Saturday, December 31, 2011

Will the true Hypocrites please stand?


I have been and sometimes still am a hypocrite. Not in the meaning that some see the word but in the meaning of how God sees it. I wrestled with this message all night. It seems my Lord had something to say to all of us. (To you the reader, to you the listener, and to me the writer.) We go through life thinking that we have everything understood to only discover that we don’t. We step into roles and functions which are never meant for us and lead a life of hypocrisy.
What is a Hypocrite? This word is spoken of often in regards to a person or group of people but never described to as ourselves. Most people find it easy to blatantly call someone else a hypocrite but rarely would you see an individual call themselves that. Jesus called the Pharisees and Sadducees hypocrites quit often. Did you ever read where the Pharisees or Sadducees called themselves a hypocrite or agree to the words of Christ? Yeah, ummm no. They did not. Why is that? Hypocrisy is seen clearly when glowing on another person but seen rarely when faced with the similar glow upon ourselves. In other words, it is easy to always point out the faults or what we think are the faults of others but it is hard to sometimes look into the honest mirror of our lives and see who we really are.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives the meaning of the word Hypocrite.
1.       : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2.        a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
The Origin of the word “Hypocrite” gives the meaning as a stage-actor or pretender. I am sure there are many other meanings but all similar. Let’s look at this word not in the eyes of our understanding but through the eyes of Christ. He is by far the only one worthy enough who could speak this word to an individual. How He sees us is always different on how we see each other. Therefore, all I have to worry about is how HE SEES ME! Fortunately for mankind, we have GOD’s WORD to give us an understanding of how Christ sees us and how we should live. We might make xcuses but we are without excuse.
This morning the Lord was giving me flash backs to my life throughout the years. I could see His hand steering me in the right direction. (When I would obey.) We all are uniquely and wonderfully made. He intended for us to be holy people and people who walk throughout life with a purpose. The name of this blog is “From the Apostle’s Desk” Am I calling myself an apostle? Yes and no. I don’t care for titles, so no I am not entitling my first name with the word Apostle in front of it. However, I am an apostle in every sense of the word. Let me explain. The word “Apostle” means “Sent one” or “One who was sent out.”  Ever since I became a follower of Christ, this definition has fit my life.  God would send me to people as a young lad and help them through their problems.  Not to people I knew but total strangers. Let me give just a little list of how the Lord has used me as a “Sent One”. I compile this list not as a brag or proof of who God has made me to be. It is a visual of what I feel the Lord desiring to minister to us today. I feel the prophetic voice speaking clearly for this coming year. “Be who I have designed you to be.” “Walk away from the sins and the blind spots in your life and become the fullness of who I have called you to be.”
Being the “Sent one”
1.      I was sent to a pregnant teenager when I was in high school to bring ministry and the love of Christ to her. We were on the same school bus.
2.      I was sent to several people in my school down in Florida. One was a Satanist who God helped deliver from this awful belief system.
3.      God told me to go into the military for there were many there I was called to speak too and lead to Him. Boy did that happen!!!! It was an amazing time.
4.      When I got out of the military then Lord sent me back up to South Carolina because my future wife was there and I would be like a Boaz to her.
5.      I was sent out to plant a church in my early twenties. After 5 years, of pastoring the church the Lord tells me to merge it with another and prepare to be sent out.
6.      We get sent out to Kansas City, Missouri. A place unfamiliar to us and totally different from our southern roots.  Planted a church here. Turned it over to a servant of God in hopes that it would continue on but it did not. I had left the 2nd church to plant a 3rd church but the Lord told me to hold off. He was going to send me into a church to help them and for them to help me. That is where I am at now.
7.      Since I have been here in this city, God has sent me to pastors and leaders who were total strangers to me. One day I was coming back from doing a wedding and I passed a church in Harrisonville. The Lord commissioned me to turn around and go and prophesy to the Pastor. I obeyed and the Lord did great things.
8.  Since 1998 I have been sent to several countries and to several people in those countries.  God has miraculously opened doors that no man could open. I am better for it.  I have been asked to come to many other nations but only go where HE SENDS ME!
I have many stories I could tell. My children could probably recite them for you. (LOL)  Why do I write all of this?  There have been times where I have not walked in what the Lord has called me to be and this makes me a HYPOCRITE. How could this be? Let’s look at Jesus’s definition of a Hypocrite and hopefully we can gather a greater understanding.
I have literally felt led to read this passage of scripture for the past two weeks. Every day I would read it and just now something so true comes out of it.
Luke 13:10-17  Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the day of worship.  (11)  A woman who was possessed by a spirit was there. The spirit had disabled her for 18 years. She was hunched over and couldn't stand up straight.  (12)  When Jesus saw her, he called her to come to him and said, "Woman, you are free from your disability."  (13)  He placed his hands on her, and she immediately stood up straight and praised God.  (14)  The synagogue leader was irritated with Jesus for healing on the day of worship. The leader told the crowd, "There are six days when work can be done. So come on one of those days to be healed. Don't come on the day of worship."  (15)  The Lord said, "You hypocrites! Don't each of you free your ox or donkey on the day of worship? Don't you then take it out of its stall to give it some water to drink?  (16)  Now, here is a descendant of Abraham. Satan has kept her in this condition for 18 years. Isn't it right to free her on the day of worship?"  (17)  As he said this, everyone who opposed him felt ashamed. But the entire crowd was happy about the miraculous things he was doing.

