Does God speak? O yes He does! From the day He healed me physically and emotionally, He began to wake my spirit up. He spoke and continues to speak to me. His word is active and alive just as the word of God in the Bible. (Hebrews 4:15)
His Spirit speaks only what is in the Father’s heart and He never speaks on His own. (John 16:13) I desire the Father’s will because He is the one who created me and gives me purpose, and more importantly, He is the only One who can fulfill it. However, I desire His heart even more. I do not want to be a doer only, like a soldier following an order from their captain. I am longing to share the feelings of my King and hear His whisper. I simply want to respond to Him with the whisper of my heart saying, “Here I am, send me.” I want Him to hold tightly to my soul.
What does it truly mean for Him to hold tightly to your soul? Let me share one example with you…
Throughout 2021 the Lord kept using numbers to get my attention. When the year was drawing to a close and it was time for my husband and I to begin to prepare for the Ministries annual dinner, we knew the date would be January 22, 2022. Number 2 from a biblical perspective means division. Why would God have us host the annual dinner on a date which symbolically meant division? Right there, in that moment, I could have chosen to be a doer and a doer alone, to follow His instruction and be content for my obedience. But I am grateful that the Spirit of God revealed the thoughts of God as I sought His heart as well.
The numbers 22nd 2022 represent a time of great division. Not only between the kingdom and the world, but also within His people. It is referring to the serious divisions that are in place in His Kingdom here on earth. His churches have their territories, His workers have their own bosses, and HIS body is not connected! He even gave me a vision of His body being torn apart. He let me experience the grieving of the Holy Spirit and it was heavy in my heart. This led me to seek the Lord’s face, to receive His will, and to follow His instruction in a deeper way.
“Unity, ALL IN For Christ” became the theme of the 2022 annual dinner. It came with a message which needed to be delivered and it ended with all who attended locking arms to demonstrate their desire to work together for His Kingdom.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23, NIV)
I saw my Lord Jesus demonstrate the full message of “Unity ALL IN For Christ” throughout that evening. Scriptures, understanding of His scripture, the servants God has chosen to speak, the small activity we had, even the decorations at the venue… they all aligned with this same message. At the entrance, we had a painting of arms wrapped around the cross and the words “Unity ALL IN For Christ” on it. This painting served as a key part in our closing activity for that dinner. Whoever made a commitment to be unified and ALL IN for Christ Jesus stood up and locked their arms. We then asked them to sign their name on the back of this painting to represent the commitment they had made.
Was there any real impact on the individuals who attended this dinner? I cannot answer that question, but I know our Lord was pleased. Whatever He asks us to do, must carry His power, especially in the spiritual realm where we cannot see with our eyes. But to me, I have not let this thought go away from me, and I never will. I am more aware than ever before that I am a part of His body. Just as I have always said, “Even if I am just a nail in His tiny finger, I am honored and grateful.”
I am ALL IN for Christ and I do not want it to just be me alone. Would you be willing to join me in being unified and ALL IN for Jesus?
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