Thursday, November 24, 2011

Appointment Set Up By God

Recalling the words of a man that I met when sitting at the bus station in my former city. He shared his story with me; He was released from prison a few weeks earlier. He even share why he was in. He shared how people in our city helped him find a job and gave him new clothes. Then he asked me my story, because he saw my bible in the bag next to me. I shared how I was close to homeless and couldn't find a job. I remember his words;"But mam this should not happen to you. You are not like me." I was sitting in a pair of tennis shoes and baseball cap, but he still noticed I came from the corporate world.  He asked me why I was sitting at the bus station. My reply, "I just wanted to see what it felt like, because my car would be gone soon." From there we began to talk about God and his goodness. I wonder where this young man is today?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Instigator Demetrius

A few days ago, as I read Acts 19 I focused on the riot in Ephesus that was started by one instigator named Demetrius. He was concerned about the loss of his income. Behind the scenes he insinuated future problems.

All it takes is one person behind the scenes to stir up the people around him to cause problems.  People such as Demetrius never operate in the public eye they usually operate behind the scenes.

Most of us at one time in our life, may experience the problems that someone like Demetrius causes. Although this may not be an all out riot, their words seriously affect our life.

What did Paul do? Did he set out to confront Demetrius? No, he just kept moving forward preaching and teaching the Gospel. He kept his eye on the prize!

Paul speaks from his prison cell in Philippians 1:12-14
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. 

Reminder for my readers today; As you share the gospel there will be those that will oppose you. They will oppose you to your face and they will oppose you behind the scenes just as Demetrius did. In fact those who oppose you, may be other Christians. The key is, just as Paul did, even from a prison cell,  just keep moving forward. There will always be the Demetrius's in our world.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dead Ends

As I write this I am reminded of where I was one year ago. I was traveling in another country, teaching and preaching and building relationships. When I returned, I felt like I was at a dead end in the city I lived in for 14 years. Throughout the year this feeling continued. Finally in late summer, I was a desperate woman and began to fast and pray. This fast turned into one that went on for weeks, which was very unusual for me. During this time I realized it was impossible for me to settle back into my way of life prior to my trip. The question that arose within me was, now where do I go? Where does God want me to be? No money and no car, limited my possibilities. Yet, because of my past life experiences I knew at a deep level that nothing is impossible with God, even for a woman without a car or money! I learned this at a deep level by living in a specific city for 14 years. In this city, I experienced rejection and ridicule as a woman preacher, teacher and writer. Yet, throughout this battle, God intervened in circumstances again and again and again!

It wasn't long following my fasting and praying that a door opened for me to leave my city. One month later, I was packing my bags and moving to a new location. This is where I write from today. My new location is temporary as I prepare for the next stage of the journey. For now I am a visitor in the land where I am temporary planted.

"Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now. for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets." Luke 6:20-23 New International Version.

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