Grace and Joy, Family.

It’s the New Year and with comes God’s new mercies and grace upon our lives.  With this New Year also comes new opportunities and possibilities, new adventures and new trials, and renewed determination and renewed commitment.  This New Year, I have determined to not make a resolution, but make a new effort to do what the Lord has committed me to do.  That new and renewed commitment is to make disciples.  To teach God’s word to instruct and build his kingdom.  His kingdom not people land and buildings, but his church, his people, his saints.  I will do this thru study and teaching of the Word of God.  I encourage you, those who will journey with me on this endeavor, to study with me, share with me and seek God with me on how to live and produce the fruit desired for His glory.

I will begin this study with Matthew 5.  Let us begin:

Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitude, He went up into a mountain, and when he was set, his disciples came to him.

Before we unpack this verse, let me bring you up to speed with what is happening in the text.  Jesus has begun his ministry.   In chapter 4, Christ was led and tempted in the wilderness.  In the very beginning of his ministry, he was challenged and tested for his ministry.  When we begin a work for the Lord, we must understand that we will be brought to a wilderness experience and tested.  Just as the Israelites were led in the wilderness to be tested (Deuteronomy 8:1-7) we, too, will go through this testing.  After Christ was ministered to, he began to preach his gospel.  “Repent, for the kingdom is at hand!”  He had begun to heal the sick and the diseased.  He had begun to heal the lame and make the cripple whole.  He had begun to set the captive free.  His ministry was blossoming.  His popularity was becoming renown.  He was amassing a following.  It was at this time that Jesus began the process of making disciples.

A disciple is one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrine of another.  Here, according to Webster, a disciple is 1) who accepts the doctrine or the teachings of another.  In the text preceding our verse, Jesus begins to pick men who will first accept his doctrine.  Accept his teachings and his relationship with them.  2) who assists in spreading the doctrine.  Not only are these men who accept his teachings, but he knows will spread this doctrine.  A disciple of Christ is not just a pew warmer or a fad Christian; but is an individual who first accepts the gospel and teachings of Christ and will then take that doctrine and spread it to others.  I have met many of “Christians” who say they believe and accept Christ, but feel that they don’t have to spread this good news.  They are not disciples.

Jesus has not only, now, amassed a huge following (multitudes), but he has also recruited individuals in which he will pour into who will in turn pout into others.  He has recruited Peter and Andrew, then James and John.  This, now, brings us to our study text.  I want to illustrate four things, in this text, that are the makings of discipleship: Assessment, Elevation, Setting and Commitment.

The Assessment: Matthew 5:1(a) And seeing the multitudes

This first verse of Matthew 5 is a time anomaly.  When we just read the text, it seems that this process Christ goes through happens in a manner of seconds, when in actuality, this is hours of time going by while Christ is preparing to teach.  This portion of the gospel is often referred to as a sermon, yet, the more I look into this verse the more I am convinced that this was an intimate, teaching moment as opposed to this being a sermon to the multitudes.  The verse starts off with Jesus looking at the multitudes.  What is he looking at?  What is he seeing?  What is the purpose of his looking or rather seeing the multitudes?  Jesus is assessing his audience.  He is determining whether or not the masses can handle what he wants to say.  He is pondering if the multitude can handle this teaching or if he should make this a classroom session.  I have learned over time that not everyone who sits in the pew can handle doctrine.  They love a good message.  They whoot and holler at a good sermon.  They get excited over the deliverance preaching.  They run at the “I’ve gotta feelin’, e’re things gonna be alright” message.  However, when it comes to that “you have to change” message, one can hear a fly land on cotton from miles away.  When that you are better off not in that relationship message is preached or taught, more were at the paint drying seminar that at that service.  The people loved the “repent” message, but could they grasp the “Blessed” messages.  When discipling, we must assess our audience.  Is the doctrine we want accepted and assisted in spreading readily receivable by the multitude, or do we need a few good men and women to pour into.

