October 05, 2016


© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers

I have always liked clouds. As a child I would recline on the grass and imagine that each puffy shape was a larger than life picture board! Boredom was not on the horizon for the view at times would change rapidly. The wind would function as a giant eraser and shape each cloud speckling the sky into new wonders.
As an adult I reminisced of my love of clouds. I wondered why they still drew my attention skyward.  As I gazed out across the great expanse of sky,I heard in my heart, "Because they yield." At that time, I had a quickening in my heart in recognition of a spiritual truth but no current situation to which it applied, until recently.

I was reminded of this heart tug as I spent some time praying about communicating. 
Communication can be a blessing or a hindrance. The tongue is a little member and accusations can be a giant. 
At times I find it is difficult to forgive the words of an errant, mislead tongue. 
Whether it is my own words or the words of one that has risen against me.
Thus my pondering of the subject. As I mulled the mental stew of it all..the LORD reminded me of the sweet word He had shared with me years ago. YIELD was the word and the visual of a sky filled with clouds, each cloud beautifully different in size and  color variations. 
Once again He reminded me that each cloud was in the process of constantly yielding to the wind.

We also should yield constantly to the wind of His Spirit in forgiveness of ourselves and others.
So ponder with me...
What if our service in the army of the Lord is to Yield.
Not to yield to the accuser of the brethren, but to yield to the captain of our salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ.

We never want to be likened to clouds without water.
Consider these scriptures and beware. All of 2 Peter 2:1-22 and Jude 1 in context.

2 Peter 2:17-19 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through muchwantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Day by day we are growing and learning to walk in our shoes of peace and the wearing of our robe of righteousness. Our time on earth is not a dress rehearsal..it is the first act that continues toward eternity with our Creator.

After His initial correction of me, it is my goal not to do a repeat. Nor to rehearse the scene over again in my mind or in my actions.
The ghoulish play upon play of SIN. 
No watching of pious reruns of "would have, could have, or should have."
Be done with it.
All relationships thrive with clear communication and boundaries.
So when my Father God says He has cast all my sins into the sea, then it is not the time to practice fishing!

There is healing provided as we confess our faults one to another.

This obviously is easier to "think" than to confess.
Do not tightrope walk on the hard edge of the blame game. 
Let us walk in love with one another.
Yield to the Holy Spirit.


James 3:5-6 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members asinstruments of righteousness unto God.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

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