Wrath of Man

Until I experienced the massive emotional healing of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), anger was my intimate companion. It is a characteristic of the male gender, but females experience it, too.

Anger seems to be the character of many in the United States at present because of perceived injustices. But anger is not a positive trait and problems can be solved in ways more peacefully and efficiently by those mature enough to express their concerns adequately.

I did a short study from Scripture and Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David to get an idea of God’s view of anger or wrath. The first verse to come to my mind was Psalm 76:10 which I looked up in the Treasury of David.

Psalm 76:10  Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath shall you restrain.

The Treasury of David, Psalm 76:10 Exposition “The devil blows the fire and melts the iron, and then the Lord fashions it for his own purposes. Let men and devils rage as they may, they cannot do otherwise than subserve the divine purposes.”

Verse 10. Persecutions tend to exercise our patience, to quicken our devotion, to evidence our zeal and Christian fortitude, and to show to the whole world what love we bear to the truth, and how much we are willing to undergo for the honour of God. Till they have suffered something for it, truth is too apt to grow cheap and be less prized, even by those that are good men in the main; whereas we are apt on the contrary, never to value it at a higher rate, or to be more zealous for it, or to make better use of it, than when it is opposed and persecuted. What more truly beneficial therefore, or tending to the divine glory, than for God, who brings good out of evil, to make use also of the opposers of his truth, to rouse up his servants whom he sees growing more remiss and negligent than they should be, and to suffer such temptations to assault them, by which their drowsy minds may be spurred on into a greater love and zeal for the truth, and a deeper sense of the divine benefit in it, and in general, excited to the more diligent performance of their duty. Richard Pearson. 1684. (edited)

The wrath of wicked men impels them to many violent and forcible attempts upon the people of God to destroy them, and so gives Him occasion to manifest His power in their defense.

It makes them sometimes fit to be His instruments in correcting His people, and so He vindicates Himself from the suspicion of being a patron to sin in them that are nearest to Him, and makes them that hate holiness promote it in His people, and them that intend them the greatest hurt, to do them the greatest good.

It administers occasion to Him for the manifestation of the power of His grace in upholding the spirits of His people and the being of His church in despite of all that enemies can do against them.

It serves very much to adorn God’s most signal undertakings for His people in the world.

It serves to manifest the glory of God’s justice upon His people’s enemies in the day when He rises up to avenge Himself upon them, when He shall stand over them, lashing them with scorpions, and at every blow mind their former cruelties. Here, take that for your inhuman rage against My people at such a place, and that for your barbarous usage of them at such a time. Now see how good it is to be imprisoned, beaten, tortured, burnt, and sawn asunder. Thus the enemies themselves are often constrained to acknowledge with Adoni Bezek the righteous hand of God upon them in the day of inquisition. Condensed from John Warren’s Sermon before Parliament. 1656. (edited)  

Copyright Statement: These files are public domain. An electronic edition is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Bibliography Information Spurgeon, Charles H. “Commentary on Psalms 76:10”. “C.H. Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David”.

This nation of cultural Christians has become very comfortable in their prosperity. They love to be at ease and enjoy sports and entertainment. But persecution reminds them that Jesus did not come to earth to bring comfort and prosperity. He came to pay the price for our sins and iniquities – a price we could not pay. A price that cost Him everything He had: His home in Heaven and the infinite love of His Father. God the Father could not look upon His Son hanging on the cross, bearing our sins. That’s why Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?!”

If persecution will bring us back to our Savior, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, then persecution is necessary. If the loss of freedoms and the difficulty in earning a daily living will bring us back to our senses, then it is far better to suffer want than to lose our ever-living souls!

Where many Christians have become careless and scorn holiness, persecution will motivate them to turn back to their God and repent and clean up their lives to reflect the purity of the One they claim as their Savior.

Proverbs 27:3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them. 4a Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,

Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.

James 1:20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

An Electric Shock

This week I needed to see my doctor about severe pain caused by arthritis. My doctor has several areas of expertise which include acupuncture and acupressure. She asked if I had tried either of those to get pain relief and I said no. When I first met her I explained that I was a Christian but that didn’t seem to connect with her. I suppose she has met many Christians who didn’t mind using whatever strategy they could to get pain relief. But I would rather have the pain than to be untrue to the Lord of creation who has no limitations.

During her examination to find the source of my pain she stepped behind me and touched a point that gave a sharp shock – like an electrical shock. I know she touched me on purpose to show me her power to control pain, but I suspect she had no idea of what would happen. The Holy Spirit is a very jealous God and I suspect my doctor had no idea that He was not pleased with her presumption. Neither of us made any comment but within me my spirit was smiling broadly.

Many times the Holy One has rescued me from evil cosmic beings, allowing me to see the interactions. Because I am faithful in my commitment to Him, He often intervenes before I even realize I’m in danger. Then with a start I understand what is taking place in front of my eyes.

