God Has Spoken

The word of the Lord God shall accomplish his purpose.

The sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal about who you think you are? Are they in agreement with the words of the Lord God and the meditation of his heart?

As you spend time resting in the word of God daily, forgetting everything you know except Jesus the Messiah, are you aware of a growing desire for your every word and thought to please the Lord?

Read the words of Scripture slowly and reflectively. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root as the Spirit of God brings them to life in you.

The Lord God’s words.

Jer 1:9-10 – Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me [prophet Jeremiah], “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” (ESV)

Words
The Lord God’s words placed in the prophet’s mouth
To pluck up and to break down
The Lord God’s words placed in the prophet’s mouth
To destroy and to overthrow
The Lord God’s words placed in the prophet’s mouth
To build and to plant

Has the Lord God put his words in our mouth? Do we mistakenly try to take upon ourselves what belongs to the Lord God himself?

Power belongs to God.

Ps 62:11-12 – Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work. (ESV)

God has spoken; power belongs to God. Steadfast love belongs to God.

Giving to every person according to their ways.

Jer 17:5-10 – Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust [hope] is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (ESV)

Cursed is the person who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength.
Blessed is the person who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord.

Trust/hope: a refuge, security, assurance, confidence.1

Where do you turn for refuge, security, assurance, and confidence? The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick. Who can understand it?

I’ve discovered that I can be so certain that I am right in my thinking and my ways and yet be so very out of step with the Lord God because my heart is deceitful and desperately sick.

A way that seems right.

Prov 14:12 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (ESV)

Blind.

Isa 26:10 – If the wicked are shown grace, they don’t seem to get it. In the land of right living, they persist in wrong living, blind to the splendor of God. (MSG)

We desperately need another to examine us.

Prov 18:17 – The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. (ESV)

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” Do we realize how blessed we are because the Lord God does this for each of us?

Two paths by which we live, the condition of our soul dependent upon where our trust lies.
Cursed/blessed. Parched/well watered. Uninhabited/fruitful. External/secret heart. Flesh/Spirit.

The heart is deceitful. What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal? Whose words are on your tongue? Whose words, thoughts and purposes are on your mind? Listen attentively as the word and the Spirit of God search and test you every time you interact with the word of God.

Read the texts again. Chew upon the words. Turn them over and over in your mind. Ask the Lord God what he wants you to receive from them and how he wants you to respond to them.

The word of the Lord God shall succeed.

Isa 55:10-13 – “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” (ESV)

You shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace… This is God’s promise even to the soul whose present state is cursed, parched, uninhabited, externally focused, of the flesh, unspiritual. The word of the Lord God shall accomplish his purpose. The word of God is at work in us even when we’re unaware. How exciting when we finally become aware! The word of God accomplishing his purpose in us shall make a name for the Lord!

The word of the Lord God is like fire and like a hammer.

Jer 23:28-29 – Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord. Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? (ESV)

Let him who has my word speak my word faithfully.

Do you have the word of the Lord God? Do you speak it faithfully? Or is there something in or around you that distorts the word of God? What has straw in common with wheat?

Have you experienced the word of the Lord God like fire and like a hammer?

There is in my heart as it were a burning fire.

Jer 20:9 – If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. (ESV)

Luke 24:32 – They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he [risen Christ Jesus] talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (ESV)

Have you experienced the word of the Lord God like a hammer?

I was at peace, and he shook me apart.

Job 16:11-14 – “God delivers me to the perverse, throws me into the hands of the wicked. I was at peace, and he shook me apart. Yes, he grabbed me by the neck and dashed me to pieces. He set me up as his target — his archers surrounded me. He slashes my innards and shows no mercy, he pours my gall on the ground. He breaks in on me again and again, attacking me like a warrior. (CJB)

Until…

Jer 27:4-9 – Give them this charge for their masters: ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: This is what you shall say to your masters: “It is I who by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to me.  Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him. All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes. Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave. “‘”But if any nation or kingdom will not serve this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, I will punish that nation with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, declares the Lord, until I have consumed it by his hand. (ESV)

But…

Isa 47:6 – I was angry with my people, I desecrated my own possession and gave them over to you [Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon]. But you showed them no mercy; you made your yoke very heavy, even upon the aged. (CJB)

They furthered the disaster.

