a responsible parent, your new beginning needs whatever it to develop and mature.
This is why the enemy is creating havoc all around you.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I will trust. (Psalm 91:1-2 NIV)
Rest in God's safekeeping because greater are his agent-angels that are on duty watching over you than those who seek to destroy you.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways
(Psalm 91:11 NIV)
In spite of what you think and see, there is a new beginning waiting to be.
How are you going to help your new beginning to grow as God intended? What will it take to work with God to move your beginning into a season of development and maturity?
He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?" (John 9:27 NIV)
God has many promises for those who believe in him. A rose garden life is not one of them. Jesus tells us in the Gospel written by his disciple John that we will have trials but to remember that he has conquered the world (John 16:33). Although the victory has been won by his sacrificial death, we have still battles to fight and hurdles to overcome. Somewhere along the way, Satan will try to intimidate to immobilize and render us incapable of fulfilling our mission. To prepare us for future encounters, God's Word has many examples of ordinary people overcoming the enemy. One such victor was a man born blind.
With a mixture of dirt and spit, Jesus covered the man's eyes and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. He obeyed, walked away seeing and ended up standing before the Pharisees--a Jewish religious sect in Jesus' day. These men were not interested in the man's extraordinary healing but in discrediting Jesus and excommunicating anyone who believed in him. They questioned the man continuously. He never changed his story--"One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see" (John 9:25). The once blind beggar intimidated the intimidators. He stated the facts refusing to be drawn into an argument. Because he remained steadfast in the solid truth of his testimony, he was undeterred by the Pharisees' threats. This man did lose his place in the religious community, but he gained the right to be in God's family. He believed in Jesus.
Whatever your present and future obstacles may be, Satan will make them seem as large as a Goliath and equally impossible to defeat. Remain undeterred and unshakable like the blind man because your faith in God will always overcome the enemy.
Keep your eyes on him because you are highly favored to win.
Now he had to go through Samaria (John 4:4 NIV)
The story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well always leaves me in amazement of how God will extend himself to bring someone to him through love. When we put up barriers to protect our vulnerability and hidden hurts, God will carefully peel away the layers with precision to bring true love to a hurting heart. Jesus had a custom-made plan to chase and capture this woman's soul.
He broke the established racial and social boundaries by going into Samaria, a heathen territory by Jewish standards, and had an intense conversation with a woman, an adulterous woman at that. For every layer Jesus stripped away, she quickly covered the breach. He tugged at her kindness but was met with a defensive response. He tried to light her curiosity but met sarcasm. He spoke to her spiritual need but she was concerned about her natural needs. Then without condemnation or intent to shame, Jesus cut to the quick and brought up her lifestyle. The God of the Universe had touched the deepest wound because he knew everything about this woman before the journey began. She was the reason he had to go through Samaria. The wall was beginning to crack yet the woman continued with delay and run-around tactics until she ran right into the Lord's hands. She knew the coming Messiah would settle all the differences between Samaritan and Jew. Jesus tells her "You're talking to Him."
Jesus did not give up on this woman nor will he give up on you. He will seek you out in so many ways to tear down your walls. Look back over your shoulder because God is hot on your trail chasing after you with his love.
A well-known Christian who ministers in dream interpretation spoke about paying attention to the time God wakes up you. Take that number to search the Word to find corresponding scripture that resonates with your spirit. I started doing this using my favorite books--Isaiah, John and Ephesians, but I don't limit myself to them. This is all about reading the Word, listening to God speak to my spirit and writing down the revelation. Also, it's fun to see where Holy Spirit leads me. I think of it as going on a scavenger hunt with Him. What you will read in The Wake Up Word is the result of the treasure I found once again in His Word.
Wake Up Word
Date: 24 September 2018
Scripture: Isaiah 43:4
In the movie The Help, the maid Aibileen Clark tries to encourage her young, neglected charge whom she loves dearly with these words-- "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." God has been, still is and will keep on telling us how much he loves us. His love is written in his Word.
