Posts tagged ‘prophet’

Holes in My Holiness

On January 10, 2017 we had our house examined and tested for energy use. We had done a good job on the insulation side. But…

When it came to the air exchange test major problems were exposed. There were such significant leaks in the house the tester could not even get to the recommended internal air pressure.

Now the natural gas supplier had already sent us a report saying we were using 216% more gas than the 100 houses around us. But we did not feel any significant discomfort and were comfortable with the warmth in the house.

We didn’t know what the problem was until the expert arrived and exposed the gigantic flaws in our house.

What a parable! Around me I see people who name Jesus and yet have no spiritual power, discernment, effectiveness or humility. Yet when a prophet speaks truth to call them back to servanthood and costly duty in serving that very Jesus, they not only refuse to hear, since their religion affirms their status, but they even destroy the prophet. (“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven! The prophets who lived before you were persecuted in these ways” [Matthew 5:11-12 God’s Word©]).

Are you comfortable in your religion because you are used to a spiritual half-life? If you only interact with those who agree with you where is your growing edge?

Or are you plugging up the holes in your holiness?

Never Get Tired – Another Thought

Have you ever felt like your spiritual work accomplished little? Did you just get tired of it? Read more…

Jeremiah’s Broken Heart

I dedicate this lament to all those who have been called to the office of prophet (1 Corinthians 12:28), who likely share this experience with me. Read more…

Define Defeat

When God calls us the whole picture of our tasks rarely (never?) opens full-size right away. Read more…

“When People Hate You”

It is very hard to think of blessings from God when people, especially those who claim to be Christian, treat you hatefully. But the historical reality stares us in the face. Religious people have always hated and abused those who serve God without compromise.
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Balaam

Much fascinates me about the story of Balaam in Numbers 22-24. Even though I did an academic paper on the translation problems the humour still gets me.

The Prophet Balaam and the Ass, by Rembrandt v...

The Prophet Balaam and the Ass, by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1626. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Balaam makes a living as a prophet. His use of black magic (or demons) to curse people may well have made him rich.

So when Balak hires him to do a cursing off he goes to earn the big fee.

Unknown to Balaam (who is not a prophet of the True God) he has taken on people protected by Creator. Surprise! God sets out to destroy this enemy of the exodus people. Balaam’s gift of dark  prophecy cannot discern God at work. But, fortunately for him, his donkey has insight and saves his life.

The true prophet speaking for the True God is an ass. I’m laughing, especially as one with that gift. Never take yourself, or your gift, so seriously as to think you have importance beyond membership in the family of God. God doesn’t share credit or glory.

Now, if Jesus replaced you with a jackass, would anyone notice the difference?

Troublemaker

Do you have a reputation as a troublemaker?

Well, if you live as a stubborn, uncooperative, get-in-the-way-of action pain, that is likely not at all good. If you are a bully, pushing people around and heaping contempt on others, that never rates as good. Abuse is anti-God. If you talk about people behind their back, listen to gossip, disrupt godly justice and destroy reputations you work for the Enemy, Destroyer, against God.

But maybe you find yourself on the other side, wrongly accused of being a troublemaker.

Jesus was accused of being a troublemaker, for instance. Read more…