God First!

img_6162“And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the Lord your God; In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands: Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt. But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt. Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness. But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God. Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols. Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord.” – Ezekiel 20:5-26 KJV

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.” – Exodus 34:14-16 KJV

Maybe today we don’t bow down to God’s of wood and stone… but idolatry is anything we do that moves God out of FIRST PLACE! For GOD will only stay where He is worshipped and adored and esteemed first in all things and all ways. In our time… He must be first. In our relationships… He must be first. In our hearts by desire and our thoughts… HE MUST BE FIRST. In EVERYTHING…He must be first! 

In my time with the LORD recently, He made very clear to me the depth of His jealousy over me and his people! With strong rebuke the Lord corrected me and I’m very thankful for that correction… see on the outside you can make all the right moves but still not have Him first in heart and mind. Have you ever got down to pray when all of a sudden all the things you have to do and people who need you to help them flood your mind… He’s not first. This continually kept happening to me. My prayers were hindered by my idolatry. It’s so easy to miss sometimes.

Sometimes idolatry comes about as distraction that keeps you from giving God the FULL attention He deserves. Have you ever been talking to someone who you know was not listening and their thoughts were not on you and what you were saying? How does that make you feel?

Many times I would eventually give up the fight and go out to do the things that I needed to get done, thinking l’ll just get all these things done and then come back so I can focus and press in. But as soon as I gave in, my Lord’s heart was broken and burning with jealousy. Meanwhile the devil is rejoicing with the access to run havoc filling up your time until your energy is spent and the day gone.

“Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.” – Zechariah 8:2 KJV

The sad thing is that if this becomes habitual God will eventually step back and let you have your way receiving the detrimental consequences of it, until you finally come back to Him with all your heart and soul. Idolatry can come subtly or intentionally, but it’s there at anytime GOD doesn’t have your ALL. Thankful for His seemingly harsh corrections to get us to see our whorish heart that wonders away from Him. And in truth, I want them, I know that He is for me and I know that HE IS TRULY ALL I NEED!

“Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee. For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him. Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.” – Deuteronomy 4:23-36 KJV

Once we become acutely aware of this most grievous sin in the eyes of our LORD and return to our God in full, His arms are opened to us and the closeness of His presence is restored, for it is His greatest desire to have a people who esteem HIM above all else. That the world might KNOW and believe that He alone is GOD and beside Him there is none else! 

“And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.” – Ezekiel 37:21-28 KJV

Change Your Desires, Change Your Life!

img_7086The course of your life is set by the desires of your heart. As my father used to say, ”You will do what’s important to you.” In other words, what you most value and treasure will determine your lifestyle, and the way you live is a direct reflection of the desires of your heart.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭‬‬

As Jesus has warned us:

“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” -Matthew‬ ‭12:35-36‬ ‭‬‬

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” – ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:18-19‬‬‬

The human heart is deceitful and wicked and out of it flow evil things, there is nothing good from us.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” – Jeremiah‬ ‭17:9‬‬‬

This is why it is absolutely necessary for us to be born again with a new heart, new mind, new Spirit, new life! Once we come to Jesus Christ and acknowledge ourselves as wicked sinners deserving God’s just judgement and wrath, and by faith grasp hold on JESUS, the Son of GOD, then by HIS RESURRECTION POWER HE CAN CHANGE US! But it doesn’t come easy, it’s all done by the cross, HIS DEATH WAS FOR OUR LIVES. It’s a complete exchange of ALL of ourselves, for all of HIM! It’s all done through FAITH IN HIM AND HIS POWER TO SAVE, AND BY OUR TOTAL SURRENDER TO ALLOW HIM TO CHANGE US INTO A NEW CREATION!

For those of us who love our sins it’s impossible to be saved, until we come to the place of hating our sins and desire to be HOLY AS JESUS IS, we will not truly surrender to HIM: the place where we lay down our sins and take up our cross to follow in the steps of JESUS CHRIST in obedience to the FATHER.

This is why the GOSPEL must be preached, when we tell of JESUS CHRIST and HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION, we show to the world the Holiness of GOD, the exceeding sinfulness of man, and the power of GOD to bring the dead to life. And also the great love and mercy of GOD in making a way of escape taking the punishment for sin that we deserve! If we truly come to know and love HIM, we will come to fully surrender to HIM by LOVE! What an awesome GOD HE IS!

The key to this LOVE COVENANT IS: ALL YOUR HEART!

