In a crowd of weary of waiting people, one turned to the other next to them and said.
“So how long have you been here. I’m going on two hours almost! There were 6 people helping when I arrived. Three have since left! Just disappeared, gone to break or lunch with all these people stacking up like sardines! The last lady I sat next to waited for three hours and 22 minutes only to get up there and be missing a paper and told to come back! Hmphfft! If I wasn’t a “Christian” I’d give my mind to them! Anywhere else they can track your identity down to the pennies in our accounts but here one piece of paper and they say they can’t! Its ridiculous!”
The other listened and smiled and replied.
“I’ve been here a little over an hour. It’s certainly an opportunity to forgive when our patience wears thin and judgement kicks in, huh?”
The one looked at the other and rolled their eyes.
“Like I said, it’s a good thing I’m a Christian.” The one said with a chuckle.
“Yes, it is definitely the advantage to be under the control of Christ in situations like this. It’s an opportunity to put ones eternal muscles in action! Then I can give thanks for the time it takes for my number to be called! I find I need more time to give Him my sacrifice of offense and judgement almost every time!”
The one looked at the other and spoke with their countenance a great deal of confusion. The appearance on the outside was one of surprise.
“Sacrifice of offense and judgement?”, asked the one, “what does that have to do with this! There is righteous anger. And I’m not judging. .. like I said I’m keeping my thoughts to myself!”
The other was quiet. Leaning into the ones searching for answers and praying.
The one spoke again.
“Well. ..I told you but I forgive the workers by not complaining to their faces. I mean look at the people flowing in, I couldn’t just go off to break with so many people needing help! ”
Again the other listened and prayed and waited.
“I mean everyone has to do this or we can’t be “legal”… Yet they act as if we should just be okay missing work! I have bills to pay!” Continued the one.
The other smiled and looked directly at the one and said.
“Like I said we need the time for Him to show us how to live forgiveness. What we think we have a right to is always less than nothing.”
The one huffed and said.
“So you’re saying I don’t have a right to feel what I do?”
“No.” Whispered the other.
“No, you’re not saying that or no I don’t have a right?” The impatient one inquired.
“Yes.” Came the answer from the other.
There was a time of silence then. The one mawing and chewing, squirming and stewing. The other waiting. A while went by and the one burst forth.
“So what do you mean about sacrificing offense and judgement? I assume you are a Christian to by your words but the way you put them is confusing.”
“Well. Jesus said we are to forgive. So I suppose it depends on how you think He means it. If He died for all offense and judgement, which is the by-product of unforgiveness, then by “right” He is the only One with the “right” to be offended or to judge. So I find that the application of the “old or former ways” in the Bible that are not thrown out but made complete by Him is that in my mind, my thoughts, is where His greatest work is done. I put my rights to offense and my tendency to judge as a result on the alter and offer them up to Him. It’s like the equivalent of 10 bulls, 20 spotless lambs, and 100 bowls of grain and incense. I literally give up my right to feel offense and think judgemental thoughts and then work my thoughts into all that which is of Heaven. Forgiving starts inside by acknowledging the truth. .. I really have no right to feel offense because if I’m a Christ follower, that “right” I have given to Him because I recognize that He purchased the “rights” by not taking up the right against me.” Responded the other.
“But. .. that would mean that unforgiveness the way you just put it is the end all be all of sin!” The one said incredulously.
“Name a sin that at its heart that isn’t the root of unforgiveness.” Replied the other.
“Oh, that’s easy. .. stealing. .. lying. .. cheating. .. adultery. .. Gosh I can’t see the connection in almost any sin and unforgiveness being the root as you put it! ” replied the one.
The other sat a moment and waited. Pregnant pauses often give birth to truth. Though admitably they feel awkward.
“If one steals. .. They likely feel offended that they don’t have and think they should – offense and judgement. If one lies they likely judge that they should because of an offense they perceive would be taken or given. If one cheats, is it not because they are offended by the work of not cheating and there-by judge that it’s excusable to cheat? And adultery! How often do you see an adulterer who isn’t at their root unforgiving and there-by fornicating as a result of offensive judgement?” The other spoke.
“Oh.” Said the one.
