What to Bring the King?

“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1Peter 2:5.

What do we have to offer?

“spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

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We are like the small child coming to his daddy begging, “Daddy, please, give me some money.”

“Whatever for?”

“I want to buy Mommy a present.”

The child has nothing to offer but what is given him from the father.

The writer of Hebrews says,

“By him therefore

let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,

that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

Hebrews 13:15.

Our Father blessed us each with a mouth, and even when we cannot speak we can do as David exhorts us when he says in Psalm 103,

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits:

who forgiveth all thine iniquities;

who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;

who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;

so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s…” 

For more praises to offer up read all of this Psalm.

What does your sacrifice of praise cost you?

  • A looking away from self to see anew the goodness of our God.
  • Yes, it can be a sacrifice to praise when pain fills your days or when loss brings an ache to your heart you feel you cannot bear.
  • Before the praise offer your tears. They are a praise of their own avowing God as the One who cares, understands, and comforts.
  • In response He puts a song in your heart as He carries you in His strength and love.
  • The offering proves harder to render in these times but the reward establishes its worth.

As our Father shows us His goodness in taking care of our needs, He instructs us,

“to do good and to communicate(give to the poor) forget not:

for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

Hebrews 13:16

What will it cost us?

  • A night out? A new outfit?
  • Whatever God puts in our hearts to give, He has already given us.
  • Personally, I doubt it will cost us anything.
  • God has a way of repaying kindness with more kindness.

In truth we’ve offered Him only lip service until we offer Him our heart, soul, mind, and strength. The apostle Paul calls us to minister to God through the offering of ourselves.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,

that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,

holy, acceptable unto God,

which is your reasonable service.”

Romans 12:1.

Reasonable service? Yes, bought and paid for by the Lord’s own sacrifice.

“Forasmuch as ye know

that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold,

from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

1 Peter 1:18-19.

“Ye are bought with a price:

therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,

which are God’s.”

1 Corinthians 6:20.

One more sacrifice needs offered before any of these mentioned become acceptable. Jesus shows us the offering that validates all other offerings.

“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,

SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT,

BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME:

IN BURN OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES FOR SIN THOU HAST HAD NO PLEASURE.

THEN SAID I,

LO, I COME (IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME,)

TO DO THY WILL, O GOD.”

Hebrews 10:5-7.

This Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane as He faced the cross.

“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:

nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

Luke 22:42.

  • Praise is not praise but flattery,
  • thanksgiving is not thanksgiving but a desire for more later,
  • giving is not giving but looking for reward,
  • offering our bodies for service is not service but a desire for recognition of our goodness.

unless we are willing to sacrifice our will in obedience to the Lord.

An acceptable sacrifice surrenders self-will. It is our free will offering. It is called humbling ourselves before Him, even as Jesus did.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of a servant,

and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man,

he humbled himself,

and became obedient unto death,

even the death of the cross.”

Philippians 2:5-8.

Knowing and being filled with the love of Christ bears the fruit of a spiritual sacrifice acceptable unto God. For it is His love flowing in us, through us, and out of us that offers acceptable praise, acceptable aid to others, the acceptable offering of ourselves as His ministers of the gospel.

“Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

What will you bring the King?

Remember the Christmas Song, “Little Drummer Boy”? He played his drum for Him. Given from the heart there is no small offering.

Only One Nail Will Do

blog temple“And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.” Ezra 9:8

Cyrus, king of Persia, in 539 B. C.“sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom,” encouraging captive Israelites  to return to Jerusalem and build their God a house. After 70 years of Babylonian captivity, a remnant returned. We cannot say for sure, but Ezra could have been among them. His father’s name, Seraiah, appears with Zerubbabel and the other leaders (Ezra 2:2). Ezra is not mentioned by name until 58-60 years after the completion of the temple.

The unfaithfulness of the escaped remnant caused shame and humiliation to overwhelm Ezra’s soul. He prayed but could not even lift his face to the Lord. He confessed their guilt, then remembered God’s mercy. Verse 8 is his praise for the grace of God to bring them back to Jerusalem and “give us a nail in his holy place.”

