An Encouraging Word
|Posted on October 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM|
A good friend once said to me, "Step into your anointing!" This was during a time when the enemy was quite diligent in trying to sideswipe me and on every life-avenue, mind you. Life was happening and it was happening fast! It was all I could do to keep up with this new and not so improved, fast-pace...
You see, I was no longer the co-pilot in life; but, was, now, having to learn to fly solo. The better part of the last ten years had been committed to my family, and in doing this ministry. The changes that were taking place, were almost more than I could bear. I felt alone and afraid. My thinking was changing and it was all I could do to not stay focused on me.
Rick Warren shares, "When people are in deep pain they don't need explanations, advice, encouragement, or even Scripture. They just need you to show up and shut up. Just be WITH them. It's the healing ministry of presence." And although, we do always need Scripture, I do understand what he means.
There have been many life-transitions that have taken place, and most of which I would not have chosen for myself or for my family. In being submissive to the Holy Spirit's guidance, I've learned that who the people are in my life and where they're supposed to stand with me, is very important and all part of this very strategic process of enduring.
I have learned the necessity of practicing what is true and correct in the building of the Body of Christ on this Earth. I am learning what we must each do for these necessary building-blocks to be in-place, in hopes of ever reaching His eternal Kingdom.
Where we stand today, isn't necessarily where we'll be standing tomorrow. And the people who stand with us, is vitally important in who will be standing with us for all eternity.
Have you ever felt as if you are living out a season of nothing but testing?
It isn't often that we understand what is actually happening, as these doors of opportunity are being opened to us.
The definition of opportunity is a set of circumstances that make it possible to do something.
We are each being given a choice. When we are being guided into what seems to be a new direction, we can often stand in our own way. I know for me, change was never easy. Sometimes, it did require a forced-change to have taken place.
I have had the privilege this last few years of writing a three-part literary series that began the very special season of Lent (2015). I worked diligently beginning the first-part of this series, completing it on Maundy Thursday of that following year. A week later, and after feeling relieved to have finished this first assignment, I was then given another. This book was written through the season of Pentecost, We Have A New Position: Let us all, now, gather for the feast, and is also now complete.
As I reflect on all of these life-experiences that have led to this book series, and in the process of going through these many life-changes, I do believe He is showing me that it is time to complete the third and final-part of this series, A Portal to Where?
I believe that the world is in a period of reckoning. Decisions must be made for ourselves, what we're willing to believe.
If you haven't accepted The Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, then please consider doing so now.
We have all made mistakes. Not one of us is worthy of casting that first stone. He has forgiven you and He has most certainly forgiven me.
2 Corinthians 6:1 states that as God's fellow workers we are urged not to receive God's grace in vain:
"'In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.'
I tell you, now is the time of God's favour, now is the day of salvation.
We put no stumbling-block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonour, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything" (2 Corinthians 6:2-13 NIV).
No matter what our circumstances may be, we cannot give up our own convictions...
It is true, we do have a new position; so, let us all, now, gather for the feast!
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