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31 March, 2021 11:05

March 31, 2021

JUDGMENT WILL BE MERCILESS

I’ve been amazed lately at the number of Christians, who have taken on the role of both judge and jury. I’m referring to people who have openly and mercilessly denounced those in the prophetic community who they consider “false prophets.”

While I do agree that great harm was caused by these prophetic words that failed to materialize as we were led to believe. I don’t believe that because they were wrong, that they can be labeled as false prophets.

I’ve received scathing videos denouncing these men as though they were instruments of Satan himself. One prophet in particular was singled out, even after he had very publicly acknowledged he was wrong.

This raises the question as to who is the most Christlike? Those who criticize or the one who repented?

In listening to the stone throwers, one would think they had lived a blameless and perfect life and therefore never needed God’s forgiveness; thereby giving them the right to stone their

sinning brothers or sisters. If in their great wisdom they knew these were false prophecies why didn’t they warn the rest of us long before now?

One of the most frightening verses in the entire Bible is found in the Book of James when he states, “Judgment will be merciless to the one who has shown no mercy, mercy triumphs over judgment.” ( James2:13) I for one cannot afford to assume I have no need of God’s mercy. The Psalmist too was well aware that he needed God’s mercy, “new every morning”.

As I’ve already mentioned, I believe the prophetic gift and office were dealt a major blow by these prophecies that proved to be wrong. Consider however the utter embarrassment and humiliation of those who gave these words. That alone would be an unbearable burden to carry and one that you can never really escape from. That to me would be punishment enough.

Let me state clearly; a prophecy that fails to materialize does not mean the brother or sister that gave it is an instrument of the Devil. Many times, the prophetic word may be 100% true; however, the interpretation and application may be misunderstood and applied by those receiving it. Take for example the incident in Acts where the prophet Agabus binds the hands and feet of Paul telling him that this is what awaits him if he proceeds to Jerusalem. All those who listened to this prophetic act and word were convinced that Paul was being warned by God not to proceed on his journey. Paul however received the prophecy as confirmation that this was in fact what God had called him to do. One has only to go to the previous chapter where Paul states, “I am on my way to Jerusalem not knowing what will happen to me there except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying bonds and afflictions await me.” Are we then to conclude that the writer of Acts along with the rest of the congregation were all deceived when they begged Paul not to continue on his journey? Let’s take this a step further and go back a few verses in the same chapter (Acts 21:4) Here we find the disciples at Tyre repeatedly telling Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem. Was Paul in disobedience? Were the disciples deceived in thinking they were hearing from God? ( We may never know) One thing we do know is that they were not maligned by their fellow believers and written off as false prophets or disciples to be forever shunned.

Just some thoughts to consider before you cast the next stone.

6 March, 2021 20:07

March 6, 2021

This was my daily reading for March 6.

Taken from GOD’S BEST SECRETS, Daily Devotional Meditations by Andrew Murray

THE DESIRE FOR GOD

“With my soul have I desired thee in the night. Isa 26:9

What is the chief thing, the greatest and most glorious that man can see or find upon earth? Nothing less than God Himself.

And what is the chief and the best and the most glorious thing that a man needs every day, and can do every day? Nothing less than to seek and know, and to love and to praise this glorious God. As glorious as God is, so is the glory which begins to work in the heart and life of the man who gives himself to live for God.

My brother, have you learnt what is the first and the greatest thing you have to do every day? Nothing less and nothing greater than to seek this God, to meet Him, to worship Him, to live for Him and for His glory. It is a great step in advance in the life of a Christian when he truly sees this and yields himself to consider fellowship with God every day as the chief end of his life.

Take time and ask whether this be not the truth, the highest wisdom and the one thing for which a Christian is above all to live – to know his God aright, and to love Him with his whole heart. Do believe that it is not only in very deed true, but that God Himself is most desirous that you should live thus for Him and will, in answer to prayer enable you to do so.

Begin to-day and take a word from God’s Book to speak to Him in stillness of soul.

“O God- Thou art my God: – early will I seek Thee: -my soul thirsteth for Thee, – my flesh longeth for Thee,-my soul followeth hard after Thee” (Pslxiii-!)

“I seek Thee with my whole heart” ( see Ps cxix.2)

Repeat these words in deep reverence and childlike longing till their spirit and power enter your heart; and wait upon God till you begin to realize what the blessedness is of thus meeting with Him. As you persevere you will learn to expect that the fear and the presence of God can abide with you through all the day.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry” ( Ps xl.1)

7 January, 2021 15:55

January 7, 2021

IN THE YEAR THAT KING UZZIAH (TRUMP) DIED I SAW THE LORD

The Bible is filled with divine encounters. Isaiah the prophets tells of his own encounter with God’s awesome and yet terrifying holiness; an encounter that was forever to change his life. Isaiah saw the Lord high and exalted, the train of His vestments filling the temple. The seraphim unable to gaze upon His blazing majesty covered their eyes with their wings as they cried aloud Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of battle. The whole earth is full of His glory. Suddenly the very foundations of the temple shook and trembled under the weight of His magnificent glory and splendor. What, is so interesting about this incredible encounter is that Isaiah tells us it occurred in the same year as King Uzziah’s death.

Uzziah ascended the throne of Judah at the age of sixteen and reigned over God’s people for fifty-two years. Although extremely young at the time of his coronation he quickly turned his attention to seeking God. We are told that God prospered him and blessed him both militarily as well as materially. Uzziah’s fame spread throughout the region as far as Egypt and beyond. We read that as long as he sought the Lord, the Lord blessed and prospered him until he became strong. Tragically the moment he became strong or self-reliant God forsook him. Uzziah’s pride then led him to assume he could also function in a priestly role aside from that of being king and burn incense on the altar of incense. Refusing to listen to Azariah the priest along with eighty other priests, Uzziah became enraged…God’s judgment was both swift and severe, he was instantly struck with leprosy and cut off from the house of the Lord.

Uzziah’s fame and popularity went to his head. As far as he was concerned, he alone was responsible for all his mighty achievements. Like every pompous potentate he drew the attention away from God and glorified himself instead. It was only after Uzziah’s death that Isaiah saw the Lord.

The lesson here is obvious, God will not share His glory with another. John the Baptist came to the realization that ‘I must decrease that He might increase’. Self always blinds others from seeing God’s glory in us and through us.

Unfortunately, I believe God had to replace President Trump in order to turn the Church’s attention away from a man and back to where it rightly belongs, God himself! “Not unto us, not unto us, but to your name be glory.” How easily we lose our focus and turn to other things. I believe Trump has monopolized the limelight too long. His pride led to his downfall and demise and only through humility and repentance can he find salvation, peace and restoration. (Let’s pray to that end)

It’s time for the church to look off unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; He alone is to be the center our attention. “Let us exalt His name together.”