“Stringing mustard seed pearls”

“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest thy trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Matthew 7:6

This was just on my heart this morning and it yesterdays post, we looked at the verse that tells us that the preaching of the cross, the retelling and proclamation that Jesus was real and was everything the Bible says that He is and that to those whose minds have been trained and saturated by this world, it is just too much for them to believe.

So they don’t.

And when you think about it, everything we are taught in this world is completely contrary to the Word of God.

We are all born EQUAL, we are all created by the same Creator and as babies we know nothing but basic needs and as we grow we become toddlers and we all can remember being children and even in terrible upbringings most can still look back and remember that feeling in your heart and your soul that you are connected to something so much greater than yourself.

And that trust, trust in something that you can’t see but you know in your heart that there is more, that is why as children we have that faith and trust that allows tears to dry and laughter and joy to spring forth out of even the smallest of things, what may seem silly to  an adult is a source of endless merriment for a child.

We can fall down, get scraped up, maybe cry for a second and then in an instant get right back up on our feet and take off running again. No fear because we have just recently learned how to run.

Jesus also said a little something else, Matthew 18:3: “And he said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children,ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” 

And this is the condition we suffer from that He was warning us against in this verse. It is as we grow and as we develop and our minds are influenced by everything we hear and everything we see, we start to learn some very damaging lessons, lessons that we’d be far better off had they been left untaught.

But life does not work that way, it is not meant to work that way, at least not here.

When we begin to be taught fear, when we begin to be taught that we are not invincible, when we begin to be taught that if we are different, we will be rejected and when we begin to be taught that those who question and those who rock the boat will be  labeled, isolated, and made to stand in the corner alone and separated from the “rest of the class” until they can conform to the popular and expected thoughts.

That is the fear, that is the destruction that leads to the loss of the faith that we are born with, as we are told in Romans 12:3(c):”…according as God hath dealt every man (human being) the measure of faith.”

So we know  the faith is there, we just need to a little help sometimes in remembering where we hid it when we had to hide it from the world, when we cast our pearls and the swine ran over them and then attacked us for having that faith in what we cannot see.

The warning Jesus gave us means exactly that.

And I think sometimes even in our zealous attempt to win others to Christ, we will just throw those pearls out there.

And they represent wisdom and the holy things unto dogs means close to the same. If a person is NOT feeling conviction for their sins, if they are not coming under the prompting of the Spirit and we try to witness to them and we give the scriptures that they will NOT understand without divine revelation, the enemy and their flesh immediately kick into action.

They feel “judged” they feel like we are hypocritically accusing them and then they resort to exactly what they world has taught them, they attack, they attack us, they attack the word of God, and it only drives them further from the cross.

And what you are trying to share with a pure heart and sincere caring can actually cause a stumbling block for you.

Once we have been hurt while trying to witness, we feel dejected and question sometimes our own testimony, but remember you ARE right in trying to reach out to them but this can only been done by shining His light.

Being that light to them and praying constantly and standing in the gap through intercessory prayer for them and then as God draws them to Him, you can be there to answer questions only as that person opens the door and God always takes care of the rest.

We do get worried and often as we have been enlightened to the truth, we can become horrified, I know I was, when I realized just how real God is and just how His mercy had kept me and how close when we are not saved ARE truly standing over the mouth of hell.

Anyone who is saved HAS that testimony and when we will only remember who ministered to us and what events led us to the cross, when we think about who was effective in showing us the love of Christ

And to recover from the influence of this world, remember from our last post, this world referring to the teachings that are against God, making it declared an enemy of God, requires faith and faith is described as this:

Hebrews 11:1:”Now faith IS the substance (REALIZATION) of things hoped for, the evidence (CONVICTION) of things NOT seen.”

And THIS  is the kind of faith that Jesus refers to when He said this from Matthew 17:20: “…IF ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and IT SHALL BE REMOVE; and NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE UNTO YOU.”

And of course, yonder place just means telling the “mountain” to go and it WILL go.

And I know that this verse is classically taught dealing with the fact that a mustard seed is tiny.       

                                                                   

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But I want to look at it from a different perspective, how about IF think of ourselves AS mustard seeds?

How about if we just have faith and know that we are exactly what Jesus says we are and that we do have that access to Him and every promise in His word and not be afraid because the world has taught us that is foolish to actually believe that He could have possibly came to earth through a virgin, been the only Son of God, died and even harder to believe that He rose from the dead and that if we believe  that He did all these things, that one day we will also raise from the dead.

The world says that IS impossible, but God said IF we will BECOME like a little child (again in our thinking and innocence of heart) and be CONVERTED.

Which literally means, being changed, adapted for a NEW purpose and accepting that new purpose in Him and for His kingdom and then become a mustard seed in our FAITH in HIM and KNOW that He will do the miraculous simply because we believe that He will because as His child and Him as our Father, we have asked .

Be a mustard seed and just grow and hold onto those pearls, they serve a much better purpose displayed as a symbol of the love God bestowed on you when He gave you that precious strand, never take them off, certainly not to please this world and most definitely not to be thrown down and trampled.

If you have not accepted Jesus as the Lord of your life and you are feeling that pull, Him drawing you into a relationship with him, don’t be afraid of what others will think, what your friends will say or how you could possibly be shunned and ridiculed, you are where ALL of us who are saved have been.

