Two Holes ~ Part Two

Let’s look at the reason for the first hole ~ unconfessed sin. Now look at the definition of an intercessor in Ezekiel 22:30. It is one who makes a wall, and stands in the gap before God on behalf of another.

Sin is sin and it blocks our fellowship with the Lord. The objective in our intercession is to make a wall of truth by speaking God’s word over the person we are praying for. Jeremiah 1:12 says that He watches over His word to perform it.

For example: I know someone who is angry at God. They charge God with wrong. They are self-deceived. They do not recognize that their anger against God is the very thing that is blocking a fulfilling relationship with the Lord.

How do I pray? Open the eyes of their heart (Ephesians 1:18). Colossians 1:10 ~ that they would walk worthy of the Lord…increasing in their knowledge of Him. Ephesians 3:19 Amplified. That they would come to know practically through experience for themselves, the love of Christ.

When we are deceived, we don’t know we are deceived. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.” It cannot be more clear. When our walk does not reflect the character of Christ, we are deceived. We are controlled by the lies of the enemy we have believed. Remember, our heart is our belief center.

2 Corinthians 13:5 is our path to freedom. The Amplified says, “Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruit of it. Test and prove yourselves (not Christ). Do you not yourselves realize and know (thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience) that Jesus Christ is in you–unless you are (counterfeit) disapproved on trial and rejected?”

When I want to examine the back of my hair, which I cannot see, I get a mirror. That is how God’s word is to us. Hebrews 4:12 says that it discerns our heart. We read His word and compare it to our heart-belief and actions. If there are discrepancies, then we need to course correct.

First, recognize that there is a hole in your life’s hedge. Second, ask a few close friends to make a wall and stand in the gap for you. Stay accountable them. In the meantime you take God’s word and begin to implant it in your heart. James 1:21 Amplified says, “…in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted (in your hearts) contains the power to save your souls.”

The intercessor stands in the gap on your behalf. As you are renew your mind with truth, His word begins to close up the hole. Joshua 1:8 says that we are to meditate in His word day and night, observing to do. We walk in His word, we speak it, and we make it our own.

Two Holes

In Ezekiel 8 the Lord showed His prophet a hole in the wall. Behind the wall was sin being played out through idol worship in His inner court. In verse 6 He asked Ezekiel if he saw what they were doing. Verse 7 says, “So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall.”

Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” Iniquity is doing anything independent of God. We create a hole in our wall of protection when we sin against the Lord. It gives the enemy opportunity to oppress us.

There is another hole. Isaiah 7:5 revealed that it was a plot against Israel. Verse 6 says, “Let us go up against Judah and trouble it, and let us make a gap in its wall for ourselves, and set a king over the, the son of Tabel.”

Two holes: one of our own making through hidden sin, and another created by the enemy. Remember in Job the conversation between God and Satan? Job 1:10 says, “Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?”

Ezekiel 22:30 gives us more insight into the breech. It says, “So, I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found no one.”

The ‘gap’ in the above verse is taken from the illustration of a vineyard. There was a protective wall of stones or a hedge around the vineyards to protect them from encroachment. If a small critter made a gap in the hedge, it could get in to destroy. If the gap was undetected, something bigger would come along to enter and make more destruction. Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.”

We see a warning for us in Proverbs 24:30-31. It says, “I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding. And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles.” Ignored (unconfessed) hidden sin propagates weed seeds that choke God’s word in our hearts.

I wrote this in my journal this morning and circled it: anything I do apart from You is sin. Romans 14:23 Amplified says, “…For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin (whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful).”

John 15:5 says, “…for without Me you can do nothing.” We live by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” Colossians 1:10 says to walk worthy of the Lord. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. 1 John 1:7 says that we are walk in the light. 2:6 says we are to walk as Jesus walked.

Conclusion: when we walk dependent on the Lord, we will bear fruit that glorifies Him. Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Our fleshly actions are absolutely independent of God.

Possibility Thinking

Matthew 19:26 is in the context of a rich man getting saved. In verse 25 the disciples ask the Lord how can they be saved. Jesus answered, “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Add to this verse several that says that nothing is impossible for God. Luke 1:37 says, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Our thoughts precede our words. Do you hear what you are thinking through the words that come out of your mouth? Do you ever say, “I can’t, it won’t work, it’s too much, or it’s too hard?” Those words were first thoughts, coming from your eyes fixed on your impossible circumstances. Renew your mind with possibility truth-breakers.

Therefore to think in righteousness, we must think thoughts that agree with God’s word. That is walking in possibility thinking. Monday I took my car to get a smog check. The waiting room was a place of defilement. I turned a magazine cover over so it wasn’t in my periphery. The receptionist was dressed in a way that hurt my heart. Jesus died for her. The next morning I wrote in my journal and circled it. Help me to see through Your eyes.

Yesterday He turned me to verses that spoke of how His purpose will not be annulled, nor changed by anyone or anything. Through these verses He gave me His way to pray for three families that are in hard trials.

Numbers 23:19 says, “…Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Isaiah 14:27 says, “For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who can annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?” 2 Chronicles 20:6 says, “…in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” Job 23:14 says, “For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such things are with Him.” Proverbs 21:30 says, “There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord.” Isaiah 43:13 says, “Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?”

According to God’s eternal, unchangeable word, no circumstance, no one, nor any thing can annul His purpose for your life. Do you believe it? Are you thinking and speaking these truths? God is at work in your life and nothing is impossible for Him!

