FOG Generator  

A narcissist will use gaslighting in a relationship to sow seeds to manipulate a nonbeliever to doubt him or herself. What is even worse is that the narcissist will use the same technique to cause a Christian to doubt his or her relationship with Jesus. The narcissist will eventually try to become his or her partner’s demigod.

When conducting military operations, the term “fog of war” describes the uncertainties that lie ahead (despite the best intelligence and preparation), and also the things people do in the heat of the moment. Similarly, a relationship with a narcissist comes with a “narcissistic FOG” to cloud the target’s decision making and other faculties. Sadly, to an outsider, the FOG makes it seem as if the narcissist is the more stable person in the couple, even though he or she is the source of the upheaval. The narcissist is the FOG generator.

The narcissistic FOG is due in part to the narcissist’s use of Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to cause a person to enter and/or stay in a relationship. One of the many reasons why the narcissist tries to isolate his or her target is to keep the individual from receiving wise (Godly) counsel, which could help to lift the FOG so the victim can began to see and think clearly again. Unfortunately, when the narcissist uses the fear of the Lord to influence a person to take or not take action, it contradicts the following Scripture: “…God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) It is hard to have the mind of Christ when someone basically keeps your circuitry saturated with water…

If you are in a relationship, regardless how much you may love or think you love the person, if your reasons for staying predominantly include fear, obligation, and/or guilt, you may want to ensure you don’t have a FOG generator in your life.

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Your Reputation 

There are two ways for you to ruin your reputation as a minister, do evil and/or associate with or vouch for those who are evil (false).

People will know you by your fruits, and what/who you tolerate. Your reputation plays a significant role in whether people, especially those who are seeking the Lord, will receive anything from you. Protect your gifts and calling from all sources of contamination. Jeremiah did not tolerate Hananiah (Jeremiah 28), and Paul did not tolerate the woman with the spirit of divination who was trying to associate herself with him and Silas (Acts 16:16-18). Also see Revelation 2:18-23 regarding the Lord’s heart of what people, particularly His ministers tolerate.

Never forget that we are to “…have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” ~ Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)

I close with the additional reminders:

o “…I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:20-22 (KJV)

o “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I AM the Lord your God.” ~ Leviticus 19:31 (KJV)

o “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate’, saith the Lord, ‘and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters’, saith the Lord Almighty.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (KJV)

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sWord  

The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sWord (Hebrews 4:12). But before you use it like an offensive weapon to fight others, ensure your greatest enemy is not the inner you (soul and/or spirit), or that you are not fighting against those who are truly doing the work of the Lord. Do not think more highly of yourself than you should, lest you find yourself being like the Pharisee in the following parable Jesus told:

‘Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.’

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner.’

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.’ ~ Luke 18:10-14 (KJV)

There is a difference between using the piercing effects of the Word of God like a needle that is inserted into the pericardium to alleviate a cardiac tamponade versus like a knife to stab someone in the heart. When the religious council seized Peter and the other apostles, the apostles told them that they were serving Jesus, the Son of God, the One the members of the council had killed. “When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.” ~ Acts 5:33 (KJV) The apostles weren’t necessarily calling the other men murderers, but their reaction indicated that they needed to repent. The apostles tried doing a “pericardiocentesis” but the council members treated it like a “stab to the heart”. For most of the council members, their greatest enemy was not the apostles; but rather, it was the condition of their inner man. It was a blessing for the apostles that one of the Pharisees named Gamaliel was humble enough to offer some advice to the Sanhedrin, which included the following very powerful statement: ‘And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.’ ~ Acts 38-39 (KJV)

 

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The Specialist

I usually get irritated when I hear ministers (usually pastors) speak out against prophets when they are clueless about what a person goes through in order to become a prophet, and more importantly, how the Lord uses His prophets. I served in the U.S. Army for many years. I can tell you about things I experienced in basic training for example, but I would limit my comments regarding what the other branches of service basic training are like because I have never been through them. I have seen documentaries and movies about basic training for the other branches of service, but that does not make me fully qualified to speak about them. Similarly, the Lord specifically designs how He transforms a person into one of His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). You may have heard me speak out against (errant) pastors, even though I am not a pastor, but that is a part of my job description in accordance with Jeremiah 23, Ezekiel 34, Matthew 23, etc. However, I limit my comments as directed because I do not want to overstep my boundaries.

