“Go to the Ant…Consider her ways…(Proverbs 6:6)”
We have recently been under attack – by ants. Armies of them, seemingly without number and without end have found their way into my kitchen. In Texas in summer, there is a lot of heat so outside it gets very dry and the ants are thirsty. Sometimes they come inside for water and if they find some food, they call all their little buddies to come and join the party. Usually when you see one, you see many more.
Once a food source is found, they somehow contact their fellow ants. Silently they organize and follow a little scent trail to move back and forth, an assembly line of epic proportions, carrying food and water back to the colony.
That is what happened in my kitchen. The ants found a food source and soon my kitchen counter was overrun with ants. There were so many of them! Even though I hit them with window cleaner over and over (I had no insect spray and it was the most organic thing I could find under my sink!) they still kept coming. They would not be denied.
My husband called the exterminator, who came two days later to spray and set out traps. We have had a couple of minor bouts with them in the days following, but nothing like this first invasion!
This speaks to me! I agree with Jennifer Eivaz that as prophets we live prophetic lives, and that God makes everything happen in my life for a reason — to speak to me so I can speak to others!
The Bible says, “Go to the ant…consider her ways… (Prov. 6:6)”. Have you ever stopped to do it? I hadn’t, although I have heard this saying hundreds of times. This pushed me to do it, and knowing God was speaking, I began to meditate on ants and their habits. The first thing I thought of was how industrious ants truly are! They store up provision and never rest. Next, I realized they are also totally annoying!
I looked up the symbol of the ant in my dream interpretation resources and it had both a positive connotation and a negative connotation. I found both to be true! Because of this, I believe God was speaking to me through these little six-legged wonders.
First, on the negative side — who really LIKES ants??? An entymologist, perhaps, but for most of us, they just don’t float our boats. Although as children we may have had ant farms, we don’t house them intentionally as pets. For most of us they are simply an annoyance and a pest. As for me and my house, they don’t belong in my kitchen!
Even though I had sprayed the ants with window cleaner, as I was mopping them up with paper towels some were still alive and crawled up my arms and hands – yuk! Their touch on my flesh made my skin feel creepy, and still does when I stop and think about it. In fact, I apologize to you if your brain is telling you that you feel something crawling on you now, too!
On the positive side, they have many admirable traits. They carry up to 50-times their own body weight; they are selfless and have only the community good in mind; they never stop working, they care for their young as top priority in the mound and put them before themselves. They are models of hard, focused, diligent work. They know their assignment on behalf of the colony and do ONLY that job – a worker ant doesn’t try to be the queen! They live out of sight underground until they come out for the community good, to forage for food, water or to protect the mound.
Listen, church – I believe God is speaking to us. We need to practice what the Word says, and GO to the ant!
The Hebrew word for GO here is halak. This word has a number of different uses throughout the Old Testament, among them “go”, “walk” and “come”. However, in studying this tiny little word with the giant meaning, I found it also means “act”, “become” and “becoming increasingly”, as well as “grew steadily”, “grew continually”, “lead”, “march” and a plethora of other meanings. All contained in this little two-letter word, GO!
This shone a whole new light on this passage of scripture! This means the author of Proverbs 6:6 may have meant for us to, “act like the ant…” or perhaps to “become as the ant (is)…” The author may even have meant for us to “become increasingly like the ant…” or “grow continually (to become) as the ant…”, to “lead as the ant (leads)…”, “march as the ant (marches unceasingly)…” or any one of these dozens of different uses for this word.
Hmmm. Food for thought, no?
Well, here is where I believe this tiny little proverb fits into a great big prophecy. Remember the “whodunnit” movie based on the game CLUE? It had multiple endings, so we would go to see the movie with ending A, then go back to see it with ending B. Incredibly, when God first started to talk to me about the ants, He spoke to me on two different levels, two different paths, two totally different thought processes about what the ants truly meant….two different endings or interpretations of the same saga!
Here is what God showed me for ending “A”:
The ants are negative thoughts, based on political, economic and cultural circumstances and what the media is feeding us. These negative thoughts and feelings have marched on us, an army, a home invasion of sorts into our respective houses, and they will not be denied! Uninvited, they storm our fortresses by the scores because they have found a “food source” in our hearts and in our minds — our fertile imaginations and attitudes! With no barrier to keep them out these negative thoughts and emotions travel at will, unhindered and set up shop. What’s worse is they call their other friends, even more negative than them, to come and join the feast!
