Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PROPHETIC WORDS - November 2, 2011

A WORD FROM THE LORD
November 2, 2011

AMOS 1
1 The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa—the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash[a] was king of Israel. 2 He said: “The LORD roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel withers.”

AMOS 2
4 This is what the LORD says: “For three sins of Judah, even for four, I will not relent. Because they have rejected the law of the LORD and have not kept his decrees, because they have been led astray by false gods, the gods their ancestors followed, 5 I will send fire on Judah that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem.”

11 “I also raised up prophets from among your children and Nazirites from among your youths." Is this not true, people of Israel?” declares the LORD.  12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy. 13 “Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when loaded with grain. 14 The swift will not escape, the strong will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life. 15 The archer will not stand his ground, the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman will not save his life. 16 Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day,” declares the LORD.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

PROPHETIC WORDS - October 25, 2011

PROPHETIC WORD - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

1. A national leader will step down because of information that will come to the public about their personal life.

2. Another religious leader with whom we are familiar will also step away from his pulpit because of personal challenges.

3. Climate effects this winter will create great difficulties for many.

4. Another member of corporate america's leaders will depart from this life due to tragic circumstances. It will affect the company and will shock the business world.

5. Another Governor exits the stage of governance.

6. Unusual and inexplicable unity in the European nations, this is the beginning of a season of world dominance and influence by europe. A voice of unity rises to take the helm of the nations.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MY FATHER'S PRAYER

Pastor-Winston Watson on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 3:52am.

My Dear Child:

You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1)
I know when you sit down and when you rise up (Psalm 139:2)
I know your thoughts and I am acquainted with all your ways (Psalm 139:2-3)
I know the number of the very hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30)
For you were made in my own image (Genesis 1:27)

In me you live and move and have your being (Acts 17:28)
For you are my offspring (Acts 17:28)
I knew you before you were conceived (Jeremiah 1:5)
I chose you when I planned creation (Ephesians 1:11-12)

You were not a mistake I carefully formed you and made you (Psalm 139:15)
For all your days are written in my book (Psalm 139:16)
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live (Acts 17:26)

You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
I knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13)
And I brought your forth from your mother’s womb (Psalm 71:6)
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me (John 8:41-44)
But I am not distant and angry, I am the complete expression of Love (1 John 4:15)
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you (1 John 3:1)

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father (1 John 3:1)
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Matthew 7:11)
For I am the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48)
Every good gift you receive comes from my hand (James 1:17)
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Matthew 6:31-33)

I love you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore (Psalm 139:17-18)
And I rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)
I will never stop doing good to you (Jeremiah 32:40)
For you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5)

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me (Deuteronomy 4:19)
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4)
For it is I who give you those desires (Philippians 2:13)
I am able to do more than you could imagine (Ephesians 3:20)
For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
I am also the Father who comforts you in all of your troubles (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

When you are broken hearted I am close to you (Psalm 34:18)
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart (Isaiah 40:11)
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes (Revelation 21:4)
And I will take away all the pain you have suffered on the earth (Revelation 21:4)
I am your Father, and I love you, even as I love my son, Jesus (John 17:23)
For in Jesus my love for you is revealed (John 17:26)
He is the exact representation of my being (Hebrews 1:3)
He came to show you that I am for you, not against you (Romans 8:31)
And he came to tell you that I am not counting your sins (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you (1 John 4:10)
I gave up everything that I love, that I might gain your love (Romans 8:31-32)
Come home and I will throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen (Luke 15:7)
I am waiting for you to come home to me (Luke 15:11-32)
I love you (John 3:16)

Friday, September 23, 2011

LESSONS OF FAITH (St. Mary's Infirmary Part 4)

On another of my visits to the Infirmary I just experienced another first. My time in serving was more focused on the men but on this day, because we were a smaller group, I had to stop and serve in the women's area also.

I went down to a corner and there was a woman there that could not be more than mid thirties or younger. I had to wake her and ask if she wanted some of the soup we were serving and she nodded in the affirmative. I did not realize that she could not help herself at all.

Her arms were contorted and unusable, her face appeared as someone that was mentally handicapped and she was lying in a fetal position. I had to help her move into a comfortable position to have the soup I offered. As I helped her move into a good position to be fed it was apparent that I would have to feed her if she was to have soup that afternoon.

I had to get a spoon and patiently feed her with each spoonfull. After each one, I asked if she was ready for the other and she would nod with what I interpreted as a faint smile. After a few minutes of doing this, I had the sense, as she kept staring into my eyes that she must have been thinking who I was.

I had never sat with her before, never really noticed her before and I am sure she had not ever seen me come in that area before. As I sat and looked at her, diapered, incapable of helping herself - my thoughts ran into eternity and our meeting in heaven one day.

