A heavy spirit weighs on me, and it is concerning those with itchy ears. Paul teaches us from the book of Romans about those who did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind. Why is it that people can never apply the Word spoken to them on Sunday mornings? Why can they never Retain God? Why are they leaky Christians? Am I a leaking Christian? Or do I retain God in my thoughts and my actions?
Jesus tells of the seeds that fell on different grounds, as we have well heard in Luke 8, but then I happened across this scripture, rather God blew His breath and turned the pages of my Bible to Ezekiel 33. In verse 30 God is speaking to Ezekiel how the people are talking against Ezekiel, and they say ‘come and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.’ (v.31) ‘ And they come unto thee as the people cometh and they sit before thee as my people and they hear thy words, BUT they will not do them: for with their mouth they shed much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. (v.32) And lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
For they hear thy words and do them not. Preachers have become to them as a lovely entertainer, as they have come to seek an emotional experience, but when they leave the church, they straightway forget what manner of people they are. For some there is no change, they come and are entertained, they become hearers only and not doers, deceiving their own selves. There is a sin that has crept in the churches across this country, people have become blind to themselves, they have become deceived. ‘For this cause GOD shall send a strong delusion,’ GOD wants to know who will love Him, ‘the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye will love the Lord thy God will all thine heart and with all thine soul.’ God wants to know who will pursue Him. ‘Who WILL BEHOLD His Face in Righteousness?’ Who will dare to be Holy? HOLINESS, we don’t even say the word anymore. Jesus said ‘be zealous therefore and repent,’ He said, ‘Suppose ye that I have come to give peace on earth? I tell you NAY, Rather DIVISION, YE hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it that ye cannot discern this time?’
This is an imminent call, to shed the things of this world, ‘be ye ready therefore also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.’ The church is asleep; the church is asleep, and their Pastors are sleeping too. There must be a standard, there must be a trumpet sound, there must be a call to ‘be ye separate.’ ‘Come out from among them,’ Pastors and Congregations, when the world sees us they must see Jesus, when the world hears us, they MUST hear Jesus, we must be distinguished, WE must ‘be HOLY for HE IS HOLY!’
And if ‘Judgement first begins at the house of GOD,’ we must be above reproach in every area of our life, what we watch, what we listen to, who we associate with, our very lives must be a balance, a balance that is leaning towards God, if a ‘false balance is an abomination,’ what are our checkbooks before God? Is my checkbook balanced? Or am I 99% carnal? Is my life wasted in pursuit of self, money spent on only this world and the material in nature. Jesus said ‘I counsel to thee to buy of me gold; provide for yourselves treasures which wax not old where no thief can steal nor moth corrupt.’ Buy Gold of Jesus, that has been’tried in the fire,’ not the gold of this world which ‘passeth away.’ Peter warns us that ‘through covetousness they with feigned words shall make merchandise of you,’ Church, we are being made merchandise of, through our own covetousness. Rid ourselves of this world, ‘love not this world, nor the things in it, for if any man love this world the love of the Father is not in him.’ ‘And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing (the world) to thy hand: that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of His anger.’
Praise God for the Light, “it was at the cross at the cross, where I first saw the light, where the burdens of my soul were rolled away and it was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day.”
Retain GOD everyday, lead the way and lets leave this world behind.
p.s. If anyone is wondering how to buy Gold from Jesus Christ, let me encourage you to begin to seek to balance your life and finances in Godly balance; looking to ministries such as ‘Kids Around the World’ for an everlasting investment into the Kingdom of Heaven if you have abundance, if not, doing something good for someone else without any selfish thoughts of return is a good start, and I pray the rewards will encourage repetition, and ultimately habit.