The Gifts (JP Theme for 2023, pt. 5) – February 20, 2023 (68/365)

I thought I’d go ahead and listen to the final 15-20 minutes of Joseph Prince’s message on the Kairos Year of Right Time, Right Place. There’s so much he’s unpacking, and to be honest, it does inspire me to keep feeding on the Bible personally. In fact, as I write this I’m brought to remember one way Pastor Joedy personally feeds on the Word – it’s simply, opening the Bible every morning in his terrace with some coffee, ready to take in what the Lord has for him during that day.

Maybe I’ll do the same thing. Tomorrow. Until then, well, I’ll be doing some typing. Transcribing. Just like this – right here, right now, right place, right time.

We’re led to remember the first mention of ‘kara’ in Genesis 24; And we’re told that the word ‘kara’ means a good happening. It’s one of the two things that Abraham’s servant asked for, the other one being ‘chesed’, or simply, grace.

Later on in the chapter, when the Lord responded by way of having Rebekah appear even before the servant finished speaking, the said servant gave thanks to God, for He has demonstrated mercy and truth. This is to say that grace, mercy, and truth come with the right happenings in our own lives…

And around this time Pastor Prince also elaborates on how this chapter was representative of Christ and the Church; with that being said, we could say that we are subject to right happenings in our own lives as individuals, but for sure, all that happens to us, is (1) done with God’s grace, mercy, and truth, and (2) it is beneficial, not necessarily to you, but to the body of Christ, to the expanding and adding to the church, for sure. We’re blessed, but we are also blessed with a greater purpose – a purpose beyond our own selves.

Speaking of right happenings, it’s around this time that he also points out that they shouldn’t be looked at as one-time events – but the journey, as it is always said, is just as valuable as the destination. It’s as if to say that we’ve all been placed in a perpetual right happening in our lives. By God’s grace, mercy, and truth, this is what we enjoy as righteous parts of the body of Christ.

This seems to be where I decided to stop transcribing.

And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold; And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in?

Genesis 24:22-23

We’ve seen a lot of the vocal gifts, but we haven’t seen a lot of the other gifts – the words of revelation and words of power. We’ve seen a lot of tongues, interpretations and prophecies, but it looks like we’re going to see more of the other gifts this year: Off the top of my head, we’re going to hear more words of knowledge, words of wisdom etc.; we’re also going to see more manifestations of healings, miracles, and faith.

“the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight,”; Some translations say that this earring was actually a nose ring, but what’s remarkable is that this is the first mention of the phrase, ‘half a shekel’; It’s pointed out that later on, Moses mentioned that ‘half a shekel’ is the amount to be given as atonement money – it’s not to say that you buy your salvation, but it’s a symbolic offering given by the rich and the poor, signifying that they were bought; We were all lost in the slave market of sin, but we were bought out by Christ – with that being said, we’re reminded that we are, indeed, temples of the Holy Spirit, and bought (spirit, soul, and body) with a price. Half a shekel is representative of redemption.

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,

the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of counsel and might,

the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD:

and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,

neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

Isaiah 11:2-3

First off, recognize that all that the Spirit is, is representative of the gifts we’ve talked about: He is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding (revelation), the Spirit of counsel and might (power), and the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD (voice/vocal). Here, also, Pastor Prince points out that the ‘quick understanding’ in verse 3 also has its meanings in the Hebrew related to smell; that is, we understand with our noses. Or, we discern a lot with our smells – smelling something fishy, or smelling a rat. In fact, not a lot of people have that sort of ‘smelling’ discernment, especially in the world – in the Pastor’s words, they could smell a rat, but they wouldn’t know it’s a rat.

But we ought to know what is profane, and precious; what is health-giving, and so on. And we have it, and surely we need it in these times – especially in these times! For indeed, rats are being made to smell like daisies, and vice versa, with everyone having an agenda, and with tools available at everyone’s disposal. The increase of knowledge as mentioned in the book of Daniel, has led to an increase in confusion, and indeed, we do not only need discernment, but divine discernment, at that!

And that’s what we have – a precious nose-ring that has been bought by half a shekel; divine discernment, bought by redemption.

If you’re having doubts in a decision, return to your redemption.

“and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold” – The servant gave these to a lady who just gave 10 camels more than enough water to drink, with her own two hands! And they were worth 10 shekels, five on each wrist – we would be given grace on both of our hands: working of miracles, and faith.

We’ll have more of these this year.

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.Luke 10:38-42

Here’s Martha, who is being distracted, and ‘cumbered about much serving’; Christ pointed out that she is troubled and careful about many things, but said that ‘one thing’ is needful – Her sister has chosen it out of so many other things to be bothered about; the good part. One thing we need to focus on is the Word. Let’s take care of this one thing, and treat it as something with necessity… and it shall not be taken away from us. Even when we aren’t active in reading it, whatever we hear from the Lord would just continue to build us up. It will continue to satisfy us, and our soul will continue to delight in it.

I’ve personally heard a lot about how important prayer is this year, and in light of what was shared yesterday, it doesn’t come without reading the Word; and it’s in reading of the word that we receive the overflowing anointing for everything we need in our ministry and in our own personal lives.

And this was Mary, who anointed Christ before He was crucified; versus the 3 ladies who went with aloes and oils, to His grave. Come to Christ, and be lifted up. Be with Christ, and be at the right place, at the right time.

Part 3 coming soon, he says; But I’m not sure if I’ll buy, listen, and transcribe that. There’s a lot to share here already.

Until the next post, God bless you.

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