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>> The Heresy of Niceness.
This is a must see. The danger of being careful about Christian Image.
Click here for the video clip of Rebecca Pippert speaking on the Subject: "The Heresy of Niceness."
Ananias and Sapphira secretly indulged in carefulness about their Christian 'image'.
They died in the presence of the transparent power of the Lord (because of their lie), in the midst of his resurrection empowered Church. [Acts 5:1-10.]
Because of Spirit dryness in the Church today, all Image judgment if not expedited here, will not fail the spot light at the finish line, and the process of rewards accounting on that day. No fake enters there.
Every believer that has a fierce struggle with sin and acknowledges such before the Lord in a genuine fight to win through with him, without the projection of false image will be perfected and "overcome at the last" [Genesis 49:19.] Praise the Lord!
* THINKING IT OVER. *
Psalm 92:5 (KJV)
"O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep."
>> This TIO (Meditation) Duration.
Saturday 18th. October
Friday 24th. October 2014.
>> The following is number 47 in this series, and all has sprung out from the restoration of the Temple in the book of Ezra. In particular all up to this stage has stemmned from the laying of the foundation, Ezra 3:10-13. And now the war begins against all that may be built upon this foundation to contain the Glory of God.
Zechariah 3:7 (KJV)
"Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by."
>> To Build the House of the Lord 47. <<
¶ Zechariah the prophet also was with Haggai, Ezra, Zerubbabel and Joshua the high priest in this exciting Holy Ghost empowered commission to rebuild the Temple of the Lord at Jerusalem, the place where the Lord would put his name and also his glory.
|| The Vision of Zechariah. ||
¶ Zechariah receives a vision concerning Joshua the high priest and his vital role in the establishment of the Lord's glory in his house. The vision presents Joshua clothed in "filthy garments" and is declared to be "a brand plucked out of the fire". [Zechariah 3:2-3.] The Lord causes the iniquity to pass from him and a change of garments is commanded to adorn him. Now in this renewed position before the Lord, the angel of the Lord as in the introductory text (Zechariah 3:7.) begins to protest unto Joshua. see also 3:6.
¶ Zerubbabel and Joshua were to build together. Zerubbabel the governor and Joshua the great high priest. The great high priest in the Jews religion was the highest place before the throne of God. The undertaking of this position was to be for the people to God and then to be for God to the people. To represent the people in the highest position before the throne of God for his blessing and then to represent the highest call of God's blessing to his people.
|| The Protest. ||
¶ Joshua was told that the Lord had caused his iniquity to pass from him. A servant of the Lord cannot bring in the glory of the Lord in his house where there is any regard of personal and also collective iniquity. Wonderfully the Lord said that he had caused his iniquity to pass from him, the Lord had created the cleanness. [See Psalm 51:10] "Thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ" [2 Corinthians 2:14.] We can't serve the Lord with our sins! [Isaiah 43:24.] Praise the Lord, he brings us through as we look to him in our helpless need to be "delivered from all iniquity" [Titus 2:14.] David agonised more over his utter wretchedness than he did over his enemies. Have you recognised and can declare like Paul an admission of your own wretchedness? [See Romans 7:24.] He who fails to see the truth about himself will fail of uplifting grace. [See Peter's great low, and the wonderful instant high call of Jesus. Luke 5:10.]
¶ The protest now hinges on Joshua walking in the Lord's ways and keeping his charge.
|| To see the Glory of the Lord in the Midst. ||
¶ As mentioned in the previous TIO. How might we experience an increase of the Glory of the Lord in the midst of the local Church as it gathers together?
¶ Joshua was told that there needs to be judgement in his house that it might become his dwelling place but he would be powerless to affect such blessing if he didn't "walk in His ways" and "keep his charge". Such is an absolutely necessary prerequisite for a revelation of the Glory of the Lord.
|| Walk in His Ways. ||
The greatest walk through life by any man and the greatest person we can consider is Jesus.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:" [Philippians 2:5-7.]
¶ What do we learn from such a declaration about Jesus by Paul? In the amplified Bible the statement ... "Thought it not robbery to be equal" is rendered .... "Did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained," This was the way of the Lord! He didn't 'eagerly grasp after' anything. Jesus did always those things that pleased the Father and what he saw the Father do, that he did, therefore our heavenly Father doesn't grasp after anything either but is a giving God. Is that not fantastic! He doesn't try to shake anything out of anybody for himself though he does shake; and one day he is going to shake Heaven and Earth, so look out!
¶ Are we seeking to grasp after something in our service for the Lord? Some monetary gain? Jesus had nowhere to lay his head and yet lifted burdened souls to the highest joy! Jesus didn't grasp after any recognition and yet we date the ages from his birth! He didn't grasp after popularity with the people but shone Heaven's clear light upon everything of hidden darkness and everything of hidden mystery and glory and has become the most popular person that ever walked the earth. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised! [Psalm 48:1.]
¶ Jesus wasn't out to gain a reputation as the greatest preacher but he became just that! The greatest miracle worker but he is the champion miracle worker even to this very age with changed lives every day from the gutter most to the utter most of goodness, praise the Lord!
¶ The House of the Lord will be void of glory where there are any of the above motives among the servants of God. To experience an ever growing encounter of the fullness of Christ being revealed depends upon the restraint of the servants of the Lord in the matters mentioned and allowed liberty in conjunction with oversight of all that the Lord provides of diversity of gifted ministry in the local Church.
** "... and took upon him the form of a servant ..." **
The above part of Philippians 2:5-7 is a startling revelation! Continued next TIO.
Click Here: Michael W. Smith - I'll lead you home.
The Lord Bless. He does the Best. As by faith in him we Rest.
TIO Nutshell Thought.
He who fails to see the truth about himself will fail of uplifting grace.
Look, listen and enjoy the much loved Gospel singer of Chicago - Jessy Dixon singing - "Gone". This song is about the resurrection of Christ and his glorious triumph over the grave.
Jessy went home to be with the Lord in 2011 at the age of 73.
Notice the expressions on the faces, and the tears, at the thrill of this Glorious truth of the song.
Click Here for the video song clip and JOY - "Gone"
**Special Inclusion **
A very precious encouragement from Paul Washer.
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Marriage incompatibilities are the express purpose and blessing of God.
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** Current Project. **
"Pastors and the Church Part 4."
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