“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” (Jude 1:3 emphasis mine) Jude was the brother of the Lord Jesus Christ. He did not believe that his brother was the Messiah until after Jesus was crucified, was dead for three days and rose again to appear before many for forty days. After the forty days He again ascended into heaven. He is very specific to tell us that there is only one truth and it was “once for all handed down to the saints”. What was handed down to the saints? The teachings of Jesus. What the Pharisees and Sanhedrin did not understand was that everything Jesus taught was in their own Scriptures. He opened them up to show that what the Torah and Other Writings revealed, Jesus fulfilled. He gave the Scriptures life! He was the life! “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’” (John 14:6) Here we have the cornerstone of faith for the follower of Jesus Christ, the Anointed One! There are no other ways into the Kingdom of God!
We hear a lot about how cunning Satan is and how he “tricks” people into believing a lie. Yes, he is cunning, he is deceitful, he is the father of lies. But I challenge you to really consider the part about “tricking” people. Each day I am becoming more and more convinced that he doesn’t have to “trick” people who say they are followers of Christ, he simply offers an alternative view, which, unfortunately, always appeals to man’s carnal nature. He is “crafty”, in other words he twists the right words for a wrong meaning and, therefore, sets a trap. The Apostle Paul warned us of these very things, “For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3 emphasis mine) Remember that Scripture warns us that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
So let us take a look at what the Word has to say regarding this, “being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;” (Ephesians 4:18 emphasis mine) “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” (Romans 1:21-23 emphasis mine)
In verse 21 it says that they “knew” God. My friends, this wasn’t a casual acquaintance where they had heard about Him. The word used here is ginosko, a very important word in both the Greek and Hebrew languages. It means to learn about, come to know in a relationship or to understand. The Jews understood this word because it was used as a Jewish idiom to mean sexual intercourse between a man and a woman! So the Apostle Paul was talking about people who had an understanding of the Scriptures and what the Lord desired of them. They knew His heart, they knew what He liked and what He didn’t like. But “they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man…” In other words, they decided to follow their own thoughts, their own desires, their own beliefs, but throw God’s name around enough that they could make it sound like they do follow Him. The problem is that no one is being fooled except the one who is acting this way. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,” (2 Timothy 4:3) How could this happen? They stopped seeking God personally through His Word and through prayer. Instead they listened to a myriad of other people, pastors, teachers, apostles, prophets. The problem is they lost their discernment because they were now taking in anything and everything and no longer had the foundational truth. What they heard sounded good, but it was leading them astray. Leading them away from the One True God. “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:13) It is so easy today. You can search on the computer and find videos and sermons from every persuasion out there. Because a person has a well known name to man does not mean that they are well known to God as one of His! “Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst.” (Isaiah 5:13) Going into exile is becoming captive to the enemy! How does it happen? Because of “their lack of knowledge”. What knowledge? God’s Word!
