While my son and I were recently talking, a chunk of ear wax came out of his ear.  With big concerned eyes he asked me what just fell from his face. Holy Spirit used a normal every day occurrence to speak about a powerful spiritual principal. (And, for all you mamas that are feeling concerned that such a thing should not be a normal occurrence, I am considering upping the amount of baths we give the kiddoes each week. 😉 )

In an effort to ease my son’s concerns, I assured him that God has a purpose for everything and ear wax is a good thing and that it was doing its job to protect his ear opening. I remember thinking back when I was a teenager and believing that mucus was bad too.  It wasn’t until my high school choir teacher set me free from that fear with the truth that mucus is a gift from God that is used to wrap around the stuff that doesn’t belong in our body and cause it to be removed. Ear wax is the same, in that it is a gift from God to get out what doesn’t belong in our body. I wonder how often we judge things incorrectly; we see the situation, circumstance, or challenging personality as bad/the problem, but God is actually saying that is the very blessing He’s giving to us to remove what doesn’t belong in our lives…like offense, pride, unbelief, etc.
Wow…I just got convicted too…

A quick Duck duck go search with likely reliable information revealed…”Ear wax, also called cerumen, is a sticky, shiny substance produced by the wax glands located in the outer part of your ear canal (the canal that separates the fleshy outer ear from the inner ear). Ear wax is 20 to 50 percent fat, and it coats the ear canal to moisturize it, fight off infection, and help keep dust, dirt, and other debris from getting deep inside your ear. Once ear wax has served its purpose, it eventually migrates from your ear canal to the opening of your ear, where it normally dries up and falls out of your ear.) https://www.everydayhealth.com/ear-nose-throat/ear-wax.aspx

What was the spiritual principal Holy Spirit started speaking about in that moment? Faith.. How did we get to faith from ear wax?…Romans 10:17 states that ‘faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ Hearing is the Greek word  akoḗ – properly, hearing; used of inner (spiritual) hearing that goes with receiving faith from God  i.e. spiritual hearing (discerning God’s voice) and ‘word’ is not logos (written word of God) it is rhema (spoken word of God). 2 Corinthians 5:7 states ‘For we walk (conduct my life, live) by faith, not by sight’. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)  Faith is critical in the kingdom of God! Faith is so fun to study and leads to the increase of great encouragement! Here’s just one goodie, “He(Abraham) did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” Romans 4:20-21

The question I hear Holy Spirit ask is, what are you ‘hearing’? What are we allowing to speak to us, get inside, and have influence in our lives? Is it resulting in faith or fear? Faith or doubt? Faith or unbelief? It may not be easy to live from the unseen, but by God’s grace, it is possible! What is not of God can be filtered out of our lives. These are days we have the choice to flourish in or to whither up. We need to ensure we have our spiritual ear wax in full operation so that what doesn’t belong will be removed from us and not take root!

One element of our spiritual ear wax is discernment, and when we fix our eyes on Jesus, we will not be deceived. Filtering all we ‘hear’ through the filter of God will ensure we are able to remain steadfast and flourish in these challenging times! What does not belong will be wrapped up in His truth and removed from us, having no influence. Hallelujah!!  Thank you Holy Spirit for speaking even in the seemingly insignificant events of life. You make everything purposeful and we love you! :’)

Post by: Michelle Barta

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