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Laela

Sidestepping the "lynch mob"
Today, I had a soulful discussion with moms about old age after seeing the startling pic of of an older person from our past that looked like they had dementia. Ecc 12 is all about the problems that come with old age in human form... was food for thought. We'll all get old, wither and "die" one day, but thank God for His promises.

Ecclesiastes 12
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

1 So remember your creator while you are young, before the evil days come,
and the years approach when you will say, “They no longer give me pleasure”;

2 before the sun and the light grow dim, also the moon and the stars;
before the clouds return after the rain;

3 on the day when the guards of the house are trembling, and men of courage
are bent over double; when the women stop grinding grain,
because there are so few; when the women at the windows can no longer see out;

4 when the doors to the streets are kept shut; when the noise from the grain-mill fades;
when a person is startled by the chirp of a bird, yet their singing is hard to hear;

5 when they will be afraid to go up a hill, and terrors will stalk the way, even though
the almond tree is in bloom; when the locust can only drag itself along, and the caper berry
has no [aphrodisiac] effect — because the person is headed for his eternal home,
and the mourners are already gathering in the marketplace —

6-7 before the silver cord is snapped the bowl of gold is cracked, the pitcher is shattered
at the spring, the pulley is broken at the cistern, 7 the dust returns to earth, as it was,
and the spirit returns to God, who gave it!

8 Pointless! Meaningless! — says Kohelet, Nothing matters at all!


9-12 Not only was Kohelet wise, he also taught the people what he knew; also he weighed,
researched and corrected many ethical sayings. Kohelet worked to develop an attractive
writing style, in which he expressed the truth straightforwardly. The sayings of the wise
are as sharp as goads, and those given by leaders of assemblies are like well-fixed nails;
[in this case,] they are presented by a single shepherd. In addition, my son, take heed:
one can write many books — there’s no end to it; and one can study so much that it wearies the flesh.


13 Here is the final conclusion, now that you have heard everything: fear God,
and keep his mitzvot; this is what being human is all about.

14 For God will bring to judgment everything we do, including every secret, whether good or bad.
 

Sharpened

A fleck on His Sword
We'll all get old, wither and "die" one day, but thank God for His promises.
Amen.

John 9:4 - While it is daytime, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

John 21:18 - Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you dressed yourself and walked where you desired; but when you shall be old, you will stretch forth your hands, and another will dress you and will bring you where you do not desire.
 

mz.rae

Well-Known Member
I don't know which year was worse this year or last year. But I'm praying next year is a better one. I have been stuck in a rut for months it feels like, and my energy to do pretty much of anything is gone. And on top of that my faith and belief in God is starting to wane. I just don't feel like God moves in my life the way he does other people. And that my life is nothing but an endless downward spiral.
 

Sharpened

A fleck on His Sword
I don't know which year was worse this year or last year. But I'm praying next year is a better one. I have been stuck in a rut for months it feels like, and my energy to do pretty much of anything is gone. And on top of that my faith and belief in God is starting to wane. I just don't feel like God moves in my life the way he does other people. And that my life is nothing but an endless downward spiral.
What is your ministry, your service to the Father and others? What is His current Will for your life?
 

mz.rae

Well-Known Member
What is your ministry, your service to the Father and others? What is His current Will for your life?
I feel like my ministry is to serve others and help those that are less fortunate, especially children. And I'm not sure what His will for my life is I'm still trying to figure it out.
 

Sharpened

A fleck on His Sword
I feel like my ministry is to serve others and help those that are less fortunate, especially children. And I'm not sure what His will for my life is I'm still trying to figure it out.
Are you getting discouragement from others, or are things hindering you when to do? Sometimes, He will put our tasks right in our way; we can be a bit slow on the uptake (I know I have, lol).

Seeking after the Father is paramount, not just prayer, but really desiring Him and His Will.
"I want You, Lord, no matter the cost."
"Please, correct my steps; dig and burn out of my heart and mind anything that need to go."
"You said in Your Word, 'Those who seek Me will find Me.' I am holding You to that no matter what the adversary throws at me."
"I know You are here; I want to draw nearer to You."
"This is all about what You want, for only You know what I need." Etc., etc., etc...

You will overcome this trial by fire. Keep pressing in; don't stop!
 

Divine.

Well-Known Member
I just don't feel like God moves in my life the way he does other people.

I completely understand! I personally did not feel God move in my life until I completely consecrated myself and yielded to his will. He first took me through a season of rebuilding my misplaced identity. Then a series of tests to weaken and control my flesh. Then a period of application where I applied everything I learned. I have seen God move in my life this year like never before. That’s not to say that this year wasn’t challenging. But rather my ABBA is greater!!

