I had driven across the river to an antiques shop.
Decades ago after my mother passed, I had inherited some sort of pink statue from her. It has been sitting on top of a desk for years – and I had always wondered about it.
Today was the day I went out to see what I could learn about it.
This items seems to be in the shape of a “Japanese Monk” and it’s made of Jade. By the time that was determined, I looked outside for probably the 3rd time. The storm was really close because the ominous black clouds were no longer in the distance, they were overhead.
I walked out the door greeted by drops of rain and got in my car. Within a minute, the rain appeared to fall from the sky like a blanket. I got to the light before crossing the bridge and wondered how bad things could get. I stayed 25-30mph in the 40 across the Arkansas.
It continued to pour and cars around me were going super slow…some had pulled over to the side. I made one additional stop before heading home and as I drove up the hill and the road narrowed that’s when “things” started to feel hairy… The rain was worsening and even with my wipers on high I couldn’t keep the windshield clear. It was as if the sky had opened up and bucket upon bucket upon bucket of blankets of water were being poured out.
It was about this time when all I could see was headlights through the windshield and I could no longer make out the shapes of automobiles that I was PROMPTED to sing as I drove. Outta no where I started to sing “Jesus loves me…” (I barely remember singing it in hindsight but within moments of singing it I KNEW I wasn’t alone.) If I was feeling any anxiety before it was replaced by Yahveh’s Peace washing over and through me. By this point, I was about 2 minutes from home.
That storm cell was a “do-zey” – and I didn’t know it but a tornado watch had been put into effect
Thirty minutes later as I was driving, the skies above were mostly blue. While the storm water retention ponds were full many low road points were overflowing one might never have known by looking “up” that a thunderstorm had just passed. Further North and East it was a different story – dark looking clouds were re-gathering momentum and continuing their pursuit.
It was in these “after” moments that I thought back to a radio show where Glynda Lomax had spoken of having to take shelter in her tiny storm closet and as a she waited through a tornado warning, She began to sing, “Praise you in This Storm” and the Peace of Jesus just washed through her.
God’s Power is infinite and His peace is activated through our Praises.
Glory Be to Elohim!
This is what the skies above looked like during the afternoon’s Severe weather outbreak: an EF-1 Tornado was the result.
Is it a Gift that you already possess but choose to ignore/overlook?
Is it a Gift that would lead you to unlock your destiny? Because surely as you live, it awaits you.
There has been a battle waging for at least a year…though in the rear-view, I can see it extends as far back as 3 years ago.
Way back when…when I was still on Facebook, I recall asking a friend, Parker, about her insights into the Gifts of the Spirit. She referred me to 1 Corinthians 12. I recall telling her I was familiar with this book and chapter, but I still lacked knowledge and understanding. I was hungry for more of both.
Going back even further in time, I recall hearing about what’s known in the “Church World” as Speaking in Tongues. I heard about “Tongues” when we were attending church in California and I had just become friends with Paul and Marla (whose videos I have shared here previously).
When I asked Paul about what Speaking in Tongues was, he told me it was a Gift of The Spirit. I’d asked if he’d ever seen it in action, and he responded, “Yes.”
I was fascinated by that response. I had never heard of Speaking in Tongues prior and he went on to explain (briefly) about The Gift of Interpretation. I recall my immediate reply was, “I’d love to watch that in action and witness it!”
Last Spring Break – March of 2016, we were on the road to California to visit family and friends. En-route, we discovered that the friends we had planned to visit, were very sick with the flu. God works in mysterious ways. I had been really excited to see these friends because I had made personalized/embroidered gifts for their children (I’d finally finished them and had brought them with us to deliver them personally.)
I had loaded this huge gift bag in the car and it never occurred to me that I might not be able to give these gifts to them myself.
As my friend informed me of the flu bug and change of plans, my mind went into hyper-drive and all of a sudden plans were taking shape that I really couldn’t have put together on my own. If you are familiar with the term “divine appointments” this is what was happening.
During that trip, we ended up having dinner with Paul and Marla (Marla had offered to deliver the bag of gifts for me).
At one point, post-meal, Paul looked at me and said (something to the effect): “I’m supposed to give you a book. He wants me to give you this book. You’re supposed to have it” The book Paul was referring to is titled: “The Walk of the Spirit, The Walk of Power” by Pastor Dave Roberson. I have read this book twice and I am now re-reading it more slowly a 3rd time…and this time I’m trying to refer to the scriptures he mentions, as much as possible. If you would prefer to read this as a free epub (ebook) file: click here
In the past 6-9 months I came very close to writing about this book and sharing it here. A number of things occurred that interfered with my thoughts and decisions about doing so. After writing yesterday about “Mixed Truths”I realized that distractions aside, I just needed to get this post on the Gift of Tongues written.