Assessing is the first step in building anything, especially in the making of discipleship.  We must assess the “raw materials” to see what is useful and where it can be useful in building.  This is indicative of ourselves, as well.  When becoming a disciple of Christ, we must assess ourselves.  Do we contain the necessary properties of discipleship?  When assessing material, we look for sturdy material to build the framework.  That type of material to withstand and hold the other elements in place.  We look for pliable material to be able to bend and fit into the intricate places of the building.  Material that can withstand heat and be used where it is deemed necessary.  We look for moldable material that can be fashion for the building.  Notice I did not say foundation because there is only one foundation in which we build upon and that is Jesus Christ.  If you are not saved, then you have no firm foundation in which to build upon.  The foundation must be laid first.  If you are not saved, then that is the first place to start.  We can begin that process now.  If you are desiring to be a disciple and yet, you do not know Christ as your Lord and Savior and you desire this, then let us begin the laying of the Foundation.

Repeat:                        Lord, I desire to be your disciple.  Your child.  I desire to live this life Minister Jones is talking about.  I know that I am a sinner and that without you, I am destined to a life in hell.  Please, Lord, forgive me of my sins.  Cleanse me of my unrighteousness and grant me eternity with you in heaven.  I believe that you are the Son of the Living God.  Sent down from heaven, born of the virgin Mary and died for my sins on that rugged cross on Calvary.  I also believe that God, the Father, raised you up from death on the third day and that all power is given to you.  Lord, I thank you for this grace upon my life.  I thank you, Lord, for dying for me and saving me by your blood.  Lord, I ask that you come into my heart and change my life.  I thank you for mercy today.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

If you have said that prayer, in faith and earnestness of heart, let me be the first to say, Welcome to the family.  You do not have to walk this alone.  I also urge you to find a local body of bible believing saints and join with them.  It’s a good thing and grow in the Joy of the Lord.

Christ assessed the multitude to determine if they, all, could handle the curriculum.  Are they ALL willing to listen to what is being taught?  Or will they buck and fight it?  Are they too full of pride to be corrected or are they humble enough to hear what is being taught, ponder its meaning and apply what is applicable.  I am a firm believer that Preaching is for the multitudes, but teaching is for disciples.

Elevation: Matthew 5:1(b) he went up into a mountain

As I mentioned, Matthew 5:1 is an anomaly of time.  It is not the few second happenings it seems, but a span of time in which discipleship is being done.  Jesus next move is actually a move.  After having assessed the multitudes, Christ shows us that discipleship I requires a move of elevation.  Jesus begins to walk up into a mountain.  This is no hill so his sound could travel, but like Moses in the wilderness, Jesus begins ascending up into a mountain.  This is a form of elevation.  Like in the wilderness, God didn’t give Moses the Law amongst the crowd.  Why?  Let’s go to Exodus 20:18-21 God is giving Moses the Commandments, the teachings, the doctrine.  Verse 18 says that when the people saw the thunderings and lightening and heard the trumpets and saw the mountain smoking they backed off.  This signifies the awesomeness and power of God’s Word.  Everyone couldn’t handle it.  In verse 19, they said to Moses, look, you speak and we will hear but when God speaks, we might die.  Now that has many implications, but it is fitting as to why Christ went up into a mountain.   Not everyone can handle the teachings of God.  Discipleship requires elevation in order to handle the intricate teachings of the Lord.  To get the doctrine, and then, be able to bring it to the people.  Discipleship is more than merely being in the multitude.  It is more than making an appearance.  It is more than saying I go here or I go there.  Discipleship is an elevation of one’s relationship with God.  It is a form of being set apart from the set apart.

Discipleship requires commitment to learning.  Christ begins his ascent into a mountain while the people are watching.  He is issuing an unspoken challenge to the multitude.  If you want to hear more of what I have to say, come.  This ascent is not an easy task.  This ascent was not easily travelled.  This was a hard climb as opposed to a gradual climb.  He was also teaching and illustrating the path to the kingdom as well.  Later in his teachings, Matthew 7:13-14, Christ says, “Enter ye in the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  This path into the mountain was the illustration of that teaching.  The multitude could not, would not follow.  To some it was not easy enough, it required too much effort and they were unwilling.  This climb took time to make; time that many are not willing to give.  “Look, I go to church twice on Sundays, isn’t that enough?”  “I got Sunday school on Sunday morning, church all morning, then Wednesday bible study, and you want another night?”  “I have to be at work early and you want me to get up earlier for devotions, or prayer line, or prayer meeting?”  It took time to climb that mountain to get where Jesus was going to teach.  Are we willing to take that time?

