Only Those Clothed In Wedding Garments Will Enter In

bride-of-christ_n“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Matthew‬ ‭22:11-14‬ ‭

Scripturally the Wedding garment always represents RIGHTEOUSNESS (Revelations 19:8). We cannot expect to approach GOD OUR KING without being properly clothed!

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”‭ – Revelation 3:18-22‬

Today, after reading this, I was amazed at how similar the “Marriage dinner” parable was to this, then I thought how the Pharisees would’ve known that also.

“The word of the Lord which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord. I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham; And them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him. Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel. In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills. Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off. And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil. Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof. The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.”‭ – Zephaniah 1:1-18‬

“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”‭ – Hebrews 3:1-19‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

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God Is Calling! Is Answering Your Priority?

6c1d9eb3a55ab0e218dee7bec82dad76“And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”‭‭ – Matthew‬ ‭22:1-14‬‬

In the moment I read this, GOD began to cause me to examine my own heart and see that there were many times before that I had not put HIM first in priority and had allowed my attentions to be strayed to other things, even if those things were just in my mind. These things that occupy our hearts and mind (be they physical or just desires) actually hurt GOD and if not quickly repented of, move HIM to anger.

You see GOD is a jealous GOD! His great love for us causes great jealousy of us. HE WANTS A PEOPLE WHO ONLY WANT HIM! Is HE not worthy of that? Ask yourself, throughout your day where are the majority of your thoughts? Are they on the physical or on the Spiritual? Are we captured by HIS LOVE AND RETURN OUR LOVE TO HIM, or have we allowed the things of the world to draw away our hearts and minds?

If we are honest with ourselves at some time, we have all been there. Examine, what captures your mind? What consumes your thoughts, desires, time, and tasks?

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”‭‭ – 1 John‬ ‭2:15-18‬‬

Submitted by Heather Wright

If The Church Wakes Up

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭

It’s easy to forget the reality that we are not physical beings called to have occasional spiritual experiences. We are Spiritual beings having a very short and temporary physical experience, for this world is not our home. Therefor, though our fight is in this world, it is not of this world. Neither is our authority from this world or the things of it. The sooner we truly come to realize this the sooner we will start seeing real strategic victories.

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:4-5‬ ‭

You see, ALL our battles are against principalities, which are spiritual. Whether they influence us, the people around us, or the circumstances we find ourselves in, if it’s bad it was influenced by evil powers and principalities for all good and perfect things come from God and all else comes from the enemy of your soul and those who follow Him.

Yet God did not leave us defenseless or hopeless but He sent hope to hang on a tree, to become the curse that we might have victory. To become the tail, even as we were the tail, that He might (being exulted) become the head and make a way for us to follow Him there into the victory seat with all power and authority to overcome these principalities that had previously so easily beset us.

“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world (Satan) be cast out. And I (Jesus), if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” – John‬ ‭12:31-32‬ ‭

In humbling Himself, Jesus was exalted and given all authority by the Father, He then through the cup of the marriage covenant betrothed Himself to the Church (His bride) in the fashion of communion. Once having done this, He then willed everything that was His (including His authority) to His bride. Upon His death this New will and Testament became finalized and all that was His was passed to His bride granting is full power and authority over every principality that we are no longer slaves to sin (or the master of sin), but Children of God, brides of Christ, and join heirs with Him of the Kingdom being made the head and not the tail, all spiritual power and authority being granted to us so that sin no longer has dominion over us, nor do the powers of hell have any authority against us.

“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” – 1 John‬ ‭3:7-8‬ ‭

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” – Romans‬ ‭6:16-18‬ ‭

If the bride of Christ ever wakes up and realizes what it really is and what it really has been given the devil will be in a world of trouble. Know that Christ was given authority over ALL principalities and then willed that power to you. Stand in true faith and use it. Resist the devil and he WILL flee from you. He has no choice, he knows who he is, his only hope is that you don’t realize who you are, that you don’t come to understand the scope of what Christ really did for you at Calvary. He gave you the power to put Satan under your feet and keep him there if you truly believe and walk in the authority of that faith, for if God is for us, who can be against us?

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” – Ephesians‬ ‭1:18-23‬ ‭

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” – Colossians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭

“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 ‭8:16-17‬ ‭

Don’t Hide From God, Hide In God

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” – Colossians‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭

The bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Everything with God takes faith, because God works first in the hidden and in the waiting, then unto the revealing. Not unlike a great chess player or strategist, He has a plan but He hides it until it is no longer expected then once everything is perfectly positioned He reveals it unto victory! 

We see this through out the bible, in the life of Moses who was hidden in Pharaoh’s house until his revealing, in Joseph who was hidden in a prison until his revealing, in David who was hidden in caves until his revealing, and of course in Jesus who was hidden in poverty until His Kingship was revealed. Yet the grandest story in this God cherished tactic of hiding and revealing is still being played out right now, and you are part of it!

If you have chosen by faith to believe in the hidden truths that God revealed through Jesus, repent of and renounce your allegiance to sin, and set your heart to follow Christ, then you will follow Him right into an other hiding. Yet in this hiding we wait in faith for the greatest reveal since the resurrection of Christ, the resurrection and glorifying of the followers of Christ with Christ at the last trump! For it is this last event that the first event came to give us faith for! For if God was able and willing to raise Christ from the dead, then we can wait in hope during the hiding that surely he can and will raise us also. By Faith in what He did, do we have faith in what He will do that we might make ourselves ready for when He does it! Therefore, by faith are we able to endure in the hiding that we can be saved in the revealing and spared from the judgment to come. So I petition you now, choose today to hide in God with Christ that you not desire to hide from God at the return of Christ, for I tell you assuredly that the day draws near and is even at the door. 

“For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” – Luke‬ ‭8:17‬ ‭

“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. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” – Romans‬ ‭8:17-21‬ ‭

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” – Titus‬ ‭2:11-13‬ ‭

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” – Colossians‬ ‭3:3-4‬ ‭

“And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” – Revelation‬ ‭19:5-7‬ ‭

What’s Hindering Your Destiny? 

 “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” – Jonah‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭

What a simple and profound truth. When you listen to the vane lies your soul (emotions) are speaking to you of how you deserve to complain, murmur, hate, disobey God, cling to pride, hold offense, or whatever your particular case at a particular time may be, you forsake your own mercy. By choosing to focus on, listen to, and be led by your emotions (soul/flesh) that is so easily influenced by the devil and your own pride, you are choosing not to listen to and be led by the Spirit of God. When you choose to listen to the soul (emotions), which are always self centered around what you think, what you want, and what you feel, it is causing you to stand in opposition to what God wants, what God feels, and what God knows to be the best for all involved. This serves only to prevent the goodness of God’s plan from manifesting in our lives and His mercies from doing their perfect work both in us and through us as we allow the lies of our vain emotions to keep us in a place of torment, pride, rebellion, or unforgiveness. 

This was the place that Jonah was in. This was his “belly of the fish”. I think that most all of us have spent some time in the belly of that fish. You see, Jonah ran from his call to bring a message of salvation to the Ninevites because he didn’t like them. Jonah had logical reasons not to like them, they were a vile, filthy, violent, selfish, and all out wicked people. Therefor, Jonah had no heart for the Ninevites and when God told him to go minister to them, he ran in the other direction. He listened to his flesh, his emotions, his soul which spoke to him only of bitterness, brokenness, wickedness, hurt, and fear. It justified how right he thought he was by telling him how wrong he knew they were. Yet God, through the Spirit was speaking to him of forgiveness, hope, redemption, healing, and love, but Jonah chose to listen to the soul instead of the Spirit and it caused him to reject the very mercy of the deliverance that God was ready and waiting to give him and the Ninevites alike. He was stubbornly choosing to sit in the torment of his own pride and bitterness that was holding him back from all that God had for him. 

The more Jonah listened to his emotion the worse things got for him because your emotions (being so easily influenced by the enemy) will always take you in a direction that is opposite of the word, will, and wisdom of God. However, God knows best what is best and running from the wisdom of God toward the logic of your emotions will always separate you from the presence of God which is always a dark and tormenting place to be. So things just got worse and worse for him. He went through storms, he got cast out of his boat, he was swallowed by a fish, he was drug to the depths of the sea, he wallowed in darkness, distress, and emotional torment until he realized the thing he missed the most was the Lord, the presence of the Lord. The moment he let his soul (self/flesh/ego/emotions) die and he put his heart, thoughts, and trust back in the Lord, His will, His words, His wisdom, and His love, immediately he was delivered from all his torment and finally he could feel God’s presence, hear His voice, rest in His peace, and see the light of day again. The soul (influenced by Satan) will always tend towards fear and self preservation, but the Spirit (influenced by God) will always tend towards love and the salvation and preservation of others. Choose today to crucify the flesh, and follow the Spirit into the destiny the God has for you.

“When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” – Jonah‬ ‭2:7-10‬ ‭

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭

“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” – Galatians‬ ‭5:24-25‬ ‭

“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.” – Romans‬ ‭8:13-15‬ ‭

The Two “R’s”

“And that repentanceANDremission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” -Luke 24:47

As a pastor now, having grown thus far from a child raised in God’s Word, there has been much maturing in the 34 years of my spiritual walk and even lessons gained from the “lack thereof” when I ran like that prodigal son from my Father’s house. For that (the maturing process), I am very grateful.

When I read the scriptures today, because of what I recognize was and is the Holy Spirit growing me in grace & mercy, I see the scriptures quite black and white. Specifically? The issue of sin. It’s because of this issue, that is it’s literally the whole reason the scribes of old were directed of the Holy Spirit to write which became the Holy Bible. Out of the entirety of the Bible, the whole of all scriptures comes down to teaching us these two undeniable principles:

Simply put…

1.) Sin is bad. -Romans 6:23

2.) Godliness is gain. -1 Tim. 6:6

I intentionally refer to sin as an “issue” realizing that sin is not only the cancer that plagues the world, but today unfortunately, even the modern church by in large willfully retains sin under the excuse of their humanity. Humanity should simply be the platform for desperation of God, the Lord Jesus, our Savior… Not the “ball and chain” that binds us to evil vices.

“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” -Romans 6:22

The POWER of God’s grace not only forgives sin, removes our sin, but overcomes the power of sin’s enticement by His saving and equipping grace! Grace isn’t the ability to excuse our sin, but the power to overcome!

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? -Romans 6:1-2

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; … Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” -Titus 2:11-12, 14

From our opening verse:

The Two “R’s”

1. Remission

2. Repentance

Remission is God removing and forgiving us of our sin.

Repentance is us turning away from our sin (also done by the empowering work of God’s grace given at salvation)

It is literally heartbreaking that when I talk to “the churched” about simply living for God by obeying His Word, I get accused of teaching a “works salvation.” Of course we can’t earn our salvation; it’s free, however once saved by grace through faith, we live for God, and not for any sinful desires.

Let’s look at what the Bible says:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:8-10

Did we catch that in verse 10? The popular quote is verses 8-9, but verse 10 completes the picture: “Created unto good works” The whole of salvation is not only FORGIVENESS of sin, but removal and abandonment of sin.

The woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), is a regularly referred passage by people who attacked anyone who calls out sin for what it is. Yes we are not to “cast stones” of condemnation, but offer the love of God that leads to repentance. (Ephesians 4:32) But let’s not forget the end of that passage…

“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” -John 8:10-11

Even though the Pharisees were out of line in their approach, we have to still realize that adultery was still sin, and sin needs addressing. Jesus addressed it; not excused it.

He forgave her:

“Neither do I condemn thee”

Then He exhorted her unto righteousness:

“Go and sin no more”

The messages taught today that it’s Jesus that saves us by faith alone without or not needing any choice on our part to repent (abandon) our sins once forgiven and having been saved, is a very dangerous one.

The word “Repentance” is so much more than a “change of mind,” but also, a “change of lifestyle.” If you change your mind on something, naturally your change of actions will back up your change of mind. Example: If I change my mind about the order of my desk, I’ll actually change it! Changes of thought are always preceded by changes of action. Remission AND Repentance.

“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” -Luke 5:32

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” -James 5:19-20

“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” -Jonah 3:10

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” -Isaiah 55:7

“Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:” -Matthew 11:20

Remission of sin isn’t much good if you leave the door of your heart wide open for you’re old master, sin. You cannot serve two masters. You will either love one and hate the other. (Matthew 6:24)

Choose today!

I choose Jesus!

I choose remission AND repentance!

The Joy Of The Lord

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” – 3 John‬ ‭1:4‬

As a parent who is walking in the truth there truly is no greater joy then to know that your children or walking in the truth also. Likewise, as a minister (which are little more then spiritual parents) l can attest that nothing brings you more joy then to see your disciples walking on their own firmly planted in the truth. How much more then does it bring joy to our Heavenly Father when His children also walk in the truth? And since the joy of the Lord is our strength, then our faith in His truth brings not only Him joy, but us power! For when we come to read the truth of God’s word and walk it out in faith, we align ourselves with God. When we try to make things work our way, we are telling God to align Himself with us. He will not, but I assure you that another spirit will. This grieves God greatly. In this we can see the simple truth of both what grieves God and what brings Him joy. Trusting in what you think and expecting God to align with it grieves Him, while trusting in what He says (which is the truth) and aligning yourself with Him in faith brings Him joy which causes Him to joyfully send you the gift of His Holy Spirit and all the strength of it, which at its root is grace, God’s favor, power, and divine leading influence filling your heart, changing your life, and making all things new. 

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” – Revelation‬ ‭21:5‬ ‭

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” – Ezekiel‬ ‭36:26-27‬ ‭

“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians‬ ‭4:21-32‬ ‭

“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah‬ ‭8:8-10‬ ‭

How To Pray For Revival 

“How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.” – Joel‬ ‭1:18-19‬ ‭

Do you pray for revival? How do you pray for revival? Why do you pray for revival? Do you pray for signs, wonders, and miracles? Do you pray for God to send people to your church? Let’s face it. True revival rarely comes because most are praying the wrong things with the wrong motives, therefor they are being answered by the wrong spirits. 

God says, “to esteem others better then self, to weep between the porch and the altar, to be faithful in the little things.”

Jezebel says, “o you see that ministry (vineyard) over there? You want one like that and you want it now? Hold on, I’ll get it for you.” 

Not all, but most so called revivals today are little more then impatient covetous Jezebel handed, golden calf worshiping, counterfeit filled, self promoting flesh fest that may be pleasurable for a season but in the end will only bring spiritual death to all involved in leave a lot of blood on the hands of a lot of Ahabs when it all comes crashing down bringing shame and reproach on the name of God in the process. 

True revival comes from heaven through the power of God when we yield our will to His and become His obedient vessel. You see it’s not us using the power of His Holy Spirit, it’s His Holy Spirit using our vessel. That only comes by way of purity and holiness. It comes by way of total submission, total dependency, total trust, total obedience, and total selflessness. Waiting when He says wait, moving when He says move, trusting when He says trust, doing what He says to do, and not adding a single thing more from you. You don’t have anything worth adding to His stage, anything you add will only mess up His perfection and the mere thought that your skills, talents, ideas, or presence has any purpose, place, or equality on His stage with His, will insult and grieve the Holy Spirit and the discerning will feel Him depart while the wicked rejoice and have a revival of their own. Know this, one note of your own added to His perfect symphony brings discord and the whole thing is messed up. No longer being perfect it is now no more His symphony but your mess, therefore He will give it to you and walk away. 

Our opening passage reveals how one should pray for true revival. Crying out to God in desperation for others to be fed the truth. To be broken hearted over the lack of spiritual food in the land, the scattered flocks with no real pastor. To ache over the rivers of living water that have dried up. To be burdened over the lack of fruit being produced. In other words, to recognize that souls are being lost because no man stands in the gap for them. To begin to fast and cry out in prayer and intercession to send the rain of His Holy Spirit, to raise up Godly shepherds to gather the flocks in their perspective fields, to feed them and fill them with the truth of God’s word, of submission, repentance, obedience, patience, long-suffering, sacrifice, servanthood, sonship, holiness, and purity before the Lord that their dead lives might be revived into newness of life, freed from the bondage of sin. For whom the son sets free is free indeed.

Aside from what you are praying, one should also examine why you are praying for revival in the first place. What are your motives? Ask yourself, would you fast and pray for revival night and day for years if you knew that by doing so it would come but you would have no physical part in it and no man this side of heaven would ever know that you had? Would you pray faithfully for revival knowing that if you do it will break out in the church down the road but not in your own? If you can’t honestly say yes to this then your motives are wrong and selfish and a selfless and Holy God will not give it to you, though an other spirit might.

When you don’t do things God’s way you grieve the Holy Spirit and He departs which creates a vacancy and leaves an open door, to which I assure you something unholy is going to come through and fill the void. 

True revival only comes from total submission because true revival is heaven coming to earth. Jesus told us exactly how to do this when He said; “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In heaven there is total submission to God’s will without any interjection of anyone else’s. If you want to see the kingdom of heaven come down (which is true revival) then you have to allow for the same environment. Total submission. That has usually only been done with a small faithful few, as in the origins of the Haystack Revival, Lewis Island, Azuza Street, or the Day of Pentecost. Therefor dear minister of the faith, I give you this simple truth, God isn’t trying to build a bigger church. He’s trying to build a better church, a broken church, a selfless, holy, spotless church. One selflessly wailing over sin, counterfeits, and the lack of the truth. If you are not one of these selfless God fearing souls, then you are part of the problem. 

“Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord,” – Joel‬ ‭1:11-14‬ ‭

SAVED FOR A PURPOSE

Black-Man-Praying-1“And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” – Luke‬ ‭15:11-24

The parable of the prodigal son really gives us such a clear view on Salvation and what it’s all about. God (The Good Father) wants to bless His children: “it’s His pleasure to give good gifts to His children“. He freely gives us of His inheritance. The younger son covets that inheritance then leaves the Father. (Some people love the blessings of God more than God Himself.) Him leaving the Father represents someone who once was saved but is no longer by choice. Covetousness, greed, and idolatry had taken his heart from the Father and placed it on the inheritance.Once given, the son then leaves home and parties it up until it’s all gone and then all his “friends” leave him and the hard times kick in. He finds himself staring at pig slop and desiring to fill his belly with it. BUT THEN… HE COMES TO HIS SENSES…

He begins to think of his home that he had left and remembers how good he really had it there. That even his Father’s servants were better off having food enough to spare. There was an abundance at ABBA’s house! He humbled himself and decided to be one of his Father’s hired servants and sets off back home.

On the long road home I wonder just how many times he thought of how much he had hurt his Daddy by leaving Him. I’m sure the guilt began to sink in. The recognition of that guilt is the very thing needed to cause us to humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord that will in-turn cause Him to lift us up. A recognition of guilt with humility and returning to the Father is the first step in Salvation: for until we see our own wretchedness we can never KNOW the GREAT GOODNESS OF OUR FATHER; there is safety with the Father.

I wonder just how many times he must have thought of what he would say to his Daddy. I’m sure that in every step, his heart became heavier and heavier with the grief that he caused his Father. Just how many times he must have recited his repentant plea, but before he could speak a word the Father saw His son returning home to Him, [HE RAN TO HIM took him in His arms held his head to His chest and said “My son’s come home again!” Lifted his face wiped the tears from his eyes, with forgiveness in His voice He said, `son do you know I still love you?!’“] ( – taken from the lyrics of the song “When God Ran”)

The Father calls for the servants to bring a robe (righteousness) and He places it on His son along with a ring (authority) for His son’s finger. He also places shoes on His son’s feet (ministry), saying: “bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” As soon as one soul returns to the Father, all of Heaven REJOICES!

As a great man of God once said: “Jesus didn’t come to make bad men good, He came to make dead men LIVE!” ~Lenard Ravenhill

The Grace of God is the POWER to make men who are dead in their sins and trespasses alive unto God by the same Spirit THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD! This is truly Salvation: to return to the Father with a recognition that the world and all it offers is nothing more than “pig slop” in comparison to our Father and His Holy Habitation!! That our own misery is because we have left the Father, and our wretched acts of rebellion against our Father God have caused us great grief and grieved our Father as well. That the payment for that sin we committed is death, and that Jesus Christ (GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON), by the love He had for the Father became obedient unto death to be the eternal sacrifice for our sins and that through believing in Him and all He says we are saved: by surrendering ourselves back to the OBEDIENCE OF OUR FATHER. Willing to become servants, we become SONS and DAUGHTERS of the MOST HIGH GOD! This is TRUE REPENTANCE!!!

This however, sadly is not preached by most modern churches today: instead, they want salvation without repentance! They want forgiveness of God without having to forgive those who hurt them! They want to be accepted by God without neglecting the world and all it offers! They want the Blood of Christ and His sacrifice, without any willingness to suffer themselves! They want to be holy without allowing their sins to be washed away by the blood of Christ! They coddle their sins like a pet instead of nailing them to the cross to die! They prefer the lustful pleasures of this world over the affliction that leads to the eternal weight of glory! Thus the churches suffer from worldliness and are leading the masses to HELL unaware of the horrors of sin and the soon coming judgement at hand, for no matter who you are, living a life of WILLFUL SIN will only anger a Holy and Just God who gave us His only SON to TAKE AWAY OUR SINS! It’s time we begin to see ourselves in the light of our HOLY GOD AND ALLOW HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS TO BE PLACED UPON US THAT BY HIS AUTHORITY WE TOO CAN DO HIS WILL AND WALK IN HIS COMMANDS!

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ KJV

I’m NOT saved because I’m good, but I’m good because I’m saved! It’s time we allow Grace, which is the Power of God, to save us FROM OUR SINS by FAITH in HIM! If we truly believe, then we will LIVE IT! It’s HIS GIFT TO US, so receive it! Nothing to boast about of ourselves, but we glory in the CROSS OF CHRIST! And Now we are HIS! WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, SAVED BY HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, GIVEN HIS GOOD WORKS, THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM!

How closely does your life reflect Jesus Christ’s? If your walking in your own righteousness you will fail every time, but when you rely TOTALLY UPON HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS you will produce the fruit of HIS HOLY SPIRIT becoming the LIVING SACRIFICE HE INTENDED YOU TO BE! You see another GIFT HE HAS GIVEN US:

“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;” – Philippians‬ ‭1:29‬

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭3:12-17

“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” – 2 Peter‬ ‭3:13-18‬

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” – 2 Peter‬ ‭2:1-22

(Read: 2Peter 3 as well)

Knowing that in the last days (today) there will be seducers, false prophets, and false teachers, it would be wise to pick up the Holy Bible (KJV) and begin to ask the HOLY SPIRIT for understanding.

Remember the words of our Savior:

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John‬ ‭16:33

It’s time for us Christians to start living for the eternity that Christ told us of, for if we believe there is a HELL and that MANY will go there, then what are we doing for Heaven’s sake! Let us LIVE THE GOSPEL, Interceded for the lost, and walk in the commands of our HEAVENLY FATHER building HIS KINGDOM not ours!

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17-18‬

Submitted by @ Heather Wright

“Getting to the Root”

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

-James 4:8

As natural human beings, living in a corrupt world full of opportunities and temptations, sometimes we find that it can become a real fight to remain true, pure, living with integrity as the Bible clearly instructs us to once we receive salvation by His grace through our faith in Him.

The good news is God hasn’t left us “high & dry” in this life here on earth to live for Him. If you’ve ever heard me preach or read other manna’s I’ve written, you’ll know that it is by His grace alone that we are not only saved, but even sanctified as well. Empowered by His Spirit!

Anytime there is an ailment, any good doctor would try to accurately diagnose the condition to accurately prescribe a remedy or cure. Throughout the scriptures you’ll see that the “root cause” of addictions, sins of all sorts, you’ll find are rooted in self gratification.

Ever heard of the saying, “Let’s get to the ‘root’ of the problem”? We all have.

It simply means to find the origins or cause of an “issue.” Then just like a tree that is only killed at the root, we have to find the “root” and “kill it.” All of our “issues” of life, can easily simply be brought to “self.”

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” -1 John 2:16 (KJV)

Many people greatly desire to be freed from addictions or habits that are sinful, but unfortunately not many people actually understand the “root” of their problem. Once the cause of these struggles are identified, like a diagnosis is important for a prescribed remedy, we also can Biblically diagnose our own lives and see that the remedy is to “die to self”. When flesh stops “feeling” or “desiring,” it’s much easier to refuse that which we are commanded to abstain from.

As was all of my sins I was bound by, they also were rooted completely in selfishness: the desire to fulfill my own personal desires or cravings.

Being born again is to start over with ALL NEW desires!

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” -2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

Having said that, it’s time to crucify that flesh that pulls us to do those things that we shouldn’t.

“I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” -1 Corinthians 15:31 (KJV)

The key to overcoming sin is to overcome your desire for self-gratification. And to do that is to metaphorically die to “self”.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

I’ve heard it said that sin is both stupid and selfish. “Stupid” due to its consequences (death), and selfish identifying its motivation.

In conclusion, the root is always “self.” It’s time to do some “spiritual gardening.” Take selfishness up by the root!

If that is where you are today, and you want to live and walk in victory over temptations, then call out to Jesus! He selflessly was slain for us, and now our invitation is to selflessly lay down our lives for Him! He alone can set free!

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” -John 8:36 (KJV)