Season of Sitting
12/30/2008

Reflecting back...



I found an old writing from March of 2005 and it prompted the BLOG you are about to read… I find it interesting to go back in time and to see where my train of thought was at a certain season... The date of the writing caught my attention more so than the actual writing… The date was significant because it was around the beginning stage of what turned out to be one of the most pivotal points in my life.

In February of 2005 God called me to sit for 2.25 years under Dr. Michael Mitchell of Restoration Ministries (LACE>AugustaLACE>LACE>, GALACE>)... I had been for the past 13 years preaching, teaching, training, doing workshops and seminars, building Sunday schools, overseeing church teaching ministries, serving as an assistance pastor, started a homeless ministry, developed TV ministries and served in various capacities of church life... God called me out (Abraham call… I literally had to make a family oriented detachment – this was very difficult because of my love for church I was leaving and my family members)… Looking back I realize this grew me up in the Spirit… For the first time I had to make a stance for what God was saying to me… I graduated from a feeling (soulish) level of attachment to an obedient level of relationship with God. Hey I’m going to help you out… many times God will call you to do something and you will not have all of the answers… Listen do not say God is saying for you to do this or that simply because you feel obligated to give a reason when you are moving at the auction of God. Remember God instruction to Abraham was for him to move unto a place I will show you… Abraham moved out on God’s command not knowing where he was going… Church mentality says package it up so man won’t think you are crazy or missing it… Kingdom mindset say obey God and speak what He says to speak… He may not release you to speak what he is about to do… better yet you may not have a clue… Had I known God was about to sit me down from doing what I loved to do I probably would not have obeyed him. Because I didn’t know what God was about to do I gave obligatory answers to questions of why I was leaving. WOW! The wow is because I was not disobedient to the voice of God. I remember how I felt so obligated to give some type of religious excuse and reasoning for the unction that I was hearing from GOD... When God says lean not to your own understanding; trust Him he knows what he is talking about... REMEMBER... YOU MAY HAVE THE VISION BUT GOD HAS THE PLAN YOU WILL NEED TO EXECUTE THE VISION... trust me you will need God's plan in order for the vision to come to pass...

My time of sitting at Restoration Ministries International was all GOD... Some disagreed but I had to obey God... Funny thing... when we were released back into ministry the elevation from the season of sitting has been a blessing even to those that did not agree at the time... TRULY GOD'S WAYS IS NOT OUR WAYS... This time of soaking was life changing... I did very little ministry assignment... God wanted to pour into my soul and spirit. I am so glad I was able to hear the voice of God and sit under this mighty man of God. My eyes were open to great revelation of the word of God. My flesh was put to death… purpose and the Kingdom perspective of ministry was awakened in me… Never had I anticipated week after week of sitting and being taught the Word of God. I was not concerned about teaching or ministering… I was so connected with the teaching... I knew God was speaking directly to my soul… God used Dr. Mitchell to lay a foundation that is prevalent in my teaching and Kingdom perspective on today. You may not know of him at the moment but soon the world will come to know of this mighty man of God. I STILL MARVEL AT THE WISDOM THAT WOULD POUR FROM THE MAN OF GOD WEEK AFTER WEEK. I'm talking about Rhema every week!!! My relationship with the Godhead was taken to another dimension and I'm grateful unto the Lord...

To my ministry friends: In the midst of all your preaching and teaching if God call you to a season of sitting do not be afraid and feel you are going to miss out ... When God call you to something it's always to add to your life...


To my Pastor friends... I know you preach, teach, study and meditate... however; you need someone speaking into your life... Ask God to connect you with an earthly person so they can speak into your life... GOD HAS SO SET UP THIS GOSPEL JOURNEY THAT YOU WILL NEED OTHERS... YOU CAN NOT FULFILL YOUR DESTINY ALONE...



I’m not sure what God is saying to you on today but I want to encourage you to trust Him.

This was a FYI to someone who may be feeling a call to another level but is not sure what God is saying... If your next level requires sitting ... DO IT... You will be thankful after God reveals the reason for the season. Many ministers miss their divine appointment because they fail to hear and yield to the voice of God. This is another teaching but I will share this quick word that I feel in my spirit...




"Know the Purpose of your Relationships"
1. Some relationships are for a reason...
2. Some relationships are for a season...
3. Some relationships are for a lifetime...

In all thy getting ... get an understanding of the purpose of your relationships... I will not develop this at the moment... check back at a later time... I will revisit this... or you can email me and I will share more...

Now back to the reason I started this blog... A writing from March of 05

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Comment by Deanna Barnes-Wilburn on September 20, 2009 at 2:14am
Wow! that's powerful,thanks for your sharing and transparancy,bless you.
Comment by Spirit on March 10, 2009 at 3:28pm
These are words of wisdom. I watch my husband, who was recently licensed deal with "temptation" from churches starting to call him...I know his flesh wants to jump right in, but I try to advise him to wait on God. When God is ready to release him, he will know. I may have to print this blog off and let him read it : )

Again, thanks for your obedience in writing this, it has helped me be able to help my husband.

~First

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