“I AM longing for a church who loves one another enough to help each other out in every way needed. I AM longing for a church that emulates ME, instead of the world and it’s ways.
I AM not a God afar off who is uncaring. I have been generous and kind to you, and I told you to love one another as I have loved you. Have you loved one another like that? Have you loved even your own family like that? I want you to think about that, because there are many who go on and on thinking they are going to heaven, but the fruit of their lives does not bear witness to the life and love I bring.
I AM not a harsh taskmaster. When you make mistakes and continue in sin, I have been kind to you because I knew what led you there. I knew your insecurities and how much you want to love Me and obey Me, yet have struggled to do so. Are there not areas in your own lives that are imperfect or do you think you are living perfect like I did?
I said Only One is Perfect. Yet you have prophets who proclaim to be already perfect, and think they never sin. Proclaim they never sin.
But I see everything. I know the deep recesses of your hearts. There is no change to the world since I came to it. Men are the same. The nature of man is the same. There is still no one but ME who is perfect. Many delude others with love words, yet in their hearts they are not willing to give up anything to help others.
They come first in their heart of hearts. Self protection and self aggrandizement are common in My church that is called by My name. And when the pressure is on and you see the wickedness being uncovered, where is your heart now? For I will enter the church again as I entered the temple in Jerusalem, and cleansed the threshing floor of it’s charlatans and money loving pharisees.
“Yes, every pot in all the houses of Jerusalem and in Judah shall be dedicated and holy to the LORD of hosts, and all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil their sacrifices in them [and traders in such wares will no longer be seen at the temple]. And in that day there shall be no more a Canaanite [that is, any godless or unclean person, whether Jew or Gentile] in the house of the LORD of hosts,” Zechariah 14:21.
I said My church is to be a house of PRAYER for all nations. Yet getting you to pray with one another is also a struggle due to so many distractions. Focus My beloveds. Focus on ME. ASK ME what to do. Don’t keep giving and giving to what only strangles you and keeps you in bondage. Remember what I said….
“And he replied to them, He who has two tunics (undergarments), let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do it the same way,” Luke 3:11 AMP.
And when I sent them out I told them to take NOTHING with them that most would rely on. The idea was to make them dependent on ME.
“He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick — no bread, no wallet for a collection bag, no money in their belts (girdles, purses),” Mark 6:8.
“Yet men now trust not in ME, but think they have to trust in man for everything, and often they do not trust at all, but instead they write another book, not that writing things is bad, but have another conference, sell, sell, sell, sell, sell. Work, work, work vs trusting in ME.
Where are the Hudson Taylors? Where are the men of renown who went into the nations trusting fully in ME and My provision?
There is such unbelief in the heart of many in My church who think everything has to be striving and doing to get anywhere, to fill the great commission. Yes it takes money to travel, most of the time. But Philip traveled without much of that. He fully trusted in ME, and I showed him marvelous things.
And you’ve taken this unbelief, and comfort in your own doing of things and taken that to nations and made them believe also that they don’t have to depend on ME, they just have to push, push, push the people and do more, and then they can live like you.
Many live like kings, while the Son of Man had no place to lay His head. Yet you think you are close to being like ME. Most pastors these days, don’t even know the condition of their flock. Many have nothing to help the poor and destitute, or they give them leftovers and outdated food from the food bank, while going to restaurants after service and gorging themselves, not even giving a thought to those they pass that may not have as much. I tell you that that kind of soul is anathema to My KINGDOM.
Love has arms. Love has hands. Love shares. Love is not selfish or self-centered. Love endures all things. Love manifests itself in doing good to others. It is not thoughtless or complacent, or apathetic or accusatory.
Love is KIND, and LOVE is KING in the world of warfare. That is why I said to love others AS I HAVE LOVED YOU! For I have loved you unconditionally, and I will love you until the end of all time.
Awakening will come in the one anthers. It will come in caring for those who are weak. Remember Charles Wesley? Remember why they called themselves Methodists?
It was in giving and caring for others. People talk a lot about love in My church. It takes a community of churches to fully fulfill the great commission in the earth. YOU MUST work together. One has this talent, one has another. One has this ability, another I’ve trained to do something else.
ALL are necessary. ALL are necessary. ALL have ability in some way to help others, even the weakest among you.”
[When the LORD spoke this it reminded me of Mary, a friend in the Foursquare church I attended for a while, who had diabetes, and was older, and not the kind of person that most churches would think could contribute much. But things she shared that she saw in the spirit, I still remember.
She would often see Jesus walk into our home group and touch people. I remembered a story she told me about going to her daughters’ church, and she saw standing next to the pastor a half bull-half man creature in the spirit realm. She was seeing him bound by Baal.
If you read Amanda Buys on Baal worship, you would understand the significance of that. God gave Mary visions to encourage and build up, and to pray for. She was a prayer warrior.
To understand more about what Baal worship involves and how to renounce it in the generations see here.]
“I have given you My life that you may be a bearer of My Light, Love and Life! You are My emissaries in this world. I AM going to transform you that all hindrances to you being that will be removed!
My love will utterly change every part of your being and no one will say “I am sick” for you will be full of My life. Startling miracles will manifest. You are entering an apostolic age along with it’s commensurate persecution in days ahead.
Please listen to My heart and slow down enough to spend time in My presence. Ask Me to prepare your heart! Ask for the Spirit of Burning. Stay in My Word. Stay in My presence as much as you can. Remember I judge the heart. David had a heart like Mine yet made great mistakes. But his heart was WILLING TO REPENT.”
“Come now, you rich [people], weep aloud and lament over the miseries (the woes) that are surely coming upon you. Your abundant wealth has rotted and is ruined, and your [many] garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are completely rusted through, and their rust will be testimony against you and it will devour your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped together treasure for the last days. [But] look! [Here are] the wages that you have withheld by fraud from the laborers who have reaped your fields, crying out [for vengeance]; and the cries of the harvesters have come to the ears of the LORD of hosts. [Here] on earth you have abandoned yourselves to soft (prodigal) living and to [the pleasures of] self-indulgence and self-gratification. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and have murdered the righteous (innocent man), [while] he offers no resistance to you. So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the LORD. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains. So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the LORD is very near,” James 5:1-8 AMP.
“But woe to (alas for) you who are rich abounding in material resources), for you already are receiving your consolation (the solace and sense of strengthening and cheer that come from prosperity) and have taken and enjoyed your comfort in full [having nothing left to be awarded you]. Woe to (alas for) you who are full now (completely filled, luxuriously gorged and satiated), for you shall hunger and suffer want! Woe to (alas for) you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep and wail! Woe to (alas for) you when everyone speaks fairly and handsomely of you and praises you, for even so their forefathers did to the false prophets. But I say to you who are listening now to Me: in order to heed, make it a practice to] love your enemies, treat well (do good to, act nobly toward) those who detest you and pursue you with hatred, Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you],” Luke 6:24-28 AMP.
by: PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN of Upstream Ministries, California www.upstreamca.org & www.blogtalkradio.com/Upstream
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