“Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.” Psalm 141:9-10 (NIV)
I was going to entitle this post ‘Celebrate Jesus’, because that is what was going on in my innermost being. The faithfulness and keeping power of my Lord is being recited in my heart by the Holy Spirit. But that title gave me sad flashbacks and I believe God wants to heal me right now. You have to understand, these attacks occured while I was vulnerable (giving my all/widow’s mite to the Lord). They were unprovoked and mind boggling. Unable to solve the gruesome puzzle, I tucked it away in my heart. Though I did not dwell on it, God knows that I have an ‘analytical’ mind and a ‘methodical’ training. That until I get to the bottom of the mystery, it will keep me from giving my all to Him in the future. You don’t put a bandaid on a cancerous cell and hope it all goes away. If it happened it has to be acknowledged, dealt with and then discarded. You will have to either cut-out the malignant cell, or infuse it with radiation to kill it. Any thing less than the aforementioned tactics, will only have it in remission. Today it all makes sense, and Jezebel did what Jezebel wanted and was called to do. I am still standing, praising and even more radical than when I first began: that should teach the devil to mess with me. Christ gets me the victory as I give Him the glory. Most importantly, one more major healing from the past has taken place. Thank you for sharing this deliverance with me. Here is how it went down…
About 11 years ago, I was approached by a simple praying housewife, who was involved in the same ministry as I was (Children’s Ministry). She and her husband were leaders in that Ministry. I really had nothing in common with this woman at all and she said as much. You know how easily people in the ‘body’ migrate to their clicks and their clacks. Though well over a decade older than me, she often sought me for advice every now and then. She usually kept to herself and was of a quiet personality. So I was shocked when she diligently pursued a friendship with me. Loud and radical me ! She invited me to her home, always wanted me to sit next to her and eventually go on mission trips together, (Ronald McDonald’s house, Nursing homes, Prisons etc. Her simple explanation was that she loved Christ in me; and believed that God answered when I prayed – Bless His holy name!
Anyways, since she and her husband were leaders in that ministry, she was part of a committee that had planned to do something different for the kids ‘Vacation Bible School’, that turn of the century year (2000). After much prayer; God told her to get me to work alongside her. She said she had prayed, and I was to be her assistant. When this was presented before the Director and the assistant Director, they were ecstatic. I had been on mission trips with them, they knew my heart and had seen me in action before. So all four women including me, had such a peaceful and joyful confirmation from the Lord that we were to work together.
Not too long after our first ‘take-off’ meeting, God gave me a theme title and song which I presented to the three ‘grande dames’ above me. It was ‘Celebrate Jesus!) They loved it! The Director was once again ecstatic – and told me this was answer to her prayer. The assistant Director was a sweet-heart and a personal friend of mine eventually. Shortly after the Holy Spirit released the title and theme of the program, he gave me a dream on how the presentation should go and what story in the bible should guide us. Once again I laid it before my superiors and they gobbled it so fast that the Director had someone create physically what I was shown spiritually (The Arc of the Covenant). Talk of polling talents in ‘the house of God’ for the glory of the Lord. The Director also felt led to start preparing lesson plans in the house as opposing to buying other people’s books. She poured out her heart, showed me samples and sent me on my way. God sanctioned that, and gave me the time, strength and wherewithal to create the first ‘In house’ lesson plan for that ministry. All the classes were taught from that lesson plan, and modified for each age group. The joy on the face of the Director, the assistant Director and the ministry leader was priceless. I was blessed to have been used of God to relieve them of much of the brainstorming and labor – they said quite as much.
We ended up having a very successful and blessed summer program. We enjoyed each others gifts and input and had a blast fellowshipping with one another. The visitors, members and children were all incredibly blessed. Children were healed, saved and set-free. It was like nothing done before proclaimed the Director. However, no sooner had we wrapped up the program and ended VBS, than weird stuff started happening. The Director started avoiding me and when I did accost her in confusion, she gave me a fake and shallow smile. The ministry leader who thought I was her God sent sister, all but spat on my face like I was a plague. They completely changed in such a way that I knew that something greater was controlling them. “A froward man/woman soweth strife: and a whisperer seperateth chief friends”. Proverbs 16:28 (KJV). It was obvious that they had no problem with me per-say; but had been poisoned to the point where they were afraid to be found socializing with me. They would speak to me in hushed tones and look to the right or to the left to see who was coming. It was a shame-filled fiasco and mess in the house of God. The assistant Director, bless her heart; never acquiesced. And for this I consider her a woman of substance and class. I know beyond a doubt, that God blessed her for her kindness towards me. Shortly after that, as always they all but threw me out of the ministry – howbeit subtly.
Now we all know what happened to those otherwise lovely, sweet and obedient servants of God; that they turned on me for absolutely no reason don’t we now? Good all together… Jezebel poisoned their minds and gave her usual devil inspired orders. Another load hits the ground, I AM FREE!!!
Please come with me next time as I lay down the very heavy load of what Jezebel hatched on my mission trip to the former Soviet Union. Snippet: she asked them not to check in my luggage to Moscow. There were three hundred (300) people with two pieces of luggage each, and ONLY MINE DID NOT ARRIVE for a three-week trip!!! Stay tuned – this indeed is the moment of truth. Thank God for healing from wicked, unprovoked and deadly blows. And also for correcting the marred way the enemy would want me to view the house of God. Alleluia anyhow…
“I will praise You, O Lord, with all my heart; before the ‘gods’ I will sing Your praise.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple and will praise Your name for Your love and Your faithfulness,
For you have exalted above all things, Your name and Your word.
When I called, You answered me; You made me bold and stout-hearted.
May all the Kings of the earth praise You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
may they sing of the ways of the Lord, For the glory of the Lord is great.
Psalm 138:1-5 (NIV)
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise Your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise You and extol Your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.
One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of Your mighty acts.
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on Your wonderful works.
They will tell of the power of Your awesome works, and I will proclaim Your great deeds.
They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Psalm 145:1-7 (NIV)