There was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. Revelation 8:1

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And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. Revelation 8:1

Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. Zech 2:13
Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling (niv)

 

And there was silence in heaven…………………..

           I’ve always wondered about this. What was going on in heaven during this silence? Was it fear? Was it trembling? Was it a stillness? And what about the time frame we are given? It always sends my mind and imagination off into every scenario. I’ve decided to search the scripture for some clues to this mystery.

What has sparked this study?…I sense a stillness and silence when I go to the Lord, I don’t know if it’s just me… or if something is going on. I just sense this silence and I’ve sensed it for about two weeks.  Its got me wondering- what is going on? It’s not that the Lord isn’t working or speaking, it’s different… it’s like a stillness…as if I was watching a race and I could see disaster ahead, like a cliff that the race car driver couldn’t see and there would be no way to warn him ….. and a silent gasp – stillness in awe/terror- of what is coming. Maybe it’s me? I don’t know, but it has sparked my curiosity further…..so off I go.

 

If you want to know more, read Zephaniah 1 and Isaiah 24 (see below) I believe both of these chapters have within them the keys to this time and to this mystery of Revelation 8:1. I’m focusing on the “silent” part, haven’t really dove into the time frame study.

      It seems, according to scripture, there is a silence before destruction. We see silence as reverence, a silencing of our enemies,  a way to act when we are angry, yet over and over again we see a silence both before destruction and a silence after the desolation. I imagine all the host of heavens still –gasping to breath- silence as they watch the Lord God Almighty rise up from His throne. What a terrifying moment.

Here are some verses that have stirred the Fear of the Lord within me as I went about this study:

      And I will destroy those who used to worship me but now no longer do. They no longer ask for the LORD’s guidance or seek my blessings. I will destroy my own people, because they refuse to change their evil ways. The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions,violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse consumes the earth. Its people must pay the price for their sin.They are destroyed by fire, and only a few are left alive. The grapevines waste away, and there is no new wine. All the merrymakers sigh and mourn. The cheerful sound of tambourines is stilled; the happy cries of celebration are heard no more.  The melodious chords of the harp are silent. Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign LORD, for the awesome day of the LORD’s judgment is near. The LORD has prepared his people for a great slaughter and has chosen their executioners.” Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord, for the awesome day of the Lord’s judgment is near.“I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” says the Lord. “I will sweep away people and animals alike. I will sweep away the birds of the sky and the fish in the sea.I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble, and I will wipe humanity from the face of the earth,” says the Lord. Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nations
Our God approaches, and he is not silent. Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around himPsalm 65:7 Psalm 50:3 Zech 2;13 Zephaniah 1:6 Jer 15:7 Is 24,Zephaniah 1:7

    Could the Lord be about to rise up? I heard these words a few months ago- Weep O Ye People, fall down before Him in Reverent Fear- I am silent now in a frozen state, almost wondering what is ahead.

Silence in the Scripture:

  1. In wonder-( what was about to happen) Gen 24:21
  2. In Reverence and awe of God’s Power Lev 10:3, Ps 8:2, 65:7 ,Micah 7:16 Hab 2:20
  3. In waiting to see what was about to happen 1 Kings 18:21
  4. During Judgement: The earth trembles and stands silent as the Lord sentences His enemies Ps 76:8
  5. In obedience , when the people were told to be silent as their enemies blasphemed their God and terrified them with words 2 Kings 18;36, Is 36:31
  6. In dreadful fear of the unknown Job 4:16
  7. In sorrow and repentance Lam 2:10, 3:28, Ez 16;63
  8. In emptiness and desolation after destruction Is 27;10, 47:5, Jer 25:10
  9. in Awe Acts 21;40, Acts 22:2
  10. Sound of the enemy as they approach-before war Jer 46;22
  11. Something we hope our accusers would do- just be quiet Job 13:5,13
  12. In reverence of an honored person or silent awestruck at a horrific site Job 29;9, 21(When people were silenced before Job)
  13. In anger -A way to control yourself when you’re angry- be silent overnight and think about it Ps 4:4, 39:2,
  14. In waiting on the Lord- A way to stand against your enemies, allowing God to take over  Ps 38:13 (Jesus also stood silent before His accusers) waiting and knowing that God was in control Is 53:7, Mt 26:63, 27:12, Mk 14:61, Acts 8:32
  15. In Sorow and Repentance -Silence in deserved punishment for sins Ps 39:9
  16. Ps 50:21 “While you did all this, I remained silent, and you thought I didn’t care.” Is 42:14. Is 57;11, Is 64:12
  17. In mourning for the sins of a nation Is 23:2, Jer 47:5, Lam 1:4
  18. Before destruction: a silence, stillness before the Lord completely destroys all the earth because a curse consumes the earth for they have twisted and violated God’s Instructions Is 24
  19. Before Judgment: A silence before the awesome day of the Lord’s judgment- a great slaughter Zeph 1;7 before He sweeps everything away from the earth, Is 41:1, Acts 19:33
  20. To silence enemies (and wrong teachers)- a benefit for the servants of the Lord Is 54;17, Jer 51:55, Ez 27:32 (city under the sea), Titus 1:11, 1 Peter 2;15
  21. Disobedient silence of God’s watchmen who don’t warn others  Is 56:10, Acts 18:9
  22. Instructed silence when one should mourn- mourn silently Ez 24;17, Amos 8:3
  23. In Honor: How we should stand before the Lord hab 2:20, Zeph 1;7
  24. In destruction: Sound of a city destroyed and deserted Zeph 3:6
  25. Before the Lord rises up and acts “for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling”- be silent Zech 2:13
  26. Silence- when you have no more argument left, God’s words silence others (teachers were silenced with Jesus’ words) Matt 22:34, luke 20;26. Acts 21:40, Acts 22:2
  27. A rebuke to the wind- Be Silent, Be Still! Mk 4;39
  28. Punishment for disbelief Luke 1:20-22

 HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD: 

Genesis 24:21The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the LORD had given him success in his mission.
Leviticus 10:3Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD meant when he said, ‘I will display my holiness through those who come near me. I will display my glory before all the people.’” And Aaron was silent.
 1 Kings 18:21
Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent
2 Kings 18:36
But the people were silent and did not utter a word because Hezekiah had commanded them, “Do not answer him.”
Job 4:16
The spirit stopped, but I couldn’t see its shape. There was a form before my eyes. In the silence I heard a voice say
Job 13:5If only you could be silent! That’s the wisest thing you could do.,“Be silent now and leave me alone. Let me speak, and I will face the consequences
Job 29:9The princes stood in silence and put their hands over their mouths.
Job 29:21“Everyone listened to my advice. They were silent as they waited for me to speak
Psalm 4:4Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent
Psalm 38:13But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak
Psalm 50:21While you did all this, I remained silent, and you thought I didn’t care. But now I will rebuke you, listing all my charges against you
Psalm 76:8From heaven you sentenced your enemies; the earth trembled and stood silent before you
Isaiah 23:2Mourn in silence, you people of the coast and you merchants of Sidon. Your traders crossed the sea
Isaiah 24 The earth mourns and dries up,and the crops waste away and wither. Even the greatest people on earth waste away.The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions,violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse consumes the earth. Its people must pay the price for their sin.They are destroyed by fire, and only a few are left alive.The grapevines waste away, and there is no new wine. All the merrymakers sigh and mourn.The cheerful sound of tambourines is stilled; the happy cries of celebration are heard no more.    The melodious chords of the harp are silent.
Isaiah 41:1 “Listen in silence before me, you lands beyond the sea. Bring your strongest arguments. Come now and speak. The court is ready for your case
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouthIsaiah 54:17
But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken
Isaiah 56:10For the leaders of my people— the LORD’s watchmen, his shepherds— are blind and ignorant. They are like silent watchdogs that give no warning when danger comes. They love to lie around, sleeping and dreaming
Jeremiah 46:22Egypt flees, silent as a serpent gliding away. The invading army marches in; they come against her with axes like woodsmen
Ezekiel 27:32As they wail and mourn over you, they sing this sad funeral song: ‘Was there ever such a city as Tyre, now silent at the bottom of the sea
Ezekiel 27:32As they wail and mourn over you, they sing this sad funeral song: ‘Was there ever such a city as Tyre, now silent at the bottom of the sea
Habakkuk 2:20But the LORD is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him
Zephaniah 1:7Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign LORD, for the awesome day of the LORD’s judgment is near. The LORD has prepared his people for a great slaughter and has chosen their executioners.” Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord, for the awesome day of the Lord’s judgment is near.
Zechariah 2:13Be silent before the LORD, all humanity, for he is springing into action from his holy dwelling.”
Matthew 22:34
[ The Most Important Commandment ] But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again
Mark 4:39When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm
Luke 1:20But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time
1 Corinthians 14:28But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately
1 Corinthians 14:34Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says
Titus 1:11They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money
1 Peter 2:15It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you
Psalm 39:9 I am silent before you; I won’t say a word, for my punishment is from you

