Who Is Your King?

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”
(I Sam. 8:4-9)

During this past week a new president of the United of States of America has been elected. The so called leader of the free world. But we who are of Christ know there is only one true leader who is King of kings and Lord of lords. The one who died for our sins and set us free to follow Him and share His Gospel.

But let me ask you a question. If you voted in this election. Who did you vote for and why? Are you concerned about how this world is being corrupted? Do you think a man can stand in this world and correct the wrongs or clear a path to return this nation back to it’s presumed roots?

To tell you the truth, it really doesn’t matter. For those of us in Christ were charged with only 1 duty.

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Mat. 28:16-20)

Now you might be wondering if I and my wife voted. Yes we did. But we didn’t choose any candidate on the ballot. We actually wrote in the name of the one who already rules. Yes, we wrote in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Why? Because it ultimately doesn’t matter who the new king or queen would be in this nation.

It matters most if we preach the Gospel. The more people who hear and accept the Gospel, the more disciples there are to keep evil at bay. The fewer there are who preach and share the Gospel, the fewer there are who will hear it.

Think about it for a moment. If two people share the Gospel with twenty people and  ten accept and begin to share and more people accept the Gospel then the Body of Christ begins to mushroom. Yes there is a day appointed for the return of Christ and the majority of the world rejects Him. But does that loose us from our bonds to His charge to us? No. Why? Because He suffered and died on the cross for us. Why would He not expect at least as much from us?

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.
(Luke 9:23-26)

So then let us not be ashamed to proclaim our Lord and Savior! Let us stand firm together proclaiming the Gospel. Let us not bow down to earthly powers where it concerns His Truth! Even if these earthly powers are mothers or fathers, wives, husbands, sons or daughters.

25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Luke 14:25-35)

Now then, who is your king?

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Strangers in a Strange Land

21 Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses. 22 And she bore him a son. He called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land.” (Exodus 2:21-22)

How appropriate that Moses would name his son Gershom which is translated “Stranger There”. For we who are called in Christ are indeed strangers in a foreign land. For all the practices of this world are foreign to us. Just as Moses was called out of Egypt we are also called out of the ways of men.

If we have been baptized in the Lord we are baptized into His kingdom and His ways. And that brings me to a short discussion on this years election cycle in the United States. There is no doubt that the news on both candidates isn’t very good. Neither one appears to very appealing if we are focused upon being holy in the Lord.

I recall how dismayed I was along with many other believers when the current president was elected. For we all saw darkness coming upon the land. And our fears were for nought. Darkness indeed has fallen upon the land. Well, I should say it became darker, because darkness has been in this world since Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating of the fruit they were told not to eat.

I’m sure you along with I are very concerned about who will be crowned as president of this country. But this post is not about wallowing in fear. For the Lord is reminding me that He is sovereign. His plan of redemption will not be derailed by the enemy. He will still bring His faithful people home. Praise Jesus!

We remember Psalm 104 and Psalm 97 which speak of His sovereignty.
But let us also remember what the Lord did as shown in the Gospels:

22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”

Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”(Luke 8:22-25)

So then let us remain faithful in the storm, knowing the Lord is sovereign even in this season. He is ready to further cleanse His Bride to prepare her for the Day of Redemption. The Day of the Lord.

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble;
For the day of the Lord is coming,
For it is at hand:
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
A people come, great and strong,
The like of whom has never been;
Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations.

A fire devours before them,
And behind them a flame burns;
The land is like the Garden of Eden before them,
And behind them a desolate wilderness;
Surely nothing shall escape them.
Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like swift steeds, so they run.
With a noise like chariots
Over mountaintops they leap,
Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble,
Like a strong people set in battle array.

Before them the people writhe in pain;
All faces are drained of color.[a]
They run like mighty men,
They climb the wall like men of war;
Every one marches in formation,
And they do not break ranks.
They do not push one another;
Every one marches in his own column.[b]
Though they lunge between the weapons,
They are not cut down.[c]
They run to and fro in the city,
They run on the wall;
They climb into the houses,
They enter at the windows like a thief.

10 The earth quakes before them,
The heavens tremble;
The sun and moon grow dark,
And the stars diminish their brightness.
11 The Lord gives voice before His army,
For His camp is very great;
For strong is the One who executes His word.
For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible;
Who can endure it? (Joel 2:1-11)

 

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Archaeology Confirms King Hezekiah’s War Against Idolatry

News Article

I am greatly encouraged everytime I read an article that confirms Scripture. People always want proof that Scripture is true. Yet even when it is presented they still look for a reason to doubt God’s word. That’s OK with me. I know better. I have received the Holy Spirit and know for a fact that He is real.

This is why He is revealing these archaeological finds. To show that He is the true and living God.

