The Power of Our Words and Prayers

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In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door were shaken at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged. (Isaiah 6:1-7 KJ2000)

I was in fellowship with a dear saint recently and we started to talk about prayer and how important it was for those of us who are in unity as members of Christ’s body to pray for one another. This person felt the power of God when we prayed together and saw results in their life. Words are a wondrous thing. With our words we have the power to move heaven to act, bless those dear to us, or to do them harm. Really getting to know others in close relationships is wonderful, but the closer and more open we are with each other, the easier it is to wound one another with our words. I’ve apologized numerous times to people I’ve hurt without intending to. Each time I’ve wounded a dear saint, I’ve been reminded of Jesus’ words that it would be better for a millstone to be hung around my neck and be cast into the depth of the sea than offend one of His little ones. In this last year God has put me in relationships with people who are serious about the kingdom of God and what it means to walk together in the light as He is in the light. We know that unless we are walking in this kind of transparency with the ones He has placed us with, we are not having real fellowship (see 1 John 1:5-9).

After seeing both the negative and positive effects of my words, I was reminded of some verses in the Bible that God has given me in the past.

In Ecclesiastes Solomon wrote:

Dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to send forth a foul odor: so does a little folly to him that is respected for wisdom and honor. (Ecclesiastes 10:1 KJ2000)

Paul wrote:

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God…Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:1-4 ESV– emphasis added)

As I experienced both blessing and wounding coming out of my mouth more recently, He reminded me of what James wrote.

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brethren, this ought not to be so. (James 3:10 RSVA)

For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. (James 3:2 KJ2000)

Yes, brethren, this ought not to be so! I started asking God to do a miracle in my life in this matter of the tongue. He started answering my prayer by letting me feel in my own heart the pain others were feeling. A couple of times it was so intense I had to go lie down because I couldn’t function any longer.

Fourteen years ago, while watching the movie, “The Green Mile,” I started weeping and praying that God would use me to take some of the suffering out of this world. I was inspired by the empathy of the main character in the movie, John Koffey. I had no idea what I was asking when I prayed that God would use me this way. As is so often the case, He starts answering our prayers by dealing with us first! He wanted me to deal with the pain I was causing others in this world! I soon found that the closer these people were to me, the greater the pain I felt when I offended one of them. Pain is a great teacher. C. S. Lewis wrote,

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ~ C.S Lewis, The Problem of Pain

At this same time, God started talking to me about really seeking His face. God told Moses, “You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” (Exodus 33:20 KJ2000). There had to be somewhere else that God said to seek His face, and I found it in Psalms where David prayed:

Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When you said, Seek my face; my heart said unto you, your face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not your face far from me; put not your servant away in anger: you have been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. (Psalms 27:7-10 KJ2000)

David was a man after God’s own heart and a prophetic type of Christ. Man might not have been able to see God’s face and live in the Old Covenant, but in the New Covenant we are called to boldly enter into the Father’s presence as we abide in His Son, Jesus.

 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 RSVA)

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. (Ephesians 2:13-16 RSVA)

About four months ago as I pleaded to see our Father’s face, He gave me Isaiah 6:1-7 and this was the part He wanted me to feel:“Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Father told me, “If you want to see me, you must be undone.” I knew that something must be done about my unclean lips. Since then, I have never been so conscious of the words that come out of my mouth and the effect they have on others! I have never felt so much heart pain either! I have cried more in the last four months than I had in my whole life as He has let me experience the pain in the hearts of others. I have become “unhinged”… undone and cry at the drop of a hat. He was answering another longstanding prayer of mine. He was letting me in close to His heart and experience the fellowship of His sufferings.

I have become so sick of the damage my uninspired words were cause others that I have started praying He would take a coal from His altar and put it in my mouth as He did with Isaiah. I am tired of hurting others with my words, especially His “little ones,” those who walk in humility before Him.

