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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: “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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Exit Strategy End Times: “My God, My God… the expanded truth…! “

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“My God, My God… the expanded truth…!

Much of what I write contains expanded truth, truth expanded by additional understanding brought, I absolutely believe, by the Holy Spirit through the scriptures. He takes what we have known or believed and puts it with something less known from the Word in order to expand or make clear something Jesus said or experienced. I believe His efforts have eternal ramifications. They are protective as well as preparative.

Jesus called it, “All truth” as guided to by the Spirit of Truth. John 16:12-13. It is always to be understood as superseding or expanding what we already knew, even what we thought according to Jesus’ own words!  My God, My God…! Jesus said, “He [the Spirit of Truth] will disclose to you what is to come.” “To come,” That is, what is expected of you and what you can expect!

Do you believe Jesus knew the thoughts of those standing around the Cross witnessing His crucifixion?  So often we read of Jesus knowing what thoughts were in the hearts of those listening to Him. Why would it be any different on the cross? His awareness might even be heightened. And so He cries out! 

Psalm 22:1-2 NASB77 “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Jesus is still speaking as the Father would have Him speak!

John 8:28 (NASB77)
28  Jesus therefore said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.”

Read on as the verse Psalms 22 1-2 continues, “Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.” David the Psalmist recognizes he is speaking against his own possible deliverance by his groaning exclamation of God being unfaithful, of God forsaking? Do we see that? Jesus knows better!!!

Jesus on the cross, knows what those observing are thinking. “It is a lie, He is a fraud!” They are very aware of this song of David, and how the rest of it goes. Is Jesus reminding them? Now would be a good time yes?

Psalm 22:3 (NASB77)
”Yet Thou art holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” David’s heart knows, and now his own words come into alignment.

In verses Psalm 22: 4-5 David declares the trust in God his forefathers had. In verse 22:6-8 we see David examining himself in light of men’s opinions. “I am a worm… despised…sneered at… mocked…” just as Jesus was during the Passion and on the cross.

In Psalm 22: 9-18, we see the prophetic description of the crucifixion. Christ is experiencing the prophetic fulfillment, as He points to it in exclamation!

Again, a positive shift, as we see the words of David in 22:19-31 become more uplifting and faith filled. Praise and deliverance is expressed.

In Psalm 22 we see important understanding that I believe Jesus was absolutely pointing to when He cried out the opening phrase of Psalms 22:1 “My God, My God…”

So why this psalm? Look what comes next. Psalm 22:19 (NASB77) Imagine Jesus thinking this.
”But Thou, O LORD, be not far off; O Thou my help, hasten to my assistance.”

Psalm 22:24 (NASB77)
”For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Neither has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.” David was concerned but is Jesus?

For centuries, we have called Jesus forsaken for various reasons, mostly because He said the words.

In Jesus’ life, in this moment, He IS the afflicted of Psalms 22 and is pointing to it! He is afflicted with OUR sin, as well as with horrendous wounds by mankind’s hand. “Neither has He [God] hidden His face from him [Jesus] ; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.” Psalms 22:24 NASB. [added for clarity]

Are you seeing what I see? Jesus was NOT forsaken by the Father! His quoting the opening verse of the Psalm 22 scripture is meant to clarify to observers, to Jews, who Jesus is! It is prophetic confirmation, especially to Jews, that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God and the son of David! See this through Jesus’ eyes.

The Father did not look away because of sin!!! (Man’s traditional assumption) How could he have faced Adam and Eve? How would He know our desperate need? The enemy uses this to stab us with rejection thoughts and hopelessness.

Father God does not look away because of our sin!!! Instead God looks for what is in our hearts when we sin. Is there remorse, praise, appeal, is there repentance? “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him….” Job 13:15 (KJV) What will be in our hearts in the coming troubled times, or right now?”

Daily, do we have reverence for Him in light of and with a vision of our place in His future kingdom?

Isn’t the good news really about the kingdom and so about its inhabitants? Can their character be different than Christ’s? Do we not read that Jesus came to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom? See Matthew 4:23, 9:35, and especially Matthew 24:13-14 (NASB77) “And this gospel of the kingdom [about enduring, saving love] shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.” Doing this [preaching this specific message] brings a conclusion? It sounds like it. If not the end then the beginning of the end. We are to obediently preach it around the world and then the end comes. We initiate the end according to Jesus.  This is our part and glory in Christ.

