This morning I was reading the Word searching for His voice. It's been an interesting few weeks and I wanted to hear from God. This writing came up as a memory from one year ago today...I thought it prophetic and ironic to have showed up at this time. This is what I wrote one year ago today...

STAND UP...DO NOT BE AFRAID...THOUGH YOU LIVE AMONG SCORPIONS

Do you know any scorpions in your life? Would God find us fearful of those who attack us, or slumped in complacency, depressed by self-pity, broken by a lack of faith for that which seems overwhelming today, but will surely be healed tomorrow?

In Ezekiel 2 the prophet received his calling, "'Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.' As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me," Ezekiel declared.

There are moments when you cannot sit down when God speaks. There is no room for cowardice. You will be required to stand up. Every situation He has meticulously allowed in your life is for your ultimate good and your assignment is to be courageous with every person, enemy or friend who is entangled with you. God does not always send us to those who want to hear us. God spoke magnificent words and counsel that we should all heed for our own journey. It takes courage.

Ezekiel 2 continues, "The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people... do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen... open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

So be it! If that is your call today...stand up!

1 comments:

  1. Scorpions. So fitting for my current situation. A few days ago this scripture came to mind: "I have given you power to TRAMPLE on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy." The 1st serpent we hear about in scripture is satan, the 'father of lies', who tricked Eve into believing she could gain more by disobeying God than by obeying Him. I'm not sure she was thinking clearly. Maybe she was overwhelmed. She may have been confused. Who would hop into the party basket headed for hell knowingly? Women have been accused of being 'scatterbrained", but really? The Holy Spirit can nudge us if someone is lying to us or about to sting us in the same way a scorpion would; horrible pain and deadly. Women are noted for having a hunch if danger is lurking nearby but we don't always pay attention to that gut feeling. We don't want to believe that others would lie to us or hurt us on purpose. We don't want to look ridiculous if we are wrong about what someone else is doing. Why is it that God put, "Do not lie" in His commandments, that also tell us not to commit adultery or murder anyone? Lying murders trust and can affect our trust in God. We need to be on the lookout for snakes that silently slither toward us. When we see one we either need to get as far away as quickly as possible or 'trample' on that ugly thing with the power God has given us. God doesn't lie.

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