“Fearfully, Wonderfully, &… Strategically”

“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth  our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered.

And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is in the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 

And we know that all things work together for the good of them that love God, and are the called according to his purpose.

For whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also calledthem he also justified; and whom he justifiedthem he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things?

If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 

Who shall lay any thing to the charge (against) of God’s elect? It is God  that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written, FOR THY SAKES, WE ARE KILLED ALL THE DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through that loved us.

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, ,nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to seperate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.“Romans 8:24-39

That is probably very familiar scripture, but sometimes we need to be reminded of the basic Gospel. Sermons we hear and then are replaced by thoughts and words of other sermons over time.

My daughter, like most kids, when she was little, loved Pooh Bear,of course she is all grown up now, but being a parent I still have a pretty good memory of lines from her favorite repeatedly watched cartoons, I actually still remember lines from shows that my niece was fascinated with, it just kinda gets stuck in our heads, but anyway of the cutest from Pooh was when they were on a great adventure and Tigger in rambunctious Tigger fashion pipes up and says, “You have to remind your remember-er” and cartoon or not, that is actually quite true.

The distance between the earthly realm and the heavenly realm can sometimes seem so vast that we can “forget” what we once knew so well.

When we are saved and everything is new and beautiful, freshly washed from sin and the newness of Christ shining brightly in our hearts, souls, and minds can over a period of time be overshadowed by the cares and troubles of this world, just as Jesus said in the parable of the seeds.

We can find ourselves questioning everything and I even imagine that when Paul wrote that, he had been through that battle himself, probably more than once, as he was imprisoned more often than he was free, as we know because of his refusal to stop preaching Christ and preach he did.

His life was a testimony of God changing the heart of he who once was the greatest persecutor of the first church to becoming one of the church’s greatest leaders that had ever been or would ever be.

And the fact that everyday, probably innumerable times a day, some of us quote or study, or share the words Paul wrote while in those dark places of his life is such a testament to not only the sovereignty of God over the plans he had for the life of Paul, but the sovereignty over the plans he has for all the lives he has created.

Maybe you feel today, like “Well, that was Paul.”, No, that was Paul, but that was also all Christ’s disciples, that was you, that was me, that is every human being God sends to this earth.

We ALL have a purpose, we all have a divine appointment, an appointment to accept Jesus and to know him in his resurrected glory and power working in us and in our lives, whether or not we keep that appointment is completely up to us.

And if we have not accepted Christ we can’t lay claim to the promises of the Bible because without repentance there is no forgiveness of sins, doesn’t mean that God does not have a beautiful plan for your life, just means that you choose follow your own plan and forgo the blessings and fellowship of your Creator, but you still exist because he created you whether you choose to acknowledge that or not.

And if you have chosen God and life is getting the way of your happiness with sorrow, sadness, or uncertainty, please don’t think for a second that it changes in any way, God sovereignty over your life or his plans for you.

That is why he had us given the beautiful words above, saying, surely these things come, but they will never separate you from him or from the love he has for you.

You were fearfully and wonderfully created, as all things are and were created for him and by him and for his pleasure, scripture tells us this quite clearly and your life is precious to him and your life. even though you may not feel it now, is very important to others and as the called of God, you  may feel that the best of life has passed by or there is nothing left to be had, but our thoughts are not God’s thoughts and his ways are not our ways. you may not have even yet began the journey he sent you here for.

You are here at this time, in this season, by divine will and following him, and surrendering to him, you will be strategically placed exactly where you were created to be for whatever purpose you were created for.

So don’t give up, keep pressing on, remembering that he will work it all for your good and don’t settle for anything less than God’s best for your life.

And if you have been believing for something and it has not come to pass yet or if you have a special promise in your heart from God that you are waiting on and your beginning to feel like if it hasn’t happened by now, it’s never gonna happen, read the stories of Abraham and Noah, and remember how long that the Hebrews waited for deliverance ,time is a condition only us humans have, God forever keeps his promises as long as we keep ourselves in him.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil (calamity)to give you an expected end (a future and a hope).” Jeremiah 29:11

That is his promise to his children and that promise is to you!

