A Reading from the Letter of…

Romans 1:1-6 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures  regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David,  and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.  Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

One day I heard in my spirit “Silly Putty, time to wake up! Rise and shine!”  It felt like a playful “tickle” between a Father and His daughter.

I felt impressed (no pun intended) to write about Silly Putty, the nickname.  There was a time when I would pray for others and I would “get” their symptoms.  Before I understood this, I would get frustrated with those I prayed for if they did not do what it took (in my eyes) to get well.  I had, to fix them.  In my mind, without the right understanding of who and WHOSE I was, and what my function in the kingdom was, this was my only solution.  Fix people, or else I got what they got.  UNLESS, I stopped praying for them. I told the Lord I just couldn’t pray for people any longer.  I didn’t want their stuff.

So I stopped for awhile.  I felt compassion, I felt sorry for the sick, but I didn’t pray for them. Ironically, the presence of the Lord seemed to disappear when I stopped praying.

A few years later, I learned more about true intercession and my role as an intercessor in the kingdom.  Intercession is bringing people before the Lord and applying in prayer, the blood of Jesus to their sicknesses and situations.  He would highlight a symptom of a person, and I would feel it in my body.  I would experience a portion of what they were going through, and in the midst of whatever the situation was, the Lord would give me the solution, or release, in the Spirit.

Others have been healed when I grabbed hold of this.  Answers were received when I obeyed the Lord and learned about my function in the kingdom of God.  Simultaneously, it was when I stopped being afraid, and learned about my gift, rather than run from it, that God’s presence seemed to linger with me. He never really left me during the time I did not want to pray but it felt that way. He used that time to reveal to me who He called me to be and to show me that if I wanted His abiding presence and power to flow through me, I needed to acknowledge the gift inside as Holy Spirit manifesting Christ.

Back to “Silly Putty.”  If any of you recall this “silly” children’s “toy” if you will, you would remember it as a fleshy-colored piece of putty that you could roll around in your hand, make all kinds of weird shapes from it, divide it into several pieces, or press it upon the funny pages of the Sunday comics in the newspaper or comic books, and the image of whatever it was pressed upon was duplicated on the putty itself.  If you pressed the putty up against the image several times, the ink from the image transferred to the putty completely and after awhile there was virtually no more identifiable image on the original page.  Then you rolled up the putty in your hands, the image disappeared forever and you would wonder where it went.

One day I was having a very hard time with someone.   I started to identify with her and soon began experiencing her symptoms.  These symptoms were frighteningly familiar and I understood to well what brought her to the place she was at. I could barely handle it.  I just cried out “Lord she is pressing on me, help!”

The Lord replied “No, Silly Putty. I am pressing you on her!”

As intercessors who feel things,  we tend to stop when too much of someone’s stuff gets on us.  We don’t know how to release it to the Lord but the image that is impressed upon the Silly putty went away when the user of it took that image and rolled it up into His hand, and the image was forever gone.  Even on the page.

One morning I was doing a devotion in Romans 1 and I thought “Oh I love Romans!” but the Lord had me stop after Paul’s introduction of himself.   “Stop here?”  I asked and He said “Stop here!” So I read it again and the revelation bulb went on over my head.

What would happen if the Body of Christ woke up every morning declaring the day as a letter to be read?  Paul started his letters by stating who he was, what his role in the kingdom of God was, his purpose, his mission, his call, and yet, it was not really about him at all.  It was about the manifestation of Christ in him.

“Darlene, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called to be Silly Putty the Priest and Prophetic Teacher, Scribe, Dearly Beloved of the King and set apart for the gospel of the Kingdom He promised, for such a time as this, to manifest Christ Jesus, Lord, who through the Spirit of Holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.  Through Him and for his name’s sake, I received grace and a priestly call; as prophetic teacher and scribe; as a watchman who watches for Him to come and one who calls forth His Bride-to-be, to be first a Bride and to rise up out of the wilderness and into the kingdom of the Lord, declaring that it is at hand.
And you also are among those who belong to Jesus Christ .

“Wake up. It’s time to wake up!”

Like Precious Oil

Ps 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the  upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robe.
A great deal of work is required to produce just a tiny amount of precious oil.  Today we call precious oil, essential oil.     (Precious means good, best, of high value or quality and essential means necessary).
Sixty thousand rose blossoms are required to produce one ounce of rose oil.

220 lbs of lavender will produce 7 lbs of oil.