What was this nail?

Beverly, a fellow blogger at becomingtheoilandwine.com, suggested the gifts God gives His saints for building the body of Christ are the nails. I found it interesting and hope she develops the idea into a post.

My daughter (whom you can visit at heathergreer.com) and I traded thoughts on the matter. She got quiet. Her eyes widened. She smiled. “It’s a mug rack, Mom. We hang mugs on pegs.”

I couldn’t keep the, I couldn’t believe you said that, look hidden. My one-sided grin didn’t help matters but was better than the laugh I held in. But as we looked deeper, I had to eat crow. No, it wasn’t exactly a mug rack. Lamps, cups, and jugs were hung on pegs or nails. But this nail symbolized much more. We found Ezra wasn’t the only one to mention a nail representing something deeper.

Isaiah introduces us to Eliakim who would become the nail to replace Shebna (You can read the whole story in Isaiah 22.

“And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open and none shall shut: and he shall shut, and none shall open…

John the revelator records the following speaking of Jesus.

“I am he that liveth, and was dead: and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen: and have the keys of hell and of death.” Rev. 1: 18; “And to the angel of the church of Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, HE THAT HATH THE KEY OF DAVID, HE THAT OPENETH, AND NO MAN SHUTTETH; AND SHUTTETH, AND NO MAN OPENETH.” Rev. 3:7

Isaiah continues.

And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place: and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.

Ezra 9:8 adds.

“…and to give us a nail in his holy place…”

“To him who overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” Rev. 3:21.

And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.” Isa. 22:21-15.

the glory of his father’s house

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1: 14

“For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

That all men should honour the Son

even as they honour the Father.

He that honoureth not the Son

honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

John 5:20-23.

the offspring and the issue, all vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure,

having this seal,

The Lord knoweth them that are his.

And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ

depart from iniquity.

But in a great house

there are not only vessels of gold and of silver,

but also of wood and of earth;

and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

If a man therefore purge himself from these,

he shall be a vessel unto honour,

sanctified,

and meet for the master’s use,

and prepared unto every good work.”

2 Tim. 2: 19-21.

“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the godhead bodily.

And ye are complete in him

which is the head of all principality and power;”

Col. 2:9-10

My Conclusion.

We have a nail in a sure place. Our nail is Jesus Christ and our sure place is His temple.

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Him that overcometh

will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,

and he shall go no more out:

and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Rev. 3:10-13.

Our God’s power has not diminished.

He created and keeps the heaven’s and the earth by the power of His word.

By His power we are kept in His hands.

By His power He will right all that is wrong.

By the power of His word He will come. He will not tarry.

Is the hope of your vessel hung in the sure place of Jesus Christ, Son of God, crucified, risen and coming again?

If not, your hope will fail you. If so, rejoice.

True Happiness Revealed

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The secret to happiness is no secret. God reveals in His word the source of true happiness…*the sense of knowing and receiving God’s best, His highest good.

 

Ezra had set his heart to study, do, and teach the word. The Psalmist, David, knew what Ezra knew. He penned that knowledge in Psalm 119. Both men set their hearts on knowing God. They found Him through His word. We can, too.

Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,

and that seek him with the whole heart

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever:

for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes always,

even unto the end…

I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.”

(Ps. 119:2; 119:111,112; 119:162.)

*Blessed…Happy is the one who keeps God’s testimonies…commandments, statutes, laws, and seeks…earnestly desires God with the whole heart…the complete emotion, will, and reason.

When we incline our hearts to take God’s word as our possession, our inheritance, not just to know it but to also do it, our heart will know rejoicing. We find eternal treasure of rejoicing in God’s word. For it is that which spoils our enemy. It is the sword we’ve been given to defeat our enemy and walk in victory. When Satan tempted Jesus, He met each temptation with the word of God. “It is written, It is written again, for it is written.” Jesus knew the word. He spoke the word. He obeyed the word.

The apostle Paul admonished followers of Christ to:

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph. 6: 17.

Setting our heart on the Lord produces true happiness. We look at creation and see the beauty, power, wisdom, and grace of God. But to truly know Him, we need to hear Him, see Him, touch Him, and understand His heart.

