Taste and See

Every journey offers a process of tasting new things. 

A few days ago I was watching a conference called ”Piercing the Darkness” and one of my favorite speakers – Graham Cooke was teaching. Something He said struck me as very important to my spiritual journey.

“You know what a taste is? It’s a little sample of the whole buffet to come!”

I love the thought of tasting what God has given in the Heavenly Realms -“the whole buffet to come”.  The things that are being experienced in Kenya and Uganda are just a small taste of what God desires to do. The experiences with my Heavenly Father are just a sample of the buffet to come and not just in Heaven, but also here on earth! 

Little boys love sugar cane in Kenya!

Ron has sampled many dishes while in Africa… ugali, flying ants (that’s a great story), chipate’ and sugar cane, just to mention a few. While all of those experiences of tasting a new culture are fun and delicious, they are not the whole buffet. And I’m not sure the texture of the flying ants would pass for “good”. Yet I can testify that sampling the Lord’s goodness far outweighs anything we could physically taste. 

God is Good!

One taste of His Glory, His Presence, His healing touch or His still small voice only wets our appetite for more… of Him!  This is true, no matter what continent you are on or culture you are experiencing. Once you have had a real taste of His goodness, it ruins you for anything this world can offer.

God is Good – all the time?

There are experiences that ruin our taste buds. Have you ever taken a sip of really hot coffee or tea and burned your tongue? You know how damaged taste buds can make it hard to enjoy food for a little while. I find that there are experiences in life that damage our ability to taste and see God’s goodness all of the time. God has not changed, but our perceptions of our journey certainly can!

There are experiences in life that can ruin our spiritual “taste buds” for Kingdom priorities. 

When we allow anger, bitterness or disappointment to come in and literally “burn” the goodness from our spiritual journey, we find ourselves in a tough place. When this happens it’s hard to “taste and see” the Lord’s goodness in the midst of hurt feelings. We do not obey God willingly and often feel taken advantage of when we risk for the sake of God’s love. If you are in this place, ask God to forgive you and restore your ”seeing”, so that you begin again “tasting and seeing” the truth.

GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME!

Here is a great testimony:

Hello Pastor Ron,
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ the King of Kings.
There is real fire arising in the land of Kenya. We have experienced the fire of God at work in our lives and the lives of the people, pastors and leaders in the Church of Kenya. Your timely words have made us marvel at what the Lord has in store for us. The power of God to heal, deliver and give hope to people is testified to date. I have received many testimonies from people about what the Lord did in their lives through your ministry. Another great miracle is the high level of conviction in the hearts of the people in response to the message, it is still evident to date. People’s hearts are encouraged. Many people have begun to act on the messages. Even in your absence they are still responding. They are rising to do the work of the Lord, because you ministered to the real hearts and lives of people. I have personally seen God express His goodness to us through your ministry, because of the time spent in Webuye. It was like a great call to awareness, the work of God is waiting and we have to arise and do it. Many times I have heard one statement from the pastors and leaders and it is… “Pastor Ron has greatly challenged me!”

As things are - you haven’t finished with Kenya yet. It is the beginning of your ministry here and you are preparing the ground. We are making our hearts ready for the work of real ministry. A door is wide open and you are very much needed Pastor Ron! The time has come and after the appetizer, real food is needed. People have tasted and they say it is good and now they are ready to eat. Welcome again my friend…

BISHOP PHILIP NYONGESA LUSWETI

2 Responses to “Taste and See”

  • Leanne Dorn:

    WOW!!!!! SO FABULOUS LORD
    YOU ARE GOOOD GOOD GOD —ALL THE TIME WITH PERFECT TIMING—
    I see You, Father taking in a deep breath and all who are not clinging to this world are being drawn into Your huge heart where You minister healing, feeding and lovingkindness. You ex-hale and release freed, filled and transformed ones that bring heavenly atmosphere to earth for every tribe and every nation.
    BLESS GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW; BLESS HIM ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW; BLESS HIM ABOVE YE HEAVENLY HOST; BLESS FATHER SON AND HOLY GHOST. AMEN

  • Karen Ratliff:

    God is truly good all the time! Thank you for your sacrifice in obedience to the call of our Father to be used for His Glory.
    This message is received at a time of being “burned” so that I could not see or taste the joy of His goodness. I lost the focus on His priorities and struggled with the work placed before me. But God, in His infinite wisdom, continues to call through your messages so I again realign with His Kingdom and Truth.
    The word of my brothers’ and sisters’ testimony in Kenya and Uganda lift me up to reach again for His Glory to come in this place. May God bless them and raise them up. May His Glory rain down upon them and lead them into all Truth.
    We love you, Pastor Ron.

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