Jasmine flowers must be picked by hand before the sun becomes hot on the very first day they open.  It takes 8 million hand-picked jasmine blossoms to produce 2.2 lbs of oil. 

The sandalwood tree must be thirty years old and thirty feet high before it is cut down for distillation.  (Christ’s ministry also began at 30). 

 Resins such as frankincense and myrhh, are obtained by tapping: making deliberate incisions with a specially designed tool or ordinary axe, about 2 inches long, into the bark of the tree. The milky liquid that exudes hardens on exposure to air into droplets or “tears,” and are detached and collected 2 weeks later.  New tappings are made at the same place as old ones after removing hardened resin from the previous cut. If the tapping interval is short, then a light scratching of the wood is usually sufficient to cause the resin to flow again. The particular details of the tapping-the time of year it is undertaken, its duration, and the interval between individual tappings-vary according to the species and the customs in the area of production.  It may take 3-4 months to produce resin, and then 12 weeks to harden, before collection. 

And then the myrrh or frankincense must be  sorted and graded to determine quality.  

Much goes into the process of producing just a small amount of oil, and the oil that flowed down upon Aaron’s beard was the Holy Annointing oil of  Exodus 30:23-25

23Take the best spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, of sweet-scented cinnamon half as much, 250 shekels, of fragrant calamus 250 shekels,

24And of cassia 500 shekels, in terms of the sanctuary shekel, and of olive oil a hin.

25And you shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume compounded after the art of the perfumer; it shall be a sacred anointing oil.

It is as valuable oil that has taken months and years, even a lifetime, of cutting, of waiting, of expressing, of distilling, of fire, of tapping, to produce the abundance necessary to waste upon Aaron’s head, or the feet of Jesus. 

Father,  May we not go another day without realizing the value You place upon the unity of Your people in You.  The coming together often with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, the uniting of hearts and minds that we collectively have Your thought and mind.   May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts, may our prayers offered to You, our songs sung to You, our fellowship had in You,  be a pleasing and sweet fragrance,  a valuable offering, wasted upon You today and everyday.

Answer me, Oh Lord!

Ps 13:3-4 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
1 Kings 18:37 “Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.”
David cries out to the Lord, ANSWER ME…  and Elijah cries out to the Lord ANSWER ME….
When David cries out,  it is to awaken his soul out of slumber that will continue to plummet unless He hears from the Lord, his God.    Then his enemy would have overcome him.
When Elijah cries out, it is so that the people would know that He alone is God and that their hearts are already turned back to Him.   The people did not know that their faces were turned back to the Lord already because they had walked in idolatry for so long.    Elijah was walking in the midst of a thick cloud of unbelief that was darkening and depressing his soul.
Taking counsel within our own soul is stale.   Like stale bread.     We need the Fresh Manna, but sometimes first, we just need to say “Lord Answer me, lest I sleep the sleep of death…. Lest I walk in the midst of unbelief and it overwhelm my soul… Answer me Lord!”
Father,  Answer me Lord.    Though You have shown me the path I ought to take,  I cannot walk on it unless I know You hear my prayer today, and respond back.   Speak to me Lord, for Your servant is listening…
 And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.'”  So Samuel went and lay down in his place.   1 Samuel 3:9
 He said He will speak….  but we will not be able to hear Him til we get into the position we are called to.   Samuel went to get into His place.    He took his position and waited to hear from God.
Selah.

How Long Must I take Counsel in My own SOUL?

How long, O Lord?
Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide
Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be
Exalted over me?
Psalm 13:1, 2
Revelation of the Lord is Love.  It is an opportunity to partner with, to trust, to walk in faith.   Faith, comes by revelation of God.   It comes by hearing the word , I dont just believe with your ears.     We’ve been taught that, but it is more than hearing with ears.

David was crying out for fresh revelation.   Fresh Revelation – a touch from the Lord – a kiss, a word, a hug, a sense of His Presence in the now, a new facet of Him now discovered, unveiled, what was once unseen, now seen.   David was crying out for the freshness, the newness of God.

Because the counsel of our own soul is stale.
Sorrow was in his heart.   Have you tried to take counsel from someone who was full of only sorrow?    You know at this time, you MUST hear from the Lord.
Father I cry out to You today, to give us fresh revelation of You.  Fresh Manna from Heaven for You are our sustenance.  You are what we need.   Fresh bread.    Fresh bread.
The bread in our own earthen vessels is stale .