I had a dream that I was in prison, it was like hell. I some how knew that while I was in this prison I would not be just serving a life sentence, but this was going to be eternal. As I was being taken away I was overwhelmed by the feeling that I was going to prison unjustly. I felt as though the punishment was totally undeserved, I didn’t deserve to go here. It was pure terror to realize that I was going to spend an eternity in this environment, “I don’t deserve this, this isn’t fair.” What a relief it was to wake up and realize that I can still worship God to realize that I am not in prison, but that I have been given the free gift of Life Eternal. For me it was ok, it was just a really bad dream, however for a multitude of uninformed and spiritually blind people it will one day be a reality. The end will come and they will be carried off to eternal damnation and all of them will be screaming, “I DON’T DESERVE THIS”, “THIS IS NOT FAIR, NO ONE EVER TOLD ME THIS WOULD HAPPEN!”, “I AM NOT GUILTY”. These will not be as fortunate as I was this morning to wake up and realize that it was just a dream. These will not be like me and once again praise their God and feel his closeness. They will not know joy any longer only sorrow, they will not know peace anymore only torment. PEOPLE IF YOU ARE READING THIS IT IS NOT TOO LATE! “REPENT!” “TURN AWAY FROM SIN!”. There is still time, grace is still being poured out like rain, favor, power is available to us from on high. The language of the gospel is “whosoever will” come and bow down before our glorious King. He or she who will put the name of Jesus on their lips as Lord can be saved! The pleasures of sin last for only a season, but the pleasure of knowing God last unto eternity! The life that is inside of me is better then any high, any drug any pleasure of this world, to get it I had to give up everything! But it was worth it!
It is the anointing Spirit who makes the Church to be the house of God, and the house is one because Christ is one. We must never be caught in the mistake of imagining that those who hold the truth of the one body are more in the reality of it than those who do not. Those who know nothing of the teaching are as much part of Christ’s body (if they are in Him) as those who feel that they have received so much light on the subject. We must beware of the schisms which come because of the things which we know and others do not, for light alone can easily cause divisions. “Is Christ divided?” (1 Corinthians 1:13). That was a challenge made to the church whose members were so ready to boast of their knowledge and so partisan in their attitude to various spiritual teachers. These were the very people whom the apostle described as being a temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16), and also warned very solemnly against destroying that temple. How is the temple destroyed? It is by trying to divide Christ, by making parties and groups among the Lord’s people, often by wrongly imagining that they are superior to other Christians because of the teaching they have received or the teacher whom they follow. This is an offense to the Holy Spirit, and a sure way of thwarting God’s desire to show forth His glory. The Lord Jesus has so identified Himself in the Spirit with all who are His own people, that what is true of Him is also true of them, and what is done to them is really done to Him. So it is that practical love towards any of His members opens the way for His Spirit’s working and, conversely, carelessness, indifference or antagonism towards other members of Christ is a sure way of quenching the Holy Spirit. It may be that this is the explanation of there being so much less glory among God’s people than there ought to be. The moment we grieve the Spirit, we begin to dim the glory. It is in their life together that God’s people form the golden lampstand into which He will pour the golden oil through His own golden pipes. Let us not accept any less objective than God’s glory when we seek His fullness, for the Holy Spirit’s presence among us is specifically promised for the express purpose of providing a testimony to that glory. God’s negatives (“not by might, nor by power”) are but to make way for His glorious positive – “but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”
15 “So I turned and came down from the mountain while the mountain was burning with fire, and the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands.16 “And I saw that you had indeed sinned against the Lord your God. You had made for yourselves a molten calf; you had turned aside quickly from the way which the Lord had commanded you.17 “I took hold of the two tablets and threw them from my hands and smashed them before your eyes.
Here we have two scenarios side by side: a mountain burning w/ fire, Moses the prophet, and the law. Right next to it you have all of the nation of Israel caught up in idolatry and false worship. In the midst of the Lord revealing His glory and His Holiness you have a rebellious people doing their own thing and calling it worship. The people did not want to stand before God, they wanted Moses to go to the mountain and hear God on their behalf. Perhaps deep down in their hearts, they knew that if they got a revelation of a Holy God that they would have to change and quite simply they didn’t want to do that. There is something within man that prefers religious duties over being transformed by God. It is part of the sinful, Adamic nature to follow the path of least resistance. Change requires discipline, discipline can be uncomfortable, difficult, very challenging, it costs! However the price to remain the same cost us nothing and if we add a little religious activity to the cost of not changing then we can get a false sense of working for our salvation. We can walk out of the church, prayer meeting or Bible study feeling like God is really proud of us, after all look at how much of our time we just sacrificed for Him. However, God’s will is not directed to how much time we sacrifice in religious activity, the measure of true spirituality in the sight of God is always obedience, “…to obey is better than sacrifice.”