Have a blessed week! Praying God’s encouragement and peace will be yours!

Φλογιζω NBJ 2021/ Rev. Nina Brown Johnson

 

“Nothing to prove”

“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre (going to the tomb).

So they ran both together; and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying: yet went he not in.

Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie.

And the napkin, that was about his head (the face cloth that had been over Jesus’ face), not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together (folded) in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

For as yet, they knew (understood) not the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 

Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

But Mary stood without (outside) at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre.

And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

And they said unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing there, but she knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou hast borne him hence (carried him away),tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 

Jesus saith unto her, Mary, she turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master (teacher). 

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

And when he had so said, he shewed (showed) unto them his hands and his side, Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you; as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost;

Whose soever sins ye remit (forgive), they are remitted (forgiven) unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. 

But, Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was NOT with them with Jesus come. 

The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and out my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

And after eight days again his disciples were within (inside), and Thomas with them; then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 

Then said he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless (unbelieving) but believing. 

And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed. 

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through (in) his name.” John 20 1-31

I love that last verse! “But” these are written… so we can have the choice to believe the Bible accounts and that we can have that choice to accept eternal life, simply by choosing to believe for ourselves, that Jesus was indeed born as a man on this earth to a virgin mother, led a completely sinless life, while subjected to all the traps and snares of this world, even more so than us, and yet without committing one sin.

Something no human can do, and Jesus was constantly bombarded by those demanding that he “prove” himself to them, even as he was suffering, dying, on the cross, they still demanded, “IF you are the Son of God, come down” and so many today have quite the same attitude when they chose to not accept salvation, it is often said, “Well, when God calls I will get saved,”

Bad idea, because God already called, the very first time any of heard the name of Jesus and the message of salvation, we were called and every single say he allows us on this earth that we are aware of the teachings of Christ, we are still being extended that invitation to eternal life.

And when we give all the excuses and somehow think he should chase us down and beg us to serve him, we are not interested in serving God out of love and worship of him, we are in reality acting just like the Pharisees and Jews when they demanded proof of who he was and is, and God answers to no one.

Thomas, poor Thomas, even today, his name is still associated with disbelief, as we refer to perpetually skeptical people as “Doubting Thomases” and doubt often comes from the enemy because he does not want you to believe, and mix that up with human rebellion, people often spend their whole life in misery, looking for happiness, peace, and the meaning of life, searching for “something” while refusing to accept the very thing they seek because they want it on their terms.

Jesus also enlightening us to our blessed state, as he told Thomas, we are blessed because even though we have never saw the Lord, was not present at his crucifixion, never walked Jerusalem with him, did not watch him cast out devils, heal the sick, give sight to the blind, or raise the dead, we still believe, we have chosen to believe and  in that we are blessed.

Once we chose to believe, even when we have not seen him or touched his nail scarred hands or saw the marks from the crown of thorns, we know he is there and we know he lives and we know because he lives, that he lives forever and because he lives, as the Bible tells us, so shall we.

Even though we did not see firsthand all his miracles while he walked earth, we can see the miracles he sends today and we can one day see the resurrection, the resurrection of all who have died in him, as those who are “asleep” in God will be gathered together with him in that glorious day.

This scripture was not originally part of this post, but as I write, it is on my heart, to share this, one more time, 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18:

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first;

Then they which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to MEET the Lord in the air; and so we shall ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

This is the hope, this is one of those many blessings that we are given, the promise that living on this earth, remaining faithful to the Lord, or dying, being buried, cremated, or even, heaven forbid, something so cataphoric that there isn’t anything even left of our earthly bodies, still God will repair and raise those bodies back up.

