"Thy wife shall be as a FRUITFUL VINE by the sides of thy house." Psalm 128:3a
A Creative Miracle, Dancing Feet by H. Gawel
Be Not as Aholah by J. Kirkpatrick
Keep Peace by N. Bixler
"Soul" utions by J. Kirkpatrick
A CREATIVE MIRACLE, DANCING FEET
by H. Gawel, Delaware
1991 was indicated in prayer as my year of harvest for all the long awaited promises for which I had prayed, interceded, believed and waited. The most significant answer to prayer and the fulfillment of God's prophetic word, occurred as I carried out God's plan for me to receive a miracle of straight feet, a desire of my heart.
From the early 80's, I had begun praying and believing God to dissolve the bunion on each foot and to straighten out all of my toes. Every Evangelist I know had laid hands on my feet also, believing God's power to manifest. One noted female evangelist emphatically decreed; "Bunions gone within 60 days!" I remember crossing off the days on the calendar and sadly reaping no results. Still others prayed deliverance prayers. I chose to believe every scripture on healing and deliverance and that I would receive. I was a child of inheritance.
I remember the day my intercessory partner first gave me the word of knowledge that God would grant my desire. I was so excited! Jehovah Rophe would heal soon, I thought. Years went by and although I prayed healing for others and saw many miracles, at times I grew weary, even questioning God's plan. Perhaps my miracle would occur while I attended a super anointed service, when hearing bones crack, I look down to discover my gift from God. Another time in prayer the Lord said that I had asked incorrectly; healing instead of praying specifically for a miracle. What I needed was a creative miracle. I responded, "Yes, Lord."
On July 17, 89, while attending a seminar on healing and deliverance, I received the exciting word of knowledge that I was indeed going to receive a creative miracle and in addition, dancing feet. Although I had not danced since I was a young girl when I led the Bunny Hop dances, I clung to this Rhema Word. This miracle was mine. The following year, another word of knowledge came forward that I was receiving a special gift from my God. I began envisioning my feet straight and me wearing, lovely colorful strapped shoes. I saw myself witnessing of this great miracle every time I would minister as well.
The summer of 1990, I asked prayer while attending another seminar, at which the Pastor told me I had faith to receive my miracle even through surgery, which our family orthopedist was recommending as necessary. Six months later in January of 1991, because of such painful problems, I began to fast and pray, seeking His perfect plan. By vision, I saw that I must undergo surgery, in fact, two surgeries; one on each foot. God would be in on this, directing each step.
Today, all is over, and I rejoice I have my miracle. I have the beautiful feet (to carry the good news) I have always desired. I am glad I obeyed God's plan and followed His timing. Everything was supernatural. The Surgeon, who is not Christian, participated in God's plan by implanting my own bone chips (from the joint or bunion), to fill the cavity and to knit together new bone. What a Creative and Wonderful God we serve.
Am I dancing for the Lord? You bet I am. Even before the surgeries, I danced in faith, love and rejoicing for what would come. I even went and celebrated my first Feast of Tabernacles at the Christian Retreat Center in Bradenton, Florida.
May I exhort all out there who have been waiting long for God to move, not to give up the promise. "Faith and patience inherit the promises," *** Hebrews 6:12. "And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise," *** Hebrews 6:15. He is not a man that He should lie. He is a Faithful, Loving and Merciful God. I found that He was more eager for me to receive than I was.
BE NOT AS AHOLAH!
by J. Kirkpatrick, Ohio
"And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine: and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours," *** Ezekiel 23:3
To dote after something is to breathe after and to love it with lustfulness. Be not as Aholah who loved the ways of her neighbors, the Assyrians, who had ambitions of worldly success and prosperity. It is not God's will that we be as our neighbors whose ambition is to conquer the world. We are not to be as the Assyrians who desire to be as others, having swift feet to run after the ways of the world and their lifestyles. In their search for happiness they have settled for those things which do not profit. We must remove all the worldly, material ideas we have doted upon from our youth. If we fail to do this, we will become as Aholah.
We must allow the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God to cut our lustful thoughts asunder. We must allow all these thoughts to be cut away from our mind by the circumcision made without physical hands, *** Romans 2:28-29. God will not allow us to take any of this unfruitfulness into the kingdom.
If we turn our backs and dote upon and lust after all those things that we have left behind, we will receive the same fate as Lot's wife, whose name is remembered because she turned back and desired the things of the world more than to serve the Lord.
"And she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall...she doted upon them," *** Ezekiel 23:14-16
We must not dote upon pictures portrayed upon our walls, constantly bringing to mind the things we lust after. We must set a watch upon our eyes because what we see with our eyes is recorded in our minds. I am speaking specifically of TV Soap Operas, magazines, novels, etc. These only satisfy the fleshly lusts. We must put these fantasies of youth past from our remembrance. This cannot be cut away if we continue to set it before our eyes. We must stop these images from entering our thoughts. These must be erased from our memories if we are to enter into God's kingdom.
K E E P P E A C E
by D. Bixler OH
As I was reading one night the Lord led me to a passage in the Word that was hard for me to understand. It was like it jumped out of the page at me. I knew God was wanting me to study it out to understand what He was trying to show me through it. All the way through this study God was really speaking to me. I have shared this in our group and now God is desiring that I share this with you.
The passage that the Lord quickened to me was I Corinthians14:34-35, "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."
There is a lot in this passage and I pray you will take heed to what it is saying. But if you are like me you will need more understanding on what exactly it is saying. As I began to break down these verses, I began to discover some amazing truths. As I share this I believe you will have a clearer picture of what Paul was speaking of. The verse begins, "Let your women keep silence in the churches." Paul was directing this to the women in the body of Christ. He goes on to say that women are to keep silence in the church. The Greek word for silence is SIGAO and means "to keep peace, or to hold one's peace". We, as the women in the body of Christ must strive to KEEP PEACE, and hold our peace, in our gatherings.
The next phrase is "for it is not permitted unto them to speak". We need to have a clearer understanding of what we are not permitted to do. Speak comes from the Greek word LALEO and means "an extended harangue". The Webster's Dictionary tells us that to give an extended harangue is to give forth loud and vehement speech. In other words, to harangue is to use extended, hurtful words, in our speech to others.
Let's reflect back now and read the verse with the added insight. Let your women KEEP PEACE in the body of Christ: for it is not acceptable in God's eyes for them to speak with violence, but to be under obedience. This is a commandment in God's Word.
Verse 35 gives us more detail on how we are to avoid extended hurtful speaking. "And if the women will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home." Many times things happen that we do not have full understanding of. Paul writes that instead of causing a situation, we should wait and learn from our husband or father at home. Paul continues, "For it is a shame for women to speak in the church", (for it is a shame for the women to speak, act, or do anything of the old nature when we come together as a body).
Sometimes when we are hurt by situations, we jump into action with extended loud and vehement, hurtful speech. That is why it is so important to take theses situations and talk it out with our authority figure, as we are instructed to do in Verse 35. We must learn to take ourselves in hand and hold our own peace, so we can KEEP PEACE among the body. We are to come forth as mature women, keeping peace in all situations.
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God," *** James 1:19-20.
" S O U L " u t i o n s
by J. Kirkpatrick
If a solution is thrown feebly together without regard to set proportions and like properties, the result is a haphazard combination which often evaporates leaving the mixture unchanged.
"SOUL" utions based on emotion often get all over everybody,
but do nothing to make the needed changes
which will benefit and uplift the body.
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