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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Joel 1:17"Spare Your people, O LORD,"

We who are called to be disciples are called to be a kingdom of priest unto our God.
I was reading Joel, today, straight through, the whole book.  Chapter 1 verses 17 and 18 states very clearly a call upon the life of the priest.

  "Let the priests, the LORD's ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, a byword among the nations, Why should they among the peoples say, 'Where is their God?'"

So the people that the priests are to be weeping and interceding for are called "Your people" and "Your inheritance" and they are contrasted with "the nations" and "the peoples".
Do you call yourself a true disciple?
Are you part of the "royal priesthood" of 1 Peter 2:9?  I wonder if you are what makes you royal?  Wouldn't it be that you were in service to the King?
Who does the King call His people, and His inheritance?
Is or is not your heart being drawn to weep for Israel?  Your brothers are lost!  Weep!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Kingdom Divided

Mark 3:24,25  "24If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. 25If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand."  There is a strong principle here and if our eyes are opened it is a strong revelation, that will require repentance on the part of the "church" which sees itself as a new thing that God did in the world to replace the old, ineffective thing.  If you can't see the push toward pride in that type of are a sitting duck for the arrows of the enemy.  Read the beautiful exaltations of Elizabeth, and Mary, and Zechariah as they realized the Messiah, the King of Israel was coming in their lifetime.  (All in the beginning chapters of Luke.)  They saw this as fulfillment of all that the prophets had spoken.  They saw a rising of the Kingdom of God, with the King of Israel at its head.  The long awaited Messiah ties the whole theme together of the whole book from Genesis 3 to the end.  
So how did Messiah, King of Israel, end up getting translated, Christ, which just means anointed and wasn't even a Greek word that was applied to a person, it was applied to a substance that you rubbed on something else, like Ben-Gay!  That is the $64,000 thousand dollar question and the answer should draw the "church" to repentance, as we begin to have revealed to our hearts that pride has crept in and built a very large edifice that has pride as its foundation.

Monday, April 3, 2017

"Don't pray for patience."

This statement could not be more wrong.
Love is patient.
"is" is the key word, Jesus is patient, His love flowing through you is patient. Our only call is to be dead and hidden in Him. There is such a "wrong thinking" out says,"Don't pray for patience, God will bring hard times to your life to 'teach' you patience." No no no, when an annoying situation comes up, we choose to "die" to not take our rights, and our feelings and our junk to answer that door, in humility we recognize our weakness and we send the ONE who is patient to answer the door. He answers it, and we find that Love is patient. And the people around us that are used to "us" answering the door in our own strength and in our own "ability" are amazed to see Jesus answering the door with "perfect patience."  We are the people called to rejoice in trials, because they present an opportunity to display that God has taken over our lives.  We trust Him, not circumstances.