LESSONS FROM COMMUNITY

Psa. 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
Sometimes the Lord speaks to His people in ways that are obvious to some but to others they hear or see nothing. Jesus actually said this is why He Himself spoke in parables.
Matt. 13:10,11,13 ¶ Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given….This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand”.
One of the ways the Lord has spoken to Victory Fellowship over the years is through the living parable we call ‘Feed the Multitudes’. Through this annual free food festival the Lord reminds us it is more blessed to give than to receive. It is in giving out of our own lack and need that we meet the great Provider, Jehovah Jireh. We have learned to partner as a community with the Lord to minister to the hurting; the results? God meets us again and gain with supernatural provision.

The Lord is speaking to our church again through another living parable called Mary’s Song. Over the last eight years we have seen numerous young women who had lost their way in life actually becoming mighty women of God. They come in distraught and discouraged and have found life and light in the community called Victory Fellowship. I am not quite sure who has received the greatest blessing, these girls or our congregation. They have found forgiveness and acceptance from the Lord and affirmation and guidance from His people. It is in helping them that our church has stepped into a new season of blessing. Now don’t get me wrong, not all of us are called to be directly involved in the Mary’s Song Community, but to those who have ears to hear we can hear the voice of the Lord and make the applications to our own lives.

First, all of us need forgiveness and acceptance from the Lord and God’s people. This is the place where our healing and recovery begins. We also each need accountability, the gentle voice of authority from someone who loves us and points us back in the right direction when we stray. Finally, we live in a world falling apart defined by many people losing their way in self medication and other destructive behavior. We need more than words and willpower to change. We need the power of God. It is in this Community of God that the power of God is seen, this is the place where shackles of oppression and sin are broken. This is the place of God’s commanded blessing.

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