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Isaiah 10:15 -
Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.
Today's message is especially for those who know the Lord, people who have experienced the Lord and through whom the Lord has done great and mighty things. It may not be great miracles but even healings and blessings which the Lord does through them.
This message is applied to people who pursue commercial prosperity (the people of Assyria in Hebrew means 'a step') and people of Jerusalem (the false 'teaching of peace'). But the context of the scriptures is also to the people of Samaria (in Hebrew means 'Rocky Mountains') people who have multiple truths/understandings. They are people who do not have the true understanding of the Word of God in full, but think they do. The difference between them and a maturing person of God is that the second knows he is learning and there is a long way for him to go, but the first thinks he knows everything on most matters.
It is because people do not really have the truth in them, they think the vessel is more important sometimes more than the one who wields it.
Like 'luck' is not a word in the dictionary of a believer, similarly are the word 'my talent'. It is as foolish as saying 'the airplane has the talent to fly'. It is called an airplane because it is designed to fly, can you call it an airplane if it drives like a car. The ability is based by the one who designed and made it.
Each one of us is given a skill set which enables us to excel in certain areas of life. It does not mean we cannot do other things, for the One in us can do all things through us.
Just to share a personal example to explain this. I have a calling of a Teacher in my life and therefore the Lord has blessed me with wisdom to understand spiritual things excellently. Like the Lord taught Daniel, sometimes He teaches me in dreams and visions when I mediate on scriptures or things of the Kingdom of God. These visions also at times warn about disasters or important events coming in the near future, like I was aware of the recession in April end 2008 before it hit the world (especially India) in a big way, similarly I was aware beforehand of the great flood which hit Mumbai. These visions come in deep sleep, but yesterday something odd happened. Just when I got up, while I was awake and just finished praying I got a vision, warning of a disaster in great details in the near future, like the way a Prophet receives.
It is in the calling of a Prophet that they see things; images, words or symbols run before their eyes even when they are wide open, as if in a trance. I am called as a 'Teacher' but that does not mean I do not have an ability to operate as a 'Prophet'. He, Who is in us builds us completely in all areas. But we need to understand the calling we are called for will always stand tall and tower over all other abilities.
For example a leg can be used to lift things like a hand or even be used to write like a hand, but it cannot call itself a hand.
God has made each one of us and designed us with special abilities and these are all for the glory of the Body of Christ and He (the Father) Who dwells in this Temple.
So everyone who starts to function as the Lord designed them, should not take pride in themselves, but in He do has made them and others for that special functions.
Our function may seem important to us but unless others do not do their functions, our functions cannot really fully glorify the Body of Christ. Therefore let us encourage others too in their skills as we all together working as one body can give glory to our Maker.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You created us with a plan and gave us special abilities to fulfill the plan in us. We are a part of the great plan which You have for mankind. Lord, bring us to realize it is You Who does all things in us and through us. Help us surrender ourselves to your plan that we may give glory to You alone...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that, when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
13 For he hath said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I have understanding: and I have removed the bounds of the peoples, and have robbed their treasures, and like a valiant man I have brought down them that sit on thrones:
14 and my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the peoples; and as one gathereth eggs that are forsaken, have I gathered all the earth: and there was none that moved the wing, or that opened the mouth, or chirped.
15 Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? shall the saw magnify itself against him that wieldeth it? as if a rod should wield them that lift it up, or as if a staff should lift up him that is not wood.
16 Therefore will the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory there shall be kindled a burning like the burning of fire.
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