I could hear her say, although now unable to speak, "thank you for feeding me on that day!"

I am experiencing an inner change that no money, no building, no man or woman to bring about - ONLY THE LORD AND HIS HEART FOR THE LOST AND DYING OF OUR WORLD.

I finally finished with the young lady and moved on to the mens dormitory but this memory will last for my natural life, those eyes that stared into mine and the depth of thought that must have accompanied the stare. I may never what her complete thoughts were, but I do believe I heard a resounding "thank you" coming from that focused stare from my sister.

Lord help us to see as you do...

Monday, September 12, 2011

LESSONS OF FAITH (St. Mary's Infirmary Part 3)

The same day that I had the conversation with Mr. Hanson I had another encounter that was personally challenging. I had just finished helping the team in the ladies dorm and moved to the men's dorm when I saw, vividly, how some people were unable to feed themselves.

I had never thought about it, but I didn't know how - either comfortable, or willing I would be to sit patiently and feed someone in the situation that was unfolding before me. I do believe that the Lord provides us with such opportunities and challenges to let us see our own mettle.

As I walked through the men's dorm I came upon a man that could not, it seemed, steady himself enough to sit upright. As I came close to him, in my heart I really wished someone else would go over and serve him. I thought to myself, "I have never done this before and I am not comfortable." 

But, I was challenged to do so myself - it is so easy to minister from the pulpit, or speak into lives from the comfort of our ivory towers - but there are times when we have to get into the trenches and do what the Lord has commissioned. After the fact I was speaking to several of our young men and mentioned how easy it is to stay far and be a blessing, or serve from a distance - the challenge is when we come close, face to face, with the problems of others, and personal issues with which we are uncomfortable - WHAT DO WE DO? 

Run we may, but we are called to be all things to all men.

This man needed help not just to eat but to even barely sit upright. I had to get a pillow, stand behind him with the pillow on my legs and keep him up while I spoon fed each portion of the soup we had brought. My days in New York as a Vice President at Chemical Bank NA flashed before my eyes, then as a Senior Manager at Memorex Telex, then my own company as CEO, I thought of my time of ministry in the pulpit and I realized that none of those endeavors provided the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction as taking a small plastic spoon and feeding someone who could not feed himself.

Several times he gasped for air and was obviously short of breath, so I bent close and asked him how he was feeling ... his words in a low, slow crawl "I am feeling weak." I kept on feeding him until the soup was done, but he really fed me with a sense of God's compassion that I have not had before.

O Lord, that we would care for the hopeless and dying.



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Sunday, September 11, 2011

LESSONS OF FAITH (Saint Mary Infirmary, Part 2)

Mr. Hanson was talkative and as I took water over to him he engaged me in a coneversation about where I was from and if I was a pastor. As he we spoke about the Kingston area we work in he became more excited and shared how he knew the area well and began to speak of some of the landmarks of the THREE MILE corner and its vicinity.

As we spoke further he mentioned how he had worked for many years and he even spoke fondly of his employer. But he started down a vein of dissapointment that made me stop, almost in thought, and focus on the words that were coming from his lips.

Mr Hanson spoke about his stroke, how he had been in the University Hospital for a couple of months and came out none the better. I had not noticed before, but just under the sheet that covered his left arm was what would have been a viable member except that the stroke had left it completely paralyzed and fixed right next to his chest.

For what seemed like an eternity I gazed a this hand that was frozen in its position and clearly atrophied from lack of use. I reflected on my mom and others whom God had so blessed to not go through a situation such as this. Those that have loved ones that care about them and have the means and heart to help them.

But Mr. Hanson was not unhappy in his talk, he told me how he left the University Hospital and then spent a long time in a nursing home in Havendale (Kingston). But, it was obvious, although he didn't say it - that he ran out of financial resources to care for himself. Now he was in the home for the indigent.

We spoke of him being in that state for fifteen years, unable to engage the world as he had as a young man. Now lying there and waiting for ?? I thought long and hard about him, what would I do in such a situation? How would I survive with this for fifteen years?

My friends, it is Christ that died for us and we must find our place to give hope to lost souls such as this. Since coming to Jamaica I have tried to give to our community as much as we can, fasted and prayed and went without many things so that we could sow into others that had a greater need.

Let us be a people of sacrifice, wholly giving ourselves over to the God that we serve so that we can serve our fellow man.

Next time, I will share a little about Richard, Mr. Davis and Norris, three men that need the compassion of Christ to always be displayed in their world.

LESSONS OF FAITH (The St. Mary Infirmary, Part 1)

I haven't written about much in the last few months but the lessons that I have been learning are some of the most profound of my life.

