Celebrate Jesus; Celebrate !!! Ba ba ba ba ba ba bum!!!

You cannot be fully celebrated, until you fully imbibe the culture of celebrating others, and good things that they have, or have done…

Because when God blesses a person, and you celebrate them, you are saying that you believe that it is God who has blessed them and that thing or trait is an achievable possibility and are thus planting seeds of belief and possibility in your own heart. But if you do not, or refuse to celebrate another, what you are actually saying is that you DO NOT truly believe that it was the Lord who blessed them, and you do not see that thing or trait as an achievable possibility in your life, thus planting seeds of doubt and impossibility in your own heart! 

And if you’re wondering why nothing good is coming up as a harvest for you, maybe you just need to change the type of seed you’re sowing…

And do you know why we can receive from God? It’s because we celebrate Him!

… Be not mocked whatsoever a man sows, that shall he reap! – Book o’Galatians.

© OluPero Mettabel, August 7, 2012

Dream Big, See it as done, Then go ahead… STRUT YOUR STUFF!!!

 

We are currently being taught a series on “eyes” at church. My pastor, during the Sunday message, said the following: ‘Exercise yourself daily in “seeing” the things  the Lord has told you about your future. Let your imagination run free, see it as done, and picture yourself doing the things that He has said that you would do’ Upon hearing these words the following rejoinder immediately popped into my mind (I believe that it was a Holy Ghost inspired thought, because I am not this savvy with words):

 ‘When the Lord speaks a “Word” into your ear, Hang on to it and don’t let ANYTHING hinder you… Like Abraham look up at the sky, squelching the sand in between your toes, and remembering the promise, Like Sarah laugh, remembering the ludicrous and gargantuan appointment with destiny, made for you by God, according to the “time of life”.

‘Like Moses hold onto the rod, remembering that the head of the dead staff, was the tail of a living snake, and like Joseph, with your dreams vivid and clear in your mind, Strut your stuff wearing with pride, your coat of many colors… Knowing with foresight that no seducing wiles, warden, nor butler can hold you back, FOR FAITHFUL IS HE WHO HAS PROMISED, WHO WILL ALSO DO IT!’

‘SO HOLD FAST TO YOUR CONFESSION OF FAITH, LOOK UP INTO THE SKY AND “SEE” THE INNUMERABLE STARS, SQUELCH THE SAND IN BETWEEN YOUR TOES, LAUGH OUT LOUD, AND MARKING THE GROUND COVERED WITH YOUR ROD, WEARING YOUR “COAT OF MANY COLORS”, YOU GO ON AHEAD AND STRUT YOUR STUFF…’

‘… And yes! there will be mothers who will ponder and keep these things in their heart, Papas who will look on with pride and veiled trepidation, and there will be brothers who will also be haters. But you pay no one but your God and your  Word no mind. Just go on ahead and “Strut your stuff”…  Y’hear me? YOU STRUT YOUR STUFF!!!’

… And that my dear friends I believe, is how to exercise your faith unto good works…

Peace and much, much love,

From “Me” to you.

© OluPero Mettabel, August 7, 2012

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Dry Bones Can Live, But May Come Alive With Great Noise!


Hello everyone, I hope your weekend has been phenomenal!

I was sitting in church this morning, and my mind being one to meander from time to time, wandered right over to Ezekiel chapter 37… 🙂 Now what made me think about this particular chapter? (Even though my mind IS prone to wandering and has to be regularly reined in). It was a conversation I had with a wonderful friend of mine, who although has been through a lot over the past year has maintained her joy, her infectious spirit, and her smile… We were talking about a situation she had prayed about, which, instead of her seeing an immediate turnaround in the situation, seemed to result in things going somewhat awry. The events that followed eventually led to a favorable ending, but it was through much prayer, fasting and holding on to God’s promises.

As I thought about our conversation, I believe the Spirit dropped something into my heart. He said: When a seemingly noisy and chaotic series of events follows a season of prayer and prophesying, the brouhaha is not necessarily the work of the devil, neither is it (although may very well be the case), always a test of one’s spiritual mettle.
‘What you perceive as noise may actually be the sound of the power of my might, moving things around, and bringing parts together, mobilizing and executing the desires of your heart, of me, creating universally animated unified wholeness, from a previously dead, dismal, and hopelessly disjointed situation’.

He said to me, ‘Ezekiel was led to the Valley of dry bones, dead bones. What he saw was a horrific sight to behold! A sight so terrible that when I, the Lord God Almighty asked Ezekiel if the dry bones could live, he said ‘only you know Lord!’ The Lord said ‘I then told him to prophesy to the bones, and you know what happened afterwards…’

The Bible stated that as Ezekiel spoke, suddenly there was a rattling noise all across the Valley and as he watched, bone began to move towards bone, attaching themselves as parts of whole skeletons. He watched, and the process continued until skin covered the entire bodies, over muscle, over bone, but still no breath was in them. The Lord then said to him ‘prophesy to the winds! Speak breath into these dead bodies so that they may live again’. So, Ezekiel spoke the message, and the Bible records that they came to life-A formidable army!! This vision that Ezekiel saw was representative of what God wanted to do amongst his people that is, to raise them up from a place of deadness unto life!

Ezekiel 37  
1 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord Godto these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”
So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Using the account above allegorically, I came to the realization that if things seem to take a turn for the worse, rather than the better when I pray, instead of seeing it as a setback, which usually would result discouragement, and thoughts that God was not answering my prayer, the devil was waging war, or believing that it was an obstacle I would have to surmount by faith, that may not be the case at all! It may actually be the magnificent and mighty power of the Spirit working to change my situation.

 This is borne out by Scripture:
 1. Paul and Silas prayed, and the prison where they were kept shook so much so, that their chains fell off.

Acts 16:25-26
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

2. On the day of Pentecost, the Bible records that there came a sound as of a rushing, mighty wind that filled the upper room just before the disciples got baptized by the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in diverse tongues. 

Acts 2:2
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

These accounts corroborated what I felt the Spirit was ministering to me. He said to me, when things like this happen after a period of prayer and prophesying, do not be silent! What to do? Keep listening for what He wants you to say, keep saying what He tells you to say, keep prophesying, keep declaring and don’t give up hope. And as Ezekiel saw a mighty, living Army raised up as the Phoenix from deadness and decay, you will see the answers to your prayers manifested right before your eyes.

Interestingly, this spoke to me on an extremely deep level as I am currently going through a similarly “chaotic” situation. I now know that instead (as I previously did) of seeing this as the end of the beginning, I now see it as the beginning from the end! So instead of a wail, I will let out a victorious shout! Instead of a moan, will groan in the spirit, to birth the desire of my heart, and instead of being quietly dismayed I WILL PROPHESY!!!

You all have a fab week, filled with righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost!

With love from,

“Me” to you.
 

Of The Old and The New…

 
Hello everyone,
It’s “Me” wishing you happy new month! 
This year is going by so fast that it’s almost dizzying! I’m actually right now trying out a software, that’s translating my spoken words into text. I had bought the software a few months ago, and had given up on ever being able to use it because it would not recognize my accent… Imagine that! My initial introduction to the software was singularly humbling because I felt that my diction was pretty decent but alas, after the umpteenth try I gave up frustrated, and a little ticked off. I forgot about the software for about four months, but yesterday out of the blue, I decided to give it another try. I downloaded it again from the App Store and went through the training trepidatiously. This time, however, things seemed to go a little bit smoother, which made me feel a little bit more optimistic about how things would turn out. After the training process, I started dictating and lo and behold it actually recognized the majority of my words! Except that just now, when I dictated ‘words’, it inserted the word brides – Freudian slip? Maybe we’ll see 🙂 … 

What I am trying to say right now is that something that I had given up on and considered a total waste of my time, money, and effort is actually now doing quite well on the usefulness scale!
 Why am I telling you about all this? Well, this is a new month, and I’m sure you like I, have had many things that we tried earlier in the year that just didn’t work out the way we expected them to. Maybe you shouldn’t just give up on that project just yet, maybe you should give it another try, maybe this time it just might work. I realized, and I’m realizing that as the book of Ecclesiastes says: There is a time for everything, and a purpose to every season under the sun. 

So the fact that whatever project  or thing that you had laid your hands on in the past did not turn out the way you expected it to should not discourage you from trying it again if you feel particularly strongly about it, or you can’t seem to forget about it… You may just have tried it out of sync with its time and purpose. So… remember that forgotten project? discarded dream? “set aside” vision? maybe just now ready to be resurrected. The fact that this note exists is proof of what I’m saying. 
This month, reflect, think back, dig deep, let your creative juices start flowing. You may just start loving Piña Coladas! Again happy new month to you all from “Me”.

Peace!

PS this time, I finished dictating this note without wanting to hit something or someone – namely the developer (Sorry Lord) :-)… Have a terrific day y’all. 

“Me”

Think you missed the beat?

I am one who has to work hard at not being overly self critical. I can often be found tying myself to a whipping post for a good round of self-flagellation regarding some misstep, misdeed or mis-whateva that I have committed… oh I forgot “mis-spokeness”. Anyone been there? lol… Anyway, recently the Lord has lovingly been letting me see that the missteps to the beat of life that I have often thought spoiled the dance routine, may actually be a “ball-point” catch in the dance routine, and even if it is not so you just have to keep a smile on your face and keep on dancin’ cos at the end of the dance, you just might be surprised to find yourself at the receiving end of a standing ovation…

This is what the Lord spoke to my heart:

‘Don’t get discouraged and stop dancing because you missed a beat, cos your perceived misstep just might be part of the beat, the unexpected foot work that catches the attention and makes one go – Wow!’… So keep on dancing!
But remember you must keep listening…

OluPero Mettabel, 07/26/12

Peace and love to you from my heart,
Me.

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‘By inspiration a dream is conceived, over Time matured, through Effort birthed, and by the Anointing delivered… Be inspired, but remember that it takes time, and effort fueled by God’s anointing to translate your dreams from thought, to word to deed…’
© OluPero Mettabel, July 25, 2012

Out of time, into time, in it’s time

In the face of muses,
Muses of her self I see
See I, in the many faces,
Shades of sameness,
Each the one alike,
Each the one, uniquely placed,

Created from out of time,
Into time, seen in it’s time.

Gap-toothed smile,
Awkward first kiss.
First love, last stop,
Before arrival – “Grown-up Grove”
Under the shade reminiscing,
Underwriting indelibly etched.
Etched and shaded in the sands,

Predestined from out of time,
Into time, etched in it’s time

Beginning and end,
‘Ternity, finitely contained.
Contained in this vessel of Clay
Precious gifts grandly displayed,
All of this I kept for you.
For you, all this I saved,

Brought from out of time,
Into my time, kept in it’s time.

Far away, a world away
Brought as close, as close by fate,
Straight into my path, warmth into my heart,
Warm, willing, waiting aflame.
The flame in the hearth
‘Scription “Home sweet home”,

Arriving from out of time,
Into my time, sweet in it’s time

Promises made, promises kept
Promised words in secret, openly fulfilled
Grateful heart satiated and satisfied
Wholly blessed by “The One”,
Wholly from out of time brought He you.
You, the face I now see,

Welcomed from out of time into time,
You in it’s time.

Me to you,
You to me,
From out of time into time,
Made beautiful you to me,
In it’s time
For me…

© OluPero Mettabel, July 25, 2012

Tell me… How does this speak to you?