To become sons and daughters of God it takes a miraculous work. We must be made into a new creation, and that is what He does. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJ2000)

There is nothing of that old Adam in us He can use. Paul wrote,

 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. (1 Corinthians 15:49-50 RSVA)

Over the last ten months God has gone deep in my heart after some bitter root judgments (see Heb. 12:14-15) I have held on to from old wounds in the past. These wounds have kept His love from flowing through me. The process of dealing with this has required the constant working of death in me. I have been going from death to death so that He can spring forth with new life unto life in me. Paul wrote:

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient [capable] for these things? (2 Corinthians 2:15-16 RSVA – emphasis added)

Who is sufficient for these things? God is!

 And such trust have we through Christ toward God: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; (2 Corinthians 3:4-5 KJ2000)

Paul went on to say that we are:

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death works in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:10-12 KJ2000)

Are we willing to let death work in us so that life might abound through us to others? I’ve had to go though a lot of pain and tears, yet I have never felt such intense love for others in my heart as well. I never knew that love could be so painful, yet so rewarding at the same time.

This Thing Called Prayer

Today Father showed me something new about prayer. Luke tells us about Zachariah, John the Baptist’s father.

According to the custom of the priest’s office, his [Zachariah’s] lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the time of incense. (Luke 1:9-10 KJ2000 – emphasis added)

It is interesting that here we see a passage speaking about prayer and incense at the same time. For 35 years my prayer life was in the tank. In 1980 God removed any sense of His presence from me and put me out into a spiritual wilderness. As a result, I quit praying on any regular basis. Prayer that had once been personable, powerful and fulfilling was lost in that wilderness. When I tried to pray the words seem to fall off my lower lip and hit the floor like a “sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.”

But today something happened. He spoke to me about prayer and let me see that our prayers are not just mere waves of energy that go flying by God’s ear at the speed of sound, never to be seen or heard from again. No, just like faith, prayers have substance and are gathered at His altar just as our tears are gathered in His bottle (see Psalm 56:8). A strong sense of peace came over me as He showed me this passage in Revelation:

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire from the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. (Revelation 8:1-5 KJ2000 – emphasis added)

At first I thought prayer and incense were two different things, but then I read David’s words,

Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalms 141:2-3 KJ2000)

Here we not only see prayer as incense before the Lord, but we also have an admonition about every idle word that comes out of our mouths. God tied both of these issues together in the same passage of scripture! In Revelation we see those prayers as incense being hurled back down to the earth to do a work as God has intended. We might not see an answer to our prayers come in the form we had expected, but they are still valuable to Him. When the time is right, He sends them out with His power to accomplish His will.

He had taken me full circle –from the idle words of my mouth that smote my heart as I felt the pain they caused in the hearts of others, to how our prayers are incense to God and something He uses to accomplish His divine will. As I meditated on this fresh revelation, my tears flowed! Prayer has taken on new meaning to me and I feel that its importance has finally been restored to me after 35 years. So Father I pray that you will…

 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalms 19:14 KJ2000)

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22 comments on “The Power of Our Words and Prayers

  1. Pat Orr says:

    Bro. Michael, thank you for the piece that you have done on prayer and our words. In an effort to not say the wrong thing, I am convicted that I with hold words at times when God would be pleased to speak through me.

    I pray that I would know the Holy Spirit so well that I would know when to speak and when to remain silent. My default setting is to think; will my speaking or my not speaking be more to my advantage. That is not where I want to function. I want to please the Lord – and thereby be one that helps others.

    I am not satisfied with my prayer life. Your encouraging words, and your calling attention to the scriptures is a blessing.

    Instead of praying, often I am reading the scriptures – it is easier. I think of the great saints who went before us, who did not have a copy of the scriptures. They were seekers without the wealth of scriptures. Lord, may the spiritual wealth that I lean on not rob me of the privilege of prayer. If I am not communicating, forgive me.

    Love in Him,

    Pat Orr

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  2. Michael says:

    Pat, one thing we can do is let the Spirit speak to our hearts through the scriptures and then use that as a start of HIS side of the conversation. Acknowledge what you are hearing Him say and respond from your heart just as you did her, ” Lord, may the spiritual wealth that I lean on not rob me of the privilege of prayer. If I am not communicating, forgive me.”

