Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Day of Visitation

All people at all times have had their day of visitation from the Holy Spirit.  God has spoken to me many times.  There have been times when I listened and promptly obeyed.  Sad to say, there have also been times when I listened, waited reluctantly, withdrew and forgot.  This later response is what brings about lukewarmness and apostasy.    

Luke 19:37-44
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

1 Peter 2:11-12
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Every person has had their day of visitation from the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Every person has felt that stirring of the Holy Spirit when He comes to bring some light of truth.  He comes to give needful and important instructions, to guide in the path of righteousness. 

How have you responded when the Holy Spirit has come to you with correction and counsel? 
Have you told the Lord, “Yes, Lord, I will do that.”  And you did not.
Have you told the Lord, “Yes, Lord, I will go.”  And you went not.
Have you told the Lord, “Yes, Lord, I will change.”  And you are the same.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to you many times to teach you how to stay saved.  Did you listen?  Did you forget?

The Apostle Peter told us that when sinners behold the way we live, talk, dress and act, our conduct will cause them to listen to the Holy Spirit in the day that He comes to visit them. 

Can the Holy Spirit use your life, your testimony, your example to help them listen to Him when He visits them?

2 Peter 3:1-7
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 

·        When the minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ delivers the message of truth and salvation which the Holy Ghost has prepared for you; 

·         when you are stirred by the Holy Spirit as you listen to the message;  

·         when you recognize that a portion of the message is just for you;  

·         what do you do?

Most people hesitate, analyze, evaluate, reason, think about it, put it off and eventually forget it. 
Most people do not have the motivation or self-discipline to consecrate themselves to do all that the Holy Spirit calls them to do. 

2 Corinthians 10:12
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

When the Holy Spirit gives us instructions, should we look around and see if someone is doing what the Holy Spirit has told us to do?   Can we excuse ourselves from obeying the Holy Spirit because we don’t see anyone else doing what He tells us to do? 

“Well now we know we have been cautioned to not get out of line and become some D.S. Warner or some spiritual hero.”  Has Satan used that thought to pressure us into becoming lukewarm?    

John 21:21-22
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Has the Holy Ghost ever told you to do something that you did not or do not see others doing? 

Isaiah 28:12-13
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

When God would have given the people rest, they would not hear Him.
When God visits you, will you listen to Him. 

Acts 3:17-21
17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

When the Holy Spirit speaks to me, it is so encouraging.  It makes me strong and I desire to do all that he asks me to do.  I want to be obedient and fully consecrated to do His perfect will.  I want to be full of the Holy Ghost and prepared to do the work He calls me to do.  I must walk in the Spirit when the Spirit speaks.  I must walk in the light of truth if I want to have fellowship with Jesus Christ who is the light of the world. 

Why has fellowship been broken so many times in the history of the church of God?  It is because when people were visited by the Holy Ghost, they did not take heed to what He said?  They thought about it, looked around at others, waited and eventually forgot about it. 

What did the Holy Spirit say to you the last time He visited? 
Do you remember what He said?
Are you doing to do it or forget it?

It is apparent to me that many ministers and people who claim to be church of God are not walking in the Spirit.  The evidence is seriously lacking which would proved that most people claiming to be saints are full of the Holy Ghost. 

The great commission is not being carried out in this day in which we live.  The reason the great commission is not being fulfilled is because the ministry are not filled with the Holy Ghost and taking heed to what He tells them to do.  They will say they are, but they are not..  They will say that they have done all that the Lord has commanded, but they have not.   

Matthew 10:7-8
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Mark 16:17-18
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 .They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Acts 8:4-8
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.

When people return to the message of full salvation, justification, sanctification and unity of all God’s people, we will see the power of God return to bless His people. 
 
Let the revival start with you.  Don't wait on someone to lead you, let Jesus be your Guide and let the Holy Spirit lead you.  In the day of your visitation, be quick to do all that the Holy Spirit calls you to do. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Crucifying the Flesh - In Sickness and In Health

Does God allow His children to be sick for a good purpose?

How can we benefit from being sick?

Should we be afraid of being sick?

How does fear of affliction and sickness affect our faith?

I have been sick for about seven days, exhausted, head ache, in pain, sore throat, can't sleep, can't rest, sinuses draining like a river, can't stop coughing. Phlegm so thick I can’t swallow without gasping for breath and choking.  When I wake up in the middle of the night choking because I can't breath, it makes me pray for my little angel friend Brooklyn who has Cystic Fibrosis.  My compassion for her has grown during my light affliction. 
 
The Lord told me He was using it for my good. Don't get discouraged or fearful when you are sick. Jesus knows your condition.

The devil says "You are going to die." He is a liar; and, if I die Satan will not be able to tempt me any more.  Satan does not want people to die while they have true salvation and eternal life in Jesus Christ. 

Sickness and affliction ought to teach us to have compassion on others when they are sick, because we remember how bad it felt when we were sick.

Enduring affliction helps us crucify the flesh. It is good to have victory over the cries of the flesh. 

