There is a temptation one feels when God puts us into a place of relative silence. The enemy whispers you are a bastard son/daughter because your Father isn't speaking loudly at your beck and call. And because you don't know where to go, you feel as though you may have lost your way. Perhaps that's only a distorted way of looking at your situation, given that the deceiver only offers deception despite his knowledge of the Bible and God's words.
I remember something from God's Not Dead 2, When the test is given, the teacher is silent..... love and prayers to everyone...
Pepe... You've done it again fren. This is the 2nd time God has used you to speak LIFE to an issue I'm having.. This time with doubt. God has been silent with me for a while, and that is terrifying to be honest! Just this morning, I started to go through a list of things I could have done wrong to lead me into this wilderness. I believe God spoke through you today. He is GOOD! Thank you for your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and obedience to write these encouraging words down Pepe. Blessings to you!
You have helped me so many times over the past years. It has been pretty dark at times. I am so grateful!
You, Pepe are a blessing. You soften my heart and help me think with reason. You bring out the best in us. I love you!!! Thank you!
Thank you for your wisdom. We are told to be still and know that I am! Yes, being still and waiting, in peace, is one of the toughest things to do - especially when chaos is so close. He will calm the waves, we must believe He will (as He always has). He is faithful, of that we are sure.
Thank you, I needed to hear this. Peace be with us
Yes, and amen. 🙏🏼
I have been in a Wilderness of sorts in recent months. I believe I have been led there for many different reasons:
daily manna, teachings, rest, deliverance, assignment, restoration....RELATIONSHIP.
Thank you for your message(s), Pepe.
Thank you for your wisdom and your words and truly walking in obedience of God to hear and speak His words of Truth! Bless you!
Amen! Ty for this! I think we are feeling like this Fren🐸 Especially during this time! My devotional made same point this AM! Lol! GOD WORKS IN BEAUTIFUL WAYS! Love ya Pepe 🐸
Let me tell you how I know that God is not silent. Earlier today, I was doing my rigorous morning walk and thinking about how much worse God needs this all to get. And I was wondering why? for what purpose? Do the good have to be taken out with the bad...more so than what's already happened? And then you literally ripped the thought out of my head. God spoke. He said "patience." Or as the annoying expression goes, "I got this."
Many blessings to all our Frens!
Definitely recommend the movie Silence and reading works by Saint John of the Cross.
Of course you could absolutely be correct on that assessment. I only wish I had God's ear to ask him to explain his methods...
This is incredible fren. It makes me think of Mark 4.
Earlier in the day Jesus was teaching in parables, stating that only some would understand him - he mentions the mustard seed in this chapter. Then he took the crowd onto a boat. to cross to the other side.
A storm came and he was silent, because he was resting/sleeping. They awoke him asking him if he didn't care that they were perishing. He finally woke up and commanded the sea and the storm to be still. He asked them "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?
Perhaps during these times of silence, He is showing us how much we need Him, how much we depend on Him, how much we trust Him, how much we love Him.
And how much we cannot do this without Him.
The Alpha and the Omega.
The Author and the Finisher of our faith.
The "I AM."
To concentrate of what we did right or wrong is to become like the Pharisees...the legalists. The ones who tried to use God's Own Words to try and trap Him. Legalism.
It is the way to working on our own in attempts to "earn" the Gift that has already been given.
Salvation through Jesus, not of our own works.
The enemy tries to guilt us into believing it was something we did/did not do, said/did not say, etc.
This couldn't be farther from the Truth of the matter.
God will go to the depths of hell to save us. He already has.
It's when we feel shame that we should pay attention because it is Him pointing out something that has saddened Him.
Let's bring this down to a smaller example:
As a child, when you did something that made your mom cry or your dad shake his head, you felt ashamed because you knew you had hurt them or disappointed them. The apologies come forth, hugs are given, and the whole affair is forgotten - except the memory - the learning experience if you will.
That's how our Father, who Art in Heaven, works. The forgiveness comes immediately and the whole thing is tossed into the depths of the sea. Full stop.
The enemy however, will use that memory to guilt you into thinking your mom or dad didn't truly forgive you, so you work extra hard doing extra things for their acceptance. A mute feat indeed.
We must always be on guard of the traps being set.
Just as we must ask for forgiveness daily, we all fall short of His Glory, every day.
And will until we are changed in that "blink of an eye."
Our Father KNOWS this.
He gave us His Son and His Perfection because He knows this.
In us "doing things," all we need to do is ask ourselves, "Would I do this if Jesus were standing right here?"
If the answer is "Yes" - carry forth.
If the answer is "No" - don't do it.
If the answer is silence - turn to the Word and prayer.
If the silence continues, He is asking you to wait on Him. To reflect - on Him.
Shun "Legalism" (your works and deeds) and constantly look up to His works and deeds.
For in essence, we are ALWAYS weak, and He is ALWAYS strong.
He knows the number of hairs on your head - He KNOWS your heart as well.
Psalms 27:14 - Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Amazing message. Good to know others have experienced this too! You knew what I was thinking. What did I do? Thank you so much.
Learning about surrender and suffering. God is always good!