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Exit Strategy End Times: “Mercy, pressed in passion, poured into you!”

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“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”

Mercy, pressed in passion, poured into you!

Yesterday I spent hours writing a post that I did not post. I could not.

After too long since posting, the Lord told me to sit down and write. It was full of my heart regarding my current situation. It was 1000 words! Yes, it was too long. Maybe He just wanted me to get it out of my system. It was not a reaction. Instead it was a hope.

What I hoped for must be His doing. It remains a draft from my heart until He permits me to post, “In God’s will, out of God’s will, in God’s will?”

This morning in our (His and mine) prayer time I read in Romans 9:14-24 and this question came to mind.

Are we vessels of honor, are we common vessels or are we vessels of mercy prepared for glory?

In our troubles do we speak as Adam did to God, “this woman You gave me…” or in hopeless commonality as Paul wrote in verse 9:20, “who resists His will?” meaning I am what I am.

May neither be spoken dear Lord.

Let us first remember as Paul asks also in verse 9:20, “Oh man, who answers back to God?”

Let our silence honor and respect Him as we contemplate the Lord and His desire for us.

The vessel of honor may hold the fine wine. Surely the common vessel would not but in it the water was changed into the better wine. (John 2:1-10)

How much sweeter is the wine poured into a vessel of mercy! It became a vessel of mercy! The love of God within is the glorifying, appreciating reason we are then made precious.

How do you see yourself oh fellow vessel?

Be washed of past content. Be dried of tears finally.

Rest on the table of His plan for your life by faith. See what you did not see before.

Cherish the grapes of mercy, pressed in passion, poured into you as His chosen vessel.

Let Him lift you to drink. Let there be no stench from your previous content, not a whiff or trace. May honor cross His pallet from a vessel once tarnished but now clean and running over with mercy, the life giving mercy for which other vessels would long.

May a gentle smile be upon the Potters face as your content, something He also treasures, that which He also created at great expense, warms His heart and brings joy to Him as He works diligently on other vessels, lumps of clay as we all once were.

Remember, “If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

In the guardianship of Christ,

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “Divine death, divine salvation! “

blowing shofar3“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”

Die the divine death today!

Intercede, loved ones. You’ve heard it but are you dying to do it?

Pray for the person who cut you off in traffic, the family members who have hurt you, (those dead and alive), pray for the employer you serve, the fellow employees that look down upon you.

Pray for your ex-spouse. Forgive. Forgive, forgive!

Pray for those in the opposing political party and for the billions that believe differently than you.

Pray for and not curse all of these so that you will be blessed and not be cursed by the words of your own mouth. For what you sow you shall also reap.

May the love that is of God explode in your souls!

May the earth see the manifestation of the children of God.

I bless You my Lord and my God. Thank You Father. May I die a divine death daily and forever glorify You in Jesus name, in the name that means Salvation! My salvation!

“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

As a guardian in Christ,

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “The branches in Him He takes away.”

blowing shofar3“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”

Somewhere out there is a teaching that says Christ did it all implying we have nothing to do except receive His grace; that after the crucifixion our reconciliation to God completes everything in us. In Christ we are set in stone.

This seems to imply that after His death, His teachings (His commandments) are no longer critical to our eternal life. We are good to go.

The writers of the New Testament, many times teach of our on going responsibilities in Christ. That is after the Resurrection we still have responsibilities. All is not set in stone. 

1 John 3:3 (NKJV)
”And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure…. “

Jesus said, John 15:2 (NKJV)
”Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

Notice Jesus said, “Every branch IN ME…”

Surely you grasp what “in me” means.

So let us consider this a pruning message because we are in Him. We have a responsibility toward our Father for all He freely gave us through Jesus.

Let us consider this.

When does speaking truth become gossip?

When does criticism become an excuse for spreading an offense we have received?

Are bad expectations in our hearts able to poison us, a branch of a good fruit tree? (John 15:2 above) Will the poison effect other nearby trees?

Hebrews 12:15 (NASB)
”See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; …”

If we are children of God then we have no liberty to speak of a failure or offense toward us. Our words only enlarge the scope of the offense into lives that do not need that burden. They have enough of their own! We have all done it but it must stop! Even angels did not cast accusations against Satan himself!

We can, in love, speak to the offender ourselves. Let us be sanctified, pursuing peace. Without a heart to do so, no one will see the Lord.

