Monday, June 8, 2009

The Year of Jubilee

Last night I was watching tv, supposedly doing homework and Joel Osteen's broadcast came on. I was halfway listening as I was really ready to finish my studying so I could to go to bed. But God had a word for me via Pastor Osteen...."This is My Year of Jubilee". Now just to be sure and clear, I wanted to read the definition of the word "Jubilee". There were many ranging from culture to culture. Roman Catholics(A time of rejoicing), to Jews and Isrealites(yearlong period to be observed once every 50 years, during which slaves were to be freed). There was even a specified definition for Black American culture that stated "future happiness or deliverance from tribulation". All and All Jubilee can easily be summed up as "a season of general joy", or "an occasion of joyful celebration". But the kicker is in most cultures it only happens ever 25 or 50 years, so you KNOW it has to be a huge, huge, once in a life time deal. Jubilee is something SO BIG that many cultures only get to experience it maybe once or twice in a lifetime. Oh and did I mention that it is a YEAR LONG celebration? That in itself must mean its a phenomenal season to be in. Going back to Osteen's topic... It was an amazing word, and I WENT IN. In betwixt my crying, thanking, and praising God, I managed to jot down a few key things that I do believe God really wants us to know. Since we now know what Jubilee means, and I MORE THAN got the word last night and have already thanked and agreed with my Father on this, this is for you...

~Don't beg God for things, thank Him for releasing what already belongs to you

~God works where there is faith and expectancy

~When Jubilee comes, nothing can stop God from releasing what has your name on it

~God's dream for your life is so much bigger than your own

~He has put your name on everything you need for your destiny

~Acceleration, unprecedented FAVOR is here, get ready for things to accelerate because God is speeding things up profusely

~This is the year for God to act on your behalf...freedom, restoration, promotion, increase, just to name a few.

This is your year of Jubilee, the free favor of God is profusely abounding all around you. Dare to believe it, I do.

"Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]".
~Ephesians 3:20(Amplified Bible)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Facebook Confirmation and ME

Crystal got a message that on this day, God wants her to know...

"that God has an important purpose for you, and made everything possible for you to succeed. That's not to say it's an easy purpose, or a convenient one. It might very well seem hard or even impossible, but it only looks that way. The truth is that one day you will look back and see how all the pieces fit together. And how your life has been a complete and utter success."

Well what a relief! That is the message I received from the "See what God wants you to know" application on Facebook. I was blown away because that word is REAL to me. Many don't understand what I deal with, spiritually. The battle I face, how I am at war, seriously. This is a topic that I struggle with a lot. MY PURPOSE. I won't say I don't know what it is, cause I do. I won't say I don't want to do it, cause I do. But what I will say is it is hard. God has His hand on me, my path is unexplainable. I am so against the grain that sometimes I bruise. But with His help, the task is simple and attainable.

My thoughts afterward...

I am a sinner, I have to convict my flesh every day. I have purpose so my Father walks with me. When I fall He picks me up, when I am down He lifts me up. When I come up short, he compensates, when I lack, he fills my cup. He is merciful, over and over again. When I am weak, He is my strength. When I am sad he is my happiness. When people leave, He fills the void. When I cry, He wipes my tears and is my joy. When I am lonely, He speaks to me. When I need to talk, He listens. When I want to love, He allows the receiver to receive. When people are on their way, He makes space. He is merciful, over and over again. No one can understand how merciful He is to me, as many times as I've been broken, fallen, walked away and failed to believe, He still says...Crystal, you are forgiven, trust in Me, and I will keep you. But Lord, why? Why do you do this for me? Why am I so worthy I ask? He only smiles as the response. But just when I've given up asking, just when I've figured that His smile is just enough confirmation, He gently speaks....Surely goodness and mercy will follow you, all the days of your life, and you will dwell in the House of the Lord, forever...He is merciful, over and over and over again.