PIG OR PEARL - What Say You?

After reading tohimbeglory's recent blog "Somewhere we made wrong turn and got the wrong idea...!", it reminded me of a message I heard by a visiting pastor at church. In getting thbg's blessing to comment on his blog, I will do my best to relate what I learned as a valuable lesson. This is for anyone who has anybody in their life that irritates you or you have a dysfunctional family - if you dare go boldly into the text! It begins with the definition of the Hebrew word "shem" which is translated throughout the Word as "name". Strong's # 8034 Shem; a primitive word perhaps rather from 7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare 8064]; an appellation, AS A MARK or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character: - base, [in-] fame[-ous], name[-d], renown, report. Simply put, name can be identified by nature. Think of it this way €“ when a kid calls another kid a scaredy cat, or bully they are basically calling them a name that identifies their nature. Years ago I would always say, show me how someone reacts under pressure and I'll show you their true nature. This guest pastor said, What offends you, reveals you. How you deal with conflict reveals you. It will reveal your beast nature. Ouch! I know! It hurts! Been there, done that! As if that wasn't bad enough, then we had to listen how it was linked biblically. The lesson taught not to focus so much on the antichrist and the mark of the beast. That is all mapped out and will be dealt with as written. We need to focus on getting our own beast nature under control or submission first. Anything not like Jesus is of the €˜beast nature'. The truth lies in that if we are uncertain of our true identity, this beast nature will manifest. How do you know if one is not confident in their true identity- the true identity of being as much like Christ as possible? Hear what their beast nature is saying and how it is acting. Our antichrist beast today is our flesh. [spacer] Kill the flesh €“ Kill the beast! Now, steps in killing it? You cannot kill what you cannot recognize in yourself. Our beast nature is our flesh nature - without the cross. We were created to have the same spiritual hearing, sight and discernment that Jesus possessed. Think of the many examples of Jesus using beast names in referring to the Pharisees. Vipers, wolves, foxes, etc. Through His spirit He discerned their beast nature. {With all thy getting, get understanding}. This speaks of learning to increase our spiritual eyes and ears by getting rid of this beast nature which lies in us. He cannot bless us to His or our full capability if we are all wrapped up in this wrongful nature. Jesus is our perfect example again, When He was dying on the cross, He did not submit Himself to reacting in a beast nature. Reacting as He did in the temple when carpetbaggers and merchants were selling their goods, was not an act of animal nature. It was His righteous nature because He was judging them through Kingdom standards. When we react in a beast nature, it basically means the mark of the beast is trying to destroy us NOW! There's no waiting period for the end times. Remember the enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy NOW! Here are some iconic adages this minister attached to his message: 1.) You can't kill what you can't recognize in yourself. 2.) Don't make excuses for your beast nature 3.) Don't be the beast responding to the beast. 4.) How you act reveals you. Betrayal is a BIG factor in creating a beast nature reaction. Many of us have or have had dysfunctional relationships somewhere, sometime in our lives. Be it a divorce, a bad relationship with a parent, an abusive parent, a failing relationship with another family member or person€ or many other opportunities the devil uses. If we had €˜animals as parents, it can cause the beast nature to come out in us. If we've €˜hung around someone with the beast nature, it can affect us. I like what Joyce Meyer says, If you hang around something long enough, you start becoming more like it. So, if you want to become a giver, hang around a giver. God's basic remedy is not to be unequally yoked. A few biblical examples of how destructive the beast nature can be: It caused Cain to kill his own brother, Abel. Jacob was adorned with goatskins to steal his brother's birthright. Eve was seduced by a beast nature to cause her to sin against God. Being the treasurer of the money for the disciples, the beast nature of greed in Judas caused him to sin against Jesus. And, what image did the Israelites make their gold into when Moses left them for 40 days and nights? In Hebrew this is actually referred to as €œThe Sin of the Calf€. The list could go on and on. But you get the point! The main point is the FRUIT OF YOUR SPIRIT should not the beast nature! If you are holding on to your hurt or anger over the way someone treated you -€“ anyone -€“ you have beast nature issues. You can sin by how you act or respond to someone. We need to get restored back to the nature of the Father. How do you know? If you don't respond like the Father[spacer][spacer]You respond like the beast. If you don't respond like the Son[spacer][spacer]You respond like the beast. If you don't respond like the Holy Spirit[spacer] [spacer] You respond like the beast. How you respond to life will let you know if you are a pig or a pearl. A pig was a non covenant beast. Hence, Matthew 7:6 Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. So what was Jesus really saying? Did the common man have pearls in those days? Why didn't He say, don't cast your oyster before swine!? I believe the truth lies in understanding how a pearl comes to be. For those few that might not know, here's a brief explanation. When a foreign object slips between the oyster's mantle (the inside) and the outer shell, its natural instinct is to cover it up to protect itself. It covers the irritant with the same material that creates its shell called nacre. Since most precious metals and jewels come out of the earth, can you see the significance Jesus was making when he used pearl. It is the only precious commodity made from another living entity! Now do you see it? It is a treasure inside something otherwise ugly! We need to let the irritants in our lives be covered by the nature of our Father. He intended us to be pearls. He is looking for pearls. Jesus was the pearl of great price. We are to become more like the great pearl, Jesus, and leave our pig nature to wallow in the mud. €nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. [spacer]Don't allow those with a beast nature in your life to trample you under its feet! [spacer]Smell the bacon! [imageleft]

@ptl2008
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Great blog. Cute pig picture. I have learnt much.. thank you 2G for putting it all together. We should shoo the pig out in His power and revel in the layers of God's love till we become pearls of great price like Him.

ptl2008

@aidzz
Zoraida Tanchoco @aidzz ·

I pray hard for the strength to kill the beast in me. I learned a lot from the blog. Thank you very much.

God bless

aida

@bethy
Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

HA,I know which i would rather be. But I wonder why i so often act more like a pig and less like a pearl..ggrrrr
love it.
beth.

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Anita Sorensen @2gvhmpraz ·

This is a longer blog than I've been trying to stay with...but sometimes you just can't cut short what God wants to say!
He will wash away the layers of mud that cakes on us from wallowing in life. He will layer us with his 'mother of pearl' until we can become His chosen jewel! Amen!! :pray:

@harkrider
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AHH! Is this why we are told renew, renew renew?

Good post, great lesson.
HR

@tohimbeglory
Francisco J Zubia @tohimbeglory ·

Thank you Anita for for this great blog. And it's good news to shed light on our real make up and not try to pass for anything else. God's light reveals who we are really like and when we see it and confess it we put the the beast on the run, because it hates the light, like the devil. Thanks for this wonderful study and hope many will benefit from it. I certain did and game me my new marching orders to deal with my temper...

May you be blessed. Amen.

thbg

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