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Bittersweet Refinements: Chapter XII

Posted by Jerry E Beuterbaugh Labels: ,

Chapter XII
For God {does reveal His will; He} speaks not only once, but more than once, even though men do not regard it {including you, Job}.  {One may hear God’s voice} in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while slumbering upon the bed; then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction {terrifying them with warnings} that He may withdraw man from his purpose, and cut off pride from him {disgusting him with his own disappointing self-sufficiency}.

From the contents of the last chapter, it would be easy to naturally think that I am attempting to diminish the significance of our Heavenly Father’s Holy Bible.  MAY IT NEVER BE!  For it is indeed a very special gift from Him that should not be ignored [2 Timothy 3:16-17].

In fact, it would do us all well to become as familiar with our Heavenly Father’s Holy Scriptures as He will allow and enable us to be.  For it serves as written confirmation of what He wants to personally reveal to each and every one of us, on an individual basis and without exception [Romans 15:4].

Subsequently, the more familiar He will allow and enable us to become with what is contained in His Holy Bible, the easier it should become to recognize when our Heavenly Father is speaking to us.  A good example of this occurred soon after He started making Himself real unto me while I was reading about Him forbidding Moses from entering into the promised land with the children of Israel because of Moses striking the rock twice (after he had been instructed to only speak to it once [Exodus 17:1-7]) in order to bring forth a flow of water in the wilderness [Numbers 20:2-12].

As I was reading, a great wave of terror overwhelmed me.  For I thought that there was surely no hope for me to ever be pleasing in His sight if He could be that harsh with Moses after he had been such a faithful servant for as many years as he had.

Almost immediately after being gripped with terror, another thought entered my mind about it being all part of our Heavenly Father’s plan to place Joshua in charge before they crossed over the River Jordan.  For He was not angry with Moses, but He did not want the children of Israel to take His commandments lightly [Deuteronomy 9:6].

So, He humiliated Moses for their benefit [Numbers 12:3], and then exalted Joshua for the same reason.  For it is written: And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.” [Joshua 3:7 NIV]

Be assured that all of that was confirmed by the Bible verses provided as reference (along with many, many more [1 Corinthians 10:1-14]) within just a few days, and the only reason why it took that long is because of how new it all was to me.  For I am now aware of being given Bible verses to back up what He is telling me at the very same time as He is doing so when I am having some trouble accepting what He wants me to understand [James 1:5-8].

No, it is not that our Heavenly Father had never spoken to me before that it was all so very new to me back then.  For He had been doing so all of the previous 35 and a half years of my life in this world, but since I did not realize it, hearing His voice in 1993 was as new to me as if I had never experienced it before [Isaiah 65:1-2].

Oh yes, our Heavenly Father still speaks—just like He has been since the very beginning of this world [James 1:16-19].  For He truly is the same today as He always has been and will be forever and ever [Hebrews 13:8].  AMEN!

The devil and his demons are also allowed to whisper sweet nothings into our ears at times [1 John 4:1], and this is another reason why it would do us all well to become as familiar with our Heavenly Father’s Holy Scriptures as He will allow and enable us to be [Acts 17:11].  For the witness of our Heavenly Father’s Holy Spirit will not contradict what was written for our benefit [John 16:13-15].  Whereas, the devil and his demons will twist things out of context [John 10:10].

Alas, therein lies the crux of the argument against faith coming from hearing the Bible being preached [Romans 10:17]—does it not?  For what does it matter if we memorize every verse in our Heavenly Father’s Holy Bible if we have no idea what they are really saying, and how could we without the witness of His Holy Spirit [John 14:26]?  After all, are not our Heavenly Father’s ways much, much higher than our own [Isaiah 55:6-9]?

Perhaps it would be helpful to look at it in more worldly terms.  For to some, love is best expressed by giving their loved ones a good beating on a regular basis, and how can we know for sure that this is not what our Heavenly Father considers to be love without Him telling us so directly?  For without that, all we would have would be our own opinions—even with His Holy Scriptures to go by [1 Corinthians 13:4-13].

