In my new role with Precept Ministries (PMI), one of my things I've been trying to help do is organize pre and post PMI events around Kay Arthur's speaking engagements. So, on occasion, I will accompany her. I just returned from a great trip to the DC, VA, MD areas. It was wonderful to meet with many leaders and supporters of PMI in/around the DC area. Then, we headed to MD for a women's conference. The "perk" in all this is getting to sit under Kay Arthur's teaching and teach she did. The group of women were hungry and seemed to hang on God's every Word...precious! It was a HARD message, but it was TRUTH! The organizer of the conference gave Kay the freedom to speak what God put on her heart and take all the time she needed. Even though I was there in a support role and to serve, God spoke to me too!
Have you ever felt like God had a key repeated word or subject going in your life? You know, subjects that seem to keep coming up, being repeated until you finally think - okay God, you've got a theme going!
Over the last few years, when I hear the above words, my spiritual ears seem to perk up! I've blogged about some of what God has been showing me as a way to help me process and get my mind around what I believe God is putting in my heart. God has definitely shown and convicted me that I've played the harlot, must be totally set apart for Him, need to toughen up, stop whining and learn to FIGHT! I'm coming to look at trials and testings as being in God's "boot camp" and understand that boot camp is preparation for combat. I know I'm not ready, yet I sense the battle rages and valiant warriors are needed - yesterday.
God used the messages that Kay shared over the weekend to confirm that these impressions are definitely from Him. Two passages jumped off the pages and pricked my heart.
...sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do...1 Chronicles 12:32
WOW! If ever sons (and daughters) of Issachar were needed - IT IS NOW! Are we ready for what is coming? Am I ready to do battle? Do I understand the times and do I know - accordingly to the Word of God - what to do? That leads me to the next verse that grabbed my heart this past weekend. Interestingly, it was given to me only a week or so ago by a new friend on facebook. It's a real attitude adjuster!
If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, how will you do in the ticket of the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:5
Whine, whine, whine. If I get tired with the day to day trials and testings, how am I ever going to hold up in the real heat of a batte? If I am this inept during times of relative ease and comfort how will I ever be able to hold up when all my comforts and freedoms have been stripped from me? If I can't see, discern and stand firm against the schemes of the enemy now, how I ever see him coming in the thick jungle or a thicket? Well, I won't. I need to toughen up. I want to toughen up. I want to be God's woman for this hour. A valiant warrior who understands the times, knows what to do and can compete with horses and stand even in the thicket. Will I? Oh, dear God - I pray so...
...but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. Daniel 11:32(b)