It requires effort to climb up a mountain.  This was no just “lean into it” walk up a mountain.  It would require some step and lift.  It would require a few cut hands and stubbed toes.  It would require a few slips and stumbles.  You would need sure footing.  Or simply it would require following the one ahead of you. (Now that’s a thought).   Discipleship requires effort on all our parts.  It would require setting aside study time, reading time, prayer time, meditation time, talking time, learning time, teaching time.  It would require an extra day, an extra night.  It would require sacrifice.  It would require sacrificing a weekend, a night of watching your favorite show, a time of playing your favorite game, a little bit of your morning snooze.  It takes effort in the makings of discipleship.

To climb this mountain will also take commitment.  Not just commitment to climb, but commitment to the purpose of the climb.  Any one, from the multitude, would have to be committed to Jesus.  They would have to be committed to hearing what he was going to say.  They had to be committed to accepting what he was going to say.  They had to determine if the climb would be of worth to them.  They had to determine if there would be any value in it.  They would have to press.  The unspoken issue in this commitment would also have to be the accepting of what elevation brings.  While those committed to the climb endured the process of the climb, they were also being watched.  Elevation puts you on the spotlight.  Jesus wanted to see who was committed to him despite what the multitude said or thought.  While the few took the challenge, the multitude, I’m sure, had a few things to say about it.  Discipleship puts you on the front line of criticism.  Discipleship places the target of scrutiny on your back.  Discipleship places the bounty of gossip on your head.  It sets you apart.  Are you committed to the call of discipleship despite the surmounting odds?  Are you willing to become the target of the gossip, the scrutinized of the naysayers and the object of the expectancy to fail?  That is why Jesus went up into a mountain.  Not only does he expose you to all that, but once you reach the setting point, you are then shielded from those who would not and could not make it.

The Setting Point:  Matthew 5:1(c) and when he was set,

At this point, Jesus has assessed and issued a challenge.  He has now come to a point where he will begin to teach his disciples.  Those few who determined it is a worthy thing to hear the intricate teachings of the Master.  To elevate themselves and become elevated for the Kingdom of God.  Jesus now has found a place in which he could instruct and sets himself to teach.  To set means to be placed firmly or affixed firmly to a place or position.  Jesus was now becoming firmly placed to where he could begin instructing his disciples on the doctrine.  In order for God to have any affect in us and for us to become effective for the Kingdom, we have to have a set place in our lives.  A set place to be able to receive instruction and a set place to give instruction is crucial in discipleship.

Let’s deal with having a set place.  I love the movie AVATAR for some of the quotes in that movie.  They were profound and easily preachable from.  One of my favorite quotes is, “It is hard to fill a cup that is already full.”  Wow, so much depth and meaning in that one statement; and yet true.  From the being disciple spectrum, when we are full of ourselves, our own notions and belief systems, we make it hard to be poured into.  I, for one, was and can sometimes be, one of those people.  True discipleship sometimes means emptying ourselves of ourselves so we may have Christ poured in.  This condition means that there is no “set place” for God to teach and instruct us.  It also means there is no room for correction.  We must beware of this condition.  It is similar to that of a fool as described in Proverbs.  As Christians, we must have a set place for Christ to teach us.  Besides having that time set aside for prayer, daily devotions and studying and meditation, it also requires having someone teach us.  Paul had two great teachers, Gamaliel, who taught him the Old Testament law and Ananias, who taught him the Doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus.  Someone with a proven knowledge of God’s word and teaches the Word.  I’m not saying perfect, I’m saying knowledgeable.  A rookie on the football team can only help a rookie get better, but it takes a coach or a veteran to teach skills and techniques to a rookie.

When Christ was set, it was also in a position of authority.  If Christ is not an authority in your life, then it will be difficult to learn from what he teaches.  The Word of God always instructs us to submit to our elders and those over us in the Lord.  Why?  So we may learn and gleam knowledge.  That puts us, the disciple, in a position of receiving and learning.  “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; to give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.   A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel: to understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Proverbs 1:1-7 (suggested reading Proverbs 4:1-9)  In these passages, an admonition to gain wisdom and instruction from a “father” is given for our benefit.  For us to gain in discipleship, we must have a set place for instruction to be given.

