We are going to test ourselves, by the Word to see just how much flesh still remains within us. We need to remove all doubt, “yeah buts” today – because today is a meat day!
What a topic we have today… the Law. I can’t really say this is something I have thought a whole lot about, knowing it can be cumbersome to even consider. Then the Lord reminded me the other day how His law is to be fulfilled, is not abrasive or confining – just instructional in nature. It is men who like to lay upon us heavy burdens by adding to the Law originally designed by the Lord and gifted to us as some simple guidelines for His children to imitate and follow. As a new creature, we should not even need to be commanded to fulfill what was established so long ago – because our hearts have changed from being set on evil to being set on good. People make up their own laws, try to enforce them of themselves and in turn make you follow what they deem as relevant. Chances are when anyone does that, they are not even keeping the own laws they’ve established. Knowing Jesus did not abolish His Father’s law, but fulfilled them – that is our expectation as well, to the best of our ability through a surrendered life. However, Jesus did come to abolish the laws set forth by man throughout the ages, because Jesus knew everything man did was a reflection of His heart. This created quite the stir in Jesus’s day and continues to be a dividing line even today.
I’ve observed something lately… It seems like when we don’t want to receive the message of the fullness of the Gospel, we often seek to kill the messenger appointed to deliver it. That must also be why many people shy away from reading the Word, parts of it is appealing to them and parts of it is just too convicting. Sadly, that is how doctrines of man is formed – any doctrine based on mixture is a doctrine man developed to make the word go down more smoothly, so that it is readily and widely accepted by many. If the righteous way is so very narrow few find it, while the broad way is more increased with numbers – shouldn’t we be more focused on God’s doctrine rather than man’s?
I was thinking about how the word “bible” is not even in the Word of God – and how man, whoever it was even gave his own label to Scripture. Does that seem like an oxymoron to you? That the word Bible is not even in our Bible? So strange… I don’t know why, I just felt led to point that out.
Just in case anyone is not convinced the laws and commandments of our Father are not relevant today, we are going to read out of Psalms.
You know, when we dilute the Gospel so others will receive it, we also dilute the power behind God’s Word going out to perform inwardly and transform the lives of others. We may think we are doing them a favor, but in truth, we are limiting just what work the Lord can do in another’s life. So when we are delivering our words, we get nervous – because they are ours. But when delivering God’s words to others, it is in Him that word activates, piercing the heart – ours and theirs, so we both grow, so really we are off the hook to give the increase – we deliver and the Lord does all the rest. That surely takes a yoke off of us doesn’t it? Thank you Lord.
Before we get too deep into today’s message, let’s read just a bit out of Psalm 119, which conveys to us the importance of obedience, as children to our Father in Heaven.
Psalm 119 ~
149 Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.
150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.
152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them forever.
153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
156 Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.
160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.
161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgements.
165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
166 Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
169 Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word.
170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
174 I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
Honestly, it has been my experience that the only time I am offended by the Lord’s Law, commands and instruction is when I am set to rebel against it in some way or uphold another who is doing so. As we grow in our spiritual walks, we start to see how much we need our Father’s touch to remain obedient and pleasing in His sight and when our hearts are set on Him fully – we in turn embrace His word fully and it is no longer a stumbling block of offense, but seek more knowledge of it so things go well in our lives. We go through these stages where the Law is somewhat to be broken, in our immature state – like a teenager first driving a car, incessantly has within them to go just a few miles over the speed limit, like they can’t help themselves or when given a curfew – they will try to negotiate a later time, never coming home a minute early and usually 3 minutes late… It is the rebellion within us which is so strong – we too get offended by the Laws and precepts given for our benefit and not destruction. Reading this Psalm surely gives us understanding why the Lord’s favor was upon David, a man after God’s own heart – it was not that he didn’t break the Law, but rather he desired to obey it more than anything else, which is precious in the Lord’s sight. Obviously, David had sin and yet had no rebellion – which is truly something we need to study in the near future. Sin is covered by the Blood of Jesus through His everlasting mercies, new every morning on a soul who cries out to Him for help to overcome. Rebellion is not covered by His blood and those in it live at His mercy continually. Wow – that’s a real wake up call, right?
Speaking the truth in love does not mean to compromise what the Lord already inspired by the Holy Spirit to be written and it also does not mean to tickle someone’s ears, making them feel comfortable. We do a great disservice to others and the Lord when we just seek to save a soul and not come along beside the person and the Holy Spirit believing and encouraging them for a transformed life. I think we believe as long as a soul confesses Jesus is Lord, we’ve done our part – but actually the opposite is true, the real work begins during the purifying after one calls out to Jesus. Didn’t He tell us many will say Lord, Lord… and He will tell them, depart from Me I never knew you. So how do we learn of Jesus? We read about Him and His ways, we pray and seek His face, we have this deep longing within us to feel His embrace and to never be separate of Him. It is through trials where intimacy is sealed, it is in trials we realize just how bad we need a Savior and soon we will find the one who our soul longs for… Jesus.
Mathew 5 – I just cannot seem to escape the Beatitudes lately, like they are continually chasing me – following me around everywhere I go and if I forget to think upon them – He sends another reminder – it is getting kind of silly at this point… lol… Maybe I am losing it? All I know is if I go a few days and do not meditate on them… Here they came again, chasing me down and He grows me deeper into them. This time it was just one verse – Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven – well, I am poor in many ways, not just spirit, but anyway… lol
It’s no mystery I am poor in Spirit and a lot… Still waiting to see the Kingdom of Heaven though. Now some people with ego would take great offense to being told they are poor in Spirit, not me – I already know it… lol… But when He started speaking to me by His words about this even more, it is like my spiritual eyes were opened a little more and my roots – arms – grasped a little deeper into Him. And I really do not mean to harp on this… but hopefully, it strengthens you as well in case you need it as much as I do.
To be POOR in Spirit is so simple – it is just that… poor in Spirit – meaning: helpless, empty of self, sort of not knowing what to do anymore, bankrupt and by the Greek definition it is: reduced to begging, destitute of wealth, influence, position & honor, afflicted, lowly, destitute of Christian virtues and eternal riches, powerless to accomplish an end, needy, in lack. It really means unable to learn of the ways of intellectual culture – giving themselves up to Christ’s teaching, proving themselves to lay hold of the Heavenly treasure.
To me it seems more purposeful now than ever – to just die to self all the way around and asap to just go with the flow and let Him have His way. To enter God’s Kingdom, we must allow Him to do away with ours. Our own personal old Kingdom of self, in that we may enter into His. It seems like we can finally let go of any and all reputations and titles within the World. No more competition, making a name for ourselves, any desires to be noticed or even embraced… To me, it is just all over – plans we made to formulate our Kingdom here on Earth – and where the poor part really hits home for me is – my spirit feels very bankrupt to a greater degree. Maybe some of you all can relate?
A poor soul, is a crying out soul and a soul that is crying out totally has the Father’s attention – especially one crying out in authentically – laid bare and open, hiding nothing. So if this is you – let me just say, you’ve got your Father’s attention – His eyes are particularly on you. And now, without all the distractions, we too are able to conceive of and see His Kingdom.
But back to the whole truth, void of mixture and percepts and imaginations of how we wish it to be… But rather receive it just as it is, in fullness. Please stick with me in this, I am really going somewhere, believe it or not… We must know that God does speak to us through His word. We try so hard to hear Him, we seek Him at every turn – even to the point of getting frustrated and yet many people have His word and its dusty, not having opened it in months or years or if ever. Do you see how quickly we can become agitated with our Father for our own shortcomings? He desires for us to grow and increase in our knowledge of Him – but just how can we do that if we disregard what He inspired to be written about Him? We can’t. So I said allllll that so far to say this… Can we handle some meat today? I am cautiously optimistic we are poor enough in spirit now to go a little deeper into His word and grow. I’ve had somethings to share for quite some time, but due to milk – I withheld it for quite awhile – and today the Lord pressed upon me – no time like the present.