Speaking of how we perceive love, what is the deal with the King James 1611 Authorized Version of our Heavenly Father’s Holy Bible having “charity” instead of “love” in [1 Corinthians 13:13]?  Could it be that charity meant something quite different back then in comparison to what it means now, or is it that our Heavenly Father’s love has been considered to be as impersonal as charitable giving naturally is unto most of us for far too long?

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  1. EddieGarcia

    Hello Jerry,
    According to Numbers 20:8, Moses was supposed to speak to the rock to bring forth water, not strike it once. I thought you would want to look at this again for yourself to see if this is not correct.

    I do not agree that the heavenly Father speaks to us today in the same manner He spoke to the patriarchs of old. I need you to show me scriptures that state that truth. If not, your statement above is only your own opinion, especially if you think you are hearing God's voice speaking to you today. If so, how can you be sure it is God's voice & not the devil's? Just curious!

    God's Blessings!

  1. FishHawk

    You are exactly right about Moses be instructed to speak to the rock instead of striking it, and I have corrected that mistake. Thanks for pointing it out to me, my dear Eddie!!!

    Alas, I fear that there are probably many mistakes, and if one had to depend upon me to steer them in the right direction, I am afraid that they would be in for a world of hurt. Thankfully, no one has to depend upon me for anything. For all I am called to do is to echo what our Heavenly Father has already revealed in order to help make it easier to understand, and when I mess things up, He is more than able to clean it up--just as He did through you about that particular mistake.

    Sadly, you cannot give Him full credit for that. For it would have had to have been by only your own intelligence and years of diligent study of the Scriptures if it is indeed true that our Heavenly Father no longer speaks directly to us.

    No, I cannot give you a verse that proves that He still speaks to us in the same way as He did back before the canon of the Bible was completed. For that would require a Scripture that was given afterward, which would invalidate its authority--right?

    Of course, Hebrews 13:8 should be sufficient. For there are many Scriptures where Christ Jesus spoke directly to us (both while in the flesh and in the Spirit). After all, if He is indeed the same today as yesterday, then He would seek to communicate with us in the same way--right, but what does any of that matter to those who do not want to believe it?

    As in regards to how I can be sure that I am truly hearing our Heavenly Father's voice and not the devil's, the following is an excerpt from The Nineteenth Crumb of The Crackerhead Chronicles.

    Nonetheless, it would do us ALL well to not take it for granted that everything that can be spiritually “heard” is actually our Heavenly Father speaking. For Satan and his horde of rogue angels are also allowed and enabled to whisper sweet nothings into our ears at times.

    A good example of that is what I experienced one night on a particularly dark and spooky road around 50 miles due west of Green Bay, WI. For in the hope of getting out of the deep, dark pit of despair that I had fallen into (AGAIN!!!), “I” kept reminding myself of the fact that my Heavenly Father would not have stopped me from blowing my brains out if He had not of wanted to really have all that much to do with me. I then heard a voice (as clear as a bell) that said that it was not the Lord God Almighty who had stopped me from doing myself in. It went on to say that He only hears the prayers of the righteous that are directed to Him, and that I was now his to do with as he liked.

    Talk about being terrified, but almost immediately, my Heavenly Father came to my rescue by reminding me of the fact that I was created to be His. He also reminded me that only those who do not want to truly be His will not be welcome to spend all of eternity with Him in His Kingdom of Heaven as an heir to all that is His glory, come Judgment Day.

    No, artistic license is not being employed here. For I really did have all of that buzzing around in my head.

    None of it should be of any shock to you, anyway. For it is called thinking, and it is something that you experience each and every day.

    Now, it may not be that you have full blown theological debates raging in your head at all hours of the day and night, but it doesn’t really matter. For our Heavenly Father is involved in all of the decisions that we think about—even the ones about such mundane things as what to fix for supper or what to watch on TV, and the devil and his demons are also allowed to put their influence in play at times.

    On the other hand, it may very well be just a matter of me thinking too much. For I have been told that on a number of occasions when I have tried to explain what was going on in my head.