Jesus knew how the kingdom works will then work for us! He was sent to teach us! We must “work it” as Jesus did. This not about getting saved. It is about staying saved. It is after our reconciliation to God by the blood of the Lamb. Then by obediently following Jesus, we then qualify as obedient citizens. Father God is waiting on us each to do just that!

1 Samuel 15:22 (NASB77)
22  And Samuel said, ” Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

Through David’s song, PS 22, which Jesus knew they knew, Jesus is declaring the divinity of the moment, NOT that He feels or thinks in any way that He has been forsaken.

“He who hears, let him hear.”

What we have thought to be true is being clarified by the Holy Spirit for our sake to strengthen us lest we doubt at some more critical time, by “feeling forsaken”.

Have you felt forsaken? I lost my beloved wife Janis 3 years ago this coming December 12th after thousands of interceding prayers had been prayed for her around the world. Neither she nor I was forsaken!

“I want her with Me,” was spoken to me 24 hours before her passing.  In our grief can we accept, The Lord gives, the Lord taketh away, and blessed be the name of the Lord!  Or will our tragedy be a dagger in our hearts toward God and His very existence? “Betrayed” believers are serious candidates to be lost in the Apostasy when God has not betrayed them at all!

Janis arriving in my life was a divine event. Living with her was divine, really it was. Her departure must also precipitate a divine reverence in me toward Father God, along with the hope that I will accomplish His divine will for me in the earth while I remain. This is a will for me that Janis believed in and supported. It is a will I might have forsaken out of my love for Janis. Why might that be? Because when the Lord said, “I want her with Me.” He also said, “I can’t trust you with her.”

“I can’t trust you with her.” WHAT Lord? No response. Janis passes. It was weeks later on a Saturday morning as I awoke, now alone, thinking about such a troubling word. You can imagine why. He then said, “You have it all wrong. You cannot do what I have called you to do and care for her also. I cannot trust you with her … so I want her with Me.”

His calling in me, the task He has shown me, was more important to Him than all the good Janis represented in this life, to me or to Him. Everybody loved Janis! He…loves everybody!

Now you know why I am absolutely dedicated to this rescue mission. He has trusted me and  taught me for such a time as this and by His grace I will NOT let Him down.

You are more important than me, just as the 12 were more important after “The Word” lived, taught, died and was resurrected. The future inhabitants of eternity are likewise in our hands and hearts.

Can we accept the fact that God’s people are to be swept up in the flow of the darkness to come and some in the Apostasy, just as Joshua and Caleb were swept up for 40 years in the desert because the other spies came back with a bad report? Bet on it “follower” and be ready for it you enduring over comer! They ended up leading. So will we!

Oh loved ones, we are never forsaken! Jesus was never forsaken even for a second!

Let us never forsake; not just in the face of death but in the face of life and its challenges, a far more subtle threat.

The Apostasy has already begun. Falling away is not always sudden. Life itself holds a dagger for our hearts.

We have been given a means of escape. Do we know for sure what it is? The kingdom requires its use, its keys. Maintaining a kingdom-like heart is our daily escape from destruction.

We are to go beyond our initial reconciliation by the death of Jesus. In fact, Paul says, “…we are saved by His life!” in Romans 5:10. In Romans 8:2, and John 3:36. we find more of the expanded clarity we must grasp. Read them…. please.

Strengthen your personal spiritual foundations, be a house built on the Rock and all the characteristics of that Rock. Ask any builder. The foundation is critical but then you have to build the house on it by the rules that apply. Paul says, “…we are saved by His life!” Romans 5:10 NASB

The next post, “Bad guy, bad day or the bad guy rapture!”

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

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “Psalms 22. You didn’t believe me! “

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

“I quoted Psalm 22 and you didn’t believe Me?”

Do you believe Jesus knew the thoughts of those standing around the Cross of His crucifixion?  So often we read of Jesus knowing what thoughts were in the hearts of those listening to Him teach or speak.

Why would it be any different on the cross? His awareness might even be heightened. And so He cries out! 

Psalm 22:1-2 NASB77 “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” and the verse continues, “Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.” David the Psalmist recognizes he is speaking against his own possible deliverance by his groaning exclamation of God being unfaithful!  Jesus knows what those around Him are thinking and are very aware of this song of David, and how the rest of it goes.

Psalm 22:3 (NASB77)
”Yet Thou art holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” David’s heart knows, no matter what his situation God is holy.

