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VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2, MARCH 2011

3/17/2011

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THE RELUCTANT SERVANT

Ken Nix

Thursday, 3/17/2011

By Kenneth Nix

I was blessed to receive a cloud message from the Lord Jesus on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 while at my brother David’s home. It is a powerful message and has many principles within it. I was instructed by the Lord Jesus to have this message in this issue of the newsletter and to share three principles that he would lead me to. I am first including the complete message as received.

 

The Reluctant Servant

 

“I am the Lord Jesus, your Savior and most tender shepherd. These are words of love and guidance for my servant Kenneth. My servant, you are greatly beloved and I find pleasure in your heart of love and service. This day your brother and my servant shall go unto the cloud of glory and shall see Jonah when he was very old. I bless you with the words of a prayer spoken by Jonah just three weeks before he died. I give you his words my servant for you too have been hesitant to do my will and to obey my voice in the past but our messages unto the latter days have changed your heart. There are still some duties that you do not enjoy but you are faithful. When you know that it is my voice and my will that instructs you to serve me and do my bidding then you must obey quickly and obey with a heart of rejoicing. Jonah was a reluctant servant and he did not want to obey my voice for going unto a Gentile nation this was displeasing unto him and his pride. He spent the rest of his life regretting his reluctance and he prayed for another call unto my service but there are times when a reluctant servant shall not be given more chances to serve me.”

“Great and Mighty God, I bow and I worship. I am old and know that I will soon die so I seek mercy and forgiveness. I failed you when you called my name for I did not desire to go unto a city of Gentiles for I am a Hebrew and they are an unclean people. I fled from you but you would not let me be free. Within the belly of the great fish I prayed and then I died but you gave my spirit back unto me. I was made whole except for a small scar upon my right hand that is a reminder that I was being consumed within the belly of the fish. It also reminds me of my failure. You again called my name and as a most reluctant servant I spoke your words unto the sinful city. They heard your voice and they truly repented and in your mercy you saved them. I should have rejoiced in their salvation but I was angry for you showed love unto those not of Abraham. I left the city and I have never heard your voice again. So many tears have been shed, and so many times I have sought to receive another heavenly call. I was a reluctant servant and I have come to realize that when a man runs from the face of the Lord that you are merciful but there is a limit that I do see. I answered the second call but was a reluctant servant. Mercy was again showed but I failed to worship and praise you for your mercy. I failed in my service and the mantle of service passed from me. My life has been spent in regret and sorrow. The Lord called my name and chose me to serve him and I fled. Forgive your reluctant servant my God and may I hear and answer your call when life is given once more.”

 

When first receiving this message, I praised the Mighty Ones in heaven for their great mercy unto me. The message shows that I have not always been obedient to their word and have been hesitant to do the will of the Lord Jesus and to obey his voice. Those words can make fear come to your heart but can also bring gratitude for their great mercy. I have been given wonderful words on the destiny that awaits me if I am obedient unto their word. I know that I want the destiny given unto me and I know that I do not want to live a life of regret. Yet this is the life I will live if I am not obedient. These words are a warning to me and a warning to you. As directed, I will give three principles that the Lord Jesus led me to and pray that they will be of benefit to you.

 

Principle One: Obedience must be immediate and with joy.

 

As you aware in the story of Jonah, his obedience was neither of speed nor of joy. A servant does not pick and choose how he will serve. A servant is to do the will of his master, and a good servant will heed his master’s instructions with haste and will have joy in pleasing his master. I have often said that the words found in Matthew 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” would be words I would love to hear from our Lord Jesus.

What makes a servant “good and faithful?” I would say that it would be based on brokenness, meekness, surrender, trust and love which are things required of a good servant. These elements in your life will cause you to obey swiftly and with joy.

What hinders our obedience?  In a message from our Lord Jesus entitled, “The Joy of Obedience,” he states, “reluctant obedience is just as partial obedience and will not bring the fullness. You are to love me and my Father and you are to obey us with love and with joy. Our law is perfect and does require the sacrifice of love, but our law is not harsh and should not bring sadness. There should be great joy in obedience. Do not partially obey and do not reluctantly obey. Let there be joy in your obedience for partial love has no power and reluctant love has no power. Learn the power of love by seeking to be filled with the obedience of love.”   

 

Principle Two: Obedience must be based on the Lord’s desire not upon our desire.

 

In another message from our Lord Jesus entitled “Sacrifice Your Will,” he states, “It is easy to follow our will when it is pleasing unto you and when our will is in harmony with your desires. It is a sacrifice to obey our will when our will is not what you will and desire. So many people upon the earth claim to be followers of truth and light but most only follow what is convenient and that which is within the will of their heart. To be mine you must surrender your will, and you must obey our will even when the path of obedience is not what you truly desire. The leaf upon the river goes as led by the flow of water. So many people will surrender and follow my will until there is hardship and trial and then they seek my will to be molded to fit within their will and desires. Do you ask my will to be done and the will of the Father to be your perfect will, or do you decide and then seek our blessings upon the choices of your heart?

 

Jonah admits in his prayer that he did not desire to go to a city of Gentiles. In his pride of being a Hebrew he did not feel that an unclean people deserved a warning or mercy from God. I’m not pointing a finger at Jonah for I have been in this place. We can decide in our own minds how we feel we need to serve God, but when God’s desires do not fit to what we had in mind, pride can become a stumbling block to obedience.

 

Principle Three: We need to praise our Lord and to have hearts of gratefulness in his mercy in allowing us to serve and for his mercy to others.

 

Jonah was allowed to experience and see God’s great mercy to the ones he was sent to, but he was angry at God’s mercy. There was no gratefulness evident in him even in the fact that his own life was spared. He was disobedient which was a sin punishable by death. God had mercy and brought him back to life from the belly of the great fish. God then had mercy on the Gentiles.

 

We often seek mercy from God for ourselves and we can show a level of gratefulness when mercy is given, but if we are truly grateful then would we not also feel great joy in God’s mercy to others? As God’s servants, in the days ahead we may be sent to ones that have beaten us or have persecuted us in some manner. Will we desire mercy to be seen once messages of warning are given?

 

 Remember when we were to pray for mercy on Japan when God said there was going to be a major earthquake there? Were we filled with joy and gratitude at God’s mercy when he answered our prayers for mercy? Or  was our gratitude blocked by pride? Some had told mockers of the event, and so some desired it to happen to prove we were right. Jonah told Nineveh that they would be destroyed. Was pride involved when he wasn’t grateful at God’s mercy? Not only was he not grateful, but he became angry at God’s mercy. You may not always see the end result of what you are called on to do. But we must always have grateful hearts that we are servants of God. We are to praise in sunshine or sorrow. We may receive bodily harm when doing our Lord’s bidding. Sometimes words will be accepted, other times they will be rejected. No matter what we are to praise and be thankful for our calling.

 


 

 

 

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