At that moment the ones number was called and they went up to tend their business. The words of the other ringing in their ears so loudly that they forgot their offense of their original gripe and didn’t even notice that another hour had passed before their number was called.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah
Two people sat on a bench at a park. Both just enjoying the sunshine and taking in the scenes of jogging, walking, playing people and creatures. A couple of teenagers walk by the bench, one drops their trash on the ground and keeps walking. The “bench observers” exchange a look as the trash rolls to their feet. Neither of them have exchanged a word yet. The look shared was followed by both heads shaking and each reached for the trash to pick it up. As their hands meet, they look up and laugh.
“These kids today…hmmpfft…” says the one.
“I wish it were just the kids. I come here often and have to say the adults are just as bad, sadly.” says the other.
“Oh yeah…well I guess its just the way people are now. Not myself, mind you, but the majority.” Says the one.
The other chuckles and says, “Well, I can’t throw stones as I have done my share of thoughtless tossing myself. I now pick up trash as I walk to and fro to make amends.”
“Huh, that’s a different way to look at it. I guess there’s been a can or two with my name on them that I tossed recklessly myself once upon a time. I don’t pick up trash though…germs now can kill ya. Besides my taxes pay for people to pick it up. Why do both jobs…ya know?”
“Well I suppose that’s one way of lookin at it. Though our taxes don’t really pay for people to pick up litter. They pay the garbage workers, but I think its volunteers who pick up trash laying all about.”
“Oh yeah, but the taxes pay this park staff to do that too, I think. Why do you think you need to amend for littering when you did?”
“Well that’s what some people call really being sorry you did whatever was wrong. I do it because Jesus did.”
“What?? Jesus picked up trash??”
“Oh yeah!! Only He turned it into treasure!! I can only put it in the bin where it belongs.”
“So you’re a Christian or whatever, huh? You Christians have a unique outlook on life for sure, but in the end we all either pick up trash or dump it.”
“Well since you leave your taxes to pick it up, but don’t dump it; where do you fit into “we all”?”
The one thought for a minute, taken aback. The other couldn’t tell if the one was offended or just thoughtful.
“Well I make sure my trash goes in the trash, I just don’t pick up other peoples. Its plain laziness not to just walk over…let’s see it would have been what…20 feet to that bin over there?” Shaking their head. “Its so ridiculous!”
“Sure is…but then maybe that girl just now thought like you and figured her or her parents taxes would pay for someone else to pick it up? Maybe thinking to help keep someone employed? Though I believe its just careless thoughtless behavior, of one who doesn’t appreciate the place they live and enjoy in.”
“Yeah, this park is beautiful. They keep it well here. There’s these apartments over there – total dumps – I can see why they don’t care over there. Trash is everywhere. I couldn’t pay good money to live there.”
The other debated whether to tell the one that they lived in those “total dumps”. Decided not to, not because they were ashamed but why make the one feel badly? Their perception was crooked. The other asked God what they should say next.
The one spoke first.
“You don’t live there do you? Gosh, I am sorry if I hurt your feelings!”
“No need. I do live there, but I am not ashamed. It’s as you say, not my trash that lays all over there! And it is a nice place to me. Sure the people who run it and some who live there don’t seem to care, but as you can see…that’s everywhere you go. I pick up the trash I see and pray for God to give those of my neighbors the heart to do the same. Then the “blame” goes away and the trash gets picked up. If everyone just did what they could see needs doing a lot more would get done and taxes would be rendered needless.”
“Wow, are you a liberal?? How can you be Christian and think like a liberal?” The one asked incredulously.
The other laughed with their head thrown back and said, “Let me ask a question that will clear this up quick. Are you a “Christian”?”
“No.” Said the one looking disgusted.
“So how can you ask that question? How do you know what “christian” thinking is like and if it conflicts with liberalism or not?”
“Well I have read a lot and been around awhile. Its kinda complicated I will give you that. You never did answer me, are you a Christian?”
