Monday, November 28, 2016

Shifting Atmospheres

Today I was meditating on Luke 19:11-27 (NIV)

The Parable of the Ten Minas

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’
19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’
22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’
25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’
26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”


  1. Luke 19:13 A mina was about three months’ wages.

      It seemed to me the Lord was saying that He will be returning one day.  In the meantime He has given me (us) minas (talents) to invest.   I believe He was showing me that in many ways I have been the person who received a mina (Holy Spirit) and wrapped it in a cloth to preserve it.  I have spent much time attending church and conferences, and studying, praying, and seeking the Lord wrapped in my prayer closet, but often have not consciously worked to invest the resources the Lord has been giving me in the lives of His hurting children.  
      As I was pondering this I had the strangest sensation that the ground was shifting. (I have read several prophets who have said the spiritual atmosphere is shifting, but I have never experienced anything physically before.)  I decided to claim this as a sign that things have shifted spiritually in my life.  I came upstairs to check my email and found that Brian Simmon's prophetic devotional today (You can subscribe to his free email devotional by following the link) was surely sent just for me. . .

"My Healing One"

I will use you from now on to bring healing and restoration to many, especially your family. You will see me move into the impossibilities of your limitations. Everything will be changed through the presence of My Spirit flowing through you. Wounded hearts will learn to rise through the words you speak and the love you release.

You are now prepared in every way to bless and heal. Do not look back, for history has not shaped you, I have. The dawning has come and a new revelation has burned its way into every fabric of your life. Today I set you apart as my healing one. Bring into your family a greater love and I will bring a greater healing. I am the God who heals hearts and bodies and I will not fail you.

Psalm 103:8 The Passion Translation

Lord, you’re so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so very patient with people who fail you. Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness.

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