His disciples said, “Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using a figure of speech.” John 12:29
We think it would be a great thing if the Lord spoke plainly to us without pictures, parables, or stories. But the Lord purposefully injects these types of enhancements so that we might not see or hear so quickly. The Father wants us to dig a little deeper and search a little longer, so His revelations might mean more to us when we finally discern their full interpretation.
The Lord spoke to me one day in this same fashion about the church. He said, “There is no safety in numbers.” I knew this was not a biblical quote and it bothered me somewhat that the Lord said it. All this made me dig outside the scripture with reflection and prayer. A few days later the Lord added, “The church as a whole huddles together in packs placing their faith and trust in their numbers instead of Me. Since they believe alike, they believe there is safety in numbers. They do not want to be judged separately. This is a false peace.”
I knew this type of activity displeased the Lord. Our comfort and inward peace should not come from the knowledge that we believe as our neighbor believes. The Lord does not want His children holding a “pack mentality.” Real comfort, peace, and contentment only comes from personally knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord. Regardless of the numbers, the Lord wants His children to be able to stand alone.
I would not have known these truths had not the Lord spoken, “There is no safety in numbers.” Ask the Lord today to speak to you any way He chooses. Revelation awaits!
melinda whitley said:
1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
1Co 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1Co 12:22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
1Co 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
1Co 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Thank you for this reminder. At times I have walked alone and I attend an awesome church, but I must remember that at times this is my cross alone to bear. Some, even pastors, just don’t, won’t or can’t understand. But just because they didn’t hear what the Lord spoke to me doesn’t mean I am wrong. I just have to trust and continue alone. To me that has proven what trust is all about. I now know I have my own personal relationship with my Savior 🙂
LaJoi, thanks for you comment. I am thankful the Lord is speaking to you… there is nothing better. Words are like seeds. So, protect those words and watch them grow as you water and feed them. If we are faithful they will eventually bring a harvest. This is your hope. No one else may know what is going on in your secret garden but you and the Lord know the truth. Keep allowing the Lord to plant seeds. Blessings upon you.