Zech 1:15 – And I am exceedingly angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was angry but a little, they furthered the disaster. (ESV)

Words
The Lord God’s words placed in the prophet’s mouth
To pluck up and to break down
The Lord God’s words placed in the prophet’s mouth
To destroy and to overthrow
The Lord God’s words placed in the prophet’s mouth
To build and to plant

The word of the Lord shall accomplish his purposes even if human tools are unfaithful to his word.

Read the texts again. What thoughts and questions and emotions arise? Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

The Lord God deals not only with individuals but with entire nations, world empires, as if they were one individual. Like individuals, an entire nation, a world empire can be deadly wrong in their thinking and their ways. In examining them, the Lord God understands that showing them grace in that state of wrong thinking will not help them. So, he first sends his word like fire and like a hammer to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow. Then, when prepared to receive grace, his words build and plant.

Do human souls who are out of touch with the Spirit of God, when called to be God’s tool, miss, overlook, reject the ultimate purpose for which God sends his word – to build and to plant – and so distort God’s word? What has straw in common with wheat?

Cursed is the person who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength.
Blessed is the person who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord.

Broken and shattered.

Jer 50:23-24 – Babylon, the mightiest hammer in all the earth, lies broken and shattered. Babylon is desolate among the nations! O Babylon, I have set a trap for you and you are caught, for you have fought against the Lord. (TLB)

The king of Babylon, my servant.
A hammer that breaks the rock in pieces, breaks open the stony heart.
The king of Babylon, my servant.
The mightiest hammer in all the earth.
Fought against the Lord.

Have you personally fought against the Lord? Is the U.S., as a nation, fighting against the Lord? Have you personally experienced being broken by the Lord? Might the U.S. be in the process of being broken? Have you personally experienced being trapped and caught by the Lord? Might the U.S. be in the process of being trapped and caught by the Lord?

Cursed/blessed. Parched/well watered. Uninhabited/fruitful. External/secret heart. Flesh/Spirit. What state is your soul and my soul in personally? What state is the soul, the system, the institutions of the U.S. in?

Job 9:4 – God who is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself against him, and prospered? (NHEB Messianic)

Have we as individuals and/or as a collective, a community, a nation or empire hardened ourselves against the Lord God’s thoughts and ways as revealed through his word? Do we know the consequences of being unfaithful to his words?

Job 5:13 – He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end. (ESV)

1 Cor 3:19-20 – For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” (ESV)

God delivers me to the perverse. God throws me into the hands of the wicked. Why does God do this? How should I (or our nation) respond?

I am doing a work that you would not believe if told.

Hab 1:5-6, 10-13 – “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I [Lord God] am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans [Babylon], that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own… At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it. Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!”

Are you not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof. You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and are silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? (ESV)

What will the Lord say concerning my complaint?

Hab 2:1-5 – I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith. “Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples.” (ESV)

Cursed is the person who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength. His soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him.

Hab 2:4 – “Look at the proud: he is inwardly not upright; but the righteous will attain life through trusting faithfulness. (CJB)

Blessed is the person who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord.

I will wait quietly.

Hab 3:16-19 – I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. (ESV)

The One we know.

Heb 10:30-39 – For the One we know is the One who said, “Vengeance is my responsibility; I will repay,” and then said, “Adonai [the Lord] will judge his people.”

It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!  But remember the earlier days, when, after you had received the light, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings. Sometimes you were publicly disgraced and persecuted, while at other times you stood loyally by those who were treated this way. For you shared the sufferings of those who had been put in prison. Also when your possessions were seized, you accepted it gladly; since you knew that what you possessed was better and would last forever.