Hebrews 12:14 (NASB)
”Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.” 

Jesus did not cry out, “My God, My God why did you let them do this to me?” He cast NO railing accusation as true as it might have been, toward us or toward the Father!

Jesus knew what we must know and apply in EVERY situation. In fact, forgive them Father, they know not what they do (now against a child of God as well as eternally against themselves.)

We, however, do know what to do through Jesus and the Father’s teachings and are therefore responsible.

We are all guilty but we have been freely given  a means of escape. Why? “We are covered,” you say! These wrong behaviors are forbidden in heaven as well as the kingdom of peace that is coming here upon the Lord’s return. If He does not rule and reign now, He will not rule and reign then.

Let us all train ourselves now and prepare, bearing the good fruit of love, purifying ourselves as He is pure.

“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

As a guardian in Christ,

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “and they saw the God of Israel…”

blowing shofar3“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”

“and they saw the God of Israel…”

“But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”Exodus 33:20 (NASB)

“Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. John 6:46 (NASB)  

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.Colossians 1:15 (NASB)  

”He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
16  who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. 1 Timothy 6:15-16 (NASB) 

”Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12  No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
13  By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
14  We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:11-14 (NASB)

How can the testimony say, “and they saw the God of Israel…” in Exodus 24: 9-11 ?

As you read it, was this the pre-incarnate Jesus they are seeing?

The fact is, all who saw God, in this portion of scripture, died without entering the promised land!

Moses and Aaron, (Anger in striking the “rock” the second time, Aaron for making the golden calf.) Nadab and Abihu, two sons of Aaron (for offering strange fire, in Lev 10:1, Lev 16:1) and the seventy elders died over the 40 years in the desert because of “giants in the land.” (Numbers 13-14) God also withheld His hand just as Jesus did and “they ate and drank and beheld God?” Ex 24:11.

Was this an extra portion of grace so that maybe they would do differently in the future God foresaw? Maybe Moses wouldn’t be angry and strike the “rock,” Aaron would not make a cow god of gold, the good report of Joshua and Caleb would be enough for the elders?

Oh dear mankind, what grace has god afforded us? How have we beheld Him and yet we go astray even though we confess Him?

Rejoice! The incarnate God has allowed us to see Him! Run back to those events and times in your heart!

Repent and find mercy! Do not remain in your guilt! Find He who is “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7  who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished…”  Exodus 34:6-7 (NASB)  

Run to God and His extra portion of grace! Under the covering of Messiah Jesus be cleansed of your guilt, repent and be made new in the willing character of Yahweh “Salvation” our hope and future.

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:7 (NKJV)  

Dear loved ones, dare we believe we have seen? Embrace the grace that is meant to uphold us in our daily trials. Let us do differently than we might do and glorify God in the highest!

We have not only seen Him but we know Him and…He knows us! Praise Yahweh through Messiah Jesus. He is the expressed image of God the Father. (Heb 1:3)

“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “Rejection: Stop catching the ball!”

Unforgiveness will doom many! Here is a solution that includes having already forgiven but it still hurts!

End Times Exit Strategy Daniel 12

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“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”

“Stop catching the ball!” I said to Janis

Rejection is a powerful force. In the counseling business we say “Rejection rejects” as an explanation to an ongoing cycle of un-reconciled relationships. Somewhere along the line one person or the other in the relationship must stop rejecting or receiving rejection. This person effectively breaks up the play (of the enemy spirit) because they, “Stop catching the ball!” as we also say.

Foe many years my wife dealt with rejection from her dad. He was a good man with a poor habit of joking or criticizing at the expense of others. Janis would come home from visiting him in tears or feeling rejection. She loved her dad and prayed for him but this hurt occurred every time she would visit him, and frequently because her mom and dad lived near…

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Exit Strategy End Times: “Jesus said the sins once forgiven can return to our account! “

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“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”

As we approach Christmas most of us are grateful for the gift of reconciliation through Jesus Christ. So much has been forgiven from our past, we are different people now. Wonderful changes have become our new nature, or have they? Jesus said the sins once forgiven can return to our account! No….no way! Yes……The Way!

Paul speaks generously of the Colossians and includes a reason why. 

Colossians 1:3-6 (NASB)
”We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; 5  because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel 6  which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;…” 

We “understood the grace of God, in truth.” “it (the Gospel) is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also.”

