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Soon is Sooner Than You Think

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This morning when I began my prayer time the Lord spoke to me and said, “My Son is coming soon, and it is your definition of soon.”  For years, in fact all of my life, I have heard ‘Jesus is coming soon’.  I believed it, and I still do, but I do believe some people have given up watch because it has not been our definition of soon that we have witnessed.

God spoke to me and told me to warn the people, and to others get ready, for others rejoice!  The ones who are to be warned are those who have denied Jesus and His Lordship over their lives.  This is a very stern and strong warning if you fit in this category!  Jesus is real, the Bible is true, and one day every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord.  Please, don’t do this when it is too late and you can no longer gain access into Heaven.  Heaven is real, but so is Hell and the Bible tells us it a tormenting fire that will never be quenched.  Don’t spend your eternity there!!

For  some time, one of my son’s friends from the past has been on my mind.  He proclaims to be an atheist.  I decided to make contact with him and ask him where he now stood in his stance concerning God.  He let me know that he had read about different religions and decided to give up trying to make the decision about what was ‘real’ to him.  He said, “For me, it is a crap shoot.  Where I end up, is where I end up.”  If you are a Christian, I ask you pray for this young man, but we would be surprised at how many take this approach, or lack thereof to God.  Oh, how my heart grieves for people like this!

To those who need to ‘get ready’.  You have played church.  You put on one face at church and around your leadership, but at home it is a different life altogether.  You lack character and you lie to yourself and others, and what sad is you have begun to believe your own lies and now there is a blur in the line of what is true and what is false.  You cheat people in your business, yet you never miss a church service or event.  You lie to God’s people and put on a front, but there are many closets you struggle to keep closed.  You know the revealing of your secrets will be your ruination, but the saddest part is, it is revealed to God and your reward in Heaven is not only dwindling, but is at stake!   I pray the eyes of your understanding are opened and you come to repentance and a genuine walk with God!  What does it matter if you gain the world, but lose your soul?

The last category is those who are to rejoice!  These are the ones who have given, and given up everything to follow Christ!  You have been faithful in small things when no one was looking and God would have you know, your reward is great!  You have spread the good news of the Gospel and you have done it openly.  You never thought to deny your Father before men and you will not be denied before your Father!  You have stood, and stood alone, when the rest of the world took easy ways and the popular road.  Life has not always been easy for you, but because of your love for God and Jesus, it has been worth it all!!

YOU are the one God will say to, “Well done, My good and faithful servant!  Enter in!!”  That day is sooner than you think and sooner than any of us know!  It will be a day of celebration, such as we have never known!  Oh, to see the face of Jesus is more than enough, but God is the God of more than enough, and your reward is great, great, great!!  Stay faithful, stay busy with the Father‘s business, but more than ANYTHING, continue in His love!!  It will be and is worth it all!!

I have delivered the message God gave me.  I know it to be real, and for some a wake up call, and for others a word of encouragement.  What category do you fit in?  NOW, IS THE TIME!!  You don’t have much longer…please, don’t let it run out on you!

 

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The Blessing of Abraham Now Rest Upon Us Who Are In Christ!

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And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.  Deuteronomy 28:1-68

I could literally laugh out loud now.  I guarantee you God has a sense of humor!  I have sold my house, and we are living temporarily in a travel trailer.  We are looking for another home and there isn’t a prospect in sight, and the Lord has me writing on ‘The Blessing’!  Now tell me God doesn’t know how to make us laugh!

For about two years, I tried to really study out the blessing of Abraham.  I knew as God’s children we were under that same covenant of blessing, but I really didn’t fully know what all it entailed, nor could I fully explain it.  I tried to study it in depth but it was as though the timing was always off.  I would pick up my study materials and I just could not stick with them.  I just seemed led in another direction every single time.

Since our house sold,  the days after are now turning into weeks and I have needed this knowledge to keep my faith up!  I will never lie to you, dear reader.  I did cry a few tears tonight, but praise God for hubby who spoke the word to me and I felt myself rallying again in the Spirit!

