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Flakes and Snowflakes

by

Diane Rodd






This short pamphlet demonstrates how what men consider "flakes" can be snowflakes to God!







Flakes and Snowflakes




Families Honoring Christ

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Written - December 2002

1st edition - July 2004

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Flakes and Snowflakes

Flakes to men are Snowflakes to God

Isaiah 55:6
6. Seek the \Lord\ while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.
7. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the \Lord\, And He will have compassion on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
8. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways," declares the \Lord\.
9. "For {as} the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10. "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth, And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11. So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding {in the matter} for which I sent it.
12. "For you will go out with joy, And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap {their} hands.
13. "Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up; And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up; And it will be a memorial to the \Lord\, For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off." #

According to God's word, snow is an important part of His watering process so that the seed of His word can grow. Paul explains it best:

I Corinthians 3:7
7. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.
8. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

It is very interesting that God views His human bond-servants as one entity. However, within that unity, our heavenly rewards will express our uniqueness and our individuality, one who plants or one who waters. This view from God's perspective must always be the view of a bond-servant: While on earth we are to be concerned with God's view - one body - rather than the unique individual expressions within the one body. While on earth we are called to express that uniqueness so that the world sees the Body of Christ functioning correctly as one. The uniqueness of the members of the Body of Christ will be rewarded in heaven, but while on earth the uniqueness is to flow into unity. When individual members of the Body get focused on self or focused on others, we have lost our first love which is Father and His kingdom. The purpose of this pamphlet is to keep our eyes on Jesus when others have placed their eyes on lesser things.

The following scripture shows a striking contrast as well as a link to the role of intercession as part of God's water table. Note the favorable description of snow and jewels for God's bond-servants:

Lamentations 4:6
6. For the iniquity of the daughter of my people Is greater than the sin of Sodom, Which was overthrown as in a moment, And no hands were turned toward her.
7. Her consecrated ones were purer than snow, They were whiter than milk; They were more ruddy {in} body than corals, Their polishing {was} like lapis lazuli.

The picture of snow is also used by Daniel to describe the Ancient of Day's clothes and hair, but the imagery also reveals a flaming throne whose wheels are also a burning fire with a river of fire flowing out from it.

Daniel 7:9
9. #"I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took {His} seat; His vesture {was} like white snow, And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne {was} ablaze with flames, Its wheels {were} a burning fire.
10. "A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened. #

Fire melts ice and snow and turns them into cool refreshing water. If the water is drunk immediately!

John uses the same imagery of snow and fire to impart what God wanted him and future generations to see.

Revelation 1:14
14. And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire;
15. and His feet {were} like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice {was} like the sound of many waters.
16. And in His right hand He held seven stars; and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.
17. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
18. and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
19. "Write therefore the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall take place after these things.
20. "As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Jesus Himself prefers hot or cold, fire or ice. It is the lukewarm that does not reveal the desire of Jesus.

Revelation 3:14
14. "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write:  The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
15. 'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot.
16. 'So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

It may be a mystery how His fire and His ice can co-exist without causing lukewarm water! However the fire creates hot water for bathing and cleansing as well as turning that which needs destroyed to ashes. The ice brings cold refreshing water for joy and excitement. Bathing and cleaning in God's hot water should bring true repentance, but after God's hot water of repentance, a nice cold dip in refreshing water is needed.

The Biblical references to snow always imply "purity."

Matthew 28:3
3. And his appearance was like lightning, and his garment as white as snow;
4. and the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

The concept of fire, snow and ice being together is hard for the human mind to grasp, because it is very hard for the natural mind to comprehend God. When flesh tries to explain Spirit, it can only be grasped by the spirit. Those who remain in the flesh have difficulty moving from uniqueness to unity. The flesh prevents flexibility to move between the various images used to depict the work of the Holy Spirit: water, rivers, rain, snow, oil, fire, wind.

David used snow to describe a multitude of women whose proclamations even from their own homes usher in the Lord's victory over enemy kings! I would propose that these are hidden intercessors whose description not only includes a reference to snow, but who are also described as a dove (Holy Spirit) covered with silver (redemption{blood}) and gold feathers (divinity)!

Psalms 68:11
11. The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the {good} tidings are a great host:
12. "Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!"
13. When you lie down among the sheepfolds, {You are like} the wings of a dove covered with silver, And its pinions with glistening gold.
14. When the Almighty scattered the kings there, It was snowing in Zalmon.

The implications for intercession and victory in the unseen realm are staggering. God loves His women and has wonderful works planned before the foundation of the world for women to walk in for Him and with Him. Thus the enemy hates women and does everything he can to keep them quiet when they should speak, and compels them to speak when they should be quiet. This confusion over women needs clarified over and over for the tradition of men are very strong in this error.

According to scripture both women and men do exploits when it is snowing. A mighty man of David did the following on a snowy day:

II Samual 23:20
20. Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, killed the two {sons of} Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.