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I recall being in the USO at an airport when I saw a deficiency on a young Marine’s uniform. I was not a Marine, so I would not have been able to spot a deficiency such as the improper placement of the accouterments on his uniform like a Marine Sergeant Major (SgtMaj) would. However, I saw that one of the clasps on his marksmanship badge was broken so I went over and quietly let him know. I did not do so from the point of view as a Soldier trying to make a Marine look bad. I also did not approach him like how a SgtMaj who does not want anything or anyone to be a poor reflection on the Marine Corps, to include a small dangling portion of a badge, may have. On the contrary, I treated him like a brother in arms who looked sharp but I wanted him to look his best by pointing out a deficiency he needed to correct. And by the way, I was not in uniform, yet I did not need to identify myself in order for the Marine to take corrective action. Similarly, there are things that the five types of ministers can point out to each other, in order to help them serve the Lord and His people to the fullest. But there are also limits, especially when a person’s deeds are not of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit Led
The gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit IAW 1 Corinthians 12 and Galatians 5:22-23.

An example of something I have heard pastors speak out against is “parking lot prophets”. I understand how they may be trying to protect their congregants, but I have never heard a pastor speak about receiving personal prophecy in private in the correct manner. Not every person who tries to deliver a prophetic message in private is a deceiver, a “parking lot prophet”. I can provide several Biblical examples of where the Lord sent a prophet to deliver a message in private. There are other cases where the recipient would have preferred if the message had been delivered in private, but I will only provide one for the sake of brevity. Take note of what happened when the Lord sent the prophet Ahijah to deliver the prophecy that Jeroboam was going to become king: “And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field.” ~ 1 Kings 11:29 (KJV) Many of today’s pastors would have discouraged Jeroboam from receiving that prophecy because Ahijah would be described as a “parking lot prophet”. Also note, in addition to being alone, they were in a field instead of a place of worship. But here is one of the reasons why the Lord had the prophet deliver the message in private: “Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.” ~ 1 Kings 11:40 (KJV)

A Test of My Faith
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Prophets do not give prophecies in private as a way to escape accountability, false prophets do. You receiving a prophecy in public, to include a church, may bring out the devils in people you would not suspect. As was the case with Jerobaom, prophecies are a magnet for spiritual warfare. Lest not forget that it was Joseph’s brothers who wanted to kill him so that the Word of the Lord would not come to pass (Genesis 37). Joseph may have thought his family would be supportive of his God-given dreams that they would bow down to him. But even his father Jacob, a man who had several prophetic dreams from the Lord that came to pass, rebuked his son (Genesis 37:10). Too many pastors have used their limited knowledge of prophets, and prophetic ministry, to cause harm to true prophetic ministries. They applied Scriptures such when the apostle Paul wrote: “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.” ~ 1 Corinthians 14:29 (KJV) That is a doctrine primarily for periods of prophetic utterances in a church service or other public settings. It does not mean every prophecy should be given in public. Don’t forget that some prophecies do not require the recipient to judge if it is a Word from the Lord or not. If the Lord sends a prophet to tell a person to stop committing adultery because He is going to unleash the devil on both transgressors, the adulterer would probably prefer to receive that message in private. In addition, the person would know the messenger was from God. I know people have used the Lord’s name in vain to deceive others, but pastors, please stop making it seem as if all prophets are false prophets. When you teach about what to look for in a false prophet at least take the time to study and then speak about how true prophets operate. I have heard that some pastors teach that John the Baptist was the last prophet, even though the Bible speaks about the prophet Agabus (Acts 21), and the apostle Paul established doctrine for how prophets should prophesy in church. A part of why I speak out against errant pastors is because of their ability to mislead God’s people, arguably more so than prophets, evangelists, and teachers.