The second perspective of this is in the place of making Disciples. We must have a set place to teach.  This, once again, is not in the physical, even though having a place to effective teach is good, this is in the spiritual sense.  2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  To have a set place is to have a place in you where you are apt to teach, as Paul wrote to Timothy.  Not that we are Christ, but Christ like in nature that we may teach the mysteries of God.  Not even the mysteries, but the simple doctrine of living a Godly life.  Taking what Christ taught and effectively being able to teach that to another. Discipleship takes discipline and willingness.   You must be teachable, studious, correctable and above all faithful.

Our Commitment: Matthew 5:1(d) and his disciples came to him.

Now we have come to the culmination of what Christ desired in discipleship.  He assessed the multitude; issued his challenge of elevation, set himself to teach and now this is our part, we go to him.  Disciples make the journey to discipleship.  Disciples are committed to going where Christ is to learn; to receive his instruction.  Disciples must have a willingness to follow Christ.  Even when it may require effort and scrutiny, a disciple must be willing to go against the grain of life.  Let me illustrate through Christ ministry.  To follow Christ may place us in dire circumstances:

Matthew 8:19-20, “And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”  To follow Christ, to be a disciple and to disciple another may lead one to dire circumstances.  But the commitment is worth the trouble.

Matthew 8:21-22 And another of the disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  But Jesus said unto him, Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.  Sometimes the commitment to discipleship may put you at odds with family events, whether they are joyous or sorrowful.  Christ  wants the pre-eminence in your life, whether as disciple or teacher.

Want more…this may be too much but needs to be said

Matthew 10:32-38 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I deny before my Father which is in heaven.  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I come not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me is not worthy of me.

Discipleship requires commitment.  It requires commitment despite the opposition, the circumstance or the people.  Discipleship takes true following of Christ.

The makings of Discipleship are the Assessment, the elevation, the setting and the commitment.  When these are in place, the Christ can open his mouth and teach.

Today’s Devotional   01/22/2017

Matthew 5:2 “And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,”

In my earlier writings in the “Making’s of Discipleship”, we talked about Matthew 5:1.  We took notice that Jesus made an assessment, issued a challenge, took position, and the response of discipleship.  I explained the “time anomaly” of that verse and, hopefully, illustrated what discipleship is and will be about.  We will continue now to verse 2 and here we will address the discipleship condition.  Many times in the bible, you often see this quote, “He that hath an ear, let him hear.”  Mathew 5:2 says, “And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying…”  This means that Christ began giving audible instructions.  This week I want to “park it here”, as my Pastor says, “and unpack this.”  Sorry, Dr. Wilson, for stealing that.  May the Lord forgive me for theft…LOL!

Here, the word gives a wonderful illustration of the way of faith.  Romans 10:17 confirms what the Master Teacher is doing and going to do throughout Matthews 5, 6, and 7.  Matthew, in his gospel, thought it important enough to show that Jesus’ lessons were auditory.  Christ was giving instructions of how we should conduct ourselves as a people.  His teachings shed light on the changes our current condition needed.  Like the preaching of salvation, we needed to hear before we could change our condition.  Moreover, we know that by hearing the Words that Christ spoke, faith was given birth to the hearers.  “So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”(Romans 10:17)  Paul couldn’t have said it any better.  Just as our faith is ignited and increased through hearing the Word of God, so the disciples’ faith were ignited and increased as Jesus opened his mouth and taught. Discipleship and Christian living isn’t only, about reading a few verses a day and going to church on Sunday.  It requires hearing, as well.  But not just the action of recognizing audible sounds and translating them in to a language we know, but requires an additional action.  Hearing, when done correctly not only requires giving of your attention, but also proclaims you must have comprehension; which in turn means it initiates responses.

