Recently I have had two pictures which now the Lord is bringing a fullness of understanding to.
In the first vision I saw me biting off the tip of the pointing finger that was black and poisonous and I just knew it was demonic.
And the second vision I had only a couple of days ago was of a garden that was unkempt, dry and derelict that suddenly we found an underground irrigations system to and we turned it on and it started to rain and everything came back to life again.
And then this scripture was given to me over the weekend that I only saw this morning that has brought confirmation to what I believe the Lord is saying.
When there is a poisonous part of the body unless we do something with it, it will infect the rest of the body, like gangrene sometimes we have to take serious measures in order for the rest of the body not to become ill. And although it seems extreme at the time, it is necessary to stop any further infection from spreading. And it was very much like this with the pointing finger.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday."
The pointing of finger and malicious talk is like gangrene to the body and it spreads and causes disease throughout the body and unless there is radical action that some may not like or perhaps even think is unnecessary, unless action is taken it will spread and destroy the whole body.
But then as it goes on in Isaiah 58:11 "The Lord will guide you always, he will satisfy your needs in a sun-torched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."
Both the visions I saw were brought together by Isaiah 58:10-11. Malicious talk is poisonous for the body, whether individually and/or corporately and it is something the Lord has been dealing with of late both personally and as a church. But if we do away with it, there is a promise that we will become that well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
So I encourage you in this season, take care that your words are ones that don't come from the voice of the accuser as so easily be the case when we are hurt or wounded, justly or unjustly. Our Father is the God of justice and he sees everything and he is the one in whom fights our battles for us. So as I am learning to go to him and to 'keep my love on' when misunderstood, misrepresented or judged incorrectly, and in which I can then so easily slip into the very thing that has been done to me, I am reminded to do away with the pointing of finger and malicious talk. It does not build up and encourage and see the people that God has put in my life as His beloved, His anointed, His and not mine. This is a process in the Lord we are all growing in but I believe it is one in which the Lord is addressing in the body of Christ at the moment. His body is called to be flourishing and like a well watered garden whose spring never fails and that bears fruit in and out of season.