Written by: Re PLICC
Edited by: Phinah MOLEKE
Please note that this month’s Newsletter: “The Arm Of The Lord” will bring much more meaning if you have already read our March 2013 Newsletter: “The Body”.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “arm”? To me 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 their hands — and the meaning there-off which then lead to Isaiah 51
“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 alone, and blessed him and increased him.” For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He 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 He 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 Isaiah 51 it is apparent that you and I, are the arm of the Lord; His victor’s, His 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. If you read on to Isaiah 52, you will find that it reads as follows; “how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him 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 His strength on earth, His arm; He show-cases His 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? Luke 4:18 explains how “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He 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 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 at the cross, we need to be reminded of our father of grace Abraham and we are founded upon the unshakable rock of all ages —The Lord Jesus.
Gideon in the book of Judges also reveals to us how God wins His wars by using ordinary weak 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 man of valor!” We shouldn’t expect to take guns and start overthrowing the oppressor, remember “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. We demolish arguments.”
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 Him being a good-shepherd. This led us to understand and admit that we are “sheep-like”— and as a result we investigated the characteristics of a sheep. Not surprisingly, we found out that the sheep is a dumb, helpless, defenseless, trusting, can’t feed themselves and must be led to water —type of an animal. Yet God calls us kings, royal priesthood. Kings are associated with a lion not a sheep. Then it donned on me that in order for God to make you a lion on earth you need to acknowledge that you are a mere sheep. It makes sense doesn’t it? Jesus is called the Lamb of God, yet at the same time, He is called the Lion of Judah: the Kings of Kings.
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 Jesus from the dead —He sat Him at His 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. Proverbs 3:13-17 teaches us that wisdom (Jesus is wisdom) has two hands — expressed as a woman (when wisdom is listed as feminine it’s because it’s the application of wisdom. Objective truth is always masculine and the subjective truth/application/experiential knowledge is always feminine). “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.
This Newsletter was very hard to write and very emotional for me because my right arm has had its fair share of challenges for as long as I can remember. It all began when I was just doing Std-4. In France Std-4 is 6°eme, and I was only 10years old at the time. My sister Xoli and I were playing see-saw game at our backyard. At the time our backyard was a construction site for some reason. We improvised and used the logs and a drum of paint that we found there to develop a see-saw game and we started playing. We were flying-up in the air –it was so high, not realizing a ±5inch hole that was previously dug a couple of days before — it was not securely demarcated for safety precautions. I tried to balance after sliding off a bit from a very shaky and unstable see-saw log, but my hand went into the whole, I fell on top of it and my wrist broke. It broke so severely that the cracked bones were almost protruding through my skin, my hand swell within seconds and off course I was screaming on just the site of my hand.
That was just the beginning of my right arm problems, because after that incident approximately a 6months later when I was just supposed to have completely healed, I slipped on our kitchen floor and it fractured at the same spot again. What made things worse was the doctor who performed a surgery on my hand, he did such a bad job that the wound got infected after he removed the titanium plates and the stitches —that almost cost me my hand! God miraculously saved my hand from being amputated because overnight the infection just subsided that the hospital staff gave me a chance to heal. It was two years with a hard wrist brace and today I have an ugly scar which reminds me every day of that horrific period.
You would think that was enough, but if you fast forward std7 in high school, long-story but my right arm shoulder dislocated and ever since then it often dislocate, If I roughly swing it, it would dislocate and as a result I am extra careful with my right arm.
Like most people this is my most used part of my body. When cooking, when writing, sketching my art drawings, working, hugging etc.…I use my right arm a lot, I am not a lefty. As you can imagine, I am very grateful to have both my arms and my hands right now– but I couldn’t help observing the past years how deeply evil attacked my right arm. I knew that God saved my hand for a Devine reason. And so all my life I have always wondered, could it be that He saved my hand so I can write these newsletters, could it be for the book I am working on, perhaps my career as an engineer or my research because surely I do not need both hands for public speaking or singing. Well today, through the birth of this newsletter all my questions have been satisfactory answered —just so that I can bring this good news to you.
I have been comforted by the Lord. It was just 2 weeks ago that the Lord gave me a new name of which I am still trying to get used to myself. He said like Abram to Abraham, Saul to Paul, from Cebile Ridge to Re: Re is your new name. Re means a lot of things but one of them is King. Funny, I just admitted I was a sheep, yet the Lord said, you are Re — a lion!
This is my testimony but is guaranteed that The Lord will comfort you too, whatever ordeal you may have encountered in your life, He will restore you and comfort you. You will sing there, you will burst with joy and He will lay your table before your enemies. Your wilderness will turn into your Eden. You are victorious!!!
Our arms are very important to our creator, for the reasons already explained above. 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 Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. This is not a religious statement.
Today, the last leader on earth representing unity is critically ill in hospital. Nelson Mandela is a typical example of the leadership that is Christ-like 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 racism maybe the new fight is on the world’s economy, it maybe for 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. I believe and stand with you, I 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!
Remember Jesus loves you and we love you at PLICC and Ps. Re aka Cebile loves you. Again we appreciate your feedback and your prayer requests; you are welcome to send us an e-mail, connect with us via facebook on our facebook page at Plicc Terre Promise or follow our daily updates on twitter @Plicc13 or @REplicc. Be blessed and enjoy the month of July.