Fivefold Ministry

I am also dumbfounded by how many pastors preach the errant doctrine of having a “spiritual covering”. Some pastors do it out of ignorance, others want to protect people, but some simply want to gather people to themselves for tithing purposes (another false doctrine commonly taught in churches – see Leviticus 27:30-33, Deuteronomy 14:22-29, etc. for the truth). Many ministers want to serve as a “spiritual covering” for others even though that is a function of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-14). In addition, many ministers who want to serve as a “spiritual covering” (god) for others need covering themselves. Just look at ministers who have succumbed to greed, lust, perversion, etc. Some of those fallen ministers had identified another minister as his or her “spiritual father or mother”, yet that “spiritual parent” was powerless to prevent the other minister’s downfall. Some people would criticize me for not submitting to authority, ignorant of the fact that I simply refuse to bow to baal. I have heard many ministers cite Paul’s reference to Timothy as his son in the faith (1 Timothy 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:2, etc.) for having spiritual sons and daughters. But they seemingly overlook that the same apostle also referred to the same Timothy as a brother (2 Corinthians 1:1, Philemon 1:1).

Spiritual Covering

Many ministers who are serving as a “spiritual covering” for others are wrestling with the same sins the people they are “covering” are struggling with. If you have ever experience sleep paralysis, which is actually a demonic attack, say or think about the human who is your spiritual covering and see what happens. Then call on or think about the name of Jesus and see what happens. The same demon that attacks you probably just left your spiritual covering’s house and he or she is busy watching a pornographic video or engaging in some other sin, most likely oblivious to what you are experiencing. Let’s just say it is hard for your spiritual covering to cast out a demon he or she is in a partnership with. Also, keep in mind how the Lord exposed the idolatry people were practicing in the temple to his prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 8). There is still a lot of idolatry in many so-called houses of God. Many ministers fell because people saw that the minister was about to fall and felt intimated and could not approach the minister as a brother or sister in Christ. Other people worship their pastor and believe that the pastor can say or do no wrong; they even defend the pastor’s errant ways. There is no better “spiritual covering” than the Holy Spirit, and He dwells in the clergy and the laity (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Prophets do not point people to ministers, to include themselves; they point people to Jesus, which is also one of the functions of the Holy Spirit.

Humble Pie
The Lord exalts the humble.

 

Pastors, and other ministers, look in the mirror and examine yourselves regarding if you have been speaking on things you are not qualified to speak on. Doctors can read x-rays yet they rely on the expertise of a radiologist. Each ministry gift in Ephesians 4:11 has an area of expertise; the functions of an evangelist are different from those of a teacher, yet they are co-laborers in and for Christ. True pastors aim to protect the children of God, and so do true prophets. Pastors are referred to as shepherds, and prophets are the watchmen who look out for the sheep, and the shepherds. I also refer to prophets as being the Good Shepherd’s “sheepdogs”, so please stop treating them as if they are wolves or expect them to act like sheep. Instead, shepherds, learn to work with the sheepdogs. A sheepdog is not going to turn on a shepherd unless the shepherd is hurting the flock or the sheepdog. Arguably, no one is against a false prophet more than a true prophet… The Good Shepherd uses sheepdogs because He knows that some shepherds are hirelings, wolves in shepherd’s clothing, so He uses His sheepdogs to root them out. The Lord’s instructions to some of His sheepdogs are similar to the following instructions that He gave to Jeremiah:

‘Behold, I have put My Words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant… And I will utter My judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken Me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings…, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I AM with thee’, saith the Lord, ‘to deliver thee.’ ~ Jeremiah 1:9-10, 16-19 (KJV)

Minister to the People
Minister to the People

Prophets, if you have been bowing down to “your pastor”, worshipping baal, it is time to get off your knees. If necessary, how can the Lord use you to rebuke someone who has you on a leash? Nathan worked for king David, and he respected the king, but we know what happened in 2 Samuel 12. Do not become like king Ahab’s prophets, instead, be a vessel of the Lord like Micaiah (1 Kings 22). Too many prophets have become like spiritual eunuchs in churches.

For more information regarding why the Lord grooms prophets to have such disposition, see “Raised in the Wilderness: Rogue Reformers, Rallying the Remnant”. Now available at: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/raised-in-the-wilderness-kollin-l-taylor/1126188605?ean=2940157248727

Raised in the Wilderness: Rogue Reformers, Rallying the Remnant
Raised in the Wilderness: Rogue Reformers, Rallying the Remnant

The One

There is only one version of the truth, and that is the truth without a version or revision. Similarly, there are many antichrists but there is only one Christ Jesus (1 John 2:18, John 3:16). Never revise the truth to exclude the portions that contradict your narrative. The Bible includes Jacob’s deception, king Saul’s rebellion, David’s adultery, etc. If my life story was in the Bible, you would see a man who, in one way or another, violated all 10 of the Lord’s Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17). However, I am a recipient of God’s love as demonstrated through His mercy and grace. I can relate to when Paul said, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” ~ 1 Timothy 1:15-17 (KJV)

God changed me, but He does not change, and neither does the truth. Please keep the following in mind:

  • “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” ~ Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)
  • ‘For I AM the Lord, I change not…’ ~ Malachi 3:6 (KJV)

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Yearn to Discern

Discernment is a very precious gift from God, in so many ways. The “discerning of spirits” is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, which is tragically an overlooked and undervalued, yet desperately needed, gift to the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:10). I won’t go in depth on the subject, but it is incredible when the Holy Spirit reveals which spirit a person is truly of. Do you remember when James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven (like Elijah) to destroy a Samaritan village simply because they did not want to receive Christ. But Jesus rebuked His apostles by saying, ‘Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.’ ~ Luke 9:55 (KJV) There are several things about that incident, one of which is that it does not matter how close a person is to the Lord, he or she can do things based on the wrong spirit. The apostles thought they would be representing and defending Christ when they would in fact be misrepresenting Him. The incident also speaks to how people can do things out of arrogance and/or ignorance; the apostles did not know they were of the wrong spirit so it took an observer to let them know.

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One of the things about discerning of spirits is how a person can shout at you and the Lord allows you to tell the person’s motives come from a place of love. For example, a person shouting degrading comments at his or her spouse is not operating under the same spirit as someone who shouts at a distracted person, who is wearing headphones while crossing a street and is about to get run over by a truck. Conversely, a person may speak softly and act friendly yet the Holy Spirit will reveal that the person is a snake. There are other ways that the Holy Spirit communicates things to the gifted individual. Some things are revealed in dreams and/or visions, smelling things that are not in the natural atmosphere, and feeling things such as other people’s emotions. The gift may not always feel like a gift but it truly is.

The following are examples of the gift of discerning of spirits in operation:

  • “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of him, ‘Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!’ Nathanael saith unto Him, ‘Whence knowest thou me?’ Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.’” ~ John 1:47-48 (KJV)

 

  • “Then said Jesus unto the twelve, ‘Will ye also go away?’ Then Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the Words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?’ He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray Him, being one of the twelve.” ~ John 6:67-71 (KJV)

Whereas Jesus knew there was no guile in Nathanael, He knew Judas was a devil. It is truly a gift from God when He shows you who is trying to enter your life, or may already be in it, and which spirit a person is of. It is also very important to note, even though this gift is an asset to you, it is also meant to be a gift to others. Sometimes the Lord will reveal things to you for you to warn others about. It may be a tremendous responsibility to tell a person who is about to walk down the aisle that he or she is about to marry a devil… Everyone has to prophesy in accordance with his or her measure of faith (Romans 12:6), and sometimes the Lord gives you the ability to help someone avert a disaster (see Ezekiel 33). By the way, prophesying does not always mean saying, “The Lord said…” I’ll give you an example.

I had a dream a couple of months about a business. A few days later, I was speaking with the owner but I did not feel as if the Lord had given me a message from him. However, as we continued speaking, I felt led to simply share the dream with him even though I did not have an interpretation. Well, as usual, the Lord knew what He was doing because the dream related to decisions the owner had been pondering; things I was not aware of. It was after I responded to the unction of the Holy Spirit to simply share the dream in its raw state that He began to give me things to reveal to the owner. Quite frankly, as I was typing this, I wondered if I had gone off topic, until I was reminded that the dream related to discerning which spirit some people were of.

I was simply the messenger, so unlike James and John, I was not going to force the business owner to take a certain action or impose punishment if he did not. The Lord gives us free will, which includes the ability to not take His recommendations or heed His warnings. For example, Jesus knew Judas was about to betray Him, but He did not try to stop Judas, He simply gave him a strong warning of the consequences of his actions and let him choose (Matthew 26:24). Similarly, my only recommendation was for the business owner to pray and seek the Lord about everything. One of the things I have discovered is a prophecy is an invitation to commune with the Lord.

Are you a prophet in the cave/wilderness?
Raised in the Wilderness: Rogue Reformers, Rallying the Remnant

I recently received a prophecy about the Lord’s plans for me. I trusted the messenger, in part based on previous interactions, and I also trusted the message, partially because some things I either knew or they aligned with my journey thus far. However, I still prayed and asked the Lord for additional insight. And that reminds me, sometimes the Lord will show you the actual person in a dream or vision, but there are times when He may use symbols. Dreaming of snakes, crocodilians, or a rose with the emphasis on its thorns usually indicate someone with bad intentions. It is then important to pray and ask the Lord to reveal whom the symbols represent. Whatever the Lord shows you, believe Him. Yet, you first have to discern the source of your revelation.

I hope this gave you a glimpse into how useful the gift of discerning of spirits can be. If you have this gift but have not been using it to the fullest, I encourage you to start doing so. The more you use it is the more proficient you will become so please use it. “…Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” ~ Hebrews 5:14 (KJV) And do not worry about people rebuking when you reveal things to them. My approach on that is similar to when Micaiah told king Ahab that his prophets’ prophecy was of the wrong spirit (1 Kings 22). In the fullness of time, people will know if what you communicated was from the Lord. It may be difficult to see someone ignore your advice and end up in divorce court before the wedding photographer processes the wedding photos, or a church split because the pastor shut you down (possibly because you didn’t have a ministerial title). On a final note, once you have discerned whether someone is good or evil, it is time to go into intercession; sometimes the Lord wants you to pray instead of giving a prophecy. Stay tuned for a post about the sometimes unheralded position of the intercessors…

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The Lord exalts the humble.

 

 

Scat 

If you are in the woods searching for animals, there are many things you can look for to tell what kind of animals are around. For example, you can look for tracks, shed skin or fur, scratch marks on trees, and even scat. Interestingly, you can identify a narcissist in similar ways. Look for the people they have stepped on, used, and left behind. A narcissist will leave a trail of people they have burned, yet will complain that he or she was the one who was victimized. Oftentimes, if the narcissist does not burn the bridge, the one who was actually victimized will burn the bridge to prevent the narcissist from returning. But if you have ever dealt with a narcissist, heed the following warning from the Lord regarding what to expect:

‘When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, ‘I will return unto my house whence I came out.’ And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.’ ~ Luke 11:24-26 (KJV)

If at all possible, never allow a narcissist back into your life or things will be worse than before. Also, note that Jesus said the impure spirit referred to the person as his house. Do not allow a narcissist to treat you like his or her possession, like an animal that leaves scratch marks to identify its territory. When you evict that individual, if possible, let it be permanent. Like how a shed snake skin serves as a reminder that a snake was in the area, let your memories (such as in a journal or police reports) remind you of what life was like with the narcissist.

The narcissist may return with what is called “love bombing”, and if that doesn’t work, the individual will resort to using fear. But never forget that “…God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) Do not allow a narcissist into your life to wreak havoc on your mind and consequently your life. If you have to co-parent with a narcissist, keep your distance and pray fervently for your child(ren).

 

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Poetic Justice   

On March 7, 2016, I was inspired to post “Burning Question” about how the Lord had not ordained Jacob and Leah’s “marriage”, He simply allowed it. Many people can attest to being in situations the Lord has given them the grace to endure but they don’t have His blessing. There was a subordinate question in the “Burning Question” post I had left unanswered, until now.

Why did the Lord warn Jacob of several things, to include Laban trying to cheat him of his wages, but He did not warn Jacob that Laban was going to deceive him into marrying Leah, a woman he did not love?