It was last year after I read it the first time that I told a group of fellow believers about it. Those whom I told about it personally were blown away by Pastor Dave’s revelations and this book’s messages. That doesn’t mean everyone will feel the same.
Ultimately, everything I was wanting to know about the how, why and dynamics of 1 Corinthians 12 was answered (and then some more.) I never imagined how important this book might be to read. Yes, The Bible is our SOURCE but there are occasions to read books that God has anointed others to write.
“The Walk of the Spirit” is a fascinating picture, or further example (a study if you will by explanation) of the manifestation of the Day of Pentecost – when the Holy Spirit appeared as “flames or tongues of fire” (Acts 2:3) and entered the apostles. It explains beautifully why God’s Holy Spirit Language isn’t just for select people but He designed it for ALL people.
I’ve heard of a number of people comment that The New Testament is relevant, but not The Old. I disagree. You can’t throw out the baby with the bath water. We wouldn’t have the New Testament without the Old. Jesus Life and Work were intertwined in the Words of the Old Testament as part of Old Testament Prophecy. Jesus (Yahushua) was born into the line of the family of David (Acts 2:25-35) and everyone and everything originates from Adam and Eve. If you ignore the Old Testament, in effect you are choosing to ignore half of Who God says He is – and that is not wise.
God is both loving and righteous and that’s why He gave us Jesus; Yahushua is both Savior and Judge. Which means He both sits on the Mercy Seat and holds the Judges gavel. Given that He, as The Lamb, is the only one worthy to open the scrolls, I’d say that makes Him worthy of our respect. (Rev. 5:4-5)
I am finally sharing this book because I AM expected too. Because there are people out there that need to read it.
Did you know the New Testament, the bigger portion of which I understand was written by the Apostle Paul WAS the result of Paul praying in Tongues (more than any of the other disciples)? (1 Corinthians 14:18)
It was Paul’s active practice of utilizing the Holy Spirit Language that God INTENDED us to usethat gave him the GOSPELSfor us to read.
It was about mid-morning today I started hearing the words and melody to the song below; So, I am including it with this message.
With regard to this message of this post, for further confirmation and to read the applicable bible verses for yourself, Please refer to the scriptures below. As always Pray and Seek Wisdom and Understanding.
How do I think? It felt like that was asking me how I write or eat or wash my face. At first…at first I almost thought it was silly. Until I realized how serious a question it was – and remains
I have struggled with needing to write some blog posts. I’ve received some Words of Knowledge I’m believing I’m supposed to share but that is not something I have ever done on this blog. (Sorry for random spontaneity…)
Tonight, reading Day 117 of Book of Mysteries – the scriptures the lesson referenced was from the book of Matthew 6:33. Which says in essence that He will give you all you need each day – day to day, if you live for Him.
To say that the last month has been difficult would be an understatement. I have had to take enormous amounts of time and reflect on life; 33 plus years worth of time. No joke. (and not coincidentally I just noted the scripture reference of Matthew 6:33 and reflecting on 33 years of life….Hmm: Confirmation.)
It turns out it this journey in the wilderness the past month was a Self-Evaluation of sort provided as a means for God to show me that He is not just Sovereign and Holy and Righteous – but Wise and Loving. He possesses an all-consuming Love that swallows up anything that doesn’t reflect HIM. In essence, He was showing me His “God Strategy” for life.
The “God Strategy” is really simple. Not easily followed…nor replicated but simple to identify, at least in theory. God gave us Jesus and we were to follow His example as we journey through life. It sounds easy- right? It’s anything but.
The God Strategy runs counter-intuitive to EVERYthing we are as human beings. Whether saved or un-saved, we have a tendency to want to lean on our prideful, arrogant, self-centered hearts and minds.
Jesus was none of those. He came to show us what we COULD be:
Selfless-Humble-Empathetic and loving others with Agape
In the past 33 years, I buried both parents and witnessed funerals of countless relatives and friends… the young, the old.
I have witnessed how bitterness can swallow up everything that is good in man as well as how un-forgiveness can lead to utter destruction.
I have witnessed the effects of what alcoholism can do to a person – not just one person, but two…as well as the life long effects of everyone to whom those persons came in contact.
Through everything, the good, the bad – the heartache…the tears. I have almost gotten to the point of being “cried out” where I have almost no tears left to cry. And that’s when Jesus told me…that was not by accident.
Through the decades, you’ve cried and cried and then cried some more.
Mankind looks at tears as something to flee from. As though tears will weaken the human psyche. But truth may seem stranger than fiction.