So don’t throw away that courage of yours, which carries with it such a great reward. For you need to hold out; so that, by having done what God wills, you may receive what he has promised. For “There is so, so little time! The One coming will indeed come, he will not delay. But the person who is righteous will live his life by trusting, and if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”

However, we are not the kind who shrink back and are destroyed; on the contrary, we keep trusting and thus preserve our lives! (CJB)

Trusting: persuasion, moral conviction of the truthfulness of God, especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; to assent to evidence or authority, to rely by inward certainty.2

Cursed is the person who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength. His soul is puffed up, proud, not upright within him.

Job 42:5-6 – I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand — from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry — forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.” (MSG)

The person who is righteous will live life by trusting. We keep trusting the One we know, the One who is faithful. The One coming will indeed come, he will not delay.

I know that my Redeemer lives.

Job 19:25-27 – “But I know that my Redeemer lives, that in the end he will rise on the dust; so that after my skin has been thus destroyed, then even without my flesh, I will see God. I will see him for myself, my eyes, not someone else’s, will behold him. My heart grows weak inside me! (CJB)

I will come to you.

John 14:18 – “I [Christ Jesus] will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (ESV)

The Friend will come to you.

John 16:7-11 – So let me say it again, this truth: It’s better for you that I leave. If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you. “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin; that righteousness comes from above, where I am with the Father, out of their sight and control; that judgment takes place as the ruler of this godless world is brought to trial and convicted. (MSG)

The Lord God wants everyone.

1 Tim 2:4-7 – He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us — Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. (MSG)

God has spoken. Are you listening? Are you receiving his word? Are you waiting for him to come to you, to send the Friend to you? Are you in a position for his word like fire and a hammer, to set you free, take root, grow, blossom and produce fruit in you? The word of the Lord God shall accomplish his purpose. Surrender to it! Take joy in the God of your salvation.

Read the texts again, setting aside your own thoughts, perceptions, judgments, your own agenda, to allow response from your inner depths to surface. What do you discover?

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8 ESV)

Become aware of your breath. The breath of the Almighty in you.

Inhale.
Exhale.

Breath by breath. Become conscious of the presence of the Almighty in you. Seek his strength. Seek his presence. Seek his truth. Surrender to the influence of the breath of the Almighty that you may know him and serve him.

2 Cor 13:14 – the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, [is] with you all! Amen. (YLT)

Inhale.
Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand Gods words, to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart, to seek the interests of Jesus Christ and not your own. Do not continut to live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations, and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him.

Ps 42:12 – My soul, why are you so downcast? Why are you groaning inside me? Hope in God, since I will praise him again for being my Savior and God. (CJB)

Trust/hope: a refuge, security, assurance, confidence.1

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

My soul, groaning inside me, hope in God!

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

I will praise him again for being my Savior and God

Wait, watch, listen, be still, be willing for the Lord God to transform you from within, revealing who you really are. Strive and reach for the goal, alive to the energy that he powerfully works in you as you rest, completely dependent upon him to reach the goal, united with the Messiah.

As you receive the Word of God into that deepest place of your being, the Lord God is rescuing you, he is loosening your bonds to your old nature, he is delivering you from your illusions and foolish boasting. Through Jesus, our Messiah, God is gradually transforming you from within, revealing who you really are, becoming one spirit with him.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Breathe the Lord God’s words all day every day.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

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1Trust/hope: OT:4009 <START HEBREW>jf*b=m!<END HEBREW> mibtach (mib-tawkh’); from OT:982; properly, a refuge, i.e. (objective) security, or (subjective) assurance: KJV – confidence, hope, sure, trust.

OT:982 <START HEBREW>jf^B* <END HEBREW> batach (baw-takh’); a primitive root; properly, to hie for refuge [but not so precipitately as OT:2620]; figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure: KJV – be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless (one, woman), put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

2Trusting: NT:4102 <START GREEK>pi/sti$<END GREEK> pistis (pis’-tis); from NT:3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: KJV – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

NT:3982 <START GREEK>pei/qw<END GREEK> peitho (pi’-tho); a primary verb; to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy, to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively, to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty): KJV – agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) confident, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

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