I hear the Lord say, My child raise the bar and set the curve. You are a living epistle to those around you, not one to lord it over them, but to show them My loving kindness and mercy.
1 Peter 3:8-11 Finally, all of you be like-minded united in spirit, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted courteous and compassionate toward each other as members of one household, and humble in spirit; and never return evil for evil or insult for insult avoid scolding, berating, and any kind of abuse, but on the contrary, give a blessing pray for one another’s well-being, contentment, and protection; for you have been called for this very purpose, that you might inherit a blessing from God that brings well-being, happiness, and protection. For, “The one who wants to enjoy life and see good days good—whether apparent or not, Must keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from speaking guile treachery, deceit. “He must turn away from wickedness and do what is right. He must search for peace with God, with self, with others and pursue it eagerly actively—not merely desiring it.
Then I was given a picture of bumper pool, and the Lord is saying, there are those of you who have learned to get past the bumpers and get to the goal, while others are getting stuck in the bumpers (distractions, persecutions, and offenses) of life they meet.
Mark 4:18-20 And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries and cares of the world the distractions of this age with its worldly pleasures, and the deceitfulness and the false security or glamour of wealth or fame, and the passionate desires for all the other things creep in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those in the last group are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word of God, the good news regarding the way of salvation and accept it and bear fruit—thirty, sixty, and a hundred times as much as was sown.”
Then I was given a picture of one in a track and field meet, and the Lord says don’t let a hair in your face get in your way. Yes it’s an aggravation, gets in your eyes, a fly in the ointment. The Lord is training us amongst the distractions to remind us to focus on His still small voice. I hear the Lord say increase the bandwidth that you receive from Me, to hear when it’s noisy around you and within you. Let My peace umpire and rule your hearts.
Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies make the oil of the perfumer give off a foul odor; so a little foolishness in one who is esteemed outweighs wisdom and honor.
1 Kings 19:11-13 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Some of you have felt like you have had a ring of dark clouds swirling above your head with lightning flashing, like tentacles that strike. I hear the Lord say blow the clouds away, just as a cloud is subject to wind currents and jet streams, let the wind of My Spirit blow those dark clouds away. I have given you the helmet of salvation to protect your mind and thoughts. Bring your mind and thoughts into submission to My thoughts to you and for you, and what I spoken regarding you.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