After we have endured and trusted the Lord, our faith is stronger because we know we were faithful to Christ and He was faithful to heal us in His own right time.

Enduring affliction is a good testimony to others who watch us go through to victory and health without the use of doctors and men's medicine. They need to see that it can be done without dire and deadly results.

Psalms 103:1-3, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;"

James 5:14-15, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;"

Do you still believe in divine healing?  Do you really believe?

Do you practice divine healing?  If you do not practice trusting the Lord for divine healing, can you really, truthfully say you believe it?  Can people truthfully say that they believe Jesus if they do not keep His commandments?

How do you practice divine Healing?  You do what the scriptures tell you to do when you are sick. 

Call for the elders of the church.

Have faith in God.

Fast and pray. Wait on the Lord with confidence in His word and promise.

2 Corinthians 10:1-6
1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
Some people may accuse us of walking after the flesh and according to the flesh, but we do not.  Yes, we are in the flesh; but we do not mind the flesh.  We mind the Holy Spirit who has given us power and victory over the flesh. 

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
We do not war after the flesh, because we have crucified the flesh.  We are dead to the flesh. 
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
The spiritual man will bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.  He will not allow the desires of his flesh to rule over his knowledge of the commandments of God. 

Luke 9:51-56
51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
The natural man is on a different level than the spiritual man.

The disciples did not understand the difference between how they viewed this matter and how Jesus saw it.  They wanted to punish.  Jesus wanted to have mercy and save.

If you have the mind of Christ, you will be compelled to correct and refrain from condemnation.  You will endeavor to restore and not destroy.  You will build and not tear down.  Your discernment will bring you to righteousness and mercy, not revenge or retaliation.    
1 Corinthians 2:11-16
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Every person knows what is in his own heart.
If you have the Spirit of God, you will also know the things of God.
He will teach you all things. 
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The “natural man” is that person whose judgment and discernment is limited to his intellectual abilities.  The natural man is the human man operating without the assistance and benefit of the divine influence of God. 
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
That person who has received the Holy Spirit, thinks like Christ because he has received the mind of Christ.  He is not limited by the mere reasoning power of the human mind. 

Galatians 5:13-26
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
If your emotions, motives and objectives are subject to the righteousness of God through the controlling power of the Holy Spirit, you will not abuse the liberty we have in Christ.  You will not take an unjust advantage of your brother and sister in any matter. 
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
If you walk in the Spirit and after the Spirit, you will not let the desires of your flesh cause you to yield to selfishness.  You will put the well being of others ahead of your own desires for yourself. 
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
It is not because of some law that you choose to do right, it is because of love and grace which are the gifts of God through the Holy Spirit. 
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The works of the flesh are acts of sin.  If you do these things you shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

This is the beauty of salvation.

Are you walking after the Spirit or after the flesh?

What do you want to do?  What is your attitude and purpose?

If you do not desire righteousness, you will not find it or possess it. 

1 Corinthians 6:12-20
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Something may be lawful and not expedient, because there is a right time and place for all things.  A person may be correct in their judgment, but be wrong in their application or administration. 
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Sin always originates in the heart.  The actions of the body are always secondary and subsequent to the attitudes and decisions of the heart and mind. 

Can you say ”No” to your flesh every time it desires something contrary to the righteousness of God?  When Satan puts a thought in your mind, like he did when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, do you follow after that tempting thought with desire; or, do you resist it steadfastly in obedience to the controlling leadership of the Holy Spirit? 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

THE DOORS IN YOUR LIFE

There are many doors in the house of your life. 
There are doors of opportunity.
There are doors which are shut and you can’t open them.
There are doors which are opened and you can’t shut them.
There are doors which you may want to keep closed but God will open.
There are doors which you may want to open and God will keep closed.

Acts 14:21-28
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.
25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:
26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.
27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.

Paul was doing the work which God had called him to do.  This work was not of Paul’s design or invention.  God opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.  When God opens the door of faith, people will hear the Holy Spirit calling them to enter through that door.  Satan will also be there to frighten them away from the door. 

The Holy Spirit will tell you that there is joy, peace and happiness to be found by going through that door of faith.

Satan will tell you that there is hardship and great difficulties if you go through that door. 

The Holy Spirit will say this is the way walk ye in it.

Satan will say there is a better and easier way. 

Revelation 3:7-8
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

No man and no devil can shut the door of faith and prevent you from entering in.  The door may look shut.  But if you will obey the voice of God you will find that it is open.  You may need to pull on it, but it is open.  At a distance it may appear to be closed, but when you come close to it, you will find that it is open.  God opens and closes doors according to your attitudes and what you believe.  If you will humble yourself and obey the commandments of God, you will find many wonderful doors opened to you.

Revelation 3:19-22
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

There are doors of faith which God will open unto you; and then, there is the door of your heart, you must open when Jesus Christ calls to you.

Jesus will not force you to open the door of your heart.  He will invite you to open up and let Him come in.  Satan will say to you, “Don’t open that door, that Christian way is so hard and has so many rules you can’t obey them all.” 