    Thank you dear sweet sister for your comment. You are always a blessing to me.

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  3. Ken Burgess says:

    Michael, thank you for this marvelous piece on prayer. But more importantly the power of our words to heal, hurt or destroy. And sad to say, to grieve our precious Holy Ghost. Just a couple of nights ago Darnella and I had just gone to bed when she said to me, “remind me to ask you something in the morning about how Jesus prayed.” And I said, “I’m not sleepy yet, let’s talk about it.” Interestingly, we discussed several of the points you covered in your post. My own prayer life has been sporadic and to me ineffectual for far to long. We humans tend to ignore the, “the elephant in the room,” acting like all is well when we know darn well, it ain’t all well. Thank you for switching the light on. Sometimes our ministry can be something as simple as flipping the switch and voila we are exposed. Sins get repented of, we get freshly washed in HiS blood. And miraculously prayer begins to be impactful, powerful and effective. Oh Abba, hear our cry and let us share in the fellowship of your sufferings as we hear your heart and feel the pain of others. Cause us/me to love without boundaries. Withholding nothing from those in pain and need. Amen.

    Fellowship with God

    5 “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing[c] the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:5-9 (Holman Christian Bible)

    Oh Abba, hear our cry and let us share in the fellowship of your sufferings as we hear your heart and feel the pain of others. Cause us/me to love without boundaries. Withholding nothing from those in pain and need. Amen.

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    • Michael says:

      Wow, Ken. I don’t know what to say. As I read your first paragraph about the light coming on as we fellowship in the Spirit guess what verse He put on my heart? “But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

      Light and intimacy is what we have in the Spirit. Light exposes to us what HE wants to see changed in us. And as WE walk in His light together, our short-fallings (sin) come to light where we can see “the elephant in the room” that HE sees and maybe some of our other “light walkers” also see and have been praying for us about. It is then that the last part of this verse kicks in and go to Him for His healing touch, “and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” It is all about LIGHT which comes from His Life in us. “In Him was life and the life was the light of men.”

      I am so happy that you shared your heart on here once again… still praying that we can meet in early May together.

      I love you my brother! Give our love to your bride.

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  4. Kennth Dawson says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that Dad is always at work in us ever causing us to become ever more just like His son..always in love with our Daddy.

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  5. Michael says:

    Kenneth, YES! I just wrote this on my Facebook time line…

    God seems to tell time differently than we do. We think, “If I had only seen this sooner… or done that”, etc. He has an eternal goal in mind for everything. He sees time in epics, blocks of time set apart for His specific purpose, and His goal and desire is fulfilled before that epic is over… the rest is just the process to get us there.

    “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 KJ2000)

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  6. Again, a very honest and touching piece, Michael. Excellently written! ⭐

    Also, great comments above by Pat, Ken, Kenneth, and you! ⭐

    I was just thinking about the connection between prayer and our words…..Is there a connection?…..Hmm….. 😉 Jesus said,

    “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Lk 6:45 ESV)

    To me, the solution seems to lie in the fact that we get a completely new heart from God so that we only think and speak good things. I included our thought life here since I hardly believe we will utter anything that has not been in our thoughts before. And if all our thoughts are pure and know of no evil, our words will be just the same.

    Well, and how do we get there?

    “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18 ESV)

    Ha! I was just reminded that I wrote a blog post about how we can be transformed into His image and I even dare to post the link below, Michael. 🙂

    https://enteringthepromisedland.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/beholding-him-247/

    Every blessing,
    Susanne

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    • Michael says:

      YES! Susanne! We are being given new hearts as He roots out of us all that old crunk, the Cling-ons that are not of Him. We become what be behold. It is futile to look back at the works of our fallen natures. We simply give that over to Him when He gives us grace to follow Him. We become what we behold! So the solution is found in what Paul said,

      Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if indeed I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14 KJ2000)

      It has been great to watch Him transform you over the 16 months I have known you. Keep listening and posting, dear sister.