Initially, I did not intend to answer that question; I was going to leave well enough alone. But that changed while listening to a sermon that addressed David’s affair with Bathsheba, and the subsequent murderous cover up (2 Samuel 11). When the Lord rendered His judgment against David, He had forgiven him and spared his life, but David, the Lord’s anointed, was still going to reap the consequences for his actions. Do not confuse the Lord’s forgiveness with Him absolving you of the consequences of your actions. God is not mocked and you will reap what you have sown (Galatians 6:7-8). And please, do not think that your anointing is going to prevent you reaping the consequences of your actions. David was a beloved king, yet the Lord did not give him immunity from disciplinary actions. Never forget that the Lord is holy and He expects us to be holy.

Survival
Survival

David was publicly punished for the things he did in “private” (2 Samuel 12), but then again, nothing is private because it cannot be hidden from the Lord. David had slept with another man’s wife, gotten her pregnant, and still had not repented after the baby was born, presumably nine moths later. The length of time David went without repenting, basically parading his transgressions for the world to see, contributed to the Lord allowing David’s son, Absalom, to have sex with ten of David’s concubines in the open. If you try to publicly make a mockery out of the Lord He may make a public spectacle out of you. Again, God is not mocked and you will reap what you have sown (Galatians 6:7-8).

That above reminded me of how Laban deceived Jacob, and how the impacts had lifelong consequences. However, lest not forget that Jacob was also a deceiver. He had previously partnered with his mother to deceive his father so he could steal his brother’s blessing. Jacob’s efforts to deceive his brother had lifelong consequences on his Esau. So, when Laban deceived Jacob into marrying Leah, it was payback, poetic justice, for what he had done to Esau. Jacob had dressed up and went into his father’s tent under false pretenses, similarly to how Leah would later pretend to be her younger sister Rachel in the tent (Genesis 27, 29).

I will be somewhat transparent with you, translucent to be more accurate. I have received payback that was so well played so to speak that I had to admire the Lord’s work, even while reaping the consequences for my actions. I know what it’s like to receive the Lord’s forgiveness but still had to pay a price that was at least commensurate with my actions. There were times when I laughed because of how well the Lord paid me back for my transgression, true poetic justice. However, my laughter was not because I was mocking the Lord, it was because He paid me back better than if someone had tried taking revenge. The last time the Lord disciplined me there was no laughing on my part though, and He did not delay the administration of justice. To this day, I have been scared straight, without having been behind bars. But it takes maturity to accept one’s punishment, and to even say, “I deserved that.”

There was a time when David got in trouble for taking a census so the Lord gave him a choice of three punishments. David chose to have the Lord punish him instead of falling into the hands of men, because they can be ruthless. David was correct because the Lord punished him, but He displayed mercy towards the end (1 Chronicles 21). However, do not think the Lord is someone for you to take lightly. Study everything that happened after David’s transgressions with Bathsheba and you will see severe impacts on David, and his family. The wages of sin truly is death, and those who hate God love death. The Lord is merciful, but please do not think you can manipulate Him with your tears and fasting. David’s efforts did not spare the life of the first son he and Bathsheba had conceived. That child would have been a constant reminder of David’s sinful actions. Unfortunately, many people are carrying around the fruits of their transgressions, as if it is something to be proud of.

We do not always do something to deserve going through certain challenges. But there are times when we need to learn and grow when we receive poetic justice from the Lord for our transgressions (Hebrews 12:2-11).

Humble Pie
The Lord exalts the humble.

Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”

 

 

Knocking on Your Heart

In your quest to seek prophets for a prophecy, consider the fact that Jesus died to speak directly to you instead. Jesus said, ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.’ ~ John 10:27 (KJV) Prophets have their place, but don’t ever let a prophet take the Lord’s place in your life. Prophets have voices, but they are not always the same as the voice of your Lord.

In closing, consider the following invitation from the Lord, Jesus, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.’ ~ Revelation 3:19-21 (KJV) Knock! Knock!

Social Aloe Ministries: “Glorifying God. Exposing the devil.”

 

God, The Love of My Life (2)

Also see the following video: https://youtu.be/10gNhtfeOPA

 

 

 

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