And you notice in the accounts of Pharisees’ and those of that day, constantly demanding that “proof” of Jesus, and Jesus had nothing to prove to them, but yet when Mary wept, so distraught that she just answered the angels when they asked why she cried, even though they sat positioned as those that adorned the mercy seat, as this was a complete mirror, and yet, she never questioned any of it, she was so distraught and devastated and someone once asked why did he come to her first, and in my mind, like a kid at school, raising their hand, shouting, “I know! I know!”, I do know and many of you do too, and the person asking knew, they just, I believe, wanted people to really, really think about this, she needed him the most.

They were all traumatized, devastated, and their lives turned upside down, going from walking with the one who walked on water to being in total horror, hiding as they knew those who killed Jesus could come at any moment to take their lives also.

And such a dependence on him, and rightfully so, but where would they turn when the one that they had turned to was, in their grief stricken minds, now gone forever.

And while the others hid, Mary sought, she thought nothing of the soldiers, or nothing of the Priests, or the impending doom and death that could have very easily beset her, all that was going on in her mind is that his body was gone and she loved him, adored him, and was determined to find him.

And he came to her.

As we are promised, we will find him, when we seek him with our whole heart.

But this world, and especially the Great Babylon, that demands “proof” of his existence and “proof” of his return, do not seek him, they only use the need of “proof” to excuse their disbelief, thereby in their thoughts, excusing them from adhering to his commands that were given to all mankind, but as we know, there will be no excuses, either we believe or we don’t.

He will bless belief by revealing himself but he will never “prove” himself to appease unbelief.

He has nothing to prove, he is God and he does as he chooses and if we refuse to accept his death and resurrection as the sacrifice for our sins, then we can certainly not blame anyone other than ourselves.

Believe or not, as the old saying goes, one day he will make “believers” of us all, even those whos refuse to repent will still know and see him with their own eyes, and for many, that day will be too late.

So today, if you love him, seek him all the more, as the world grows colder and more belligerent, let your love and devotion to him grow that much stronger, the greater their denial let your proclamation sound louder, be like Mary, she didn’t care that the disciples thought she was insane and refused to believe her report, she didn’t care who was at the tomb, she didn’t care how far she had to go or how she would get there, all she knew is that she had to find her Lord, and that is all we need to remember in these last days, it wasn’t about him and the disciples, or him and the Pharisees, or what the Priests, Pilate, or anyone else thought, said or did, it was all about her and her relationship with him and she was beyond blessed for that.

Love & Peace till next time, thanks for reading!

Φλογιζω NBJ 2021/ Reverend Nina Brown Johnson

 

 

 

Smoke Rising

“And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon (DESTRUCTION) but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon (DESTROYER).” Revelation 9:11  

How much hatred are we witnessing at the moment? We are now fighting, killing, hurting each other for NOTHING more than political VIEWS and PERSONAL choices and there is the secret.. VIEWS and CHOICES, and ALL under the umbrella of PEACE and free speech and rights and yet in those “peaceful” protests, things become nasty, and things become deadly and tempers flare fast becoming fury, whose fiery fuel now ignites what were once dying coals of hatred and prejudice and the smoke of his soon rising bellows up out of that pit.

The greatest deception of all is that any of this is in the name of peace.

There are groups I especially detest.. with an absolute passion, ones who think they they are “supreme” and groups who feel that somehow they are superior to any other living being, they learn that hate and it is passed on from generation to generation and the spread like the disease that hatred truly is.

BUT I understand that the line between assertion and aggression is a line rarely negotiated well by humans and a line that without divine guidance, and direction will lead to DESTRUCTION.

We have crossed the line as society in saying that we want peace and we want our rights respected, and even DEMAND that, but we can not demand respect and we can never force anyone to agree with us or change their heart of hate, only God can do that and once we are met, not with an understanding compassion for our views, but rather met with hatred and violence and counter-protest, no matter the subject, then that rejection to our demanded rights will only intensify and breed MORE hatred.

