Wednesday, February 3, 2010

an absolute testimony to finding things that were irresistible now detestable

I believe it is appropriate that my Father would lay this on my heart at this time considering what happened tonight. This marks the beginning of a moment of realization within my heart and mind as the Spirit takes hold of each of these things.

There are three things in this world which every human being (with or without Christ) wants according to Chip Ingram: “pleasure (sex), possessions (things), and position (status).” These three things are “of the world” so to speak. Throughout God’s word He speaks numerous times of being in the world and of the world but one thing remains constant, we are called to not be of the world for He told us, “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but I CHOSE YOU OUT OF THE WORLD, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). This scripture speaks so clearly that we are not supposed to be OF THIS WORLD, because we were born to be “out of this world” we were born for a place so filled with majesty, light which is the glory of God, and beauty we were born to worship GOD! We were not born to be a part of this world. But, God knew we would become a part “of this world” and that if He didn’t send His Son to be in this world and to take on the world then none of us could enjoy the true reason for God designing us. If, we take a leap of faith, surrender our complete and total lives not just a bit here or just a bit there but I MEAN EVERYTHING. I mean t.v. facebook, clothes/shopping, money, texting, if we surrender EVERYTHING we will be “hated” by this world. The world will see no point in us being a live because we would be living only for Christ. The world would see us without “anything” (anything they think matters….facebook, t.v. cars cell phones, money, status, etc.) and they would associate us as “nothings.” But if we are called to be hated, if we are called to be reprimanded by many, we can’t forget Jesus says, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated ME FIRST” (John 15:18). If the world hates us because of Jesus Christ then our lives and God’s will is being fulfilled, but if Jesus Christ did not die on the cross for our sins and go through hatred much worse then ours then all of this would be a waste. But, there is no question about this. Jesus Christ came. Have we forgotten this? “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well” (John 15:22). Is this becoming clear? HELLOOOOOOO WE DON’T HAVE AN EXCUSE. Before He came, before He showed us and took on our sins, we had an excuse. But, NOW that our heavenly Father sent his glorious perfect Son into this world to take on our SINS ALL OF OUR SINS, Now that He so graciously and mercifully did this for these people who He desires to love Him, Now that this happened, we ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE. Those who know, those who have tasted in this Heavenly abundantly giving gift, HAVE NO EXCUSE.

“it is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift (belief in: Christ’s death for our sins, our forgiveness = automatic salvation) who have shared in the Holy Spirit (an automatic appearance when we believe in Christ and ask Him to consume our lives), who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away to be brought back to repentance, BECAUSE TO THEIR LOSS THEY ARE CRUCIFYING THE SON OF GOD ALL OVER AGAIN AND SUBJECTING HIM TO PUBLIC DISGRACE” (Hebrews 6:4-6). Obviously this scripture means a lot and has a lot of background to it but basically it makes people wonder if there are superficial “believers” and actual believers. Because, if you have tasted in the heavenly gift, shared in the power of the Holy Spirit, tasted the goodness of the word of God….HOW COULD YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TO SIN OVER AND OVER AGAIN? Now granted, we all have downfalls due to our own sinful “nature” but this increase in the Holy Spirit has a direct effect on the decreasing of myself/world and all of its desires in my life. This absolute manifestation of the Spirit within my mind heart body and soul is an absolute testimony to finding things that were irresistible now detestable. It all is detestable to God, Satan has ruined this world he has taken over minds bodies and souls and he hasn’t stopped, he is continuing to take them over ever single day. That is why if we recognize Jesus Christ’s irreversible act and death on that cross we recognize an inability to continue to dwell in the “sin that so easily entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1). “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the TRUTH, [ABSOLUTELY] NO SACRIFICE FOR SINS IS LEFT” (Hebrews 10:26)….”How much more severely do YOU think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an UNHOLY thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” (10:29). DO YOU PEOPLE REALIZE WHAT THIS IS SAYING?!?!??!?! GOD our most HOLY and deserving Father SENT HIS PERFECT SON UNDESERVING OF ANY PUNISHMENT to die ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS ALL OF OUR SINS. When we are deliberately sinning, when the Spirit is in the back of our minds in the deepest rooted place of our hearts and is continually saying over and over again, “DO NOT DO THAT,” and you do it, YOU HAVE
INSULTED, did you hear that you have INSULTED the SPIRIT, you have treated the blood of this Holy covenant between Father and Son, between Father and children, YOU HAVE TREATED IT AS AN UNHOLY thing. UNHOLY. The most beautiful and magnificent blood shed on the cross so that we may enjoy life, eternal life, in the arms of our Father, our Maker, our Creator, the ONE AND ONLY, you me we, us treat it as UNHOLY, we TRAMPLE THE SON OF GOD, when we deliberately sin. And if that is not enough to paint the picture for you, guess what, God did not by any means “have” to do this, He did not by any means “need” us, HE WANTS US. Psalm 50 says,

“Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God. I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me (He wasn’t going to get mad at them even though they were offering these sacrifices out of conformity and habit therefore putting the sacrifices before Him), I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal in the forest is mine, and the cattle on the thousand hills, I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is MINE, and ALL that is in it. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Sacrifice THANK offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High (out of devotion, out of love, out of THANKFULNESS not conformity) and CALL UPON ME IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE; I WILL DELIVER YOU, AND YOU WILL HONOR ME.”

LISTEN: God, knew they were putting something before Him (sacrifices) and offering these sacrifices because everybody else was and it was the “right thing to do.” He knew they were doing this out of conceit, but His goal was to make them remember, HE DOESN’T NEED ANYTHING FROM US, not our bulls or our cows, not our land, not anything, THE ONE THING HE WANTS is for us to “call upon Him” TO LOVE HIM, He wants us to YEARN FOR HIM to need Him! He desires to DELIVER US so that we can honor Him in EVERYTHING we do. This means doing nothing out of vain conceit (going to church “just because”) but in HUMILITY consider others better than yourselves (be like Christ) because this will give Him the ULTIMATE GLORY, the desire of His heart and will, to be glorified! (Phillipians 2:3).

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you SHINE LIKE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE” (Phillipians 2:14).

We shall live like citizens of Heaven as we were designed to be, but we shall be “in this world” temporarily, but never “of this world.”