Part B, A Testimony
Dear Reader, this has to be one of the most difficult tasks I have ever been given and like many I have run from it, when God called me back from my wandering and told me it was time to get back to work and I repented and began to study his word again, sometime into that study he quickened these verses to me and my response has been this is Old Covenant what has it to do with me? Let us say he hasn’t been too happy with me, as I have run, hid you name it every excuse in the book but face it head on.
Eze.33:1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people [who are exiled in Babylon] and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword on a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming on the land, and he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his [own] head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood shall be on himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, he is taken away because of his corruption and sin; but I will require his blood from the watchman’s hand.’ AMP
Now some 40 years later I can no longer run, through those years God has been faithful even when I haven’t been. He has proved his word to me over and over again, but there came a time in my life where I stopped hearing the sweet voice of my Lord in my heart on a daily basis, yes he still talked to me when there was some thing for me to do, but no more of the everyday sweet communion I had become accustom to.
I shared this with my Pastor and with my advisor at Bible school and both more or less said the same thing; consider it a blessing that God trusts you with silence. (I’m not so sure it was blessing) Also, the divine health I and my daughter had walked in for so long began to weaken, for years we were never sick not even a cold, the Bi-polar depression I had suffered for years vanished, and often when people visited my home while they were there their symptoms would leave and if they accepted prayer they were healed, all this began to vanish, till we were no different than everyone else.
Yes, God still provided for us in many ways but the supernatural had been lifted. I am still free from the Bi-polar depression, but not from all depression, and for a person of senior years who hasn’t been particularly good to her body I am amazingly healthy. God has been very good to me. About 20 years ago he taught me..
Hebrews 2:8- YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET [confirming his supremacy].”Now in putting all things in subjection to man, He left nothing outside his control. But at present we do not yet see all things subjected to him.9 But we do see Jesus,… AMP
And I have rested, the fact that though all my circumstances are not under my feet I can look up and know that all things are under Jesus feet and I can move from a place of rest in God as I go about my life. I can no longer run and make excuses for myself it is time I come to repentance, stop my disobedience and proclaim what God has shown me over these years. In spite of my trying to avoid sharing this message he gave me so many years ago, it has not changed and it has grown louder.
It is past time to call the body of Christ to repentance!
We have all allowed World’s culture to influence us and modify how we listen and obey God, we seek pleasure and feel good experiences, we have allowed ourselves to become greedy, and selfish, we have allowed fear to rule our lives and have been judgemental of those around us. Some more than others that is true, but I doubt that any of us is completely free of the worlds influence in these areas of our lives, can any of us say that we have kept our minds…stayed on Him…at all times I know I haven’t.
Most who will read this live in the most prosperous well educated countries of the world but our nations are full of hurting and hungry people and it isn’t getting any better, do you think our God is happy with this. Their hunger transcends just the hunger for food for the body, though there are too many for whom this will have to be addressed before we can hope to address the soul.
However, before we the body of Jesus in the earth can hope to see the wonders our God would have us do and see, we must come to repentance, return to the words of Jesus, become doers of his word not hearers only…as always Jesus has a remnant that is already walking this out but God has called an army to come forth and spread this message of redemption and love.
(However before we can do this me need to learn Jesus word to us has said, not just what our current favorite teacher or prophet.)
The promises of the Word are Yea and Amen! In Joel it tells us that if we return God will restore that which has been lost.. (Read Joel 2:12-27)
25 “And I will compensate you for the years That the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust—My great army which I sent among you. 26 “You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied and praise the name of the LORD your God who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.
So many of us have been living defeated unhappy lives because we have gone our own way seeking our own comfort and avoiding so many much of what we know from scripture to be true, others have avoided studying the Word for themselves thinking that they would not be held responsible and because of that lack of knowledge are perishing. Is it not time to return to our first love…? He promises to receive us, and restore us if we will seek Him. He has done it time and again for his Israelite children will he not do it for His blood bought ones too.
(We will continue the study of Amos 5 tomorrow.)