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Believe it or not, the title for this week’s blog came to me as I revisited a page in my journal which catalogued an early morning conversation I had with God around 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2004.
After being gently awaken, I just laid there silently. My mind vividly recalled the stirring testimonies of the night before at our Wednesday night prayer meeting. Passages from Ezekiel and Isaiah were read during the closing and I began to reflect on them as I lied awake.
Out of nowhere I ‘felt’ a voice say, “My Child, you have to become your title…”Board of Christian Education.” At first, I was confused and had no idea why my mind spoke to me in that fashion. Suddenly, my subconscious was at work and reminded me that ever since the last Board meeting on November 13th, which I was a newly elected member of, I had been asking the Lord to speak to me concerning the question put to us by our president. Her inquiry to us was what concerted new ideas would we be bringing to the table that would foster constructive change in the turbulent operations of various departments/ministries in the church family.
During those following nineteen days after that meeting I had received nothing from on high! Then, finally, that morning (in God’s time), He decided to answer.
“Is that You, Lord?” I said with excitement, and immediately grabbed my Bible and turned to the book of Ezekiel. As I read Chapter 2 in it’s entirety, the Lord spoke again.
“Ezekiel’s life was a living parable or object lesson for the people. And, Daughter of Education, I see you as I see Ezekiel. A representative of Who is to come. For I call Ezekiel, Ben Adam–which is when translated, Son of Man. Now, Daughter of Education, get up, wake up, get a pen and write. I am sending you to the children of this church, a rebellious congregation, who have rebelled against Me. They and their fathers, like in the days of Ezekiel, have transgressed against Me to this day.”
So when I heard Him, I grabbed a pen and a piece of paper and I begin to write. But then I said, “Oh, Lord, how have we rebelled against You?” I did not hear or ‘feel’ anybody speak, but my spirit nudged me and caused me to have a fixation on the expression in the bible that referred to ‘eat the word.’
(From that time forward, whenever I was asked to pray for the congregation, I would always include those words…’eat the word’. In addition, I personally began to ‘eat the word’. I truly believed by doing so I was in training to become all that God intended for me in the household of faith, Obviously, I was reminded spiritually, leaders are made not born.)
Then God said to me, “The Word I have for the Board of Christian Education is one of encouragement. Persons on the Board are to see themselves as a Jeremiah and as an Ezekiel. Both of these men’s messages to My people were proclamations. Their preaching was laced with future event happenings. Both of these men’s messages were warnings to the people, telling them to get ready for things to come.
So, when their prophecies did not happen in the time frame that suited the people, the people began to shut their ears and mock Ezekiel and Jeremiah and call them a bunch of names and hoped they would stumble in everything they did.
Even though both men were My appointed and ordained priests they were also human; their feelings were hurt and their personage was wounded. Instead of getting angry at the people, they got angry with Me. Jeremiah said, ‘I will not make mention of HIM.’
BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION…BEWARE!!!!
My Child, you are to become Ben Christian Education–which is when translated, Daughter of Christian Education. For like Jeremiah and Ezekiel, your words will be a stumbling block and a proverb to My people. The captors are coming and My people will be swallowed up, but My Word will ring true. My messengers need to be steadfast, unmovable, strong-willed and of good courage.”
To all my readers, my prayer, then and now is this: I pray that during my entire time of service to the Lord I have rendered myself and my efforts to the teachings of the Holy Spirit and in accordance with the scripture text below. For I, too, realize that servant leaders/managers are made (by God) and not born.
Scripture Lesson: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast and immovable. Always excel in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthian 15:57-58
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