Our heavenly Father speaks to us today through His Son, the living Word.

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”  Heb. 1:1,2.

“Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith not them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you:

but he that sent me is true;

and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them,

When ye have lifted up the Son of man,

then shall ye know that I am he,

and that I do nothing of myself;

but as my Father hath taught me,

I speak these things.”

John 8: 25-28.

“And there was a cloud that overshadowed them:

and a voice came out of the cloud, saying

This is my beloved Son:

hear him.”

Mark 9:7.

Seven times in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation Jesus repeats the phrase:

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

*Hear…understand, receive, and obey the message conveyed.

The Father has shown us Himself through the God the Son.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,

(and we beheld his glory,

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)

full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14.

“Who being the brightness of his glory,

and the express image of his person,

and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Heb. 1:3.

We can touch Him. He is approachable.

“All things are delivered unto me of my Father:

and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father;

neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son,

and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:27-30.

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;

that ye may know that ye have eternal life,

and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

And this is the confidence that we have in him,

that, if we ask any thing according to his will,

he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us,

whatsoever we ask,

we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

1John 5: 13-15.

The word gives us to understand Jesus’ heart, what His heart is set on.

“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost…

Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven,

that one of these little ones should perish.”

Matt. 18:11,14.

“Jesus saith unto them,

My meat is to do the will of him that sent me,

and to finish his work.”

John 4:34

“I have glorified thee on the earth:

I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”

John 17:4.

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

It is finished:

and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19: 30.

We are admonished:

“If ye then be risen with Christ,

seek those things which are above,

where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above,

not on things of the earth.”

Col. 3:1,2.

“But seek ye first

the kingdom of God and his righteousness:

and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matt. 6:33.

Do you want to be blessed of God, receiving His highest good for you? Seek…covet, desire diligently with perseverance, in His word to know and do it. There you find happiness that doesn’t fade in the trials or sad times of life. It’s not always a smile on your face but it is a smile in your heart. For you know God is working His best in your life.

How has God blessed you this week?


*Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, and the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible were used as reference tools.

Holy Unto the Lord

DSCF0006“But as he which hath called you is holy;

so be ye holy in all manner of conversation:

Because it is written, Be ye holy;

for I am holy.”

1Peter 1: 15-16

The Lord spoke through Haggai to priests about the laws of holiness. He asked them if one is holy touches someone/thing unclean will that one become holy. The answer, “No.” He then asked if someone unclean touches another will it make that one unclean. The answer, “Yes.”

The coronavirus may not be a perfect example of this law of clean & unclean but it comes close. If, for instance, you are healthy free from the virus, can you touch someone infected with the virus and make her well? Of course, not. By the same token if the one sick with the virus touches you, will you be made sick? Very probably.

The seed of sin dwells in the flesh and easily influences others in that direction through words and the inclination of the flesh to feed on its desires. 1John 2: 16 explains the natural virus dwelling in us from birth.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

The flesh must die for it is unclean. The unclean cannot touch that which is holy. The unclean has passed death to us all. Paul tells us,

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…For the wages of sin is death.” Rom. 5:12; 6:23a.

If the truth ended here, all would be left hopeless. The unclean can’t cleanse the unclean. There would be no place for us to be obedient to the Lord’s command to be holy. But the truth doesn’t end here. Only One who has never tasted in himself the sickness of sin can overcome the virus of sin that leads to death. Christ is that One. There was no blemish of sin found in Him.

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation  received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1Pet. 1:18,19.

“For he hath made min to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2Cor. 5: 21

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one: much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ…For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Rom. 5:17,19”

Paul explains in Romans 6 how the flesh dies to find life. We must be vaccinated with the death of Christ, join Him in death.

“Know ye not,

that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ

were baptized into his death?

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:

that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,

even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,

we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection;

Knowing this,

that our old man is crucified with him,

that the body of sin might be destroyed,

that henceforth we should not serve sin.

For he that is dead is freed from sin…

For the wages of sin is death;

but the gift of God is eternal life

through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Rom 6: 3-7, 23.

