*Part 1 & 2 of Shala's message on Unity in the Body of Christ at Angelsong's Cowboy Day Community
Event held at the Chandler Roundup
Club Arena in April of 2008.
Isaiah 43:18- "Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands..."
Romans 8:12 -14 "So don't you see that we don't owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!" (Both Message Translation)
God is calling us up higher, out of our comfort zones and into the unknown. Total radical crazy trust in God and God alone. It's time to go. It's time to get our focus off of ourselves - our comfort, our lives, our checkbooks - how many cars we might have or how big our home is - our abilities, or inabilities, our resources, or lack of resources! He is only interested in our AVAILABILITY!
It's time to quit just warmin' pews, and set a world on fire for God... it's time to be out and pullin' souls from the pit of hell! It's time to LOVE, to really LOVE the way we are called to LOVE! We can no longer stand by while this generation is lost. It's time to get radical.
It's time to fulfill the great commission!
Matthew 28: 18 -20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age."
Have ya read the scripture right before that??? Matthew 28:16 -17 "Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally."
Have we been holding back?
Have we been unsure about REALLY worshiping Him,
serving Him, risking ourselves totally?
2010 is a powerful year of fulfillment... the fulfillment and manifestation of the Promises of God. We will receive the manifestation of these promises not as we seek the promises, but as we seek the Lord. Not as we seek to build our lives, our reputations, our businesses, our ministries, our churches... but as we seek to build His Kingdom.
God bless you and yours in this coming year! In His Service, Pastor Shala Martin-Smalley Angelsong Ministries, Inc.