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:37-38‬

It’s also important to understand that this surrender is not a one time thing, but a CONTINUAL submission to HIM, it’s a life of the posture of pure worship and whole heart surrender! As we grow to know HIM, we grow to love HIM MORE AND MORE! And out of that HEART OF LOVE will flow obedience to GOD through JESUS and the Holy Spirit that fills us!

Out of the overflow of this growing love for GOD will come the life of Christ being lived in us. And all the things that JESUS did will come forth in our life. This is the NEW CREATION one that obeys GOD in everything, because if HE truly has our hearts, then from it will flow obedience and holiness (being set apart unto GOD and severed from this world and fleshly desires)!

“Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” – ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:8-14‬

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:4‬

“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” -Psalms‬ ‭27:8‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

No Weapon Formed Against Me!

warrior-angel-help“O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” – Isaiah 54:11-17

When you look up “afflicted” in the Strongs, it means “depressed of mind” and “Tempest” means “anger”. Many people exhibiting these emotions or told that they or bipolar, depressed, or angry. I can relate, that was me! But let’s read on, it gets good. 

All our borders will be pleasant. All our children shall be taught by God and great shall be the peace of our children. This is a promise from God! Verse 4 says, “in righteousness shall we be established”.  RIGHT STANDING with God! It says that oppression shall be far from us! We don’t need medications to find peace! We need Jesus who is the Prince of Peace! All we need is to be in right standing with Him. Mental illness, as it is called, is nothing more than us needing God not medication or any other substitution. 

I can speak to you today on this subject with authority, because I have been completely delivered from what the world called mental illness. I was told that I was bipolar and depressed, would forever be so, and would need life long medications. However my God said otherwise and I now live completely free from that oppression. All I have to do is trust God and stay in right standing or alignment with Him. However if I choose to step out of alignment with God and willfully return to sin then I would give the devil access by agreement. So stay in line with God, His words, and His will with full trust and you will walk in peace. 

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3 

The passage continues however to say that people will come against you, but God says in verse 18 that whoever comes against us will fall for our sake. Boy we serve a good God exclamation! He is our protector! And of course, the last verse should be one that we all memorize and stand on! NO WEAPON formed against thee shall prosper! 

So anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, oppression, sadness, or anger, it’s time to get into right standing with God and then tell those things to “Go in Jesus Name!” You can be free! Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! I am free! By the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony is the enemy overcome. I’m here to testify today that I overcame and you can too! Amen!

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation 12:11

Submitted by Wayne Aucoin

He Calls Me Beloved

“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” – Matthew‬ ‭10:22‬ ‭

“I am incredibly blessed by knowing that the way we are valued and understood by man is not at all how we are valued and understood by God.

I may be thought a million things by my peers, but God knows my absolute heart and there are no misunderstandings.
That really comforts me in this world of tiring labels. Mainly because I am nothing when measured by the world. Nothing. (What an honor!) Yes it is an honor to be measured nothing by a world of proud self worshippers. Hear me out….

I am measured entirely different by the Lord. Beloved, chosen, friend, more than a conqueror, salt and light…one little bitty sheep who is completely loved and adored by her shepherd, a daughter of the most high, the one who breathed into man a living soul when he formed him from the dust of the ground, and His hand is tightly gripped upon her, completely secure.. as though She were the only one.

All of that measures so much higher than any name/s on earth I could ever make for myself.  Let the world think what it wants of you and me, let peers think you’re
Immature, weird, unintelligent.
Let them even hate you. Jesus says they will. For his names sake. But, be glad, in fact.

It doesn’t matter what the world thinks, or what it calls you. Those things are not, and never will be what God calls you.
They are not what He sees when He looks at you. He sees His name draped over you, a crown upon your head, you are deemed royal, because He shed his blood for you and it covers every inch of you. You just remember, you don’t make your own name here, and the world doesn’t make your name. God has called you so many things and none of them measure high to the world. In fact the world doesn’t even count them.

Be proud to stand apart. You are peculiar, you got that right, but you are peculiar in the Lord. And you are measured so differently by Him! You are measured higher than any opinion by peers. So let people think whatever they want. God already values and understands you totally and completely, and has so many other names for you. Of so much more worth then any that the world would ever label you with, even theirs are all fading by the hour.

“As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.” – ‭‭Romans‬ ‭9:25‬ ‭

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” – ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” – Psalms‬ ‭139:14‬ ‭

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” – ‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭

Submitted by Amelia Barr

Seeing Through God’s Eyes

FAITH TRUSTING IN GOD. HOW? YOU NEED GOD VISION!

Seeing things from HIS EYES now, not mine! 

