Just before reading my blog for this week, I invite you to click the face of Tennessee Ernie Ford and listen to a short version of the Christian hymn, “He’ll Understand and Say Well Done”. Then come back to my blog.
This will help you to understand how God often converses with me in three dimension when he really wants me to understand the true meaning of certain scripture passages, especially when I have been asked to teach them to others.
To be perfectly honest with you, I never felt special or even looked upon this method of Bible study as being a privilege from God until he recently revealed it to me while preparing this week’s blog. I naively thought that was how The Holy Spirit conversed with everybody.
During my prayer-prep time for entering into the Master’s mind/presence for preparing this week’s blog, I discretely heard the Lord say that He does not work with every biblical writer as He does with me.
My child, He said, you are continually asking Me questions all the while you are researching My Word and looking for validation and confirmation in other areas of scripture. So since you are imparting information about the role of a Deaconess in the church, all I have to say to you through the Apostle Paul is the following:
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:1-6 KJV
Back in the day, when I was a Deaconess (*), I actually presented the following bible study teaching at the Deaconess Workshop, Saturday, March 5, 1983 at my Baptist church in Rockville, Maryland. God empowered me to use his Scriptures from Saint John, Chapter 15 (KJV), Webster’s word definitions and a hymn to bring the message. (The ‘red‘ letters spell out Deaconesses; Webster defined the conduct of a Deaconess; and the hymn describes the reward that will be bestowed on a faithful Deaconess.)
|15:5 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,
|15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
15:16 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.
|Evangelize||Proclaim the Good News
Telling the world…..
|15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except ye abide in me.
15:6 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.
|15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.||Christ||The Expected Deliverer
|15:19 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.
15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
|Offended||To Hurt The Feelings Of
Be not dismay…..
|15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you,
15:24 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…..
|15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
|Empathy||The Capacity for participation in or infusion of another’s feelings (The highest of intellect)
He’ll understand and say Well Done.
|15:20 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 my journey…..
|15:13 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!…..
|15:10 If ye 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…..
|15:26 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||Supernatural Being
He’ll understand and say Well Done.
I forgot to mention, when God wants me to be serious, he requires that I use the King James Version of Scripture because the words are more poetic and easier to memorize.
Speak, Lord, thy servant is listening.
(*) Note: The ministry of a deaconess is, in modern times, a non-ordained ministry for women in some Protestant churches to provide pastoral care, especially for other women. The term is also applied to some women deacons in the early church.
Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 4:1-6 KJV (See above.)
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