Isaiah 24
Look! The Lord is about to destroy the earth
    and make it a vast wasteland.
He devastates the surface of the earth
    and scatters the people.
 Priests and laypeople,
    servants and masters,
    maids and mistresses,
    buyers and sellers,
    lenders and borrowers,
    bankers and debtors—none will be spared.
The earth will be completely emptied and looted.
    The Lord has spoken!
The earth mourns and dries up,
    and the crops waste away and wither.
    Even the greatest people on earth waste away.
The earth suffers for the sins of its people,
    for they have twisted God’s instructions,
violated his laws,
    and broken his everlasting covenant.
Therefore, a curse consumes the earth.
    Its people must pay the price for their sin.
They are destroyed by fire,
    and only a few are left alive.
The grapevines waste away,
    and there is no new wine.
    All the merrymakers sigh and mourn.
The cheerful sound of tambourines is stilled;
    the happy cries of celebration are heard no more.
    The melodious chords of the harp are silent.
Gone are the joys of wine and song;
    alcoholic drink turns bitter in the mouth.
10 The city writhes in chaos;
    every home is locked to keep out intruders.
11 Mobs gather in the streets, crying out for wine.
    Joy has turned to gloom.
    Gladness has been banished from the land.
12 The city is left in ruins,
    its gates battered down.
13 Throughout the earth the story is the same—
    only a remnant is left,
like the stray olives left on the tree
    or the few grapes left on the vine after harvest.
14 But all who are left shout and sing for joy.
    Those in the west praise the Lord’s majesty.
15 In eastern lands, give glory to the Lord.
    In the lands beyond the sea, praise the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
16 We hear songs of praise from the ends of the earth,
    songs that give glory to the Righteous One!

But my heart is heavy with grief.
    Weep for me, for I wither away.
Deceit still prevails,
    and treachery is everywhere.
17 Terror and traps and snares will be your lot,
    you people of the earth.
18 Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap,
    and those who escape the trap will be caught in a snare.

Destruction falls like rain from the heavens;
    the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth has broken up.
    It has utterly collapsed;
    it is violently shaken.
20 The earth staggers like a drunk.
    It trembles like a tent in a storm.
It falls and will not rise again,
    for the guilt of its rebellion is very heavy.

21 In that day the Lord will punish the gods in the heavens
    and the proud rulers of the nations on earth.
22 They will be rounded up and put in prison.
    They will be shut up in prison
    and will finally be punished.
23 Then the glory of the moon will wane,
    and the brightness of the sun will fade,
for the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will rule on Mount Zion.
    He will rule in great glory in Jerusalem,
    in the sight of all the leaders of his people.

Zephaniah 1

1 The Lord gave this message to Zephaniah when Josiah son of Amon was king of Judah. Zephaniah was the son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah.