      Love you IN Him,
      Michael

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  7. tlhobie says:

    Michael,

    Your article, which shows a beautiful relationship between incense and prayer, is one that I trust each of us will not soon set aside, without spending some precious time waiting on the Spirit to reveal many facets of what has been written. It is a “Gem!”

    There are some who do not consider the “Old Testament” to be of any value for our generation and diminish the importance of scripture that Paul speaks of in his letters. Two verses come to mind:

    “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Rom 15:4 NASB)

    “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;” (2Ti 3:16 NASB)

    The opening quote of your article from Isaiah 6:1-7, “In the year that King Uzziah died,” ___ when Isaiah realized he was a man of unclean lips __ among people having unclean lips, and said “Woe is me, I am undone,” it may be a good time to reconsider what happened to King Uzziah and revisit the scriptures that give us the Law concerning lepers.

    But when he (King Uzziah) became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. Then Azariah the priest entered after him and with him eighty priests of the LORD, valiant men. They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the LORD God.” But Uzziah, with a censer in his hand for burning incense, was enraged; and while he was enraged with the priests, the leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, beside the altar of incense. (2Ch 26:16-19 NASB emphasis added)

    Having leprosy break out on his forehead caused him to become accountable to the following: “ And when there is in the bald back of the head, or in the bald forehead, a very red white plague, it is a leprosy breaking out in the bald back of the head, or in the bald forehead; and the priest hath seen him, and lo, the rising of the very red white plague in the bald back of the head, or in the bald forehead, is as the appearance of leprosy, in the skin of the flesh, he is a leprous man, he is unclean; the priest doth pronounce him utterly unclean; his plague is in his head. `As to the leper in whom is the plague, his garments are rent, and his head is uncovered, and he covereth over the upper lip, and `Unclean! unclean!’ he calleth; all the days that the plague is in him he is unclean; he is unclean, alone he doth dwell, at the outside of the camp is his dwelling. (Lev 13:42-46 YLT)

    It seems plausible that Isaiah may have been remembering some of these details when He saw the Lord __ High and lifted up __ and the glory that was revealed in that exalted realm of the throne. The live coal that was taken from the altar, which was likely the Incense Altar, was able to take Isaiah’s iniquity away and purge his sin.

    Without elaborating, it is my conviction that what you have written __ showing the distinction between words that wound (cursing) and words that heal (blessing), are the same things revealed to Isaiah. We remember that he prophesied both blessing and cursing in the five chapters, before coming to Chapter 6 when he said, “Woe is me.” (Consider the “Woe’s” _ especially in Chapter 5.)

    What Father gave you four months ago, “If you want to see me, you must be undone,” and those insights that followed, when you became conscious of the relationship between incense and prayer are __ again __ supported, at least in my understanding, by looking to the example given in the Scriptures.

    Incense was so precious and holy that it could only be offered by those who were consecrated as priests __ Aaron and his sons __ who are a type of Jesus Christ and those who are becoming priests after the same order, the order of Melchizedec. Those who burned incense without that same anointing and authorization _ Nadab, Abihu and Uzziah in particular, suffered the consequence in a dramatic way.

    The incense had to be, for the LORD, and was not to be replicated or used for personal satisfaction. “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each. “With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. “You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you. “The incense which you shall make, you shall not make in the same proportions for yourselves; it shall be holy to you for the LORD. “Whoever shall make any like it, to use as perfume, shall be cut off from his people.” (Exo 30:34-38 NASB)

    We can possibly gain a bit of insight when we consider Paul’s examples from the following quotes: “And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another. But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”
    (Rom 15:14-16 NASB)
    I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; (1Ti 2:1NASB) (Note: Is it possible that the Four ingredients for making Incense for the priests of Aaron’s order are related to these?)

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  8. Michael says:

    Thanks TL for the verification on what our Father has been saying to me. It sounds like you have studied out this relationship between prayer and incense quite thoroughly. I appreciate you.