Elsewhere in my blog posts is this story that bears telling again here. I was teaching in a foreign university that bordered on a major highway. I had just finished writing a letter and wanted to mail it as soon as possible, so I walked to the pedestrian bridge over the 8-lane road to get to the post office on the other side. A young army soldier stopped me and asked questions, then let me pass. When I came out of the post office there were dozens of soldiers and police but I crossed the flyover and walked through the line of uniforms with no hesitation. Before returning to the university I stepped into a small shop that was crowded with uniforms, yet no one even bothered to look at me.

When I got back to my apartment I thought, “Did that really happen?” So I went back to the street and there was not one policeman or soldier! The security guard had moved on with the motorcade.

Later, I asked a foreign Christian colleague about being kept safe by being invisible and she had also experienced a similar situation. Every time I recall that incident I am filled with awe at God’s sovereignty as He protects His children. He is intimate in His watchful care and I am delighted with His subtle smile.

 

A Polished Arrow

Isaiah 49:1-3 (AMPC) 1.Listen to me, O isles and coastlands, and hearken, you peoples from afar. The Lord has called me from the womb; from the body of my mother He has named my name. 2. And He has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand has He hid me and made me a polished arrow; in His quiver has He kept me close and concealed me. 3. And [the Lord] said to me, You are My servant, Israel [you who strive with God and with men and prevail], in whom I will be glorified.

God gave me this chapter of Isaiah when I was in high school and I accepted it although I didn’t understand how it could possibly apply to me. As life has unfolded this chapter came to reveal significance, even until now.

Before I started working through the severe traumas of dissociative identity disorder (DID) I had memories of being a child in Heaven and of being asked to go to earth to a couple who were conceiving a baby. I knew God had plans for me to fulfill – a destiny – if I would receive it. So – yes, God called me from my mother’s womb.

“He has made my mouth like a sharp sword”. When He called me to China, He promised that when I spoke His words, even if I whispered, those words would rattle the windows. And that happened, sometimes to my consternation. Then it was time to come home and relax in retirement.

I have always been interested in medicine and healing of the physical body but that interest has never blossomed. Now it is becoming a much louder drum beat and I am asking the Lord why the desire to heal people has never borne fruit.

He brought me back to Isaiah 49 and the phrase in verse 2 “in the shadow of His hand has He hid me and made me a polished arrow; in His quiver has He kept me close and concealed me.”

What I believe I am hearing is that my desire to heal people, and to be healed,  will be met – but in His time. This is a new season and new things are being  revealed if we stay flexible in His will. It is important to stay supple because there is more to come for each of us. He is pouring out His Spirit and He isn’t leaving out anyone who is willing to be shaped and polished (verse 2).

The shaping and polishing is necessary so that we may be utterly vulnerable to Him, so that our whole focus is on Him and not on “ministry”. As utterly submitted people we will honor Him above all else. Thus, our seeming uneventful lives are being pruned to resemble whatever pleases our loving, passionate Lord so that it is He who receives the honor and praise.

A polished arrow takes some rubbing and the heat of friction. Not pleasant. Then He hides us until its time. His time. Don’t despair or lose hope.

Isaiah 41:15-16 (AMPC) 15 Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff.

16 You shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest or whirlwind shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the Lord, you shall glory in the Holy One of Israel.

Not many people would be willing to speak such sharp words as the Holy Spirit will prompt them to. But those who obey will experience the joy of the Lord as He expresses His pleasure in their obedience. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!

Only Hard Treatment

On May 18th, 2020 I published a post that quoted verses in Isaiah 28 and 45, printed out below. It seemed to me that as difficult as the shelter-in-place orders were, they were nothing compared to what could possibly come about. Unfortunately, those who love to wield power have been reluctant to let it go and many small businesses have suffered with some having to declare bankruptcy. Yet, the various WordPress blogs continually post encouragement. Where are the admonitions to get right with God? Where was/is the Body of Christ in all the chaos?

Here in the senior high-rise where I live, I have been given to understand that the Bible ended when Jesus returned to Heaven. Everything we need in is the Book and God doesn’t speak to us personally. Dreams and visions, words of admonition and guidance are no longer a part of Christian life. A dead Book and an absentee God. I can’t imagine anything more hopeless than that! Unfortunately, it is my impression that the majority of American Christians have that attitude. Whatever God wants to do He will do. So they don’t vote and they take little notice of the spiritual health of their community.

God wants our attention and He will get it. How we respond is critical to the survival of our way of life as a nation and as individuals who make up the nation. If civil unrest ended this week but we were forced to live under tyranny, most people would be satisfied if they could keep their home and business. I lived in a Communist nation for more than ten years and this was their attitude. That is a chilling realization to me.