John 10:1-5
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Jesus knows exactly what you need and He will talk to you with personal details.  He will give you understanding and the light of truth.  Satan will lie to you and try to scare you with the unknown.  The way of Jesus is a personal, comforting way.  Satan’s way is a strange way.  If we will remember what the Word of God says, we will know the way. 

John 14:3-4
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Jesus has opened the door of faith by teaching us the way.  He has instructed us in the way we ought to live.  He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us in the way to enter through that door of faith. 

John 10:7-9
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

The way of truth and righteousness is the door to eternal life.  The way of the gospel of holiness, love and mercy is the way to happiness and peace. 

There are also closet doors behind which people hide their sins.  There are doors which must be opened.  They will be opened.  People don’t want them to be opened.  There are things hidden behind doors.  God will reveal what is behind those doors to the secret chambers of your mind and life. 

Ezekiel 8
1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me.
2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.
3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.
5 Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.
6 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.
Satan has destroyed many souls with the “image of jealousy.”  Satan will come to your mind with some image of some person or some object to tempt you with jealousy.  The sin of envy and covetousness is found in this image of jealousy.  Satan has convinced you that you must purchase, you must possess this image and it will make you happy.  Satan wants you to love this image more than you love God.  You will begin to think that you can not be happy until you possess this thing that Satan has caused you to imagine in your mind. 
7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.
8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.
9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.
10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.
11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.
12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.
Behind some doors there is all manner of sinful perversions and wicked lusts and wicked deeds.  Every wicked abomination which you can think of is being done behind the doors in some people’s life. 

 March 10, 2013 News Headline:  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California lawmakers are considering taking some tax exemptions away from youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members — a move intended to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders.  Some cities have withdrawn free rent and other subsidies from the Boy Scouts over the years, but legislation introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara would make California the first state to target the Scouts for its anti-gay policy.

The Long Beach Democrat's bill, SB 323, is scheduled for its first committee hearing on Wednesday.

13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.
14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.
15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.
16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
God has opened the door to reveal the wickedness of people worshipping the sun, the moon, the earth, the stars and their own bodies.  People begin to worship the creature more than the Creator. 
17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.
18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

What is behind the doors in the house of your life?

What things do you imagine in your mind?  

What do you really worship, the idol you have set up in your heart?

Have you opened the door to evil or the door to righteousness?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

BROKEN VESSELS

I planted a couple of small blueberry bushes and was removing the weeds and grass from around them.  I had filled a five gallon bucket with water to give them a drink during a dry time.  After I had removed the weeds and grass, I turned to get the bucket of water and it was empty.  It looked like a good bucket.  I could not see any holes, and yet all the water I had put into the bucket was gone.  It was a cracked bucket.  The crack was not visible or noticeable; but, the bucket was no longer useful for holding the precious water my plants needed.  

Many people are like a broken vessel which allows its precious contents to leak out and spoil.  Some have held the truth and let it slowly leak out.  Some have enjoyed the benefits of salvation and lost them through neglect and forgetting.  Some have disobeyed and lost their blessings and grace.  Some have believed a lie and followed a man in his false doctrine.

Jeremiah 2:13     For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

A broken cistern represents a hypocritical replacement of the “Well of Living Water” with a faulty man made reservoir of water.

The will of God is that His people be full of the Holy Spirit.  We should not be half-full or almost full.  It is the children of God who are full of the Holy Spirit that can do the work of God.

Acts 6:3-8
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

We must be full of faith, full of grace, full of power.  We should be full and running over.  Out of the abundance of God’s grace we must minister to others.  We do not have an abundance to share with others if we are not full of the goodness of God.  

Proverbs 5:15     Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

True Christians must have the “fountain of living water” springing up within their own souls.  Jesus Christ is that fountain.  He is that well of living water.  If you have Christ in your soul, He will cause you to overflow with His grace, love, mercy, kindness, etc.  Many are the wells of men’s making and they will not satisfy the soul or bring you to eternal life with Christ. 

Ecclesiastes 12:6        Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

Some day your very life will slip away into eternity.  Your body will no longer possess your soul.  Then whose company will you be in?  Will you be with those who weep and nash their teeth on one another?  Or, will you be with those who voices sing the songs of rejoicing in heaven?

Hebrews 2:1, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”

You can let truth slip away.  You can let your hope of salvation slip away.
You can let the gift of salvation slip away and be lost forever.

NEGLECT

Hebrews 2:1-4
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

You can lose your salvation through neglect of your duties to the Lord Jesus Christ.  You have been saved to serve the Lord.  If you neglect your spiritual duties and responsibilities, your grace will slip away.  You will become a backslider, an apostate. 

2 Peter 2:20-21
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

FORGET

Deuteronomy 4:7-9
7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;

Deuteronomy 8:11
Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

Psalms 9:17
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Hebrews 13:15-16
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

DISOBEY

Isaiah 1:16-23
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

BELIEVE A LIE

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Are you full; or, has your faith and grace leaked out?  Are you a broken vessel?  Is your soul overflowing with the goodness of God?