The Lord recently led me from my daily writings at BLM, to living it out in faith, at a little place on the edge of the TN River called The Outpost located in Pickwick, TN.
It is evident in today’s time of the curses that take place due to leadership that does not follow God’s instruction. One of the most vital parts of a true leader is one that seeks God’s instruction and learns to apply it while being alert to the gifts of the next generation. When we fail to recognize the talents of others and neglect our responsibility as a leader to help someone else develop the gifts that God has given is when we are destined for stagnant growth and deterioration.
Throughout the Word of God He gives us the instruction of how to not only maintain our homes, our jobs, our churches, our communities, and our nation He also gives us the instruction to live with a purpose in life. We often lose sight of this purpose due to judgement, pressures or temptations from the world and this poor leadership leads to discipline back upon the people.
Why should we expect our children to have security if we are not following God’s instruction and adhering to His Word? How can we honestly expect the next generation to find direction if we are not teaching them who shows us the Way? Another sad part is how stagnant we have become in creativity due to our drift away from the Creator. The further we drift away from God the further we will fall and the harder it will be on the next generation.
This has been proven throughout history and until we learn how to recognize this truth then we are only neglecting the evidence that is right before us. The question that we should be asking is this,”Are we listening for God or are we listening to man?” Too many times we allow positions of leadership to be filled with individuals that are out of position due to seeking the desires of man instead of the ones with the heart for the position in properly serving the people.
Learning how to let go and simply trust in God can be an excruciating process but is very rewarding as we begin to see the hand of God at work. If we are not teaching our children how to trust in the Lord through our words and actions then how can we honestly expect them to do the same? In trusting the Lord it is vital that we teach our children how to recognize the God given gifts of others to help edify the Kingdom of God and maintain the liberty that we have been given. It is my prayer that we learn to put aside our differences and begin to recognize the gifts within God’s children to help carry us forward.
For when something is of God there is no weight, no burden nor struggle. The work is not looked upon as work with dread but with a zeal in working unto the Lord instead of man. For their is a joy that only comes from God that uplifts our relationships as we begin to have unity within the body to serve His purpose instead of our own…
Psalm 146:3 ‘Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help’.
James A. Harrison
Have you ever considered why children can see things more clearly than adults? As adults we allow judgement and our hearts to harden due to sin in our lives or for wrongs that have been done to us. We allow our own human intellect to enter the picture and this restricts the vessels due to the effort of thought without learning how to follow God’s instruction in letting it go.
See a child does not judge but they use their senses to discern between good and evil. Their hearts are open with their vessels full of life while simply recognizing the love that is being shown by the adults. As a child of God matures we are to keep our hearts open with understanding while learning to mature in the Word of God to discern between what is of God and what is not.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:3,”And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” The warning to us is this,”Always be open with understanding and without judgement. For if we allow our hearts to be hardened then we are restricting the life that is given through the true love of Jesus Christ.”
James A. Harrison
It is very wise to know the words that you speak and the roots of where they come from. For if you are not willing to examine the roots of your heart then that means something is still standing in the way. Until we learn to be transparent in the Word of God and be completely honest with ourselves then we can be restricting the blessings of God that can come on earth as it is in Heaven.
Too many times due to our own distrust of God we allow the serpent to rob the seeds that are planted. Like a chicken snake that sneaks in to rob the eggs from the coup so does Satan sneak into the house of God to rob someone of the young that is being born. They due this through deception, lies, disbelief, jealously, anger, and simply due to their own lack of a relationship with God. Why would someone do this you may ask? The reason is simple, since they don’t have God they don’t want someone else to have Him either!
Many times people don’t even know how Satan is spiritually using them to restrict another and this is where we all must open ourselves up to the Word of God to be real in order to prevent the snake bites from within the body. Satan does not want us to have unity because of the power that comes in one spirit. Until we learn how to face the snakes in love and shake the snakes that have bitten we will only continue to miss the boat to the other side.
This message does not only apply spiritually to the family of God but it stands true in our homes, our work and in our nation. It is my prayer that we all learn to stand with God in the love of Jesus to maintain the freedom and security that He provides…amen
James A. Harrison
There is alot of wisdom that comes from God when we sincerley seek His Word and learn to listen. As we have discussed serpents and the enemy previously this week I pray that each reader of this message has the ears to hear and the eyes to see. For God teaches us through His Holy Spirit and He teaches us so much through His creation.
Here is a message on the bite of a serpent. Like any poisonous snake that injects its venom into our veins the words and actions of others are the same. See, if you are bitten by a rattlesnake you can not use the venom of a copperhead to heal the body. It takes the same exact venom from the same species of snake to counteract the poison that can destroy the body.
This message parallels the same message of sin. For if we do not address our sins as a bite of a snake and we try to cover them up without knowing the type of wound then we are setting our body up to be stunted or for decay. See the bite of the serpent works in two ways; 1) It affects the one doing the biting and 2) It affects the one that has been bitten.
The only way for the one that has been bitten to recover from the bite is through true forgiveness through the love of Jesus Christ. The object though is to recognize the snake before they strike. How do we recognize the bites of the serpent you might ask? This only comes through knowing the Word of God and the way react when bitten shows our maturity in Jesus Christ.
Too many times we try to cover up our sins with something that leaves the infection still deep within. Until we learn how to retract our bites through confession and repentance then our lives will be remain infected with a posionous venom. If this message has stirred something in your spirit and you recognize where you have bitten then I pray that you humble yourself to retract the venom from the one you bit. Or, if this message stirrs something in your spirit where you were once bitten then I pray that you will open your wound up for the healing of Jesus at the cross…Amen
For Jesus said,”Forgive them Father for they know not what they do“.
James A. Harrison