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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Let Us Be Unassuming




Do you ever feel set up for failure? It's like you went as a date to some one else's high school reunion. Everyone is talking about yesterday. No one actually ever engages in conversation with you. All the while they assume you are unsocial.

I love people. Sometimes, however, God drops me into situations where He simply never opens the door for fellowship. Why is that? I can think of several reasons this time. I have a Word that God is preparing these people to hear. He wanted to talk with me. He wanted to show me something. God did indeed speak. He confirmed some things to me about our future through Leviticus 25:1 and romanced me with promises. He showed me something that is lacking in the body of ministers I come in contact with. None of us are unassuming. We are judgemental and critical and side with whoever will agree with us. Many would love to say it is the gift of discernment, but I think it is a critical spirit hiding insecurity. We expect from others what we do not give ourselves.

I read a historical novel (Song of Redemption by Lynn Austin) this week about Hezekiah and it really drove the point home to me. We have to learn to open ourselves up to love and work together. We have to pray for God to work in our lives. Where ever you are, I pray you have learned to meet with Him...on your knees or on your face.

We believe God is telling us to build a retreat center for people in ministry to come for no cost to be refreshed.

Leviticus 25: 2 When you come into the land which I give you... 35 And if your brother has become poor and his hand wavers [he is unable to support himself], then you shall uphold (strengthen, relieve) him, [treating him with the courtesy and consideration that you would] a stranger or a temporary resident with you, so that he may live [along] with you.

My husband spoke a Word over our church leaders yesterday. I am including it here. His eyes are open and His ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.

2 Chronicles 7:13-15 (New American Standard Bible)

13"If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,

14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

15"Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.


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