The Blessing and The Lesson

Written by on November 28, 2023

Words Accompanied by The Spirit
Words Accompanied by The Spirit
The Blessing and The Lesson
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Get the Blessings and the Lessons from the Attacks

I feel the need to touch on this. To give is better than to receive. But what I want you to recognize is that this can be done in many different ways. While the benefits can heal and uplift, bringing joy and peace. And no, I am not going to ask anyone for anything.

There is an outpouring of love that is received when you give from your heart. Meditate on this as I give several words of encouragement.

I have been spending time with God. It has been fragmented. Unable to concentrate for the last few days. But I have received a few revelations.

Picture 03 - Luke 6:38 KJV - Give, and it shall be given unto you; good - Bible Verse Picture

1) He is never far from any of us. “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us:” (Acts 17: 27, KJV).

Nothing Can Separate Us from His Love

Let me add, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers: nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8: 38-39, KJV).

The epiphany given to me by the Holy Spirit is that He has loved me with unique “love languages”. (It is plural because He speaks to us in various ways.) How He communicates with me is peculiar and distinctive. He asked me to tell you to reflect on His love language(s) for you. How He communicates with you.

Picture 02 - Numbers 12:8 KJV - With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even - Bible Verse Picture

When you are hated and attacked regularly, it can be holistically exhausting. Since I was young, I could never believe in the sincerity of a preacher who has never gone through anything.

What made Paul so powerful was that in his weakness he knew from whence his help came. Listen as he gives a synopsis of his trials while debunking the fake apostles.

Paul’s Trials and Tribulations

2) “Are they [self-proclaimed] servants of Christ?- I am speaking as if I were out of my mind- I am more so [for I exceed them]; with far more labors, with far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, and often in danger of death.

Picture 05 - 2 Corinthians 11:23 KJV - Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) - Bible Verse Picture

“Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent adrift on the sea;

“Many times on journeys, [exposed to] danger from rivers, danger from bandits, danger from my own countrymen, danger from the Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger on the sea, danger among those posing as believers; in labor and hardship, often unable to sleep, in hunger and thirst, often [driven to] fasting [for lack of food], in cold and exposure [without adequate clothing]” (2 Corinthians 11: 23-27, AMP).

Picture 04 - 2 Corinthians 11:27 KJV - In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, - Bible Verse Picture

This was allowed to keep Paul grounded. So that he would not forget his impotence and feebleness, as a mere man. Through this, I was able to empathize. Lest I become proud and forget that I am nothing.

You Cannot Have Empathy Without Compassion

Empathy is lacking for usually one of three reasons. a) You can’t suffer with one’s experiences that are foreign to you. b) Instead of being thankful, you are embarrassed of where you are or have been. And c) you don’t know love so you don’t know God, making you incapable of understanding.

It is easy to be fake and phony. Shallow, trivial, and empty of true and meaningful relationships.

3) “The man of too many friends [chosen indiscriminately] will be broken in pieces and come to ruin, but there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18: 24, AMP).

Picture 02 - Proverbs 18:24 KJV - A man that hath friends must shew himself - Bible Verse Picture

When I begin to feel depleted, despondent, anxious, and depressed, I know that I am being attacked. Even though I am fully aware that the Holy Spirit will always provide restoration.

God’s Grace is Always Sufficient

But to ensure that I remain humble, He gave me a clearer perception of His sufficient grace.

4) “Because of the surpassing greatness and extraordinary nature of revelations [which I have received from God], for this reason, to keep me from thinking of myself as important, a thorn in my flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan, to torment and harass me- to keep me from exalting myself!

Picture 07 - 2 Corinthians 12:7 KJV - And lest I should be exalted above measure - Bible Verse Picture

“Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; but He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough -always available -regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.’

Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses (Did you get that?), so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12: 7-9, AMP).

When I am Weak, He is Strong

5) Here is the utterance of what I have personally witnessed, being fully aware of my infirmities:

“So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; (Now pay attention!!!) for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength]” (2 Corinthians 12: 10, AMP).

2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV - Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in - Bible Verse Picture

There was a situation recently with my daughter that bothered me. Someone called her out of her name “jokingly”. I was so angry, wanting to confront this individual, that I was bound for two days. This yolk is powerful and deadly. The Holy Ghost was allowing me to fester in it. A draining heaviness. Spiritual annihilation. Until I realized that I must let go and let God.

Man will always fall short. But this deception was preventing me from seeing the devastating consequences of this hindrance in my life until it had overtaken me. Attempting to cause me to forfeit my eternal reward. Even what I am asking God to reinstitute in the earthly realm of my life. Paul made a pivotal statement towards the end of the book.

Picture 04 - Romans 12:19 KJV - Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather - Bible Verse Picture

 We Live by The Spirit

6) “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (2 Corinthians 13: 8, KJV). Because I have committed my life to an increasingly zealous and intimate relationship with Jesus. While pleading for restoration. I must not let the enemy rob me of my goals. Knowing that vengeance is the Lord’s. What can man do unto me? If I don’t allow it.

And finally, 7) “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Picture 07 - Galatians 5:22 KJV - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, - Bible Verse Picture

Let Us Walk in The Spirit

“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites. If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage -our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit]. We must not become conceited, challenging or provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5: 22-26, AMP).

I had to be reminded that these must be cultivated and nourished. God will not give them to wasters. So, you must be determined to persevere to not only reap but keep these spiritual gifts.

Picture 05 - Matthew 7:6 KJV - Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, - Bible Verse Picture

Neither Give Place to The Devil

The devil is crafty. Let me confirm the warning that is given to us.

a. “And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness” (Ephesians 4: 27, AMP).

b. “Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak]” (Ephesians 4: 29, AMP). In other words, choose your words carefully, speaking only when necessary.

c. and finally, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]” (Ephesians 4: 31, AMP).

Did you get that? Don’t grieve the Spirit.

Picture 07 - Ephesians 4:30 KJV - And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye - Bible Verse Picture

Always coming from a place of love and in truth!!!

Originally written on November 17, 2023.

 

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