Sandy Warner ~





Today I went to the post office to mail 2 boxes and both had the word Isham in it.  The man who helped me said he kept having a double take at the word “Isham.”  He said all morning he had been singing an old song by Mark Isham.  I knew this was the Lord because God speaks through reoccurring songs and double confirmations.  When I got home I looked up the name Isham and it means “From the iron one’s estate.”  The name Mark means war like.



Next I went to the grocery store and after the clerk rang up my bananas, the old man behind me suddenly began singing, “I love bananas, because they have no bones!”  He smiled and said he used to sing that as a kid and it suddenly popped into his mind.


Bob Jones used to say that bananas are the fruit of the Spirit of gentleness because they are soft and tender hearted. 


I was reminded of my longsuffering and deepest heart’s cry in discerning judgment prophesies that are given with a contentious attitude.


1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we became gentle in your midst, as a nurse may cherish her own children,


2 Timothy 2:24-26 and a servant of the Lord it behoveth not to strive, but to be gentle unto all, apt to teach, patient under evil, 25 in meekness instructing those opposing--if perhaps God may give to them repentance to an acknowledging of the truth, 26 and they may awake out of the devil's snare, having been caught by him at his will.


James 3:13-18 Who [is] wise and intelligent among you? let him shew out of the good behaviour his works in meekness of wisdom, 14 and if bitter zeal ye have, and rivalry in your heart, glory not, nor lie against the truth; 15 this wisdom is not descending from above, but earthly, physical, demon-like, 16 for where zeal and rivalry [are], there is insurrection and every evil matter; 17 and the wisdom from above, first, indeed, is pure, then peaceable, gentle, easily entreated, full of kindness and good fruits, uncontentious, and unhypocritical: -- 18 and the fruit of the righteousness in peace is sown to those making peace.


Strong's Greek Dictionary
1932. επιεικεια epieikeia
Search for G1932 in KJVSL

επιεικεια epieikeia ep-ee-i'-ki-ah

from 1933; suitableness, i.e. (by implication) equity, mildness:—clemency, gentleness.

See Greek 1933



I looked up the word gentleness and this was the first I clicked on: 


2 Samuel 22:32-37 For who is God, except the LORD? and who is a rock, except our God? 33 God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect. 34 He makes my feet like hinds' feet: and sets me upon my high places. 35 He teaches my hands to make war; so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms. 36 You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your gentleness has made me great. 37 You have enlarged my path under me; so that my feet did not slip.


I couldn’t help but notice that these buzz words are seemingly incongruous:


(Iron) -  Rock, strength, power, warring hands, bow of steel, shield.



(Banana) - Hind’s feet, gentleness.


God is both fierce and kind.  He can be rock hard fierce with His enemies and massively kind and gracious to those who love Him.  Yes He does discipline His kids.  But He is longsuffering over them and reaches them in the most gentle way that they will listen.  To the degree that we resist His Word, He becomes increasingly strong.


Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned backward.


Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness: otherwise you also shall be cut off.


Lord as you raise us up to be godly parents to a blind and naked world, let us have iron shields of faith to enable us to advance in Your loving ways.  And let us have Your gracious gentleness to all who are hungry and will listen in Jesus name.


Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner. To better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.” Website: Email: