Speaking AND Listening

“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.” – Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

We’re all guilty of this at one point or another. In prayer, it is imperative that we balance our speaking to God with “listening” to Him. As much as we’d like to think that’s just how prayer works, we can miss so much in our communion with Him if we’re not listening to what He is saying. Jesus said, “My sheep are my people and they know my voice…”

You’ll never “know anyone’s voice” unless you listen to them. I know my earthly father’s voice because I’ve listened to him for years, as to be expected of anyone you have listened to for years. This is no different with God.

Attributes:

His voice is specific. His voice is felt and heard. His voice will never contradict His written Word. He speaks with PURPOSE so when He has spoken, don’t take it lightly. If He has spoken to you, abide and walk in His Words of direction.

I just finished teaching and preaching a 4 part series at our church called, “Let Us Pray” and it has been very rewarding spiritually for many and at very least, myself. It is imperative that we build on our prayer life; wherever you are in it, there IS room for growth! Don’t stop pursuing or as David the Psalmist put it, “running ‘hard’ after thee.”

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Not His Will

So often we hear the phrase “whatever is meant to be will be“, or “God’s will, will be done.” It gives us a great sense of ambiguity in not only the over all scheme of things but also in our own lives and convictions, or lack thereof. So where does this concept come from?

Well it surely doesn’t come from God. The bible is full of story’s where things didn’t work out the way they were suppose to. Death, murder, selfishness, immorality, wrath, judgment, all of which came solely as a result of people living in opposition to God’s will; for God told them not to do these things. 

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” – ‭James‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭

In truth, sin is simply any form of rebellion against God’s will. If everything was God’s will then there would be no sin because there would be no rebellion, for the very nature of rebellion is to choose to act against the will of the authority over you. If your children are being rebellious, it means that they are not obeying your will for them.

Now hear me out on this, God is above all and in the end His promises will stand, God will do His part, it’s your part that is in question here. The Israelite’s that left Egypt are a great example of this. They left for the promised land, yet Paul tells us that because of the unbelief of God’s words that drove their constant rebellion to God’s will for them, they could not enter in. God still kept His promise to Abraham by sending their children into promise but they themselves lost their part in it because of a refusal to believe and obey God’s words, but it did not have to be; hence the warning to us not to make the same mistake.

“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.” – Hebrews‬ ‭3:7-12‬ ‭

Now, let’s take this concept of God’s will always being done straight to scripture and see what it plainly says:

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭

Peter, a disciple of Christ, clearly states that God is very patient in His wrath and judgments toward us because it is “not His will” that anyone would perish but it is His will that everyone should come to repentance. Yet we know that very few actually do come to repentance in the over all scope of things because Matthew 7:14 tells us that “narrow is the way that leads to life and few are they that find it.” 

So if it is God’s will that all come to repentance unto eternal life, then why do so few do so? The answer is given just a few more verses down when it says clearly that it is because most do not do the will of the Father. 

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew‬ ‭7:21

You do have a choice to make, everyone has a choice to make. Will you be counted among the many or among the few. God is patient because it is not His will that any should parish, therefor He waits for you to choose to repent of your rebellion against His will and realign yourself with it, but many simply choose not to. The choice is yours, God will not make it for you, so I implore you, choose ye this day whom you will serve while there is still yet time. 

Jesus stands at the door and knocks desiring to come in, sup, talk with you, and tell you His will for you, but you have to choose to open that door and once you have, you have to choose to listen to what He tells you there. It’s all about a choice. It’s always been about a choice. From the garden of Eden, to the garden of Gethsemane, to the garden of your heart, it’s always been about a choice between saying “my will be done“, or “thy will be done.” It’s about a choice, and the choice is yours to make, choose the narrow path, choose to do the will of the Father, choose life.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” – Deuteronomy‬ ‭30:19‬

“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 ‭3:20-22‬ ‭

“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” – Revelation‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” – 2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭

“Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, …” – ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭7:37

“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?” – Romans‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭

“…choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua‬ ‭24:15‬ ‭

Get To Know God

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” – 2 Thessalonians‬ ‭1:7-10‬ ‭

Do you know God? No, I didn’t ask if you know about God, I mean do you “know Him”? Do you personally know Him? Do you know His voice? His Words, His character? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? Does He come in and sup with you? Because if He does not regularly come in and sup, visit, commune, speak, teach, and fellowship with you, then He is still standing outside the door knocking. You haven’t actually let Him in. 

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” – James‬ ‭2:19-20‬ ‭

Just knowing that He exists isn’t enough. Knowing that He is at the door isn’t enough. Knowing that He is knocking isn’t enough. You have to actually let Him in and fellowship with Him, talk to Him, listen to Him, get to know Him, love Him, and obey Him.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” – Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭

A lot of people know about God, but very few actually come to know God. It’s heart breaking because Christ suffered and died that we might be reconciled unto the Father and inter in boldly before His thrown. We no longer need a priest to inter in for us but we ourselves can hear directly from God and fellowship with Him like Moses did. Yet with this great unmatchable gift laid before us, we choose entertainment, distraction, relationships, pride, worldly lust, gain, grudges, traditions, doctrines, ambition, and outright sin to keep us from it. We choose these poisonous gifts of the world over this precious gift from God just like Adam and Eve chose the serpents fruit over all that God had labored to make available to them. 

People this ought not be so, nor does it need to be. The choice is yours. Jesus made a way, it’s a straight and narrow way, but it is available to any who will choose to take it, and it leads straight the the thrown of God. It’s available now, open the door, let Jesus in, talk with Him, listen to Him, get to know Him, and He will teach you how to walk this thing out by faith. Not by faith in what you think you know, (for that is self righteousness) but by faith in what He says (which is walking in His righteousness). 

“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” – Romans‬ ‭10:2-3‬

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel‬ ‭11:32‬ ‭

God is real, people! He is real right now. His power is real. The Holy Spirit is real. Miracles, signs, and wonders are real. Yet I urge you today to wake up and understand that Hell is real too, and Jesus really is coming back, but only for those who personally know Him and are known by Him. Knowing about Him won’t save you, in fact it will only assure you a greater damnation being without excuse for not getting to know Him. So how do you get to know Him? The same way you get to know anyone. You spend time with them. Personal one on one time “with” them. Jesus is knocking, take the time to open that door, invite Him in, sit and sup, visit, talk, listen, commune, and be taught personally by God. We are not promised tomorrow, we are not guaranteed another chance. We are only guaranteed damnation if we fail to take the chances given to us in the limited time we have to take them. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the appointed time. Open the door while He still knocks, because when He opens the door Himself it will be too late. Know that you will stand face to face with God one way or the other, better it be now by choice and loving invitation, then later by force to receive eternal damnation.  

“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 ‭3:19-22‬ ‭

From Barrenness to Blessing 

“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;” – Matthew‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭

Jesus spoke in a parable of one who planted seed in four different kinds of soil. To fully grasp the context of this parable we need to first understand what the elements of the parable represent. First the soil represents the heart. Their are four different conditions in which the soil in this parable are found. We will discuss that further later.

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” – Hosea‬ ‭10:12‬ ‭

The next element of the parable that is critical to understand is the seed being sown into these soils. The seed is God’s Word, but deeper then that it’s the one who speaks those words, who is the word. It’s Jesus, for Jesus is the word made flesh and it is Jesus whom is the seed of Abraham who was counted righteous because he listened to God’s voice. That is to say, he received God’s words, believed them, and acted upon them in obedience because of His faith in them. You cannot separate Jesus from His words, either logos (written in the past) or Rhema (spoken directly to you in the present). To believe in one you will believe the other, to reject one you reject the other for they are one in the same.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was 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 ‭1:1, 14‬ ‭

So we understand that the seed is the word and the word is Jesus but let’s go a little deeper. Abraham believed God’s voice (words) and received a promise that through his seed all nations would be blessed. That those who bless him would be blessed and those that curse him would be cursed, and that he would inherit a kingdom. The promise was to him and his seed. Most understand this to be the Jewish people by nationality, however that is not a biblically accurate interpretation. Scripture tells us that the kingdom being promised here was not to be given to many seeds (as in a people) but to Abrahams seed (singular, as in a person), and that person is Christ in whom all the nations of the world are blessed; whomsoever (of any people, gender, class, or nationality) chooses to believe in Him and in His words, for He is the word! 

“And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” – Genesis‬ ‭26:4-5‬ ‭

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” – Galatians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭

So now we can see that the parable of the sower in its deepest since being that of different people who have receive Christ (the Seed and the Word) in different ways and the outcome of it. 

The first is one who hears the word and receives the seed but is not discipled. Being unlearned they are unable to yet distinguish between the voice of the shepherd and the voice of the stranger, and following the stranger will be led astray before the seed really takes root and bares fruit. 

The second is one who hears the words of God and receive Christ with gladness! Yet they don’t go any deeper. They don’t let the word take root and breakup their heart ground, the environment of their heart is not changed by the Seed but resist it, they don’t break up their fallowed ground and seek after righteousness. They aren’t told that they have to ever seek to go deeper and to grow in the things of God, therefore they stay shallow never reaching for the deeper things of God and when the storms of trial, tribulation, disappointment, offense, and persecution arise, they are unequipped, unaware, and able to endure not having built that deep unshakable personal relationship with God that they might draw from the deep well that is the Holy Ghost ministering hope directly and personally to them and through them even in dry and desperate seasons.

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” – John‬ ‭7:37-39‬

Though all of these situations are tragic, the third condition of the parable is possibly the most damaging to the faith of others. You see the third one received Christ, the seed took root, grew into a tree, and was even producing fruit! However, other things grew up around it and began to choke it out until it died and stopped producing. Distractions, worries, social status, money, possessions, positions, relationships, idols, vanity, anything that you allow to take your ear away from God’s voice is taking your heart away from it also and you will Bering to dry up and eventually die spiritually. We know that Jesus said that any tree that bares not good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire, and here we see a tree that once bore fruit yet now has become barren and fruitless. Let this sink in and never allow anything to choke out your connection to the root from which you draw your grace and thus cut off the fruitfulness of your faith. No compromise. No complacency. No idolatry. Remember, this world is not your home. 

Finally, the last condition is what Jesus called “good soil“. The heart that hears His words, receives Him (the Seed), allows Him to grow deep roots in you changing the environment of your heart, digging down and drawing up deep wells of living water, and baring much fruit that others might be blessed and more seed spread to the pleasing of the sower. 

So what condition do you find yourself in today? Does the enemy steal the words God speaks to you as soon as they are spoken? That seed was not buried, therefor do you need to die to self and be buried with Christ. Do you need to go deeper into the things of God and the power (and giftings) of His Holy Spirit that you be better equipped to withstand the wilds of the devil? Do you need to remove somethings from your life that are choking out your personal time with God, killing your relationship with Him, and making you unfruitful? Do you want to be counted by God as good ground baring much fruit that you might hear those long awaited words, “well done My good and faithful servant, come and inter into your rest.” 

All of these bad grounds can be transformed into good ground by simply spending time with the husbandmen (the tender of the garden). Determined to get alone with God and get to know God and He will make not only Himself known to you, but He will make the condition of your own heart known to you also, that it might be mended into greater fruitfulness that you might be blessed. For it is His desire to bless but He cannot bless unfruitfulness. So call on Jesus, seek the husbandmen, cry out for Him to plow your heart, soften it, remove the thorns (sin and distractions), attend to His words, seek to go deeper into the things of God, and watch your barrenness become blessing. 

“The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” – Mark‬ ‭4:14-23‬ ‭

Are You Spiritually Love Sick?

“Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.” – Song of Solomon‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭

Most of us know what it’s like to be love sick. That empty, depressing, lonely, heart desperate, anxious, unsettled feeling you have when you are away from the one you love the most. Sometimes you can’t even eat because your heart is more fixed on that person (or the absence of them) then on the desire for food. The negative emotional states mentioned above are also scientifically proven to severely weaken your immune system making you far more susceptible to physical illness as well. So when a person is love sick, it often starts out as an emotional state but, if prolonged, often ends up as a physical sickness. Therefore, being “love sick” is a very real thing.

Having said that, has it ever occurred to you that the same thing can happen if the bride of Christ doesn’t get to spend personal time with Him? Think about it, a true relationship with Christ is based on a deep love. When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus answered “to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37). He also said that if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15), and that we fall in love with Him when we truly come to realize that He first loved us when we were yet unlovable and gave Himself a ransom for us that He might redeem us from the curse that we brought upon ourselves. (1 John 4:19)

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians‬ ‭5:25-27‬ ‭

So we see that, though some may need to be saved by fear of hell (Jude 1:23), it is falling in love with Christ that will cause us to spend the personal time with Him that will truly change us into a fit bride. You see, when the above passage says that the bride of Christ is “cleansed and sanctified by the washing of the water by the word“, that is a special kind of “word“. The Greek word used there is “Rhema“, which means His living spoken word, spoken directly and personally to you, as in prayer, devotion, and personal time with Him. 

This is not to be confused with “logo’s” which is the written word. Logo’s speaks of law and that which is written and passed down, but Rhema speaks of that which is spoken directly to your heart from God in the present. This is what brings conviction, instruction, direction, revelation, comfort, encouragement, and love, for it is in communion that we truly get to know someone and fall more and more in love with them. This is why Jesus encouraged us often through His “logos” written word from the past, to come in and sup, or commune with Him that you might receive His “Rhema” spoken word in the present. 

Now be warned that a true Rhema word from the Lord will never contradict the Logos word since they come from the same source, as all manifestations of the Godhead will always agree with each other. (1 John 5:7-8) However, the importance of personal time with the Lord cannot be overstated. It is in this time that you are truly changed and develop the drive, strength, determination, and grace to be a good and faithful bride. Yet as with any true relationship, if time together is neglected the relationship wanes, suffers, weakens, and eventually you will stray from it. This is why Jesus said that the fruit of those who do not abide in His love and remain connected will wither and they will eventually end up being cut off and cast into the fire (John 15:6).

Now to come back to our opening point about being love sick. Having seen that our relationship with Christ is one of love, partly expressed as all love relationships are, by personal communion, we may come to realize that many of the emotions, anxieties, stresses, depressions, and even illnesses we face come from the fact that we are not spending time with the one we love the most. Jesus! 

Many of the aggravations and offenses we struggle with may stem from a feeling of being robbed of that time by others or meaningless task. Furthermore, much of the guilt that struggling believers carry may be rooted in this lack of personal communion time with the Bridegroom, and the root of much envy may be found in jealousy against those who do. Yet if we are honest we have to admit that we will make time for what we love the most. Though the devil will steal your time, over work and overwhelm you, it is up to you to fight for time with the one you Love, and if you truly love Him, then fight you will. 

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” – Jude‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭

Just like the love sick fool who doesn’t eat because they care more about seeing or hearing from that loved one then their own belly, if you must fast to find the time and energy to get to Him, you will. The truth is that being love sick is real, not just for your spouse but for the Bridegroom also. It you do not make personal time to talk with and hear from the Lord then you will get spiritually sick, and believe it or not this can lead eventually to even becoming physically sick.

“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs‬ ‭4:20-23‬ ‭

Again the word for “word” in the original text here means the literal spoken word of God. A direct and personal message from the Word Himself to you, His bride. When you spend time with God and hear from the Lord (who is our help), it brings hope, which ignites a flame of passion, which drives action, to which the testimony of, stokes the flames of faith in love in others unto salvation and eternal life. But more then that only, hope literally brings health, that you might not only have life, but have it more abundantly! 

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” – Proverbs‬ ‭13:12‬ ‭

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John‬ ‭10:10‬

“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 ‭3:19-22‬ ‭

Jesus Is Still Coming

getreadyYesterday I was expecting company to come over in the evening, so in the morning as I was doing my normal cleaning I noticed some cobwebs that had collected in the corner and some dust that had settled on the ceiling fan. These were both things that had slowly developed over time, because of this I had become somewhat blinded to it. I didn’t notice it before because it had settled in gradually causing me to barely notice it until, becoming accustomed to it being there, I was blinded to it. However, when I knew a friend was coming I began to look at my house through their eyes. How would they see it? What would they notice? Then I saw it and it had to go.

In that moment the Lord spoke to me and said, “you see, this is why it’s important that people be reminded that I am coming.” He was right! We allow things to settle into our hearts, minds, and lives gradually. A little thought here, a little compromise there, a little distraction, a lack of prayer, a little bitterness, a little pride, a little selfishness, a little lie, a little sin, a little dust building up on the ceiling fan (metaphorically speaking).

The devil takes joy in weaving these things into your life conspicuously, piece by piece like the cobweb in the corner, and we often times don’t even realize it’s there because we aren’t looking for it. Sometimes we do see it but think, “I’ll get rid of that in a little while but once we put it off, we forget and become completely blinded to it because now we are accustomed to it’s presence and easily overlook it. Oh, but when we are reminded that someone is coming soon, that Jesus is coming and that he will see every hidden corner of our spiritual house then we stop and start to look at it the way He will, and we begin to see what He will see. Then we notice things that we have previously been blinded to. Then we get motivated to clean out the junk, shake off the dust, and kick out the cobwebs. Then we wake up and get it done.

This is why Christ warned so often for us to remain vigilant and ready, always preparing and awaiting His return. One of the main reasons that the church at large is asleep today when it should be working and preparing is because it has stopped expecting Christ’s return and very few pastors and watchmen are still reminding them of it. I knew exactly when my friend was coming over and how much time I had to get my house in order, but no man knows the day or the hour that Christ will come, so get your spiritual house in order now while you still can. No one is promised tomorrow, today is the day of salvation and now is the acceptable time. Their will be no more chances when you stand before God, there will only be you giving an account of the chances He already gave you. Jesus is still coming and rather you believe it or not won’t change it, it will only change how prepared you are for it when it comes. Wake up, clean your spiritual house, trim your lamps with oil, stay awake, and watch, for the bridegroom cometh.

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 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 ‭55:6-7‬ ‭

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Matthew‬ ‭24:42-51‬ ‭

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” – Mark‬ ‭13:32-37‬ ‭

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

How To Bare Good Fruit

Girl-reading-book-“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” – John‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭

Matthew chapter 7 tells us that not everyone who claims the Name of Jesus will inter heaven but only those who do the will of His Father. He says this in clarification of His previous statement that every tree which does not produce good fruit (that being the peaceable fruits of righteousness mentioned in Hebrews 12:11) will be cut down and cast into the fire. Then in Galatians chapter 5:22 we find out exactly what those good fruits are; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, and the crucifying of the lust of the flesh. It is not only God’s will that we walk in these basic Christian characters of Holy living for which He created us from the very beginning to do, but the Apostle Paul takes it a bit further by stating not only is it God’s will but it is, as Christians, our reasonable duty! That is to say, the least we should expect ourselves to do if we truly believe in who and what He is, and in what He has willingly done for us.

“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 ‭

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” – Romans‬ ‭1:17-20‬ ‭

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” – Hebrews‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭

“Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭

So in this we see that we must produce good fruit, fruits of righteousness, Holy fruits reflecting the Holy character of the Holy Spirit of the Holy God which we claim lives in us and thus should shine forth through us. Yet, we read in our opening passage that we cannot produce this good fruit by ourselves, but only by abiding in Christ can this fruit be produced through us. So how do we abide? Jesus told us that if we love Him we will keep His commandments. Loving Jesus, truly loving Him with a faithful committed selfless serving abiding love is the key to obedience and joyful submission to the will of God in the same way that truly loving someone will produce these same characteristics in them toward her spouse or spouse to be.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” – 1 John‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭

“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” – John‬ ‭15:9-14‬ ‭

You see if we truly love God, we will desire to abide, to be with Him, to hear from Him, to be pleasing to Him, and to obey Him. Love makes it a joy to do these things rather then a task or work in the same manner that if I cook and serve a meal to people that I do not love I am merely their servant and this is my work (like being a waiter for example), however if I cook and serve a meal to my husband and family whom I love, the task is not grievous to me but a joy because I love them and want to serve with love, in love, because of love. So you see, Love is the key.

Now that you are beginning to see the process you might ask, how do I fall in love with Jesus? The same way you truly fall in love with anyone, you spend time with them. Which brings us full circle back to “abiding”, which simply means “to be with”. How will you know what God’s will is if you don’t spend time with Him to get to know Him? How will you know how wonderful and loving and worthy of love He is unless you spend time with Him to get to know Him? How will you learn His character and faithfulness that you might fall in love with it unless you spend time with Him? How will you know what His commandments and desires for you are unless you spend time talking with Him and hearing from Him that you might joyfully obey when He does speak, knowing of whom you have been spoken to. This is why when Martha rebuked Marry for not helping her work, Jesus rebuked Martha saying that Marry was “doing what was needful”. The key word there was “needful”. Martha’s work was fruitless because she was never told to do it, while Mary was abiding waiting on a word from The Word that she might obey and bare fruit, not her fruit, the labor of her own will, ability, and logic, but His. Take time today to put everything away and pray. Get to know Jesus and you will fall in love with Him and His commands will no longer be grievous to you but a joy making it easy to bare those good fruits. Talk to Him, listen to Him, praise Him, abide with Him. Get a word from The Word and stand on that word in faith and it will be your greatest joy to not only obey it, but also to see Him move mountains to see it through stirring both your faith in Him and love for Him all the more. By this, my friend, do you grow in grace.

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” – John‬ ‭15:7-8‬ ‭

“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 ‭3:17-18‬ ‭
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Waiting On The Word!

Woman Relaxing On Mountain Top“And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them. And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.” – Exodus‬ ‭24:13-18

As Moses waited on God, the people waited on Moses. Though the glory of God was known to reside on this particular mountain, God did not reveal Himself to Moses immediately upon his arrival. Six days, Moses waited on God there in that place of reverence, worship, and prayer; and on the seventh day, God spoke and Moses entered in.

Many would have simply seen or experienced the existence of the presence of the cloud then spent the rest of their lives talking about it. “Oh, the glory of God fell like a cloud on that mountain that day, you should have been there. I was there, it was something to behold“….. But not Moses, he was less concerned with beholding the cloud and more concerned about meeting with (and hearing from) the God of the cloud face to face. He was not so impressed with the prestige of claiming to have experienced the presence of the glory of God and was more impressed with God Himself. He was less in love with God’s power then He was with God Himself. He wasn’t seeking a show, He was seeking to be shown and therefore, did he wait patiently for 6 days for God to show up and speak to Him. Not just the glory cloud, not just the presence, but God Himself, The Word, because in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, therefore Moses waited for that Word, and when he finally heard the Word, He went knowing that God had shown up.

How many times have we come to that place where we know the presence of God abides? That place of personal worship and prayer? We sit there and behold the glory, we know that God inhabits the praises of His people, so we sit and wait for Him there… Well for a few minutes anyway, then our mind wonders, we get distracted, we pull back into the thoughts, things, and chores of this world and wonder why God never showed up for us (the many) like He does for the few. We sing the songs “we wait for You” but we will rarely wait longer then it takes to sing the words. Moses waited 6 days. Let that sink in. Moses, one of the closest men to God in all of human history, waited 6 days, who do you think you are that you would expect God to serve you with less? We can rarely wait 60 minutes in desperation and hunger for God, much less 6 days.

If you want a real encounter with God, find your mountain top, get alone in the presence of His glory, and wait for Him. He may not come immediately, but if you desire Him enough to wait, He will surely come. Pray, praise, worship, and wait, in this we minister to God that He might show up and minister to us. You see, even as the people waited on Moses, so Moses waited on God because no man (not even Moses) is worthy to minister to others until God has first ministered to Him. So stop talking about the cloud, the glory, the thing you saw afar off but was never truly called into because you would not wait on God and start seeking Him who created the cloud and manifest the glory.

All of the Israelite’s were called into promise but they would not even wait for Moses to come down off the Mountain with the Word of God before they started creating their own services, feast, and god. Moses was chosen because He chose to wait on God until he heard a Word from The Word, and then obeyed that Word. In this we see why many are called but few are chosen. So choose to stop and wait on the Word, because when He Himself becomes more important to you then either His power or even His glory, then will He come and truly invite you into it where there is more then goosebumps and manifestations, there is conversation and revelation. So be faithful in the waiting or you’ll never get past the point of talking about “what you’ve seen“, to the point of talking about “who you’ve seen“.

And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.” – Exodus‬ ‭24:16-18

“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” – Matthew‬ ‭25:23‬ ‭

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭

“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – Galatians‬ ‭1:11-12‬ ‭

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” – Acts‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