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THE TRUE AVENGER AND HIS SIDEKICKS (Part 2)

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Over the past few days, the HOLY SPIRIT has glued the pages of my Bible to Matthew 5, specifically verses 10-12. As a prophet, or at least a prophetic person, I know exactly what that means. JESUS wants to get my attention. Even I figured that out…shocking, I know.

 

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12

 

It’s interesting that only the poor in spirit (spiritually poor, destitute, Matthew 5:3) and the persecuted (pursued, troubled, chased for the sake of the Gospel, Matthew 5:10) inherit the KINGdom of Heaven according to the Beatitudes. “Beatitude” means the blessedness, benediction, grace, bliss, ecstasy… basically, the blessings (benefits) that come with a specific type of heart posture and behavior.

 

When we put this together, the sentence paints a compelling picture of what the LORD, through HIS HOLY SPIRIT, is warning us that we are going into. Blessed are the spiritually poor and destitute, and those who are pursued, troubled, chased, for the sake of CHRIST, for theirs is the realm of power, happiness, eternity, and the Gospel.

 

In Part One of this article, we talked about how we as the LORD’s sidekicks are to keep our hearts, minds, and hands pure even in the face of persecution. Matthew 5 has a lot to say about our role in this.

 

I pray the LORD will put us into the right frame of reference, such that we do not play into satan’s hands by responding in a way that prevents GOD from playing HIS role as the AVENGER.

 

Let’s look at Matthew 5:38-42, specifically, verse 39.

 

“But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” Matthew 5:39

 

Notice here, the Scripture said not to resist an evil person, as opposed to evil spirits. The Bible calls those who do evil, who go around seeking ways to align themselves with their father, satan, wicked. The anger and vengeance of the LORD is already against them. We see many Scriptures of how the LORD deals with the wicked. Therefore, those who are wicked (witches, warlocks, sorcerers, diviners, and all who agree with them) – the judgement of GOD is already upon them. Simply agree with Scripture concerning them, and bind, break agreements in the spirit realm.

 

As for our persecutors, those who in the physical may slap us, sue us, take our cloak, hate us – JESUS said to love them, to pray for them and do good (as lead by HOLY SPIRIT) to them. Those are physical realm level afflictions. They are being manipulated by the spirits behind them. This is why we wrestle not against flesh and blood; there is no point in wrestling with human beings. The causal realm is the spirit realm. Therefore:

 

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:44-45

 

Blessing those who curse you is a warfare secret. To do this, we first cancel any curse in the Name of JESUS CHRIST, then we speak blessing into the areas where curses once were. When we bless, we reverse curses by saying the opposite of what was already said. Praying for those who persecute us is hard. Nevertheless, we must learn to forgive quickly, and pray for their salvation. This is critical to understand that operating in this level of love is seen as a sacrifice in the spirit realm. Therefore, it gives JESUS the room to do miraculous work in that situation and territory.

In Part One, we touched on the fact that the LORD JESUS CHRIST, COMMANDER of the HOSTS of HEAVEN, is the true AVENGER. HE is not slow to accomplish HIS will and purpose on the earth, and HE sees the suffering of HIS people. HE also avenges us; therefore, we do not have to take matters into our own hands.

 

We also talked about what we, HIS sidekicks are to do: feed our enemies when they are hungry. This is a prophetic act that releases the judgment of YAHWEH on them. But there is more. Let’s dive deeper into the reward we receive for being persecuted and responding the right way.

 

Notice the KINGdom of Heaven is inherited by those who are persecuted. What does that mean? JESUS said, “If I cast out demons by the Finger of GOD, surely the KINGdom of GOD has come upon you” (Luke 11:20). Oh, ok…interesting.

 

GOD’s response to persecution is making the KINGdom of GOD more accessible here on earth. Take a look at the lives of the apostles and the early CHRISTians. They were mistreated, thrown out of cities, thrown in prison, left for dead, fed to lions in Nero’s coliseums beginning in AD64, hunted by Rome, hated by idol worshipers worldwide. What was GOD’s response?

More KINGdom:

 

No wonder the CHRISTians were described as martyrs (witnesses) for CHRIST. No wonder CHRISTianity spread like wildfire across the known world and has not died off today.

