"He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose hoe's lachet I am not worthy to unloose. (John 1:27 KJV)
This Blog-Post is a bit personal, and perhaps some of you might not get it or understand. I begin with worship, praise and a grateful, thankful heart to God-almighty. "Father I stretch my hands to thee, no other help I know; If Thou withdraw thyself from me, whither shall I go. Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I'm found, was blind, but now I see. Lord, shower down, shower down, send your Spirit Lord.
Lord, I never in my wildest dreams could, would imagine that my life would turn out lket it has. Me, a preacher and a pastor, not to mention an author! So much about this journey was hidden from me. It amazes, frightens, and amuses me how you molded me into this person that some call "Pastor." Without pomp and religious, celebrations and validation by man. You sought me out and empowered me to stand in the midst of questioning eyes. Some might say: "Who made her a pastor? Who is her cover? What church validated her ministry? I don't remember her having an installation service anywhere.
Nevertheless as the Apostle Paul says: " But I am who I am by the grace of God." When Paul received the revelation, when he was commissioned to take the message of the Gospel to the Gentiles, He said that he did not confer with flesh and blood! it was the Holy Spirit that taught him everything he would need to be successful in his ministry.
The Lord has bee mighty good to me, despite setbacks, heartaches, and the pain of losing two of the most important people in my life, my daughter Danielle and husband Thomas Ford. But God has been right by my side. Despite these interruptions in my life, He still watches over His Word to perform it. He says: 2 Timothy 1:12 "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."
The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.( Haggai 2:9 KJV)
It doesn't matter how you start out, it only matters how you finish. I started on this journey of ministry some eleven years ago. Last January 20, 2012, Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers, International Worship Center, opened its doors. We are approaching our first church anniversary next month. I cannot say that everything has been easy, but Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. God has been faithful and He is the keeper of my soul. The important thing is to stay in your own lane. Keep your eyes on the prize. The anointing will will flow in the area of your assignment. Just be the best you that you can be and God will be pleased with you.
There is a song by Jacklyn Carr entitled:"Greater is Coming." The words are as follows:
An olive has to go through three stages, for its oil to run: It has to go through the shaking, the beating, and the pressing. And just like the olive, some of you may have felt like you go through the shaking, the beating and the pressing. You've went through all of that for your oil to flow. Now, your greater is coming...
If it had not been for the shaking,
I never would have been ready for the making, no
If it had not been for the beating,
I would have never knew how anointed I would be.
If it had not been for the pressing,
I wouldn't be able to walk into my destiny.
He's preparing me, preparing me, preparing me for greater...
I feel a shaking in the Spirit,
I feel a beating in the Spirit,
I feel a pressing in the Spirit,
Preparing me for greater...
I thank God for my church's humble beginnings, but I know that God is preparing me for greater. When John the Baptist came on the scene, some people look to him as the savior and the consolation of Israel. But he never took that credit. He was a humble man who took on the role of a servant. John was the one crying in the wilderness saying, "Make way for the coming of the Lord." "He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose hoe's lachet I am not worthy to unloose. (John 1:27 KJV)
I thank God for the shaking and the pressing. You can't get wine without grapes going through a pressing. You can't get olive oil without the olives being pressed. so it is with the anointing. It doesn't come cheaply. If I didn't suffer affliction, I would not have gotten to know the Lord like I do. And yet there is so much more to this mysterious God that we serve. He who is able to take your mess and turn it into a ministry.
Greatness starts on the inside not the outside.. If it begun on the inside, then the storms, trials, test, that we go through in life, would beat our physical bodies to a pulp. over the years our bodies would show the wear and tear from the emotional internal battles that we have had to fight. and encounter. The song writer is correct: "Trials do come to make us strong.
I thought I would be able to finish this blog, but I will have to stop for now and give you part two tomorrow. I hope that these words resonate in your hearts and that it helps you to realize that:"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6 KJV)
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