To hear someone means you are listening, which requires giving of your attention.  This usually means you are looking at the individual speaking, facing them with your body, and the condition of the atmosphere around you is free from unnecessary distraction.  This, also, should apply to our spiritual development.  In order to hear from God, we must be “facing” God in posture, “looking” at him in prayer, and have set the atmosphere for little to no distractions.  A prayer for forgiveness and cleansing and also forgiving others helps correct our posture for hearing from God.  This, also, helps clear the mind from distractions.  Some, I know, like to play music during their devotional time or prayer time, which is fine.  I know for me, I want no distractions while I am listening for God to speak to me.  Also, give God time to respond.  Many times, I know I have said all that I wanted to say and then got up.  This was not a conversation with the Almighty, I just simple laid out demands and expected Him to Obey.  (No bueno!  Just saying)

Secondly, after having given your attention, then comes comprehension.  How do we show comprehension?  Obedience!!!  When given instructions, the only way one can demonstrate, that it was understood, is by doing.  Saying “Yes” and doing nothing is not and should not be.  It’s just lip service (Matthew 21:27-32) Comprehension is doing what we were told.  James said, “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourself…”(James 1”22-25)  Hearing is not action less.  Jesus opened his mouth and taught, giving instructions on how to live.  “Yes”, should not be our only response.  Doing is the only acceptable response.

Matthew 5:2 “And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,”

When I began this week’s devotional studying, I didn’t foresee myself going this direction with just one verse.  I said I wanted to make disciples, so I guess the Lord is helping me by showing me nuggets and gems.  Discipleship is more than just reading.  I cannot say that enough.  Discipleship requires prayer, meditation, reading, studying, fellowship and sitting under an elder or Pastor for instruction.  It also requires hearing or listening.  Sit for a minute, chew on the word, and listen for God to speak to you.  My intention was to delve right into the “Blessed Be’s”; but God began showing me things.  The fact that Jesus opened his mouth meant that it was an auditory teaching.  And since it was auditory, that meant that we have to listen and hear what he was saying.  God began to show me some conditions for not being able to hear his Word or Him speak to us.  He told me that some have “Wax build up”, while others have put “Cotton balls” in their ears, and some are suffering from an “Ear infection.”  Of course, spiritually speaking, I have suffered from all three conditions.  So, the next three days, I will discuss these three conditions.

The first condition is Wax build up.  God showed me that this is sin.  Ear wax, or Cerumen, is the sticky, brown, smelly substance the human body produces naturally in the ear.  It is made up of fatty acids, alcohol, and cholesterols which variations depend on environment, age, ethnicity and diet of the individual.  The color varies, depending on the condition, or rather, the health of the individual.  Dark brown or black could mean that more dirt and germs have entered the ear canal.  Harsher germs and, possibly, insects may have been trapped in the ear canal as well.  If there is a reddish tint to the wax, this could be evidence of infection or damage to the inner ear has occurred.  Light brown or yellow means the individual is healthy.  The substance is produced in the outer ear and absorbs dead cells and debris; preventing them from reaching the inner ear, which is responsible for translating the sounds we hear and sending the information to our brain for us to know.  However, too much build up, without proper cleansing, could lead to frequent infections, ringing in the ear, pain and inflammation, hearing loss and possibly vertigo.  Vertigo is the loss of balance in the body.

Like the production of cerumen, before Christ, we naturally produced sin.  It was in our nature. Of course not everyone is responsible for doing a murder, or stealing, or even committing adultery, but we have all sinned and fallen short.  Lust, jealousy, hatred, deceit are just a few of the “waxy” substances our natural inclinations produce.  Some, due to self-preservation, because of our environment; or how long we have endured a certain thing; or the circumstances surrounding our environment; and what we have been exposed to, all lead up to “wax build up”.  So the things we do that are contrary to God’s Word, may have been our way of protecting ourselves; but once we are born again, our trust is in the Lord.  The “color” of our sin could be darker than most, and carries the stench of death; we may have crossed some moral bounds or moral bounds have been crossed on us, this could lead to an “ear infection”.  Counseling, prayer and positive fellowship may help.  One thing is clear, too much “wax build up” will prevent us from clearly hearing God’s voice and his instructions for our lives.  It may cause more sever ”infections” in one’s life.  The constant “ringing” of worldliness may incur and if not treated, could cause “vertigo” in the body.  That body being one’s family, job or even church.

Praise be to God, there is a way to properly cleanse away the unwanted “wax build up” in our lives.  This process is called salvation.  It’s a simple matter.  Only requiring faith and obedience, one can clear the “ear way” of one’s soul.  You start with repentance.  This is acknowledging the “build up” is there and realizing that it must be cleansed away.  Christ died on the cross for that purpose.  By faith, in the fact that, Christ is the Son of God and that God raised him up from the dead, and your confession to that fact, you are saved.  For future prevention of “wax build up”, find a fellowship to learn under, continuous reading and studying of the word, and prayer; you’ll be hearing well in no time.