I recently got a new pair of sunglasses.  They were different then all of the others I had before. They actually made it easier to see.  They made everything brighter and look like it was the Garden again in the beginning of creation. Looking like a High Definition screen.

So GOD begins to speak, “This is what happens when you look through MY EYES.” GOD SEES ALL, AND KNOWS ALL, AND NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM! Knowing that GOD is for me because I am HIS, gives me FAITH FOR TODAY AND ALL MY TOMORROWS. 

The Faith is not only in knowing who GOD IS (which is key), But also in knowing WHO’S I am.  HE IS my FATHER and my KING! So all I am is HIS, and all HE IS is mine! As my FATHER, HE has promised to protect and provide for me, as I HUMBLY SUBMIT TO HIM AS GOD AND KING. That means, I draw near to HIM to hear his voice, and obey as HE speaks to me. I return the LOVE and DEVOTION to HIM that HE has given to me. And in keeping myself faithful in our relationship, as HE IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL, I have no reason to fear ANYTHING AT ALL!

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.” – Psalms 28:7-9 

“But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.” – Psalms 31:14

So… GOD VISION is SEEING EVERYTHING THROUGH HIS EYES. This only happens by abiding in HIS PRESENCE. That is when we can gaze upon the beauty of HIS HOLINESS AND GLORY! The more time we spend with HIM alone, the more we become like HIM, love and trust in HIM and SEE from HIS perspective! Which is totally awesome by the way!! This terrible sin filled cursed world we live in,  is only temporary; and this life is the testing ground to determine who will be faithful to GOD, as HE IS FAITHFUL UNTO THOSE WHO LOVE AND SERVE HIM WITH THEIR WHOLE LIFE.

“O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.” – Psalms 31:23

“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”- Joshua 22:5

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“Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: But cleave unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day. For the Lord hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you. And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the Lord your God promised you; so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you. When ye have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.” – Joshua 23:6-16

The devil’s order of attack:

•Entice you away from GOD’S PRESENCE

•Instill doubt, causing you to question GOD, by lying about GOD’S WORD

•Present temptation making sin look good and pleasant and wise

•Then once he has us convinced of his lies we sin (disobedience to GOD)

Once you understand the tactics of the enemy, you can avoid the snares.

“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” – Proverbs 1:10

Understand the devil cannot make us sin once JESUS has set us free, he can only entice us to stray away by our own lust (desires). If we will recognize the devil’s attack plan and choose to avoid it all, by drawing nearer to GOD until all desires other than HIM vanish, we can have victory over all sin by HIS strength. IT’S ALL AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD! This is the ONLY protection we have from the enemy!

The key to obedience:

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41 

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked (past-tense)  in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” – 1 Peter 4:1-7, 12-19

Suffering in this life will come to ALL, from your own sin, or by the sins of others; But let it not be by your own sin, for if it is,  it will be suffering deserved. But those who are obedient to GOD will suffer persecution and in the end be rewarded by GOD for our faithfulness to HIM.

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.” – James 1:12-16

“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” – James 4:2-10

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” – James 1:25

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.” – Psalms 37:25-40

Submitted by Heather Wright

Baal the god of gain: Robbing GOD of Glory

“If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you. If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the Lord thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the Lord thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the Lord thy God.” – Deuteronomy‬ ‭13:1-18‬ ‭‬‬

“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; And say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant, Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God: That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O Lord. Then the Lord said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them. For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not. And the Lord said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers. Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble. For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal. Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble. What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest. The Lord called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. For the Lord of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal. And the Lord hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings. But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered. But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause. Therefore thus saith the Lord of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine: And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.” – ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭11:1-23‬ ‭‬‬

Over and over again, all throughout Scripture, the LORD gives us warnings of this image of Baal that was worshipped by the people. And due to the fact that GOD has been continually speaking (loud and clear) about the seriousness of this thing HE DESPISES called “Baal”

So I began to ask Him “LORD, what is it? What is this thing YOU so despise?” I knew it was an idol made in the image of a man, but I wanted to hear it from HIMSELF, so as I asked HE responded, “It’s wealth, riches, possessions, prosperity, plenty, and SELF-SUFFICIENCY; It’s the idol of “life without GOD”, it’s the very sin of thue Laodicean church!

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” – ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:14-17‬ ‭

Oh ok, well now I know why it makes HIM so angry! It’s the sin of “MY LIFE – MY WAY” when it’s not your life at all! It’s HIS! You are actually HIS CREATION, THAT HE CREATED, FOR HIMSELF, AND REDEEMED BY HIS OWN BLOOD! What a mess we are in for! What wrath surely is coming upon all who still worship this god of self-sufficiency today… and they are many!!! This is the sin that sickens GOD the most, so much so that those found in this lukewarm state shall find themselves in HIS vomit! To claim HIS NAME, yet worship yourself instead makes GOD sick!

Thinking to yourself, “That’s not me.” Well let me challenge you: ask yourself, Has GOD asked me to do something, that I’m not willing to do? Has GOD asked me not to do something, that I continue doing? Or has GOD asked me to give up something that I keep holding on to?

Being honest we have all fallen into this category at some point, but the important thing is that we respond to the LORD as HE brings us reproof, rebuke, and correction. Hear the LORD speak now:

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” – ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭

“Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.” – ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭9:23-24‬

“And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.” – ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:19-20‬ ‭

HE blessed, HE break, HE gave… of HIMSELF as the bread of life. God’s abundance always comes by way of giving, the devil by way of taking that which is not his!

“Will a man rob GOD?…”

“Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” – ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:1-4‬ ‭‬‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

Where Joy is Found

If you have this set list of conditions laid out as the only way you can be joyful,
you won’t be. Ever.

See, joy is not born of circumstances.
You will spend your whole life telling yourself that “if this” or “if that” were just the way you wanted, you would have joy. These are lies. Joy resides in a person only by the spirit of God dwelling in them. If it was up to any circumstance we would never be able to attain joy, we would be forever reaching and striving for it, and always coming up short.

If something or someone comes into your life that has you thinking it’s everything you’ve ever needed to have joy, it’s a disguise of Satan. Joy can only be found by faith in Christ and the regeneration of a heart. Not people, or places, or goal achievements. Only the spirit of God.
Joy cannot be attained in any other way. Ever.

You won’t find it apart from Christ dwelling in you. But the devil would have you think it’s just beyond this goal, or that relationship. Lies! Only Jesus. Joy cannot come by any other way but a spiritual rebirth.

The void you ache to fill will never be filled until Jesus alone fills it. Of course Satan wants you to keep striving to fill it in every other way, with relationships or achievements, or attempts to gain power or intelligence. But those things cannot fill your void or bring you joy, ever.
Why do you think the devil had Eve thinking she needed to eat that fruit? He had her believing it was something she needed.

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” – Genesis‬ ‭3:1-6‬

I think there is a part of all of us that knows what it was like to think “this is it. If I grasp this I will surely be happy, I will have arrived!” But these were all manipulations just as deceiving as the devil having Eve think that not only did she need to eat that fruit, but that God would not have “really” kept her from it, after all it was so pleasant, “why would He?” But it wasn’t the answer, it was a lie that the devil made her believe was good for her life.

Whatever you do, don’t forget this, the devil is not stupid. He knows how to line things up to tempt YOU very personally, to think that if you had this or that- you would have joy and fill that void.

His manipulations are so clever, you will believe it’s everything you ever needed to attain joy. But joy is a fruit of the Holy spirit, not a result of circumstance. It cannot be won or caught, like a feeling. It is not of the flesh. It can only come by a rebirth in the heart.

Your exhausting yourself striving to create joy, when it can’t be created by you or found in any perfect circumstance, place, set goal, relationship status, or job promotion.  Joy can only be planted in your heart when the spirit of God grants you a new heart because you’ve repented and pleaded with Him to save you.
Joy will not come until you surrender to God.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” – ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭28:7‬ ‭

Submitted by Amelia Barr

Unbelief the Greatest Miracle Killer

en13sep33-jarius-daughter“And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” – Mark‬ ‭6:5-6‬

Today the LORD took me to a passage in Luke 8, as He spoke to my heart. “There are so many things I long to do in the earth, but the only hindrance is unbelief in my church.”

The words pricked my heart as I began to pray on it. I believe those of the church individually stand at the judgement seat of Christ to give account to Him, will be more shocked and sorrowed by the things we didn’t do, than the things we did. As I sit here silently, at His feet waiting to hear Him speak, my heart breaks by the sorrow of His heart over the sin of unbelief in the church. With my heart trembling before Him, I read:

“And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.” – Luke‬ ‭8:40-56‬

They GLADLY RECEIVED HIM

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” – John‬ ‭1:12-14‬ ‭‬‬

But the same crowd that waited for HIM, gladly received HIM, followed HIM, and thronged HIM, later on laughed HIM to scorn. Why, because as they saw a dead girl, JESUS only saw her sleeping. HE IS THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!

How do we relate this to today?