Sin’s power over us is death. Jesus Christ, the sinless one, became our sin, took our death, and gave us life. He raised us from the dead even as the Father raised Him. His offering was and is acceptable. He has made us holy before the Father, enabling us to walk in holiness. This is our standing before God as we walk this earth with Christ.

Now it is time to learn to walk in this calling of holiness that is ours.

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,

beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation

wherewith ye are called”

Eph. 4: 1

Now by the blood of Christ you are ready to heed Paul’s exhortation in Rom. 12:1, 2.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren,

by the mercies of God,

that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,

holy, acceptable unto God,

which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world (in its sin), but be ye transformed (into the holy image of Christ) by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

(The parenthesis added by author.)

The people hearing Haggai’s message to consider their ways, excused themselves by saying it wasn’t the right time to tend to the Lord’s house. It didn’t hold water then and it won’t today. We, His followers, are His temple. May we keep building it in holiness to the glory of the Father.

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth

through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren,

see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again,

not of corruptible seed,

but of incorruptible,

by the word of God,

which liveth and abideth for ever: 

For all flesh is a s grass,

and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.

The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

But the word of the lord endureth for ever.

And this is the word which

by the gospel is preached unto you.”

1Peter 1: 22-25.

You only have this moment. What will you do with it?

Purpose in Prayer

blogpraise-1154566__340“Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer;

and attend to the voice of my supplications.”

 Ps. 86:6

Prayer is mentioned 132 times in the Bible (KJV). Pray and its verb conjugations are mentioned 269 times(NIV Concordance). God’s word puts great importance on prayer. Multiple books adorn bookshelves on the subject. E. M. Bounds writes in his book on prayer that it is what moves the hand of God. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. We are told several times to be:

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints:” Eph. 6:18.

What is the purpose of prayer? God already knows what we need, yet He says:

“Ask,

And it shall be given you:

Seek,

And ye shall find:

Knock,

And it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh

receiveth;

and he that seeketh

 findeth;

and to him that knocketh

it shall be opened.”

 Matt. 7:7-8

I don’t pretend to know the answers to prayer’s purpose. But I do offer some thoughts from the above verses.

“Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer;

and attend to the voice of my supplications.”

 Ps. 86:6

Prayer provides us with God’s ear. All we need do is ask and He listens and promises to give ear to our need.

“Ask and it shall be given.” It doesn’t matter the need or the reason we come. In time of need He says,

“Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb. 4:16.

Then there are those times prayer provides an avenue of worship and praise as we remember His goodness and return a blessing to Him.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;

who health all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;

who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;

so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Ps. 103:1-5.

Prayer provides a place to seek the will of God. He promises we will find it.

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire

that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will

in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” Col. 1:9

“He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying,

O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me except I drink it,

thy will be done.”Matt. 26:42

“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” Ps. 143: 10.

Prayer proves our persistence when the answer remains unseen. Our heavenly Father tells us to knock and He will open. He will reveal Himself when faith meets sight in prayer and gives us understanding. He will open to us when we knock. Just keep knocking; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

“In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled…

Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground and I became dumb…

Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me…

Then said he…I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth.” Daniel 10: 2,3, 12-15, 18,21.

“Ask with confidence and humility. Seek with care and application. Knock with earnestness and perseverance.” (Clark as quoted by David Guzik). God will open your eyes of understanding through His word of truth.

Prayer’s purpose brings His children into the realm of the spirit world opening our eyes to the work and wonder of our God. Our heavenly Father grants us the privilege of entering the holy of holies with Him to ask, seek, and knock to know Him and to make Him known.

“Having therefore, brethren,

boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus ,

by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us,

through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

And having an high priest over the house of God:

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,

having our hearts sprinkled from and evil conscience,

and our bodies washed with pure water.” Heb. 10: 19-22.

 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that,

if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask,

we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1John 5:14-15.

If this is your confidence, Let us pray and not faint.

“And he spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1.

 

 

Take Heed

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 “And he (Jesus) charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.” Mark 8:15.

The aroma of fresh baked bread fills the house. The bread’s golden crust beckons the hungry stomach to be eaten. But the bread is not all it seems to be. Hiding deep within lurks the leaven, the yeast. This puffs up the bread tempting the taste buds. I like homemade yeast breads.The only problem with it comes after I’ve eaten it. The yeast in the bread gives me hiccups every time. The bread is filled with hot air.

Even so, the Pharisees and Herod were filled with hot air. We’ll include the Sadducees for Jesus did. Each had one ingredient common to all but displayed in different ways…Pride.

Sadducees:

Concerning them Jesus said,
“…beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” Matt. 16:16.

Because this scripture’s context echoes that of Mark 8, some believe Herod was a Sadducee.

This religious sect of Jesus’ day accepted only the written law, refusing the oral law passed down. They did not believe in the resurrection of the dead or future rewards or punishments. This point of the resurrection they raised with Jesus in Mark 12. The hope of entrapping Jesus was about the only thing the Sadducees and Pharisees agreed upon.

“Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed…And the second…And the third…And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.”

Jesus’ Answer:

“Do ye not therefore err, because he know not the scriptures, neither the power of God.”

Jesus further refuted their error using the written law of Moses as He explained God …

“is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.”

For Us:

  • Take heed, beware of false teaching.

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:

whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not….These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.” 2 Pet. 2: 1-3, 17.

What are we to do?

  • Study the word. Try the spirits.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2Tim. 2:15

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4: 6

Pharisees:

Concerning them Jesus said, (He actually said more than I can put here but I believe this sums it up.)

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” Matt. 23: 27-28.

“…Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written,

This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Howbeit in vain do they worship me; teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Mark 7: 6-7

They proudly pranced in their fine garments declaring the traditions of men above the law of God. The same traditions they proclaimed they circumvented, preaching one thing and practicing another. They believed in purity and the letter of the law. To produce their own righteousness they adopted the traditions of the elders to prove their purity. They remained blind to the truth.

For Us:

  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees…

“…which is hypocrisy.” Luke 12: 1

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.” John 8:31.

“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” John 12:26.

“A new commandment I give unto you,

That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13: 34-35.

“Jesus said unto him,

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Matt. 22: 37.

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24.

What are we to do?

  • Follow Jesus, His example.
  • Love one another.
  • Love God.
  • Give him truth in worship. Begin here:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Rom. 12:1.

“Saying with a loud voice,

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying,

Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” Rev. 5: 12-13.

Herod:

He enjoyed listening to John the Baptist. Yet, executed him because he wanted to impress  and please those around him. He desired to see Jesus perform some miracle.

Jesus said this to Herod:

“And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.” Luke 23: 8-9.

John wrote this description of those like Herod.

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1John 2: 16

In regards to the leaven of Herod, Jesus spoke this to His disciples;

“But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them,

Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you…” Mark 10: 42

For Us:

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him.” 1John 2:15.

“…but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10: 43-45

 “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said,

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 18: 1-4

 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Submit yourselves therefore to God.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from  you.

Draw night to God, and he will draw night to your.

Cleanse your hands, he sinners: and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4: 6-10

What are we to do?

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth:

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,

among whom ye shine as lights in the world: Holding forth the word of life;

that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.” Phil. 2: 10-18

Finally:

“And he (Jesus) charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.” Mark 8:15.

Answering Faith

blogheart-2028062__340“Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have not faith?” Mark 4:40

What faith a person has or has not comes down to a heart problem within the individual, whether a believer or a nonbeliever. This heart problem affects our sight, hearing, and mind.

“Why reason ye, because ye have no bread?

Perceive ye not yet, neither understand?

Have ye your heart yet hardened?

Having eyes, see ye not?

And having ears, hear ye not?

And do ye not remember?

When I brake the five loaves among five thousand,

how many baskets full of fragments took ye up…

And he said unto them,

How is it that ye do not understand?” Mark 8:17-19,21

In scripture the heart when speaking of the inner person represents the emotion, thought, understanding…all the person really is and not necessarily what is seen or heard of the person. Jeremiah describes the heart seeded with sin.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” 17:9.

