Call for a Solemn Assembly on your knees pleading for mercy
Sanctify a fast among the people
Last month I heard a great preacher, Richard Owens Roberts, speak on revival. He described revival as a pebble being thrown into a pond. The rippling effect from that one action continued on and on and that is how it is in revival. The Holy Spirit moves and soon the rippling effect goes out beyond ourselves, beyond our churches reaching out to the unsaved and the lost. It’s going beyond those of us sitting safely in our churches. It reaches the lost, the hurting, the lonely and all God’s people.
I saw revival when I was young and I’ll never forget it. People were on fire for Jesus. A small bible study of 5 people turned to 10, then 100’s and soon neighborhoods were gathering together studying the word. In my family, it started with one person…soon my aunts, cousins, parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends were soon on fire for Jesus, learning scripture and leading bible study groups. The good news had spread like wildfire. Today my family (cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters) are Christians, teaching their children and grandchildren God’s ways. It all started with that one revival- now my family, as if it were a rippling effect through the generations, teaches the next generation and on and on this goes, reaching out still to those around us.
In revival, repentance is vital. We need repentance on a personal level, as we each search our hearts, and repentance together as a group or entity. I wonder how many of us really repent as we should? It’s important to ask the Lord to search our heart and see if there is any sin lurking in there that needs to be removed. There have been many times I thought myself sin-free until I stopped and asked the Lord. He is gentle and kind but it’s never fun to admit you’re wrong. Unforgiveness , bitterness, anger, and hurting others are sins that can hide from our view if we aren’t looking closely within ourselves.
Three things accompany revival when God is near:
3 things proceed revival in our churches
Terrible seasons (so be ready and prepared- don’t be shocked at the terrible time you may be going through)
Moral and spiritual decline (sounds like today)
Righteous judgment from God
Gather together and pray: Raise up our churches and don’t let God go! Keep seeking His face and glorifying the Lord. Be so close to God that what troubles Him, should trouble you. Commit yourself to seek Him. See what He sees, feel what He feels.
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace 2 Thessalonians 3 :13-16
There is a measure of sin- and we have reached the overflowing limit
There seems, according to history and scripture, to be a measure of sin. God has allotted to every person and entity a measure of sin. When the measure of sin is full, the wrath of God is upon that entity to the full. God has left some churches and it is too late to repent – TOO LATE, they never listened.
Is there hope for America? Is our measure of sin about to bring God’s wrath on us?
There is still time for America, but our measure is almost full…but… by God’s grace we still have some time. We must face the sin in every one of us and in every entity, we must repent before it is too late.
Now is the time to call for a Solemn assembly and fast
Joel 1:14Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord,
Zephaniah 3:18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemnassembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls (Joel 2)
1- Cry out to the Lord, for the day of the Lord is near
2- Return to God with all your heart with fasting, crying out to Him. Turn back to Him for He is compassionate and abounds in loving-kindness
3- Proclaim a Solemn Assembly on your knees pleading for mercy
4- Seek God and revival
If we want revival, we must take extraordinary action It can all start with you. Come before Him with fasting, weeping, prayer, repentance and humbleness.
“How will the people of the world know we are your people if you, O Lord, are not with us?” Ex 33:15
Refined in the fire
ISAIAH 48:10-11 I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. 11 I will rescue you for my sake— yes, for my own sake! I will not let my reputation be tarnished, and I will not share my glory with idols!
The bride are those who are willing to suffer for Christ, suffer for Christ’s kingdom. God’s people must suffer hardships to enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22) Persecution, suffering and hardships make us worthy of His kingdom. Remember that God will provide rest for you, just as he gave rest to Elijah.
Psalm 71:21 You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.
Psalm 119:107-112 I have suffered much, O Lord;restore my life again as you promised.Lord, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations. My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions. The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments. Your laws are my treasure;they are my heart’s delight.I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.
| Isaiah 26: 16-19 Lord, in distress we searched for you. We prayed beneath the burden of your discipline. 17 Just as a pregnant woman writhes and cries out in pain as she gives birth, so were we in your presence, Lord. 18 We, too, writhe in agony, but nothing comes of our suffering. We have not given salvation to the earth, nor brought life into the world. 19 But those who die in the Lord will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people in the place of the dead!
“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”
“I will declare the decree: For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-7
The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You. The nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’” ( Hey this verse reminds me of the statue in Daniel – the feet being a mixture – clay and iron- and the rock cut from the mountain that would crush it to pieces)Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 2:4-12
Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know! Proverbs 30:4
So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.1 John 5:13 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass Revelation 2:18: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.John 3:19
Immanuel : God with us
Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
”So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us. Matthew 1:23
WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this Isaiah 9:6-7
Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:32-33 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.Matthew 28:18
He shall be called the BRANCH
“Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, And He shall build the temple of the LORD; Yes, He shall build the temple of the LORD. He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.Isaiah 11:1 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth .Jeremiah 23:5 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth Jeremiah 33:15 Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, You and your companions who sit before you, For they are a wondrous sign; For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH Zechariah 3:8 Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, saying: “Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, And He shall build the temple of the LORD; Zechariah 6:12
He holds the Keys to the house of David
I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open Isaiah 22:22“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. Revelation 3:7
He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4
In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 5:6 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? Hebrews 6:20 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared:“You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 7:15
In Bethlehem, a Ruler shall come forth who will shepherd my people Israel
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” Micah 5:2
“In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel. Matthew 2:6 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15
A New Covenant
“The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord.“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” Jeremiah 31:31-34
After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you Luke 22:20
He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:6
But when God found fault with the people, he said:“The day is coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant,so I turned my back on them, says the Lord.But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord:I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already. Hebrews 8:8-11
So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.Now when someone leaves a will it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead. The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect.That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal. For after Moses had read each of God’s commandments to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, and sprinkled both the book of God’s law and all the people, using hyssop branches and scarlet wool. Then he said, “This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you.”And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.
That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9
Darkness fell on the land at noon:
Amos 8:9 “In that day,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. Mark 15:33 Matthew 27:45 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon Luke 23:44
“Passion for your house has consumed me”
Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me When I weep and fast, they scoff at me. When I dress in burlap to show sorrow, they make fun of me. I am the favorite topic of town gossip, and all the drunks sing about me. Psalm 69:9
In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.” John 2:17
He was pierced for our transgressions
They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died. The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo. Zechariah 12:10
Isaiah 53 Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned,he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. But it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. 1 Peter 2:24 After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Matthew 27:35 It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame. Hebrews 6:6 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:14 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death Ephesians 2:16. But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Galatians 3:13
Revelation 1:7 Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him— even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and “They will look on the one they pierced John 19:33-36
They divided his clothes and threw dice
They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing. Psalm 22:18 Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw dice to decide who would get each piece. Mark 15:24 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Luke 23:34 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did. John 19:24
Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.” I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Psalm 40
This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls Jeremiah 6:16
We are told to stop and consider the paths ahead of us, then we are to ask which way to go. Here lies the problem, we often follow the dictates of our own hearts and not according to Gods’ ways or God’s Word. The bible says the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can know it? In the book of Jeremiah, God saw that the people were following the dictates of their own hearts, according to what they thought was right, but it wasn’t. They had followed customs of other nations in worshiping idols, and other horrible things while they still continued in their ceremonies in God’s holy temple. They were repeatedly warned but refused to obey, their hearts became dull and they no longer had the wisdom and understanding to go the right way. They stumbled from the ancient paths , refusing to listen .(Jer 18:15). Finally God said enough, “I’m tired of always giving you another chance” ( Jer 15:6, 13:10,9:14,11:8)
There is a way that seems right to us, but it’s end is death (prov 14:12)
Just because we think something is right, doesn’t make it right. Our paths should be of holiness and uprightness with the fear of the Lord, He leads us in right paths . We may get knocked down nor held back (see struggles of Paul, Moses, David, etc) but we keep on , running the race to win. Especially those who are working for the Lord, it may seem as is your work is in vain, but God’s word never comes back void, it prospers where it goes (Is 55. Prov 30:24, 14:2)
Psalms 1 warns us not to walk with the ungoldly or sit with scorners or enter the path of the wicked. We are not to travel that way, we are instructed to turn and pass on. Meditate on God’s word , receive His instructions and the years of your life will be many. He will teach you in the way of wisdom, He will lead you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered. and when you run, you will not stumble. Take a firm hold of instruction and do not let go. She is your life. (prov 4:10-15) Never let it go.
