💗In order for us to be able to put our complete trust in the Lord He will put us into situations that He will resolve to show us that we can trust Him in all things. Our trust in Him is important to Him and that is why we are tested in how much we do actually trust Him. It has to emanate from the heart and not just be words that we speak. He earns our trust by giving us trials and expects us to learn from them so that we will not be shaken by anything since our total trust is in Him and Him alone. In our interpersonal relationships trust also has to be earned. If trust has been established and then broken we are to keep the proper perspective and be very cautious in extending that trust once again. It can only be reestablished when there is a concerted effort on the part of the person who betrayed that trust to regain the trust that was broken by their actions. If that doesn’t occur we are to keep our guard up and not extend that trust to the individual. We can still love a person even if they are untrustworthy just as we can love someone who is living a sinful lifestyle. So our love for someone can’t be based on trust. After all, we at times can be untrustworthy towards the Lord yet He never stops loving us.
The truth is… I used to be a “Fault Finder.”
I guess you could say these days I would be considered more of a “Recovering Fault Finder.”
In other words, I have seen the error of my ways, but seeking the fault of others is a temptation I deal with daily. Just like any addiction, some days it is moment by moment I have to overcome and push past this temptation.
So, do I know the litany of a fault finder? Oh yes, this is something I know all too well. Funny how once you do actually see the faultiness of yourself, it becomes way more easy to spot it in another. This is when we must not fall into the trap to partake once again… Oh just one more “hit”… How tempting it is, especially when most all of those around you partake daily, beckoning you to join them.
I often joke about how hard it is for me not to “Judge the Judger’s…” And although I may joke about it, this is a real struggle for me.
I see myself standing up now in a crowd declaring… “Hi, my name is Angela, I am a fault finder. I have been a fault finder since birth and the last time I looked for a fault in someone was about 30 seconds ago.” I am giggling over here, because sometimes the truth is amusing and to be real is much better than to portray a lie.
Before you get too concerned for me, I need to explain something. Most recently I have been under extreme scrutiny by so many. The reasons are not important, but rather the results are something only the Lord can perform. I started one writing titled ~ You Don’t Know Me ~ Because for the past several weeks it is like I have been under a proverbial microscope of scrutiny, even by those who love me very much and they truly believe they “Know” what is best for me. I must admit I was getting a little frustrated, so I kept going to the Lord and telling Him that I understand their hearts are in the right place, but they do not know the “Fullness” of me or my life or even my current situation… I would tell Him, only You know this fullness Lord, only You are My Answer, as You hold the key to my heart. Comfort came when I understood, even this is purposed. It is purposed that only the One Who created, knows His creation, being me and you, all of us.
He then began to show me glimpses of me and in times past I have done the same to others. Sigh… Yep, guilty as charged.
You are truly reading the penning of a recovering faultfinder who is in full repentance mode. And as a result of me acknowledging my own wrongs, I am slowly able to not only cease faultfinding more easily, but dislike it so much that I will refuse it more often than partake when others are doing the same. I am celebrating my recovery in Jesus, knowing without Him I could not overcome not one single temptation. I really believe He is starting to clean me up a little, changing my heart and what it desires. 💗 All glory really goes to HIM, because separate of HIM, I really, really can do nothing.
Anyway, some of you may be wondering what a “Fault finder,” actually is?
These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. Jude 1:16
A FAULTFINDER is actually someone who feels appointed to point out the faults of others. Some are even convinced the Lord has placed this command upon them to do so [which was me], while others just enjoy pointing out the shortcomings of others in order to make themselves feel better because they have a low self esteem. Regardless, this act is forbidden and ungodly as we follow the example Jesus set before us. When we are following in His footsteps, we truly will not do anything or say anything He did not do. It is a stretch at best to find Jesus, the most perfect One, pointing out the faults of anyone, except the faultfinders themselves. Funny how that works. One example would be the woman caught in adultery, Jesus ignored their requests to condemn and stone her, instead telling them to cast a stone if they had no sin. They definitely had the characteristics of a faultfinder.
A faultfinder will try to “catch” another in a wrong, point it out to those they believe are “holy” to stain the reputation of the one who’s guilt is obvious.
This is why I cannot stay in position of being a faultfinder any longer:
- I do not know the FULLNESS OF HIS WORD, therefore I cannot rightly divide it’s application in someone else’s life.
- Jesus Alone is the Author and Finisher of each of His children, not me.
- Only the Lord knows in truth the measurement of truth each person has personally received from Him at any given moment. So therefore, only He can find fault in their walk.
- Someone may be speaking the smallest of truth in their own lives, while I am judging by the larger measurement of truth He has taught me.
- Because I am a partaker of meat, I expect others to be grown like me and hold them to a higher standard than Jesus would, they are still on the milk.
- I can easily set a standard upon another, saying they are speaking false, when what they are saying is actually just unfamiliar to me personally.
- Since all Scripture is given for reproof, correction and instruction – I need to remind myself I AM NOT SCRIPTURE as to not fall into a trap of comparing people to me and my walk.
- I have a propensity to judge before the time.
- I can only see in part concerning others, which makes it way too easy to judge by sight and not Spirit.
- Lastly, although I am a spiritual being having a fleshly experience… I am still in the flesh and cannot rightly judge anything. All I am required to do is simply not be a “partaker” of darkness, not judge it.
So I pray these words resonate within your life, just as they did mine. The Lord has been so very gracious to each of us, something we should never take for granted or expect. He tells us mercy given is mercy received. As we show mercy to one another, He in turn grants us mercy for all of our shortcomings and I have many. Maybe, just maybe if we would all embrace this truth the World would be a better place, a kinder place to indwell until that day, when all things become new. When those like me, shed this veil of faultfinding and walk fully upright in His glory.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
May The Lord Bless You In His Love,
Angela ~ Marked By Heaven💗
💗The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
So why would we study WISDOM anyway? Wisdom is woven into the Bible in every Book, it is something we often gloss right over through the misconception we believe we already have figured out devoid of what wisdom actually is. After close examination and barely scratching the surface I am awakening to the understanding WISDOM is sadly one of the most overlooked Truths within the Biblical Texts.
It was a stirring within my Spirit, which set me on a journey in search of Wisdom and not viewed by man’s interpretation either, but in total revelation by our Lord. I caution anyone who also feels a strong desire to further their understanding on Wisdom, be very careful who you listen to. There are many new agers and ancient agers out there with a full on assault to confuse and deceive the elect children of God and the unsaved as well.
With that being said… I will refer occasionally to the fact I am gleaning all my teaching through the Hebrew and Greek lexicon found on Blue Letter Bible and the KJV of the Bible, itself. If I reference another source I will let you know in advance.
The answer to why we would study wisdom is easy… Because we are told to do so by our Father.
Let’s look at some scriptures first, after that we will define wisdom in the Greek and Hebrew lexicon, as well as man’s dictionary.
We have all been told in Mathew 25 to be as the five wise virgins, have we not? Let’s take a look into that familiar verse:
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Lamps: A shining torch fueled with (oil) imparted by the Spirit of Life through the seed)
Virgin: Someone who has abstained from all uncleanness and whoredom through idolatry, and so has kept their chastity for marriage – No idols on the throne of their heart!
Who carries the seed? The Spirit of Life
Who receives the seed? The Wise Virgins
The Seed is the Holy Spirit and Wisdom is imparted into the lamp by Him
The Seed carries the characteristics of the Holy Spirit & Jesus – who are One in the Father
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Note: There are wise and unwise in the Kingdom of Heaven, in the following verses we will see exactly what sets them apart from one another.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Oil – Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
- Notice they could not enter without the oil… If it was just simply a door, why did they not enter?
- Please note: They had the outside appearance and the tools to be a virgin, however inwardly they were void.
We see here… without the oil (Seed) inside of us, we simply will not be ready when Jesus comes because our torches will not burn for Him.
25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Back to wisdom…..
1Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
- How are our days multiplied? Through wisdom.
💗Wisdom is available for EVERYONE!
1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
- Understanding wisdom can only come through the communication of the heart
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
- If you understand her you will be happy
19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
- Through her the Earth was found and through her understanding he established the Heavens
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.
- Froward, think and plan against another person
- Secret – Secret council of the anointed and appointed of God, those who are righteous and wise
33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
Can we all agree that wisdom cannot be attained by the flesh or the mind or the soul? Wisdom, she is a life force, a Spirit, if you will.
For example: Wisdom gives pure love to the heart like air gives breathe to the lungs.
Let’s look at the Greek and Hebrew roots concerning the word Wisdom.
Wisdom – Sophia is the root name, which is why she is always referred to as female, similar to the way we would not confuse Jesus as a male, Wisdom/Sophia is female… Both created in the image of The One – Our Father who is all things since before time began. Female in this sense resembles the vessel which contains the seed.
A moral rather than an intellectual quality. To be “foolish” is to be godless (Psa 14:1; Jdg 19:23; 2Sa 13:13). True wisdom is a gift from God to those who ask it (Job 28:12-28; Pro 3:13-18; Rom 1:22; 16:27; 1Cr 1:17-21; 2:6-8; Jam 1:5). “Wisdom” in Pro 1:20; 8:1; 9:1-5 may be regarded not as a mere personification of the attribute of wisdom, but as a divine person, “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1Cr 1:24). In Mat 11:19 it is the personified principle of wisdom that is meant.
For “wisdom,”Sophia” is in almost every case the original word, the sole exception is in the New Testament being Lu 1:17 (phronesis).
Wisdom is the only-begotten of God (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:22), the effulgence of eternal light (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:26; compare Heb 1:3), living with God (The Wisdom of Solomon 8:3) and sharing His throne (The Wisdom of Solomon 9:4). She is the origin (or “mother”) of all creatures (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:12; compare 8:6), and is active in penetrating (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:24), ordering (The Wisdom of Solomon 8:1), and renewing (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:27) all things, while carrying inspiration to all holy souls (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:23), especially to Israel (The Wisdom of Solomon 10:17,18). Here there is no doubt that the personification has ceased to be rhetorical and has become real. Wisdom is thought of as a heavenly being, not so distinctively personal, perhaps, as an angel, but none the less far more than a mere rhetorical term; i.e. she is a “hypostasis.”