“You didn’t ask me, you made a statement. Let’s say I am a Christian…though that label is definitely not as clear as the word means…or used to. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, which is where the word Christian comes from, but the word doesn’t, sad to say, describe its definition truly anymore. That’s to say, a lot of “Christians” don’t follow Jesus Christ. You’re correct, its complicated. Simple for me though. Kind of like a person who judges others for littering when they do nothing about it, but label themselves “people who don’t litter” because they throw their own trash away and pay taxes. People who care about their surroundings don’t assign responsibility, they pick up trash that needs picking up, they do something to make it better when they are where they are. They are present wherever they go, not looking out for themselves only. I know people who don’t claim to be “Christians” who live like that; I know people who claim to be “Christians” who don’t. I also know the ones who make no “Christian” claim but live like that are more Followers of Jesus than those who shout Jesus’ name wherever they go but don’t do what He says to do.”
The one looked around and finally said, “Well you make a good argument.”
Chuckling the other said, “Well I’m not “arguing” though I think you mean I make sense? Isn’t it amazing what God can do when a girl dumps her trash at the feet of perfect strangers? Neither of us had a clue when we walked into this park that we would have such a conversation…(laughing) about trash!!”
The one joined in the laughter and nodded, “Absolutely! We covered politics, religion, and morals without trying!!” The one guffawed.
“That’s the way Jesus did it too! Its not meant to be offensive, as in one defends their point of view. It can place a definitive line in the proverbial sand though. But mostly, you made me think…and I made you think…the rest is up to the God that began the conversation to begin with.”
“Ya think He did? Not sure I follow.”
“Who do you think made the girl throw her trash at this exact spot at this exact time? Its a big park. Who do you think I credit for the inclination to pick it up…on either of our parts? Its called divine invitation by some, I call it just Following Jesus.” The other smiled.
“Again, gonna have to think about that…but I have to say…you did make me think. And I guess I should keep my mouth shut about what “Christians” think like…since you made a distinction I have never heard before, and I don’t know because I am definitely not a Christian. By that I mean the ones who claim but don’t follow. They seem to be the majority…no offense.”
The other looked down and sighed. Tears came to their eyes…and they look up directly into the ones eyes.
“I am sad to say…your words hold truth, friend. I pray that Jesus, Himself, will call you out and then you will understand why He came to forgive. I have to be heading home now, but I am usually here between 10 and noon. My name is XXX XXX and I would enjoy chatting with you again, its been an honor. Can I ask your name?”
The one gave their name and they exchanged good-days. The other prayed all the way home for the one and every time they walked by or sat on the “bench”. They still do…to this day.
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤
Is it possible to be pure and sinless as a Child of God, still held within the cocoon of fallen flesh?
Oh how this question reverberates along the halls of time. The sounds of human opinion rising and falling with passion and conviction and judgement and exclusion.
I was listening to a pastor on the radio one evening; he was teaching in the book of Job. I caught only about 5 minutes of it but the few words they spoke were enough to prompt a “work out”.
The point under the microscope was Job’s righteousness prior to the testing that God gave Satan to invoke upon him. Let’s read what the Word says:
There was a man in the land of Utz whose name was Iyov (Job). This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
Sometimes translations render this grouping of words as sinless; to much confusion. Job was not a man who never sinned, he was a man who knew Who to go to when he did. He feared God, feared as in needed only God’s approval, opinion, and revered above all else God’s assessment of his human condition. He shunned evil; every form of anything that stood in opposition to the things of God, the people of God, and the Ways of Gods teaching. Shunned as in walked away in the opposite direction of evil. The Lord’s presence was his most valued treasure; though he was wealthy by worldly standards. He was blameless because he received the forgiveness of God however often needed daily he went to confess to Him offenses. And not just for himself!!
It was the custom of his (Jobs) sons to give banquets, each on his set day in his own house; and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. After a cycle of banquets, Job would send for them to come and be consecrated; then he would get up early in the morning and offer burnt offerings for each of them, because Job said, “My sons might have sinned and blasphemed God in their thoughts.” This is what Job did every time.
This is a world of teachings in and of itself! As a parent I pray for my children. To offer burnt offerings as Job did in his day is the equivalent of saying the part of the Lords Prayer for us today.
Forgive us the wrongs we have done; as we forgive those who have wronged us.
Father, forgive them if there be any evil way between them and You.
