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This is The Lord’s Passover

Passover is the first of the three pilgrimage feasts that God has commanded. Saying three times a year all you men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD, the God of Israel. (Exodus 34:23) Repeated in Exodus 23:14,17-Dueteronomy 16:16 Psalm 84:7

This is The Lord’s Passover

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Hurry get ready
We’re leaving in haste
The Lord God I Am
Said there is not time to waste.

 

I Am that I Am,
Has sent me to say
The time for deliverance
Does start today.

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We shall eat it in haste
with our sandals latched
For this is “The Lords Passover”
Gird up our loins, ready our staff

Each family to choose
A Lamb for his household
without spot or blemish
A marked sign on the threshold

For deliverance does not come
From any Other
Than Jehovah Jireh
And this we will discover

The blood is covenant and for a sign
To lintels and doorpost applied
No other offering can you supply
A spotless lamb required.

This is a sign for us to see
With hyssop the blood we apply
When God sends judgement on Egypt
He will see at Passover and pass by

“On this night as I pass through
I will see and know the sign
That you have listened and obeyed
And by sacrifice now are you Mine.”

“I Am taking My people out
Just as I swore on oath
Into the land that I have promised
From Ramses to Succoth.”

When our children inquire and ask
About this service and memorial?
We’ll tell them how The Lord struck Egypt
Making known to them this tutorial

We were once slaves and prisoners
trapped by sin in Egypt’s land,
I Am that I Am, brought us up and out;
Rescued by His Righteous Right hand

Jehovah Jireh has provided
the mystery now made known
Given for us, His sacrifice
Is Jesus Christ, His very own!

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 March
Photo’s captured by laurette laster © 2019

 

Exodus 12:11-13 NASV
11Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste– it is the LORD’S Passover. 12For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night,and will strike down all the firstborn in the landof Egypt, both man and beast; and against allthe gods of Egypt I will execute judgments– I am the LORD. 13The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.…
Exodus 12:23-24, 26-27 AMP

For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel [above the entry way] and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to slay you. You shall observe this event [concerning Passover] as an ordinance for you and for your children forever.

When your children say to you, ‘What does this service mean to you?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD ’ S Passover, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians, but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed [their heads] low and worshiped [God].

On each of the three pilgrimage feasts, The Feast of The LORD, that The LORD our God requires His people to appear before Him, are during full moons. You may be thinking so, what is so important about this? When God required that His people travel, He provided the light for the way. Yes I know the moon is for seasons, and I know that the moon also speaks of Israel. But I just find this one more amazing way of showing He was taking His people out to bring them into the land of milk and honey. To the land He had promised Abraham.  I find this to be just one more way of our Amazing God, caring and providing for His people. His requirements are always  met and supplied with provision.

His amazing attention to details does not surprise, no not at all. It is that He has everything so perfectly planned and laid out, and I fear that I often have missed the intricate details of our mighty God and Redeemer. He is in every (tiniest) detail, as Jesus said every jot and tittle. He is The Beginning and the End, The First and The Last, The Aleph and The Tav, He is our Mighty God who has redeemed us from the hand of the enemy.

This is The LORD’S PASSOVER! I pray Passover blessings to you and yours. This is an amazing time of the year, I pray we do not miss one minute detail of our Amazing God and Deliverer. I pray for our eyes, that our eyes will see our Mighty Redeemer in every particle and fiber of our world and in every minute detail, every bird that sings and fly’s, every flower that is blooms, every tree that is bearing leaves, blossoms and fruit, and in all that we do. Amen

Shabbat Shalom and Passover on April 19-2019, making it a double blessing and portion. I do believe this date is very prophetic and should be marked on your calendar. When your children ask you……………………………………………..

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

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Time to Clean this House!

During the Feast of Unleavened Bread (which begins at Passover) no food containing yeast or leaven may be eaten.

Blessed are  You, O LORD our God, King of the Universe. You have sanctified us by Your Commandments, and commanded us concerning the removal of leaven.