Wisdom, broad and full of intelligence; used of the knowledge of very diverse matters the wisdom which belongs to men spec. the varied knowledge of things human and divine, acquired by acuteness and experience, and summed up in maxims and proverbs the science and learning the act of interpreting dreams and always giving the sagest advice the intelligence evinced in discovering the meaning of some mysterious number or vision skill in the management of affairs devout and proper prudence in intercourse with men not disciples of Christ, skill and discretion in imparting Christian truth the knowledge and practice of the requisites for godly and upright living supreme intelligence, such as belongs to God to Christ the wisdom of God as evinced in forming and executing counsels in the formation and government of the world and the scriptures
Further reading ~
Proverbs 6:16-23 What the Lord hates
Proverbs 8:22-31 Wisdom present before the Earth began
Proverbs 8:12 Prudence is with Her
Once we become more familiar with the ways of wisdom, we too will display the characteristics of “Being wise.” Every answer we could ever seek is found in God’s Word. To know wisdom is to know God. If we read Proverbs, Chapters 1-9 we will discover in detail what wisdom will produce as fruit in our own lives. I encourage you to read these Chapters for yourself and let the Holy Spirit lead and teach you according to how it was written.
As a matter of fact, I did just that myself and below is a list of qualities of what the Lord’s wisdom does as activated within a Child of God:
Proverbs 1-9 ~~~ Knowing Wisdom
- Gives PERCEPTION
- Gives INSTRUCTION
- Gives JUSTICE
- Gives JUDGMENT
- Gives EQUITY
- Is SUBTLE
- Increases KNOWLEDGE
- Imparts DISCRETION
- Increases DESIRE TO LEARN and SEEK WISE COUNSEL
- INTERPRETS DARK SAYINGS
- IMPARTS FEAR OF THE LORD
- CRIES OUT TO THE SIMPLE ONES WHO LOVE SIMPLICITY LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO DWELL WITHIN
- Gives REPROOF
- POURS HER SPIRIT INTO THOSE WHO WILL RECEIVE
- Gives REVELATION
- She CALLS OUT
- She STRETCHES FORTH HER HAND
- Gives COUNSEL
- She LAUGHS AT THE CALAMITY OF FOOLS
- She MOCKS WHEN FEAR COMES UPON FOOLS
- She WILL NOT ANSWER THE CALLS OF THOSE WHO REJECTED HER KNOWLEDGE AND DID NOT FEAR THE LORD
- Those who dwell with her shall be SAFE and QUIET
- She WRITES THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD UPON OUR HEARTS
- Gives UNDERSTANDING
- She is a TREASURE HIDDEN
- Only the LORD GIVES HER AWAY OUT OF HIS MOUTH TO THE RIGHTEOUS
- She ENTERS INTO OUR HEART
- Makes our SOUL PLEASANT
- She PRESERVES us
- DELIVERS US FROM EVIL PEOPLE AND STRANGERS
- HELPS US TO REMEMBER OUR COVENANT WITH GOD
- Assists us to WALK WITH GOOD MEN
- KEEPS OUR PATH RIGHTEOUS
- MAKES US UPRIGHT and PERFECTED
- GRANTS LONG LIFE and EXTENDS OUR DAYS
- Imparts MERCY
- Conduit for FAVOR
- Assists in TRUSTING THE LORD and ACKNOWLEDGING HIM
- GIVES HEALTH TO OUR PHYSICAL BODY
- Helps us HONOR GOD
- INCREASES OUR FRUIT and WEALTH
- Makes us LOVE CORRECTION
- Makes us HAPPY
- MORE VALUABLE THAN ANY MATERIAL TREASURE ON EARTH
- KEEPS TRACK OF THE DAYS – CONTAINING THE NUMBER IN HER HANDS
- IN HER RIGHT HAND IS RICHES AND HONOR
- FULL OF PLEASANTNESS and PEACE
- She is a TREE OF LIFE
- We can RETAIN HER
- By her the EARTH WAS FOUNDED
- By her the HEAVENS WERE ESTABLISHED
- By her the DEPTHS ARE BROKEN
- By her the CLOUDS DROP DOWN THE DEW
- The Children of God KEEP HER
- Imparts GRACE
- Prevents us from STUMBLING
- CASTS AWAY FEAR
- KEEPS OUR SLEEP SWEET
- WILL NOT ALLOW US TO BE TAKEN WHEN THE DESOLATION OF THE WICKED COMES
- Shows us how to be CONFIDENT
- She opposes those who: WITHHOLD THAT WHICH IS GOOD, DEVISE EVIL AGAINST ANOTHER, STRIVE WITH ONE FOR NO REASON, ENVY OR OPPRESS ANOTHER, ARE FOOLISH
- She will SCORN THOSE WHO SCORN
- Imparts GLORY ON THE HUMBLE
- She is to be made KNOWN
- SHE FORCES HERSELF ON NO ONE
- SPEAKS DIRECTLY TO THE CHILDREN OF THE CREATOR
- GIVES GOOD DOCTRINE
- HELPS US RETAIN THE WORDS OF OUR LORD IN OUR HEARTS
