Author Karen Moore
In Isaiah 55:8, God says that His ways are not our ways. God has shown Himself to each of us in a whole new way. He has asked us to use his gifts, in His AUTHORITY, for His glory. We can’t let the routines of life sidetrack us from what has been given to us. After this retreat, I feel as though I were brought to heaven and now must return to earth. Going through the motions of normal life after time with the lord seems mundane and boring. The Lord doesn’t want us to be bored but, rather has more in mind for those of us who thought we were past usefulness. He has cleansed us from deep within and revealed things we didn’t know were there. We have been healed. We need to remember that, and not go back to the way things were. We were brought here to be blessed and trained for His service to be witnesses. We’re called to share His love with family, friends, and neighbors.
We have learned that FORGIVENESS is a requirement, not an option. I don’t think that any of us have any unforgiveness in our hearts as we leave here today. Instead, Love and joy are in abundance. Let’s pass on this forgiveness revelation to others as we enter everyday life.
We learned that it’s necessary to SPEAK the word of healing, the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge without fear of looking foolish. His sheep have heard his voice and we will follow Him. We will follow with actions that confirm the word given to us, especially in prophecy, or when he leads us to intercession. Praise God in song and in tongues and Satan can’t get to you. Our spirit knows what the Lord wants of us. Praying in the Spirit is the form of perfect praise. Paul say’s, ‘pray constantly and rejoice, again I say rejoice’. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and never evil more credit than is due. One of the blessings of being in a community of believers is that they can help us discern if we are NOT in the Lord or if we’re hearing from OTHER spirits.
Sharing this time has brought us closer to each other, as well as, the Lord. I now understand the benefit of early Christians living together in community. We’ve become part of each other’s lives, sharing both joy and sadness. We are one in the Spirit!
The Spirit will lead us every step of the way if we let him. He loves a willing and humble heart, like Mother Mary Read the Acts of the Apostles and the letters of Paul to see what the Lord can do when we’re open to the Holy Spirit. We can’t help but be joyful, even in the midst of pain, with the knowledge that He will not take where he will not keep you.
Last, but not least, pray for REVIVAL. Pray for Revival to come to our parishes, our towns, our state, our nation and to the whole world. I for one want to part of the action. I say YES- how about you?