I was having a conversation with a friend, she had her little boy with her. He walked over to me and I said “Come here Jonathan”, he sheepishly shook his head no. I said “I’m gonna get you.” He ran in terror. I felt terrible. Lori picked him up and said “What does Jesus say, Fear Not Jonathan.”
I had been telling her about a blog I had written and that she needed to read it. The theme of the blog was prepare your hearts and minds, and don’t be attached to “Things”. She messaged me later in the day and said “when you said that to me it struck me with fear.” She had explained to me a time before that death, rapture, etc. etc. had always made her fearful. I messaged her back and said, remember your own words to Jonathan, “Jesus says Fear Not.”
The next day, I was thinking of how we could not be perfected on this earth. I called Helene a wisdom filled sister indeed. As we were discussing it she said we can be perfected. I looked up scriptures on perfection, or being blameless in the eyes of the Lord. She was right. I immediately let fear strike me, I contemplated this scriptural discovery, and tears came to my eyes. I thought Lord, I will never be able to achieve it, I fall short everyday. We talked a little more before ending the conversation. I thought about it all day, I prayed and asked for the Holy spirit to comfort me, and lead me into truth, to teach me, because I did not understand.
25″These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26″But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
As the day wore on, I kept hearing the statement “Fear Not”. In my spirit, I knew that the Holy Spirit was guiding me to not fear, the same words, that a day before I was reminding my friend of the Holy Spirit was now reminding me of. By no works of my own may I be able to become perfect only through my faith in the Lord, and leaning on Him, may I become perfect in His eyes.
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Trust in the Lord
…4So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.…
I felt at peace about it, I knew that God was saying, “Fear Not”, I will make your paths straight.
Sunday I went to church, filled in the Spirit, and ready to praise my God. As soon as I entered into the church, I was feeling a prompting in my spirit to pray for some one. As the service went on I couldn’t shake it. As the service continued I was prompted to pray for “Ben”. I scanned the church which was slim and thought, Lord, I don’t know anyone in here named “Ben”. It kept eating at me, pray for Ben. Go to the pulpit ask the pastor to call forward “Ben”. I am a pretty bold person, by normal standards, but approaching the pulpit and asking to pray for “Ben” who may not exist was a little scary. Would I stand up front and look like a fool. But, nearing the end of the sermon, I started out of the pew and moving forward to the alter. I stopped at the first row and asked the pastor’s daughter in law if there was someone in the congregation named Ben? She said I don’t know, not that I can think of. But, she looked at me and said but don’t go by that ask Pastor Paul. I was scared, but did it. He got to the microphone and said is there a ben in the house, before everyone leaves. No one came forward, my worst fear realized. Just then a young youth leader came forward and said something along the lines of, we have a “Ben” in our youth ministry. He is not present today, his uncle died suddenly, and he is in New York with his family. I immediately felt happy and repentant all at the same time. I almost leaned on my own understanding, and almost missed the opportunity to pray for Ben who obviously, God wanted a prayer to open up his blessing to Ben in his time of need. We gathered together and prayed for Ben.
My prayer for Ben, was even though you are not here physically, God still called out some one who was open to that still small voice to prayer for you, He loves you, and is comforting you even when you don’t know it, or ask for it.
God, was setting me up for that lesson for days. lol. How Great is our God, that he is concerned with me, concerned with you.
Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock
…2My lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. 3O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? 4Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.…