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“SILENCE and the LAMB”

October 26, 2008

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Of all the admonitions that could be given in these tumultuous times, this one seems overwhelmingly needful. Spoken by our Lord Jesus following each set of instructions for the seven churches in Asia, it encourages us all to be atuned to what the Lord is doing and saying. This is all the more imperative as we approach the conclusion of this age. Such information cannot be obtained by observing the physical world; nor can it be found within the confines of logic. It cannot be determined by simply watching those around us and going with the flow. (Majority rule may be a good principle for democracy, but it’s terrible as a spiritual concept.) It can only be learned when we let go of everything that besets us, come before the Lord Jesus without conditions or agendas, and seek him sincerely with all diligence. Spending quality time in prayer, staying in his word, and just “listening” is the only way to “know what’s up” and “know what to do.”

Psalm 119:99-100 “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

I’m convinced that one of our major problems for the saints today is the nonstop input from external sources that’s available to anyone with a radio, computer, or cell phone. We have a continuous stream of information, (both good and bad) which causes us to unwittingly place unwarranted trust in the context of this continuous feed. We place our confidence in the plethura of voices; teachers, reporters, scientists, preachers (?) and what have you. We then employ our own logic as the primary determiner of our choices instead of taking time to come before the Lord and wait patiently for direction. Perhaps we like to see the aparatus of deliverance and feel as though we have a handle on our destiny. Or perhaps we’re afraid that the Lord will require us to operate in a way that makes absolutely no sense, thereby requiring us to simply trust him. (This has been a constant throughout scripture and we’re no different than any other generation. Without faith it is impossible to please God.)

I’m as guilty as anyone in this respect. I have, in times past kept myself in continuous contact with various outlets of information to the point of allowing them to become excessively prominant.  With the continuous influx of data, the problem seems all but unavoidable for any who understand the lateness of the hour. (I added the qualifier “for any who understands” because many still have their heads buried in the sand and keep out anything that would “rock” their perception of reality) We know the times and therefore are inclined to gather as much information as possible. If we’re not careful, we can end up listening to everything except the Lord Jesus. This is not to say that information is bad and there are a number of links on this site to various sources. But in searching, we must be mindful to not neglect our time with the Lord. In fact if we had to choose one or the other, we would be far better off to pull away from the computer, turn off all the chatter, and seek the Lord. We would be astonished at the difference it would make.

This remindes me of my “dream vacation” that I will probably never be able to partake of. It consists of two weeks on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean, with nothing but a bible. (Plus a concordance because I’m lazy and a notebook because my memory isn’t the greatest) Two weeks of just seeking the Lord with absolutely no distraction from anywhere. WOW! These days time is at such a premium that I look forward to driving to work just because I can be alone with the Lord. This is the problem. We have so much input and we’re so bogged down with the daily grind that many of us are being spiritually drained and worn down. We may not notice it because it’s probably happening to all of the saints around us as well. This is one way in which blogging can be a real asset. Communicating with saints from other settings and backgrounds may reveal areas in which we, and those around us, are falling short.

Nothing can take the place of coming before the Lord Jesus and waiting. Worshipping, singing in the spirit, meditating, pouring over scripture, and LISTENING. When we are able to make a tactical retreat from the ambience and get alone with the Lord, there’s always thousands of petitions to bring to him. Everything from unsaved family members to decisions that must be made. We know that the effectual fervent prayer of the rightous avails much and that if we delight in the Lord he will grant us the desires of our heart. (If our affections are on Jesus, our desires will naturally be those things which are pleasing to him) Yet it seems that oftentimes, the most incredible times are those moments when we just say nothing. No requests, no seeking gain in this life, and no itinerary. Just getting our heart upon him and thinking on his sheer awesomeness.

These are moments that reside beyond the limits of earthly vocabulary. In the quiet place, wherever it may be, we let go of the temporal cares that occupy way too much of our concern, and look to Jesus. Our High Priest who paid for our sins with his own blood to redeem us from everlasting torment. Who sees our thoughts afar off and ever lives to make intercession for us. He who is from everlasting and to everlasting, unchanging, pure, and is the embodiment of absolute truth. Such moments as this are so awesome beyond expression that it’s as though the life that we knew is a million light years away. A distant memory of that tiny fragment of our existance when we were players in the valley of decisions. In such moments, when  we are close to Jesus, it becomes all so vivid; that which is real, that which is temporal, and the truth that our light afflictions in this world are as nothing in comparison to the God who has created all things for his pleasure.

When we can just “abide” in the presence of the Lord and keep our words to a minimum, he will show us great and mighty things which we knew not. Understanding of his will, understanding of things to come, guidance for the days ahead, a deeper grasping of our great salvation, a level of compassion for the lost that we never had before, and a love for the saints who are fellow laborers in this temporal fallen world.  A world where time is a ruthless opponent and not a minute goes by without someone dropping into eternity. Such revelation comes only when we learn to listen. Most of us can pray without ceasing; bringing forth an array of petitions, wants, and even a few cleverly disguised lusts. But to “Hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” and being in a place to say “here am I” is ever so needful. This is not to say that we shouldn’t come before the Lord in prayer as we commonly do; it’s just an admonition to go deeper and strive to become increasingly closer to the King of Glory.

