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Hear The Sound

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Why is there so much confusion in the world? Why does it seem like so many people are double minded?

Confusion is not from God. It is a result of Adam’s sin, and testifies to a lack of peace in one’s mind and life. There is no confusion in Heaven, but Hell is completely chaotic, utterly void of peace.

Jesus is mankind’s peace. The punishment for our peace was upon him (Isaiah 53).

Confusion is a curse. But they who know their God “will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:18 ESV)

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace…” (1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV)

“For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” (James 3:16 NKJV)

If we will train our heart and mind to listen for Heaven’s words, Heaven’s sound, we will make wise and timely decisions. Our decisions may not make sense in the natural, but we don’t walk according to our own wisdom. We aren’t fighting flesh and blood. We’re not using man made weapons. But the Lord “lights the candle”, the spirit man, allowing those who wait upon the Lord to have their strength renewed, and their mind quiet and peaceful!

Confusion, be gone from the people of God. People of God, trust in the Lord with your whole heart, leaning not (depending not) upon your own understanding.

Instead, hear the sound:

Of the trumpet, calling God’s assembly to order. Specific instructions are understood because of the sound. The enemy hears but cannot discern the meaning of the sound; the same sound Heaven will make on that glorious Day!

Of the bells, sewn to Aaron’s robe, as he approaches the holy of Holies. We follow the movement of the Apostle and High Priest of our confession as we hear Heaven’s sound. We know the nearness of the Holy One by the sound of the bells. Listen closely, and you’ll hear him ever interceding.

Of the goings in the top of the mulberry tree – God is on the move. It’s impossible to keep up with God, or trace His steps. Unless He gives us clues, pictures, and slows down a bit, we probably miss Him. But listen to the sound; his actions become evident to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.

Of an abundance of rain – revival brings refreshing, but it’s muddy business. The prophet of God prepared to be carried along by the Spirit of God. He prepared because he had heard Heaven’s sound. The sound was a warning of judgment, of promise, and of preparation – “Get ready to move.” So he “girded up his loins”, set his jaw, checked his emotions, and prepared to be moved by the Spirit of God.

Of the voices lifted up in joy, expressing their utmost delight in the Savior of their soul! The soul that’s free in Jesus will echo Heaven’s sound through high and holy praise! “How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.” (Psalm 89:15 NASB)

Of cymbals clanging together, in praise to God. The sound of Heaven confuses the enemy. It makes them fight amongst themselves. The sound causes the enemy to be confused and defeated.

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies be at peace with him.

Of the musical instruments of God, of singing and praising with a joyful sound. Of a harp, whose strings vibrate in unison with Heaven’s unique frequency. Hear it, capture it, let the sound fill you. March to the beat of Heaven’s sound and the walk of faith will become easier.

Of the thunderous skies, and a rushing, mighty wind blowing across the land. It’s declaring the awesome power of God, the fear of God, and man’s complete frailty. Arise and shine! For even in the thunder and the rain, light breaks in and resurrects the dead! The mighty wind that spells death to the rebellious, becomes the breath of God to those who hear and obey.

A solemn sound calling everyone to repentance. Listen closely, and you’ll recognize the commands to rend your heart and not your garments. As the earth quakes at the sound of God’s voice, so does the heart tremble in his presence. But repentance is only the planting and death of a seed; soon its shell will break open with new life.

Of whinnying horses, stirred by the enemy’s advance. Hear the sound of alarm, of warning; an unsafe intruder is near, so prepare for battle and victory. Be alert, hear the sound…

Of marching troops, battle, and the many sounds of the trumpet. (1 Corinthians 14) The many sounds are for those who have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying. No one is ready for battle, for victory, for life or death, unless they hear the sound. “Man doesn’t live by bread alone; but by every word that PROCEEDS from the mouth of God.”

The faint cry of desperation and need. Of many waters and the still, small voice. Of the alarm, loud and clear. Of cherubim wings, flapping in the heavenly breezes blowing continually through the tabernacle of meeting; the place where God communes with man.

A leaf falling from a tree. It speaks without words, but its message is clear. It speaks of change; life is about change. The sound the leaf makes, a reminder that life is always preparing for the next season. The next door to open. Confusion cannot control the person who has heard the gentle sound of a coming change.

Hear the sound of the Spirit, and recognize the leading of the Lord. Confusion is dispelled as the Lord causes his glorious voice to be heard. Listen closely and you’ll hear him calling your name. Yield to the tenderness in his voice. You will hear a word in your ear, “don’t turn to the left or the right. This is the way; walk in it.”

Confusion becomes impotent and muted in the presence of Heaven’s sound.

“And the Lord will make his majestic voice heard. He will display the strength of his mighty arm. It will descend with devouring flames, with cloudbursts, thunderstorms, and huge hailstones.”
(Isaiah 30:30 NLT)

He who has ears to hear will be prepared for anything and everything. Confusion gives the right-of-way to peace, perfect peace.

“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:17-18 ESV)

Am I Wrong To Say You’re Wrong?

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Am I wrong to say you’re wrong?

Am I judging you wrongfully if I use the same measure to judge myself?

Do you get angry at a compass, or a GPS device when it points you in the right direction? Is IT wrong to correct you? Shouldn’t that be considered as judging you?

Do you have the right to be wrong? If so, why would it be wrong for me to tell you you’re wrong? I’d only be agreeing with you.

How wrong can a person be before it starts taking its toll on them? Would it be wrong to say? Would it be wrong to just venture a guess?

