Jun 23 2017

Jewels, gold dust, and weddings

I love seeing supernatural signs but, since they are supernatural, we don’t always have an explanation as to what they mean. We look for examples in the scripture to help explain these occurrences and sometimes we find similarities but other times we don’t have any verses to make a comparison. There has been an occurrence over the past decade (maybe longer) where jewels appear on the floor during a worship service or something like gold dust covers the hands and faces of people in a meeting. Gold and jewels are both mentioned in the bible but never in this context so how can we possibly explain this other than to say that God loves to lavish gifts on his children. And, since he is supernatural, we should expect him to do supernatural stuff that we don’t understand. Well, I saw a post on Facebook this week that made me think there was a better explanation for the supernatural jewels and gold dust and it is rooted in an old Jewish custom.

Jesus was Jewish, so it makes sense that at least some of his parables and teachings would have some connection to the Jewish people that he interacted with every day. In Jewish tradition, when a man and woman became engaged, there would be a time of separation before the official wedding ceremony where the man would go back to his own father’s home and start preparing a place to live after the wedding. Typically, there wasn’t a set time for when the wedding would take place so the bride would continue living with her parents until groom returned. Jesus is often referred to as the bridegroom in the Christian faith so in John 14, when Jesus told the disciples that he was going away to prepare a place for us and mentioned his Father’s house, it was a reference to this same Jewish marriage custom. Just like a groom would go to prepare a place for his bride, Jesus left to prepare a place for us. Another part of this custom was that when the time drew near for the wedding ceremony, the groom would send gifts of jewelry and gold to his bride so she could adorn herself for the wedding.

So, maybe, the jewels and gold dust are a sign that the time for the return of Jesus is drawing closer. We have seen the gold dust quite frequently. The dash of our car was covered in it once after we left a church service and it often appears on our hands when we talk about it. We have also seen jewels drop out of thin air and onto the floor in front of us. It’s an incredible sign that seems to be happening more frequently and I think the best response we can give is to continue to draw closer to Jesus so that we can minister to others from that place of intimacy. There are so many people who don’t know him yet and won’t be ready when he returns. Our job is to make that introduction.

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Jun 9 2017

Changing Culture

“I don’t believe you and I don’t trust you.” Those were the words of a man we met this week while ministering in our favorite spot. It’s not uncommon for us to get a strange look or awkward comment from someone walking by when they see two white people hanging out in an area some consider to be one of the most dangerous places in Washington D.C. But this was the first time someone overtly told us what they were thinking after they gave us the strange looks. At least he was honest. But he did trust us enough to take a few granola bars and a cup of lemonade! It was clear to us that he had not yet encountered God’s love in a way that tears down the walls we often allow to build up in our lives. My heart breaks for those who have not encountered God’s love. I want everyone I meet to have that encounter, but sometimes we have to build trust so that we have a place to speak into a person’s life. He’ll be back, and we’ll have another chance. Unfortunately, rejection can be part of ministry and we have to be able to push past the rejection so we can continue to love, honor, and value everyone. Jesus was rejected (and still is) on a regular basis but he didn’t let it stop him from fulfilling his mission. If we allow rejection, or any other negative reaction, to impact or affect us, it can lessen our ability and effectiveness in bringing the goodness of His kingdom into a situation. We change culture, culture doesn’t change us; that has to be the perspective. Don’t let anything slow you down, push past anything negative that comes your way, be a conduit of God’s love, and watch the culture change around you.

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Jun 2 2017

Heaven’s Attraction

I heard a great phrase this week from Brian Guerin, it’s something I have experienced plenty of times but I never had a term to apply to the experience. He said that heaven is attracted to itself. He continued to share some stories but I was stuck on that phrase and pondered its meaning for several more hours. I have found that when we share testimony stories, more miracles tend to happen. I have seen others healed just from watching a video testimony of someone else being healed! It seems to be the manifestation of Rev. 19:10, “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” When we testify about what Jesus has done, it can become prophetic in the life of the person or people that we share the story with. Heaven is attracted to itself. Jesus is attracted to the Father. The Father is attracted to Holy Spirit. When you talk about Jesus, he shows up. It’s like he’s saying, yeah I did that, and I’ll do it again for you too! There’s something about testimonies that draws the presence of God, angels, and supernatural events. I met a man this week who said he had bad knees and I told him, “knees are my specialty.” We see knees healed so regularly that I have a high degree of faith and expectation and I often tell the person who needs a healing about the knee miracles we have already seen. And then, Jesus shows up and heals another knee. Listen, Jesus loves to heal people, and he loves it when we tell others what he is up to. The more we talk about Jesus, the more famous he becomes in the earth, and the more his kingdom takes hold on this planet. So, when you meet someone who needs a miracle, tell them a story of a miracle Jesus has done before, then watch Jesus show up again!

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