In your lifetime, if you only heard this one Teaching from Arthur, you would indeed be blessed. Arthur masterfully took the context of Acts 16 and communicated to us the fundamental elements of living a holy life. Arthur gave the congregation straightforward advice by saying, “Without holiness, we will not see the Father!” The principles expounded upon were the essentials for being led by the Holy Spirit and living a life of purpose. This was truly a Teaching for all seasons.
During the opening Prayer, Arthur asked YeHoVaH to reveal Himself to us. Arthur asked the Father to bestow upon us eyes to see and ears to hear the plans the Father has for us. This plea to the Almighty was significant because only He knows the hidden things in our lives that we are yet to discover. Only our Elohim knows the plans he has made for us.
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Amplified Bible)
Arthur reminded us that when your will is to do Father’s Will, you are open to the orchestration of the Holy Spirit to order your steps. This means that we welcome the Father to interrupt our lives and our plans. We give the Father Carte Blanc (complete freedom to act as He wishes or thinks best) to determines the direction to accomplish His plans. Arthur shared his experiences in an effort to persuade us that when we are “sold out” to the Father, we have a greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
When we reflect back on our lives, we should see where the Almighty has intervened in our lives to help us avoid messes, and stopped us from making bigger messes than we made. Arthur said that the Father uses our messes to remind us that even before we began to serve Him, He was in our lives. Long before we invited the Father into our lives, He was there.
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Arthur authoritatively pronounced, “Father will give you an assignment and you have to be about that assignment. … Your flourishing will be connected to your assignment!” Why? “Father is only obligated to fulfill His Plan for our lives regardless of the plans we may have made!” Arthur entreated us to allow the Holy One to bend and shape our lives because He knows the future of our lives and holds the master plans. We need to stop trying to force our plans on the Almighty to approve. We must submit to His blueprint for us. If we don’t, Arthur reminded us, Father has a way of frustrating our plans so that we will be led to His plans for us.
Many plans are in a man’s mind,
But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out). (Amplified Bible)
So will My word be which goes out of My mouth;
It will not return to Me void (useless, without result),
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Amplified Bible)
The greatest prosperity that we can possess is to be in right standing with the Almighty! Arthur declared that when you are Torah observant, you can expect the blessings of the Almighty to be upon you.
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Sharon’s Reflections on the Teaching
During my childhood, youth, and teen years, I was very close to both of my Grandmothers. My maternal Grandmother was born in 1894 and died in 1979. I spent a great deal of time with this Grandmother because we lived in the same house during my childhood years and I also lived with her and my Grandfather when I worked in Detroit for several summers during college. Grandma never drove a car, but we would travel on the bus or walk to places in Detroit. We would pray together and have secret talks that I cherished as a youngster. Grandma always made me feel special! During those walks and talks, she would impart to me wisdom and plant seeds of her faith in Jesus. Grandma was married more than 60 years and believed in the sanctity of marriage and high moral character. She warned me of the fast worldly life. I heard her, but my young adult life did not reflect that character. However, my Grandma continued praying for me. In her lifetime, she didn’t see the fruits of her prayers. However, now I am living a life of righteousness and I am the harvest of her seeds sown in faith for her granddaughter.
My paternal Grandmother was born in 1909 and died in 1994. I not only spent time with her when I was an infant, but I would spend many week-ends during my childhood with Grandma. This Grandma drove a Cadillac from the 1950’s to the late 1980’s. She would take me to visit relatives, go shopping for treats, and go to various churches around the Greater Detroit Metropolitan area. Grandma had a small group of women that met at her house on Saturdays during my teen years. They had Bible study and sang songs. When I was there, I played the triangle or the tambourine. During my college and young adult life, Grandma would call me and ask, “Sharon, how should I be praying for you?” I don’t remember what I would tell her, but I am sure it was generalized so that she wouldn’t be ashamed of her Granddaughter. However, Grandma wasn’t blind to my worldly life. I remember the time my sister and I stopped by to see her. We were accompanied by our boyfriends. When we got ready to leave, we were all gathered at the door and Grandma said she wanted to pray for us. We all held hands in a circle. The only part of the prayer that I remember was, “Lord, bless these whoremongers.” Grandma didn’t bite her tongue!
In her later years, Grandma attended a variety of churches. She mostly watched Television Evangelists. Morris Cerullo was her favorite; he was a Pentecostal preacher. When I moved back to Detroit in 1989, I would take her and a couple of her lady friends to his crusades. Grandma even tried to get me “hooked up” with a brother of one of the preachers she knew. I guessed she figured that would save me. One of her favorite sayings that she said to me was, “The main identical thing is, you must be born again!”
It took a long time in coming, but I am the harvest of the seed that she planted so long ago.
Neither of my Grandmothers were Messianic or Hebrew Roots. They prayed to God and had faith in Jesus. I am eternally grateful that their prayers were heard.
As Arthur said, “Don’t abandon your seeds that you sowed in faith.”
Until next time… Blessings to You and Yours,