The first part of Isaiah 43:4 says, ”Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you…” The verse goes on to say that God would exchange men and people to have you. Several hundred years later after Isaiah's writings, God did make an exchange. To get our love, God sent his One and Only Son to die on a cross. Jesus exchanged his sinless life for the ones we live wrapped in death, disease, destruction, hate, bitterness, unforgiveness…the list goes on. God loves us so much that he willingly gave up what was most precious to him, what was most honored and loved by him to make us his precious, honored and loved ones. Read the chorus of Cory Asbury’s song Reckless Love.
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘till I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God, yeah
There is no limit to what God will do to get you to be his. Believe in Jesus who died for you because he wants you to know that you are precious, you are honored, you are loved.
A Word in Due Season
Words of Encouragement, Comfort and Strength
People take pleasure in anything they say, but a word at the right time, how good it is.
(Complete Jewish Bible)
For you are weary from the trials and cares of this world. Do not fret for you must put your care upon me. I am more than able to carry your burden and you.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
But you must learn to rest.
Look at the land in winter. It is a time of rest, a time of rejuvenation for the new fruit in spring, for the new work I am preparing you to enter.
Use this rest season to come closer to me.
Use this time to get into my timing.
Did I not rest on the seventh day from my work? Why do you continue in your busyness, your spinning in circles?
Come aside with me. I will lay you down in cool grass.
Rest is nourishment for your soul.
I will lead you beside still waters.
Rest is peace for your mind.
Come aside and rest.
Spend time with me in that rest and I will show you your next step.
I will show you my love for you.
Take my peace and wear it in your mind, your soul and your body.
So be it.
If this article sounds familiar, stay calm because your memory is intact. It was published on this site two or three years ago by me. I've done some tweeking to it, but the essential message is still the heart of the article.
How to Grow Your Personal Crop of Bitterness
Select one or more these seeds to plant: anger, resentment, jealousy, envy, and strife.
Water the seed daily with replays of past offences—real or imaginary will do.
Expect to see a seedling push up within days of planting.
Continue watering on a regular basis and generously spread Woe Is Me, an excellent brand of fertilizer for bitterness.
Follow the above instructions and you will have a healthy plant of bitterness. As time goes on, look for the blooms to produce fruit. When the fruit goes to seed, let them fall to the ground to grow more bitterness. Or you can harvest the seeds to pass on to your friends and family. Your bitterness—a hardy perennial—will continue to thrive for many years to come. Be patient because you will see the rewards from your hard work.
How to Dig Up a Root of Bitterness
Are you tired of your bitterness? Has it consumed everything in your life and the lives of others? Are you ready to dig it up? If so, determination and perseverance is needed because roots of bitterness grow deep and stretch wide.
Get the proper equipment. A special double-edged tool, far superior than the sharpest surgeon’s scalpel is required. The blade is capable of reaching great depths into the heart to expose what has been hidden. Like an iceberg, there is more bitterness below the surface than what is seen above.
Expect some resistance in breaking up the hard ground around the bitterness. Don’t let that deter you from digging deep to expose the root.
Once the bitterness root is out, fill the empty hole with good soil and good seed. The Master Gardener Association strongly recommends planting fruit seeds.
Some fruit may take longer to cultivate than others, but continued watering and fertilization will yield a bountiful crop loaded with grace, mercy and forgiveness.
Where to Get Your Supplies
You can get your free supplies inside the Word of God-The Bible because it is your essential double-edged tool.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (New International Version)
Find the section marked Galatians 5:22-23 for Fruit of the Spirit seed packets marked Affection, Exuberance, Serenity, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Gentleness and Spirit Strength for planting and cultivating.
Use the Philippians 4:13 brand of water to drink when digging up your bitterness root for hydration and strength, and use the Psalm 1:3 brand on your fruit seedlings.
Spread bags of Prayer & Praise fertilizer liberally and daily into the good soil for your fruit seeds to get the greatest benefit. Rest assured that The Master Gardener Association has endorsed all the above products.
You do have a choice. You can plant your bitterness or God's fruit in your heart. Both will grow and produce with the proper attention and care. The question is what kind of harvest do you want to reap?
Holy Spirit, The Master Gardener will encourage you to go with his fruit, but the choice will always be yours.
Keep a sharp eye out for the weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden.
Hebrews 12:15 (The Message)