- GRANTS LIFE
- MAKES US REMEMBER
- WILL NOT BE FORSAKEN
- PRESERVE US
- If you love her, you will be KEPT
- She is a PRINCIPAL OF FAITH
- If you exalt her, you will BE PROMOTED
- DELIVERS A CROWN OF GLORY
- KEEPS US FROM STUMBLING
- SHE IS OUR LIFE FORCE
- KEEPS US FROM THOSE WHO ARE WICKED and cause others to fall
- SHINING LIGHT
- MAKES OUR HEART DILIGENT
- SHUTS THE LIPS OF THE WICKED
- KEEPS US FROM BEING ENTANGLED WITH DARKNESS
- OPENS OUR EARS TO HEAR INSTRUCTION FROM TEACHERS
- DIRECTS OBEDIENCE
- RAVISHES WITH LOVE
- ONLY RESTS WITHIN THE HUMBLE
- NO MISCHIEF ESCAPES HER UNDERSTANDING
- HATES: The proud, lying, hands that shed innocent blood, heart that has wicked imaginations, mischief, false witness who does not walk what he speaks, those who sow discord among the brethren
- INSURES WE KEEP THE FATHER’S COMMANDMENTS AND THE MOTHER’S LAW
- AGAINST LUST
- OPERATES IN TOTAL PURITY AND CLARITY AND LOVE
- DESPISES THOSE WHO SEEK TO SATISFY THEIR SOULS
- DECLARES THOSE WHO COMMIT ADULTERY IN MIND, WORD OR DEED SHALL HAVE THEIR SOUL DESTROYED – THROUGH HIS OWN SELF INFLICTED WOUNDS
- SHE IS YOUR SISTER
- GIVES SPIRITUAL EYESIGHT
- She CRIES
- STANDS IN HIGH PLACES
- SPEAKS OF EXCELLENT AND RIGHT THINGS
- DWELLS WITH PRUDENCE
- Grants KNOWLEDGE OF WITTY INVENTIONS
- LOVES THOSE WHO LOVE HER
- IS ONLY FOUND WHEN SOUGHT AFTER
- Those who love her will INHERIT SUBSTANCE
- WAS POSSESSED BY THE LORD BEFORE HE BEGAN HIS WORKS
- WAS SET UP FROM EVERLASTING BEFORE THE EARTH WAS FORMED
- WAS BROUGHT FORTH WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING FORMED
- WAS PRESENT WHEN THE HEAVENS WERE FORMED
- SHE WAS BY THE CREATOR AS ONE AND WAS BROUGHT UP WITH HIM
- WAS HIS DAILY DELIGHT, REJOICING ALWAYS WITH HIM
- HER DELIGHTS ARE WITH THE SONS OF MEN
- BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO KEEP HER WAYS
- THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST HER, SIN AGAINST THEIR OWN SOUL
- WISDOM BUILDS A SPIRITUAL HOUSE
- SHE REFLECTS THE SEVEN SPIRIT OF CREATOR GOD
- SHE FEEDS SPIRITUAL FOOD AT A TABLE
- SHE HAS HAND MAIDENS
- The simple FEAST UPON HER
- She REBUKES A WISE MAN AND HE LOVES HER FOR IT
- Her INSTRUCTION MAKES A WISE MAN, WISER
- She TEACHES A JUST MAN AND HE WILL INCREASE IN LEARNING
- When one fears the Lord, ONE WILL BEGIN TO KNOW HER
When we become one with Wisdom…. We become one with THE ONE… Our Creator Father. Amen.
May The Lord Bless You Abundantly With His Wisdom,
In His Love,
Angela ~ Marked By Heaven💗
Do you know what the first sin was that was committed after the fall? Some of you already do know, but for those who don’t, it is very eye opening.
Keeping in mind FRUIT came from THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL
JESUS IS THE TREE OF LIFE so this helps us to understand that lucifer is the tree of knowledge of good and evil and it was HIM who opened the eyes of Adam and Eve by what they ATE or rather what they PARTOOK OF AND LET INTO THEM.
For the sake of precepts, let’s say that anything we TAKE INTO US by watching, listening to and reading… Contains SEEDS and those SEEDS produce FRUIT in our lives for the good or the bad, depending upon the source. Lucifer took HIS FRUIT – knowledge of good and evil, offered it to Eve and she took it inside her when she willingly accepted it into her, so she now shared in something only known by lucifer and our Father, of course… That being, coming into the knowledge there was both GOOD AND EVIL on Earth. She lost her innocence at that moment and THEN… She offered some of what was in her to Adam and he as well, rebelled and disobeyed and therefore received the impure portion of Eve into himself and he became tainted… They then BECOME ONE FLESH IN SIN, where before the fall in rebellion THEY WERE ONE FLESH IN PURITY.
So… I am trying to keep this simple so you can see what really was birthed that day… That which is carried forth AS SEEDS, PRODUCING FRUIT, from generation to generation… Hence, the curse we are all born under.