And that is EXACTLY what the enemy wants, that is the precise design of plan.

This teaching SHOULD apply to everyone, Christian or not, Jesus said in part of His teaching in Matthew 7:6 …..Cast not your pearls before swine, lest thy trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you and what that means is precious things and things of wisdom and if you throw them out in front of a brute beast who has no caring about them OR their worth, all that will happen is those pearls will be trampled, driven into the mud by their rushing hooves and then they will attack you.

They DON’T suddenly have a change of heart or see a different point of view, they still only trample, tear, and DESTROY.

This verse cross references to Proverbs 9:7,8: “He that reproveth a scorner (scoffer) getteth to HIMSELF shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot ( ONLY HARMS HIMSELF)

Reprove NOT a scorner, lest HE HATE THEE:

Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”

As you see if we try to change the thinking of someone who is dead set in those thoughts and have no DESIRE to change because they think that they are right and everyone else is the problem, they will only hate us and attack us further.

ONLY someone who is ALREADY wise can be reasoned with and no amount of reasoning is going to take place in the middle of a riot with mob mentality because you can not separate people long enough to ever discern WHO may be open to a different view.

And I can guarantee you that no changes are going to take place in the minds of those already angry and belligerent, this is why “anger RESTS in the bosom of fools”, anger makes us crazy, and it makes us do and say things we may not otherwise, therefore allowing IT to make “fools” of us.

And when we allow the hate and wickedness of others to spew out onto us in turn CAUSING us to equally HATE them, that destruction is par for the course and satan is a mastermind at taking something in the name of justice and using it to produce the SAME effect in people whose hearts were ONCE in the right place.

But HATE IS HATE, WHETHER WE HAVE A “RIGHT” TO HATE OR NOT.

At the end of the day it is still the same emotion and it still leads to destruction for everyone involved. no matter whose side they are or were on.

Ephesians 2:2,3: “Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course (age) of his world, ACCORDING TO THE POWER OF THE PRINCE OF THE AIR, the SPIRIT that NOW WORKETH  IN (works through) THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE: (Children referring NOT to actual children, but those who belong to, or “born” of disobedience to God’s word)

Among whom also we ALL HAD our conversation (conducted ourselves) in TIMES PAST in the lusts of our flesh and OF THE MIND: and were BY NATURE children of WRATH, EVEN as others.” 

The prince of the air he is referring to, that works in all this hate IS the same old devil, that Jesus told us, without doubt came only to DESTROY. 

And we are doing the job for him and maybe we need to take stock as humans, so we really have to ALWAYS be right?

Are our views the ONLY views? Are there things we say that we really don’t have to say? There are times to stand, but there are also times we can fall into the trap of “lusts”, desires of OUR MIND to be right, and even when we ARE right we still need God’s word as guidance:

Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.

Point blank, children of God or children of disobedience and wrath (anger) but we ARE the children of “who”, better thought of as “what” we yield ourselves to and what we have allowed to be birthed in us and we know that hate is taught.

Babies are born perfectly innocent, perfectly equal, but hate can also be spawned by becoming a little to “close” to what we view as hate in others.

Deadly territory  and well worth guarding yourself against. God will reign victorious and until His return there will be no peace on this earth, but you can have peace through Him in your life. 

You can do much more good by using that peace and PRAYING for the compassion of the “haters’ to be stirred and that God would open their eyes to truth, than you can ever do by exchanging angry words with them, because all this is accomplishing is ushering in what WILL be loosed from that pit.

As hatred starts rising from hearts, and minds as  a small puff of black smoke, darkening, and choking as it grows bigger and bigger, forming itself more until it forms wings that will wrap around mankind and this world in the last days darkening hearts, and souls and who do we blame then?

