Black Velvet Peace
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:30
There are assignments God has in which He will set his called servant(s) for a time or season. I used to ask God to set me, as a five-fold ascension ministry gift, "like a diamond on black velvet." A diamond on the backdrop of black velvet displays its beauty, cuts, reflected and refracted light, to the highest degree. That was and is my desire: That God be glorified through me in the highest degree, his plans and purposes for my life manifested. For all of us, that is the most meaningful outcome of our lives! Who does not want to live a life of meaning? Sometimes one may be concerned about being in God's perfect will. "Lord, am I doing what you would have me to do?" More importantly, there can be a contradiction between what God has shown us specifically about who we are in Him and where we are currently . He does not see us the way we see ourselves! He may say, 'You are RIGHT where I want you: My servant, my child, mature, making spiritual progress, chosen, called, blessed"...and on and on. "But, I do not 'feel' like that", we think. But what did GOD say? Get out of your temporal feelings! It does not matter what you feel. It is who you are and to Whom you belong! In and through Him we are to display the light of God, illuminated through and by the Word, to reflect his image in love, and all in the beauty of holiness. While it is not about our feelings in our humanity and flesh, I did have an experience with the Lord. This morning in prayer, I felt a velvety presence engulf me! I felt the softness of it. Comfortable. Smooth. It was so peaceful! Abba reminded me that the Christ-like reflection I desire is not possible except I be surrounded by, encased by, Jehovah-shalomn, the God of peace. When Abba surrounds us in his peace, we shine like a diamond set against black velvet. Clothed in the black velvet of the peace of God! While God knows how to set us where we need to be, it is not so much in a particular, place, church, ministry, or even office, as it is in Him. The setting is in Him!
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Yes, the setting is in the Prince of Peace, Sar Shalomn. He IS our peace and there is no spiritual brilliance apart from Him as the peace over our lives. We cannot get caught up in feelings about a thing or circumstance. Worry will not help anything.
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Many years ago I worked at a local hospital on the operator's board. When calls came in I would transfer them to various offices, nurses stations, and patient's rooms. When the other party picked up the line, I would say, "Transfer!", and put the call through to them. I strive to do God like that when worry tries to rear its ugly head. I "transfer" it to God! I roll it over on Him for He cares for me! No worries, but rather a Holy Ghost "call forward", if you will. For we ministers, that includes ministry concerns on every front. God is in control of ALL of that! I refuse to worry. You should, too. Let us experience the rest of God's all encompassing, velvet-lined peace. Keep it rolling..."Transfer!"
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you,even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Ah! The setting of the black velvet of peace to which we are called. This world needs God's peacemakers. Peace on earth, goodwill toward men flows out of the people of God. It is a mandate for us. We are his hands and feet, his change agents in the earth realm. That should be our aim: To be ambassadors of peace. It is a mantle upon us. And beneath the wings of that mantle blows the wind of the power of God! That is what gives us "lift' and it lifts up those around us! We have been empowered to change the atmosphere by our very Spirit-filled presence. It takes power to walk in the peace of God in a world so full of the noise of the prince of the air, Satan. That velvety mantle of peace with which the people of God are to be surrounded speaks to a weighty anointing. Real velvet is heavy! The anointing of God on a set apart life which is submitted to God comes with a cost. Are you willing to pay the price for the anointing? God's bright and shining light reflecting through us, draws people to whom we can introduce Christ and minister, in power and demonstration. Salvation, [deliverance, safety, preservation, soundness, healing, ease, protection, wholeness, victory, rescue, provision, and restoration], for souls! May the peace of God be upon your Christ-centered lives. Be clothed in His peace! Bless us to shine like diamonds on black velvet, oh God, the Lord! Shine through us!
Shalomnn - shalomn