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Monday, February 7, 2011

Fulfillment in Service

Dear beloved: As the return of Jesus Christ draws near, it is more important than ever before that we understand the importance of service to others as the way to people's hearts. In Matthew 25:34, then the King will say to those on his right hand, come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; v35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty, and you gave me drink; and a stranger, and you took me in; v36 Naked, and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came unto me. v37 Then shall the righteous answer unto him, saying, Lord when did we see you hungry, and feed thee, or thirsty, and gave you drink, v38 When did we see you a stranger, and take you in, or naked and clothed thee? v39 or when did we see you sick or in prison and come to thee? v40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.

High unemployment rates, breakdown in the food supplies, natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, all these things will be part of the storm that is coming to America in the days ahead. We will see natural disasters, coupled with manmade disasters such as terrorist attacks and breakdown in law and order, to bring a perfect storm, a confluence of many forces that will shake even the strongest of us. Many will need food, and drink, and clothing, and shelter, in addition to visitation for those who are sick and hurting or locked up in prison. Beloved, this is a grim picture of what is coming upon America, yet the Lord has showed me over and over in prophetic dreams that this is the reality we will be dealing with.

Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. v36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. v37 Then He said unto His disciples, the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; v38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest. As we minister to the sick and hurting, to the sheep who do not have a shepherd, we are doing then what Jesus himself would be doing if he was here on this earth, reaching out with care and compassion to a lost and dying world. As we share Christ's love in this way, many will see that love for what it is, the presence of Jesus Christ on this earth. Beloved, pray about your place to serve, for when you do you will be blessed as much or more as those that you serve. In service you will find true fulfillment and joy. Please feel free to post some testimonies of the way God has blessed you in serice to others. God bless you this day, in Christ, Jim

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