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Our true worship does not lie in how many church services we attend, not how many hours we spent in prayer or even how much we witnessed to the lost this week. Obviously all of those things are very important, however our true worship lies in the discipline of learning and obeying. Learning not to be conformed to this world, learning from our divine mentor Truth that transforms our thinking and transforms us! That is true Worship a transformed Life, lived in holiness before a holy God!
A few random thoughts inspired by the Biblical account of Gideon
It is interesting that baal the false canaanite god is often symbolized as a bull. There is also a prominent part of our society that is also symbolized by a bull:
A bull market tends to be associated with increasing investor confidence, motivating investors to buy in anticipation of future price increases and future capital gains.
It is known to us through Scripture that in the last days man will be totally corrupt. So much so that it is actually compared to the days of Noah. It was in the days of Noah that God become grieved that He had created man because the thoughts of man’s heart had become evil continually. Also Scripture tell us in that day that they would begin to call that which is evil, good and that which is good they will call evil.
It is interesting that in the Scripture God gives us types of this phenomenon happening. For example Gideon was told by an angel to destroy the altar of baal that was worshiped by the people.
The altar of baal represents a false god and a false spirituality that was worshiped and held in high regard by the people. Just as Gideon who was a prophet of God was commanded to destroy this false worship, in the same way God is raising up prophetic voices to bring restoration and reformation in the Body of Christ. The prophet is so powerfully anointed and equipped with God’s Word in His mouth that His delivery of that Word is the embodiment and manifestation of the true and living God to the hearers. The man indeed becomes his message.
As soon as the news traveled throughout the community of what Gideon had done, the townspeople whom consisted of mostly Israelites wanted to stone Gideon. Isn’t interesting that in their own law, which they professed to adhere to, it says that idolaters must be stoned to death. Therefore we have the scenario of the Israelites wanting to stone the one who exposed their idolatry, which in fact was the very punishment that they deserved for such a sin. Surely we can hardly find a better example of calling evil good and good evil.
The life call and mission of the prophet is to restore true and genuine worship of God as He in fact is.
-Often the false has to be destroyed first
-Then the genuine can be rebuilt
Gideon had such favor from God for the task he was called to that even the Midian armies whom God was sending him against, knew his name. So it is with God’s favor today, that we do not need to promote ourselves, but only allow the Lord to promote us to where He wants us to be.
This is a really great prophecy given by a minister by the name of Stanley Frodsham in 1965. Apparently Stanley was a close friend of Smith Wigglesworth, I am sure that name sounds familiar, right? It is a warning against last days deception. The prophecy is quite long and instead of posting it here I am just going to add it here as a link below and also as a PDF file:
If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means
than any now being used. If the Church in the second half of this
century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half,
there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper, ruler-of-the-
synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man
who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions,
nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the
Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried
and found wanting.
Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be
of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and
has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray
God there will be not one but many), he will stand in flat contradiction
to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will
contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn
the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom.
Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little
bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men
to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the One and the
salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with
This is only to say that we need to have the gifts of the Spirit
restored again to the Church. And it is my belief that the one gift
we need most now is the gift of prophecy.
“Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to
know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred” -1 Chr 12:32.
A prophet is one who knows his times and what God is trying to
say to the people of his times….
Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy
merely, but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom
is missing. We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits. It
is not ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the
power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to
appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and
to tell us what is actually going on….
Where is the man who can see through the ticker tape and confetti
to discover which way the parade is headed, why it started in the
first place and, particularly, who is riding up front in the seat of
What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars
can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.
Learning will enable a man to pass judgment on our yesterdays,
but it requires a gift of clear seeing to pass sentence on our own day….
“The outpouring of the Spirit brings with it the sense of the future, and a church without a future is a depleted entity. A church that does not anticipate the consummation of the age has lost its identity as the church. Therefore, when we do not have that future because we do not have the Spirit, we stagnate at the level of conventional and predictable church life, nothing more than a succession of Sunday services. The evidence of that can be most pointedly seen in our children who are bored with church life, and we often have to drag them by the scruff of the neck to our functions. They would not be sitting in our congregations waiting for the thing to end, nor would they be drawn off and attracted to other questionable amusements, if we were living in the context of an end. The general character of our meetings is a terrible indictment against us because we have not raised up for our own children a standard and quality of life that compels their attention and their participation. We have not persuaded our children that what we are about is earnest and authentic. Though they may not articulate it, we are to them no more than some kind of adult Sunday culture.”
Here is a media presentation using one of Paul Washer’s messages. Paul Washer is really making waves in modern day Christianity and for good reason. Currently, he is one of my favorite preachers. I do not necessarily agree with him 100% in everything, but I can definitely say that he has got the gospel message down to perfection:
ATTENTION ALL SERIOUS CHRISTIANS:
Please check out Paul Washer’s message titled “10 Indictments”, it is a very serious message and is crucial for the hour that we are living in.