My dear friends, my heart has been very grieved lately as I witness the hate that is raging out of control. It is everywhere around us. And it is the outcome of the above Scriptures we just read. Unfortunately, the “Christian” church is very much at fault. It, too, is in utter chaos. The pulpits are filled with hirelings and not real shepherds who protect the sheep. They have allowed, or brought in themselves, deception practices and teachings. One example that we will briefly look at is, how can one who professes to be a follower of Jesus Christ and believe that there are many ways to heaven? How can they believe that God is “in” everything and they are all gods and there is no need for a sovereign God? Didn’t we just read in John 14:6, that Jesus said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’? And, just to be clear, God is not “in” everything. God is not in evil, He is not in Satan. God created the universe, He did not give them His sovereignty. All creation is submitted to God! It responds to His command. Notice that the above verse states that man exchanged the gift of the pure glory of the sovereign God and began to worship the things of man. God is pure and holy and eternal, His ways are perfect and just. He is sovereign over everything in the heavens and in the earth. Man is not eternal, he has a limited life span and is sin filled. There is nothing holy or worthwhile in man to worship. “For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.” (James 1:11) “The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass.” (Isaiah 40:7) “And all the host of heaven will wear away, and the sky will be rolled up like a scroll; all their hosts will also wither away as a leaf withers from the vine, or as one withers from the fig tree.” (Isaiah 34:4) “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8 emphasis mine)
I was touched deeply by the above words. I’ve heard them hundreds of times. I know that in the book of Revelation that we are told that there will be no need for the sun, let’s read it together, “And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:23 emphasis mine) This is the new Jerusalem. “And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.” (Revelation 21:10-11) “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:1-2) Now add the prophetic words of Isaiah the Prophet, “And all the host of heaven will wear away, and the sky will be rolled up like a scroll; all their hosts will also wither away as a leaf withers from the vine, or as one withers from the fig tree.” (Isaiah 34:4) “And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5) “And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.” (Luke 16:17)
I was struck so deeply about the futility of man’s “wisdom” and the foolishness of man’s ways. These verses so clearly show the humongous gap between man’s plans for the future and God’s plan for man! Stop and allow the Holy Spirit to open up the understanding of your mind. Like me, you may be very familiar with these verses and thought you understood them but I believe there is much more depth than we ever considered in these verses. Let us continue with the verses following Revelation 21:2, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’ And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’ Then He said to me, ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.’" (Revelation 21:3-8)
I am overwhelmed at the prospect of actually having our Lord and Savior live among us! I feel so privileged now to have the gift of the Holy Spirit living in me, but the Lord Himself in flesh and blood! And we will be serving Him, worshipping Him and glorifying Him! The old corrupt world that you and I know will disappear. All the hatred and pride of life will be gone! The bride who has made herself ready has no hatred in her heart. There I said it. I think this is what grieves me so much lately. Those who say they love God are hating their fellow human beings just as much as those who never claim to know Jesus as Lord! There is no tolerance for anyone else’s thoughts or opinions on a matter, if it is opposing what they believe you are of no worth in their eyes. That is not the way of Jesus. I can never shake the story of the Garden of Gethsemane from my mind. They have come for Jesus. Jesus has told His disciples this was going to happen many times but they never believed it because it was not what they wanted to hear. So when they came for Jesus, Peter responded by anger and wanting to protect Jesus and stop what was happening. Who wouldn’t want to stop them from taking Jesus away from them? So Peter jumped into action and cut off an ear of one of the guards. Peter was angry, he was frustrated and he acted out of his sin nature.
When Jesus saw what had happened he turned aside and went to the guard, picked up his ear and placed it back on his head and the man was healed! He did this to one who had come to kill Him! “And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.’” (Matthew 26:51-52) “And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, ‘Stop! No more of this.’ And He touched his ear and healed him.” (Luke 22:50-51) Jesus went on to explain to the disciples that these things must take place in order for the Scriptures to be fulfilled.
So what do we, who say we are ministers of the gospel, do with these words, “...for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.”? Let me be clear, I am not creating a doctrine or stating a doctrine, I am asking a question that each one of us needs to take before the Lord. I am not stating that we are not to defend our homes and our families. But I don’t believe that is what this verse is actually all about. Look at the structure of that verse, it says “take up the sword”. It is an offensive move! It means that one is on the attack. Don’t like what someone is doing? Attack them either verbally or physically. Do whatever it takes (in your mind) to shut them down. There is no reflection of Jesus Christ in these actions!