Φλογίζω Σαλπιζω nbj 2017

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Original post: 08/20/2017 Revisited for series 07/28/2019

Smoke Rising

“And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon (DESTRUCTION) but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon (DESTROYER).” Revelation 9:11  

How much hatred are we witnessing at the moment? We are now fighting, killing, hurting each other for NOTHING more than political VIEWS and PERSONAL choices and there is the secret.. VIEWS and CHOICES, and ALL under the umbrella of PEACE and free speech and rights and yet in those “peaceful” protests, things become nasty, and things become deadly and tempers flare fast becoming fury, whose fiery fuel now ignites what were once dying coals of hatred and prejudice and the smoke of his soon rising bellows up out of that pit.

The greatest deception of all is that any of this is in the name of peace. There are groups I especially detest.. with an absolute passion BUT I understand that the line between assertion and aggression is a line rarely negotiated well by humans and a line that without divine guidance, and direction will lead to DESTRUCTION.

We have crossed the line as society in saying that we want peace and we want our rights respected, and even DEMAND that, but we can not demand respect and we can never force anyone to agree with us or change their heart of hate, only God can do that and once we are met, not with an understanding compassion for our views, but rather met with hatred and violence and counter-protest, no matter the subject, then that rejection to our demanded rights will only intensify and breed MORE hatred.

And that is EXACTLY what the enemy wants, that is the precise design of plan. This teaching SHOULD apply to everyone, Christian or not, Jesus said in part of His teaching in Matthew 7:6 …..Cast not your pearls before swine, lest thy trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you and what that means is precious things and things of wisdom and if you throw them out in front of a brute beast who has no caring about them OR their worth, all that will happen is those pearls will be trampled, driven into the mud by their rushing hooves and then they will attack you.

They DON’T suddenly have a change of heart or see a different point of view, they still only trample, tear, and DESTROY.

This verse cross references to Proverbs 9:7,8: “He that reproveth a scorner (scoffer) getteth to HIMSELF shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot ( ONLY HARMS HIMSELF)

Reprove NOT a scorner, lest HE HATE THEE: Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”

As you see if we try to change the thinking of someone who is dead set in those thoughts and have no DESIRE to change because they think that they are right and everyone else is the problem, they will only hate us and attack us further.

ONLY someone who is ALREADY wise can be reasoned with and no amount of reasoning is going to take place in the middle of a riot with mob mentality because you can not separate people long enough to ever discern WHO may be open to a different view.

And I can guarantee you that no changes are going to take place in the minds of those already angry and belligerent, this is why “anger RESTS in the bosom of fools”, anger makes us crazy, and it makes us do and say things we may not otherwise, therefore allowing IT to make “fools” of us.

And when we allow the hate and wickedness of others to spew out onto us in turn CAUSING us to equally HATE them, that destruction is par for the course and satan is a mastermind at taking something in the name of justice and using it to produce the SAME effect in people whose hearts were ONCE in the right place.

But HATE IS HATE, WHETER WE HAVE A “RIGHT” TO HATE OR NOT.

At the end of the day it is still the same emotion and it still leads to destruction for everyone involved. no matter whose side they are or were on.

Ephesians 2:2,3: “Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course (age) of his world, ACCORDING TO THE POWER OF THE PRINCE OF THE AIR, the SPIRIT that NOW WORKETH  IN (works through) THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE: (Children referring NOT to actual children, but those who belong to, or “born” of disobedience to God’s word)

Among whom also we ALL HAD our conversation (conducted ourselves) in TIMES PAST in the lusts of our flesh and OF THE MIND: and were BY NATURE children of WRATH, EVEN as others.” 

The prince of the air he is referring to, that works in all this hate IS the same old devil, that Jesus told us, without doubt came only to DESTROY. 

And we are doing the job for him and maybe we need to take stock as humans, so we really have to ALWAYS be right?

Are our views the ONLY views? Are there things we say that we really don’t have to say? There are times to stand, but there are also times we can fall into the trap of “lusts”, desires of OUR MIND to be right, and even when we ARE right we still need God’s word as guidance:

Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.

