Lesson from God – Stiff necked Pt1
This came from the outstretched arm of Perfection. This is a testimony and a lesson from God that I just have to share with the brethren… Some good food here.. If you’re stiff necked as I am and disobey God, check this out –
I was looking at these verses after a flood of constant messages from the Lord about the voice of the Lord, the Angel’s voice, hearing from God, etc.
James1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word,and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself,goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
There are many times when I’m tempted by something, I will hear the Lord’s word, but I will ignore it (I hear it – seeing myself in the mirror, but I turn away, forgetting what I heard/saw). And when I forget what I heard, I commit an act of sin. Stiff necked! On the flip side, just as my previous postings have mentioned, He has also shown me that when I obey the voice of the Lord, blessings pour out. What a valuable lesson from God here.
Matthew 7:26“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them,will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell.And great was its fall.”
I would hear, not do… the temptation came (winds and floods of thought), and great was my fall (sin). The temple is built on nothing. I realized at this moment that I did not have a relationship with Christ, again, stiff necked!
I examine these things in me… and I ask questions. I ask, “Why would I do such a thing with this knowledge He has blessed me with?” So I prayed…and during my prayer, it popped out. It may be obvious to the reader, but for me, it was hidden until I examined. I noticed that at the moment of choice, with the information of His voice and the temptation, I choose the temptations at times because I love them more than I love obeying the Lord’s voice. What a huge lesson from God. Even though this is a hard confession to make in prayer, but I knew He already knew.. It was truth. I said “Lord, I am stiff necked Israel.. Help me. I need to be built on the Rock and my relationship isn’t there.. I am stiff necked”. The lesson started to come from God..
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
Oh, this is important. Around a year ago, I had a dream… and have not understood it until now. I was standing outside my church in the yard on a sunny day. All of a sudden, the light from the sun got extremely bright. I looked up and saw a huge golden glowing sun, bright as ever. While looking at it, dark lines started to get drawn on the sun, blocking out the light. As I watched these lines and things get filled in, I started to see an artery, a vein, and bam..the sun was covered with a beating human heart.
So after my prayer… about being stiff necked and the lack of a relationship with Jesus, I went about my normal reading of the word in my already planned daily devotionals. Around 2 weeks later, He started to answer… and this is where it gets really good. I read a direct answer to my prayer –
Deut 10:16 Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff necked no longer.
I then prayed, and said “How do I circumcise my heart Lord? What do I do?” The lesson from God came a few days later in my readings of Deut:
Deut 6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
Immediately, the following verse popped into my head:
John 15:1 “I am the true vine,and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
The Lord will circumcise. The Lord is the pruner. I prayed, “Lord, circumcise the foreskin of my heart. Prune me as you say you will. What is my part?” Immediately, I start dwelling on this.. Pruning shears.. Circumcision knife.. Sharp object… SWORD OF THE SPIRIT.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Heb4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
…and there are quite a few other verses like this, for example… there’s a couple of times when Jesus and Peter were speaking the word of God and the listeners were ‘cut to the heart’.
The word of God is the shears..the knife.. the sword…that will cut, circumcise, prune… Watch this –
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Then one of the final words I get on this brought everything full circle, which was also in Deut 30 –
Deuteronomy 30:11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
I received the answer on the dream.. “..and the life was the light of men… and the light shines in the darkness.” See, the darkened human heart was a foreskin over the True Light. The true heart, the light of a man, which is in the heart, never goes any where. It is covered up, masked… by society, by worldly things. The Word, Jesus…He’s the knife. The Father is the vinedresser, the pruner. The darkness gets cut away by reading the Word.. and the True Light is still there and will start shining through.
He answered my stiff necked, my relationship with Christ and many other things… with this lesson. It all pointed to the Word and Christ. Of course, prayer.. the Spirit and the Father are all doing their part. Blessed be the Trinity!
I pray this word from God continues to work in me and others.. May His blessed seed be protected and be implanted on good ground. Lord, the Tiller, please prepare the ground of the hearts of the readers before they begin reading this.. I pray and speak to the evil one, let His people go in the name of Jesus Christ. It is His will that all are saved. In the authority I have as a royal priesthood, I take this authority in-Christ and I saith to you mountain… I saith to you satan, be cursed and cast into the sea. In Jesus name, amen..amen..amen.
Please see the continued teaching from Him on this lesson: Lesson from God – Stiff necked Pt2
Wow, Joseph… what a dream, and what an awesome revelation! I’m so glad you found my blog, Nothing but the Truth. It’s been a while since I posted there. My PERSEVERE blog (http://lorilaws.com) is where I post regularly. I would love to exchange links with you. I’ll put your link on my bloglist.
Also, I am co-founder of a social network called Christians with Disabilities (http://christianswithdisabilities.com)
Hope you are having a blessed weekend:)
Cool Lori, I have linked to both your new site and the Christians with disabilities site. Thanks for visiting and I look forward to seeing what the Lord is doing in your life.
God bless you and yours,
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