I Chronicles 11:22
22. Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, mighty in deeds, struck down the two {sons of} Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion inside a pit on a snowy day.

A snowy day is a day of incredible spiritual warfare for both men and women. From God's point of view a lion even though caught in a pit is still a danger to others who may fall into the pit. Peter gives us his description of the kind of lion that needs conquered and the suffering that may be necessary to overcome the lion in the pit.

I Peter 5:5
5. You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for \God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble\.
6. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
7. casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.
8. Be of sober {spirit,} be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
9. But resist him, firm in {your} faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
10. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen {and} establish you.
11. To Him {be} dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Exalting oneself ahead of time is a pit with a lion in it. Therefore the lack of humility and submission towards God and others is evidenced by anxiety. Obviously immature believers haven't yet proven the faithfulness of God. Events, situations, and new experiences can cause insecurity. Peter uses the Greek word merimna (3308) which can also be translated as care. It is found in the following texts:

II Corinthians 11:28
28. Apart from {such} external things, there is the daily pressure upon me {of} concern for all the churches.

Apparently Paul and Peter both knew these pits of prayer where humility and trust had to replace pride and fear. We need to know that the presence of snow means God is in the pit with us! These battles are only won through His intervention. Even though the victory is assured, there is the "good fight of faith" that must be engaged before the enemy flees the situation.

I Timothy 6:11
11. But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance {and} gentleness.
12. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

This battle in the pit entails suffering (death of self) which many believers fear and avoid. However, from God's perspective this is "the good fight"; this is "good suffering." Paul gives the remedy for this anxious state:

Philippians 4:4
4. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
5. Let your forbearing {spirit} be known to all men. The Lord is near.
6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The peace that comes out of the pit of prayer is powerful, and peace is another word for victory.

Romans 16:20
20. And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Jesus uses the same Greek word as Peter and Paul to reveal the root source of anxiety and fear. Matthew, Mark and Luke all use this Greek word to reveal the satanic battle that must be engaged to manifest Christ's victory. Jesus teaches:

Matthew 13:22
22. "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

Matthew records two root strategies (lions) of the enemy:

  1. worry, part of the world system, chokes the word of God about Father's love and confidence in His love.
  2. money, the power of the world system, chokes the word of God about Father's creativity and His covenant to provide for His children. This is deceptive because the enemy is the false evil behind the reliance upon money.
Mark adds one more lion to the pit: The desire for other things.

Mark 4:18
18. "And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word,
19. and the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

The Holy Spirit pinpoints the "desire for other things" which is anything that is the opposite of God's good, acceptable, and perfect will for an individual (Rom 12 :1-2). The thing itself it not necessarily evil, the evil is the level of priority when the enemy moves the eye from our Loving Father and His kingdom to the kingdom of self. This thing is a "desire" in the mind and will and may never move into outright behavior. Even though it may only be "a thought, an unsanctified desire," it will still stop fruitfulness. Others may not be aware that a fellow believer is in this place unless the Holy Spirit reveals by a word of knowledge. Most mature believers avoid suspicion and judgment like the plagues they are which often allows the hidden work of the enemy to go undetected. If confronted too early, the one with discerning of spirits will be the object of suspicion. Therefore many intercessors are fearful of stepping out and engaging the enemy until others are aware of the attack.

Luke progresses to the behavior stage when "desire for other things" that dominated the mind has moved the believer into observable, questionable opposition to the kingdom of God:

Luke 8:14
14. "And the {seed} which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of {this} life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

  1. They go on their way.
  2. They engage in the pleasures of life (the self-life).
At this stage of unfruitfulness the backslidden state becomes obvious to others. Selfishness and an individual's own pleasure and desires usurp the authority of the word of God and the believer's growth stops (2Tim 3 :9).

In all three of these teachings of Jesus the believer's maturity is the issue.

  1. Matthew - unfruitful
  2. Mark - unfruitful
  3. Luke - no fruit to maturity
Jesus desires mature fruit which is answered prayer. The Holy Spirit allowed John to reveal the explanation of the parable of the seed and the sower with the parable of the vine and vine dresser:

John 15:7
7. "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.
8. "By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and {so} prove to be My disciples.

God only answers prayer that is according to His will. The will of man prayed to God is always a snowy pit when the lion must be killed!!!

I John 5:14
14. And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15. And if we know that He hears us {in} whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
16. If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not {leading} to death, he shall ask and {God} will for him give life to those who commit sin not {leading} to death. There is a sin {leading} to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.

The root issue in a believers life is always: Knowing God's will, praying God's will, believing God's will, obeying God's will. This is what it means to have Jesus as Lord and Savior. HE SAVES US FROM SELF SO THAT WE CAN SERVE IN THE SPIRIT. Self and the Holy Spirit do not co-exist very well. This is the battle of double-mindedness that prevents answers to prayer (James 1 :2-8).

Prayer may put us into the lion's pit as it did with Daniel, but prayer is the only way out of any pit that is made. Whether the pit is one of our own design by our willful resistance to Father and His kingdom or if the pit is designed by the enemy to take us out of commission or if the pit is a necessary part of God's training, the pit is for the purpose of prayer. Jesus clearly teaches that earthly matters are subservient to heavenly ones for the purpose of prayer, and that earthly matters are a pit, a trap. The heart of a sanctified believer can be heavy or weighed down by "worries of the world." The heart of an unsanctified believer may be weighed down by "drunkenness and dissipation."

Luke 21:33
33. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
34. "Be on guard, that your hearts may not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day come on you suddenly like a trap;
35. for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.
36. "But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

The Greek word for "trap" is pagis (3803) which is also translated as "snare." These weights are "time wasters" as the believer's mind struggles to focus on Christ rather than the world.

Paul's use of this word to Timothy is revelatory. He uses it in reference to leadership within the church. Apparently "titles" can cause a person to fall into pits where the lions of conceit and condemnation await to devour.

I Timothy 3:6
6. {and} not a new convert, lest he become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.
7. And he must have a good reputation with those outside {the church,} so that he may not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

The pit of prestige seems to be a hidden snare designed by the devil, and a step into this pit may not be the person's own fault. Intercessors need to differentiate the various kinds of pits and snares that may be resisting the will of the Father.

It is obvious that the love of money replacing the love of the Father is not just an "American" pit or snare because Paul had to explain the dangers of this lion that desired ruin and destruction to Timothy and his generation.

I Timothy 6:6
6. But godliness {actually} is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment.
7. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
8. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
9. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
10. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.
11. But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance {and} gentleness.
12. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Jesus clearly teaches: "You can't serve God and mammon" (Matt 6 :24).

The love of money is a love of self that is the opposite of faith and trust in God. The piercing and the pain in this battle of longing for money is a pit that a person brings upon him or her self.

Those who do not understand this battle in the mind succumb to the enemy's deceptive lies. Those who have been in the pit and prevailed in prayer may be called upon to climb into another's pit to help them defeat the lion.

II Timothy 2:24
24. And the Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,
25. with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,
26. and they may come to their senses {and escape} from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

I believe when a proven prayer warrior climbs into another's pit, it is snowing. These proven intercessors know only the Ancient of Days and the One who holds the keys to Death and to Hades can pull the deceived one out of the pit as well as put satan in his correct place. It is the God of peace that crushes satan under the feet of His chosen vessels. Those who know how to submit to the Holy Spirit will see the devil flee as Jesus personally restores love, peace, and joy in the place of worry and anxiety and fear. However, much patience may be needed for some pits are deeper than others.

Jesus' instruction reveals what specific things are not to cause worry:

  1. Food, drink, clothing, and the future are not to replace our desire for the Father's kingdom (Matthew 6 :19-34; Luke 12 :22-40).
  2. Words we are to speak to defend our faith are not to be considered (Matthew 10 :16-23; Mark 13 :9-13; Luke 12 :11-12).
  3. Focus on our service to the Lord may not replace our devotion to Him (Luke 10 :38-42).
Paul adds that marriage can be a pit or a snare that places "concern" on a spouse and moves the "focus" to things of the world rather than seeking the Father's kingdom.

I Corinthians 7:35
35. And this I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is seemly, and {to secure} undistracted devotion to the Lord.

The key to victory whether married or single is to maintain "undistracted devotion to the Lord."

This may seem "impossible" in our American culture, but those of who live in OHIO have a protective covering. The words of Jesus remain firmly in place to always remind: "With God all things are possible" (Matt 19 :26).

God gave me a gift on Christmas Day 2002. I awoke to see the glistening purity of snow covering everything surrounding my home. This was a special sign to me that the intercessions of Jesus in Heaven and the intercessions of the Holy Spirit on earth will be answered. Entering the pit of prayer on a snowy day brings His victory in His time.

1/29/2003 It is still snowing! We now have over 9 inches on the ground. Everyone keeps talking about the cold temperatures and the snow. The Lord has given me a new appreciation for the snow as a parable to understand the Body of Christ.

Each snowflake is exquisitely unique and individually designed. As the snowflakes fall down, the wind moves them in many different directions. This is just like the Holy Spirit moves someone who is born of the Spirit. However, when the snowflakes fall to the ground, they are indistinguishable and form one solid blanket that covers. This is the Body of Christ functioning in the unity of the Holy Spirit and this unity and love is what the world sees.

The Blood of Jesus washes us whiters than snow because an individual snowflake is formed from one tiny speck of dust. However, the Blood of Jesus doesn't leave one speck of sin. All is totally erased.

Copyright by Earl & Diane Rodd