This is a living action I will begin to do; the “thought” never occurred to me before this “work out”. Ahhh…a new “muscle” in my walk I have just learned to exercise :-).
The first question is also an “eye opener”. So so many people have diminished the Work of Yeshua (Jesus) on the Cross. He is our “burnt offering” we revisit every day often (if you are in constant communion with Him). Job in essence knew to claim the power of the Blood and the Obedience of Yeshua to endure it over every single sin both outward and inward; hence he no longer “carried the blame” but trusted God to do with it as He saw fit. The half in half hearted and half believing of a person in the blamelessness that is available and can be experience in union with Yeshua applies weight to a working out of ones salvation that cripples the life of a person. Much is often “expected” of Gods grace that is not His Grace at all. I hear more people speak as if confession is needless “now that they are saved”. But, I must ask myself: “What then is the point to a daily walk with God if this is true?”
The answer reverberates in Yeshua’s Words;
If you love Me, you will do as I say.
What does He say to me? Oh, to give a glimpse of this would take a book. But here’s a small snapshot. Inside minutes of a day.
I am walking through a store. Making my selections and observe a person treating their child “harshly” (in my opinion). The test begins. I can take my observation and let my thoughts fly from there OR, I can ask God what He thinks.
I ask. He says, “Perhaps it is harsh to you Child, but whether or not its of accounting is Mine. Will you pray for those children of Mine and skip “judgement row” for now?”
I then confess that I just attempted to judge what I don’t know and ask for forgiveness in Yeshua’s name. Then in the same Name or Spirit of His character begin to pray for the faces I just judged. My conversation with the Lord continues from there…but ya get the “gist”. If this doesn’t happen often to any believer then they are not believers!! Yet, see the “offense” took place inside where no one else could see it. The more I walk with God, the more blameless I become in this way…because I, like Job, claim the offering and let the Lord take my blame. The second part is harder.
Shunning evil. Every evil. There is waay more to shun with each passing hour. Movies, TV, shows, thoughts like in the store, thoughts that are self absorbed, temptations to judge and correct someone else, pretty much the assortment of “let’s play God” opportunities that are countless every minute of every day. Its a full time job! Praise God His grace covers what I miss!! And boy do I. To turn away is hard, especially when people will think you are a “goody-two-shoes”, no fun, party pooping drag. Standing out for righteousness to Job’s kind of severity wins no popularity contest! Even when amongst “fellow believers”. The “good deeds” get praised but the living in harmony with Him who gives the good deeds to do…not so much.
Here again, a line of communication is needed between Him and I. Sometimes I think something is evil…that’s not; likewise I can assess that something be “innocent” or harmless that is not. Yeshua said to follow Him because He knows these things…I do not. So He must tell me what to shun and where to adjust my thinking. Without His Spirit to guide me I will shun often what He would have me learn and experience with hard consequences what seemed to me as innocent! Since He knows everything at their heart…a thing not one human being will ever be able to do without Him; an essential part of shunning evil is staying close to Him and a constant asking for His perspective. There is no science or method to this! At times He leads me through evil! Like He did Job! Then often He leads me in its opposite direction! Like He did Job. The pivotal question is always…will I trust Him no matter what?
There is no work out harder in existence! It will take a lifetime if lifetimes. Praise Yeshua, He came with eternity in mind!
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤
I have many favorite “authors”. I am of the opinion that everyone one of them write from the same Source. This Source is the same Source that every human hand was inspired to write about in the Word of God. In Part 2, I said my Favorite Author is the Holy Spirit; ie: God. This is the most accurate statement; for within this view, every “sub-author” that makes my favorite-list always points me to Yeshua (Jesus). Was this not exactly what Yeshua said “the work” of the Holy Spirit was??
Among my sub-favorite’s list of authors George MacDonald is at the top of the list. He wrote fiction, poems, fantasy fiction (his was the inspiration behind Tolkien and Lewis), sermons, and plays. His books are hard to find but worth every penny and effort to “own”. There is more in a paragraph of words he may write than a book could fill. Yet, what puts “his” words in a class by themselves is how they send me straight to the Word. Whenever I read “his work” the Spirit immediately begins whispering Scriptures in my ear. I will give an example.
