He who has ears to hear by Jessica Spradling

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

He who has ears to hear by Jessica Spradling

Last Wednesday Jessica spoke to our Bible study. She is the youth leader in our young adult program and has a love for God that is absolutely incredible. I was blessed by this hard message. She gave me a print out of her message, so I will share it in her words.

So this is a message that has been growing in me since September of last year, and I thought I would share it with you all. I think this is an important reminder for every believer because we get so easily caught up in the superficiality of it all that we lose sight of what our true purpose is…

Something’s been stirring in me that keeps growing in me. I don’t know if it’s the effect of the New Year that has me rearranging every priority, questioning every excuse. I cannot simply sit and be passive in my Christian walk anymore. I MUST ACT. My spirit tells me that something BIG is coming, and that I need to prepare/train myself or else I will not e ready.

[This may sound extreme, but] What if today was the last day that I would ever be allowed to own a Bible?? What if today was the last day I would lose access to everything, that I take for granted, that I use to further my walk with God, such as electricity, internet, iPod?? What if the sheer ferocity of physical/biological/nuclear war reaches our soul, and all I have access to is the intangible Word of God that I have hidden in my heart?? Would I survive on just that?

Have I truly done all to stand, as it says in Ephesians 6??  Have I made the most of the little time I have left?

Now of course God promises us His divine protection and favor…but…if you take a closer look at these promises…they are conditional. Meaning, we have to keep our part of the contract.

Want some examples? Psalm 91:1 He who dwells (that’s our responsibility) in the secret place of the most High, will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

James 4:7 Resist the devil, and he will flee from you…Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

The Gospel of Christ (or the whole Christian life, for that matter) is not for the freeloader! When we give our lives to Christ, that’s exactly what we do: we give our entire being to him..my life is not my own anymore. We are to be slaves for the cause of Christ.

Have I DONE ALL to stand??

I don’t know what it is, but my spirit keeps telling me something is coming and I need to prepare like never before. Since then, I’ve been questioning EVERYTHING that is on my priority list, and making some very necessary changes. I’ve pulled some old dusty teaching tapes from my drawers and have been playing them over and over, feeding my spirit. I’ve been spending more time worshipping God on my own (rather than just at church). I’ve had an urge to pray for this nation like never before and have been doing so. I’ve bee even helping my mom get our house and papers in order–you have NO idea how much weight our house has lost from throwing out/giving away so much crap!!

Have I DONE ALL to stand??

I was watching Rick Joyner on a church program last week and he was prophesying that 2008 was going to be a year of judgment for the Body of Christ. He was also saying that God was going to do “major surgery” on the Church…that there would be a separation of the true followers of Christ from the false ones. That the tests would be so intense that only one-third of the Body of Christ will remain! This is not something I enjoy hearing, but it bore witness inside of me..I’ve been watching that separation happen since January of 2005.

You don’t have to agree with what Rick Joyner said…you can take it or leave it. However, have you DONE ALL to stand?? Are there still things in our lives that take precedence over God? Are there still things that we’re struggling to hold onto, that God wants us to release? Do we still think that the life we live everyday, is ours?

I once heard someone say that the only responsibility we have as Christians, is to simply come to the cross and die.

Every single day, Christians are engaged in various battles…all at the same time! There’s the battle against the growing darkness of this world, the battle against our flesh, the battle against the devil. Isn’t it time we start preparing like we’re at war?



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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