“people ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord” Prov 19:3
Do not let wisdom, understanding and discretion depart from your eyes, they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck . You will walk safely and God will help you and guide you. Lay aside the sins that hold us back and try to keep you bound, the sins that ensnare you. You must control and master sin, you cannot let sin control you. So search out and examine your ways, turn back to God. We ought to walk in a way that pleases God, His will for you is to be Holy. Stop for a moment to consider your ways – are they holy? my words, my actions, where I go? who I hang out with? what I read? things I watch? my thoughts? music? God has called you to live holy lives, not impure lives. Anyone who refuses to live by God’s word is rejecting God. You must control your own body…. and your thoughts. Live in holiness and honor, not a life of lustful passions. Are you seeking great things for yourself? God asked Jeremiah’s scribe this question and God said, ” Well, don’t”. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. We are also to help others find their way back to the path- gently and humbly, being careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. In Ezekiel, God told him when the watchman sees destruction ahead, he must warn the people, if he doesn’t the watchman will be responsible- their blood on his head (Pro3:19-26, Heb 12:1-2, Lam 3:40, 1 Thes 4:1, Mark 9:35. Ps 1, gal 6:1, Ez 3 )
I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay to keep your commands Prv 19-59-60
It is the Lord who makes our way perfect and it is God who arms us with strength. He teaches sinners in the way and guides us in justice. All the paths of the Lord are true and right and we live by walking in them. You have a choice, you know God wants you to be Holy and Jesus said we are to be perfect as He is perfect. Yet our churches proclaim “no perfect people” and yes, I understand what they are saying, who doesn’t, but that is not scriptural, in fact it’s the opposite. He is making you perfect and will guide you on the path of holiness – not self righteousness rooted in pride, but changing us day by day to be more like Him. If you want to stay on God’s path, read His word, meditate on scripture, build your faith up, spend time in prayer, grow closer to Him each day. People love to hear these words and listen as if it’s a sweet melody, but don’t obey, they turn away and continue on in lives without changing. God told Ezekiel the people are hearers but not doers. It does no good to hear and not obey, just as faith without works is dead, as the body is dead without spirit, so is reading God’s truth and not applying it to your life. You can only enter God’s kingdom through the narrow gate, The highway hell is broad and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. Will you take the narrow path that takes effort or will you follow the wide path that all the world follows? (John 14:6, Matthew 7:13-14, Ps 18:32, Ps 2:8-11)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways (IN ALL YOUR WAYS) Acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. Do not be wise in your own eyes, Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones. Prov 3:5-8
What have I learned?
I must consider and examine my ways
Ask God which way I should go
Trust Him in all my ways and be confident He will direct me
understand that my ways may not be God’s ways
don’t follow the dictates of my own heart
Align my life with God’s word
Don’t be selfish
help others that have backslidden
Don’t give up, run the race to win
Don’t let instructions go, they are your life
Don’t walk with sinners
Get rid of the sin that ensnares you and holds you back
Live a life that pleases God
Control your own body, your tongue and your thoughts
Delight in the Lord
God will make your way perfect, He is your strength
He leads sinners in the way
when you walk, you won’t be hindered
when you run, you won’t stumble,
when you lie down, you won’t be afraid
There is only ONE way to God the Father . Jesus said ” I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except by me”
Sometimes we just don’t know which way to go, but trust God in all your ways. There are instances in the bible were God’s people took a wrong turn, but the Lord fixed it. Examples – when Abraham allowed Pharaoh to take Sarah, when Joseph’s brothers sold him, when David took Bethsheba, when Abigail went against her husband and brought the king food, when Sampson disobeyed his parents- in all this, God’s will always prevails. Walk with Him, and you are on the right path.
Isaiah 30: 21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.