Thanksgiving Blog Part 4 November-December 2021
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE BEING JUDGED BY THE WORLD
Continuing Thankfulness in the Days Ahead
STAND! HOLD ON! YOUR CHANGE WILL COME! YOUR FIGHT IS TO ENDURE UNTIL THE END. ISN'T THIS WHAT JESUS DIRECTED US TO DO? -BUT YOU ARE NOT FIGHTING FOR THE ENDURANCE OF THE FLESH; YOU ARE FIGHTING FOR THE ENDURANCE OF THE SPIRIT. THEREFORE, YOU MUST DIE TO YOUR FLESH, DAILY.
When I think about it, there is nothing really complicated about who I am and who God has created me to be. A prophet is born to root out sin, unholiness, and unrighteousness. They carry this gift and calling with them all of their life, not in the form of a tooled weapon. They are the weapon, and because people often cannot see beyond the flesh, they are often underestimated. People are unsuspecting of the power of God within them and around them, so their messages are often ignored. Still, they are God's tool to help His people return to Him.
The complication comes in how the people accept the message and the messenger, the prophecy and the prophet. People resist change and often think that they do not need to change or that they have time to change. In the past, prophets were often driven out of cities to prevent them from doing what only comes naturally to them--rooting out sin and preparing the way of God.
However, what many people don't understand is that you don't have to physically come into contact with a prophet for change to take place. Nonetheless, change will take place. It is inevitable. If one rejects the message, they will harden their heart against it and the prophet. God's Will still has been done, for He rejects the proud. It is inevitable that we reap what we sow. Therefore, those who reject the message, and the prophet will reap the sin within their hearts at a time appointed by God. They cannot escape the suffering they will endure, less they repent, and God's Grace and Mercy falls upon them.
So, it is with continuing thankfulness in my heart from the Thanksgiving Holiday that has past and for the seasonal holidays and years that lie ahead that I write this, continuing to be thankful for God's bountiful blessings, and His Grace and Mercy. There is much to be thankful for each and every day and so, we must never forget to show our gratitude and praise to God for all that He has given us, but even more for His Grace and Mercy upon us.
Still, life can cause us to become preoccupied and distracted from that which is most important. We may begin to concentrate on looking outward at the pressing issues and problems surrounding us. In doing so, we become like the world and those of the world, unable to walk by faith and live as spiritual beings.
To walk in continual praise and gratitude, we must look inward and remember where our help comes from. In looking inward, we keep our eyes upon Jesus and abide in Him. In looking inward, the world cannot box us in or corner us, so that we feel trapped within it amongst the turmoil that can drive us to hopelessness and despair. By looking inward, we are reminded of God's unconditional love that drives out fear and fills us with love and compassion, even for our enemies and those who oppress us.
The only way that one can be trapped or cornered by the world, or the enemy, is to continue to see oneself as part of this world. However, by looking inward, we are reminded that we are no longer of this world, but, as children of the Almighty God, we are citizens of His Kingdom. By looking inward, we abide in Truth and The Truth will sets us free, for Christ is The Truth, The Way, and The Life. In Christ, we are free. Yes, as the saying goes, we are free indeed.
When we look inward, we can still our heart and slow down the world around us. By focusing upon something before our eyes or closing our eyes, we can shut out the distractions, the mumblings, the grumblings, and the scorn that is thrown upon us by the world. With our heart stilled and our eyes upon heavenly things, we enter into a meditation that helps us to commune with our Heavenly Father, speaking from our heart and listening for His voice to comfort and guide us.
As we walk in the spirit, let us continue to thank God that we have broken the bondage that had enslaved us and chained us to the world. Let us continue to be thankful that through the sacrifice and shedding of blood by His Son, we have been given a place in His Kingdom. Whereby, we have a refuge and a sanctuary, when the world around us rejects us and cannot understand us. So, when we are being judged by the world, when the world attempts to box us in and corner us, we must look inward, living and abiding in the Grace and Mercy of our Father, with our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus.
Be not conformed to this world, for by conforming to the world and living in the flesh instead of the spirit, we create our own prison and prison cell. When we are going through trials and tribulations because of our faith, it is imperative that we remember that it is not about us, it is about God. The moment we make it about ourselves, we fight a losing battle, for the battle is the Lord's and He will use us to fight when and how He chooses.
While we are in the world, it is hard not to have expectations of others and the world. Yet, we must remember the limitations and blindness of the world and those who cling to it. -Because of this, it is easy to become frustrated, irritated, and even angry at others who don't meet our expectations.
My Brothers and Sisters, our expectations of others and this world must not entrap us and cause the old man to rise up within us. What can we expect of this world more than what God has already revealed to us? -And although, time moves on, man and the world do not change. Therefore, our faith and trust must always be in God, realizing that when we are living in the spirit, walking by faith, we must remove time as an exponential factor and realize that when we dwell within God's Kingdom time is only relevant to those not living within their eternity. We must not be anxious for anything, treating time as to the relevancy of its fruitfulness to the tasks God has laid before us.
