Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Dangers of Desiring Spiritual Success

"Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you..." (Luke 10:20)

'Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; nor is it sin.  The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in which we now live.  Never seeking after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go "outside the camp, bearing His reproach" (Hebrews 13:13).  In Luke 10:20, Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice.  We have a commercialized view - we count how many souls have been saved and sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is alright. Yet our work only begins where God's grace has laid the foundation'. ~ Oswald Chambers "The Warning Against Desiring Spiritual Success (My Utmost for His Highest)

I have seen the dangers of what Oswald has warned about in his article. There has been an increased desire for spiritual success that has overtaken the body of Christ causing saints to trample over one another.

This spiritual thirst is not one of increasing and equipping the kingdom of God but rather one of control and building empires of "self".  It has grieved me to see the backlash on social medias, the slander and the ungodly behavior many are engaging in to reach that success.  They slander, gossip, and curse one another with the word of God as they twist them to justify their actions. They discredit one another to prove themselves to be more.  They throw their titles around as to intimidate others and prove their anointing. This is foolish! We are the Body of Christ.  Each one of us.  Title or no title.  We are all subject to God.  No one is exempt.  Why are we comparing our gifts and anointing? Why are we competing to be greater?  Why are we striving for more churches, bigger facilities and ministries? What is our true motive in serving God?  Is it because we desire to build the Kingdom of God or our own?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

PROPHET OF THE LORD: Open your mouth and EAT!

"As for you, son of man, hear what I say to you: be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you." ~ Ezekiel 2:8 AMP

This message is intended for the End-Time Prophets of the LORD who in this hour have been positioned to hear, receive and release the WORD given to them to eat and speak.

Ezekiel was commanded to eat what he found within the scroll given to him.  It was filled with words of lamentation, mourning and woe. (v.10).  The Prophet Ezekiel opened his mouth.  He did not shrink back nor hesitate to obey as many would have considered because of the weighty assignment given to him to deliver The WORD of God and preach righteousness to a rebellious people.

God sent Ezekiel to the children of Israel because they have transgressed against Him thus like their fathers. They were described as hard of heart, rebellious people, stubborn and obstinate. (v.2-3).  Have you taken notice that a majority of "the Church" today stands as such:  a rebellious house.  They have become lovers of self, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS BUT DENYING ITS POWER.(read 2 Timothy 3:2-5).

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

There is therefore now NO Condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus ~ Romans 8:1

What is condemnation? Webster defines it as blame, condemned after weighing the evidence, declaring to be wrong, evil or found guilty.

All have sinned and fallen short of God's laws. (Romans 3:23) Isaiah 64:6 says we are like an unclean thing, all of our righteousness are like filthy rags. Jesus said "no one is good except God." Even if we think we've done good, it's not good enough, even if we scrub and soak, we cannot wash away the dirty shame. So how is it... for the Christian (in Christ) to be found blameless, clean, holy, pure, justified, pardoned, eternally forgiven...NOT GUILTY??