The heavenly father watches over His saints with unfailing love. He gives his angels charge over our care and they bear us up in there arms to protect us. Learn to put your whole trust in him and quit leaning on the arm of flesh…
Archive for July, 2006
Biblical music is full of the word, full of the hope of the rapture and full of blood and the message of forgiveness from sin. Biblical music will convict the unsaved and cause them to run or repent…
The true child of God is always passionate about revival and harvest time. Even the thoughts of a great visitation of the Spirit brings joy and praise to the sanctified soul. In the natural, harvest time has always been one of the most exciting experiences of life. To watch a great tractor and harvester glide gracefully across a wheat field is a beautiful sight. To see workers move through a cornfield leaving corn stacked like teepees along the way is like watching a work of art. But nothing compares to seeing sinners respond to a Gospel preacher and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Even the angels in heaven join in rejoicing over one sinner that repenteth. (Luke 15:10)
Biblical language for spiritual harvest time is called, Â“the early and latter rainÂ”. James the brother of our Lord carefully stated that the great rapture of the saints is awaiting the harvest of the Â“precious fruit of the earthÂ”. The full text reads beautifully, Â“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.Â” (James 5:7)
The early rain began in the First Testament as a remnant that was gleaned from the careless thousands that heard but mostly rejected the Shepherd of David. On the Day of Pentecost the early rain came in great torrents but soon gave way to the loss of their first love. It is great to study the history of the church and witness every moment of the moderate rains that fulfilled what Scripture called the Â“former rains moderately:Â” Joel stated this prophecy. Â“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.Â” (Joel 2:23)
Peter on the day of Pentecost quoted this prophecy stating emphatically that the outpouring of the Holy Ghost was a step in fulfilling this truth. The quote also shows that its ultimate fulfillment is in the end when GodÂ’s judgments are in the earth. Note this fact connected to the final days of earthly consternation. Â“And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:Â” (Acts 2:19-20)
Reading these and other scriptures leaves no doubt that it is going to rain again and this time the torrents of rain will never cease. The earthÂ’s inhabitants will drink without hesitation and multitudes will be converted. This will be the greatest harvest in human history and will sweep millions into the Kingdom of God. The Creator of this universe has ordained a prophesied and celebrated event to coincide with this coming rain and harvest. Joel mentioned it in a text quoted earlier and Moses wrote about it in his great description of the seven major feasts of the Lord. (Leviticus 23). Joel had stated that this rain and harvest would occur in the first month.
The first month is the dated occasion of one Feast of the Lord called the Feast of Trumpets. The former rain is connected to the Feast of Pentecost but the latter rain is connected to the Feast of Trumpets. Do not be confused by the fact that there are two calendars in the Jewish economy. One is civic and one is sacred. The civic calendar starts on the seventh month of the sacred one. The first day of the first month of the civic calendar is the day of creation. The Feast of Trumpets is the next Feast of the Lord to be fulfilled, the first four having been fulfilled by the actual events connected to Jesus Christ up to the Pentecost. Remember that Joel prophesied that this latter rain is in the first month when the Feast of Trumpets will be fulfilled. There is a special Jewish custom to this feast because prior to its beginning there are thirty days of preparation. Trumpets blast every day except the last day before the Feast Day. I believe those trumpets sounding for twenty-nine days reflect the coming of the latter rain of spiritual visitation. This feast celebrates the harvest of the earth, both in salvation and the resurrection of the dead.
Our God is coming down to act both in judgment and harvest. One prophet said, Â“Â… For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.Â” (Isaiah 26:9) The prophet further stated, Â“Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.Â” (Isaiah 64:1-3)
We are extremely close to this breathtaking moment when God will be revealed to the nations and earthÂ’s inhabitants. When the Son of God visited the temple of His day, He disrupted the human schemes that were on display. He will certainly disrupt the flesh that is master of todayÂ’s church. It will be judged and the false religionist will be forced to bow their heads before the remnant of the faithful. John the Revelator prophesied to the Philadelphia church, Â“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.Â” (Revelation 3:9) ItÂ’s going to rain. When evil is at its worst and the cup is full, our God always acts. The Bible is clear, the judgment of sin is at hand but there is a rainbow around the throne. Do not despair. Do not fret over evildoers (Psalm 37:1). Lift up your head and look up. Clouds of rain are already in the air.
At any moment the Son of the Living God will descend to rapture the overcomers to his presence. After seven years of hell on earth, the Lord will return with his saints to set up his kingdom on earth. He will enter the eastern, gate closed for centuries awaiting his return. Read Ezekiel 43:1-7
Our God is awesome in His Holiness. He is utterly unapproachable save by the offering of Blood, His SonÂ’s Blood in the New Covenant. He was the eternal Son in the unknowable eternities but was exalted above His past glories because of His willing perfect sacrifice. In the present, the Father has given Him a name so exalted that every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in the earth, and things under the earth. All the created celestial archangels, seriphims, cherubims and angels, fallen or unfallen, will soon bow to honor the Â“Only Begotten Son.Â”
We are commanded to make no graven images of the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit. Why is this second commandment so important? First, letÂ’s review it. Â“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.Â” (Exodus 20:4-6)
This command is to forever remind us that our God is the creator of all things and must always remain high above all His creation. No symbol or type of anything He has created can ever compare to our Sovereign Creator and the Eternal Godhead. All things are subject to Him and can never be seen as equal to Him or liken to Him. He transcends the total universe and all that exists in the universe.