As tomorrow is not promised to us, it is today that is important. Live each day with gratitude. Fill yourself with gratitude and love, so, that when the consumers of time come to put you on display, while the world looks upon you, wanting to take you apart and dissect you, perhaps, wanting to find some way to discredit you, or a reason to look down upon you, you are filled with overwhelming gratitude and praise to God. -And, when the world attempts to pick your brain, or steal that which has been given to you by God, you are filled with overwhelming gratitude and praise to God; for you have been chosen by Him that you may suffer a little while, like His Son, so that the Works and Word of God will bring everlasting glory to His name and His Kingdom. Amen.
Galatians 2:20 KJV
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Our suffering, be it great or small, can only teach us of the power of God, as it strengthens us in faith, mind, body and spirit to prepare us for what is to come. Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, He will strengthen your heart. Again, with our heart stilled and our eyes upon heavenly things, we enter into a meditation that helps us to commune with our Heavenly Father, speaking from our heart and listening for His voice to comfort and guide us.
There is a season for everything, and everyone will find themselves in different seasons during their lifetime. While you are in your season of trials and tribulations and the world holds you under a microscope, know this of those who judge you, my brothers and sisters ...
If one has need to observe and critique another, then, they knowingly or unknowingly have expectations of them. To observe them properly, they must first evaluate their motives and expectations. Expectations require judgments, pre and post judgments.
If God has allowed someone to observe and judge me, then, God has expectations of them and me. If they believe God has sent them to observe me, then, the observation is intended for introspection, self-analysis and soul-searching for their benefit, as God desires no one to perish.
The method of observation speaks volumes about the expectations and intentions of the observer. If they intend to observe someone in a clandestine way, then, their intentions are not designed to benefit the one under observation, unless they intend to provide them with positive feedback. Without feedback, their observations are self-serving, to be used for their benefit or purposes, alone. How is this fruitful? How does this benefit and glorify God? These are questions we must ask, seek answers for, and understand. If the results of their observations are not meant to glorify God, then, they are of the world, a world which is at enmity with God. This is a dangerous path to tread. We must even question religious organizations who choose to gain knowledge or conduct their observations and investigations in a manner that is unpleasing to God and harmful to others. Those of faith must not act in fear, selfishness, or look to gain by ill-means.
If God allows this covert operation of observation, then, God has plans to provide feedback to bring righteousness and fruitfulness to the situation. Like them, we too have been assigned a mission, one that we must never waver from, and that mission is to speak Truth. Regardless of who they are, we must do so, not for our or their benefit, alone, but, for the Glory and Righteousness of God and His Kingdom.
So, to the world, which seeks to understand the ways of God, the Word of God states that His ways are not like our ways. He comes to us with unconditional love. When under judgement and scrutiny we must ask and never forget how the world has approached God and His servant? You will forget when you are seeking and wanting to give love and compassion. You will forget in times of weakness when the enemy has made you feel alone or downhearted. -But God has given you a way to rule over your feelings. The world looks outward because it cannot see inward. We have been given a heart that is capable of change and a Savior who can show us The Truth, The Way, and The Life to change our heart and overcome the world.
Jesus gave the example of how we should learn from one another and love one another. Is it that one should set himself higher than another and feel entitled to reach down and take and use what belongs to the man of less advantage whom he considers beneath him? How then can one please God with that which has been taken by force from another with intent to use it for their benefit alone? Are we not then glorifying ourselves? Does the Word of God not apply to every man? Is the Word of God not free to every man? Must salvation and redemption be sold on bookshelf to those who can afford it?
The Truth is not always easy to hear, especially when we have planned so tediously and toiled so hard and diligently in our endeavors. Yet, it can release us from burdens we have placed upon ourselves and darkness we have allowed to come into our lives unintentionally or intentionally. Your captors must ask themselves how you have come to discern this, when they could not. Is it that we blind ourselves when our plans and intentions are not God's plans and intentions?
If their intentions are to discredit your beliefs and who you are, then, they must first prove their unbelief, which they cannot do without returning to the unknown and that to which we have no understanding or knowledge. Therefore, your existence and beliefs are of importance to them in the sense that give significance to and substantiation of their unbelief. Since they have no other facts by which to reject Truth, they must rely upon their feelings, pride, and ego.
At some point in your captivity and during your trials and tribulations, you may be tempted to please them. At some point in your captivity, you may feel that you owe gratitude and loyalty to your captors who have made you a lab rat. To what do you owe God, your Father? Where should your faith and loyalty lie? Where does your Help come from? Who should you trust and obey? Should you trust and obey the world? -To what end?
Do not be disillusioned, you cannot please the world. Do not let your pride blind you, you cannot please the world. They will find something to hold over you. They will continuously find fault with you. They will want to own you and control you. If you are not doing what they want you to do, then, they will want to control and punish you.
God wants you to learn from this experience and grow stronger, but do not lose sight of the Light. Do not be disillusioned or misled by the love, compassion, and kindness which you desire to give to others. The enemy is cunning in how he uses man to do his bidding. Would God give you over to the world to do their bidding? Pray for discernment and do not stray from the Truth.
