Friday, March 18, 2016
Well friend, the time has come once again. The time for what, you ask? The time where I finally get out a long, overdue newsletter! lol. It’s unbelievable just how quickly time seems to be moving along these days… although I’m sure you can relate! I am continuously reminded of the scripture that says, “redeeming the time because the days are evil”. Ephesians chapter 5, verses 15-17 read:
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
The scriptures are incredibly specific here in how we are to go about redeeming the time. First of all, we are to utilize the Holy Spirit’s wisdom. We are to be wise and not foolish. In order to do so, we are to “walk circumspectly”.
The basic meaning of the Latin word ‘circumspicere’ is “to look around.” Near synonyms are ‘prudent’ and ‘cautious’. The word circumspect implies thinking carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something; a careful consideration of all circumstances, along with a desire to avoid mistakes and bad consequences.
Now that’s a mouthful right there! Read that last paragraph one more time and ponder on it for a moment… Our lives revolve much around the choices that we make, as well as the consequences we face based on those free-will choices and decisions. It’s vitally important that we obey the word of God and use prudence as we walk circumspectly in His wisdom. If we do not, then we are bound to make bad choices and decisions which are likely to result in negative consequences.
The reality is that we all are going to make mistakes and bad choices along the way. Let’s face it: If we didn’t, then we would never have an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and growing is all about making mistakes and learning from them! However, I do believe our Father’s desire for us as His children is to learn quickly from our mistakes and grow into a place of maturity, even as the scriptures also teach us in Ephesians chapter 4, verses 14-16:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up(mature) into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
In plain and simple English, God wants us to grow up! Children can often get away with a lot while they are growing up so that we, as parents, can teach them that there are consequences for our actions and mistakes. Yes, there is forgiveness, but children are expected to learn and grow, so that they not continually keep making the same bad choices and mistakes over and over again.
As adults, we find that bad choices and decisions can result in much more enduring consequences. We are expected to ‘hone up’ to our mistakes and to take accountability for our words and actions. Not only can they affect our own lives negatively, but they can also have a negative impact on others around us; including family, friends, and co-workers etc.
As believers, we will have no excuses when we stand before our Creator, if we continue to make poor choices and bad decisions that affect others throughout the course of our lives. We are each and all accountable before the Father for whether or not we walk prudently and circumspectly in our short lifetime here upon earth.
As I recently stated in an online post, “There are certain things you absolutely cannot put a price on: Two of those being our HEALTH & our TIME. Poor health & sickness also cause us to lose time. Investing in the right supplements, antioxidants & immune boosters is worth every single penny. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to be sick. Squandered time cannot be replaced either. Use wisdom to balance your time & invest it in the right places today, so you don’t regret its loss tomorrow…”
Our Father also desires for us to use wisdom in taking care of ourselves, as well as others; spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Our bodies have to carry our spirits around to get the real gospel message out into the world. Part of walking circumspectly and prudently is that we must not neglect to nourish our spirits or our bodies. It is a responsibility the Lord has given us as good and faithful stewards upon the earth. In order to properly be Christ’s hands and His feet in this world, it’s necessary that we do these things. A sick, broken down, and spiritually or physically unhealthy body of believers cannot properly get the job done.
We need to eat from the spiritual bread of life, the Word, and we also need to put the right natural foods into our body. Now, I’m not saying we have to eat all-organic food all the time, but we do need to watch our diets and consider the kinds of food we regularly ingest. This is yet another way in which we walk in wisdom circumspectly. So much of what is on the market or fed to us in restaurants is filled with chemical poisons; genetically modified foods which are bound to eventually take their toll upon our physical bodies and minds if we continue to ingest them without proper cleansing and detoxification. Whether over a period of months or years, those chemical poisons will begin to break our bodies down, and numerous sicknesses and ailments become the result.
This is exactly why supplementing the proper vitamins and antioxidants our body needs is vitally imperative. Why? Well, because they rarely exist in most of the foods an average person eats anymore… at least not in any significant ratio. I see so many believers today who have neglected their health through improper diet and eating, as well as lack of exercise. They are praying and believing for healing, but are not finding it. Why is this, you may ask?
This is the result of a spiritual principle or ‘law’, if you will, called ‘the law of sowing and reaping’. We find this principle in Galatians chapter 6, verses 7-8:
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
If we sow unhealthy things into our flesh and bodies, we are going to reap corrupt things. It’s like a believer who smokes their entire life and then ends up with lung cancer. They love the Lord, but they sowed something bad into their body and reaped the consequences of a disease. And no, I don’t believe their smoking is necessarily going to keep them out of heaven… that is all a matter and condition of the heart. Now can the Lord heal them? Of course He can. He can do anything. But along with that person applying faith for healing, they’re also going to need to make some changes in their lifestyle to restore their health back to normal.