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  9. HOSEA FWANGMUN says:

    As I read this, all I could here my spirit saying is…Lord teach us to pray, just as the disciples of Jesus Christ requested. And in the Lord teaching us to pray, I believed as Sussane said, He must work on our hearts because that is where the issue is…for BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD…agape dear brother Mike 🙂

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  10. God tears flowed when I read this, “Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalms 141:2-3)” as I recognized a piece of a dream I had after an encounter I with the Lord a while ago. I felt over a few days a tingling at my lips, movement, a strange sensation or vibration at my lips. Then a few days later I had a dream where a big white door opened in one of my front teeth. I was in an empty room with a hardwood floor and I opened my mouth and metal poured out, like braces used on teeth were removed, and all poured out in a big heap on the floor. Then chunks of gold started to form, soon gold was all over the floor. I was amazed and astonished in the dream as I watched clear glass chunks also begin to form. Then the gold formed into gold rings and then the glass turned into diamond rings and I began giving them away and wondered which gold ring and diamond ring I would put on.

    When I read this verse “the door of my lips” I recognized that there are different levels of temple in our body that I had once conceived only as our physical body being the outer court, the soul being the inner court and the innermost spirit man as the holy of holies, our meeting place with the Holy One. But as I read “lifting hands” and “door of my lips,” i saw the aspects of the temple of our purified heart along with clean hands that allow us to ascend the holy hill to stand with God (Ps 24): the outer court being our hands, which we lift up in praise, lift up into the glory; our mouth as the inner court, expressing praise and worship,(refined mouth as the door to the heart); and the spiritual heart as the holy of holies! Thank you so much for your messages! Glory be to God in the Highest! Holy, holy, holy, the whole earth is filled with his glory! And his train fills our body temple! It reminds me of Ruth Ward Heflin who said, “praise until the worship comes, worship until the glory comes!” All glory, honor and praise to our God!!!!!!!!

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    • Michael says:

      Dear Yvonne,

      I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your “About” post on your blog. You shared so many deep truths and it is interesting to me that you also have been shown many of the same scriptures that the Spirit has brought to my attention. You defined your calling as, “A Spiritual Ecclesiologist [who] is focused on the adornment of the temple of the body with the Light of God and the architecture of Divine Love.” This is exactly where God has had my heart focused over the last two years or more; light, transparency, love, and empathy for those who suffer and the building up of the saints of God into His holy house.

      As for your comment, I am still trying to digest what you wrote. I am glad that our Daddy used that Psalm I shared to speak to your heart and affirm what He had already given you.

      You said you felt a strange tingling in your lips and movement there as well. This has also been happening to my lips ever since I prayed Isaiah ch. 6:3-7, that I might see the Lord as the prophet did. Anyway, I heard Him say to me that before I may see Him, I must be “undone”. After He told me that, I went through about three intense weeks of weeping. He let me feel the heart pains of others He put me with spiritually and sometimes I had caused those pains myself! Oh the tears that flowed upon discovering that my own words had inflicted pain on those I love.

      Then as I prayed that my lips would be purified, I started feeling this shape that my lips were forming around and today there was this numbness that started happening to my lips as well. I pray that my lips and the meditations of my heart might be holy to the Lord.

      As for your dream about the metal and glass coming out of your mouth and turning into gold and diamond rings. It would seem that the Lord is using you to bring others into the knowledge of their high callings as part of the Bride of Christ (engagement rings). Yes, dear sister, the power of our words and our prayers are a blessing to our Daddy in heaven when He has done His purifying work in our hearts.

      God bless you and continue to hold you in His loving arms,
      Michael

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      • Thank you Michael! When Jesus circumcised my heart, pierced it with his Love, I also became extremely sensitive to the things of the Spirit. My heart breaks for what breaks God’s heart. I can drive down the street and my awareness brought to someone who is in despair or lonely or sad. I now know I am given the feelings of others so I can intercede; shown things about people, not to judge, but to lift them up to our Father in prayer. Holy Spirit shows me people with relationship issues or marriage problems often and when I go up to them and say, “I know you will think this is strange but God wants to heal your broken heart, and they always say, “How do you know?” Then they cry as they realize how much God loves them and cares so much that he sends someone to minister to them.