How long will you travel west when you should be going east? And, are the road signs wrong for pointing the right way to your destination?

Is it wrong to love? Is it wrong to steal? Why is one wrong acceptable and the other wrong isn’t?

It’s wrong for me to love you enough to tell you the truth; that you’re wrong? But it’s right to tell a thief that they’re wrong?

Is it wrong to be confused?

Is God wrong when he tells us we’re wrong? If we never realize how wrong we are, how will we ever know how right he can make us?

If we always think we’re fine and dandy, will we be wrong to act surprised on The Judgment Day, when the books are opened?

Ignoring instruction, mocking the instructor and the prophet, never changes truth. It only mocks the one who clings to the wrong while abhorring the right.

Paul wrote:

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good (Romans 12:9 NLT).

Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law (Romans 13:10 NLT).

Is there some sort of standard for what is right so we’ll know what is wrong?

If I’m not wrong in saying this, the standard is God’s word; the scriptures. Even if I am wrong, the saying is right.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT).

These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths. They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil. Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong (Proverbs 2:13-15 NLT).

God has every right to tell us where we went wrong. He stands ready, willing, and able to make our wrongs right, if we’ll trust him with our whole heart.

People live at danger’s edge when they do wrong for so long, and with so much ease, that it doesn’t seem wrong. It is wrong not to recognize wrong.

It is wrong to not know what to hate, or what to love. And it’s wrong to know what is wrong, but defend the wrong as though it’s right.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right (Isaiah 5:20-23 ESV).

Wrong thinking never blesses; it only and always brings the curse.

Right thinking always yields to truth, even when truth reveals what’s wrong.

If wrong will simply yield to right, wrong’s future will be eternally bright!

Right!

This Same Jesus

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It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. It said, “Write in a book everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. (Revelation 1:10-17 NLT)

John saw Jesus, and he immediately dropped to the ground, as though he had died. This is the same Jesus the world celebrated a few weeks ago.

Isn’t it kind of odd? Most people don’t have any problem thinking about a cute little baby lying in a horse trough, surrounded by lowing cattle, bleating sheep, a drummer boy, an assortment of angels, shepherds, and wise men; and of course Mary and Joseph.

Problems begin as the cute little kid starts to grow up! Know what I mean?

Social Rudeness = Sabotaged Cause

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I really enjoy Facebook. I like Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ as well. They are great ways to communicate with others.

But I have noticed something.

Loud mouthed, headstrong, opinionated people, are a menace to their team; those who believe like them or have the same cause.

Self-centered, narrow-minded people actually jeopardize their cause.

He Hears You

20130815-213535.jpgDo you hear the voice of God calling you?

He hears you…

While driving your car in rush hour traffic, from out of nowhere someone cuts you off. You slam on your brakes and scream, “Oh God, HELP!”

He hears you…

Tossing and turning on your bed at night, worried about children, parents, job, church, and things you can’t remember to worry about. You eventually fall asleep, exhausted, knowing you’ll have to face your heavy load tomorrow. But God doesn’t slumber or sleep.

He hears you…

The doctor’s office calls, explaining their need to see you in the office immediately. You didn’t catch all they said, but the urgency in their voice has you almost paralyzed with fear. With tears streaming down your face, you bow your head and whisper one name; the Name above all names.

He hears you…

The deep needs of man cry out to the depth of God’s compassion. The tears of the rejected, the heartbroken, the tormented call to the streams of the Lord’s tender mercies. Though you may be hiding from the One calling your name, the deep need in your life is crying out for help, for covering, for restoration.

And He hears you…

The greater the need, the more magnificent the promise:

“This is what the Lord says – the Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the Lord : Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” (Jeremiah 33:2-3 NLT)

“As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.” (Micah 7:7 NLT)

Like the nation of Israel, slaves in a foreign land, seeing no way back to the land of promise, you have given up on life, settling for a mere existence.

But He hears the cry of your heart…

“I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land.” (Exodus 3:7-8 NLT)

If you will quiet your soul, lay to rest your reasoning and scheming, you will hear God speak. Great shall be your peace when you hear Him say, “Fear not.” You will know beyond the shadow of a doubt God is interested in your well being as He whispers to your soul the words of Jesus, “come unto Me all who are weary and loaded down with the cares of this world, and I will give you rest.”

And when you finally bow your heart in total surrender and allegiance to Jesus, and say these words, “Jesus, I need Your help. I receive You as my Lord and Savior…”

He will hear you…

My, how He’ll hear you!

Rest and Contentment

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Rest and contentment.

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9 NKJV)

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.“ So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me”.(Hebrews 13:5 – 13:6 NKJV)

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content (1 Timothy 6:6 – 6:8 NKJV)

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NKJV)

But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength… (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him… (Psalm 37:7 NKJV)

…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. (Philippians 4:11 NKJV)

Rest and contentment.
Really kind of hard to have one without the other.

Rest and contentment.
Content to let the Master’s grace cover, empower, establish, provide, and defend.

Rest and contentment.
A matter of trust, of total abandonment to “not my will, but Thine be done”.

Rest and contentment.
Waiting and listening, ready to obey the Master’s next command.

Rest and contentment.
For all those who live in the Master’s House.

Rest and contentment.
Casting all of one’s cares upon the Master.

Sure, there are plenty of reasons to worry, to pace and fret. But those reasons are greatly diminished for the one who has rest and contentment.

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