It seems that each event, each email, each person brings to bear such profound revelation from the Lord about the state of being - I sometimes wonder if we are all really in tune with the Holy Spirit. We say we are, we sometimes even speak of His inspiration, but I do perceive another that is inspiring a great portion of the body of Christ.

WHAT MINISTRY IS
Just this past week, totally unplanned, I had the opportunity to visit the local infirmary with Teri Barhorst who led the group to provide a meal to the residents. When we arrived on the compound we were greeted with the usual smiles and excitement that seems to just flow effortlessly from some of the residents.

Two young women in particular, obviously challenged in speech and mental ability seem to always have an enormous smile and warmth of presence as the ministry teams arrive. The recognition of Teri and others further brings more laughter, hugs and smiles.

HEART WARMING GRATITUDE
But as you walk beyond this first wave of residents you begin to see a bit more. We provided soup and water to the ladies - one woman so bitter in her heart it was palpable - but the Lord told me to smile and greet her each time I passed by her wheelchair. Another so sweet, said in such a soft tone to me, "don't waste the cup you can use it again." Others with eyes aflame with a heart of gratitude.

A PROFOUND ENCOUNTER
At the end of our time with them, I spoke with a man who said his name was Hanson. Now, he was articulate, knew where I was from in Kingston as I shared with him. My heart was drawn to hear, even a brief few words of his life's story and he told me of his fifteen years of being in bed recovering from a heart attack. I will tell more later, but the few minutes I spent with Mr. Hanson were profound ... May God bless him and keep him.

Friday, July 29, 2011

BOARD ROOM METRICS

I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too ~ Jack Welch #CEO

I ALLOW NOTHING TO SEPARATE ME FROM MY FATHER!

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.

34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:  “For your sake we face death all day long;  we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A WORD FROM THE LORD

This morning I was in our daily devotion when these words rang in my spirit:


“IT HAS BEGUN”

Then I began to see images of what had begun in the earth and around us.

Then, about thirty minutes later the Lord spoke,

Thus saith the Lord:

Those things that have been set in motion have begun to manifest in the natural. For your own mouths have caused that which is not God’s plan or purpose for your lives to begin.

Like Pharoah of old, his own words caused his judgment, so too your own words will cause your judgment. Or, our own words will cause your salvation and deliverance.

Whatever the seed of words you have sown, whatever you have cast into the wind, it returns to you a thousand times.

Be of good comfort when you sow according to the will and purpose of God, be of good cheer for the Lord your God is your deliverer. But woe to those that have sown discord and calamity for your own reward is at hand.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A MAN'S NAIVETY IN MINISTRY - Learning What Not To Do!

NAIVETY / SIMPLE
Being innocent or simply "SIMPLE" to the thoughts and ways of the world is a challenge to many. Someone, many years ago said to me, "you are so simple." I am now not so sure if that statement was an affirmation of something good and positive or a recognition of a naive approach to many things.

REVELATION AND SPIRITUAL INSIGHT
Over the last few years we have come to know the way of Christ and power of His resurrection. We have come to know the intimacy of Christ in prayer, the power of the blood in administration of healing and the strengh and courage of the Spirit through walking with Him.

But I must say, I am and probably will remain naive to many things that we have never embraced, experienced nor has anyone ever shared with us until last night. My wife and I were having a conversation and she began to share the perspective of a woman's psyche that I had never heard before.

I believe to be innocent to some things is important but this one element of ministers and their relationship with the opposite sex is paramount.

SINGLENESS
Being single was a determined position that I took for many years, I decided that I would not let a natural relationship come between God and I and also for some theological questions about marriage and remarriage that the Lord had not yet answered.

I had dated very little in my early life, found one woman, married that one woman and never had intimate interaction with females other than my wife. When we parted it was a choice then to remain celibate and purposed to fulfill God's call.

So I remained naive to many things, I didn't know the tell tale messages of "interest."

I was oblivious to the signals of attempts at relationships (sometimes I believe I would see it but quickly dismiss it as my imagination).

Clearly, living in "my world" was so, absolutely different that many - not even me - realized the emotions and connections that were being formed between different ones with whom I interacted. It was just last night, Saturday, July 10, 2011 that it hit me like a ton of bricks as my wife shared the wisdom of female relationships, expectations and actions.

Maybe there are books written on the subject, I have never come across one, and maybe if I did I would not have really been interested in reading it. But this is a significant handicap in knowledge to men who serve in ministry and walk in naivety toward the opposite sex.

SOME SIGNALS
What does a hug mean?
What does your interest in a woman's children mean?
What does a smile, a touch, a phone call mean?
What does receiving a gift, or a meal mean?
What does being kind and benevolent mean?