        When I see patients at the hospital they will say they were crying out and praying in the night that God would send an angel or help and are amazed when I show up and say I was led to come into their room that day. God is so Good! Such Love!

        Oh, and in the dream, the metal braces came out of my mouth, but the gold and glass chunks/diamonds formed on the wood floor in an empty room. I love when God speaks to us in visions, dreams, the Word, other people, lyrics, the still, small voice, actually, I just Love God so much for all he is and who he is!

        I love that Abba Father told you you must be undone! Since we are never done, there is always more height, depth, length, breadth in Love, God is so brilliant to guide us into being undone!!!!!!!! Yet I am very thankful that Christ brings us to completion in him! So Good!

        Thank you for your beautiful heart and sharing it so openly in your blog!

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      • Michael says:

        Dear Yvonne,
        Someone said recently that love runs toward the pains of others, not away. 14 years ago while watching the movie, “The Green Mile,” I was moved to tears as God started moving on my heart with His will. The movie was about a simple black man with no shoes and in bib overalls who was falsely accuse of murder who just wanted to take away the sufferings of those around him and somehow he had the power to heal by taking their sufferings into his own body and then releasing them to God. As I watched the movie I asked the Lord if He could trust me with His healing power like this man had, in simplicity without the stage show that modern day “healers” make of it. He answered me in a very personal way by casting that role of John Koffee, the black man in a particular actor. I was still weeping as I watch the credits at the end to see who this big black actor was. All of a sudden there it was on the screen: John Koffee . . . . Michael Clarke Duncan. I wept so hard upon seeing this it was a good half hour before I could drive home. He had my name! Later my wife who was with me looked up “Duncan” in a book about the Scottish clans and the slogan on their family crest is, “Learn to Suffer.” God was telling me that if I wanted to be used as His empath in the lives of people I would have to learn to suffer.

        There is nothing sterile about the way of the cross. Paul prayed that he might KNOW Jesus in the power of His resurrection, but also in the fellowship of His sufferings and to be totally conformed to His death. THAT is love! The love of God makes us run to the pain that others feel and even pray that their sufferings might be put on us to bear for them, for their suffering are also His sufferings. “Greater love has no man than this, that he would lay down his life for his friends.”

        Yes, God is never done with us and the riches of His glory and the depths of His heart just keeps growing as He leads us into the fulness of His Son. Thank you for stopping by our blog and sharing your heart, dear sister! I hope we see more of you in the days ahead.

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  11. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and revelation from God! When all the parts of the Body of Christ come together with what God reveals to our hearts, we all are built up, edified, encouraged, strengthened and expanded! Yay God!!!!
    Now I am mystified about names because my son’s name is Scott Michael Clark! He shares a large part of your name and he is also an awesome man of God! And Duncan is Scottish! No one could make this stuff up! God is amazing! Awe! Wonder!

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    • Michael says:

      Yvonne, Yes, it is amazing what God is doing in this final hour. We know that as the four winds (God’s breath of life) blows upon us, each bone will be assembled to his bone as God has foreordained. It will all fit and the body of Christ will be glorious and beautiful, not some Frankincense’s monster held together by man-made bolts and bailing wire. That is interesting about your son’s name. Yes, Duncan is a Scottish clan. BTW, I have a cousin in California somewhere by the name of Scott Clark who is a Christian, but his mom’s name is Betty. 🙂

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      • My Scott Michael Clark is in Phoenix, but what a small world 🙂 I love all the God connections in the Body!

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      • Michael says:

        Yvonne, that is funny, too. My cousin, Scott’s mom lived in Sun City, a Phoenix suburb, until she died. Yes, I love how God connects the members of Christ’s body as HE wills and prepares each member to precisely fit according to His grand design just as it was when He built Solomon’s temple.

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  12. Beautiful. You left me speechless.

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