Thank you God, for Red Letters, Spirit and Truth, 12AUG
I woke up singing: “Thank you God, for Red Letters – and the ground began to shake” in my head, the verse by Crowder, which I sang yesterday in church. This resonates so clearly today as well – our Spirit loves to sing praises – that is the truth – the spirit and the truth – “Thank you God for Red Letters” – the speaking words of Jesus…
I can feel the ground shake. I can because it did. It shook under me and shook apart my pride and self-centeredness, that is why God works so hard to shake the faulty ground that we stand on in each of us… We must worship in Spirit and Truth.
At fellowship and refreshment time, I discussed this Red Letters song with 4 kind souls – 4 kingdom women. We liked the song but we didn’t know what the color red in the Red Letters reference was all about. We thought it was the blood of Jesus – or the sign above His cross, turns out the song artist meant the RED WORDS in a special bible he saw at his grandmother’s church – the “Red Bible” – indicating the speaking words of Jesus to standout and change hearts. By asking my question, I learned. If we ask the Lord questions, He will gush living water responses to us and thru us…
Jesus is the strong living water to wear our mountains down into sculpted servants, called to go out to the fields to harvest for the Kingdom. Singing is a great way that the Lord can puts words of Spirit in our hearts… The spirit wants to be known. Our singing carries us out into the fields of harvest, ready to work.
Jesus told the Samaritan woman that we are to worship in Spirit and in Truth…. The Samaritan Woman left her water flasks and picked up Kingdom water instead. She became the conduit to intrigue others with her witness so that they would ask their own questions. Jesus visited with them all – as He was there to do “the work of the one who sent me”. So are we. God directs the flow of our witness. What can be way more powerful than a general gush of faith is God’s channeled focused movement of Living Water – Word and Witness and Winning Hearts. God wants to pump witness water into His Kingdom… He does…
Worshiping in Spirit and Truth, that’s where we worship best, and that causes us to share…. the scriptures of the Words of Jesus will be the only thing that will change hearts… we are but directed channels of His Word.
Thank you God for Red Letters.
Thank you Lord for moving the mountain of me.
Thank you God for Spirit and Truth.
Thank you Lord for doing the work – and now for sending us into YOUR Harvest.
(PS The Lord is so faithful to allow me to stand and sing WITHOUT screaming at the top of my lungs like that Samaritan woman running up and down the street, telling everyone that she met the promised Messiah, because I still have that scream inside of me… ONLY God understands the intensity of our internal conversation screams… OUR reverberations of His Spirit surely shake us, shake our ground. And like the Samaritan people – they had to see and hear Jesus for themselves – so do we – we need to hear those red letters and feel the shake)
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
The Whitened Harvest
27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
The Savior of the World
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word.
42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”