Friday, February 4, 2011

I'm in Love and Not Ashamed

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes..." (Romans 1:16)

Recently, I was in effect told, that I speak too much of God by a very dear Christian friend and that he was agitated by my conversation. I love him dearly, but as I dwelled on it today, I got agitated myself. But then, I suppose some people can get tired of listening to a man or woman in love who continually shares examples or incidents spawning from the love relationship. At any rate, the proceeding declarations are what ensued as a result of the loving chastisement from my friend.

Declaration:  I will love the Lord, my God, with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my
                      strength. (Deut. 6:5)

Declaration: I will impress his commands on my heart and on my children.
                     I will talk about his commands when I sit at home and when I walk along the road,
                     when I lie down and when I get up.
                     I will tie them as symbols on my hands and bind them on my forehead.
                     I will write them on the door frames of my homes and on my gates.
                                                                                                       (Deut. 6:6-9)

"For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Matt. 12:55
Declaration: I will saturate my mind, myself with the Word and with the presence of the Lord.
                     I will not let anyone shut me up, because man does not live by bread alone but by
                     every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. He is my bread, my source of

I am not a preacher, I am not an evangelist, I am not a prophet, I am not an apostle. However, I am a child of the Living God, saved by his grace and eternally grateful. I am a teacher, I am a discipler, I am a herald. I am in love and will speak of this love and this good news every chance I get. If this offends you, you need not engage me in conversation - I won't be offended. :-)

Declaration: I am a light on a hill that cannot be hidden.
                     I am the salt of the earth.
                     If my light is a bit too bright or my salt a little too heavy,
                     then yes, you may need to distance yourself from me
                     because my light will not be dimmed, nor my salt be thinned.

As the blind men on the side of the road cried out to Jesus as he passed by in Luke 7:37, 38, "O Son of David, have mercy on us," and the crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, they shouted even louder.
Declaration: So too, I will shout louder.
As the women who poured out their precious perfume onto the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with their hair. 
Declaration: So too, I will bow my head to the ground in humility and love and worship the King of  Kings and the Lord of Lords.

I will not be keep quiet. He is real and has done too much for me. The world needs to know he is real and personal. My testimony will not be silenced. I'm a woman in love and not ashamed.

God bless you!

A Letter To A Few

“Many are called but few are chosen.” Matt. 22:14

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because  narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." - Matt. 7:13-14

Over the past five to six weeks I’ve been having a sense of spiritual urgency. It’s as though the Holy Spirit is saying, “ It’s time out for business as usual.” The time is near. The time is short. God is moving more intensely. Open the eyes of your spirit to the signs of the times. God is preparing to do something and only those who are alert, are aware and actively engaged will participate. Others will be completely ignorant though all the signs are there. “In the last days, there will be a form of godliness but men will deny the power thereof.”

Satan can also read the signs and he is stepping up his activity. He knows his time is short. He intends to do as much damage as he can. His end is sure, however, he wants to take out as many as he can with him. Church, wake up! Bride of Christ, wake up, be prepared for behold the Groom cometh! Will you be found sleeping like the five foolish virgins or awake and prepared like the five wise virgins?

This is a letter to a few. Pay attention. It is not business as usual. If you are being awakened in the wee hours of the morning – it is to pray. If you are having unusual dreams, it is to prompt you to pray. Are you getting more than usual calls from friends or family members about physical attacks of sickness, suicidal thoughts, major financial challenges, you must pray. Have you noticed increasing pathology in the church, or spiritual blindness – pray!

“Our weapons are not carnal, but mighty to the pulling down of strongholds”! PRAY!!!!!

It’s fighting time. The countdown is near. It’s the last quarter. You watch and respond with intensity to the Super Bowl and it is just a game. This is your life and the life of many at stake. The Super Bowl teams are fighting for a championship title and putting their lives on the line for it. It’s just a game to those who are watching, but to the players, the coaches and the owners – it’s their life.

Don’t be distracted, that’s a ploy of the enemy. He is using everyday challenges and irritants, but intensifying them. Don’t be blind to his schemes. Don’t just accept the doctors’ reports as natural. Whose report will you believe? Recognize the source of the activity. We are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, rulers of darkness. PRAY!

This is a letter to the few.