“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens he whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” (1 Corinthians 5:6-7 ESV)

Time to Clean this House!

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Time to clean this house

Out with all the yeast

Leaven is the sin of man

That determines to the least

 

We must show ourselves prepared

By examining every inch

Every corner and the cracks

Light of a candle, reveals even a pinch

 

We cannot be negligent

Nor overlook a crumb

Satan hopes we’re lackadaisical

Presuming we are dumb

 

We will take a feather

And dust this entire place

Whisk even crumbs into a bag

Outside to burn leaving no trace

 

 

For we are not surprised

by Pharaohs ploys and tactics

God said no time for yeast

leaving in haste, departure was climactic

 

We have witnessed every plague

Now we know without a doubt

God is not slow nor is He slack

Making known His power while bringing us out

 

No longer slaves veiled or separated

Led out by the power of God

Taking us out of Egypt

Eye witness to His power, we’ve been awed

 

No moaning or complaining

May come across our lips

We do not want to be the ones

Left to die because we quipped

 

Give no provision to grumbling

Only believe and obey

He is going to takes us out

But why the longest way

 

Cleansing us from Egypt’s ways

Teaching us how to live as free

We are citizens of a different land

By faith created to have liberty

 

He will safely bring us out

With His righteous right arm

Into the land He promised

Safe from all of life’s harm

 

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 March

Deuteronomy 16:3 ISV

You must not eat any yeast with it. Instead, for seven days eat bread without yeast—the bread of affliction—because you left the land of Egypt in haste. Remember the day you went out of the land of Egypt for the rest of your lives.

Proverbs 20:27 KJV

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Did you know this is where we in the Western world get our custom of spring cleaning?

As our Jewish brothers and sisters have been busy preparing to enjoy the Passover they have been working very hard. They have cleaned and purged all leaven out of their homes. They have been busy and shown diligence in removing every crumb of yeast or leaven from their homes. This is to sanctify the home in order to be able to enjoy the Passover meal.  They have boiled and sterilized every item that has been used to prepare leavened dishes.  Anything that has come into contact with yeast or leaven has to be sterilized and cleaned. For our Natural born (believers in Yeshua are grafted in) Jewish brothers and sisters this is a very busy and active time. They are working diligently to prepare.  What a picture of repentance.

Recently I saw a cartoon that had a depiction of two guys talking. One was asking the question, the other answered him. The first guy ask, “how do you make holy water?” The second guy answered, ” You boil the hell out of it.” Funny? yes, but that is what being purged by the blood of The Lamb of God has done for us who believe. We have been saved from hell and a life apart from God. We have been redeemed out of sin.

God has given us His only begotten Son, Jesus. Jesus, The only Begotten of God has willing laid down His life and drank the cup of redemption. Now we must cleanse our house of anything that has been defiled by sin. We must do the work that salvation has paid for. We now willingly purge out all sin, cleaning out even the corners and the dark places where sin might be hiding. We don’t toy with wrong thinking or play with sin.  Those who are truly born again know that we are required to separate ourselves from sin. We no longer believe we can just wink at a little sin or justify our actions.

The women examined and searched even the cracks and crevices to be certain that no leaven was hiding.

Isn’t it amazing how closely their rituals speak to us spiritually?

As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday I pray we have a repentant posture. Join me as we intercede for our loved ones, and others who are lost, somewhere between the borrowed tomb and the realization of the Resurrection. Those were very dark days but early Sunday morning……………..

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord make His countenance rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

 

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Could This Be The Messiah

Are you thirsty?

Jesus first ‘telling’ of His being the Messiah, was to a woman and a Samaritan woman at that.

