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The Babylonian Church

Jesus said to Peter when speaking about His Church in Mat 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock(Jesus) I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

When speaking to the Pharisees in Mar 12:10 And have you not read this scripture “The Stone which the builders rejected (they rejected it because they were using works, their accomplishments(religion) the things they had built as the cornerstone/ foundation stone which God flatly rejects as He does all human effort)has become the Head of the corner: (corner-stone)The cornerstone (or foundation stone) concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, (Jesus), thus determining the position of the entire structure.
Mar 12:11 this was from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes”?

The early church was committed to 4 things and the church grew and spread.

1. And they were continuing steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine

2. and in fellowship

3. and in the breaking of the loaves

4. and in prayers.

No one had any need in the first century church as poverty was eradicated.

And all who believed were together and had all things common. And they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need.
(Act 2:44-45)
And the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul. And not one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own. But they had all things common. And the apostles gave witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power. And great grace was on them all. For neither was anyone needy among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and they laid them down at the apostles’ feet. And distribution was made to every man according as he had need.
(Act 4:32-35)

Note that they invested in people and not buildings and church staff. Can you imagine the testimony that they had. No poverty in the church. Can that be said of today’s church?

1Pe 2:5 you also as living stones(only the Lord is referred to as The Rock) are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Babylon is the church system in place today. If you look at its inception on the plains of Shinar in Genesis :

Gen 11:3 And they said to one another, Come, let us make brick and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone(people dead with religious works as opposed to living stones.) , and they had asphalt for mortar. (Eph 4:16 He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint(remember the bones). As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Jesus is the mortar the makes the whole building, each stone, fit together)

Gen 11:4 And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower, and its top in the heavens.(arrogance and pride in human accomplishments are the foundation of the Babylonian church system with rebellion as its chief cornerstone) And let us make a name for ourselves(arrogance & pride), lest we be scattered upon the face of the whole earth. (rebellion for the Lord’s command from the very beginning was, Gen 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it. And have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the heavens, and all animals that move upon the earth. Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons. And He said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. Luk 24:50 And He led them out as far as Bethany. And lifting up His hands, He blessed them.Mat 28:19 Therefore go and teach all nations, (the word for nations here is ethnos) ,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Mat 28:20 teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world. Amen.

Dan 4:30 The king spoke and said, Is this not great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power and for the honor of my majesty? (is this not a picture of the church today ? )

This is what the Lord says about the Babylonian church , “Jer 51:26 And they shall not take a stone from you for a corner(rebellion), nor a stone for foundations(pride & arrogance); but you shall be a waste forever, says Jehovah. Mar 13:1 JESUS DEPARTED the temple area and was going His way(it is said here that Jesus departed the temple for the last time, never to return to it again), when His disciples came up to Him to call His attention to the buildings of the temple and point them out to Him(Man’s accomplishments)
Mar 13:2 And answering Jesus said to him, Do you see these great buildings? There shall not be one stone left on another that shall not be thrown down. (This was called Herod’s Temple, Here is where religion, the pharisees met politics, Herod )

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great has fallen, has fallen! And it has become the dwelling-place of demons, and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a cage of every unclean bird which has been hated,
Rev 18:3 because of the wine of the anger of her fornication which all the nations have drunk. And the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her. And the merchants of the earth became rich from the power of her luxury.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that you may not be partakers of her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues. (The Lord is calling His people (His Church)to come out of the Babylonian system and into His Church the one founded upon Jesus, the one and only Rock)
Rev 18:5 For her sins joined together, even up to Heaven(pride & arrogance is a stench that ascends to Heaven), and God has remembered her unjust deeds.

Rev 18:6 Reward her as she has rewarded you, and double to her double, according to her works. In the cup which she mixed, mix double to her.

Rev 18:7 As much as she has glorified herself and has lived in luxury, so much torment and sorrow give her. For she says in her heart, I sit as a queen, and I am not a widow; and I do not see mourning at all. (Behold the arrogance)

Rev 18:8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day, death and mourning and famine. And she will be consumed with fire, for the Lord God who judges her is strong.

Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth who have committed fornication and lived in luxury with her will weep for her, and will wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning;

Rev 18:10 standing afar off for fear of her torment, saying, Woe! Woe to the great city, Babylon, that strong city! For in one hour your judgment came.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their cargo any more;

Rev 18:12 the cargo of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and every ivory vessel, and every vessel of very precious wood, and of bronze, and of iron, and of marble,

Rev 18:13 and cinnamon, and incenses, and ointment, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. (religion enslaves and holds captive the souls of men & women)

Rev 18:14 And the fruits of the lust of your soul have departed from you, and all the fat things and the bright things departed from you, and you will find them no more, not at all.

Rev 18:15 The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, will stand afar off because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning

Rev 18:16 and saying, Woe! Woe to the great city which was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! (Mar 13:1 And as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, Master, see! What stones and what buildings! We need to be enamored by the Lord’s greatness and the splendor His Majesty not things made by man )

Rev 18:17 For in one hour such great riches was desolated. And every ship-pilot, and all the company on the ships, and sailors, and as many as work the sea, stood afar off.

Rev 18:18 And they cried out, seeing the smoke of her burning, saying, What is like the great city?

Rev 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and mourning, saying, Woe! Woe to the great city, by which all who had ships in the sea were rich out of her costliness! For in one hour she was ruined. (The religious cry in anguish over the destruction of the Babylonian system)

Rev 18:20 Rejoice over her, Heaven, and the holy apostles, and the prophets, since God judged your judgment on her. (The Saints of God rejoice)

Rev 18:21 And one strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone( and threw it into the sea, saying, So on an impulse the great city, Babylon, will be thrown down and not at all will be found any more. Mat 18:6 But whoever shall offend one of these little ones who believes in Me, it would be better for him that an ass’s millstone were hung around his neck, and he be sunk in the depth of the sea. (the Babylonian church system has wounded many a young believer and caused them to loose faith in the Lord and abandon Him)

Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and of musicians. and flutists, and of trumpeters will be heard no more at all in you. And every craftsman of any craft will not be found any more in you. And the sound of a mill will never more be heard at all in you.

Rev 18:23 And the light of a lamp will never more shine at all in you. And the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride will never more be heard at all in you. For your merchants were the great ones of the earth; for by your sorceries(witchcraft, controlling spirit along with the spirit of religion) all nations were deceived.
Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all those who were slain on the earth.

This is not a church that anyone should want to be apart of.

The Babylonian church’s foundation is faulty and therefore its walls will fall , hence the warning from Jesus to come out of her so that you won’t be destroyed along with her.

I believe that we are going to see the collapse of this structure all over the world . And we will see a people chosen by God whose foundation is Jesus .

It is extremely important that leaders take special care that they do not allow themselves to become the foundation stone in anyone’s life . Jesus speaks about causing one of the little ones who believe in Jesus to lose their faith saying that it would be better for them that a large millstone be tied around their neck and they be thrown into the sea . , Matt 18:6 . Could it be the reason that in Rev 18:21 speaking of Babylon , ” then a powerful angel picked up a stone that was like a large millstone. He hurled it into the sea and said , ” the important city Babylon will be thrown down with the same force It will never be found again . ”

It speaks extensively about merchants buying & selling in Rev 18 . I think that in the Babylonian church system Christians are thought of as commodities to be bought sold for the benefit of building the Church .

It goes along with the corporate mentality that people are expendable but the corporation will go on . People are there for the sole purpose of advancing the corporation’s goals & ambitions .

If they can’t produce the desired results ,they are deemed “unprofitable” and cast aside in favor of someone else .

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The King’s Banquet

When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'”
(Luke 14:15-24)

I have been thinking about this for a few days now. So what exactly was the food served at this banquet? I can’t see anybody in the natural refusing free food. I believe it is explained in Jesus’ discourse with His disciples after He had spoken with the woman at the well.

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
(John 4:31-34)

So if the “food” being served at this banquet is the will of God then it stands to reason why so many begged to be excused from the “banquet” because to accept the invitation to this banquet meant to be willing to sacrifice. Look at the list of excuses that was given and you’ll see that they’re not much different from the ones used today.

But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

How many of us know that we have a calling on our life but have made excuses as to why we cannot come to the banquet.

The church has become a place of comfort instead of a place of sacrifice. Picking up the cross and following Jesus is not taught anymore. The cross is seen to be offensive and would be a deterrent to bringing people into our mega church. Yet Jesus said that if you weren’t willing to pick up your cross and follow him on a daily basis then you couldn’t be His disciple. Jesus is not looking for converts, He is looking for disciples. To follow the great commission which is to “make disciples”, we must be willing to sacrifice our time and energy in order to invest in the person(s) we are discipling. I am preaching to myself here. Christianity is a contact sport, if you will, and it cannot be accomplished from the stands but has to be played out on the field of life.

Judging

I had the following dream last year and what it initially spoke to me then was that this was about walking by faith and not trusting what I see because in this dream I had no ability to see as my vision apparently had been taken away from me. I am re-posting it here because of a post I read last night where judgement was being passed on an individual. It seems that we humans are wired to judge by what we see and hear. This individual claimed to be a Christian
but his actions seemed to say otherwise. Again, we judge by what we see. Only God alone sees the heart. Now, no doubt the first thing that comes to mind after reading this is what Jesus said when he told His disciples, “you shall know them by their fruits”. Again, a visible observation. But by whose eyes are we looking through? Now, let’s take a look at the Gospel of John and see what he had to say about Jesus.

“This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ “I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. “I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ “I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” (Joh 1:30-34)

How did John know that Jesus was the Son of God? By the Holy Spirit giving him revelation. Notice that John says twice that he did not recognize Him.
John was a prophet, in fact Jesus said that no greater prophet existed than John and yet he had no idea who the Christ was until the Lord opened his eyes. Up until that point Jesus was just another person coming to be baptized.

Getting back to my dream. I said that my eyes were bandaged which leads me to believe that they were either damaged and needed bandaged or they were removed altogether. I was not given revelation here as to which was the case. With that said, read the vision.

I had a dream on August 12, 2011. In this dream I could see myself walking along a rocky path; one that would be easy to trip and fall on if you didn’t watch where you were going. In this dream my eyes were also bandaged so couldn’t see where I was going. The Lord was standing in front of me and He was holding both of my hands. I had to listen to the Lord for each step I took so that I wouldn’t fall. What was cool was that as I was walking forwards, the Lord was waking backwards and yet He never turned around to see where He was going, His attention was set on directing my steps so that I wouldn’t stumble or fall. What I see as the meaning of this dream is that this is the beginning of a faith walk that will rewrite require a hearing ear and an obedient heart.

Here are some things that the Lord is showing me. My eyes in the dream were bandaged which leads me to believe that my eyesight was damaged. We humans judge by sight and not as the Lord judges which is by the heart. When you are blind, you can not judge by what you see but must rely on the one with the sight to tell you what He (Jesus) sees. I said in the dream that I had lost my eyesight in exchange for His. When you are blind, hearing becomes vital to your survival. In the above dream, I was on a very rocky road and had to Listen to the Lord to know where to place my feet. It is a hard thing when your eyes tell you one thing but the Lord’s tell you something completely different, hence the reason that in the dream my eyes were bandaged so that I would not be fighting with God over what I saw and what He saw. It is about faith in the Lord’s eyes, faith in His judgements as opposed to yours, and faith in His ability to lead and guide and not leaning to your own understanding of things.

Being that I was walking along a very rocky road in the dream, it didn’t matter what anyone else was doing. The only person’s walk I was concerned about was mine. I was in no position to judge another because I could not see myself where I was going and had to be reliant upon the Lord to guide me.

A case in point where this was driven home to both me and my wife is when my daughter, who is a Christian, started dating a man who was also a Christian. When my wife and I found out that he had been married previously we told our daughter in mo uncertain terms to break it off. We did not want someone who had been divorced to be dating our daughter even though he had said that he did everything he could to save the marriage. I can tell you now that in all my years of being a Christian I nor my wife have ever been jumped by the Holy Spirit for judging, by outward appearances, like we were then. I can remember my wife arguing with the Lord saying that this man was second best and she wanted God’s best for her. To which the Lord replied, who are you to know what is best for your daughter. I felt the conviction of the Lord as well. I am happy to say that the relationship is progressing and I am so happy for the Lord’s rebuke. Had we not both listened, I am sure that we would have destroyed things for my daughter and her boyfriend.

With all that said, do I still Judge? I would be lying if I said otherwise. But I hope and pray that I will learn to rely on the Lord’s eyes instead of my own.

Every Breath You Take

I returned from a trip to Pittsburgh yesterday, 05/29/2013. When I got home finally I realized that I had forgotten my CPAP machine in my daughter’s boyfriend’s mother’s car. For those of you who don’t know what a CPAP machine does, it helps one who suffers from sleep apnea. I can’t sleep without it because I will stop breathing for periods of time. When I realized that I had forgotten my machine I prayed before trying to sleep. I awoke several times because my snoring, a symptom of sleep apnea, was so loud it woke me up. The last time, however, I awoke gasping for breath and it felt like I was being suffocated. It was during this time that this word from the Lord was dropped into my spirit. ” You are the air I breathe and the breath that I take”,. While this may seem insignificant to some, it was words of life to me. I remember that I was battling in prayer using the aforementioned phrase as my declaration of faith. I went back to sleep, awaking a few more times but then finally not awaking until morning. That day, while driving in my car what song should be playing on the radio when I turned it on but, ” Breathe”, by Michael W Smith. Coincidence? I think not. The realization is that the same God who gave breath to Adam holds my every breath in His hands and He is the air I breath.
When Jesus arose from the dead, he breathed on His disciples imparting the Holy Spirit to them.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” After he had said this, he breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
(Joh 20:21-22)
The only 2 times where I know of in the Bible where God breathed life into man was in Genesis and in John as stated above.

Boston Marathon

I saw a message by Rick Joyner and he was saying how 2 teenage boys shut down an entire city and filled it with panic. That stuck with me and I was thinking about it, and, just before I fell asleep, I felt the Lord put the word below into my spirit.

“How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had given them up?
(Deu 32:30)

Because There Will Be More and More Lawlessness, Most People’s Love Will Grow Cold

Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. And because there will be more and more lawlessness, most people’s love will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24:11-13 GW)

The Lord dropped the following revelation into my spirit . What is highlighted above is a passage of scripture I always took to mean that because of the increase of sin. most, note the word most and not many, Christians love would grow cold meaning that they will get disgusted with the Christian way of life and abandon it and lose their fire for God. However, today the Lord showed me that while there may be some truth to this the real danger is that the sin, especially sexual sin, will become so prolific that many will be seduced and the fervent love that they once had will grow cold.

 

What comes to mind here is the parable of the 10 virgins 5 were wise and 5 were foolish.  The 5 wise carried extra oil The 5 foolish carried none.

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (Matthew 25:1-13 NIV)

The passage says that the bridegroom came at the midnight hour indicating He came in darkness. Darkness is equated with sin many times in the bible. Note that each of the 10 virgins were responsible for keeping their own lamps filled. In this hour we need to be prayed up, have on our full armor, and be meeting with one another in fellowship where we can encourage one another and to make sure our own lamps are filled with oil and we have some to spare..

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
(Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV)

Spurring one another on to good works does not happen once a week on Sunday looking at the back of someone’s head. It happens in small groups in covenant relationship with one another.

“If My People….”

This is something that has really been on my heart as of late, repentance.   It is something that is not talked about much and it is something that some of, not all,  the body of Christ expects of the world, not itself.  True repentance is something that must be birthed unto one’s spirit by the Spirit of God.  To truly repent takes an acknowledgement of sin. David says in Psalms, “Who can discern unintentional sins? Cleanse me from hidden faults. Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins, so that they won’t control me. Then I will be blameless and free of great offense”.

(Psa 19:12-13 CJB)

Examine me, God, and know my heart; test me, and know my thoughts. See if there is in me any hurtful way, and lead me along the eternal way.
(Psa 139:23-24 CJB)

This is David, the one whom the Lord called, “a man after His own heart”, talking.  I can’t speak for everybody here nor do I intend to, just myself, but I know in my heart that if I want to see revival in my life as well as the community I live in, then repentance must begin with me and my house.

After Solomon dedicated the house of the Lord after it had been built, he had a dream and in the dream the Lord said the following to him, “if My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.
(2Ch 7:14 MKJV)

God is talking to a people in covenant with the Himself here. He isn’t talking to a pagan nation who doesn’t know Him In fact He said the following about the nations that do not know Him in the book of Isaiah, “”I permitted Myself to be sought by those who did not ask for Me; I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’ To a nation which did not call on My name.
(Isa 65:1 NASB)

When the end of the 70 year captivity was coming to an end, the prophet Daniel prayed the following prayer.

in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolation of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.
(Dan 9:2-5 NASB)

Note that he says that, “we” have sinned. This is a man of who it is said  was highly esteemed by the Lord, Daniel 10:11, yet here he is including himself in among his people who have sinned.

Before Jesus comes on the scene, John the baptist comes preaching repentance to Israel, a covenant people. …………- the Word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country around Jordan, proclaiming the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, as it is written in the book of the Words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
(Luk 3:2-6 MKJV)

When Jesus comes on the scene, the first thing He preaches about is repentance, Remember, He himself said that He was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent! For the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
(Mat 4:17 MKJV)

Peter, when speaking about the church says the following:

For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?
(1Pe 4:17-18 NASB)

As for me, what speaks to me is from the prophet Isaiah when he, “saw the Lord”.

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
(Isa 6:1-8 NASB)

Three things happen here that I pray to happen to me and the Lord’s people.

 

First: It says that Isaiah saw the Lord in all His glory

Second:  Isaiah said, “woe is me for I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips”. When we see ourselves in the light of the glory of God, we can’t help but see how holy He is  our need for repentance. Again, speaking for me, I am in need of a “woe is me ” experience The Apostle Paul says the following regarding sin :

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing. For to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I do not find. For I do not do the good that I desire; but the evil which I do not will, that I do. But if I do what I do not desire, it is no more I working it out, but sin dwelling in me.
(Rom 7:18-20 MKJV)
O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then with the mind I myself serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
(Rom 7:24-25 MKJV)

Lastly, after seeing the Lord, recognizing his own sinfulness in light of the Lord’s holiness and beauty, Isaiah responds to the Lord’s question , “Whom shall We send and who will go for Us” by saying, “here am I, send me”.

I conclude by saying that this is something that has been on my heart for some time. I see the need in my own life to have an Isaiah experience and have been praying for such an experience. If this post speaks to you, then take it to the Lord in prayer and see what He would say to you.

Know Your Audience

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,
(1Co 2:14-15)

To a Jewish audience who knew about the things of God Peter preached repentance.

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
(Act 2:37-38)

To the Phillipian Jailer, Paul preached a very different message.

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”
(Act 16:29-31)

Note: to a covenant people familiar with covenant and with what sin was, Peter preached repentance. To a gentile pagan man with no concept of sin as it relates to the word of God, Paul, in response to the man’s question, “what must I do to be saved?” ,  responds, “believe”.
By no means am I saying there is no need for repentance and forgiveness of sins. What I am saying is know your audience and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict the world of sin, not ours ,”When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned”.
(Joh 16:8-11)

Also, it was after an earthquake and the Lord showing His power and glory that led the jailer to recognize that he needed saving.

Jesus told his disciples that He would make them fishers of men. You need bait to catch fish and the bait you use depends on the fish you are trying to catch. In any event, the bait is determined by the Holy Spirit whether it be a healing or  word of knowledge or an earthquake as in the case of the jailer, He alone knows the human heart and what it will take to lead the individual to Christ.

An observation

I feel this is something that the Lord is showing me. I had wondered about this before but now I think I have clarity in the matter.
Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
(Act 2:37-38 NASB)

And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
(Act 16:29-31 NASB)

Note that Peter tells a Jewish audience to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and they will receive the Holy Spirit.
Paul, on the other hand , tells the Phillipian jailer , “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
Could it be that because Paul was speaking to a people who knew nothing of the things of God and nothing about repentance because they had no concept of sin, While the Jew were a covenant people and knew the laws of God and therefore knew what repentance was all about.
Could this be applied today. Are we preaching repentance when we should be demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit and then when people say, as the jailer did, “what must I do to be saved”, we too can say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your house”. I am not saying by any means that people don’t need to repent, only that I believe that we need to have our ears attuned to the leading of the Holy Spirit to tell us what to preach and when, and how.

Walking in the Light

Laodicea means peoples opinions. This is a generation that lives and dies by the opinions of what others think of them. We put pastors and other leaders on pedestals and then are devastated when they fall. What we all fail to realize is that an opinion is based on what we see and hear, in other words, the outward appearance. As the Lord told Samuel when anointing a new king, “man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. We have as a people who call themselves Christians neglected the very thing which the Lord weighs most which is the heart.

The way of wicked people is like deep darkness. They do not know what makes them stumble.
My son, pay attention to my words. Open your ears to what I say. Do not lose sight of these things. Keep them deep within your heart because they are life to those who find them and they heal the whole body. Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it. Remove dishonesty from your mouth. Put deceptive speech far away from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead and your sight be focused in front of you. Carefully walk a straight path, and all your ways will be secure. Do not lean to the right or to the left. Walk away from evil.
(Pro 4:19-27 GW)

Proverbs, 4:23 says to guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it. In Psalms David says,”Teach me, O LORD, how to live by your laws, and I will obey them to the end. Help me understand so that I can follow your teachings. I will guard them with all my heart”.
(Psa 119:33-34 GW)

We wonder sometimes why prayer goes unanswered, take a look at what Psalms says about this issue, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me(Psa 66:18 AMP)

No one being tempted should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and God himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is being tempted whenever he is being dragged off and enticed by the bait of his own desire. Then, having conceived, the desire gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. Don’t delude yourselves, my dear brothers.
(Jas 1:13-16 CJB)

We must never loose sight of the fact that the nursery for serving God and also doing evil is the human heart. It should not take us by surprise when a Christian falls into sin. Although he/she may have a very pious appearance, what is incubating in their heart will manifest itself. Sin begins in the heart .

that which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
(1Jn 1:5-8 MKJV)

For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who practices truth comes to the Light so that his works may be revealed, that they exist, having been worked in God.
(Joh 3:20-21 MKJV)

To walk in the light is to continually have your heart laid bare before Christ. To walk in the light means that we have fellowship with Jesus for God is light. And this is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
(1Jn 1:5 MKJV)

To walk in the light means that we have fellowship with one another. To walk in the light means that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. Sin must be brought to the light in order for it to be covered by the blood.

When Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden, they had fellowship with one another and with God. When they sinned, however, they lost the ability to see because they were in darkness and they hid themselves from one another and from God. When questioned by God as to what he had done, Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. Neither one was able to see his/her sin. Which is all the more reason that since we have had the light restored to us, we must continuously walk in it.They both had something to hide from God, they were afraid of God because they were afraid of being found out, hence the reason they hid. We on the other hand have been forgiven, our relationship has been restored and therefore we must always walk in the light of his presence so that we may continually have fellowship with him and with one another and the blood of Jesus will cleanse us from all sin

Something else that the Lord pointed out is when Adam and Eve walked with the Lord, they were walking in the light of God’s presence and they were naked before him and each other. When they sinned, however, the hid from the Lord and from each other. It is worthy of note to point out that when they were confronted by the Lord, the accusations began. Because when a person harbors sin in their heart they hide from the Lord and from others but they are quick to sit in judgement of others and to accuse others so as to deflect attention from themselves.

When we walk in the light of God’s presence we have fellowship with God and one another because we are not trying to cover ourselves up in order to hide our nakedness that sin causes.

When we walk in the light, nothing is able to cause us to stumble.

This kind of closeness can only happen if we choose to walk in the light of His presence and to have our hearts willingly subject to the light.

“Hardly anything else reveals so well the fear and uncertainty among men as the length to which they will go to hide their true selves from each other and even from their own eyes.”
― A.W. Tozer, That Incredible Christian

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