It happened again for the umpteenth time so I have decided to write about it because I want you to realize that what is available to one person in the spirit realm is available to all. How clearly and decisively one of my intercessors hears the voice of the Father is what is available to all who want to be intimately and ‘single-mindedly’ connected to God. This was not an isolated incident. It is a way of life.
Also, how quickly God responded to my sincere and genuine repentance is how quickly He can respond to yours. The remorse issue was because, for more than a month, I had been socializing and gallivanting around with family and friends. My life was on fast forward, which I find exhilarating, but at the same time exhausting. It left precious little time for God and the things of God. Oh, I attended church regularly and I talked ‘at’ God unceasingly, BUT I am talking about deep, intimate times spent with God and the reading and study of His ‘book’ that not only nurtures our relationship with Him but leads to growth and maturing.
Just as we need nourishment on a daily basis for our physical bodies, the same is true of our spiritual side. The steak dinner that I had six weeks ago is of little value to me today. My body needs to eat and be fueled on a regular basis. In the same vein, what I read more than a month ago will not enable me to receive God’s perspective or instructions for the issues in my life today.
Since I have a lot of preaching engagements scheduled I felt that I should be spending more time seeking God’s face and inquiring about His will for those that I am ministering to, rather than the self-centered, extended vacation that I was enjoying.
My intentions were good but the days and weeks just slipped by until so much time had been wasted that I felt I was not qualified or equipped to minister to anyone. Since I felt empty I reasoned that I had nothing to give. It seemed my direct line to heaven got disconnected and my phone went dead. Of course this was because I had not paid my bill. So, I finally stopped dead in my tracks and decided I would rectify my situation from that moment on by becoming engrossed in God’s word and start reading chapters and chapters at a time and get back to maintaining an intimate, current and vibrant relationship with Him.
As the hours passed by I had tucked away in the back of my mind that I would call Cindy, my intercessor in Ohio, whose direct mandate from God is to stand in the gap for me and my ministry and to seek Him on my behalf on a daily basis. I had not talked to her for those entire six or seven weeks and I wanted to discuss how I had come to a place of negligence and foolishness and how I now was in a state of repentance and brokenness before God. What I really wanted to do was unload on someone who would empathize and then give me the assurance that God totally understood. I intended to call her as soon as I finished reading Romans chapter eight which deals with the issue of ‘there not being any condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the spirit’.
It should not have surprised me at all, but before I was half way through the chapter, the phone rang and Cindy was on the other end inquiring, "What’s up?" It might as well have been God. It was my confirmation that God and I were back on track. Not that there is ever any question or doubt, but God knows I LOVE IT when He does this for me. He knows I need this desperately. It sends my faith into orbit.
You too can get anything and everything right with God right now, right where you are, and He will respond immediately. To open the lines of communication read Psalm 51:17 which says "a broken and contrite heart He does not ignore" and then I John 1:9, "if we confess our sins (no matter how great or how small) He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness".
It’s your direct line to heaven.
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com