23 thoughts on “Question for our day

  1. One definition of blameless: free of guilt; not subject to blame; “has lived a blameless life”; “of irreproachable character”; “an unimpeachable reputation”.
    It looks as if God has standards and requirements that we have to meet in order for Him to flex His muscles on our behalf.

  2. I love that God’s eyes go all over the earth. Just think what He might be seeing in a war torn country, city, home, life. He is limitless in His strength and power. What a Mighty God we serve! Angels bow before Him, heaven and earth adore Him!

    Just to think that His eyes also can give us strength and understanding in ‘How to Speak’, ‘How to Listen’ and ‘How to Read’. These are three of my desires and request that I make know and ask God for His strength to empower me with.

    When I have these three How to’s then I make a better team player. I have a better understanding of prayer, love and sharing in a group to make a whole. I am not an isolated lone ranger trying to pipe a pipe sound in the middle of a trumpet sound. I always understood leave the pipe sound to the birds….

  3. I would like to add an amen to the request for the three how to’s that may sound simple but are so profoundly important to do be able to do with precision to make a winning team.

  4. Sara writes of her heart’s DESIRE. I researched the word “desire” and found that its origin comes from two Latin derivatives meaning “of the stars”…like in…’.what the stars have for us’. But the meaning of “desire” that I like is the one that Joel Osteen gave in one of his lessons…. “desire means ‘of the Father’. I love that.
    And when our hearts yearn for and desire what the Father ‘desires’ for us then we can run the course with patience knowing that we are striving to please Him and bring joy to His heart by our obedience in what we are doing.
    “How to speak, how to listen, and how to read” and comprehend what we read seems to encompass the teachings of Jesus Christ.
    Open my ears that I may hear. Open my eyes that I may see.
    One day, in the Gospels, a certain expert of the Law asks a question, trying to trap or catch Him. But Jesus answered him, “He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you READ it?” It is not only in the reading but in the catching of the Spirit intended in the text. In another place in John, Jesus says to the Pharisees, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about ME, yet you refuse to come to ME to have that life.” (John 5:39) These Scriptures certainly confirm the importance of correct comprehension of the Word of God that we must listen with unstopped ears to hear what the Spirit is saying. Not to have itching ears listening only to what we want to hear from the Lord, (or from anyone for that matter), and the Spirit but to “catch” the Spirit. I understand how important that is, as I have some hearing loss and it is very distressing not to be able to CATCH all the words that are spoken and preached and taught or being communicated. So I pray for not only a manifestation of my healing but the gift of discerning what the Spirit says…spiritual ears, more than compensating for what I miss in the verbal realm.
    We must not speak with forked tongue, saying one thing to one person and something else to another to please this or that person, instead of the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,{ spiked with Love}, of course. 🙂
    I would join Sara in a fervent prayer for my pastor’ heart’s desire and would seek the Lord for the those same gifts; to hear with my spirit; to speak with the law of love on my tongue and to continually find LIFE in the Scriptures.

  5. In researching this verse, I found in John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes: 2 Chron. 16:9

    Done foolishly – It is a foolish thing to lean on a broken reed, when we have the rock of ages to rely upon. Perfect – Upright and sincere, as thine is not. He was sincere in the general course of his life, but some particulars, whereof this is one, his heart did not perfectly cleave to God.

    What is the broken reed? A worldly friend or person. Self. Who do we go to when trouble breaks out? Have we made these our idols/gods?
    In a vision I saw a man tripping over a reed propped against a chair with a woman standing close to the chair. Could this represent that we will fall flat on our faces if we don’t look to God (our rock). Surely we will fall. We can fall in a matter of seconds when looking to anyone or anything other than God.

    In Psalms 11: 4-8 it says of idols:

    4Their (A)idols are silver and gold,
 The (B)work of man’s hands.
 5They have mouths, but they (C)cannot speak;
 They have eyes, but they cannot see;
 6They have ears, but they cannot hear;
 They have noses, but they cannot smell;
 7They have hands, but they cannot feel;
 They have feet, but they cannot walk;
 They cannot make a sound with their throat.
 8(D)Those who make them will become like them,
 Everyone who trusts in them.

    It sure does frighten me and probably you to that you/I might become like idols as referenced here if our allegiance is to them.