My last post focused on the necessity of our bearing the fruit of righteousness; our “continuing in the kindness of God,” or else…”

Romans 11:22 (NASB77)
” Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.”

Whoa, Paul, cut off????  Yes believer, that is what he said. “Once saved always saved” is contradicted by this verse alone.

Let’s remember there is an Apostasy in the future. It is defined as the falling away of believers. Within certain current behavior that falling away takes place now if we are turning our back on God’s Way! Yes, by exiting the Lord’s Way, we put ourselves in jeopardy. Yes, upon our realization we can repent and we can be restored via repentance. But what if we fight it? What if we do not accept the conviction of the Holy Spirit? What if we never truly grasped just how much God did for us? What if we did? Do we revere God and so, His Word?

We speak the Lord’s prayer but do we grasp the heart of it? Do we forgive others so we can be forgiven? “I am forgiven!” Not until you forgive them. These are sins committed against you! They trap you into violating God’s instructions. BOGO! Both the offender and the offended are trapped by the Word. Only you the offended can set them free. If you choose not to, you become their judge, which is a presumptuous sin. (Psalms 19:13 NASB) Thinking you have that privilege will keep you out of heaven. There is only One Judge. Heaven will not tolerate two!

We then come to a condition Jesus described in the parable of the slave who was forgiven much. We know what happened. The slave received a massive portion of grace from the king but did not learn from it and failed to forgive a relatively small debt, mercilessly casting the debtor into prison. You can read it in Matthew 18:27-35.

The critical point I am making in this post is in 18:34. 

Matthew 18:34 (NASB)
34  “And his lord, (the King)  moved with anger, [because he had not forgiven his fellow slave] handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.”

Note: the original debt once forgiven was re-accounted by the King against the slave.

How many of us have never considered that?  Is it because we forgive everybody for anything? Do we really? Oh, our sins are in a sea of forgetfulness. God owns the sea and all that is in it! He owns us and watches over our progress, our learning to be as He would be toward others. Our doing to others as He did to or for us! He is eternity minded toward us, ready to grant grace to all who grant it or withhold grace from those who withhold. Why? Eternity demands a population of grace filled righteous souls for there to be peace!!!!

What’s more is in the next verse! Jesus speaking says,

Matthew 18:35 (NASB)
“My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

We have been taught if we sin in one thing we have sinned in all. Once forgiven via reconciliation, we have a responsibility to maintain our relationship with “the King.”

Forgiveness is the only topic where a restoration of your previous sin debt, the debt you could not pay, which was forgiven through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus, can be re-imposed against you BY THE HEAVENLY FATHER! What is His justification? You failed to bear the fruit of grace! You failed to give what was freely given to you. We reap what we sow. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Yes. This re-assignment of sins is a profound revelation. I have never heard it preached yet there it is in Jesus’ own words. The Words He gets from the Father!

Paul alludes to the stipulation of compliance.

Colossians 1:21-23 (NASB)
”And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
22  yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—
23  if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard,…”

I have been accused (lovingly) of being a “forgiveness only” preacher or teacher. I said recently, “Forgiveness isn’t everything, it is however the most important thing.”

Forgiveness from our heart shuts our mouth to other damaging sins and repercussions against our brothers, our fellow man, statements that will set the course of our lives! That course can be AWAY from heaven and eternal life. Matthew 12:34 (NASB) 34  “You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.”

I preach forgiveness by assignment. The rescue of believers from the Apostasy is what God has put on my heart. These brothers and sisters do not think they need rescuing!

I can teach on many things as my 170+ posts testify to. THIS teaching unheeded will be the downfall of many who limp along in spiritual immaturity, in their grasp of the Good News. Why is the Good News  good? WE ARE FORGIVEN AND MADE RIGHTEOUS, not just by the death of Christ but by His Words of eternal life! These Words are the keys we must grasp and implement in preparation for eternity.

We maintain our reconciliation to God by forgiving debts, sins against us personally. Just like the parable of the slave. We go to God for all other sins and in repentance Christ remains our covering.

This heart embraced understanding is the best gift you could give God for Christmas. It is a gift that will keep on giving, to others, as God continues to replenish grace in you! .

Isaiah 3:10 (NASB77)
”Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.”

James 3:18 (NASB)
”And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

James 3:18 (NLT)
18  And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”

You are loved. Pass this understanding along….please.

