Ever been to a place in life where you’ve said to yourself, “I am undone and have nothing left” – leastwise, nothing left of value you would want to offer to someone you love.
From the world’s point of view I’d become a failure. Even if you’ve never been there – I knew I’d failed by worldly standards?
Years ago my life came to a point where I had nothing of real material value. I didn’t know it at that time, but I was in the center of God’s will for my life. I was in a God based version of a faith-walk.
Well, during said period of self-exploration and depreciation my wife and I traveled to Escondido California with a church group called Shiloh Ministries out of Sierra Vista, Arizona. We’d gone with Shiloh Ministries to launch a revival (cue the giant echo) of Biblical proportions. As you can imagine… God was chuckling for HE knew HE had not authorized this specific revival. That does not mean the Lord didn’t have other plans for our little group.
Two years earlier God let my wife and I know we needed to begin a “faith-walk”. For me… that meant quitting my job and trusting the King of kings with my finances: not fun even when you have finances to fall back on. For the first time in our lives we were penniless; zero resources; no income of any kind. I felt like a bum. Two years later as we pulled into Escondido we were living in a 58 foot Roadway truck, which we’d converted into a makeshift motor-home. We had it all – boy did we have it made – holidays and hogwash that is – no swimming pools or Movie-Stars Jed… When I say it wasn’t pretty you can believe – IT WASN’T PRETTY!
So here we were attached to Shiloh Ministries, penniless and dependent upon their leadership’s good-graces. Does that sound like a fun vacation to you?
One glorious morning a week or two into this fountainhead adventure (and though I jest, it was a wonderful adventure) I went walking to clear my head and spend a little private time in prayer with the Lord. As I prayed and assessed my position and shared my heart with the Lord, my apprehension grew.
I lamented the fact I could no longer provide for my family or even give financially to the Lord’s work. It was a very precarious position which I believed was both unwise and unpleasant.
Eventually my prayerful meanderings left me sitting beside a beautiful shade tree listing over the side of a green and grassy hill. I looked up towards the heavens and literally cried out to the Lord, “Well Lord, I may not have any material things to give you, but at least I have my love, that I can give you.” Then as I sat there praying these heartfelt and solemn words to my loving Savior, my Lord, my Friend – the voice of the Lord rose within my spirit saying…
Wait! Would you like to know what He said to me; this loving and generous Son of God who looked down from above and saw my weak, wounded, vulnerable and unworthy-self crying out. Would you like to know WHAT EXACTLY HE SAID TO ME?
The Lord said, “No. You don’t even have that (your love) to give Me because the love you now have for Me… I gave that love to you so you could give it to Me. So you are only giving Me that which I gave you to give to Me. You have nothing to give Me that I did not give to you first. So even that love I gave to you. You have nothing of your own.”
HOW DARE HE! I was crushed. I couldn’t believe it and not because it seemed so cruel in my time of need FOR IT WAS NOT; leastwise, not really. It was truly what I needed to hear and know at the time. Reality or truth or faith kicked in and I knew He was right.
Suddenly, I couldn’t stand the idea that I had nothing to give God; nothing, NOTHING.
I had nothing to offer the Lord He had not first given to me; thus, even my love for His Wonderful love and mercy and goodness, even for God Himself was not mine and mine alone. How much more useless could a man become? I was empty, stripped naked before HIS throne. I was, am and always will be but a vapor, a blade of grass and undone before my King. I had and have nothing of my own which I could say I gave to my God; nothing which He did not first give to me. “Oh Lord! Oh Lord… that hurts!
Then the Lord opened my eyes spiritually and allowed me to see. Jesus loves, loved ever will love me when I was and am nothing; when I am nothing. When I had nothing to offer – He loved me!
He always loves, has always loved and will ever love us because He is our God and we are His sons and daughters.
All that I am – have been – will be – is the result of His creating me and loving me.
I just needed to stop thinking I had anything of true value to offer The-Creator.
He really is the Potter and I am merely the clay. Guess what… that applies to you too.
Among the billions – He chose me which means He has already accepted me as I am.
I am the OFFERING God created to be returned to HIM in full measure.
I know I was a bit hurt at first — but then Jesus shined His love into my heart and I simply sat there and cried, “Thank you Lord for Your mercy. I love You!
#ThisSideoftheWhirlwind chapter 23!
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Preparing for the Coming Storm!
We will be preparing for a couple weeks – getting our wilderness property set up. Leastwise, more set up. Sorry we can’t do both at this time. Getting Ready!
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- We haven’t forgotten you.
- All the signs are falling into place.
- The Mark of the Beast is drawing ever closer.
- Prophecies are being fulfilled as you read this blog.
- The End-Times draws near.
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The Silent Apocalypse the Series
Signs of the Times are taking place all around us as COVID-19 sweeps across our nations and the financial markets of the world come crashing and smashing across our televisions showing record losses.
But all is not lost!
There is hope in Christ Jesus!
Back in 2018 we posted five Blogs detailing the first apocalypse which will befall Christians and not the Secular world. We called this apocalypse “The Silent Apocalypse” because the world as a whole will not see it as an atrocity. Rather, the silent apocalypse will be seem as justified and merely the world correcting a long overdue problem within its ‘religious’ ranks.
And, religious, is right! Continue reading
The Night Watch
(An Ongoing Saga by Steven R. Harrel)
(Taken from concepts found in “This Side of the Whirlwind”)
We had been perched near the top of the Breakdown-Room for nearly half an hour cracking jokes and making light of the perilous sloop we’d just encountered.
Brian groaned as he stood, “Hey, let’s get going guys.”
Everyone was excited to press on in this netherworld adventure.
DON’T MISS IT!!!
It’s good to be in the service of My King!
We’ll be back October 21st, Lord Willing!
Love you all and be blessed.
My daughter discovered that you should never kiss a cat when your lips are sticky.
That’s right, I’m already on vacation; leastwise, in the corners of my misty mind. 🙂
October 18, 2016
Full disclosure: Steve Harrel is my dad.
At a cursory glance, one might consider my opinion biased. And it is but from this proximity comes a review that only I could write- a review of the author’s character.
My earliest memories of my dad are him singing praise and worship and to this day that’s what you’re going to get if you spend even a day with him. His life goal is to see God’s Name lifted high.
My dad’s integrity is like something out of an old western: say it like it is and prize honor over saving face. He will tell the truth without pulling punches and he will be the first to tell you how he is a sinner saved by grace. With that intensity comes a few more exclamation points then I would have liked in this book : ) He’s a passionate man and that carries over into his writing style : )
About 12-13 years ago I remember my dad buying a giantic white board and plotting out all the references in the Bible to the “End Times”. It was a staple fixure in our home through my teenage years. He’s spent all these years digging through the Word to pull out the truths that only God could have mapped out for its sheer grandness. He includes this chart in the book in a graph and it’s mind-blowing seeing all the “fore thought” God put into the latter days. Thankfully, my dad helped make it much easier to follow along then having to do this yourself.
Something that struck me about this book was the volume of Scripture included throughout. My dad will challenge you time and time again to look at the Word for yourself and see if his conclusions hold up to the Word. One thing my dad instilled in me is that I also have the ability to say it like it is and after reading this book, I feel
that it is sound with the Word.
The End is coming and as Jesus and Paul said (Luke 12:56/Romans 11:25/1 Thessalonians 4:13) we are to be informed about the times in which we live. Are you?