In the passage from Ezekiel, notice that the people didn’t ask what happened to the wall; they asked what happened to the whitewash!! They didn’t even seem to be aware that the wall or its builders were gone. How is that possible?!  

Ezekiel 13:10-16 10 “‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?” 13 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury. 14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord. 15 So I will pour out my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, “The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it, 16 those prophets of Israel/America who prophesied to Jerusalem/Americans and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign Lord.”’

Isaiah 5:20-21 AMPC Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 21. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent and shrewd in their own sight!

As a nation we need to bow in contrition before the amazing God of the universe and repent deeply for our love of materialism and ease. We need to repent for ignoring pedophilia that America exports to other nations. Our American tourists travel to Asian countries to trade in sex trafficking. That‘s only one aspect of filthiness that God hates. Christian pastors and leaders dare not speak against sin lest support for their ministry falls off. But please note: compromise is not a part of God’s pure and holy character!

Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

God loves us enough to bring hardship with the hope that we will turn from our wicked ways and turn to Him. He yearns for us to forsake wickedness and allow Him to clean us up and bind up our stinking wounds.

Isaiah 28:19c AMPC [only hard treatment and dispersion will make you understand God’s instruction]. 20c [all their sources of confidence will fail them].

Isaiah 45:7, 9 (AMPC) 7 I form the light and create darkness, I make peace [national well-being] and I create [physical] evil (calamity); Moral evil proceeds from the will of men, but physical evil proceeds from the will of God. I am the Lord, Who does all these things. 9 Woe to him who strives with his Maker!—a worthless piece of broken pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with his Maker]! Shall the clay say to Him who fashions it, What do you think You are making? or, Your work has no handles?

Dare we taunt God for our imperfections? He has given us a will because He wants mankind to freely choose Him. But a free will can also take us to eternal damnation – it’s our choice.

My Stronghold During CoVid-19

These past three months have been very difficult for me. I live in a senior high rise in a state that rivals California and New York politically and the administrator of this facility is thrilled at the additional authority he has been handed. Although we are an independent living apartment complex, we are being forced to follow the regulations for a nursing home. For example, many ladies have a small dog which they walk multiple times a day. The administrator has issued a paper telling us that we must launder our clothes every time we go outside and come back in. He even confronts residents about wearing a mask at ALL times, even out doors because everyone knows diseases can be spread in the open air. There are no exceptions for health issues such as asthma or COPD.

The front entrance is on in-house TV. The side entrances are marked as needing repairs so that residents must use the front door. Even in good times there are residents who have nothing better to do than to sit by the hour and watch people coming and going, so I make it a practice to use the side doors which are marked as out of order (but are not). I have breathing issues so the only time I wear a mask is when I’m in a store. This is taken as a challenge to the administrator’s authority.

We are forbidden to talk with one another at any time and are not to enter another person’s apartment. The activity room with jig saw puzzles, library, and exercise equipment has been locked now for three months, and we are anticipating another possible two months.

I am a single woman having never married and my siblings all live in other states, so I get very lonely. Fortunately I have a computer with Internet so I spend hours a day on the Net. Nevertheless, a computer cannot substitute for personal interaction: conversation, laughter, ability to express concerns and interests. As a person healed from emotional trauma in the last few years I sometimes distrust my perceptions and would normally look to friends just for ordinary conversation, but that has not been possible. As a result I have struggled with anxiety and have cried out to the Holy Spirit for help and stability.

In January when I asked for a verse for 2020 Jesus gave me Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.

Two days later He gave me Psalm 57:2-3 I will cry to God Most High, Who [brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]! He will send from heaven and save me from the slanders and reproaches of him who would trample me down or swallow me up, and He will put him to shame. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! God will send forth His mercy and loving- kindness and His truth and faithfulness.

Psalm 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands.

These verses have been a comfort to me but leaning on my intimate Companion has required me to stay constantly focused on Him. I confess that that has been very difficult when there is no one to help as with praise and worship. Yes, I am finding ways to avoid confrontations with office staff and come and go with relative freedom. I do call my siblings and they encourage me but they all have spouses and homes of their own where they can visit with each other.

Now I begin to understand the cruelty of placing a prisoner in total isolation. I am reminded of Dr. Manette in Charles Dickens’ novel The Tale of Two Cities. In my need for human fellowship I have pressed desperately into my beautiful, intimate Comforter for His never ceasing love and sweet humility and self discipline in tending to my emotional needs. He is God and yet He bows down to listen to my trembling voice and wrap His arms around me so softly. He enjoys hearing me tell Him how faithful and kind He is.

Vengeance is Mine says the Lord. I fully cancel the debt of the office staff in the building where I live, and the other political authorities who have inflicted incredible mental and emotional anguish on me and many, many others. When I leave God’s business to God, it frees me up to turn my face toward Heaven and experience a Love that exceeds my ability to describe it. He is my Rock and my Stronghold. I am so thankful for Him!