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Investment

I was listening to IHOPKC yesterday and they sang “You’ve invested in me the authority, to determine the nation’s destiny.”

In Luke 10, Jesus sends out 72 messengers in twos to every location that he is about to visit.

“17 Then the seventy[e] returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

We should pray, and ask God for a return on his investment. Seeking direction on how he wants to use us to get his harvest and ignite change (in general, not just concerning racial injustices). The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  He’s invested his authority in us, and trusts that he will reap that harvest before he returns.  GO!

You’re Going to Need a Shovel!

I love instrumental music! There’s something about being able to create your own sound and words.  Singing to instrumental worship music is absolutely freeing to me.  I was in a rehearsal or a service a while back and I remember being frustrated because I could not worship freely through song at home.  I began to wonder why, and I heard “The sound you want, you have to create.” A few months ago I made an investment.  I decided that I wasn’t going to sit on any more of the gifts that i have, and that I was going to perfect what had been given to me to encourage, minister to, and build up others as I am led to do so.

I learned a song in like five minutes today (by looking up the chords) and I started to play, and it took me back to that moment when I heard “the sound you want you have to create.”  I started to sing and it was an amazing feeling as I was able to freely worship through song and playing keys for the first time in a very long time! It reminded me of Matthew 25:14-28.

14-18 “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.

So let me be transparent: I buried the gift of playing piano because I didn’t feel “good enough,” I was too lazy to perfect the gift, I compared myself to others, the list goes on and on really.  I’ve been playing the piano since I was 4 years old.  Besides writing that’s the only thing that I had been perfecting since childhood.  However, somewhere along the way I gave it up, never losing the ability but burying it thinking that it wouldn’t be useful or necessary to myself or anyone else.  I didn’t know that years later, I would need that very gift for MYSELF.

24-25 “The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’

26-27 “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.

28-30 “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’

Ouch…That hurt! It’s time to dig up what you’ve buried so that you can honor God, and serve others.  What God has given to you, he’s given to you based on your abilities.  That means that you CAN do it! Comparing yourself to others, laziness or whatever is stopping you cannot be used as an excuse.  So get your shovel, dig up what you think you have buried and use it!

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Small or Low?

What’s the first definition that comes to your mind when you hear the word humble? For me, it meant to make myself small.  Yesterday I posted something on FB, that said “Thinking of yourself as small is NOT humility, it is a tactic for you to not come into the realization of who you REALLY are.”

This post came from me looking at a task that was presented to me, then looking at the other people who had the same task, comparing myself, and coming to the conclusion that I could not do it as well as them because their names were bigger and I was “JUST” me.

However, I had been studying David (I’ll post the scripture below) and when he went to go fight Goliath, Saul said you’re “ONLY” a boy.  David did not accept “only” and went on to tell Saul who he served and how God had been with him with the lion and the bear.  He was so confident in who he was that though he was only a boy, he knew that God had him covered.  In that moment where I thought of myself as small I remembered David, and got a boost of confidence in the one who told me to complete the task in the first place.

I wanted to study what humility actually meant after that and here’s what I found.

I wanted to know what living a humbled life looked like, and I found this scripture.

Philippians 2:5-8

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

1. Jesus emptied himself.

2. Jesus made himself a servant.

3. Jesus was Obedient.

I found out that “humble” in this context originally means to be God reliant instead of self reliant, and to have an inner LOWLINESS.

Here’s the point of this blog lol.

Small: Limited size, restricted dimensions, not great in amount or value.

Low: Situated, placed, or below general level.

We are not called to be small, because if you’re truly humble then that means that you are GOD reliant and if you lower yourself underneath him then you won’t be restricted, or limited in what you have to do for him.

1 Peter 5:6

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

Lower yourself under the submission of God, not only is this a humble position but it is a position of protection as well.  People get on the ground when bullets are flying because the lower you are, the less likely you are to be a target.

Isaiah 54:17

17     no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
    and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
    and their vindication[a] from me, declares the Lord.”

I found out that “against” means “above” or “over,” and when you’re UNDER the hand of God protection is what you will receive for taking that position of true humility and being a servant.

YOU ARE NOT SMALL…JUST GET LOW. 🙂