17 “Now, get ready. Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them or I will cause you to cower before them.
The Message (MSG)
17 “But you—up on your feet and get dressed for work! Stand up and say your piece. Say exactly what I tell you to say. Don’t pull your punches or I’ll pull you out of the lineup.
I had to put this scripture from these two different versions because they are both so rich and really tell it like it is. I remember when God first called me to be a speaker years ago. Noboby was more surprised than I was! The door opened on a women’s ministry at a very large church. The lady that had headed this ministry was moving to another state. I will never forget, she came and sat by me and said, “Juliana, you are supposed to see to this ministry while I am away.” “Oh, noooooo!!” I thought to myself. Suddenly, the devil showed up and started yakking in my ear! “You can’t do this! You have a hard enough time getting the occasional message, you can’t get one once a week for sure! And think about how nervous you get! You literally feel your feet shaking in your shoes!” I thought about all these EXCUSES! I looked at her and told her, “You have the wrong woman! I am too nervous and scared to do this!” She looked at me as she rose with a slight smile on her face and shocked my socks off with what she had the audacity to say! “Good! Fear will keep you humble!”
As it turned out, two other women were supposed to be speaking as well. I would take one Wednesday and they would take a Wednesday. They both backed out and left me holding the Bible! I went to God and I began to gripe about those women! “Father, here you are moving your servant off and NOBODY is willing to step up to the plate and do this! This is pitiful! What is wrong with your children?? Where is the boldness, the courage, the gratitude in being given a gift to be used?? I don’t have this gift!! Not one test I have taken on the gifts EVER said I was supposed to be a speaker! You know when I get scared, I can’t even think straight much less speak!! How sad I am so unequipped and having to do the job of those that are!!” Oh, I was telling the Lord and how! Suddenly, the Lord spoke a scripture to me I had never heard in my entire life! It was our text for today!
I rushed home (I was saying all of this on my way to get a manicure!) and got my Strong’s Concordance. Sure enough it was a scripture. What I thought would have been full of pity and mercy on God’s part ended up being a good lecture! Needless to say I taught the class by the power of God, and He blessed it and grew it! I was then asked by the local Methodist church and a couple of Baptist churches to speak to their women as well. God did mighty things! Those Methodist got filled with the Holy Ghost, spoke in tongues, and were slain in the Spirit! I stood and looked with my mouth wide open! I didn’t do it!!! GOD DID IT! I was just the messenger girl.
We think so many times WE have to do things. WE have to be properly equipped by “educating” ourselves. By the time we think we are “ready”, we aren’t fit for use! Why? Because WE get in there with OUR intellects, so-called ability, and EGO! You might as well just set yourself down at this point. You are just in the way! You will listen to yourself and even have the gall to tell the Holy Spirit YOU have this! Yep, you are flat pitiful at this stage of the game!
When you are shaking so hard, you can feel your feet shaking in your shoes, when you get up and drops of sweat are pouring down your face the size of bullets, when know you are only the messenger and GOD has brought your listening audience, when you depend on Him and what He wants said, when you realize you aren’t the only one who has sinned like you did and God brought you through it and out of it to get others delivered…YOU ARE READY! Boy, are you ever ready!! You are the one God can work and do great exploits through! You are the chosen by God over the self-confident fool!
Don’t talk yourself out of what God has said do! GET UP THERE!! Open your mouth and the Lord said HE will fill it! It isn’t about you anyway! Do what He has led you to do and EVERYTHING you put your hand to will prosper and be met WITH GREAT SUCCESS!! GLORY TO GOD, I am ready to shout with you myself!! If it comes to mind, say it and if it doesn’t it wasn’t supposed to be said. That way when you leave the podium, you know you did exactly what you were supposed to do and the devil can’t torment you with it! You have been given a gift…open it and use it! A world of hurting people are waiting for you! Don’t disappoint God…don’t be taken out of the “line-up”.
Blessings to you, precious reader!! I will see you soon! Simply, Juliana
The Senate on Wednesday defeated a vital background check amendment seen as the linchpin to Democrats’ gun control bill, dealing a major setback to President Obama — who lashed out at opponents in unusually blunt terms during remarks from the Rose Garden.