 

The LORD keeps warning HIS Remnant that persecution is going to intensify. HE wants us to knowhow HE will respond, and how we should respond. In our Western world today, CHRISTians will be blamed for intolerance, taking away a woman’s reproductive rights (abortion), hate speech, and anything else the cultures of this world will throw at us. Our offices, churches, and businesses will be targeted; ourchildren vilified in schools. The enemy will do all he can to silence our voices, but he will fail.

 

That defeated foe continues to fail in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America, even in the Arab world, where CHRISTianity continues to spread, even while CHRISTians are paying for their faith in blood.

 

We choose to inherit the KINGdom of GOD on earth. We choose to demonstrate CHRIST. We will not back down in the face of persecution. The AVENGER will avenge us.

 

In JESUS Name, Amen!

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THE TRUE AVENGER AND HIS SIDEKICKS (Part 1)

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Like many of you, I’ve heard that GOD is love (1 John 4:8). But that’s only part of that verse, and it is only one characteristic of our HOLY GOD. Thankfully, our HOLY GOD is so much more!

 

Since our Western religious glasses have only colored us love-crazy, this article may be eye opening at best, controversial at worst. So, I apologize ahead of time. We don’t live in a rose-colored world, so it’s time to see GOD for who HE really is. 

 

There are more names and Scriptures in the Bible that describe HOLY GOD’s character as JUDGE, JUSTICE, EQUITY, WARRIOR, KING, LORD, CREATOR, MASTER, HUSBAND, FRIEND, etc., than the part of one line that says GOD is Love. Because many members of the Body actually do not read the Bible, it was easy to mix this demonic deception into the “tolerance and cheap grace” messages of weak, fame-hungry ministers. To push the envelope even further, the message of today’s “church” is now based on simple math. 

 

If God is love, then love must be god. 

God = love; then love = god…

 

This is demonic. Reject it whenever you hear it. 

 

Let’s deal with vengeance. GOD is Vengeance. The ultimate AVENGER. Hallelujah! 

 

“‘See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand. if I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and will repay those who hate me.’” Deuteronomy 32:39,41 ESV

 

Yep, that’s in the same Bible as “GOD is love.” 

 

Or how about this one? It’s one of my favorites. 

 

“For thus says the Lord: ‘Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine. Then all flesh shall know that I am the Lord your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.’” Isaiah 49:25-26 ESV

 

Same Bible. Here’s one from the New Testament. JESUS said this! 

 

“And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:34-35 ESV

 

Ouch! Spiritual and/or physical jail doesn’t sound good. 

 

So what is our role as HIS sidekicks?

 

“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’”

Romans 12:19-20 ESV

The LORD wants us to learn this warrior secret. Give food to your enemies. Not money, clothing, books, shoes, lodging. These create unholy agreements. The Bible shows us that people are bought and sold for money, clothes are given to those who are naked, shoes represent destinies, and lodging is for a friend or countryman. Food and drink are for everyone. 

 

In the spirit realm, feeding our persecutors translates to coals that are burning. As in, the fiery vengeance of GOD is applied in the physical realm by this prophetic act of kindness. 

 

HE also wants us to forgive our persecutors and pray for them, such that we can inherit the KINGdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10-12). Do good (as lead by HOLY SPIRIT) to those who spitefully use us. Another warrior key. 

 

But that’s it! The key here is that the LORD wants our hearts to stay clean, our minds to stay wise, our mouths to pray all the Scriptures. 

 

Expect vindication from the true AVENGER. Those areas where satan and his agents have wronged the GOD news of JESUS CHRIST and the Body will be avenged. HIS vengeance is already at work.

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POSSESS ME, LORD!

“God of Heaven’s Armies, you find so much beauty in your people! They’re like lovely sanctuaries of your presence.” (TPT)

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” (NLT)

Psalm 84:1

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The original Hebrew of the verse above states, “how amiable are thy tabernacles.” Amiable means “beloved or lovely,” and tabernacle means “dwelling place.”

 

“Look! GOD’s tabernacle is with human beings. And from now on HE will tabernacle with them as their GOD. Now GOD himself will have HIS home with them—‘GOD-with-them’ will be their GOD.” Revelation 21:3 (TPT)

 

Are you getting a sense of this picture yet? Is the HOLY SPIRIT weaving this together for you, daughter/son of Zion? You ARE THE beautiful dwelling place of the MOST HIGH!

 

The dwelling place or tabernacle of the LORD is US! GOD says HE finds SO much beauty in you. You are beloved, you are CAPABLE to house HIS Presence!

 

GOD chose us to be His dwelling place; nothing else is allowed inside. We are HIS; HE claims ownership. HE is THAT very possessive LOVER!

 

When we do let HIM take over, HE breaks things. Remember JESUS with the whip? Yes, our LORD is very, very possessive. HE does not share HIS love with others. HIS Presence wants ALL OF ME. (I apologize if this seems violent to some. Forgive me.) Even when JESUS went into the temple with the whip, people did not understand HIM; they said HE was crazy. They asked HIM who gave HIM the right? Go back and read that chapter. HE was VERY angry (John 2:14-17).

 

“Deep within me are these lovesick longings, desires, and daydreams of living in union with you. When I’m near you my heart and my soul will sing and worship with my joyful songs of you, my true source and spring of life!” Psalm 84:2 (TPT)

If I am the dwelling place of the LORD, if the Presence of YESHUA dwells within me, then Psalm84:2 makes sense. This also concerns me. Ask yourself, truthfully, deep within you, are there lovesick longings, desires, or daydreams of being with the LORD?I asked myself that question. I would be honest to say sometimes I do have those desires and sometimes I don’t.

 

Prayer

LORD, I am YOUR dwelling place. Forgive me for allowing other things to take up space. As the Psalm says, deep within me should be lovesick longings, desires, and daydreams of being with you. LORD, take ownership of this dwelling place. YOU are the landlord. Take over every inch of this space. In JESUS' Name. Amen!

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A DISTINCTION HAS BEEN MADE

“For behold, the Lord will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire will the Lord enter into judgment, and by his sword, with all flesh; and those slain by the Lord shall be many.”

Isaiah 66:15-16 (ESV)

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A distinction has been made. A distinction between the holy and the profane. A distinction between the common and the sanctified. A distinction between those who have been marked by the FATHER and those who have rebelled and set up idols of worship in the holy place.

 

Yes, a distinction has been made. It is a distinction of holiness. Those who have been purified by the Fire of the HOLY SPIRIT shall stand. But those who continue in their rebellion shall face judgement.

 

We hear “judgment” all around, every single day. Food disappearing on the shelves (aka famine). Gas prices increasing daily. New strains of plagues surfacing.

 

Yes, a distinction has been made.

 

“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” Hebrews 10:39 (ESV)

 

There are two sides:

  • Those who “shrink back and are destroyed”
  • Those who “have faith and preserve their souls”

 

A line has been drawn, and there is no middle ground. Where do you stand?

 

Are you “of those who shrink back and are destroyed?” If so, today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Repent and turn to GOD, that your sins may be forgiven (Acts 3:19-20).

 

Or are you “of those who have faith and preserve their souls?” If so, then may your faith be activated to bring transformation to the souls of those who are perishing in the world around you. For faith without works is dead. And why has the FATHER empowered us with HIS HOLY SPIRIT, except to be HIS witnesses to those around us (Acts 1:8)?

 

This is more than mere talk. This is practical application in our daily lives. Clothe the naked. Feed the hungry. House the homeless. Visit the prisoner. Help the orphan and widow in their distress. Heal the sick. Open blind eyes. Do what JESUS did while HE was here on earth. Come out of your comfort zone to make a difference!

There are people all around who are dying. There are people all around who are hopeless. There are people all around who need JESUS. And we have the Answer.

 

Yes, a distinction has been made. May we, the Ekklesia, be ready for HIS soon coming and take as many others with us as possible.

 

“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. 22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.” Jude 1:20-23 (NLT)

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HEAR THE SPIRIT OF GOD FOR YOURSELF TODAY, AS IN NOW

“And Isaiah said to them, ‘Thus you shall say to your master, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.’ ” ’ ”

Isaiah 37:6-7

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The job of the prophets of YAHWEH (GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) is not only to tell people what GOD is saying or doing presently, what HE plans to do in the future, and intercede(mediate) on behalf of man to GOD, but also to teach people how to approach and hear GOD themselves.

 

Twenty-one years ago, on September 11, 2001, I awoke one morning, and I simply did not feel like going to work. That was common for me most mornings, but this time around, my husband and my baby girl didn’t want me to go. So, I called and took off from work.

 

Three hours later, planes were crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. If I had gone to work, I may not be here today.

 

When Assyria came to attack Israel during the reign of King Hezekiah, the king knew he was overwhelmed militarily, and their ally, Egypt, couldn’t help them. Other nations had fallen by the Assyrian sword, and there was no hope in sight. Human hands couldn’t save Israel. So, the king sent his closest trusted advisors to the prophet of GOD, Isaiah.

 

Isaiah responded with the WORD of the LORD in Isaiah 37:6-7.

 

Sure enough, the Rabshakeh (cupbearer, royal prince) who came to attack Israel on behalf of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, heard a rumor and he indeed began to pack up camp and leave. But he made a fatal mistake. Rather than leave quietly, he wrote a letter!

 

Here is where it gets good. Hezekiah had learned from his last encounter with GOD and Isaiah. This time around, rather than send his advisors to the prophet with the letter, Hezekiah took the letter to the temple of GOD himself, spread it before the LORD, and prayed (Isaiah 37:14)!

 

Hezie [cooler name for Hezekiah] was like… “GOD, that Rabshakeh dude wrote US a letter. How would YOU like to respond? Cause I have no words, no power, no nothing! In addition, I saw what YOU did the last time, and I couldn’t have done it better. So, what’s up… what would YOU, oh GREAT ONE, like to do?” Isaiah 37:16-20 New Temi Bible Version.

 

Because GOD invented “cool,” HE responded to Hezie by sending the prophet.

 

Quick digression: Note the role of prophet here. Isaiah was going between Hezie and GOD, and then GOD and Hezie. Isaiah was not the answer; he was just the mailman carrying the responses between the two parties. Don’t worship people because of their functions! The same HOLY SPIRIT in the prophet is also in you. We work together to do HIS will.

 

The LORD GOD responded by commending Hezie for coming to HIM directly with the letter, and then sent one destroyer angel and killed 185,000 people in one night. Sounds like Exodus 12:29-30 all over again.

 

 

What do we learn from this?

 

In the season where GOD’s justice and judgement is on display all over the world, it is critical to knowhow to hear GOD for yourself. YAHWEH is waiting for you to pray (talk) to HIM such that HE can respond.

 

In less than two months, America has experienced an increase in homegrown terrorism. COVID-19 numbers are going up again. Now there is a new version of an old virus, monkeypox, coming back on the scene.

 

How do we keep our kids safe from school shootings, miss the train with the mass shooter, or not visit the grocery store when the racist with a semi-automatic weapon is on the rampage?

 

Develop a daily relationship with Hezie’s GOD, so HE can warn you ahead of time, like HE warned me 21 years ago, and every day since then.

 

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A SEASON OF SHINING SONS

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”

Isaiah 60:1

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GOD is light and in HIM is no darkness at all. JESUS says we are light, and so we are to release our light into the darkness of this world.

 

Only people in the dark need light.

 

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” 2 Timothy 3:1

 

Some words used to describe “peril” by the Oxford English Dictionary include danger, jeopardy, hazard, insecurity, etc. Paul, therefore, declared by the SPIRIT of GOD that the last days will be characterized by these issues.

 

Earlier, JESUS described what the last days would look like to HIS disciples in Matthew 24:7.

 

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:7

 

Most of these issues are happening in our days.

 

As people gradually started considering the COVID pandemic a thing of the past, the world got hit by the Russia-Ukraine war. This has triggered a new wave of economic crises across the globe, especially in Europe. As a result of this war, there are speculations or rumors that other nations will rise up against neighboring nations and exacerbate the situation.

 

The current situation sounds like what Isaiah the prophet referred to when he said:

 

“For behold, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you, and His glory will appear over you.” Isaiah 60:2

 

The LORD has chosen these last days to reveal HIS glory through HIS people as a solution to the darkness looming over the earth.

Paul seemed to explain this process further in Romans 8:18-19 that there will be a glory that will be revealed in the sons of GOD, and for this glory, the entire creation is waiting for the sons of GOD to be revealed.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of GOD, these are sons of GOD. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’” Romans 8:14-15

The sons of GOD carry the nature of GOD and have access to Heaven’s resources that provide solution for earth’s issues. In Genesis 1, GOD created a solution for the chaotic state of a dark, formless and empty earth, using unseen resources to create the worlds (Hebrews 11:3). In the same way, the sons of GOD would need to access the unseen resources to provide solutions for the world as it becomes more and more chaotic.

JESUS, the Light of the world, is the perfect example of how the sons of GOD must operate.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19

For the sons of GOD to shine like JESUS through these dark last days, we must:

i. Learn to observe and depend on the FATHER like JESUS did, through consistent praying, much fasting and studying the Word of GOD.

ii. Train to walk by the SPIRIT.

iii. Live by faith.

As these behaviors are consistently practiced and become our lifestyle the sons of GOD are transformed into the Image of JESUS. We will bring healings to nations, reverse famines by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, and disrupt the dark works of satan. The great light of GOD will shine brightly.

Consequently, people from various nations will come seeking solutions of the sons of GOD as prophesied in Isaiah 60:3.

“The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:3

Glory to GOD. It’s a great season to be alive!

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THE LANGUAGE OF JESUS

 

“But to us living in these last days, GOD now SPEAKS to us openly in the language of a Son, the appointed Heir of everything, for through him GOD created the panorama of all things and all time.”

Hebrews 1:2 (TPT)

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The middle of this verse makes a particularly important statement: GOD SPEAKS in the language of a SON. The same way we speak in the English language is the same way GOD speaks in the language of a SON. GOD only speaks JESUS; GOD only speaks in the JESUS language.

 

Let us take GOD speaking a step further. YAHWEH spoke the world into creation and, remember, no WORD will ever return to HIM void. So, JEHOVAH created the eartht hrough JESUS (using the only language He knows: JESUS) and for JESUS (Colossians 1:16). It is therefore impossible for the WORD (JESUS) to return to GOD void.

 

The promises GOD made to Abraham were in the language of HIS SON (JESUS), which means they were through JESUS and for JESUS. Every letter, every syllable, is all JESUS. HIS WORDs are complete, nothing is missing. It can NEVER return to HIM void because it is JESUS that comes out of HIS mouth. This, then, makes more sense on JESUS being willing giving up HIMSELF as a sacrifice for us, HIS Bride. HE is JEHOVAH’s spoken Word; the Word is alive, REALLY ALIVE!

 

“The Son is the dazzling radiance of GOD’s splendor, the exact expression of GOD’s true nature—his mirror image!” Hebrews 1:3a (TPT)

 

This verse drives home verse two. JESUS is the mirror image of GOD. HE is the FATHER’s spitting image. There is no telling apart here; you and I cannot tell who is the FATHER and who is the SON. Take a look at yourself in the mirror and move ahand; you know what happens to the reflection portrayed. The same thing is going on here.

 

For GOD so loved the world (mirror image)…for JESUS so loved the world…

that HE gave (mirror image)…that JESUS gave…

JESUS HIMSELF said it: I only do what I see MY FATHER in Heaven doing. It is impossible for HIM to do otherwise. It cannot happen because JESUS is the only language our FATHER, LORD, JEHOVAH, YAHWEH knows how to speak.

 

Are there any promises in the Word of GOD that you are standing on? Brothers and Sisters, you must come to the place and realization that these Words are real, VERY REAL. This is JESUS on the page, the mirror image of GOD. Every letter and syllable are alive; they are not simply alphabet letters… it is actually the JESUS Language. GOD cannot speak another language. Remind GOD of HIS promises to you. Remind HIM that HE spoke these promises to you in the language of HIS SON.

 

Glory to GOD in the highest!

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WILL YOU PASS THE TEST?

 “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

1 Peter 4:17 (ESV)

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The FATHER is looking for integrity and holiness.

 

Will HE find it? Will HE find integrity and holiness in the “household of GOD,” in the churches, in the Body of CHRIST? Will HE find integrity and holiness in you and in me?

 

The FATHER is searching. What will HE find when HE sees you?

 

It is time to examine yourself.

 

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” 2 Corinthians 13:5 (ESV)

 

The FATHER doesn’t desire what you do or what you have. HE wants you.

 

“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, ‘Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.’” Psalm 40:6-8

 

Be still before the LORD of the heavens and the earth. Be still before the Alpha and the Omega. Be still before the Fearful One. And examine yourself with fear and trembling.

 

Test and see if you will pass the test.

 

For the time is coming when HE will contend with man no longer. The time is coming for HIS judgment to be poured out, the full measure of HIS wrath. And it starts with HIS house, with HIS temple, with HIS people.

The FATHER is grieved that HIS temple has become a mockery. HE is grieved that so-called pastors, priests, and prophets have set up idols unto themselves.

 

“Then the king [Josiah] ordered Hilkiah the high priest…to get rid of everything in The Temple of God that had been made for worshiping Baal and Asherah and the cosmic powers. He had them burned outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron and then disposed of the ashes in Bethel.” 2 Kings 23:4 (MSG)

 

Even as King Josiah cleared the LORD’s temple of everything used to worship false gods, so the LORD is now cleaning HIS house of everything does not honor or worship HIM. HE has issued a clarion call to those who are making a mockery of HIS Name, “Come clean, before it is too late!”

 

What are we to do?

 

  1. Examine yourself. Test yourself to see whether you are in the faith. Be completely honest and transparent. Hold nothing back. Hide nothing.
  2. Repent of everything that is of the flesh and/or of the evil one. Give up your pride and your mockery. Give up your need for power and position and wealth. Give up your thirst for money and fame and notoriety. Give up your desire for entertainment and fancy words and flowery music.
  3. Relinquish yourself to the FATHER. Trust the heart of the FATHER. Dwell in the Presence of the FATHER. Speak the Word of the FATHER. Humble yourself before the FATHER. Enact the will of the FATHER.

 

For the door is closing quickly and HIS judgment is being poured out. Those who do not repent will be swept away in HIS wrath. Only “he who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully…shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation” (Psalm 24:4-5).

 

Will you pass the test?

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AS PERSECUTION INTENSIFIES, DON’T RUN

 “Peter said to Him, ‘Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!’ And so said all the disciples.” Matthew 26:35

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We celebrated JESUS’ resurrection all over the CHRISTian world in April. But do we also celebrate the crucifixion part that was the necessary ingredient for resurrection? Let’s go deeper. Do we celebrate the place where JESUS died to HIS human will to pickup the FATHER’s will, Gethsemane?

Food for thought.


Prior to Gethsemane, something very interesting occurred. Peter, as well as all the other disciples, pledged to lay down their lives with CHRIST, for CHRIST, in Matthew 26:35. Peter was the most outspoken, but they all said in unison: We won’t abandon YOU, JESUS; we won’t run.


A few hours later, when Judas, the temple guards, and a mob showed up with clubs and spears, their resolve melted away. Matthew 26:56-58 records that allthe disciples forsook HIM and fled. At least Peter followed at a distance. As we approach increased persecution in the Western Church, including:

  • Censorship in the online space
  • Reduction and eventual removal of tax breaks for churches
  • Forced vaccinations and elimination of respect for personal choice that does not line up with a specific agenda
  • Discrimination based on faith / beliefs
  • And whatever else is coming…

 

…how many of the disciples in church today will run? When it’s no longer comfortable to be a disciple, how many of us will at least follow from a distance?


All the disciples fled. Their best intentions, their well-thought-out plans, did nothing for them in the face of persecution. I wonder what they thought about JESUS when HE told them in Matthew 26:1-2, that HE would be crucified in two days. All the disciples knew about the painful torture of crucifixion. It was their worst nightmare played out. Yet, JESUS expected it, embraced it, talked about it.

