Psalm 92:12-15“The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of Jehovah; They shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and green: To show that Jehovah is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”
I have just returned from leading Freedom Conference 2012 in Choctaw, OK. It was a whirlwind trip in more ways than one. Tornadoes threatened the area for the biggest part of the weekend. It reminded me of what we ---as God’s children should do when a pending storm is approaching in our lives. Many will run for cover and bury their head in the sand, so to speak. If in times of trouble we choose to bend low to hear God’s voice--- like the palm tree, we will not only survive the storm, but we will be strengthened in and through it. The palm is flexible and does not have any forseen damage from the storms in life, because it is capable of bending as it is going through a storm. Trees that cannot bend, often are left without leaves and limbs. while some are altogether taken out of the ground and tossed about by the winds of fury. Those that do not bend are easily recongnizable as they have damaged limbs and roots, and can appear very ugly. People who refuse to bend low to the voice of the Lord, can become ugly in spirit, as most of us have witnessed.
One of my ministry prayer warriors was instrumental in bringing this matter to light in my life, and I am so grateful for her honesty and dedication to the ministry. Many folks were affected by the recent occurrences of tornadoes throughout OK, Kansas, Iowa and onward. The destruction was a wakeup call to many who were caught off guard. The result was injury and death to some, destruction and homelessness to others.
This was a difficult weekend as I also became ill and required medical treatment prior to the conference. It appeared that there was not only an onslaught physically in the land, but spiritually. Fear dominated many a soul.
In times of a storm, I hope that you have learned to bow low to your Maker’s voice and to seek His face, so that you can overcome such adversity. Those who do not submit, who shake their hands in the face of God, will incur further harm and delay in their deliverance. I for one want to prosper in the things of God, and as spoken this week, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not break,” I too did all that I could to focus on the tasks at hand and not to let the pending storm distract from the purpose of the conference. The WORD to the church last Sunday night was “Wake up, wake up, wake up church, you’ve e been lullabied too long!” It's time to wake up CHURCH and bow so that adversity becomes a blessing of strength and not a curse meant to destroy our lives.
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