I would like to encourage you to be mindful of what you say. Death and life are in the power of our tongues (Proverbs 18:21). Your life won’t change if you don’t believe it won’t or if you keep breathing life into these negative thoughts. If you want God to move in your life, you gotta start speaking like it. You can’t pray for God to change your circumstances but also waver in your faith in him. Remember, a double minded man cannot expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-8). I promise I’m saying that verse in love!

You will see God move once you make the unequivocal decision that you are going to trust him no matter what. Not only that, but you will commit to growing an even deeper relationship with him. Don’t give the devil an opportunity to use your weariness against you.
 

mz.rae

Well-Known Member
Are you getting discouragement from others, or are things hindering you when to do? Sometimes, He will put our tasks right in our way; we can be a bit slow on the uptake (I know I have, lol).Seeking after the Father is paramount, not just prayer, but really desiring Him and His Will.
"I want You, Lord, no matter the cost."
"Please, correct my steps; dig and burn out of my heart and mind anything that need to go."
"You said in Your Word, 'Those who seek Me will find Me.' I am holding You to that no matter what the adversary throws at me."
"I know You are here; I want to draw nearer to You."
"This is all about what You want, for only You know what I need." Etc., etc., etc...

You will overcome this trial by fire. Keep pressing in; don't stop!
Thank you! And I'm not sure I kind of feel like things started going downhill once I took the job I am at now two years ago. Since being there I have been discouraged and down about everything and it is filtering out into other aspects of my life.
 

beingofserenity

Well-Known Member
Are you getting discouragement from others, or are things hindering you when to do? Sometimes, He will put our tasks right in our way; we can be a bit slow on the uptake (I know I have, lol).

Seeking after the Father is paramount, not just prayer, but really desiring Him and His Will.
"I want You, Lord, no matter the cost."
"Please, correct my steps; dig and burn out of my heart and mind anything that need to go."
"You said in Your Word, 'Those who seek Me will find Me.' I am holding You to that no matter what the adversary throws at me."
"I know You are here; I want to draw nearer to You."
"This is all about what You want, for only You know what I need." Etc., etc., etc...

You will overcome this trial by fire. Keep pressing in; don't stop!

Your posts really help me, you know :love2:
 

Sharpened

A fleck on His Sword
Conditional Faith
By Glynda Lomax on Dec 27, 2017 12:30 am

Do not put conditions on Me, My children, for I am God, and no man instructs Me.

Many of My children have conditional faith. Conditional upon Me doing this or protecting that in what is coming, but do you not know that a Father is not commanded by His children? Do you think yourselves above Me? Do you think you know what is best?

Conditional faith will cause many to fall away from Me in what is coming. Because I do not meet their expectations, many will turn their backs on Me and serve the enemy. And the enemy shall have them. This is neither My desire, nor My will, but their choice.

My children, search your hearts and ascertain that your faith is not conditional. Search your hearts to know if any thing could cause your faith in Me to fail.

This is of the highest priority.

Job 40:2 - Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Luke 17:5 - And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

Luke 22:32 - But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
 

Maracujá

November 2020 --> 14 years natural!!!
Ladies, what can y'all tell me about the Jesus Year? I'm turning 33 next year and that's one of the few things I have to look forward to. I've done some research and they're speaking about the death of the ego: so.freaking.exciting! Can someone delve deeper into this?
 

Sharpened

A fleck on His Sword
Ladies, what can y'all tell me about the Jesus Year? I'm turning 33 next year and that's one of the few things I have to look forward to. I've done some research and they're speaking about the death of the ego: so.freaking.exciting! Can someone delve deeper into this?
I have never hear of it. I am more likely to look at age 49/50 as a personal Jubilee (forgiveness and do-over) because the concept it is in Scripture.

I can tell you what I was doing at 33 -- dealing with an infant who had multiple health issues and researching books, magazines, specialists, and on the internet in order to help him. My relationship with the Father stagnated for a few years, too busy.

Ego, self, or rather what each individual thinks is right or wrong, is the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. The first article in the Tabernacle is the Altar. Guess what is supposed to go on that fiery alter? Our flesh! There is another altar that is for the soul (blood, life, thoughts, will, mind, heart, emotions): the cross. This is why Yahshua said, "Deny yourself, taking up your cross, and follow Me." If the flesh is on the altar, and the soul is on the cross, what is left? Spirit...

Who knows the difference of spirit and soul? I have seen people attribute soulish things to the spirit; the spirit only cares about what the Father wants and waits for us to agree. How does the spirit take dominion over soul and body? Is it a "sometimes" thing or "all the time" thing? I am still trying to work out these questions myself. Thank Yah for grace and His patience. Amen.
 
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