Wise Men Still Seek Him

December 24, 2017

I am always challenged at this time of the year to know what is HIS heart during this season when we supposedly are to be putting “Christ back into ‘Christmas’”.  In order to “do” just that it pre-supposes that we have a true grasp of what Christmas is (and isn’t) AND that we have a revelation of Christ. All the wise men knew was that they saw a sign in the heavens which the prophecies reportedly indicated that a new king had been born. They sought for a king. They wanted to witness for themselves whether the sign was true and be the first to pay homage to the King. They followed the sign, paid the cost, and in seeking Him out, they obtained what they were looking for. Their efforts were not in vain, but did they have a revelation of Who Jesus really was and His full reason for coming?

We are urged to seek HIM also, and it is promised that, if we DO seek for Him, with all of our heart, He WILL be found. And, in finding HIM, we will have found the greatest treasure in heaven and in earth. Like the kings of old, if we are wise, we too will seek hard after Him!

But there is much more to seeking Him than looking for, and celebrating the birth of a historical Jesus, as great as it was that He came to earth. May I reminds us all that HE never once asks us to celebrate or even remember His birth. Christians the world over make such a huge deal about “Christmas” and go to great lengths to make sure we cannot be accused of being a “scrooge”; someone who selfishly avoids or criticizes the idea of giving during the festive season of “Christmas”. The scripture says the Lord loves a cheerful (happy, spontaneous) giver…  one who gives WITHOUT OBLIGATION. The moment we enter into giving because an obligation to give is placed upon us, it is no longer giving “from the heart”, and God, Who is the biggest and best giver of us all, is no longer blessed by our “giving”.

Wise men still seek Him and in finding Him they receive (are given) Him… The King of kings! He comes and lives and abides within. HE becomes the giver of Life…  to us, in us and through us to others. He IS a Life-GIVING Spirit and if we have truly sought Him out and have found Him, and have received Him into our hearts, we have received the GIVER OF LIFE, right within US! What greater gift can we possibly give one another, but HIS LIFE! …To literally give HIM to someone else, so that they too can receive the greatest gift ever given, is to give of ourselves, as He exemplified.

To truly seek HIM is to seek His kingdom (His rule in our hearts) and His righteousness (His right way of doing things), FIRST and CONTINUALLY in ALL situations and circumstances where we have the ability to do so. This seeking, however, is costly! It will cost us our pride, our self-determination, our desire to “do-it-MY-way”….  Ultimately it will cost us our all, even our very lives. But that is precisely what He is after….   OUR LIFE! It is a divine exchange….  Our life for His

He takes our life…  ALL of our hopes, ALL of our fears, ALL of our wants and desires, ALL of our issues and problems, ALL of our worries, illness and pain, ALL of the things of this world…  and in exchange…  He gives us Himself!

He gives us freedom…  from the power of the law of sin and death!
He gives us Joy, which becomes our strength to endure life’s hardships.
He gives us His divine provision so we will never go hungry or unclothed.
He gives us a knowledge of the Truth in everything we see and hear allowing us to sort out the many confusing voices in the world.
He gives us peace because the Prince of Peace dwells within and because…
He has given us His forgiveness we can fellowship with Him ALWAYS, even when we have committed the “worst” sin….
He never pushes us from His presence, or withdraws Himself from us.
He gives us His love… for us, AND His love through us for others, even for those who are not easily loved.
He gives us His Spirit of Wisdom that we can navigate life’s decisions and issues.
He gives us talents and creativity with which we can be an inspiration and blessing to others.
He gives us power over our own propensity to sin (miss the mark).
And, as was mentioned already, He gives us His divine LIFE!

WOW!…   hardly a fair exchange wouldn’t you say?

So, if we truly are going to put Christ back into “Christmas”, we will commit to living HIS life, and seeking HIS kingdom and HIS righteousness EVERY day of the year. AND, that we put aside, in our hearts, this obligatory holiday of “Christmas” and in it’s place we ought to celebrate, appropriate and experience (the TRUE meaning of ) the feasts He does desire…

Passover

Pentecost

and Tabernacles

namely….   Christ IN us (mas), our hope of glory

I pray you will be blessed with His life through this season and throughout the coming year/s, and that we will all have the grace to seek HIM and HIS kingdom knowing that as we do, ALL these things are added unto us.

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Forgive My Enemy?

