2020 The Purpose and The Problem
It’s important to me to first reiterate to my readers that the purpose of the Apostles Corner is to make every attempt to point the hearts of men back to God. There are so many things within this life that have power to distract us from our desire and intent to please God. And the forces of darkness operate with not lack of cunning; implementing each attack slowly and gradually. In order to bring a clear understanding of the occurrences that have come over the last year, I need to first confront a revelation that God gave me in the end of 2019.
Understand that what I’m about to tell you has nothing to do with a personal endeavor in numerology. By the time that you’ve completed this study, you will truly see its significance. The scriptures say that we know not what to pray, but the spirit will give us utterance. Prayer is simply conversation with God, and when we don’t know what to say, we don’t know what to ask. This is why its so important to exit self-endeavor before we pray. Then we don’t seek conversation based on what we have to say, but seeking what He has to say.
In December 2019 I asked God what was the fullness of what He desired of us for 2020.
That’s when He led me to seek the meaning of 2020, and this is what I found. The number 20 denotes one who has infinite potential when it comes to relationships or diplomacy. With the coming of this year, all of us who desired to have had infinite potential when it comes to relationship with God; in a place of diplomacy. Understand that one of the definitions of diplomacy is “the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way “. We must be sensitive to the things of God in order for our relationship with Him to be effectual.
The vibration of the number 20 (2020) is expressed when there is a strong need to learn patience so that the appropriate actions can be properly carried out. God revealed to me that the year 2020 would be a time when men will LEARN PATIENCE or not, and that their choose to learn patience would have a great effect on their outcome. Before getting into what has in fact transpired in many of us over this past year, lets look at the word patience. Patience is not one of the fruits of the Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
But wait, if you look at all the fruits of the Spirit, none of them can exist in a realm of impatience. Patience does not come from God, it is a state of being. We can ask God to help us to be patient, but it all comes down to your intent to reign in the self-glorifying state of the mind. The fruits of the Spirit need a foundation to abide on. Impatience is like a paper plate being trusted to hold a large steak, it will collapse under the weight. The evidence of the depth of our relationship with God is found in the presence of the fruits of the Spirit, but without patience those fruits come and go; never being evidence to a dark and perverse world.
The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
I know a lot of good minded people that put out a very admirable display. I say good minded because they truly believe that they present themselves in a Godly way, but as soon as they get behind the wheel of an automobile they’re all flesh. Impatience is one simple attribute of self that has hindered not only what we call Christianity, but it has aided us in failure to be evidence of God’s power to an always watching world around us. Too often our points of failure are so minute that they are virtually invisible. But God in His great mercy will configure the needed circumstances to reveal our faults.
The revelation for 2020 was that there is a strong need to learn patience so that the appropriate actions can be properly carried out. Covid-19 as well as social/ political occurrences through the end of the Trump era have both been elements that have built or destroyed our patience. When looking back over your Covid-19 experiences and whatever losses and despair it has brought, you know for yourself if you have become more patient or bitter. There are some who have come to the point of death in the hospital and their last words were, “It’s not possible, it was a hoax” There are those who walked the streets of terrified communities in the midnight hour, unable to recognize that they were paving the way for others with wicked intent.
Many of you have declared God daily, but when we got a president that we all knew by evidence of his daily behavior to be a chronic liar and supporter of racist intentionalism, we still stand behind any falsehoods because he helped us to keep more of our money. This message is not about a them issue, it’s about us as individuals, because no one or thing is responsible for our choices accept us. We are fully aware as to if we have grown closer to God in this season, or if we have growth away from him. In the midst of this year’s occurrences you have come to either desire what is right with God, or what right with you. You have either gathered a greater peace, or a greater impatience. The knowledge of God (meaning your awareness of His will) should keep you in His peace, but impatience runs ahead of the knowledge of God. But be aware that whatever decisions we make in our heart, God will second the motion, and where the state of a man was already bad, it is now worse
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Has the season of 2020 placed you in a mindset that whatever you feel is acceptable without testing it by the heart and the will of God? Patience: The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. The scriptures say they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Many have become weakened and don’t even know it. Weakened from a social/political/pandemic experience that they have endured without commanding the presence of God over their insights.
With the days that we have left in this year, let us all set aside our personal perspectives of all things experienced. Now is a time that we should seek God for everything that He may have been saying to us this year. Things we have missed because we were so focused on our endeavors of impatience. I’ve heard it said that everything is a lesson or a blessing. I say that every lesson is a blessing. Is there a lesson that you have or should have received this year? Don’t let it fall by the way side. Lets position ourselves for God’s proper outcome. Not Minds…Not Yours…But His.