Reading (Romans 3, 6, 10; Acts 2)

Cotton Balls

Listening is just as important as reading and prayer.  Discipleship comes with auditory teaching, studying, prayer, reading, meditation and application.  God is still speaking to us today.  Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice.”  This means we can hear him.  Are we listening?  Another condition that prevents us from hearing the voice of God is by putting “cotton balls” in our ears.

Cotton balls are a man made, manufactured product that has many uses and benefits.  It’s a priceless tool in the medical industry because of its texture, absorption and application capabilities.  Another use for cotton balls is that of a “dampening” device.  By this, I mean, it can be used to muffle the sound by placing them into the ear canal.  It softens or muffles the sound so that the inner ear cannot effectively decipher the sound that was emitted, thus not having a clearer picture to send the brain.  In a sense, it silences the outside influences.  However, because of its absorption capabilities, if left in the ear too long, it can cause the impaction of cerumen and increase the possibility of infection.

Pride, selfishness and stubbornness are the “cotton balls” of Christian living and discipleship.  When these character traits exist in us, it muffles the hearing of God’s Word.  Proverbs mentions many times how negatively the affects of pride and self are to us as children of God.  Pride prevents from hearing God’s word correctly and prevents us from doing scriptures like James 1:19, Ephesians 6:1-9 and many more.  Proverbs mentions, repeatedly, that man sees a way right unto himself, but the way of the Lord is better.  Pride will not allow us to hear God’s direction.  Pride, selfishness and stubbornness muffle, like cotton balls, the voice of the Lord and may have even silenced it.

Removing the “cotton balls” from our ears is simply taking them out.  I Peter 5:5-6 says, Likewise ye younger submit yourselves unto the elder.  Yea, all of you, be subject one to another, and be clothed with HUMILITY: for God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble.  HUMBLE yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”  By being and staying humble, we remove the “cotton” from our ears and can, now, clearly hear what the Lord is saying to us and for us in our lives.


Ear Infections

Hearing, like vision, smell, taste and touch, is an important sense to which the body relies on.  It is a necessary function.  Hearing allows us to hear instruction for doing, direction for going, and aversion to warning.  When our ears become infected, it adversely affects the function of one’s hearing.

Ear infections are usually caused by a constant or extreme irritation to the ear canal and inner ear.  This may have been caused by wax build up, impaction, foreign substances, or an infection in an associated area such as the throat or nose.  This infection will cause an inflammation of the ear canal.  Because of the delicate nerve endings and tissues in the inner ear area, most will experience a “clogging” sensation because of the inflammation, muffling and extreme, sharp pain.  The body will produce anti-bodies to war with the infection and the result of this war is the production of a liquid we commonly call “Puss”.  If this infection is bad enough, it can offset the equilibrium of the body causing dizziness or loss of balance.  This is called Vertigo.

Hurt and disappointment is a staple in all our lives.  We will all experience it in one way or another.  Sometimes, we can manage our way through these circumstances and come out victorious.  Other times, we come out bruised, battered, and very angry.  We also have a tendency to hold onto this anger which festers into strife, malice, hatred and other sinful characteristics.  You have developed an infection.  There is an irritation and you are experiencing or have experienced a sharp pain.  Ego and pride have now become inflamed along with self preservation.  During this time, one cannot hear, clearly, the voice of the Lord.  One has become so focused on the irritation and pain of the situation that hearing becomes obsolete.  We are at war with the infection and “puss” is accumulating.  Sometimes, we allow this condition to go untreated and it then begins to develop into Vertigo.  The body has now become unbalanced.  Because of the situation, the harmony of the body is out of whack.

Praise be to God, there is a cure; an antidote; a course of “antibiotics” for this situation.  Like, with an actual infection, there are scriptural antibiotics one can take.  By taking “500mg” of prayer, suggested 3 times a day; “1600mg” of Forgiveness as need with pain; and a daily “flushing” of repentance will wipe out that infection in no time.  This treatment is a suggestion and when “Infection” has gone away; one can clearly hear the voice of the Lord.  We can overcome the “Vertigo” of the body of Christ.

-Min Mike Jones

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