Well I must be closing for now. There are two new sites in the blogroll to draw attention to:

Beyond Blue stockings This is actually on the blogroll in two places as I thought my first attempt to place it there had failed. Nonetheless, much insight can be found here and this is a good place to visit regularly.

A Revolutionary Gospel I love the title! This site also offers up much insight and encouragement. Also one to make regular visits to.

I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

October 27, 2008 Hello again. In the fourth comment below, Code made referance to the November issue of the Last trumpet newsletter, entitled Under the Dark Shadows of Antichrist We are in times; the likes of which none of us have ever witnessed before and this newsletter offers up much insight concerning the goings on in these final moments of the age. May we all draw closer to Jesus and know that he is our strong tower in these days of adversity. Blessings always in Jesus name.

 

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11 comments

  1. Hi brother Timbob

    I love to read what you write. Its like reading my own thoughts. I thank God for you brother. I am always encouraged when I read your posts. Yes brother, His presence, all the day long. So many distractions that compete for our time and thoughts. Tv, radio, computer, cell phones, I-PODS, billboards. I visited the Muir Wood forest one time, near San Fransico. Giant redwood trees. I walked in there and suddenly there was total silence. I said to my wife “listen,” and she said, “I can’t hear anything.” There was total silence, not even birds singing. It was awesome. The noise of this world competes with our daily walk with Him. May we find more time to be alone with Him…brother Frank


  2. I am honoured by your referral timbob, and, as always, encouraged by your exhortation to draw nearer to Him.

    And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

    May God bless you timbob, as you continue to “exhort so much the more, as the day approaches”.


  3. was waiting for you to post again. am curious to see what dave meyers has to say for his november newsletter… hope things are good. 🙂


  4. I just read it – it’s out already. I really marvel at how blind so many people are, including Christians. They really and truly believe that the government is going to protect them and that these things could never happen b/c they are somehow, “illegal,” and the government could never get away with it.

    One of the discussion questions for my Master’s class was if we thought the U.S. could impose some sort of “relocation plan,” again such as they did with the Japanese. I am the only person that replied in the affirmative. All the other students believe they are protected by the Constitution and the government couldn’t allow something like that ever take place again, etc. They are so blind.


  5. Greetings Bro frank. Whoever coined the phrase “solence is golden” knew what they were talking about. Not to mention the example of Elijah waiting for the still small voice of God in the midst of incredible distraction. Thanks for stoping by and always offering up insight.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus


  6. Hi Beyond Blue stockings. I really like that verse. In fact it’s the one time where the word “provoke” is used in the positive. Whenever I visit the various blogs out here, I’m “provoked” and it’s always encouraging. It’s great to be in contact with so many who are in other theaters and yet embarked on the same journey in Christ. Thanks.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  7. Hi Code. I just printed off copies of Davids newsletter. I do this monthly and take them to work for certain people who are close to an understanding of the times that we’re in. It is earlier than usual, but these are unusual times.

    The discussion in your class is very representative of the common outlook on things. Despite all of the signs, few see the bigger picture. I think of II Timothy 2:25 where we are encouraged to “in meekness instruct those that oppose themselves.” We present truth and then the Lord can open the eyes. I praise God that at my workplace a few are in the process of seeing what’s taking place.

    Truly our peace is from God and passes all understanding. I continue to keep in prayer all of the saints along with those who are not far from the kingdom of God but we can see the Lord working on their heart. Thanks for letting me know of the early update. Things are moving along fast.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus and may the remainder of your time off be blessed as well.


  8. I too thank you for the referral to “A Revolutionary Gospel.”
    Your comments about hearing God are right on. I also think that we also need to recognize who is speaking. Like you said, it’s hard to even hear when there’s so much noise. I know when it’s my wife on the phone because I’ve spent a lot of time on the phone with her and recognize her phone voice. The same goes for the Holy Spirit. It’s only when we are familiar enough with Him to recognize His voice when He speaks. And, of course, our immediate response is indicative of our relationship with Him.
    God bless,
    –Jerald


  9. Good evening Jerald. Great analogy of how we learn ones voice through continuous communication with them. One thing that has happened to me over the years; especially when something is amiss is that feeling of “out-of-sortsness.” It’s like you’re hearing someone say something and it sounds good and scriptural, but something seems “wrong.” Later on, it’s always revealed that there was a problem that didn’t appear on the surface. The Holy Spirit alarms us when something is not as it should be and leads us into all truth.

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed week in Jesus.


  10. Timbob,

    I’m sure you know about this, but if you don’t — David Meyer has a growing list of sermons from his church that you can download and listen to. I downloaded a few..

    http://www.ltm-messages.com/


  11. Thanks for letting me know about this Code. I’ll be sure to check them out. I’ll also place this link on the end times page. Thanks.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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