“All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” Obama said, accusing the gun lobby of lying about the bill.
The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.
The failure of the background check proposal authored by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., now imperils the entire legislation. The proposal would have expanded background checks to gun shows and Internet sales while exempting personal transactions. The amendment was aimed at winning over reluctant conservatives, who were opposed to the more stringent background check plan in the existing bill.
It’s unclear where supporters will go from here. They could try to vote again, or craft an alternative piece of legislation.
Obama vowed to press on, saying the vote was “just round one,” while decrying those he claimed “caved” to political pressure.
“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Obama said. He said the claims “upset” some gun owners who in turn “intimidated” senators.
“There were no coherent arguments as to why we couldn’t do this. It came down to politics,” he said.
Opponents, which included a few Democrats, voiced concern that the proposal would infringe on Second Amendment rights by imposing a burden on those buying and selling guns. They claimed the proposed system would not have prevented Newtown, and would not stop criminals. They also voiced concern about the possibility that the expanded system could lead to a gun registry, though the amendment language prohibits this.
The NRA said in a statement that the amendment “would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution.”
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats hammered Republicans for not voting in support and vowed to press forward.
“I want everyone to understand this is just the beginning, not the end,” said Reid. “Today, the brand of the Republican Party has become more out of step, more extreme. And that’s saying something.”
Four Republicans voted for the amendment, but five Democrats voted against it. One of those Democrats was Reid — who only switched his vote to oppose it because doing so allows Democrats to call up the measure again. Other Democrats who voted against the measure for non-procedural reasons were Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana.
The Obama administration has made the package, written in the wake of the Newtown school mass shooting, a top priority and along with its allies had applied heavy pressure to wavering lawmakers. Vice President Biden presided over the vote Wednesday.
Lawmakers proceeded to vote on a string of other amendments Wednesday, including a proposed ban on assault weapons, which were defeated as well.
In the run-up to Wednesday’s vote, Democratic leaders gave ever-changing assessments of where support stood.
Biden said Tuesday that Democrats would get the 60 votes, but then said later in the day that it could come down to one or two senators.
Manchin acknowledged early Wednesday that the bill was having trouble, but then released a statement saying he remained “optimistic and hopeful.”
Opponents needed just 41 of the Senate’s 100 votes to derail the Manchin-Toomey background check plan.
Thirty-one senators voted last week to completely block debate on overall gun legislation. Since last week, enough lawmakers who voted to allow debate switched to oppose Manchin-Toomey, in turn defeating the amendment.
“I believe very strongly that our current background check system needs strengthening and improving, particularly in areas that could keep guns out of the hands of felons and the mentally ill. At the same time, I cannot support legislation that infringes upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., one of those opposed, said in a statement.
Only four Republican senators committed to voting for the amendment ahead of time. The last was Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who announced his support Wednesday afternoon. The other three were Toomey, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
The Senate gun bill would extend background checks to nearly all gun purchases, toughen penalties against illegal gun trafficking and add small sums to school safety programs.
Perhaps helping explain Democrats’ problems, an AP-GfK poll this month showed that 49 percent of Americans support stricter gun laws. That was down from 58 percent who said so in January — a month after the December killings of 20 children and six aides at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school propelled gun violence into a national issue. Family members of Newtown victims, some tearing up after the vote, also criticized the Senate for the amendment’s failure Wednesday.
The Senate held eight other votes Wednesday besides the one on background checks, all of them amendments to the broad gun control measure.
They included Democratic proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, which are expected to lose; a Republican proposal requiring states to honor other states’ permits allowing concealed weapons, which faces a close vote; and a GOP substitute for the overall gun measure. The concealed weapons amendment, seen by advocates as protecting gun rights, was vehemently opposed by gun control groups, who say it would allow more guns into states with stricter firearms laws.
The other amendments were defeated.
The votes were coming a day after former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, badly injured in a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly, tried galvanizing gun control support by visiting Capitol Hill and attending a private lunch with Democratic senators. Reid, D-Nev., called the lunch – senators said it included emotional speeches from lawmakers — “as moving as any” he has attended.
foxnews.com/The Associated Press contributed to this report.