If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water. The woman said to Him, Sir you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do get that living water? (John 4:10-11)

Could This Be The Messiah

From the Grace Series

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At that very moment
I dropped my empty water pot
My heart had been completely filled
What I imagined not what I thought

When He first began to speak
I could not make sense of His talk
Speaking and asking of me a drink
A Samaritan woman out of wedlock

He continued to teach and explain
He told me all the things I had done
The sins the pain the rejection
While naming them all one by one

Others had simply shunned
Naming and shaming my condition
Maybe He is indeed a prophet
Something about Him seems so different

“If you knew gift of God” He said
You’d ask of Me a Drink
He didn’t even have a dipper
Strange comment what was I to think

How can You give me this water Sir
That I may never thirst again
Oh tell me now I beg
While we talked He began

Asking again personal questions
But I answered honestly never the less
For I perceived this man a prophet
He knew so I didn’t have to guess

I told Him Messiah was coming
And He could explain everything to us
It seemed we didn’t understand
And I really didn’t come to fuss

He opened His mouth declared “I Am He”
At that moment they began to gush
Eternal Springs of Living Water
Oh to tell the others, yes I must

He told me first, a woman
before His trial, Exclaiming I Am He
The eternal well of Salvation has come
to my town through a Samaritan, and a woman, me

When we shall worship in the Spirit and truth
A time is coming and now has, He said
Worshipping the Father in The Spirit and truth
Bringing back to life what was once thought dead

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“The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.”
(John 4:28-30 NKJV)

Reading this account we realize that the men of her city must have believed she was condemned also. Verse 39 says many Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”

On Holy Tuesday, the conspiracies to trap Jesus were heightened. They wanted rid of Jesus, even conspiring with Judas to betray Jesus.

And Jesus was talking with the woman at the well. One we know was shunned by the other women. Most women came to the well with their water pots to draw water in the morning while it was cool. This woman was there at the lunch hour.

What an encounter, what a transformation of an entire town, What A Savior. Jesus seeing her thirst, addressed her thirst. He knew her real thirst was for living water. Are you thirsty? She would never thirst again.

Jesus did not hesitate to tell this woman about living water. Jesus disciples marveled that He talked with a woman.  Yet not one asked why He was talking to her. In Jewish custom  the testimony of a woman was not trustworthy. However Jesus puts this to rest also.

Jesus stepped over customs and boundaries, showing compassion and kindness to women of all walks of life during His earthly ministry.

In all of the Gospels, women disciples are the first witnesses to His Resurrection. Jesus acknowledges the voice and the gift of many women during His earthly ministry. I urge women everywhere to speak up and be bold. We should boldly proclaim what Jesus has done for us. The nameless Samaritan woman becomes the first female evangelist and a town was changed. We are called to be change agents, Jesus saw and acknowledged and sets us free to use the gifts He has given us, still today. I pray we never hide our gifts.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

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The Week of His Passion

How did Jesus’ anguish on the cross come to be known as His Passion, and now known as The Week of His Passion? The Greek word for suffering, is Pascho. This is where we get the word ‘passion’. Passion is one of the strongest human emotions God has shared with mankind, being made in His image and likeness, we are given passion. Suffering, Pascho meaning;  especially suffering, affected, experiencing feeling. A feeling of the mind, emotion, or passion.

 

The Week of His Passion
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The Week of His Passion

Now the week of His passion
How they wanted Him dead
How to carry out this evil
Keep the crowd going ahead

They wanted to avoid a riot
Trying to cover up their scheme
It was the Passover celebration
Thousands gathering, the crowd could turn mean

With the raising of Lazarus

The people completely convinced

They would kill him too

That is how to keep this miracle silenced

Jesus went about cleansing the temple
Delivering to them the woes
They desired even more
His life to quickly dispose

He gave attention to last details
Instructing His disciples to follow
Unleavened bread, bread of affliction
Isn’t He called the Man of sorrows

The last supper, The Passover meal
He stood while He boldly proclaimed
He uncovered the way and the plan
His body and blood our claim

Jesus said, “This cup is my blood
Poured out for you,
When you drink it remember
for as often as you do.”