April 11, 2016

Renee Napier, Phillip And Mary Dickson
Taken from LISTVERSE

Renee Napier and Phillip and Mary Dickson have lived through a parent’s worst nightmare. On May 11, 2002, Napier’s daughter, Meagan Napier, and the Dicksons’ daughter, Lisa Jo Dickson, were struck and killed instantly by a drunk driver. They were both only 20 years old. The grief was unbearable but Napier and the Dicksons were determined to help others avoid the grief that they were experiencing.

The Dicksons worked through their local Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization, and Napier founded The Meagan Napier Foundation with the purpose of promoting safe driving. Napier works to spread her message to as many people as she can in the hopes of saving lives.

The drunk driver, Eric Smallridge, has accompanied Napier to some of her speaking engagements. While still serving his sentence, Smallridge was given permission to travel with Napier to speak and tell his story. He would encourage those in the audience to avoid ending up in his situation. After the presentation, the audience would be given the opportunity to view the mangled car.

Napier really wanted her message of forgiveness to get across. Napier and the Dicksons all lobbied for (and won) Smallridge’s early release, and if that’s not a hallmark of incredible forgiveness, we don’t know what is.

Immaculee Ilibagiza
Taken from LISTVERSE

Immaculee Ilibagiza is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide that took place in the mid-nineties. Political tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes resulted in the massacre of hundreds of thousands of members of the Tutsi tribe and of members of the Hutu tribe who opposed the genocide. On Easter Sunday 1994, when Ilibagiza and her family were gathered together, Ilibagiza’s older brother, Damascene, begged their father to take the family and flee to safety. They made the fateful decision to stay.

On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying the Rwandan president, a Hutu, was shot down, and everyone on board was killed. Soon after, a killing spree began that targeted the Tutsi people. Ilibagiza and her younger brother, Vianney, managed to make their way to a local Hutu pastor’s home, who provided protection from the chaos that was surrounding them. When they arrived, they learned the heartbreaking news that Vianney could not stay. Ilibagiza and seven other women hid in a small (1 square meter) bathroom for three months. When Ilibagiza and the seven other women were finally able to leave their hiding place, Ilibagiza learned that her family had been murdered. Ilibagiza herself lost 22 kilograms (50 lbs) during her ordeal.

While our human nature desires revenge, Ilibagiza chose to forgive the people who killed her family as she felt the bitter feelings of rage destroying her. Though not easy, she was determined to let forgiveness, rather than hate, rule her life. Eventually, she met one of the murderers face-to-face and told him directly that she forgave him.

Ilibagiza is now living in the US with her children, some of whom are adopted from Rwanda. She has written a best-selling book about her experience, Left to Tell, and has made several television appearances. She has spoken at several conferences and founded the Left to Tell Charitable Fund to help children who have been orphaned through genocide. From the unimaginable pain she had endured, Ilibagiza has managed to do a great amount of good and make the world a little bit of a better place.

WOW!  Amazing stories of genuine love and forgiveness! In a world that is filled with pain and suffering, much of it merely due to circumstances beyond our control, but much of it certainly perpetrated with intent. Of course, every man will be held accountable for our own choices and actions, whether we wronged someone, intentionally or unintentionally, as well as how we responded when we were wronged.  We have all recited the Lord’s Prayer in which we ask our Heavenly Father to forgive us our debts (sins/trespasses) as we forgive our debtors (those who have sinned/trespassed) against us. It is so much easier to vocalize the words of this profound prayer than to actually find the grace to forgive a wrong, much less genuinely and sincerely love our “enemy”.

We earnestly and fervently pray that God will not hold our sins against us, or that He will be merciful to us protecting us and keeping our loved ones safe from harm, to prosper our way, even heal our illnesses, diseases and infirmities. However, sometimes our prayers are hindered by a shear lack of obedience on our part of His simple commandments such as love your neighbor as yourself, or do to other as you would have them do unto you.

We want all the blessings of heaven and earth, but don’t realize that in the same way that God has established immutable laws in the natural realm, such as gravity, the seasons and seed-time and harvest, there are also immutable laws in the spiritual realm such as sowing and reaping. When we intentionally wrong someone, and might think we have gotten away with it, we can rest assured that what we sow we shall also reap. And, when we fail to forgive those who have wronged us, no matter how significant or insignificant the deed done to us seemed to be, we reap the consequences of that bitterness and unforgiveness in our own souls, and even in our body.  We wonder why we are not getting any better after being sick. Yet, we are hiding unconfessed wrongs in our own lives, or are harboring bitterness against others who have wronged us. We must understand that the heavens become brass and our prayers only rise up so far before falling back down to our miserable hardened heart. However, that can all change and there can be restoration and healing at ALL levels!