So why was Peter carrying a sword in the first place? Think about this a minute. He was with Jesus! Peter is the one who God gave the revelation that Jesus was the Messiah, the Anointed One that the Jews were waiting for. He was with Jesus every day for 3 ½ years. He loved Jesus. He was the one who proclaimed he would die for Jesus! “But he said to Him, ‘Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!’” (Luke 22:33) But he was not surrendered! He did not trust Jesus even with all of the miracles he had witnessed. Peter still had a need to be in control. When we are in the place of needing to be in control we experience frustration, anger and hatred and two things can happen, we will be eaten alive within from our feelings because they will kill any love that was once there, and secondly, it may cause a person to allow that anger to rage so that they literally begin to destroy others either verbally or physically. It is a very dangerous place to be. Again, this is totally opposite the commands of the Lord! “And he answered, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’” (Luke 10:27) "Or how can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.” (Luke 6:42) "You have heard that it was said, `YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.' ‘But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,’” (Matthew 5:43-44) "I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4-5 emphasis mine)
What if we replaced the word “sword” for “anger” or “hate” or “malice” or “wrath” or “unforgiveness”? And, no, all of these words do not mean the same thing! Let’s look at Scripture, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:29-32) Read these verses carefully. If you are like me, verse 29 will convict you before you even read the other verses. Are the words I speak always said in love so that the person does not feel attacked but is open to hear the Holy Spirit speaking through me? Unfortunately that is not always the case and the Holy Spirit convicts me of my sin. But if I ignore that conviction my heart will begin to grow cold to the warnings He is giving me.
What happens next? The following verse explains it so well! Bitterness is extreme hatred which has a root problem and produces bitter fruit in our lives. An example could be that there is something or someone or a situation in your life that you really dislike. The more you dwell on that situation the more negative feelings rise up in your soul until it becomes so deep rooted that your heart begins to harden, grow cold. Bitterness is a poison that can kill you spiritually and/or physically. Bitterness can easily turn into wrath which is the outward manifestation and is demonstrated by rage. Wrath can actually be perceived by the person doing it as their “passion” so they feel justified in enraging and loud behavior at other people because they believe they are right. It is not harmless. It is very destructive to both the one who has the wrath and all those who are on the opposing end. Think of the wildfires that consumed much of California this year, a small spark set off a raging fire! It destroyed everything in its path. James warns us clearly how dangerous this is. “So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.” (James 3:5-10 emphasis mine)
Anger is very dangerous because it is a state of mind, it reflects our character, our temperament. It is not fleeting, the definition says that it is a violent commotion of the mind which desires vengeance or punishment on the recipient! No wonder the Lord warned us through the Apostle Paul to not allow the sun to set on our anger. It must be dealt with quickly. The Lord abhors the sin of anger because it becomes an idol in our lives and we feel justified to pass judgment on others, replacing the Lord. “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) “For we know Him who said, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.’ And again, ‘THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.’" (Hebrews 10:30)
Anger feels like empowerment but it is actually the opposite. It is deadly and has no place in us. We are called to be the reflection of Jesus Christ. Many will point out that Jesus became angry in the temple and overturned the merchants tables, and that is correct, but let’s look at the actual Scriptures. “Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. And He began to teach and say to them, ‘Is it not written, `MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS’? But you have made it a ROBBERS' DEN.’" (Mark 11:15-17) Why did Jesus drive out the merchants? If you understand the Tabernacle of God you will understand that there is to be nothing unholy in it. God gave specific instructions through Moses as to how to build the Tabernacle and it was an EXACT replication of the heavenly Tabernacle! Then Jesus spoke the words that convicted even the Pharisees but instead of repenting they chose to try and kill Him because they were afraid of Him. Jesus quoted the words of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 56:7). Did Jesus condemn the people? No, he condemned the activities and called it for what it was. Those who were committing the sin of selling the merchandise were able to see their sin and turn from it. But what Jesus said also revealed who He was! He called it “My house”. He just fulfilled another one of the prophecies. They were standing on holy ground! As you can now see this was a very different circumstance from what we are witnessing today!
Clamor is very interesting. Clamor means to be very noisy, loud, obnoxious, overbearing. It always reminds me of someone banging pots and pans and creating a great noise which is not pleasant. So we are told to separate ourselves from clamor. It calls attention to us and what our desire is. The person is sure to make themselves the center of attention so that they can be heard. Sounds very opposite of what we are told a follower or disciple of Jesus Christ is, doesn’t it? We are told that the meek shall inherit the earth. “But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (Psalms 37:11) “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) Did you realize that Jesus was again quoting from the Old Testament?
