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Wilderness Journey

WILDERNESS JOURNEY

 

ASK

I am an empty vessel.  Fill me, Lord!

I was a broken vessel.  You healed me, Lord!

I am in the desert, lost, empty, waiting for You to fill me.

How did I get here?

Did I take a wrong road?

I feel so alone.

My strength fails me, yet I know You are with me, right beside me.

You have been there all through my life.

You have saved me from destruction and pulled me out of the pit more than one time.

 

SEEK

I am looking, I feel Your presence – just out of reach.

I have left no stone unturned yet I have not found You.

I must be looking in the wrong places.

I want to find the place where You are everywhere.

I feel compelled to keep working, to keep looking, to keep striving.

I feel exhausted.  My enemies are laughing and saying, “Where is your God?”

I am an empty vessel, cast out in the desert.

 

KNOCK

Where is the door?

I want to enter in.

What in me is preventing this?

I’ve been to the secret place but I seem to have lost my way.

I want to come back.

I am knocking.  You have promised to open the door.

Open the door of my heart.

Enter, Lord, You are welcome, desired, craved.

I am an unworthy, empty vessel.  Fill me, Lord!

Without You, I cannot exist.

I do not trust second-hand knowledge: so many things can interfere.

I need first-hand experience.

I need to walk in Your garden.

I see Your garden gate.  I am knocking.

Please open it.

My heart is breaking.  I need You.

I surrender, Lord.  Your will, not mine.

 

RAIN

A deluge is transforming the desert!

I am an empty vessel, buoyant, carried by the flood of Your grace.

I am a once-empty vessel, overflowing with Your love.

 

©2020 Sharon A. Yutzy

History ignored will be repeated

History ignored will be repeated

If we chose to ignore the shameful, uncomfortable, ignorant, or criminal past, we place ourselves in a vacuum of future failure.  We need to acknowledge the past, ask the Lord, how we got ourselves into such a place, then ask Him to help us repent, change our belief systems and grow from the past mistakes.

On the other hand, reminding everyone of their mistakes over and over is just as dangerous.  It brings shame and anger alive and causes rifts and bitterness to flourish, where forgiveness and peace need to grow.

We choose both how we deal with our pasts and how we move on into our futures.  Will we learn what caused the problems in the first place?  Will we ask the hard questions that need godly answers?  Will we repent for our part in the problems, asking God and the offended to forgive us?

If we can face the shame and ask God to lead us out of the past failures, into a greater place of communication, caring for each other, getting rid of the selfishness of the “Me” generations, then perhaps our families, cities, and nations will start to mature and grow up into caring individuals looking out for each other.

This horrible blame game and finger-pointing needs to stop!  It is so counter-productive to human growth and maturity.  It is childish and very selfish.  Each person’s view of the past is different and only when we forgive each other, and chose to leave the past in the past, can we move on.

Father God, help our families, our cities, and nations to deal with the past with forgiveness, kindness and allow us to grow to care about each other in a new way.  Help us to look to You for guidance.  Heal our nations we pray in Jesus’ Name.

2Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Daniel 9:19

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

Mar 11:25,26 TPT

“And whenever you stand praying, if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults.   But if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.”

Luke 6:37 TPT

Jesus said, “Forsake the habit of criticizing and judging others, and then you will not be criticized and judged in return. Don’t look at others and pronounce them guilty, and you will not experience guilty accusations yourself. Forgive over and over and you will be forgiven over and over. “

Luke 17:1-4 TPT

One day Jesus taught his disciples this: “Betrayals are inevitable, but great devastation will come to the one guilty of betraying others. It would be better for him to have a heavy boulder tied around his neck and be hurled into the deepest sea than to face the punishment of betraying one of my dear ones! So be alert to your brother’s condition, and if you see him going the wrong direction, cry out and correct him. If there is true repentance on his part, forgive him. No matter how many times in one day your brother sins against you and says, ‘I’m sorry; I am changing; forgive me,’ you need to forgive him each and every time.”

Matthew 5:43-48

“Your ancestors have also been taught ‘Love your neighbors and hate the one who hates you.’ However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them.   For that will reveal your identity as children of your heavenly Father. He is kind to all by bringing the sunrise to warm and rainfall to refresh whether a person does what is good or evil.  What reward do you deserve if you only love the loveable? Don’t even the tax collectors do that?   How are you any different from others if you limit your kindness only to your friends? Don’t even the ungodly do that?    Since you are children of a perfect Father in heaven, you are to be perfect like him.”

 

You saved the best till now!

You Saved the Best For Now!

When listening to the book of John, Chapter 2, recently a phrase stood out to me in a new way. It was the scene of the Wedding at Cana.  Let’s read it in the Message Translation and I will share what the Lord showed me about it.

The Wedding at Cana
John 2:1-11  Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.” 
 Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.” She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 
 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.  “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did. 
 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, 
 “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!” 
 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

The Lord spoke to my spirit as to a deeper meaning of this passage.  He sent many great prophets to Israel.  Over and over He sent them holy men who proclaimed the Truth of God.  The more they drank, the less the flavor mattered.  Yet there came a day, when the wine was failing that God sent the Best Wine, Jesus Himself.  He was the best and finest of gifts from God.  He fulfilled what the prophets could not fulfil.  God saved His best for last.

Night of healing, February 28, 2021

Covenant Life Church of God, in Fruitland Park, Florida, invites you to come to our healing and prayer night.

We invite you to join us Sunday evening from 6 PM until 8 PM in our healing rooms.  Some may wonder what that means.  You will be greeted at the door and asked if you have a specific prayer need.  We usually write that down for the prayer team to be able to focus on your specific request.

We have soaking music playing softly in the sanctuary.  You will relax there enjoying the music until you are called to go meet with one of the prayer teams.  We have pairs of prayer team members in different rooms.  You will join one of them and have a personal one-on-one prayer.  

We have found this focused personal prayer method works for many people who would not otherwise ask for prayer in a public arena.  It usually takes about 10 or so minutes, but may be longer according to your needs.

We would love to have you come and join us and allow the Lord Jesus to minister to you.  We realize there are so many hurting people in our area today and want to be able to be a hand extended for the Lord in this area.

Have a little talk with Jesus Worship Team

Worship Team singing "Have a little talk with Jesus"

Have A Little Talk With Jesus”

I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
And then a little light from heaven filled my soul
It bathed my heart in love and it wrote my name above
And just a little talk with my Jesus made me whole

Have a little talk with Jesus tell him all about our troubles
Hear our fainted cry answer by and by
Feel a little prayer wheel turning know a little fire is burning
Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right

Sometimes my path grows drear without a ray of cheer
And then a cloud of doubt may hide the day
The mists of sin may rise and hide the starry skies
But just a little talk with Jesus clears the way

Have a little talk with Jesus…
I may have doubts and fears my eyes be filled with tears
But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night
I go to him in prayer he knows my every care
And just a little talk with my Jesus makes it right
Have a little talk with Jesus…
Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right
(Cleveland Derricks)