The third commandment is similar except it has to do with Â“wordsÂ” instead of Â“images.Â” Â“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.Â” (Exodus 20:7)
The awesome Holiness of God demands (not a suggestion) that we never use His name in any manner of speech except in worship, praise, or petition. Our God is not our neighbor, our buddy, or some equal person that we address as a contemporary. To ever speak His name casually or call Him by a casual name is forbidden and reveals an unregenerate state or worse. The present attitude of many professing believers toward our Father or Jesus Christ shows the inroads of New Age demonic deception.
Apostle Paul spoke of the Â“Son of GodÂ” with incredible words, Â“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;Â” (Hebrews 7:26) Every time in Holy Scripture that GodÂ’s prophets were visited by a revelation of Him, they fell prostrate and speechless on their faces. This apostle was caught up to the third heaven and returned with baited voice. John the beloved that leaned on His breast in life saw Him in His Glory after His ascension and fell as a dead man. He recorded, Â“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:Â” (Rev. 1:17)
We see our GodÂ’s glory in all the Scripture as awesome and breathtaking. David said, Â“For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.Â” (Psalm 97:9) Â“But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.Â” (Psalm 92:8) Â“That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.Â” (Psalm 83:18) No wonder this author was a man after GodÂ’s own heart. He stood and lived in utter awe of His God.
This awesome sense of the Â“Most Holy GodÂ” is the great distinction of Bible Christianity. Our attitude about God will determine the level of our Christian life. Â“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:Â” (Proverbs 9:10) The Jewish sages of the past would not spell out His entire name; and if they made a mistake in copying the Scripture, they destroyed the manuscript and started afresh. This fear of God and sense of His awesome Holiness will make His true disciples Â“work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) The present lives of careless Christians are a testimony to our loss of the sense of His Holiness.
May we rediscover how truly awesome He is in His Holiness. He is so Holy that there is no approach except the Blood of His Â“Only Begotten SonÂ”. But when we approach Â“surrendered in truth of that precious BloodÂ” His arms are wide and His mercy is forever. No wonder Â“tearsÂ” are the constant joy of every Â“Saint of God.Â”
The very purpose of contemporary music is to bring the culture of hedonism and compromise into the church world…
There is nothing in God’s plan for His saints and His church after we are truly born again. More important than to be filled with the Holy Ghost, it’s inexcusable not to be yielded to the Holy Ghost if we want to be victorious Christians…
This new stream of music actually flows from unclean spirits that masquerades as the Holy Spirit. All of this is a design to capture this generation for the devil and his antichrist…
The greatest trap that Satan sets for every hungry Christian is to fill them with love for religion instead of love for Jesus Christ. At many intervals of my life, I have found myself literally filled with enthusiasm for the Lord’s work, His Kingdom, souls that needed mercy, and every good work; but suddenly feeling empty inside. His wonderful mercy has on each occasion gripped my heart to refocus my attention on Him, the Lover of my soul. The greatest moments of our success in laboring for the Lord are the most perilous times. The flesh is so quick to rejoice in victories, and to enjoy the process more than our relationship with the Master.
I shall never forget a story I heard many years ago. The source I do not remember. A father and his daughter were very close and each afternoon would go for a walk together. Suddenly the daughter was preoccupied and would beg to be excused from the walks with her dad. After weeks of excuses the father was grief-stricken. His birthday arrived, and he invited the daughter for an afternoon together. She joyously accepted and met her father at the appointed place. In her hand was the most beautiful sweater, hand woven and intricately designed by her masterful patience. "Dad", she said. " I have woven for you this special gift over many weeks because of my love for you. Then he suddenly knew and wept with joy. But his response was two-fold. "My daughter, your gift overwhelms my heart but please, please, never withdraw your presence from me again to make for me a gift. Your presence to me is far more wonderful than the greatest thing you could ever create." What a story about our labor versus our time with Him.
Oh the joy of just coming into the garden of love and worship to think of nothing but Him. To reach out in faith and attention to His triumph on the cross and His victory from the tomb and just to share that victory because we are redeemed. He is forever our Savior and Lord, and to Him we owe all our praise and obedience. It is a relationship not just an experience. Sure it is an experience, but religious people have experiences. Our experience must move to a relationship that we covet and build until we talk together one on one. If I could name one place where I have failed in the most over fifty-two years as His servant, it would be this alone. All other weaknesses have resulted from this failure.
Jesus said as quoted by John the Beloved, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." (John 15:4-6) This disciple is the only one to quote these words of the Master because he knew the meaning best. His leaning on Jesus’ breast had opened his heart to the glory of his relationship over his experience. The greatest faith is never learned in the head but in the heart.
The perfect heart is not just a heart free from sin; it is a heart free from self and attached in unfailing love to Him. This is greatness of surrender that exalts the heart to be so overwhelmed with Him that we can worship without a song. We must all confess that worship is usually the result of great songs, powerful sermons, and wonderful fellowship with His saints; but, He wants us to learn to worship just because we are His and He is ours. Then worship can move beyond a sanctuary to become a lifestyle. We will not want to miss His House of Worship once we learn the worship that consumes our greatest moments of every day.
He said, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love." (John 15:7-9) Remember fruit is different from works. Works are our religious responsibilities, but fruit is the nature of the vine extended in the branches. Never allow the works to consume you until the vine cannot provide this nurture and nourishment of Himself. Clinging to Him (abiding in Him) is the Believers’ greatest joy.