David in Psalm 14 adds this:

“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

Paul echoed David’s Psalm in Romans 3 when he asked:

“What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin:

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

There is not one that understandeth,

there is none that seeketh after God.”

By birth into this world, all are born with a heart problem. The heart carries the seed of sin. Sin comes naturally to each one of us. The only way to remove this seed is through transplanting the heart carrying sin with one filled with the seed of faith leading to holiness. This faith is a gift of God’s grace.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith;

and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

Eph. 2:8

Ezekiel’s word to Israel is also a word for all:

“A new heart also will I give you,

and a new spirit will I put within you:

and I will take away the stoney heart out of your flesh,

and I will give you an heart of flesh.

And I will put my spirit within you,

and cause you to walk in my statutes,

and ye shall be my people,

and I will be your God.” Ezek. 36:26,27

Paul in Romans 10 tells us how this operation occurs.

“But what saith it?

The word is night thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:

that is the word of faith, which we preach;

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart

that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness,

and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord

shall be saved.” Rom. 10:8-10,13.

Faith is born, given as a gift of God. Where does the stumbling block come in? Here I will handle my thoughts and at the end I have included a few of my fellow bloggers comments. For my full list of possibilities check out, “Friday’s Thoughts”.

A couple bloggers mentioned one I failed to list but do believe is the seed of sin we are born with…Pride. Pride not humbled hardens the heart and hinders the understanding. Pride says as the fool, “there is no God”. Disbelief breeds more disbelief hardening the heart. The hardened heart is filled with,

“…all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life…” I John 2:16.

The flesh craves its pleasure. The eyes see only what they want. And the pride says I’ll get it my way.

The wisdom of God is foolishness to the natural, unregenerate heart. It cannot understand the things of God.

“For the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1Cor. 2: 14.

Even the heart that has been born again by the righteousness of Christ is given to spells of heart problems. That is why we see Christ upbraiding His disciples. Their lack of faith came from a lack of understanding.

“And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?”

Understanding is ours to be had.

Ask:

“…ye have not, because ye ask not…” James 4:2

“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe;

help thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:24.

Grow & Know:

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” 2Pet. 3:18.

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;

that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

may be able to comprehend with all saints

what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height:

and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge,

that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

Eph. 3:17-19.

“…that ye might be filled with knowledge of his will

in all wisdom, and spiritual understanding

that ye might walk worthy of the Lord

unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, 

and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Col. 1: 9,10.

Remember:

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6.

The new heart comes with a seed of faith through God’s grace. By His grace it will one day blossom into sight. Until then keep on keeping on. God always completes His word. For He is His word. When doubt seeks to weaken our heart of faith go to the One whose, “…grace is sufficient.”   He is the strength of our faith.


 From, Friday’s Thoughts:

Here a few responses to “Friday’s Thoughts”.  Thank you to each who took time to share their understanding.

Sue Love, cfservant.wordpress.com

so the three – pride, control, and sinful habits – all work together to keep people from true believing faith in Jesus Christ.

So, Satan devised a plan to conquer that. Yes, Satan! He made a way for people to “believe” in Jesus and to not have to yield control or give up their pride or have to let go of their sinful lifestyles.

thankful~by.lily

thankfulbylily.wordpress.com

My thoughts; lack of understanding the Word of God and pride for the unbeliever in my experience to name a couple. The ones you listed as well. Much blessings

Sonrisa (Crissy)

livingbyfaithtravel.wordpress.com

My personal experience with the unbeliever without a religious background is their unwillingness to face the fact of their sinfulness. The unbeliever with a religious background their feelings and experiences convinces them that they have the truth and for the Christian not knowing who their God truly is .
T.R. Noble

nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com

I think ultimately self is the core for any road block. We want to rely in what WE know be it pain, pride, experience, knowledge, etc. But the situation definitely can be different.

Answers to Ponder About Peter

bloglove-699480_960_720Your spirit fills with hope. You’ve seen and heard the word of God. His answer resides in your heart. Your mind imagines what the realization of the answer will look like. Then it enters in sight. Confusion sneaks in where faith resided. Reality doesn’t agree with the images your mind created. Understanding doesn’t fit with circumstances. Here stands Peter when Jesus rebukes him:

“Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.” Mark 8:33.

Peter’s lack of understanding who Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God is, caused him to see only what he knew he wanted. What Peter wanted Daniel saw. It just couldn’t be yet.

“I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom,

that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:

his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,

and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Dan. 7:13-14

Jesus’ rebuke echoes words spoken to the devil in the days of His temptation. For through Peter Satan offered it yet again.

“Again, the devil taketh him up into exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written,

THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD,

AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE.” Matt. 4:8-10.

The kingdoms would return to Christ but not in this way or at this time.

“And the seventh angel sounded;

and there were great voices in heaven, saying,

THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD

ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS

OF OUR LORD, AND OF HIS CHRIST;

AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER.” Rev. 11:15.

Jesus’ explanation to the two on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection resonates with Peter’s lack.

“Then he said unto them, o fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” Luke 24:25-26

Peter, along with all of Israel, waited for the King to come deliver them from their enemies. God sent a Lamb to deliver them from their greatest enemy, death.

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,

Behold that Lamb of God,

which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth:

he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,

so he openeth not his mouth.” Isa. 53:7

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Heb. 2:14-15.

Peter, so much like us, couldn’t see past today’s pain with its trials. He saw physical deliverance…and it will come. Before physical deliverance is fully realized, spiritual deliverance must take place. The Son of Man had to suffer before receiving the fulness of His glory.

 “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; 

and unto them that look for him shall he appear

the second time without sin unto salvation.” Heb. 9:28

“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands:

Saying with a loud voice,

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,

and strength, and honour,

and glory, and blessing.” Rev. 4:11,12

“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,

KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Rev. 19:16

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,

and given him a name which is above every name:

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:9-11


Sharing my short testimony: The longer version is found in the scriptures above.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is my Lamb of God, who took my sin upon Him and is worthy of praise.

He is my coming King who reigns forever and is worthy of worship.

Thank you to:

Diana (Fille de Dieu) at lapetitemuse.wordpress.com

For sharing her thoughts and her testimony. I’ve included her testimony here. Visit my blog, “Questions to Ponder,” for her thoughtful answer. And, if you don’t already follow her blog, be sure to stop by for a visit.

“The last question is in my drafts for a future thought on my blog, but Jesus is the true King of Kings and the reason why we’re ‘alive’ today.”


Please feel free to leave your confession of Christ, giving glory to God.

Answering Our Responsibility…And Privilege

cross-sunset-sunrise-hill-70847.jpeg“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost…

It was and is His work of salvation.

Son of man is come…

               “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT, BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME:” Heb. 10:5

 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minster, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45.

…to save that which was lost…

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying…

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt sure die…

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that is was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her;

and he did eat.” Gen. 2: 16,17; 3: 6

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned;” Rom. 5:12

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,

he also himself likewise took part of the same;

that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death,

that is, the devil;

And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Heb. 2:14-15.

What was lost? Simply, our eternal life with God died the day Adam took the fruit. Sin placed all mankind under eternal death, existence apart from God.  Jesus came to save us from that plight.         

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one: much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Rom. 5:17.

“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Rom. 5:9-10

“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said…” Matt. 28: 5-6

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”                        

Jesus delivered us from the judgment of eternal death by his own sinless life and death.  His death delivered the payment for our sin. His resurrection as David Guzik, put it, “is our receipt.” His death and resurrection saved us from eternal death and delivered us to eternal life with Him.

Yes, Jesus came to seek and to save the Lost. He is the only One by whom we receive eternal life with Him. If we can’t save others, and we can’t, what are we to do?

“But ye are a chosen generation…

Proclaim His praises for the Gospel given:

…a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” 1Peter 2:9

“Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,

that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ:

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,

which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God who created all things by Jesus Christ:

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.” Eph. 3:7-10.

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,

beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” Eph. 4:1

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” ICor. 1:18.

“Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him:” Acts 28: 31.

Preach the gospel in word and deed. You’re not a preacher? No worries. Christ in you is and He will do the talking for you and empower you to do the word. Yours is simply to offer yourself to Him.

“But ye are a royal priesthood…

“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, and holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1 Pet. 2:5.

 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel;

For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought.” Eph. 6: 18-20.

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Withal praying also for us,

that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:” Col 4:2-3.

“Finally, brethren, pray for us,

that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you;” 2Thess. 3:1.              

What can we do for the lost?

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2Tim. 4:2

Pray for the lost by praying for those proclaiming the gospel.

“Pray without ceasing.” 1Thess. 5:17.     

Persevere in proclaiming and praying.

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint:” Luke 18:1


All this was stated simply by fellow blogger, Becoming His Tapestry.

“We cannot save anyone, but it is definitely our responsibility to live life that draw people to the Lord and we have also been tasked with the job of telling others of our great Savior.”

That’s the long and short of it. The next question, which I can only answer for myself, is, “What are we going to do with what we have heard?”

              

 

 

 

Answering Then & Now

 How can the Church experience revival again, or can it?

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron…1Tim. 4: 1,2

…evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2Tim. 3:13

DSCF4224Is revival something we want? Before answering, consider the cost, the work of revival that must take place in the hearts of the body of Christ.

*Warren Richards, wcr281.wordpress.com, offered the following reply:

“With God, all things are possible, even Revival in the church! But first, hearts have to be WIDE OPEN, to truly receive… the Revaluation! Then, and now, God is still moving… even if our hearts can’t see!”

Revival comes about as a work of faith in the hearts of men and women moved by God to pray. Yes, many are departing from the faith of Jesus Christ for faith in seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, going from bad to worse as their consciences are being seared over with the branding iron of deception. But…

“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7-8.

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” 2Chron. 16:9

The Lord looks for those who desire Him to intrude into their lives; those who love Him with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. So He can interject His blessings into their lives. He is looking for men and women of faith who are like the woman in the parable of the unjust judge. She didn’t quit until she got the desire of her heart. The scripture says Jesus told this parable, “…to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1.

In other words, don’t give up when the answer doesn’t come in a moment. If revival is something worth having it is worth waiting and working for. We are not working alone. The Lord has invited us to join Him in His work through our prayers.  There is reward. He is answering. Our hearts may not see what God is doing but our eyes of faith see the work as already done. Keep praying.

  • “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
  • Commit thy way unto the LORD;
  • trust also in him;
  • and he shall bring it to pass…Ps. 37: 4-5;

And this is the confidence we have in him, that,

  • if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
  • And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask,
  • we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1John 5:14,15.

We can’t get to the work until we get out of bed.

The Lord calls to His church,

“That knowing the time ,

that now is high time to awake out of sleep:

for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand:

  • let us therefore cast off the works of darkness,
  • and let us put on the armour of light.
  • Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
  • But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Rom. 13 11-4.

“Wherefore he saith,

AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST,

AND ARISE FROM THE DEAD,

AND CHRIST SHALL GIVE THEE LIGHT. “ Eph. 5: 14.

“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” 1Cor. 15:34.

In Daniel 12: 2-3, the one speaking with him speaks of the resurrection at the end of time, but hear his words of promise.

“And many of them

that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,

some to everlasting life,

and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

And they that be wise

shall shine as the brightness of the firmament:

and they that turn many to righteousness

as the stars for ever and ever.”

Not only is revival possible today. It is happening today. How do I know? God has brought revival to my heart.

Revive- “to flourish anew, to live again, to regain life” (Vines Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words).

Is your spirit parched, hungry, lifeless? Let revival begin one person at a time. Soon the glory of the Lord will be seen among us. “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE THAT SHALL COME WILL COME, AND WILL NOT TARRY.” Heb. 10:37.

DSCF1514“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.

And let him that heareth say, Come.

And let him that is athirst come.

And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:17

If you want revival, you can have it. Ask, seek, and knock. You will receive, find, and have it opened unto you. After all we are the church of Jesus Christ.


*Warren Richards wrote the blog, “The Dance, Around the Question”, I posted a few days ago. Be sure to stop by his site. You will be blessed.