THE WORD CARRIER
Jesus preparing water to wash the disciple's feet.
I haven't found my journal entry yet about Eileen and Ishmael Horsley. We met them at the Florida Church Camp I think in the late 1990's. I approached Elaine after I heard her speak for one of the services. She called herself a "Word Carrier". We got to spend some time together that year and I learned a lot from her. She told me about having shoulder surgery and how painful it was when healing. But she raised both arms, a little more each day while praising the Lord. Staff at Physical Therapy were impressed and asked her what she had been doing to advance so quickly. She explained about worship and music.
She loved music and when we were in the car, she would sing, "I'm not fat, I'm fluffy". We laughed no matter how many times we heard it. I have googled that title for lyrics, but she must have made it up herself. She passed away before we could see them again. A period of years passed before we could get back to camp. We heard that her cancer had returned. I know she is happy with Jesus and still singing in worship.
The most important thing I learned from her was pride versus humility. She told me when she felt pride, she would say to the Lord "Puff me down, Lord, puff me down". But if she felt really depressed, she would ask the Lord "Puff me up, Lord, puff me up!" She was a humble woman inside-out. This coincides with our scripture for today.
Jesus said: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:3
As posted at the bottom of my"About" page, I am not a scholar. However, the Bible makes it clear that God hates pride (Proverbs 8:13 / Proverbs 16:18 / Proverbs 29:23) are a few verses.
He is also drawn to the humble as evidenced by the following: See James 4:6 / Proverbs 11:2 / Micah 6:8 as examples.
There's a saying in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) that you must "hit bottom" before you before you can quit your habit. I am not sure that is true. Why? I have watched a loved one fall so low so many times, yet still not changed. I want you to know, though, the following is true and I can say without a doubt IT WORKS!!
There are 2 parts to entering the Kingdom of Heaven . . (2 parts to the gospel.)
1. Conviction. Become poor in spirit. This must come first because you cannot enter the Kingdom without it. It means emptying. It means a humble face-to-face with God & admitting you have sinned against Him. (We have all sinned against God. Only Jesus was pure and without sin.)
2. Conversion. Justification by faith alone. Being born again. Asking Jesus to take over your life and you want what He wants. You repent and turn your life around and head the other direction.
This is not a one time only deal and then you go on living just as you always have. An old song made popular by Frank Sinatra was "I did it My way". Have you ever said "I want my own way!"? I have. Someone might say . . "well, of course I want my own way . . I think up ideas to get my own way . . I'll fight to get my own way . ."
Shouldn't we want our own way?
We should want God's way. Part 2 Conversion means we will begin to want God's way.
Right now in the U. S. and all around the world we have people confronting one another.
But this post is for You to have a face-to-face conversation with God.
It's Your move.
Because of Him & with Love