  1. EddieGarcia

    You are too modest my dear friend. I appreciate your honest and deep felt reply to my comment. What would we do if God chose not to come to our aid when we are in despair? I know I would be a total wreck and I'm sure you would be too. Thank the Lord that hasn't fully happened to either of us yet and I pray it won't anytime soon.

    I do have the voice of God speak to me from within to direct my path. Honestly speaking I have not always honored His direction. I admit it shamefully of course and I have repented of it often. I truly seek and want to do the Father's will in my life just as our Lord, but I get caught up in the world just like everyone else and it drives me crazy when that happens.

    Our communications are aiding in my understanding and I pray between us we will be stronger in our walk and will be able to help others in their walk as well. Thanks again my friend!

    God's Blessings!

  1. FishHawk

    Well, I have finally recovered enough to post a reply, my dear Eddie. For I nearly doubled over from the magnitude of the miracle that has happened when I read it the first time. For you have every reason (naturally-speaking, of course) to stay true to the course that you have been on for such a long, long time, and yet, you have truly humbled yourself enough to want to believe that He is not really depending upon His servants to do His work in His absence (among other things).

    Do you know how long I have waited to hear this? It will be seventeen years this coming May!

    Yes, you are at just the beginning, but I want to believe that you will want to truly go all of the way. If He has not made it abundantly clear to you yet, be assured that all of the Heavenly host is waiting in eager anticipation to see what great and wonderful things will be revealed in and through you. THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH!!!

  1. Brenda

    God uses many stones to build His house, Jesus is the cornerstone and the rock on which His church is built.

  1. Jerry E Beuterbaugh

    Thanks for stopping by, my dear Brenda!!! Indeed He does, but the very sad thing is that far too many use that as an excuse for why they are not far more spiritually-mature when the true reason is that they are most content just where they are. It is in this regard that I have been greatly blessed. For our Heavenly Father took away everything that I naturally considered to be of value, and what I have been left with is a heart full of deep concern for the spiritual well-being of my fellow man (and woman, of course), which overwhelms what joy I have been given over my own very close and personal relationship with Him. Plumb pathetic--ain't I?

  1. Brenda

    No Jerry you are not plumb pathetic, but I am not quite sure what you are saying here. One plants, one waters, but it is God who adds the increase. All are given different gifts to be used for the building up of the church.
    By the way, is the tribulation times written by you and Eddie Garcia?

  1. Jerry E Beuterbaugh

    Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Brenda!!! Yes, you are exactly right about that. Well, at least to the extent that I have been allowed and enabled to know and understand. For the only thing we can really do is to echo what our Heavenly Father has been already personally revealing unto someone, which is the same for both preaching from a pulpit and individual witnessing.

    No, The Trib is mine (in a natural sense) and Eddie was an invited contributing author. sadly, I haven't heard anything out of him in quite a while. Even more sadly, he completely recanted (and even denied that he had ever said it in the first-place) what he left as a comment above. When we first met, he was staunchly on the side of those who insist that our Heavenly Father stopped seeking to communicate with us directly as soon as the canon of Scripture was completed, and from what he commented above, as well as a few other comments, it sounded like he was at least starting to consider the possibility.

    By the way, have you been keeping up with the "rounds" between Paul and me toward the end of the comments on his:

  1. Brenda

    Haven't been over to Paul's blog for a while, will visit now.

  1. Jerry E Beuterbaugh

    Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Brenda!!! I hope the exchange helps you to realize just how important truly hearing our Heavenly Father's voice really is. For people like me and Paul can throw Bible verses and passages at each other until the cows come home, but without the witness of His Holy Spirit, there is no way to really tell who (if either one) is in the right. Of course, what someone wants to believe plays a huge role in the process, but if He does for you as He has for me, it will get to where you will have to exert more effort trying to refuse to believe what He actually says is absolutely true than what it would take to just humbly accept it. Oh, and He is indeed most patient with us. So, when dealing with an exceedingly hard heart, it might take years before they are ready to truly accept what He wants them to know and understand. On the other hand, quite tragically, far too many will never be ready for that out of personal pride and devotion to religious traditions.