GOD SANCTIONS AN OLD ADAGE:  LEADERS ARE MADE AND NOT BORN

 

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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!!!!

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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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God Is No Respecter Of Persons

There are times when not only do I want to converse with God, but God wants to converse with me.  In the past, I recognized those times when Daddy was on the line, but often I was too busy doing something else, so I said, I’ll call you back.  Well, in short order I recognized just how dangerous that could be.

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WHAM!!  Everything I touched after that call, was like riding on a Ferris Wheel.  Going around in circles.  Accomplishing nothing.

News Flash!

Don’t you know that God has an arsenal of obstacles that he can place in your path that will trip you up, big time.  So, take my advice and don’t even try it.  Program your phone with a special ring that identifies our Father’s call and do not allow it to ring more than once before you answer it. He always has something vital to say.

That was the case in June 1983.  I had just returned home from a highly inspiring weekend women’s retreat in Massanetta Springs, Va., and was still ‘high’ on the Lord even after 4 days.  I was walking around my home thinking about just how I could ‘bottle’ or immortalize all the excitement, energy, enthusiasm, hope, love, reverence and joy we had experienced.

Believe it or not, I was even calling on the Lord for answers.  Sure enough, He was responding by calling me, but my phone was busy (gossiping with other girlfriends), or I was out shopping (with credit cards), or casually discussing the matter with a familiar face in the mirror (my own) who hadn’t a clue about nothing.

Yes, I was guilty of ignoring the very Source that I had called on in the beginning.

Well, He got tired of it and laid me flat on my back.  After becoming totally exhausted, I resorted to the couch and fell into a deep daze.

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I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I surrendered.

That’s when God said get up and grab your pencil and paper because I am about to turn you into Isaiah.  Just like I heard his cry, I have heard yours.  I was with all of you women at the retreat and I heard, seen and felt your compassion and love towards Me.  And you, my child, also saw Me high and lifted up sitting atop that hill in Massanetta Springs, and an ole rugged cross depicted My glory.

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 So I did just what He said…arose, grabbed my pen and began to                                   write…paraphrasing Isaiah 6 beginning at verse 2.

Around the cross stood the female saints  each one holding two hands of two others; and each one having a multitude of prayers on her lips.

And one cried out unto each of us, and said, Pray, pray, pray to the Lord of host.  He’s got a job for you to do out there in the world; and he’s waiting on you to fulfill His will.

And a hazy light begin to appear above the cross as God opened the door called Morning and the atmosphere became filled with His glorious dew.

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a woman who’s been playing church.  I have not completely aligned myself with the Saints of God:  for this morning my ears have heard and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.

Then went I unto one of the Saints whose total being was on fire for the Lord, and as I took her hands in mine, they felt like live coals:

And the Holy Spirit laid it upon my heart and said Lo, ask your sister to pray for thee; and thine iniquity will be taken away and thy sin purged.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Eat the Word least I chew you up and spit you out.  Then fell I upon my knees and said, I will eat the word.

And he said, Get up, Go, return to your church and remember your promise to me; for if you do, I will surely reveal the scriptures to you and you shall have wisdom and understanding and you shall see me at work in you life.

You shall have power in teaching my babies and they, too, will yearn for the word; and I will open up their ears so they can understand.  I will close there eyes to the distractions around them and they shall look beyond the trash and tinfoil of this world and see only me.  And the parents will see the change in them and bring them forth to be baptized.

Then said I, Lord, how long must I eat the word and how long must I teach the gospel?  And he answered, Until the cities become more humanized and God fearing, and the inhabitants learn the power of prayer and the households are without strife and the land is filled with love.

So that no matter where the Children relocate to, if they should stray, there will be someone there to show them the way, thus many shall return, even a tenth, and shall be stronger and more faithful in their service then before.

And that tenth shall be like the mighty teil and oak trees with their leaves shaped like the hearts of man, bearing wing like fruit in all seasons; and when the inevitable comes and the leaves shall fall and the physical seed shall be planted for the last time:  Thanks be to God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and with the glorious forgiveness of every sin; our spiritual seed shall live on and continue to bear fruit for the Lord until He comes again.  Hallelujah!

Don’t you see…God’s response to my inquiry had been divinely answered with precise results and named rewards.  Who could ask for anything more?  Why had I been so stubborned in the beginning by thinking that I could resolve my own problems.   Click the video picture below and take a few minutes to review just how God is no respecter of persons.

Scripture LessonTrust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path.  Proverbs 3:5, 6

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