What am I seeing at Toast the King gatherings?
1. The diversity of age. It is very scriptural for the older, weathered, (sorry ladies), experienced, those who have been in the trenches and have seen the victories, come along side younger women, (Titus 2:3-5). Women who have walked the faith walk are to come along side those who desire to grow and be discipled, teaching women to love their husbands and children, to be self controlled and pure, to be busy at their home tasks, to be kind and to come along side their husbands so that no one will malign the word of God.
2. Empowering and equipping. Through encouragement and stepping stones, women are being release into their God given dreams and destinies. Iron sharpens iron and when we come together we are stirring the gifts inside one another to go out and do the Matthew 28:16 call. Jesus sent His disciples out and sends each of us out if we will say, “Here I am, send me.” Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching to obey everything I have commanded you and surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.”
Scripture tells us Jesus through the gift of the Holy Spirit has given us also “All power and authority.” Each of our calls will look different depending on God’s gifts He implanted in us. Some will be called to write, some to worship, some to dance, some to teach, some evangelize, some to do apostolic work (training and releasing), some to the prayer closet, some to be givers, some to prophecy and have dreams and visions, some to touch and heal, some to speak in their prayer language, some to interpret, some to work with numbers, some to work with animals, on and on the list goes. Whatever our call is, we are in His will as we share Jesus with others in love reconciling people back to Abba Father.
God is a big God and can bless thousands of ministries and even like minded ministries in a given territory or town. We never need to walk in insecurity if there is another church starting up down the road or another ministry taking off. How wonderful it would be if there was a God released ministry on every corner, nook and cranny in every community. God is big enough to bless and increase every God call.
3. Unity, worship, the Word, love, prayer and support. Through gathering sisters together in towns, city to city, state to state and Nation with Nation we are seeing revival.
If you haven’t attended a Toast the King gathering in your area, please take the time to check out what the Holy Spirit is doing in your community. You will be blessed, walking away a changed woman and receiving new relationships with sisters in Christ.
I get asked once in awhile why I think Jesus is the Savior of the world and the one and only way to be reconciled to a living God.
It’s seems one way is too simple and one might think to be in God’s presence would take great sweat and work on our end. That is the case with all other religions, it’s arduous to enter into the presence of false God’s. There is always a cost by the one wanting to be accepted. However, the opposite is true when becoming a child of God.
Salvation is a free gift of grace. There is nothing on our end to do other than accept what Jesus has done on the cross. He gave His life so that we could live the abundant life, destroy Satan’s plan to rob, kill and destroy God’s creation.
One way to explain this is through a word picture so visualize someone holding a pole very high in the air and saying “If you want to get into Heaven, you must jump over the pole.” No matter how many attempts and arduous efforts, you never measure up and make it over. It becomes a life long cycle of different approaches and never feeling good enough. On the other hand, Jesus simply says with open arms, “Come to me, I’ve already jumped over for you. There’s nothing more you need to do other than accept the free gift of salvation for yourself. I provided the way by shedding my blood on the cross on your behalf.”
Before Jesus came to earth, His name was Word. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we behold His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Other false gods are man made formed out of wood or stone from the hands of man. False prophets wants full allegiance but they come and go and when they die, they perish. But Jesus, fully God and fully human was resurrected through supernatural power and ascended into the throne room of heaven and is alive yesterday, today and forever. He satisfied the demands of a righteous God so that we could accept His free gift of eternal life, forgiveness of sins, healing, freedom from the curse, shame. guilt, and rejection. He absorbed our sins through His sacrifice on the cross and broke the chains of the curse so that we could walk in His blessings and abundant life.
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, His life and what He was willing to do so non would perish and all would have eternal life. If you are in question of who the one true God is, ask God to reveal Himself to you. He will show up in a supernatural way and you will know and choose to worship the one true God of Heaven and earth.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . hanging lights, holiday parties, decorating, dinner guests, wrapping presents, going here and going there. Or, we can find that place of rest in His PRESENCE of PEACE. Jesus is the PRINCE of PEACE.
I’m learning more and more the importance of KISS . . . Keep It Simple, Sister. If you go all out and you find yourself exhausted and fretful, re-evaluate the why. Do you feel you need to do all things with excellence but it turns into PERFECTIONISM? What good is it to impress others if inside you’re depleted? Our very gifts God has given us can turn into our weakness if we get out of balance and become perfectionists.
Remember the reason for the season and enjoy the gift of a child given to us . . . Emmanuel . . . God with us. Isaiah 9:6 tells us that He is the WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, ETERNAL FATHER, and PRINCE OF PEACE.
Merry Christmas to each of you near and far, Elizabeth
This past month I had the privilege of speaking at our different Toast the King chapters about His gifts and His presence.
1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4 and 1 Peter 4 are four chapters commonly referred to when studying the gifts of the Spirit. As I was getting prepared to speak, I read through those four chapters and I realized we are leaving out a few chapters that should not be left out when studying the gifts of the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12 speaks of the body being many members and the distribution of the gifts to different members of the body of Christ in a variety of ways. 1 Corinthians 14 goes on and talks further about the gift of prophecy and speaking in tongues.
Squeezed in between these two great chapters about the different gifts is a whole chapter speaking on one thing . . . love. Love is the most important of all the gifts! God knew what He was doing when He gave way and dedicated a whole chapter on LOVE and how to love well.
If you’re not sure what your gifts are, take a look at yourself and see how well you love others. It may very well be that one of your gifts is loving exceptionally well.
Be ready in and out of season and willing to operate in any of the gifts that might be needed at the moment when God asks. You may be the only person around. Don’t miss an opportunity to be the hands, feet, heart and voice of Jesus.
This Christmas give the best gift of all to everyone near and far . . . LOVE.
One of the measures of maturity and leadership is staying neutral and not forming an alliance with a friend or person who confides with you and shares an offense they have taken on. Taking up another’s offense is taking up unforgiveness, resentment and judgment toward another as a second party without hearing the other side of the story. There’s always two sides to a story. A victim mentality wants others to take up an alliance with their drama but that isn’t true friendship or maturity. Maturity says, “I’ll pray for you to quickly shake off the offense and move back into the call of your destiny. While you’re feeling the hurt, continue to serve others and it will get you over your offense quicker.” Maturity does not fan the flames with more inflammatory remarks. Maturity helps bring healing and glory to God. Let’s be part of healing the body of Christ and not licking wounds.