Point blank, children of God or children of disobedience and wrath (anger) but we ARE the children of “who”, better thought of as “what” we yield ourselves to and what we have allowed to be birthed in us and we know that hate is taught.

Babies are born perfectly innocent, perfectly equal, but hate can also be spawned by becoming a little to “close” to what we view as hate in others.

Deadly territory  and well worth guarding yourself against. God will reign victorious and until His return there will be no peace on this earth, but you can have peace through Him in your life. 

You can do much more good by using that peace and PRAYING for the compassion of the “haters’ to be stirred and that God would open their eyes to truth, than you can ever do by exchanging angry words with them, because all this is accomplishing is ushering in what WILL be loosed from that pit.

As hatred starts rising from hearts, and minds as  a small puff of black smoke, darkening, and choking as it grows bigger and bigger, forming itself more until it forms wings that will wrap around mankind and this world in the last days darkening hearts, and souls and who do we blame then?

Φλογίζω Σαλπιζω nbj 2017

Original post: 08/20/2017 Revisited for series 07/28/2019

“DEATH KNELL IN THE DISTANCE”

“And unto the angel (messenger) of the church in Sardis write: THESE things saith he that hath the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, AND ARE DEAD ( but you are dead). BE WATCHFUL, AND STRENGHTEN THE THINGS WHICH REMAIN, THAT ARE READY TO DIE: for I HAVE NOT found thy works perfect (complete) before God. REMEMBER therefore how thou hast received and heard, and REPENT, IF THOU SHALL NOT WATCH, I WILL COME UPON THEE AS A THIEF, AND THOU SHALT NOT KNOW WHAT HOUR I WILL COME UPON THEE. Thou hast a few names (few people) even in Sardis which hath not defiled (stained) their garments; AND THEY SHALL WALK WITH ME IN WHITE: for they are worthy.”

Revelation 3:1-4

What could we possibly answer Him to this? We being a denominational belief system, but going by HIS WORDS this is not even a belief system. It is spiritual church HE CHOSE US as members in. I will not get into denominations for that reason. Jesus addressed this once by saying that He had “Other sheep not of this fold” that He must bring also.

WE make it about denominations and there will be none in heaven (during our short trip there while He accomplishes the win of the Battle of Armageddon. There will be no denominations in New Jerusalem, which will be on this earth, and all believers will be joined there with Him. “In that day His Name shall be one”. But it does matter here.

In Revelation, He sends out encouragements and warnings to the seven churches. Which I believe in the spirit realm can be assigned to denominations. Sardis, interestingly enough translates in Hebrew to “Prince of Joy”. This church has a NAME that it is ALIVE, lively stones, full of joy at the presence of the Lord.  

They would be of the Holiness/ Pentecostal/ Apostolic persuasion. Hard to separate this group because they are so similar. The Holiness believe in being filled with the Holy Ghost and the many manifestations of His presence BUT they have ran into problems with their “holy” becoming a little holier than thou, strict rules on females and stifling dress codes, overbearing dominate male attitudes held by SOME (NOT ALL) have made it something to run from rather than being embraced. Pentecostal, pretty much the same type of worship but with more leniency on women, it has been marred with the running amok of “prophecy” and a belief that we can just speak things, (well, we can speak all we want but a true word from God CANNOT be taught by man and can not come at will) and if something does not come to pass, well that is that and there goes someone’s faith. Apostolic, who hold to the knowledge that Jesus Christ Is God and worship with tongues and hold fast to the Gift of The Holy Ghost but again it also has been tainted by male dominance and extremely strict rules of conduct.  None of these problems should be in ANY of these groups, they should be filled with the joy and presence of the Holy Ghost and walking on sunshine because of having received the greatest of all gifts! And everyone else THINKS these things were just for the Disciples or are private and not to be publicly displayed.