**Can it be any comfort to them to be told that God loves them so that He will burn them clean?…They do not want to be clean, they cannot bear to be tortured. ~ George MacDonald – taken from C.S. Lewis’s book George MacDonald; page 4 titled The Awakening.
Luke 11:39 ~ Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…
However, the Lord said to him, “Now then, you P’rushim (Pharisees), you clean the outside of the cup and plate; but inside, you are full of robbery and wickedness. Fools! Didn’t the One who made the outside make the inside too? Rather, give as alms what is inside, and then everything will be clean for you!” (See also Matthew 23:25)
John 3:19-21 ~ Yeshua speaking…
“Now this is the judgement: the Light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the Light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. For everyone who does evil things hates the Light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. But everyone who does what is true comes into the Light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”
(See also John 12:46)
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in relationship to righteousness; but what benefit did you derive from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end result of those things was death. However, now, freed from son and enslaved to God, you do get the benefit – it consist of being made holy, set apart for God, and its end result is eternal life. For what one earns from sin is death; but eternal life is what one receives as a free gift from God, in union with the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.
**When we say God is Love, do we teach men that their fear of Him is groundless? No! As much as they fear will come upon them, possibly far more…The wrath will consume what they call themselves; so that the selves God made shall appear. ~ George MacDonald – same reference; page 5.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18
“But,” says the Torah, “whenever someone turns to Adonai (the Lord), the veil is taken away.” (Exodus 34:34). Now, “Adonai” in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of Adonai is, there is freedom. So all of us with faces unveiled, see in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into His very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by Adonai the Spirit.
and have put on the new self, which is continually being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge, closer and closer to the image of its Creator.
and you must let your spirits and minds keep being renewed, and clothe yourselves with the new nature created to be godly, which expressed itself in righteousness and holiness that flow from the Truth.
**Nothing is so deadening to the Divine as an habitual dealing with the outsides of holy things.
He will shake heaven and earth, that only the unshakable may remain: He is a consuming fire, that only that which cannot be consumed may stand forth eternal. It is the nature of God, so terribly pure that is destroys all that is not pure as fire, which demands like purity in our worship. He will have purity. It is not that the fire will burn us if we do not worship thus; yea, will go on burning within us after all that is foreign to it has yielded to its force, no longer with pain and consuming, but as the highest consciousness of life, the presence of God.
~ Both quotes by George MacDonald – same reference.
For Adonai your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Even then, His voice shook the earth; but now He has made this promise:
“One more time I will shake not only the earth, but heaven too!” (Haggai 2:6;21)
And this phrase, “one more time,” makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain. Therefore, since we have received an unshakeable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear. For indeed, “Our God is a consuming fire!”
Fire goes before Him, setting ablaze His foes on every side.
It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the Living God!
As I read these quotes, these Scriptures fell into my mind. One served the other, and it is Adonai, the Spirit who is confirmed as the Author, of both. Learning how to discern what is God and is not requires the Holy Spirit. Without Him, nothing written in the Word or by any other so inspired author; nothing seen or heard or spoken will clarify the God that created the World and everything in it; the God who sent Yeshua to die and rise again from the consumption of His fire to become the fire by which all things are made clean, find freedom and live in union with Him.
This is just one of many ways God coaches me through a “work out”. As you can see, He is the One who does the “heavy lifting”…I just…follow. 🙂
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤
To put off obeying Him till we find a credible theory concerning Him is to set aside the potion we know it is our duty to drink, for the study of various schools of therapy.
~ George MacDonald (1824-1905)
I have a confession…the above is/was me. I could “lay blame” by saying that this is how I was taught – but honestly its only who I listened to. The fact is, God is the great initiator and “causer” of all things. “The wrong road” often is exactly His purpose for most of us.
Sounds like blasphemy, huh? Then I leave you to deliberate with Him by asking the questions:
“Who put the “snake” in the garden? Who stood back and watched “it” fall? And what human being has ever been born without a flesh that’s set against the the things of God?”
My Good Shepherd has had me on “assignment” for a while. While in “appearance” it may seem trivial; I assure you nothing He ever asks me to do is ever “trivial”. Simply put He said,
“What you missed today don’t go back and try to “recoup” tomorrow.”
