I have to start this blog by thanking all the ladies who helped decorate our Vineyard for Christmas. The Christmas trees and poinsettias look amazing. Thank you so much for being God’s faithful servants.
I’ll start by talking about our DVD session. Priscilla Shirer started by continuing to talk to us about the promises that come from living a life of complete obedience to God no matter how hard or impossible the task before us might look. We learned that when we choose to go with God, when our life is divinely intervened, we are in fact getting “an exceedingly great opportunity”. An opportunity to see God do the impossible, whether that impossible is redeeming the part of our lives we thought were wasted or seeing God work through us in miraculous ways.
The second promise we get is His “divine anointing”. I love this the most because like Priscilla, I don’t just want God in me , I want him “on” me. I want those who come in contact with me to sense the presence of God on me. For his fruit, as listed in Galatians 5:22-23, to be evident in the way I act toward all. I want “The Holy Spirit” to mark me so that unbelievers will know I serve a different God. I want leave the sweet aroma of Jesus behind me, so that I can lead others to the one they have been waiting for.
The last promise to those who yield to God in complete surrender is “supernatural results”. She went on to describe to us what supernatural results look like: It is “when you didn’t do anything and still things got done; its when you stand back and say “how did that get done”; its when you walk around the walls of Jericho and you turn around and the walls are falling down.” I’m grateful that we can anticipate supernatural results when we lay our battle weapons down, put our spiritual armor on and choose obedience.
It was a great night. We were blessed by stories of God’s redeeming power and beauty from ashes stories. It mirrored our homework from Week Four, where we read and studied the lives of Aaran, Sarah and Peter’s. God was merciful to them and gave them a second chance and He will do the same with us.
Here are my “Navigational tools” from Week Four”, don’t forget to post yours:
Day 1. God is merciful and compassionate
Day 2. My “second chance” story can be a source of encouragement to others.
Day 3. I need to obey God fully even if it will take longer or tame more effort.
Day 4. I must move forward with what God has asked of me even if I don’t have all the details.
Day 5. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Thank you for persevering with me loved one. You have not wasted your time. I’m looking forward to reading your comments on our time together and in your your homework time.