So if you “belong” to one of these groups please listen up. Sardis is often used as a name for a baby boy, you know baby, fresh, brand new start but the fruit of its “parents” before. So this is in Revelation, the end of all ends, we are in the last days so these messages ARE for the last day churches. If any of us saw a baby laying on the ground gasping for breath we would in a heartbeat grab that child and scream for help with everything within us and not stop screaming until help came and that baby was resuscitated, bright eyed and cooing again. But for sake of THE WORLD we ARE willing to let those things God has called us into be thrown to the ground and lie there, gasping for breath on the very verge of death!

Notice that Jesus said “The things which REMAIN” showing us that some things have already died and are now lost. The garments are the robes of righteousness, holiness that have became stained due to giving ourselves to things of this world and FORGETTING WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED OF HIM AND HOW WE HEARD, meaning at the moment of salvation, the moment that we asked God into our hearts, the moment we were filled with the Holy Ghost (not the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Ghost) that is the state that He wants us kept in.

Often as we journey as Christians, it is so easy to go with the flow and be swayed by doctrine other than what He called us into. I am not saying these are wrong but if he called you to be a Pentecostal and you decide you are Baptist or Non Denominational, YOU ARE NOT in your proper station and maybe it is more convenient for you but God will not excuse your absence from the post he has chosen. As he tells us to REPENT, realize what we are doing and STOP doing it and get ourselves back where we are predestined and preordained to be. And if we fail to do so, He will, when we least expect Him, visit us, and the death knell will no longer be in the distance, it will be heard in our very ears.

With the passing generation IT is dying and no one notices, no one cares, no one asks what is wrong with us? Why are we not nurturing these precious gifts of God? Why are we not seeking those old paths of praise and worship? Why are we no longer preaching about Holy Ghost and Fire Baptism?  Why are Heaven and Hell rarely mentioned? Why aren’t we telling the lost that there is so much more, that they can pass from death to life NOW on this earth. That there is  so much more than what they see.

When are WE going to be as they were in the upper room? And put down completely carnal stereotypes of each other and if I hear “men pray for men, women pray for women” one more time I will scream!  If a woman ASKS for ladies only to pray for her, or if a guy specifically ASKS for guys only to pray for him, I can see that, they have personal reasons but when it is a mandate, then obviously someone has a problem with carnality in their thinking that they need to address with the Lord, because these things SHOULD NEVER EVEN BE THOUGHT IN A CHURCH. It IS NOT OUR PRAYERS THAT ARE DOING ANYTHING IT IS THE POWER OF GOD!

The person whom He chooses to come through is up to Him, and that can be ANYONE and sometimes the least person we would expect is the very one God will use to send His anointing through and allow them to pray a prayer of faith over us and send our breakthrough or healing. And He is not going to change His mind because we are uncomfortable with each others gender.

That is another big issue we WANT, We think. We don’t ponder what God wants, and we will receive nothing outside His will and we will lose much with that stubbornness. We are all ONE in the spirit, we are NOT male nor are we female. I guess that would be a fair way to answer a difficult person, maybe it is not that we are female, it is maybe just that one day they will be THE SAME thing WE ARE! And in the spirit world that day has already come! I have even heard of discouraging against seeking your particular gift because “anyone can have any gift”, well that could be, but we are told to neglect not the gift that IS IN US and different callings are given to different ones.

He does what He wants, BUT the church is going to have to start seeking and nurturing these gifts and not be so centered on WHO has what because again it is up to God, not us and He looks upon the heart. We are to be in one mind and one accord praying with one purpose of mind and if we can not do this we MUST overcome these MAN MADE OBSTACLES until we can. We are going to have to decide if we want Him in all His fullness or do we want to “fit” in with the rest of the world. And we “must decrease (our self, our human nature) and HE MUST INCREASE” Be who you are in Christ and seek him and all He has called you to be.

Φλογιζω NBJ 2016