OR SUBTLE SPEECH DEPENDS ON US 1/04/08
PIX: I saw an orange rescue boat in the sea.
There were angels sent to rescue people and there was
only so much room on the boat.
HEARD: Repentance. A search party never gets
in the way. So that next time, there is more room,
INTERP: Angels are available to help us, but
they will not violate our free will. If we are not in
the right position with God through repentance, then
sometimes we must wait another time to be rescued.
HEARD: Making the issue the issue. The way I
fed her without being direct. It is called being
polite. To draw into a performance. As to obey.
Ask Me what and I will tell you. My gift to you is
understanding. Purpose, I should have told you. I am
in agreement with you. To let you know if you are ever
off the page. Immediately, if not sooner.
If we had only shared. The way was very clear, had I
known. It would have been so much easier.
INTERPRETATION AND TEACHING: In other cultures,
it is common to speak in carefully chosen words that are
not direct speech. It takes a humble and listening
hearer to pick up the nuances of the language and
understand the fullness of what is being said. I have
noticed many times in the terminology and flavor of the
things that I see and hear, that when the Lord is
wanting me to be obedient about something, He is very
gracious and doesnt come out and tell me directly that I
am being strong willed and stubborn. He shows me
motives and the right way and then lets me see in subtle
ways where I am not lining up. It is His way of being
gracious and not so directly confrontational.
However there are other times when He is very direct and
when I hear those things I know He has spoken to me
about them many times and I have ignored them and He is
stepping up the “heat.” I have been chewing on the
above dark speech as to how it relates to obedience and
suddenly saw a deeper understanding as to why He speaks
to me more subtly in the areas that I resist Him. It
has to do with honoring free will and wanting our
volunteer loving relationship. God doesnt want puppets
and slaves or servants and Master type relationship
where we “perform” well; He wants to win us through His
love so that He can call us friends.
However when we resist Him over and over again, there
are times when He hooks us like a fish and we are
kicking and wrestling Him the whole way as He
unrelentingly draws us back to Him. He lets us struggle
the fight out of us and then finally when we see His
love as it really is, we relent and melt before His
Obedience without love is not to understand the heart of
God. To obey Him is to be His friend. In His loving
kindness He gives good gifts. But some good gifts
without the character to steward them can ultimately
corrupt the receiver. Obedience trains our character
and matures the fruits of the Spirit within our lives so
that we are prepared for greater gifts in greater
measure. Obedience, for obedience sake is like going to
school as children until we learn how to live in self
discipline. When parents use control in raising their
children to obey, it produces rebellion and slaves with
defiant and resentful hearts. But when parents through
reciprocal relationship, lovingly teach their children
through wisdom and understanding the consequences of
their decisions, it helps the children grow up to became
self disciplined instead of God disciplined.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. To obey Him
is to hold His Word in great reverence for the truth
that it is. The fear of God is accepting the laws He
placed within the earth, and abiding accordingly. It is
walking in the fear that we reap what we sow and that we
truly are accountable for everything we say and do. To
walk in the fear of God is to choose to walk in
God spoke to Moses face to face and not with parables
and riddles as He did with other prophets. That is
something I have always wanted and it is the strongest
passion I have is to live in that place with God. I am
not there yet and I still wrestle, fight and kick,
although my fight is remarkably less than it used to
be. The intimacy of face to face and direct speech is
won through a relationship of mutual love, trust and
communion where 2 hearts are one. Until we are walking
in the maturity of obedience to His Word through
volunteer love, we simply are not one.
Jer 16:16-18 NKJV
"Behold, I will send for many fishermen," says the
LORD, "and they shall fish them; and afterward I will
send for many hunters , and they shall hunt them from
every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of
the rocks. For My eyes are on all their ways; they are
not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity hidden
from My eyes.
Hos 2:14-16 NKJV
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her
into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will
give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of
Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, as in the
days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from
the land of Egypt. "And it shall be, in that day," Says
the LORD, "That you will call Me 'My Husband,' and no
longer call Me 'My Master.'
John 15:14-17 NKJV
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does
not know what his master is doing; but I have called you
friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I
have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I
chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear
fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever
you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These
things I command you, that you love one another.
Ex 33:11 NKJV
So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face , as a man
speaks to his friend.
Num 12:6-8 NKJV
"Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you,
I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I
speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to
face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees
the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to
speak against My servant Moses?"
HEARD 1/05/08 As I was thinking about the above
teaching on obedience through love:
HEARD: It’s My loving restrictions on your
life that gives you safe boundaries.
Rom 7:4-6 NLT
When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful
desires were at work within us, and the law aroused
these evil desires that produced sinful deeds, resulting
in death. 6 But now we have been released from the law,
for we died with Christ, and we are no longer captive to
its power. Now we can really serve God, not in the old
way by obeying the letter of the law, but in the new
way, by the Spirit.
Rom 8:13-15 NKJV
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but
if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit
of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not
receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you
received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out,"Abba,