These Scriptures are meat, because they will choke those who prefer mixture – they are not comforting if you find yourself landing on the wrong side of right – they also display the fullness of our Father – who is loving, merciful, gentle and kind, but as tender as His embrace is – His wrath is just as purposed. It is the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom – trust me, you cannot know Him fully and not fear Him. Someone told me the other day – God doesn’t hate anything. Ummmm, yes He does. I know it comforts people to think He doesn’t – but His word speaks contrary to man’s opinions of Him. And this is just one example of many – so we have a choice to make – Do we truly want to KNOW HIM or just KNOW ABOUT HIM? If we desire to know Him, then we are not satisfied just knowing perceptions about Him, relayed by others who have opinions over truth. Our Father corrects us as His children because He loves us – not to spite us. We are not bastard children, rebellious and without a parent, no our Creator Parent is just as involved in our lives this very moment as He was when He formed us together, individually and purposely in our mother’s womb – remember, He is not leaving us as orphans. Our Father knows and some of us do as well… That just because you correct someone, does not mean you cast them away, it is because He loves us. But with that… due to self-will, if someone chooses to walk away due to His correction – they made a choice and He will wait with open arms for them to return from having a prodigal state of mind. And we’ve all rolled around in the mud long enough, wouldn’t you agree? What is somewhat worrisome to me is that many are playing with the fire of time, banking they have plenty to sow rebellious seeds, having enough time to return to Him, after they satisfy their souls on Worldly interests. Well, lately, I am feeling that is a very dangerous roulette game – all signs do point to Jesus’s soon return, He is our blessed hope and it is a guarantee if we don’t meet Him in the air soon, we will pass from this life to the next via death. Either way – we will soon see Him face to face.
So He gave me a stern warning to lay to our hearts today ~ first about the time we live in to seek Him in fullness and to peek into what it is like to fall into the hands of an angry God, because many will unknowingly and without warning – how disheartening it would be to hear, depart from Me you worker of iniquity. My mom called today and said several times she heard God audibly say to her the words in the past couple days… “grave danger…” I said nothing, I know why He said this to her, but unfortunately I must stay silent – she doesn’t want to hear the truth, especially from me. So I just pray. But it did get me thinking… I wonder how often the Lord is speaking to me and I ignore it because it is not what I want to hear? I bet it is a lot. Which is why we read the Word more now to convict us of our carnal ways, cleansing us through the act of repentance, making us whole and poured out of self, filled with Him – to in truth live a transformed life.
So in Proverbs 6 is a very strong warning for the brethren – not the World, not the sinners, not those who have not been saved – BUT FOR US, so let’s read it –
12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
This person is deceitful with his speech.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
He is charming and all over the place speaking, going from person to person
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
His heart is evil & foolish, he is a fraud and deceives others, causing great pain as an instigator of contention, strife &, arguments among the brethren.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Does the Lord hate? Yes. Aren’t we curious to know what He hates and even what that means, in order we may put it under subjection in our own lives? Yes, again.
NOTE: When God “hates” something or someone, its not like we do as humans – it means He considers that thing or person to be an enemy or a foe or not of His direct replication of His image. For example – God is light, there is no darkness within Him, so to Him darkness is opposite of Him in every way, He hates darkness, so it flees from Him. When He hates something, He opposes it.
We are doing a great disservice to ourselves if we are convinced we can do anything we want and still be pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Of course, due to Jesus dying on the cross, we are washed cleaned – but today – I am speaking to a few remnant believers who have this inward desire to please their Father. It like being saved is just not enough – you want more, you want all of Him and you desire He have all of you.
So in order to proceed, being poor in Spirit, we need to know what it looks like to abide in the Kingdom of Heaven and honestly, to rid ourselves completely of that which is not tolerated within it.
So here we go…
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Now I personally know some of you – I also know, you are poor in Spirit and that some of you never do these things God hates. You may have in the past as the old creature, but now as the new creature – with many stripes the Father has placed you within Himself, purified in these areas. And like I always say – it is a process, Jesus is the Author and Finisher of us daily. And He is also our mediator, so that when we stumble, we confess our sin immediately and repent to do it no longer.
God considers those His enemy who are proud of their works, considering themselves higher than others –
LOOK DOWN UPON OTHERS, SPREADS LIES, SHED INNOCENT BLOOD, PLOT EVIL TO DECEIVE OTHERS, GRAVITATE TO BEING UNPLEASANT/DISAGREEABLE, GIVES A MADE UP/DECEITFUL TESTIMONY, STIRS UP FIGHTS AMOUNG THE BRETHREN.
See, that wasn’t so scary was it? Most of you do not even need the searing of this word to the heart because your heart is not set upon the destruction of another. You all are some of the most loving and merciful people I know and though at first you might have been resistant to this Word, getting hung up on God hating anything, once we study it we realize it is given for our good, not our destruction – and we receive it as such.
20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
The commands of the law that the Father established should be some of the easiest precepts for the follower of Jesus to attain and are not fearful whatsoever if you are on God’s side. The Law is a true blessing, especially when first saved – when you need some concrete do’s and don’ts and you are learning to follow Jesus’s ways and footsteps. Some of my most precious memories of Sunday school as a child were having fun while learning about the 10 Commandments. While humans make them scary by holding them over your head and adding to them – Jesus fulfilled the Law – meaning He submitted to the commands which were written. Verse 23 tells us these simple steps of the law, lights our journey here on Earth, disciplines us when necessary and gives clear instructions on what the Father expects from us as His children. The Law is a gift in so many ways – only those who walk in rebellion, get irritated because the law goes against their fleshly lusts and desires. I am sorry, I warned you this was going to be meat today and earlier we set the foundation of why it is important to receive the fullness of the Father, not just what is comfortable to us.
Oh and real quick… our Father in Heaven manages all evil, placing limitations, barriers, confines and purposes for our good on the times we do choose to interact with evil in anyway. He allows and disallows all entrance into and out of our lives. We are on a leash – for some it is short and for others it is real long… especially concerning the curiosity of evils and the knowledge from the tree of good mixed with evil. The truth is – many who claim to be Christ followers are still mesmerized and curious to know the deep secrets of satan. Yikes— they will be sifted as wheat, the poor things, but God is God and I am not and I am the last person to tell Father of all parents how to raise His own children.
Okay – Are we good? I pray I haven’t overwhelmed you today…
I just want to point one more thing out that I found so amazing when I was studying this in Proverbs 6 – the Holy Spirit directed me to write out all the body parts involved in actions which God hates and I was stunned – We have EYES, MOUTH, HANDS, FEET and HEART mentioned here! Just as described in the NT as Jesus’s Body (us) He said we have EYES, MOUTH, HANDS, FEET and HIS HEART of FLESH… This body mentioned in Proverbs 6 is the EXACT OPPOSITE of the Body of Christ. How amazing is our Lord!!!
So then He took me deeper on how each part that evil body plays by lifting themselves up in pride, shedding innocent blood, having these wicked imaginations, being so mischievous, bearing false witness against others to sow discord among the brethren. And I went to the Beatitudes and you will not believe this – well you will, this lines right up with being the opposite of what Jesus would call THE BODY OF CHRIST/THE BRIDE – who are HUMBLE/POOR IN SPIRIT, MOURN, SEEK RIGHTEOUSNESS, MERCY, PURE IN HEART, PEACEMAKERS, PERSECUTED BY LIES. It is almost as if the ones who are represented in Proverbs 6 are targeting those who are named in Mathew 5 — oh my, I pray you are getting what I am having a hard time articulating! Bless your hearts, I know often my rambles need to be spiritually discerned – but I was just so excited to have my eyes opened to this truth and I wanted to share it mainly for those who shy away from some of the things which appear to be harsher in the Word than what they really are, like our Father’s commandments. I just have this deep desire within me to take you all by the hand and go much deeper spiritually into the Word, but at the same time I don’t want anyone to choke on it… It really is a balancing act sometimes.
Mark 4:19 tells us that we have so much focus on the things we care about in the World that deceive us, along with lusts of things in opposition to our Lord which enter into us that will CHOKE THE WORD – in which we reject it and it will not produce living fruit in our lives, if we permit it to do so.
But as we overcome our desires for worldly things and enticements, the Word falls on fertile soil, giving increase and fruit resembling the Kingdom of Heaven.
Is it really that hard for us to accept that God opposes or hates anything? I mean can we grasp that He will say… Depart from me you workers of iniquity? When we do not understand why He would do such a thing, may we rest in the truth of knowing He is God and we are not and therefore, His ways are higher.
If we are still loving what He rejects/hates… then Scripture will be extremely offensive to us. But if we love Him more than anything else, we may feel the sting of His redemptive correction but never offended by His truth.
So considering the World we live in and the mixture within the Church and still within us personally – we need to just have an open discussion about those who we deal with on a daily basis that are outlined in Proverbs 6 and UNREPENTANT… Unrepentant is a word you are going to hear much more often in the near future. Rarely these days will anyone say they are sorry for anything they do to harm another… intentionally or inadvertently, if someone is hurt by us – it should be our pleasure to say I am sorry so they feel better and are happy and at peace again and feel loved. Saying sorry is another quality of the poor in Spirit. Thank You Lord.
I can’t believe I took up almost a whole broadcast just to set the foundation of what I really wanted to share… Dealing with those who are unrepentant in the heart. Well, it must have been purposeful.
Those who are rebellious despise anyone talking about discipline, let alone it coming through the brethren. So we are going to move very slowly and only by Scripture – we will let the Lord’s words speak for Himself on this one. I can already feel the resistance and we haven’t even started the study yet. Remember those with nothing to hide, hide nothing… so come with a clean and pure heart next time we meet and we will truly have nothing to be offended about.
I am going to leave you with something to consider and ponder, knowing many of not most of you will shrink back… But I am most curious who is with me? It compliments our last study regarding “receiving” the least of these…
Proverbs 31:8-9 says –
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Time to rise and shine Saints!! When submitted to the Holy Spirit, we are free for the asking of calling evil good and good evil… Judging fairly, the Word says and remember – we are told to judge ourselves first and in the same measure/way you judge another you shall be judged – so tread ever so lightly in this… This is just a teeny tiny bit of a pearl, for those who have ears to hear and a heart of flesh and are for life, all lives, placing others more important than ourselves. If we do not view someone else more valuable than we are, seeing the preciousness within them – even if only a glimmer, we are not mature enough in our walks to judge someone of anything. Glossing over rebellion to God ways, whether ours or another’s, is very dangerous ground to walk on. There are times when the Word may seem confusing, even conflicting – when this happens just go to the Lord with an open and teachable heart, asking the Holy Spirit to guide you and open your eyes to the fullness of His word and He will do so. The Lord will never deny someone who is whole-heartedly seeking truth.
So… could it be… we are being groomed to recognize, discern and even judge what is good and what is evil so we no longer mix the two? Is Jesus teaching us how to judge fairly? And like Paul said, is there no one spiritually mature to judge the most smallest of matters? Please pray about this – and don’t ask one soul, but rather seek the Lord’s truth. And next time we are going to talk about it more, along with disciplining those who are rebellious and unrepentant.
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