As you read this I am sure you are thinking of many times in your own life and experience where someone did something to you that caused you material loss, physical harm or mental anguish. You look back on it and wonder how they could have done such a thing, particularly when it seemed entirely preventable, or seemed that it was even intentional on their part.  Have you forgiven and forgotten?  Are they free? Or YOU free? Did you seek revenge, trying to find a way to pay them back? Or did you go to them and let them know that you hold nothing against them, are praying for them and would bless them if they would receive it.  There are many who call themselves “Christians”, but to forgive IS what it means to BE “Christ” …to others.

This simple act of love and humility…  to forgive…  has such a profound impact on both the one who did the wrong, as well as the one who is offering forgiveness. Swallowing our pride, getting over ourSELVES, and doing as Jesus taught would certainly go a long way to make this world, we (all) live in, a much better place.  It is actually bringing heaven to earth… the first part of the Lord’s Prayer.

I was so moved by this video and it drives home the truth that to “love those who love us in return” is only human, but to “love and forgive our enemy” is truly divine….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Insights from the Cave – Part 1

August 29, 2012

It was a glorious time of sharing last night in the cave and, as is so often the case, there was a wonderful flowing of Christ in and through His Body.

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” (John 7:38)

What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. (1Co 14:26)

The following is a recap, some of the references and articles that were shared last night for your consideration, meditation and pondering…

 

Wayne shared on WISDOM and THE HIDDEN SECRET

Proverbs 1  —  Purpose of the Book, Wisdom & Probabilities.

The Book of Proverbs has been a real source of wisdom for Wayne over the course of his experience and walk with the Lord, and many come to him for wisdom and counsel, from family and friends to peers and co-workers. Although a book and/or the scriptures, such as Proverbs can be a wonderful teacher and source of much truth and wisdom, the REALITY is that CHRIST has become unto us WISDOM and because we are IN Christ and Christ is IN us, HE becomes (is) our source and flow of Wisdom, both for ourselves and for others in our circle of influence.

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” (1 Cor 1:26-31)

He has become for us our wisdom and righteousness. That wisdom is founded on the mystery of Christ in you.

Eph 1  —  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery (secret) of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.  (Eph 1:7-10)

Wayne then reminded us of the “secret wisdom” the “mystery” of His will and that that secret wisdom has been hidden until this epoch of time is now clearly revealed. Christ reconciling ALL things in heaven and earth in Him. It’s the basis of our wisdom and the root of our fellowship and sharing. Thankfully it has now been made known to us who are now IN HIM and that THIS is the very heart and foundation of the Gospel that we preach.

The fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure of righteousness and wisdom.  The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is his treasure. (Isa 33:5-6)

And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the LORD spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent. (Lev 10:2-3)

Lev 10.3. Stipulates the posture of drawing near. Not a flippant drawing near, but of awe and humility and joy. His joy being the root of our strength.

…until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God(Act 1:2-3)

Wayne also brought out how that Jesus and His disciples spent the majority of their time together focusing on and sharing things concerning the kingdom of God. How important it is that that be OUR focus as well. And how much time do we spend, what priority to WE place on the Kingdom of God? He sited some personal examples in his own life of where this was not always the case.

 

Jeanne shared on The Joy of The Lord is Our Strength

She brought out the other side of this truth that places the emphasis on the fact the WE are HIS Joy and HIS delight and what makes HIM joyful is that we are strong and that we find our strength in Him. Yes, the The Joy of the Lord is OUR strength, but the glorious flip side is that our strength is HIS joy and delight.

She also confirmed Wayne’s thought that He is making us hyper-sensitive to His dealings, His leading and that we ought to approach the Lord’s throne with great reverence and awe and not in a flippant manner, or treat Him or His work in and through us with any measure of frivolity. It is an AWESOME thing He is doing!

 

 

Tim shared on RIVERS and MOUNTAINS

When camping in Jasper our site was right near the Athabasca river and early one morning I walked through the silent mist down to the river’s edge. I observed how the trillions of gallons of water flowed continuously and unabated, 24/7, year after year. So MUCH ABUNDANCE of water when there are countries in the world that have none. I pondered and considered…  “Where does all this water come from? What do rivers represent in the scriptures?”

