“But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” Matthew 15:3.
“Is there any singleness of vision that any of you share?
Are there any among you to show and exhibit My love unto one another?
Do you believe in infant baptism or in waiting until one is much older?
Are you concerned about how you look when you go to church?
There are so many things that are on many of your minds, and I tell you that you are following after man’s ordinances and not mine.
What many think is important is really and truly tradition. Many of your traditions have kept you from worshiping Me in Spirit and in Truth.
Many of your doctrines are your own and not mine. Are you any different from my nation Israel in its infancy?
For many of the ancient priests dressed in the finest of robes. They followed the rituals but how many of them truly heard My Voice?
You are a people of many rituals and laws.
You go to your churches at the same time.
You dress in your finest suits.
You have signed up for your pot lucks, but have you signed-up for compassion?
You think your nearness to Me is dependent upon going to church every Sunday.
You do great things for Me you say in all of your meetings. But when I meet you on that day will I say, “Well done good and faithful steward?”
And some who do claim to worship Me in Spirit and in truth roar and howl upon the ground.
I tell you that you do worship a Spirit, but it is not mine.
I tell you that on that day many will come to Me and say, “LORD, did I not prophesy in your name?” “Did I not cast out devils?” “Did I not do wondrous works in your name?”
And I will say, “I never knew you!”
Do you know Me, My People?
Do you know My heart and vision for you? Or would you abandon them for a greater program?
I would not have that you would get rid of all of your rituals; but I AM a jealous God and I would have you put Me first.
Put Me first above all else, says The LORD. And if you surely do this, then you will be amazed at how I work in your lives.
This is the last hour, says The Lord. Are you watching the news or are you listening to My Voice?
Will you know when I come or will you be taken by surprise?
And will you be ready to go where I have called you to go?
Will you be ready to leave your home and all of your belongings?
If I called you to live in the wilderness for Me would you go?
Do not be concerned for those difficult days that are coming. While it is wise to prepare, it is wiser still to depend upon Me and not upon your own arm.
For surely, I will deliver you out of earthquakes and floods. I will deliver you out of any kind of invasion. And to those who think that a FEMA camp will hold you, do you think that I would abandon you to that?
Am I a God of fear? You say that you trust Me but many of you just speak out of fear.
I ask you, ‘Who is the author of fear and confusion?’
So again I ask you, ‘Do you know Me?’”
First posted: November 13, 2013.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?