They seeking to take His life
How foolish could they be
It wasn’t theirs to take
He would lay it down willingly

Through all the pain He didn’t speak
His life was not His own
He and God made this plan
His will and His alone

Behold I make all things new;
His heart and mind steadfast
But they didn’t understand
They needed Him gone, and fast
Thinking to do away with Him
Wanting this hushed away
Only later to realize
Behold, Salvation’s Way!

Through the scourging and berating
Brutality and pain
For the joy set before Him
Face set, He endured the shame

The week of His Passion
Body broken and blood poured out
He laid down His life and gave His all
Now we know without a doubt

His perfect work was finished
And we do have our place
Secured for all who believe
Until we see Him face to face

 

© laurette laster 2018 Passion Week

 

© laurette laster 2018 Passion Week

Holy Monday- Following His arrival into Jerusalem during Palm Sunday the people shouted and proclaiming, Hosanna. By shouting and singing they offered praise, adoration, and  full belief that Jesus was The Messiah. Now all the people knew who He was and why He had come. Jesus came riding in on a donkey, showing He was a benevolent King. He came to offer salvation and to open the way, offering redemption through His blood.

Did you know? In the Ancient Near East the custom was for the king to enter cities on a warhorse in order to convey his military power and authority. If the cities were newly conquered, this was to show his rule to govern and his authority to rule. This is also true if the city and the residents doubt his authority or if they believe he is usurping authority. Think about this in light of;

11*  Now I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 

12* His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.  

13* He was clothed in a robe dipped in blood and His name is called The Word of God.

14*  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Revelation 19:11-14

The exception to this custom was when a beloved king entered his own capitol city. If it was his city he would ride in on a donkey as the benevolent king. Riding in on the donkey conveyed he was their caring and compassionate king.

 

On Monday Jesus going into the synagogue fulfilled a prophecy. “Then Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling doves.” (Matthew 21:12)

And He said unto them, It is written, “My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.”  Isaiah 56:7;  Jeremiah 7:11

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The lift up His countenance on you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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In The Pruning

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:1-2NKJV)

 

In The Pruning Abiding in “The Vine”

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In the pruning, fear, uncertainty ahead
No hope for my future. Look!  It is dead
Cutting away the branches, in fear I shuttered
why are You are You killing me? Quietly I muttered

Taking away everything You know, I need
What? I don’t have time to begin again from seed
It’s not over You say, this is my new beginning
Back to the basics, Lord why are You grinning

Why does this seem to make You smile
I’m uncovered, alone, exposed, during this trial
I get the feeling this was planned for me
Lord what is it You are wanting me to see

Then something began I couldn’t understand
A newness deep in my roots springing up from the land
I sensed blossoms and blooms with the rising of the sap
As if I was awakening from a long winters nap
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Would anyone believe to ever see
That My Perfect Gardner is not angry with Me
Only insuring I would bear much fruit in time
but in this season, good fruit, fruit from “The Vine.”

Saying OK, go ahead kill me if You must
I want to know wholeness and to fully trust
That what You said will become reality
The dreams and the promises, pruned into finality

So cut away anything hindering production
I will abide in “The Vine” during reduction
Though You slay me I will believe and trust
You are merciful and good, and never unjust

but I have a question Lord, if I may ask;
did You believe in me, prior to this task?
That I could make it and not quit or faint
Your Spirit poured into me, without restraint (Zechariah 4:6)

When I was a bud beginning to grow
What I was to become, did You already know

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When I was just blossom adorning this tree
Did You see what I was destined to be

Now on to grow and to become mature
This is going to take some time, that’s for sure
In maturing is where I’ll become tender and sweet
while young, before ripening, dry, bitter and incomplete.
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The process is priceless with inconceivable riches
while abiding in “The Vine” becoming ripe and nutritious
“My Perfect Gardner did study to know
the climate the soil where best I would grow.” (excerpt form a poem I wrote in 2007)

So I continue by abiding in “The Vine,”
Remaining steadfast by spending time.
His desire is that I bear much fruit,
Attached to “The Vinedresser” at the root!