Of course the source of these mighty waters are all the various creeks and tributaries pouring down from the glacial ice WAY UP on the peaks of THE MOUNTAINS.

The Lord dropped the following verse into my spirit…

 

Psa 46:4     There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

The City of God is the Heavenly Jerusalem and speaks of all peoples everywhere who proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and have Him dwelling within. But there is a MountZion and a River WITHIN that city that makes the many residents of that glorious city glad. If HWe are to be a part of that flowing river, doing our part to contribute to that flowing river that ministers life and blessing, first to the City of God and then beyond that to the nations, WE MUST BE EVER ASCENDING TO THE HEIGHTS AND DRINKING FROM THE SOURCE!

 

John 7:38   He who believes in (wholley depends and relies upon) Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.

Gen 2:10     Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers.

Rev 22:1-2   Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Ezek 47:1-9   Then he brought me back to the door of the house; and behold, water was flowing from under the threshold of The Temple toward the east, for the house faced east. And the water was flowing down from under, from the right side of the house, from south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate by way of the gate that faces east. And behold, water was trickling from the south side. When the man went out toward the east with a line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he led me through the water, water reaching the ankles. Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the knees. Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the loins. Again he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not ford, for the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be forded. He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me back to the bank of the river. Now when I had returned, behold, on the bank of the river there were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then he said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah; then they go toward the sea, being made to flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become fresh. “It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.

 

 

We sang…

 

THERE IS A RIVER WHOSE STREAMS MAKE GLAD

Psalm 46:4-7

 

We are a river, whose streams make glad,

The City of God, the City of God.

A holy habitation of the Most High,

The City of God, the City of God.

God is in the midst of us, we will not be moved,

Our Lord God of Hosts with us,

We are a river, whose streams make glad,

The City of God, the City of God.

 

 

THERE IS A RIVER

There is a river, and it flows from deep within
There is a fountain, that frees the soul from sin
Come to this water; there is a vast supply
There is a river, that never shall run dry

  

 

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

That same day that I was down by the river some of us ventured up the 4.5 kilometer hike beneath the tram on Whistler mountain in Jasper. For a guy who spends the vast majority of my time seated in front of a computer, this proved to be quite a feat in and of itself.

As we climbed higher and higher, for a challenging 3.5 hours, a number of things became clearer to me regarding our ascent up the Mount of The Lord…

 

         Many glorious and significant things occurred on mountains throughout history including divine appointments between God and man. God has revealed Himself and His purposes upon mountains. Abraham, Moses, Israel, Joshua, David, Elijah and Elisha, as well as Jesus and/with/to His disciples.

Gen 22:2     He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”

Exo 3:1-2     Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God(2)  The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.

Exo 19:2     When they set out from Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of the mountain.

Exo 19:11      and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.

Neh 9:13     Then You came down on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven; You gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments.

1Ki 11:7     Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable idol of Moab, on the mountain which is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the detestable idol of the sons of Ammon.

 

         Mountains in the scripture always speak of kingdoms, authorities, worldly rulers and mindsets, idols, high places, lofty thoughts, etc. – strong, apparently impossible to shake or move obstacles or forces in our life and in society. As many mountains as there are in the world, ultimately there is ONEMountain which God has chosen to make His dwelling place —  MountZion, the Mountain of The Lord. God spoke and revealed Himself from Mount Sinai in the old testament, but has replaced that fiery and fearsome mountain with MountZion —  a people called to BE His habitation.

Exo 19:12     You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

Heb 12:18-24   For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. For they could not bear the command, “IF EVEN A BEAST TOUCHES THE MOUNTAIN, IT WILL BE STONED.” And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I AM FULL OF FEAR and trembling.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

 

         It is God’s plan and purpose for all these mountains to be brought low, to melt like wax, and for HIS Mountain to fill the whole earth.


Psa 97:5    The
mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

Mic 1:4     The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split, like wax before the fire, like water poured down a steep place.

Nah 1:5     Mountains quake because of Him And the hills dissolve; Indeed the earth is upheaved by His presence, The world and all the inhabitants in it.