 “I will sweep away everything
    from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.
“I will sweep away people and animals alike.
    I will sweep away the birds of the sky and the fish in the sea.
I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble,[a]
    and I will wipe humanity from the face of the earth,” says the Lord.
“I will crush Judah and Jerusalem with my fist
    and destroy every last trace of their Baal worship.
I will put an end to all the idolatrous priests,
    so that even the memory of them will disappear.
For they go up to their roofs
    and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars.
They claim to follow the Lord,
    but then they worship Molech, too.
And I will destroy those who used to worship me
    but now no longer do.
They no longer ask for the Lord’s guidance
    or seek my blessings.”

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord,
    for the awesome day of the Lord’s judgment is near.
The Lord has prepared his people for a great slaughter
    and has chosen their executioners.[c]
“On that day of judgment,”
    says the Lord,
“I will punish the leaders and princes of Judah
    and all those following pagan customs.
Yes, I will punish those who participate in pagan worship ceremonies,
    and those who fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.

10 “On that day,” says the Lord,
    “a cry of alarm will come from the Fish Gate
and echo throughout the New Quarter of the city.[d]
    And a great crash will sound from the hills.
11 Wail in sorrow, all you who live in the market area,
    for all the merchants and traders will be destroyed.

12 “I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners
    to punish those who sit complacent in their sins.
They think the Lord will do nothing to them,
    either good or bad.
13 So their property will be plundered,
    their homes will be ransacked.
They will build new homes
    but never live in them.
They will plant vineyards
    but never drink wine from them.

14 “That terrible day of the Lord is near.
    Swiftly it comes—
a day of bitter tears,
    a day when even strong men will cry out.
15 It will be a day when the Lord’s anger is poured out—
    a day of terrible distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and desolation,
    a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness,
16     a day of trumpet calls and battle cries.
Down go the walled cities
    and the strongest battlements!

17 “Because you have sinned against the Lord,
    I will make you grope around like the blind.
Your blood will be poured into the dust,
    and your bodies will lie rotting on the ground.”

18 Your silver and gold will not save you
    on that day of the Lord’s anger.
For the whole land will be devoured
    by the fire of his jealousy.
He will make a terrifying end
    of all the people on earth.

             May His Words be sent out and not return void.  May the Lord fill you with all wisdom and understanding , as you walk in obedience and in reverent Awe of our Lord God and His Holy Son Jesus Christ. Grace and Peace of the Lord God and His Son Jesus be with you all.

 7 Seals; Revelation 8: A Voice in the Wilderness

Living Journey- Attn: Watchmen -The Silent Watchmen

The Love TEST : are you a clanging cymbal? 1 Corinthians 13

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Okay, here comes that Sword of the Spirit. The Lord has been searching my heart lately and showing me some things. Not fun, but I can understand why Adam and Eve wanted to run and hide in the garden, because sometimes I want to run and hide too.

If you were to ask me if I loved other people, I would say ” OF COURSE! I have the Love of Jesus in my heart. I forgive, and quite frankly, I can’t think of anyone I hate.” I would answer this patting my back, “oh, Lisa, you are just sooooo Christ like” If you were to ask my friends, they’d probably agree too….uhhhmmmm, right?

So lately, I can hear the spirit say and remind me : Love does not demand it’s own way. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!  Really?
Not that I’m some big brat, but I do like things to go my way. I’m just being honest. I plan my days, my hours and my trips- allowing for some interference, but if my entire plan goes haywire-I not always thrilled (ok, I get mad). For instance: My Disney trips are planned from morning to night- I have everything mapped out- where we go first, who gets the fast pass, what restaurant we will be in for lunch, who gets the next fast pass, while I get in line for small world, and run to line for Mickey signing.Then a quick run to the parking lot to get to our 6:15 dinner reservations at sho-gun. My family doesn’t mind, in fact, they know if they follow me, all will go well and everyone has fun. I tell my outside family and cousins ” no, I will not go to disney with you, you do not want to go with me”. So they know, that’s one place I draw the line when it comes to sharing the day. However,circumstances beyond my control……. throw me in a big family vacation… with other dictators besides myself- totally annoying! I could rip out my hair and roll around the asphalt screaming or take an advil and tell myself this will be the worst day ever (which is actually my coping mechanism, that way if anything good happens, I’m super happy)