In verses Psalm 22: 4-5 David declares the trust his forefathers had. In verse 22:6-8 we see David examining himself in light of men’s opinions. “I am a worm… despised…sneered at… mocked… just as Jesus was during the Passion and on the cross.

In Psalm 22: 9-18, we see the prophetic description of the crucifixion and how Christ might have seen His predicament matching, just as David prophetically penned.

In 22:19-31 we see the words of David become more positive and faith filled. Praise and deliverance is expressed and so we see important understanding that I believe Jesus was pointing to when He cried out the opening phrase of Psalms 22:1

Psalm 22:19 (NASB77)
”But Thou, O LORD, be not far off; O Thou my help, hasten to my assistance.”

Psalm 22:24 (NASB77)
”For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Neither has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.”

In Jesus life, at this time, He is the afflicted and is pointing to it! He is afflicted with OUR sin, as well as horrendous bruises we perpetrated. “Neither has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.” Psalms 22:24 NASB.

Are you seeing what I see? Jesus was NOT forsaken by the Father! His quoting this scripture is meant to clarify His situation as prophetic and what is in His heart toward Father God!

The Father did not look away because of sin!!! (Man’s traditional assumption)

Father God does not look away because of our sin!!! Instead God looks for what is in our hearts when we sin. Is there praise, appeal, is there repentance? Do we have reverence for Him in light of and with a vision of His future kingdom?

Isn’t the good news about the kingdom? Do we not read that Jesus came to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom? See Matthew 4:23, 9:35, and especially Matthew 24:14 (NASB77) “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.” Why? Because how it works, works for us! We must however, “work it” to qualify as citizens and Father God is waiting on us each to do just that!

Through David’s song, PS 22, which Jesus knew they knew, Jesus is declaring the divinity of the moment, NOT that He feels or thinks in any way that He has been forsaken.

“He who hears, let him hear.” What we have thought traditionally is being clarified by the Holy Spirit for our sake, to strengthen us, lest we doubt “feeling forsaken” at a more critical time.

Have you felt forsaken? I lost my beloved wife Janis 3 years ago this coming December 12th after thousands of interceding prayers had been prayed for her around the world. Neither she nor I was forsaken!

“I want her with Me,” was spoken to me 24 hours before her passing.  In our grief can we accept, The Lord gives, the Lord taketh away, and blessed be the name of the Lord or will our tragedy be a dagger in our hearts toward God and His very existence?

Janis arriving in my life was a divine event. Living with her was divine, really it was. Her departure must also precipitate a divine reverence in me toward Father God, along with the hope that I will accomplish His divine will for me in the earth while I remain. It is a will for me that Janis believed in and supported, a will I might have forsaken out of my love for her and the care she needed had she lived but was not healed. Why might that be? Because when the Lord said, “I want her with Me.” He also said, “I can’t trust you with her.”

“I can’t trust you with her.” WHAT Lord? No response. It was weeks later on a Saturday morning I awoke, now alone, thinking about such a troubling word. You can imagine why. He then said, “You have it all wrong. You cannot do what I have called you to do and care for her also. I cannot trust you with her … so I want her with Me.”

His calling in me, the task He has shown me, was more important to Him than all the good Janis represented in this life to me or to Him. Everybody loved Janis! Now you know why I am absolutely dedicated to this rescue mission. He has trusted me and  taught me for such a time as this and by His grace I will NOT let Him down.

Can we accept the fact that His people are to be swept up in the flow of the darkness and some in the Apostasy just as Joshua and Caleb were swept up for 40 years in the desert because the other spies came back with a bad report? Bet on it but be ready for it!

Oh loved ones, we are never forsaken! Let us never forsake; not just in the face of death but in the face of life and its challenges, a far more subtle threat.

The Apostasy has already begun. Falling away is not always sudden. Life itself holds a dagger for our hearts.

We have been given a means of escape. Do we know for sure what it is? The kingdom requires its use, its keys, in order to go beyond our initial reconciliation by the death of Jesus. In fact, Paul says, “…we are saved by His life!” Romans 5:10 and Romans 8:2, and John 3:36 all hold the clarity we must grasp. Read them…. please.

Strengthen your personal spiritual foundations, a house built on the Rock and all the characteristics of that Rock. “…we are saved by His life!” Romans 5:10 NASB

The next post, “Bad guy, bad day or the bad guy rapture!”

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

Michael

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