set my face like flint

Jules —  February 1, 2006

I have been feeling like a little fish swimming upstream. All around me I see every kind of immorality. I don’t want to hear one more sad story with lives left hurting and bleeding. Because I am a mom I have become so much more sensitive and concerned about what I see. In four short years, Lydia will be 12 and many of these issues she will inevitably be facing. I desire to teach my children to always act in love toward others, for God is love, but at the same time I want them to see sin for what it is– something that is outside God’s will for them. Boy, I didn’t realize what a heavy responsibility parenting would be! I get a little defeated feeling when I think about the society and culture that I fear my grandchildren are going to inherit. My biblically based values seem old fashion even to myself. These things have been VERY heavy on my heart.

I read this word this morning and God used it to really speak to me. There is a Rita Springer song that I ADORE called, Like You Jesus from her Created to Worship album. (I want Moving With the Lamb played at my funeral.) I have been listening to her a lot lately on Rhapsody. She feels like a good friend encouraging me in my faith and helping to fill my heart full with worship. In the song there is a line that brings me to tears everytime. “Set my face like flint before you now; my life I recommit here as I bow. I love it when you gently kiss my brow and whisper it’s alright.”

Is there a scripture that talks about setting your face like flint? I saw that line again in this word and I am so encouraged. No matter what I see around me I am NOT going to take my eyes off of Jesus. He is the Rock that I stand on and he will give me strength to stand strong!!!! I pray He does so for my children and grandchildren, as well.

I AM setting doorkeepers into place. These are like Holy Ghost bouncers, throwing out the profane and keeping watch over the holy. I have given you the keys of authority and your vote makes a difference. Lock the profane out and guard the holy place in your life, your refuge, your resting place, your family, your church, your fellowship and your community. Yes, when you stand at the door, you are facing the stubborn rebellion of mind-sets, demons and cultural bias. They are powerful foes, but as you lean on Me, I will not only set your face like flint, I will also give you strength to stand. Together we shall drive out the unclean and rebuild the line of demarcation.

Isa 1:25-26 NLT
Afterward I will give you good judges and wise counselors like the ones you used to have. Then Jerusalem will again be called the Home of Justice and the Faithful City.”



25 responses to set my face like flint

  1. That is so good, Jules. We seem to talk about this so much lately, don’t we! I had heard that saying too and so I looked it up. There are two places it says this in the old testament. I am posting them here if that is okay. They are sooo good. A good word in this season.

    Isaiah 50:4-9 4 “The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. 5 The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away. 6 I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. 7 “For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed. 8 He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me. 9 Surely the Lord God will help Me; Who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed they will all grow old like a garment; The moth will eat them up.

    Ezekial 3
    The other place is in Ezekial where God is commanding him to go prophesy to the rebellious house of Israel and this is what he says:

    But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted. 8 Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. 9 Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.” 10 Moreover He said to me: “Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. 11 And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.”

    That was awesome!! We deal every day with a rebellious nation, neighbors, family members, co-workers, etc. We need to set our faces like flint and keep God’s word, obey. . .even if it seems old-fashioned and conservative “whether they hear, or whether they refuse to listen.”

    Very encouraging! Sorry this was soooo looooong!

  2. Oh Karen, I am sooooooo blessed and encouraged. I am going to really spend time reading these verses. I believe this is what God is speaking into my life at this time. My faith is encouraged.

    Your long posts are welcomed and encouraged, girlfriend! :love

  3. It really really encouraged me too! I need to sit on these and meditate awhile.

  4. I definitely understand your concerns and worries for your children and what they may face, Julie, but I have a different thought.
    When you read through the Bible, notice the types of rebellion that was going on then. Much like today; same song, 2nd verse. So it’s the rebellion and sin that is old-fashioned. Christ is the new song.
    “Sing to the Lord a NEW song, His praise in the assembly of the saints.” Ps 149:1
    “I will give them an undivided heart and put a NEW spirit in them.” Ezekial 11:19
    “Put on the NEW self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Eph. 4:24
    “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a NEW life.”
    “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Rev. 21:5
    “Then I saw a NEW heaven and a NEW earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.” Rev. 21:1

    Flip your thinking around–We’re not old-fashioned and conservative in our thinking. We’re so NEW we’re ahead of our time! We’re already getting ready for the NEW earth and New Heaven! Rejoice!

  5. By the way, Karen, thanks for posting those awesome verses. The one from Ezekial was not in my Concordance.
    I, too, need to set my face like flint. Sometimes its hard to stay the course of what God has called us to do. I’ve been feeling a little burned out lately and these words along with others God has given me this week are what I needed to hear.

  6. Great thoughts, Debbie!!!! THANKS! I love what you have to say here. Wrong thinking is something I really struggle with sometimes. I need to flip-flop! I love this blog. It’s so encouraging! Especially while I’m sitting here working on bills and finances! :disgust It’s ok though cuz God is in control of that too!

  7. There is nothing new under the sun. I have been thinking about that a lot lately. Our pastor mentioned it the other day, too.

    God is so big and sometimes the stuff around me looks huge but it’s because I’ve lost focus. God is much much bigger.

  8. Great thoughts, Debbie. I liked what you said about being ahead in time. The world is old-fashioned. That’s good! :indeed

  9. I changed the name of this post, just in case anyone is confused. I didn’t like the other title. Always editing. I know, it’s hard to tell. šŸ˜‰ The other name sounded too out there pentecostal. (not that that is necessarily a bad thing.) šŸ˜€

  10. WOW!!!
    You three are great. I will have to look these verses up tonight.
    Jules I sometimes see this world wrong as well.
    I now need to keep remembering what Deb said, that this earth is not new YET!!
    I cant wait to see the new earth!

    I worry about what Ian will see and what situations he might have to face but I have to sometimes put those worries in GOD’S hands.
    We were pretty sheltered when we grew up…….

  11. Times have changed some since we were little.

    I feel like when I do serious posts or comments that I’m exposing myself. I kinda feel like I’m naked doing the fig leaf. Thanks for being encouraging. :love

  12. Back around 1999 there was this long description going around about how degenerate society was, etc…the gist of it all was that it was an actual article written in 1899. The reality is that the world has always been filled with sin and those who want to live uprightly have always been seen as conservative, etc. As we get older and start seeing things through parental eyes we tend to have our eyes opened more to all the sin, danger, etc. in the world. The choice we have to make is just to live uprightly regardless of whether it seems popular or not and focus on God and the good things rather than allowing ourselves to get bogged down by all the garbage. Its always been there and always will be there but God can use us to impact the lives of those around us to see beyond that, to see a better way, and to live a better life. That’s one of the reasons it so important to meditate on His Word and on Him because like it or not the sin of the world is going to get thrust upon us everytime we walk out the door and its that quiet time of relationship that prepares us to overcome rather than be overcome.

  13. Hey thanks, Carl. Well said.

    I’ve known some people that are kinda a drag to be around, cuz they are always into the negative, the world’s going to hell, mode. I certainly don’t want to be like that.

  14. It’s so easy, as a parent, to get spooked.

    Everytime James sees a cleavage bearing teenage girl, he nearly has heart failure!

    Oh, the joys of parenting!

  15. There’s a new Walmart in my town, Arby’s is coming, our hospital is growing and offering complete cancer care, I have a new girl friend in Omaha, moving here, I can still see to paint a new painting, I’m getting healthier, Richard will be out of hospital and feeling better, I have a wonderful family, and we all love our dear Lord. What could be better under the sun.
    Ya can’t take on the worries of the world, that’s why we trust and love in our Lord. He made it, he will right it, some time or another.

  16. To keep myself from looking stupid. Yes I so understand what you all are saying. Carl is right. I too see the bad, but Believe in god, trust him, raise your children in your belief, and don’t worry about everything.

  17. I’m with James…going to the movies on a weekend night is like the Twilight Zone..teenage breasts are everyone and its frightening. Surely their parents don’t know how they’re dressed!?!?!

  18. You never look stupid.

    A new Wal-Mar in town, eh? Life is good!!! Wal-Mart is the mother ship—we must all check in at least once a week!

    Thank you everyone for your uplifting thoughts. I have a melancholy tempermant and sometimes need some encouragement!!!

  19. Amen. Carl!!! Good thoughts.

  20. I’ve been a mother for 34 years and I still love the hugs from my kids.
    Last year around March I lost my mother’s ring and have spent many hours looking for it. On Richards birthday,yesterday he was looing for something he lost and looking under the sofa he found my ring!!!! I cryed with joy. :cry By the way we haved looked under there many times. :rotfl

  21. Awwww, glad you found your ring. That must have just made your day!

  22. Thanks Karen,
    It really did make my day.

    When I was preg. with James I dug into our sofa and found a dime. I walked from our home on 19st in Oak Grove to Corns food store and bought an apple.

    Never know what one finds in sofa. :indeed

  23. I am so glad you found your ring!!! Yay!!!

    Thought maybe you guys would like to come over for dinner sometime soon as a late birthday celebration. I hope Richard is beginning to feel better. I’ll try to call you again tomorrow.

  24. Sorry Carl, if you see this. Your teenage breast comment was stuck in moderation. I keep forgetting to check. I don’t know why it keeps doing that. Anyone know?

    There was a teenage girl on the news who was throwing a fit cuz she kept getting in trouble for dress code violations. The dad and her were being interviewed and the dad was saying how unfairly his daughter was being treated. She was wearing her “school clothes”. Her jeans had big slits in them clear to her groin. Her top was super tight with half her big boobs sticking out the top. I couldn’t believe it. Is this dad blind?

  25. Thanks Julie :love

    Richard ran fever again last night. This flue BUG has hit him perty hard. You are a wonderful person to be in our lives. You bring us much JOY!!!! :indeed