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I purposed to be less emotional. After all, God aims to raise us as sons, not infants. However, I was visibly moved and emotional again this morning as the Lord spoke to me. When I tried to shake it off, I was reminded of Jesus the LORD being moved and weeping openly in front of everyone in John 11:35. This well-known account is quite vivid in verse 33-36:


''When Jesus saw Mary crying and the people with her crying too, he was very upset and deeply troubled. He asked, “Where did you put him?”

They said, “Lord, come and see.”

Jesus cried.

And the Jews said, “Look! He loved Lazarus very much!”'' (ERV - Easy Read Version)

He was so moved in his spirit by the distress of the people that (as the KJV puts it), he groaned in his spirit and wept. Then I realized that the emotions I felt as the Lord was speaking to me this time, were not just mine, they were my spirit's response to the emotions of the Holy Spirit. I was experiencing and sharing God's heart at this time.


So what was the Lord telling his Church? This:

We misrepresent him when we see, act, or speak contrary to his will and nature.

When we do not realize that we as his children, are primarily His representatives. We are called to his ways of seeing, thinking, speaking, and acting, as representatives of His Kingdom - irrespective of our earthly roles, jobs, or status.

We sadden him when we do not realize the power and importance our words carry in every realm. We are either building or tearing down every time we open our mouths. I pray may we build what He is building and tear down only what he is tearing down so that only his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

''Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what helps build others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.'' Ephesians 4:29-30 NIV


The focus of the Lord's conversation with me this morning was the video teaching I did earlier this week titled 'The BIG deal about you'. You can find it at www.deborahlade.org. I knew that teaching was an oracle - meaning I was speaking the Lord's words, but although I have listened to it several times, not only till this morning that I realized what He was addressing.

The flexible and well-paying job that funds my ministry calling and assignment, is not what many see as prestigious. In recent times, some of the Church of Jesus Christ spoke with disdain about it. Though I was not intimidated by this, it interfered with what the Lord wanted to do; hence, I considered seeking alternative employment. But every time I worked on filling out a job application, I felt great unease. Godly counsel from my children (''Why are you allowing the opinion of people determine your obedience to God's instruction?''), caused me to abandon that fleshly pursuit.

This morning, the unease was explained. The Lord would not have his servant affirm the prevalent ideology that a man's worth is determined by what they do for a living, the recognition and prestige among men, or the accolades gathered - I would have misrepresented Him. For the first time, I had a clearer understanding of the message in my teaching video and of the Lord's directives.

[ A prophet is often not just one through whom God speaks, he is also one whom God does use at times as a demonstration. As Isaiah said in submission to God:

''Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.''Isaiah 8:18].


YHWH never chooses us based on the world's standard of worth. He always wants someone who represents everyone by His standards- not this world's standards of rich, poor, eloquent, vulgar, capable, or inept. Like Isaiah 53's description of the Messiah - Jesus our Lord,

''He was always close to the Lord. He grew up like a young plant, like a root growing in dry ground. There was nothing special or impressive about the way he looked, nothing we could see that would cause us to like him. People made fun of him, and even his friends left him. He was a man who suffered a lot of pain and sickness. We treated him like someone of no importance, like someone people will not even look at but turn away from in disgust'' [ERV], God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; he uses the weak things of the world to shame the strong, so that no one may boast before him. While he is excellent, the excellence he inspires is by His standards and of his power - of no one and nothing else.

He wants to remind us that as the whole world listens to us, the Lord is listening too. In all our conversations, the Lord listens. He listens to hear us bring him glory. If we disdain others by our earthly standards, he is grieved.


''Then those who ·honored [feared] the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened and heard them. The names of those who ·respected [feared] the Lord and honored ·him [L his name] were written in his presence in a ·book to be remembered [scroll of remembrance].'' Malachi 3:16 EXB


The worth of every human soul is not in their titles, accolades, and achievements, it is in His spirit that gives them life. He weighs them by the standard of his righteousness which he has now made freely available by the payment of his son Jesus Christ. Now the worth of every is the unquantifiable value of the blood of the King of kings, Lord of lords, the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!

Good company is wise. We walk closely with the wise so that we may be wise, however, may we remember the honour Christ bestowed on all men by his death and resurrection as we build His Temple. Amen

 

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,

29 so that no one may boast before him.

30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”1 Corinthians 1: 26 -31




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