Keeping physically fit is paramount in the minds of many…but like anything good, some motivations (without balance) can become an idol. When men and women exercise, the body sweats. The overall benefit to the body is an increase in strength within the body muscles: “Strength training” it’s often called. The same holds true for building your “spiritual muscles” and “empathy empowerment” when you cry. So, where physical fitness is admired and sought after, showing our emotions is looked at as anything but…
What most have never bothered to ponder are the strength in crying tears. Tears aren’t just an outlet for emotions. Tears are a powerhouse method for the building up of the person within.
This might sound counter-intuitive but think about it. Every time you’ve cried, it seems to cause a release in the body. In truth, tears are The Father’s formula to build strength.
Consider Maundy Thursday…when Jesus went to Gethsemane. He went with his disciples to pray. While Jesus was there He found himself in the fight of His “carnal” life. That night was a “Macro” snapshot of His life. He had come on a selfless mission – as a tiny baby destined to eventually be the ultimate sacrifice of Agape Love. That Thursday night in the Garden He fought his flesh. His sweat fell to the ground like they were great drops of blood (Luke 22:44) and He asked His Father for strength.
Jesus knows our plight. He knows our hurts and what makes us tick, happy, frustrated…even content.
I’ve spent the last month contemplating “The how do I think” question…and the answer is that I don’t know because I’ve always HAD to turn to God for direction. He wrote the book of my life and I’m just “walking it out.” That’s how I look at each day, it’s how I’ve had to look at each day since 1983.
Yes, I have a calendar with appointments on it but God is really the controller. I recognized this a while back. I go where He leads…I wouldn’t want to navigate these waters on my own or by myself. That wasn’t His intention anyway.
The truth is, the “how do I think” question is an everyday, hour by hour struggle of Ephesians 6:10-18. From an early age, I faced unusual circumstances that left me confused, shaken and orphaned. Before I was even a Senior in High School I was asking more questions about the “obscure” things of Life and Heaven than anyone on earth had answers for. There finally came a point I stopped asking people around me anything – because no one could relate.
(To paraphrase and emphasize her point: “I wouldn’t want to go back and change what happened to me because, it happened for a reason, it provided a way for God to work and show His Glory….”)
Before I close for the night, here’s one more memory to share. I remember attending an Irish Wake with my Dad when I was 16. It was weird talking to the guy for whom the Wake was being presented but before he moved on to talk with another guest he said: “It’s been a pleasure talking with you…you have an amazing attitude and perspective. You’re gonna do great things.” Well, whatever I’m gonna do in this life is really on God’s To-do list — and I’m just watching it unfold.
The very first link I included in this post was the Bethany Hamilton re-enactment. I have been led to watch several sections of this movie since March. The Father needed to remind me that though we can’t always see HOW He is working – we have to know that He is working ALL things together – to give us Hope and Purpose: (Soul Surfer RAD Night ) (1min in length)
(I should add that while the final wave scene is really cool in itself, the close up scene of Bethany’s face while surfing “the barrel” is pertinent as it relates to an earlier scene right after the shark attack during her emergency trip to the ER.)
May all of God’s Blessings be yours and May you be a Blessing unto others….
When I started blogging, four or five years ago…I had no idea the journey ahead of me.
There have been times when I needed to pause from blogging. Some of these “pauses” I might have, at one time, attributed to “Writer’s Block;” but I’m beginning to realize that most of the time these “pauses” have been at the discretion – and direction – of The Father.
This past Winter, was one such time.
I think we can all agree the Presidential Election this past fall brought about some very unexpected results. It was just after the election though, that something occurred, which caused me to take this most unexpected pause.
I received feedback from a reader. The feedback was innocent. There was nothing said that was mean or disrespectful. But in that tiny, unsuspecting response…I spent days, weeks (okay, yes, months) contemplating IF I should even continue blogging. I questioned many things…among them my ability to write, to discern and to accurately convey messages from the Holy Spirit.
Today was the day I was directed to go back and review the post that started this “5 months of Grace.” He wanted me to go back and see where I had stumbled because He wanted me to recognize that stumbling isn’t failure. It’s a pivotal time in our walk of Spiritual Growth. These moments are necessary for us to progress.
Personally, I needed to go back and review what it was that made me feel like I’d needed to retreat. And it turns out that this was another step in His learning curve.
In the days since I returned and wrote my first entry last month, I kept wondering why there had been such a “dry” season of writing. I knew it was about discernment but I also knew He wanted to tell me more. The LORD responded:
“From the beginning (2009), you were prompted to blog because you have something to say. Because, your words matter – because you seek ME. Everyone who SEEKS ME will FIND ME.
