Tag Archive | faithfulness

Are You A Watchman?

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Is there something the Lord is showing to you, something that needs to be said or addressed? This is not always the easiest thing to accomplish, but with God – in the power of the Holy Spirit – all things are possible. There may be some cost, or loss. Truth is not always welcome, especially if it requires owning up to something, or repenting. Those we care about, as we speak the truth in love, may turn away from us. It is a risk that love takes.

For did not the Son of God leave all glory behind to teach, perform miracles, suffer, and die – only to be rejected by those He came to save? If we go where Jesus goes – on the Crossroad – would we expect to experience anything less than the Master we claim to follow? “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and celebrate, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)

This is a solemn matter, especially that we discern whether the word is actually from the Lord or from ourself. Many will come in the name of Christ, but shall have taken that name in vain. As the Lord states through Jeremiah, “Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:28)

Therefore let us live life prayerfully – not just asking God for what we want, but in quiet receptivity, listening -as His holy living tabernacle – allowing His Spirit to move and speak within and through us. May our attitude be one of complete surrender to our Lord, as that of Mary to the words of Gabriel, dispatched from our Lord, “Be it unto me according to your word.”

Passionate Warrior

No longer fair of face or form,

a solitary, lonely guardian peers

into the gathering darkness;

while from the lonely, stony heights,

and braving the approaching storm,

the passionate warrior stands

and braves the biting winds and cold,

and feeling every fear, deciding to be bold.

With vicious, biting winds the onslaught comes

and stinging, icy, deadly rains;

yet stands he pierced, still firmly planted,

while renouncing countless wounds and pains.

A dark host follows on its heels,

a hoard of shadow, lightning, clouds, and thunders,

foreboding fierceness foul reveals all manner

of deceit and lying wonders.

Unyielding to appearances,

he from his post will not be put asunder,

for in the heights of glory knows he

where his spirit dwells –

in spite of anguish, sorrow,

or the devastations of a thousand hells.

© Only a Messenger

Proverbially Speaking / Chapter 7

Appearing again are numerous warnings about the “adulteress” who flatters and ensnares the naive, the youthful, the one lacking sense or “void of understanding” as the KJV puts it. (See Proverbs 7). Presented is the Wisdom Way to avoid that “Black Magic Woman” who has appeared earlier in these contemplations in Proverbs. In fact she will not even want to consider you – if you always walk with Lady Wisdom, since this “BMW” (see * below) stalks the unsuspecting and the foolish who walk unguardedly through life.

No one, if Wisdom is heeded, needs to become the target of this kind of predator or “set up”. This adulteress signifies many things – including not only the literal female sexual predator described here, but all false ways and traps of body, mind, and spirit – including so called “spiritual” paths which actually lead the Soul away from the knowledge of God, which St. John informs us is eternal life. (John 17:3) 

Divine Wisdom also provides the necessary discernment which will “raise orange flags” of caution inwardly that tell us to slow down and consider any decisions we may be making in life. Certain courses of action may lead to derailment, side tracking us into various traps, especially in times where corruption and deception are the norms in every area of life. If God’s Wisdom is invoked and intended, the Holy Spirit will guide and direct us!

Divine Wisdom is to be cherished – like the ring on the hand that signifies deep commitment to something – such as marriage, or the sign and seal of a king’s authority. Wearing this ring says you are spiritually married to Wisdom. (See Proverbs 7:3) Therefore you have the seal or signet of God’s authority presiding over and protecting you. The BMW will leave you alone. Certainly she may reassess her strategies (1 Peter 5:8), but being faithful to Divine Wisdom provides ironclad protection against her onslaughts in matters great or small.

Over the last several weeks I’ve had a brush with this. I’ll share the basics without mentioning names or details just as an example of how willing the Holy Spirit is to work with us to provide Wisdom and discernment. 

Essentially it boils down to having been approached with a rather juicy job offer – essentially out of the blue. I was told certain things about hours, wages, and benefits which were outstanding. This was also the sort of position, based upon what I was told, that would be very desirable. It was ideal, especially in a time when there is so much joblessness and people are running scared. An interview was set up.

However, my insides went to “yellow alert” in the days preceding this appointment. Questions began to arise in my mind. As I began to ask them directly of the people involved, it was revealed that this job was not what it was originally presented to be. It had in fact been entirely misrepresented! The path I’m on now would have been completely derailed had I plunged in without asking for details. I kept asking the questions in different ways until I got the people who knew the real score to reveal to me that there was a significant amount of obfuscation going on! When I had the answers, I cancelled the interview. The orange flags disappeared.

It also taught me one more thing: learn to always respond to some significant offer or matter by saying, “I’ve decided to take a few days to think about this. I’ll get back with you on such and such a day with my decision.”

Sometimes we get caught up by the BMW due to someone else’s urgency or fear about something. We’d like to be helpful and may not wish to disappoint them. We’re caught off guard. The best course of action is to release our will in the matter to the Holy Spirit and begin to ask, “Lord, is this Your will for me?”

I also received “hints” from the outer world. Synchronicity! There were messages coming to my inbox and other communications stating in essence that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Satan comes as an angel of light, not dressed in a red suit and horns carrying a pitchfork!

I kept asking, why is all this coming my way? I realized that my sincere prayers for Wisdom were attracting the Godly answers I needed to make the right decision.

Basic protection is also provided through obedience to the moral laws of God and men, and through the understanding of universal wisdom principles. Interestingly, since undertaking this study of Proverbs, I’ve encountered a number of situations where I could have been thrown for a loop, but was alerted inwardly to pray for Wisdom and discernment. It’s as if the teachings from Proverbs and my own experiences are working hand in hand to teach greater and greater degrees of Wisdom.

To me this is a very exciting and encouraging realization of how God works with us, to recognize and keep us from the BMW “which flattereth with her words.” (Proverbs 7:5). The BMW can represent many different things which call to us: to compromise our morals, the direction in which God has us moving, or to derail us from His Will in some way, or just to create confusion and upsets – those annoyances along the path which tell us that the adversary is walking about harassing us – if he cannot derail us from faithfulness to the Wisdom Way.

I have never had so many exercises in discernment as I have since beginning these particular studies! So for what it’s worth, dear reader, I pass them along to you.

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

*BMW: the Black Magic Woman