God is GOOD! He is always concerned about His children. He knows every thought. Jesus Christ is “The Word”. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The same “Word” is still dwelling among us today through His Holy Spirit.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I submitted and committed my life to Jesus in November, 1994. He completely changed me. Like Mary Magdalene, I am very grateful to Jesus for what He did to and for me (Luke 8:2). Jesus truly love mankind--male and female (John 3:16). There are a lot of confusion as to rather a woman should be silent or not silent in public ministry; but this one thing I will tell you, when the Lord sets you free, and it does not matter if you are male or female, you cannot keep what He has done to yourself. We are compelled to share the "good news" of Jesus Christ in what He has done and will do for and through us.
I have been persecuted for many reasons since turning my life over to Jesus Christ. The most common persecution I continue to endure is the lack of freedom to express worship to Jesus Christ in the church. Are you surprised that the children of God are being persecuted at church--a place where the Lord has commanded us to assemble to praise and worship Him. Don't be!! Satan's most favorite place to visit is a dead and powerless church.
We must learn to praise and worship our Lord and Savior in any circumstance! For this is who we are--our Father's true worshippers.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
I have been told by pastors, elders and laypersons in church visitations to either stop worshipping, to be quiet or to tone down my praise and worship to God. I know what you are thinking. You're thinking that maybe I was out of order and this is the reason why they told me that. Some of Jesus' disciples thought those same words about Mary, the sister of Lazarus, when she boldly entered the room and began to worship Him in a unique way. She poured costly oil on Jesus’ head and anointed and wiped His feet with her hair (John 12:1-8 and Mark 14:3-9). Some of His disciples wanted Jesus to feel and think the same way they did toward the woman, but the Lord told them to leave her alone. Everything Mary was doing were ordained and appointed by the Father. She was worshipping the Lord in preparing His body for burial. The disciples were spiritually blinded. They were caught up in their own way of doing things.
On another occasion, a woman came to Jesus and began to uniquely worship Him. This woman who was known as a sinner in the city came to Jesus. She may have been a prostitute. All her life she could find no man to love her unconditionally. Jesus not only loved her but He forgave her of all her sins. He never remembered or reminded her of the past. THIS IS TRUE LOVE. When she began to uniquely worship Him, she felt so unworthy to stand in front of Him, so she stood behind Him. She felled at His feet and began to cry and wipe His feet with her tears and dry them with her hair. She kissed His feet.
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Jesus did not stop her, but the men around Him within their mind began to mock her and judge Him for allowing her to do such a thing. The men said within themselves that if Jesus was truly a prophet that He would know what kind of woman was kissing His feet. Jesus knew their thoughts and rebuked them, but He did not stop the woman from worshipping Him (Luke 7:36-50). The host of the house, a Pharisee, failed to worship the Lord. He may have invited Jesus to eat at his house, but he did not intend to worship Him. Therefore it is possible to go to church without ever intending to publicly worship the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Jesus Christ said in Luke 9:26, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Therefore, public worship in spirit and truth is an expectation from our Heavenly Father of His children. We were created to worship Him.
I was greatly encouraged by the Lord to continue thanking, praising and worshipping Him. The Lord encouraged me by speaking a word through a man of God that did not know what I was experiencing. Truly if we will humble ourselves before God, especially among our enemies, the Lord will exalt us (1 Peter 5:6-7). Be sure to read and/or listen to the word of prophecy spoken through Evangelist Jack Coe, Jr on our next blog.