Never fear your pruning season
He has greater things ahead this is the reason.
So rest and recover, gather calm during transition
Our Perfect Gardner is pruning you safely to fruition.

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Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 April

Photos captured by laurette laster © 2018 and 2019

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon and be gracious to you. God cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

I pray you continue to bloom to the glory of God and that you never fear the pruning process, or the many seasons, especially your winter seasons. In order for fruit trees to mature, and grow, and bear more fruit, they must endure many seasons. The seasons have varying temperatures and conditions; drought, rain, wind, lightening, hail and cold dark dormant times. Yet each of these are what help the tree yield it precious fruit. And you also shall yield precious fruit fit for The Master, if you surrender to the process.  You will be pruned and you shall bear fruit, if you continue to abide in The Vine.

I thought I would surely die in the beginning. It wasn’t that I wasn’t saved, it was that I had never made Jesus The Lord of my life. He was my Savior but I sure wasn’t bearing fruit from “The Vine” While allowing myself to be pruned, the cutting away of my codependent (fear based) attachments and idols was frightening. But somewhere deep inside, I had a hope, and somehow I knew it was Him. So I surrendered and the rest is still growing. I thought for sure I couldn’t make it, But God.

Jesus said “Abide in Me, and I in you, As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”  (John 15:4 NKJV)

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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God Whisper’s

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When I don’t know what to do

I hear You whisper, ‘be still’

In that whisper I understand Your voice

I answer, “I know You will”

 

When my heart is scared

Again that sickening sense of dread

I am so grateful for Your whisper

Shhh; in You Father, my fears fall dead

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Your whisper causes me to lean

Enter into Your personal space

I am reminded You invited me here

For an intimate encounter, face to face

 

Your word is Your bond

My safe tower and protective hedge

Never fear just continue on

Summons me onward to the edge

 

Whisper again Father

As I ignore the wind and rain

For in Your very being

I find the peace to just refrain

 

Refrain from fear and the doubt

Remind myself You are God

And what you have began

Cannot return unto you void

 

It shall accomplish what You please

Prosper in what You have purposed

As long as I stay close to You

Reminded of what You purchased

 

So gentle like the early rains

Soft like a spring time breeze

When I hear Your whisper

Relax and rest just breathe

 

For when the time is right

Until then just press on and prepare

For eye has not seen You whisper to me

All that I have for you there

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“but just as it is written [in Scripture], “T HINGS WHICH THE EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND THE EAR HAS NOT HEARD, A ND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, A LL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE H IM [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”

(1 CORINTHIANS 2:2, 9 AMP)

 

Can you identify?

Trying to figure things out can get us out of balance or land us in a rut.

If our schedules get too busy, we can lose our sense of balance also. Balance is a function of the inner ear. I am a logical person, so when something doesn’t make sense it can throw me off balance.

Isn’t it nice when life makes sense? You know those brief moments of time where we can catch our breath and think ok, I can go again. But we know that too often life doesn’t make sense, and the need for conflict resolution is required, in order to restore balance. What can we do if others do not see the need for this action?

How many relationships have been lost due to fear of confrontation? The place of conflict is often an unfamiliar and an uncomfortable place. So it goes the way of way passivity or ‘Christians being nice’ which is actually deadly. Passivity or to be passive is not a safe place. It is like a land mine buried in shallow ground, just under the surface waiting to blow.

As mature Christians we need to be strong and be willing to address issues as they arise. So how many people have been hurt? Or worse yet entire relationships destroyed and lost due to fear of confrontation?  I believe the answer is many more than we would like to admit. The truth is; either I value myself and the comfort I find in my limited belief system, above the relationship, or I value the relationship enough to fight for it. The fight may involve challenges to my old way of thinking. But more important it just might unearth and root out some old ways of thinking. Old ways of thinking that are sabotaging and destroying the very things I desire. I bet we have all  heard this saying,  “Stinking Thinking.”