To add to it, I was flipping through channels early this morning and I heard Sid Roth say “What is love, that one would lay down his life for another”. Immediately my mind said to me, yep, Lisa, that’s you…… There isn’t anyone you wouldn’t  lay down your life for. Before I had a chance to pat myself on the back, the Spirit reminded me “are you kidding? you didn’t even let that car get in your lane yesterday”

So the Lord has been showing me, maybe I’m not all there like I thought I was. This one “not demanding my own way” is going to be a tough one to get through. I didn’t realize how many things I want -“my way”. I can’t even watch the tv unless the clicker is in my hand- seriously- I think I have small seizures if I can’t hold it while I watch tv.   How can I not demand my own way?  I’m getting a stomach ache just thinking of this change in me- not going to be easy ! However, I’m jumping in and will accomplish this- not on my own, but the grace of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus. Pray for me.

Now on to the LOVE TEST— and note to self- don’t just ask yourself in your own wisdom these questions, but ask the Lord to show you if there is anything in your heart you need to change…

  1. Are you Kind? Do you consider others? what do your actions say?
  2. Are you patient? How do you behave in line at the DMV? Are you patient with others? Do you allow for the faults of others with patience? Do you expect everyone to be where you are spiritually and get annoyed if they are not as holy as you?
  3. Do you get jealous? Do you despise your brother’s house? Do you want to kick your sister’s car? Do you stand angry and silent when someone tells you something wonderful in their life ” I won $100,000 with the lotto numbers you gave me”
  4. Are you boastful? Do you love to toot your own delirious horn? Do you take a compliment and let everyone know about it for the next 10 years (in your own words).
  5. Are you proud? haughty? prideful? Do you judge others? Do you think you are super Christian and everyone else is pathetic because they are not at your high level of religiousity?
  6. Are you rude? be truthful! How do you treat others? Are you nice to everyone? Do you consider other’s feelings? Do you talk to others and say hello? Do you enjoy slinging rude comments like darts to insult people? How do you treat others who are rude to you? yikes! it was easier thinking of all the rude people we know- wasn’t it? Well, how do you respond to the rudies?
  7. Do you demand your own way? guilty!
  8. Are you irritable? I’d like a recall on this one- but that is not gonna happen – so when I’m irritable – I’m not being loving????  great, another one I need to work on. If you’re judging me here, let me know and I’ll give my kids a huge chocolate bar and send them to your house for the afternoon. hahahahahahaha, then tell me you never get irritated. okay, fine, I’ll work on that too.
  9. Do you keep a record of wrongs people have done to you? yes you do! I know it. Erase them from you brain and determine not to think about them again. Give it to God. I don’t want my wrongs recorded, so I probably shouldn’t record the wrongs of others either. Fix your thoughts Phil 4:8
  10. Do you rejoice about injustice or rejoice whenever the truths wins out. Sounds like a safe one, doesn’t it. hmmmm let’s rephrase.. Do you rejoice when you are caught in a lie? Do you rejoice always in the truth? Do you try to make your own truths?
  11. Love never gives up! Are you determined- have you set your mind to never give up? Are you always walking with the Lord and remembering and hoping in all His promises? – it’s another post- but I’ve been noticing examples in scripture where Persistance pays off – it’s true. Be persistant and determined in your prayers, your studies, and you walk with the Lord. Don’t give up on the Lord, and keep praying for the salvation of those around you- and never give up. (The serpent chants “I can’t, I can’t”- if you catch yourself saying that, consider it’s orgins)
  12. Are you always hopeful? or are you always complaining? stop complaining! Where’s your faith? Don’t you know the Promises are God are true- they are yes and amen!
  13. Love never loses faith- Fear God and not man! Do you let the words of man worry and shake you or do you rely on the Lord your God?
  14. Love endures all things. Satan wants you to give up- he chants “I can’t, I can’t” in your mind continually.  You know that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! He will give you the power to endure all things.

 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proudor rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

  If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

     May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto you the spirit of Wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty Power.  May Christ dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and the length, and depth and height, and to know the Love of Christ which passeth all knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us. Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

And Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. Ephesians 4:30

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What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Cor 6:19

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph 4:30

           If you had asked me what this meant a few years ago, I’d probably have some quick answer like- “don’t sin and therefore grieve the Spirit”. Honestly, I didn’t really understand it and the words sounded so old-fashioned to me, but when the Lord spoke this into my heart –“You have grieved the Holy Spirit”-  it crushed me and I  finally understood.

Let me explain:
                I decided, as the years have gone by, not to watch rated R movies (and I think I need to begin backing out of some PG13 ones also) I have been really convicted and as much as I really want to laugh with a good movie, I just say no.  This decision leaves me with little left to watch except for Veggie Tales and SpongeBob, if I’m lucky. Anywhoooo….. my husband really wanted me to watch  a certain movie with him.  I read the review- knew it wasn’t for me, but made a wonderful excuse for myself; “I’ll just watch it until the bad part, and then I’ll leave”.   So I’m watching this movie and the bad part comes along- it was so shocking and repulsive, I won’t let myself remember it again. However, there I sat and watched it , the same way I do with road kill- I don’t know why. I was disgusted. I got up from the couch and walked around the house to distract my mind from what I just saw.  I thought I was good.
            Later that evening, I found my way to my hidden prayer place in the house. I began to pray- but something wasn’t right. I prayed, but I felt like the Lord wasn’t there.  Lord, I prayed, where are you? I feel like you aren’t here. I feel like you aren’t listening to me. I feel alone and my prayers are going nowhere. Lord! Lord! I cried out, I knew something wasn’t right. As I wondered in silence a clear voice spoke into my heart: “You have grieved the Holy Spirit”  What! I, thought…. “but Lord, I didn’t want to, Lord, I didn’t mean to” and I heard “but you knew” and I argued back again, and I heard “but you knew” I was silenced. I felt horrible. I don’t think words can explain how I felt. Not only for doing something wrong, but that I had hurt His feelings and caused Him sorrow. The words cut right through me, and I knew I was wrong.
              I felt like I had hurt my best friend’s feelings. Here was someone who loved me, cared for me, puts up with my defects, watches over me, teaches me, had never done any wrong to me – and I had hurt His feelings. My spirit was crushed, what an awful feeling to grieve the Holy Spirit who lives inside me. He doesn’t tell us, “don’t get the Holy Spirit mad”, but not to cause Him grief and sadness with the way we live our life.

IT FELT LIKE I HAD HURT MY BEST FRIEND’S FEELINGS

 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

    Think and Meditate on Gen 6: 4-6:  The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.( KJV:And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart)

 

  Ephesians 4 teaches us to live a life pleasing unto the Lord: 

  1. Live a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God
  2. Always be humble and gentle
  3. Be patient with each other, allowing for each other’s faults because of your love
  4. Make every effort to keep yourself united in Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
  5. Be wise, and don’t be tossed around with every new teaching
  6. Do not be influenced by lies people use to trick you into false doctrine
  7. Speak the truth in love
  8. Grow in every way to more and more like Christ
  9. Don’t close your minds and harden your hearts against the Lord
  10. Do not live for lustful pleasure and stay away from anything impure
  11. Throw off your former way of life which is corrupted by lust and deception
  12. LET THE SPIRIT RENEW YOUR THOUGHTS AND ATTITUDES’
  13. Put on your new nature, created to be like God- truly righteous and holy
  14. Stop telling lies
  15. Don’t sin by letting anger control you
  16. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry- for anger gives a foothold to the devil
  17. If you are a thief, quit stealing and use your hands for good hard work and give generously to others in need
  18. Do not use foul or abusive language.
  19. Let everything you say be good and helpful
  20. Let your words be encouraging to all who hear them
  21. Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live
  22. Get rid of all bitterness
  23. Get rid of all rage
  24. Get rid of all anger
  25. Get rid of all harsh words
  26. Get rid of all slander and gossip
  27. Get rid of all evil behavior
  28. Be Kind to one another
  29. Be tender-hearted, gentle and merciful to others as the Lord is with you
  30. Forgive one another just as God through Christ has forgiven you

