Understanding Comes Through & By Understanding, Part 1, By Karen Rowe


Jesus Gives Us Our Sight, By Karen Rowe

This is a Series the Lord has given me to help each other, like God has just recently helped me!  God opened my eyes to His Word!  He said, do not turn that page!  Now, what was I going to get from an old Book called Jeremiah?  THIS!!!!   It is Written; and now the Lord has given me this 5 Part Teaching Series that began with a simple search about enmity (and nothing is simple until understanding comes) :

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Understanding Comes Through & By Understanding, Part 1, By Karen Rowe

I felt rejected & wondered why. I didn’t tell God I wanted to cry. By Faith, I did a few good things that served in what I felt in my heart I should do (IN SPITE OF HOW I FELT).
During that time, I hear the voice of the Lord say to me, it is because of enmity!
I know this word! But Lord, I need to understand.
I began to read / research the Bible’s definition of enmity.
I said, Lord, BUT what is the SOLUTION? I know it is Christ! Help me understand our HOPE in Jesus MORE and MORE, to learn to get along best in every relationship!
Then, I opened my Bible – It opened to the Book of Jeremiah .
The Lord said, don’t turn the page – LOOK at what I say!

16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.

Friends, I don’t know who you are, but the Lord put it on my heart to write this down yesterday.  So by faith, I will do the last thing I believe the Lord instructed me to do; share this on FGGAM; and in due time?

 Can you relate?

Not being understood  . . .


Is hurtful.



Let me explain



We can’t understand what we can’t see.


It has been a long time since I got up when I didn’t feel good to write a message that I didn’t want to miss.


This is one of those times that I woke up with the Lord’s understanding.



Painting a Picture as the Lord gives it to me …



When I was younger and I could see well …


My mom would say things like; “Oh Good, I don’t have to wear my glasses, I can just rely on your eyes to  see.”


Not being able to see like she saw …


Hindered my view of seeing to understand her point of view.


Now that I can’t see as well as when I was younger, I see better to understand her point of view.






Don’t we all like the freedom of seeing without wearing glasses?  If our sight didn’t require glasses?

In the same way, don’t we all like the freedom to be heard and understood; without the conflict from being misunderstood?  LIKE IF our understanding didn’t require Jesus?

Our Understanding Requires Jesus.

…. And we grow in levels of understanding.  Different perspectives.  Even opinions, BUT GOD is bringing us all along!


And, I catch myself leaning on our son’s young eyes to see when he is around.


But because I have felt his side of the “color spectrum” sight …  I try to refrain from what I can identify with … ; You know those things you have experienced and can understand how in their position they might feel?


What are we seeing in our view of those things that are being slammed all over the world?  How does God see what is going on?  SEE?  God sees every side; and Jesus understands, but many times we just see as far as we can comprehend.

Oh be careful little eyes what you see; Oh be careful little ears what you hear; Oh be careful little mouth what you say ….

See; when we get our feelings shocked into the feeling mode; reaction happens, BUT God is teaching me continually, Jesus understands!  Go to the Father and Act with God.  God will comfort you and bring you Peace like no other.  God will guide you to pray for those … whereas when your feelings were in control of you; you might prefer to voice what you feel  & how you think … to be understood  … to be heard??? … / more than you desire to pray.

Only God can filter through the mess to offer up a Blessing & with Peace & Understanding!

I see there are so many diversions that if you are not seeing with your Jesus lenses; anger could divert you from what God is calling you to do.   Remember who Jesus is; and remind yourself Jesus understands how you feel.  God does have a solution:  Seek what 1st?


Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

God wants the best for all, but …

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.



What kind of things will Jesus give us our responses to, by the power of the Word of God, through and by love; and not forsaking that Jesus knows the place we all have been.  Jesus corrects our vision and gives us a method to see what is really going on in this world.

Division & Tactics to move our emotions, because we simply don’t understand … BUT GOD’s understanding far exceeds our limited tunnel vision…and many times, there is more to what meets the eye & how that makes us feel.


Turn to prayer like I turned to God when I felt like a rejected mom, was I really?  NO, I was the one God was teaching – what was really going on between me and my son.  God showed me that in his view, he perceived that I was hindering his stage of maturity, by being a mom …   God helped me see God’s perspective!!!  See?  God sees BOTH sides; and God is willing to help us learn what it is; and how to process with a new found understanding that God has understood BOTH you & the other person.

Now, God is so powerful, that He can use this small example to help others – both in bigger and wider ways across the world.  Hence the Title of Today’s message:

Understanding Comes Through & By Understanding, Part 1, By Karen Rowe


What kind of things can Jesus give us our spiritual glasses to perceive to understand?  Everything we search for; and remember what we seek 1st?


Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”


And, the Miracle is LOVE.

Love works all things out!  God is love!  (SEE ALSO 1 JOHN 4:16).  This love (God is Love / Abiding Love) works all things out!  But because we are dealing with people, … Hence:  Yes, Part 2 is Titled By Faith:  Relationships are Hard.







? … there is a enmity between relationships … Can you feel what that I can feel . . . ???


Can you see where this is going?


Isn’t it entirely possible that this IS the way God helps us see with spiritual eyes?






We see and understand from what we have experienced.

How is our Position to jesus?

Painting a picture of our position in Christ … and only Jesus draws us near; and nearer and nearer still.


The science behind the light … [ JESUS ] … and, the object … { The Salvation of the Lord working in our life … } is like going from seeing in “black & white;” to seeing in color.

The Light [Jesus] makes the color [our heart] visible, but the conditions of the room (our heart) /

… Dark representing Void and in need of Jesus;
… Dim or daylight representing our stages of understanding the Way of Christ, and the condition of our own heart / (like a ripe or green banana).