I want to clarify that I am not making references to dishonest people, or people with deceptive practices. That is a completely different subject matter. I am not talking about accepting liars, cheats, or scammers and suggesting there can be resolution with them. Only liars can get along with liars, cheats with cheats, etc. They need to honestly repent before there can be any hope of having dealings with this kind of people.

If something is off or out of balance, I need clarity and resolution. This need is very important to me and I am sure I am not the only one. I like at least, to be able to have an intelligent conversation about the subject. I don’t have to like it, but I like to think I am valuable enough to warrant issues being resolved. When issues are shrouded in secrecy all my flags go up.

There were and are many things I valued about my time working for Concord Hospitality Group. I must say today there was one thing that stands out that I believe helped me grow and become a better communicator. It was handling conflict and my accountability to others.

In upper management it was never ok or tolerated to walk away from issues without both sides understanding, or at least attempting to understand the why, and the what. We were required to hold in store weekly manager meetings, there were conference calls, emails, conventions, check in calls or visits from bosses doing a heart check. Asking questions was not only allowed it was encouraged and expected. How else can we understand if we cannot get our questions answered? And listening was crucial. If someone makes a decision and then cannot, or will not discuss why that certain decision was made, I immediately wonder what the motives behind the decisions are. It makes me question the integrity of the person or people keeping the secret. But I also now believe looking back from healed old damage this behavior has the propensity to make others feel like they are wrong or not good enough. I realize we are not responsible for others feelings, but we are responsible to others in all kinds of relationships.

The lack of honest feedback reeks of insecurity to me. So when someone doesn’t know how to discuss hard issues, I totally get it. It isn’t easy. We need to learn how to have conversations and develop communication skills. In the early stages this can be and usually is, extremely awkward and uncomfortable. But communication is necessary. When others are not comfortable and and avoid discussions that lead to clarity this throws me off balance. If motives are pure and upright and honesty is at the core, then what is the problem, right? When dealing with people of God, especially those who say they hold to Christian values, and these issues come up, it makes no sense to me. Actually it breaks my heart. This shouldn’t be among Christians.

 

God isn’t hiding, God isn’t keeping secrets, and God isn’t making quick secretive knee jerk reactions and decisions without valid reasons, and neither should we!  God made Himself accessible through Jesus Christ, and now  His ways are available for all of mankind. He even had them written down and recorded them in a book, making His higher thoughts and His higher ways available, to whosoever will.

 

Psalm 51:6 Behold, You delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. So. God desires truth in our inward being. God doesn’t look at the outward appearance like man does. The inner (inward) ear is the place of balance. I don’t think these are coincidences. This morning during my prayer time these two truths collided and came together.

God desires truth in our inward man or inner being. I was reminded of something. The inner ear is where balance functions. So hearing and understanding what God intends is crucial for mankind to have a balanced Christ centered life.

There is fluid chamber in the inner ear. If I understand correctly what I read, this area resembles a level and functions in much the same way. If the fluid gets out of balance we can have the feeling or sensation of dizziness. Our outward conditions didn’t become shaky it is an inward or internal imbalance. As I was thinking about the function of the inner ear and the inward heart or being of man, I see a direct correlation that explains to me the importance of living a balanced life.  I also see that others inability to discuss issues can throw us out of balance and this is what the enemy uses. Other messed up people just like us.

 

The inner ear has two main parts. The cochlea , which is the hearing portion, and the semicircular canals is the balance portion.

With this being said what I do with what I hear is crucial to my balance. If someone else is less than honest and unwilling to have open communication I must listen for the whispers of God.

I shared a blog on New Year’s Day about hearing the whispers from My Father.

Listening is not an inactive action or idle mindless time, listening is crucial to our well being. It is a very active time. I must be about my Father’s business while dealing with issues. Some of the issues I deal with may try to throw me off balance. I however, at this stage of my life cannot afford to allow the actions or the inabilities of others to throw me off balance.

