Psalms 149:6-9, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.”
The Wonderful Cross
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride
See from his head, his hands, his feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ever such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown
O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
All who gather here by grace draw near and bless
Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all
(Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin, from the album The Noise We Make)
Dreams are entrusted to our care and keeping by God with the obligation to turn those from mere impressions into creative action. God’s love is causing our faith to work out, breaking off the protective outer shell of the seed that was planted in our hearts when we received Christ and as that love is nurtured in the love of God it puts down deep roots and is well-grounded in Christ. Joined in love, we grow tapping more and more into His grace and likeness, His Word breakthough from our honest trustworthy hearts, so that the sufficiency is of Him – and we have more than enough to take from His lavishness to give with the same spirit of generosity to the others He places around us. We are blessed to be a blessing. Even as a plant turns its face towards the sun, we look to Him for direction and it is His love bursting forth from within us that causes and guides us into loving others with the fervent integral force of His perfect love that displaces all fear.
Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
God speaks. He speaks in His Holy Word and He speaks by His Holy Spirit into our hearts by impressions and if we are listening, He speaks to us by His Spirit in a multitude of ways through out His creation. For everything was created for His glory! And God speaks to us in dreams and visions.
The other night, I had a dream that there was a big social gathering and they were telling us to bring dessert as our contribution. When I arrived, it was soon apparent that everyone had brought dessert. The table was over-loaded with desserts of every imaginable kind. Nowhere was salad, meat, vegetables or fruits. There was nothing balanced or healthy in this setting.
God was showing me that His people are doing this today. They love to make big shows out of coming together in His Name and having “fellowship” with one another and making much a-do about loving God but this is not worship in Spirit and in Truth. Where is the cup of the fellowship of Christ’s suffering? The Passover Seder was in reality the Last Supper Christ shared with His disciples before His crucifixion and the word “seder“, meaning “order” is a plate of bitter and sweet.
The Word of God is not something you play with;
to pick and choose to your personal liking —
“But he answered and said,
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”2 Timothy 4:1-5
Multitudes gathered around Jesus for what He could DO for THEM but very few were disciplined enough to go through the storms, and obey His voice.
To love Him is to obey Him. Whatever He tells you to do, do it.
And to do it cheerfully for this is your life. This is God’s will for you.
For in Him we live and move and have our being.
For His Words are spirit and life.
Taste and see that the Lord is good!
Proverbs 22:9, “He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his bread to the poor.”
“After they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the other disciples do?”
Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus told him, “Feed my lambs.”
Jesus asked him again, a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter answered him “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus told him, “Take care of my sheep.”
Jesus asked him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter felt sad because Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” So Peter said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said this while he was teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum. When many of Jesus’ disciples heard him, they said, “What he says is hard to accept. Who wants to listen to him anymore?”
Jesus was aware that his disciples were criticizing his message. So Jesus asked them, “Did what I say make you lose faith? What if you see the Son of Man go where he was before? Life is spiritual. Your physical existence doesn’t contribute to that life. The words that I have spoken to you are spiritual. They are life. But some of you don’t believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning those who wouldn’t believe and the one who would betray him. So he added, “That is why I told you that people cannot come to me unless the Father provides the way.”
Jesus’ speech made many of his disciples go back to the lives they had led before they followed Jesus. So Jesus asked the twelve apostles, “Do you want to leave me too?”
Simon Peter answered Jesus, “Lord, to what person could we go? Your words give eternal life. Besides, we believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Jesus replied, “I chose all twelve of you. Yet, one of you is a devil.” Jesus meant Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. Judas, who was one of the twelve apostles, would later betray Jesus.
Some words are hard but we go through with the Prince of Peace –Jesus Christ, the Living Word of Almighty Father God and know that He has prepared our hearts and a place for us.
Are you above the hurt and able to be entrusted with the Truth?
Does your heart love Him more than you love your own self?
Does it burn to please Him and give so freely what He has entrusted you with as much as He laid down all of heaven to give Himself to purchase your freedom?
Jesus Christ is the ONLY begotten Son of the Almighty Father and He is truly a Son because He perfectly obeyed the will of the Father and is now exalted to the place of honor forever. When we treat His Word lightly are we not the religious “wrong” who sought to self-justify and condemn a pure, holy unblemished lamb? Are we mocking the gift of God? God’s only begotten Son who was given by His Holy Spirit to a woman who received by faith this son of God? When we play games with His Word are we not making cheap the grace of God purchased at such a price through suffering for the sin of man and calling it of no account? Are we truly remembering the body and blood of the perfect lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world or are we clinging to our old ways in a form of godliness but denying the power of the cross over sin and death?
Oh grave where is thy sting? This is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith but we must go through the blood, speak the Word that speaks in spirit and truth of His Everlasting Resurrection Life and no longer put ourselves before Him. We are to lose our lives for His everlasting life. This is a great exchange? We win! We win! We win! We are the victorious ones in Him.
He has rescued us from the DOMINION of darkness and brought us into the KINGDOM of the SON He loves, in whom we have REDEMPTION, the FORGIVENESS of sins. Colossians 1:13-14