Jesus heals and delivers a woman from a demon within the local church. It was on the Sabbath and when the pastor saw this healing; he gathered the crowd against Jesus. He speaks in what he thought to be truth but was deceived by his own ignorance.  Jesus responds with boldness. This local pastor was living a lie and so was many in the crowd. They had forgotten as to why they gathered. They played the role of believers but not the believers of God. Jesus was fulfilling what He was sent to do.
Being a Hypocrite in the eyes of Christ is being the opposite of what He has commissioned you to do. Many walk the earth as Hypocrites today! The drug addict is being contrary to what the Lord has called him to be. The adulterer is being dishonest with himself. The murderer is falling in a trap not prepared for him by the living God. Those who chose to not follow the word of God but rewrite it for their benefit are hypocrites in the shadows. People of God who go to church day in and day out but never serve the Lord in any capacity are hypocrites. Those who don’t follow Christ and serve false gods or themselves are hypocrites dangling in the balance of life.  Hypocrites in our churches, hypocrites in our streets, hypocrites in our places of business, hypocrites in the government, and hypocrites in you and I. When we are doing opposite of what He has called us to be. When we are doing opposite than what his word plainly states. We all become hypocrites. When I refuse to be sent to others then I am a hypocrite. When I refuse to follow the Lord at His word then I am a hypocrite. I am being contrary to what he has made me to be. We all have the capacity to live a lie. We all have the capacity to be deceived in our own stubbornness.  Hypocrites are liars of themselves. They are actors of deception and many don’t know it. We set ourselves up as the ones who are beyond hypocrisy but fall into it just the same. All I can do is speak the word of God. All I can do is declare what His word plainly states without blinders on. All I can do is simply follow Him and allow my steps to be ordered by the Holy God. All you can do is follow Him without the blinders on. The pastor of the synagogue thought he was doing right. He thought he was quoting the word of God but failed to see the heart of God through His word. This pastor became a hypocrite by becoming more knowledgeable than the one who knows it all.  It comes back to relationship with our Lord. Doing is just doing until you have a relationship with the one who has done it all.  We are all doomed to walk this planet as hypocrites unless we step away from our self-made precepts and start following the Lord’s. There is more at stake here than what you think. You and I must walk in our calling from the Lord because others are depending on it.  Maybe you are frustrated in life right now. Maybe it is because you are walking contrary to the Lord’s purpose for your life. Deep down you know there is more you should be doing. Deep down you know that God is calling you to something more. Many seek the titles or positions and get what they are looking for, but never fulfill the purpose of God. It is more than a title or position. It is about passion. Passionately following the Lord into whatever abyss He calls us to. Passionately seeking His face until the answer has been discovered. We can live a life of Hypocrisy by playing the roles we so easily cling too, or we can rise above it all.  The chains can be broken. Jesus does not call someone a hypocrite with vindictive notions but with empathy and a sorrowful heart. This year He is calling His people to a greater place. The Kingdom of God must be expanded. His purpose must spread like a wild fire in a wilderness.
Here are the rest of the verses I have been studying for two weeks.
Luke 13:18-21  Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What can I compare it to?  (19)  It's like a mustard seed that someone planted in a garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds nested in its branches."  (20)  He asked again, "What can I compare the kingdom of God to?  (21)  It's like yeast that a woman mixed into a large amount of flour until the yeast worked its way through all the dough."

Hypocrisy hinders the advancement of the kingdom of God within us. His kingdom is meant to be something great and unique to this world.  It is meant to be a mystery to be shown to the world through our very lives. I must not be a hypocrite any more. I can’t allow my past hurts to stop me from fulfilling His purpose in my life. I can’t and you can’t live a life any longer in Hypocrisy!!! Be who Jesus desires you to be. Fall in love with Him each day. Allow Him to heal you and forgive you. Allow His love and life fill you up from the inside out.  Get His eyes. Get His heart beat. Get His mindset.  Oh if you could feel what I am feeling right now. There is a freedom!!! There is a victory!!! Lift the burden oh Lord from your people. Allow the Spirit of Hypocrisy to be cast down from our midst. Let us seek you in all of your glory and fullness. Give us a heart for your kingdom and let us be the Kingdom you have called us to be.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Vision of the Leper Colony


I had this vision years ago but felt led to share. I have been in prophetic mode in the past few weeks and I can sense the Lord desiring to reveal more. I have some prophesies that I wrote years ago which the Lord is now just letting me to reveal. It is so important to be obedient to the Lord.


The Vision of the Leper Colony

Saturday    November 11, 2000     11:00 PM

As my wife, Kelly, and I were worshipping the Lord. God gave me an open vision. I saw a leper colony huddled outside of a huge city. The city was glowing with beauty and majesty. It rested in a perfectly cut out valley.  The leper stood gazing at the city below. By the looks on their faces one could tell. They desired to be apart of the city.

Then all of a sudden I saw some of the lepers get healed from their disease and returned into the city. Others said that they were healed, but covered up their leprosy.


The Meaning:

I know that God is saying in this hour that he desires to bring the religious people that are willing to come out , unto new experiences with Him. Many will come out of their liberal, dead churches in the days ahead. They will search, long and hard for the truth of God.

The Lepers -- represented the religious people in the world today.  Those that have defiled themselves with unholy things in the name of the Father.

The City-- The city was the church that came out from the old. It is bursting forth with power. It's lights work closely together in order for the world to see them from a distance. For those lepers that wanted freedom , the city was a sight to behold. The attraction from that city would draw them to want change and freedom.

The healed lepers--- represented those that decided to want more of God. They discovered their leprosy and longed for freedom. Only when a man realizes he is bound can he fight to be free. They became a part of the city again and were overjoyed to be a part.

The falsly healed leprosy --- represented those that want more of God, but don't want to pay the price for it.  They don't want to give up those religious things that hinder the move of God. They desire the fleshy way of things than the way of the Spirit.  They cause leprosy to come into the city undectected by most. A little leaven, leavens the whole lump. I believe God gave a warning with this. Just because we have come out of religious situation doesn't mean that we can not become religious again. The falsely healed lepers are around in the city and we must be careful. If not, we will end up with leprosy as well.

Scripture that was given me to this.

1. Ezekiel 34: 11-16 ( Those that are  in religion due to hurt through dead  pastors and dictators. God promises a restoration to such people.)
2.  Numbers 12: 1-16   ( Those that have declared absolute authority over the things of God.)

3.  Acts 6: 7  " And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith."
4.  Matthew 16: 6  "  Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
5. I Corinthians 5:6    " Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump"

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mary's ( Mother of Jesus) Prophecy

Luke 1:46-56  Mary said, "My soul praises the Lord's greatness!  (47)  My spirit finds its joy in God, my Savior,  (48)  because he has looked favorably on me, his humble servant. "From now on, all people will call me blessed  (49)  because the Almighty has done great things to me. His name is holy.  (50)  For those who fear him, his mercy lasts throughout every generation.  (51)  "He displayed his mighty power. He scattered those who think too highly of themselves.  (52)  He pulled strong rulers from their thrones. He honored humble people.  (53)  He fed hungry people with good food. He sent rich people away with nothing.  (54)  "He remembered to help his servant Israel forever.  (55)  This is the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his descendants."  (56)  Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

Mary , the mother of Jesus, received news from the angel Gabriel that she would conceive and have a son. This son would be the promised Messiah. After her prophetic message from the angel she visits her cousin Elizabeth who is also carrying a prophetic child. Mary and Elizabeth embrace and immediately Elizabeth begins to prophetically declare the promise of God over Mary and her child. Mary is overwhelmed with the Spirit's utterance that she  begins to prophesy and declare. I believe there are some power statements within this prophetic utterance that I wanted to share with you.

1. " My Soul praises the Greatness of the Lord" She declared this about her God and about her Son who was forming in her womb. She made a declaration about the greatness of our Savior. Deuteronomy 32:3  I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Give our God the greatness he deserves! Jesus would truly come and show the greatness of the Living God. His greatness still reigns triumphant today!
2. " My Spirit finds Joy in my God, My Savior." Do you know how awkward it must have been for Mary to pledge her allegiance to her son who was still forming in her womb? She prophesied that her unborn child was her Savior and Lord. WOW! How powerful is that! When the spirit of Prophecy rest upon us the utterance of God can be overwhelming and our hearts are brought to greater understandings.
3."From now on, all people will call me blessed" This was not an arrogant statement but one that was profound. Mary stands throughout time not only as the Mother of the World's hope but the example of Christian virtue and humility. She teaches all Christians everywhere on how to obey the voice of God without waver.
4. " His name is holy" The Holiness of God was declared in this little baby. Finally man kind could approach the holiness of God without dying on the spot. Exodus 15:11  "Who is like you among the gods, O LORD? Who is like you? You are glorious because of your holiness and awe-inspiring because of your splendor. You perform miracles.
5. " For those who fear him, his mercy lasts throughout every generation."  She prophesied the mercy of Christ. How he would show compassion to all men. She also was prophesying about the reign of the Lord. ( Revelation 21-22)
6."He displayed his mighty power. He scattered those who think too highly of themselves.  (52)  He pulled strong rulers from their thrones. He honored humble people." This statement is so significant. Jesus would come and conquer all spiritual wickedness in high places. He would give hope and power to anyone who believes. He gives grace to the humbled and victory to the God fearing. Colossians 2:14-15  He did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established. He took the charges away by nailing them to the cross.  (15)  He stripped the rulers and authorities of their power and made a public spectacle of them as he celebrated his victory in Christ.
7. "He fed hungry people with good food. He sent rich people away with nothing. " Jesus would come and draw close to those who were poor in spirit. He would come and give hope to those who were suffering. His message is one of deliverance and redemption. He would be the defender of the poor and down trotted. Psalm 82:3  Defend weak people and orphans. Protect the rights of the oppressed and the poor.
8. "He remembered to help his servant Israel forever.  (55)  This is the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his descendants." God's eternal purpose for Israel is revealed through the life of Christ. Jesus came from a promised nation. He would fulfill the prophesy of Israel through His life , and he would bring everyone to a great understanding. Hebrews 8:10  But this is the promise that I will make to Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my teachings inside them, and I will write those teachings on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

I believe we need to learn from the Prophesy of Mary the mother of Jesus. What God gave her to speak is so profound for our day and time.  Our Lord is great and Mighty. He is the merciful God. He is the victorious King!. We have so much to be thankful for and to look forward too. The prophetic voice of the Lord is still flowing today. May we all hear His voice more intimately!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Plumb line

 I received this prophesy below on August 25, 2008 which was also the my spiritual birthday in the Lord making it 23 years since I  surrendered my life to Christ. God was bringing me back. He is allowing me to release this now which I am humbled and honored to do so. For those whose hearts are open will have the revelation immediately for those whose hearts are full of discourse will not understand. God still speaks to His people today and does not go outside of His written word. Prophesy today is forth-telling and foretelling but only in the contents of His word. 

Isaiah 34:16-17  Search the LORD'S book, and read it. Not one of these animals will be missing. Not one will lack a mate, because the LORD has commanded it, and his Spirit will gather them together.  (17)  He is the one who throws dice for them, and his hand divides up the land for them with a measuring line. They will possess it permanently and live there for generations.

( The Message Bible)Isaiah 34:  
16-17Get and read God's book:
   None of this is going away,
   this breeding, brooding evil.
God has personally commanded it all.
   His Spirit set it in motion.
God has assigned them their place,
   decreed their fate in detail.
This is permanent—
   generation after generation, the same old thing.

It is obvious that evil has been released. It is also obvious that the releasing of evil can also be used during the fire process. This chapter talks about a refining of hearts. It is not by accident either that God declares his heart at the beginning of this read.

Isaiah 34:
1 Draw in close now, nations. Listen carefully, you people. Pay attention!
Earth, you, too, and everything in you.
   World, and all that comes from you.
 2-4And here's why: God is angry,
   good and angry with all the nations,
So blazingly angry at their arms and armies
   that he's going to rid earth of them, wipe them out.
The corpses, thrown in a heap,
   will stink like the town dump in midsummer,
Their blood flowing off the mountains
   like creeks in spring runoff.

We are living in the time of the swinging pendulum. It is swaying back and forth and the plumb line is being gauged. Once the plumb line is release then will come the two-fold purpose of God in our land. America must wake up and see. They must hear the voice of God.

Devils are being released in the Hordes. This is conducive with my open vision several years ago. The Hordes of Evil.

Zechariah 4:1-14  The angel who was speaking with me returned and woke me up as one might wake up someone who is sleeping.  (2)  He asked me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a solid gold lamp stand with a bowl on top and seven lamps on it. There are seven spouts for each lamp that is on top of it.  (3)  There are also two olive trees beside it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."  (4)  I asked the angel who was speaking with me, "What do these things mean, sir?"  (5)  Then the angel asked me, "Don't you know what they mean?" "No, sir," I answered.  (6)  Then he replied, "This is the word the LORD spoke to Zerubbabel: You won't succeed by might or by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Armies.  (7)  What a high mountain you are! In front of Zerubbabel you will become a plain. He will bring out the topmost stone with shouts of 'Blessings, blessings on it!'"  (8)  Then the LORD spoke his word to me. He said,  (9)  "Zerubbabel's hands have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the LORD of Armies has sent me to you.  (10)  Who despised the day when little things began to happen? They will be delighted when they see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand. (These seven eyes of the LORD roam over all the earth.)"  (11)  I asked the angel, "What do these two olive trees at the right and the left of the lamp stand mean?"  (12)  Again I asked him, "What is the meaning of the two branches from the olive trees next to the two golden pipes that are pouring out gold?"  (13)  He asked me, "Don't you know what these things mean?" "No, sir," I answered.  (14)  So he said, "These are the two anointed ones who are standing beside the Lord of the whole earth."

 




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The day of the little things has began to happen. The foundation is seen and the elders are weeping.  The Watchmen are weeping for they have been waiting. They have suffered much for me. They have been sitting quietly in me. The Glory reign is greater towards the end than it was in the beginning.  God’s eyes are going to and fro throughout the whole earth seeking the hearts of the humble and the  heart of the champions. The little things are passing and the greater things are yet to come. The Lord has the plumb line is his hand. It is swinging back and forth. There must be balance. There must be divine order. There must be the direction of the Lord. Don’t  run past the plumb line.

I see the hand of God holding the plumb line. I see it swinging back and forth. I see the plummet spinning. I  see the foundation carved out in the dirt. I see and feel the anticipation of the Spirit of God. Who will come and see this thing occur says the Lord. Who will come and see this thing happen. Who will bear my witness as my two servants bear witness at my throne. Who will stand with me Says the Lord. I see this swish of God’s spirit leaving from His hand. It is fast and powerful. I see it spinning around the globe. There is an igniting of those who are listening. Some understand and some not fully yet. I see the light of God burning within them and burning without. The elders of the Body are starting to remember what it was like in their day. They see it and feel it but there is a tangible difference. Something is different. ( added on August 29, 2008) I saw a temple within the Temple. I was shown a city within the City. What was in Heaven was being transferred here on earth. The temple and the city within the Temple and City were the present believers of the church. There was a shining and a powerful glow. It was as if someone turned on a light switch or started a car. There was an igniting of godly things transpiring within the church.

2 Chronicles 16:9-10  The LORD'S eyes scan the whole world to find those whose hearts are committed to him and to strengthen them. You acted foolishly in this matter. So from now on, you will have to fight wars."  (10)  Asa was furious at the seer. He was so angry with Hanani that he put Hanani in prison. Asa also oppressed some of the people at that time in his reign.

The Lord sees all through Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is bursting forth throughout the earth. He is touching the humbled and the poor in spirit. He is appearing before those who are truly calling upon His name. The flaming is being lite and the church of God is igniting in fire. The promises are being fulfilled. This is not about His return. This is about the church being the true image of Christ until His return. Another layer is being added to the construction of the Church. The Plumb line is swinging in the wind and making the paths straight for all to see. He who has ears to hear listen with intensity. He who has eyes to see; see with openness. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

From the Father's Heart

Joel 2:11-16  The LORD shouts out orders to his army. His forces are very large. The troops that carry out his commands are mighty. The day of the LORD is extremely terrifying. Who can endure it?  (12)  "But even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart- with fasting, crying, and mourning."  (13)  Tear your hearts, not your clothes. Return to the LORD your God. He is merciful and compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive and to change his plans about disaster.  (14)  Who knows? He may reconsider and change his plan and leave a blessing for you. Then you could give grain offerings and wine offerings to the LORD your God.  (15)  Blow the ram's horn in Zion. Schedule a time to fast. Call for an assembly.  (16)  Gather the people. Prepare them for a holy meeting. Assemble the leaders. Gather the children, even the nursing infants. Grooms leave their rooms. Brides leave their chambers.

He who sits on His glorious throne is crying out to the people of this volatile planet to repent and to be humbled. The Great God sees the damage of sin past, present, and future. He sees how sin strips away a person's humanity. It causes them to become like vicious animals. The Living God is calling us all to come and surrender all to Him. He who has a vast army can conquer any controlling sin and over throw any demanding nature.You resist Him because you believe it is within your nature to do so. In fact you are resisting the nature you are supposed to be. We are finite creatures worshiping an infinite God. The Day of the Lord is a day unlike any other. It is a space of time defined by a moment. We are called to return to Him with a heart of Fasting, Crying, and mourning. Fasting from all things so our devotion is completely on Him. Crying because of the depth of our sin is so great. Mourning with a heart of true repentance showing our deepest sorrow for hurting the living God. Hear the cry of the Lord. Tear your hearts not your clothes. Repent for the Lord is crying out for His people. Cry aloud until the wailing reaches the ears of the almighty. Who is like Him? Who could compare to His matchless worth? Who could out wit the wisdom of the Creator? He is full of compassion and forgiveness and waits patiently for those who desire His heart. He is waiting for His people to change His heart accordingly to His will. It is time for five things to happen.

1. Blow the Ram's Horn In Zion ( The blowing of the Shofar was used for several purposes. a. A call for a gathering of worship. b. To usher in the presence of God. c. To make a proclamation. d. Sounding of alarm with war.) There is a Shofar blowing in the distance. The Call of the Lord is running deep within us. Will we heed His call for assembly?
2. Schedule a time to Fast ( Fasting separates you from worldly matters and opens you up to the realm of God. It is vital in this hour and days ahead that His people seek Him more through prayer and fasting. )
3. Call for an assembly ( He is calling for our assembly. The Unity of the saints is so vital for the days ahead. We have to learn to stick together when the world comes to separate us.)
4. Gather the People ( When the Saints Gather super natural things begin to happen.)
5. Prepare them for a Holy meeting ( Holy Spirit will come in power for those who desire to seek the Living God. )

Prepare the way of the Lord. He is returning in all of His greatness. Never stop watching for the redemption of promise and hold on to His message. He will make the hard things to understand and bring revelation to the open heart. The Shofar is being blown in the heavens now. It is for a calling to His people.




Monday, December 12, 2011

Love Them Anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

... If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

Dr. Kent M. Keith
American Author and Inspirational Speaker
 I think the above statement is powerful and true. We have to press forward regardless of how people treat you in life. How many times have we all misunderstood each other? How many times have we made assumptions based off of our own personal biases or defensive mechanisms. How many times have you helped people and they turn around and betray your trust.
Hey, it happens. The only person we stand stop from doing it to others is ourselves. I can allow Holy Spirit to convict me of my wrong or of my personal hang ups. Here is one truth I have found. If you spend any time with the Lord, you will be convicted of your sin and trespasses. Holy Spirit does his job quit well.  
Luke 6:27-35  "But I tell everyone who is listening: Love your enemies. Be kind to those who hate you.  (28)  Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who insult you.  (29)  If someone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other cheek as well. If someone takes your coat, don't stop him from taking your shirt.  (30)  Give to everyone who asks you for something. If someone takes what is yours, don't insist on getting it back.  (31)  "Do for other people everything you want them to do for you.  (32)  "If you love those who love you, do you deserve any thanks for that? Even sinners love those who love them.  (33)  If you help those who help you, do you deserve any thanks for that? Sinners do that too.  (34)  If you lend anything to those from whom you expect to get something back, do you deserve any thanks for that? Sinners also lend to sinners to get back what they lend.  (35)  Rather, love your enemies, help them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward. You will be the children of the Most High God. After all, he is kind to unthankful and evil people.
It is easy to love those who love you back but the true test of our walk in the Lord is loving those who want to shoot your head off. It is easy to be offended and to get hurt feelings but we have to press forward. If people don't understand you simply seek to understand them. If they desire to insult you simply lift them up in prayer. If they desire to do you evil towards you make sure you show them the goodness of the Lord.  Trust me I have had a lot of experience in this department. It is not always easy. You have to make sure you don't waddle in your self-pity or make yourself the victim.  People are people which means they will do crazy , stupid things sometimes.  If the living God shows kindness to unthankful and evil people then why shouldn't we? If he is living inside of us then His character will come out.
 
Now don't get me wrong. I am not saying people should walk all over you and abuse your kindness. However, we are to show love at ALL times no matter the circumstance. Now are we human? YES!!!! Will we fail at times? YES!!!!! The quest is to do our best without making a mess of all the rest. It is not easy but through Christ we can overcome. This is why we need Him more and more in our lives.  Show the world love anyway regardless if it comes back to your or not. Most will return it and some will take advantage of it. It is ok. There is only one person in this world who will judge you completely. ( The Living God.)