And the Apostle Paul warns us that, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) He further reminds us of what love really is, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Most of us are familiar with slander and we would define it as injuring someone’s reputation. But did you know it comes from the Greek word “blasphemia”? When we hear the word blasphemy we might associate it with Scripture as the unpardonable sin. "And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.” (Luke 12:10) It is evil speaking that injures another, whether a person or the Holy Spirit. It is no less a sin if it is against another person rather than the Holy Spirit. It is done to defame that person and ruin them in other’s eyes. Gossip is slander, it doesn’t serve a good purpose even when it isn’t intended to bring harm. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:15-17)
And lastly, but not least, is malice. Malice literally means wickedness or evil in a moral sense. It is the desire to do evil to others. It is the wickedness of the heart, of a life and of a person’s character. “Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.” (Titus 3:1-8)
“But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him-- a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” (Colossians 3:8-14) “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.” (Colossians 3:23-25 emphasis mine) This last verse should give each of us a cause to pause for a minute, we will stand before Him and give an account of our lives. "But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.” (Matthew 12:36) “So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12)
I truly do not want to have unrepented sin in my life at that day. We are so blessed to have had the Lord give His holy Word, through the Holy Spirit, to the writers of the Scriptures as a guide for our lives! They are not a list of rules but of His love to make us more like Him. We are to be vessels that others can see and hear the Lord speak. We are the clay and the clay does not tell the potter how to make him! “You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, ‘He did not make me’; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘He has no understanding’?” (Isaiah 29:16) “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27) When others see you, do they see a person who was created in the image of God?
“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 1:6-9 emphasis mine) “But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, ‘In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.’ These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.” (Jude 1:17-19) “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.” (3 John 1:11)
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:5-10)
"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17-18)
My dear friends, each day grows darker and the evil ways of man are manifesting at a rate of speed that is unfathomable. The bride of Christ is to make herself ready. How? We just read how. The answer is in God’s Word. He loves us with an everlasting love but sin cannot dwell in God’s presence. When we are reborn we are given a new spirit but the old sin nature is still in our soul. It is only through complete surrender to our Lord Jesus Christ can we walk on the path that God has planned for us. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) Surrender can only be achieved through falling in love with Jesus!
To the One and only God, our Maker and Creator, I bow before You, humbled that You would love us so much that You would give Your personal Word to be written through the Holy Spirit so that we would be without excuse. I realize that if we cannot, and will not, conform to Your image while we are living on this earth, we cannot live with You in the New Jerusalem! What a sobering truth! If we are not in love with Jesus now we would not be content living under His rule in the New Life! Oh Lord God, open the blind eyes, remove the heart of stone and open up the hearing of the deaf that they may see and hear and know that You are God! There is no other! You are sovereign and will reign forever! Cleanse our tongues, O Lord, that we would not continue to defile man and then try and bless You! It cannot be! Forgive us Lord for taking Your Word and turning it into a lie to justify our personal beliefs for social justice! Your Word tells us to repent and turn from our wicked ways and You will hear from heaven and forgive us our sins. Open up the understanding of our minds that we can see the sin and turn from it! Father, we cannot walk uprightly looking through the eyes of our own understanding! I pray that there would begin a longing in the hearts of those who once walked with You, would begin to be uncomfortable in their circumstances and see the lies that have replaced Your Word in their lives! Draw the lost to Yourself, O God!
I love You O Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit in me! Continue to teach me Your ways, You alone are my glory and the lifter of my head! Your ways are perfect, there is none besides You! Your ways are perfect. I ask, and pray for, a heart like Yours, that I would see through Your eyes and pray for the lost and the hurting. Thank You that You hear my prayer and You have given me these things already. Help me in living them out each and every day. This I pray in the blessed name of Your One and only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen!