Call and Assignment

CALL

I was called by God out of the marketplace to seek the mysteries and truth of Jesus like a pearl merchant who upon finding a single pearl of great value joyfully gives all to have it. To position my family in prayer, fasting and worship that we may hear His voice and then walk out in obedience what he lays on our hearts.  Strive for the first commandment of loving God with all we have, enjoy His presence and allow His glory to overflow to others through love, kindness, acts of justice, healing and deliverance.

CURRENT ASSIGNMENT

To partner with the Lord of the Harvest in this critical hour of history to link marketplace believers in shooting out messengers of light, burning and shining lamps, into the earth. To crosslink intercessory missionaries and agencies to catapult their ability to effectively share the unconditional love, mercy, grace and truth of Jesus and prepare the earth for His coming return.

God has called me on a journey to Karnataka India to seek Him in that place, to love Him by loving and serving His people, praying for them and to be obedient to Holy Spirit as He leads.  Praying for opportunities and divine appointments to love and get to know the Saraswat Brahmin caste of Hindi people and the Dai Muslims of India for which there are no known believers that Yeshua is Messiah.

God has also laid on my heart numerous business projects to expand the kingdom and to partner with those building houses of prayer and churches in Asia and the Middle East and those willing to walk out love and acts of justice in this critical hour for women, men and children abused in human trafficking

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Stolen moments

STOLEN MOMENTS

In high school, I used to run with a popular group of teens. One of our friends and his Dad were on a political campaign to keep Dayton from annexing Huber Heights  and so we started stealing Dayton Ohio metal signs and poles and blinking yellow construction barrels and lights.   We did it in the dark of night and I felt like it was okay because my friends Dad approved so I wrongly programmed my brain that there is righteous stealing.  One thing led to another and before you know it, we were breaking into a classroom and we stole the answer key to a math test. I remember my heart beating when the teacher caught me in her room and I claimed it was unlocked when actually we crawled in through the window.  She was so disappointed in me and it pierced my heart as I was disappointed in myself too.  I lied to her and that hurt too.

By college, I was running with some old buddies and some new and we were stealing keys from teachers’ desks and running through the buildings at night taking things.   I know now there was no real moral difference in whether the item you steal is big or small but that was my moral code I lived by.  I stole letterhead from the Dean’s Office so I could write official looking letters to friends to make them go to an appointment that didn’t exist because it was hilarious LOL and I took other things. We even broke into an observatory to check out the glory of the galaxies around us and broke onto a roof of a 32 story building walking on the edge of death staring at the small lighted cars of Cincinnati below us.

A guy I knew was a bit of a wild scientist used to take much more valuable things.  He took a square wave generator from a lab and then he took a 12 yr old girls’ skull from an anthropology lab.   For much of my life, stealing was one of those subtle sins in my life.  I took the small trinkets from work or electrical supplies or compressed air fittings etc.  It seemed inconsequential but in God’s eye, some day I will have to give an account. 

SALT & LIGHT

He eventually stole my heart because of the salt and light of others  and now I steal no more.  Herb was a friend that we all knew was a Christian but he liked hanging with us and he didn’t hassle us much and took us fairly unconditionally so we liked having him around.  Soon he was taking some things too on our adventures like classroom signs to hang in his dorm.   In one of his weak moments, he came down on my friend about stealing valuable things and in classic agnostic response, I shot back at the Christians’ juggler vein, calling him out as a hypocrite as I said ‘your signs are the same as my friends expensive lab equipment’.   I really didn’t believe that at the time because I followed Herb’s code of small things.   We know Jesus despised the religious leaders and ‘hypocrite’ was His term for them so that was good enough for me to lay into him with to deflect the light he was shining on my sin.

 Well what transpired next was salt and light to my dark heart.  Herb didn’t say anything. Instead, he went back at 2 am in the morning and put the signs back up on the walls of the University.   And worse, he wouldn’t even hang out with us anymore.  I was wounded inside but it was exactly what I needed as I knew that Herb did the honorable and right thing.  And I can imagine he apologized to God and pressed the reset button but I didn’t really know how Christians worked then or what it meant but I what I did know was that Herb was no longer the image of a hypocrite in my mind but instead someone that walked the walk.    That day, I imagined this is what Jesus looked like.  He didn’t look like the world but he was separate from the world and he spoke truth not by just what he said but more by what he did.

[Bible, Book of Matthew Chp 5:13-16]  You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Lord,  Thank you for people like Herb that let your light shine before men at the cost of mocking and loss of friendship.  They will not know how many people they lead to you by doing these things.  Bless Herb and others like him for their faith to follow You through the narrow gate of life.  Your wingman, Steven


 

 

Called Chose Faithful

One of the biggest changes in my life this year is the revealing of Jesus to me through the Holy Spirit, through praying and worshipping him, from others and through the Word.

The Book of Revelation in the Bible used to be just one of those books that my  past churches might touch every 10 years or so or never but I no longer see it as just a weird symbolic apocalyptic book but actually for what it is, the “Revelation of Jesus” as revealed by Jesus ( through an angel to John and now to those that are willing to spend time in it and with Him to have it revealed).     It is amazing how much is really in this book and how important its message will be as I believe we are in the beginning of the birth pangs of the end of the age.

Jesus is the sacrificial lamb that died for all of us to be saved.  He is the only one worthy to open the seals on God’s final battle plan.   [From Bible Book of Revelation Chp 17:14 ]: “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”

That sums up that nations and kings will rise up against Israel and Jesus in the end of the age but that Jesus will come through victorious.   Also, he will reign over all and my best part that with Him, will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.  I pray that God will keep me faithful to follow my calling from God and that I will bold to say “yes, He is coming soon” even when scoffers think we make no sense at all.

[From Bible, Book of Revelation 7:9] “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation and tribe, people and languages, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:  Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

The angels, elders and living creatures in heaven were praising God and one of the elders asked who are these multitude in white robes and where did they come and He answered that they knew, they were those Christians persecuted here on earth, those coming out of the great tribulation they have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb.   The discussion in the new testament about no more tears is for the saints willing to lay down their lives for Him.  They will be with Him when He comes down and brings heaven down to earth.  

LORD KEEP ME FAITHFUL.  KEEP ME PRAYING FOR MY PERSECUTED BROTHERS & SISTERS IN JESUS. KEEP THE ONE THING THE ONE THING…YOU GOD.  Thank you God.  

Your servant Steven