I have a saying (STICKY NOTE) on my desk but I try to live this:
PANIC IS NOT A STRATEGY
- As believers in the Body of Christ…
o Condemnation/Shame/Guilt is not a strategy
o The Blame-Game is not a strategy
o Quitting your job is not a strategy
o Leaving your church (or from under covering) is NOT a strategy
- God’s Word has our strategy
Philippians 4:6 (AMPC) Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
Hebrews 13:7 (AMPC) Remember your leaders and superiors in authority [for it was they] who brought to you the Word of God. Observe attentively and consider their manner of living (the outcome of their well-spent lives) and imitate their faith (their conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things, the Provider and Bestower of eternal salvation through Christ, and their leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness).
Philippians 2:14-15 (AMPC) Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves],15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,
Apostle has always shared, that God uses situations and circumstances to expose what is already in us. God’s greatest tool for testing is … (you all know) TIME!
· When is my Superbloom manifesting?
· When will this pandemic end and I can get my children in school?
· When will that child/that spouse/that boss on my job FINALLY CHANGE?
Our response and actions behind these issues should help you and I discover where we are really located. Don’t think because we are on this prayer line this morning (or every morning) that everything is fine and well… just ask yourself, what have we done in response to God’s Word spoken on this prayer line???
Our actions speak louder than words and as Rashaad brought out with the men last week, our SILENCE speaks volumes. (in fact, inaction and silence is still a decision we make towards God’s Word).
So God speaks a Word to us about repentance (changing direction/from the way we were going, back to Him … from the evil we were committing against Him… NOW WHAT?)
We shouldn’t take these messages as a suggestion… they aren’t like an option when ordering a meal (picking and choosing what we want or don’t want).
- I was faced with a situation regarding Biblical Loyalty early in my career with Food For The Poor and when I went to Apostle about how I felt that my boss was unfairly treating me… I was given a sobering Word… a lesson on Biblical Loyalty toward my job, NOT past co-workers that I kept as a friend. (DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED)
- NOW, years later, that boss is retired… she spent the last 3-4 years pouring into me so much, in order that I can lead in this department and assist the new director… can you see now all that was on the line! I didn’t see what was at stake all those years ago, but God did.
WHAT AM I SAYING?
The Lord know what is at stake for each and every one of us through these messages on REPENTANCE, RETURNING AND REVIVAL.
Apostle shared on Tuesday that we must consider the next generation… Our children, and what they will face if we DO NOT repent and return to the Lord.
- I actually took a ‘PAUSE’ on Tuesday and saw my sons in light of that challenge. I saw how I must begin to return to The Lord so I can raise them right.
Proverbs 22:6 (AMPC) Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6(MSG) Point your kids in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost.
Proverbs 22:6 (TPT): Dedicate your children to God and point them in the way that they should go,[a]and the values they’ve learned from you will be with them for life.
This issue is this…
· HOW CAN WE POINT THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WHEN WE AREN’T GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH GOD?
· THE VALUES THEY LEARN FROM US, WILL BE THE VALUES OF THE WORLD!
Some of us need to ask ourselves, how many times has the Word of the Lord spoken to us about a matter, and we refuse to get it right… BUT … we see no consequences! We often think everything is smooth and fine.
Apostle recently reminded us all of this… and it rang true again how urgent we must consider the times, especially for our children.
Let’s see what happen to King Solomon…
1 Kings 11:1-13 The Message (MSG) King Solomon was -obsessed with women. Pharaoh’s daughter was only the first of the many foreign women he loved—Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite. He took them from the surrounding pagan nations of which God had clearly warned Israel, “You must not marry them; they’ll seduce you into infatuations with their gods.” Solomon fell in love with them anyway, refusing to give them up. He had seven hundred royal wives and three hundred concubines—a thousand women in all! And they did seduce him away from God. As Solomon grew older, his wives beguiled him with their alien gods and he became unfaithful—he didn’t stay true to his God as his father David had done. Solomon took up with Ashtoreth, the whore goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the horrible god of the Ammonites. 6-8 Solomon openly defied God; he did not follow in his father David’s footsteps. He went on to build a sacred shrine to Chemosh, the horrible god of Moab, and to Molech, the horrible god of the Ammonites, on a hill just east of Jerusalem. He built similar shrines for all his foreign wives, who then polluted the countryside with the smoke and stench of their sacrifices.9-10 God was furious with Solomon for abandoning the God of Israel, the God who had twice appeared to him and had so clearly commanded him not to fool around with other gods. Solomon faithlessly disobeyed God’s orders.
11-13 God said to Solomon, “Since this is the way it is with you, that you have no intention of keeping faith with me and doing what I have commanded, I’m going to rip the kingdom from you and hand it over to someone else. But out of respect for your father David I won’t do it in your lifetime. It’s your son who will pay—I’ll rip it right out of his grasp.
So the Lord has spoken some powerful Words on this prayer line…
· The call of a servant & following a pattern…
· The Importance of Time…
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”