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COAT CHANGE: WORTH CONSIDERING 1/30/22 From Ken Smith<><
Today’s Scripture (From a church in Texas.)
…to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… Isaiah 61:3, NKJV
The Scripture says to put on a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. A garment is like a coat. Before you can put on a coat of praise, you have to take off the coat of heaviness. Sometimes we wonder why we don’t have any joy, why we’re not passionate. Simply, We’re wearing the wrong coat. “Nothing good is in my future. I never get any breaks.” That coat of discouragement doesn’t look good on you, that coat of self-pity is out of style, and that coat of bitterness over who left you or what you didn’t get doesn’t fit you anymore. Now do your part and take off that coat of offense and put on a coat of praise. “Father, thank You that Your plans for me are for good. Thank You that what You started in my life You will finish.” If you’re going to rise to the next level, you have to adjust your attitude. You can’t have a defeated mentality and live a victorious life.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that though I can’t change my past, I can control my attitude today and make sure that I’m not wearing a coat of heaviness and discouragement. Thank You that I can put on a garment of praise and thanksgiving. I’m going to live today with a great attitude. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
This is very supportive for me today, at this time in my life at 89 as my wife of 23 yrs. left for Oklahoma on 1/22/22 and the very next day I was served with divorce papers. Her basic complaint is that I bring too many people home to try to help them find Jesus. And wants to split assets…. So which coat am I going to put on? Could be very stressful, not knowing the future but also it is comforting to know who controls the future in courts, Romans 13. So this Saturday night I had a peaceful nights sleep, a cup of green tea this morning and some good breakfast soon. It is a sunny 73 degrees F at 9:21 and headed up to 83 by this afternoon. with 64% humidity…. With a clear clean beautiful day. So think I will put on the garment of praise today and simple just praise the LORD for the Peace and Freedom that I am now enjoying. Tomorrow is in the LORD’s hands. And now I can bring home who every the Holy Spirit want’s me to without them feeling unwanted. After all, the only things we get to keep out of this world are what we send ahead into the Kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 3:11-15. (Break)
Enjoyed cooking Breakfast with Cindy, my 60 yr. old daughter for the first time in the main house. What a blessings. She is ½ a bubble off but getting much better now being here. And now I have a spare bed room with a queen bed and private bath for bringing home anyone who I feel the Holy Spirit wants me to try to help in walking towards HIS light. All along, this place has been a dream of the Kingdom and much like walking on the water. At my age with disabilities I can physically do very little. But the Holy Spirit seems busy putting it all together in spite of me. Also we have room for 2 woman gardeners in the 2nd floor of the Ohana which is set aside just for women. So if you get too cold, contact us for a work/trade vacation in beautiful Kealia, Hawaii.
The FEAST of TABERNACLES – a key for today? by Andrew Strom
From every quarter right now there is dissatisfaction with Western Christianity and what it has become. ALL of us are searching for something that will take us out of the spiritual ‘rut’ that the church seems to be in – into REAL Christianity the like of which we have never seen. So many are yearning and searching for this thing. -Something that goes beyond just a temporary “revival” and ACTUALLY REMAINS WITH US. -A permanent state of being. -Becoming the glorious Body of Christ in the earth as she is truly meant to be.
I was praying last night and God reminded me of the Feast of Tabernacles. This is the Feast that represents God Himself coming down and “TABERNACLING” with His people. -Actually living and abiding with the corporate Body – his full holy presence residing with us.
There were three major Feasts that the Israelites observed. The first two – Passover and Pentecost – have been literally fulfilled in the days of the New Testament. A number of teachers say that ‘Tabernacles’ is the one that is yet to be fulfilled – and perhaps this is what we are all sensing in our spirit. -A yearning for God to come down – not just temporarily as with many past Revivals – but actually remaining and ‘tabernacling’ with us – in all His glory.
So what is the pathway to seeing this occur? Well, I cannot see that it is any different from the way in which God has ALWAYS come down amongst His people. The first prerequisite is that the Bride “makes herself ready”. There must be a purifying of the robes, a total cleansing of the hands and heart. This is why deep dealing with SIN and deep REPENTANCE have been at the heart of every major move of God. Before He can come down and dwell with us, there must be a corporate ‘Body’ that has been prepared and purified to receive Him. Sin must be rooted out. Pride and vain imaginings must be brought down. Thus the ‘Repentance’ preachers – the “John the Baptists” must first come to prepare the way of the Lord. These preachers must be allowed to do their work or there will be no glory to follow.
Secondly, there must be a great crying to God to come and dwell amongst us – to ‘Tabernacle’ with us – to display His glory and bring His holy presence down. -A rending of hearts and a desperate crying to God.
Both of these things have been spoken about on this List many times before. They are the keys to the next Awakening – and possibly to the true fulfillment of “Tabernacles” itself. We must have deep repentance and a great crying to God to “come down” and glorify Himself amongst His people.
I truly believe that what God really wants is to ‘Tabernacle’ – to dwell with His people – and display His glory to the world. Special blessings to all, Andrew
Yours, in HIS great LOVE and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life
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