A House Divided

 

“But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.  If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?  And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out?  Therefore they shall be your judges.  But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.  Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man?  And then he will plunder his house.  He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad,”   Matthew 12:25-30 NKJV.

“Division is a fruit of witchcraft.  There is much that has divided My church, Israel, and your nation.

The division is commensurate with the rise in witchcraft in the land and in the world.  It is also in My church that is called by My name.  But it should not be so.

If I don’t control you and I AM the Lord God Almighty, then why do you let others control you in an ungodly manner?

Where the Spirit is, there is freedom.  This is important for you to remember in the coming days.  When people start controlling and dominating, and judging, then you know that witchcraft has somehow seeped in.

Just what form of witchcraft is in My church?

“Oh foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?” Paul said.  Why was Paul admonishing them?  Why did he indicate it was witchcraft?

Because they had turned from depending on GRACE to depending on SELF righteousness and works mentality.  Because they had stifled the move of the Spirit in that church.

Many who had come out of paganism and witchcraft had resorted to another form of witchcraft – pretense and false teaching that promoted salvation through the LAW.  He who is under the law is NOT under GRACE and therefore outside My grace, and attempting to achieve holiness by TRYING HARDER vs allowing ME to sanctify them with My glorious presence.

Many today are doing the same thing.  They have veered off track by taking the road that seems right, but is far from the TRUTH of My GRACE AND LOVE.  Holiness comes through sanctification in My presence.  It is NOT by works and trying hard to follow rules and regulations.

This generation is needful of mothers and fathers in Israel who will LOVE them into repentance.  They need those who will teach by EXAMPLE.

You are to be My ambassadors of love.  I didn’t call you to judge anyone.  I’ve called you to discern, but not to judge.

Love your enemies, be good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you I said.  Love one another as I have loved you.  Have I not loved you even when you have failed over and over again?

Have I left you and abandoned you when you failed?

Have I not helped you and comforted you and steered you in the right direction and come to you in hours of trials?  Have I not encouraged you when you were downhearted and broken?

Then do not think that YOU have to be the ONE to correct everything wrong with someone else!  Sometimes just your silence and lack of sinning is in itself a strong enough message to the unbelieving or backslidden.

My children are hungry and thirsty and scattered all over the earth wandering and without true shepherds.  I AM not looking for more hirelings.  I AM looking for those who will lay down their lives and encourage another – who will love and comfort the broken – who will befriend the outcast.

Will you go the extra mile?  Will you open your heart to be available to the lonely and forlorn, to encourage the homeless one with a meal or a night’s sound sleep?

Will you LOVE ONE ANOTHER?  Or will you only PRETEND to be Mine?  Will you be pretenders to the throne or tenders of My sheep and lambs?  Will you speak out against injustice in the land?  Will you no longer be apathetic and self protecting and reach out for the sake of sharing MY LOVE?

My house is divided because of a lack of LOVE and kindness.  My house is divided due to selfish ambition and pride.  My house is divided due to pretense and arrogance and greed.

Will you be one who speaks truth or who bows like a prostitute to the highest bidder?  Will you be a prostitute just so you can keep your position or have favor with one who is transgressing My laws?

“AND HE said to me [Ezekiel], Son of man, stand upon your feet and I will speak to you.  And the Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me and set me upon my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me.
And He said to me, I send you, son of man, to the children of Israel, two rebellious nations that have rebelled against Me.  They and their fathers have transgressed against Me even to this very day.  And the children are impudent and hard of heart.  I send you to them and you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord God
And they, whether they will hear or refuse to hear – for they are a rebellious house – yet shall they know and realize that there has been a prophet among them.  And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words; though briers and thorns are all around you and you dwell and sit among scorpions, be not afraid of their words nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.
And you shall speak My words to them whether they will hear or refuse to hear, for they are most rebellious.
As for you, son of man, hear what I say to you; be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.  And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me and behold, a scroll of a book was in it.  And He spread it before me and it was written within and on the back, and written on it were words of lamentation and mourning and woe,”  
Ezekiel 2:1-10 AMP.

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel; therefore hear the word at My mouth and give them warning from Me.
If I say to the wicked, You shall surely die, and you do not give him warning or speak to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand.  Yet if you warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered yourself.  Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness (right doing and right standing with God) and some gift or providence which I lay before him he perverts into an occasion to sin and he commits iniquity, he shall die; because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood will I require at your hand.  Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he is warned; also you have delivered yourself from guilt,”
Ezekiel 3:17-21 AMP [Isaiah 52:8; 56:10; 62:6; Jeremiah 6:17].

 

~ Priscilla


Priscilla Van Sutphin of Upstream Ministriesby: PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN of Upstream Ministries, California www.upstreamca.org and www.blogtalkradio.com/Upstream  Email: goinupstream@hotmail.com Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to goininupstream@hotmail.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278.

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