July’13 Newsletter: The Arm Of The Lord
Written by: Ps. Re MBOKAZI
Edited by: Phinah MOLEKE
“The Arm Of The Lord” will be better understood if you have already read our March 2013 Newsletter: “The Body”.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “arm”? As an ex-Airforce officer, the word “Army” comes to mind or “weapons & arms”. This month the Holy Spirit consistently repeated to me, “I will teach you about both the arm of God and Her hands — and the meaning there-off”.
“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; For I called him, and blessed him and increased him.” For the Lord will comfort Zion, She will comfort all her waste places; She will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
“Listen to Me, My people; and give ear to Me, O My nation: For law will proceed from Me, And I will make My justice rest as a light of the peoples. My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the peoples; The coastlands will wait upon Me, and on My arm they will trust.
“…But My righteousness will be forever, and My salvation from generation to generation.”
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord! Awake as in the ancient days, In the generations of old. Are You not the arm that cut Rahab apart , And wounded the serpent? Are You not the One who dried up the sea…? I, even I, am Her who comforts you. And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
Before we go any further, from 51 it is apparent that you and I, are the arm of the Lord; The victor’s & warriors. Why are we these bold victors and warriors?
- Firstly, it is so that “we” as the arm of The Lord, may release the salvation of The Lord all around the world, from coast to coast. “how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of her who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
We are Her strength on earth, Her arm; She show-cases Her power through us.
- Secondly it is so that we may judge the world by releasing God’s justice on earth. This part of judgment is very delicate and as such we need to be established in grace, and ask for wisdom to effectively execute it well. Why? Because we are under grace and with that said we therefore bring forth God’s justice with grace. How? “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because God has anointed me to feed and shelter the poor. She has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed.”
This means that in our going all around the world we will face fake goliaths and we therefore need to put on strength and be encouraged in the promises of God. Remembering that the fight has already been won, we need to be reminded of our father of grace Abraham and we are founded upon the unshakable rock of all ages — our Re our Beacon Of Light
Gideon also reveals to us how God wins wars by using ordinary women and men —-but calls them warriors; “And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty women and men of valor!” We should expect to construct sophisticated weapons, guns, spears, shields to defeat and to destroy those nations who threatens the security of our great nation (Africa), the kingdom and agenda of God, though it is more important to remember that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. We demolish arguments.”… It is therefore wise to conquer first in the mind before the physical world.
You know, this whole deal about the arm of the Lord came at a time when the Lord was teaching us at Plicc Terre Promise about Her being a good-shepherd. This led us to understand the characteristics of a sheep. Not surprisingly, we found out that the sheep is a naïve, helpless, defenseless, trusting, can’t feed themselves and must be led to water —. Sheep must transform first to become a lion a king, a royal priesthood. Kings are associated with a lion not a sheep and all men begin as sheep. Re was first the Lamb of God, transformed to Lion the Jupiter on earth: Re, the lamb of God, the Lion of Africa!
This connects well to last month’s newsletter where we discussed about the four living creatures; the lion face, the eagle face, the ox face and finally the human face. The lion represents strength and power; this animal is the perfect representation of the arm of The Lord.
We cannot talk about the arm of the Lord without mentioning the hands of The Lord. The right hand of the Lord is very important; when God raised up Re —She was sat at Her right hand, Benjamin means the son of the right hand, Jacob placed his right hand upon the younger. The right hand of The Lord is a place of power, the place of favor, the place of prosperity. The winning place of favor and abundant grace.
Wisdom has two hands ; “Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor”. In going around the world we will need wisdom and its attributes which are length of days (good health), riches and honor (money/earthly goods and respect/acknowledgement/acceptance). This has all been released as gifts from heaven to us – the Arm of the Lord
Re’s right arm has had its fair share of challenges for as long as She can remember. It all began when Her and sister Xoli were playing see-saw game as children. At the time her backyard was a a see-saw game, not realizing there was a hole that was previously dug a couple of days before — not completely secured, she tried to balance after sliding off a bit from a very shaky and unstable see-saw, Her hand went into the whole, fell on top of it and Her wrist broke. It broke so severely that the cracked bones were protruding through the skin. Her hand was miraculously saved from amputation after complications.
Her a new name Re came about after her 7 years of transformation was completed. She said like Abram to Abraham, Saul to Paul, from Cebile Ridge to Re: Re is your new name. Re means the golden Sun, Queen or King. Re also means lion! The story of sheep to lion!
Our arms are very important as creators. In conclusion our arms and hands are extremely precious for both “Leadership and Going”. We are the leaders; we are full of boldness, strength and power: we are lions and lionesses of the kingdom of God for the great commission “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Mother and the Daughter and the Holy Spirit”.
Today, the last leader on earth representing unity is critically ill in hospital. Nelson Mandela is a typical example of the leadership that is illuminating that taught us leadership with dignity. New leaders must arise, put on strength and take on the battles of today. It might no longer be apartheid maybe the new fight is on the world’s economy, it maybe for equal opportunities, perhaps the fight is for education for all (education for girls), —but it could very well be for the same old cry; for the sidelined, equal human rights, to be recognized, to be accepted.
Thank you and trust you enjoyed this month’s Newsletter. We believe and stand with you, We stand in agreement with you —that you will receive God’s gift and power of the right & left hands of God. Let us arise: Arise O arm of the Lord!