Last year, you had begun to look elsewhere for words to share from other’s. It’s fine to share insights, but don’t supplant your voice. Until such time as I direct, your words, your writing, are your voice. A Fresh voice – a voice that isn’t echoing what the World keeps repeating. The People don’t need to feast on WORLDLY wisdom: The people NEED the Light of the World.”
Talk about feeling humbled.
Who AM I that God would use me to reach – even ONE person – who needs HIM?
I had written a blog post recently about how dark it feels like the world is becoming.
Although it may feel like there is a darkness surrounding us, I was gently reminded last night that I need to share an even MORE important TRUTH.
As I read from the Book of Mysteries: The Shadow Man (Day 104)…the Father allowed me to review select events of years past in a matter of moments.
The Shadow Man – our enemy (Satan) seeks to seek and destroy. But the take-away we MUST grasp is The enemy has NO power over us – unless we give it to him. Recall that the battle over the shadows and darkness starts in the mind (Eph 6:10-18)
The reality is – The Cross was a monumental moment in history. When Jesus died, the enemy thought he had gotten the upper hand.
The point is, don’t judge a book (or situation) by its cover. What we see doesn’t always tell the whole story.
As we live and breath, each day on this journey…we all have to go through different challenges. It’s the challenges that make us who we are. It’s the “Who we are becoming” that God focuses on.
The Whole Story we really need to learn is that of Jesus. Jesus death was a surprise twist in a fantastic and epic journey. By GIVING Jesus the POWER to resurrect on that Sunday…God enabled us to receive this same power. All we have to do is Ask for it.
How is that possible? Because God, promised us He would send us help.
Because, when Jesus ascended He sent us the Holy Spirit (The Comforter).
Because of the Holy Spirit, because of the Power associated with knowing the Word of God: if we use His Words we have the Kingdom of Heaven, on our side.
Whether or not you know it or are willing to believe it, the enemy will FLEE when anyone uses and expresses the Word of God as their defense.
And that brings me back to the title of this entry: Your Kingdom Authority.
You Kingdom Authority. By speaking aloud the Word of God (just like Jesus did during His Time on Earth) you – YES, YOU…- have a defense against the Shadows and the darkness.
The real question is – will you use these to your advantage? Will you apply them to your life, to break the chains? Will you give yourself the chance, to let Jesus set you free?
(when I published this post earlier, I thought I had selected the correct song. In the last hour, I received a correction. The following link is the song I should have attached from the beginning; but here it is, now.)
The only part of the video I don’t agree with is where it says “we are small, we are insignificant.”
As a human being goes, in the picture of creation…our bodies may be small as compared to the size of the earth, planets or galaxies. But that doesn’t mean we are insignificant. In fact, scripture says quite the opposite. The Word of God says we are Called by Name by our Creator (Isaiah 43:1). I’d say that makes us anything BUT insignificant!
I started this entry with this specific video because the photos from space and the galaxies were so incredibly amazing – And so useful for what our Heavenly Father wants YOU to know.
The World is facing interesting times. There is MUCH uncertainty. It feels as if we are on shifting sand as far as both Politics and the Economy are concerned. Men and women wonder what will happen from one moment to the next and how it will affect them?
These are all valid concerns. But maybe, there is something else we should be focusing on…something that has been forgotten. Your destiny.
Did you know that when you were born, you arrived with a destiny to fulfill? I’m not talking about the idea of “What do you want to be when you grew up.” I’m talking about the person God intended you to be even before the day of your birth.
Through the course of our lives, we tend to try to “figure out” where we would BEST fit in – what our skills and aptitudes are. What we’re good at. We try to do this all on our own. Sometimes even taking personality tests (in High School/College) to help “guide us.” Our parents and families will often do their best to help navigate this process as well.
Even with the best of intentions though…how well does that really work out? How many of us actually find our TRUE calling? Before you say, “Oh yeah, I’m there…doing what I’m meant to do. I like my job a lot…” that’s not what this is about.
I’m talking about whether you might actually KNOW what your God given destiny in this life really IS. As in, have your ever taken time to ask God – that question…?
“God, What would you have me do?
What is MY Destiny?”
A lot of you are going to likely think this sounds silly. But how many reading this, have even on the BEST of days – actually thought…”What is there? Could be MORE?”
The MORE is all about what God had intended for you to accomplish while you were alive and living – in the Here – Now – Today.
The point IS if You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and since God already knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7) What would it mean – FOR YOU – to find out what God already has planned for you? He knows us better than we know ourselves (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
If you are searching for more, then maybe you are searching because He is calling out to you…and saying there is:
9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?