The serpent was the craftiest of all the creatures the Lord God had made. So the serpent came to the woman. “Really?” he asked. “None of the fruit in the garden? God says you mustn’t eat any of it?” “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him. [It is our choice to rebel] “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not to eat. God says we mustn’t eat it or even touch it, or we will die.” “That’s a lie!” [Accuser] the serpent hissed. “You’ll not die! God knows very well that the instant you eat it you will become like him, for your eyes will be opened—you will be able to distinguish good from evil!” The woman was convinced. How lovely and fresh looking it was! [Evil is appealing to allure us] And it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit and gave some to her husband, and he ate it too. And as they ate it, suddenly they became aware of their nakedness, and were embarrassed. [Shame always makes us want to cover ourselves] So they strung fig leaves together to cover themselves around the hips. That evening they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden; and they hid themselves among the trees. The Lord God called to Adam, “Why are you hiding?”And Adam replied, “I heard you coming and didn’t want you to see me naked. So I hid.” “Who told you you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten fruit from the tree I warned you about?” “Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me some, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?” “The serpent tricked me,” she replied.
BLAME AND SHAME GO HAND IN HAND…
When you just read the account in Genesis, did you see what was the subtle knowledge Eve was tempted with? It was the KNOWING OF GOOD AND EVIL. Once she came into agreement with lucifer by receiving what he offered her, her eyes were then opened that ADAM was both good and evil. Before she only saw the GOOD IN HIM. Then because she passed this knowledge onto him, he took it from her – received it [ate of it] he then saw her as being both good and evil, as well.
I hope you are getting this… Look what was born…. BLAME carried forth because of SHAME. This is why we must guard our hearts at all times and be so very careful who we come into agreement with. Because we now KNOW GOOD AND EVIL just like Adam and Eve, we too can be ensnared to partake and become an accuser of the brethren, resembling the accuser himself. Or rather producing his fruit, which is in opposition to Jesus, which is love.💗
The temptation offered to us in these days is THE WORLD. Entertainment, News, Revelation, etc… Are all set before us as a snare to partake in, so that we too will accuse and blame.
Pure love to overlook the flesh deeds of another died that day. Very sad… So now the curse is we SEEK TO SEE THE EVIL IN EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING AROUND US when in truth, just like Jesus does with us ~ we are to LOVE ONE ANOTHER because LOVE AND ONLY LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS. Our sins and other’s sins.
This makes me cry… For some reason it breaks my heart in longing, to be in the original design of the Garden again, before my own eyes were opened to both evil and good. It is only by being born again, through the Spirit, that we may overcome and attain the very innocence of returning to our first appointment with LOVE.
I just have to show you again, by the Word, about blame… the first sin committed tells us everything.
The enemy did not even lie to them when he said they would not SURELY die, because they didn’t… falling and dying are two different things totally. Instead their eyes were open, just as Father told them what would happen, it happened. Spiritually they died when their flesh fell and the same holds true for us.
Before the fall, Adam and Eve loved one another regardless of their shortcomings or rather NAKEDNESS, but after they disobeyed the Lord they immediately wanted to COVER their shortcomings, even if it meant blaming one another and the serpent.
Because of rebellion, we all are not seeing clearly and it is only through the dying of self daily this curse no longer has a hold on us.
Why did Lucifer fall? Pride
What tactics does he use on us so that we partake in them with him causing us to fall? Blame
How does he keep us bound to the fallen state? Shame
Love is always a CHOICE💗
I encourage you to go back and read the account in Genesis I shared, again. But, this time read it with Spiritual eyes to see, in order the glean the wisdom granted to you through the Holy Spirit. As you read again, understand that THE GARDEN in this story is THE WORLD and you, just as Adam and Eve were placed within the Garden, so are you placed within the World. Ask the Lord to show you how you have fallen and covered yourself, as you partook what the enemy has so subtly offered to you. Has it changed you? Do you no longer operate from a place of pure love, one to another to the point you are now in agreement with the accuser? Do you feel as if you have enough KNOWLEDGE about someone or something that you can even accuse them as your brethren?
I saw one of the most heartbreaking statements from a church leader no less, the other day. It said… “Let us not unify in love alone, but in Jesus…” This totally broke my heart for this person and I thought, he does not know Jesus at all. Jesus is love and we can never, ever separate the two. Anything done without love is done in vain for the glory of self. My eyes were open that day to the truth of so many people in the World today. Did I say anything or accuse him? No, I remained silent, as who am I to point out the weakness of another? However, I was promptly lead to intercede and pray all the more for this person and any others who do not KNOW, LOVE HIMSELF. For sadly, I know on that day, Jesus will say, “Depart from me, I NEVER KNEW YOU.” And to me, that is the most fearful thing I never want to hear.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
It is my prayer that each one of you will experience the fullness of falling in love with Jesus.
May the Lord Bless You with His Love,
💗Angela ~ Marked By Heaven
💗THE LOVE OF CHRIST
CHRIST IS THEE EMBODIMENT OF LOVE TO BE CHRIST LIKE IS TO EMBODY HIS LOVE
LOVE AN INTENSE FEELING OF DEEP AFFECTION
BUT LOVE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A INTENSE FEELING AN EMOTION
LOVE BUILDS BRIDGES CLOSES GAPS HEALS WOUNDS AND SICKNESS CLEANSES THE MIND.