Dan 2:35    Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

 

         The FIRST place that this must and will occur is WITHIN us, His own as we embrace the process of ascending into His holy presence, to see His glory and be transformed into His very image, nature and likeness. To have the character of Christ formed in us.


Who can ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. (Psa 24:3-6)

 

ZION, CITY OF OUR GOD

 

Glorious things of You are spoken,

Zion, city of our God.

He whose Word cannot be broken

Formed us for His own abode.

On the rock of ages founded,

What can shake our sure repose?

With salvation’s walls surrounded.

We may smile at our foes

 

See the streams of living waters

Flowing from the throne above

Well supply Your sons and daughters

And all fear of want remove.

Who can faint while such a river

Ever flows their thirst to assuage?

Grace, which like the Lord, our giver,

Never fails from age to age.

 

         Even though I didn’t have the best sleep the night before I was desirous to make the climb. Of course, only a short way up that hiking trail I was wishing I had taken the tram up. When we meet the Lord and hear His calling we are anxious and zealous to follow Him because we are convinced we will have what it takes to follow on. We soon discover that the trials and tribulations can become overwhelming and we must learn to wholly lean on and rely upon His grace to carry us onward.

         At one point my two nephews, Jonathan and Davin, took another path thinking it would lead them to a beauituful water fall. They discovered that it was only a bunny trail leading nowhere. Again the Lord made real to me that we often get distracted and follow some diversion in our walk with the Lord. He is constantly reminding us to keep our eye single to Him and upon His purpose and to not get pulled away from the course by every wind of doctrine or so-called “move” of God.

         We did eventually find that beautiful pure creek flowing down through the trees and filled our water bottles with fresh, cold water. This refreshing moment speaks again of each one being faithful to allow Christ to flow through us to minister His Life and Word to others, and to contribute to that greater river that flows through the valley and makes glad the City of God.

         As we finally approached the top of the mountain, we arrived at the tree line where the well-beaten path came to an end. It was obviously where many climbers, weary of the trek, decided to go no further at this level only to turn around and head back down. The path basically disappeared at that point, the climb became much more steep and rugged through large rocks and crags. The temperature dropped dramatically as there were only very small shrubs in place of the large trees that shaded our climb to that point. Everything became more difficult and challenging and we found we had to stop and rest and catch our breath much more often. However, we could now see our goal more readily and although the wind and the rain came, we found that the wind helped push us along. I was completely drained of my OWN strength and upon reaching the summit, passed out (slept) in the restaurant after having a bite to eat.

         When we arrived at the top the view is, of course, spectacular! You can see the entire valley and several mountain ranges all around. It was well worth the ascent to get that deeper, broader and transforming revelation. Beyond that, the Lord graced us with a beautiful, FULL double rainbow just meters from us. We could readily see the one end of it just down the mountain a little ways. INCREDIBLE!

 

         Although there are many lessons and insights that can be gleaned from climbing a mountain, one of the most sobering is that it is very easy to settle at any given plateau and not want to go higher. God is gracious to place us at times on these plateaus, but so many get comfortable at that level, satisfied with the view and the measure of revelation until soon tents get built…  buildings, structure, steeples, revival centers, bible colleges and denominations are established. Unless we are lovers of The Truth and follow hard after Him, God often sends a strong delusion and only a precious few, a remnant at every level, hear the call and the Word to “Let go of the lower realms, to press on, to come up higher!”


THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH


“Because they received not the love of truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (2 Thess. 2:10-11)

Two ways are set before us here: receiving the love of the truth to work into us into salvation; or, receiving a strong delusion, literally, an inworking delusion, so that we believe a lie.  Interestingly enough, God sends them both.  He brings forth vessels of mercy, and vessels of wrath.

Those who refuse, who receive not the love of the truth, in turn will receive an inworking error, and then have to pass through a judgment to be purged of that error.  This is learning the lesson the hard way, having to go through a process of correctional chastening, until they learn that it is far better to receive the love of the truth.  Yet God retains sovereign control over this entire process. “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them, because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before Mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.” (Isa. 66:4).  God knows exactly which inworking delusion will subdue and teach that it is an evil and bitter thing to forsake the way of the Lord.

There is a love to be received along with the truth, for knowledge alone will not hold you.  When the vision tarries you soon become entangled in all sorts of strange diversions, and a prey for those spoken of in Daniel 11:14, “the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision – as if they were able to fulfill it, but they shall fail.”