Perhaps, you have prophesied, and it has come to pass, but their unbelief and ego tell them that there must be a scientific or theoretical answer to the accuracy of your prophecy and supposed prophetic gift. Their mind, rooted in self and the carnal world tells them that there must be some physical connections to explain how and why the prophecy came into fruition. Therefore, they will study every little thing about you and hold your every fault above your head, as a banner of the untruth and falsehood they attribute to everything about you. Even those who do not utter it with their mouths show it through the deeds of their heart. They must separate you from the message and separate the message from God in order to remain unchanged within the world.
If you truly believed in the power of God, His Word, and the manifestation of His Word, then, the Truth might be revealed to you. You would give all praise, honor, and glory to God for the power He sent down from Heaven to flow through men to use us as vessels of Light. -But, perhaps, the Truth is hidden from you for reasons only known to God.
Perhaps, your observers believe you to be a prophet and trust that your prophecy is from God. They want more of the same, but they want to control their medicine and food intake. They believe they can do so by holding you captive and stealing information from you, whenever they want. Yet, they believe they can do so and remain untouched by God for their misdeeds.
When vanity and arrogance fill the heart of man, it compels him to take correction and criticism of any kind, be it constructive or destructive, very personally, hardening his heart to seek revenge. Revenge can be taken through thought, word, or deed. God has made you the messenger and you have brought forth the message. How the message is received is determined by one's heart. One's fate lies in the hands of God.
Now, because you have attacked the pride of the proud, perhaps, they see you as a threat to the welfare of others, as the Pharisees and Sadducees saw Jesus. In their eyes, Jesus was a threat to national security in that his knowledge of them and their deeds exposed them and destabilized the hierarchy of power. His growing popularity and power gave rise to questions about their sinful conduct. The people looked to Jesus for answers and leadership. His authority on the Word of God made them appear ignorant, inept, and sinful. As the Jews were under the bondage of the Roman government, Jewish leaders feared an uprising and rebellion, as Jesus was looked upon as not only a prophet, but some saw Him as the Savior, the foretold coming Messiah.
Yes, national security was of the utmost importance and dependent upon the ability of the corrupt Pharisees and Sadducees to control the people. During the days, the people listened to prophets. A prophet sharing too much information about them and challenging their religious authority was detrimental to the status of tradition and the status quo.
God wants man to be aware of His presence, especially when things have gone terribly awry. God makes His presence known when man forgets, ignores, or chooses to reject Truth, which is part of the Character of God, and whereby rejecting Truth, man rejects God. Prophets are always sent to remind people of God and His Word, when there is widespread rejection of God and man is steeped in iniquity.
God finds a way to get the attention of the leaders who are over His people. This is hardly subtle to those paying attention. If you have gotten their attention, it is because God intended for it to happen. I must reiterate, God has expectations and intentions for both, the observer and the observed. Our response to His presence and attention should be that of awe, for He is showing us His Love, Grace, and Mercy.
We are but vessels to be used by God. If our prophetic words see into the plans and devices of others, then, it was not by our own power or might. We had no secret and undisclosed methods or operators relaying classified information or plans. It was God speaking through us, Jehovah God, our Creator and Father. If that is difficult for others to believe, we cannot change that without first changing their heart to a heart which gives glory and thanks to God for everything and everyone, a heart that believes in Him and His Word without doubt, and a heart which knows that we are nothing without God.
Like the worried Pharisee and Sadducee, our observers, judges, and accusers may wonder, will we prophecy again? Will it expose them or threaten them in any way? That is up to God. They may wonder if they can use our prophecies to benefit themselves in the world. Again, that is up to God. God has their attention, today! Tomorrow is not promised to us. Pray that they do not miss their opportunity to commune with Him and please Him. We must let God use us to bring Holiness, Righteousness, Peace, and Love into this world. We are but a small member of the Body of Christ, following the Mind of Christ. Yet, first seeking to please God, through Christ who strengthens us, we are able to do all things.
Those who stand ready, feeling they must observe and judge us must ask themselves, why does God want your attention? God wants us to know that our time is now, and it is time to please God first and always. They, my observers, judges, and accusers did not find me and come to me by accident. Likewise, they have not found you and come to you by accident. God has a purpose and a plan for them, as well as for us. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
God has given me this knowledge by way of experience. Praise His Holy Name. Even now, I am in my season of trials and tribulations to grow in faith, trust, and obedience to God. I have no ill feelings toward those whose eyes are upon me constantly, documenting and recording my life. If it is for a greater purpose. May all glory, praise, and honor go to God. I humbly surrender my will unto The Father whose hands I am in, knowing that come what may, He will take care of me.
I have learned that I cannot always please those who are watching me and have expectations of me. These words will surely strike a sour note, as they fear being exposed. However, my mind and heart seek to please God, whereas I must remember that there is a greater purpose at hand. Pray for me as I pray for you. Continue to be THANKFUL TO GOD.
Your thankful servant and soldier, by the Grace and Mercy of Jehovah God
Galatians 2 KJV
2 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Published by Michelle T. Kenner