LOVE GOES FAR BEYOND WHAT MAN CAN COMPREHEND LOVE IS AS VAST AS THE UNIVERSE YET CAN BE SUMMED UP IN ONE SINGLE WORD ONE NAME JESUS
JESUS TO THE BELIEVER WELL WHEN WE HEAR THIS NAME A CALM A SECURITY A FEELING OF COMPLETE WHOLENESS TAKES OVER YOU BECOME WRAPPED IN HIS LOVE HELD IN HIS HAND YOU BECOME HIS CHILD NO MATTER THE AGE,
YOU WANT NOTHING MORE THAN FOR HIM TO SPEAK HIS LOVE INTO YOUR SPIRIT AND AT TIMES BECOME ONE WITH CHRIST THESE ARE THE GLIMPSES JESUS REVEALS THROUGH HIS LOVE
THE LORD DOES NOT NEED TO PROVE HIS LOVE HE IS LOVE
LOVE DOES NOT PROVE ITSELF IT SHOWS ITSELF LOVE SEEKS LOVE FINDS LOVE DOES NOT SIT AROUND AND WAIT IT MOVES FORWARD SEEKING TO LOVE.
LOVE CRIES OUT TO THE BLIND THE LEPER THE DRUNKARD THE PROSTITUTE LOVE SEEKS THE LOST BRINGS THEM IN
JESUS DID NOT SIT AROUND HE HAD A PURPOSE A REASON TO BE HIS HEAVENLY FATHER.
JESUS HAD ONE PURPOSE TO BRING US HOME AND HIS LOVE BEARING ALL PAIN BEARING ALL SUFFERING GAVE IT ALL WITHOUT HESITATION HE MARCHED FORWARD TO THE CROSS KNOWING HIS LOVE WOULD CONQUER ALL.
LOVE LIVES IN AND THROUGH CHRIST BUT LOVE LIVES IT BREATHES IT CONSUMES THE HATRED OF THIS ROTTEN WORLD
LOVE FIGHTS A SECOND BY SECOND BATTLE FOR THE SOULS OF MEN.
MAN’S LOVE CONSISTS OF FEELINGS EMOTIONS WHICH GOD GAVE US BUT WHEN WE FINALLY GRASP THE CONCEPT THAT LOVE IS THE MOST AMAZING THING IN THIS UNIVERSE
THAT ARE LORD IS A ALL CONSUMING FIRE OF LOVE WE CAN FINALLY SUBMIT OURSELVES TO CHRISTS LOVE
WE CANNOT RUN CANNOT HIDE WHEN YOU BELONG TO THE LORD HE DOES NOT LET GO THAT IS LOVE’
MOST FEAR A LOVE THAT REVEALS WHO THEY ARE SO THEY RUN
A CHILD OF GOD ACCEPTS FAILURE ACCEPTS THE FACT THAT AS STRONG AS SMART AS BIG AS WE THINK WE ARE WE KNOW WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT JESUS AND EVERYTHING WITH HIM.
I SAID EARLIER THAT GOD WILL NOT PROVE HIMSELF TO US PROVE HIS LOVE
BUT HASN’T HE IN SO MANY BEAUTIFUL WONDERFUL WAYS DO WE NOT AS THE LORDS CHILDREN JUST KNOW WE ARE LOVED
IF WE TRULY TRUST AND BELIEVE THEN WE KNOW THAT WE KNOW THAT WE KNOW WE ARE LOVED AND REST WELL IN THIS FACT
LOVE IS COMING FOR ALL OF US THE SAVED THE UNSAVED WE SHALL ALL BOW WEATHER IN MERCY OR JUDGEMENT LOVE SHALL BRING US ALL TO OUR KNEES
SOME MAY FEAR THIS THE BELIEVER SEES KNOWS THE BEAUTY IN THIS
GOD’S PROMISES ARE YES AND AMEN YOU CAN BELIEVE ON THIS FACT
THE LORD DOES NOT LIE BECAUSE HE CANNOT LIE LOVE DOES NOT LIE
GOD’S LOVE IS LIKE A MASTERPIECE OF ART A SYMPHONY IN PERFECT TUNE YOUR FAVORITE SONG ON THE RADIO IT ENCOMPASSES YOU IN PERFECT PEACE
💗***ANOTHER OPEN DOOR – REQUESTING ASSISTANCE***
I was presented with an opportunity for us to join with a PRISON MINISTRY to write letters to prisoners of encouragement in Jesus. If you have been in prison, or have a loved one who was or currently is, or simply just have a heart for those in prison and want to assist — Please email me:Angie@Counciloftime.com
💗Only requirement ~~~ A loving, non-judgmental heart.
Be Blessed in the Love of Jesus,
💗Angela ~ Marked By Heaven
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. John 8:8
Have you ever wondered why Jesus wrote in the sand? Or pondered even what He wrote? I believe it was not so much what He wrote, but rather the demonstration He gave in choosing to ignore the accusations being railed towards the woman caught in adultery.
Jesus was purposeful in everything He said and did. His actions often spoke louder than His words, even to the point of defeating eternal death for all who would come near and know Him as Lord and Savior.
So much of our lives has been spent on sinking sand. And the times we too have suffered from getting caught in sin, bare and open for the World to see, He is there to join with us, erasing our past in order we may go forward with a clean heart and a clean slate. I cannot count all the times that just like the Pharisees, others are just waiting for my mess up in order to capture me in their net of accusation. The truth is… I am already guilty, broken and full of shame. And it is because I recognize the lack of me, I can fully embrace the Redeemer Who lives within… Him.