I was like:
“Huh??” Isn’t that a bit like ‘giving up’? I thought You were all about ‘trying again’, Lord?”
I am pretty sure He smiled, but the words ended there for a time. I didn’t “get it”. A Brother in a book wrote that too often we ask general and blanket questions, God answers, and we stop there forgetting to ask for each detail or step of the general direction. That was me. OK, so I began attempting to stop “recouping” what I was missing yesterday. Needless to say His instructions were to go to “Niveveh”, I ended up “out to sea” narrowly missing the “mouth of a whale”. So I am “floating upon waves, choking on salt water and crying “Abba!”” and He says;
“Silly goose, you didn’t ask Me what I meant! You presumed, spoke your presumption, and began to apply the “perscription to the wrong wound” if you will.”
“O.” Says I. “Forgive me Father, how then would You like me to proceed?”
He said to ask Him in the morning (this conversation was in my bed just before my lids hit my “off button”).
The next morning I obeyed, asked and kept on asking until I was clear on what He meant by what I “miss” and not to attempt to “recoup”. This meant asking “this?” all day long. It was tedious and I felt more than a little insane by the end of the day. Of course the obvious was lost on me. In my zeal to obey, I asked during the day what I “missed” and…achem…it wasn’t over yet! 🙂
Turns out the next day was much less insane. He was faithful to show me all I “missed” the day before. My heart being reoriented back into moment by moment seeking His guidance allowed for the application to be spot on. An example:
We live in a world where if you “miss” an email, text, or call…even a TV show; you can view it “later” and “make up for lost time” – so to speak. Imagine my big round “O” shaped mouth when He said:
“Yep, that’s one of them.” Always smiling…if you want to know how I know when He’s smiling; there’s no words that can convince in human logic, I just know. 🙂
So, then the next question came (remember its from one step to the next). I am looking at my “misses” and I say:
“Okay, so since I “missed” these when they came; what now?”
“Erase/delete them.” He said. Short, simple, sweet.
I was flummoxed! I stared at my “misses” did my “but, but, but…what if…what if what if’s” and…obeyed. Ugh! Talk about weird! This went on for many days, even months, in the process I was amazed at how I began to “cheat”. I would get an email, not really having “time” to read it I would open it and read it and feel justified in not having to erase it because “I didn’t miss it, right?” Yet, I could not reply to it at the time I read it. Needless to say, I missed quite a bit and kept asking and obeying until the meaning or function behind His request began to trickle in.
Most the people I talk to always feel completely drained. Mysef included. Trying to cover bases that cover bases that never were absolutely necessary in the first place! Remember when you weren’t home to get the phone when someone called?? Did the world end? Remember when if you weren’t home to “catch” a show, ya just had to wait for reruns or better yet, ya just missed the show? If you don’t remember times like that, you are missing out! Things happened that we could not “attend” to and it was all good anyhow. The modern conveniences we now “enjoy” have the capacity to enslave. Adding burdens that God never meant for us to carry. You can’t imagine the “flack” I got for “being unavailable” on my cell from those who have been trained to think “a cell phone leaves someone without excuse to not be available whenever it “rings”! Once the Sun has set folks, the day is over. There’s no “going back”. This exercise was beautifully orchestrated by God to:
A) Teach me to let go.
B) Show me how to ask Him what is and is not a priority for Him with me….all day.
C) How He can and will lighten my load, if I will listen and not reason but just trust Him and obey.
D) There is no area too small that He is not interested in leading me in.
This folder is called Mile Stones. It has entries of my very personal walk with God. It is humbling! But oh so rewarding! My cell phone is my “computer”. As I type, its upon its touch screen my fingers traverse. Its how I view my every communication via at a “distance”. It at one point was “the center of my universe” in ways I am ashamed to admit. Yet, now, having listened and obeyed the Spirit of the Living God – its just a cell phone. Life goes on without it, in fact often it takes place especially outside of it. Cyber land is intoxicating…and invasive…if used by anyone other than the Lord. He uses it!! Oh, yes, He does! Sometimes its in teaching us how not to use it He uses it best :-).
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