57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
(John 8:57-58)

13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ (Gen 3:13-15)

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The Way

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. (Acts 9:1-2)

In the beginning, those who followed Christ were said to be “of the Way”. There was no language that called them “the church” or any building specially dedicated for those who followed Christ. Nor is there any commandment from the Lord to build buildings dedicated to Him that we should meet at. In fact the Lord said:

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
(Matthew 18:20)

We can meet any where to talk about the Lord or fellowship. Even online if necessary. There are indeed many who would scoff at this notion. They would want to know who would have authority over the meeting. In fact only Christ should have authority over the meeting. You might say, “But we can’t see or hear Christ!” To which I reply, if you know Scripture and what it means. That Christ can teach you by the Holy Spirit, then you have heard Him. You don’t necessarily need to hear an audible voice. Some have and it is a blessing. But make sure that voice is in agreement with what Scripture says.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (I John 2:20-21)

So the Way is to follow Christ. His Truth. His example. Those who have built up and follow the traditions of their fathers in denominations and religion are failing miserably in Christ’s example. For if we know Christ, we know the Way is simple. It is not full of heavy religious practices and special days to keep. There was only one thing He told us to keep. The breaking of the bread and drinking of wine as an example and remembrance of His death on the cross to pay for our sins.

17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:17-20)

Simple. Not a grand act of priests passing around wafers and wine was it? Just Jesus and His disciples sitting around a table enjoying each others company in fellowship. Just as we are to do.

Brothers and sisters, let us follow the Way as set forth by Christ and the apostles. For they and the prophets are our foundation of faith in Christ. Not the massive infrastructure of denominational religion where we are forced to follow men!

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.(Mark 8:34-35)

Follow Me says the Lord

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

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Accountability

Brothers and sisters, we are living in a dangerous time. A time full of distractions and temptations. Especially those of us in western countries where we are not being openly persecuted as our brethren in the Middle East and Asia. Over the past 15 years I have seen many brethren I have been close to fall away from the Lord Jesus. They have fallen victim to false prophecies, self delusion, love for family over Jesus, lording over others or lifting up other brethren above Jesus. All of these fell victim to walking in the flesh rather than walking in the Spirit as the Lord called us to. A slow warming of the pot so that they didn’t notice how far they had fallen from their Savior. It was one step, then another, and another and another. And before long there was disagreement over Scripture, ignoring Scripture or making accusations without listening to sound reason. And now I and my family who have loved them. Miss them and are lonely with out them. But we have been strengthened in the Lord as we seek Him in these darkening hours.

If we are listening though, we were warned millennia ago to beware of strong delusion. To keep our focus on Christ alone.

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2Thess. 2:1-4)

No doubt it seems to me a great falling away has been happening for quite some time. I am not the only one to have noticed this. For it is prevalent in institutional churches. But we are also seeing this with those who also claim to have come out. For many, including those I have known have left the accountability of following Christ and the love of the Truth and have turned aside to their own knowledge. For if you refuse the truth no matter how much it hurts, where will you find yourself?

We were exhorted not to forsake the gathering of ourselves so that we do not fall away.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Even Christ Himself warned us about being accountable.

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (Mat. 12:33-37)

If we will then be condemned by our words will it profit us to ignore the Truth of Scripture when we have tasted of His goodness? Is there not time to repent while there is still breath in our lungs? Yes!

Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. (Hosea 1:1)

Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
(Mat. 3:8-10)

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

If you love the Truth and I have walked with you, return to Christ Jesus that we may feast abundantly in Him! Just as we did in the past. If you love the Truth and we have not yet met. Let us rejoice in the Lord together. Even if the road is long and hard we are called to be over-comers.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’ (Rev. 2:7)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’
(Rev. 2:11)
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’(Rev. 2:17)
And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— (Rev. 2:26)
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
(Rev. 3:5)
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Zealous

zealous:

full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.
Synonyms: enthusiastic, eager, fervid, fervent, intense, passionate, warm.
Antonyms: apathetic; lackadaisical.

There are many in this world who are zealous in spreading what they believe. Even those who claim to be Christ’s can be zealous in contending for what they believe is truth. But if we do not rightly divide the truth then we are then not contending for the faith but for our own interpretation of Scripture.
Paul wrote:

14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

There are many ways we do not rightly divide God’s word. And the apostle Paul mentions a few ways in the Scripture quoted above. But there is one I want to mention here which is considered to be the most common in this generation. It is through the teaching of others by men and women who hold themselves out to be someone of authority. Who show themselves as approved by men with their doctorates and degrees real or forged. It is these who sway the masses with promises of unfolding the secrets of God. Who promise no one can gain this vitally important “manna from Heavan” without them. And for the masses the believe without testing them against what is written in Scripture. I tell you honestly that if you read this blog or any other, it is your responsibility to read your Scripture and ask the Lord.
For by the Holy Spirit the apostle Peter wrote:

16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.(2Peter 1:16-21)

For anyone of us can seek Christ and His truth in Scripture by the Holy Spirit. If indeed we are seeking the truth. But if you hang on every word of a personality who claims to be the source of truth you need to check yourself. Are you Christ’s or do you belong to this personality

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. (IJohn 2:26-27)

So then as we consider our walk in the Lord are we really zealous for the Lord? Or are we indeed zealous for the teachings of men? Let me then point to how Paul exhorted the Galatians.

Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

12 Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all. 13 You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. 14 And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

17 They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. 18 But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, 20 I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children— 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written:

“Rejoice, O barren,
You who do not bear!
Break forth and shout,
You who are not in labor!
For the desolate has many more children
Than she who has a husband.”

28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. (Gal 4:1-31)

Do you see what I am tying together here? For if we are bound by the teachings of men then we are not free in Christ. We are then not zealous for Christ, but for the teachings of men. Yes there is some truth that can be found in what they teach. But are they pointing to Christ or are they pointing you back to them and ignoring many of the teachings of the Bible?

I urge you this day not to harden your hearts, but to be as the Bereans that the apostle Paul wrote about.

10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.
(Acts 17:10-12)

For if you have not sought Christ alone you may at the end of your journey in this world find you are not where you wanted to be.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. (John 14:23)

Be therefore Zealous in Christ Jesus.

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Many Tribulations

21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
(Acts 14:21-22)

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Mind Games Convention Designers Play

Don’t worry folks, I’m not abandoning Christ. This and the last post are meant to wake you up to the mind games men play to subjugate you. We must all continue to walk in Christ regardless of the evil surrounding us. Please share your thoughts below.

Here are some of mind games that convention designers play

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In Light of the Police Shootings…

I post the link to this story because I think it’s important for us Americans to consider what is right and the laws we follow in the United States. For evil and tyranny cannot have a free, unobstructed path to overcome mankind in the name of safety or law and order. History is filled with examples of how tyranny has been raised it’s ugly head.

In Light of Shootings…

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Unity

It would only be proper if I wrote something about unifying in Christ Jesus. For we who are called by His name are His work. Yet we are yet still imperfect because we are in the flesh.

We can walk perfectly though if we choose to do so. For Jesus Himself said:

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Mat. 5:43-48)

So then is this a promise or a command to be perfect? I think both. For if we are saved and filled with the Spirit we have been perfected in Christ Jesus already. Then we have a choice in how we walk before the Lord of lords, King of kings. If we act obediently then we are rewarded. For again the Lord said:

15 If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”

23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. (John 14:15-24)

So let’s tie a couple things in here. If we have the ability through Christ to be perfect, if we obey His commandments (His Truth) then we will have unity with our brothers and sisters. It’s just that simple. No one reading this needs to look to men to find this truth out. We can all look to Christ. So what does  a unified Body of Christ look like? The Lord gave us a picture through the prophet Joel. Check out chapter 2:

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble;
For the day of the Lord is coming,
For it is at hand:
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
A people come, great and strong,
The like of whom has never been;
Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations.

A fire devours before them,
And behind them a flame burns;
The land is like the Garden of Eden before them,
And behind them a desolate wilderness;
Surely nothing shall escape them.
Their appearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like swift steeds, so they run.
With a noise like chariots
Over mountaintops they leap,
Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble,
Like a strong people set in battle array.

Before them the people writhe in pain;
All faces are drained of color.
They run like mighty men,
They climb the wall like men of war;
Every one marches in formation,
And they do not break ranks.
They do not push one another;
Every one marches in his own column.
Though they lunge between the weapons,
They are not cut down.
They run to and fro in the city,
They run on the wall;
They climb into the houses,
They enter at the windows like a thief.

10 The earth quakes before them,
The heavens tremble;
The sun and moon grow dark,
And the stars diminish their brightness.
11 The Lord gives voice before His army,
For His camp is very great;
For strong is the One who executes His word.
For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible;
Who can endure it? (Joel 2:1-11)

And yet this is followed by the call to repentance. I post this with all people who call on the name of Christ to repent and follow Him. To be obedient to His commandments if you claim to love Him!

12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
13 So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
14 Who knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave a blessing behind Him—
A grain offering and a drink offering
For the Lord your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
16 Gather the people,
Sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and nursing babes;
Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
And the bride from her dressing room.
17 Let the priests, who minister to the Lord,
Weep between the porch and the altar;
Let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord,
And do not give Your heritage to reproach,
That the nations should rule over them.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’” (Joel 2:12-17)

I plead with you in Christ. I am seeing too many fall away from Christ. Loveless and forsaken. Repent therefore and return to your first love.

 

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