May your heart keep Jehovah’s commandments. May they give you long life, good years and peace. May you be diligent to keep mercy and truth near you. Fasten them around your neck so that you are continually reminded of them and so they stay close and ready to apply. May you find favor and much success in the sight of God and people. (Prov.3:1-4)
Mighty Jehovah acts in a moment of time. People can be up against an insurmountable wall of opposition in one moment and in the next moment, the Lord God has acted upon people and circumstances to bring about a whole different outcome. The “perfect storm” can be formed and can be thrashing you about until you believe that there is no way to survive and there certainly is no way through. But, in a moment of time the Master can speak to the storm and, because the wind and storm know His name, you are surrounded by calm and then there is the shore. ”Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Or shall a nation be brought forth in a moment? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she brought forth her children.” (Isa.66:8, Amp) (Remember May 14,1948?)
While there are open doors before us, there is, however, a process of decision-making that we must give ourselves to. Jehovah’s instruction to prophet Jeremiah has embodied within it the matter of choosing. Jer. 21:8 “You shall also say to this people, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.” Deut. 30:19 plainly shows us that our God puts His power of command to us in hopes that we will choose life instead of death and choose blessing instead of a curse. We are not simply those who observe and experience the coming and the passing of days and calendar events. We have choices to make as to how those days, events and people affect us; we must make choices as to how we will affect those days, events and people. We can be bearers of life or of death, bearers of blessing or curses. (Second excerpt from Marty’s article “Doors and Self-Government”)
The name of the Lord is a Strong Tower.
In that name we defy all hostile assault. In that name we set up a blockade against all that is not life and all that is not blessing.
God has named Himself and has given us His names so that we may know how to depend upon Him in any situation. Those names help remind us that He is our Eternal Constant. (“I change not.”) Just the saying of those names is a praise unto Jahve. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong.” (Prov.18:10)
I will rejoice and be glad and be assured in emphasizing these 5 facts:
1. THE Lord (the Lord above all lords) is my Shepherd
2. the LORD (“Yehovah” – “the existing One”) is my Shepherd
3. the Lord IS (now, in these circumstances and this day) my Shepherd
4. the Lord is MY (not just my momma’s and my preacher’s) Shepherd
5. the Lord is my SHEPHERD (provides for and guides me because I am His) * (Ps23:1)
Enablements That Communicate
As we go into the future, Holy Spirit will impart to us enablements that communicate in language that reaches people where they are. In one meeting I spoke of the greatness of God and the many dimensions in the universe. Afterward, a scientist who had helped develop the Apollo rocket walked up and engaged me in conversation about dimensions. I ended up ministering to him about his purpose and counseling him concerning his marriage. On several occasions, people working in the government of our nation have contacted Kathy for help interpreting their dreams and she was able to prophesy to them concerning God’s purposes in their future. In a meeting, I spoke of righteous legislation for our nation. A man who is running for the U. S. Senate was in that meeting. One of his aides contacted me and told me that the gentleman wept openly in the meeting because of what the Lord spoke to him concerning legislation for our nation. In the play Julius Ceasar Mark Antony cries out, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” I believe that today our Lord’s cry is, “Sons, daughters, believers, lend me your capacities to communicate.” Believers have not yet seen everything our Lord will do to us and through us for His Kingdom purposes but…. we are available.