Taste & See
This morning, Pastor Parkey woke sick, so his wife Rhonda taught a continuing message on our vision verse for the year Psalm 34:8 with a message called “Taste & See.” Let’s reread this Psalm in the Amplified version and see what it says.
8 O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; how blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him. 9 O [reverently] fear the Lord, you His saints (believers, holy ones); for to those who fear Him there is no want. 10 The young lions lack [food] and grow hungry, but they who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing. 11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you to fear the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worship Him with obedience]. 12 Who is the man who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. 14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous [those with moral courage and spiritual integrity] and His ears are open to their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 17 When the righteous cry [for help], the Lord hears and rescues them from all their distress and troubles. 18 The Lord is near to the heartbroken and He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin).
19 Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous, but the Lord rescues him from them all. 20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. 21 Evil will cause the death of the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be held guilty and will be condemned. 22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned. /// Psalm 34:8-22 (Amp)
Over Christmastime last year, the Coberns went on a trip with their family to Colorado to spend time in the mountains and snow. They described to their grandchildren about tubing and sledding, that it would be a lot of fun and they would have to wear special clothing to stay warm. They understood it to a degree, but until they experienced it, they didn’t really get it.
We are about to experience the things we've longed for and dreamed about. We have moved into a new era. It is currently 2020 on the Gregorian calendar and 5780 on the Hebrew calendar. If you add 5+7+8+0 it equals 20. Also, 2020 is perfect vision. There are 20 dreams and 20 visions recorded in the Bible. The dimensions of the Holy of Holies is 20 cubits by 20 cubits (2 Chronicles 3:8). 80 is Peh is Hebrew and represents the mouth. We just moved from the Aiyan decade which is represented by an eye to the Peh decade. We are going from "seeing" and reading about what the Holy Spirit is doing to tasting and experiencing what He is doing!
The Lord wants to take us deeper this year but we can't carry our junk from the last decade and era with us. Have you been angry and sinned with your mouth? It's time to repent and lay that down.
25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. /// Ephesians 4:25-32
Don't give the devil a foothold with your mouth. Murmuring and complaining kept the children of Israel from going into the promised land. God is serious about our words. This is a time to declare with your mouth in agreement with God but it's also a time to learn to keep silent when we are in the flesh. This will be a season of exposure. Things you murmur in secret the Lion will roar. Motives of the heart will be exposed. The root of anger is fear. Ask the Lord to show you what you are afraid of. Fear causes us to criticize instead of praise. When you start to criticize turn it into thankfulness. A critical spirit is a bad report and will shut down a move of God.
If you've had trouble with anger and your mouth, lets repent and leave that here at the altar today.
- Psalm 34:8-22 (AMP)
- 2 Chronicles 3:8
- Ephesians 4:25-32
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