We all face certain fears when we make the decision to break out of the mold this world shapes us in, so here is one last verse, I have used many times and have prayed it for MYSELF many times:

Romans 12:29(a,b): “And be ye NOT conformed to this world; but be ye TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind…” he does NOT expect us to be perfect or even close, He just expects us to at least make an effort!

Thanks for reading! Have a great week, love & peace till next time!

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” And they had a king over them whose, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon (DESTRUCTION) but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon (DESTROYER).” Revelation 9:11  

How much hatred are we witnessing at the moment? We are now fighting, killing, hurting each other for NOTHING more than political VIEWS and PERSONAL choices and there is the secret.. VIEWS and CHOICES, and ALL under the umbrella of PEACE and free speech and rights and yet in those “peaceful” protests, things become nasty, and things become deadly and tempers flare fast becoming fury, whose fiery fuel now ignites what were once dying coals of hatred and prejudice and the smoke of his soon rising bellows up out of that pit.

The greatest deception of all is that any of this is in the name of peace. There are groups I especially detest.. with an absolute passion BUT I understand that the line between assertion and aggression is a line rarely negotiated well by humans and a line that without divine guidance, and direction will lead to DESTRUCTION.

We have crossed the line as society in saying that we want peace and we want our rights respected, and even DEMAND that, but we can not demand respect and we can never force anyone to agree with us or change their heart of hate, only God can do that and once we are met, not with an understanding compassion for our views, but rather met with hatred and violence and counter-protest, no matter the subject, then that rejection to our demanded rights will only intensify and breed MORE hate.

And that is EXACTLY what the enemy wants, that is the precise design of plan. This teaching SHOULD apply to everyone, Christian or not, Jesus said in part of His teaching in Matthew 7:6 …..Cast not your pearls before swine, lest thy trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you and what that means is precious things and things of wisdom and if you throw them out in front of a brute beast who has no caring about them OR their worth, all that will happen is those pearls will be trampled, driven into the mud by their rushing hooves and then they will attack you.

They DON’T suddenly have a change of heart or see a different point of view, they still only trample, tear, and DESTROY.

This verse cross references to Proverbs 9:7,8: “He that reproveth a scorner (scoffer) getteth to HIMSELF shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot ( ONLY HARMS HIMSELF)

Reprove NOT a scorner, lest HE HATE THEE: Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”

As you see if we try to change the thinking of someone who is dead set in those thoughts and have no DESIRE to change because they think that they are right and everyone else is the problem, they will only hate us and attack us further.

ONLY someone who is ALREADY wise can be reasoned with and no reasoning is going to take place in the middle of a riot with mob mentality because you can not separate people long enough to ever discern WHO may be open to a different view.

And I can guarantee you that no changes are going to take place in the minds of those already angry and belligerent, this is why “anger RESTS in the bosom of fools”, anger makes us crazy, and it makes us do and say things we may not otherwise, therefore allowing IT to make “fools” of us.

And when we allow the hate and wickedness of others to spew out onto us in turn CAUSING us to equally HATE them, that destruction is par for the course and satan is a mastermind at taking something in the name of justice and using it to produce the SAME effect in people whose hearts were ONCE in the right place.

But HATE IS HATE, WHETER WE HAVE A “RIGHT” TO HATE OR NOT. At the end of the day it is still the same emotion and it still leads to destruction for everyone involved. no matter whose side they are or were on.

Ephesians 2:2,3: “Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course (age) of his world, ACCORDING TO THE POWER OF THE PRINCE OF THE AIR, the SPIRIT that NOW WORKETH  IN (works through) THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE: (Children referring NOT to actual children, but those who belong to, or “born” of disobedience to God’s word)

Among whom also we ALL HAD our conversation (conducted ourselves) in TIMES PAST in the lusts of our flesh and OF THE MIND: and were BY NATURE children of WRATH, EVEN as others.” 

The prince of the air he is referring to, that works in all this hate IS the same old devil, that Jesus told us, without doubt came only to DESTROY.  And we are doing the job for him and maybe we need to take restock as humans, so we really have to ALWAYS be right?

Are our views the ONLY views? Are there things we say that we really don’t have to say? There are times to stand, but there are also times we can fall into the trap of “lusts”, desires of OUR MIND to be right, and even when we ARE right we still need God’s word as guidance:

Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.

Point blank, children of God or children of disobedience and wrath (anger) but we ARE the children of who we yield ourselves to and what we have allowed to be birthed in us and we know that hate is taught, babies are born perfectly innocent, perfectly equal, but hate can also be spawned by becoming a little to “close” to what we view as hate in others.

Deadly territory  and well worth guarding yourself against. God will reign victorious and until His return there will be no peace on this earth, but you can have peace through Him in your life, you can do much more good by using that peace and PRAYING for the compassion of the “haters’ to be stirred and that God would open their eyes to truth, than you can ever do by exchanging angry words with them, because all this is accomplishing is ushering in what WILL be loosed from that pit, and as hate starts as  a small puff of black smoke, darkening, and choking as it grows bigger and bigger, forming itself more until it forms wings that will wrap around mankind and this world in the last days darkening hearts, and souls and who do we blame then?

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