Those who do not have a love for the truth will exalt themselves and set about to establish their vision –– as if they were able to fulfill it, but they shall fail.

When you have a LOVE FOR THE TRUTH you will desire to see only the will of the Lord fulfilled, and not want to see any of your self-efforts, your own wants, wishes, and desires after the flesh fulfilled.  You will wait on the fulfillment of the will of the Lord, with an eye single to God, knowing He will fulfill His Word. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” (Ps. 119:165).  

THE WISE SHALL UNDERSTAND

“Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” (Daniel 12:10)

There are times when one needs the infusion of revelation to give courage and strength to follow on.  But this also must needs be balanced with real understanding of the qualifying processing’s.  As our priorities come into proper focus, we realize there is a cause, a REASON for this daily travail which has been given to the sons of men for their exercising. “And being made perfect, He became the Author of age-during salvation.” (Heb. 5:9).  “BEING MADE PERFECT,” this is the qualifying phrase, it includes every aspect of our trials and testings.  Not some pointless happenings, but all is wrought according to the counsel of His will, with a view of our being made perfect, that we might share with Him the ministry of reconciliation.

Certainly the more we comprehend that the things which overtake us are OF GOD, purposed by Him, with wise design to achieve certain goals, then we are able to “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; KNOWING THIS, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:2-4). The purpose for all this – for our perfection.  Then James adds the next verse which harmonizes with this verse from Daniel, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of god, that giveth to all liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Yes,
“the wise shall understand.”  Not praying for escapes out of the processing, but knowing He has a purpose in it all, we would bring our mind into harmony with His thoughts in the situation, (COME INTO A STATE OF BEING THAT IS IN AGREEMENT WITH GOD AND WITH ALL THAT HE DOES!)

But the wicked cannot understand these things, for “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14).  Lord, we ask, Be Thou our wisdom today, that we might see Thy purpose as Thou dost direct our way. Amen!

 

Janine sang 2 songs the Lord gave her over the summer

Isa. 43:18

Consider not the things of old,

He’ll do a new thing now BEHOLD,

It will spring forth… will you not know it?

He’ll even make a new road in the wilderness,

And rivers in the desert will flow.

That’s you and me; it’s He in Hwe…

Rivers in the desert will flow.

 

 

A Song on TRUTH

Truth is found in Jesus
And freedom’s found in Truth,
I’d rather stand for Truth and die
Than live a life that’s just a lie.
I’ll look the giant in the eye
But I won’t compromise.

My feet are sore from standing
My ground…
But there’s no place else that I’ll be found.
I just don’t need what’s just half-baked
Or watered down for comforts sake,
The Truth is often hard to take,
But I will not back down.

 

Jon Shared…

I heard a message on the radio by Charles Stanley in which he brought out the truth that because and as God is writing His laws on our hearts and minds, what were do’s and don’ts under the old covenant…   “Thou SHALL…   Thou SHALL not”  becomes PROMISES under the new covenant. When, and as, He has completed His works in us…  “you WILL and you WILL not!” in His power and by His inwrought grace.

 

Eileen shared…

In the Tate Modern gallery, an artist had an installation (sculpture or art piece) that at first, made me roll my eyes.  It was a baby crib that had some of the side bars removed and the top filled in.  When I read the description posted beside it, it said, “You cannot go back to what is past”.  I heard that in the Spirit, and when we got back to Joelle’s flat, I read C Brogden’s daily email, it said, “God is not moving backward, but in the Son and through the Son, He moves steadily forward.” 

On my birthday, the email was “ The easiest thing to do is to quit, to give up, to go back to Egypt. But I’m telling you, get to the place where going back is no longer an option – then going back is no longer a temptation.”

 

Rob shared…

At work this past week we had a client make a big mistake and ordered a whole bunch of parts and items in sets of 11. A number of other “elevens” have been in my face. I sense the Lord saying that “it is the 11th hour in My time table particularly in My dealings with North America.”

 

Reg shared the attached message    –     Keys, HWe, Shadows & The Son

 


What is the TRUE Gospel?

April 10, 2008

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, descended from the realm of God the Father to become the Word made flesh, was crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended and was glorified. By so doing He became the offering for sin, overcame sin, death, hell and the grave to become the indwelling Life for, to and in all those who believe in Him and thus, by grace through faith, they receive the forgiveness of sins having their debt to the law of sin and death forever cancelled.

