“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
Today is a day of inspiration. I have struggled recently with direction, with inspiration, with dedication to these posts. I have felt as though I am missing it; that my task is slipping away; maybe even feeling like a failure in my serving the Lord.
The urgency I once felt seemed to be fading in me when I know full well that the situation calling for urgency has not changed at all if anything it is worsening. Is it apathy? God forbid. Has the reprieve election deceived me into thinking all is well?
We have all been in need of a break but our hopes have been dashed by the unrelenting hammer of those who have thrown the Constitution aside while claiming to stand upon it. The media and those behind them have refused to accept the results of the election.
Their globalist agenda is in jeopardy for now but not dead if you know your bible. This season of reprieve is a testing season, a sorting, and a chance for the wheat to be hidden in the wine press of God. (See Gideon Judges 6:11) These posts are about that hiding process. Today the wheat is to be threshed by nobody servants, the chaff falling away in the wind of turmoil while the servant struggles to hide the wheat from the approaching enemy. The wheat is stained by the red of the wine press.
Failure, apathy, lack of inspiration, worst of all, SAFETY, these are exactly what the enemy of our souls wants us to think about. No one is safe any more than we would deny that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23KJV).
The Spirit of God accomplishes through us. He could do it Himself but through us is why He was sent to HELP us. We are saved through Christ Jesus; that is why we must grasp what He showed us along with what He did for us and implement both to the perfecting (maturing) of our spirit.
So what is my task, my assignment; what am I failing at, if I am failing at all?
My task, His assigned goal, is to bring an enlightening message, a message of great significance, a message of expanded truth to the whole world. Not so that they will know me but so that the message, which is so profound and even shocking to our traditional thinking; that only those who are seeking, knocking, asking for the truth by the Holy Spirit will recognize it.
This truth required a guide. Many preachers are hitting upon this message and sharing it in their own way. God is on the move. That is encouraging to me even though they have not read my book! The Spirit is speaking more and more. Some well known preachers have spoken this message in its fullness and have died since. David Wilkerson and Adrian Rogers are two that you would recognize.
I heard the message Adrian Rogers preached on the radio. I was amazed that someone well known had finally said it. I can hear his booming voice now. “FRIENDS, IF YOU DON’T FORGIVE YOU ARE NOT FORGIVEN AND YOU WILL GO TO HELL IF YOU REMAIN IN THAT STATE OF HEART.”
Even in my saying this now, many of you are tempted to reject the message and will thereby reject the hope that rests within the message. IT IS NOT MY MESSAGE! I am however a beneficiary of the message having embraced it seriously. I had people and situations to forgive also. I can move forward in God and Christ, far less hindered, having guarded my heart by purifying my soul. I know the spirit of the fear of the Lord (Isa 11:1-3 NASB, KJV), rose up to help me. These are the seven pillars of God.
Proverbs 9:1 (NASB) “Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;…”
The seven spirits upon Jesus are in, Isaiah 11:1-3 (NASB)
“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3 And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; …”
The seven eyes upon the Stone of Zechariah 3:8-9 (NASB)
’Now listen, Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you—indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My servant the Branch. 9 ‘For behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.”
Revelation 5:6 (ASV)
”And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth.”
The Spirit of the fear of the Lord is linked hand in hand with the Spirits of knowledge, wisdom, counsel, strength, understanding and the Spirit of the Lord, which is love. We too must delight in this Spirit of the fear of the Lord. I believe the other spirits are governed if not empowered by this most important reverence. If Christ is in me so must these seven Spirits be. Apathy and resistance will hide them until they finally leave or are rendered useless.
I spent much time writing the book. It touches on so many facets of our Christianity each an aspect that will help or hinder us as we are made ready for the Lord’s return; our readiness triggering His return because He desires that none should perish and that all would come to repentance. Repentance involves forgiving in most of our lives. We will obediently prove our readiness for His return!
For many “low information believers” the book will simply be too much. Not that it is not true, it is deep, scriptural and needs to be contemplated. We are being challenged as Christ was challenged. Obedience becomes key. Many will run from obedience void of a vision of the future with Christ. Unfortunately they cannot hide. We all set our course for either heaven or hell.
If one does not sense the criticality of the times we are in, the depth I spoke of will be lost to apathy. Apathy is spoken of in John 3:36 (NASB) “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
(“…does not obey” apeitheo 544 Strong’s)
“I am understanding power is mine.” (Proverbs 8:14 NASB)
What we are witnessing today should stir the fear of the Lord in us. If it does not, if we are not compelled to shout the escape instructions from the house-tops, our souls are in danger along with the souls we were meant to encourage by the sureness of our conviction.
I heard Steven Furtick preach on “The prison of offense,” this past Sunday. John Bevere wrote the Bait of Satan, also about offense. Prominent preachers like Adrian Rogers, David Wilkerson, and John Hagee plus many more are or were focusing on the criticality of grace as a functioning representation of Jesus in the follower toward all others.
Grace received is only the beginning. Grace granting is the key to righteousness because we live beyond our initial reconciliation to God in a life fraught with offense. As we grant grace we continue to receive the grace we need just like Paul did. “My grace is sufficient for you.” THAT is good news. Romans 5:21 says, “… so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Yes Psalms 55:22 says, “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” A state of righteousness is only attained by grace reigning over our lives. The burden can be hurt, persecution, betrayal or likewise. If I do not forgive and truly cast grace upon my situation from my heart, I am not righteous even though I was made righteous initially. It proves I still have my eyes on this life not the next one. I can be shaken. In fact I already have been. Jesus looked ahead.
The “keys to the kingdom” are required to unlock the kingdom to us! These likenesses to Jesus are preparation for eternity. They are being tested here where challenges exist. They will keep some people out of heaven if not embraced like a life-jacket. Grace embraced will make you a compatible eternal citizen of heaven.
All of us should want to be at the LZ when Jesus shows up. If the angel of death arrives for us before Jesus does, we still want to be of the right mind, heart and spirit, by purifying ourselves before that day.
Think of it as getting cleaned up to go out on a date. We just do not know the date of that date so a constant state of purification readiness is prescribed. Since you with understanding will now be walking daily in that purifying process, “by grace you are saved through faith” and since the abundance of grace has been provided to facilitate our daily effort (Romans 5:17) staying cleaned up and righteous is not a problem. It is not a fearful pursuit although it is a reverent one.
Matthew 6:14-15 (NASB) “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you “but if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” We cannot make a doctrine if one verse conflicts with our doctrine. This verse projects into our future and so counts toward our future.
Jesus proves my point in our next post. “Pure as He is pure? Is that even possible?” Part 2
“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”
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