This morning I am coming off of a 12-hour shift working in America’s killing-institutions, ie. American hospitals; of course, not all hospitals are the same, but there definitely is a killing-protocol trend happening. As many of you know, I have been voicing up, as best I am able, to help point people to the truth that has been hidden (Learn more here). It is not my intent to make this my focus, nor topic of discussion here, however, it is definitely heavy on my mind and affects my personal and family life to a great extent.
Early this morning, between imaging patients, I was praying and asking the Lord a specific question concerning myself, my focus, and weighing out the balance in life that the He would have of me.
Instead of going right to bed, I decided to make some extra time (even though I have a long drive tomorrow after I work another 12-hours tonight) to read a book I have been digesting, read my Bible and seek the Lord, giving Him personal praise, and communing with Him in prayer. That’s when 2nd Timothy 2:24-26 came to my attention, yet again, as a blazing, and quite amazing, stone striking me directly in the heart.
“The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome (1) but kind to everyone (2), able to teach (3), patiently enduring evil (4), correcting his opponents (5) with gentleness (6). God may perhaps grant (7) them repentance (8) leading to a knowledge of the truth (9), and they may escape from the snare of the devil (10), after being captured by him to do his will.”
Bam! Struck right in the heart – the Spirit of God answered my prayer! Notice all of the points I numbered?
I remember having a brief, and private, conversation with Paul Washer of HeartCry Missionary Society during a conference back in 2008, and I will never forget it. The last words he said to me was, “God uses rocks and donkeys to speak.” Then he bowed his head, walked off and then preached one of the most powerful messages I had heard to date. Right after he walked off, I was greatly convicted, to the point of weeping in the bathroom all alone by myself. And I know what he said to be true and have never forgotten it.
Although what he told me that day is not exactly my point today, it nonetheless rings loud in my ears, for it was as if the Lord was saying to me, after being pierced by the passage of Scripture above, “Go ahead, pick up that rock of offense, but before you throw it, look at what I engraved (2nd Timothy 2:24-26), read it, and take it to your heart before letting your arm fly without thinking.” And one day, you and I, if we are truly regenerate, we will one day receive a white stone with a new name engraved on it (Rev. 2:17) – ever think about that? Detour for a moment: If you are married, your wife (or husband), if a believer, will receive a stone as well with a name that only her/his Lord and her/he will know! That will make, or it ought to make, you think how we treat our spouses for sure. For she/he is a child of the most-high (only true) God and how we treat her/him demonstrates whether our heart is new, and the penalties, I do believe, will be extreme if we have abused or misused our authority. And what about our speech towards that child of His? – Ok, I need to return to my topic (but think about these things – and repent if needed).
There is no doubt my prayer was answered, and another foothold of Satan was removed from my heart.
Oh, how beautiful it is, when we step off the narrow path and pick up the stone to launch in offence to have it become the stone that God uses to convict us, causing us to surrender, thereby leading us back onto the path made perfect by Christ Jesus. Oh, what grace! Oh, what mercy! Oh, what love! Oh, what patience of the Father!
All glory be unto our Great God!