(John 3:16; 1:14; Phil. 2:6-8; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Rev. 1:18; Eph. 2:8; 1:7)


It is the good news of Jesus Christ
because HE became the Way, the Truth , the Life and the Light having reversed the curse of death and decay placed upon the whole creation by one man’s (Adam’s) disobedience, and has brought us out of darkness into His glorious Light!

(John 14:6; Rom. 5:17; Col. 1:13)


It is the good news of the Kingdom
because the kingdoms of the world (“self” being the foundation) are becoming the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords beginning within those who have bowed their knee to His rule in their lives. We know that eventually EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ!

(Rev. 11:15; 19:16; Rom. 14:11 [Isaiah 45:23]; Phil. 2:9-11)


It is the good news of Grace
because while we (all who receive the gift of His grace by faith) were yet spiritually dead in sin and alienated from God, not deserving of His gift of grace, Christ justified us, clothed us with righteousness, raised us up, and by grace we now have power to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.

(Eph. 4:18; 2:6-8; 1 John 5:4)


It is the good news of Hope
because the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now dwells in us to give life and immortality to our mortal bodies thus giving us the hope of the resurrection also.

(Rom. 8:11; 15:13; 1 Peter 1:3)

It is the good news of Peace because He has made peace through the blood of His cross, and by this single, solitary act of supreme sacrifice fulfilled all righteousness (doing the right thing) which is the only basis of true peace between a holy God and sinful man, between man and man or even right within each of our hearts and minds individually.

(Col. 1:20; Matt. 3:15; Eph. 2:14) (Possibly 2 Thess. 3:16)

It is the good news of Mercy because we have ALL sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but He has not judged us according to our sins, but according to the supreme act of mercy by the One who became the propitiation (Mercy Seat) for us ALL.

(Rom. 3:23; 1 John 2:2; 4:10)

It is the good news of Freedom because whom the Son sets free is free INDEED! Prior to regeneration we were enslaved to the ever-present and binding law of sin and death, which is naturally at work in our members, the very power of which is God’s Law. Now that we are IN HIM we are no longer under obligation to either adhere to the Law of God (to keep His commandments in our own strength), nor to the power of guilt and condemnation when we fail to uphold it. We are free to live in the perfect law of liberty wherein the Life of Christ (the only One in the universe Who CAN and DOES uphold the Law) now fulfills the Law of God in and through us perfectly! WOW! The revelation of this point alone is forever life-changing!

(Rom. 3:19-31; 5:1-2; 5:13-18; 6:1-23; 7:1-25; 8:1-4; Gal. 2:19 – 21; Gal. 3:23-27; Gal. 5:1-18)


It is good news of Love
because God so loved the whole world that He demonstrated the greatest love of all, that one lays his life down for another, and gave Himself as a ransom for ALL. Further to this, his unconditional love extends to ALL of mankind in that He is the redeemer of ALL through the power of His shed blood bringing the reality of salvation and ultimate reconciliation to the whole of creation, each in His own order. The promise of salvation is not exclusive, but all inclusive, available to ALL because as in Adam ALL die so also in Christ ALL shall be made alive!

(John 3:16,17; Rom 8:19-21; 1 Tim. 2:6; Gal. 1:4; 2 Cor. 5:19; 1 Cor. 15:22)

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The full gospel, is the foundation upon which the New Covenant is established, Jesus Christ being the cornerstone. It begins with the glorious plan of redemption, then goes on to include the regeneration and transformation of the individual disciple, and ends in the outcome of infinite love, mercy and grace which is the ultimate restoration of His entire creation back unto Himself.

(Col. 1:16-20; Rom 8:19-21; Rom. 11:36; Eph. 1:10; 1 Cor. 15:19-28)

It is proven throughout the history of the church that when any of these aspects are emphasized over and above, or at the exclusion of the others, it quickly erodes into what Paul called “another” gospel. The message quickly gets contorted into a religious menagerie of methods and dead works. We begin to think that there is something we (of ourselves) can do, apart from the divine work of God, to bring about the transformation into His likeness that we desire and seek. The good news is that there is absolutely nothing we can do in and of ourselves to take away from, or add to, the work of the cross or the work of the Holy Spirit within to fulfill what was begun in Jesus Christ and will find its completion in Him. The outcome is sure! And THAT is GOOD NEWS!

It is hard not to share it with others.

“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of (our) faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)