Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Created to Worship

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.

Hebrews 4:12
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.

John 4:23
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.

Romans 10:15
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.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Prophecy by Jack Coe, Jr.

To Mrs. Terry B. King at BCC on September 6, 2009 

For the Lord would say unto thee my daughter:

"I have put a greater anointing and a spirit of rejoicing upon thee. And this rejoicing that is upon thee, it shall follow thee through thy house, through the grocery stores, everywhere that you come in contact with because my presence is upon you. You have asked for more of me, saith the Lord, and I am giving you more of me. Amen. The things that’s been hidden for generations and for a long time is going to be revealed. Hallelujah. For there is an appointed time and this is your appointed time, saith the Lord, to move into your realm of total victory. I know you love me because you tell me every day, saith the Lord, how much you love me. And you are a praiser. And you are a worshipper. And you have drawed nigh unto me and I am drawing nigh unto you."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

An Open Letter to God

The "Unadorable" Child
(written by Mrs. Terry B. King, 1995)

Dear Lord: 

You look down on us as “dear children”.  Yesterday, I held a child in my arms; a child that has been considered "unadorable." But I thank you Lord in that what people consider as unadorable is not unadorable in your eyesight.  As I held this child in my arms, I thought about inward and outward beauty. I also thought about how it does not matter to you how spiritually unadorable we are, your arms are always open to forgiveness. Not holding against us our spiritual handicaps, but through mercy and grace, you are always there to wipe the tears from our eyes. So, why can't we, as humans, love these "unadorable" children as you love us?  As I held this child, who has suffered much scorn because of the lack of physical beauty, in my arms, I began to understand what you consider to be "unadorable." For the seven things that are "unadorable" to you are not "unadorable" to the ways of this world. They are:

1) a proud look
2) a lying tongue
3) hands that shed innocent blood
4) a heart that devises wicked plans
5) feet that are swift in running to evil
6) a false witness who speaks lies
7) one who sows discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19)

As I continued to hold this child, you filled my heart full of outgoing love, care and concern. I saw then that beauty is not how one may look on the outside, but the very love of God from within. Therefore, this "unadorable" child has done no wrong towards its accusers. Through you, we can learn to be caring, to be concerned, to be compassionate, and to love an "unadorable" child; because you first loved us [the "unadorable" children of this world (John 3:16)].  As I continued to hold this child in my arms, I began to wonder how you promised to always hold, comfort, and ease our hurts and pains. I began to wonder how, regardless of our spiritual ugliness, you always have compassion in your eyes for us. I began to wonder how you promised to never forsake or leave us for any reason. You are always there for us! So why can't we, as humans, love these "unadorable" children as you love us?

As I held this child in my arms, I prayed that you would continue to instill within my heart, your compassion, your love, your mercy, and your grace so I could love an "unadorable" child as you love me. I prayed that you would give this child the encouragement and strength it needs in order to survive in a world full of spiritual ugliness.  As I continued to think on your mercy and grace, I began to see the beauty within this child. For that beauty was only the desire and need to be held, loved, and cared for. That child began to look on me with compassion from its little eyes. That child knew that someone cared.And through caring, the child's face glowed with hope. Just like through you Lord, we have hope because we know you care. So, why can't we, as humans, love these "unadorable" children as you love us? 

When I gave the child back to its mother, the child's last expression "or choice of words" was a smile. Because the child knew someone cared. As a loving parent Lord, you promised to be with us until the end of our days. You promised to give us a home in your everlasting kingdom. Where pain, suffering, and tears will never be heard of! A home where all children will be adorable! So let's, as humans, love these "unadorable" children as Christ loves us so that our last "choice of words" will be a smile.

Disciples' Feet Washing

Let’s first define the word “disciple”:

“A follower, believer, learner, supporter and student of a leader, a philosophy or a religion.”

When I was young, I remember participating in “feet washing” at church. This event was so exciting to me and I could hardly wait to participate in it again. But as I grew older, I noticed the practice gradually ceased. The enemy (Satan and his cohorts) aimed to get the children of God to disobey their Father’s command. Jesus Christ knew that His time on this earth was coming to an end. He knew that His disciples loved him. He also wanted His disciples to love one another. For 3½ years, Jesus noticed how His disciples complained and competed against each other. In other words, they did not show love toward each other (Mark 10:35-45, Luke 22:24).

Before His departure from this earth, Jesus wanted to set an example for His disciples to follow in loving Him and others (John 13:3-17). When we choose to participate in the “Lord’s Communion”, we are showing love toward God; but when we choose to participate in “feet washing”, we are showing love toward each other. Why is it that those who are called by the name of the Lord choose to participate in one but refuse to participate in the other? Jesus’ greatest desire is to see His disciples loving each other. And when we choose to participate in the Lord’s command in washing each other’s feet, we are choosing to show humility in loving each other. Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:12-13).”

We, who are disciples (followers and learners) of Jesus Christ, let us obey our Lord, Master and Teacher’s commands. Let us choose to participate in the Lord’s Communion and the washing of one another’s feet.

Selah (meditate on this)!