Zechariah 8:23 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you,’”
God promises a time when people will be begging to go to church with us! People will finally awaken to their need of God, their desires will change and they will pursue Him by asking us where to find Him! Be ready for this!
Already, I have people stopping me in the grocery stores to talk to me or ask questions about where items can be found. I had this happen twice this weekend in two different stores. I stop what I am doing and purposely talk with strangers. Who knows where the conversation will lead? One time I got to pray with a woman in Walmart for her handicapped granddaughter. The woman was showing me pictures of the girl on her cell phone!
Be available at all times to share Christ, pray, stop what you are doing and talk to strangers! Remember Jesus who chatted with a woman at the well about a simple drink of water and how that lead to her conversion.
“But you will be called the priests of the Lord; You will be spoken of as ministers of God…”
In both the Book of Exodus and the Book of Revelation, the Bible gives us a glimpse of the congregation of God’s dreams— a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. This will someday be the vocation of peoples of all nations coming before God and worshiping Him forever. All eyes will be fixed upon the Lamb and all tongues will repeat with joy, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
This is also the worthy occupation of believers now. When we minister to Him, He accepts our sacrifice of praise to make His Name glorious. This is our wonderful privilege. Only by faith do we recognize the glory of this calling. Therefore, let us choose to take our place in this universal assembly now and worship Him rightly each day.
In spite of a few glitches here and there Encounter weekend 2013 was a huge success. We saw people getting healed and delivered from sickness, sins, the past and un-forgiveness. The sweet presence of God was there all weekend Guiding us. 12 people were baptized in water and all of them experienced the Freedom of God.
We are set free to set others Free. We are healed to help others heal. We are forgiven so that we too can forgive. This is true FREEDOM. Whom the Son set free is free indeed.
I encourage all who attended to maintain this new-found freedom. There is nothing too hard for God. remember that Praise is your weapon. Determine to live a lifestyle of Repentance before the Lord. Look to fulfill the Great Commission and always remember to live in the Spirit; Live in God's presence, it's where we breathe, it's where we survive. He is but a breath away. Call on Him and He will answer.
Pastor Nate and I are proud of each of you as you leave your past behind and move into the future lighter than before.
Vashti, my 13 year old daughter, showed me this picture she had drawn in her free time at school, she titled it" Let Go!". As I looked at it a sense of peace and relaxation came upon me and I had to upload it to my phone. I knew there was more to this picture than meets the eye. The simplicity of it speaks to me. It's a simple dandelion that has reached maturity. the dandelion produces bright yellow flowers, and the plant continues to flower through its lifetime. The flowers eventually develop into heads composed of tiny seeds attached to pappus, fuzzy structures shaped like parachutes. When the seeds mature, wind currents blow the head of the dandelion apart and the pappus carry the seeds for miles through the air. Once the seeds land on damp, warm soil, they germinate and the life cycle begins again.
The dadelion becomes fragile after it's beautiful yellow flower turns into seeds. The Dandelion is surely reminded at this point that it is a weed and not actually a flower. Very much like us in the garden of life. There are times that in life we go through moments of insecurities, we are reminded of our not-so-lovely past or our attention goes to our not-so-pleasant present. We turn very much into a fragile little flower.
Have you been feeling fragile lately? Now, I don't know about you but I happen to like the Dandelion the most when it is all white and fuzzy like the picture Vashti drew. This is when you see little children and adults alike picking them up and blowing them into the air. Little do they know that the Dandelion is in a dying process; it is spreading its seeds to help produce more of it's kind. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrew 12:1
I would imagine that it is not a pleasant process for the little flower but we see beauty. The process that we go through sometimes is not pleasant for us, but others see beauty. God sees beauty.
Just as it is important for the little dandelion to Let Go of it's seeds, It's important for Believers to embrace the times of development in our lives and trust that we are equiped enought to simply, "Let Go". “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. -Is. 43:18-19
As the winds of daily situations and issues arise and sweep you away, know that the seeds in you will be sent off into areas that will cause growth. There is purpose for our storm. There is purpose for the Cycles that we go through. God wants us to simply Let Go, as He picks us up and shares us with the world around us. Your story needs to be told, your life shared. Let God breath on you.
When I think about making a covenant with the Lord, I remember two scriptures that tell us what God wants from us. Micah 6:8 which says, "But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don't take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously" and the great commission, Love God and Love your neighbor. Along with these instructions from God i'm also reminded of Repentance and Forgiveness which are also essential to a good covenant relationship with GOD.
In the book of Romans we also read that offering up our bodies as a living sacrifice is our REASONABLE service.
My covenant to God is as follows:
Lord, I promise to serve you all the days of my life. I dedicate my hands, my feet, my mouth, my eyes, my ears and my entire life for your service. (Romans 12:1)
I promise to walk humbly, love mercy and seek justice. (Micah6:8)
I promise to live a life of repentance; always being careful to search my heart when things don’t go my way. (2Chronicles 7:14)
I promise to be quick to forgive, not allowing offenses to fester in my heart.
I promise to read your word daily.
I promise to pray daily and without ceasing as you instructed us in your word.
I promise to tell the truth.
I promise to be faithful, that is, be full of Faith, to believe, and hope even when I can’t see in the fogginess of circumstances because it is my Faith that pleases you.
Lord, I promise to Love you and love my neighbor even those who are unloveable.
I promise to take time out to rest in you because you said I should strive to find rest.
I promise to worship you and only you because you are the only and Holy God who saves.
My Sisters and Brothers will you make a covenant with God today? -brisyo
Natural human love expects something in return. But Paul is saying, “It doesn’t really matter to me whether you love me or not. I am willing to be completely destitute anyway; willing to be poverty-stricken, not just for your sakes, but also that I may be able to get you to God.” “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor . . .” (2 Corinthians 8:9). And Paul’s idea of service was the same as our Lord’s. He did not care how high the cost was to himself— he would gladly pay it. It was a joyful thing to Paul.
The institutional church’s idea of a servant of God is not at all like Jesus Christ’s idea. His idea is that we serve Him by being the servants of others. Jesus Christ actually “out-socialized” the socialists. He said that in His kingdom the greatest one would be the servant of all (see Matthew 23:11). The real test of a saint is not one’s willingness to preach the gospel, but one’s willingness to do something like washing the disciples’ feet— that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God. It was Paul’s delight to spend his life for God’s interests in other people, and he did not care what it cost. But before we will serve, we stop to ponder our personal and financial concerns— “What if God wants me to go over there? And what about my salary? What is the climate like there? Who will take care of me? A person must consider all these things.” All that is an indication that we have reservations about serving God. But the apostle Paul had no conditions or reservations. Paul focused his life on Jesus Christ’s idea of a New Testament saint; that is, not one who merely proclaims the gospel, but one who becomes broken bread and poured-out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ for the sake of others. -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest