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IT'S IN THE WORD OF GOD...
Be Ready for the Lord’s Return
Luke 12: 32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 35 “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. 37 The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready. 39 “Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” 41 Peter asked, “Lord, is that illustration just for us or for everyone?” 42 And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. 43 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.44 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. 45 But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 46 The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful. 47 “And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. 48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”
It pleases God to give us gladness and to give us the Kingdom. We must be ready and dressed for service. The fire of the Holy Spirit and the Word of the Lord must always be burning in our hearts. A faithful servant is the one who is given the job of feeding the other servants with the Word and maintaining a Word-filled house.
Oh, but what if the chosen faithful servant decides that Lord has been gone a long time and probably won’t be back for an even longer time? What if that faithful servant decides to mistreat the other servants? What if that faithful servant decides, “What He doesn’t see won’t hurt?” What if that faithful servant starts partying and getting drunk – just because he/she has decided that, “He’s not really coming back now – I’ll get right in a minute.”
What this scripture is saying to me is – whether or not we are here when the Lord comes for the church, it is certain that He WILL come for us. We will be accountable for what we have or have not done.
This is where the rubber meets the road. We have a charge to keep. It doesn’t matter if we are large and in charge of a huge mass of followers or whether we are in charge of a small Bible study group once a month, we can’t be found doing it our way. Yes, your congregants may be a group of the most hardheaded people on the planet – you still can’t abuse them. You have been charged as “faithful servant” and God made the appointment.
Teach, like He’s coming today! Preach, like He’s at the door! Pray, as if you life is slipping away! Love, like there is no tomorrow! Help, like fire is burning your feet! Evangelize, like your heart is about to stop beating! Prophesy, as though the world is splitting apart!
Don’t be caught abusing the flock – remember the flock is not yours, it’s His! He left you in charge. He gave you the anointing. He placed them in your hands. What does a Father do when he returns and finds that His children have been abused? “He will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful. 47 “And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.”
Be ready when the Lord returns!
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August 31, 2014
This is my Sound this morning: Now is the time of birthing. I dreamed this morning about giving birth to a baby. I had no idea that I was pregnant in the dream but when I went to the hospital to visit someone else, I ended up in the maternity ward giving birth myself.
One of the Elders of my church was there with me. She stayed there in the waiting room until the process was complete. The strange thing was that the birthing was not painful. When I looked at the baby, I noticed how beautiful she was, how quiet she was, and how attentive and alert she was.
This is the time of birthing for the church. The Lord has given us talents, gifts, assignments and ministries. The harvest is absolutely plenteous. It is the time for the church to rise and do the work. His yoke is easy and His burdens are light. Our excuses are too numerous to list but we were not given this "seed" just to watch it grow in us only.
You have carried that baby a long time - not knowing that you were pregnant with the Promises of God. Now is the time to PUSH. Release what the Lord has placed in you. Be fruitful and multiply. The world is waiting on your baby. Walk in the Spirit...Move in the Spirit....Sing in the Spirit...Preach in the Spirit...Teach in the Spirit...Love in the Spirit...Help in the Spirit...Evangelize in the Spirit...
What is your baby's name?
August 12, 2014
This is my "Sound" today: I heard a question in my spirit on Sunday before leaving for church and I wrote it down. I didn't know why I heard it until late last night. The question was: "Why do they want us not to believe? The answer is because they (the enemy) want us not to have hope.
After hearing of Robin Williams death, I knew why the question was asked. The enemy wants us hopeless. God is the flipside of that. He came to give us life and that more abundantly. We can't believe the lies from the enemy. We do have hope and that hope is in Jesus Christ.
Depression is a horrible demon. It will wrap itself around a lie and try to make you believe it but do not be deceived. You are vessels of life! You are spoken vessels! God spoke each of us into existence. Speak life to yourself. Seek people who speak life into you.
The enemy wants to snuff out our light. Resist him and he will flee. i pray a covering over the William's family today. I pray Life, Light and Hope over them and over you this morning. If the enemy is speaking lies to you, shut him up with the Truth of God.
"I am healed! I am set free! I am the hand maiden of the Lord! I am His handiwork! I am made in His image! I have joy unspeakable! I am blessed in the city; blessed in the field; blessed when I come in and when I go out!" Speak Hope! You are a speaking vessel. You shall have what you say!!!!!! Speak Life!!!!
"Forgive them even if they aren't sorry."