    Sara ask, “Is God strong toward you?” After this mornings sermon, this week long convention of End Times Handmaidens I contemplate the answer and think I’d better dig deeper to make sure God is strong towards me. We may not be making little gods with our hands, but there surely are other gods of today.
    May any gods of today’s world as our pastor told us (example: shopping and sports) be stripped from us. May we (I) repent of those things that have taken the place of our God, that have robbed us of our time with HIM. Upon repentance may we look to God who will strengthen us. May we do the HOW TO’s listed above. May we desire and walk with the Lord – our God as Daniel did. We can lean on the Rock of Our Salvation (Jesus) instead of Leaning/tripping on the Broken Reed to Distruction (that leads to Hell). Or in other words, we can listen to the clear, loud sound of the trumpet call which speaks truth – Jesus or the pipe which according to research is used to pipe in predator sounds, I think, would in human cases (our predator being Satan) would stalk our lives leading to a destructive end.

  6. MG and Rena, you have given us much to gnaw on and digest.

    MG, about your hearing loss and causing you some social stress. It might be helpful to look for some techniques on how to handle this so you do not develop annoying habits or patterns that will follow you around.

    I want to point out the fact that listening to another speak does not necessarily mean we are going to get and record in our being all that was said. We can look up the stats on this but I think it might be pretty low on just how much we do hear even with good physical hearing. If that be the case and then we ask another in the middle of the conversation the other person has now possibly lost what little they might have heard. Maybe, we could take notes and then ask after the communicate and in the appropriate setting.

    I am making note of the hearing and listening here just in case others have some input for help they would like to offer. I know there are many books and much written about listening….

    And, Rena, John Wesley sure has some insightful advice to offer if one would take his seeds of advice and plant in good heart soil. It sure would bring about a fruitful harvest. Why? Because he has exacted his seed from the word of God and not the fruitless seed from the dregs of the strong drink.

    We look to men and women like unto John Wesley and others that offers us advice and counsel so we don’t lend on a broken reed. Thanks Rena for posting his thoughts for gnawing and digesting!

  7. Regarding hearing loss and good listening skills: though I may not have physical hearing loss (although I have not had my physical hearing checked by a physician), I have struggled with good listening skills.
    One example is that sometimes I find myself asking someone also to repeat what they said (not clarify for an an appropriate reason, but repeat). On occasions I have asked someone a question that requires a very simple short answer. The person answers and then I repeat back to him or her the question and they say, I just told you, didn’t you listen/hear? This wake-up call says to me that I was a lazy listener who didn’t value the other’s time and energy spent in answering me so maybe I partially listened and was distracted by another thought, etc for the entire answer… then out of a bad habit I just ask them again and they are very annoyed and I don’t blame them (my husband is a great one for holding my feet to the fire on this). Sometimes I realize that I did hear the answer but didn’t didn’t take time to process it before I shot back the question again. Where’s my focus? On me, not the speaker. Bad! I am trying to be cognisant of this and follow through with my listening focus much like a golfer has to follow through with his swing, keeping his eyes on the ball the whole time if he ‘s going to birdie the hole.

  8. Thanks, Sara for the tips. I will look into this as we do have many resources on the web that can give good leads to help in this area.

  9. Debi, it is very anonying to have someone repeat back each and everything they say. I can understand it if it is a $ amount and you need to write a check, etc. Or, if a med you need to take and be exact in amount, etc. Directions, maybe. There are things that are important to ask for clarification.

    The problem is when one has a bad habit of asking repeat back. Gee, who wants to talk with that person?

  10. This verse is an amazing verse. Knowing that our Lord’s eyes are watching over the entire world and giving strength to blameles heart’s.We know how wicked the heart can be. How can we have a blameless heart? We must cleanse our heart through the blood of Jesus. We must spend time in prayer and studying God’s Holy Word.We must be disciplined and obedient to the Word of God. We must invited the Holy Spirit into our Hearts to lead and guide us. Sara, I have to say AMEN to your desires you listed above. Thank you for reminding us of this strength building verse. We should all search our hearts on a daily bases, and ask ourselves is our heart blameless before God today.

  11. I believe in order to be able to present our hearts blameless before the Lord we must allow the Lord to EXPOSE what is hindering us from receiving all that God has for us and keeping us from doing what He has created each one of us to do for Him to extent that He has for us.
    Under the anointing at the convention the Lord revealed much to me… things I was not aware of, trying my best but not really accomplishing all the things that have been prophesied over me over the years. Well, He revealed it to me, clearly and made me understand and instructed me that the first step to thrusting away hindering spirits is “obedience” but not just obedient actions which I try always to do but also attitude of heart which is another trap. WILLING AND OBEDIENT. Not griping, or doubting or questioning the Lord….but immediate willingness followed by obedience to the command, whatever it may be.
    This is a wake up call for me and for all who are trotting along thinking they are ok and not knowing that the enemy of our souls has stopped up the glory and the anointing and the focus and mission that we have been sent to do.
    I thank the Lord for the revelation of what is going on in my spiritual life and therefore affecting my physical life and the meaning of it all.
    So, yes, God’s eyes are going to and fro over the entire earth and instructing those whose hearts are not perfect toward HIM to become perfect and malleable and tender-hearted so that we will be a spotless bride without wrinkles or any such thing when He comes for us.