Every single day, Jesus writes in the sand upon the fabric of our lives, making all things new and beautiful in His time. Even broken messes like me and you, we are His specialty. Jesus always gravitated to those in need of Him and He changes not. What was His true nature then, is still prevalent in how He moves by compassion to embrace those of a broken heart. As He writes a new word over our lives, what was crushing our souls is turned into a glorious testimony of Him.
The sand represents that which is temporary. All these struggles, heartaches and disappointments are not joined with our destiny in Jesus. In His covering love He embraces us and gently begins to love us back into truth. His truth, not what man says, but what the Lord Himself knows to be true. Jesus rewrites our past failures with one touch of His hand upon our hearts.
I can only imagine the emotions this woman must have felt as she was presented before the Lord in open shame. She likely looked down, gazing upon His worn and dirty feet, ready to receive the punishment she already knew she deserved. If she is at all like me, every accusation railed against was true and if they only knew, time and again she had done worse than that, as a women with a desperate heart for love. Jesus already knew and it was her desperation that moved Him to embrace her in His love, making her whole. He is doing the same with us, each time we get caught, He wipes the shame and fear away.
… And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 8:11
The truth is ~ This woman found herself that day. As Jesus removed her out of the clutches of her accusers, she broke free from being an adulterer bound in shame. She was no longer bound by the weight of sin caused by pleasing others to the place where she lost herself.
She was found, once lost, now found.
Jesus restored her true identity in Him, erasing all the past mistakes which had tainted her vision of who she really was.
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. Psalm 72:12
It is my prayer we no longer be shameful of being needy, broken and hurt. To deny our shortcomings, would be to deny Jesus’s desire to make us clean and new in Him. Remember this is your story, Jesus is the Author and Finisher of all that is written about you. Man often sees all our missteps, while Jesus erases them. So this begs the question… Just “Who” should we follow after?
May The Lord Bless You In His Love,
💗Angela ~ Marked By Heaven
And the burden of the Lord shall ye mention no more: for every man’s word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God. Jeremiah 23:36
I am not sure if it is just me and the few within the company I keep, but it seems there is so much “Noise” out there anymore, it is getting more and more difficult to tune it out and tune God in… You know what they say about opinions – Everyone has one and I won’t finish the rest of what they actually say, but I am sure you get my drift. Evidently, Jeremiah was discerning the same “Noise,” since he wrote about this at the leading of the Holy Spirit, especially in Chapter 23. Since we know there is nothing new under the sun, what was prevalent then, remains a tactic today.
I used the word tactic purposely, because that is exactly what this noise producing chaos seeks to use to not only wear down the Saints of the Most High God, but also dull our senses to hearing the still small voice of the Lamb, Who is leading us Home into His Kingdom. It is getting harder and harder all the time to sweep out the cobwebs held within the corner of our minds, in order we can take captive OUR thoughts, replacing them with HIS thoughts. But how can I possibly even accomplish this if I run with the others, proclaiming the Burden of the Lord while screaming my lungs out? The truth is, I can’t. That’s not to say you can’t, but I am saying… I cannot.
So, as I was seeking the Lord on why it seems very loud lately, He reminded me of a verse that reflects this irritant, resembling magnified noise.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become assounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1
In pondering this Scripture, I began to consider how even silence can be loud at times or how loud voices can be soothing, so I began to see a distinct lack of love which precipitates noise. In my humble opinion, it is not so much the volume of things which is irritating in nature, but rather the source and any source outside of love simply rubs us the wrong way. We know by the Word, that the love of many will grow colder and colder, this is something we are witnessing in the World around us today on a greater measure than ever before.
We were made for LOVE💗
It is for this reason, I and several others, sense a need to pull away, retreat or withdrawal from the outside influence of the World and those still caught up in it. As I was focused on the noise, it appears the noise is all I could hear and therefore, become a prisoner of it, so to speak. The Lord began to show me how we all are prisoners in this World and death to self is our only escape. Jesus came to set the captives free, me being one held captive in this foreign land.
When the Father put chaos to rest and formed something out of nothing, He laid the groundwork for our lives to be free of chaos, too. The saddest thing to face is when drama has become your comfort and what you cling too, rather than walking free abiding in Jesus. I can’t say I have figured this out fully yet myself, as I am doing my best to follow in His footsteps, listening intently so that where He leads, I will follow. But, these days it is a moment by moment leading that we require to stay on the path of righteous calm.
Our Faith is greatly increased when we actually experience and see Him forming what the enemy meant as bad in our lives, into something precious and good for our eternal life. When our life is nothing but troubled waters, Jesus is the bridge to help us cross over to the other side, into green pastures of rest in Him. I used to focus more on what I did FOR Him, rather than what I did WITH Him. We haven’t always hit on all six cylinders, Jesus and I, mainly due to my profound degree of lack, but lately I feel an urge from Him to push through, blocking everyone and everything else out just to spend time alone with Him, listening and receiving from only Him.
He reminded me yesterday again, that He is as close as the air I breathe. Air is life sustaining, it is not seen or perceived unless we don’t have it. This is similar to Jesus. We need Him to endure here on Earth and often neglect to perceive He is present with us, but when He is hidden we cannot sustain in our own circumstances.
