Reverence and Worship!

“Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’  So Aaron held his peace” (Leviticus 10:1-3)

The third book of Moses called Leviticus primarily discusses priestly matters, as priest were drawn from the tribe of Levi. It would be a mistake, however, to simply consider Leviticus a collection of scripture solely regarding priesthood conduct as much of the text also explains the role of laity – in – worship. The central message of Leviticus is God’s holiness and His desire for His people to be holy (Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:26).

In the text above we learn three principals for effectively serving in ministry:

First, we must honor the LORD in worship. In our text we read that Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron offered profane fire before the LORD. Meaning they treated something scared with irreverence or disrespect. What makes this story so unique is not only were both Nadab and Abihu killed by the LORD, but they were killed while serving the LORD. The Lord will not continue to use, what does not reverence His authority or respect His leadership.

Secondly, we must reverence the LORD publicly. Leviticus chapter 10 verse 3 said: By those who come near the LORD, He – must – be – regarded – as – holy; And before all the people. He – must – be – glorified.’” There is a problem when our worship is casual. Anytime we’re in the presence of God we must honor Him with praise, admiration and worship. Additionally, God commands that we glorify Him before all people.

Lastly, we must qualify our call. Notice that the bible said, Aaron, after watching his son’s death, held his peace. Anytime God has anointed you for a particular purpose, sooner or later you will find yourself in a circumstance that challenges that call rather it’s in your marriage, in ministry or with your overall integrity. As a priest, Aaron’s priority was to minister to the LORD and atone for the sins of the people, not support or overlook the sins of the people. Regardless of his circumstance, he was called to obey, respectively to God, even when faced with his own tragedy of losing his sons.

For some, God has anointed you for a particular purpose. And, like the sons of Aaron there has been a tremendous investment in preparing you. But, because of your carelessness in worship, because of your negligence in operating in ministry, God has separated some of you from such assignment. Romans 11:29 say’s “the gifts and callings of God are without repentance”, therefore, God will not change His purpose for those who show a lack of respect towards Him, God will not change our assignment because we refuse or are slow to honor Him, He will simply remove us from that which He has anointed and created us to do.

PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, Loving and Faithful One, give us the discipline O Lord to carry out your assignment for our lives with reverence and respect at all times. In Jesus name we pray.

me-new“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, you walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

A few things:

  • If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can today!
  • Find my NEW books, “Blessed Is” and “Examine First, Yourself” as well as  evangelistic appeal, gifts and more at www.sentbyjesus.bigcartel.com or on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
  • Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • If you’re not part of a local church, it is extremely important that you seek God in leading you to an anointed place of worship. One of the enemy’s greatest and most powerful weapons is to have you separated from the assembly.
  • If you live in Lancaster, CA I would like to invite you to join me for prayer on Tuesday evenings at Lancaster City Library or Friday’s at 12pm at Total Deliverance Church in Lancaster!

It’s a LIE!

“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-6).

Rejection can be an illusion!
Before the foundation of the world you were chosen!

In the eyes and heart of men Jesus was rejected, but that didn’t stop Him from being King of King’s or LORD or Lord’s! No matter how He was undervalued, hated and crucified, Jesus sits at the right had of the Father! And, every knee shall bow, sooner or later.

Oftentimes, especially in the world of social media, we can grab onto this illusion of rejection because we think that our confirmation comes from men’s confession. But, men are made of mere dust. Our soul will abide in eternity and will answer to One name. Humans do not decide how effective or useful we truly are, or have been.

I am reminded of Matthew 10:22 which reads, “You will be hated by all for My namesake, but He who endures to the end shall be saved.” And, believe me, hatred stings!!!! Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” The heart of men, when exposed in it’s natural state will burn! But, I thank God that Jesus is able to keep us from falling. Will you trust Him in the process? Even when He is exposing those who are for you and those who secretly (or, publically) are against you.

PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, Strengthen us dear God, don’t let us fall by the wayside, hold us by Your powerful truth!

me-new“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, you walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

A few things:

  • If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can today!
  • Find my NEW books, “Blessed Is” and “Examine First, Yourself” as well as   evangelistic appeal, gifts and more at www.sentbyjesus.bigcartel.com or on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
  • Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • If you’re not part of a local church, it is extremely important that you seek God in leading you to an anointed place of worship. One of the enemy’s greatest and most powerful weapons is to have you separated from the assembly.
  • If you live in Lancaster, CA I would like to invite you to join me for prayer on Tuesday evenings at Lancaster City Library or Friday’s at 12pm at Total Deliverance Church in Lancaster!

Steps

BEFORE David was positioned to minister to Saul, a position that proceeded his kingship, the bible said that David was (1) skillful in playing, (2) a mighty man of valor, (3) a man of war, (4) prudent in speech, and (5) a handsome person; AND (6) the LORD is with him, Samuel 16:18.
Having the Holy Ghost or being spiritual is NOT enough to set in motion the preparation of our destiny. We must also activate the talent’s God has already given us!
Jesus is positioning many of you for a “step” that will prepare you for your purpose but, you must first maximize the many gifts the LORD has already given you. For example, for someone your purpose my be to be a wife, a helpmate and maximize the talents of your husband as you both partner in business or ministry, but because you haven’t learned the art of humility, have no business acumen, or haven’t developed patience or time management skills, it would be difficult for you to operate in such capacity. Maybe Jesus is calling you, like David, to operate in a leadership role but you have yet to develop an ability to speak publically, multitask or overcome adversity, therefore, such role would be almost impossible to succeed in.
Receiving Christ or having a relationship with Jesus is just the beginning. To truly be positioned and groomed for purpose, we must FIRST develop a variety of virtues and skillsets. As the Lord leads you, start developing and strengthening your many gifts today! David had 6 gifts BEFORE walking into purpose!
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask more” (Luke 12:48).

Prayer:  Dear Holy Spirit, given us the discipline to develop and utilize our gifts!

O LORD, I pray that this post brings forth clarity and assists in building Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

me-new“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, you walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

A few things:

  • If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can today!
  • Find my NEW books, “Blessed Is” and “Examine First, Yourself” as well as   evangelistic appeal, gifts and more at www.sentbyjesus.bigcartel.com or on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
  • Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • If you’re not part of a local church, it is extremely important that you seek God in leading you to an anointed place of worship. One of the enemy’s greatest and most powerful weapons is to have you separated from the assembly.
  • If you live in Lancaster, CA I would like to invite you to join me for prayer on Tuesday evenings at Lancaster City Library or Friday’s at 12pm at Total Deliverance Church in Lancaster!
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The Father’s Will, Surrender

I came across this worship song by William McDowell this evening and it literally had me weeping. The lyrics are filled with conviction, love and truth, pointing you directly to the heart of Jesus.

May this song minister to the core of your soul and elevate not only your worship, but your level of surrender and prayer.

William McDowell, “Song Of Intercession Intro”

“It’s so important that we surrender
‘Cause there are things on the heart of the Father
That we can’t even know until we posture ourselves
To surrender to what He wants.
We’ve been… deceived by the enemy
In the area of prayer
Because, specifically–I know this will go around the world,
But specifically in America,
The most financially prosperous nation on the earth–
The enemy has deceived many parts of the church
By convincing us to continue praying for our own needs
When we have everything we can possibly imagine.

If we were to heed the words of Jesus, he said:
Take no thought of what you will each,
What you will drink, or what you will wear,
For your Father knows that you have
Needed these things before you ask.
It goes on later to say,
Consider the lilies of the field:
They neither toil nor spin,
Yet Solomon, the richest man that ever lived,
In his glory, was never arrayed like one of these.
God… knows what we have need of.

I want to invite us to a new posture
Of understanding and prayer.
Don’t spend your faith on yourself.
That’s lower-level prayer.
How can we ever apprehend the heart of the Father
For the nations, if we keep worrying about
If He’ll pay our bills next month?

The nations are desperately in need
Of a church who will arise in power
And intercede on their behalf,
That the Lord of Glory would intervene
On the affairs of the earth.
I just wonder, if in this moment,
There are some people who say,
“Okay, I get it.”
Maybe some of you for the first time.

Posture yourself in the position in prayer
To apprehend God in a way that says:
“Lord, this prayer, this cry
Is not about me, is not about my needs,
Is not about my desires.
It’s about what You want,
It’s about interceding for the nations.

Is there anyone in this room tonight
Who have enough faith to know that
Everyone of your needs is taken care of.
It’s time for us to intercede
On behalf of the nations.
It’s time for us to intercede
On behalf of the nations!”

Lyrics by AZLyrics.com

“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, you walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Wise Counsel

Suggested Scripture Reading: Esther 1:1-2:23

In Esther 2:15, we read that when Esther met with King Ahasuerus, she requested nothing from him but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And, the bible records that Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her. Interestingly to note, prior to being introduced to the king, Esther underwent twelve months of preparation (vs. 12) after which she was given only one evening to abide in the king’s presence. (vs. 14). Then, after an extensive time of separation, the king choose Esther, whom he loved more then all the other women to be his queen.

Many biblical principles could be pulled out of this short text. However, three that quickly stand out are obedience, faith and process. Not only did Esther submit to protocol, it is safe to conclude Esther had faith in the process. No where recorded in the text is Esther mentioned questioning or challenging Hegai during the 12 month preparation duration. And her reward, becoming Queen, namely senior leadership. A leadership role that was so significant it positioned her to save thousands in a short period of time. Ironically, her preparation time to simply met the king was longer then the beginning of her victories as Queen in saving her people from being destroyed, killed and annihilated!

Jeremiah 1:5 declares, Before God formed you in the womb, He knew you and set you apart… The purpose God has for you was formed before the foundation of the earth. God is not preparing your purpose, He is preparing you!

Often, it is thought and at times poorly advised that those who the LORD is preparing for leadership should be vocal about their concern’s, desires or objectives but as we are reminded from Queen Esther that  some of the most powerful roles FIRST submitted to a lengthy process of preparation; true in business, relationships and most certainly in ministry. In heading wise counsel such as Queen Esther did, we allow Jesus to prepare us for purpose. Once, you have been chosen then you can carry the mantle of speaking (or moving) with power and authority. I am reminded of James 4:10 which declares, Humble yourselves before (some versions say in the sight of )the Lord, and He will exalt you (HCSB).

Also interesting, the bible doesn’t immediately reveal that Esther loved King Ahasuerus, but exposes his deep and sincere admiration for her. Such divine order carried an abundance of favor for Queen Esther. Meaning: there is no one you have to chase or pursue! Humility is the key that opens doors!!!

Allow yourself to be positioned to do great and mighty works through submitting to the process (by faith) with a humble heart and pure conscious. In the appointed time, the LORD will position you in your purpose and use you to save others!

Prayer:  Dear Spirit of the Living God, strengthen our faith to submit to process!

O Jesus, I pray that this post brings forth clarity and assists in building Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

me-new“Everyone has a divine purpose; my hope is through the Power of God, you walk boldly in yours!” ~ With Love, Minister Angela

Remember, God loves you! Trust Him!

A few things:

  • If you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can today!
  • Find my NEW books, “Blessed Is” and “Examine First, Yourself” as well as   evangelistic appeal, gifts and more at www.sentbyjesus.bigcartel.com or on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
  • Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • If you’re not part of a local church, it is extremely important that you seek God in leading you to an anointed place of worship. One of the enemy’s greatest and most powerful weapons is to have you separated from the assembly.
  • If you live in Lancaster, CA I would like to invite you to join me for prayer on Tuesday evenings at Lancaster City Library or Friday’s at 12pm at Total Deliverance Church in Lancaster!
  • Subscribe to the blog for new post!