  12. I Peter 3:12 : “The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”
    Looks like that wicked heart chickenfarmer wrote of is asking for some dire conseqences…and God won’t even give us the time of day if we don’t straighten it and its actions out.
    Thank the Lord if we do right we have assurance of His protective care and attention.

  13. The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow and maybe bitter, and sometimes shocking, at first…..but to stay in denial is a greater sin than just facing it, admitting it and changing it, as Sara teaches multiple times. The deliverance can only occur after a person has made the choice to face the truth, give up the denial that is a lie and a farce and self-deceit and repent of anything that might have given that spirit(s) a toe-hold, whether consciously or subconsciously or unconsciously as Gary teaches. We might have allowed ourselves to be deceived or believed a lie or refused to face the truth and built up a network and a tangled web of disastrous consequences to support the lie in the spirit which now have to be untied and deprogrammed and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And I know & believe with all my heart that deliverance is imminent because the Lord promised that that is why He came. In Luke 4:18, He says, The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed of the evil one….”
    I praise and thank You Lord for Your mercy and wisdom of the Holy Spirit and Your earthly shepherds who give godly counsel. There’s victory in Jesus.

  14. “How to speak, listen, read”…… after viewing this blog, I opened my Bible and read in Matthew. Read with me, Matthew 15: 8-20: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God. Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. ‘Listen,’ he said, ‘and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.’ Then the disciples came to him and asked, ‘Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?” Jesus replied, ‘Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.” Then Peter said to Jesus, “Explain to us the parable that says people aren’t defiled by what they eat.” “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked. “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart–that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.”

    Do you think this scripture has something to say to us; in regards, to this particular blog?

  15. Needles, I think it does. It ties in to what Sara wrote above on the three How’To’s. Also, it shows that our words are a measuring gauge…revealing the condition of our hearts and whether they are blameless or not. I guess God can just listen and know our hearts also.

  16. I answer Needles’ above question with…absolutely….and Debi’s comment with I agree.

    We want God’s eyes to spot us and laser and taser us with His strength. Having a spiritual heart that is sick and leaking through the mouth with foul words gives me a chill and a nausea feeling. To often I have lasered and tasered myself with my heart and mouth.

    Thanks for the reminder to healthy heart checks…..

  17. That remark attributed to Jesus is chilling. “….so ignore them”. That is what will happen …..Jesus will ignore us, if we continue the habit of not listening to Holy Spirit before we speak and letting any old junk come out, or letting our emotions make us sin.

  18. In reading Charles Spurgeon he referenced the King James scripture 2 Cor. 6: 12
    Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. I did some research to understand it. Geneva Study Bible
    Ye are not {h} straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own {i} bowels.

    (h) You are in my heart as in a house, and that no narrow or confined house, for I have opened my whole heart to you; but you are inwardly narrow towards me.

    (i) After the manner of the Hebrews, he calls those tender affections which rest in the heart, bowels.

    From the above it looks to me God if we are walking with him is strong towards us, but do we allow God to be all that He can be through us or do we narrow where He can go with us? Do we know how to pray effectively to the God of heaven and earth? Do our prayers declare He is a small God or an intelligent God of the Universe? Do we speak truth or coined phrases when we pray? Are we casual in our prayers. Are there no answers. If we keep narrowing what God can do listen to what Spurgeon says.

    According to Spurgeon: “Oh, how great is the church’s need! We will grow cold, unholy, and worldly; there will be no conversions; there will be no additions to our numbers; there will be subtractions, there will be divisions; there will be mischief of all kinds; Satan will rejoice; and Christ will be dishonored, unless we obtain a larger measure of the Holy Spirit. Our need is urgent, and when we feel that need thoroughly, then we will get the blessing that we lack.”

    May we be filled more and more with the HOLY SPIRIT. May the deep places of our hearts be filled and may we come to the Lord (with are ’employing arguments’ says Spurgeon) so that He may show himself strong on our behalf.

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