Yesterday morning the Lord entreated and counseled me on what I was to do for the day. I have made a “To Do” list based on the things the Lord has put on my heart to do as part of my ministry for Yeshua; simple ministry tasks, things that in obedience, blesses Him tremendously.
To be honest, when I arrived at my destination, I felt some fear. Reason being, I was deep in a downtown location: The Homeless Shelter for Men. I heard the Voice of the Lord say to my spirit, “BE NOT AFRAID. I AM WITH YOU.” After completing my task, I went to my car and I felt the Spirit of the Lord rise up within me, and I began singing praises, giving God all the Glory for the miracles I know He will perform there; the Lord has a heart for broken men.
Last night as I read the Scriptures, I was reading in Acts. I’ve read that book several times, because the Lord often draws me towards it. I believe it is much like it is and will be soon, with regard to the demonic activity in our land (and in the world). I love the imagery the story provides, and how Peter, with compassion, entreats all those around him to be healed and saved by the amazing power of Yeshua:
Act 3:1-8 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God!
Everytime I read this passage, my eyes well up with tears and I cry for joy! It’s beautiful.
As I continued reading, I received a word: PHILEMON
So, I opened my Bible to the book of Philemon. A small short letter to a church, and within that letter a powerful hidden message! What the Lord revealed to me is that this letter is a letter from the Heart of God Himself. Our Father wrote the letter for those of us who were at one time useless in His eyes, by sins that kept us apart from Him. We were at one time useless until we were “begotten” of the Father, through faith in Yeshua:
Phm 1:11 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me…
The Name Onesimus means “useful” –
From G3685 to gratify, to derive pleasure or advantage from: – have joy; profitable; a Christian – Onesimus.
We are sent “again” meaning, we were born from woman, now we are born of Spirit, to be received by those who need us, Emessaries of God:
Phm 1:12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels…
Abba would love to have us with Him in Heaven; but He needs us here to work as the hands and feet of Yeshua:
Phm 1:13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel…
We should willingly work together, as the Lord would have us to:
Phm 1:14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
The earth is a temporary dwelling place, and so by being obedient in Yeshua, we are united forever, bretheren beloved of the Father:
Phm 1:15-16 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever; Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
If by some reason, we make mistakes, the Lord will repay the error owed. What really spoke to me in this passage was the fact that we owe our lives to the Father, for sending His Son Yeshua:
Phm 1:18-19 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account; Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides. (The Lord is saying, but don’t forget, you owe me your very lives.)
So let us receive eachother, as if we are receiving the Lord himself, this is the kind of love that ministers to and refreshs the heart of God:
Phm 1:17, 20 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself….Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.