When The Spirit Speaks

I was spending time in prayer and heard the Spirit of God say, “Get up and dress and go out and tell them whatever I tell you to say.” Not surprising, but this is the same message the Lord has given to every believer. “Don’t be afraid of them, or else I will make a fool of you in front of them” (Revised from Jeremiah 1)

I was a little concerned about the message, so He comforted me when He said, “For you see, I have made you impervious to their attacks. They cannot harm you. You are strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar and heavy gates of brass.” Funny, I don’t always feel all that strong and secure . . . “Rest assured, My son, no one will be able to prevail against you. Oh sure, they will try, but they will fail.  For I am with you. I will deliver you” (Jeremiah 1:16-19).

I recently heard the perfect illustration of the burdens messengers of the Lord carry. They are like a minister standing in the crowsnest of the Titanic. They see the disaster coming, but as they look down, other ministers are still playing shuffleboard! Seeing through the eyes of the Spirit of God is both exhilarating and fearful. It is the most delightful burden of a spiritual life. Do not run from it or hide it away.

“When I say to a wicked person, ‘You wicked person, you will certainly die,’ and you say nothing to warn him to change his ways. That wicked person will die because of his sin, and I will hold you responsible for his death (Ezekiel 33:8)

The Lord confirmed this with the words he gave to Ezekiel: “The children are impudent and hard of heart. I send you to them and you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear or refuse to hear–for they are a rebellious house–yet shall they know and realize that there has been a prophet among them” (Ezekiel 2:4-5)

Then He gave me His Word and it was “full of warnings and sorrows and pronouncements of doom.” Then He said to me, “Eat what I am giving you. Then go and give its message to the people.” So I took His Word. “Eat it all,” He said. And when I ate it, it tasted sweet as honey (Ezekiel 2:10-3:1-3).

Where have I heard that before?

The fear of Yahweh is pure.
    It endures forever.
    The decisions of Yahweh are true.
    They are completely fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
    They are sweeter than honey, even the drippings from a honeycomb (Psalm 19:9-10)

How sweet the taste of your promise is!
    It tastes sweeter than honey! (Psalm 119:103)

What a delight! I love to feast on the Word of God. At times it is almost impossible to put it down. Honest! Sometimes I open a book of the Bible and get so excited I run around my living room shouting, “Hey family, you have got to read this . . .!” Sure they think I’m nuts, but as we dig deep into God’s Word we will be able to understand life from God’s point of view. As we discover the precious promises of God’s Word, we can become more and more like the Lord Jesus in our attitudes and lifestyle. We can escape the corruption that is in the world while being changed into his likeness from glory to glory.

And all of us, as with unveiled face, Because we continued to behold in the Word of God as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (II Corinthians 3:18)

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