 

Are we afraid to talk about the hard stuff? Are we in the Western Church expecting persecution? How will we respond when it arrives? Will we run, give in, hide?

Eventually, all twelve disciples became witnesses (martyrs).

 

What changed them from runners into those who expected and embraced the reality of persecution? HOLY SPIRIT and the actions of the disciples.  

 

As persecution gets hotter, let’s follow their lead.

 

1.   They received the HOLY SPIRIT which gave them the power of GOD to become HIS martyrs. Their devotion to CHRIST was greater than their desire for self-preservation and safety.

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses (martyrs) to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

 

2.   When the disciples received the HOLY SPIRIT, they didn’t just sit there. They acted. They took an example from JESUS’ life. When HE was about to go through the most difficult stage of HIS mission on the earth, HE spent HIS last hours in prayer. Gethsemane prepared JESUS CHRIST for Calvary. Consider spending at least one hour praying in your HOLY SPIRIT language (also called prayer language) everyday. If you don’t have one, ask JESUS to give it to you.

 

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude1:20-21

 

“Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” Matthew 26:40-41

 

3.   Even the SON of GOD has community – fellowship. The LORD is gathering HIS Remnant all over the world, joining us together in small and large prayer groups. Ask the LORD for the one you should join. Join a prayer group. If you are looking for one, WeRemnant has one, and we would love to have you. Shoot us an email if you are interested and use this link to request prayer.

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LIVING A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD

“Brothers, now I have some other things to tell you. We taught you how to live in a way that will please God. And you are living that way. Now we ask you and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live that way more and more.” 1Thessalonians 4:1 (ICB)

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As children of GOD, we need to constantly evaluate our lives. At the end of each day, self-reflect and ask: “Do I live the life that pleases the FATHER?”

Living a life that pleases GOD means living an intentional life. Unfortunately, we often seek to please people we see and forget to please GOD, whom we do not see with our naked eyes.

The Word of GOD is very clear on why it is important to please GOD and what we must do. With the help of the HOLY SPIRIT, we ought to carefully discern what is pleasing to our FATHER (Ephesians 5:10 NLT).

We have the example of the life JESUS lived.

“And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” John 8:29(NLT)


Highlighting the word “always,” not “sometimes,” makes me guilty and brings me to a place of humble repentance. JESUS did not only speak these words, but HIS FATHER validated HIM. Repentance also pleases GOD.

“He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” 2 Peter 1:17 (NIV)

We are fully protected when we please the LORD.

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7 (NLT)

 

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:16 (NLT)

 

What is faith? Faith is obedience in action. It is taking that bold step into the unknown but fully knowing that if HE said it, HE will do it, knowing that all HIS promises are “yes and amen.” 

 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

We receive what we ask when we please the LORD.

 

“And whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.” 1 John 3:22 (ESV)

 

Enoch and Cornelius are biblical examples of people apart from JESUS who lived to please GOD. Enoch, mentioned among the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11, walked closely with GOD, and he pleased GOD. He lived a life of faith, and because of his lifestyle, GOD took Enoch to be with HIM.

 

“And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you.” James 4:8 (TLB)

 

The life of Cornelius, described in Acts 10, challenges us as believers and paints the picture of living a life that pleases GOD. We learn how living a life that is pleasing to GOD attracts Heaven, and GOD takes note of his prayers and giving. He became the first Gentile convert to Christianity recorded in the Bible. He also had an encounter with a holy angel. He lived a life that pleased GOD, plus his household too, and they received the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT.

What must I do to please GOD?

 

Here are some ways to get you started as you allow the HOLY SPIRIT to help you discern what pleases our FATHER. GOD takes note of our efforts, but thankfully, we have the HOLY SPIRIT as our HELPER. Hallelujah!

 

  1. Fear GOD – Psalm 147:11
  2. Be obedient – Colossians 3:20
  3. Have faith – Hebrews 11:6
  4. Be spiritually minded – Romans 8:8
  5. Do good, the work of GOD – Hebrews 13:16, Colossians 1:10

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