I keep getting these impressions that if we do not seek Him in our state of plenty, a severe time of lack is on the horizon. No one wants to hear this really and I am aware of that. But, if we cannot stop being so noisy a drastic measure is coming to straighten us out on just what is important… Love💗 People always overlook one another’s flaws and differences during a time of calamity and brother begins to love brother again in truth. It has been my prayer for the past few weeks, that we not need a day of reckoning to awake us out of our slumber of selfish imprisonment and begin to love again.
The Burden of the Lord is not Worldly in nature, as He certainly is not on His Throne wringing His hands on what to do with the calamities on Earth. His burden reflects His true nature, which is a pure love for His people. And just like Jesus was moved by compassion to act, so should we be, so that in truth we can release our burdens to Him in the security of His love. In the place of His love, there is no noise and confusion, only peace and serenity. If it seems too simple to believe, it is because it is. Therefore, I am urging you today, to take a deep breath and remind yourself… He is as close as the next breath you breathe, because nothing can separate us from His life giving love and all we have to do is just take a moment to breathe…
In His Love,
💗Angela ~ Marked By Heaven
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16
For a little over a week now, I have been hearing these four words continually in my Spirit ~ I AM THE STORM. There have been others who are hearing these same words, so initially I just passed it off as confirmation. However, this morning I am sensing He is not going to release me until I fully release what He is giving me, with the Body of Christ. Messages such as these are even more difficult to deliver than to receive and something I do not take lightly, as I too am working out my own Salvation daily with fear and trembling, standing in awe before Him.
It has been a very long time since I have received such an urgent warning for the Church Body, let alone share it with others. But, due to the pressing nature of what the Lord has shown me, I am being urged to release this timely word, as a warning of what is and is to come.
He has impressed upon me numerous times of how He is pleading with His people, via physical manifestations upon the Earth and His target are those who are lukewarm, or rather still in the Valley of Decision. But, before you count yourself out of the gathering of the lukewarm, may I ask… Have you passed the “Love test?”
When we have passed the “Love test” we have fully received the “Love of the truth.” Since Jesus is; The Way, THE TRUTH and The Life, as He makes His abode in us as His Temple, we receive into us His love so that as a demonstration of Him on Earth, we pour His love out to others. What we give love wise is not based on what another may deserve or how they treat us or anything of fleshly benefit to self. Freely we receive, freely we give, without condition. Hence, the “Passing of the Love Test.” Agape at it’s finest💗
The danger with being lukewarm is they mix the two into one, however it benefits them. They are not “Hot” receiving and sharing His love and they are not “Cold” without His love, but rather pick and choose who they show love to with partiality, playing favorites so to speak – they are the most critical self made judges in the church today and because they judge harshly, sadly they will be judged harshly.
This collection of people is who the Father is pleading with at the moment and in turn is who He is commanding I deliver this message to: Any who are compromised and wavering at the moment, by refusing to take a stand against entertaining evil of any kind and partaking in the evil devices of the enemy.
Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you. Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Romans 16:16-20
The Father is “Marking those who cause division and offense contrary to the Image of His Son, Jesus.”
As He is marking, He is also pleading with His people to separate themselves and come out from among them.
How is He pleading? I am so glad you asked… As the whole Earth is experiencing birth pains, which are ever increasing and intensifying, there is a direct correlation between the Earth manifesting storms and such and people’s behaviors. It is dramatic and telling to the highest degree, if we will just take a moment to sit back and watch. The Earth is basically manifesting in accordance with the heart conditions of man who resides within. From our vantage point, it is both great and terrible at the same time.
With that, I will share the revelations He gave me on just how this is all intertwined together as a beautiful display of His Sovereignty crossing over where Spiritual births natural.
- WINDS – Represent the HOLY SPIRIT MOVING UPON THE EARTH as the FATHER IS THE STORM
- FIRES – Represent people CONSUMING ONE ANOTHER with their lips.
- FLOODS – Represent people overtaken in SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS and SPIRITUAL PRIDE
- VOLCANOES -Represent ANGER ERUPTING in people.
- HAIL – Represents the VERBAL STONES people are throwing at one another.
- EARTHQUAKES – Represent the FAITH OF MANY BEING SHAKEN.
- DROUGHTS -Represent the FAMINE IN THE LAND for the Word of God.
- SICKNESS – Represents the CONDITIONS OF SOULS internally.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
💗Jesus is the purpose in all things. May He rule and reign, through love, in our hearts authentically for His perfect will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
I too am joining the Father in Spirit and Truth, calling for all to come together in Jesus, Who is Love, as One Body in Him, none of us know just how long until the Father stops pleading with us to let go of all anger, strife and foolish divisions of wrath. Because, if we do not humble ourselves in such a way, sudden destruction will surely come knocking on our doors and all wrath we have laid upon others as a heavy burden, will in turn come upon us swiftly.
What we sow, therefore we also shall reap. There has never been a more crucial time as this to continue Sowing the seeds of love💗into all, deserving or undeserving in our own eyes.
Every knee will bow to something, it might as well be to truth. Truth being, Jesus. Jesus being, Love.
In His Love,
💗Angela ~ Marked By Heaven
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God Bless You ~ Angela, Marked By Heaven
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