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People of God, may I grasp your attention for just a few moments?  Can I allow you to visit “me” for a moment?  Can I lay my heart before you that you may understand why my walk is so serious…so real…so open? 

I heard the voice of the Lord one day say – YOUARE CHOSEN, CHOSEN TO DO GREATER THINGS IN AND FOR ME.  THIS IS A WALK THAT MANY WILL NOT TAKE SERIOUS BUT I NEED ONE THAT WILL GIVE ME THEIR ENTIRE SELF.  I NEED ONE THAT WILL ALLOW ME TO TAKE YOU THROUGH PAIN, TROUBLES, LACK, HEARTACHES, SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL DESTITUTION.  I NEED ONE THAT WILL BE ABLE TO TRULY SAY THAT I AM REAL AND SHOW MY POWER, SHOW THAT I AM STILL GOD.  WILL YOU TRUST ME TO DO THAT WITH YOUR LIFE?  WILL YOU HOLD ON TO THE PROMISES THAT I’VE GIVEN UNTO YOU?  I WILL BE HERE WITH YOU, I WILL NEVER EVER LEAVE YOU.  WILL YOU TRUST ME?  And I said … 

Yes Lord. 

I love sitting here ministering to the world, connecting with people and praying for them.  I love helping a heart ACCEPT THE LOVE OF JESUS.  I love encouraging and mothering and befriending those who can’t find their way.  I love HEARING GREAT REPORTS.  I love being A CONDUIT FOR THE LORD, letting others know that this is not a fairy tell.  I love watching as GOD PROVES HIMSELF  TO ME and others. 

Sometimes I just want to preach and teach and God says … NO, THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR SOME ARE NOT TRULY LISTENING…THEY DO NOT TRULY HAVE TEACHABLE SPIRITS AT THIS MOMENT.  THEY FEEL THEY ARE WISER THAN ME.  SO, I NEED YOU TO GO TEND TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS.  

Saints, I have TRULY GIVEN MY LIFE to Christ.  It doesn’t matter what others say or think of me anymore because I KNOW THE LORD APPROVES.  As I watch us attack each other sometimes daily, as I know the REAL NEED OF THE PEOPLE within this world, as I connect with those who are hungry and destitute, just looking for another meal or an encouraging Word, my heart weeps because we have LOST FOCUS.  I only pray to be able to one day … DO more.  As I see and hear us CELEBRATING from day to day “our” accomplishments and promoting each other and not promoting our God the way we should, my heart again … hurts. 

You see … GOD SENDS WARNING SIGNS.  We’ve gotten quite a few within the last week…earthquakes, storms, tornadoes, hurricane, fires, death and being without means to get food and sometimes shelter.  I’ve watched and listened as we have complained and cried unto the LORD … help us!  My mind and heart go out to those who live in this condition every day.  CAN I TALK..REAL TALK? 

Friends, every day somebody is hungry.  Every day there’s a child or adult somewhere almost breathless as we continue in our ways.  Every day people are suffering because they live in lands where they can’t get clean water and have no clothes to wear, nowhere to lay their heads except on the ground.  Every day somebody somewhere is trying to recover from a natural disaster. 

Where I live so many call it “the land of plenty”.  And I sit sometimes and I wonder…Lord, if we are the land of plenty, what’s the definition of “plenty”?  People dream of coming here to the USA because we are such a land of “plenty”.   Please don’t get me wrong, I am very thankful that GOD would allow me to live in such a “rich” land but again … I’m talking …REAL TALK… and I am sharing “me”. 

We “go” to church and have “holy fun”.  We “minister” to each other, we shout it out and shout it on and shout ‘til the cows come home…  Many may experience THE HOLINESS OF GOD, some never will.  We so often play “the religious games” and then we go back to being “ourselves”.  So many here and world-wide have never TRULY EXPERIENCED GOD in an INTIMATE WAY.  

God is CALLING US.  He’s trying to WAKE US UP!  God is LOOKING FOR A PEOPLE who will not live selfishly, who will not take COMPLACENCY as a place to live and stay.  God is looking for a people who will SERVE HIM with their whole minds, bodies and hearts.  Sometimes I imagine Him with His “telescopic eyes” looking and looking …searching and searching for hearts that TRULY love Him.  When He finally connects with one … HE SMILES.  I pray that when He looks He sees my heart.  I don’t want to displease Him.  I know I do sometimes but I strive everyday to become a better CHRISTian, to follow after Him. 

What has to happen for us to FOLLOW WHOLE-HEARTEDLY AFTER HIM?  Who has to die?  What catastrophe has to occur? What has to be moved from our midst in order for us to REACH OUT TO HIM?  How long will HE have to wait?  Why do we long so much for material goods and not spiritual?  How do we become so COMPLACENT?  Why do we think a great song that touches us “for a moment” is all we need to hear?  Why do we speak and quote the Word but so often refuse to LIVE IT?  Why won’t we DO what HE has commanded?  Why is it so hard for us to LET GO OF US?  I’m just talking … REALTALK. 

There’s somebody who needs you out there.  Will you share JESUS with them?  Will you decide that maybe I don’t need that $200 pair of shoes, somebody has no food?  Will you not get those nails done this week and those feet pampered because somebody just lost every piece of food they had during the last week and there are others who just didn’t have it from the start?  Oh, people of God … I just have to talk … REAL TALK today. 

I am not sitting in a seat of judgment. I am sitting in A PLACE OF TRYING TO REACH OUT TO YOU FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL…the sake of JESUS CHRIST.  Will you GET THE MESSAGE that God is sending us?  Will you get over you?  Your titles?  Your buildings? Your cars? Your wants and desires?  Will you SERVE THE LORD?  Will you desire to be TAUGHT BY HIS SPIRIT?  Will you “GO”?  

We say we’re WAITING ON HIM but He’s truly WAITING ON US.  He’s waiting on us to STOP LIVING DOUBLE STANDARDS, one day speaking “holy”, the next day “going back to self”.  He’s waiting for us to SHARE what He has given unto us.  He’s waiting for us to RECEIVE all that HE has for us, to stop depending so much on self and other people.  HE promised to SUPPLY ALL OUR NEEDS.  And what we need is … AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR FATHER… 

Family, I love you all.  I love you so much that I take this opportunity to let you know that we’ve got to get this “thing” right.  I’m not trying to slam you with a Scripture or poke you to let you know that you’re evil or any of that.  If I can’t allow God to use me toTALK REAL TALK, I might as well close this FACEBOOK ACCOUNT and stop wasting time.  I use this as A PLACE OF MINISTRY.  You won’t see me doing too much more than that because my life is too full of things that GOD wants to do with HIS VESSEL.  

This is me … no time for debates and no time for nonsense.  JESUS IS COMING BACK and I intend to REMAIN READY.  I’ve been challenged, spoken evil of … you name it but I won’t lash back, I won’t retalitate.  I PRAY.  THERE’S WORK TO DO FOR THE MASTER.  This LOVE that I have for THE MASTER is real.  HE taught it to me.  DO YOU HAVE IT?  Do you truly have AGAPE, that UNCONDITIONAL LOVE?  If so, it’s time to walk in it.  

Let’s LIVE JESUS…I challenge you to … LIVE JESUS. 

Again…I love you so much.  If you think you’ve never experienced HIS LOVE before I pray that at this moment you will recognize that you have …. you’ve experienced it through “me” and I’ve experienced it through some of you. 

Thanks so much for listening to my heart today.  Pray for me as I remain DESTINED TO MOVE FORWARD … I won’t go back … I just won’t go back … 

And this is … 

REAL TALK! 

Pastor Catherine

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