Last Sunday morning during our regularly scheduled service a situation took place that may very well change your perspectives on your future.
Our youth pastor brought a friend of his who was visiting from Kenya. I asked him to stand for a moment during the service as to recognize him as I often do with visiting ministers. He spoke briefly with the congregation and politely was headed back to his seat when I asked if I may pray for him. As I began to pray I began to prophesy. To prophesy means to speak by divine inspiration or revelation to a person or a place.
The prophecy went something like this: (Now keep in mind the only thing that I knew about him was he was from Kenya and that Kenya is in Africa). “You will no longer be a sheep bleating through the countryside as before. Now you shall roar. You shall roar like a lion. Like the Lion of Judah you shall roar over your country. And the children shall be drawn to you and you shall bring aid. Aid to those with AIDS and many shall be healed.”
It wasn’t until that evening when I received a phone call from the youth pastor that I realized how truly profound that morning was. His friend from Kenya arrived early for service and was reading while everyone was preparing for service. He was reading an article about Kenya that a prophet had written and he had underlined the parts that struck his heart. Little did any of us realize less than an hour later the very same words, “word for word” would be proclaimed back to him again.
Picture this! You read an article and every word you underline and only those you underline are spoken to you by someone you’ve never seen before, and he’s never seen you or the article. Would God have your attention or what?
When the youth pastor called me later that day, he told me his friend was still talking about it.
Now pay close attention, the Bible says that we were called before the foundation of the earth. It also declares that we were in Christ before the foundations of the earth. That simply means God created us before He created a place for us to live. The bible also says we are His workmanship created for good works beforehand that we should walk in them. One translation puts it this way, for we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
As this young man from Kenya was reading the plan God has for his country, he read about himself. His heart leapt within him and to our amazement less than an hour later God was saying “yep that’s you, your one of the lions I have predestined to accomplish my work in Kenya”.
All of us are predestined to great and wonderful things before the planet took its first rotation. God planned a celebration. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous, and how well I know it, the psalms proclaim.
So be nice to one another. If your friends or co-workers are difficult be patient, we are starting to remember who we are and what we are destined to achieve. It’s not De JA Vu, it’s Christ in you. Look at a person the way he is and he will always be the way you see them. Look at them the way they can be and they will become who they should be.
And while your at it let’s not give condoms to eleven year olds. This doesn’t make since. No matter whom you want to vote for, that’s just plain wrong. This is one I think even Rosie is against. Although I could be wrong on the Rosie part.