March 2018

Dear Friends,

Yes, it has been awhile since I have written. My reason for this absence is simple; I struggle with writing – BUT GOD! Now it is almost April and it is time to catch you up. January started strong with the trip to Malaysia. It was a powerful time of preaching, teaching and ministering to several groups of hungry individuals who were ready to break down the barriers keeping them from a deeper connection to God.

Here in OKC/Yukon God is shifting things quickly. We hold Sunday morning meetings in my home where hearts unite with the sole purpose of meeting God corporately. I continue to be involved with workplace leaders, other ministers and leaders who are seeking (like me) to be empowered to strategically fulfill their destiny resulting in the transformation of our city and society. My work with Apostolic Intercessors Network remains strong with the desire to raise the level of integrity in the ministry of intercession for those in the workplace.

This morning I woke up with thoughts about how we ALL need an explosion of FAITH if we are to face an oil crisis.
The Oil Crisis!

The theme of “faith” weaves its way through Scripture. It was faith that led Noah to build an ark. It was faith that caused Abraham to be willing to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. It was the faith of a Roman Centurion who believed that if Jesus simply uttered the word, his son would be healed.

Hebrews 11:6 says that it is impossible to please God without faith. What is it about “faith” that makes God smile? Faith requires us to look beyond ourselves for answers. Faith drives us to look to God and place our hope and trust in Him. Faith pleases God because it creates an opportunity for Him to reveal His power.

Jesus reminds us, “What is impossible with men is possible with God”. Our faith, no matter the size, puts the wheels of heaven into motion.

II Kings 4:1-7 we are told of a grieving widow of a nameless prophet. Her grief over his death is replaced by the realities of the life she is left with. He has left her in debt and with no means of providing for her two sons. In ancient days creditors could repossess your children just like a car you stopped making payments on. She had not only lost her husband, but was in real danger of losing her sons to slavery.

In desperation, she cries out to Elisha who asks her “What do you have in your house?” With a little awkwardness, she reveals the impossibility of her situation. She says “Your servant has nothing there at all, except a little oil.” Elisha then gives an odd response. He tells her to go to her neighbors and gather as many empty jars as possible. He even adds “Don’t ask for just a few”. He then instructs her to go inside her house, shut the door, and begin to pour oil into the jars she has collected. This seems like a strange suggestion, but her situation is hopeless. What does she have to lose?

What she does in that next moment reveals her faith. Every house she went to was a step of faith. Every request for a jar was an expression of faith. She knew she only had a little oil and that it would require a miracle for all these jars to be filled with oil. Her faith put the wheels of heaven into motion as God prepared to do the impossible.

NOW jars are stacked everywhere and right beside her are her two sons. They are about to witness up close and personal a miracle that they would tell and re-tell hundreds of times during the course of their life.

The widow looks into the one jar that is hers. In that jar is a small amount of oil. Her faith wavers. Was this just the wild idea of Elisha or was this really from God? Her heart begins to pound and she picks up her jar and begins to pour oil into an empty jar. She tilts her hand and the oil rolls over the edge of the jar and begins to pour into the empty jar. She looks into her jar and there is still oil. It keeps flowing until the first jar is full!
She stops, looks at her boys and they all three simultaneously grin at one another. They are amazed at what has just taken place. She takes another jar and slowly begins to fill it. And then she fills another jar, and another and another! Jar after jar is filled and she looks around the room, she sees God’s gracious provision.

She asks her son to bring her the next jar. But he replied that there were no more jars. The Bible says that it was just then that the oil stopped flowing. God’s provision matched her faith exactly.

What are you trusting God for? What are attempting to do that requires faith? We can rely on our experience, our skills, and our planning to win the day. Yet, without faith it is impossible to please God.

I will thank You forever, because You have done it, [You have rescued me and kept me safe]. I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones. Ps 52:9 Amp

When You Pass Through the Impassable - God IS With You
There IS a Way!

Chosen by Him,
Billie B.

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