According to the Bible the heart is wicked beyond what we know. In Jeremiah 17:9 The Lord is speaking to Jeremiah when He says;

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it or understand it?

The Lord tells Jeremiah, He searches the heart and examines the mind to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.

Geneva Study Bible commentary says

“((i) Because the wicked always have some excuse to defend their doings he shows that their own lewd imaginations deceive them and bring them to these hardships: but God will examine their deeds by the malice of their hearts,)” quoting 1 Samuel 16:7. This is the verse The Lord speaks to Samuel about not looking on the outward condition saying He, The Lord, had rejected the one Samuel thought looked like the right one. People look on the outward appearance but The Lord looks at the heart.

 

We must beware our imaginations can deceive us.

 

Recently I was listening to a preacher on the radio; he was speaking about soul ties. At one time I found myself bound by very strong soul ties, so the topic is very interesting to me. Soul ties involve familiar spirits. Soul ties are extremely deceptive and deceiving. Most often these feelings are camouflaged and we interpret them as The Spirit of God. Soul ties involve our soul, which is our mind, will, and emotions, and do deceive us. This preacher said to beware because soul ties make your spirit rise up and then, imitate and take the place of The Holy Spirit. Then you believe it is God and you deceive yourself and others.

When this happens some start thinking God is telling them to do something or beware of someone.

Too often this is our immature spirit man talking and we are being deceived by the enemy. These are familiar spirits that landed or attached themselves to our souls during injury. Old wounds, or trauma that caused unexplainable pain and fear, that is not healed are breeding grounds for familiar spirits. The pain may be physical, or mental, or emotional. The spirits become embedded in our souls. The only way to recognize and expel these lies is through sound godly council, and the word of God, the living all powerful word. The word of God will divide the thought and intent of our own thoughts and hearts. Without The Helper, The Spirit of Truth, who will guide us into all truth, we are deceived by these soul ties and familiar spirits. We get duped and say it is God.

 

If we remain immature and isolated the more deception grows. We need people who oppose our thinking and vice versa. Being opposed and challenged is where we grow and where we know what we know. I don’t just think I know something. I know, and I can often bring an example of how God made me to know the thing, whatever it is.

 

Romans 14:23 tells us that what is not of faith, is sin. And again in Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

We also know that envy, jealously, and discords are considered witchcraft and works of the flesh.

So how can I know if I am being led by His Holy Spirit, or if another spirit is working within me? In the multitude of many counselors is safety.

How can I be sure I am pleasing God with my actions? How can I be certain?

 

I must go before The Father and admit that I might be wrong and be willing to talk to the other person. And guess what? You must be willing to do the same thing!

 

We must be willing to sit down and have an intelligent conversation. There could be underlying issues, other facts, that one or the other isn’t aware of. We must agree that there is a place where we can agree for the betterment of all. I may not get my way, and you may not get your way, but in the end God wins and we do not lose valuable team members or relationships. This can only happen when honest, respectable, open communication is allowed.

 

If we cannot do this or if we refuse to have open dialogue we are the problem not the solution or the resolution. Now think about the word, it is re-solution. Re-store, re-plenish, and rejoice, re- means to bring back to right standing, anew, again. The unwillingness to offer another solution or a re solution may indicate fear and be a sign that you are afraid of change. Fear of change is petty and immature. If either party has unwillingness to be open, honest, and transparent it will be a blessing blocker and a block to future growth and intimacy. In other words this unwillingness to be open and transparent may be the leading cause of  premature deaths among relationships.

 

“for I made the decision to know nothing [that is, to forego philosophical or theological discussions regarding inconsequential things and opinions while] among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified [and the meaning of His redemptive, substitutionary death and His resurrection].

In these out of balance times I am reminded that, “There are so many things I don’t know but there is One thing I do know. God is FAITHFUL and His word is His bond!”

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance toward you and give you Shalom.

 

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette