“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving...” Psalm 26:7
Vol. 18, No. 9 September 2009
Violent attitudes and responses are beginning to increase nationwide. People are adamant about what is happening. We must be extremely careful how we react and what we say or do. We are the light of the world. We are not to join in demonstrations or battles of the flesh. God is not pleased. Our eyes need to be opened to see what is happening in the spirit realm. Our fight is not with flesh and blood. God is in control of our lives and will only allow what is necessary to draw us closer to God and more into the image of Christ Jesus. Persecutions are going to increase as has been prophesied. They come not because we oppose the ways of the world, but because we adhere to the obedience of Christ.
We are called to be peacemakers. The amplified says “the maintainers of peace.” For these are called the sons of God. We are in a time when all of creation is earnestly awaiting for the sons of God to come forth. I haven’t seen this come to pass yet, but I want it to. However, I won’t make it happen by my actions. It will happen by the actions of the Holy Spirit in us. People are not going to understand this and will oppose all of it when it begins.
So don’t involve yourself in the carnal things. As you wait on the Lord and obey Him, you will find yourself becoming a true peacemaker for the Lord.
2Co 3:18 (KJV) “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Today we are beginning to experience a deeper and stronger anointing. IT IS THE GLORY OF GOD that has changed us from the old nature into the new creation of the Lord’s image. None of this transformation is happening by might or by power but by the Spirit of the Lord who is allowed to have His way in our lives. You cannot make this happen; you can only yield yourself to a place where He is in control in every area of life. During this process, we must remember that. Philippians 1:6 (KJV): “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
While this transition is taking place it is easy to fall into the complacent old nature that says, “Nothing is happening with me”; but when you do, a cloud begins to hang over your life. It works like this. Everything is going well in the spirit realm and it seems the sun is shining down on your walk. But then something will happen, either to you or someone you know, and you begin to question what is happening, things aren’t right, it must be me, or someone else is affecting me. Soon, an indistinguishable cloud hovers over your life and begins to wear you down. You begin to be disturbed about situations; depression begins to come over you; you can’t figure out why you are so down; and before long, you feel as if you aren’t going to make it.
At this point you can do one of two things; Stay like you are, OR get out from the covering over your life and keeping the glory from shining through. Remember, we are being changed from glory to glory, but that glory gets covered by worldliness, sin, and religion.
What does this dark cloud consist of? Mat 7:1-2 (KJV) “Judge not, that ye be not judged. (2) For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Every time we make a wrong judgment, the cloud of darkness comes back. Revelation 19:2 tells us the Lord’s judgments are “true and righteous altogether.” But when you make a false judgment based on what you see or experience, the same judgment that you have made will come back over you. These clouds of false judgment keep the glory from being manifested in your life and ministry. They stand in the way of God’s revealing Himself upon you and in you.
God’s true and righteous judgments come through the thoughts, the intents, and the discernment of the heart.
righteous = holy in character (that which is appropriate)
judgment = justice according to God’s law; by the spirit not by the letter of the law
Isaiah 11:3 (KJV) “And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.” So the only way we can judge accurately is with the Spirit of Christ in us. John 7:24 (KJV) “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
judge not = do not decide with your mind and come to a conclusion
appearance = superficially
When we judge unrighteously, we are judging based on what we are accustomed to. We justify people and circumstances by the way we were taught. [Ex: As a teenager you do not like the way your parents raise you, but when you grow up, if you have not dealt with that issue, then you will be exactly the same toward your children.] If you don’t like the exposure of the wrong ways you operate, you will judge wrongly what is happening and believe you could go somewhere else and do better. But you won’t. Behavior modification does not change us. Over time you will end up the same person. Head knowledge does not change the way a person is. Only heart-felt change – from glory to glory - will enable you to judge properly and with the Spirit for new situations as you go through life.
The carnal judgments that bring the cloud of despair over your life can only stay if you do not repent for false judgments. Until we are changed, we may have to repent often to keep the cloud from covering the glory that is being revealed. Remember, Jesus says, “The same judgment that you hand out will return to you.”
We have to remember the requirements of God: Micah 6:8 (KJV)
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
God doesn’t want your opinion. He loves you and is not asking your view on how things are going. He wants you built up and blessed so His glory can shine through you into others. The Holy Spirit is given to you to encourage, edify, and strengthen your life. God will build you up with righteous judgments, but with unrighteous judgments you can tear it down that which He is building. YOUR WORDS OF JUDGMENT CAN ABORT WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS DOING!
Not only do we give out judgmental words, but we listen to them. For example, you may have control over your own words, but you don’t have control of walking away from someone who doesn’t. [I have had to hang up the phone when listening to someone judging falsely.] When false judgments get into your head they fall into your heart and begin to grow. They are weeds without any control. They will affect you and the way you feel. Pretty soon here comes that dark cloud and you begin to feel condemned, worthless, and before long you want to give up. In addressing unjust false judgment, Jas 2:4 (KJV) “Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?” God is looking for some righteous people who will neither enter into the spirit of false judgment nor partake of it.
To rid ourselves of false judgments, we need to ask the Lord to bring to our minds unjust situations we have judged in the church, in our families and on the job. Given enough room, even a little judgment will grow. I know that some have spoken out in jealousy toward others in the church because so and so is being used more than they think is necessary. That is false judgment. Not only are we driven from the presence of the Lord because we will not walk in loving forgiveness, but we are kept from receiving the next level of His glory in our lives.
Did you know God can’t use you when you carry false judgments? You may not realize that you are carrying them until you ask. So again, ask the Lord to bring to your mind people and situations you have misjudged. Ask about comments that might have brought you into agreement with someone else and caused you to make a wrong judgment. Begin now. It may take awhile, a day or even a week. But He is faithful if you mean business with Him and want to be free from the clouds that keep the glory from shining through.
Once you discover what you have been doing, ask for the Lord’s righteous thoughts and judgments. Seek to see the person or situation from His Holy Perspective and allow the Holy Spirit to replace your unrighteous thoughts and judgments with His righteous ones.
Learn to believe the best about yourself and others until you know from Him something else. This issue is much bigger than you may think right now and is affecting many people. Now is the time to rise up and be set free.
I believe if we follow His directives, His glory will break forth upon us!
I am going to be sharing with you thoughts from my journal over the past few years. This is to show you how the Lord has brought about His Word in my life to minister to you and to show you how real this walk can be. Please read and understand by the Spirit about ...
. . . My calling as a pastor
Pastor’s Journal 2008
Sep. 1: Your profound direction in our lives and the church continues to amaze me. I am still doubtful of so much yet You remain faithful and are fulfilling Your word in us. I am eternally grateful and honored at Your call and fulfillment. Thank You, Precious Lord.
Sep. 2: “Know that God has set apart him that is godly for Himself.” (Psm. 4:3)
Sep. 5: I am determined to follow You. I have set my face like flint and I will press forward.
Sep. 6: “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” (Eph. 6:10)
Sep. 13: “Stop feeling sorry for yourself. You go through this when you compare yourself to your peers. Are you not growing and advancing My Kingdom? Do you not know My ways yet? I have you where I want you to be. Enjoy My ways. Live in the Spirit and no weapon formed against you will bring defeat. I am not going to abandon My Word or My work with you!”
Sep. 15: “To the one who overcomes will I grant to sit with Me on My throne.”
Sep. 19: “No regrets, you have the better part of Me. Face to face, while others accept what they can get, you keep coming back for the fullness and this, you shall have.
Sep. 22: “Living Word is an end-times church. You have seen the people come in and leave before their time is complete. You have suffered great loss because of the message I have given. You are called to be a hospital. Now you will have those come in for a time of treatment and when their time is complete, they will move on; but it will be My calling. You will let them go in peace and they will be blessed. You will experience My ways this time as people hear and understand.”
Sep. 28: You will revive us again according to Your wonderful mercies. Let us not drown, O Lord, in all this mess around us. Keep us according to Your Word.
Sep. 29: “You have seen right. We are moving on. Don’t look back. Don’t have regrets. I am guiding you with My eye. You will come to a greater place. There will be protection and you will be safe in My arms of love. You will learn of Me in this new way of living and grow closer than ever. Continue to rejoice, for the steps of the righteous men are ordered of Me.”
Users and Seekers
Luk 11:9-10 (KJV) “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (10) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
What are we asking God for? When do we ask? Why are we asking?
Jam 1:5-8 (KJV) “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (6) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (7) For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.”
The attitude with which we approach the Lord in prayer reveals whether we are users or seekers. While some user prayers are as obviously rote as a weekly shopping list, others are less easily identifiable. Are we seeking the Lord for Himself or are we using Him for what we want Him to do for us or to give to us? What happens to our relationship with Him when we do not receive the answers we expect or demand? What is the heart-motivation behind our fervency? Have we asked for and heard God’s will on the matter? Since “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God,” we should be asking God to reveal His will, His word and His witness about every matter. A daily seeking of God’s will, word and witness to our born-again spirit is evidence to born-again believers of the close relationship between God and man which Jesus dies to restore.
Rom 1:28-32 (KJV) “And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (32) Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
We must ask ourselves honestly, “Do I like to retain God in my knowledge?” In other words, do I really want to know God and obey His commands? Or do I just want to believe that there is a God who is just sitting back waiting for me to cry out to Him every time I need something? Using God is not the same thing as serving God! If we examine our motives and ask God to reveal to us the truth about why we live the way we do, He will show us. And if we ask Him to help us change, He will help us. And if we will do what He says as He is helping us, we will be walking after the direction of His Spirit and will be less likely to be double-minded when we are confronted with life situations which need fervent prayer.
Psa 37:23 (KJV) “The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
The path of righteousness is narrow, but our limitless God is willing to help us if we will only let Him order our steps.
People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.
You cannot tell the truth about people you don’t like, and therefore the first duty you owe them is silence.
Unless we have within us that which is above us, we will eventually yield to that which is among us.
It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available. We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it.
LEONARD RAVENHILL QUOTES:
We try organizing – we should try agonizing.
If a man will stand before God he will never kneel before men.
I have nothing and possess all things. The church today has everything yet possesses nothing!
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to ‘Honor thy father and thy mother,’ she asked, ‘Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?’
Without missing a beat, Alex answered, ‘Thou shall not kill.’