Here recently the Lord has been leading me to write out for further clarity the importance of discipleship and the vitality of recognizing the spiritual maturity of others before we speak. As we look upon the disciples we can recognize that not only did they go out to share the Good News but they also took responsibility for the new births. They did not just care about the “numbers” of who came to Christ but they understood their responsibility of continuing to teach Gods Word in order for each new child to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. 2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness[a] will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
In 1 Kings 12 of the Holy Bible we learn a valuable lesson between two different generations because they did not know how to deal with it in love. This lack of understanding caused a division in the body that eventually separated the people. When King Rehoboam asked for advice from the older generation that once advised his father he rejected their wisdom because it was not what he wanted to hear and he wanted to prove himself. So, he called in some youth that he had grown up with to seek their advice and as expected their youth gave no mercy to the people because they wanted to show their own strength.
Why did the youth lash out towards the people? Why did they not want to give mercy instead of making matters worse ? Why were they carrying so much anger instead of learning from the past to help correct something in the future? Doesn’t the Lord show us here how the youth must have been carrying some anger towards those that were once in control? Do you think possibly that the youth might have felt suppressed as they matured because the elders were so stuck in their ways? Can you see the importance of adding value to someone else’s life by involving our youth as we all continue to mature?
When a child receives freedom it is very important for them to understand the Word of God and to know how to mature in love rather than allowing their emotions to misguide their actions. Children that live under rules without love are more subject to break them because they do not understand them and when the older generation neglects how to develop the younger generation then we are only setting ourselves up for a possible division in the family of God.
The Word of God teaches us to listen and to always be alert for the wisdom that God provides because there is something to be gained in every age of life. It is easy to become blinded when we get so wrapped up in building our own mission that we often forget how to add value to someone else’s. When this takes place usually the very ones that miss out are the ones that are right at our feet because we become so busy with the world that we forget how to take care of our homes. God gives us children to carry on what He has given and God raises up men and women to carry on the direction that we are to serve.
When we don’t include those that God has placed around us whether in our homes, in our careers, in our churches or even in our nation then we are only setting ourselves up for a future division to come. This lesson is a very important message on how to develop the youth without causing rebellion and it teaches us the importance adding value to someone else’s life so they will in turn do the same in the future. We go from one extreme to the other in this message between the youth and the older generation because the youth failed to understand the principles in the foundation while the elders failed to properly disciple their future generations. May God give us the wisdom to listen and learn from one another in order to lift the burdens that are on the people and to display that all things are possible through Christ as we come together in one mind and one spirit…amen… Please take a moment to listen to this song titled The Stand by Hillsong and ask the Lord in prayer what you can do today to help someone else. How we serve shows in whom we serve…
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans8:28
James A. Harrison
My name is James A. Harrison Jr. and within my family heritage there are founding fathers of this nation from President William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison. Secretary of State William H. Seward who purchased Alaska and many other leaders that have helped shape this nation. I have always found our family heritage interesting as I looked back in history to recognize the strengths and weaknesses within my family blood line. I can recall sitting on the front porch one day with my mother and discussing with her the patterns within my Grandfathers life and the same patterns within my own fathers as well. These patterns were not what I wanted in my life due to recognizing that there was something missing within my fathers family heritage and I was seeking for this missing link.
As a prodigal child I made many wrong steps and made some wrong decisions but it was within these trials that I discovered this missing link. I will never forget writing a letter to my father and saying,”Dad I figured it out! Do you know why you have risen and then fallen? Do you know why you have never been able to maintain what you have been given?” I then said,” The reason we have struggled for so long is because we have left GOD out of it!” Ever since this discovery of the TRUTH and why God had to send His only begotten Son Jesus Christ here to die for our sins my life has been on a road of restoration and further understanding.
As you can witness throughout this website a burning desire and call that has set up in my bones. Recently I heard these words while seeking God for further understanding. I heard the Spirit of Truth say,”What man messes up, God corrects through the blood.” I was astounded at this fact that is easy to now see due to looking back at history in order to break the pattern and move forward into the Promises of God. For there is mighty power in the blood.
Recently, I discovered that on my mothers side of the family there was Native American blood within her family. This discovery opened my eyes further as I found it interesting to recognize the genetic make up within my blood line. Where is all of this going you might ask? This is all leading up to the roots of this nation and the importance of being grounded in the Word of God to maintain what God has given.
America has covered up the roots of our national sin without proper repentance and politicians have tried to avoid this fact for the sole purpose of their own desires. Indian Chief Joseph once said,”I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more,” and this could not be more true. The United States of America is facing the same pattern as my own life and it is my prayer that America WAKES UP to this TRUTH! For the longer we neglect the real issues at hand the harder the fall and the harder it will be on our children’s future.
Here are two different Youtube clips that every American should see. Please forward this to as many as you can and join me in prayer for our nation to be healed and for God’s restoration before it is too late. The first video American Holocaust of Native Americans is where it all began and the second Freedom Riders is with the injustice of the racism with the African Americans. To God be all the glory…amen
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16
James A. Harrison