“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

A guardian, a servant deliverer, in Christ,

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “Do we receive Righteousness or the seeds of Righteousness? “

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“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”

Do we receive Righteousness or the seeds of Righteousness when we ask Jesus to be Lord of our lives?

We have heard it taught that it is the righteousness of Christ that saves us; that there is nothing we can do to earn that righteousness or that salvation or that reconciliation as Paul calls it in Romans 5:10 NASB. That is true. So how do we then maintain this free gift until we go or Jesus comes? Answer, the righteousness of Christ, His life, The Way, is how. Or didn’t you know you had too?

Are we responsible to bear fruit? Do we have a responsibility, in being bought with a price, forgiven totally, made righteous freely? Was Christ called the first born of many brethren? Are we not to be like Him?  How is this possible? Is it accomplished because He died for us? It only begins there and Paul knew.

Paul wrote Romans 5:10 (NASB77)
”For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, …” Yes we are reconciled to God, but what about after, as we live life? How do we stay “saved” or reconciled as Paul calls it? As Paul said, there is “much more” to understand.

Jesus died for our sins previously committed, before we met Him. (Romans 3:25) Why would He need die for sins not yet committed? Would they be committed? Sure they would. Is He there to help? Sure by the Holy Spirit! We are expected to rely on, to follow, the wisdom and instruction He taught and lived, in order to avoid sin and instead bear the peaceful fruit of righteousness! YES, THEN His righteousness becomes ours in life! He gets the glory!

Jesus died once and for all but not for all sin forever! He died for all those who would come to Him, forgiving their sins to date. Jesus did however teach us how to flee from sin in life, to avoid it, recognizing it, and to live righteously by grace toward our fellow man and to God righteously to eternal life! (Romans 5:21) In doing so, we die a divine death to His glory! He lives in us!

We can be dead to sin, if we learn how! We will sin but our remedy, the antidote for life’s sin, is in the teachings of Christ our “Lord?” THEN we maintain our free gift!

There is an expectation on God’s part that we, after reconciliation, as we live on, that we will bear the fruit of righteousness. He plants we bear! He is the vine we are the branches! Does any of this sound familiar?

We understand correctly that when we ask Jesus to be Lord, God forgives us, cleanses us of all unrighteousness,(1st John 1:9) we are regenerated and then renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:5 (NASB)
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit…”

Regeneration : palingenesia, the state or the act of rebirth. Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary. # 3824.

Ephesians 2:5 (NASB)
”…even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),…”

Renewing: (of or by the Holy Spirit) anakainōsis , from <G341> (anakainoo); renovation :- renewing. Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.# 342, #341.

Do we not know that renovation is a process? We buy the house, then we renovate it to renew it, making it like we want it, elevating its condition to our standards. This is our process via the teachings of Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Any Christian knows our maturing in Christ is a process. Our mind had to be renewed to new thinking. THIS is why Jesus came and spent time teaching us. Not just to die for us but to show us a new and living Way. (Hebrews 10:19-20 NASB) If there is a Way are we not to walk in it?

The kindness of God led us to repent and ask Jesus to be Lord by the Holy Spirit. Every mercy, forgiveness, cleansing, love, every aspect He freely gave, was a seed planted in the garden of our hearts with the absolute expectation that it would grow and multiply. It would be meaningful fruit for others to observe and receive freely when needed, from us to the glory of God and Christ Jesus, by the Holy Spirit!

James 3:18 (NASB77)
And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

All this sowing takes place in life after our initial reconciliation to God.

I wrote earlier but excluded, Paul said, in Romans 5:10 (NASB77)
”For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Christ’s death was critical to us. His life teachings and example actually save us; as in when we die or He returns. Until then we have a glorious Way to walk in. The question is, will we?

Romans 11:22 (NASB77)
” Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.”

Whoa, did Paul say that??? He knew. We must bear fruit and more as we mature, just as one would expect.

Proverbs 11:30 (NASB77)
”The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.”

We have a great hope and all the more as the time draws near for Christ’s return.

Isaiah 3:10 (NASB77)
”Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.”

Do rightly , love mercy, walk humbly, and it will go well with you! Let grace reign! Romans 5:21, to eternal life!

Philippians 1:9-11 (NASB77)
”And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
10  so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
11  having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

“We are to be “Gracefruit” trees. Never withdrawing our limb from the scraggly hand of need that reaches for the same fruit we needed.”

“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

A guardian in Christ,

Michael

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