I’ve lived a life that’s full. I traveled each and every highway. But more, much more than this. I did it
my GOD’S way. Amen!
For some time now, I have been faithful in keeping a promise to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that I would publish a new blog every Friday on WordPress, sharing encounters on how God the Father scripturally communicates with me on various subjects. Some of these blogs have been very revealing and personal and needless to say, in some cases unbelievable. In other words, the intimacy level of the Spirit and a mere mortal raises some illusions. WHY? Because God communicates with me in a special way that causes me to think about things differently.
So, for this week’s blog, I have decided to allow my readers to enter into my secret closet, while I share a revelation the Holy Spirit ministered to me one evening in March 1983, as I was preparing to conduct a seminar on the subject of what is the role of a Deaconess (female officer) in the church.
The seminar’s scripture theme had been given to me by the organization’s president and it came from Saint John Chapter 15. As I began to read the verses, one descriptive word started to formulate in my mind to summarize that verse(s). As I continued reading through the entire chapter, by the time I finished reading and meditating on its content, I realized I had written down 10 single descriptive words and one short sentence, for a total of eleven single expressive thoughts that summarized the entire chapter.
The next thing that happened, I begin to softly sing an old familiar hymn entitled, “He’ll Understand and Say, Well Done.” I immediately grabbed a pen and paper and begin to compile my thoughts in a chart-like draft. Below is a copy of what eventually came to fruition from John Chapter 15, with the aid and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Single Descriptive Word
Lyrics to the song
|5||I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.||DEVOTED
Very Loyal,Very Faithful
|If when you give the best of your service,|
| Here in is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Proclaim the Good News
|Telling the world. . . .|
| Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except ye abide in me.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
|. . . .that the Savior is come.|
|1||I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman||CHRIST
The expected Deliverer
|The Savior. . . .|
| If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
To hurt the feelings of
|Be not dismay. . . .|
| Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
|When friends don’t believe you. . . .|
| As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.
The capacity for participation in or infusion of another’s feelings
(The highest of intellect)
|He’ll understand and say WELL DONE.|
|20||Remember the word that I said unto you. The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.||SOJOURNER
To live somewhere temporarily
|Oh, when I come, to the end of life’s journey. . . .|
|13||Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.||SACRIFICE
An offering of a life or object to a deity
|Weary of life and the battle is won!. . .|
|If you keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.||ETERNAL
Without Beginning or End
|Carrying the Staff and the Cross of Redemption. . . .|
|26||But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.||SPIRIT OF TRUTH
|He’ll understand and say, WELL DONE.|
(*) All Scripture references are from KJV
God’s Final Surprise For Me
All of those many years ago when I compiled this workshop for my church’s Deaconess Board, it took me a minute to realize the surprise ending the Holy Spirit had blessed me with. Please observe that the first letter in the capitalized word in the “Single Descriptive Word” column actually spells out the description of the audience I was to conduct this workshop for: D-E-A-C-O-N-E-S-S-E-S! Hallelujah and praise God!!!
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