Time and time again the Lord shows me that I do not know what I am talking about. Since these are the Days of Awe leading up to Yom Kippur it is good to repent and to reflect and give God the glory. I am physically feeling very weak and my soul is grieving because the enemy is too strong and clever for me. This is all good of course because it shows me that I of mine own self can do absolutely NOTHING. It causes my soul to shush and to wait upon the Lord for He alone is my salvation and my deliverer.
The portions of Scripture below have caught my eye yesterday and I bring them onto the page here now…..
Isa 11:1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
Isa 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
Isa 11:3 His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
Isa 11:4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Isa 7:15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.
The first thing I see when I read that “the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him” is the link with the Apostle Paul’s words
2Co 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Right there is my problem.
Am I willing to know my own weakness in order that the power of Christ may rest upon me?
Am I able to agree with the Spirit that being weak in all points is Christ’s strength shining?
All I can say is I am willing Lord to know my own weakness. I am in agreement LORD that being weak in the reality of being human….even of being DENNIS RHODES.
How can God entrust power to us if we are strong in ourselves? How can God trust one that does not lean fully upon Him? Why would the demonic hosts be worried about such a fellow? The answers are obvious. I sit in sack cloth and ashes for God is just and right and true.
His delight is in the fear of the LORD — not in the fear of man! Everything He does is out of the respect for Father.
Thus when He judges it is not by the natural mind but by the Father’s mind.
Jesus showed me yesterday that I unconsciously walk and navigate my way by the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
I always set an opposite or opposing Scripture AGAINST the positive. Thus I have seen it fit to always warn people of what I see is going on.
I see the Negatives and place them against the positive and the Negative dominates and sucks the life out of the positive. I have been a fool.
Curds and Honey He shall eat that He may KNOW
Though the corn-lands were desolate, the cattle on the mountain-pastures would yield butter and the wild bees honey; and this would supply the nation’s needs till the invader had withdrawn. Though God chastens us, He will not forget our daily bread. F.B.MEYER
Living on Curds and honey is the bare minimum but it sustained Him and the people of Judah at the time until the invader had withdrawn. God chastens us. Indeed. Curds and honey refer to a lean diet –even to fasting- that through this humiliation of the soul and the body the spirit man can reign and we can walk knowing…..not in natural reasoning as I have done for years.
There was a time when I used to fast regularly as He led me to. But for the last 10 years that has not happened.
Yet now He has led me into a fast again and already the humiliation of the soul and the quieting down of the body has begun.
The soul is strong and wants to accomplish many things. The soul desires to rule and to take all the credit. I am not against my soul. But my soul must come into line under my spirit and walk meekly with M/me. And so it is.
I do not want to be in that ‘Lord! Lord! Didn’t we do this and that’ group that He says He did not know.
Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
Mat 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
So this is what Father is doing I believe…..even though I don’t know what I am talking about.