Thursday, 05 March 2015
Thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony...and they shall minister to it.
"Sharath," the Hebrew word for minister in our verse for today, means to attend (as a menial servant), to contribute and to serve. God has made you and me priests (just like the Levites in our verse) and kings. Are you ministering to your tabernacle? I see several tabernacles in our lives.
1. Our altar- Where do you meet with God? When? Has your work schedule ( or that of loved one) shortened your time to tabernacle? Are you contributing to the tabernacle of your quiet time with the Lord or allowing Life to rob from it? Exam the current altar in your life! Need a new notebook, journal- even a new pen to write down all that Heaven is saying. How are you positioned- sitting, kneeling,prostrate? Minister to your tabernacle.
2. Our physical bodies- Are you ministering to the temple of the Holy Ghost? Are you attending and contributing to it through proper diet, rest and speaking the Word over your organs and members and appearance? "No" is a good word for the Minister attending to your physical body. "No" to your flesh's gratification and "No" to other people pulling at your well-being. Hear the "YES" of the Spirit of God and follow His Unction as your ministry contributes to your own tabernacle!
3. Our homes - Purchase the worship music that will change and fill the atmosphere of your home with the Presence of God. Buy the fragrant candle or the flowers. Beautify the affliction or weakness in your home arena. Clean up your words that your "home tabernacle" is hearing come out of your mouth and of course, clean the house itself! My mom had a spider bite that baffled me until another spider jettisoned onto my shoulder while I stood in front of the bathroom mirror brushing my teeth. I wasn't getting the cobwebs on our high ceilings when I cleaned our tabernacle. Do better than I did!
FATHER: Tabernacle and dwell with us!
Love you guys,
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Sit ye here, while I shall pray. Mark 14v.32
Do you ever have to make yourself pray? Sometimes it seems when we need to pray most, we are the least inclined to do it. If only one part of myself could vacuum while the other self sits and prays! As it is now, I sit down to pray and immediately think of things I need to do. Need to mop, wash dishes, get a spot off the carpet I am stretched out in prayer on. (TIP: do not get up and get spot remover, you will never get back) - better to make a list! I keep a notebook open just for the suddenly "urgent" to-dos that pop into my brain when I sit down to pray. Honestly, any attempt to pray is good. If I don't get all my time done, at least I have done something. Just making yourself stay in the place of prayer is a victory. Dr. Jerry Savelle would stand on the rim of the bathtub, risking death to gain the discipline of early, early sleepy morning prayer. A friend's little girl said that if you fall asleep while praying, the angels finish your prayers. OK LEE, you sit here, while I pray.
FATHER: Help me pray!
Love you guys,
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
And ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. Mark 13v.9
Jesus said this would be a sign of the end-times: Your life's journey will bend and curve to force you into the opportunity of standing before leadership and speaking for the Kingdom. The rulers could be the head of your school-age children's PTA, or the union leadership or even your church denomination's special group. These are Esther moments. God's Truth colliding with deception and injustice. When our knees tremble and our hearts want to race out of the room of confrontation between Two Kingdoms - Light and Dark - , we need to hear those words: Who knoweth whether thou art come to the Kingdom for such a time as this? That verse goes on to hit us by saying If we refuse, God still won't let His people down because of our failure - enlargement and deliverance for the people of God will come without you! Today is Purim, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the great deliverance of the Jewish people through the courage of Esther. The leader of Israel has been brought before rulers and kings as he speaks to our Congree this morning. Whatever your politics, discern the times and watch and pray. Prepare today to step into destiny! Father: I pray for the Esthers reading this today that they, like Israel's leader, obtain favor in the sight of all the rulers and kings who look upon them.
Love you guys,
Monday, 02 March 2015
Surely His salvation is near to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, (and is ready to be appropriated) that the manifest presence of God, His Glory, may tabernacle and abide in our land. Ps.85v9; Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters, they have seen the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep. Ps. 107v.23
"Free, safe, to be open or wide" are some of the meanings of the Hebrew word for "salvation" in our verse of the day. It is God's deliverance that makes us "Free, safe, to be open or wide. " His salvation makes us WHOLE. Yes, our boats have taken some hits in recent years - last year especially - . But God is doing some soul restoration work in you and me to help us "appropriate the wholeness" that is ALWAYS READY to reach us. Wholeness is a trigger for His Manifest Presence to come to my house and yours, to blanket your life and ministry. Or if that doesn't make sense to you, try this: Your brokenness (through sin & unbelief) is an obstacle to the manifestation of His Presence and Glory. Wow. God is making make our ships seaworthy for the great sea of souls. This Gospel is not a bathtub ministry;it is worldwide and you are certified to dream and labor in great waters of nations full of souls.
FATHER: Make me whole!
Blessings on your seaworthy week!
Love you so much, guys
Friday, 27 February 2015
Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Ps.119v.11
One way to get more of the Word of God into your spirit is to memorize it. When I lived in Rome, i memorized the first two chapter of Ephesians. Is that ALL?? Well, every verse, every word would bless me and minister to me as I recited them over and over again. Recently, I started again. So far I have only memorized two verses from some extra Bible reading the Spirit inspired me to undertake. I think it heals your brain, too. We believe we will never be taken prisoner, but we can take the memorized word of God anywhere - prison, Hawaiian vacation, night shift work, etc. No one can take it from our hearts. As a 9 yr-old, the 121st Psalm hidden in my heart through memorization was a great comfort when my mom had surgery and I was sent to stay with relatives. They gave me a big, scarey room to sleep in and I would recite the Psalm over and over as I cried myself to sleep. Pastor John Osteen could recite whole chapters of the Bible without having deliberately memorized them. Just the years of study and teaching and confessed had ingrained and engrafted them into this heart.
FATHER: Bread from Heaven- Feed me 'til I want no more!
Blessings on your weekend of memorizing a Bible verse or two!
Love you guys,
Thursday, 26 February 2015
When ye reap the harvest on your land, thou shall not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest...neither shall thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. Leviticus 19v.3
Is your budget so tight there is no extra room for spontaneous giving? Do you just cook enough to eke out portions for your family with nary a scrap left to take something to a sick neighbor or elderly church member? In the old days when I grew up, there was also something more for whoever might drop in or call. I confess I don't cook ( or shop) that way. I use every grape! Shame on me! I have one or two friends who do that and I have contacted the Vatican about the canonization candidacy! I try to keep a few extra bills in my purse so I can bless the poor in heart,as well as the poor. I met a lady while walking in my neighborhood one morning and her great need stirred me to give her some money. My mind had to race to picture what was in my purse: not much was left of my gleanings. Since then I try to keep a little cash on hand. There are some miracles that are unlocked by money, whether it is YOUR miracle as the GIVER, or THE OTHER PERSON's miracle as the RECEIVER. But all miracles are unlocked by obedience, and not gleaning your harvest will position you in the big playing field of the Obedient when God says the ball is in your court.
FATHER: Let's play ball in the FIELD OF MIRACLES: I am ready to give now!
Blessings on your weekend of miracles in the field of your life-
Love you guys,