We have no natural protection against these thoughts! I heard recently that the human mind defaults to the negative. We have to consciously WORK to stay positive! That is why the scripture reads in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” This means do not repeat negative things!
Watch what comes into your eye gates and ear gates and what comes out your mouth gate! Because what comes in MUST go out. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard thy heart; for out of it flows the issues of life.” Why? Because, “Out of the fullness of heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).” What you speak, you hear; and what you hear, you believe! This just perpetuates what the enemy is trying to do in our lives – make us say and stay negative!
BUT GOD! He is the TERMINATOR, and He even says, “I’ll be back!” Just as my husband had to call the bug guy to take care of our invading army of ants, so we are to call in our ultimate BUT GOD exterminator, Jesus – “The Terminator” – to take care of the invasion of these negative thoughts! He will come in and spray them down with Holy Ghost, wipe them up with His mighty right hand and set out the traps to kill off the remainder of the colony of negativity.
As a final note, precautionary measures were required to keep the ants from coming back. We had to make sure everything stayed clean and we didn’t leave any food sources out to attract them back. In the same way, we MUST use our spiritual weapons, “…for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds…” (2 Cor. 10:4 KJV). We must use our FAITH, our JOY and our PEACE as offensive weapons and put into practice what the Bible says to do! We must actually use the wisdom that He has given us in His word – speak positive, think positive, be positive. No stinking thinking! That just attracts them.
Realize that you are not perfect, and we do not live in a perfect world! I have had a couple more bouts with these ants in my kitchen, the heart of my home, albeit in smaller numbers. I also continue to have bouts of negative thoughts in my heart, although they are less frequent and less intense than they have been in the past. Just understand this might happen to you, too! Don’t be too hard on you. Cut yourself some slack and give yourself grace. None of us have arrived yet!
Just let God be God, and in this way not only will we be able to wipe out any negative thoughts and thought patterns that we have developed, but we can keep them from coming back and bothering us again!
Here is Ending “B”:
The second scenario of this invasion of ants is a lot more exciting. God spoke and told me that in this scenario, the ants are the next generation of worshipers that are heading in droves to the church, into the arms and the heart of God. They are seeking and searching, and they will find! God says whoever seeks shall find and whoever asks will receive. Whoever knocks, the door will be opened to him!
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7 NLT).”
This next generation will catch wind of the food, the fresh manna, the new wine, and they will come, and they will come, and they will come without end…and they will not be denied!
They are hungry, past famished to the point of starvation. They want something but don’t know what, and they have sent out their “scouts” into the different arenas…new age, the occult, satanism. They have searched long and hard, and at long last, they have found — Jesus!
Now they will come, a mighty invasion unlike anything else we have ever seen before! There will be countless numbers of them, armies without end. There will be so many of them they will be crawling all over us, all over the hands and the arms of Him that loves them. And some of them will make our flesh feel “creepy”… however, that is when our BUT GOD exterminator will show up! He will exterminate all our religious spirits and wipe us clean until there is nothing left but unity, compassion and love.
I believe just like the positive characteristics of the ant so will be this group that comprises the end-times church, unseen since the second chapter of Acts. They will carry more than their own weight, be selfless and community minded; tireless, care for their young as a top priority; they will be diligent workers; they will be focused and do their job with no hidden agendas. They will be humble and live only to promote their Lord and Savior, King Jesus! This group will be the ones to see His face in the earth as he returns to catch His bride into the clouds.
So shall the church again be, in the Name of Jesus! Arise, end times church! Arise and March!
August 5th –Albuquerque, NM
Friday, Begins at 7:00 PM
“Water Walkers Unite – In The Glory!”
Glory Bound Ministry Center
11913 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Info: Mary Dorian
Office: (505) 292-8290
August 11th – Las Cruces, NM
Thursday, begins at 11:45AM to 5:00 PM – Cost for lunch
“O Ye Gates! Unlock Your Prophetic Destiny!”
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2550 S Roser DR
Las Cruces NM
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August 12th – Las Cruces, NM
Saturday, begins at 7:00 PM
Latter Rain Harvest Church – 7:00 PM
Pastor Mary Sellers
401 N Main St
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
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August 13th – Las Cruces, NM
Saturday, begins at 11:00 AM
FREE AUTHOR CLASS
4195 Franzia Road
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