Yesterday I had written these verses in my journal. They are stated unchangeable facts. So how do I pray? My conclusion was to thank Him for each truth in each verse. Thanksgiving for stated truths!

I have to leave you with one of my favorite verses about God’s power. Habakkuk 3:4 says, “His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was hidden.” Take this verse and the above verses and pray them over your life’s area of bondage. Then thank Him for Who He is as stated in His word.

Patience Is A Walk Of Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not be sight.” Romans 1:17 is speaking about the gospel, it says, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

When we ‘feel’ impatient, it is a sure sign that we are in our flesh. The feeling is a messenger to let us know that we have stepped out of faith, and to immediately course correct through a faith declaration like: You are my Masterful Orchestrator.

Patience is accepting and walking in God’s time table. His timing is impeccable. Remember, He speaks something, but then there is a waiting period before it is fulfilled. Think of Abraham and Sarah. It was 25 some years between God’s spoken word and its fulfillment.

I often read Romans 4:16-21. It fortifies my faith. Verse 16 says that the promise is of faith so it can be according to grace. Verse 17 says that God calls things that aren’t as though they are. Verse 19 says that Abraham didn’t consider his impossible circumstances: he was 100 and Sarah was beyond child bearing years. Then we go to verse 20. He did not waver in unbelief. Verse 21 says that he was fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised.

Faith is believing and embracing what God has said. First for salvation. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Our daily walk is continuing to believe and speak God’s promises.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “…we also believe and therefore speak.” If we listen to the words coming out of our mouth, we will understand what our heart truly believes. Paul was quoting from Psalm 116:10. It says, “I believed, therefore I spoke, I am greatly afflicted.” Our words are either death words or life-giving words. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

David said in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight…” The Lord sees our heart. He knows every thought before we think it. Psalm 104:34 says, “May my meditation be sweet to Him…”

The Lord is always at work. Hebrews 13:21 says, “…working in you what is well pleasing in His sight…” I love Ephesians 1:11. It says, “…being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” The word ‘according’ means in the same measure.

Therefore the Lord is always at work to produce His righteousness in us. He is using every circumstance in our lives to conform our thoughts, purpose, and actions to His will. He is at work in our impossible circumstances to reveal our hidden dross. Certain manifestations of our flesh that will only rise up when tested through the time He has spoken to when He fulfills. That waiting time purifies our heart’s belief. Dross: doing things in our own strength, and fleshly behavior such as impatience.

Believe means to trust in, lean on, and embrace all that the Lord is doing in our lives. Contentment in that time of waiting is the fruit of patience. Impatient? That is another manifestation of our hidden flesh-dross coming to the surface.

Finishing Well

In 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul gives us three things to help us understand how to finish well. It says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Battles, race, and tests define our course.

Battles: 2 Corinthians 10:4 says that our weapons are mighty in God to pull down strongholds. The battle is for our mind. Verse 5 says, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

We fight with God’s word through the experiential truth we have gained and walk in. We consistently renew our mind so we can quickly recognize the lies that satan throws at us. When a thought comes that is contrary to who God is, we hack it to pieces by speaking the truth of His word.

Race: We run with endurance. Hebrews 12:1 tells us how. We lay aside every thing that would weight us down, like worry, and anything that binds us to our past. We never justify our sin but quickly confess it. We let go of our past because it is passed. Things like unforgiveness, bitterness, resentments, anger, worry, and fears all entangle us and block us from being conformed to His image.

Tests: Our faith is tested, refined, purified, and strengthened through fiery trials. Faith comes by hearing the word. We embrace our trials because they are His agents to conform us to His image. We grow in our experiential knowledge of Him. He reveals His character to us through our trials. Our intimacy with Him broadens and deepens. He gives us revelational insight that upholds and sustains us.

Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” God’s will for our lives will be completed. However, if you are repeating a lesson over and over, it is time to move on. God told the Israelites that they had been at the mountain long enough (Deuteronomy 1:6). They could have made the journey in 11 days, but it took them 40 years because of  their rebellion.

Another explanation: the Lord has allowed a thorn in the flesh. It might be a direct attack to keep you from accomplishing what the Lord has called you to do. For Paul, it was to keep him from being arrogant because of the revelations God had given him. However, it was a messenger of satan. My Bible has a note: an intense, wearying difficulty or affliction.

Whatever you are going through, may you persevere and finish your course well! You might like to read my ebook on Amazon ~ He Drew Me Out Of Deep Waters: encouragement for hard trials.

True Rest

Hebrews 4:10 says, “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” The Amplified says, “…has ceased from (the weariness and pain) of human labors…”

Verse 11 in the Amplified says, “Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter the rest (of God, to know and experience it for ourselves)…” Mental anguish resists rest and results in emotional fatigue. Don’t let your thoughts steal your true rest.

Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The Amplified adds overburdened. If a doctor prescribes total bed rest, it means to not be physically active.

There is another way to rest and that is through a correct mental attitude. We can be still physically, but our mind is churning with frantic activity.  Rest: releasing everything simply trusting.

True rest incorporates a still mind. Psalm 131:2 says, “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” When an infant wants to be fed, they are not calm and quiet.

We need to learn to occupy our mind with peace. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” I may say that I trust the Lord. However, do I live it in my mind? Do my thoughts reflect that trust?