A COMPLEX PROCESS
It is, I believe an incredibly complex web of thoughts, passion and action that make up the psyche of women and I had no idea of its implications. In retrospect I must say that there were unusual (I now consider them so) behaviour exhibited by women around me over the years, but I most of the time attributed it to God's love and compasison, zeal and everything good. Then on the other hand, I loved my people, I loved everyone and tried to equally display my affection on all because of our heart towards those that God has made a part of our lives.

I believe we should have classes in Seminary and Colleges to share this knowledge. I now see how men and women both have innocently gotten involved in relationships without seeing what was coming. Where one or the other come to a place of expecting something that the other has not considered - all beacause of our naievety.

FAITH AND RELATIONSHIPS
But where does Christian maturity come in? Where does God's impartation of His Spirit and then the attendant fruit come to bear on our psyche? Is it ever possible to live in the earth and be totally objective and understanding of the male / female psyche in relationships? This is a topic that challenges me because i have never given any real thought to it, Lord help us understand. ..

A bit more later ...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Vindication of the Lord

Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, And I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Psalm 26:1

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for the become actions.
Watch your actions, for the become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for the become actions.
Watch your actions, for the become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Crumbs are Mine Too 02 of 02

TODAY'S PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE

TODAY'S PRAYER: Today there are no limits to our faith, no limits to our opportunity, no limits to our potential, no limits to our victories. NO LIMIT, NO LIMIT, NO LIMIT in my God so I am not limited by anything in this earth. AMEN

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: "Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense, For you will soon be bursting at the seams. Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don't be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. Isaiah 54:2-3,4 NEW LIVING

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

SUNDAY, JAN 23, 2011: "THE POWER OF GOD'S CONFESSION"

Continuing the series "Living Beyond Ishmael" we look at what God has professed or "confessed" over us and the world. We often speak of the power of the Word out of our own mouth. How important it is to line up with God’s Word or God’s confession.

Do you realize that God has set the template for us, He has UTTERED everthing that pertains to a Good, Successful, Spiritually rewarding, Glorious and Victorious life? This Sunday let’s take a brief look at the POWER OF GOD’S CONFESSION over each of us!

This Sunday, don't miss "THE POWER OF GOD'S CONFESSION."

TODAY'S PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE

TODAY'S PRAYER: We pray for all air traffic in the caribbean, each aircraft arrives safely at its destination ... that each airport is manned by skilled and seasoned air traffic controllers able to react to situations with wisdom and understanding ... pilots & crews alert moving in Godly wisdom. Protect passengers, their lives and goods, emergency crews that move swiftly as needed preventing hurt and harm, Amen.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:  “Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!”  Jude 2 THE MESSAGE

Friday, January 21, 2011

A PROPHETIC WORD - 1/21/2011

I received this word today from the samemissionary in Jamaica that sent me the one on January 17, 2011:

Stir yourself up in your most holy faith. Push back the darkness that tries to encroach and violate your boundaries and the rights of your covenant with Me, says the Lord. Refuse the attacks of the enemy, which are designed to bring you down in oppression and reproach. Let your light shine so that the darkness is dispelled and the devil has no place in you. Remember that I have given you authority and power to overcome. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

TODAY'S PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE

TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, let me see the harvest of men's souls as you do. Let compassion for the Lost consume me and I will testify of your goodness to all I see.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd - Matthew 9:36 NIV

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TODAY'S PRAYER AND SCRIPTURE

TODAY’S PRAYER: I am first selected for all Godly opportunity that comes my way because I distinguish myself above the ungodly and an excellent spirit is found in me. My God watches over me and He never sleeps nor grows weary, He protects and defends me, He supplies my every need; no good thing does he withhold from me!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:  “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.  Esteem her, and she will exalt you;  embrace her, and she will honor you.  Proverbs 4:7-8 NIV

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dominion Prayer Gathering Is 37 Days Away

A PROPHETIC WORD - 1/17/2011

. I received this word today from a fellow Minister and Missionary to Jamaica. I don't believe it is only relevant to just us here but that the Lord is speaking to many of us in His service!

Rise up in to battle, My beloved, for victory is assured. It has been declared that My word will not return void. I have given you power to defeat the enemy of your soul, the one who accuses you, taunts you, and lies to you. He will be defeated, so take hold. But do more than that; rise up and ride on the wind of My Spirit and ride upon the power of My word.

Rise up and allow the victory that is about to unfold, to become yours by faith. Call forth those things which you cannot yet see. Do so by faith and declare the victory for surely it shall come unto you, says the Lord Most High.

TODAY'S PRAYER

I arise to do battle for my victory is assured. I have the power to defeat the enemy of my soul, the one who has accused taunted and lied to me. He is defeated and so I ride upon the wind of the Holy Spirit and take my stand upon my revelation of God’s Word.