During my Cup Of Time with Jesus, HE shared a mark which we all need to get better with...eliminate really. It is true NONE of us is perfect AND it is true that HE expects us to WORK at becoming perfect (cut our flesh).
HE showed me something marvelous in the Book of Samuel. Most Christians know many pieces of this Book by heart.
HE has illuminated the portion in the beginning when Hannah was desperately praying for our Lord to allow her womb to conceive a man child. Starting in chapter 1 verse 12 : and it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli (the priest) marked her mouth (noticed and judged) 13: Now Hannah, she spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli THOUGHT she had been drunk. 14: and Eli said to her, How long will you be drunken? Put away your wine from you. 15: and Hannah answered and said, No my lord, I a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunken neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. 16: Count not your handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. 17: Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and petition that you have asked of HIM. 18: And she said, Let your handmaid find grace in your sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat and her countenance (appearance) was no more. (Changed)
Our God instructs us most clearly multiple times throughout the Epistles (letters) how we are to communicate and not communicate. Here we have Eli who SAW the state of Hannah and did not SPEAK to her, assuming she to be drunk. It is only when he SPOKE to her that he learned THE TRUTH. His THOUGHT caused him to misjudge her. Eli (the priest) had her pegged by what he SAW and condemned her to be a daughter of satan. He could not have been more wrong! Had he not SPOKE with Hannah she would have been MARKED in this priests mind and those that he told, as something she was far from.
What a GLORIOUS example for all of us. A caution and instruction of what to do and what not to do in a few simple little verses that bring about a GREAT WORKS of God. How many TIMES do we see something and think this... And judge that...? It is a habit we must all break. God says - judge and you will be judged! Now there is a difference between JUDGEMENT and TRUTH. We can and should state the TRUTH in all things, this is how CHANGE occurs, this is how we are moved to repentance, but we MUST FIRST make sure it is TRUE and that we are in Gods' WILL to share it- we will only be "asked" to share if it glorifies HIS Body. Do you see?
What I THINK can NOT be portrayed as TRUTH unless it is WITNESSED. We see here that the FIRST WITNESS is that person I am SPEAKING to or THINKING about.
We must always SPEAK TO people verses speaking ABOUT people. We must stop our brain from concluding THOUGHTS about one another. What I THINK is potentially and most probably UNTRUE about you. Untruth is a lie! Our THOUGHTs are the single most powerful thing that blocks the perfect WILL of GOD for this reason and many more.
Also notice the order! God has an ORDER for all things. When we do things according to HIS order MIRACULOUSNESS will follow, saith our LORD.
Solution: Aways TALK TO people. If you find yourself and others talking ABOUT people, Ex: "She should have..." "Did you see how he...?" STOP! It is against God to talk about one another for the purpose of discord. (Ephesians 4:25, 4:29-32)
GOD is TRUTH is LOVE these THREE are ONE
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I have been blessed with a daughter from another mother. She is fantastic! Her father and mother have done a great job. She has been a gift from God for my son who will tell you himself, that he prayed for a wife and knew instantly it was Torrie when they met. God gave me the daughter I never had through her fine parents and my son.
During our last few Cup Of Times I have realized a few things. First, no matter how old we are we can and do, learn as long as we are open. I also realized that she is more special than I knew the TIME before. I realized gifts are packaged in many, many ways and LOVE grows with TIME.
She is a joy to speak with and when I reserve TIME for her, she knows I am LISTENING which opens up a dialogue that is not reachable during the day to day ins and outs. Thank YOU LORD for our Cup Of Time together!
Are you listening to your family? Do they know you are? Make sure with Cup Of Time.
People that love the ocean know it speaks continually in numerous ways. Each wave is different on purpose and volumes are spoken.
Cup Of Time keeps in tune with our human relationships. Those that we hold dear need our undivided attention on a regular basis.
We are passionate about families. Husbands and wives enjoying all that they are. Daughters aspiring to be the best they can be and dads knowing what that is. Moms eager to cultivate the best her son will become.
Cup Of Time is a movement to remind us all that verbal communication came before electronics. Just as the salt of the ocean is essential for its purpose, TIME listening and talking with the voice God gave us is as well. HE designed us on purpose too. What volumes are being spoken in your family?
Our time at JDMS has progressed nicely. Each week we have more students. The increase is slow but God knows what we can handle while still being effective. If we are not effective then what's the point, right?
So Emily and Priscilla have come every day. It is exciting to see them grow in confidence in themselves and when dealing with others. It is amazing what a few hours a week of one on one time has done for them.
What is equally exciting is they have brought friends. More and more friends.