The church:
Do we wait for HIM?
Do we seek HIM?
Do we GLADLY RECEIVE HIM?
Do we follow and throng HIM?
Now… do we BELIEVE HIM?
As HE works, do we really BELIEVE HIM?
Is there anything that HE cannot do? Is there anything that HE has done, that HE cannot do today? Has HE not freely given us the POWER to become HIS SONS and do the same things HE DOES?

I find the key for me to BELIEVE HIM is to sit at HIS FEET and BEHOLD HIM!

Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house.

A woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, yet could not be healed by any of them, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

Seems to me the key to receiving the FAITH to believe and the miracle we need is found at HIS FEET!

Is there not a need??!
Is there not a cause??!

Out in the world around me I see dead things… dead people, dead cities, dead communities, dead situations, dead relationships, death all around, BUT AT THE FEET OF JESUS, I SEE RESURRECTION AND LIFE, GLORY AND POWER, MERCY AND GRACE, to help in time of need!
Church we need reviving!
TOUCH HIM! BELIEVE HIM! BECOME HIM!

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” – Romans‬ ‭8:11-17‬ ‭

“And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” – Luke‬ ‭8:46‬ ‭

“But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.” – ‭‭Luke‬ ‭8:50‬ ‬‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

The Holy Seed Have Mingled Themselves

47A33CF9-3EC4-4713-B7FA-6B72596D9834“Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonished. Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonished until the evening sacrifice. And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God, And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day. And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem. And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments, Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness. Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever. And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.” – Ezra 9:1-15

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14-18  

When people read this they think of marriage or engagement, but did you know that this applies to much more?!

I once was convicted by GOD for even striking hands with the ungodly… a high-five or fist bump to some is a greeting, but in GOD’s eyes HE sees it as a sign of agreement and more than likely the ungodly (knowingly or unknowingly) do as well.

See once the sign of agreement happens the devil has access by right, fellowship with devils = relinquished authority over them!

These are dangers of agreement and fellowship of the ungodly.

What fellowship?

What communion?

What concord?

What part?

What agreement?

The answer is NONE! There should be no fellowship and agreement from the HOLY to the ungodly! The very word Holy means “set apart and sanctified”. We have all heard of the bad apple in the bag example of what happens to the whole bunch if the one rotten is allowed to remain. That which is unclean will definitely defile the clean, never will it work the other way around. Only AFTER the unclean has been made new by the cleansing power of the blood of Christ can they be received into fellowship with the Holy.

Remember:

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”- 1 Peter 2:9-10

The devil is well aware of the effect of this scheme and how well it works. This one thing, I believe, is the most common plot of the enemy! Infiltrate and infect, till that which desires to remain holy must separate. I look around and see this happening to almost every church I have attended. It is how the devil has destroyed the people of GOD all throughout history and is still actively doing so today. Whether corporately as a church body or individually in our daily relationships, the plot remains the same… because it works!

So no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it might be, choose the separation from the world and stay set apart unto GOD. I’d much rather have the whole world offended by my separation, than to be cut off by my GOD because I offended HIM!

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” – Psalms‬ ‭1:1-6‬


Submitted by Heather Wright

THE BATTLE OF THE WILL

img_5061“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.” – ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭57:15-16‬ ‭‬‬

Contrite: crushed to powder; destroyed
Humble: low, lowly, abase
Revive: quicken, restore to life
Heart: inner man, mind, will, emotions, character

As I understand the Scripture, GOD is looking for a people who ACKNOWLEDGE not in word alone, (but in action and deed) that HE IS GOD by a people who are destroyed in their own will, mind, and breath and lay low in disposition of character. In other words, NOT SELF-willed; but GOD-willed. Only this dead-willed people will our HOLY LORD GOD REVIVE! This is the BATTLE OF BATTLES, the war between GOD and man, and the sooner people decide to destroy their own self-will, self-desire, in humility and surrender, the sooner GOD will quicken, or revive our spirit and hearts to Himself.
GOD cannot revive what refuses to die! Even demons are more submissive to GOD than the self-willed man. The mercy of GOD waits for people to submit to HIM, but HE won’t strive with us forever, there is an end to this struggle between GOD’S WILL and self-will, but at the end of this battle which side will you find yourself on? The scariest thought for me is to be found in self-will standing face to face with GOD! For as Scripture states HE resists the proud, but gives Grace to the humble.

Compassion for the repentant:

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” – Isaiah‬ ‭57:15-21‬ ‭‬‬

GOD desires to heal us and restore us to life in Himself, but those who refuse to give up their heart, will, and desires to Him, will come under His Judgement.

Judgement for the unrepentant:

“Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew‬ ‭11:20-30‬

Submitted by Heather Wright