First we must believe Jesus is the Resurrection.

How can you ask if you don’t believe?


Painting a Picture

In the carnal flesh nature, I prefer a slightly green banana; where as my grandmother preferred overly ripe bananas.  To me, when I was a kid, I did too, because my grandma did.  Today, I consider that rotten, because I have grown up to make up my own mind about what I prefer personally.


SEE?  It is not about the banana; but it is about our flesh.  And, it all paints a picture that LIFE is all about JESUS growing us together in ONE NAME, Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  Jesus is the only PEACE / and God is the ONLY LOVE … And, like that banana peeling will be pealed back to get to the fruit – unconditionally; God loves us!  It’s the fruit God is after; not the peeling!

What is the Fruit of the Spirit?

What is the fruit of the flesh?


Sure, you would be right to say that there are different loves out there in the world.  Once I was a teenager like our son; and I had a teenager understanding / level of maturity / love.  I will say, that our son is far more mature than I ever was at his age.  And, thank you Jesus!   Yet, As a rule, teenagers have that “Self-centered” kind of love, most grow out of when we have children? Maybe???    But now that I am grown, I am learning more and more to die to that carnal flesh nature to grow in my new and more powerful spiritual nature:  That is in Christ Jesus.  And, friends, there is an eternal life we are shooting for!     BUT GOD should make a difference in our believing life!

Am I perfect?  Nope!  But God is always willing to help us in the learn how to grow in Christ.


We feel.  We see.  We hear.  But, God is LOVE should make a marked difference in our relationships with all people; and regardless of our age, gender, nationality, or race; and especially related to and with those who don’t understand us & THAT regardless of our age, we should ask our self:   how are we growing in the LORD THAT we can know how to respond to each other; … and to the world in Christ?


Jesus makes us mature in Christ, when we quit trying to stay rotten in our mind, by our carnal human strength, and experience Christ make us new like a green banana.  Christ gives us a new taste & view & life & way & method.



So, can you see where this is going?   Our life and our family directly effect the color in which we see in every situation.  Carnal / or spiritual …   Many factors go into the color we see!  Even language to describe the color effects the color we might see when someone describes the color.  So you see, the conditions of the room, the location of placement – For example?

Are you sure you are reflecting Jesus?


Painting a picture:

Have you ever used the exact same paint color to paint 3 different rooms at the same time; only to discover the lighting made total different colors appear?  We did that once with an awful yellow phase I went through, but for the learn!  That exact color looked pretty good in the Kitchen; okay in the dining room, but Awful down the hallway!!!  A soft happy yellow – turned LEMON down the hallway!


So, you see the picture the Lord has given me to share with you today?   The color of love that we see, receive & reflect is based on how much light (JESUS) we can absorb …


And the conditions of our heart play a role in what we can absorb = life experiences so far.


Which end of the spectrum do we have the view?  In other words how tall is your wheat so far?  If you are breathing in this body and on this earth, then you have not received all that God will reveal to you yet.





  • Pause right here.  Pray.   And, if the Spirit nudges you, please go read about the Tares and the Wheat.  Getting what God has for us is so vital to receive.


What Reflections did you draw from Matthew Chapter 13:24-30; & 36-43 ?


 Hence: The Title of the Conclusion also: 

What Has God Not Given Us the Authority to Do?  Part 5, By Karen Rowe



I hope you have / or will read:  The Intro; and, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5:




Up Next?   Welcome to Part 2:  Relationships Are Hard:, By Karen Rowe


And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
1 Thessalonians 4:11 KJV


“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Timothy 2:1-5


It is a different Love!  Jesus!  Follow Jesus!

Love in Christ,

and the Hope in Today Ministries, Team!  We need each other to get to where God calls us to go!







Jesus peers before us, so He already knows … Faith in Christ is where all blessings from God are discovered! Follow Jesus and Trust in God. There is no fear in Love, but perfect love drives out fear. That’s why there is a calm that comes over you when you hear the Word of God preached. And that is why fear creeps in AT you when you hear the media preach. JESUS calms the storms and there is no mountain Satan can build high enough that faith IN CHRIST can’t tear down. Jesus is the name above all names.

Faith pleases God. And it is impossible please God without faith.

BUT LET a man EXAMINE himself, AND SO LET him eat OF THAT bread, and drink OF THAT cup.
1 Corinthians 11:28 KJV

FOR THIS CAUSE many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
1 Corinthians 11:30 KJV

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
James 1:12 KJV


And, Always Remember 2 Things!

1.  When you receive this, you will never be the same!

2.  God for us.  God with us.  God in us. 

NOW … Believing on Jesus, 


After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)

Holy Spirit You are Welcome Here!

And to God be the Glory!

Love in Christ,




Holy Spirit encourage the readers today.  Lift our minds higher to God’s Thoughts.  Bless those who will receive.  And, keep molding our hearts to be always ready to bloom for the glory of God to be a blessing to us all.

and pray …in the Spirit of the Most Holy God.  God knows what He is doing.

Love in Christ,
Karen Rowe

If you have questions, we are here to help …

Our Mission is to be ambassadors FOR the Lord, in the POWER of HIS LOVE; … and that’s not ego (ambassador is defined as:  a person who acts as a representative (of JESUS) or promoter of a specified activity (LIFE & Blessings WITH GOD through and by Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God … FREEDOM in Christ…); to teach in the power of HIS knowledge; to minister in the power of His Spirit; and To God be the Glory!


If you have questions, we are here to help …

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…till next time! 

Love in Christ,

Karen Rowe

Personal Motto:  “I don’t have it all figured out, BUT GOD DOES … Follow JESUS!”
Personal Revelation Life Verse:  And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him (1 John 4:16 HCSB)


Thank you Jesus!
Holy Spirit you are welcome here!


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