Whom the Father Loves… Part2

Whenever the Lord impresses me to write about something,  it’s because I am going through it myself.  I know you all will agree when I say that the temptation to sin enters our lives everyday.  Often it’s very subtle and appears harmless, or maybe it even seems right— but it leads to sin against the Father and our Lord Jesus.  That’s how the enemy of our souls plays his game.  He started that game in the Garden with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-7) and still uses it today.

I knew something wasn’t right between the Father and myself.  I read and studied the Word on a frequent basis, spent quiet time with Him in prayer and surrendered myself to the Lord Jesus to be conformed to His image.  BUT—- there was an awkward, disturbing  sense that something was amiss within my heart.  I prayed often and asked the Lord to show me what was wrong… but as so often is the case, He waits until it is His time and not ours.  (PRAISE HIM!!)  In recent months I’ve heard many sad statements made by some Christian authors and writers.  I’ve watched  popular Christian leaders speak words that I knew were unbiblical.  I read in various types of national news sources how our country’s largest Christian denominations are accepting sinful practices into their churches; saying the church must change with the times.  I know we live in times of extreme attacks by the ” unseen darkness in heavenly places” ( Ephesians 6:12).  I made sure I had my armor on, and walked daily with a “sharpened Sword–the Word”.   I thought the words I spoke were truthful when I’d share with you readers and others what I saw as our battleground.  But… I was horribly wrong!  One of those “fiery darts” (notice they’re not flaming arrows) got past my “shield of faith” and I didn’t even know it.  I wasn’t exactly sure what “my sin” against Him was until last Monday.  Now I must say, it definitely wasn’t something I expected.  I couldn’t see it because:  I had a 4×4 in lodged in my eye.    In the letter Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, he was clear in his closing remarks to them.

Ephesians 6:10-18Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,  against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–

I wasn’t praying for ALL THE SAINTS with prayers and pleadings (supplications) as instructed… I was pointing fingers, as though I had it all right and others didn’t!  Our Glorious Loving God didn’t knock me around; or give me an incurable disease; or take away His Spirit from me.  Instead, as I sat outside Monday morning I asked Him again.  “What is wrong dear Father… I love you so, please for your glory an honor, in Jesus name please show me.”  He did!  I waked into my apartment just in time to hear one of my morning radio programs make their closing remarks.  It was Ephesians 6:18; immediately I received a devotional on my phone with basically the same content.  I could finally see—  I wept as though as I realized my pride was the target of that “dart” and it was effective… until I repented at that moment!  What joy there is when we know that the Creator God, the Great “I AM”, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ love us so much, that we are gently  chastened and corrected.  Thank you Father for loving us so much you chasten us!

My prayer is that this experience of mine may help someone…  Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus  Christ… I extend my blessings to all of you! ♥ Streim

Clarification~Correction (and why we should listen to the Holy Spirit)

This is for clarification and correction of errors I made in yesterday’s blog post.   In the middle of my writing I was disturbed (and distracted) by unexpected visitors.  After they left, I decided to proceed and finish the post, but the “still small gentle voice of the Holy Spirit” moved me to save it and finish at another time.  I actually sat here at my PC and said out loud “But I want to get this done and post it”.   And so I did!  

I omitted some very important Biblical truth which the Lord pointed out to me this morning after re-reading the post.  I am thankful to our Gracious Heavenly Father that during my quiet time this morning He chastened me!  I repented for ignoring His voice.  He has forgiven me… now I am asking you, my readers to please to the same.

I know that every blood bought forgiven follower of the Lord Jesus Christ is able to discern the Word of God, but only when in honest, heartfelt prayer we ask our Heavenly Father to use the indwelling Holy Spirit to discern– kinda like decode it for us.   So before we begin reading, it is imperative for us to pray and ask the Author of the Word to join us as we read.  Since I’ve found the best way to read and study the Bible is in coordination with the Holy Spirit, I believe we must get into the habit of praying and asking God to open our hearts and minds to the full impact of His words.  Asking our Heavenly Father to stir the Holy Spirit before we begin to read the Bible is more than a spiritual formality. It’s essential to fully appreciate Scripture.  Since the Bible was written by God through man, I believe that it’s best read by man through God.  Without the Holy Spirit’s discernment, it’s impossible to comprehend the Bible.  There is where I made my error… I didn’t listen to the only One able to discern.

I know, too, that it’s impossible for a non-Christian to read and understand God’s Word; because when he does it’s like swimming through murky, deep waters.  When I didn’t listen to the Holy Spirit’s urging yesterday I was in the middle of John 1:12…  Some if not all my comments written after that is where I erred from Truth— I was attempting to do it “on my own”.  I went swimming in mucky, deep waters.  If I could, I would pull that post and put a big X over my comments from that point on and write “To be continued…” 

I’d like to offer a few more pieces of honest wisdom. ” Read the Bible every day, try your best to read it first thing in the morning and final thing before you go to bed.  Opening and closing each of your days by spending quality time with God will improve your relationship with the Lord Jesus and our Heavenly Father.  And, when our relationship with Him is right… so will all our other relationships be. ” 

Luke 11:13 “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

In Luke 24:25 when Jesus, after His bodily resurrection sat and ate with His disciples Luke wrote “Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,” 

Psalm 5:3 “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Psalm 55:17 ” Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray , and cry aloud : and he shall hear my voice.”

Ephesians 1:13 ” In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed , ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise”

I will study verses 12-14 of John again, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and resolve the problems of  Our Journey Through the Gospel of John 2 at a later time.  Thank you for reading and following my blog.  My earnest desire is that some who do not know our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior will accept God’s gift of eternal life and for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ I pray, something the Lord prompts me to write will help you in your walk with Him. ♥ Streim