Pastor Rodney’s recent series on the word being sown into the hearts of men has been an interesting journey for me. Because of mental reconstruction process that God has put me through since I’ve been here; I had to learn how to throw away things that I thought that I had a good understanding about and receive the inerrant word of God without spot or blemishes. Initially, being brought up in a type of the word of faith movement back home in Panama City, we were taught about sowing and reaping a lot. Most of the messages were geared towards pastor giving us a manufactured conviction message about how we should be giving to his ministry and how to use the Word of God to break down and never building up. We didn’t see a lot of the flaws until our church split years later. I’ve learned under Pastor Rodney that to even be successful in your pursuits of God, you have to know the Lord’s heart. His heart is to be one with His bride, which is his church, which is us. In our pursuits of Him, we are destined, all of us, to find Him and to continue on in our lives with Him. As we spend time with Him, we develop His character and begin to look like and speak like our Father. The word of God that begins to sustain us, and comes out under test and trail, guides us, comforts us, makes provision for us, heals us, and nurtures our spiritual understanding must be sown into our hearts by the Holy Ghost before it manifests it’s work in our lives and brings us into full knowledge of Him.
I first heard the word of GOD at a very young age thinking Sundays were a social event. Brief testimony drugs and alcohol for 35 years , I knew something was missing in my life just wasn’t sure what , my heart was hard as a rock , full of anger hate and rage if it was not right I wanted to do it my flesh ruled what I did, if it felt good I did it. My mother and stepfather prayed for me, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior 17 + years ago being fleshly and wanting to do things my way did not work. I still wanted my way, God had a plan, I would hear Gods word but wouldn’t stand on it, the devil would steal my joy. Between my flesh and thoughts any little mountain was an excuse to do things my way, finally after three time s in prison losing all I worked for all my life , no friends , no family , nothing left , Jesus Christ had my attention, I know what a merciful Lord we serve , people all over the world would pray for me and Jesus Christ opened the doors for me because it was not a possibility for man or money could not help me but my stony heart was finally fleshly and started producing fruit, if you will speak and hear with faith the word of God it will produce fruit in his time.(Romans 10:19)
Prayer. Prayer. And more prayer. God has called us to pray without ceasing. It is our communication from man to a holy God. I truly understand the power and necessity of prayer. There is an urgency in my heart to pray like never before. There is the coming of a one world government so we must pray for our political leaders. The Muslim religion is making its way to public schools so we must pray for our teachers. Many people’s homes are becoming foreclosed so we must pray for our finances. People are getting sick and we must pray for healing in their bodies. We must pray with fervency and zeal like never before. At the same time the Bible says “don’t be anxious in anything but with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make your requests known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6) Are you making your requests known unto God and not complaining to man? At the same time, we must be grateful. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise. Thanking Him builds our faith up that it is done. It makes God bigger and the problem smaller. There is nothing too hard for Him. Thank You Lord for hearing us and answering our prayers according to your will!
This is a season of new beginnings and great things are in store. This year has been challenging but very rewarding. I am ready for what God has for me and ready to take it on with the boldness of Christ.