We live in a day and time when many go about to establish their own righteousness. Each having a tendency to lean towards doing what is right in their own eyes. A righteousness based upon a spirit of religion is not what God seeks from His sons and daughters. What He does seek is a righteousness of faith; in His Word, a worship in Spirit and truth with sincerity of heart that seeks out and draws His presence and a warfare that earnestly contends for the faith once delivered to the saints from the Cross.
Such Word releases transformation and freedom by God’s revelation. Such worship reveals our true passion for the presence and love of the Lord. Such warfare brings Jesus’ loving reign to bear on every battle front.
From the Word comes every other reality in the Kingdom of God. This is what will truly bring Heaven to touch earth in a lasting and permeating way.
It is all centered in the relationship of God’s sons and daughters with Him and with each other.
“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?’
(1 Peter 4:7)
And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”
Then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
Let us draw near in the “Full Assurance of Faith”. There is no room for compromise on this.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.
Are we drawing near as we are being led by His Spirit; in His Word, in our worship and in our warfare?
“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.” (Psalm 24:3-6)
“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. The peace that passes all understanding that shall keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Yes we must get beyond confines of our own understanding which we are not to lean upon. (Proverbs 3:4) All of our fullest trust must be placed in God alone.
What I am stating here this morning may be hard for some to receive, however I sense the call of God to address it here in this day and hour. May you hear the urgency of the Spirit of God that we be a people called out; “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.’
(1 Peter 2:9)
What keeps us from responding to this call? It is a matter of unbelief that infects all of mankind like a virus. We can be readily or subtly deceived to believe and accept less than what God’s Word declares that we are. We face issues of spiritual discernment with God, ourselves, others, and in the times we live. We are deceived because we don’t know we are deceived. Deception robs us of our authority and true identity.
When we truly live and act as “a child of God” we can trust in his response.
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) With what do our desires align with?
God is a good Father. (Luke 18:1-8)
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
May God teach us how to pray again and pray like never before. What God asks of us is only accomplished as Jesus said, through prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21) Being truly separated unto Him and aligned with his heart.
May we be encouraged to seek God on this matter and prepare the way of the Lord for Jesus’ return. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the church.