Thursday, November 11, 2010

Are you a party crasher?

Give the angels something to celebrate - don't crash their party
   There are many who are like “sheep gone astray” from the body of Christ for various reasons and instead of showing them the way home, we tend to push them farther away by our Judgmental reactions towards them. Those who are in the pit, we tend to push them deeper into it not realizing that JESUS will leave us, the ninety-nine, and go out to look for that one lost brother.  
            Jesus said – For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.. (LK 19:10). And He still wants to do that through us but that depends on our level of submission to Him. He said as my Father sent me so I send you into the world. So the question we must ask ourselves daily is “am I being my brother’s keeper”? I wonder how many times GOD must have asked us every time a soul goes astray “where is your brother”? And by our inconsiderate behavior toward the lost we are merely saying to GOD “I do not know, am I his keeper?”
            God relies on those of us who are saved to go and show the lost brother the way to Him but many refuse because they choose to keep the son to themselves lacking thought for others.  People perish because of lack of compassion towards them – We who have the son know the way, we have the truth and we have life – but we refuse to show our lost brothers the way home, we refuse to rescue him from the devil’s deceit, and we refuse to revive them. But one day we will hear GOD say “the voice of your brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground”. (Gen 4:10)
            The word “keeper” in the Hebrew is “shamar” (Pronounced shaw-maw) it means: To protect, to guard, to hedge about (as with thorns) – So in essence, we are to protect each other from the deceit of the enemy – “Pray ye one for the other”. However, in many cases we become the enemy whether inadvertently or otherwise, and cause them to go astray. We ought to be like a hedge of thorns around each other by lifting each other in prayer and by giving the word of life as needed –“so none will lack”. It is in time of lack temptation raises its stronghold against people. So let us be each others’ keeper and bring back the lost sheep home. Hence, rocking heaven with celebration- let's not be party crashers.
You shall not see your brother’s ox or sheep going astray and hide yourself from them; you shall certainly bring them back to your brother (Deut 22)

Be blessed.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Through the ordinary is manifested the extra-ordinary

 That is the result of my street ministry today - oh How great is the Lord, our GOD.

“My pain is gone, my pain is gone, oh, I am healed, O God, my pain is gone” was the joyful sound coming from the middle aged woman sitting across from me today with tears rolling down her cheeks.  Katrina,  who had no intention of entering into the little sanctuary at the hospital today experienced the power of GOD. She was on her way from an appointment and as she walked in the hall across from the sanctuary supported by her son and a cane, according to her, “something told me to go in there”. She entered and joined us, four ordinary people - another minister and I, and 2 older women.

The spoken word was "no matter what you are going through, whether pain, whether a bad report from the doctor, still praise God. We were just praising with hands lifted, clapping and dancing unto our God. We opened the Bible and sang the word of God. In all this Katrina joined us but due to the extent of the arthritic pain in her right leg, she remained seated but joined in clapping and singing. Suddenly, she got up from her seat with tears rolling down her cheeks blurted the words above. She walked up and down the little aisle leaping without her cane; she could not believe what had just happened to her.  It was the book of Acts chapter 3 all over again in which the lame man went walking and leaping and praising God after being healed.

She no longer needed the assistance of a human or cane; She walked flawlessly!   At that point she was so overwhelmed she was just praising God saying, “I am delivered thank you Jesus” and she laughed and laughed, again saying, “my pain is gone, I am taking the bus home, I am going to tell everyone I meet”. I have never seen that much excitement. I think it was more “wow” than excitement. She still could not believe it.

We were just rejoicing with Katrina, oh the glory of the LORD, the POWER of the Lord our GOD. It was so very simple; nothing dramatic, no big “healing service”, nothing of that nature. It was just a very reverential atmosphere where four ordinary people lifting up their voices in praises to God and He came down to see what that sweet aroma was and His power healed that woman. O, truly, He inhabits our praises.

It is therefore safe to conclude that The Lord, our God (blessed be He) through the ordinary, manifest the extra-ordinary. Give Him praise HIS people.
I will never stop going on the streets / hospitals to be a witness to the LORD JESUS CHRIST. (BARUKH HU) Blessed be He.