Believe it or not, the Creator of the universe is actually pretty smart. With all that He created for us human beings, He also made numerous natural cures and remedies to help maintain and restore our health when it is diminished. There is literally, and truly, pretty much a real natural cure for every known ailment to mankind… that is NOT in the form of an unnatural pharmaceutical! You may want to argue that, but there is plenty of scientific evidence and research to prove otherwise. Yes, there are even natural cures for cancer and real testimonials of people who have naturally been healed of cancerous growths and tumors.
No, of course the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies and majority doctors do NOT want the mainstream public to find out about it; for then the masses would no longer be dependent upon expensive pills and hospital visits! Go spend a little time doing some of your own online research, and you will realize that what I am telling you is truth. This is the way God intended for it to be. Can and does God use doctors to help people? Of course He does. However, greedy mankind instead wants the majority dependent upon expensive unnatural cures and extensive hospital stays! Just another way mankind is trying to take play and take the place of God, replacing what He created to help heal and restore our bodies and minds naturally. No, these things do not take the place of the Holy Spirit’s miraculous and supernatural power to heal and restore, but once again, God requires us to use wisdom by using our brains and the tools He has already given to and created for us. He will happily step in and intervene in desperate times and situations; even if we have neglected ourselves and sown bad things into our bodies. However, He also requires us to make the necessary changes in order to maintain and retain our healing and restore our bodies and minds back to a proper state of being, so we can avoid further infirmities that would steal away our precious time.
I hope that you will earnestly take the things I have shared to heart, with a willingness to apply them to your life. Times are truly critical right now. We may not know exactly what is coming for this nation or for the world in the very near future, but we do need to be prepared. Preparation begins with walking circumspectly and prudently in order to redeem the time in these evil days. If we do not, then we are acting foolishly, and that precious time and health will continue to be stolen away from us by the adversary. With all that said, I wanted to take a brief moment and mention that I have not forgotten the detailed and important newsletter on stewardship that I mentioned to you a couple times before. The Holy Spirit continues to lead me to add additional content, and as much as I would like to have it finished, I don’t want to be hasty. Recently, other responsibilities call for my time, attention, and focus. I have, therefore, been unable to do a lot of writing lately. You may have been curious as to why that is.
At different times in our lives, the Holy Spirit take us through different ‘phases’ or ‘seasons’, if you will, of our callings. They are different periods of growth and training, in which we learn to operate and function in what He is teaching us. In 2011, He began to move me into a new aspect of my calling that I knew was coming, although it didn’t evolve or unfold in the way I thought it would.
Over the past couple years it has been especially accelerated, requiring much of my time, energy, and focus. The area has been that of Kingdom entrepreneurship and business. It is also why He has led me to write and draft this upcoming letter about proper stewardship, and the very reason I have been led to write and share about it often over recent years.
After much extensive study and research, I am learning to operate and function in an arena of business and finance that I never expected to… one I also knew very little about to begin with. There is no question that He has anointed, empowered, and equipped my mind to take it all in and quickly apply it. It has been an exciting, yet somewhat intimidating journey. Yet, it is an opportunity that I have come to recognize was truly supernatural and could only have been ordained by Him and through His leading and direction. It has also opened up many, wonderful doors of opportunity for ‘marketplace ministry’, as I am meeting and working with entirely different circles and groups of people than what I formerly did when I was just doing itinerant ministry. I am also starting to see and understand the ‘why’ to this particular aspect of my calling, in seeing how He is truly aligning me to be able to help and to support so many others in the future with what may be coming in this volatile world and economy. I feel so very blessed to be a part of something so incredibly amazing.
For months I battled the feelings of inadequacy; feeling of being improperly ‘untrained’ and ‘unqualified’ to do something which required so much. Yet, through it all He was there, reaffirming that I COULD do it, and that He would also anoint me to do it, because He had appointed me to do it. In our weakness, His strength is truly perfected. It has, and will continue, to open up many doors for us to help other people, churches, and ministries like we never could before. I thank God for His willingness to entrust this to us. I also realize that He did so because He knew I would be faithful with it. As I’ve often stated, stewardship is all about the right condition of the heart; about being faithful in the little and not about whether or not we have the proper education, degree, or training…
I encourage you to personally look for those new, open doors of opportunity and expansion in your own life and ministry as well. When a true Kingdom opportunity does come your way, be willing to step out of the boat of fear and take a leap of faith and courage to get involved. Don’t miss out on being a part of the wonderful, divine opportunities He may provide and send your way!
In conclusion, I would ask that you pray for our first trip to Brazil this year. Agree that the Lord would continue to have His way and His will accomplished through our lives in Brazil, and that He would continue to orchestrate divine appointments and connections. He has begun to put some big things in my heart regarding Brazil… things which I know only He can bring about and orchestrate. We look forward to all that awaits and is in store for us, as well as for all those who love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength!
As we enter into this spring season, we celebrate the new, little lives and blessings which have arrived for some members of our family. We also watch for the birthing of new life and Kingdom opportunities. As I look out my window to the fresh snow, I also anticipate the warmer weather and sunshine! May our Father continue to bless you and keep you, and may He allow all that you set your hands to do to prosper.
Favor, grace, and blessing in Christ Jesus,