     God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.  Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 1 Thes 4:7-8

I’ll add a few more: 

  1. Don’t use God’s name in vain
  2. Don’t watch movies that you know are wrong
  3. Don’t listen to music that is not good for you listen to
  4. Make time for the Lord today, He wants to spend time with you
  5. Don’t ignore Him when He tugs on your heart to pray
  6. Listen for His warnings and obey
  7. Follow Him

  The Holy spirit is closer than a friend, He is our Comforter and our Helper 

And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. Ez 36:27

He is our Comforter, He is with us forever
 If
ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you. John 14:16-18

 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 co 6:19

   He teaches me and guides me into all truth

  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit tell you whatever will he receives from me.’ John 16:12-15

    Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned 1 Cor 2 : 12-14 

For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.  But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. 1 John 2:27, Luke 12:12 

So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. Acts 13:4

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20:28 

 He helps us pray

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.     
         
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Jude 1:20, Romans 8:5, 26-27

The Holy Spirit Keeps us Protected, and Sealed until the day of  Redemption;  Grieve not the Holy Spirit, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption
     Looking at the leaves in my backyard, I noticed a waxy cover or seal over each of them. Though the rains and storms come, the leaves are unaffected. That is what the Holy Spirit it like for us, He is our protector in storms. Though the trials of life may hit hard, He is always there to help us, comfort us and get us back on our feet. He is there when we are tempted, helping us find our way back. He has sealed us and marked us because we belong to our Heavenly Father.

 Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.  REPENT, BE BAPTISED AND ASK HIM ASK HIM

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

Think about:  Am  I listening to the Holy Spirit? Am I obeying? Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit evident in my life?

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and selfcontrol. There is no law against these things! Gal 5 :22   Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS:

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.   A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.  To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.  It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way

Let love be your highest goal!
But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.  For if you have the ability to speak in tongues,] you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit,] but it will all be mysterious. But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened.1 Cor 14 

 

Today remember:  grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Amen.

Fire of the Holy Spirit, demonic attacks, spiritual heart, and understanding addiction

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It was early in the morning as I was waking up and before me, in a vision, I could see the hearts and the fire of the Holy Spirit within people. I could see their hearts, what was in their heart and how it flowed into different parts of their life. I also saw and understood the flame within the believers, the fire of the Holy Spirit.  (This is the second part of an earlier post)

      What I understood: 1-We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.2- Stand strong in your trials, they make you stronger and build your endurance.

THE FIRE

The first person I saw had a small thin tall flame.  Talking to this person, you would believe she was a strong believer, involved in church, a Christian all her life and even led groups.  I could see her complaining about situations at work and discussing the rude people she had run into that day as she worked, but in the spiritual world I could see invisible demonic beings blowing out this flame with every trouble that came her way. Every trouble or trial that came her way- was actually a demonic force with the full intention of putting out this flame within her heart. I could see the flame disappear as trials came, her crying and upset, maybe over a struggle at work or with a friend- the evil forces tried to discourage her and keep her from remembering God’s promises, but she would renew herself in the Lord and that flame that had gone out, soon came back up again. And so this happened often, her not realizing who she was really battling.

The next person I saw was a Christian man, loved the Lord, went to church, grew up in the church, went to school in the church, didn’t know much of the bible, but thought he was doing his best. Within his heart were tiny flickers of light, like when you are trying to start a fire- tiny sparks. They would go out and then try to come back out again. The struggles of this world and the desire for worldly things was trying to extinguish the sparks. There was room for a great flame but only tiny flickering sparks were there. This parable of the farmer and the seeds in the post spiritual fire explains this clearly.

The next person I saw had a huge flame in her heart. It was the result of trusting God through all her trials, troubles and storms (Romans 5:3-4, James 1, Jeremiah 17:7-8)  (Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. )  This didn’t mean the attacks didn’t still come- they did. She also had many annoying trials still in life, yet she clung to the Lord. Her flame didn’t mean she didn’t have problems, it  just meant that she no longer let annoyances bother her as much as they did. She was stronger now. ( Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance) So in the spiritual world I could see the trials she had as a quick blow or wind to try to get her fire out, but the fire was too large. It was like trying to blow out a campfire, but the trials never stopped, they went on and on.  More detail on this in post on Fire of the Holy spirit and Spiritual Warfare

The last person I saw was a man- Christian, weekly church attendee, grew up in church, but went his own way each week after Sunday. His heart was the deepest darkest loneliest blackness, like a deep unending pit. Terrifying. His sins had opened doors for demonic strongholds to take over him, choke out the word of God so it wouldn’t enter his heart, and also control parts of his life.  For more detail on what I saw, see spiritual strongholds.

YOUR WEAPONS

  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
           And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people   Eph 6

THE HEART

Now within all this I saw a spiritual heart within us all. There are outflows out of our heart. What ever we say, do, hear, think goes into our heart- It is just as Jesus said, it is a wellspring within us. Like Solomon said, we need to be very careful what we put in our heart, because it affects every part of our life.

Guard your heart above all else,
    for it determines the course of your life.
 Avoid all perverse talk;
    stay away from corrupt speech.
 Look straight ahead,
    and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
    stay on the safe path.
 Don’t get sidetracked;
    keep your feet from following evil.
Proverbs 4:23-27

    Out of the heart I saw 6 outflows into different areas of our life: there may be more, but this is what I saw, and this is what I wrote down as soon as I saw it

The outflows of the heart I saw:
1-Happiness
2- Different ventures
3-Different paths
4-Home, family
5-work
6-Looking for God
7-Searching

On the heart of the person I had described above, written on each of the outflows of the heart was the word “stronghold” written in black. Underneath this word was a pair of demonic hands stopping the outflow of the heart the outflows were supposed to connect him to the Lord, and the ultimate goal of the demonic stronghold was to break this outflow- like breaking a vine – so this person would be cut off from God forever.  I could see the Lord’s love for this person and the Lord trying to call him back. This person had addictions that controlled him. He wanted to be free and kept saying he could free himself, but he was no match for the legions and legions of demons behind him. As soon as he would break free from a stronghold, another demon would grab hold of him. I saw two demonic hands wrapped around his neck choking out the word of God. I saw the demons laugh and laugh when this man thought to himself “I can free myself”. I knew they wanted him to think that, that way they knew, he’d never be freed.  I understood that this was happening as Jesus described – when a man is cleaned and then goes back to his sin, many legions come back – and this is what I saw.  They had too much control and no man can fight this alone without the power of the Holy Spirit , the name of Jesus, and the Almighty Father.

   “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” Matthew 12:43-45

For more detail, see post on Fire of the Holy Spirit and Spiritual warfare

Scripture to think about:

 The the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Gen 4: 6-8
” For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.” 2 Peter

 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.   When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Titus 2:11

   You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world.  Colossians 2:20

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. Galations 5: 16

 Hear me, LORD, my plea is just;
listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right.
 Though you probe my heart,
though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
my mouth has not transgressed.
Though people tried to bribe me,
I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
through what your lips have commanded.
My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not stumbled.
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me.|
They close up their callous hearts,
and their mouths speak with arrogance.
They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
They are like a lion hungry for prey,
like a fierce lion crouching in cover.
Rise up, LORD, confront them, bring them down;
with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
By your hand save me from such people, LORD,
from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
may their children gorge themselves on it,
and may there be leftovers for their little ones.
As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing
Psalm 17 Psalm of David
Have a blessed day! God love you so much!