I have read Deuteronomy 28.  It is the blessing God spoke upon Abraham.  What is so marvelous is the fact it is the same blessing we as Christians live under as well.  We don’t always see the effects of  it in every Christian’s life, because it is not known by all Christians.   God has a full account of all good things that are yours for the asking and receiving!  You can’t withdraw from an account that is in your name if you don’t realize it exist.

It is as if a parent or grandparent opened a savings account for their child or grandchild.  Years can go by and steadily that person deposits money into that account for future use.  If the child never becomes privy to the fact they have money in this account, they will never be able to withdraw from it or benefit from it.  

God will not and has not left us in the dark and He has not hidden information from us.  It is all in His last ‘Will and Testament’.  That ‘Will and Testament’ is the word of God!  If we don’t know what it says, we can never lay claim to what it says we can and do have!  

Do you know the blessing of Abraham spans the entire Bible?  For God to say something over and over, He meant for us to take it and take it seriously!  He doesn’t give false hope nor does He give empty promises!  Let’s take an in depth look at what God says about living in the blessing!!

In Genesis 12:2-3 and 13:2 God tells Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing ; and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be BLESSED….And Abram was very rich….” 

Now let us look in Galatians. Galatians 3:14 ” That THE  BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles…”  That is US!!  The same blessing God promised Abraham, we now qualify for by receiving Jesus as our Saviour!   We have become the seed of Abraham as well!

Look at Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be CHRIST’S, then are ye ABRAHAM’S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.”  This is shouting ground for me!  What a mighty promise and what a precious and loving Father to plan this for ALL who would come to Him through Jesus!  He truly is our Father!!  Glory to God!!!

Galatians 3:7-9 tells us, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall ALL nations be BLESSED.  So then they which be of faith are BLESSED with faithful Abraham.”

THE BLESSING, is the gospel, the good news!!  Verses 13-14 tells us, ” Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; THAT THE BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles THROUGH JESUS CHRIST; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  Verses 26, 29 “For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST….And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Now when people ask you how you are, you can say, BLESSED!!” and know why you are saying it and just what you are BLESSED with!  We will get deeper into the blessing tomorrow.  For now, I want this to sink into my brain very, very well and into yours, too!  Isn’t it good when we find out just who we really are and we didn’t have to get in a sailboat and sail around the world in less than a year to do it!  The things of God are so simple…we complicate them far too much!

You are blessed, dear reader!  I will see you soon!!

 

Reference:  ”The Blessing of the Lord” by Kenneth Copeland

 

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God Intends For You to be Blessed!

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I know I am not the only one God has promised great things to.  God’s great pleasure is to bless His children and the Bible tells us this in multiple places.  I read someone’s post on Facebook not long ago that stated God was not in the blessing business anymore.  He was much more concerned with other things and not all Christians lived or would ever live being blessed.  Don’t you dare fall for that hogwash!  God DOES want us to be blessed, BUT He doesn’t want it to be the focus of our walk with Him!

The Bible doesn’t say money is the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.  Notice the focus of a person’s heart in this case is the money, not God!  When someone’s focus shifts from God and loving Him to money and all it can buy and the false sense of power it can give,  it has become evil to this person.  When we seek Him first and His righteousness, then nothing is wrong with not only living in the blessing but God expects us to expect to live  blessed!

It tells us in Deuteronomy 28:3 it tells us, “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.”  Notice God is saying this.  He was talking to the children of Israel about what He would do if they honored Him and didn’t go the way of heathen countries with their heathen traditions and cultures.

 This same chapter goes on to say they would be cursed if they forsook God and His ways!  God is always at the forefront of prosperity.  To be blessed by God, you have to delight yourself in HIM.  Your primary delight and satisfaction should not be found  in your job, your titles, your accolades, but in Him!  This keeps our desires and our egos in proper perspective!  It keeps us seeking God’s interest, and not our own!

Galatians 3:13-14 tells us we are under the BLESSING of Abraham.  It says, “ Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,“Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”[h]), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

We are not cursed, but blessed because Jesus took the curse upon Himself, when He died for us so that we COULD be blessed!  Why would Jesus die for something God never intended to fulfill?  God never would have stood by and let His Son suffer the torment He suffered to deny us anything that was accomplished through that death.

Blessing literally means ‘to empower’.  The blessing empowers us to be saved, healed, delivered, and to prosper.  In 3 John 1:2 it says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”  God comes right out and says it is His will for us to prosper and be well, AS OUR SOULS PROSPER.  Our souls are our mind, will, and emotions.  It is spiritual maturity in the mind, if you will.

As we grow in God, seek His will, love others as Christ loved us, and are faithful to all He has called us to, we will be blessed (empowered) with every good thing.  God said He would not withhold any good thing from them who walk uprightly!  Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

The message of ‘The Blessing’ has been taken out of context and has literally been twisted into oversized houses, fleets of cadillacs, and designer purses.  The Blessing does indeed make one rich, but not just rich in a monetary sense, but rich in wisdom, health, peace, righteousness, love,  and joy!  We are to seek God, not the department where designer purses hang!  Don’t pull this message out of context and make it into a wish list you would hand  a Santa Claus!  At the same time, don’t sit around and say, “Well, Mom and Dad never had anything but we were happy.  Why should I be any different?”  If that is how you want to live, you can.  But it isn’t how you HAVE to live!

God wants you to be filled with every good thing because when you have those things by obeying the word you bring glory and honor to Him!  Expect to live in the black and not the red.  Ask God to give you wisdom concerning finances, career moves, college degrees, and any thing else that comes to mind when praying concerning the blessing in your life.  For goodness sake, don’t give up through unbelief the great things God has stored up for those who are called His children!

Google ‘the blessings of God’ and watch how many references pop up!  Get your Bible and read the entire chapter it is mentioning.  For scripture to be sound teaching it must be found in context and in at least three different places in the Bible!  

Remember, dear reader, you are already blessed!!  We will be learning how to walk more in the fullness of that blessing in the coming days!

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The Glory of God is On the Inside of YOU, Waiting to Be Released!

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It’s exciting to have your needs met by faith in the Word of God! It’s great to receive healing when you’re sick. It’s marvelous when God lifts you out of financial difficulties and supplies your needs supernaturally. It is a thrilling experience when, by standing in faith on God’s promises, you step out of trouble and into victory.

If you know what that’s like, you’re probably saying, “Oh, yes! Amen, Brother Copeland. That’s the greatest way to live!”

There was a time when I would have agreed.

But fasten your seat belt, my friend. God has shown me in His Word that He has something even better for us. It’s a life so powerful, it exceeds anything we could ever ask or think, a life so full of the fiery light of God that darkness of every kind flees from its very presence.

I’m aware that there are some religious folks who would rather I didn’t say such things. They don’t think we should ever expect anything grand and glorious in this world—just in the world to come. They try to keep people from getting their hopes up.

But I want you to know something right now: My greatest intention is to get your hopes up. When I say “hope,” I’m not talking about the weak, wistful kind of wishing the world calls hope. I’m talking about real, Bible hope, the kind of hope the Apostle Paul was referring to when he said: “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ [the Anointed of God], according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed…” (Philippians 1:19-20).

The terms earnest expectation and hope found in that scripture come from two Greek words, each of which can be accurately translated hope. Paul put both of them side by side for emphasis. If you’ll research them, you’ll find they mean a confident expectation, a happy anticipation of good, a strained expectancy and eager longing. They refer to an expectation so strong that it absorbs all your attention.

Raise Your Sights

If you know how to live by faith, you’ve experienced that kind of hope. Maybe you’ve been sick, for example, and you set your hope on the fact that by the stripes of Jesus, you were healed (I Peter 2:24).

You began to meditate on those scriptures until you built an inner image of yourself healed. As that image grew more crisp and clear, you began to expect—or hope for—that image to become reality. Eventually, faith rose up, put substance to that internal image and turned it into an external reality.

What you did was activate the scriptural process described in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for….” That spiritual process always works the same way. Hope forms the image according to the Word, then faith rises up and gives substance to that image, making it a reality in the natural, physical realm.

So, in the light of all God has promised us in His Word, what are you and I to expect? What should we be hoping for? What inner image should so capture our hearts and minds that it is all we can see?

Certainly, healing is great. Financial supply is also great. But could it be that God has something even grander for us to fix our hope upon?

Yes, He does according to Romans 5:1-2: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ [the Anointed One]: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Read that last phrase again. It says we’re to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God! We’re to expect the glory, not just the healing!

As long as you just expect healing, you’ll always be battling it out with your flesh. But if you expect the glory, you’ll be raising your spiritual sights to something bigger than healing. You’ll be expecting the very presence of God to rise up in you so powerfully that instead of believing for healing every six weeks, you’ll walk in divine health every day!

When you expect the glory, you’ll start living like what you really are—joint heirs with Jesus!

That’s Heavy, Man What do I mean by the glory?

The first time the glory is mentioned is in the book of Genesis and it’s referring to the wealth of God. So, God’s glory includes His wealth, but it’s much, much more than that. The word glory actually means “heavyweight.” God is heavy with everything you could ever want or need. He is so heavy with healing that if everyone in the whole world believed Him for healing at once, no one would have to wait until tomorrow to get healed because God got tired.

In the book of Exodus, God’s glory could be seen going before the Israelites in a pillar of a cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21). Habakkuk described God’s glory as lightning-like shafts of splendor that streamed from His hands. “…and there [in the sunlike splendor] was the hiding place of His power” (Habakkuk 3:4, The Amplified Bible). And when Ezekiel saw God in His glory, he said He was a fire from the loins up and from the loins down (Ezekiel 8:2).

The fire of God is called the glory. The wind of God is called the glory. The smoke of God is called the glory. The fullness of God is called the glory. It is all the glory because the glory of God refers to the supernatural life and essence of God. The very power that makes Him God!

Many have thought that kind of awesome glory must be reserved for God and God alone. Not according to the Bible. Psalms 8:5 tells us that in the beginning man was crowned with that glory—crowned with the same fire and flame of beauty that was on God Himself.

To crown means to anoint! God put His hands on their heads and crowned them with His own presence and glory so that they began to shine just like He shines. They were not standing unclothed and vulnerable to the elements but surrounded and protected by a shimmering force field of glory.

That glory was lost to mankind when Adam sinned. But what most believers don’t realize is that the glory was restored when Jesus was resurrected! Romans 6:4 says not only that “Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father” but also “even so [or by that same glory] we also should walk in newness of life.”

You and I are supposed to be walking in the glory! We get a glimpse of what that’s like in the Bible account of the glory flowing out of the Apostle Peter with such force that people were healed as he walked by them: “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them” (Acts 5:15). It wasn’t Peter’s shadow that healed them but that field of glory that surrounded him.

That’s what God put hope in you to expect. The glory! Not just healing. Not just increase of finances. Not just deliverance. All those things are great and they’re all available to us, but God wants us to raise our expectations higher than that. He wants us to expect the glory! Everything we could ever need, and more than we would ever want, can be found in the glory of God!

It’s a Mystery Where is that glory? Not off in heaven somewhere, waiting for some great prophet of faith to pull it down. Not hovering out there behind heaven’s gates. It is inside you!

It is inside you!

I can just hear your mind working: Oh, man! I just can’t understand how that can be!

I know you can’t. It’s a mystery! As the Apostle Paul said in Colossians 1:26-27: “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ [or the Anointing] in you, the hope of glory.”

Do you realize what that verse is saying? It’s saying that the anointing of Jesus Himself, the very glory of God that raised Him from the dead, is residing right now within you and every other believer on the face of this earth. II Corinthians 4 confirms that fact, saying:

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure [what treasure? the glory of God!] in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us…. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh (verses 6-7, 11).

You are as big on the inside as all of heaven! The glory of God is in you. The faith of God is in you. The love of God is in you. The mind of Christ, the Anointed One, is in you. All the fruit of the spirit is in you. Healing is in you. Deliverance is in you. All the wealth of heaven itself is in you. Those things were born in you when you were born again and they ought to be flowing out of that mortal, subject-to-death, meat-and-blood-and-bone body you’re living in right now! The glory of God should be pouring out of that earthen vessel!

Why isn’t it? Because we’ve never developed the expectancy for it.

We’ve had the idea that glory will only come when God decides Boy, I’m going to show them something today. They haven’t seen My glory for 2,000 years. Then, Pow! He just shoots the earth with some big glory gun!

No! The glory of God is within us! It is going to manifest when we meditate on the glory of God so much that hope rises up and provides an image. Then faith will release the glory of God from the inside of us where we can’t see it—to the outside where we can see it!

Remember the words Jesus spoke to Martha when Lazarus died? He told her, “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).

Those words are just as true for us as they were for Martha. If we’ll believe for the glory, if we’ll meditate on the Word of God until we develop our hope and begin to intensely expect the glory, then faith will become the substance of it—and we’ll begin to see it.

Does that sound wild to you? Well, it’s not!

If you’ll go back and read the Bible, you’ll see that’s what Christianity is all about. God intended for the Body of Christ to walk through this earth with such a manifestation of His presence in our lives that it would either scare people spitless…or draw them into the kingdom of God!

The Apostle Paul, knowing God intended us to have a foretaste of the resurrected body right here on the earth, wrote: “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him…and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection…that if possible I may attain to the…resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]” (Philippians 3:10-11, The Amplified Bible).

I’ve experienced little touches of that kind of glory and, believe me, I’m eager for more. More is coming, too!

Ashes Under Our Feet Malachi 4:2-3 promises: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”

Notice that scripture said “Sun of righteousness” not “Son of righteousness.” It’s talking about a bright, blazing glory. And the wings it refers to aren’t birds’ wings, they’re flames of fire that are shaped like wings.

But most exciting of all is the fact that Malachi didn’t say that “He shall go forth.” He said, “[You] shall go forth.” You and I are the ones who are going to go forth with this blazing glory—the same glory that appeared as a pillar of fire by night and cloud by day…the same glory that filled the temple with such power the priests couldn’t approach the altar without being knocked backward…the same glory that raised Jesus from the dead…the same glory that God said would fill the whole earth—that same glory is what we’ll use to tread down the devil until he is ashes under our feet!

The expectancy of that glory is going to grow so strong between now and Jesus’ return that it is going to fill churches. It’s going to come on congregations with such power that people are going to run from all over the neighborhood to find out what it is.

The glory is coming! Your confession of faith and your expectancy are going to pull it out of you, and you’re going to walk in that glory right in the face of hell and everything it has to offer.

Dare to release your expectancy of the glory.

Before long you’ll realize…you haven’t seen anything yet!

SOURCE:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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Be Ye Holy

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“Be ye holy for I am holy” is a verse we don’t hear too much anymore.  I hear a great deal about God‘s mercy and grace.  I hear a lot about His love.  I hear a lot about the great future He has planned for us, and all of these things are true!  They are quite Biblical but, “Be ye holy for I am holy” is Biblical, too and applies for today as much as it ever has.

You cannot pick apart the Bible and choose what is for “today’s world”.  It is ALL for today!  God said anyone who added to or took away from the Bible was in danger of hell!  Why?  Because many times people file everything under “God is a good God and would not send a good person to hell” to “God is a God of grace and everything is lawful” to excuse or permit their own baseness and wills.  Neither of these can be supported by the word.  The second one is a partial scripture, but many fail to read the rest of it…”NOT ALL THINGS ARE BENEFICIAL”!

1 Peter 1:13-24

Living Before God Our Father

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”[c]

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

The Enduring Word

22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[d] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,[e] 24 because

“All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man[f] as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”[g]

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

There is a code of conduct by which we are to pattern our lives after.  We are especially to be aware and cautious if we are ministers.  We are a “royal priesthood” and in that “priesthood” the Bible tells us there is a higher caliber of behavior we are to not only exhibit, but exhibit due to the condition of our renewed hearts!  God isn’t looking for actors!  God isn’t looking for people who know the “vernacular”  of super Christendom, if you will!

Serving God in Spirit and in truth is getting truthful in the arena of your mind, will, and emotions just as the truth has fully flourished in our redeemed spirits, if we are truly born again.  There is an old saying, “We aren’t playing church here, folks!”  but, sadly many are today.  When the very elect take the Bible when confronted with wrong and twist it with false ”church history” and twisted theology, you have left honoring the truth and have made it YOUR OWN truth!  It ceases to have power to save and change at that point because it is no longer the unadulterated word of God, but it is what YOU want it to say in order for it to fit what YOU want to do!

I have heard these very types of people say, “We are not under law!  We are no longer under the Old Testament, but a better covenant.”  This is true!  But God never meant for us to throw the Old Testament and the examples of it out of our lives.  I find it amusing those very people, when their lifestyle gets them into trouble, want to quote the Old Testament and what God did to Haman and what He will do to their enemies.  They quote what David wrote in Psalm when he was faced with great trouble and people who were out to take his life and kingdom.  They want to quote the story of Lot and how he was saved due to Abraham’s prayers, but don’t give it a second thought until trouble comes and these scriptures become “convenient” for them and what they want to see done to so-called “enemies”.   Suddenly, the Old Testament becomes “viable”, again!

While we are over in the Old Testament let us remember a foolish king who took holy things from the temple and decided to drink wine from them and party with them!  He decided to take what was holy and treated it as common, the way many do with what should be a Godly lifestyle and tremendous respect and gratitude for the gifts God has placed within us.  The word tells us a hand came down and wrote on the wall MENE,[d] MENE, TEKEL,[e] UPHARSIN.[f]   

When you have a chance, read all of Daniel 5, but for now know what these words mean and let us look at some very important verses that led to this!  Daniel 5 tells us,

Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand.  2 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. 3 Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple of the house of God which had been in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.

5 In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6 Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other. 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck; and he shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” 8 Now all the king’s wise men came, but they could not read the writing, or make known to the king its interpretation. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly troubled, his countenance was changed, and his lords were astonished.

Daniel at this point is called to interpret the writing and the meaning of it follows…

26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”[g] 29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

Do you not believe if you abuse the office in which God has placed you, you will not be open to consequences?  Do you believe if you treat the supernatural things of God as common in this natural world you will not suffer natural consequences?  Belshazzar had a choice.  He could have lived humbly, looking to God but instead he was prideful and went too far with his lifestyle, all the while reasoning in his blinded mind that this was okay and he was king and could not be touched!  He ruled, what could happen?

Many have made the call of God, the gifts of God, and the responsibilities that come with these very things “common” to themselves saying, “God is merciful and forgives.  I am absolved of all guilt.  He would rather bless me than punish me, hence grace” but the truth is God has done these things in your spirit, but your soul still lives in this natural world where satan seeks to kill, steal and destroy and he would love to ruin your life and your witness.  You will go to heaven, but you will go faster if you don’t obey the supernatural laws of God while you are in a natural world.  These laws were put in place to protect you, but you can ignore them just as you can a traffic light and die early due to physical lawlessness, “wrecking” your life!

To live holy is a command!  Don’t think you are untouchable because God is full of grace and mercy.  Paul wrote we were not to try that grace!  Is what you are doing worth your relationship and reward with God?  There is a separation coming in these last days.  God will not have people whose souls hang in the balance influenced in an ungodly manner by the very ones who have tasted the sweet savor of salvation, but live sloppy lives!

There is an exposing coming of all secret things.  It will be as the word tells us where the wicked will become more wicked and the righteous will flourish.  Live as God has clothed you to be!  Don’t take your robe of righteousness and cover it with the sights and smells of a common cloak by living as all others in a common world and expect the supernatural blessings of God to follow you.

Perry Stone spoke recently of a minister he knew.  The man had a powerful ministry!  He would pray and cancers would fall to the floor, roots of them still attached!  People were set free, salvations taking place as he preached.  Miracles, signs and wonders followed this minister’s ministry!

This minister had trouble sleeping and was advised by some people to drink some wine to help him sleep.  He began to drink a little wine.  When he did, the anointing left his ministry, he became an alcoholic and died in poverty and as a hermit.  A little leaven spoils the whole loaf.  Learn from other’s examples and don’t be an example of what CAN happen, but what SHOULD AND WILL happen when we live for God, holding His word as our standard in ALL of our conduct!  We will be held accountable for what we did on this earth one day!  Don’t let the temporary things of this world cost you an eternity of great reward!

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